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Tuesday, Jan. 3

English Class/Clases de Inglés Gratis Cada Martes

Capitol Hill Library will offer free English classes for all levels every Tuesday, in partnership with People Places Things and Goodwill. The first come, first served classes will be held from 1 -2:30 p.m. (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). For more information, call 503-577-9984.

Nerd night: Trivia for adults

Test your knowledge — solo or in a team — at the Garden Home Community Library's monthly trivia night for adults. Expect questions about current events and music, with a mixture of difficulty levels. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Garden Home Community Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Thursday, Jan. 5

Pageturners

The Pageturners group will discuss "Life is So Good" by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman at this month's meeting. The afternoon event is scheduled from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Hill Library meeting room (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053). It's sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Friday, Jan. 6

Books & Beers with Heather & Nick

The Garden Home Library will host a new program — a book club for people under 40. The January selection is "The Country of Ice Cream Star," a post-apocalyptic adventure story by Sandra Newman. The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library store annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Maps Metaphors & Manifestations

As part of its regular Friday night lecture series, Nordic Northwest is sponsoring a talk by Portland State University Professor Susan Carter, who will explore Sami culture, art and poetry. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room 171 in Cramer Hall at Portland State University (1721 S.W. Broadway, Portland).

Saturday, Jan 7

E-books & Audiobooks at the Library

Capitol Hill Library staff will explain how to get different library titles in e-book and audiobook forms on your different devices, such as smartphone or tablet, from 2-5 p.m. at the library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). No library card is required, but you must call 503-577-9984 to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

'Mothers, Tell Your Daughters'

Author Bonnie Jo Campbell will read excerpts from her short story collection entitled "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters," at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053). The reading is scheduled from 7 - 8 p.m.

Book Group at the Garden Home Library

This month's book group selection is "This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!" by Jonathan Evison. The discusssion is scheduled from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Board Game Night

Garden Home Community Library hosts its monthly board game night. Participants welcome to bring their own games to share. The event will run from 6-9 p.m. at Garden Home Community Library Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Thursday, Jan. 12

Experimental Printmaking

Engage in the hands-on creation of printmaking in this workshop open to all ages. Explore leaf rubbings, fruit stamps, inkblot monoprinting and more. The workshop will run from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration required.

Amy Minato Presents "Hermit Thrush"

Portland Writer Amy Minato will read from her new poetry collection "Hermit Thursh" from 7-8 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Saturday, Jan. 14

Take the Right Steps: A fall-prevention workshop for seniors

This 90-minute workshop will introduce participants to the ways they can reduce the risk of falls by focusing on major risk factors. The event will be held in the Hillsdale Room at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388) from 10:30 a.m. - noon.

SW Trails Walk

Sharon Fekety will host the January SW Trails walk, starting at Wilson High School and winding through several woody trails. The walk is 6 miles with a 1100 feet elevation gain. Meet behind the bleachers, near the food carts, at Wilson, (S.W. Sunset Blvd. and S.W. Capitol Highway) and be ready to go at 9:00 a.m. Well behaved dogs are allowed, but must be on leash. 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..

Somali Family Time/ Waqtiga Qoyska

Somali families are invited to enjoy crafts, refreshments and other activities from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). The event doesn't require registration, but is first come, first served.

Monday, Jan. 16

Woodshop Writers present "Be-Longing"

The Portland-based writers' group Woodshop Writers will present its fourth anthology from 7-8 p.m. at Annie Blooms' Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053). This anthology explores a wide range of human experiences and the desire to belong.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

LeAnne Elwood McLennan Presents "Root"

Portland author LeAnne Elwood McLennan will present her young adult novel "Root," the second in her "Dormant" trilogy, from 7-8 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Thursday, Jan. 19

Maren Anderson presents "Closing the Store"

Oregon author Maren Anderson will visit Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) to read from her novel "Closing the Store," a political thriller. The event is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20

Free Foreign Film Night

Garden Home Community Library will host a screening of the 2014 South Korean Film film "My Love, Don't Cross that River," the blockbuster-hit story of an unforgettable love that transcends generations and cultures. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Garden Home Community Library Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Saturday, Jan. 21

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

The Hillsdale Library will host a knitting workshop in which participants can learn basic skills or get help on a project they've started. The session is open to crocheters as well. To make a scarf, be sure to bring two balls of bulky yarn in your preferred color. The event is first come, first served; it's scheduled from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard; 503-988-5388).

Beginning Cybersecurity

The Capitol Hill Library will host a workshop outlining the basics for staying safe while online. This class, which is scheduled from 3-4 p.m., is meant for beginners. Participants can bring their own laptop or mobile device, or use a computer at the library. (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration is required.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Wild Food in Survival and Self-Reliance

In this workshop, John Kallas of Wild Food Adventures will discuss how to discern when and if wild foods are desirable, which plants to seek out and what to prioritize during survival situations. The workshop is sceduled from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration is required.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

San Francisco 1906: Destruction by Earthquake, Trial by Fire

The Hillsdale Library will host a talk by Sig Unander Jr. about the magnitude 8 earthquake that rocked San Francisco and also applications for the impending Cascadia quake. Registration is required for the event, which will be held in the library's meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard; 503-988-5388) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

"Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way"

Portland author Kent Nerburn will read from his new book "Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way." The reading is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Thursday, Jan. 26

Legos at the Library

Kids ages 5 to 11 can bring their Lego skills and imagination to the Capitol Hill Library meeting room to (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385) and build to their hearts' desire from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The free event is first come, first served.

Poetry Reading at Annie Bloom's Books

Poets John Sibley Williams, Annie Lighthart and Jeff Whitney will be reading from their respective compilations, "Disinheritance," "Iron String," and "The Tree with Lights in it." The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Annie Bloom's Books. (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Saturday, Jan. 28

Stay Fit While you Sit

This workshop at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385) will offer tips for people who want to stay healthy while sitting for long periods of time, perhaps at the office. Presented by Devine Chiropractic, the event will take place in the library's meeting room from 3-3:45 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29

Exploring the Power of Stories

Adults can create original artwork and writings inspired by their families' history at this workshop, presented by Lisa Kagan. The event is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation; it's scheduled from 2-4 p.m. in the Capitol Hill Library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Sunday, Jan. 29

A Woman's Guide to Great Travel

Travel agent and author Marcia Miller will share her tips on traveling, specifically in regards to women who travel, at the Garden Home Community Library. A starting time for the session hasn't been set yet, so contact the library (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932) for more details as the date approaches.

Monday, Jan. 30

"The Elusive Elixir"

Author Gigi Pandian will be presenting her thriller novel, "The Elusive Elixir," and will be joined by Portland authors Cindy Brown and Lisa Alber. Brown will be prsenting her newest Ivy Meadows novel, "Oliver Twisted," and Alber her fresh installment of the County Clare Mystery, "Whispers in the Mist." The reading is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Word Processing One

Adults can learn the basics of Microsoft Word. The workshop is for beginners, but participants must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse. The workshop will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration is required.

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