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Free, public events in Southwest Portland in March

Wednesday, March 1

How to be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick

Author Letter Cottin Pogrebin will discuss her book, "How to be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick," and give advice about friendship and illness. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Thursday, March 2

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (Every Thursday)

The Hillsdale Library will host volunteer counselors every Thursday in March to help people with Medicare make the best use of their benefits. The sessions are free, but interested parties must contact Multnomah County Helpline (503-988-3646) to register. Meetings are held at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.) from 5:45-7:45 p.m.

Friday, March 3

Artists in the Studio: John Saling

Master engraver John Saling will demonstrate the intaglio method of engraving in the Trayle Studio at the Multnomah Arts Center (7699 S.W. Capitol Highway) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is highly recommended; call 503-823-2787 to save a spot.

"Community and Connection"

The Multnomah Arts Center will host a reception for its March show, "Communities and Connection," starting at 7 p.m. at the Center (7699 S.W. Capitol Highway). The exhibits will showcase ceramics works from the region, and will be on display until Apr. 4.

Books & Beers with Heather & Nick

The Garden Home Library will continue its new program, "Books & Beers," a book club for people under 40. Beer provided. The February selection is "The Buried Giant," by Kazuo Ishiguro. The program will be held at 7 p.m. at the library store annex across the street from the library (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

The Women of Vinland

As part of its regular Friday-night lecture series, Nordic Northwest and Portland State University will present a talk by Dr. Elisabeth Ward about Viking-age exploration of North America. The free event will be held in room 171 in Cramer Hall at Portland State University (1721 S.W. Broadway Drive). For more information, call Nordic Northwest at 503-977-0275.

Saturday, March 4

Sons of Slabtown

The Garden Home Community Library will host author Don Nelson for a history presentation about "The Sons of Slabtown & Tales of Westside Sports." The event is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Garden Home Library Annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road).

Tuesday, March 7

English Class/Clases de Ingles Gratis Cada Martes

The 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. at the library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). For more information, call 503-577-9984.

Nerd night: Trivia for adults

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

Wednesday, March 8

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 the Library Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Thursday, March 9

iPad Painting and Drawing for Teens

Young adults can try their hands at painting and drawing on an iPad at the Capitol Hill Library. Registration is required for this event, which begins at 4 p.m. in the library's meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). More info: 503-577-9984.

Nosh & Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen

This month's discussion at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center will cover the Purim Torah. The event, which is free and open to the community, is planned from 1-2 p.m. at the Cafe at the J. (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Bake-Off & Costume Contest

In celebration of Purim, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway) will host a Hamantaschen bake-off and Purim costume contest. Enter your best recipe by 6:15 p.m., then come back at 6:30 p.m. in your finest attire and vote for your favorites. Non-kosher entries will be accepted.

'The Sky Between You and Me'

Author Catherine Alene will be reading from her young adult novel about grief and striving for perfection at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053). The event is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 11

Vegetable Gardening: Tips and Tricks for Beginning Gardeners

Master Gardener Athena McElrath will be at the Capitol Hill Library from 2-3:30 p.m. to talk about planning your next vegetable garden. Those new to gardening or the Pacific Northwest climate will enjoy this talk, which is first come, first served in the meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Literary Arts Reading

Multnomah Arts Center instructors & students will read from their poetry, fiction and nonfiction work at 7 p.m. in the MAC auditorium (7688 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-823-2787). The event, hosted by Christopher Luna, is free.

Somali Family Time/ Waqtiga Qoyska

Somali families are invited to enjoy crafts, refreshments and other activities at this free event, which doesn't require registration but is first come, first served. It's set to begin at 4:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

SW Trails Walk

The March walk will be led by Dave Manville and will go through several natural areas along SW Trail No. 3 to the new April Hill Park Natural Area. The walk is about 6 miles long, with about 300 feet of elevation gain. Meet at Wilson High School (Southwest Sunset Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Highway) behind the bleachers near the food carts, and be ready to leave by 9 a.m. For more information or to volunteer to lead a walk in your neighborhood, contact Sharon Fekety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, March 12

Purim Carnival

Head to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway) for this fun, family-friendly carnival. Attendees can expect games, costumes and prizes at this free event, which begins at 1 p.m.

Monday, March 13

LeAnne Elwood McLennan Presents 'Root'

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

Tuesday, March 14

Book Group at Garden Home Library

This month's selection is "Peace Like a River," by Leif Enger. Ask in the library for available copies. Discussion begins at 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday, March 15

Multnomah Chorus Free Winter Concert

The Multnomah Chorus and Women's Chorus will perform a free concert, followed by complimentary light refreshments. The event begins at 7:30 pm at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Thursday, March 16

Why We Should Buy Art

Join a panel of artists for a discussion about the joys, benefits and even risks of collecting art. The event, which is free and open to the community, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Saturday, March 18

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

Hillsdale Library will host a knitting workshop where participants can learn basic skills or get help on a project they've started. The first come, first served event is open to crocheters, too, and to children 5 years of age and older. To make a scarf, be sure to bring two balls of bulky yarn in your preferred color. The event will be held in the library's meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388) from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Plant Yourself Where You Will Bloom

At this interactive class at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388), participants will gain insight on how to create a thriving and meaningful career. Registration is required for this free event, which starts at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21

Kristie Middleton presents 'Meatless' Kristie Middleton, senior food policy director for The Humane Society, will read from her book "Meatless," which offers ways to cut back on meat and dairy without giving them up. The free event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Wednesday, March 22

James Thayer presents 'Hiking from Portland to the Coast'

Local author James Thayer will be at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) at 7 p.m. to talk about his guidebook for hikers of all experience levels, "Hiking from Portland to the Coast."

 

Thursday, March 23

Hour of Code

This event, geared toward kids in grades 3-5 who want to learn about computer programming, will offer a free hour of coding using Code Studio. The event, which is first come, first served, will be held in the Capitol Hill Library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385) from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Woodshop Writers present 'Be-Longing'

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

Sunday, March 26

Tabletop Roleplaying

Whether you're feeling nostalgic or completely new to it all, join experienced game master Eric at 1 p.m. at the Garden Home Library Annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932) for this new library series, "Tabletop Roleplaying." Characters and dice are provided.

Tuesday, March 28

Collage and Assemblage

Come to the Capitol Hill Library to create a collage with unexpected materials from SCRAP PDX. SCRAP employees will provide instruction from 11 a.m.-noon at this first come, first served event in the meeting room of the library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Wednesday, March 29

Experimental Printmaking

Engage in the hands-on creeativity of printmaking in a workshop open to all ages. Participants will explore leaf rubbings, fruit stamps, inkblot mono-printing and other techniques. The workshop is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration required.

Thursday, March 30

Cupfakes!

Learn to create sculpted plaster cupcakes that look enticingly similar to the real thing and are iced with tinted spackling paste. Teens are welcome at this first come, first serve event, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the meeting room of the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

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