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Thursday, Dec. 1

Quilts with a Story

Multnomah Historical Association is displaying "Quilts with a Story" this season in east- and southeast-hall display cases at Multnomah Arts Center. Each quilt on display has a unique story, including one with an unusual reversible design made of umbrella silks that was created more than 60 years ago by a native of Odessa, Ukraine. The displays will be available through January 2017 at the arts center (7688 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-823-2787).

Medicare help

Every Thursday in December, volunteers from Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance will be on hand to help Medicare beneficiaries compare insurance policies, ensure they don't pay too much out of pocket, file claims and make appeals and complaints when necessary. Community members can meet with volunteers at 5:45 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. at Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.). To schedule an appointment, call 503-988-3646.

Saturday, Dec. 3

The music and life of Prince

This program explores the impact of Prince's music on the world through the examination of his life and musical upbringing. Music, writings and interviews will be included in the lecture. Participants will also explore Hoopla, the library media streaming service, and learn how to access Prince's music through this online platform. The lecture will run from 2-3 p.m. at Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388). Registration is required.

Advanced word processing

For those who already know the basics of word processing, this class covers advanced formatting such as columns, tables, indents, tabs, styles, themes and more. Parents and caregivers are welcome to bring children to class. The class will run from 3-5 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration is required.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Native American stories and Friendship Dance

During this event from Painted Sky, performers will share Native American stories and dances and ask participants to join together in the Friendship Dance. The first come, first served program will run from 2:30-4 p.m. at Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Sex in the Stone Age

This program explores the long and winding road that led to the only species of human out of at least 20 that is still standing—and helps explain why everyone has a remnant of DNA from some of those other species. The discussion will run from 2:30-4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration is required.

Holiday concert

SW Community Band will host a holiday concert at 5 p.m. at Lucky Labrador Public House (7675 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-244-2537). Community members can start their holiday shopping in Multnomah Village and then order pizza and drinks while enjoying the concert, says organizer Kristin Rencher. Admission is free with requested donation.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Nerd night: trivia for adults

Adults can test their "little gray cells" at Garden Home Community Library's monthly trivia night. The competition is open to individuals and teams of up to five people. Refreshments are provided. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Garden Home Community Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Thursday, Dec. 8

Teens make pho

During this workshop, teens in grades 6-12 can learn to make pho, a popular Asian rice noodle soup with a beef broth base and spices. Participants can also enjoy samples. The first come, first served program will run from 4-5 p.m. at Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Saturday, Dec. 10

SW Trails walk 

Don Baack will lead this month's SW Trails walk exploring the hilly streets and paths in Portland Heights, ending in Goose Hollow and returning by MAX and bus. The route is about six miles long, with 700 feet of ascent and 1,000 feet of descent. Walkers should meet behind the bleachers at Wilson High School (1151 S.W. Vermont St.), bring money for bus tickets ($1.25-$2.50) and be ready to leave at 9 a.m. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on-leash, but smoking is not permitted. For more information or to lead a future walk, contact Sharon Fekety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Debt, credit and the law

Attorneys Tim L. Eblen, Michelle K. Freed and James Tschudy will highlight strategies for addressing debt obligations effectively, explain how those obligations are reported to credit bureaus and discuss what rights and remedies are available under the law. The program will run from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). The program will also be held Dec. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388). Registration is required for both events.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Book group

Garden Home Community Library's Book Group will meet to choose books to read in 2017. Attendees are asked to suggest two titles to recommend to the group. Books must be available in paperback and fewer than 500 pages long. New members are welcome to join the group at any time. The discussion starts at 7 p.m. at Garden Home Community Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Board game night

Garden Home Community Library's monthly board game night includes a variety of games throughout the evening. Participants can bring their own games to share, too. The event will run from 6-9 p.m. at Garden Home Community Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Friday, Dec. 16

Free Foreign Film Night

Garden Home Community Library will host a screening of the American thriller "The Automatic Hate." Doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Garden Home Community Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932). 

Saturday, Dec. 17

Intro to home coffee roasting

"Mr. Green Beans" will show participants just how easy it is to roast their own coffee at home using a simple frying pan or old hot-air popcorn popper. Each class participant will leave with a pound of green beans and copy of his "DIY Guide to Roasting Coffee." The event will run from 2-3:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388). Registration is required.

Trunk of Tales

Kids and families can enjoy this musical puppet show, guided by Grandmother Elephant, as she tells the audience several different tales of family, compassion and love in this original play. The first come, first served show will run from 3-3:45 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Viking Mars missions

Participants in this discussion can learn about NASA's Viking missions — including behind-the-scenes challenges and experiences — and view original artifacts and documents, with a possible sneak peek at unedited interviews with Viking team members. The first come, first served program will run from 4-6 p.m. at Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Squid Dissection

In this workshop, teens can use proper dissection techniques to explore the insides of a squid and discover firsthand how the beak, ink sac and other adaptations help this underwater organism survive. The program will run from 4-5 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration is required.