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Tuesday, Nov. 1

Trivia Night

Grab your smartest friends and compete in teams of up to five adults for the title of trivia champs. The game will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center. Prizes will be awarded to the team that gets the most answers correct.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

Learn the basics of wills, living trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives with attorney and author Richard Schneider during a presentation from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Thursday, Nov. 3

Teen Lounge and Homework Center

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

The center will be open at the library on Thursdays through Nov. 17.

Pageturners Book Groups

Read 'March' by Geraldine Brooks. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, ex-change 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, Nov. 8, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the library.

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, to be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Registration is required and can be completed online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234.

The Teen Service Crew will meet Thursdays at the library through Nov. 17.

Cream of Kohlrabi

Floyd Skloot's new book, 'Cream of Kohlrabi,' gathers 16 stories that combine unsentimental comedy and forceful emotion. As in his award-winning poetry and memoirs, Skloot's fiction shows how individual people, families and communities face the starkest of challenges, including bodily maladies, the most harrowing of which often come with aging. Alienating experiences, however, can lead to moments of powerful intimacy, as dark times are lit by sudden incursions of love and hope and a yearning for community.

Hear Skloot 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.

Friday, Nov. 4

MAC Open House

Join the Multnomah Arts Center, located at 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy., for its annual open house, which will showcase its instructors' talents along with art demos and family-friendly activities. The public is invited to attend this free event, starting at 5 p.m. with a gallery reception, MAC Instructors' Show and hands-on demos and activities, followed by at faculty music and dance recital at 7:15 p.m.

For more information, call 503-823-2787 or visit www.multnomahartscenter.org.

Unveiling: Farooq Hassan

Stop by The Geezer Gallery, located at 7710 S.W. 31st Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. during this month's First Friday festivities for an artist reception for Farooq Hassan, an internationally acclaimed Iraqi artist and political refugee.

Between 1980 and 1991 Hassan and his wife moved 22 times to stay one step away from political elements in Baghdad. In 2010 at age 74, he immigrated to the United States from Iraq, leaving behind an illustrious and celebrated career as a national artist and the country's stamp designer for more than 30 years. Since coming to Oregon, Hasson's work has continued to evolve, using contemporary mixed media, collage and acrylic on canvas to create explosions of brilliant color and dimensional textures.

Hassan's work will remain on display at the gallery through Nov. 30.

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 avail-able after it concludes. Donations to the association will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.mutlnomahhistorical.com.

Saturday, Nov. 5

SWNI Annual Fall Clean Up

Bring your cast-offs and debris to the Portland Christian Center, located at 5700 S.W. Dosch Rd., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Southwest Neighborhood Inc.'s Annual Fall Clean Up.

Acceptable items include:

-Yard debris and wood items: This includes anything that grows in the yard, including weeds, leaves, vines, grass clippings, prunings (no bigger than 12' in diameter and 8' long), fallen fruit and vegetation. Wood items include solid wood, furniture and fencing (no brackets or hinges; nails are OK).

-Bulky items: Oversized items include furniture, couches, chairs, mattresses, baby furniture, exercise equipment, glass, etc.

-Scrap metal: Containers need to be empty - no liquids. Accept-able items include appliances, toasters, ladders and empty buckets.

Unacceptable items include: hazardous waste, kitchen garbage, stumps, oversized branches, rocks, ashes, asbestos, animal waste, explosives and radioactive or commercial waste. Electronic items such as computers, fax, phones, TVs, etc. will not be accepted.

Organizers are requesting $10 per carload to help recover the costs of the event.

If your appliance is too big to haul, or if you are a senior or have a disability, SWNI will schedule a pickup. Contact SWNI at 503-823-4592 by Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. to register.

SWNI is looking for volunteers to direct traffic, unload yard debris and assist drivers in pickups at the event. If you are interested in helping, contact the Southwest Neighborhoods office at 503-823-4592.

Movie Viewing: 'Little Women'

The honest sentiment of Louisa May Alcott's perennial favorite about the March family is captured in this faithful film adaptation. The black-and-white classic from 1933 stars Katharine Hepburn in her favorite film role as the brisk and spirited Jo March. The film will be shown from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

The viewing is part of a series of 25 programs scheduled at various Multnomah County Library branches throughout November that explore the life, work and times of Louisa May Alcott. The programs are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation. For more information, visit www.multcolib.org/event/alcott.

'Good Night, Gorilla' Mobiles

'Good night, Gorilla' says the zookeeper, but Gorilla is not really asleep. Clever Gorilla has taken the zookeeper's keys and one by one let all of his animal friends out of their cages. Instead of sleeping, all of the creatures secretly follow the zookeeper home. Under the instruction of artist Anya Hankin, create your own 'Good Night, Gorilla' mobile, inspired by Peggy Rathmann's story. Then, night after night, the creatures of the zoo can join you on your own good night journey. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program, to be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Food, Farming and Films: 'Food-Matters'

Join in for a screening of the film 'FoodMatters' and a community discussion to follow. 'FoodMatters' is hard-hitting, fast-paced look at our current state of health. Cosponsored by Food Front Cooperative Grocery Store and the Hillsdale Library, the viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library, located at 1525 S.W. Sun-set Blvd. Healthy treats will be provided by Food Front.

The Black and White Hollywood Gala

In order continue with its year-long efforts in charitable giving, Portland Festival Ballet is hosting 'The Black and White Hollywood Gala,' an elegant fundraising event, at the Portland Golf Club, located at 5900 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road, from 6 to 11 p.m.

The event will feature a sit-down dinner, a silent auction, music and dancing. There will also be arts and crafts activities for children and performances by Portland Festival Ballet.

Tickets for the events cost $60 for adults and $30 for children and include food and drink. To purchase tickets and make reservations, contact Portland Festival Ballet at 503-977-1753 or at its studio at 4620 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.

For more information, visit www.portlandfestivalballet.org.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Family Fun with Worm Bins

Join the Friends of Tryon Creek from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., for an afternoon of creepy, crawly fun. Discover worms in their natural habitat and see firsthand how truly valuable these invertebrates are. Participants will create worm bins for their household composting needs. Pre-registration is required, and a $20 fee includes materials for the worm bin and covers one family.

For more information, visit www.tryonfriends.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Mink River' by Brian Doyle. Engage in stimulating conversations about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. Meet the author at this discussion, to be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday, Nov. 7

Owls of Tryon Creek Kick-off Dinner

The Friends of Tryon Creek will host a lively kick-off dinner and information session for an exciting citizen science project dedicated to the owls of Tryon Creek. Beginning in November, the group will meet every other Monday as it attempts to discover where the park's owl species are nesting. The project is an opportunity to better understand the owls of Tryon Creek and improve your knowledge of these amazing creatures. Join us for dinner and learn more from 6 to 8 p.m. at the park's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. Pre-registration is required, and the event is free.

For more information, visit www.tryonfriends.org.

Book Group

Join the Garden Home Community Library's book group in dis-cussing 'The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox' by Maggie O'Farrell. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center. Copies of the book are available to borrow.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Yoga and Stories

Great for toddlers and preschooers, this class incorporates the healing practice of yoga and the ancient art of storytelling. Instructor Leslie Wilda of Yoga Play-grounds will read a story while integrating yoga poses, movement and song. Not only can yoga improve concentration, build strength and help kids relax, it is also tons of fun. To be held from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 15 minutes prior to the program.

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, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., more teen-friendly. The council will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

'Little Women': A Discussion for All Ages

'Little Women,' Louisa May Alcott's most well-known work, was written more than a century ago and continues to be one of the most popular novels read by people of all ages. The story follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March - and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. Join the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy., for an all-ages discussion on this beloved piece of American literature, to be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Penelope Scrambly Schott and Jennifer Richter

The latest installment of Annie Bloom's Presents will feature two local poets, Penelope Scambly Schott and Jennifer Richter. Schott's newest collections are "Six Lips" and "Crow Mercies." She is also the author of "Pest Maiden," "Baiting the Void" and "A Is for Anne." Oregon poet Jennifer Richter has been leading poetry workshops for the past 18 years. Her collection, "Threshold," is a national bestseller.

Here them speak at Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy., at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 503-246-0053 or visit www.annieblooms.com.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Homemade Vinegars

Like so many things that our great-grandparents knew how to do, vinegar making is almost a lost art. But with a little help from mother (not the woman who gave birth to you, but the thick, jellylike substance used in fermentation) and cookbook author Jean Johnson, you can learn how to make your own vinegars. Leave with some 'mother' to get you started, along with the knowledge to make this age-old craft at home. This pro-gram, to be held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy., is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'The Mayor of Caster-bridge' by Thomas Hardy. Engage in stimulating conversations 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.

'Breaking Point'

Multnomah Village resident Dana Haynes will read from 'Breaking Point,' the sequel to his 2010 thriller 'Crashers,' at 5:30 p.m.at Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy. 'Crashers' was named 2010's best mystery or thriller by a Northwest author, according to Friends of Mystery. The paperback of 'Crashers' was released earlier this month.

For more information, visit www.annieblooms.comor www.dana-haynes.com.

Sunday, Nov. 13

In the Bag: Benefit for the Arts

Join the Wilson Area Arts Council for its second annual pop-up purse sale. The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Vault @ O'Connor's, located at 7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy. The sale is free to attend and will feature live mu-sic, complimentary wine and a silent auction. Auction items include a Portland Timbers athletic bag signed by goalkeeper Troy Perkins, along with fine wines, a Trader Joe's gift bag and even a satchel donated by Ivanka Trump. All money raised will benefit choir, band, orchestra, drama and visual arts programs at Wilson High School.

For more information, email Linda Doyle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jaci Evans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fungi Forest - Mycological Marvels of Tryon Creek State Park

Mushroom expert Dane Osis will instruct participants in this program - to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tryon Creek State Park's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. - in the basics of mushroom identification and ecology. This program provides an introduction to the important ecological role that fungi fill as well as helpful tricks and tips for identifying them. After the discussion, participants will hit the trail to discover what species live in the park. Participation in the program is free, but preregistration is required.

For more information, visit www.tryonfriends.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Portland Jewish Book Month: One Book, One Community

Join us for the first Portland Jewish Book Month. We will discuss 'By Fire, By Water' by Mitchell James Kaplan as part of the first citywide celebration of Jewish books. This award-winning historical novel tells the story of Luis de Santangel, the chancellor to the king of Aragon and a converse (a Jewish convert to Christianity) at a time when the Inquisition sought to repress Jewish people in 15th-century Spain. Santangel was a friend and financier of Christopher Columbus. He becomes curious about his Jewish heritage and attracted to Judith Migdal, a beautiful Jewish woman, as the Inquisition closes in. 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 cosponsored by Congregation Neveh Shalom and the Multnomah County Library.

Craft Circle

Bring your own work or choose a project from the Garden Home Community Library's craft buffet. Enjoy the company of other crafters and get those creative juices flowing at this get together, for adults at 7 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, Nov. 16

'Deck the Hall and All that Jazz'

Enjoy an early holiday show featuring your favorite songs of the season, including 'Jingle Bells,' 'Merry Christmas' and 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ,' along with newer hits such as 'Zat You Santa Claus?' and 'Sparklejollytinklejingle.'

The performance, put on by Northwest Senior Theater, will also feature dancing, skits and hand-crafted sets and costumes.

The performance will be held at 2 p.m. at the Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, located at 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road. Seating is open and wheelchair/walker friendly. A donation of $5 a person is appreciated.

For more information, contact Betty Merrill at 503-227-2003 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nwseniortheatre.org.

The show will continue at 2 p.m. each day through Sunday, Nov. 19.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith' by Jon Krakauer. Engage in stimulating conversations 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.

Mary Szybist and Crystal Williams

For 2011's final installment of Annie Bloom's Presents, Lewis and Clark Professor Mary Szybist, poet and author of "Granted," and poet will read together. Williams is the author of three collections of poems, most recently the award-winning "Troubled Tongues." She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College. Szybist's "Grant" was a finalist for the National Book Circle Critic's Award in Poetry in 2003.

The reading will be held at 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books, located at 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, call 503-246-0053 or visit www.annieblooms.com.

Friday, Nov. 18

Artist Reception: Wendy Palau

Join Multnomah Village's Knack gallery, located at 7824 S.W. 35th Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. for an artist reception honoring Portland resident Wendy Palau. The Jamaican-born artist's current themes draw from the nature and spirit of the Caribbean, Pacific Northwest and, most recently, from travels to Africa. Palau works in acrylic and oil and said she enjoys a large canvas. Her paintings draw you into a calm and serene space. Palau studied at the Atlanta College of Art and Calvin College, where she received her BFA in photography. Her work is owned by private collectors in both Portland and Jamaica.

A portion of the proceeds from her show at Knack will benefit Palau's work in Africa.

Palau's work will remain on dis-play through Sunday, Nov. 20.

Saturday, Nov. 19

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

Learn basic knitting skills or get help with an existing project. Crocheters are 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.

Fun Stories to Take Home and Tell

Have fun learning lively stories and story-games to share with friends and family. Master story-teller Anne Rutherford will lead this interactive workshop and performance that will give participants a taste of how fun it is to be a storyteller. This program, to be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., is great for spicing up holiday gatherings of all ages.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Thanksgiving Worship and Meal

Join the Hillsdale Community Church - United Church of Christ for a 10:30 a.m. service and a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all of the fixings at 11:45 a.m.. The church is located at 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, call 503-246-5474 or visit www.hillsdaleucc.org.

Sunday, Nov. 27

All-ages Spontaneous Christmas Pagent

Join the Hillsdale Church - United Church of Christ for this all-inclusive event to be held at 10:30 a.m. - everyone gets a costume and a part. The church is located at 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, call 503-246-5474 or visit www.hillsdaleucc.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Raven Steals the Sun

Based on a Native American tale, this play tells how Raven the trickster brought light and warmth to the world. This performance is created and performed by Emily Alexander of Tears of Joy Theatre. After the show, she will lead an audience-participant play titled 'Coyote Gets Fire.' This program, to be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., is made possible by the Grande Ronde Fund for Native American Collections and Programs of The Library Foundation. Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to the program.