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Monday, July 2

Multnomah Historical meeting

Join the Multnomah Historical Association for its monthly meeting and learn more about Southwest Portland's local history. Help celebrate National Historic Preservation month in May. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 2929 S.W. Multnomah Blvd.

For more information, visit multnomahhistorical.com.

Saturday, July 7

Library StoryWalk

Bring the whole family for a StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park led by the Capitol Hill Library youth librarian. This special storytime will explore a book and the park at the same time. A

nature scavenger hunt will be included. The event, to be held at the park, located at 3332 S.W. Spring Garden St., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., is made possible by the Southwest Neighborhoods Small Grants Program.

Tuesday, July 10

Charles the Clown

Join Charles and his puppet sidekick, Biscuit the Dog, as they share colorful and captivating stories. Performed entirely in the funniest comic rhyme, each story includes fun magic tricks,

physical comedy and lots of laughs. The program will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Wednesday, July 11

Adventures with Bugs

Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures, including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more. The program will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. outside in DeWitt Park, so prepare for the sun. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., and free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to its start.

An additional session of the program will be held Thursday, July 31 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. outside the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Saturday, July 14

Forest Music

Celebrate summer, music and the park with free weekly concerts at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., hear the Sweet Thunder Jazz Quartet perform. The public is invited to sit back and relax as the sounds of the forest blend with the music performed. The series runs Saturdays through Aug. 18 with acts that range from traditional Irish music to jazz to Dixieland. Performances take place in the Jackson Shelter near the

Nature Center, located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. Seating is provided, and all ages are welcome.

For more information, visit tryonfriends.org.

The Forest Music Series continues July 21 and 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the park.

Monday, July 16

Songwriter Circle

Local legends, singer-songwriter Gary Ogan and first-call jazz bassist Dave Captein, welcome former Portlander Casey James, known for a long career writing hits for artists such as Elton John ("Are you Ready for Love," "Mama Can't Buy You Love"), Jennifer Lopez and the Temptations. The trio will perform at O'Connor's Vault, located at 7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance from brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door.

For more information, visit mattminermusic.com.

Tuesday, July 17

Everybody's Rocking' in the Tall Oak Tree

Kids performer Red Yarn, aka Furgeson, presents an original musical puppet show that is sure to entertain kids and parents alike. Shiloh Squirrel wants to enter the Tall Oak Tree's Battle of the Bands, but there is one problem - he is afraid of heights. The program will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Wednesday, July 18

Tales of Two Tricksters

Raven and Coyote are two very sneaky tricksters. Join them as they trade tales and get into all sorts of trouble in this new puppet show. Buffoonery as well as bravery unites the two Native American folklore stars as they sing and dance their way throughout this interactive performance presented by Penny's Puppet Production. The event, to be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Capitol Hwy., is made possible by the Grande Ronde Fund for Native American Collections and Programs of the Library Foundation. Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to the program.

Thursday, July 19

Thursday Pageturners

Read "Private Life: A Novel" by Jane Smiley. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about character and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion, to be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W. Capitol Hwy., is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Outdoor Concert – Sara Thomsen

Award-winning songwriter, singer and community chorus director Sara Thomsen, will be bringing her spiritually connected, socially engaged music to a free outdoor concert on the grounds at Hillsdale Community Church – UCC, located at 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy., as part of the progressive faith community's month-long Peace Village.

With a voice rich as the mid-west soil, Minnesota native Thomsen's songs carry you inward and outward - in, to the particulars of your own life, and out, into the shared humanity of us all. Thomsen peppers an acoustic folk base are hints of jazz, country, Latin groove, Celtic and bluegrass. Thomsen's visit is part of Hillsdale Community Church -

UCC's Peace Village, an intergenerational experience in creating peace in your world, neighborhood, home and life. These evenings of song, storytelling, crafts and practicing peacemaking go from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. each Thursday night in July. Peace Village is free of charge, open to all ages and includes dinner. Adults are asked to accompany children.

For more information, call 503-246-5474.

Saturday, July 21

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

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

Glassblowing Madness!

Ever wondered how glass artists make the things they do? In this hands-on workshop, veteran glass artist Abby Gitlitz will show you how these artists work with molten glass. Using everyday objects found in most kitchens, participants will learn how glass is gathered, blown and fused. You can even make your own edible "fused glass" projects to take home. The program, for children and teens ages 5 and up, will be held from 2:30 to 3:30

p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Tuesday, July 24

Paint Mix-Up

Did you know you can make any color in the world with just red, yellow and blue? Using dyes and acrylic paint, learn how to mix secondary colors and create all the colors of the rainbow. Children ages 4 to 6 can work on basic mixing and painting techniques, while children ages 7 to 10 can practice advanced painting with tints and hues at the program, to be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

"Oregon Carousels"

Documentarian Darrell Jabin and Tyson from the Albany Carousel will talk about carousels around Oregon and show a short film about them at 6 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center.

For more information, call 503-245-9932 or visit wccls.org.

Wednesday, July 25

Quarterly Classics

Read "Pudd'nhead Wilson" by Mark Twain. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot and get to know your neighbors. The discussion, to be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library - located at 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy. - is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Sunday, July 29

Pancake Breakfast & Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association's 35th annual Pancake Breakfast and the Hillsdale Community Foundation's annual Book Sale. Flapjacks will be served in the Casa Colima parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and the book sale will be held along the south side of Southwest Capitol Highway and at the Watershed building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of books will be accepted at the Hillsdale Farmers' Market July 15 and 22. Please no textbooks, outdated manuals or travel guides.

Tuesday, July 31

Meet the author – Pam Philips

A retired flight attendant, Pamela Phillips had just started writing her award-winning blog, Portland Firefly, a few months before her March 2009 diagnosis of Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma, a rare type of aggressive ovarian cancer. After months of wearing headscarves, she learned many ways to cover my head and wrote this instructional book. Hear Philips speak at 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library, located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road inside the recreation center.

For more information, call 503-245-9932 or visit wccls.org.