Friday, July 1
Have fun, carry on your hard work from the school year and earn rewards by signing up for this year's Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program.
Research shows that reading during the summer helps children maintain the skills they have learned in school. Children up to age 18 can visit any Multnomah County library to sign up for the Summer Reading game. Participation is free. To play, children spend time reading or listening to books and then mark spaces on their gameboards.
Every time your child reaches one of the three prize markers on the gameboard, visit the library for a reward. Rewards include books, passes for free activities and food coupons for local restaurants.
Everyone who finishes the game receives a Summer Reading T-shirt (while supply lasts). All players who finish the game enter a grand prize drawing for a family vacation for four to Great Wolf Lodge Water Park. Each participant may play the game only once.
The library encourages you to read with your children in your native language. Practicing their first language will help your children learn to read in English.
For more information, talk to your youth librarian or visit www.multcolib.org/summer.
The Summer Reading program runs through Aug. 31.
Read 4 Life
Join community readers in a game of Read 4 Life, this year's Multnomah County Library adult summer reading program. Pick up a game card at any Multnomah County library.
Complete a combination of four to six of the following activities:
-'Like' the library on Facebook;
-Follow the library on Twitter;
-Read or listen to a book.
List each title or activity you complete on your Read 4 Life card and return to any Multnomah County library to be entered into a drawing for an e-reader or a pair of season tickets to Portland Arts and Lectures. Limit one entry per person.
Read 4 Life is made possible by the Friends of the Library with special thanks to Literary Arts.
For more information about the Read 4 Life adult summer reading program, visit www.multcolib.org/events/read4life.html.
The program will run through Aug. 31.
Tuesday, August 2
Bike Trike Spectacular
Air-Rick, the inflatable car salesman, dreams of a 'spoketacular' bicycle that can take him far away from his dreary drudgery. Unfortunately, bikes these days do not quite fit his plastic body. Therefore, he embarks on a perilous quest to seek Bikey Spikey, the bike-building half-unicorn, half-Pegasus Unisus. Join Air-Rick on his mission as he meets a cast of colorful characters in this interactive, all-ages musical puppet performance. To be held from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.
Hayhurst National Night Out picnic
Save the date for a picnic with your fellow Hayhurst neighbors as part of this year's National Night Out celebrations. Co-sponsored by Hayhurst Elementary School and the Hayhurst Neighborhood Association, the event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. in Pendleton Park, located at the intersection of Southwest 55th Avenue and Southwest Iowa Street.
This free event provides neighbors the opportunity to meet each other and share an evening of food, live music, fun activities for all ages and community resource information. Please bring a picnic dinner plus a dessert to share as well as lawn chairs or blankets. This will be an alcohol-free and eco-friendly event. Please walk and bike to the park and bring reusable dinnerware and water bottles. And bring your homegrown vegetables for a swap. National Night Out began in 1984 and is held the first Tuesday each August to promote crime prevention activities, strengthen community relations and encourage neighborhood unity. Each neighborhood coordinates its own celebrations.
For more information, visit www.nationaltownwatch.org.
Happy Dogs: How to Live and Learn with Animals
Do you or your neighbors have a four-legged friend? Are you looking for a new family pet? Come meet adorable, adoptable dogs at the library. Multnomah County Animal Services staff will teach children and adults about responsible pet ownership, pet adoption and caring for your pet. To be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Mr. Lizard's Mobile Zoo
Entertaining children and adults alike with his mobile reptile zoo, Mr. Lizard provides an interactive, hands-on experience like no other. He shares fun, fascinating information on these amazing - though often misunderstood - animals. The event will be held in DeWitt Park, located across the street from the Hillsdale Library on Southwest Sunset Boulevard, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Summer evening guided hikes
The Friends of Tryon Creek will lead park visitors on guided hikes of the forest on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer. Hikers can observe the changes that take place on the trails at Tryon Creek as the sun sets and gives way to nightfall. The hikes' topics will vary from week to week as hikers enjoy an up-close-and-personal look at the park's flora and fauna with a Friends of Tryon Creek naturalist. Topics include bats, owls, frogs and salamanders, among other night creatures. All ages are invited to attend, and participation is free. Hikes leave from the Nature Center at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
For more information, visit www.tryonfriends.org.
Summer evening guided hikes will continue at the park Wednesdays through Aug. 31.
Thursday, Aug. 4
The Science of Silica: Glassblowing Madness
Ever wondered how glass artists make the things they do? Using everyday objects, veteran glass artist Abby Gitlitz will show kids how glassblowers can transform molten glass into all sorts of shapes and sizes. In the hands-on workshop, kids will get to make their own fused-glass project using crushed Life Savers instead of crushed glass to make a beautiful, edible treat for them to take home. The event, recommended for kids ages 5 to 10, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.
Pageturners Book Group
Read 'Arthur and George' by Julian Barnes. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion, to be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy., is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
An additional discussion of the book will be held at the library Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 5
First Friday comedy hypnotist show
Starting in August, DebbieTay Comedy Hypnotist will perform a series of shows each month during Multnomah Village's First Friday celebrations.
The DebbieTay Comedy Hypnotist show is a family-friendly event suitable for all ages. Audience members volunteer to be hypnotized on stage. As they are guided through a series of tasks under hypnosis, they create a unique, memorable and entertaining show for the rest of the audience. Every show is unique, because the volunteers are the show.
The performance will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center, located at 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy., from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $10 in advance at www.debbietay.com/events/debbietay-fi rstfridays or for $12.50 at the door. Admission for children ages 12 and under is free.
Living in a World of Design: Architecture as Raw Material
Stop by the Geezer Gallery, located at 7710 S.W. 31st Ave., for this free exhibition, featuring seven artists who used elements recognized in functional structural design in their work. City-scapes, bridge-scapes and structural elements have been captured for their artistry and design. One of these artists, David Strough, has created work to be unveiled at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.
An artist reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of August's First Friday festivities, with live music by acoustic guitar player Kit Garoutte and wine available from Hillsdale's Korkage Wine Shop.
The exhibit will remain on display through Aug. 27.
Saturday, Aug. 6
Beware of the Dragon
Dragons are legendary creatures whose origin and symbolism vary around the world. In this program, you will be able to paint your own version of this mythical beast using bright watercolors and sumi ink on rice paper. Gold and other metallic paints will be used to add drama and an otherworldly dimension to your art. Artist Cindy Lommasson will share passages about the dragon from literature as well as examples of dragon art and illustration. The event, for teens and adults, will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.
Sunday, Aug. 7
First Nations Celebration
The folks at Salvador Molly's restaurant, located at 1523 S.W. Sunset Blvd. in Hillsdale, have been traveling the globe for years gathering recipes and artifacts from an ever-expanding list of cultures. Always looking for groups and cultures that inspire them to give, co-owner Rick Sadle's recent experience on the Navajo reservation in Utah led them to create the First Nations Celebration.
First Nations Celebration will be a day-long event held at the restaurant from noon to 8 p.m., featuring cultural story tellers, drumming, singing, games, dancing, craft booths and a 'Swap, Talk and Listen' - bring any two books, CDs or DVDs and take one back. Much-needed books, CDs, DVDs and games will be donated to local tribes. The event will also benefit DesignBuildBLUFF, a nonprofit organization that introduces graduate students in architecture to the culture and history of Utah's desert southeast, where they design and ultimately build custom sustainable homes for Navajo families using mostly donated and recycled materials. The day promises to be a chance for average Portland area residents to learn about and share experiences with people from the tribes that were here before us and still share this beautiful part of the world with us.
Forest Music Series
Each summer, the Forest Music Series features a variety of musical styles performed by local favorites. From traditional Irish music to jazz to Dixieland, the concerts are sure to please. On Sunday, Aug. 7, the Swing Street Glenn Tardina Band, which has played throughout the Portland metro area and Willamette Valley since the mid-1950s, will take the stage from 2 to 3 p.m.
The free performance, sponsored by the Friends of Tryon Creek, will take place in the Jackson Shelter near the park's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. Seating is provided, and all ages are welcome.
The Forest Music Series will continue Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 28. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.tryonfriends.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 9
Pageturners Book Group
Read 'Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist …milie du Châtelet, the Poet Voltaire, Sword Fights, Book Burnings, Assorted Kings, Seditious Verse and the Birth of the Modern World' by David Bodanis. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
Border Collies International Performing Canine Team
Border Collies International is a performing canine team of rescued border collies. This four-dog, four-kid team entertains audiences with sports tricks and demonstrations, including Frisbee, soccer, football, baseball and basketball. The event will be held in DeWitt Park, located across the street from the Hillsdale Library on Southwest Sunset Boulevard, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13
The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society
Learn basic knitting skills or get help with an existing project. Crocheters welcome too. For children 5 years and older as well as adults from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.
The Alphabeticians Play the ABCs
The Alphabeticians play 'Kindie Rock' music that is fun for the whole family. They combine humor, clever (mostly original) songs and interactive elements in their shows as they sing about numbers, sizes, dads, metaphors, bags monsters, extinct fish and the alphabet. The program will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.
Movie in the Park
Portland Parks and Recreation will show 'James and the Giant Peach' at an outdoor screening in Dickinson Park as part of its annual summer series. The movie begins at sundown at the park, located at the corner of Southwest 55th Avenue and Southwest Alfred Street. A live musical performance by The Working Stiff s will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, food vendors and a climbing wall will be available and popcorn will be provided.
Monday, Aug. 15
Estate Planning for your Family
Why wait? Prepare your family today for the unexpected tomorrow by safeguarding your assets and health care wishes. Gain important information about wills and probate, living trusts, health directives, powers of attorney and guardian issues. Explore strategies to retain complete control over whom, how and when your estate is distributed. Discover the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Questions will be answered following the class, to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Southwest Community Center, located at 6820 S.W. 45th Ave. Registration is requested for this free course. To register, visit www.portlandparks.org/register.
Wednesday, Aug. 17
Knights of Veritas
Knights of Veritas performs interactive shows using medieval arms, armor, combat, knighthood and chivalry. Through thrilling demonstrations of historical combat techniques, they will introduce the code of chivalry and demystify common fanciful misrepresentations of the Middle Ages. The program includes authentically weighted and detailed swords and armor to provide an eye-opening experience for the audience. Exciting hands-on sharing allows participants the rare opportunity to handle the weapons and try on the armor. All ages are welcome at the program, to be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.
An additional presentation of Knights of Veritas will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.
Thursday, Aug. 18
Pageturners Book Group
Read 'Bridge of Sighs' by Richard Russo. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.