We offer the Memo Calendar to you to publicize events open to the community at large. When sending submissions, please include details that apply and a contact name and phone number or email address. Submissions for September are due Saturday, Aug. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com or mail your submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904.



Street fair in Montavilla
Take your family to historic downtown Montavilla, Southeast Stark Street between 76th and 82nd avenues, Sunday, Aug. 2 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the 2015 Montavilla Street Fair. Enjoy live music, street performers, food booths, the farmer’s market and a special area just for kids.


Free movies in your neighborhood park
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and settle in with your family for a free movie in your local park. Food vendors will be on hand or pack a picnic. Free entertainment begins at 5 p.m.; movies begin at dusk unless otherwise noted.

Parkrose Neighborhood Association presents “The Incredibles” Wednesday, Aug. 4 on the upper soccer field at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

Centennial Neighborhood Association presents “McFarland, USA” Thursday, Aug. 6 at Parklane Park, Southeast 155th Avenue and Main Street.

Glenfair Neighborhood Association presents “Big Hero 6” Friday, Aug. 7 at Glenfair Park, Northeast 154th Avenue and Couch Street.

Wilkes Neighborhood Association presents “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” Saturday, Aug. 8 at Wilkes Park, Northeast 154th Avenue and Beech Street.

Watch “Happy Gilmore” Sunday, Aug. 9 at Colwood Golf Course, 7313 N.E. Columbia Blvd. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.

Head to Montavilla Park, Northeast 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street, Friday, Aug. 28 for a screening of “Home.” Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.


Free lunch on the scenic Columbia Slough trail
Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a free lunchtime tour of the Columbia Slough in Mid-county. Subs on the Slough is Friday, Aug. 14 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Columbia Slough Trailhead, 16650 N.E. Airport Way.

Learn about protecting Portland’s underground drinking water source in the Columbia Slough Watershed and view the solar array that helps offset the Portland Water Bureau’s energy needs. Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the scenic Columbia Slough trail. This event is free, but advanced registration is required. Register at events@columbiaslough.org or 503-281-1132. Subs on the Slough is suitable for adults and children 10 and up.


Unique ecosystems of the southern Oregon Siskiyous
If you spend time exploring in the southern Oregon Siskiyou Mountains, you are likely to come across several unique and fascinating ecosystems. Erin Riggs and Daniel Newberry will talk about some of these exceptional places and the plants that call them home Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.

At this free lecture you will discover the story behind Oregon’s lovely native Iris innominata. Learn how local geology and hydrology combine to create a fen where the beautiful, carnivorous Darlingtonia californica—the cobra lily—thrives. Leach Botanical Garden’s new master plan includes a large water garden and fen that will feature many of the plants found in these special southern Oregon environments.

Riggs is a research botanist and herbarium curator. Newberry is a hydrologist and the executive director of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. He is the former director of the Siskiyou Field Institute.

Learn more about the 2015 lecture series at www.leachgarden.org.


Leach Garden after-hours lecture
Gather on the Leach Botanical Garden East Terrace from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 for wine or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres catered by Cheryl’s on 12th. Step inside for the evening program featuring Patrick Spencer from the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance. In his presentation, “From Bark to Bottle,” he will explore the cork forests of the Mediterranean basin, which cover seven million acres, provide habitat for more than 13,000 endemic species and are a source of income and culture for more than a million people. Learn about the harvesting and manufacturing of cork products, as well as efforts to preserve and protect the forests, and hear about a new eco-tour of Spain’s cork forest regions.

Tickets are $30 for members of Leach Garden Friends; $35 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 503-823 to reserve seating now.
Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. Visit www.leachgarden.org to learn more.



Lead poisoning prevention workshop
Participants learn to prevent lead exposure in their home at this free workshop Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Community Energy Project, 2900 S.E. Stark St. It is great for households with children or pregnant women in housing older than 1978 or anyone concerned about lead exposure. Qualified participants receive a free kit of safety and testing supplies. Register for the workshop at www.communityenergyproject.org or call 503-284-6827 ext. 109.



PHS class of 1963
Parkrose High class of 1963 will meet to remember graduation 52 years ago Monday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Shirley’s Tippy Canoe, 28242 E. Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale. No host. No reservations needed. Check in with Gary Grimes at 503-537-9431 if you have questions. The class web page is at www.pshs63.org.

JMHS class of 1965
“Man Alive That ’65!” Celebrating 50 years, the Madison High class of 1965 will gather Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21 to 23 for a golf tournament, class picnic and more. Get in touch with Teri Almeter Shields at 503-363-4499 or 503-779-9695 to join the fun.

PHS class of 1969
Second Wednesday event for the Parkrose High class of 1969 is Wednesday, Aug. 15 beginning at 5 p.m. at Sextant Bar & Galley, 4035 N.E. Marine Drive. It ain’t Diddler’s, but it’s close, and they have food and beverages. All Bronco alum 21 and over are invited. No host.

PHS class of 1975
Celebrating 40 years, the Parkrose High class of 1975 meets Saturday, Aug. 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Eastmoreland Golf Course, 2425 S.E. Bybee Blvd. If your address has changed in the past 10 years, please send new contact information to Kelly Greene Runnion at krunnion12@gmail.com.

DDHS Class of 1975
In a campaign to provide opportunities for current David Douglas High School students, the school’s graduating class of 1975—in cooperation with the David Douglas Education Foundation—has mounted a challenge to graduating classes before or since to raise $5,000 with a goal of helping low-income DDHS students succeed in the future by continuing on to college, gaining technical training, or preparing to enter the workforce.

Three programs featured in the challenge are College Possible, Career and Tech Education, and other expenses, including funding for special after-school classes and fees to help students attend relevant competitions.

Graduates of David Douglas High School and other citizens of the area are welcome and encouraged to donate to this program. To find more information, contact www.ddefforkids.org/join-the-alumni.challenge/ or call the DDSD District office at 503-252-2900.

PHS class of 1990 (and all other classes)
The Parkrose High class of 1990 will gather in celebration of 25 years since high school Saturday, Aug. 8 from 5 p.m. until close at McMenamin’s Edgefield Powerhouse, 2126 S.W. Halsey St. in Troutdale. The class of 1990 extends this invitation to all PHS alumni to gather at Edgefield to share stories and memories on this night. To learn more, contact Jenny Gordon Mason at 503-799-3601.



College hopefuls waiting for you at Parkrose Middle School
The monthly Parkrose Boosters pop can drive is Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. Students participating in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Parkrose High will be there to collect and sort your generous gift. These students have a goal to become the first in their families to go on to college.

Funds from this can and bottle drive support the students who volunteer to help out and the Parkrose High School Parent Teacher Organization.


PCS again hosts Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society East Portland Relay for Life begins 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug.8 and goes until 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9.

Teams of runners and walkers will circle the Portland Christian High School track at 12425 N.E. San Rafael St. for 24 hours to raise money to find cures for cancer.

Events include opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. to celebrate survivors of cancer. Caregivers will be celebrated at 2 p.m. and a bag piper and luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m. will remember those lost to the disease.

There will be continuous live music and a small carnival. The PCHS track will be encircled with fundraising booths, a rummage sale and lots of activities for the whole family.


Ice cream social and fundraising auction set at local church
Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St., invites you to an All-American Ice Cream Social and Auction on Saturday, Aug. 15. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. The oral auction begins at 7 p.m. There will be activities for children.

Auction items include gift baskets, dinners, golf, gift cards and a vacation getaway. There will be activities for children.

Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family. Purchase tickets at 503-253-5457, office@parkroseucc.org or at the Parkrose Farmers’ Market Saturdays, Aug. 1 and 8.

Funds raised will be added to the church general fund.


Dine out for SnowCap
Mid-county restaurants will raise money for SnowCap Community Charities with a “Dine Out for SnowCap” night Tuesday, Aug. 25.
If you purchase a meal at one of a dozen different restaurants from 5 p.m. till close, a portion of your dinner tab will go to help SnowCap in its mission to feed and clothe folks in need. Dine or take out.

To participate, invite your friends and family to one of the following restaurants:
• The Local Cow, 336 N. Main St., Gresham.
• The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave.
• Old Chicago in Plaza 205, as well as in Clackamas and Tanasbourne.
• Francis Xavier’s, 1933 N.E. 181st Ave., Portland.
• Burgerville, 16211 S.E. Division St., Portland.
• Dairy Queen, 26814 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale.
• Boccelli’s Ristorante, 246 N. Main Ave., Gresham.
• Abby’s Legendary Pizza, 21255 S.E. Stark St., Gresham.
• Flying Pie Pizza, 1600 N.W. Fairview Drive, Gresham.
• Biddy McGraw’s, 6000 N.E. Glisan St., Portland.
• Applebee’s, 489 N.W. Burnside Road, Gresham.

All of the money raised from the “Dine Out for SnowCap” event will help SnowCap Community Charities continue to help those in need through its food pantry, senior food delivery service, mobile food pantry, community basket and many other programs.

For complete details, including a list of participating restaurants, visit the “Events” section at www.snowcap.org.

SnowCap Community Charities is a philanthropic organization created in 1967 to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services to the poor.

For more information, visit www.snowcap.org.



Don’t miss touring these gardens
Villa Garden Club will skip the meeting this month, but members do plan to go on an outing that will include visits to a pair of interesting gardens. Call Chris McClure at 503-489-5437 to get the details and to sign up.

Regular monthly meetings will resume Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S. E. 139th Ave.



Wanted: your trailer and a little time
The Parkrose High School Parent Teacher Organization is seeking a community volunteer with a long trailer to help with its monthly can drive and replace Bob Jolin, who is retiring. Jolin and his wife Jean have volunteered their time and trailer for the last three years to transport refundable cans and bottles collected at the monthly drive to the Oregon Beverage Recycling Center, 3900 N.W. Yeon Ave.

The PHS PTO needs someone with an 18-foot-or-longer trailer who is willing to donate about two hours a month to make the delivery to the recycling center. If you do not have time to volunteer but do have a long trailer and are willing to let the PTO use it once a month, the group will find other volunteers to make the run to the recycling center.

PTO can drive coordinators Patty and Greg Meighen will continue to organize and supervise the monthly event, which is held year-round on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School. This drive generates about $8,000 a year. Each month a different student club or sports team sorts the cans and bottles dropped off by community members so they are ready to be delivered to OBRC, and each group is then rewarded with a portion of the funds collected. These funds also support the PTO scholarship fund. This last June the PTO awarded $2,400 in scholarships to PHS graduating seniors.

Additional volunteer help is also needed to keep the can drive alive. Please contact Patty Meighen at pmeighen@hotmail.com if you can spare a few hours on a Saturday or if you have trailer that could be put into service to haul cans and bottles to OBRC once a month.

SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) is a program that pairs grade school students with community volunteers to inspire a love of books and reading in children. These volunteers, in cooperation with elementary school staff, give the gift of literature to children enrolled in this program. Students receive personal attention and often their own books. In addition, volunteer site coordinators are being sought for Earl Boyles, Gilbert Heights and Menlo Park schools. Training begins the first week of September. The SMART Program runs from mid-October through mid-May. For information on volunteering, contact www.getSMARToregon.org or call 971-634-1603.



“Steel Magnolias,” live on a stage near you

Truvy Jones, played by Casey Bozell (in apron), surprises her beauty salon clients with her practical but sometimes irreverent wit. They are portrayed by Tamara Neill (left), Jessica Chase and Heidi Barz. “Steel Magnolias” is being performed by The Resurrection Players this month. COURTESY LINDA HIGHMAN

Truvy Jones, played by Casey Bozell (in apron), surprises her beauty salon clients with her practical but sometimes irreverent wit. They are portrayed by Tamara Neill (left), Jessica Chase and Heidi Barz. “Steel Magnolias” is being performed by The Resurrection Players this month.

Since it was penned 27 years ago, “Steel Magnolias” has become an American classic. In his first play, Robert Harling tenderly yet boldly tells the story of Shelby Eatenton, based on his sister, as she struggles to embrace life while coping with diabetes and being supported by five equally dynamic women. She is portrayed by Jessica Chase in The Resurrection Players’ summer production. Performances are Fridays, Aug. 14 and 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturdays, Aug. 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. at 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children.



Fall openings available at PCS
Portland Christian Schools have a few remaining openings for 2015 fall enrollment. PCS is the largest multi-denominational, independent Christian school in the East Portland Metro area and offers a quality college-prep education in a Christian environment. There are openings for students in preschool through high school. Call to schedule an education consultation with a PCS principal. To enroll students in Jr./Sr. High (6th-12 grade), call 503-256-3960; for elementary grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, call 503-256-5455. Learn more at www.pcschools.org.


Going back to school
Trinity Lutheran Christian School hosts its annual Open House and Back to School Night Thursday, Aug. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 5520 N.E. Killingsworth St. This family centered preschool through 8th grade elementary school offers a diverse student body, challenging curriculum and small class sizes. Licensed extended care and day care is available onsite from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Drop in any Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a walk-through tour or call 503-288-6403 to arrange a tour. Enroll anytime.
For more information visit www.trinityportland.com.


Check out this preschool
For 50 years, Mid-county families have been sending youngsters to Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St. A play-based program is offered for three- and four-year-olds Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Call Katie Strobel, preschool director, at 503-256-1835 to schedule a tour.



Explore nature and a nearby lake
What could be better on warm summer day than a hike around a cool lake? Join the Gresham Senior Hiking-Outdoor Group Thursday, Aug. 27 for a four-mile hike around Round Lake in Camas. Enjoy areas that feel like wilderness and beautiful meadows on this hike that has an elevation gain of 300 feet. After this easy hike, the group will stop for lunch at a Camas restaurant.

Meet at Ambleside Center, 600 N.E. 8th Ave., in Gresham for a 9 a.m. departure. A $5 donation is requested to cover fuel for carpool drivers.


Ombudsmen watch over our loved ones
Have you ever visited a friend or loved one in a long-term care facility—a nursing home, residential care facility, assisted living facility or an adult care home—and had your loved one complain about their treatment, food or maybe even the temperature of their room? If you see something that makes you feel uneasy about the care being provided or if your loved one has complaints, you can get help.

The Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a state agency with more than 180 volunteers who advocate for residents of long-term care facilities. This is a free service available to residents, families, facility staff and the public. Ombudsmen respond to a wide variety of resident concerns, including problems with resident care, medications, billing, lost property, meal quality, evictions, guardianships, dignity and respect and care plans.

There is a poster with information about the Ombudsman Program in every long-term care facility in Oregon. If a volunteer ombudsman is assigned to the facility, their name and phone will be posted as well; if no volunteer has been assigned, then the agency number is shown. You can get more information about the program and a variety of other topics of interest to seniors at www.oregon.gov/ltco.



Free Family Fun Day coming up

Faithful Savior Lutheran Church presents its annual Family Fun Day, Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Parkrose. STAFF/2015

Faithful Savior Lutheran Church presents its annual Family Fun Day, Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Parkrose.

Faithful Savior Lutheran Church, 11100 N.E. Skidmore St., hosts its fourth annual Free Family Fun Day Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you are invited.

Kids will enjoy a petting zoo, pony corral, music, games and prizes. There will be clothing and school supply giveaways and free food while it lasts.

Faithful Savior Lutheran Church—the product of a merger of Our Savior Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran Church in 2008—has enjoyed many blessings in the Parkrose neighborhood and eagerly desires to give back to the community, according to Pastor Kurt Luebkeman. The congregation is an active member of the Parkrose Neighborhood Association as well as Historic Parkrose.

If you have any questions or would like to help with this community event, please call the church office at 503-257-9409, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or visit www.fsmpdx.com.


Street Connections distributes food Fridays
With the goal of “open hands to serve, open ears to hear the need, hands and feet to make it happen,” Street Connections, a ministry of Woodland Park Baptist Church was launched May 2012. Every Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m., church members feed anyone that’s hungry at the southeast corner of 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street until the food and beverages they brought are gone.

According to Pastor Ken Blondeaux, they feed many people. In addition to an arterial street’s heavy traffic volume, that corner has light rail and bus stops. “Our church committed to being a part of the solution to this area of Portland that was in need of a positive presence,” Blondeaux said. “We see this as being more than free food. The possibilities are endless.”

Whether as volunteers or donators, Blondeaux invites the public’s help. Call him at 503-253-1944, or email: pkblondeaux@yahoo.com. For more information on Street Connections, visit www.woodlandparkchurch.org.



Every two seconds someone needs blood
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

With more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping to ensure that blood is available for patients in need, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Donors of all blood types—especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative—are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Portland blood donation center is at 3131 N. Vancouver Ave.

The blood mobile will be at these locations in Mid-county:
Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Glendoveer Golf & Tennis, 14015 N.E. Glisan St.
Aug. 11 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., Gateway Church, 13300 N.E. San Rafael St.
Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Portland Adventist Medical Center, 10123 S.E. Market St.



Summer Reading
Read for fun and prizes this summer. Babies, kids and teens are all welcome to play the Summer Reading game through Aug. 31. Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation. Learn more at www.multcolib.org/summer-reading or at your local library.


Read 4 Life, an adult summer reading program
Pick up a Read 4 Life card at any Multnomah County library. You could win tickets to the Oregon Book Awards in April 2016 or a gift certificate to The Title Wave used bookstore. In addition, you’ll be entered in a grand-prize drawing to win tickets to Literary Arts’ 2015/2016 Portland Arts & Lectures series. Read 4 Life runs through Aug. 31 and is made possible by Friends of the Library. Learn more at www.multcolib.org/read-4-life-adult-summer-reading or at your local library.


Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., 503-988-5392
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.

Book Babies: Storytime for children from birth to 12 months with adult. Mondays through Aug. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Tuesdays through Aug. 18 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays through Aug. 21 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Mondays through Aug. 17 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and Tuesdays through Aug. 18 from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Black Storytime: The African and African American experience comes alive for children newborn to 6 years with a favorite adult or other family member in attendance. Saturdays through Aug. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Sundays through Aug. 16 from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Russian Storytime: Storytime presented in Russian for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Tuesdays through Aug. 18 from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Yarn Club: Whether your interest is knitting or crocheting, come join the fun and learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Chess at the Library: Have fun playing chess or Chinese chess. The library provides the chess equipment. All ages welcome. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., except Aug. 29.

All-You-Can-Make Art Bar: Kids of all ages and skill levels fill up trays of assorted supplies and create at their own pace as imaginative ideas are transformed into masterpieces. Tuesdays, Aug. 4 and 18 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Deep Woods Defenders: Red Yarn and a team of heroic critters have banded together to defend the Deep Woods from the Forget-Me-Monsters and Distracto-Bots, but they need your help! Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Chinese Yo-Yo: The Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors shares the history of Chinese yo-yo, performing and demonstrating yo-yo tricks and teaching basic yo-yo skills. Thursday, Aug. 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Musical Petting Zoo: Have you always wanted to try out a musical instrument but don’t know where to start? Come play with Vibe of Portland. You may even learn a note or two. Tuesdays, Aug. 11 and 25 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Superhero Mask Exploration: Join artist Sarah Ferguson in creating bright, colorful masks using recycled and found objects. Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Amazing Food Detective: This playful, interactive production highlights how healthy food choices and physical activity contribute to your total health. Presented by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program in collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theatre. Thursday, Aug. 13 from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m.

Motion Commotion: Participate in Sir Isaac Newton’s 300-year-old experiments by using ordinary objects to demonstrate the physics at work around us each day. These entertaining demonstrations make physics incredibly easy to understand. Topics include energy conversions, forces, inertia and laws of motion. Saturday, Aug. 8 from noon to 1 p.m.

Explore Color with Painted Paper Collage: Begin by making a giant color wheel as you learn out about primary, secondary and complementary colors. Then create your own collage using vibrant hand-painted papers. Saturday, Aug. 15 from noon to 2 p.m.

Batty About Bats: Join Tryon Creek State Natural Area park rangers for a nature-based story about batty bats and their nocturnal friends. There will be art, movement, music and nature fun. Thursday, Aug. 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

This Side of Home—Writing About the People and Places That Shaped Us: In this intergenerational writing workshop, author Renée Watson will read excerpts from her novel, “This Side of Home,” and share poetry about what it was like growing up as a black girl in Portland. Participants will write poetry and prose using prompts and inspiration from the characters and scenes in the book. For teens and adults. Saturday, Aug. 22 from noon to 2 p.m.

Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish, as well as with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. Sundays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

English Classes: Free ESL classes. All levels welcome. No registration required. For more information, call 503-988-6318. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Healthy Eating—Making Healthy Choices Using Local Resources: Get resources, general tips and nutritional guidelines for making healthier dietary choices. The class is season-specific, providing food and recipe suggestions in accordance with local food options and traditional Chinese dietetics. You will discuss shopping to maximize cost savings and healthy choices, cooking tips and incorporating healthier foods into your diet in sustainable ways. You will also learn how participants can utilize Multnomah County Library resources to locate recipes and dietary information on their own. Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Plant Yourself Where You Will Bloom: This interactive class is designed to help you create a thriving career that’s personally meaningful and financially rewarding. Learn the seven steps to go from confused about your ideal career to creating job security for life. Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

TechnoHosts: Friendly, trained TechnoHost volunteers can help you with basic computer issues. Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Job Seekers Lab: Update your resume, file for unemployment, or apply for your dream job in this special computer lab just for job seekers. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

E-books and Audiobooks—Hands-on Help: Got an e-reader? Like to read on your tablet? Want to read or listen to a book on your phone or iPod? Drop in for one-on-one help. Please bring your device and any other equipment you need to download and/or transfer. Made possible in part by The Library Foundation. Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.


Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-988-5386
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.

Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Thursdays through Aug. 13 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Thursdays through Aug. 20 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays through Aug. 22 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Parachute Playtime: Sing and dance with the big parachute. For children ages 2 to 6. Fridays through Aug. 14 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Legos at the Library: Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5 to 11. Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Teen Craft Time: Origami, crochet, weaving, decoupage and more. If there’s a craft you’d like to try or share with others, drop into this weekly time to make and do. Thursdays through Aug. 20 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Imagine New Worlds Game Camp for Teens: Join Pixel Arts for five days of fun, hands-on workshops to create tabletop and video games with your friends. Build your own game worlds using cards, paper, tiles, dice and tokens. Write a choose-your-own-adventure game with Twine, a game-making software. Bring your game to life with Scratch, an easy–to-learn visual programming software. Combine your projects or continue on with one of them in a free-for-all maker place. Learn about game developer careers and local game spaces. At the end of the activities, share your games with friends online and at the library. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions. Monday through Friday, Aug. 3 through 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. Thursday, Aug. 13 from 4 to 5 p.m.

A Good Yarn: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun and learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Vietnamese Language Exchange: Practice Vietnamese or English and help other learners in a friendly atmosphere. Participants speak half the time in English and half in Vietnamese. Beginners welcome. Saturdays from 3 to 4 p.m.

Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish and with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English.
Sundays from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Pageturners Book Group: Read “A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute. Engage in stimulating conversation about books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Monday, Aug. 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Vietnamese Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Beginning Programming: Come to this three-session course to get started with computer programming. This class uses lessons from Codecademy.com. Sign up for a free account before class to get started right away. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sundays, Aug. 9, 16 and 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Reporter Patricia MacAodha contributed to this month’s calendar