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Thursday, June 2

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian' by Sherman Alexie. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

An additional discussion of the book will be held Tuesday, June 14 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Friday, June 3

Portland Photographers' Forum

The Portland Photographers' Forum, a juried group show, will be on display at the Multnomah Arts Center, located at 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy., through June 29. An artists' reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.multnomahartscenter.org.

Tuesday, June 7

'Night of a Thousand Stars: A Portrait of Life in Iraq'

What would a comprehensive portrait of Iraqi society look like before and after the U.S. invasion in 2003, as seen from the perspectives of both Iraqis and U.S. soldiers?

This is the focus of 'Night of a Thousand Stars: A Portrait of Life in Iraq,' a free conversation with photojournalist Joel Preston Smith to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road in the recreation center.

Smith is a freelance writer, photographer and artist based in Portland. Born in Liberty, W. Va., Smith has served as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army and as a civilian on humanitarian aid missions to Rwanda, Honduras, Palestine and Iraq. His work has appeared in publications including 'Gobshite Quarterly,' The Irish Times and The Oregonian.

Smith traveled in central and northern Iraq for four months in 2003, living with Iraqis and Kurds and patrolling with U.S. soldiers.

This program is hosted by the Garden Home Community Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities (formerly Oregon Council for the Humanities).

Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust. The lecture is part of its Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua, through which Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Heather Waisanen at 503- 245-9932 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, June 8

Landlord Lunch 'n' Learn

Join Home Forward, formerly known as the Housing Authority of Portland, for lunch and a chance to get acquainted with other landlords new to Section 8 as you learn more about the program. A Landlord Lunch 'n' Learn will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Multnomah Arts Center gymnasium, located at 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Space is limited, and the deadline to RSVP is June 3. To attend, contact Patricia Schwartz in Home Forward's Rent Assistance Department at 503-802-8519 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tryon Creek Volunteer Orientation

The Friends of Tryon Creek will host their quarterly volunteer orientation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and learn about volunteer opportunities at Tryon Creek; the Friends' special relationship with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department; and the Friends' mission and goals.

The Tryon Creek State Natural Area covers 675 acres and is the largest urban state park in Oregon. It is home to an impressive variety of plant and animal species, but help is always needed to remove ivy and other nonnative species. In addition to park restoration programs, volunteers assist with outdoor education programs, hosting the Nature Center and helping with special events. The volunteer orientation is an opportunity for community members to learn how they can help support and protect the Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Refreshments will be served at the free event, which will be held in the Kraft Room of the park's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.

"ABCs of Accessory Dwelling Units"

Learn how to add or convert a second living unit to your home with an affordable and eco-friendly Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). A free workshop to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, located at 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Learn about this new housing option for homeowners that qualifies for special waivers for system development fees from the city of Portland. Learn all about ADU options, benefits and uses, local zoning and building requirements and how to get started.

For more information,www.buildingwithspirit.com or call 503-946-6157.

Saturday, June 11

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

Learn basic knitting skills or get help with an existing project. Crocheters are also welcome at the event, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. For children ages 5 and up, as well as adults.

Kung Fu Babies

The Kung Fu Babies baby playgroup will host a get-together at the Westside Academy of Kung Fu, located at 1509 S.W. Sunset Blvd., from noon to 1 p.m. Open to children in their first two years of life, the group meets on the mats of the dojo to come together and have fun through playtime. Pre-registration is required, as is a $2 minimum donation to help pay for equipment and eco-friendly cleaning materials.

Additional playgroup events will be held Monday, June 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. and Saturday, June 25 from noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 14

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Austerlitz' by W.G. Sebald. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. To be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Book Group

The Garden Home Community Library Book Group will meet to discuss 'The Girl who Fell From the Sky' by Portland-raised author Heidi Durrow at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road in the recreation center. Copies of the book are available in the library.

For more information, visit www.wccls.org.

Wednesday, June 15

'State of the Watershed'

The Friends of Tryon Creek and the Tryon Creek Watershed Council are hosting the first annual 'State of the Watershed' event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the park's Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. Together with a range of partners, the Friends will share information about the current health of the creek and watershed with area residents. Its goal is to raise awareness about the efforts being made to improve conditions in the watershed and the challenges and opportunities it faces moving forward.

Event highlights include: U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW)'s discussion of its recent fish report; presentations by the Friends, the Tryon Creek Watershed Council (TCWC) and the city of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services (BES); and a discussion with citizens who have had successful environmental mitigation projects on their properties. It will also announce the launch of a significant partnership with the TCWC, USFW and Portland State University. Together they are creating a community-based monitoring program to obtain and share data to better gauge stream health.

The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Thursday, June 16

Pageturners Book Group

Read 'Crossing to Safety' by Wallace Stegner. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. To be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Friday, June 17

Summer Reading

Have fun, carry on your hard work from the school year and earn rewards by signing up for this year's Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program. Research shows that reading during the summer helps children maintain the skills they have learned in school.

Children up to age 18 can visit any Multnomah County library to sign up for the Summer Reading game. Participation is free. To play, children spend time reading or listening to books then mark spaces on their gameboards.

Every time your child reaches one of the three prize markers on the gameboard, visit the library for a reward. Rewards include books, passes for free activities and food coupons for local restaurants.

Everyone who finishes the game receives a Summer Reading T-shirt (while supply lasts). All players who finish the game enter a grand prize drawing for a family vacation for four to Great Wolf Lodge Water Park. Each participant may play the game only once.

The library encourages you to read with your children in your native language. Practicing their first language will help your children learn to read in English.

For more information, talk to your youth librarian or visit www.multcolib.org/summer.

The Summer Reading program runs through Aug. 31.

Read 4 Life

Join community readers in a game of Read 4 Life, this year's Multnomah County Library adult summer reading program.

Pick up a game card at any Multnomah County library starting June 17. Complete a combination of four-to-six of the following activities:

• 'Like' the library on Facebook;

• Follow the library on Twitter;

• Read or listen to a book. List each title or activity you complete on your Read 4 Life card and return to any Multnomah County library to be entered into a drawing for an e-reader or a pair of season tickets to Portland Arts and Lectures. Limit one entry per person.

Read 4 Life is made possible by the Friends of the Library with special thanks to Literary Arts.

For more information about the Read 4 Life adult summer reading program, visit www.multcolib.org/ events/read4life.html.

The program will run through Aug. 31.

Tuesday, June 21

Mr. Lizard's Mobile Zoo

Entertaining children and adults alike with his mobile reptile zoo, Mr. Lizard provides an interactive, hands-on experience like no other. He shares fun, fascinating information on these amazing, though often misunderstood, animals. Mr. Lizard and his animals have appeared in various TV shows, movies and in print, including 'The Late Late Show,' CMT, Animal Planet and 'Harper's Bazaar.' The event will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Wednesday, June 22

Vel-Crow and Hazel's Wacky World Tour Mudeye Puppets brings you the travels of Vel-Crow and Hazel Kanga-roon as they set out on an exciting world tour to learn about other cultures and taking care of the planet. The show will run from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to the program.

Saturday, June 25

Presto the Magician

Intrigue and wonder await. Presto the Magician brings magic, comedy and lots of audience participation to the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., from 11 a.m. to noon. Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to the program.

Tuesday, June 28

Bike Safety 101

Stay safe this summer while riding on two wheels. Brian Lacy of BIKEmpowered will teach you how to check your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly. Feel free to bring in your bicycle for a full check up. Lacy will even write a health report about any repairs that need to be made. For children ages 6 and up at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Following the event, to be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., everyone can decorate their bikes and participate in a parade through neighboring Holly Farm Park.

Peddlers and Pedestrians Parade

Bring your bike and make it beautiful at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy., from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Streamers and other materials for decorating people and bicycles and making Summer Reading signs will be provided. After you are all decorated, join us for a parade through neighboring Holly Farm Park at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 2

Hayhurst National Night Out Picnic

Save the date for a picnic with your fellow Hayhurst neighbors as part of this year's National Night Out celebrations. From 5 to 10 p.m., bring your own picnic plus a dessert for a potluck along with lawn chairs or blankets. The picnic will be held in Pendleton Park, located at the intersection of Southwest 55th Avenue and Southwest Iowa Street. Kids activities and hot dogs for sale by the Hayhurst PTA will be available, and police and fire vehicles will be on hand.