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Friday, April 1

Patricia Miller at The Geezer Gallery

Retired violist Patricia Miller from the Oregon Symphony viola section is being celebrated after 56 years of service in a retrospective depicting her other passion for the visual arts. Patricia Miller is also a talented watercolor and pastel artist, and an event honoring her artistic contributions to the Portland arts community will be held at The Geezer Gallery, 7710 S.W. 31st Ave., in Multnomah Village. A live violinist and cellist will provide entertainment and Korkage Wine Shop will be providing tastings at an artist reception. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., and Miller's show will remain on display through April 27.

MAC Indoor Cinema

The Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy., will host a screening of 'The Dark Side of Chocolate' as part of its Indoor Cinema series. The documentary, which features Danish journalist Miki Mistrati, addresses rumors and uncovers unsavory secrets about the presence of child labor and illegal child trafficking in West Africa's Ivory Coast - the source of more than 40 percent of the world's cocoa. The movie will begin at 7:30 p.m., and Eric Miller and the MAC Marimba Orchestra will perform live music throughout the hour preceding. There will be a question-and-answer session following the screening along with a free trade coffee and chocolate tasting. Free trade items will also be for sale.

For more information, visit www.multnomahartscenter.org.

Austin and Paisley

Stop by the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy., and view a joint exhibit by artists Ha Austin and Judi Paisley. Austin's 'Fire and Ice' crystalline-glazed pottery and Paisley's 'The Place Where the Bird Sits Down' installation of oil paintings will be on display through May 4. There will be an artists reception April 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.multnomahartscenter.org.

'Reasons for Hope'

Humanitarian aid worker and activist Noah Baker Merrill will present a talk on 'Living Inside Our Hope: Lessons and Encouragement for Social and Political Change' at 7 p.m., at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 S.E. Stark St.

In his talk, Baker Merrill, who coordinates the peace work of the American Friends Service Committee in Washington, D.C., will speak on 'reasons for hope' in the midst of economic hardship and increasing poverty, deepening social and political divisions, public apathy, continuing wars and the growing climate crisis.

Baker Merrill - a 31-year-old, life-long Quaker who the 'Utne Reader' recognized as one of '50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World' - will be joined at the event by Pedro Sosa and Mireaya Medina of Portland's American Friends Service Committee office, who will off er perspectives from their local work in our communities.

For event information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-232-2822.

Baker Merrill will present an additional talk on 'Where Worship and Witness Meet: Quakers Prophetic Service and the Journey to an Endless Life,' on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House.

Saturday, April 2

Pancake Breakfast

Join the SW Hills Kiwanis Club for its second annual pancake breakfast benefiting the Southwest Community Health Center. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate and will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Lucky Labrador brew pub at 7675 S.W. Capitol Hwy. in Multnomah Village. Cost of admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under.

Trillium Festival and Native Plant Sale

You are invited to enjoy live music, children's activities, crafts and food, vendors, a garden art show and sale and much more at the 31st Annual Trillium Festival and Native Plant Sale. The event, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be hosted by the Friends of Tryon Creek. A free shuttle service from Riverdale High School and Lewis and Clark College to the festival, held at the Tryon Creek Nature Center at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., is available.

For more information, visit www.tryonfriends.org.

The sale will continue Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Costumes for Ramona

On Klickitat Street, Ramona made her own costumes and wore them year round. You can too. Make attachable ears and tails using fabric and recycled materials. Turn yourself into an animal or creature of your choice, and finish your costume off with face paint. Great for children ages 4 to 10 and their families. Made possible by The Library Foundation with support from The Kinsman Foundation. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

An additional showing of Costumes for Ramona will be held Wednesday, April 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Tuesday, April 5

'Vegan Diner'

With this collection of 125 recipes that provides guilt-free comfort food indulgence for vegans everywhere, author Julie Hasson introduces savory and sweet vegan diner fare. Hear Hasson speak at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy., at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.annieblooms.com.

Wednesday, April 6

A Murderous Melodrama

The male lead in a high school play was found dead after the final performance. Did the hero meet his tragic end at the hands of a villain? This isn't a role-playing game; your group will solve the mystery by examining evidence and reading accounts from witnesses and key suspects. Sponsored by Hillsdale Library's Teen Council. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

'Rediscovering Values'

Join in conversation about themes raised in Jim Wallis' book of the same name about recovering morality in difficult economic times. You do not need to read the book to attend. A conversation will be held at 7 p.m. following a simple supper at 6:15 p.m. at the Hillsdale Community Church - UCC, 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

An additional conversation will be held Wednesday, April 13.

Thursday, April 7

'Heart of Ice'

In the second installment of the 'Triple Threat' mystery series by Multnomah Village's own April Henry, a trio of female investigators must piece together the clues before the cold-hearted Elizabeth Avery reaches her unthinkable end game. Hear Henry speak at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.annieblooms.com.

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Moby-Dick' or 'The Whale' by Herman Melville. 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. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Additional discussions of the book will be held at the library Tuesday, April 12 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. and Wednesday, April 27 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 9

'Tikki Tikki Tembo'

'Don't go near the well, you will surely fall in,' warned the mother of two young boys. The two brothers played near the well, walked on the well and Chang fell into the well. Oh no! Can his big brother get help in time to save him? Whew! Yes, the old man with the ladder got there in time. But what happens when Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchipip Peri Pembo, with his great long name, falls into the well? Don't miss the fun as Tears of Joy Theatre puppeteer Emily Alexander performs this beloved story by Arlene Mosel. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Kung Fu Babies

A new play group for infants (and their caretakers) meets in Hillsdale at the Westside Academy of Kung Fu, 1509 S.W. Sunset Blvd., on the padded floor space. From noon to 1 p.m., join the group for its 'textures'-themed get-together and feel free to bring textured toys to share. Participants are asked to make a small donation of $2 each session to help cover the costs of infant mats, gate enclosure and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Space is limited, so for more information or to pre-register for the group, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The group will also Monday, April 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. for a 'Kung Fu Baby Jam,' during which attendees can share musical toys, and on Monday, April 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. to share any clever items they think others will enjoy.

Fun Fabric Flowers

Learn to make flowers from reclaimed fabric to adorn your bag, hat or coat. Flowers are simple to create, and the flower trend is currently making a major comeback in the fashion world. Under the instruction of artist Dawn Grunwald, participants will use reclaimed silk, wool, buttons and beads to create a one-of-a-kind wearable masterpiece. For teens and adults from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Sunday, April 10

Smart saving: Budgeting and saving If your money seems to disappear every month without much to show for it, this budgeting workshop may be just what you need to make ends meet and help you save to reach your goals. This presentation will be led by a certified public accountant from the Oregon Society of CPAs. The program, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library - 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. - is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart Investing @ Your Library, a partnership with the American Library Association.

Tuesday, April 12

Hillsdale Main Street night

Support the Hillsdale Main Street Program's business district revitalization goals and dine at Salvador Molly's, 1523 S.W. Sunset Blvd., from 4 p.m to close. Twenty percent of sales from the evening will be donated to the program.

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women' by Geraldine Brooks. 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. From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Thursday, April 14

'The Lotus Eaters'

In this debut novel set during the fall of Saigon, three photographers are transformed by the conflict they have risked everything to record. Hear author Tatjana Soli speak at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Hwy., at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.annieblooms.com.

Friday, April 15

Earth Day evening of music and song

Celebrate Earth Day with an evening of music and song from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 S.W. 13th Ave., in the Eliot Chapel. Michael Allan Harrison will perform as the evening's featured artist. The program will also include other instrumental and vocal offerings. Everyone is welcome, and donations will be gratefully accepted.

For more information, call the Center for Earth Leadership at 503-227-2315.

Saturday, April 16

Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt

Bring your basket and leap into adventure! Celebrate the season with a scrumptious pancake breakfast and springtime crafts. Enjoy a photo opportunity with this year's celebrity bunny, games and a small animal petting farm. Can you find the special egg in the indoor egg hunt? Hop on down to the Southwest Community Center, 6820 S.W. 45th Ave., and find out! The event, held at 9 and 10:30 a.m., includes an egg hunt for grown-ups as well. Cost of participation is $15 per person. For children ages 1 and up.

For more information, call 503-823-2840.

Earth Day 2011

Join the Bridlemile Creek Stewards to continue a stream enhancement restoration project in Hamilton Park, located just east of Bridlemile Elementary School on Southwest 47th Drive next to the tennis courts. Bridlemile Creek feeds some headwaters to Fanno Creek and remains an important upstream reach to the entire Tualatin River Basin watershed. Help free the trillium from invasive weeds from 9 a.m. to noon.

For details, contact Greg at 503-246-2714 or Steve at 503-768-9065, or visit www.swni/bcs.org.

Storytime with Fairy Funk Mother

Participate in singing and moving to the beat of a musical storytime! Singing books not only get kids excited about reading but also allow them to discover rhythm and express their voices.

Tyleena Winslow, known as the Fairy Funk Mother, provides shakers, drums, tambourines, sticks and scarves to encourage children to feel the groove. Join the fun as your favorite books are turned into interactive songs from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Sunday, April 17

Earth Day celebration

Join St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 3228 S.W. Sunset Blvd., for its Earth Day Festival. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 1:30 p.m., the schedule of events includes a native plant sale, choir concert, lunch, habitat restoration project, Eartha the Ecological Clown's Magic Show and an interactive lecture, 'Being Stewards of the Earth at Church and at Home,' presented by Oregon Interfaith Power and Light. All are welcome.

For more information, contact 503-246-4276 or go online to www.standrewspdx.com.

Tuesday, April 19

The Legal Side of Aging: Are Your Documents in Place?

Rules and regulations seem to dominate our existence, and this applies to estate planning as well. How valid are your documents, how often should they be updated and what is now required to protect you and family members? A comprehensive review of essential state and federal documents will be discussed during this free class to help you gain control. The event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood House offices in the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Thursday, April 21

Sing, Sign and Playtime: The big blue bowl

Gather around the big blue bowl and learn the American Sign Language signs for corn, peas, bread and other edible items! Join local children's author Dawn Babb Prochovnic as she leads a lively, interactive storytime filled with songs, stories and signing activities. This program is geared for families with children ages 0-2 years. From 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Homage to Catalonia' by George Orwell. 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. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.

Saturday, April 23

Fairy Tale Party

Once upon a time there was a library that turned into an enchanted world of fairy tales where everywhere you looked a classic tale came to life. Come join us for a fairy tale party at the Capitol Hill Library - 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. - where happy-ending stories will be read, magical crafts will be made and enchanted games will be played. This is an interactive party for parents and children ages 3 through 6, so come prepared for happily ever after. The party is made possible by the Mary B. Mason Estate Fund of The Library Foundation. It will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Sunday, April 24

Easter Sunday services

The Hillsdale Community Church - UCC, 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy., will hold a morning of Easter Sunday events beginning with an outdoor sunrise service at 8 a.m. An Easter breakfast and egg hunt will be held at 9 a.m. and a full, festive Easter worship will follow at 10:30 a.m. All are free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 30

Math fun with 'Frog and Toad'

Is it round? Is it square? Is it big? Is it small? Help Toad find his button and join in the fun with shapes, games and stories. This interactive program is for children three- to seven-years-old with an accompanying adult. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Pokémon Free Play

Are you a Pokémon fan? If so, join in for some Pokémon free play. Bring your Pokémon cards or Nintendo DS and your copy of Pokémon Diamond or Pearl. For kids and teens ages 7 to 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Sponsored by the Hillsdale Library Teen Council.

Saturday, May 7

'The Local Organizer's Toolkit:

Essential Knowledge for Change'

Join in for this three-hour workshop, hosted by the Center for Earth Leadership, and meet others who seek to be effective agents of change in creating a sustainable culture. Through the exploration of tested principles and strategies used to create local change, participants gain knowledge of how to advance a sustainability initiative by enlisting a core group of colleagues. Presenters Jeanne and Dick Roy are nationally recognized as agents of change and regional leaders in the Northwest sustainability movement. Currently, as co-directors of the Center for Earth Leadership, they provide tools, support and inspiration for citizens who would like to help create a sustainable future.

The workshop, held from 9 a.m. to noon, is free of charge but space is limited and advance registration is required. To reserve your spot, contact Emily Klavins at 503-227-2315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit www.earthleaders.org for additional information.