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Community Interest Calendar

Thursday, May 1

First Thursday Young Artists

Join instructor Addie Boswell in an art class for children, based on the styles and media of your favorite picture book illustrators. Learn the techniques used to create the art in popular children's stories. Made possible by the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Endowed Fund for Children's Art Programming of The Library Foundation. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5385 or 503-988-5234. At the Capitol Hill Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 1 to Saturday, May 3

RGMS's 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Performances for Robert Gray Middle School's production of 'Fiddler on the Roof' are May 1 at 6:30 p.m., May 2 at 7 p.m. and May 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children, $7 for adults, or a family pack of five tickets for $20. To purchase tickets, contact Rosemary Schwimmer at or 503-484-6921.

Saturday, May 3

Burlingame Cooperative Preschool Open House

Burlingame Cooperative Preschool's open house is an opportunity for interested families to see the space, meet the teacher and meet other preschool families. The preschool is enrolling now for Fall 2008 and still has a few spaces for both the 3-year-olds class and the 4-year-olds class.

For more information, contact Anne Eddy: 503-245-7965 or

Saturday, May 3

Montclair Garden Faire and Plant Sale

Annuals, perennials, unique garden art, eco-friendly garden care products and much more. All proceeds benefit Montclair Elementary School, at 7250 S.W. Vermont St. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., call 503-259-7685 for more information.

Wednesday, May 7

Estate Planning Made Easy

Don't procrastinate! The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys is offering a free workshop at the Southwest Community Center, 6820 S.W. 45th Ave., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on estate planning. Receive advice on safeguarding your assets and healthcare wishes during and after your lifetime. Acquire up-to-date knowledge about wills, living trusts, healthcare documents, guardianship and conservatorship issues; plus, powers of attorney. Explore strategies to minimize or eliminate Oregon estate taxes, avoid probate and retain complete control over to whom, how and when your estate is distributed. Open to anyone; call 503-823-2840 to register.

May 7-10 and May 16-17

WHS's 'Alice in Wonderland'

Support the Wilson Drama Department's quest to build a new auditorium by attending a production of 'Alice in Wonderland.' The production is part of an effort to purchase new lighting, a sound board, new acoustics, and some aesthetical upgrades to the auditorium. Cost is $5, with a $20 suggested donation to the auditorium renovation fund. Tickets at the door. Show runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, May 9 to Saturday, May 10

Rummage and Boutique Sale

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at 2201 S.W. Vermont St. hosts a sale of new and lightly used furniture, clothing, kitchen gadgets, toys, games, craft items and more. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 10

Spring litter pick-up

SOLV and SWNI are teaming up to host this annual litter clean-up event. Meet at the Portland Christian Center parking lot (near the corner of Dosch Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway) at 9 a.m. Bring work gloves. Orange safety vests, litter bags and grabbers will be provided. Food, drink and raffle prizes are part of the event.

Tuesday, May 13

Eat, drink and support the arts

Join the Wilson Area Arts Council at the Raleigh Hills Pub for a McMenamins Friends and Family Night, benefiting the Wilson Area Arts Council. Raleigh Hills Pub will donate half of its sales from 5 p.m. to midnight to the council - a volunteer based, not-for-profit whose mission is to make a positive difference in arts education for students in the Wilson cluster of Portland Public Schools. McMenamins Raleigh Hills is at 4495 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road. Call 503-292-1723.

Wednesday, May 14

Meet Author April Henry

April Henry is the author of the young adult thriller, 'Shock Point,' which was named a Book for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library and a Quick Pick for reluctant readers by youth librarians.

Her next young adult book, 'Torched,' is about a girl who goes undercover with a radical environmental group. This event is for teens in grades 6-12. Sponsored by the Hillsdale Library Teen Council. Made possible by The Library Foundation. Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to the program. At the Hillsdale Library from 4 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 15

Mazamas SW Ramble

Join Mazamas leader Jane Roberts on a moderately fast-paced walk for around 2 hours, starting at 6 p.m. promptly and covering 6 to 7 miles and 800 feet of elevation around the neighborhoods of Southwest Portland.

Participants are invited to gather at 5:45 p.m. in the Southwest Community Center, 6820 S.W. 45th Ave. Use on-street parking or down by the tennis courts to save space for those using the center. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring water and a flashlight. The $2 fee ($1 for those older than 55) will go to Mazamas, a nonprofit mountaineering education organization located in Portland. To learn more, call 503-227-2345 or visit

Saturday, May 17

Albert Kelly Park work party

Take an interpretative tour and learn about native plants and healthy watershed habitat along Restoration Creek. The stream enhancement project has attracted ground nesting birds, owls, frogs and is helping to keep the tree canopy thriving for red-tailed hawks. Tools and light refreshments provided. Dress for the weather. This event qualifies students for community service hours. Free native plants to take home. Meet near the bridge area. Call Greg Schifsky at 503-246-2714 or Steve Mullinax at 503-768-9065.

Wednesday, May 21

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to help family/friend caregivers reduce stress and balance their lives. This series, consisting of six 2½-hour sessions once a week, will be taught at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. The classes, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. will be led by two licensed parish nurses and was developed by the Legacy Caregiver Services in Portland. To register, contact St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 503-246-4276 or This class is offered at no charge, and size is limited; pre-registration is required by May 18.

Saturday, May 24

Women on Bikes clinic

Meet at the Multnomah Arts Center at 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway for conversations on how to choose the right bike, gear for you and your bike, recreational riding and commuting, riding techniques, use of the TriMet bus rack, and route planning. Clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Visit transportation/index.cfm?c44100 for more information.

Wednesday, May 28

Preschool Story Hour

Join other parents for 'Questions and Answers with PPS Board Member, Ruth Adkins' in the Rieke Elementary School Library from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Adkins has served on the Portland Public School Board since July 2007. She lives in Hillsdale and has been active in education and politics since the first of her three daughters started in PPS back in 1996.

Parents bringing preschool age children may listen to speaker while children play, do crafts, and listen to stories with parents volunteers in an adjacent room. You do not have to have a preschool-age child to join the discussion.

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