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Community Interest Calendar for April

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Community Interest Calendar

Saturday, April 5

Bridlemile Creek Tour

Come on an interpretative tour and learn about how native plants are being used to maintain healthy streams and habitat along Bridlemile Creek. Afterwards, join other volunteers in removing invasive plants along the stream and see up-close how the restoration project is progressing. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. Dress for the weather. Note that this event qualifies students for Community Service hours.

Free native plants will be available for to take home and plant in participants' yards.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Hamilton Park, east of the tennis courts, along Southwest 47th Drive. Visit http://bcs.swni.org or call 503-246-2714 for more information.

Saturday, April 5

Wilson High School Culture Night

Wilson High School's fourth-annual Culture Night takes place this year from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. Admission to the celebration of cultural diversity is $1. Food, activities, performances for all ages.

Saturday, April 5

Knitting circle

Join the No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society at the Hillsdale Branch Library to learn basic knitting skills or get help with an existing project. For children age 5 and older, as well as adults. From 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, April 6

Family Heirloom Art

Capitol Hill Library offers tips for creating your own illustrated family history book with regional artist Lisa Kagan. The class will focus on the family history book creation process, including how to uncover hidden family treasures; conduct interviews; and research, write and illustrate your book. Creating a family history book is a wonderful way to preserve your family stories, honor your ancestors, deepen your understanding of your relationship with your own life, and share the wisdom and experiences of the past with future generations. From 2 to 4 p.m.; registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234.

Tuesday, April 8

Maricara Trail planning meeting

The first of two meetings to explore an improved trail system for Maricara Natural Area, a 17-acre site with a network of informal trails. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Antioch Christian Fellowship (formerly Jackson Baptist Church), 10558 S.W. 35th Ave. Portland Parks and Recreation staff will provide information about the site's ecology, the existing trails and general trail information. Participants will develop a comprehensive trail plan for use in future trail building efforts.

For more information, contact Kathleen Murrin, 503-823-1603.

Saturday, April 12

Native Plants (and More!) Sale

Maplewood Elementary School hosts its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come by to get a jump on your spring gardening with plenty of native plants to choose from, as well as other perennials. Proceeds help support the school gardens. Maplewood is located at 7452 S.W. 52nd Ave.

Saturday, April 12

Folk concert

Join Vermont Hills United Methodist Church for a concert at 7 p.m. featuring the folk duo The Wanderers, with Carl Allen and Bill Murlin. Their music includes folk songs from the 1950s to today and even songs by Woody Guthrie written in Portland. The duo focuses on good harmonies backed with well-blended guitars and banjo. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. A limited number of reserved tickets and a reception with the musicians are available for $25 per person. Please call the church office at 503-246-1213. The church is located at 6053 S.W. 55th Drive, near Alpenrose Dairy.

Saturday, April 12

Wilson High School sports auction

Parents and boosters are planning to be 'Ja'maican A Difference' for WHS sports at this year's Wilson Sports Auction. Mark your calendars for this fun-filled evening benefiting Trojan athletics at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Early registration begins at 5 p.m. and concludes with a 7 p.m. dinner and oral auction. Tickets are available for purchase through a team parent or Ron and Jennifer Stull at cheeta38comcast.net or 503-245-3773.

Sunday, April 13

Passover Celebration

'From Matzah to Macaroons,' Portland Jewish Academy's Passover Celebration is open to the entire community. Come celebrate Passover the PJA way with science experiments, art projects, macaroon tasting, music and more! This free event is from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the PJA, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway. Call 503-244-0126 or visit www.portlandjewishacademy.org for more information.

Saturday, April 19

The Speakin' Beacon

Bruce Orr of the Mudeye Puppet Company and Penny Walter of Penny's Puppet Productions have joined forces to create an all-ages puppet show with aliens, forest creatures, and even a Yeti! Join the clueless alien Quarg and the streetwise rodent Ralph on their adventure to Mount Snowball. Get a closer look at the puppets, made entirely from reused materials, after each show! Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program. From 2:30-3:15 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Branch Library.

Sunday, April 27

Earth Day blessing of the animals

Hillsdale Community Church-United Church of Christ will celebrate Earth Day by giving thanks for the animals that share our lives. Bring your dog, cat, pet lizard or other animal friend to be celebrated and blessed. You may also bring a picture of a living or deceased pet to be remembered at the blessing. Please leash or crate animals. Begins at noon, call 503-246-5474.

Wednesday, April 30

Rieke Preschool Story Hour and Educational Series

Parents, come hear EnviroMom.com founders and Rieke parents Heather Hawkins and Renee Limon discuss ways to incorporate eco-friendly practices into your children's lives. They believe no child is too young to learn about green living, and they plan to discuss practical, easy actions your family can take to decrease its carbon footprint.

Parents bringing preschool-age children may listen to speakers while children play, do crafts, and listen to stories with parents volunteers in an adjacent room. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Rieke Elementary School.

Saturday, May 3

Neighborhood House Auction

Neighborhood House, a leading Portland social service agency, presents its fourth annual 'Animation Celebration' dinner/auction. Proceeds benefit programs serving low-income children, families and seniors. At the Multnomah Athletic Club; doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. Visit www.nhweb.org for location and detailed information or call 503-246-1663 ext. 113.

NOTE: Submissions to the May calendar are due April 15. E-mail to skearnscommnewspapers.com.