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Saturday, June 2

Waking Finn MacCool

Finn MacCool, a legendary leader of the military elite of ancient Ireland, possessed the gift of prophecy. He made magic with words and mayhem and lived by the old code, 'Never give the sword to a man that can't dance.' Join William Hornyak in this storytelling performance for adults as he recalls the legends of Ireland's beloved folk hero. The program will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Sunday, June 3

Chess at the Hillsdale Library

Players of all levels are welcome to play a game of chess or get tips from a tutor from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Chess sets are provided, or bring your own.

Drop-in sessions will continue on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library.

Tuesday, June 5

Trivia Night

Compete against other individuals and teams at the Garden Home Community Library's Trivia Night for adults. Prizes will be awarded to those who answer the most questions correctly out of 50. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. at the library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center.

For more information, call 503-245-9932 or visit wccls.org.

Love First Parenting

Join Michael Leavitt, M.Ed., of Love First Parenting for monthly Q and A sessions that address your specific parenting needs and concerns. The first Tuesday of each month is for parents of young children, and the third Tuesday is for parents of pre-teens and teenagers; both sessions meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Leavitt has worked with parents and children for more than 30 years as a counselor and educator in school and community settings, as well as in private practice. The first evening is free, and subsequent drop-in fees are $10 for individuals and $15 for couples. The Q and As will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center, located at 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

An additional session will be held Tuesday, June 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center.

Wednesday, June 6

Teen Council

Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the Hillsdale Library more teen-friendly. The council will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Thursday, June 7

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Death with Interruptions' by Jose Saramago. 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, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy., is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

An additional discussion of the book will be held Tuesday, June 12 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the library.

'The Reeducation of Cherry Truong'

Cherry Truong's parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, 21-year-old Cherry travels to their homeland and finds herself on a journey to uncover her family's decades-old secrets - hidden loves, desperate choices and lives ripped apart by the march of war and currents of history.

'The Reeducation of Cherry Truong' tells the story of two fierce and unforgettable families, the Truongs and the Vos; their harrowing escape from Vietnam after the war, the betrayal that divided them and the stubborn memories that continue to bind them years later, even as they come to terms with their hidden sacrifices and bitter mistakes.

Set in Vietnam, France and the United States, Aimee Phan's sweeping debut novel reveals a family still yearning for reconciliation, redemption and a place to call home.

Aimee Phan returns to Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy., to read from her novel at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit annieblooms.com.

Saturday, June 9

Backyard Habitat Open House

The Friends of Tryon Creek will tour a Gold-Certified Backyard Habitat yard in Lake Oswego that showcases the aesthetic pleasure and ecological benefits that result from the Backyard Habitat Certification Program through naturescaping, wildlife stewardship, sustainable stormwater management and invasive species removal. The free open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event begins at Tryon Creek's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. Preregistration is required and can be completed online at tryonfriends.org or by calling 503-636-4398.

Pageturners Book Groups

Read 'Doctor Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library - located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. - is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday, June 11

Family Campfire Adventure

Explore the Tryon Creek Natural Area and learn about the indigenous people that lived at Tryon Creek. After the hike, the Friends of Tryon Creek will share Native American legends, build a campfire and make a campfire dessert. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the park's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. The cost of attendance is $6 for non-members and $5 for members. Preregistration is required and can be completed online at tryonfriends.org or by calling 503-636-4398.

'Wild'

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than 'an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.' But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, 'Wild' vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened and ultimately healed her. Come here Strayed speak at 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, visit annieblooms.com.

Tuesday, June 12

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'The Forest Lover' by Susan Vreeland. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion, to be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library - located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. - is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Book Group

Read 'The Geography of Bliss' by Eric Weiner and join in discussion with the Garden Home Community Library's Book Group, starting at 7 p.m.. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available to check out in the library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center.

For more information, call 503-245-9932 or visit wccls.org.

Saturday, June 16

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

Learn basic knitting skills or get help with an existing project. Crocheters are welcome too. The group, for children 5 years and older as well as adults, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Tuesday, June 19

A Dinosaur Birthday

How does a dinosaur child celebrate? Does she hog all the cake on the big birthday plate? Come to the Capitol Hill Library's dinosaur birthday and find out. Taking inspiration from Jane Yolen and Mark Teague's bestselling series, attendees will celebrate with their dinosaur friends. Each participant will get to decorate their very own birthday dinosaur using colorful pens, glittery paper, googly eyes and more. Join creative educator Anya Hankin for a gigantic art-making party. All materials will be provided, along with treats and party hats. Drop in anytime between 2: 30 and 3:30 p.m. at the library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Craft Circle

Enjoy the company of other crafters at the Garden Home Community Library's Craft Circle, beginning at 7 p.m.. Bring your own craft, or one will be provided. The circle will be held at the library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center.

For more information, call 503-245-9932 or visit wccls.org.

Thursday, June 21

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Fugitive Pieces' by Anne Michaels. 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 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library - located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. - is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday, June 23

'9/11: Experts Speak Out'

Attend a free presentation of '9/11: Experts Speak Out' from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. This 90-minute documentary presents the science-based evidence for explosive demolition of the Twin Towers and Building 7 on Sept. 11, 2001. The presentation is targeted to a general audience - a technical background is not required. The screening will be held at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., from 10 a.m. to noon A Q and A will follow the screening.

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Sunday, June 24

Landscaping for Conservation Workshop - Let Nature Work for You

Participants will learn how to manage their garden from the ground up, starting with the soil and its complex role supporting plants. They will also learn about gardening with native plants that use less water and don't require expensive fertilizers and pesticides. The free event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tryon Creek's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. Preregistration is required and can be completed online at tryonfriends.org or by calling 503-636-4398.

Tuesday, June 26

Rocket Hamster's Space Odyssey

Rocket Hamster may be small, but he dreams big. His dream is to become an astronaut and travel amongst the stars. After building a rocket ship to travel the solar system, he soon faces a team of wacky super villains who try to stop him from reaching his goal. Join Dragon Theater on Rocket Hamster's journey in this all-ages puppet show, to be held from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

'The Real Skinny'

Nutritionist and personal trainer James Dubberly, co-author of 'The Real Skinny: A Practical Guide to Fat Loss and Health Gain,' will discuss what really causes your body to get to and then maintain a healthy weight and answer questions during this program at the Garden Home Community Library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center.

For more information and details on the time of the presentation, call 503-245-9932 or visit wccls.org.

Wednesday, June 27

Presto the Magician's 'Just for Fun' Show

Intrigue and wonder awaits you in this interactive magic performance. Presto's high-energy style, amazing magic and loaded audience interaction make him a favorite among children and families alike. The program will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. across the street from the Hillsdale Library in DeWitt Park. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held inside the library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., and free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes before it begins.

Saturday, June 30

Hardware Store Jewelry

How can you turn bolts, washers and springs into fantastic jewelry? Take this class and find out. Artist Dawn Grunwald will show you how to make necklaces, earrings and bracelets from hardware store treasures. This drop-in program, to be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library - located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. - is for teens and adults.