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Events calendar for April 2011

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• AARP Income Tax Assistance: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 15, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Get help filing your income taxes. Free. Call the senior center to make an appointment.

• Art exhibit by Patricia Miller: April 1-27, The Geezer Gallery, 7710 S.W. 31st Ave. at Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village, Portland. Miller, a retired violist from the Oregon Symphony, is celebrated in a retrospective depicting her other passion and mastery in the visual arts - she is also a watercolor and pastel artist. A violinist and cellist will provide entertainment during the artist reception Friday, April 1, 6 to 9 p.m. The art exhibit continues through April 27. Free admission. Info: www.geezergallery.com, and #8232; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Lakewood Theatre Company presents 'Lend Me a Tenor': Through April 17, Headlee Mainstage at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, plus some Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Season tickets available at the box office. Single ticket prices $27 to $32. Phone: 503-635-3901. Website: www.lakewood-center.org.

• North Clackamas Community Garden sign-ups begin: April 1 at The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, 503-653-8100, www.milwaukiecenter.com. Milwaukie Center, in partnership with Clackamas County Master Gardeners, has a community garden with raised beds and in-ground plots available for rent during the growing season. Register starting April 1 to rent plots. First priority goes to people who rented plots the prior year and are in good standing with the program, and to adults (55 and older) and people with disabilities in North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District. Fees are $15 per raised bed and $20 per in-ground bed. Due to the high demand, individuals can request one plot at this time. Applications are available through the Milwaukie Center at 503-653-8100.

• Providence Gallery exhibit: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 9205 S.W. Barnes Road, Portland. Through May 31, floral photographs by Karlis Grants, 88, of Beaverton.

• Tax-Aide Program: Through April 15 at The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. Volunteers trained by the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue will prepare state and federal tax returns for older adults and low-income and disabled people. This service also includes electronic filing at no cost. For information regarding the Tax-Aide program or to make an appointment, call 503-653-8100. Donations in support of the service can be made to the Friends of the Milwaukie Center Inc.

• Talisman Gallery: 1476 N.E. Alberta St., Portland, 503-284-8800. Through April 24: 'A 40-year Retrospective,' photography and mixed media by Kenneth E. Walker.

• Woodland Tulip Festival: during April at Holland America Bulb Farms Inc., 1066 South Pekin Road in Woodland, Wash. Free admission. Special weekend activities April 9-10, 16- 17 and 23-24; $3 per car parking fee. The festival and gift shop open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: www.habf.net or 1-360-225-4512.

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• Art On Broadway Gallery: 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. April 2-30: 'Why Waste A Good Planet?' exhibit of new works by member artists Chris Helton and Joe Pogan. Reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Gallery hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Info: 503-601-3300.

and #8232;• Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising with mandolinist Brian Oberlin: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, historic Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 Sweek Drive, Tualatin. The Tualatin-based roots bluegrass group joins the renowned mandolin player in concert. and #8232;Tickets are a suggested $10 at the door. Donate what you can. Info: 503-691-1177 or www.phoenixrisingband.org.

• Saga Goryu Ikebana Exhibition: and #8232;10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 2-3, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland, 503-223-1321, www.japanesegarden.com. The exhibition celebrates Hana Matsuri, The Flower Festival Celebrating the Birth of Buddha. Both days: Prayer Ceremony at 10 a.m. and demonstration of the Way of Tea at 2 p.m. and #8232; and #8232;Free with garden admission.

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• Colette Vacations slide show - Southern Charm Tour: 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, April 4, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Hear about an upcoming tour to Charleston, Savannah and Jekyll Island; $1 suggested donation.

• OMSI Science Pub: 7 p.m. Monday, April 4 (first Monday of every month), Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne, Portland. Topic: 'Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite.' Featuring Robert Kurzban, author of the book with the same name.' Free with a suggested cover charge of $3. Info: Visit www.omsi.edu/sciencepub.

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• Diabetes Support Group: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, 503-653-8100, www.milwaukiecenter.com. Ivan Dikly, general manager of Bally Total Fitness, will share stories of individuals who improved the quality of their lives by incorporating regular exercise into their daily lives. For more information, call Abby at the Milwaukie Center at 503-653-8100.

• Prime Timers Dining Club: Wednesday, April 6, Heidi's Restaurant, 1230 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham, 503-667-4200. Singles age 50 and up are invited to the club's monthly meeting. Be there at 6 p.m. for social time followed by ordering dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is Dutch treat. Info: Call Pat at 503-936-5861 or e-mail Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Website: www.PrimeTimersDiningClub.com

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• OMSI Science Pub: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne, Portland. Topic: 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,' with Rebecca Skloot, award-winning science writer. Meet with researchers and scientists at these monthly, informal science education events. Free with a suggested cover charge of $3. Info: Visit www.omsi.edu/sciencepub.

• WE Toasted, a Toastmasters International club: Noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday, 3 Centerpointe Drive, Lake Oswego, off I-5 and Highway 217 at Kruse Way. Visitors welcome. Info: wetoasted.freetoasthost.ws/index.html. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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• Art in the Garden Spring 2011: April 8 to May 1, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland, 503-223-1321, www.japanesegarden.com.

• 'Be Your Own Advocate: Consumer Protection and Safety': 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St. (in the Parkrose neighborhood). The Multnomah Bar Foundation and Elders in Action host this community forum. Info: Call Mark at Elders in Action, 503-595-7533, or Marla at St. Matthew's, 503-252-5720.

• Movie Matinee - 'The Fighter': 1 p.m. Friday, April 8, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Drama about boxer Micky 'Irish' Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his unlikely road to the world welterweight title. Rated R. 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. April 15.

• Portland Chamber Music concert: 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St. (in the Parkrose neighborhood), 503-252-5720. Portland Chamber Music trio offers its second family-friendly concert of the season featuring fun chamber works by Beethoven, Gade, Bloch, Faure and Axel Rose. Free, but donations accepted. Info: www.PortlandChamberMusic.org.

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• Grieg Lodge Birthday Brunch and Scholarship Fundraiser: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave, Portland, norsehall.org 503-236-3401. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, au gratin potatoes, egg/asparagus strata, fruit, rice pudding and Norwegian birthday cake, with orange juice, coffee or tea. Adult tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door, children 5 to 12 $5, under age 5 free. Scholarship winners will be introduced at 11 a.m.

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• 'Sentimental Journeys' Concert: 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 11, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Free. Award-winning and Grammy-nominated performers will sing the great hits from the 1940s and 1950s era.

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• Reel Nordic Film Night: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave, Portland, norsehall.org 503-236-3401. The Swedish film 'Irene Huss - Guldkalven (The Golden Calf)' will be shown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., film at 7. Homemade soup available for $2. Refreshments also available for purchase in the Oslo Lounge.

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• Carnegie Library history talk: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St,. Oregon City, 503-657-8269 www.orcity.org/library. Celebrate National Library Week by listening to Karin Morey, local library history aficionado and author, address the history of Carnegie Library. In recognition of this year's theme of 'Create your own story @ your library,' we want to collect as many Carnegie stories as we can. We hope to create a compilation of your favorite library memories. Please join us for this free event. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tea and cookies will be served.

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• Portland Metro Arts presents Metro Dancers' 'Alice in Wonderland': 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland. Tickets $20 high school students and adults, $15 children. For tickets, call 503-408-0604 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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• Clackamas Repertory Theatre Play Reading Series: 'Fault Lines' by Stephen Belber, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Osterman Theatre, Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. The monthly series, Sundays at Three, presents work by contemporary American playwrights. Tickets $6, available online at www.clackamasrep.org or at the box office in the Niemeyer Center. Info: 503-594-6047.

• Poetry reading: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, 45 S. State St., downtown Lake Oswego. Joan Maiers hosts a poetry reading by local authors Greg Chaimov, A. Moloktov, and Sandra Stone. New books available for purchase and signing. Free and open to the public; $5 donation suggested to assist Haitian girls' orphanage. Info: 503-697-7097.

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• Sandy Actors Readers Theatre presents 'The Fourposter': 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, Gresham Historical Society Museum (Carnegie Library building) 410 N. Main St., Gresham. Written by Jan deHartog, directed by Kelly Lazenby. Tickets $8, available at the door. Info: Call Tim Park at 503-869-6183 or visit www.sandyactorstheatre.org.

• Women's Strength Workshop: 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, April 18, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Learn a variety of self-protection options; $1 suggested donation.

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• Hearing and Service Day: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Have your hearing aid cleaned and serviced; $1 suggested donation.

• The Legal Side of Aging: Are Your Documents in Place? 1 to 2:30 p.m. and #8232;Tuesday, April 19, Neighborhood House, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway, and #8232;Portland, and #8232;503-244-5204. Free presentation by attorney and author Richard Schneider.

• OMSI Science Pub: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., Portland. Program: 'Birds on Bridges: Bringing Portland's Peregrines Back from the Brink.' Meet with researchers and scientists at these monthly, informal science education events. Free with a suggested cover charge of $3. Info: Visit www.omsi.edu/sciencepub.

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• VIEWS Conversation on 'Staying Engaged in Life': 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, Courtyard at Mt. Tabor, 6125 S.E. Division St., Portland. The non-profit organization VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors) will host this free event. What is the difference between sadness, depression, and grief? Learn from others and yourself how to help make the 'dark' days a little brighter. Call Jillian at 503-261-6175 for registration.

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• Hearing Presentation: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 21, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Have your hearing checked and learn about hearing aids and hearing loss. Suggested donation $1.

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• Movie Matinee - 'The Kids Are All Right': 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. The story of the children of two same-sex parents (played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore). Rated R. 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. April 29.

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• Asian Plant Sale: Saturday, April 23, Portland Japanese Garden, upper parking/entry area, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland, 503-223-1321, www.japanesegarden.com. Hours: Members only, 9 to 10 a.m.; general public, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Secrets of the Tomato Masters Workshop: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, 503-653-8100, www.milwaukiecenter.com. Learn how to grow tomatoes from seed, planting, disease management, tomato structures and more. Soil testing will also be provided. This free event will take place at the Milwaukie Center and is presented by Clackamas County Master Gardeners.

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• Monthly dance at the Al Kader Shrine Center and #8232;: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, Al Kader Shrine Center, 25100 S.W. Parkway Ave., Wilsonville, 503-684-6143. Music by the John Bennett Dance Band with special guest vocalist Marilyn Keller. Admission $10 per person at the door. Net proceeds benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining menu, cabaret-style seating. Large dance floor, free parking.

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• Mt. Hood Hospice Grief Support Group for adults: 2 to 3:30 p.m. for five consecutive Mondays starting April 25, Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. People who are coping with the death of a loved one are invited to participate in this bereavement support group. Contact Emilie Cartoun at 503-668-5545 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info or to register.

• OMSI Science Pub: 7 p.m. Monday, April 25 (last Monday of every month), Venetian Theater and Bistro, 253, E. Main St., Hillsboro. Program: 'Will the iPod Generation Be Deaf?' Meet with researchers and scientists at these monthly, informal science education events. No scientific background is required - just curiosity, a sense of humor, and an appetite for food, drinks and knowledge. Free with a suggested cover charge of $3. Info: Visit www.omsi.edu/sciencepub.

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• 'Hearing Loss and the Benefits of Correction': 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, 503-653-8100, www.milwaukiecenter.com. George Merkl, president of Hearing Solutions Northwest LLC, will present information explaining hearing loss; and the benefits and potential of correction. He will clean hearing aids for those individuals wearing them and help change batteries. For more information, call Abby at the Milwaukie Center, 503-653-8100.

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• TGIFF Social Dance: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 29, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave, Portland, norsehall.org 503-236-3401. Dance to the sounds of The Pranksters at the monthly 'Thank Goodness It's Fourth Friday' social and dance. The Oslo Lounge opens at 7:30 p.m. Take a dance lesson with Mary Ann Carter from 7:30 to 8:30, then dance until 11 p.m. Admission $7.

Looking ahead: May

• Mt. Hood Hospice Grief Support Groups: 6 to 7 p.m. for five consecutive Tuesdays beginning May 3 at 39641 Scenic St., Sandy. People who are coping with the death of a loved one are invited to participate in bereavement support groups for children and teens; an adult/parent group is offered concurrently. Contact Emilie Cartoun at 503-668-5545 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info or to register.

• Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. and #8232;Wednesday, May 4, Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Highway, and #8232;Portland, 503-988-5385. Free presentation by attorney and author Richard Schneider. and #8232;Visit www.multcolib.org for directions and more information. No registration required.