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March 2013 calendar

Calendar items for April are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 15. Email listings to editor@boomnw.com.

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“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.

First Friday Film series presents “Dirt! The Movie”: 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St. in Oregon City. This documentary tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Visit dirtthemovie.org. This is the final film of this season’s film series. Send your ideas for documentary films to the Oregon City Public Library at 503-657-8269 ext 1010, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Portland Center Stage presents “The Whipping Man”: March 1-24, Matthew Lopez’s searing drama set in the post-Civil War South. Show times at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, 2 p.m. matinees Sundays and select Saturdays, and at noon Thursdays. Tickets start at $39, with discounts available for students and those under 25. Rush tickets are $20. Tickets: www.pcs.org or call 503-445-3700. For the complete performance schedule, see the show calendar at www.pcs.org/whipping.

Portland Japanese Garden exhibit: Through 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.

Tax preparation assistance: Through 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 the Tax-Aide scheduler at the center to schedule an appointment.

Washington County Museum exhibits: 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. - 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 younger get in free.

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“How Sweet Was My Swamp”: March 2-17, Mask & Mirror Community Theatre’s March melodrama performed at “The Stage” at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Reservations encouraged at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-691-1779. Tickets $12 adults; $10 seniors, students, active military; $5 under age 10.Info: www.MaskAndMirror.com or call Gary Romans at 503-524-2058.

Museum After Dark for adults 21 and older: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. Night of interactive demonstrations and entertainment. Snacks and beverages included.

Portland Youth Philharmonic winter concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland. Program: Bergsma’s Chameleon Variations; Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor, Op. 64; Rachel Graves, violin, PYP Concerto Competition winner; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathetique.” Tickets $11-$40. Call PYP at 503-223-5939 or buy tickets online through Ticketmaster, www.portlandyouthphil.org/concerts/index.php.

Pruning demonstration: noon-1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, The Milwaukie Center, Oregon Grape Room, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100.

“The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales”: Presented by Oregon Children’s Theatre, March 2-24 at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland. Based on the original book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Showtimes 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $18-$28 for adults, $15-$24 for children (group rates also available). Box Office: 503-228-9571 or TicketMaster (503-790-ARTS or www.ticketmaster.com). On the web: www.octc.org

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Fool’s Gold: A Comedy Variety Show: 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3, Suki’s Bar & Grill, 2401 S.W. Fourth Ave., Portland. Free. Some of Portland’s best comedians performing improvised stand-up, short form improv games based on audience suggestions. This month featuring Kristine Levine (“Portlandia”), Sean Jordan (“Doug Loves Movies”), Bri Pruett (Curious Comedy Theater & Action Adventure Theater), Phil Schallberger (Bridgetown Comedy Festival) and Whitney Streed (Seattle SketchFest). Hosting and Mad-Libs by Jimmy Newstetter, with musical accompaniment by Ira Novos. Donations accepted. Info: 503-226-1181, or contact Whitney Streed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-388-6436.

Mt. Hood Community College First Thursday Concert: Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Vagabond Opera will perform in the Student Union (formerly the College Center), 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Free admission, free parking at the college. Come hear European cabaret, vintage Americana, Balkan belly dance, neo-classical opera, old-world Yiddish theater, all contained within the sound of this six-piece local group.

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AARP tax assistance: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 11, 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.

Blood pressure clinic: 9:45-11:45 a.m. Monday, March 4, and Tuesday, March 19, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. No appointment needed, no fee.

Gary Ogan in concert with Dave Captein on bass and special guests Panhandler’s Union: 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland. Tickets $10 advance from http://oganpanhandlers.brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door. Info: Matt Miner, 503-484-8196, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mattminermusic.com

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Foot care clinic: Starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 and 19, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Must be age 60-plus or a person with a disability. Call 503-653-8100 for an appt. Bring basin and two towels to your appointment.

Let’s Talk About Your Computer: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays starting March 5, WorkSource Portland Metro Columbia Express Center building, 4610 N. Trenton St. (WorkSource Computer Lab, Room 14), Portland. Free individual computer tutoring from “Computer Tutor” John Lucas. Registration required; sign up at the Hollywood Senior Center, 503-288-8303.

Pointillism paintings by Kelly Nicodemus-Miller: Through March at Summa Real Estate, 231 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5; hors d’oeuvres, wine and entertainment by Jason Johnson, guitarist/singer.

Senior law clinic: Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 and 19, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Appointments necessary. Volunteer elder law attorneys provide up to a half-hour consultation on legal issues related to seniors. No charge, but donations appreciated. For an appointment, call Abby Kennedy, 503-653-8100.

Sequoia Gallery + Studios: 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401. March 5-29 featured artists: international award-winning miniature watercolorist Katherine Friday shows African themes; a variety of oil paintings by Anne Ferguson; realistic wildlife wood carvings by Gerald Sticka. Reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Show also includes work by 30 additional artists and 13 on-site studios will be open during the reception. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. www.sequoiagallerystudios.org

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“Ask the Health Experts” lecture: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, Oregon Health & Science University, Center for Health & Healing, third floor, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland. Topic: Scoliosis and the adult spine. To attend, register at 503 494-1122. Free parking available near the Center for Health & Healing. Light refreshments served.

Diabetes Support Group: 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Theresa Martin, certified diabetes educator and registered nurse, will present information on “Carb Counting and Weight Management.”

Open Mic Poetry: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Writing Center (VLIB 203), Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, Wash. Hosted by Writing Center consultant and Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic founder Christopher Luna, featuring Mary Slocum. Info: call 1-360-910-1066 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays, March 6 through April 10, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Six-week class is free, but registration required; call the senior center.

Prime Timers Dining Club: Wednesday, March 6, Francis Xavier’s Restaurant, 1933 N.E. 181st Ave. (1 block north of Halsey Street), 503-666-1957. Single adults 50 and older are welcome. 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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Celebrate International Women’s Day: 11-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, Hollywood Senior Center, 820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Free. Donations to the center appreciated. Learn about how International Women’s Day started and how it has become a worldwide tradition. Music by the Melodiers.

Geezer Gallery: 600 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite E, Portland. March 7-30: “Female Impressions,” paintings by internationally acclaimed Iraqi artist Farooq Hassan. Artist reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Info: 503-244-0441, www.geezergallery.com

Museum of Contemporary Craft: 724 N.W. Davis St., Portland, website cal.pnca.edu/e/588. • March 7-29: “20/2,” exhibit of test shoots done over a two-month period by the team at Portland’s Swanson Studio Free. • March 7-Sept. 21: “Object Focus: The Bowl, Part 1.” Free for museum members, $4 general admission. • March 14-June 2: “Critical Art Ensemble: A Temporary Monument to Global Inequality,” featuring a proportional scale diagram representing relative wealth based on population quintiles. Free.

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Healthy Aging Seminar — Senior Medicare Patrol: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Free event sponsored by Senior Medicare Patrol, Clackamas County Volunteer Connection Program and the Milwaukie Center. Participants are encouraged to bring any confidential papers to be shredded. Also, local law enforcement will accept any unused or expired prescription drugs. An information booth regarding healthcare fraud, identity theft, and other info will be inside the center. Presentation on Medicare basics at 10:30 a.m., and individuals may schedule a Medicare counseling session with certified SHIBA counselors.

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Modern Home Tours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, self-guided driving-tour offers an opportunity to explore the inside and out of six to 10 architecturally progressive and contemporary homes in the area, including the famous “Eyebrow House” in Mount Tabor. Find an up-to-date list and details online at portland.modernhometours.com. Tickets $30 in advance; $40 day of the tour, available at designated locations. Kids under 12 admitted free.

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Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Program: “Pops World Tour,” featuring Isaac’s “South American Tangos,” Custer’s “Best of the Beatles,” Schoenberg’s “Selections from Les Miserables” and Franck’s Symphony, movements 2 and 3. Tickets $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, $45 for families. Info: 503-669-1937, www.MtHoodPops.org

“1945,” A Tribute to Harry James and Frank Sinatra: 8 p.m. Sunday, March 10, The Bossanova Ballroom, Performed by Chuck Par-Due and the Mike Curtis Project (15-piece big band including former members of the Harry James Orchestra). Special guest vocalist Cheryl Morris (former vocalist with Harry James, Tex Beneke, Ray McKinley, and others). Must be 21 and over. Tickets and info: 1-503-560-6747.

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Learn about falls prevention: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, Hollywood Senior Center, 820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Volunteers of America registered nurses will share tips and answer questions.

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Ask the Health Experts” lecture: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, Oregon Health & Science University, Center for Health & Healing, third floor, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland. Topic: Can your sleep affect your teeth? To attend, register at 503 494-1122. Free parking available near the Center for Health & Healing. Light refreshments served.

Beaverton Historical Society monthly presentation: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, Beaverton History Center, 12412 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Free. Program: “Oregon’s Hoovervilles — The Effects of Two Oregon Towns on Herbert Hoover.” Presenters: Sarah Munro, new director of the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum in Newberg, and Kyle Jansson, who has published articles on President Hoover’s years in Salem and organized the Hoover for President campaign in 2000.

Lecture by author/actor Laurence Overmire: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, Tualatin Public Library. Overmire’s new book, “The One Idea That Saves the World,” is about a call to conscience and a call to action, the only way to guarantee a shift in global awareness that teaches respect for all living things. His lecture is sponsored by the library and NW Writers & Publishers Association.

“Your Brain on Chocolate”: 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March, 12, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. MindRAMP co-founder Roger Anunsen will give a free presentation on current research on brain fitness and how you can continue to build a strong and active mind. Register by calling the senior center.

Healthy Brain Aging: 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Another free presentation by MindRAMP co-founder Roger Anunsen. Free; register by calling the senior center.

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Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, First United Methodist Church, Portland; and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Good Shepherd Community Church. Program: “A First Time for Everything,” guest conductor Andrew Sewell, soloist Pius Cheung on marimba. Program: Lilburn’s Overture: Aotearoa, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for Marimba and Orchestra, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, D minor, Op. 70. Tickets $30 adults, $25 seniors, $10 students (12 and older), $5 children (under 12), available online at www.columbiasymphony.org, by phone at 503-234-4077 or sold at the concert beginning one hour before the performance.

St. Patrick’s Day Zumba party: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Pull out your favorite green shoes, shirt, hat, socks and workout to fun Latin inspired music led by Neylana Bezerra. This event is Zumba Gold friendly. Great for beginners. Admission $5 at the door, Kids 12 and under get in free.

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Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Jazzify!” 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland. Program features guest conductor Dave Barduhn and guest artist Louise Rose, an acclaimed pianist, vocalist and actress. Tickets start at $17. Info: 503-226-2588, online at tickets.pdxgmc.org or pdxgmc.org/concert

Spring Fling Craft & Collectible Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone. Come check out your local artists and craft vendors. Plants, collectibles, jewelry, food items, arts and crafts and much more. Free admission. Raffle door prizes.

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Bach birthday celebration — pipe organ concert: 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 S.E. Stark St., Portland, www.taborheightschurch.org. Portland organist Heidi Kohne will play an all-Bach program. A Happy Birthday Bach reception will be held following the concert. A free-will offering will be accepted.

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Blood pressure clinic: 9:45-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. No appointment needed, no fee.

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Willamette meteorite talk: 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. Melinda Hutson, instructor of geology at Portland Community College-Sylvania, will present a talk on the largest meteorite found in North America and the sixth largest in the world. Talk is part of the museum’s Crossroads Lecture Series.

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Marquam Hill Lecture: “Creating a Google Map of Cancer?” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, OHSU Auditorium (Old Library building), 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland. Using powerful, advanced imaging technologies that illustrate cells, tissues and structural details across time, OHSU scientists are assembling the “Google map” of cancer and other diseases. Presented by Joe Gray, Ph.D., physicist and member of the Institute of Medicine. Reservations: www.ohsu.edu/mhlectures. Info: 503 494-0768 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Airing of the Quilts Community Quilt Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 22-23, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Fee: $3 per person. At this 19th annual show, see new and decades-old family treasures from residents all over the community. Local quilters, from the newest beginner to the most advanced craftspeople, also can compare notes and learn new techniques during fun and informative demonstrations. Featured quilter and speaker Rita Kilstrom will present “A Print Inspires” at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Info: 503-794-8092.

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Palm Sunday service at Tabor Heights United Methodist Church: 11 a.m. Sunday, March 24, 6161 S.E. Stark St., Portland, www.taborheightschurch.org. The community is invited to join the church for its special services during Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday observance with Procession of Palms and music by choir, handbells, and organ. Guest preacher: the Rev. Lowell Greathouse.

Monthly dance at the Shrine Center: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 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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Living Well With Chronic Conditions: 12:30-4 p.m. Mondays, March 25 through April 29, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Six-week workshop is free, but registration required; call the senior center.

Stay Sharp with Brain Games: 10-11:00 a.m. Monday, March 25, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Discover four easy steps to improve the health of your brain. Includes a fun discussion with examples of brain games and why they work.

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AARP Driver Safety Training: 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday-Friday, March 28-29, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Two-day driver safety classroom course offered through AARP. Cost: $12 for AARP members, $14 non-members. Registration required; call the senior center.

Holy Thursday at Tabor Heights United Methodist Church: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 6161 S.E. Stark St., Portland, www.taborheightschurch.org. Holy Communion and special Lenten music by choir and bells, piano, and organ.

Men’s Caregiving Support Group: 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28 (fourth Thursday of every month), Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Building 2, second floor, above Devers eye clinic, 1040 N.W. 22nd Ave., Portland. For men who are caring for their wives or other family members in various health conditions: cancer, stroke or heart. Listen and share the challenges of being a male caregiver. Free; 503-413-8791, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NW Dance Project: 7:30 p.m. March 28-30, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway St., Portland. Program features world premieres from Sarah Slipper and Patrick Delcroix. Ticket info: 503-828-8285, nwdanceproject.org

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Blood pressure clinic: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 29, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. No appointment needed, no fee.

Brain Fitness Games registration: Enroll by March 29 for six-week class that starts April 2 (held 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays), Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Brain fitness class with a variety of games designed to enhance memory and cognitive skills. Easy and fun way to exercise the brain. Socialize and learn more. Class size limited. Call to enroll.

Good Friday concert: 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, 503-639-3273. The Oregon Chamber Singers will join the Calvin Presbyterian Choir accompanied by organ and small orchestra for a presentation of John Rutter’s Requiem. Free-will offering will be taken.

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Easter Day Festival Service at Tabor Heights United Methodist Church: 11 a.m. Sunday, March 31, 6161 S.E. Stark St., Portland, www.taborheightschurch.org. Easter Day Festival Service with brass, bells, choir and organ.