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EVENTS, ACTIVITIES and CELEBRATIONS
Elvis sighting at Glenfair Park
The King of Rock 'n' Roll, or one of his alter egos at least, will make an appearance at the Glenfair Neighborhood Association National Night Out party, Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Glenfair Park, Northeast 154th Avenue and Couch Street.

Free activities including carnival games, a bounce house, climbing wall, face painting and balloon animals begin at 5 p.m. Pizza, snow cones and bottled water will be available for a nominal donation. Live music by Elvis tribute artist Mark Stevenz of the Memphis Kings begins at 6:30 and “The Croods” will be screened at dusk.

Bring chairs or blankets. Parking is available in the Glenfair Elementary School parking lot.

Organizers are seeking community sponsors for future National Night Out events. Contact Brenda McSweeney, GNA chair, at brendam170@aol.com or 503-757-8714 or visit glenfair.eastportland.org.

National Night Out party
Mill Park Neighborhood Association holds its National Night Out party Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Ventura Park, Southeast Stark Street and 117th Avenue, from 6 to 11 p.m. Contact Lauren Mosbrucker, millparkvicechair@gmail.com, for more information.

Free entertainment continues
Live music and free movie dates set in east Portland parks this month.
COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION
Free entertainment at east Portland parks continues this month with movies and live music. Preceded by some sort of live entertainment, the films start at dusk.

This month's movies in east Portland parks: “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” plays Sat., Aug. 3 at Earl Boyles Park (Southeast Boise and 112th Avenue); “The Lorax” shows at Wilkes Park (North of Sandy Blvd. on Northeast 154th Avenue) on Sat., Aug. 10; “101 Dalmatians” shows at Lents Park (Southeast Holgate Boulevard and 92nd Avenue) on Sat., Aug. 18, and “Ivan Vasilevich Changes Occupations”-in Russian with English subtitles-shows at Ventura Park (Southeast Stark Street and 113th Avenue) on Thurs., Aug. 29.

Live music performances at Ventura Park this month are by Jujuba on Wed., Aug. 7, and a performance by Midnight Honey is on Wed., Aug. 14.

At Parklane Park (Southeast Main Street and 152nd Avenue), Contigo plays Wed., Aug. 21, and Will West & the Friendly Strangers perform Wed., Aug. 28.

Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Food vendors will be on hand, but feel free to pack in your own victuals and drinks as well as something comfortable to sit on. Enjoy the show(s)!

Draw on nature to create arrangements
Express yourself through ikebana, the traditional Japanese art form with flowers and other plant materials. The class, taught by Nana Bellerud, a Japanese native, and deputy director of Sogetsu Portland and vice president of Ikebana International Portland is on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. until noon at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.

This basic level class includes a brief history and concept of ikebana, basic techniques, and how to prepare and treat plant materials. You'll take home a beautiful arrangement.

The class will be in the tent in the upper meadow. Plant materials will be provided, but other supplies are not included. A list will be provided upon registration.

The fee is $35 for non members, $30 for members. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at www.leachgarden.org or call 503-823-1671.

Experience love on the fly
Learn about pheromone recognition during insect courtship rituals with the Bug Chicks, Portland's award-winning entomology educators Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. Take home a custom-made scent as a souvenir then enjoy music and mouthwatering fare from Vibrant Table Catering on the East Terrace, informal visits with the Bug Chicks, and guided strolls in the garden. $35 per person for non-members and $30 per person for members. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Visit www.leachgarden.org or call 503-832-1671.

Protect wildlife and your cat
In an unprecedented partnership, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Audubon Society of Portland are joining forces to host an outdoor cat enclosure or catio tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. The tour will showcase Portland's coolest cat patios, from fancy to frugal.

The two groups hope to inspire cat owners to build or buy their own outdoor cat enclosure so their felines can exercise and bask in the sun safely. Backyard enclosures keep cats safe from outdoor hazards while also protecting wildlife from cat predation.

There is a $5 suggested donation to attend. Visit www.feralcats.com to register.

REUNIONS
PHS all classes
The Parkrose School District Centennial celebration is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7. Festivities begin with a Friday night Tailgate Party at 5 p.m. at Parkrose High, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Tickets (available at parkroseedfdn.org, click on the Tailgate Party tab) are $30 and include admission to the football game in Bronco Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast at Rossi Farms, Northeast 122nd Avenue and Shaver Street. Celebrate Parkrose Music Education: the First 100 Years with alumni performers and special guests at the Parkrose Farmers' Market, in the Parkrose High School Community Center east parking lot beginning at 10 a.m.

Parade from Prescott Elementary, 10410 N.E. Prescott St., to Senn's Dairy Park, 11206 N.E. Prescott St., for a free hot dog lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Kids are invited to dress up, ride bikes, pull wagons and have some fun.

Alumni will play a soccer match beginning at 3 p.m. Check in with the district office, 503-408-2100 if you would like to participate.

A free family movie night is set at Rossi Farms including music and concessions beginning at 6 p.m.

The celebration concludes with a 21-and-over dance at the Russellville Grange, 12105 N.E. Prescott St., from 9:30 p.m. until midnight.

Resurrection Players
All members from the 34-year history of the Resurrection Players, a theater group based at Resurrection Lutheran Church, will gather Saturday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave. to share a catered meal and remember productions past.

If you built sets, made costumes, performed, or participated in any way, you are invited. Scrapbooks and DVD clips will be on display. This is a free event. However, a free-will offering will be accepted. To learn more, contact Linda Highman at 503-254-6257.

FUNDRAISERS
The first Saturday is can and bottle day
On Saturday, Aug. 3 Parkrose Bronco Boosters collect returnable cans and bottles at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. Funds raised benefit the Parkrose High and Middle School Parent Teacher Organizations.
Mid-county Memo photo/Rich Riegel
Popcan Patty, the Parkrose Bronco Boosters and an assortment of volunteers will be at the ready for you, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., when you pull into the Parkrose Middle School turnaround, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., Saturday, Aug. 3 with a trunk load of returnable bottles and cans. They will relieve you of the responsibility of taking them to a recycle center, leaving you with plenty of time to visit the Parkrose Farmers' Market across the street in the Parkrose high school Community Center's east parking lot. Funds raised benefit the Parkrose High and Middle School Parent Teacher Organizations.

Tournament seeks to raise $100,000 for homeless
What once was a small vendor and employee golf outing sponsored by the owners of Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers has now evolved into a significant fundraiser that benefits homeless families in east Portland and east Multnomah County through Human Solutions' programs and services.

Golfers gather at Langdon Farms Golf Club Thursday, Sept. 12 for the 6th annual Dennis' 7 Dees Charity Golf Tournament in a benefit for Human Solutions' programs for homeless families in east Portland.
COURTESY DENNIS' 7 DEES
Proceeds from the Dennis' 7 Dees Charity Tournament will support a variety of programs, but in particular the year-round Daybreak Shelter and the seasonal Family Winter Shelter, Human Solutions' two emergency shelters for homeless families. Both shelters are located in mid Multnomah County, and serve hundreds of homeless families with children each year.

“We were proud to exceed our fundraising goal last year by raising $57,000. When we found out the emergency Family Winter Shelter needed additional funds to stay open longer this coming winter, we decided to shoot for $100,000 this year,” said Dave Snodgrass, president of Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers. “We hope the public will come out, have fun and help us keep these kids and their families warm and off the streets,” Snodgrass said.

The public is invited to play in the tournament, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora. The shotgun start is at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $200 per person or $800 for a team of four. The registration fee includes carts, lunch, shirts, hats, games, and prizes. The field is limited to 128 players. For more information, visit www.dennis7dees.golfreg.com.

Human Solutions promotes self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income families and individuals in outer east Portland and east Multnomah County. The agency's four primary program areas are homelessness prevention, affordable housing, employment and economic development, and safety net services such as rent and utility assistance. For more information, visit www.humansolutions.org.

Amateur boxing returns to Parkrose
The 2013 Rumble at Rossi Farms is set for Saturday, Aug. 17. Beginning at 7 p.m., at least a dozen amateur bouts get underwayMid-county Memo photo/Tim Curran
The 2013 Rumble at Rossi Farms is Saturday, Aug. 17 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $25 and seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Funds raised benefit PDX Boxing. To purchase tickets, go to ticketswest.com. Rossi Farm is located at 3839 N.E. 122nd Ave. Contact coach Ray Monge at imcoachray@gmail.com or 503-425-9768 for more information.

Cruise in for a cause
The Rides for a Cure Car Show is Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Jim Dandy Drive In, 9626 N.E. Sandy Blvd. The entry fee is $15. There will be trophies for winning entries as well as raffles, door prizes, food, music and fun for all. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Contact organizer Jessica Heller at jovitashope@gmail.com to register.

Hawaiian celebration to support education
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 2, and make plans to join Columbia Christian School's 21st annual auction fundraiser - “Hoohiwahiwa (Hawaiian Celebration) Knight.” Tickets to the event will be sold until Sept. 30 and are only $35 per person including an island-themed dinner and entrance to both the silent and oral auction. The event will be held at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd., and guests are encouraged to wear their favorite tropical shirts and dresses. Sponsor opportunities are available and more information can be found at www.columbiachristian.com or by calling Carrie Rude, office manager, at 503-252-8577. Tickets can be purchased by phone or at Columbia Christian School, 413 N.E. 91st Ave.

CLUBS and ORGANIZATIONS
Tour a summer garden
Villa Garden Club plans a garden tour Saturday, Aug. 17. There will be no business meeting. Contact Velda Altig at 503-252-7423 for carpool information and details.

The regular monthly meeting schedule will resume Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave.

GIVING BACK
Help deliver meals to shut-ins
Meals on Wheels People Cherry Blossom Center seeks volunteers to assist with delivering meals to homebound seniors.

“These volunteers are so invaluable because they not only help us feed our frail elderly, but they make sure these seniors see a friendly face at least once a week. Sometimes the Meals on Wheels driver is the only person these homebound seniors see all day,” said Stephen Pletka, Cherry Blossom Center Meals on Wheels Coordinator.

Meals on Wheels are delivered Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Volunteers are also needed to help in the kitchen and to serve meals to seniors at the lunch hour.

Cherry Blossom Center is located at 740 SE 106th Ave., in Portland. For more information, call Pletka at 503-256-2381 or email stephen.pletka@mealsonwheelspeople.org.

Mentor a child, help her thrive
Many children in elementary school need a little extra attention to thrive academically.

Metropolitan Family Services is looking for volunteers, ages 50 and above, to serve as mentors for children in area public schools for the 2013-14 school year. A commitment of four hours per week or more during the school year is requested. You may be asked to work one-on-one or in small groups.

Applications for the 2013-14 school year must be received by mid-August. Stipends are available for those committing 15 or more hours a week. For more information, contact Metropolitan Family Services at 503-232-0007 ext. 222 or email volunteer@metfamily.org.

THE ARTS
Garden is setting for art classes
Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., hosts a variety of art classes this month during its Arts Summer Series.

Adults will enjoy Drawing through Nature, Tuesdays, Aug 13, 20 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Participants will

choose a subject and render it as realistically as possible. The class will address how to make shapes, add values and use shadows to define objects. If desired add pen and ink, colored pencil, or a medium of your choice to colorize your drawing. Suitable for all art skill levels. Bring your own supplies. A list will be provided. Registration is required. The cost is $70 for non-members and $65 for members.

Also for adults is Botanical Illustration, Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will create a detailed sketch of a favorite flower or plant and then turn it into a finished 12? x 18? botanical illustration that is ready to frame. Suitable for all art skill levels. Supplies provided. Registration is required. The cost is $75 for non-members and $70 for members.

Another class being offered for adults is Exploring Watercolor, Wednesdays, Aug. 14, 21, and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Learn to paint what you see and create beautiful watercolors. The class will concentrate on watercolor washes, mixing colors and adding pen and ink to your watercolors. Suitable for all art skill levels. Bring your own supplies, list provided. Registration is required. The cost is $70 for non-members and $65 for members.

Children ages 9 to 14 will enjoy Kids' Nature Illustration, Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and from 9 a.m. until noon. Participants will study how flowers, leaves or other things in nature are con¬structed and then create a detailed botanical drawing from life using pencil, fine-point drawing pens and any other preferred media on paper. The class is different each week so students can choose to participate in a single class or the entire series. Suitable for all art skill levels. Supplies included. Registration is required. The fee per individual class is $15 for non-members, $13 for members. The four class series is $50 for non-members, $42 for members.

Register for all class online at www.leachgarden.org or call 503-823-1671.

SENIOR RESOURCES
Get help with diabetes issues
If you are 60 or older and have type 2 diabetes, join the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Diabetes Support Group. It meets Monday, Aug. 5 and 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. These are free, informal meetings led by a registered nurse that allow participants to talk about challenges faced, ask questions and share ideas. For more information, call Hazel or Rachel at 503-988-6073.

Activities for LGBT elders
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders Metro Portland is a program of Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Ave., that works to ensure the well-being of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender older adults in the Portland Metro area. It conducts trainings to increase service providers' understanding of the unique issues facing LGBT older adults, advocates for inclusive and open housing, and builds community through social events.

A SAGE field trip to a labyrinth walk is set for Monday, Aug. 5, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Labyrinths are tools for meditation and are used by many spiritual traditions around the world. This event is open to folks of all beliefs and to all seekers. The experience may be profound or simply leave one feeling at peace. A van will be provided from Friendly House to the First Christian Church labyrinth. Please RSVP to Lauren at 503-224-2640.

Join SAGE Metro Portland for its annual summer barbecue Friday, Aug. 9 from noon until 2 p.m. at Friendly House.

There will be food, music, raffle prizes, and a great chance to see old and new friends.

Learn more at 503-224-2640; sage@friendlyhouseinc.org; www.friendlyhouseinc.org; or facebook.com/gayandgreypdx.

Coping with eye disease
Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization low vision group meets Thursday, Aug. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. Talk with other seniors about eye disease and coping with your diagnosis. Discuss any new treatments that are available and any problems you may have. Free. For more information, call Hazel or Rachel at 503-988-6073.

FAITH and VALUES
Sharing wisdom
Spirituality and Aging in the Community - an interfaith dialogue is Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Parkrose Community Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St. Rose High Bear, the executive director of Wisdom of the Elders, and Jean Bucciarelli, of ministry with Older Adults group at Ainsworth United Community Church, a multi-cultural, social-justice oriented church, will speak.

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

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

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays through Aug. 16 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays through Aug. 16 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children 6 years and younger with adult. Saturdays through Aug. 17 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Komedy 4 da Kids: Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic. Thursday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

All about Bugs: You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do. Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more. Thursday, Aug. 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Mi Piñata: In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Thursday, Aug. 29 from 3 to 5 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 to 5 p.m.

Read to the Dogs SM: Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog from Pet Partners®. Registration is required; call 503-988-5386. Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dig into Minecraft: Meet up with other miners in your neighborhood and share the latest skins, maps, servers and crafting ideas. Bring your own laptop or use one belonging to the library. For teens in grades 6-12. Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Crime Lab: Do you want to be a detective? Uncover clues? Follow leads? Solve mysteries? In this program, OMSI science educators will show you how to piece together the evidence of a crime scene. See&Mac222;rst-hand how&Mac222;ngerprints, footprints and&Mac222;bers can help catch a criminal. For kids in grades 1 to 5. Thursday, Aug. 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.

Hands- on Henna Workshop: Henna is used by many cultures as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin. Artist Raina Imig will share information on the art of henna in India, and will create an authentic henna design on your hand. For teens in grades 6-12. Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 3:30 to 5 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, Aug. 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 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.

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.

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 “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock. 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. Monday, Aug. 19 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 from birth to 12 months with adult. Wednesdays through Aug. 21 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Tuesdays through Aug. 20 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. and Thursdays through Aug. 22 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Mondays through Aug. 19 and Fridays through Aug. 23 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Mondays through Aug. 19 and Tuesdays through Aug. 20 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children 2 to 7 years with adult. Thursdays through Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and Sundays through Aug. 18 from 2:30 to 3 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 through Aug. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

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

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.

The Shark Riddle: Are you fascinated by sharks? Join Portland to based wildlife filmmakers Laura and Robert Sams for a screening of their children's film “The Shark Riddle.” Then join the filmmakers for some shark-filled, music-filled, riddle-filled, fun-filled activities, including the chance to see one of the stars of the film, a life to sized (23 foot long inflatable) basking shark. “The Shark Riddle” is the winner of Best Children's Program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Best Children's Program at the International Wildlife Film Festival and Best Educational Short at the International Family Film Festival. Saturday, Aug. 3 from 2 to 3 p.m.

African Storytelling with Habiba: 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, Aug. 17 from noon to 12:45 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 1 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.

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 Aug. 31.

One Year, One Can of Garbage-Less Is More: Master Recycler and Metro Recycling Information Specialist Betty Shelley has filled just one can of garbage each year since 2006. Her workshop focuses on recycling and waste reduction, engaging participants through discussion and assignments to explore their actions and behaviors, and to learn ways to make lasting changes. Learn her techniques and share your own. Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

E-books and More 101: This class covers the basics of downloading e-books and audiobooks from the library. Bring your device and learn about our digital collections. Made possible in part by The Library Foundation. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 3 to 4:30 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.

Vietnamese Computer Basics: Learn about the library catalog, email, surfing the web, word processing, and other basic computer skills. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cantonese Computer Basics l: Learn basic computer terms and how to use a keyboard and mouse. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

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