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Ontario’s Cultural Center schedule packed

ONTARIO – The slate for April at Four Rivers Cultural Center is packed with entertainment.

The Harano Gallery showcases “You think you know me, but this is who I really am” exhibit as part of its Voice Through Art program. The art is produced by inmates at Snake River Correctional Institution. The exhibit is open weekdays beginning at 9 a.m. During the weekends, the exhibit opens at 10 a.m.

On Thursday, Four Rivers Children’s Community Theatre will present “The Aristocrats.” Based on the 1970 Disney film, the play revolves around the high society cat Duchess and her three kittens. A kind millionaire wills her entire estate to Duchess but a greedy and clumsy butler wants the money and the cats out of the way. Through the help of a rough alley cat, Duchess and her brood manage to evade the butler’s scheme. Tickets for the performance are $5 and can be purchased online at:

The event runs through Saturday. The play begins at 7 p.m. each night. There will also be a matinee at 1 p.m. Saturday. 

“One reason you should come is 200 local children are performing in two split casts,” said Matt Stringer, Four Rivers Cultural Center executive director.

Stringer said while he is excited about all of the events this month, he is most interested in one that occurs Saturday, April 21. 

That night the Repertory Dance Theatre will perform and highlight the choreography of Michio Ito at 7 p.m. 

“To me the reason it is significant is that it is the first modern dance performance ever to occur in Ontario,” said Stringer.

The Repertory Dance Theatre is based in Salt Lake City. The modern dance company will also host a lecture Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Both the lecture and performance will be held in the Meyer-McLean Performing Arts Theatre at the cultural center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Another important event, said Stringer, will be an “amazing” quilt show at the end of the month.

The free event will be Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the center.

Residents can enter their quilts in the show for judging. A quilt raffle and quilt classes will also be offered. Interested individuals can call 541-889-8203 to sign up.