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January 2014 calendar

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

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“Our Humble Heroes: Stories of Service and Sacrifice during WWII” — Through Jan. 5, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 N.W. Second Ave., Portland. Locally curated exhibit that honors the Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans, who served their country during World War II. Info: 503-224-1458 or www.oregonnikkei.org.

Sequoia Gallery + Studios — 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401. Through Jan. 31: annual all-member show featuring a wide variety of media by 34 artists with the theme of “Northwest Light.” Reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Website: www.sequoiagallerystudios.org

WLLC Gallery — West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive, West Linn. Through Feb. 15: work by 18 local artists around the theme “Always Being Made New … God's work. Our hands.” Gallery open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., additional hours Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Admission free. Info: 503-656-0110. Website: wllc.org.

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The Fireplace Gallery — Mt. Hood Community College, Student Union, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Jan. 2-30: “Ghosts in the Machine,” free art exhibit of Mark Crummett’s photographs.Gallery open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking, no permit requirted. People requiring accommodation due to a disability should contact the Disability Services office at 503-491-6923. Please call at least two weeks prior to the event.

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January First Friday Film: “The Healthcare Movie” — 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City. Free. This movie descibes Canada’s fight for national health insurance and explains the difference between the Canadian and the U.S. systems. Presented by the Oregon City Library, 503-657-8269, ext. 1022.

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Mask & Mirror Community Theatre public play reading — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Free reading and discussion of “Play On” by Rick Abbott, submitted to the theater for possible production in the coming season. This play offers roles for three males and seven females; you may choose to watch and listen or read a role. If you would like to read a role, email Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Pat at 503-524-2058. More info: Visit www.MaskAndMirror.com or email Gary Romans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Prime Timers Dining Club — Wednesday, Jan. 8, Heidi's Restaurant, 1230 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham, 503-667-4200. For single adults 50 and older. 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

Sandy Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers’ Support group — 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 8 (second Wednesday of every month, Sandy Senior Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy. Co-facilitated by the Sandy Community Center and Mt. Hood Hospice under the auspices of the Oregon Alzheimer’s Association. More info: Call Cami Henderson at 503-668-5569.

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Author Night: Amanda Coplin — 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City. Free. Meet the Portland area author of “The Orchardist” and Whiting Writers’ Award winner. Presented by the Oregon City Library, 503-657-8269, ext. 1022.

Square dancing lesson — 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Oak Grove Community Club, 14496 S.E. Cedar, Milwaukie. Free. Couples, singles and families welcome. No experience needed. Class is open for new students until Jan. 16. Continuing weekly lessons will be $5 for adults, $2 for under 18, and $10 for families. More info: 503-830-4527 or 503-310-5672.

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“An Afternoon with Local LGBT Authors” — 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Ave. at Thurman Street, Portland. SAGE Metro Portland presents four independent LGBT writers — Dan Johnson, Emily Newberry, Leland Hall and Christopher Lord — who will read from their most recent work, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Free and open to the public. A portion of all sales from books sold at this event will go to support SAGE Metro Portland. Info: www.friendlyhouseinc.org

Art on Broadway — 12570 S.W. Broadway, Beaverton. Reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, for the gallery member artists' winter group show (exhibit ends Feb. 1) and for the guest artist exhibit, titled “Discovery” (show ends March 1). Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 503-601-3300 or www.artonbroadway.net

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Country gospel music by Riny Horst — 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, Manor Grange, 17901 N.E. 72nd Ave., Battle Ground, Wash. Followed by a potluck lunch. Free concert and food. Info: 1-360-553-8762 or 503-335-3132.

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Beaverton Historical Society monthly presentation — 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, Beaverton History Center, 12412 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Free. Program: “History of the Portland Police Bureau,” by Jim Huff, Portland Police Bureau Museum. Free; donations to the Beaverton Historical Society are appreciated. Info: 503-430-0106, website HistoricBeaverton.org

BrainWorks — Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave., Portland, 503-282-3377. Discover four easy steps to improve the health of your brain. Includes a fun discussion on exercise, nutrition, with examples of brain games and why they work.

“Building Your Brand as a Non-Fiction Writer” — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Presented by the Northwest Writers & Publishers Association (NWPA) and the Tualatin Public Library. Local field guide writer Garret Romaine will speak from 7-8 p.m. Self-publishers, marketers, journalists, artists, authors and aspiring authors are welcome. No charge for NWPA members or students under 18; $10 for guests; members guests pay $5. Info: www.northwestwriterspublishers.weebly.com or call Veronica Esagui at 503-913-6006.

William Stafford Centennial Events kickoff — 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd., Tigard. Kim Stafford kicks off the “Oregon Reads 2014” Centennial Events — the annual commemoration of Oregon’s late and internationally acclaimed poet William Stafford — with a reading of poems and a talk about his father and his poetry. For a complete list of programs and events, their dates, times, and participants, contact persons, email addresses, phone numbers and maps for the venues, visit the Friends of William Stafford website: http://stafford100.org

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Cognitive Skills Discussion — 3-4 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 16, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Introductory presentation to a six-week program centered on brain fitness. Fun discussion on cognition and mental abilities including the benefits of brain exercises with examples.

Elevated Readers Book Club — 6:15-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City. Free. January selection: “The Lemon Tree: an Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan.Info: Email Betty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Oregon Advance Directive, a Conversation on Aging — 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, Calaroga Terrace, 1400 N.E. Second Ave., Portland. Join other older adults for a Conversation on the Oregon Advance Directive, offered by the nonprofit organization VIEWS. Learn how the power of an Advance Directive informs others of your decisions. Explore your own wishes about end of life care. Find the way to talk of these matters with family. Talk about some of your concerns. Receive your own copy of the Advance Directive. Call Calaroga Terrace at 503-239-3459 for free registration.

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Poetry with Douglas Spangle — 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St., Vancouver, Wash. After party at Niche Wine and Art Bar, 1013 Main St. Spangle is the author of author of “White Concrete Day: Poems 1978-2013.” Presented by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-360-910-1066.

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Celebrating William Stafford — 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, 2 miles south George Rogers Park, on Highway 43, www.holynamesheritagecenter.org, 503-607-0595. Cellist and composer Daniel Sperry performs melodies inspired by Oregon's beloved poet laureate, William Stafford (1914-1993). Audience members are encouraged to share a favorite Stafford poem or anecdote. Hosted by Joan Maiers, in collaboration with Friends of William Stafford (www.stafford100.org). Free and open to the public. Canned/dry goods collected for the Food Bank. Abundant, accessible parking.

Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin in concert — 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., Portland. Tickets $15, available from www.albertarosetheatre.com or $20 at the door.

Writers Mill — 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, Cedar Mill Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, library.cedarmill.org

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Brain Fitness Games (group class) — 3-4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 20 (six weeks), Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Call by Jan. 17 to enroll. Brain games designed to enhance memory and cognitive skills. Easy and fun way to exercise your mind. Classroom setting. Socialize and learn about your brain. Class size limited.

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North West Fly Fishers — 7 p.m. (doors open at 6), Tuesday, Jan. 21, Sam Cox building at Glenn Otto Community Park, 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Regular meetings held the third Tuesday of the month September through June. Each month includes a different presentation to share info that will help make the fishing trips more productive for its members and guests. No fee to attend. For fishing reports, visit ffpfishingreports.webs.com/apps/blog/

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Learning from Grief and Loss, a Conversation on Aging — 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone. Join other older adults for a Conversation on Grief and Loss, offered by the nonprofit organization VIEWS. Grief is normal, but it can be more difficult as you age and the losses seem to come all the time. Learn how losses can affect your sense of self as well as your health. Learn various ways of coping with loss and grief. Talk about some of your concerns. Come join us for this interesting and thoughtful discussion. Call the Gladstone Senior Center at 503-655-7701 for free registration.

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Fertile Ground Festival — Jan. 23-Feb. 2, various venues. More than 75 acts of creation in theater, dance, multidisciplinary arts from 40 Producers at venues across Portland for 11 days during the sixth annual festival. Single tickets for all festival events are purchased directly through the producing companies. All access Festival Passes are $50 and are available on the Fertile Ground website: www.fertilegroundpdx.org

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Portland Columbia Symphony fund raiser — Saturday, Jan. 25, Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Grand Ballroom, VIP patron cocktail reception at 5 p.m., general patron arrival at 6 p.m. Gala evening with actor David Ogden Stiers features dinner, auction and concert to support the symphony. Tickets and info: 503-234-4077, www.columbiasymphony.org.

Voices in Verse: William Stafford poetry — 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, Cedar Mill Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, library.cedarmill.org

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Monthly dance at the Shrine Center — 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, The Shrine Center, 25100 S.W. Parkway Ave., Wilsonville. 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 benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining meu. Cabaret-style seating, large dance floor, beautiful ballroom, free parking. Info: 503-684-6143.

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Film Club: “Broken” (UK) — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, Cedar Mill Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, library.cedarmill.org

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Author Night: Phillip Margolin and Gregory Nokes — 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Atkinson Church, 710 Sixth St., Oregon City. Free. The two area authors will discuss their books which both relate to slavery in early Oregon: Margolin's “Worth Brown’s Daughter” and Nokes' “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory.” Presented by the Oregon City Library, 503-657-8269, ext. 1022.

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Owl Book Group: “Song of the Exile” — by Kiana Davenport 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, Cedar Mill Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, library.cedarmill.org