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The Memo Calendar is your vehicle to publicize community events. Let your mid-Multnomah County neighbors know about events of interest, meetings, fundraisers and the like. Calendar submissions for the May issue are due Monday, April 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at Or mail your submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Expeditions in the wild for kids
Join Honeybee Hikes, weekly discovery walks for young children 2 to 6 years and their caregivers Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. Explore the garden, look for wildlife, and visit resident bees, pausing long enough for a short story or craft project. This is a year round weekly event. Please dress for the weather. Sorry, pathways cannot accommodate strollers. Possible cancellations will be posted on the garden website home page, The fee is $2 per child (non-walkers are free). Groups of 10 or more should register in advance by contacting the education coordinator at 503-823-1671.

Explore the slough with your little ones
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council hosts Tadpole Tales on Wednesdays this month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Columbia Children's Arboretum, 300 N.E. Meadow Lane.

Enjoy these short-story and guided nature walks with your favorite 3 to 5 year old child. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes, and learn about local trees and flowers. Weekly topics will include pond life, birds, dirt and worms, and mammals. Routes are accessible to strollers. Families are welcome to bring a snack. Advance registration is required by emailing or calling 503-281-1132. The fee is $3 per child, no charge for adults.

Finding David Douglas
The David Douglas Historical Society will screen the documentary film “Finding David Douglas” Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. at Howard Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. Celebrate the life and heritage of David Douglas; meet the producer and director of the film, Lois Leonard, and other special guests. Enjoy live performances of Scottish musicians, singers and dancers. There will be raffle tickets for a trip to Scotland, drawings and more.

Brunch with the birds
Find more than ducks on Whitaker Pond as you learn about local songbirds and spring migrants with an area naturalist.
Join Columbia Slough Watershed Council Member and Metro Naturalist James Davis for a lunchtime birding tour at Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, 7040 N.E. 47th Ave., Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Look for songbirds and spring migrants before settling down to a delicious lunch provided by the Council. There is a $5 suggested donation. This activity is suitable for adults and teens aged 12 and over. Advance registration is required at or 503-281-1132.

Preparing for disasters: The Big One, little ones and everything in between
When a big disaster strikes, you could be on your own for days. Whether it's a home fire, winter storm, a major earthquake or zombies, you have to make sure you and your family are ready. The East Portland Neighborhood Association invites you to laugh and learn with the prophet of doom, James Roddey, and learn how to be prepared for anything.

Mark your calendar for Monday evening, April 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a free presentation on preparing for disasters at Floyd Light Middle School, Southeast Washington Street and 108th Avenue.

Roddey's presentations include some surprising elements like earthquake myths and legends, scientific detective stories, and even jokes about hoarding wine, baking cookies and stealing tsunami signs.

“We get to live within one of the most beautiful, dynamic landscapes on Earth, but it comes with consequences,” says Roddey. “Sooner or later, the geologic forces that have created our amazing landscapes cause serious natural hazards, like volcanic eruptions, floods, and some of the largest earthquakes on earth.”

A second chance for garbage
The Parkrose Neighborhood Association community clean-up event is Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help neighbors recycle some of the unwanted items that have been taking up space in their homes. This event is taking place at the Northeast parking lot of Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St., just north of the Parkrose Farmer's Market. Cars will be guided through the Farmer's Market entrance on Shaver Street to get to the lot.

Furniture, mattresses, appliances, bathtubs and sinks, computers and electronics, metal and items too large for your garbage can will be accepted.

Prohibited items include hazardous materials like gasoline, chemicals, oil, paint, tar, batteries, animal waste and liquids; construction and landscaping materials like concrete, asphalt, dirt, sod, bricks, asbestos, sand, gravel or composition roofing; yard debris and trimmings; commercial or kitchen garbage.

Be sure to check out the reuse table, you may find something you need among the castoffs, or something you no longer use may find a new home.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for cars; $10 for pick-ups and vans and $20 for oversized loads. Remember, this is a first come, first served event. When the dumpsters are full, collections will stop.

For more information or to volunteer, contact clean-up chair Joan Stevens at 503-254-0845 or

Give your garbage a second chance.

PHS all classes
The Parkrose School District is 100 years old this year. Mark your calendar for the weekend of Sept. 6 and 7 and plan to participate in centennial celebrations that will include events for all ages. Watch this space for details as plans are firmed up and the date gets closer.

Drop refundable cans and bottles at PMS
The monthly Parkrose High School Bronco Boosters can and bottle drive is Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 111800 N.E. Shaver St. Representatives of the Parkrose Middle School PTO will be on hand to collect your donations. Bag 'em up and make a run to the school to help fund scholarships and support student activities.

Recycling supports the neighborhood
The Powellhurst Gilbert Neighborhood Association and the Division Midway Alliance will accept your refundable bottles and cans Sunday, April 7 and 21 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Sears parking lot at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Division Street. Proceeds support neighborhood projects.

Raise funds for emergency shelter
“Tonight's the Night,” Human Solutions' 25th anniversary celebration gala and auction, will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at The Melody Ballroom, 615 S.E. Alder St.

The event will feature silent and live auctions, dinner, and live music from the 1970s provided by Tony Starlight's AM Gold Band. Starlight is best known for his Neil Diamond impersonation that is the featured attraction at his Tony Starlight's Supper Club & Lounge in northeast Portland.

Proceeds from the event will support Human Solutions' emergency shelter and housing programs that serve more than 250 homeless families on any given night. Registration is $65 per person.

To register online, go to:

To register with a credit card by phone, contact Sara Fisher at 503-548-0283. To register via mail, send a check made out to Human Solutions to: Human Solutions, Attn: Sara Fisher, 12350 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97236. Please write “Tonight's the Night” in the memo line of the check. For more information, contact Sara Fisher at

For 25 years, Human Solutions has been building pathways out of poverty by promoting self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income families and individuals in east Multnomah County. The agency's four key program areas are shelter and housing for homeless families, developing affordable housing, employment and economic development, and safety net services such as rent and utility assistance. For more information, visit

Denim and Diamonds: don't miss it
This is it: the party of the year in Parkrose. The Holiday Inn-Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd., will be sparkling with diamonds and gemstones when the Parkrose Educational Foundation dinner and auction “Denim and Diamonds” kicks off at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27. This is the 10th anniversary celebration in support of all students enrolled in Parkrose School District schools and organizers are planning a spectacular evening.

Guests will enjoy champagne and appetizers in the hotel atrium while browsing tables laden with silent auction items before moving into the dining room for a scrumptious dinner, the oral auction, an exciting game of head or tails and the hectic dessert dash.

Auction items include custom made diamond jewelry, a mini-vacation in a guest cottage steps away from the Point No Point Lighthouse on the Kitsap peninsula and one in a condo that sleeps 10 in Ocean Park, Wash.; day hopper passes to Disneyland; fresh flowers each month for a year; a guided paddle adventure on the Columbia Slough; a ride in glider; a Bear Anarchy compound hunting bow; a sturgeon fishing trip; a week of meals prepared for you by a professional chef; sheep skin seat covers; tickets to a tail gate party, a Bunco party and a cocktail party featuring Michael Allen Harrison; and gift baskets, gift certificates and custom crafted items galore. You'll have to see it all for yourself.

Tickets are $50 each. A sponsored table is $450 and includes advertising in the auction program and power point presentation. Buy yours now at You don't want to be the only one home in Parkrose on that Saturday night. Grab your diamond tiara or cowboy hat with the diamond hat band, pull on your diamond studded jeans, slip into a pair of diamond encrusted boots or stilettos and be there.

Planting season is here
The annual Villa Garden Club spring plant sale is Saturday, May 4 at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St. from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a native plant table and lots of unusual perennials. Refresh your garden and collect plant care information.

It's ugly tie time at Kiwanis
Tuesday, April 9 is Herb Tarlek Day at Russellville Kiwanis. This is a fun annual event that celebrates Herb Tarlek, a character from the late 70s TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” with an ugly tie auction fundraiser. Bring the ugliest tie you can find to auction off, but beware, you may be required to wear one to meetings for the next year.

Russellville Kiwanis meets Tuesdays at Papa's Pizza, 16321 S.E. Stark St. from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the club and begin giving back to area charities like SnowCap Community Charities, Parkrose High School Key Club, Ronald McDonald House, Daybreak Family Shelter, Portland Children's Book Bank, Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program, Parkrose Little League, Shepherd's Door Shelter and Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Handicapped Children and Youth. Contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 or to learn more.

Bonsai for beginners
The Villa Garden Club April meeting will feature Bonsai Barb-Barbara Cantu-of Small Trees Big Dreams who will share the basics of bonsai. The business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 25, followed by a brown bag lunch and the program at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S. E. 139th Ave. Coffee and dessert will be served. Please call Velda Altig 503-252-7423 if you need more information.

Rummage through this
The American Legion Auxiliary Portland Post Unit 1 annual rummage sale is Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1830 S.E. 122nd Ave. All proceeds support veterans' programs. Please call Donna Lindstead at 503-252-6245 if you have questions.

Shop 'til you drop
The annual David Douglas rummage sale in support of the DDHS Senior All Night Party is Friday, April 26 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the south cafeteria. Enter next to the district office on Southeast 130th Avenue between Division and Stark streets.

Donations to the sale are being accepted Saturdays through April 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the south parking lot, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave.

Pick up a treasure
The Gethsemane Lutheran Church Rummage Sale, 11560 S.E. Market St., is Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. They have gathered furniture, tools, toys, clothing, electronics, jewelry and books for your shopping pleasure.

Lunch will be available and there is a bake sale all day and a knife sharpening service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. All proceeds will support church missions.

Donate underwear for those in need
During the month of April the congregation at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., will collect donations of socks and undergarments for the women served by Rahab's Sisters and the men served by Operation Nightwatch. Donations of new undergarments and socks of all sizes will be appreciated and delivered to the respective organizations at the end of April.

Men's footwear on the want list
Sometimes securing and keeping a job comes down to something simple like owning a pair of comfortable, substantial work shoes.

SnowCap Community Charities is experiencing requests from many men who “simply don't have adequate footwear to enable them to perform on the job or seek employment,” according to Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director. “We've never before had to make this request for community support, but it is important for the clients we serve,” she added.

Needed are shoes with good nonskid soles like tennis or athletic shoes and black leather shoes suitable for fast food workers, security personnel and gas station attendants. All sizes are needed. Shoes should be clean and in reasonable condition.

Deliveries are accepted at the SnowCap warehouse, 17788 S.E. Pine St. from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Add interest, energy to your paintings
PM Shore is the guest instructor at Portland Fine Arts Guild painting classes this month. She is a graphic designer who pursues painting as a form of self expression. Her works have been exhibited in area galleries and art shows and she now has her own studio and gallery downtown.

The focus in April will be cityscapes. Students will work from photographs-feel free to bring your own-to learn how perspective, values, and light and shade can produce structure and a sense of place.

Classes meet on Monday, April 1, 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Russellville Grange Hall, 12105 N.E. Prescott St. The fee is $12 for PFAG members and $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is not required. More information and a supply list are available here:

Take in a concert
The East County Community Orchestra and the Portland Metro Concert Band will present a concert of marches, popular and light classical music Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at the David Douglas Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. Admission is free. This concert is made possible by a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Introduce the children to classical music
The Portland Chamber Music ensemble returns to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. This concert will once again feature both classical and contemporary pieces played on piano, clarinet, and cello with vocals by Anya Kalina. The concerts are family-friendly. There is no charge but a free will offering is greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be served. Come and bring your friends. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is located at 11229 N.E. Prescott St.

Find “The Secret Garden” in mid-county
Portland Christian Jr/Sr High School students bring “The Secret Garden” to life April 25, 26, and 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 2 .p.m. at 12425 N.E. San Rafael St. Derek Lane directs. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 students and seniors. Please call 503-256-3960 to learn more.

Free adult English as a Second Language Classes
David Douglas High School SUN is offers free adult English as a Second Language classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 121 at David Douglas High School, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave. Classes will continue until the June 13. Individuals can join the class at any time and can register upon arrival. Please help spread the message about this class to anyone who would be interested. Classes are open to anyone wanting to learn more English. If you have questions, or would like to sign up, please call Paul Cavanagh at 503-262-4431, or CJ Mead at 503-262-4408.

Exploring the options
The Portland Christian Schools open house is Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. You are invited to visit either or both campuses to learn more about what PCS has to offer your family. The Market Street campus offers preschool and elementary programs and is located at 11845 S.E. Market. The San Rafael campus offers middle school and high school programs and is located at 12425 N.E. San Rafael. To learn more, please call 503-256-3960 or visit

Connect to Kindergarten
All David Douglas School District elementary schools will host a spring “Connect to Kindergarten” event for all 2013-2014 kindergarten students. This fun event will be held Tuesday, April 23 in the morning from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. and again in the evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at your neighborhood school. If you do not know your neighborhood school, please call 503-256-6526. Parents and children will meet the kindergarten teachers and principal, tour the school, view the kindergarten classrooms, take a bus ride to learn about the school transportation system and receive kindergarten readiness activities.

Registration forms can be turned in after these activities. The child's birth certificate, immunization form and card and proof of residence must be presented at time of registration. Students age 5 on or before Sept. 1 are eligible for enrollment.

Childcare will be provided for younger siblings. Spanish and Russian translators will be available.

We strongly encourage all upcoming kindergarten parents and students to attend this informational event. Not only will you be helping the district project enrollment for our kindergarten classes, but also your child may become more excited and comfortable with coming to school. Please pass this information on to anyone you know in the David Douglas School District who will have a kindergarten student next year.

Eighth graders: check out the high school
Parkrose High School teachers and staff will welcome all families with incoming freshman Thursday, May 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tour the building, learn about classes and get all your questions about making this transition answered. The school is located at 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Staff in the main office will answer any questions you have before then. Call 503-408-2600.

Enroll now at the Child Development Center
The David Douglas Child Development Center is now enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 6 years for fall 2013. The center is located at 1400 S.E. 135th Ave. and provides quality childcare and preschool for children both in and outside of David Douglas School District. The Child Development Center is licensed by the State of Oregon Child Care Division and operates on the David Douglas District Calendar. The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. You are invited to stop by or call 503-261-8470 for more information.

Make plans now for preschool in fall
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool is now enrolling for the 2013 school year. If your child will be 3 or 4 years old by Sept.1 check out this program. Gethsemane Lutheran has been in the community for over 45 years. Find the school at 11560 S.E. Market St., on the web at or on Facebook. Set up your visit soon, as classes fill quickly.

Support for families in recovery
On Sunday, April 28 at 9 a.m., St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will host a special Recovery Sunday for those who are currently in recovery, for those who still struggle with addiction, and for family members affected by a loved one's addiction. The worship service will include a reading of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and special hymns and prayers that focus on healing. Everyone is invited.

Experience Taizé vespers
The community is invited to an evening service of meditative prayer, singing, Scripture, silence, and candlelight in the style of Taizé on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St. This form of contemplative worship developed in France after World War II in the newly-formed ecumenical monastic community located in the village of Taizé. For more information, please call St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at 503-252-5720 or send an email to Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence at

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 6 years and younger with adult, Saturdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Seuss City Sculptures: Create whimsical city sculptures inspired by the illustrations from the book “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” by Dr. Seuss. Artist Sarah Frechette of Puppetkabob will show you how to transform ordinary materials, shapes and colors into the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss. Inventing a city sculpture takes a lot of magical work and is fun for all. Saturday, April 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Shadow Frog Puppets: In this workshop, Sarah Frechette of Puppetkabob will perform her short shadow show entitled “I Love Frogs.” This show is performed using illustrations and a moving handheld light to create an effect that looks like a film. After the show, students can create their own frog shadow puppets and then learn to bring their new hopping creatures to life. Best for children ages 6 to 10. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, April 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music, Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 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. Tuesday, April 9 from 4:30 to 5:45 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.

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. There will be time for conversation in both languages. Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Pageturners Book Group: Read “Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout” by Lauren Redniss. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Wednesday, April 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.

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, Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

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

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult, Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Pajama Time: Put on your pajamas, grab a bedtime buddy, and join library staff for stories, songs and fun. For children of all ages with adult, Thursdays from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children of all ages with adult, Sundays from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Black Storytime: The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 with a favorite adult and other family members, Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult, Saturdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. except April 27.

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 6 p.m.

Singing Books: Join award-winning performer Greta Pedersen in celebrating your favorite songs that have been transformed into books. Some of these include “Wheels on the Bus,” “Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee” and “Alligator Pie.” Named 2009 National Artist of the Year by Young Audiences, songwriter Greta Pedersen will captivate audiences in this melodic workshop. Best for children ages newborn to 6, Thursday, April 4 from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros: A celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy. Join in for music, crafts and special activities. Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Chess Club for Children and Teens: Have fun playing chess. Beginning, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Bring your own set or use one belonging to the library, Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. except April 27.

Read to the Dogs SM: Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog from Pet Partners®. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Tuesday, April 2 and 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun, Wednesday, April 3 from 3:30 to 4:45 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.

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 Supper-Beginning Gardening on a Small Budget: Growing and harvesting your own food can be both an economically and emotionally rewarding experience. In this five-week course from the Oregon Food Bank, participants will learn the basics of abundant produce gardening. 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 is encouraged. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sundays, April 7-May 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Pageturners Book Groups: Join in for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library's 11th annual community reading project. Engage in stimulating conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Read “The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science” by Natalie Angier for discussion Tuesday, April 9 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. or read “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff for discussion Wednesday, April 17 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Break It Down-Exploring Hip Hop's Musical and Cultural Odyssey: Hip hop is complex and contradictory, full of different styles, voices, ideas, and visions. This conversation, led by Portland State University adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha, involves an interactive multimedia exploration of the world's top-selling musical genre. This program is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Saturday, April 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

It's Not Just About the Piggy Bank-Teaching Your Kids About Money: One of the best gifts you can give your children is teaching them the skills to manage money. Even if you are living on a tight budget, passing on good money management habits can last a lifetime. In this workshop from Innovative Changes, facilitators will discuss key ways to get your finances in order so you can serve as a model for your children. They will also cover activities and tips for teaching your kids about money and ways to save. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sunday, April 21 from 2 to 3 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 to 4:30 p.m.

Introduction to Computers: In this fun, hands-on, four-session course, you will learn all the basic computer skills including using the mouse and keyboard, working in Microsoft Windows, using Microsoft Word, surfing the Internet and using email. This course is ideal for someone who has a little experience with the computer but wants to know more. Note: If you have never touched a computer or keyboard before, you may benefit from attending the Meet the Computer course prior to Introduction to Computers. Offered by OASIS Connections, a national organization devoted to lifelong learning for adults over 50. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Tuesdays; April 2, 9, 23 and 30 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
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