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January 2012 calendar

Calendar items for February are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Email listings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photos also may be e-mailed in jpg format.

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• Mt. Hood Community College Fireplace Gallery: 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Jan. 3-30: 'Herding the Night Sheep,' works by Jennifer Gillia Cutshall. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Parking permits required and be purchased for $3 at ticket kiosks by the gymnasium and flagpoles.

• Sequoia Gallery + Studios: 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401. Through Feb. 4: annual 'Touch of Red' show featuring all Sequoia member artists using the color red in their works. Reception 6-8 p.m. Jan. 3. Thirteen on-site studios will also be open during the reception. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. www.sequoiagallerystudios.org

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• Prime Timers Dining Club: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, Heidi's Restaurant, 1230 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham, 503-667-4200. Singles age 50 and up are invited to the club's meeting. Social time at 6 p.m. followed by ordering from a special dinner menu at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is Dutch treat. Info: Call Pat at 503-936-5861 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on other January activities, visit www.PrimeTimersDiningClub.com

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• Art On Broadway Gallery: 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Jan. 5 to Feb. 25: 'Romantic Forms,' a juried art exhibition and sale. Free public reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 503-601-3300 or artonbroadway.net

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• The Geezer Gallery: 7710 S.W. 31st Ave., Portland, 503-244-0441, www.geezergallery.com. Jan. 6-30: Totems by African American/Native American artist Bill Rutherford; mixed-media collage and acrylic paintings by Sharon Geraci; artistic photography by Ingrid Wagner. Artists' reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Live music by Mail Hoddman and Lauren Siess, Portland Youth Philharmonic. Wine tasting by Korkage Wine Shop. Free admission. The gallery is devoted to showcasing master local elder artists.

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• Art On Broadway Gallery: 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Jan. 7-28: Winter group show by gallery artists. Free public reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 503-601-3300 or artonbroadway.net

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• Hearing presentation: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Hearing tests will be available after the program for those interested. Suggested donation $1.

• '2012 Sky Watch Preview (and is the movie right about 2012?)': 7 and 8:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium Sky Theater, located near the library on the Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Learn about special astronomical events of the coming year including projected solar activity, the transit of Venus, the 2012 opposition of Mars, several planet conjunctions, current space missions, eclipses and the hype of the movie '2012.' As a part of the show, Pat Hanrahan, planetarium director, will use the college's star projector to show highlights of the current night sky. and #8232; and #8232; Admission $2 for the general public, free for MHCC students. Parking permits are required and may be purchased for $3 at kiosks located near the flagpoles and gymnasium.

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• Reel Nordic Film Night: Tuesday, Jan. 10, open at 6:30 p.m., film screens at 7 p.m., Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave., Portland, norsehall.org, 503-236-3401. Come enjoy a film from or about Scandinavia. Films are shown in their native language, some with subtitles. Free admission. Homemade soup available for $2, refreshments sold in the Oslo Lounge.

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• Grieg Lodge Genealogy Group: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave., Portland, norsehall.org, 503-236-3401. Learn how to find you ancestors and work on your family tree. Contact Gwen Newborg for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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• The Littman Gallery: Portland State University, 1825 S.W. Broadway No. 250, downtown Portland, pdx.edu/littmanandwhite, 503-725-5656. Jan. 12-25: 'Resolution(s): ?@!?,' new work from Evan LaLonde, Ron Mason Gassaway, Wendy Red Star, Daniel Glendening and F* Mtn. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12.

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• Movie Matinee - 'The Tree of Life': 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star in Terrence Malick's 1950s adventure about a confused man who sets off to understand the true nature of the world. Rated PG-13. Suggested donation $1. Come early to enjoy pizza, salad and a soft drink for $2. Movie will be shown with subtitles at 1 p.m. Jan. 20.

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• Grieg Lodge Book Discussion Group: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave, Portland, norsehall.org, 503-236-3401. Book is 'According to Sofia' by Oystein Lonn. Contact Helen Wrolstad for more info at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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• William Stafford birthday celebration: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Moonstruck Chocolate Café, 45 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-697-7097. Local poets Geranna and James Fleming, Jon Seaman, Patricia Carver and Joan Maiers celebrate the birthday of Oregon's late poet laureate. The audience is encouraged to share a favorite selection written by Stafford. Free and open to the public.

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• Sandy Actors Theatre-Readers Theatre, Gresham: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the Gresham Chapel and Evening Event Center, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham. 'Harvey,' by Mary Chase. Tickets $8, available at the door. Info: Tim Park, 503-869-6183, or visit www.sandyactorstheatre.org.

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• Coaster Poetry Contest Reading: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, Niche Wine and Art Bar, 1013 Main St. Vancouver, Wash. Reading will feature the contest's 10 winning poets. Each of the poems will be published on a set of limited edition coasters to be used in the bar and available for purchase now.

• See's Valentine candy sale: Jan. 18 to Feb. 14, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Buy these candies at the center, North Clackamas Aquatic Park or Clackamas Federal Credit Union, Milwaukie branch. Assortments range from $2 to $6. Proceeds support Milwaukie Center's transportation services in North Clackamas County. Info: call Marty Hanley, 503-653-8100.

• Tax-Aide Program: Jan. 18 to April 15, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Volunteers trained by the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue will prepare state and federal tax returns for older adults, low-income and disabled persons. The Milwaukie Center is taking appointments for the program beginning Jan. 18. Appointments are available a couple of days a week and run February 1-April 15. The tax preparers are able to e-file your return for a quicker response. To schedule your appointment, call the Tax-Aide Scheduler at 503-653-8100. Donations in support of the service can be made to Friends of the Milwaukie Center Inc.

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• Oregon City Public Library celebrates William Stafford: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:45), Thursday, Jan. 19, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City, 503-657-8269, www.orcity.org/library. The library commemorates the life and works of the late Oregon poet laureate, who died in 1993. Hosted by award-winning poet Christine Delea and Friends of William Stafford Board member Nancy Winklesky. Featured readers include Lyssa Tall Anolik, Cindy Williams Gutierrez, Carolyn Moore and David Rutiezer. Bring your favorite Stafford poem to share. Free admission; seating limited.

• Tet Lunar New Year Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Enjoy spring rolls and other Vietnamese goodies, learn about this holiday and watch a performance of a traditional lion dance. Suggested donation $3 for lunch or $1 for the presentation only.

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• Family Friday Concert Series featuring Classical Revolution PDX: 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Jan 20, Community Music Center, 3350 S.E. Francis St., Portland. Series continues one Friday each month through May. Free with suggested donation of $5 ($15 for a family of any size); tickets available at the door only. Popcorn, snacks and refreshments sold at the door. Info: 503-823-3177 or www.communitymusiccenter.org.

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• William Stafford program: 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Marylhurst North Campus, Marylhurst. Joan Maiers hosts a program to honor the late poet laureate on what would be his 98th birthday. In addition to featured authors, guests may bring their favorite Stafford poem or anecdote. Free and open to the public. Info: 503-607-0595.

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• Monthly dance at the Al Kader Shrine Center: 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, the Shrine Center, 25100 S.W. Parkway Ave., Wilsonville. and #8232;Dance or just listen to the Columbia Classic Jazz Band. Admission $10 per person at the door. Net proceeds to benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining menu, cabaret-style seating, free parking. Info: 503-684-6143.

• Oregon Children's Theatre presents 'The Magic School Bus Live: The Climate Challenge': Jan. 22-Feb. 19, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland. Based on the popular book series. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Show times 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $16-$30 adults, $13-$26 children. Box office: 503-228-9571 or TicketMaster (503-790-ARTS or www.ticketmaster.com). General info: www.octc.org

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• Blue Monday wellness event: 6-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, Living Room Theaters, 341 S.W. 10th Ave., downtown Portland. Named after the so-called 'Saddest Day of the Year,' this event combines a movie and a panel discussion to explore the relationship between community and individual health. The movie is 'Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,' and the panel topic is on cultivating healthy habits in an unhealthy world. Tickets $35; all proceeds benefit the Ecotrust Farm-to-School program. Website: http://recesswellness.com/fat.

• Money/Time Learning Lab: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. For seniors who are retired but still do some of their own money management. Suggested donation $1.

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• Healthy Aging Seminar - Advanced Directives for Health Care: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Elder law attorney Geoff Bernhardt will illustrate ways to communicate your end-of-life wishes by completing an Advance Directive for Health Care. Completing an Advance Directive for Health Care is a gift to your loved ones. Info: call Abby Kennedy at 503-653-8100.

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• engAGE in Community: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. The center has been chosen for a special project to help establish the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District as an age-friendly community that supports an individual's ability to be independent for as long as possible. Help us explore issues and find what is working in our community.

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• Movie Matinee - 'Beginners': 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. The story of a graphic artist (Ewan McGregor coming to grips with the imminent death of his father (Christopher Plummer), who has one last secret: he's gay. Suggested donation $1. Come early to enjoy pizza, salad and a soft drink for $2. Movie will be shown with subtitles at 1 p.m. Feb. 3.

• TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Fourth Friday) dance: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave., Portland, norsehall.org, 503-236-3401. Monthly social dance with the Pranksters 18-piece big band. Dance lesson with Mary Ann Carter at 7:30 followed by the dance starting at 8:30. Cost: $8 general admission; $5 for Grieg Lodge Members. All-ages event.