AARP tax assistance: Through April 14, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. Free; donations requested. To schedule an appointment, call 503-288-8303.
'Dreamgirls': Performances through April 5, Interstate Firehouse Cultural center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., Portland. Stumptown Stages presents its own production of the Tony Award-winning musical, which became an Oscar-winning movie. Directed by Kirk Mouser. Curtain time 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $27 general admission, $25 seniors and students, $15 for groups of 10 of more. Buy tickets online at www.stumptownstages.com. Info: 503-381-8686.
Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, Third Avenue and Main Street, Hillsboro. Free; sponsored by the Hillsboro Downtown Business Association. Exhibits and events include works by Arielle at Le Stuff Antiques; Hillsboro Youth Art Exhibition award ceremony and reception at 6 p.m. at The Walters Center; artists Kaweeta and Jan Smith at Influence Gallery (www.tvartists.org); author Bonnie Nester and her new book 'Moments This Good, The Softer Side of Alzheimer's,' also at Influence Gallery; and artists Sue Hacker, Linda Jerome and Gene Small at the Sequoia Gallery (www.sequoiagallerystudios.org).
Legal Documents That Everyone Needs: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, Friendly House (in Garden Room), 1737 N.W. 26th Ave. (at Thurman), Portland, 503-228-4391. Call to register.
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center: 5340 N. Interstate Ave., Portland. Through April 26, 'RWONGideas,' solo exhibit by artist Roberta Wong. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Portland Civic Theatre Guild Readers Theatre: Tuesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. coffee, 10:30 a.m. performance, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland. 'Sylvia' by A.R. Gurney. Tickets $6, available at the door.
The Broderick Gallery: 814 S.W. First Ave., Portland, 503-224-4020. April 3 to May 3, exhibit of works by Cuban artists Orlando Ignacio Merida and Ernesto Pumariega. First Thursday reception 6 to 9 p.m. April 3. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Info: www.broderickgallery.com
Janovec Studio/Gallery: 4504 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. at Holgate, Portland, 503-231-8346. April 4-26, 'This Horizon,' new abstract land/city/seascapes by painter Kathleen Simpson. Gallery hours: noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and by appointment. First Friday reception April 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
Annual Home Firearm Safety Day: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Tri-County Gun Club, 13050 S.W. Tonquin Road, Sherwood. Ninth annual event sponsored with the support of the Oregon State Shooting Association. The National Rifle Association Home Firearm Safety Course is a four-hour non-shooting course to instruct adult individuals on the safe handling and storage of firearms. It is not designed for shooting or concealed handgun carry; therefore, marksmanship, tactics and law are not included. However, handgun safety is a component of the course, and it does meet the safety requirements for an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. Fee: $10 per person. Advance registration requested. Info: Jim Kessler, 503-245-0053.
Bluegrass benefit concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Tualatin Heritage center, 8700 S.W. Sweek Drive, Tualatin. Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising perform original bluegrass music in this benefit for Operation Happy Note, a small organization that provides overseas troops with the gift of musical instruments (www.operationhappynote.com). Tickets $10 general admission. Purchase tickets online at www.jambasetickets.com/evinfo.php?eventid=23286
Gardenpalooza 2008: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Fir Point Farms, 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora (2 miles off I-5 near Charbonneau and Langdon farms Golf Course). Sixth annual plant sale offers thousands of plants. Free admission. Info: www.gardenpalooza.com, www.firpointfarms.com
Mt. Hood Rock Club 52nd annual show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Mt. Hood Community College gym. Gems, crystals, petrified wood and other geologic wonders on display. Thunder egg hunt for children 12 and under at 2 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Info: Gail Bumala, 503-637-5165.
Vision Northwest gala dinner/auction: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, atrium at Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St., Portland. 'The Eyes Have It,' a benefit for Vision Northwest, a non-profit organization that promotes independent living for people affected by vision loss. Dinner catered by Food in Bloom, followed by live auction. Tickets $85 per person. For tickets, call Vision Northwest at 503-684-8389. More info: www.visionnw.com.
The Golden Gallery at Beaverton Lodge: 12900 S.W. Ninth St., Beaverton, 503-646-0635. April 6 to May 26, 'An Experimental Life,' works by Suzan Mayer. Opening reception 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Free admission. Info: www.beavertonlodge.com/goldengallery/
Jazz Jams: 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, Clackamas Community College, 19600 South Molalla Ave., Oregon City (Niemeyer Center, LeRoy Anderson Room 119). Free. Info: CCC Music Department, 503-657-6958, ext. 2434.
Memory Changes in the Aging Adult: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. Up-to-date information on how our brains change as we age. A $1 donation to the senior center is requested. Pre-registration required; call 503-288-8303.
Antique Appraisal Fair: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 N.E. 16th Ave., Portland. Fifth annual event invites the public to bring two keepsakes to expert appraiser Gary L. Germer for free appraisals. History buffs will also enjoy hearing Mr. Germer's entertaining historical accounts. Additional parking is available at Sears at Lloyd Center across the street. Info: 503-280-2216 or www.retirement.org/hpp
Buckman Bash: 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St., Portland. Indie music superstars James Mercer, frontman for The Shins, and Stephen Malkmus, of Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, will perform at this benefit for Buckman Elementary School.
Tickets $50, sold at www.brownpapertickets.com and Jackpot Records. Info: www.buckmanelementary.org/artsale.
Buckman Art Show and Sell: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Buckman Arts Elementary School, 320 SE 16th Ave., Portland. Info: www.buckmanelementary.org/artsale.
Conference of the Civil War Era: Friday, April 11,through Sunday, April 13, Clackamas Community College, 19600 South Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Nationally recognized experts will give presentations of the American Civil War era. Conference sponsored by the 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry/20th Main, a living history and reenacting nonprofit organization. Info: www.1stovi-20thmaine.org or call Rolla and Marge Harding at 503-655-0385.
Movie Matinee - 'La Vie en Rose': 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. Marion Cotillard, winner of this year's best actress Oscar, stars as legendary French singer Edith Piaf and her turbulent life. Info: 503-288-8303.
Broadway Rose Theatre Company cabaret: 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Tigard Community Friends Church, 15800 S.W. Hall Blvd., Tigard. Broadway Rose artistic director Sharon Maroney performs her cabaret, 'Still Singing After All These Years.' Tickets $12 each, sold at the Broadway Rose box office, 503-620-5262, or online at www.broadwayrose.com
Estate Planning Made Easy: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, Sellwood Community Center, 1436 S.E. Spokane St., Portland, 503-823-3195. Call to register or visit www.portlandparks.org/register/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N and aid=4362 and From=fas
Packy's 46th birthday party: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, Oregon Zoo. Help the zoo's famous Asian elephant celebrate and watch him eat his cake at 2 p.m. Saturday. Free with zoo admission. The weekend celebration also includes games and a chance to watch special training sessions. Info: 503-226-1561 or www.oregonzoo.org.
Portland Gay Symphonic Band 'Shades of Blue' concert: 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland. The group's first performance using its newly adopted (formerly the Rose City Gay Freedom Band). Tickets $15, $10 for students and seniors. Info and tickets: www.rcgfb.org
Senior Connection Expo: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Vancouver Hilton convention center, 301 West Sixth st., Vancouver, Wash. Annual event sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) features exhibits and activities for over-50 adults. Suggested $3 donation at the door supports RSVP programs.
I Will Be Well: 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. Wellness education program; learn the risk factors and warning signs for stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis. A $1 donation to he senior center is requested. Pre-register by calling 503-288-8303.
Book Discussion Group: 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. This month's topic: 'Bound for the Promised Land' by Kate Clifford Larson. 503-288-8303.
Estate Planning For Traditional and Non-Traditional Families: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Beaverton City Library, Meeting Room B, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton, 503-644-2197. Call to register.
Railroads: A History in Song: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 N.E. 16th Ave., Portland. On Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 2:00 p.m., Oregon Chautauqua program, 'Magic Carpet Made of Steel: Songs of America's Railroads,' a historical performance by Jeni Foster. Space is limited; RSVP by April 9 to 503-280-2216 or 1-800-777-5517.
Literary Arts Delve: Readers' Seminars: and #8232;6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 17 to May 22 (six seminars, location to be announced. Thomas Pynchon, 'Gravity's Rainbow.' Registration $150. Info: www.literary-arts.org
Portland author Greg Mandel reading: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Looking Glass Bookstore, 7983 S.E. 13th Ave., Portland, 503-227-4760. Mandel, The Oregonian's Edge columnist, will read from 'High Hat,' his new comic thriller. Free.
'Welcome to Medicare' free class: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham. Presented by Multnomah County Aging Disability Services and Mt. Hood Community College for new Medicare enrollees or those who become eligible due to receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Class will be repeated from 7 to 9 p.m. May 22. Also offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, or May 31. Course number is HE4MC. Registration may be completed online at www.mhcc.edu and then accessing the Community Education section or by calling 503-491-7572 Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Community Wellness Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 N.E. 16th Ave., Portland. Sixth annual free event offers complimentary health screenings, medical and wellness experts and speakers, vendors for mobility, hearing, transportation, medical equipment, lifelong learning, security, and more, plus giveaways and door prizes. Extra parking available at Sears in Lloyd Center across the street. For directions, visit www.retirement.org/hpp or call 503-288-6671.
Celebrating Water - Connecting Water, Land and People: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Clackamas Community College, 19600 South Molalla Ave., Oregon City. The Clackamas County Water Education Team sponsors a daylong celebration of water. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CCC's Gregory Forum and features water resources, speakers, workshops, hands-on activities and entertainment for children. For more information, call the CCC Horticulture Department at 503-657-6958, ext. 2246.
Leach Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Floyd Light Middle School, Southeast 108th Avenue and Washington Street (near Mall 205), Portland. Free admission. Info: Call Katie at 503-761-4751.
Roots music concert: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Gresham Little Theater, 30639 S.E. Bluff Road, Gresham. Lobby doors open at 5 p.m. with pre-show jamming entertainment until 7 p.m. concert by Martin Stevens and Molly Adkins, The Loafers and Ida Viper. Open to all ages. Admission $6 (17 and older). Info: www.greshamlittletheater.org/bluegrass.
Terri Daniel, author, channeler, spiritual counselor: Noon Sunday April 19, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, Hall B, Room 3. Daniel, who communicates telepathically with her son, who died at age 16, will present 'Opening The Conduit: Connecting with Guides and Others in the Non-Physical.' She is the author of 'A Swan in Heaven: Conversations Between Two Worlds.' Tickets $12 (includes admission to the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo at the convention center). Info: 1-541-549-4004, www.SwanInHeaven.com
Concordia University Choirs, Handbell Ensembles, Brass Ensemble and Small String Ensemble: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Concordia University campus at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, (6700 N.E. 29th Ave., Portland. Free; donations accepted.
Earth day at the Oregon Zoo: Sunday, April 20, two events: Party For The Planet from noon to 4 p.m. (free with zoo admission); and The Wild And Scenic Environmental Film Festival, noon to 1 p.m.; 2 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Info: 503-226-1561 or www.oregonzoo.org.
Oregon Children's Theatre, 'The Ghosts of Treasure Island': 2 p.m. April 20, 26 and 27, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay, Portland. A world premiere rock 'n' roll musical featuring original music played live by Captain Bogg and Salty. All kids attending are encouraged to dress like pirates and to come early to walk the plank and join the Pirate Dance Party featuring Greasy Kid Stuff. and #8232;Recommended for ages 7 and older. and #8232;Tickets $16 to $24 for adults, $13 to $20 for children and seniors, sold at the box office (503-228-9571) or TicketMaster (503-790-ARTS, www.ticketmaster.com). and #8232;General info: www.octc.org.
Estate Planning For Traditional and Non-Traditional Families: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St., Portland, 503-988-5391. Call to register.
Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney: 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 23, OASIS at Macy's downtown, fourth floor, 621 S.W. Fifth Ave., Portland. OASIS membership is free and open to anyone age 50 or older living in the metro area. Non-members are welcome to attend. Register online at www.oasisnet.org/secure/signinmain.asp or call 503-241-3059.
Discovery Walk Festival in Vancouver, Wash.: Friday April 25, through Sunday, April 27, Vancouver Hilton Hotel, 301 West Sixth St. Event offers distances for beginners, half-marathons and marathon distances for seasoned walkers, plus the chance to earn a 'Try-Athlon' patch by adding a bike and swim on Sunday. Event sanctioned by the International Volkssport Federation and the IML Walking Association. Register available by mail, online or at the event. Info: www.discoverywalk.org or call toll free 1-877-269-2009.
Movie Matinee - 'Atonement': 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. Set in 1920s France and starring Keira Knightly and James McAvoy in the story of a 13-year-old girl who changes the course of several lives when she falsely accuses her older sister's lover of a crime. Info: 503-288-8303.
Berry Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St., Portland. More than 20 vendors. MasterCard and Visa, personal checks and cash accepted. Admission and parking are free. Garden members receive early admission and a discount on purchases. For a complete vendor list, visit http://berrybot.org/events/plant_sales.html. Info: call the garden at 503-636-4112 ext. 102.
Estate Planning: Essential Documents: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, East Portland Community Center (Classroom 2), 740 S.E. 106th Ave., Portland, 503-823-3450. Call to register for Course No. 258234, or visit www.portlandparks.org/register/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N and aid=4362 and From=fas
Portland Japanese Garden plant sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26 (pre-sale for garden members from 9 to 10 a.m.), upper parking lot of the garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Drive, Portland. Featuring plants native to Asia as well as plants found in Asian gardens. More than 25 Portland-area nurseries will sell conifers, peonies, camellias, hydrangea, bamboo, bonsai, Japanese maples, azaleas, rhododendrons and more. For details and a list of vendors, visit www.japanesegarden.com/events/plantsale
'Welcome to Medicare' free class: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham. Presented by Multnomah County Aging Disability Services and Mt. Hood Community College for new Medicare enrollees or those who become eligible due to receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Class will be repeated May 29. Course number is HE4MC. Registration may be completed online at www.mhcc.edu and then accessing the Community Education section or by calling 503-491-7572 Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Legal Documents That Everyone Needs: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade, 503-630-8273. Call to register or visit www.estacada.lib.or.us/
Wildlife Conservation Lecture Series: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, Oregon Zoo, Cascade Banquet Center. Program: 'What Good are Bugs? The Case for Invertebrate Conservation' with Scott Black, entomologist with The Xerces Society. General admission $10; $8 for members of host organizations, students and seniors. Info: www.oregonzoo.org or 503-226-1561.