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Saturday, Oct. 1

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Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to the program.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Author Q and A: Andrew Hessel

Meet Andrew Hessel, a Southwest Portland writer and author of'The Mirano Trilogy,' a series of crime thrillers featuring an FBI profiler. A reading and question-and-answer session will be held at 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center. For more information, call 503-245-9932 or visit www.wccls.org.

Rabbis Gone Wise

The Florence Melton Adult Mini-school, based in the Multnomah neighborhood, will host "Rabbis Gone Wise," a panel discussion featuring six Portland-area rabbis, including Congregation Neveh Shalom's Joshua Stampfer, at 7:15 p.m. at Shaarie Torah, located at 950 N.W. 25th Ave. The panel, comprising rabbis from a diverse range of Jewish traditions, will answer and discuss questions about Judaism submitted by the audience. Both Jews and non-Jews alike are invited to attend. Tickets for the event may be purchased online at www.meltonportland.org/wise, by calling 503-384-2476, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in person at the door. Tickets cost $18 in advance, $20 at the door, $36 for patrons and $10 for young adults and children. Audience members may submit one question per ticket purchased or two questions per patron ticket. Because of time constraints, not all questions will be answered. Ticket proceeds benefit the Melton Scholarship Fund.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

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 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

'Birds of Paradise'

From the author of 'Crescent,' 'Arabian Jazz' and 'The Language of Baklava' comes a new novel about family and self, self-indulgence and generosity set against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami.

Come hear author Diana Abu-Jaber discuss her latest work at 7:30 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, visit www.annieblooms.com.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Stretch, Dance, Play

Jumping, stretching, leaping, soaring - so many ways to move. Join Growing Arts movement educator Iris Nason for an engaging creative dance experience. Children learn body awareness and creative self-expression while connecting with their friends and families as they sing, sign, stretch and play. The program will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.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.

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Mink River' by Brian Doyle. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Meet the author at this discussion, to be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

An additional discussion of the book will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the library.

Teen Lounge and Homework Center

Use library computers, get homework help or just do your homework and listen to music. The lounge, for teens in grades 6 through 12, will be open from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

The lounge will be open Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. throughout October.

Teen Service Crew

Need community service hours and volunteer credit? Check out the Teen Service Crew at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Come for a one-hour block of fun, music, snacks and enough work to keep you busy from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Registration is required and can be completed by calling 503-988-5385.

The Teen Service Crew will continue to meet Thursdays throughout October.

'100 Voices: Americans Talk About Change'

Lewis and Clark professor and cultural psychologist Mary M. Clare hit the highways to survey Americans of all ages and backgrounds about their thoughts on the state of the country. '100 Voices: Americans Talk About Change' is the result. Beginning with the prompt 'What does change mean to you?' this book is a journey to listen to the opinions and beliefs that stretch across a nation.

Hear Clare discuss her work at 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, visit www.annieblooms.com.

Friday, Oct. 7

Artist Reception: Karen Story

Knack gallery in Multnomah Village will be hosting a show by encaustic artist Karen Story. Karen's paintings in this landscape series are created on a wood surface using a mixture of materials, including beeswax, natural resin and natural pigments. Each layer of wax is fused to the preceding layer using a torch, allowing the layers to become one. Many tools are used in addition to the brushes, one of the most useful being a scraper, which keeps the surface of the painting even. Layering and removal of layers keeps this process-oriented painting method archeological in nature, as there is much digging back to reveal the often forgotten history of the painting. An artist reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at knack, located at 7824 S.W. 35th Ave.

For more information, visit www.knackpdx.com.

The show will be on display through Oct. 9.

Saturday, Oct. 8

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.

African Storytelling with Habiba Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away. The program will be held from 2 to 2:45 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.

Blessing of the Animals Service

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will hold a Blessing of the Animals Service on at 10:30 a.m. Scheduled to commemorate the celebration of St. Francis, lover of animals and all living things, the service offers blessings for animal companions and their human friends. Open to all, people are asked to bring their pets on leash, or caged if appropriate, to receive a blessing and to celebrate the special bonds that connect us to our animal friends. Father L.D. Wood-Hull will officiate the service that will take place on the lawn outside the church building, located 2201 S.W. Vermont St. Treats for animals and coffee for humans will be available.

For more information, contact the church office at 503-246-1949.

Pageturners Book Group

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

Sunday, Oct. 9

Why Marriage Matters

Rev. Tara Wilkins from the Community of Welcoming Congregations will lead a conversation at 9:15 a.m. on why marriage is important to the GLBT community. Rev. Wilkins will also preach in the church's worship service at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome for this program, to be held at the Hillsdale Community Church - United Church of Christ, located at 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy., free of charge. Childcare will be provided. For more information, call 503-246-5474.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle' by Daniel L. Everett. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Book Group

Join the book group at the Garden Home Community Library in discussing Isabel Allende's 'Island Beneath the Sea.' The discussion will be held at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center. Books are available to check out at the library. For more information, call 503-245-9932 or visit www.wccls.org.

Thursday, Oct. 13

'Conjugations of the Verb to Be: Stories'

Pushcart winner Glen Chamberlain's short story collection, 'Conjugations of the Verb to Be,' is set in Montana. 'Here are stories composed with spare and lovely and graceful prose, patterned by insight, revelation and passion and finally wisdom,' Mark Spragg said.

Hear Chamberlain discuss his book at 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, visit www.annieblooms.com.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Re-bound: Recycled Journals

Join artist Anya Hankin in creating a one-of-a-kind journal made from reclaimed paper goods such as cereal boxes, notebooks, used stamps and even candy wrappers. Jeannie Stein's book 'Re-bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials' will serve as the creative guide for this dynamic, hands-on workshop. All materials for the program - to be held for teens and adults from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. - will be provided. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Planting with Native Species

Jen Seaman of the Southwest Watershed Resource Center will lead a presentation at 11:30 a.m. on planting with native species. The program, to be held at the Hillsdale Community Church - United Church of Christ, located at 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy., is sponsored by the church's Back to Eden project. All are welcome, and the presentation is free of charge. For more information, call 503-246-5474.

Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity

There is more of a connection between your spiritual life and your finances than you may think. In this series, hear stories of how others have worked through financial challenges and learn practical tools to assess your own financial situation. All are welcome at the program, to be held at 9:15 to 10 a.m. at the Hillsdale Community Church - United Church of Christ, located at 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy., free of charge. Childcare will be provided on Sunday morning and on Wednesdays on request. For more information, call 503-246-5474.

The series will run Sundays through Nov. 13 and Wednesdays from Oct. 19 to Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Craft Circle

Bring your own work or work on a craft project provided by the Garden Home Community Library. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center. For more information or to RSVP, call 503-245-9932 or visit www.wccls.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

'Vanishing Acts'

From Portland mystery author Phillip Margolin and his daughter, Ami Margolin Rome, comes a novel for young adults. From tracking down her best friend, who is nowhere to be found, to secretly helping her attorney father solve a missing person case, Madison Kincaid is a busy seventh-grade sleuth. Teaming up with new classmate Jake, she hits the sidewalks of Portland, determined to find out what's behind two mysterious vanishing acts.

Hear the father-daughter pair discuss the book at 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, visit www.annieblooms.com.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'My Name Is Red' by Orhan Pamuk. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Movie Viewing: 'Louisa May Alcott; The Woman Behind Little Women'

Louisa May Alcott's life was no children's book; she worked as a servant, a seamstress and a Civil War nurse before becoming a millionaire celebrity. This movie tells the story of Alcott's remarkable quest to rescue her family from poverty and find wealth, fame and happiness for herself. The viewing will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Meet the Inventor

Meet Bridlemile resident Emily Ehlers, 12, inventor of the Mermaid Beach card game on shelves now through Gamewright. The event will be held at Thinker Toys, located at 7784 S.W. Capitol Hwy., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the game, visit www.gamewright.com.

Monday, Oct. 24

Community Policing Reception

Join the SW Neighborhoods Inc. Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee for a free dinner, door prizes and good company at the sixth annual Community Policing Reception. Meet Commander Vince Jarmer and the Southwest officers who will be honored for their outstanding work. For more information, contact Jan Weston at 503-293-4301 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Stefanie Adams, crime prevention coordinator, at 503-823-3131 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Film Night

View a screening of 'If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,' a Romanian film, at the Garden Home Community Library. The screening will begin 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 www.wccls.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Quarterly Classics

Read 'A Long Fatal Love Chase' by Louisa May Alcott and join in a discussion of the book to be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

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 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Southwest Community Center, located at 6820 S.W. 45th Ave. To register for this free course, visit www.portlandparks.org/register.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Tales of the Unexpected

Storyteller Anne Rutherford engages audiences through her vivid performances spiced with music and improv. Enjoy delicious suspense in Rutherford's collection of original and vintage stories that are funny, motivating and smart. Warning: Spontaneous fiction may occur at this performance, to be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Friday, Nov. 4

Mystery/Ghost Walk in Multnomah Village

The Multnomah Historical Association will host its annual Mystery/Ghost Walk in Multnomah Village at 7 p.m. The walk will leave from the Key Bank parking lot, located at 3515 S.W. Troy St., and there will be hot drinks available after it concludes. Donations to the association will be accepted. For more information, visit www.mutlnomahhistorical.com