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A list of things to do and places to go in April

Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18

Cyber Seniors Computer Classes

Capitol Hill Library, located at10723 S.W. Capitol Highway, will hold a series of classes from 10 a.m. to noon for seniors who want to learn how to use a computer. Topics will include how to use a mouse, search the Internet and send and receive e-mail. Registration is required and participants must attend all three sessions. For more information or to register, please call 503-988-5385.

Thursday, April 5

Opening reception for Agnes Forgo Kovacs

Multnomah aritst Agnes Forgo Kovacs will have a solo show of her paintings in Portland City Hall, 1221 S.W. 4th Avenue, Room 23 from April 5 through 31. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Kovac's work includes surreal portrayals of the consequences of deforestation, desertification and air and water pollution.

Friday, April 6

First Friday Shabbat

The Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway, will hold a Shabbat Celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person and free for members. The cost of the kosher, buffet dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for children with a maximum of $40 for a family. Activities will include swimming, rock climbing, batting cages and an art project. For more information or to reserve dinner by April 2, please call 503-244-0111 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monday, April 9

Tucker Malarkey book signing

Recently out in paperback, Tucker Malarkey's novel 'Resurrection' explores the actual events surrounding the findings of lost gospels in Egypt after WW II. The author will sign her book at Annie Bloom's Books at 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 503-246-0053.

Friday, April 13

Dick Weissman performance

O'Connors's Restaurant will host a performance by Dick Weissman from 7 to 10 p.m. Weissman will play his original instrumental music on the banjo, guitar and piano, as well as sing songs and tells stories about the music. Admission is $5. O'Connor's is located at 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village. For more information, please call 503-244-1690.

Friday, April 13

HomeWord Bound: An Event of Literary Proportions

Community Partners for Affordable Housing will host its annual fundraiser, HomeWord Bound: An Event of Literary Proportions, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Tigard Embassy Suites Hotel. The event includes dinner, a no-host bar, a silent auction, 12 local authors, and books signings and sales. Multnomah Village writer Shawn Levy will be the master of ceremonies, and featured speakers include Brian Doyle and Bart King. Other authors include Kassten Alonso, Jan Baross, Susan Sokol Blosser, Gabriel Boehmer, Monica Drake, Steve Duin, Andrew Holtz, Joe Kurmaskie and Cheryl Strayed. Dr. Donna Beegle, an international consultant on poverty, will present an affordable housing testimonial. Tickets are $50 and reservations are required. For information or reservations, please call 503-968-2724 or visit www.cpahinc.org.

Saturday, April 14

Native plant sale

Maplewood Elementary School will hold its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 7452 S.W. 52nd Ave. Shoppers are encouraged to come early as many varieties sold out last year. Proceeds from the sale will help fund Maplewood's new playground.

Wednesday, April 18

Capitol Hill teen council

Capitol Hill Library, located at10723 S.W. Capitol Highway, will hold a meeting of the teen council from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. so that teens can help share ideas so that the library can plan fun and interesting programming. Snacks will be provided. For more information, please call 503-988-5385.

Saturday, April 21

Wilson's Culture Night

Come celebrate cultures from around the world with a night of food, activities and performances from around the globe at Wilson's fourth annual Culture Night. Admission is $1 and tickets for food and activities can be purchased for 50 cents. Culture Night will take place in the Wilson High School gymnasium, 1151 S.W. Vermont St., from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, please call 503-916-5280.

Saturday, April 21

Classical guitar concert

World-class classical guitarist, Alfredo Muro, will be performing at 7 p.m. at Vermont Hills United Methodist Church, 6053 S.W. 55thDrive. Tickets are on sale for $15 for adults; children 12 and under are free. The church is located near Alpenrose Dairy in the Hayhurst Neighborhood. Please contact the church at 503-246-1213 for more information or to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Sunday, April 22

Hope Floats silent auction and concert

There will be a benefit auction and concert for Mittleman Jewish Community Center's Therapy Pool, located at the center's newly remodeled auditorium, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway. The event feature pool user and polio survivor, June Howell, and her band, the Deadbeat Daddies. A guest singer will be Rita McDonagh, who has been one of the main physical therapists in the pool for 18 years. Auction items will include a washing machine, tattoo gift certificates, a feng shui consultation and more. A list of items can be found at www.mjccaquatictherapy.com. Tickets cost $36 in advance or at the door and include kosher hors d'oeuvres and desserts. There will also be a no-host bar. Proceeds will help keep the therapy pool from closing. For more information or to buy tickets, please call 503-244-1114.

Sunday, April 22

Skunk celebration

Bring the whole family to Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., to learn about the skunk through art, games, stories and more. Come from 2 to 4 p.m. dressed as your favorite animal and make a musical item for an afternoon parade. Contest winners will share their stories about 'How Skunk Got Its Smell.' Refreshments will be provided. This free event is open to all ages. For more information, please call 503-636-4398.

Sunday, April 22

Jazz fundraiser for Ruth Adkins

The Lucky Lab Public Brewhouse, located at 7675 S.W. Capitol Highway, will hold an afternoon of music by Le Trip from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and will benefit Ruth Adkins for school board campaign. Admission includes snacks, dessert and live music. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets are available at the door, or online at www.voteruthadkins.com or by calling 971-207-5041.

Tuesday, April 24

Hiking the Northwest presentation

William Sullivan, author of several hiking books and articles about Oregon, will present a slide show at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan began hiking at the age of 5 and has been exploring new trails ever since. His definitive hiking guides give a sense of the precious gift that is Oregon's wilderness. For more information, please call 503-988-5388.

Monday, April 30

Voter's forum

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. will host an informational voter's forum at 7 p.m. in the Multnomah Center Auditorium. The topic of discussion will be Charter Review Measure 26-91 and the candidates for school board in zone 1 and 3. Candidates Doug Morgan, Ruth Adkins and Bobbie Reagan will be in attendance.

Friday, Saturday May 4, 5

Annual Charity Rummage Sale

Gabriel Park Preschool will hold its popular rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supporters of the preschool will sell furniture, household items, electronics, children's clothes, toys, books and more. The school is located at St. Luke Lutheran Church, across from the Southwest Community Center, 6835 S.W. 46th Ave. All proceeds will aid in sustaining the school and providing a better and safer environment for the children in the local area. Donation of items for resale gladly accepted. For more information, please call 503-244-3518.