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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 October issue are due Thursday, Sept. 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.

School begins soon
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St. is accepting registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. School days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. A Lunch Bunch program, which allows your child to stay until 1 p.m., is offered as well. Students need to be 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1, 2011. Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. For more information, or to register call 503-256-1835 or go to

Resurrection Lutheran Preschool, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., has a few openings available in the combined class for children 3 and 4 years of age that meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The class has two teachers and is limited to 14 students. Resurrection Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. For more information, please call 503-255-8772 or visit

Getting back to school
As kids head back to the classroom this month, parents and community members are invited to take an active role in neighborhood public schools. Nearly all of them will host an open house or back to school night soon. Following is a schedule of those events for some area schools. If you do not see your neighborhood school on this list, call the office to find out when its open house will be and get involved. (Note: Russell Academy and Shaver Elementary held events at the end of August.)

Thursday, Sept. 1
Earl Boyles Elementary, 10822 S.E. Bush St., 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Elementary, 13200 S.E. Lincoln St., 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Menlo Park Elementary, 12900 N.E. Glisan St., 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Prescott Elementary, 10410 N.E. Prescott St., 6 p.m. barbecue
Ventura Park Elementary, 145 S.E. 117th Ave., 5 to 6:30 p.m.
West Powellhurst Elementary, 2921 S.E. 116th Ave., 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 6
Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Cherry Park Elementary, 1930 S.E. 104th Ave., 5 to 7 p.m.
Mill Park Elementary, 1900 S.E. 117th Ave., 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Gilbert Heights Elementary, 12839 S.E. Holgate Blvd., 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., call 503-408-2600 for time

Thursday, Sept. 15
Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th Ave., 6 to 8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 19
David Douglas High School, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Gilbert Park Elementary, 13132 S.E. Ramona St., 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
Sacramento Elementary, 11400 N.E. Sacramento St., 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22
Alice Ott Middle School, 12500 S.E. Ramona St., 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 S.E. Washington St., 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
Fir Ridge Campus, 11215 S.E. Market St., 6 to 8 p.m.

Elders sharing experience through art and writing
The Well Arts Institute seeks to explore, develop, and practice creativity as a means to wellness. Its Voices of our Elders program collaborates with a variety of community organizations to provide elders with writing and visual art workshops as way to share and express life experience.

On Thursday, Sept. 29 the executive director of the institute, Katy Liljeholm will teach a free Voices of our Elders workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St. This session will help participants share experiences of guardian angels through visual art and writing. No experience is needed and all area elders are invited. Tea and scones will be served after the workshop.

Please register in advance with Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence at 503-252-5720 or

A new book club for fall meets
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., will begin hosting a book discussion group this month. The group will meet on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 15.

Please read part one of “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese in advance of the first meeting. This book follows identical twins Shiva and Marion Stone as they grow up in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

To learn more contact Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence at 503-252-5720 or

Garden club plans new season
Members of the Flower Lane Garden Club enjoyed a great summer culminating in a work party at the Gardens of Enchantment in Sandy. It will begin the new season with a meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. Bring your knowledge of flowers, plants and other gardening delights for a get-acquainted game and discussion for the coming year. Light refreshments will be served and everyone is invited. Program coordinators are Karin Irwin (503-255-3245) and Marjorie Stetson (360-624-3173). Get in touch with them to learn more about the club.

An invitation to you from Kiwanis
The Russellville Kiwanis Club looks to expand its membership. It will host a free luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Refectory, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave. Women and men interested in serving our community are invited. Businesses are encouraged to send a representative and local residents are invited to stop by to learn more and consider membership.

Jim McAllister, a member of the Portland Downtown Club and former governor of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis, will share the story of Kiwanis International and Charlie Ross, current president of Russellville Kiwanis, will share the story of the local club.
To learn more, contact Ross at 503-252-1570.

It's time to lose weight…sensibly
You can learn to Take Off Pounds Sensibly every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 10029 N.E. Prescott St. TOPS membership is $26 per year or $5 per month. Your first meeting is free, so drop in on Sept. 6 and begin to lose weight in a supportive and caring environment.

To learn more, contact Cristina Gwynn at 503-254-8488 or

A weekly opportunity to give back
Montavilla Kiwanis meets at 12:10 p.m. each Tuesday at the Chinese Village Restaurant, Southeast 82nd Avenue and Washington Street. This club founded the Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp in 1933 and continues to serve the community through other local projects. It also supports national and international projects including one to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that strikes the poorest of the poor, the geographically hard to reach, and those who have little or no regular healthcare. You are invited to drop in on a meeting to learn more.

Ecology, education and economics of the Mvule tree topic of next meeting
Villa Garden Club will begin its fall season with a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S. E. 139th Ave. The program will focus on the Mvule trees of Uganda. Drop in to find out about these unusual trees, the purpose they serve, and a special program developed to help reforest its native habitat. The business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., a brown bag lunch and the program follow. Coffee and dessert will be served. Please call Velda Altig 503-252-7423 for more information.

Meet CSI: Portland at next EPIC meeting
You have seen crime scene investigators on television; now see them in person.

Is what you see on television what actually happens in real life? Do the same people who process a crime scene also conduct raids, interrogate suspects, and engage in hot pursuits and arrest suspects? Are crime scene investigators as glamorous and well dressed as they appear on TV? Do they have unlimited resources and solve cases by the end of the last commercial? Join East Precinct Involved Citizens this month to find out the answers to these and other questions related to CSI: Portland.

Captain George Babnick runs the Portland Police Bureau Forensics Evidence Unit. He will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Sept. 28, EPIC meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the East Precinct community room, 737 S.E. 106th Ave.

Drop in to learn about this important unit and the critical work that they do. Watching those crime shows on television will be more fun when you know the how CSI really works.

Septemberfest scheduled
Crossroads Church, 2505 N.E. 102nd Ave., will host a celebration in commemoration of the powerful resolve of the American people to rise from tragedy on Sunday, Sept 11 from noon to 5 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, international foods, community information, games for kids and more. This is a free event. The public is invited.

Date set for service of remembrance and hope
The images and sounds of Sept. 11, 2001 will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of those who witnessed the tragedies of that day. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., will host an ecumenical service of remembrance and hope on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Other participants include Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, Parkrose United Methodist Church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and St. Aidan's Episcopal Church.

The service will include hymns, a passage from Holy Scripture, a reflection, a litany of renewal, silence, and will conclude with the lighting of candles and singing “Amazing Grace.” A time of fellowship will follow.

Offerings received will go to Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon to support its work of helping communities of faith grow in friendship and understanding.

For more information, please contact Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence at 503-252-5720 or

Bible study dates set
Faithful Savior Ministries, 11100 N.E. Skidmore St., is a host site for “Word among Us”, a cover-to-cover study of the Bible. Beginning with Genesis, participants will journey through the Bible, including the inter-testament books. Classes will look at the Bible in the context of history, archaeology, culture and customs of the people at the time. This study group is non-denominational and open to the community.

This is a safe environment to study the Bible, as no church membership solicitation is allowed. Classes will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Register now at 503-257-9409 or

Learning to change and heal subject of movie-based series
We all have things in our life that we wish we could change - mistakes, broken relationships or bad decisions that we wish we could undo. Something that can help is grace - the opportunity to leave our past behind and start anew. In a special, movie-based series, “The Grace Card,” you will discover how to rebuild relationships and heal wounds by giving and receiving grace.

Woodland Park Church offers this series beginning with a free movie night featuring “The Grace Card” on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Refreshments will be served. Free childcare will include a movie just for kids.

Woodland Park Church is located at 11375 N.E. Halsey St. To learn more, contact Pastor Ken Blondeaux at 503-253-1944.

Do you have time to give back?
RSVP in Multnomah County, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, connects individuals age 55 and over to volunteer opportunities that take advantage of life experiences and skills to make positive contributions in the community.

Multnomah County RSVP Volunteers provide a wide range of services determined by both their interests and the needs of the community. Multnomah County RSVP opportunities within MFS include providing transportation and community visiting services to older adults. Opportunities available at partner community organizations include providing nutritious meals to low-income families and older adults; encouraging hospital patients and family members and peer counseling. There is something for everyone.

Contact Heather Pruess, volunteer recruiter, at 503-232-0007 ext. 222 or for details or to volunteer.

Reading volunteers needed in David Douglas schools
Start Making A Reader Today is an early literacy nonprofit that envisions an Oregon in which every child can read and is empowered to succeed. SMART engages community volunteers to help pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade children become confident readers by providing one-on-one literacy support, valuable adult mentorship, and books to take home and keep.

Volunteers are needed at Gilbert Heights, Menlo Park and Mill Park Elementary Schools. Volunteer to read for one hour per week from mid-October through mid-May. Applications are accepted year-round.

To make a difference at these schools and in your community, call 971-634-1616 or visit and help start making a reader today.

Volunteering in service to elders
What are you going to be doing during the stormy Oregon winter? Now is a good time to think about using those rainy days to volunteer at Elders in Action. Elders in Action have been providing meaningful volunteer opportunities in the Portland area since 1968. Trainings are scheduled in all of its major programs including personal advocate, elder friendly business evaluator, commissioners and speaker's bureau. These programs provide a soul satisfying way to improve the quality of life of older adults in your community. Put that extra time to work and make a difference by calling Elders in Action at 503-235-5474 or e-mail

Celebrate, and then donate
The Parkrose Boosters refundable can and bottle drive will be on Sept. 10 this month. Celebrate the long Labor Day weekend with lots of cold beverages and pack up the cans and bottles for delivery to Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. the following Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Win, win, right?

Family Fun Day at Menlo Park Plaza
Menlo Park Elementary School, 12900 N.E. Glisan St., needs a new sign and you can help.

The merchants of Menlo Park Plaza, 12301 N.E. Glisan St, have planned an afternoon of food, fun, and fundraising to benefit the Menlo Park Elementary School Boosters and its sign project on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. This event will feature face painting, a bounce house and obstacle course, hot dogs and hamburgers, balloon animals, music, information on community events, ice cream, a sidewalk sale, and much more.

To make a direct donation, contact the Boosters at 503-256-6506.

Plant sale date set
The Multnomah County Master Gardeners fall plant sale is Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Learning Gardens, 6801 S.E. 60th Ave., from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Master Gardener program is an Oregon State University Extension Service program that educates about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. This program also facilitates the training of a corps of volunteers that extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs.

You will find perennials, shrubs, bulbs, trees, seeds and roses to enhance or create a garden space unique to you and your outdoor living space.

All proceeds support Master Gardener education projects. Cash only please.

Book drive and sale date set
The Madison High School library will collect used books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes for resale to fund new purchases. Collection bins will be at the school, 2735 N.E. 82nd Ave., from Sept. 26 through Sept. 30 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a special evening collection time on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. as well.

These used books, discs and tapes will be offered for sale at the high school on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Madison students will perform throughout the day both days.

As in the past, all Madison students and classroom teachers will be allowed to select a book for those collected before they go on sale.

Madison High will add students from the former Marshall High this year. Librarian Nancy Sullivan wants to be able to serve all students with titles from leisure reading and classroom support. She will appreciate your contributions. If you have a box of books to donate and no transportation, Sullivan will arrange pick up. Contact her at or 503-916-5220, ext. 79370.

Blue Star Mothers of Oregon meet second Mondays
At the Blue Star Mothers of Oregon's Run for the Fallen - an annual 5k run and fundraising event - Judy Hinsley, left, Blue Star Mothers of Oregon fundraising chair, and Judy Gibson, the chapter's Gold Star Mother Liaison, show the architect's rendering for the Willamette National Cemetery water feature they are raising money for.
Mid-county Memo photo/Tim Curran
The Oregon chapter of Blue Star Mothers meets the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Parkrose Chateau, 3141 N.E. 148th Ave. This month's meeting is on Sept. 12. To be a Blue Star Mother, you must have, or have had a child in the military that served honorably. Blue Star Mothers of Oregon is a non-profit group that works on projects throughout the year to support service members and their families and lend each other emotional support while their sons and daughters are off serving their country. Currently, the Oregon chapter is raising funds to design and build a water feature memorial for fallen heroes at Willamette National Cemetery. For more information visit

A trio of woodwinds performs
The Double Reed Divas are the featured artists at the next offering of the Tabor Heights United Methodist Church concert series on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. Victoria Racz, Dagny Rask Regan and Ann van Bever will play classics by Debussy, Haydn and Krommer and newer works by Australian composer Graham Powning and jazz composer Arthur Woodbury.

The church is located at 6161 S.E. Stark St. The concerts are free. Free will offerings will be accepted.

Color and composition in your artwork
Dorothy Fitzgerald will be the guest instructor at the Portland Fine Arts Guild workshops on Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26 at Russellville Grange Hall, 12105 N.E. Prescott St.

Classes run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Guild members pay $12 per session; non-members pay $15.

Fitzgerald's teaching career spans four decades. She believes in stressing the basics: composition, color and values. In these upcoming sessions, she plans to concentrate on color mixing using limited palette and color relationships.

The suggested materials list includes a canvas up to 16 x 20 prepared with at least two coats of gesso prior to class; odorless brush cleaner; nylon brushes size 2,4 and 8 and a small round one; paint in colors titanium white, cadmium yellow light, yellow ochre, raw sienna, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, chrome oxide green, thalo yellow green, burnt sienna, burnt umber, ivory black, terra rosa and permanent green light; a paper palette; notebook; color wheel and charcoal.

There is plenty of free parking at the Grange. Bring a lunch or visit one of the fast food restaurants within walking distance. Light refreshments are available for a small donation. Please come early or stay late to help setup or cleanup.

Gateway family bike rides
Grab your helmets, pump up your tires and meet up in the Gateway Church parking lot, 13300 N.E. San Rafael St., for these bike rides:

Friday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ride to Clackamas and Oregon City.
Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. ride to Mosier and Hood River.
Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. join Portland Parkways Northeast.
To learn more, call 503-252-1435.

Free Movie night at Rossi Farms
Enjoy food, drinks, a western action show and an outdoor movie - with popcorn, of course - at Rossi Farms, 3839 N.E. 122nd Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. This is an all ages event. Admission is free.

Catnip lore and much more
Learn everything you will ever need to know about catnip at a free class at the Midland Branch Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will teach you how to grow catnip from seed using natural gardening techniques. Discover why some cats never react to catnip and others devour it and learn how it benefits humans.

Bloodmobile appears at Gateway Elks Lodge
Area blood bank supplies are often depleted during summer months. The Gateway Elks Lodge, 711 N.E. 100th Ave., will host an American Red Cross Bloodmobile on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 800-GIVELIFE to make an appointment. Every drop counts.

Aquifer Adventure: a pirate-themed groundwater treasure hunt
Big and little pirates alike are invited to join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a family festival all about groundwater on Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at the canoe launch at Northeast 166th Avenue and Airport Way. Play fun games and go on a canoe ride in search of hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath our feet. Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap'n might make ye walk the plank. Live music from 1to 3 p.m., free t-shirts for kids. More information at or 503-281-1132.

Beginning bird watching class dates set
Metro Naturalist James Davis has been getting birdwatchers started in Portland for 30 years. He will lead a class on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Room 370 at Metro Regional Center, 600 N.E. Grand Ave.

Discuss the basics of bird identification, talk about field guides and binoculars, and discuss how to identify the 25 most common birds of the Portland region. After this introduction to the basics of bird watching, you will be prepared for field trips and the other classes that follow, or to head out on your own. This class is suitable for adults and teens. Children under 18 can attend free. Registration and payment of $11 per adult or family is required in advance. You can now register and pay online for Metro activities. Go to, find your event by searching or browsing, and follow the instructions.

Three cheers for Multnomah County Library
Last year, Multnomah County Library circulated 22.7 million items - only New York Public Library circulated more. Moreover, for the ninth year in a row, Multnomah County Library patrons have checked out and renewed more items than patrons of any other U.S. library serving fewer than one million residents. With a population of about 735,000, that's an average of about 31 items checked out or renewed for every man, woman and child in Multnomah County. Circulation of library materials is one of the primary indicators used by libraries to evaluate their success in serving the public.

Among large libraries in the U.S. (libraries that serve a population of 500,000 or more), Multnomah County Library has the highest collection turnover rate. That means that the library has the hardest working collection of books, CDs, DVDs and more - each item is checked out at twice the rate of the national average.

Among libraries in the same population service category, Multnomah County Library has the highest in-library materials use per capita - the number of books, journals, newspapers and other materials that patrons use in the library but do not check out.

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864.

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.

Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Sundays beginning Sept. 18 from 1:15 to 2 p.m.

Yoga Storytime: This class introduces children to the benefits of yoga through stories, music and simple movements. For children ages 3 to 6 years and their caregivers; one child per adult. You are encouraged to bring your own mat. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 20 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 20 from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Pajama Time: Put on your pajamas, grab a bedtime buddy, and join staff for stories, songs and fun. For children 6 years and younger with adult. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 20 from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 21, 10:15 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon and Fridays beginning Sept. 23 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Thursdays beginning Sept. 22 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Thursdays beginning Sept. 22 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and Fridays beginning Sept. 23 from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturday, Sept. 10 and 24 from 10:15 to 11 a.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 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Vietnamese Family Playgroup: This playgroup is a wonderful opportunity for both children and parents from the community to meet and network with each other. It is also a gathering place for children to practice and learn Vietnamese. Saturdays, Sept. 3 and 17 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Stretch, Dance, Play: Join Growing Arts movement educator Iris Nason for an engaging creative dance experience. Children learn body awareness and creative self-expression as they sing, sign, stretch, dance and play. Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Teen Lounge: Use library laptops for homework or fun, play Wii or board games, and meet friends. For teens in grades 6-12. Mondays beginning Sept. 12 from 4 to 6 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 in the library. Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Wednesday, Sept. 7 and 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Zipper Jewelry: Learn how to create all kinds of zipper adornments using thrifted zippers. Artist LeBrie Rich will demonstrate how to make zipper flowers, cuffs and earrings. In this super-fun, easy craft program, you can create accessories that you will actually want to wear and show off. For teens in grades 6-12. Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Read to the Dogs: Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog from the Delta Society's Pet Partners Program, sponsored by DoveLewis. Registration is required; call 503-988-5392. Monday, Sept. 12 and 26 from 6:30 to 8 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., except Sept. 11.

Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. This is not a class, but an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture, and have fun. Only English will be spoken. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Dealing with Debt: Falling into debt is much easier than digging yourself out. Learn tips on how to get back on track including strategies in addressing debt obligations effectively, knowing your legal rights when it comes to those obligations, and how to manage your debt issues in today's economic environment. Attorneys Tim L. Eblen and Michelle Freed will help explain the ins and outs of debtor, creditor law. Monday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rent Green, Rent Clean: Resources for Renters: Join the Midland Library, in partnership with the Community Alliance of Tenants, for a free resource fair for low-income renters in East Portland. This fair will cover a variety of concerns including tenant rights, green cleaning, mold prevention, and other important issues related to your health and rights as a renter. Representatives from CAT, Josiah Hill III Clinic and the Community Energy Project will be on hand to provide information and lead a series of 30-minute workshops throughout the afternoon. Workshops will be held in both English and Spanish. Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 to 5 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 “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire that Saved America” by Timothy Egan for discussion on Monday, Sept. 19 from 6:45 to 8 p.m.

Or Read “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford for discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Life Is the Treasure - Okinawan Memories of WWII: Stories are important. They have the capacity to inspire, reflect, unite and mobilize a community. Professional storyteller Alton Chung will share a collection of riveting stories of integrity, courage and selflessness through the experiences of Nisei, Okinawans, and Hawaii Okinawans during World War II. These powerful tales bring to life incredible heroes to inspire and guide a new generation. Not recommended for children. Sunday, Sept. 25 from noon to 12:45 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.

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., except Sept. 1.

Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. except Sept. 1.

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., except Sept. 2.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., except Sept. 2.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children 6 years and younger with adult. Saturdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., except Sept. 3.

Mid-Autumn Festival: Join family and friends in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in Vietnam and China. Knowledge of Chinese is not necessary, but adds to the fun. Saturday, Sept. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Create Your Own Toys in Origami: Paper artist Yuki Martin will introduce models of origami toys that are not only fun to make but also fun to play with. Featured models include jumping frogs, finger puppets, ninja stars, spin tops and more. Transform an ordinary piece of paper into a three-dimensional form. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music. For teens in grades 6-12. Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Beaded Ring Extravaganza-Beads, Wire and Fabulous Fun: Sometimes, it seems that every store in every mall is loaded with cool, stylish rings. But have you ever gone shopping with the perfect ring in mind and not been able to find it? Fear no more, unadorned friends. Come to this fun program and learn how to make your very own beaded rings. All supplies provided, so let nothing stand in your way as you construct cool rings from colored wire, unique beads and so much more. For teens in grades 6-12. Thursday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 5:45 p.m.

Vietnamese Book and Movie Club for Teens: Discuss popular Vietnamese language books and movies. This program will be conducted in Vietnamese and allows Vietnamese teens the opportunity to strengthen their cultural identities while making connections with each other and the library. Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Knitting Club: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun as we 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.

Citizenship Classes: Learn about the process of becoming a citizen in a six-session series of classes. Prepare for your citizenship interview. Study United States history and government for the examination. Classes are in English, and are taught by library volunteers. For more information, please call 503-988-6318. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sundays, Sept. 11 to October 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Pageturners Book Group: Read “Lavinia” by Ursula K. Le Guin. 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, Sept. 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Chinese Painting-Autumn Flowers: Learn to paint colorful chrysanthemums, pansies and other flowers found in traditional Chinese art. Using rice paper, sumi ink and watercolor, participants will paint beautiful autumn scenes. Artist Cindy Lommasson makes it easy to be an artist with systematic instructions. No art experience necessary. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6 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.

Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
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