The lowdown on events on events happening in Portland


• 'What are the Differences Between Townhouses, Rowhouses and Duplexes?' Community Education Brown Bag sponsored by the city of Portland Bureau of Development Services, noon to 1:30 p.m., 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., second floor conference room. Call 503-823-1109, or visit


• Birding Adventure at Deschutes-Columbia Convergence, early-morning birding trip and four-mile hike, 7 a.m. to noon, meets at Gateway Park and Ride Transit Garage, Exit 7 off Interstate 84 east. Call 503-241-3762 for directions.

• Portland Sacred Harp, 15th annual Shapenote Singing Convention, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., continues Oct. 15, Polish Library Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Ave., donations accepted. Call 503-504-0759, or visit

• Ready to Rock and Roll at Pier Park, celebrates the redesign of the skatepark in Pier Park, 11 a.m., Pier Park, North Bruce Avenue between Lombard and James streets. Visit

• The Story of Babar, a free concert for families, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Community Music Center, 3350 S.E. Francis St. Call 503-823-3177.

• 'Deadly Distortion,' first lecture in 'Palestine/Israel - How the Media and U.S. Foreign Policy Perpetuate the Conflict' series, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Central Lutheran Church, 1820 N.E. 21st Ave. Call 503-284-2331.


• Candidate forum, for Multnomah County Circuit Court judge, position 28, noon, Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., boardroom. Call 503-228-1675, or visit

• Estate planning family workshop, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Montavilla Community Center, 8219 N.E. Glisan St. Call 503-823-4101.

• Hazelwood Neighborhood Association board meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 N.E. 117th Ave. Call 503-823-4550.


• Lents Neighborhood Association board meeting, 7 p.m., Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 S.E. 91st Ave. Call 503-823-4550.


• Financial Planning Association, monthly membership meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $50, $35 members. Call 503-286-8350 for location, or visit


• Economic forecast for Oregon, presentation covers growth trends, the construction boom and business cycles, sponsored by the Downtown Portland Employer Council, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Melvin Mark Properties, 111 S.W. Columbia St., eighth floor conference center, $10 fee. Call 503-681-0204 to register.

• Middle East business seminar, hosted by the Portland State University library and PSU's Middle East Studies Center, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., registration is $25 and includes parking and lunch. Call 503-725-4552, or visit for location and details.

• Citywide landlord forum, speaker Jeff Bennett discusses the eviction process, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., East Precinct Community Room, 737 S.E. 106th Ave. Call 503-823-3505.

• Gospel Music Workshop of America, 6 p.m., continues Oct. 20-21, Maranatha Church of God, 4222 N.E. 12th Ave., $20 adults; $15 group of 10 or more. Call 503-288-8342.


• 'Insights from Behind the Microphone: Bad Interviews, Big Mistakes and How It All Turned Out,' Scott Simon, author and host of National Public Radio's 'Weekend Edition,' speaks for part of 'PSU Weekend,' 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 21, Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, 1825 S.W. Broadway, brunch tickets $30; lecture only $15 general public, $10 students. Call 503-725-4949.

• 'Oldest Continuous Thoroughfare of Lessons Learned,' entrepreneur Robert Pamplin Jr. speaks, 4 p.m. Oct. 26, University of Portland, Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Call 503-943-7224.

Events are free unless otherwise noted.