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. When you send submissions, please include all details that apply: date, start time, finish time, address, admission fee, a brief description of the event including who it benefits if applicable, and a contact name and phone number or email address. Send a photo if you have one. Please identify each individual from left to right (large group shots can simply be identified by the group name) and provide the name of the photographer so we can give proper credit. Calendar submissions for the December issue are due Friday, Nov. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND CELEBRATIONS
Gain a unique perspective on fall color
Join Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick on a fall color guided walk at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. until noon to discover the many wonders and beautiful colors of the season. This is a free event. The maximum tour size is 15. First come, first served.
Hoist a brew to the slough
Learn about the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and its programs at Brew on the Slough, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Lucky Labrador Tap Room, 1700 N. Killingsworth St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This relaxed evening is a fun opportunity to introduce yourself to the Slough, the Council, and all the Council's great programs. Light refreshments and drinks provided. Age 21 and over please. Space is limited, so sign up soon. To register email email@example.com or call 503-281-1132. This is a free event, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
Stormwater 101 returns
Parkrose Choir and Debonaires-all classes
Parkrose High alumni who were members of the Parkrose High choirs or the Debonaires are invited to join Michael Allen Harrison at his annual Back Home concert in support of the Parkrose choral department, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in the PHS Theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. To participate contact Lesley Bossert, choir director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-408-2695.
Save cans and bottles for students
Parkrose students and Bronco Booster members will accept your returnable bottles and cans Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. Help them raise funds for scholarships and other important needs.
Special pricing on Trailblazers tickets
If you love the Portland Trailblazers, this opportunity is for you. Buy tickets from the Parkrose Educational Foundation for the Friday, Dec. 6 game against the Utah Jazz. Special pricing is available for seats in the 100, 200 and 300 levels at the Moda Center for this game only. A portion of the ticket price will benefit the Parkrose Educational Foundation.
Everyone purchasing tickets through the Parkrose Educational Foundation group will get a chance to enter the Moda Center 30 minutes prior to the regular gates opening to watch player warm-ups just a few rows off the court.
Area businesses are encouraged to buy tickets for this game to use as gifts or bonuses to employees and customers. Purchase tickets now at parkroseedfdn.org. Click on the Trailblazer Tickets tab. The deadline to purchase these special tickets is Monday, Nov. 4, so don't delay. Orders will be filled on a first-come first-served basis and are subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges. Contact the foundation at email@example.com if you have questions.
Buy wreaths to support choirs
Parkrose High choirs are selling holiday wreaths through Friday, Nov. 8. Wreaths can be ordered from any choir student or through Lesley Bossert, choir director, at 503-408-2695. Wreaths will be delivered Monday, Dec. 2.
Gala celebrates Native American heritage
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., the Native American Youth and Family Center will host the annual auction and gala in honor of Native American Heritage Month at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park. Ave. Over the past nine years, community partners, tribal leaders, elected officials and those dedicated to the educational and life success of our youth have gathered to celebrate community and a shared history. The event includes a traditional Native American meal, special performance, as well as a live and silent auction. Auction items include valuable Native art work from across the nation, fine antique baskets, original paintings, prints, hand-created jewelry and one-of-a-kind travel experiences. Contact Anna Allen, development assistant, at 503-288-8177, ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
PHS alumni return in support of choirs
Begin your holiday season Back Home with Michael Allen Harrison. Enjoy the genius and flair of award-winning pianist Michael Allen Harrison, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Parkrose High Theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Harrison returns to his high school alma mater for the annual benefit concert, hosted by the Parkrose High School A Cappella Choir. PHS choir alumni are invited to join the choir for a grand finale. Interested alumni can contact Lesley Bossert for information. Proceeds will be used for continued development of the PHS choral program.
Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students. For tickets, please call 503-408-2695 or purchase from any choir student.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Food for thought in your garden
As you take time this winter to consider plans for your flower beds next season, think about adding vegetables. The Villa Garden Club guest speaker, Linda Eggiman, a Multnomah Chapter master gardener, will guide you with her discussion of edibles in the landscape. The meeting is Thursday, Nov. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S. E. 139th Ave.
Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be served. Call Velda Altig at 503-252-7423 to learn more.
BAZAARS AND CRAFT FAIRS
Native American Youth and Family Center
Sponsored by the Portland American Indian Elders, the Elders Christmas Bazaar at, 5135 N.E. Columbia Blvd., Friday, Nov. 1 from 1 to 6 p.m. features a silent auction, raffle and 50/50, as well as many vendors selling art, baked goods, crafts and more. There will also be soup and fry bread for sale.
Christmas Bazaar at Crossroads Church, 2505 N.E. 102nd Ave., Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. You will find 30 tables of handcrafted items.
St. Rita Catholic Church
The annual Fall Festival & Bazaar is Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 10029 N.E. Prescott St. There will be vendors, a boutique, baked goods, fresh produce and Santa's treasures. Food will be served all day. Call 503-253-8810 for information.
St. Therese Parish
The St. Therese Parish 32nd annual Holiday Bazaar is Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The event begins on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, the bazaar hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the talents of many craftspeople as well as traditional baked goods, a used books corner, and wonderful raffle items. Café open.
The St. Therese Multi-purpose Center is located at Northeast 132nd Avenue and Halsey Street.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
You can help fight hunger, both locally and internationally, when you buy unique handmade holiday gifts at the Gift Fair at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and after worship service. It features a broad variety of handmade gift items as well as holiday baked goods. All proceeds will go to support SnowCap Community Services and the World Hunger Appeal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, call 503-387-5115.
The 17th annual David Douglas Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1001 S.E. 135th Ave. DDHS elf helpers will assist shoppers. The Jingle Bell Café is open all day. Funds raised support the PTSA college scholarship fund. Send vendor applications to email@example.com. Fee space is $35. Electricity is available. No jury.
Leach Botanical Garden
Kick off your holiday season Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 6704 SE 122nd Ave. You'll find freshly made wreaths, swags, and centerpieces along with cut greens, baked goods, and a Holiday Bazaar & Artist Market featuring work by local glass, ceramic, metal and fabric artists and more. Have a cup of hot cider in the historic Manor House and take some time to enjoy winter in the garden. No admission or parking charge.
The Portland Christian Jr. and Sr. High School Royals Holiday Bazaar, featuring hand-crafted artisan goods, jewelry, home décor and more is Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Portland Christian Jr/Sr High School, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St. Free admission.
Support education in your local schools
If you support education, block off this date on your calendar now-Saturday, April 12.
The 11th annual Parkrose Educational Foundation Dinner and Auction goes Back to the Future in celebration of Parkrose students, teachers and staff.
Here's what you can do now to get ready for this much anticipated annual party:
o Contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to serve on an auction committee.
o Begin thinking about items you can donate for the live or silent auction. Vacation homes, gift baskets and gift certificates for personal services are all great auction items.
o Round up a group of eight friends to purchase a table.
Stop any board member you see out in the community wearing a PEF t-shirt to offer your support and watch for details on the Parkrose Educational Foundation website at parkrosedfdn.org.
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Argay Neighborhood Association
Chet Antonsen will discuss his proposed development between Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast Morris Court and Rose Parkway.
There will be presentation and discussion of the city's ability to extend Northeast Fremont Street to Northeast 148th Avenue and traffic changes on Northeast 131st and 141st Avenues and Northeast Shaver Street.
Nominations will be taken from the floor for board members and officers.
Players plan auditions, celebration
The Resurrection Players, the local Christian community theater group, holds auditions for its spring production of Peter and the Wolf Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 3 at 12:45 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave.
The roles to be filled include animals, children, and hunters. Young and old, novice and experienced, male and female are invited to audition. Please let director Jerry Sharpe know that you plan to try out at email@example.com or 503-734-6866.
Also, the Players plan a celebration of Christmas with Incognito Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 29 at 3 and 7 p.m. This original production celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas through music, choreography and song.
Sample wide music selection and high tea
The Monday Musical Club of Portland presents a musical sampler concert and high tea at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at Rivercrest Community Church, 3201 N.E. 148th Ave.
Proceeds from the concert will be used to benefit the club's youth scholarship fund for music students in Oregon.
The program includes a varied array of talented musicians performing both instrumental and vocal music in many styles. High tea follows the concert. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at 509-912-1391.
Guest artist will teach tonal values
Renowned artist Ray Baxter returns to teach Portland Fine Arts Guild classes Monday, Nov. 4, 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Russellville Grange Hall, 12105 N.E. Prescott St.
Known for bold images with lots of color and texture, Baxter will teach the class in oils on canvas, but you may work in any medium you choose.
Bring an 18-inch by 24-inch or larger canvas primed with neutral earth tone. You will need flat, stiff and bristle brushes sized 10-8, 4 and a Rigger, large old paint brush. Paint colors that will be used include ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, lemon yellow, Naples yellow, burnt sienna and titanium white.
Classes are $12 for guild members and $15 for non-members.
Music Series to celebrate rich culture
For the third straight year, Mt. Hood Community College will hold First Thursday, a free music series, to celebrate the student body's rich cultural heritage.
All First Thursday performances are noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Union on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The public is welcome to attend. Parking is free on all campuses, no permit required.
The Nov. 7 event features Rebecca Kilgore with Dave Frishberg. These two internationally-recognized talents continue to contribute to the jazz tradition. Kilgore is a leading vocalist and song stylist who interprets the jazz songbook and performs around the world. Both a musician and a composer, Frishberg's career encompasses writing and recording songs that have become part of the American songbook.
Wit, humor come to PHS stage
Parkrose Thespian Troupe 1783 will perform Shakespeare's beloved comedy Much Ado About Nothing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 and 9; and Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the Parkrose High Theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
National tragedy transformed into inspirational theater
Students at Portland Christian High School will present the play Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson this month. This drama focuses on the space shuttle Challenger explosion of 1986 from multiple perspectives, blending art, religion, and the space race. This beautifully written play deals with loss, hope, and family. Performances will be held at Portland Christian Jr/Sr High School, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21, 22, and 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. Please call 503-256-3960 to learn more.
Seuss characters come to life on stage
The David Douglas High School Performing Arts Department is proud to present Seussical, the Musical Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16 and Nov. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. at Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave.
Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza for the whole family, that brings to life favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination-Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Reserve tickets on line at sites.google.com/a/ddouglas.k12.or.us/dd/; buy them at the Horner box office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on school days and one hour before show time. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.
Treat your family to an evening of music
Portland Metro Concert Band returns to David Douglas' Horner Auditorium, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave., Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. for a family-friendly show. Admission and parking are free.
Attend College Night, win $500
Four participants at College Night in Oregon will have a chance to win a $500 college scholarship. Clackamas Community College is one of several colleges around the state taking part in College Night in Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 14. The event offers sessions to help people find out about higher education choices and funding.
College Night in Oregon begins at 6:30 p.m. with pizza and beverages in the college's Gregory Forum. The session will provide information on choosing the right college, the financial aid process, completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and scholarship searches and scams.
Participants can enter to win one of four $500 scholarships, provided by the event sponsor, Educational Credit Management Corporation. The scholarships can be used at any accredited college in the United States.
For more information, please contact CCC scholarship coordinator Darcie Iven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-594-3421.
Regular hikes help seniors stay in shape
Gresham Senior Hiking-Outdoor Group is a senior group that provides friendly, safe and interesting programs that encourage seniors to be more active while enjoying the beauty of nature. All outings begin at the Ambleside Gresham Senior Center, 405 N.E. 5th St., in Gresham. There are no dues. Participants are asked to reimburse drivers. Contact Rose Marie Gilbert to sign up for free email notifications at email@example.com or call her at 503-761-2357 to request a notification by mail. There is a $5 annual subscription fee.
November activities include:
o 40 Mile Loop Hike. A 3.5 mile hike along the Springwater Trail on Friday, Nov. 1, leaving Ambleside at 10 a.m. Hikers will walk from Southeast 174th Avenue to Southeast 122nd Avenue and finish with a tour of Leach Botanical Garden. This walk is described as easy with minimal elevation gain. Driver reimbursement of $1.
o Eagle Creek Hike. A 6.6 mile hike to High Bridge on Eagle Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 13 leaving Ambleside at 10 a.m. This trail is a rocky path along the high basalt cliffs above Eagle Creek that includes Metlano Falls, Loowit Falls and Punch Bowl. Hiking boots and a Golden Age or Forest pass are required. Bring a lunch and water. Driver reimbursement of $7.
Save bingo winnings to buy prizes
When was the last time you jumped to your feet and yelled bingo? If it has been awhile and you love playing bingo, head over to Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes, 1515 N.E. 106th Ave., Thursday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. and join in the fun. There is no cost to play, and you can win great prizes and meet new friends. Every player gets free two bingo cards and you may purchase additional cards to increase your odds of winning for two dignity dollars. You win two dignity dollars with every bingo pattern you win and six dignity dollars for a blackout. If you bring a friend you receive a reward of five dignity dollars. Save your dignity dollars and buy anything you want from the great selection of prizes.
Call 503-256-0606 to reserve your place at the Little Chapel of the Chimes bingo table.
Library joins Oregon Library Passport Program
Multnomah County Library has joined the Oregon Library Passport Program, giving all Multnomah County residents access to more than 100 libraries in Oregon.
Under the new program, Multnomah County residents can apply for a library card at participating libraries located in popular vacation areas, like the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast and the eastern part of the state. Academic libraries at the University of Oregon, Oregon Health Sciences University and other institutions are also participants in the program.
Participation in the Oregon Library Passport Program will increase access to library services and materials for people who travel to or conduct business in the Portland metro area. Under the program, Oregon Library Passport Program cardholders from other areas may access up to 10 checkouts and 10 holds, plus internet access, but not remote electronic database access, interlibrary loan or some other services provided to Multnomah County residents.
Residents of Clackamas County, Hood River County and Washington County in Oregon, and residents of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Camas Public Library service areas in Washington, are eligible to apply for a full-service Multnomah County Library card under the terms of the Metropolitan Interlibrary Exchange.
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 from 3 to 3:45 p.m. except Nov. 27.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. except Nov. 26. and Thursdays from 12:15 to 1 p.m. except Nov. 28.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Mondays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. except Nov. 25 and Fridays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. except Nov. 29.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Mondays from 11:15 a.m. to noon except Nov. 25 and Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon except Nov. 26.
Family Storytime: Storytime for children 2 to 7 years with adult. Sundays from 3 to 3:45 p.m. except Nov. 24 and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. except Nov. 28.
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 12:15 p.m. except Nov. 30.
Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children from birth to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. except Nov. 30.
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 5:30 p.m. except Nov. 28.
American Indian Storytelling and Drumming: These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program. Made possible by The Library Foundation through support from The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Fund. Saturday, Nov. 9 from 2 to 3:30 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. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 and 20 from 3:30 to 5 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.
Is This Thing On? Get Help Downloading E-books: Got an e-reader? Drop in for one-on-one help. Bring your device and any other equipment you need to download and/or transfer. Made possible in part by The Library Foundation. Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. except Nov. 29.
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.
Choosing an E-reader: How do you know which e-book reader is right for you? Learn about the many devices that are available. Made possible in part by The Library Foundation. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Monday, Nov. 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
A Shared City-Native Americans in Early Portland History: The first written histories of our city never mentioned that Portland's recently arrived white residents were outnumbered three to one by the Native Americans. Portland historian Tracy J. Prince recently uncovered this completely neglected part of Portland's history and will share rare photos and early stories about Native Americans in Portland. Made possible by The Library Foundation through support from The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Fund. Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Creating a Family Tree: Bring images of your family together to create a unique family tree. Optional: Bring reproductions of family photographs to include in your project. You do not need to bring family photographs in order to participate. Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning: Learn the basics of wills, living trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives with attorney and author Richard Schneider. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Pageturners Book Groups: Engage in stimulating conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Read Nemesis by Philip Roth. This discussion is part of Portland Jewish Book Month. For discussion Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Read House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult. Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice computer skills. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Assistance in Russian is available. Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice computer skills. Fridays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. except Nov. 1.
TechnoHosts: Free one-on-one computer help for the whole family. Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays Nov. 9 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assistance in Vietnamese is available.
Vietnamese Computer Basics: Learn how to use the library catalog, email, surf the web, word processing and other basic computer skills. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-988-5386
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children from birth to 6 years with adult. Thursdays through Nov. 21, 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Thursdays through Nov. 21 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children from birth to 12 months with adult. Thursdays through Nov. 21 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays through Nov. 22 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays through Nov. 22 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Family Storytime: Storytime for children 6 years and younger with adult. Saturdays through Nov. 23 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Sugar Skulls: Learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and its traditions. Paint your own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 3 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.
Read to the Dogs: Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog from Pet Partners. Registration is required; call 503-988-5386. Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 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. Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Lights Alive: Light up your world with the awesome science of color and light. From binoculars and blind spots to flip books and fun house mirrors, you'll be amazed by everything in sight. Make your own kaleidoscope and try some cool optical illusions as you discover everything your eyes can do. For kids ages 8 and older. Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2 to 3 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 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.
Principles of a Healthy Home: Join the Multnomah County Health Department in this introductory class on the fundamentals of a healthy home. Our homes are where we spend the majority of our time and our personal health is closely tied to the quality of the home environment. Become familiar with the Seven Principles of a Healthy Home and share resources and information about local healthy homes programs. Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m.
DIY Terrariums: Terrariums are the most effortless container gardens. They are easy to make and even easier to maintain. Join professional gardener Melissa Richmond in building your own terrarium and learning all about taking care of your new container garden. Each participant will have their own terrarium to take home after class. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Monday, Nov. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Weatherization Workshop: Anyone can make weatherization improvements at home--whether you own or rent, whether you're in an apartment, mobile home, or house--you can make basic improvements to make your home more comfortable by saving energy and money. Learn how to implement simple measures to lower home energy use and by installing effective weatherization materials using basic tools such as scissors and a screwdriver. Each participating income-qualified Portland household receives a free kit of materials. Each kit includes reusable vinyl storm window kits, door weatherstripping, pipe insulation, a compact fluorescent light and more. Register online with the Community Energy Project at communityenergyproject.org/get-involved/calendar. Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Pageturners Book Group: Read The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience by Kirstin Downey. 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, Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice computer skills. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
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