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 Director@WashingtonCountyMuseum.org.


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

bees on the hive








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.

North Plains Jingle Parade

December 8th, 2016
Jessie Mays Community Park

See the Holiday Lights and Be a Part of the Parade!

This will be the 12th year for the Jingle. Individuals, families, friends and organizations are encouraged to decorate anything that moves and participate in the parade. 

Some folks decorate trucks and trailers, others bring the family car, and many residents rent golf carts from J & S Golf Carts on Main Street at  (503) 647-1984. Motorcycles and bicycles can join. It’s up to you as long as you can keep pace with the parade which moves about 10 miles an hour and have a light or two you can join.  

Don’t forget – awards are given for the best decorated vehicle!

The Jingle begins and ends at Jessie Mays Community Park and the procession last about 20-30 minutes. Hot chocolate, cider, and cookies are served afterwards courtesy of the sponsor Lochlolly Christmas Tree Forest and  North Plains Events Association.

Show Off Your Holiday Spirit!

If you would like your home to be included in the judging for this year’s event please register at npfun.org

Lights must be installed by the Sunday prior to the event to be included in the contest. Awards are given in various categories including:
  – Most Holiday Spirit,
  – Best Lighted House,
  – Best Street Spirit

Holiday Craft Fair

Do a little holiday shopping and support the North Plains Public Library at the same time! Proceeds will be used to purchase new books.

December 2-December 24

Library Hours
Mon-Wed 10-7
Thurs-Fri 10-6
Saturday 10-5

North Plains Public Library
31334 NW Commercial Street
North Plains, Oregon 97133

Holiday Concert Bell Choir & Carolers!

Performed by Bells of the Cascades and the Dickenson Carolers

December 9, 2016
6:30-7:45 p.m.

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

Imagine “Carol of the Bells” and “Jingle Bells” actually performed on bells! Imagine if the performance was followed by lovely Carolers! Portland’s premier hand-bell choir, Bells of the Cascades, will play in an ensemble of five ringers followed by the amazing Dickenson Carolers. Sponsored by the North Plains Public Library, this free concert will bring the special sounds of the holiday season to the community of North Plains. Join your friends and neighbors for a delightful evening’s entertainment. All ages welcome.


Jingle and Mingle

All North Plains Area Businesses are invited!!
2016 Business Holiday Kick-Off Jingle and Mingle

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Loch Lolly Christmas Forest
28366 NW Dorland Road
North Plains, Oregon 97133

Bring two(2) cans of food to benefit the North Plains Food Pantry.

PLEASE RSVP to 503-647-2207 or email the Chamber

Announcement from ODOT on Planned Construction on Highway 26 in 2017


ODOT plans Highway 26 construction project between North Plains west to Banks. Construction will begin in the spring so plan your transportation routes for the disruption. The Chamber and the City will be receiving updates and pass along the information.

For continuing information, sign up for project updates at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/Pages/US26ruralpaving.aspx