Pick up a free prom dress
Abby’s Closet offers formal gowns, wraps and purses free to high school girls Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A1 B, 777 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Dresses are new or gently used in sizes ranging from 0 to 26. Learn more at

Parade date set
The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is set for Saturday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m. The 10th annual event begins at Eastport Plaza, 4000 S.E. 82nd Ave. and runs north on S.E. 82nd Avenue to Southeast Yamhill Street. The first official Rose Festival event, it’s also the parade debut of the 2016 Rose Festival Court. In addition, Eastport Plaza hosts a weekend carnival, car show and community fair. for more information, visit, or call Nancy Chapin at 503-313-1665.



Members of Woodland Park Church Street Connections service group serving free suppers to homeless. COURTESY WOODLAND PARK CHURCH

Members of Woodland Park Church Street Connections service group serving free suppers to homeless.

Celebrate community with free supper
Four years ago, Woodland Park Church launched a community support effort it calls Street Connections. Pastor Ken Blondeaux describes Street Connections as “open hands to serve; open ears to hear the need; hands and feet to make it happen.”

Every Friday evening since then, Blondeaux and members of his congregation have been serving free suppers to the homeless on a corner of East Burnside Street and 122nd Avenue. In celebration of the fourth anniversary of that first free meal, the community is invited to drop by Friday, April 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. for free food and drink until supplies run out. You’ll find the welcoming Street Connections awning on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Blondeaux hopes you will join Woodland Park Church in finding solutions to homelessness and need in east Portland.



Neighborhood association produces forum for commissioner candidates
The Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association is holding a city commissioner candidate forum Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Portland Fire & Rescue Station No. 2, 4800 N.E. 122nd Ave.

In this primary cycle, two seats, Positions No. 1 and 4, held respectively by Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick, are up for election in May. Five candidates oppose Fritz, while nine want Novick’s job. Most candidates confirmed they’ll be there to answer voter’s questions. Pre-submitted questions receive priority. Send them via email to Bill Lindekugel,, or call him at 503-317-0574, and tell him what you want to ask the candidates and incumbents. Following the forum, candidates are invited to speak less formally to voters one-on-one. For more information about the neighborhood and forum. Visit

Register to vote by April 26
To vote in the May primary election, you must register with Multnomah County Elections Division no later than Tuesday, April 26. Because Oregon is a vote by mail state, ballots are mailed to all registered voters before each election.

You can register to vote if you are a resident of Oregon, if you are a US citizen and if you are at least 17 years old. If you register to vote at age 17, you will receive your first ballot when you turn 18.

To vote, you must be registered 21 days before Election Day. The May 17 primary election registration deadline is April 26. Oregon has a closed primary, which means you need to be registered with a major political party by then to participate in voting for candidates in that political party. The Nov. 8 general election deadline is Oct. 18. You can update your registration information anytime.

There are three ways to register to vote: register to vote online at; complete a paper voter registration card available at Multnomah County Elections Division, 1040 S.E. Morrison St.; or be registered to vote through Oregon Motor Voter automatic registration when you apply for or renew your driver’s license at Oregon DMV.

Update your voter registration information any time you change your home or mailing address, or if you’ll be away on Election Day. In addition, update your registration if you change your name, or to select a political party. You can check voter registration information online at or call Multnomah County Elections at 503-988-3720. If you do not receive your ballot, call right away to get one in time.



Parkview Christian Retirement Community
Spring Craft Fair is Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. Residents offer handcrafted toys, cards, baby gifts, tote bags and jewelry alongside original art, baked goods and more. Find the perfect gift at this semiannual event.



Portland Christian Junior/Senior High students perform “Cinderella” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 21, 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at 12425 N.E. San Rafael St. Tickets available at the door.

Learn to see landscapes
Renowned colored pencil artist Pat Averill is the guest instructor for Portland Fine Arts Guild art classes this month.

Classes meet Mondays April 4, 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Rivercrest Community Church, 3201 N.E. 148th Ave. (Note: This is a new location.)

The first day of this class will include a PowerPoint slideshow introduction and time to practice simple techniques on skies, trees, rocks, grass, water and distant hills. The slideshow will include how to see the big picture, use complementary colors in nature, light source and cast shadows, importance of groupings, values, negative shapes, edges, textures and patterns, atmosphere, what to leave out and ideas to get started. There are also a number of hints, easy tints and blending techniques.

Those who wish will work on small pieces that will fit together in a group puzzle project during the remaining two classes.

Students are also free to work on their own projects. Averill has some knowledge in pastel, oil pastel, oils, watercolor, crayon and acrylic. Class demonstration and slide show are all done with colored pencil. Students may work in any medium.

Class fee for guild members is $15 per class, while non-members pay $20. Drop-ins welcome. Registration is not required.

Find the materials list and more information at



Become a smarter gardener
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District offer workshops to teach simple gardening practices that will help you create beautiful landscape features that conserve water, increase home value, reduce pollution and create habitat for birds and pollinators.

Perfect for all levels of do-it-yourselfers, these workshops offer simple methods and tips to help you create your own attractive, low-maintenance landscape. Here are some options coming up soon:

Urban Weeds workshop at Leach Botanical Garden, 6550 S.E. 122nd Ave., Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. You will discover how these aggressive plants take over in your yard and gain some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides.

Two Native Plant workshops are available in the coming weeks. The first is at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Wednesday, April 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The second is at Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Explore the benefits of gardening with native plants. You will be introduced to common native plant communities in Portland, shown examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions and learn successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more. A native plant slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees. You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required at Click on workshops and events.

Keepin’ it cool
Dry, shady garden conditions can be a challenge. But there are plenty of plants that look great in the shade all year around, including both natives and ornamentals and even some edible plants. Learn all about plants made for the shade Saturday, April 9, at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Instructor Amy Whitworth (Plan-it Earth Design) will talk about the ins and outs of dry shade gardens, including dealing with tree roots, improving soil conditions, watering strategies and how to make those dark spaces shine. Find several examples on the walk in the garden that follows the presentation.

Pre-registration is required at or 503-823-1671. Fee is $8 for Leach Garden Friends members; $10 for non-members.

Get smart about lead exposure before beginning a home project

Before you begin any demolition, scraping, sanding, or remodeling in pre-1978 housing, check out the free Lead-safe Home Projects Workshop offered by Community Energy Project at Mall 205 Home Depot, 10120 S.E. Washington St., Saturday, April 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop is great for people who want to do a small project that may involve exposure to lead paint, such as sanding down an old window frame or a reused door with potential lead paint, or a small construction project in an older home. Register for the workshop at or call 503-284-6827 ext. 109.



Find new career at Urban League job fair
Area job seekers will have the opportunity to meet face to face with recruiters from more than 70 of the area’s most desirable employers at the Urban League of Portland’s Career Connections Job Fair Tuesday, April 5, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at DoubleTree Hilton, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., near the Lloyd Center.

The Career Connections Job Fair is one of the Urban League of Portland’s larger ongoing efforts to engage, educate and empower Oregon’s workforce.

Job seekers come to the career fair from a variety of backgrounds looking for a wide range of opportunities. The Urban League works hard to ensure that the industries and career opportunities at Career Connections Job Fair are as diverse as the job seekers attending. Recruiters from federal, state, county and city government will be there, as will recruiters from paid apprenticeship programs and nonprofit organizations.

This event is free and open to the public and conveniently located on both MAX and TriMet bus lines.

Speak up at city budget meeting
A series of city budget related events is planned by the city of Portland in upcoming weeks. One, a Community Budget Forum, is set for Tuesday, April 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alice Ott Middle School, 12500 S.E. Ramona St.

Learn about the development of Portland’s fiscal year 2016–17 budget and share your opinions with the mayor and city council. Residents are encouraged to share how they will be impacted by city budget decisions and to express which services are most important to them.

The opportunity to testify at the meeting depends on the number of people signed up to speak and the time available. It is possible that more citizens may want to testify than time allows. You are encouraged to bring written testimony to submit to the record to assure your views are registered. Single copies can be submitted to staff present at the hearing; if you bring six copies, they can be submitted directly to the City Council. You may also submit budget suggestions and comments at

Parkrose’s Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative continues outreach to homeless
Efforts by Historic Parkrose in association with Parkrose Neighborhood Association, Parkrose Business Association and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church have resulted in a better understanding of the needs of homeless in our community.

After a listening session with area homeless, weekly garbage pickup at homeless camps is now facilitated by county work crews and garbage bags collected by Parkrose Business Association.

This work has caught the attention of the mayor’s office, and Historic Parkrose District Manager Mingus Mapps has been consulted about the efforts and successes in the Parkrose.

Listening sessions will be part of the Parkrose Business Association meeting agenda Thursday, April 21, when area business owners are invited to share ideas and concerns. To keep the momentum going, St. Matthew’s, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., will host a resource fair for the homeless Thursday, June 2.

For more information about outreach to the homeless, contact Mapps at



 Get ready for spring
The annual Leach Botanical Garden Plant sale is Saturday, April 16, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 S.W. Washington St.

Browse trees, shrubs, perennials and Northwest natives from specialty nurseries and the Leach Garden collection.

Admission and parking are free.

To learn more call 503-823-1671 or visit

Bring returnables to Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of Bronco Booster activities. STAFF/2015

Bring returnables to Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of Bronco Booster activities.

You’ll serve an ace if you help out
The monthly Parkrose Bronco Booster can and bottle drive is Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. Parkrose High tennis players will help offload your donations for sorting and bagging before delivery to a Northwest Portland recycling facility. The refunds from these empties add up to a winning score in support of PHS students each year.

Celebrating peace, love and Parkrose
Hip huggers, bell bottoms, tie-dye and long hair—those were the days. You’ll be carried back to the 1960s at the 13th annual Parkrose Educational Foundation dinner and auction Saturday, April 16.

Peace, Love, Parkrose is the theme for this annual community party to raise funds in support of Parkrose students.

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way, with appetizers and a silent auction followed by dinner and a live auction featuring adventures in Pendleton, Newport, Seattle and Imnaha—a VW bus road trip in the making if ever there was one. Tickets are $60 per person at Click on 2016 dinner and auction.

Anniversary highlights hope, raises funds
Northwest Catholic Counseling Center began in borrowed rooms with secondhand supplies 30 years ago. The nonprofit celebrates this remarkable milestone while raising money for the many who still lack affordable, accessible mental health care. The three Catholic Sisters who helped make NCC a reality will join other supporters Saturday, April 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the German American Society, 5626 N.E. Alameda St., as they enjoy dinner, drinks and a great raffle. Tickets are $65 each and reserved tables of eight are $500, and they can be purchased at or by calling 503-253-0964.

All the money raised at the event goes straight to delivering NCC’s three-decade mission of providing professional, compassionate mental health services to all in need, regardless of faith or finances. NCC, an independent nonprofit, is one of the few organizations offering a sliding scale for mental health services encompassing both counseling and medication management. Nearly 45% of clients are uninsured, while many are underinsured, and the vast majority receives some subsidization of counseling fees. NCC serves more than 1,200 people each year.



Learn to start a vegetable garden
To help you get started on a vegetable garden, Villa Garden Club hosts a representative of Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Center at its meeting Thursday, April 28, at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave., beginning at 10:30 a.m. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while learning about vegetable gardening for beginners. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Please contact Chris McClure at 503-489-5437 to learn more.

Joint concert makes beautiful music
The East County Community Orchestra and Portland Metro Concert Band perform Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. at David Douglas High School, Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave.

The orchestra plans a program of popular and classical music. The band will play familiar tunes and traditional marches.

Both groups are all volunteer nonprofit organizations. There is no admission fee to the concert. To help defray operating costs, donations are welcome.

Guests will mingle with directors and musicians during an intermission that includes refreshments.

This joint concert of the East County Community Orchestra and Portland Metro Concert Band is made possible by a grant from Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

To learn more, visit and



Connect to kindergarten
All 2016–2017 David Douglas School District kindergarten students are invited to their neighborhood school for the spring Connect to Kindergarten event Tuesday, April 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you do not know your designated school, please call 503-256-6526. Childcare for siblings and translators will be available if requested. All upcoming kindergarten students and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend this informational event. In addition to helping the district project enrollment for kindergarten classes, participation in this event helps children become excited and comfortable with going to school.

Parents and children will meet kindergarten teachers and the principal, tour the school, view kindergarten classrooms, take a bus ride to learn about the school transportation system, receive kindergarten readiness activities and turn in completed registration forms after the activities. Parents must show the child’s birth certificate, immunization form and card and proof of residence at time of registration.

Exploring options in education
Trinity Lutheran Christian School open house and student showcase is Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 5520 N.E. Killingsworth St. TLS serves students from preschool through eighth grade. Learn more at or 503-288-6403.

Preschool enrollment opens for 2016–2017
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool is accepting registrations for the 2016–2017 school year. Its discovery-based program has been operating at 11560 S.E. Market St for more than 50 years. Preschool classes for 3- and 4-year-olds meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Set up a tour with Katie Strobel, preschool director, at 503-256-1835. Learn more at



Choirs invited to Spring Choir Fest
Human Solutions is inviting area choirs to participate in a special Spring Choir Fest scheduled for Sunday, April 17. Human Solutions had to unexpectedly cancel its annual Epiphany Choir Fest in January, but with the help of Gethsemane Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Choral Association, it is hosting a spring concert in its place to celebrate the resurrection. The choir will begin at 3 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance is open to any interested choir. In a format similar to the Epiphany event, each choir is allowed to pick two songs to sing. Choir rehearsal will begin at 2 p.m. During the performance, a representative from Human Solutions will speak briefly before a freewill donation to benefit the agency’s programs and services for low-income families and families experiencing homelessness. The program will finish with all choirs coming together to sing Handel’s Messiah. A reception will be held afterward in the church foyer.

Interested choirs should contact Sara Fisher at Human Solutions by Friday, April 8, with the following information: choir name and choir director, the two songs to be performed and the number of people in the choir. Sara may be reached at 503-548-0283 or



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 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

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

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays 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, except April 2 and 30.

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. Friday, April 1, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Celebrate 100 Years of Beverly Cleary—Costumes for Ramona and Henry: On Klickitat Street, Ramona made her own costumes and wore them year-round. You can, too! Learn to make attachable ears and tails using fabric and recycled materials. Turn yourself into an animal or creature of your choice, and finish your costume off with face paint. Great for children ages 4 to 10 and their families. Saturday, April 2, from 1 to 2:30 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.

Earthquake Preparedness: In this workshop, you will learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, how to build an emergency kit, what items should be included and the proper way to store it. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Pageturners Book Group: Read “The Johnstown Flood” by David G. McCullough. Engage in stimulating conversation about books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Monday, April 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Vietnamese Computer Help: Library volunteers provide one-on-one assistance with basic computer functions like setting up emails and filling out online forms and applications. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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 newborn to 12 months with adult. Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

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

STEAM Storytime: Storytime for children 2 to 6 years with STEAM added. Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Cantonese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children newborn to 6 years with a favorite adult and other family members. Saturdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m., except April 30.

Russian Storytime: Storytime presented in Russian for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Tuesdays from 6 to 7 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. Chess equipment is provided. All ages welcome. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., except April 30.

Ballet Between the Books—“Flower Festival” Pas de Deux and More: Come see a special performance by Oregon Ballet Theatre at your library. Beautifully trained ballet dancers will perform the “Flower Festival” pas de deux by August Bournonville and two pieces by world-renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, a duet from the ballet “Duende” and a trio from the ballet “Na Floresta.” Stay after the show to learn more about ballet and upcoming OBT shows. Sunday, April 3 from 2 to 3 p.m.

African Storytelling: Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away. Saturday, April 23, from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Teen Council: Teen Council empowers teens to improve the library and the community through opportunities to build leadership skills, earn service hours and have fun with other teens and staff. Email for more information. Mondays from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Read to the Dogs: Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog from Pet Partners. Registration required; call 503-988-5392. Saturdays, April 9 and 23, 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. Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 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., except April 30.

Strategies for a Sustainable Income in Retirement: Learn how to establish retirement goals and strategies for a sustainable income in retirement. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, April 2, from 1 to 2 p.m.

From Africa to America: By means of beautifully written songs and stories, Benin-born artist and educator Parfait Bassalé shares about his journey from West Africa to Portland. The depth of the lyrics and the emotional rawness with which Parfait sings his experience won’t leave you unchanged. You are in for a treat! Sunday, April 10, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Drumming in the Stacks—Taiko Workshop: The workshop will begin with a performance by Portland Taiko. Members of the ensemble will provide a brief explanation of the roots of taiko drumming in Japan and North America, followed by an introduction to kuchi shoga, rhythmic syllables that are sung for different drum strokes. Participants will learn the basic hitting techniques and are encouraged to wear loose-fitting clothing (suitable for a light workout) and to bring water. Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of the Library Foundation. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, April 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Pageturners Book Groups: Engage in conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Read “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” by Candice Millard. Tuesday, April 19, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Read “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai. Wednesday, April 20, from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

TechnoHosts: Trained volunteers can help you with basic computer issues. Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

Computer Help: Volunteers provide assistance with basic computer functions. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (Assistance in Vietnamese also available.) Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. (Assistance in Chinese also available.)

E-books and Audiobooks—Hands-On Help: Drop in for one-on-one help. Please bring your device and any other equipment you need to download and/or transfer. Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Vietnamese Computer Basics: Learn how to use the library catalog, email, surf the web, use word processing and other basic computer skills. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, except April 30.

Meet the Computer: Never tried a computer before? In this two-session course, you will learn the very basics of using a computer, a keyboard and a mouse. No experience is necessary for you to take this relaxed, fun class. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Tuesdays, April 19 and April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.