Chamber Director Elections

Attached is information about the nominations for the upcoming Director elections.

All written nominations must be received by the Nominations Committee Chairman by 12:00 noon on the day of the Regular Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  Verbal nominations will be accepted only at the Regular Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. 

If you have any questions about the nominating and election process, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair: Wayne Holm

9th Annual Crab & Steak Feed


Jessie Mays Community Hall
30975 NW Hillcrest
North Plains, Oregon 97133

First Seating:  3:00 pm
Second Seating: 4:30 pm
Third Seating: 6:00 pm

Space is Limited.

$35.00 for Crab or Steak Dinner,
$40.00 for Surf & Turf ($5.00 more at the door).

Purchase tickets in advance:

North Plains Senior Center

Or call 503-647-5666

Proceeds support the North Plains Senior Center and Meals on Wheels People Program.

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Learn How to Read e-Books!


Thursday, January 26, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

North Plains Public Library
31360 NW Commercial Street
North Plains, Oregon 97133

Free Event. The North Plains Library Director will give a presentation on what the cloud library is, how to install it on your devices and how to use it to get free e-books and audio books using your library card. He will also help members of the public who bring their own mobile devices to get up and running using the Cloud Library.

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Washington County Museum New Exhibit: Timber in the Tualatin Valley

We are proud to announce that “Timber in the Tualatin Valley” is our new permanent exhibit, sponsored by Stimson Lumber Company! With many original artifacts on loan from local collector Bill Racine, this display aims to teach visitors about the history of logging in Washington County, from the first pioneers to railroading to gas-powered engines.

Much of the local ancestry here tracks back to the loggers of the old days, who carved out this area for homesteads and town sites beginning in the 1860s. Learn about the dangers of the job and what camp life was like for loggers through the tools they used in the woods! Feel what it is like to lay on a straw mattress in the bunkhouse, take a funny photo in our head-in-a-hole logger cutout, and learn about the area on our touch screen mapping program. Check out our calendar for upcoming talks about the industry as well! The Museum is located at Hillsboro Civic Center, (2nd floor above Starbucks), 120 E Main Street,

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News-Times Mega Sale!

Washington County Museum Public Forum

Dear North Plains Residents,

The Washington County Museum needs a moment of your time and your thoughts.  On Thursday, January 19, 2017, the museum will host a public forum at the North Plains Senior Center from 5:30 to 7:00pm.  The purpose is to get your input about the future of your museum . . . the Washington County Museum.  This brief conversation will help the museum build a path into the future that will meet the educational and cultural needs of the community.  

To attend this FREE gathering, please register at . . .

If you would like more details, please call 1.503.645.5353 or email


Thank you.
Mark S. Harmon, Executive Director

Washington County Museum

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 3790, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Exhibitions & Education Center:  120 East Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Archives & Administrative Offices:  17677 NW Springville Road, Portland, Oregon 97229

phone: 1.503.645.5353 | fax: 1.503.640.7195

Our Mission:
The Washington County Museum ignites the imagination and brings to life the diverse cultures that so richly define this remarkable region.

Introduction to Beekeeping

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Introduction to Beekeeping
February 4th, 2017
2-4 pm
North Plains Public Library

Join us at the Library on Saturday February 4 from 2 pm until 4 pm to learn about the benefits of keeping honeybees.  Jeff Clark and his family keep bees in rural northern Washington County.  He is the President of the Tualatin Valley beekeepers and a journeyman in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program.  This free presentation will cover:


·                     Hives and equipment

·                     Cost of getting started

·                     Local rules and regulations

·                     Resources for more information (local bee groups, and bee schools)


Come listen and ask questions to find out if beekeeping is for you!

More than Honey

More than Honey, a documentary movie about the importance of Bees
by Markus Imhoof.
January 31, 2017 at 7 pm
Jessie Mays Community Center

More than Honey

North Plains Public Library and Tualatin Valley Beekeepers Association (TVBA) are offering a free public film screening on January 31, 2017.

MORE THAN HONEY is an international award-winning film about honey bees. It offers spectacularly beautiful film footage of bees and bee-keeping around the world, along with thought-provoking commentary on what is causing bee populations to dwindle.

TVBA will be providing popcorn, snacks, sweet treats, and seasonal beverages. Come, share and enjoy the beauty of bees and beekeeping with TVBA on this special winter evening.

Please mark your calendars and invite your friends and family to see this beautiful tribute to bees. The free film showing will be at 7pm (following a short TVBA meeting) at the Jessie Mays Community Center in North Plains.