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 April are due Wednesday, March 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.


Know your immigration rights
The Parkrose School District and Catholic Charities host a special event in support of immigrants Wednesday, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. A team of immigration lawyers will be on hand to share information about protections guaranteed by the Constitution.

Celebrate music in our schools
To mark Music in Our Schools Month, the David Douglas School District plans its first ever Sing! Sing! Sing! event Monday, March 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th Ave. All DDSD students, staff and their families are encouraged to join. Participants will learn parts for three songs, then come together to sing in harmony. The theme is David Douglas Pops. The three songs are “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “We Are the World.”

All experience levels are encouraged to attend. Let district music teachers show you how much fun it can be to sing together. This is a family event, and all ages are welcome. Elementary school students need to be accompanied by a parent or older sibling. This is a free event.

Gun safety: Responsible use; responsible policy
The League of Women Voters of Portland is presenting a panel to discuss gun safety Tuesday, March 14 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Multnomah County board room, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. The program is free and open to the public.

The panel will include Lisa Millet, director, Injury and Violence Prevention Program, Oregon Public Health Division; Jim Oleske, associate professor of law, Lewis & Clark Law School; Paul Kemp, Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership; and Jenn Lynch, Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety; Marge Easley will moderate.

The panel will address the facts and statistics on firearms injuries and fatalities; the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and constitutional issues related to gun owners’ rights and responsibilities; gun safety precautions; and current and proposed laws on gun rights and safety.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This program will be recorded by MetroEast Community Media for online streaming at lwvpdx.org and rebroadcast on Comcast channels 21 and 29 and Frontier channels 32 and 37.

Get ready to go solar
Learn why 2017 is the time to go solar at a free solar information seminar hosted by Solar Energy Solutions, Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Parkrose High School, conference room L5, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

Learn about solar costs after all financial incentives are claimed, including a 30 percent federal income tax credit, up to $6,000 in state income tax credits and an incentive from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Please RSVP by March 8 at gosolarparkrose.com or call Chuck Fall at 503-484-5548.

Speak up about park repairs, improvements
The Parks Replacement Bond was passed in November 2014. Voters authorized up to $68 million in general obligation bonds to make repairs and replace the most critical needs in Portland parks.

The first phase of repairs is currently underway on over 30 park improvement projects citywide. During this phase, almost $48 million of allocated funds is being spent to improve playgrounds, pools, roofs, Pioneer Courthouse Square, restrooms and park maintenance facilities.

Now, it’s time to decide how to spend the remaining $20 million for the second phase of park improvements. Portland Parks & Recreation plans the following meeting for citizens to learn more about Phase 2 of the Parks Replacement Bond and give feedback on the next proposed project list:

• Town Hall with Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Tuesday, March 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at East Portland Community Center 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Annual Parkrose Community Job Fair date set
Mt. Hood Community College’s annual Parkrose Community Job Fair will make its third appearance Tuesday, March 21, at the Maywood Park MHCC Campus, 10100 N.E. Prescott Street, on the corner of Prescott and 102nd Avenue. The event is one of five to six such events created by MHCC Career and Academic Group Advising Coordinator, Bhaktirose Dawdy, MPA. The other fairs happen at the Gresham campus.

Residents from the surrounding neighborhoods are welcome to attend, although the primary focus of the event is for job-seeking students at the Maywood Park campus, which offers programs for the GED and ESL, as well as for participants in Career Pathway certificate programs for Accounting Clerk, Office Clerk and Assistant Teacher for early childhood jobs.

Representatives of some businesses—jobs with hourly wages and financial assistance or available training—are also included if they offer reimbursement for college tuition or other training.

Last year, 75 percent of job fair attendees were from the surrounding community, not from the college, according to organizers. The event features employers from a variety of industries, including job offerings at both entry and career levels. Areas of emphasis offered by invited employers will include health care, manufacturing, hospitality, education and government/non-profit employment opportunities.

Neighborhood employers participating last year included Begin Right Employment Service, City-Roses Disposal and Recycling, Duck Delivery, Marquis Care, MHCC Child Development and Family Support, Parkrose Hardware, and Prestige Car. Final selections of this year’s employers was not complete at deadline.

Job Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is limited, utilizing the small campus lot and the one across Prescott at St. Rita Catholic Church. Dawdy encourages those not in walking distance to use public transportation. Nearby Tri Met stops are the #87on the 102nd at the corner of Prescott, the #22 on 102nd and the #21 on Prescott Street. Dawdy looks forward to an even more successful event this year.


Choose native plants for your yard
The days are getting longer, and the ground is waking up. Get ready for spring at a free East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District native plant workshop at Zenger Farm, 11741 S.E. Foster Road, Thursday, March 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Explore the benefits of gardening with native plants. You will be introduced to common native plant communities in Portland, view examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions and learn successful planting tips that will help them thrive. 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.

To register and to find other workshops, visit emswcd.org. Click on workshops and events.


PHS class of 1969
The Parkrose High class of 1969 meets the second Wednesday of each month. A new location is chosen monthly. On Wednesday, March 8, classmates can choose lunch, happy hour or both at Bridge City Taproom, 620 S.E. 122nd Ave.

Luncheon begins at 11:30, and the happy hour get-together begins at 4:30 p.m. Watch for postings on the Parkrose Class of ’69 Facebook page and the Parkrose High Alumni Association Facebook page. These events are no host.


The first Saturday is can and bottle day
Parkrose Bronco Boosters, Pop Can Patty and an assortment of parent and student volunteers will be at the ready from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. when you pull into the Parkrose Middle School turnaround, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., Saturday, March 4, with a trunkload of returnable bottles and cans. They will relieve you of the responsibility of taking them to a recycling center, and they will use the funds from your donation to benefit Parkrose students.

The next collection date will be Saturday, April 1—no joke!

Special guests support PCS at event
Portland Christian Schools invites all Gateway and Parkrose residents and business owners to attend its largest fundraiser of the year. The Royal Gala and Auction is Saturday, March 11 at the Jr./Sr. High Campus, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St. Funds raised benefit all students at PCS.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the silent auction and appetizers. Meet and mingle with major league baseball all-star Royce Clayton, NFL quarterback Neil Lomax and Gresham Olympian Sam Crouser before sitting down for the live auction and dinner.

Tickets are $50 each. Buy them at pcschool.ejoinme.org/auction2017 by March 8.

Rummage sale supports David Douglas SANP
The annual David Douglas High School rummage sale to fund the senior all-night party is Friday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the south building cafeteria, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave. Members of the DDHS PTSA have been collecting gently used household goods, furniture, lawn mowers, clothing, books, records, photographic gear and more for months. Now it will be offered to you at great prices. Help DDHS graduates have an unforgettable drug- and alcohol-free send off.

Annual auction benefits people experiencing homelessness and poverty
Human Solutions will host its annual auction and gala Saturday, April 8, at the Melody Ballroom, 615 S.E. Alder St. The theme is “Soar with Us.” Doors open at 6 p.m. for a festive night that includes a live auction, passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing, games and more. Tickets are $85 per person or $700 for a table of 10. The individual ticket price increases to $125 starting April 5.

If you’d like to help, volunteer positions include check-in/check-out, the silent auction and games. Volunteers will receive training and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The event supports affordable housing, emergency shelter and other programs that benefit low-income families and families experiencing homelessness. For more information on volunteering and sponsorships or to register, visit humansolutions.org or contact Sara Fisher at sfisher@humansolutions.org or 503-548-0283.


Mingle with area vendors and business owners
East Portland Chamber of Commerce brings small business tools and resources together at regular meetings and seminars. Enjoy free appetizers with members and guests at the monthly EPCC Happy Hour Thursday, March 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Fire+Stone Restaurant, 3730 N.E. Fremont St. Visit eastportlandchamberofcommerce.com to register and to view the group’s full schedule.

Join Rotary
Northeast Rotary meets Tuesdays at Kings Omelets, 10711 N.E. Halsey St. at noon. For more information about the club, call Kevin Minkoff, 503-252-3988.

Central East Portland Rotary meets at Elmer’s Restaurant, 10001 N.E. Sandy Blvd., every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. CEP Rotary funds college scholarships, mentors students and raises money to fight muscular dystrophy and polio.

Check out Kiwanis
Montavilla Kiwanis Club meets Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. at Chinese Village, 520 S.E. 82nd Ave. Montavilla Kiwanis is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.

Business associations
Gateway Area Business Association meets Thursday, March 9 from noon to 1 p.m. at Bradford’s Sports Lounge, 10346 N.E. Halsey St. Network with local business owners over lunch. Lunch price is $8 per person.

The Parkrose Business Association meets Thursday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. for its monthly membership luncheon at Holiday Inn—Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd. These luncheons offer business-to-business networking and a unified voice with city officials. To learn more, visit parkrosebusiness.org.

Potluck marks garden club’s 69th year
Villa Garden Club celebrates its 69th anniversary with a potluck luncheon Thursday, March 23. You’re invited to learn about the group and to hear guest speaker David Porter, executive director of Leach Botanical Garden.

The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. Bring a dish to share at the potluck luncheon.

For more information, contact Chris McClure at 503-489-5437.


Acrylic artist to teach PFAG classes
Portland Fine Arts Guild member Paul Clendenin will lead art classes this month.

Clendenin plans to teach the use of a limited palette to construct thumbnail scenes for larger works. Attendees will engage principles and elements of art with focus on composition.

Classes are Mondays March 6, 13 and 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Rivercrest Community Church, 3201 N.E. 148th Ave.

Fees are $15 per class for guild members, $20 per class for non-members.

Go to portlandfineartsguild.org for more information and for lists of supplies.

Middle school kids offer free concerts
Parkrose Middle School students look forward to seeing you at a pair of free concerts in the PMS commons, 11800 N.E. Shaver St.

The sixth grade choir performs Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m.

The following week on Tuesday, March 14, is the spring band concert at 7 p.m.

Students present self-directed films and plays
Parkrose High students present student-directed films and one-act plays during a three-day event this month. This format allows student directors and actors to showcase their talents with plays and films in a broad array of genres. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11, in the PHS theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Tickets are $5.

Story of strength and determination hits the stage at Horner PAC
David Douglas High School drama students present “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich. Based on the true story of four women who worked in a watch factory in Ottawa, Illinois, the play dramatizes the danger women faced in the workforce in the 1920s and the lack of concern by companies for protecting the health of their employees.

The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and 2:30 p.m. March 12 and 19 at Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $10 for adults.

The box office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on school days and one hour before show time. Go to hs.ddouglas.k12.or.us and click on DDHS Box Office to purchase tickets online.


Two-thirds of seniors have been scammed online
Financial and online fraud against aging adults are now considered the “crimes of the century” by the National Council on Aging. Scammers often target seniors because of perceived accumulated wealth and because they feel that seniors are less likely to report crimes due to fear of embarrassment.

An October 2016 by survey by FleishmanHillard found that two-thirds (67 percent) of U.S. seniors have been the victim or target of at least one common online scam or hack. In addition, more than a third (38 percent) report that someone has tried to scam them online, and 28 percent of surveyed seniors have mistakenly downloaded a computer virus.

Seniors are encouraged to take the following precautions, compiled from the National Cyber Security Alliance, Stop Think and Connect and the Home Instead Senior Care network, to protect themselves online:

  1. Create passwords and make them strong. Lock all Internet-enabled devices, including computers, tablets and smartphones, with secure passwords—at least 12 characters long and a mix of letters, numbers and symbols.
  2. Secure access to accounts with two-step verification. Many online services, including apps and websites, offer free options to help protect personal information. Learn more at lockdownyourlogin.com.
  3. Think before you act. E-mails or messages that create a sense of urgency—like a problem with a bank account or taxes—are likely a scam. Reach out to companies by phone to determine if e-mails are legitimate.
  4. When in doubt, throw it out. If an e-mail looks unusual, delete it. Clicking on links in e-mail is often how scammers access personal information. Turn on spam filters to filter suspicious messages.
  5. Share with care. Be aware of what you share publicly on social media and adjust privacy settings to limit who can see your information.
  6. Use security software, including updated anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
  7. Adjust browser safety settings for optimum security.
  8. Use the default firewall security protection on your computer.
  9. Log out. Log out of apps and websites when you’re finished using them. Leaving them open on your computer or smartphone could make you vulnerable to security and privacy risks.
  10. Consider support. Seniors who live alone or spend a lot of time by themselves may want to consider a trusted source, such as adult family members, computer-savvy grandchildren or professional caregivers, to serve as a second set of eyes and ears when conducting activities online.

Take the Can You Spot an Online Scam? quiz and view other program resources and tips at protectseniorsonline.com.


Use art to hear your inner voice
Anxiety, depression or mania often impersonates our inner voice, the silent voice that warns of possible problems. Using art to find that inner voice is both calming and powerful. The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center invites you to discover your inner voice using creative activities. No art experience is necessary.

The “Beyond Words” workshop will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8383 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Suite 205.

The fee for the workshop is $30. Please call 503-253-0964 or visit nwcounseling.org to register.


Lenten services to include dramatization of the trial of Jesus
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., plans Lenten worship services at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday evenings from March 1 through April 5. Each of these services will include an episode of “The State Versus the King of the Jews,” by Curt M. Joseph, read by the Resurrection Players. This dramatization of the trial of Jesus takes place in a modern courtroom. Each character details his or her dealings with the man who claimed to be the son of God.

Performances are part of the worship service and are free of charge.

 Sign up for play-based preschool
Gethsemane Lutheran Church preschool is ready to register your child for fall 2017. The big pyramid church at 11560 S.E. Market St., has been serving the community for more than 50 years.

Katie Strobel, preschool director, offers play based programs for 3- and 4-year-olds. Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Find them on Facebook or on the web at glcportland.org/preschool.

Contact Strobel at 503-256-1835 to set up a tour.


Wilkes Community Group general meeting Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 N.E. 162nd Ave.
Russell Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday, March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at University of Western States, 2900 N.E. 132nd Ave. For more information, contact Ron Glanville at ronglanville@gmail.com or look to russellneighbors.org.

Hazelwood Neighborhood Association general meeting Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at EPNO, 1017 N.E. 117th Ave. Contact Chair Arlene Kimura at arlene.kimura@gmail.com for more information.

Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association holds its first general meeting of the year Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station #2, 4800 N.E. 122nd Ave. The agenda includes: unveiling the new ANTA website; discussion of the update plans for Argay Park (revised tennis/multi courts, improved lighting, and wheelchair access); schedule of events for 2017; what to do about abandoned cars, campers, and other nuisances, and an update on land use and the Castlegate development. Contact Chair Doug Cook at doug.cook12@gmail.com for more information.

Parkrose Neighborhood Association meeting Tuesday, March 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Russellville Grange, 12105 N.E. Prescott St. Contact parkroseneighbors@gmail.com for more information.

Mill Park Neighborhood Association meeting Monday, March 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St. Contact mill.park.pdx.chair@gmail.com for more information.

Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors meeting Tuesday, March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 N.E. Knott St. For more information, contact Tom Badrick at tbadrick@aol.com.


Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., 503-988-5123

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 from 11:30 a.m. to noon, except March 27.

Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Tuesdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., except March 28.

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., except March 31.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children from birth to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., except March 31.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Mondays from 10:15 to 11 a.m., except March 27, and Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon, except March 28.

Black Storytime: The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to 6 years with a favorite adult and other family members. Saturdays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children from birth to 6 years with a favorite adult and other family members. Saturdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children from birth to 6 years with adult. Sundays from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Russian Storytime: Storytime presented in Russian for children from birth to 6 years with adult. Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

STEAM Storytime: Enjoy a 15-minute storytime followed by age-appropriate science, math or art exploration. For children ages 2 to 6. Thursdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m., except March 30.

Yarn Club: Whether your interest is knitting or crocheting, come join the fun and learn together. All levels and ages welcome. 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.


Teen Council: Build leadership skills, work on creative projects, plan events, earn service hours and have fun with other teens and library staff. Snacks provided. E-mail karens@multco.us for more information. Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., except March 27.

Click Click CaptureTeen Perspective on Issues That Matter: This five-session workshop introduces teens to Photovoice: an arts-based technique that combines photography with writing and social action. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Mondays, March 6 through April 3 from 4 to 5:45 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 503-988-5123. Saturdays, March 11 and 25 from noon to 2 p.m.

Legos at the Library: Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. For kids ages 5 to 11.

Mondays, March 13 and 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.


Language Exchange

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

English Classes: Free ESL classes. All levels welcome. Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Adult Literacy Tutoring: Drop in to work one-on-one with a tutor. Get help with reading, writing, math, English and the GED. Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Citizenship Class: Learn about the process of becoming a citizen. Prepare for your citizenship interview. Study U. S. history and government for the examination. Classes are in English and are taught by Goodwill instructors.

Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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.

Seed to SupperBeginning Gardening on a Small Budget: In this six-week course from the Oregon Food Bank, learn the basics of abundant produce gardening. Participants should plan to attend all six classes. Please find other arrangements for children; this is an adults-only course. Seed to Supper is a joint effort of Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener™ Program. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Sundays, March 5 through April 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 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 Wright Brothers” by David McCullough. Wednesday, March 15 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Meet the author. Read “Crooked River” by Valerie Geary. Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Computer Help: Volunteers provide assistance with basic computer functions. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m; assistance in Vietnamese also available. Russian assistance available 5 to 6 p.m. Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m; assistance in Chinese also available.

E-books and AudiobooksHands-On Help: Bring your device and drop in for one-on-one help. Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Using Craigslist: Craigslist is like online classified ads. Learn how to post an item to sell, how to search for a job or a rental home and tips for staying safe when using Craigslist. You don’t need to be a computer expert to take this class, but you must be able to use a mouse and a keyboard and be comfortable navigating the Internet. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Thursday, March 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Computer Basics: Learn the very basics of using a Windows-based computer, a keyboard and a mouse. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Tuesday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Internet Basics: This class is an introduction to using the Internet on computers. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Tuesday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

 Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-988-5123

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., except March 30.

Book Babies: Storytime for children from birth to 12 months with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. except March 30.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., except March 31.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children from birth to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children from birth to 6 years with adult.

Saturdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Family Craft Hour: Bring art and color into your life with very simple crafts for the entire family. Thursday, March 2 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Symmetric Butterflies: Ever notice when a butterfly folds its wings upward, they are perfect matches in size and shape as well as pattern? Wonder why? It’s because for a butterfly, being symmetrical is the best way to fly. In this workshop with Puppetkabob, kids will design and paint a mirror image pattern on the wings of a butterfly puppet. Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Toddler Dance Party: This dance party is for newborns to 7-year-olds and the young at heart. Micah and Me can connect with youngsters of all ages while playing live fun-filled music on the ukulele and guitar. Wednesday, March 29 from 10:15 to 11 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. Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m., except March 31.

Follow the Reader: Practice your new reading skills with a teen buddy. Discover new books, learn new words and make a new friend. Sign up for a 30-minute session to read with a specially trained teen volunteer. Registration required; call 503-988-5386. Saturday, March 4 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Babysitter Training for Teens: This KidProof babysitter course provides interactive discussion, activities and hands-on practice to increase your confidence and give you the skills you need to be the best babysitter possible. Each student receives a Babysitter’s Handbook and wallet card upon successful completion. Students will need to arrive on time and stay for the whole workshop. Lunch and snacks provided. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Friday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 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 the time in Vietnamese. Beginners welcome. Saturdays from 3 to 4 p.m.

Language Exchange: Practice English or Spanish and help other learners in a friendly atmosphere. 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 them. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Sunday, March 5 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop: This workshop empowers people to reduce lead exposure and lead poisoning in their lives. It provides participants with the tools and resources needed to locate lead sources within their home and occupation, stabilize or eliminate hazardous lead conditions and find additional agencies and organizations in the Portland metro area that can help to further limit lead hazards in the home. Participants receive a booklet and kit of lead-safe cleaning and testing materials. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Monday, March 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Beginning Ceramics: Learn basic clay hand building techniques, including slab, pinch and coil construction. Use low-fire clay and slips to create and paint two to four finished projects. All projects will be ready to take home at the final class. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123. Tuesdays, March 7 through April 4 from 3 to 4:40 p.m.

Seismic Retrofitting: Learn the basics of how to install a seismic retrofit, whether it’s something you think you’d like to do yourself or you just want to understand the basic principles. Topics covered will include the goal of a seismic retrofit, basic load calculations, earthquake insurance, what features to avoid in your next home purchase, permits, assessing foundation quality, tools and hardware. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5123.

Sunday, March 12 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Pageturners Book Group

Read “Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia” by Jean Sasson. Engage in stimulating conversation about books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Monday, March 20 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 e-mails and filling out online forms and applications. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.