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Events calendar: February 2013

Calendar items for March are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Email listings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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• Buckman Art Show & Sell: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Buckman Arts Elementary School, 320 S.E. 16th Ave., Portland. Juried art festival featuring the work of more than 140 Pacific Northwest artists is a benefit for Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School. It includes a gallery showcasing the artwork of Buckman students, along with a silent art auction, musical and dance performances, a supervised children’s art area and food cart fare. Friday admission: $5 per person age 5 and over; no charge for children age 4 and under. Tickets sold at the door. Saturday: $2 suggested donation. Info: 503-936-2197, buckmanartshow.weebly.com

• “Coming Home: Voices of Return and Resettlement, 1945-1965”: Exhibit continues through March 31 at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, locally curated exhibit traces the reestablishment of the Japanese American community in Oregon after World War II and examines the injustices of wartime relocation. Additional programming and events will be featured; call 503-224-1458 or visit www.oregonnikkei.org for program dates and times.

• “I love You, You're Perfect, Now Change”: Feb. 1-24, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard. A musical revue about the ups and downs of love. Opening night Friday, Feb. 1. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinees Sundays and on Saturday, Feb. 9, 16 and 23. Tickets start at $30 adults; discounts available for groups and youth. Tickets: www.broadwayrose.org or 503-620-5262.

• Nutrition presentation: 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Join student nurses from Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences to learn about the benefits of eating healthy and a demonstration on preparing winter squash. Free, but registration required. Call or visit the senior center to sign up.

• Parkinson’s 101: Information & Panel Discussion: 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Hearthstone at Murrayhill, 10880 S.W. Davies Road (at Scholls Ferry), Beaverton. Free. No registration required. Anna Sanger Reed, Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon, will present general information about Parkinson’s disease, treatment options, and resources available. A panel of individuals with Parkinson’s will offer personal perspectives. Info: 503-520-0911 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.). Website: www.HearthstoneCCC.com

• Portland Japanese Garden Open Pavilion: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Feb. 1-10, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland. Weeklong event celebrates the garden's 50th anniversary. Sample and learn more about the types of programming traditionally presented at the garden throughout the year, including Chado, the Way of Tea; ikebana, bonsai and Japanese carpentry. Historic photograph display, lectures and presentations, hot tea. For more info and a schedule of daily events, call 503-223-1321 or visit japanesegarden.com. Entrance to “Open Pavilion” programming is included with garden admission ($9.50 adults, $7.75 senior 62 and older, $7.75 college students with ID, $6.75 youths 6-17).

• Sequoia Gallery + Studios: 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. www.sequoiagallerystudios.org

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• Washington County Museum: Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. Saturday, Feb. 2, 11a.m. to noon: “Hispanic Heritage in Washington County,” a moderated discussion with museum staff about the process that went into creating the museum's “Bracero” exhibit. Event costs $6 for adults, $4 for children. • Through June 30: “Americans All: The Bracero Program in Washington County.” • Through May 31: “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe.” • Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free to museum members, $6 adults, $4 children. Children age 3 and under get in free.

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• AARP tax assistance: Feb. 4 to April 11, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. AARP Tax Aid volunteers will help with simple tax form filing. Free, but call the senior center to make an appointment.

• “The Beauty of the Visible and Invisible Night Sky”: Showtimes at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, Mt. Hood Community College planetarium, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Program includes a number of dramatic photographs, including ancient supernovae, the Milky Way and huge star-forming regions. Admission $2 general public, free for MHCC students (student identification required). Campus parking is free, all days and all times. Children are welcome (and encouraged) to attend. The planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Planetarium shows are held the first Monday of each month, October through June. The schedule is online at www.mhcc.edu/planetarium.

• Magenta Theater auditions for “Shadowlands”: 6-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver, Wash. The love story between bachelor C.S. Lewis and divorcee Joy Gresham. Info: www.magentatheater.com

• OMSI Science Pub-Portland: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland. Program TBA. No RSVP or scientific background needed; just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge. Suggested cover charge $5. Info: OMSI, 503-797-4517, www.omsi.edu.

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• Tax preparation assistance: Feb. 5 to April 15, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Volunteers trained by the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue prepare state and federal tax returns for older adults, low-income and disabled persons. Call to schedule an appointment.

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• Open Mic Poetry at the Washington State University: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Vancouver Writing Center, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, Wash., Featuring Dennis McBride, author of “Looking for Peoria” and “Killing the Mockingbird.” Hosted by Christopher Luna, Writing Center consultant and Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic founder. Info: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-360-910-1066.

• Prime Timers Dining Club: Wednesday, Feb. 6, M & M Restaurant, 137 N. Main Ave., Gresham, 503-665-2626. Single adults 50 and older are welcome. The club, which meets monthly, will celebrate its 14th anniversary. Social time at 6 p.m. followed by ordering from a special dinner menu at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is Dutch treat. Info: Call Pat at 503-936-5861 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Website: www.PrimeTimersDiningClub.com

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• Agate & Mineral Show: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 7-10, OMSI Auditorium, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, 503-797-4517. The Oregon Agate and Mineral Society presents this 62nd annual show featuring more than 30 exhibits. Free admission; museum admission not included. Info: www.omsi.edu.

• The Geezer Gallery: 600 N.W. Naito Parkway Suite E, Portland, 503-244-0441, www.geezergallery.com. Feb. 7-28: “The Discourse of Silence,” paintings by Saadi Al-Kaabi. First Thursday artist reception 6-9 p.m. Feb. 7.

• Milagro Theatre presents “La Celestina”: Feb. 7 to March 2, Milagro Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., Portland. A fresh adaptation by Raquel Carrió from the classic Spanish Golden Age novel by Fernando de Rojas. Presented in Spanish with supertitles in English. Preview 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Opening night 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, with complimentary reception catered by Pambiche Restaurant. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission $15-$30; discounts for students, seniors, groups of 15 or more and advance purchases. Tickets and info: www.milagro.org or 503-236-7253.

• Mt. Hood Community College First Thursday Concert: Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, Will West and the Friendly Strangers will perform in the Student Union (formerly the College Center), 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Free admission, free parking at the college.

• 36th Portland International Film Festival: Feb. 7-23, various locations. “The Sapphires” (Australia), adapted from the stage musical of the same name, opens the festival Thursday, Feb. 7, as the first of more than 125 films from three dozen countries. Festival schedule online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff36/

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• Family Zumba Party: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Wear red or pink and bring your sweetheart and/or your kids and dance to Neylana's favorite Latin-inspired music. Fee: $5 at the door. Children 12 and younger get in free.

• Movie Matinee — “The Words”: 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Rated Pg-13. Suggested donation $1. Come early to enjoy pizza, salad and a soft drink for $2. Movie will be shown with subtitles at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

• “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition”: Opening Feb. 8 at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, 503-797-4517. Is it really possible to huff and puff and blow a house down? What about swinging from a suspended phone book? Visitors are playfully cautioned not to try this at home, but to try it at OMSI, where they become the MythBuster and can bust or confirm theories like these. Info: www.omsi.edu/upcoming-exhibits.

• Tears of Joy Presents “Anansi the Spider”: Feb. 8-17, Winningstad Theatre in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Portland. Anansi, the trickster spider of West Africa, is brought to life in two hilarious tales. Based on the West African stories and popularized in the books by Portland author Eric Kimmel. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and 16, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 and 17. Tickets $17 for children, $21 for adults. For tickets, call 503-248-0557 or visit www.tojt.org.

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• Family Day at the Washington County Museum: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. Free admission. Join the museum for Latino Family Day to make crafts, play games and honor the county's diverse Hispanic community with the museum's “Bracero” exhibit as the background.

• Greater Portland Heart Ball: Saturday, Feb. 9, The Nines, 525 S.W. Morrison St., Portland. Benefit for the American Heart and American Stroke Association. Cocktails and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., dinner and live auction at 8 p.m. Tickets and info: www.PDXHeartBall.org or contact Kris Carico, 503-595-2276 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Spaghetti Dinner and Texas Hold'em Tournament: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Dinner $7 adults, $3 children under 12, $50 tournament buy-in. Info: call the Friends office, 503-653-8100.

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• Beaverton Historical Society monthly presentation: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Beaverton History Center, 12412 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton, 503-430-0106, www.historicbeaverton.org. Program: Master storyteller Anne Rutherford will relate tall tales spun by Oregonians and real-life anecdotes about the state. Her performance will include a tale from Clementine Ryder, Rutherford's original character (some would say alter ego). Free admission; donations welcome.

• Lunar New Year celebration: Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Elise Ho Tan, accompanied by lion dancers and Vietnamese School singers, will give a presentation about the traditions surrounding the celebration of the Lunar New Year. Refreshments provided. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Call to register.

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• Home Education Day at the Washington County Museum: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. Program: “Atfalati-Kalapuya: First People of Washington County.” Admission $6 per child; children 5 and younger get in free.

• Meet Sylvia the “Dog” with Mask & Mirror Community Theatre: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Tualatin Public LIbrary, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Members of the theater company will read "Sylvia" by A.R. Gurney, a touching comedy about a marriage that gets complicated when the husband brings home a dog (played by a human actor) found in a park. The public is invited to listen, join the discussion after the readings, or to volunteer to read one of the roles by contacting Pat Romans at 503-524-2058. Website: www.MaskAndMirror.com

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• Explore Bollywood: 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 15, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Yoga instructor Bronwyn Doyle presents a look at Indian culture and Bollywood dancing. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Call or visit the center to register.

• Gladstone Senior Center Valentine's Sweetheart Dance: 4:30-6:30pm. Friday, Feb. 15, 1050 Portland Ave, Gladstone. Join us for a special Valentine's sweetheart dance, featuring the music of Mark J and Band. Light refreshments served. Make sure you wear your pink or red. Admission by donation. To RSVP and get more info, call the center at 503-655-7701.

• History of Fluoride: 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Learn surprising facts about fluoride and its use from a historical perspective. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Call or visit the center to register.

• Portland Japanese Garden exhibit: Feb. 15 to March 17, 50 prints and paintings by calligrapher Toko Shinoda, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland. Winter hours: noon–4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday. Entrance included with garden admission ($9.50 adults, $7.75 senior 62 and older, $7.75 college students with ID, $6.75 youths 6-17). Info: call 503-223-1321 or visit japanesegarden.com.

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• “Desert Air: Photographs by George Styeinmetz”: Opening Feb. 16 at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, 503-797-4517. Info: www.omsi.edu.

• Portland Columbia Symphony fundraiser featuring David Ogden Stiers: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, downtown Portland Waterfront Marriott. Info: 503-234-4077 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Totally Gospel II Saturday night concerts: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Northeast Baptist Church, 6701 N.E. Prescott St., Portland. Country gospel by Riny Horst and guests Joshua Wright and Angel Staples. Free admission; come as you are. Free potluck Valentine's dinner, contests and drawing for free CDs and a signature cowboy hat. Includes 30 minutes of open mic; sing a gospel song or give testimony. Info: 503-335-3132 or 503-281-7656.

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• Midwinter poetry reading: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, 45 S. State St., downtown Lake Oswego, 503-697-7097. Carolyn Wright, Northwest poet and translator, and local poet and educator James Grabill will read their work. Hosted by Joan Maiers. Free and open to the public. Bring two items or donation for food bank.

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• Blood pressure clinic: 9:45-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Friday, Feb. 22, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. No fee. Provided by volunteer nurses.

• Clark County Historical Museum: 1511 Main St.,Vancouver, Wash., 1-360-993-5679, www.cchmuseum.org. Feb. 19 to Sept. 28: “Vet Ink,” exhibit of military-inspired tattoos. Opening reception 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. Regular museum hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

• Foot care clinic: Starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Fee $30; appointment necessary; call the center. Bring basin and two towels to your appointment.

• OMSI Science Pub-Portland Mission Theater: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., Portland. Program TBA. No RSVP or scientific background needed; just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge. Suggested cover charge $5. Info: OMSI, 503-797-4517, www.omsi.edu.

• Senior Law Clinic: Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Volunteer elder law attorneys provide up to one-half hour of consultation on legal issues related to seniors. Appointment necessary; call Abby Kennedy, 503-653-8100.

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• Crossroads Lecture at the Washington County Museum: 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. Join Diane Hess from the Fair Housing Council of Oregon to learn the history of housing discrimination. Admission $6 adults, $4 children.

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• Night at the Museum: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Washington County Museum, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. Ages 21 and older are invited to taste local brews, play trivia games, check out the exhibits and see what the museum has to offer. Admission $6.

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• Brown Bag Medication Review: 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. A student nurse will assist with a one-on-one review of your medications and supplements. Brown bags will be provided so you can bring all of your medications. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Call or visit the center to register.

• Movie Matinee — “Trouble With the Curve”: 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Rated Pg-13. Suggested donation $1. Come early to enjoy pizza, salad and a soft drink for $2. Movie will be shown with subtitles at 1 p.m. Friday, March 1.

• Portland Chamber Orchestra presents “The Music of Film”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Village Church, 330 S.W. Murray Blvd., Beaverton. Concert repeats at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Scottish Rite Center, 709 S.W. 15th Ave., Portland (see below). Presented the weekend of the 2013 Academy Awards®, the program highlights film scores from past Oscar-nominated movies. Movie music expert Edmund Stone will be the host, sharing film trivia and memorable dialogue. Friday tickets cost $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students, $5 children 5-12. Tickets available at www.portlandchamberorchestra.org. Info: 503-771-3250.

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• Portland Chamber Orchestra presents “The Music of Film”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Scottish Rite Center, 709 S.W. 15th Ave., Portland. The program highlights film scores from past Oscar-nominated movies. Saturday's performance will honor Portland legend Norman Leyden, former conductor of the Oregon Symphony Pops series, with special guest Susannah Mars, local pops and cabaret singer. Movie music expert Edmund Stone will be the host, sharing film trivia and memorable dialogue. Tickets $35 adults, $30 seniors, $20 students, $10 children 5-12. Tickets available at www.portlandchamberorchestra.org. Info: 503-771-3250.

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• Monthly dance at the Shrine Center: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, the Shrine Center, 25100 S.W. Parkway Ave., Wilsonville, 503-684-6143. Dance or just listen to The John Bennett Dance Band featuring John Bennett, piano; Wayne Travillion, cornet/trombone; Jim Buchmann, reeds; David Duthie, bass; Dave Johnson, guitar; and Jack Dawes, drums. Admission $10 per person at the door. Net proceeds to benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining menu, Cabaret-style seating. Large dance floor, beautiful ballroom and free parking.

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• OMSI Science Pub-Hillsboro: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Program TBA. No RSVP or scientific background needed; just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge. Suggested cover charge $5. Info: OMSI, 503-797-4517, www.omsi.edu.

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• Healthy Aging Seminar — Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment: 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 26, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Presented by Dr. Josh Raj, MD, Providence Milwaukie Family Medicine.

• New Ways to Get Around Town: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Transportation specialists from Ride Connection will tell you how to use public transportation to get around and explore the best free outings that Portland offers. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Call or visit the center to register.

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• Introduction to the Internet: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Computer tutor Bob Cochran makes using the Internet a pain-free and fun experience. No computer experience necessary. Bring your questions. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Call or visit the center to register.

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• Everybody Reads book discussion: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Barnes & Noble, Bridgeport Village, 7227 SW Bridgeport Road, Tigard, 503-431-7575. Everybody is invited to join us for a discussion celebrating Everybody Reads 2013, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library. Choose one discussion featuring “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian” for young adults, or one featuring “Ten Little Indians for adults,” both titles by Sherman Alexie. Free and open to the public.