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A calendar of free community entertainment and events happening in Southwest Portland in August

Tuesday, Aug. 1

English Class/Clases de Inglés Gratis Cada Martes

The Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5123) offers 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. For more information, call 503-577-9984.

'We Refuse to Be Enemies'

Speak up about issues that matter to you and find out how to get involved more in your community from 6-8 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.). This workshop is made possible in part through a collaboration with the Muslim Educational Trust (MET), Neveh Shalom, First Congregational United Church of Christ and The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon as part of MET's "We Refuse to Be Enemies" series. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Timberline Review Summer/Fall Reading

To celebrate the release of Timberline Review's Summer/Fall issue, Annie Bloom's Books will host several local authors who will read works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry from the release. The event begins at 7 p.m. at The Vault at O'Connor's Restaurant (7850 S.W. Capitol Highway). For more information, call 503-246-0053.

Nerd night: Trivia for adults

The Garden Home Library invites you to 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 free, open event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library's annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday, Aug. 2

Family Story Time in the Garden

The Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5123) will host youngsters in its garden for family story time from 10-10:45 a.m. The event will also incorporate hands-on learning activities. The library recommends you come dressed for the weather.

Bugs Make the World a Better Place

The Bug Chicks will be at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503.988.5123) to talk about the importance of insects, spiders and their relatives. The interactive event promotes STEM education and encourages young ones to be curious about the natural world. Tickets available a half hour before the 3 p.m. event.

Thursday, Aug. 3

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (Every Thursday)

The Hillsdale Library will host volunteer counselors every Thursday to help those with Medicare make the best use of their benefits. Free, but interested parties must contact the Multnomah County Helpline at 503-988-3646 to register. The event will be held in meeting room of the library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503.988.5123) from 5:45-7:45 p.m.

Pageturners

This month, the Thursday Pageturners will be discussing "Nobody's Fool" by Richard Russo. This afternoon event, held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Hill Library Meeting Room (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053), is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Friday, Aug. 4

Books & Beers with Heather & Nick

The Garden Home Library continues its "Books & Beers" book club for people under 40. The August selection is "High Rise" by JG Ballard, and beer is provided. This 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).

Saturday, Aug. 5

Shanti's Creature Teachers

As part of the Garden Home Library's summer reading series, there will be an assortment of exotic animals to help educate people and create a passion for nature from 1-2 p.m. in the Garden Home Rec Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-629-6341).

Monday, Aug. 7

Are You Ready for the Big Eclipse?

Head to the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5123) at 2 p.m. to hear Portland publisher Elaine Cuyler read from her book "The Big Eclipse" and help prepare your family for the awe-inspiring Aug. 21 solar eclipse! Participants will also be able to make solar eclipse viewers, draw their own eclipse myths and create an eclipse postcard. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Camp Read

This weeklong camp at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.) is designed for second-graders to have fun with games and puzzle activities designed to strengthen their reading and writing skills and help them prepare for school. The camp is scheduled for Aug. 7-14 from 2-3:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Tuesday, Aug. 8

Pageturners

This month, the Tuesday Pageturners will be discussing "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon. This evening event, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Capitol Hill Library Meeting Room (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053), is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Book Group at the Garden Home Library

This month, the Garden Home Library's book group selection is "The Oregon Trail" by Rinker Buck. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Family Gardening at the Library

Get your hands dirty every other Wednesday in the learning garden at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5123). This first-come, first-served event is intended for second- to fifth-graders.

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's annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Friday, Aug. 11

'Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.'

The Multnomah Arts Center (7688 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-823-2787) will present an adaptation of the award-winning musical "Fiddler on the Roof." Performed on the main stage of MAC's auditorium, "Fiddler on the Roof, Jr." will is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Saturday, Aug. 12

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

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

Southwest Urban Trails Walk

The August walk will be led by Hans Steuch. Participants will make a counter-clockwise loop from Stephenson Elementary School through Mountain Park and Tryon Creek State Park, among other nature areas. The walk is 6 miles long with a 700-foot elevation gain. Walkers should meet behind the bleachers, near the food carts, at Wilson High School (Southwest Sunset Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Highway) and should be ready to carpool to Stephenson School at 9 a.m. Well-behaved dogs are allowed, but must be on leash. For more information or to volunteer to lead a future walk in your neighborhood, contact Sharon Fekety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clothing Event

The St. Luke Lutheran Church at 4595 SW California St., will hold a back-to-school clothing and backpack event from 8-11 a.m. A child has to be on the free or reduced food program at their school to qualify. Qualifying children can register at St. Luke Church the day before, or children can be registered during the event hours on Saturday.

Monday, Aug. 14

Summertime Concert

Michal Karmi, aka Peanut, is a sought-after children's musician. She will be at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5123) to strum the ukulele and sing her uplifting songs for children of all ages. The event begins at 2 p.m.

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose

This class on Mussar, an approach to self-awareness ground in a reflection on Jewish texts and spiritual practices, will be held at the Cafe of Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway). The free lecture begins at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 17

Border Collies International

Rescue dogs will perform sports and skits and teach valuable life skills for those from all walks of life at 11 a.m. at the Garden Home Rec Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-629-6341). Audience participation is encouraged at this free and open event.

Penny's Puppets

As part of its summer reading program, the Garden Home Library will host Penny and her musical cast of animal puppets at 11 a.m. Garden Home Rec Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-629-6341). Young audiences will learn how different animals create their worlds and survive.

Saturday, Aug. 19

The Fairy and the Dragon

Little Catbird will be at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.) starting at 10:30 a.m. to offer an interactive, multi-disciplinary arts show with live music, puppetry, dance and more. No registration is required.

End of Summer Reading Party

The Garden Home Library Summer Reading Party ends Aug. 31. Come to the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to turn in your reading logs, enjoy games and face painting. The party will be located at the north lot and field of the Garden Home Rec Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-629-6341).

Thursday, Aug. 24

'We Refuse to Be Enemies'

Speak up about issues that matter to you and find out how to get involved more in your community from 6-8 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). This workshop is made possible in part through a collaboration with the Muslim Educational Trust (MET), Neveh Shalom, First Congregational United Church of Christ and The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon as part of MET's "We Refuse to Be Enemies" series. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Sunday, Aug. 27

Tabletop Roleplaying

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

Tuesday, Aug. 29

'Death and Love at the Old Summer Camp'

Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) will host local author Dolores Maggiore, who will read from her young adult novel "Death and Love at the Old Summer Camp." The event begins at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Inclusive Leadership

Starting at 6 p.m. every Wednesday evening for four weeks, participants in this workshop will learn about the skills necessary to be an inclusive leader; how to leverage core-inclusive leadership behaviors of empowerment, accountability, courage and humility; inclusive leadership skills that enable work-life effectiveness; and positioning yourself as a leader through inclusive communication. There is no in-person instructor, but a facilitator will be in the room at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.) to help students decide how to approach the class material. Registration is required; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

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