Calendar: August 2011
• Benefit concert for Wreaths Across America: 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1, Prestige Senior Living at Homewood Heights, 17999 S.E. River Road, Milwaukie. Featuring pianist Monty Waters. Donations welcome. RSVP to 503-659-6600. Proceeds go to Wreaths Across America, an organization that places wreaths on veterans' graves during the holiday season as part of its mission to remember the fallen, honor those who have served and teach our children to value freedom.
• Sequoia Gallery + Studios: 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401. Aug. 2 to Sept. 3: Linda Jerome shows figurative oil paintings that explore the human spirit; Doug Pettitt exhibits photographs of forms found in a recycling center; Becky Gravenmier displays artisan hammered sterling silver and mixed metal jewelry. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Show also includes work by 30 additional artists and 12 on-site studios will be open during the reception. www.sequoiagallerystudios.org
• Diabetes Support and Education Group: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, Trillium Room, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Topic: 'Avoiding Senior Fraud and Identity Theft.' Learn how to protect yourself from fraud and the risk of identity theft.
• Estate Planning For Retirement: What You Need To Know: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, Wilsonville Community Center, 7965 Southwest Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, 503-682-3727.
• Art On Broadway Gallery: 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton, 503-601-3300. Aug. 6 to Sept. 3: 'A Focus On Black and White,' exhibit by ceramic artist Kris Paul and photographer Willy Paul of Lake Oswego. Reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Gallery open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• The 2011Great Oregon Steam-Up: Final weekend Aug. 6-7, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Antique Powerland Museum in Brooks. Timber sports, trolley and miniature train rides, steam and all types of vintage tractors, trucks, cars and motorcycles, fire apparatus, steam sawmill, logging equipment demos, blacksmithing, tractor pulling, collectibles swap meet, vendor sales, food and more. General admission $10, seniors 65 and older $8, children 12 and younger get in free. Info: 503-393-2424, www.antiquepowerland.com
• Summer in the City block Festival: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 N.E. 14th Ave. at Knott Street, Portland. Barbecue, a book sale and ethnic music bands, ending with jazz gospel worship, with Ron Steen, Marilyn Keller and George Mitchell. Free. Info: 503 288-6174
• Conversation on The Elder Journey: 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 9, Neighborhood House, 1032 S.W. Main St., Portland. What new perspectives have you formed through your own life? What brings meaning and purpose to you now? Come and join us for a thoughtful discussion. Facilitated by VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors). Call 503-261-6181 for free registration (limited to 15 people).
• Portrait Sculpting with Jim Gion: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 9-30, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Learn sculpture from a local artist Jim Gion. Cost: $40 for materials payable to instructor on the first day of class. Call the center to register.
• Free Concert on the Green: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, St. Andrews Care Center, 617 S.E. Main St., Portland, 503-257-7946. The Reflections will play music from the '50s and '60s featuring a special performance from 'Buddy Holly.' Gates open at 6 p.m.; space is limited so come early. Concert seating is on the lawn, so bring a blanket or a low beach chair. Free parking on Main and Salmon streets, and Southeast 76th and 78th avenues. Info: 503-257-7946 (ask for Susan Danielski or Rachel Butler). Website: standrewscarecenter.com
• Conversation on Talking with Your Doctor: 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 12, Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. Have you ever been anxious or frustrated by a doctor's visit in which your needs were not met? Are you in charge of your health care? Let's talk about what it would take to feel that you and your doctor are part of the same team. Facilitated by VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors). Call 503-261-6181 for free registration (limited to 15 people).
• Ice Cream Social and Beach Bum Day: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. $2.50 per sundae. Community members are invited to come dressed for the beach and build a banana split or ice cream sundae. The best 'beach bum' entry wins an award. Proceeds benefit the Milwaukie Center Nutrition Program.
• Movie Matinee - '127 Hours': 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. From director Danny Boyle comes this tale of real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who literally cuts himself loose from danger and lives to tell about it. Rated R. Suggested donation $1. Come early to enjoy pizza, salad and a soft drink for $2. Movie will be shown with subtitles at 1 p.m. Aug. 19.
• Estate Planning For Your Family and #8232;: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, Southwest Community Center, 6820 S.W. 45th Ave, and #8232;Portland, and #8232;503-823-2840. and #8232;Registration is requested for this free Course No. 350936, to be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register, visit www.portlandparks.org/register.
• Book Discussion Group: 1 .m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Cost: $1 suggested donation to Hollywood Senior Center. August's selection is 'Appointment in Samarra: A Novel' by John O'Hara.
• 'Breakfast In The Gallery': 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20, Art on Broadway Gallery, 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. The public is invited to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast one Saturday each month through October as gallery artists demonstrate their skills and methods of creating works of art. The August program features a demonstration in fused glass by Rae Campbell. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 503-601-3300 for or http://artonbroadway.net.
• Emergency Preparedness Training: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Sponsored by the city of Portland and Oregon Health and Science University. Cost: $1 suggested donation to Hollywood Senior Center.
• Healthy Aging Seminar - 'Talking to your Doctor': 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 22, Arrowwood Room, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Free seminar presented by VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-Being of Seniors).
• 'Sentimental Journeys' Concert: 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. A free afternoon of music.
• Healthy Aging Seminar - 'Tips and Tricks in Caring for Another Person, Safely and Without Injuries': 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, Arrowwood Room, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Demonstrating basic body mechanics, safe transfers and standard precautions to take when caregiving, this class is designed to train the family caregiver how to safely and effectively care for their loved one. The class offers valuable tools needed for caring for anyone and are the same tools used to train professional caregivers.
• 'Wish You Were Here: A Tribute to Mike and Katie Myers': 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver, Wash. Magenta Theater and ComedySportz Portland present a benefit honoring this young Portland couple who was swept out to sea off the Oregon Coast last November. A group of performers come together to pay them tribute and to celebrate the essence of something they held in high esteem: laughter. Tickets $10, available online and at the door; general seating. Funds benefit the Magenta Academy and the ComedySportz Mike and Katie Myers Youth Ed Scholarship Fund.
• Movie Matinee - 'Black Swan': 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Psychological thriller about a New York City ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) who lands the lead in 'Swan Lake' but soon thinks her dreams of stardom are threatened by a rival ballerina (Mila Kunis). Rated R. Suggested donation $1. Come early to enjoy pizza, salad and a soft drink for $2. Movie will be shown with subtitles at 1 p.m. Sept. 2.
• Monthly dance at the Al Kader Shrine Center: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, The Shrine Center, 25100 S.W. Parkway Ave., Wilsonville, 503-684-6143. Dance or just listen to the John Bennett Dance Band, with special guest artist Jim Buchmann, clarinet and sax. Admission $10 per person at the door. Net proceeds to benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining menu, cabaret-style seating, large dance floor, beautiful ballroom, free parking.