A look at what's happening in Southwest in October

Sunday, Oct. 1

Slide-illustrated lecture

Tryon Creek State Natural Area, in cooperation with the Friends of Tryon Creek, will sponsor an Oregon Chautauqua program by Sharon Rose, called 'Helen M. Gilkey: The Art of Botanical Illustration.' This free, public program will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Tryon Creek Nature Center, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. In this lecture, biologist Sharon Rose considers how Gilkey's life and work demonstrate that science and art need not be separated into two different spheres. For more information, please call 503-241-0543 in Portland.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

Transit and Trail Workshop

Many community members have long been asking for a pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects Portland and Lake Oswego. That's why there will be a community design workshop for the Lake Oswego to Portland transit and trail study. The meeting will be an opportunity for neighbors to discuss specific trail design options by dropping in anytime from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the Adult Community Center in Lake Oswego at 505 G Ave.

Sunday, Oct. 8

Estate Planning For Everyone:

Learn about legal documents that everyone needs at a workshop from 11:20 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 3228 S.W. Sunset Blvd. in Hillsdale. This workshop will provide an overview of the terms, explain how to determine assets, and covers will preparation strategies, living trusts, health care documents, powers of attorney, guardianship and retirement issues. For directions to the church, please call 503-246-4276.

Friday, October 13

Herb Day

The Australasian College of Health Sciences will host Herb Day, a series of educational events celebrating the importance of herbs from 12 to 5 p.m. Herb Day was created by five herbal non-profit organizations and will raise awareness about the significance of herbs in our lives and the many ways herbs can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty care, and culinary enjoyment. There will be a demonstration, an herb walk, talks and a slideshow. For more information about this free event, or to RSVP, please call 503-244-0726.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Food gardening workshops

Fulton Park Community Center, 68 S.W. Miles St., invites neighbors to attend up to three workshops sessions for beginning and continuing gardeners from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Possible topics include composting, winter gardening, garden design, seed saving and more. Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 suggested donation. To register or to get more information, please contact community gardens at 503-823-1612 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, October 14

Knitting group

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society will meet at the Hillsdale Library to learn basic knitting skills or get help with an existing project. The social group is open for children ages 5 and older, as well as adults. The group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. For more information, please call 503-988-5388.

Sunday, Oct. 15

Environmental potluck

A group of Southwest neighbors are holding an open potluck for anyone interested in discussing environmental issues at 5 p.m. at West Hills Friend Church, 7425 S.W. 52nd in Maplewood. The group will discuss ways to join with nearby neighbors take action and tread more lightly on the planet. Please bring a dish to share and personal place settings; lemonade will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please call Jim at 503-246-0069 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, Oct. 21

Animal adoption outreach

The Oregon Humane Society hosts several adoption outreach events bringing companion pets like dogs, cats and sometimes rabbits to the community. Stop by one of these events and meet some great animals looking for a loving family to call their own, chat with knowledgeable OHS volunteers, and learn more about the Oregon Humane Society's adoption program. Adoptions will be held throughout the city, including at Kodi's Koffee at 4423 S.W. Vermont Street. Call 503-285-7722, for information on adoptions. Visit for a detailed listing of all OHS events and promotions.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Community Policing Reception

The celebration, at 7 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy., will serve as a way to thank the former members of the Southwest Neighborhood Response Team, Steve Andrusko and Scott Westerman. It will also be a chance to meet the new officers Mark Friedman and Brian Hughes. Commander Mike Reese and other neighborhood officers will also be in there. The evening will be a night to learn about crime prevention and public safety. For more information, please call 503-823-4592.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Pedestrian bridge open house

The Gibbs Pedestrian Bridge will provide an important pedestrian and bicycle connection from the well-established Lair Hill neighborhood to the new South Waterfront development and the Willamette River. The pedestrian bridge span will be approximately 700 feet and cross over the Interstate 5 Freeway. An open house to discuss this project will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Portland State University in the Smith Memorial Union, room 327. PSU is located at 1825 S.W. Broadway, downtown. For more information, please call 503-823-7219

Saturday, Oct. 28

Slightly spooky stories

Storyteller Christopher Leebrick will presents a multicultural mix of fun, slightly spooky tales at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. The stories are recommended for children 6 years and older. Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to the program. Stories will start at 11 a.m. For more information, please call 503-988-5388.

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