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Saturday, April 6

The Marquam Mosaic: Art in Nature

Help create Southwest Portland’s newest public art project. Be part of the neighborhood history by creating mosaics for the Marquam Nature Park. Learn about some of our native forest plants and flowers. Then try writing a poem or making a mosaic. Arrange many shades of tiny colored glass tiles to create art inspired by nature. Artist Lynn Takata will show you how to create pattern and details in your mosaic. You can also try your hand at writing Japanese Haiku and making French shape poems called Calligrammes. Poet Edna Kovacs will lead you through some simple prompts to create a nature-inspired poem. We hope to include a poem on the mosaic sculpture! Your mosaic will be part of a beautiful tangible mosaic representing the natural environment. Event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd., in the Meeting Room.

For ages 12 to adult. Registration required.

Sunday, April 7

Steampunk Craft Workshop

One part science fiction, another a Victorian-era history that never was, steampunk is a literary genre influenced by a number of class books like “Frankenstein” and “20,00 Leagues Under the Sea” as well as contemporary books and films. Inspired by the world of gears, steam engines, zeppelins and the occasional kraken attack, artist Shawn Bowman will show you some crafty ways to get this sci-fi look from thrift store finds and things you might have at home. Craft Workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

Drop-ins are welcome but space is limited so registration is encouraged to ensure a place in the class. First come, first served.

Tuesday, April 9

Hands-on Cinnamon Rolls Class

Warm cinnamon rolls are always a hit, and they’re so easy to make that everyone of any age can do it. Culinary historian Jean Johnson will teach you a simple recipe for this delicious treat. Bring your rolling pin, taste some samples, and leave with a mini-pan of rolls to bake at home. Class takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Saturday, April 13

Wilson Auction

Save the date for this fun annual event that supports Wilson High School and our kids. Tickets are $50. Gala event includes dinner, drinks and fun, as well as an auction to benefit Wilson High School sports teams and student activities! Parking is free. Event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.

Purchase tickets online at wilsonhighschoolpta.tofinoauctions.com/whsauction2013.

Tuesday, April 16

S/he-bop: Making Sense of Gender in American Pop Music

Through popular music, we can understand changing social norms and life experiences. In this conversation, Portland State University adjunct professor Sarah Dougher focuses on how gender is represented in American popular music through historical, political, and social lenses. Participants will listen to music and discuss videos and images from popular music genres and outlets from Rockabilly to “American Idol”, considering the ways popular music shapes and reflects values, mores, and aesthetics in our culture. Lecture takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

First come, first served.

Saturday, April 20

Curious George at Capitol Hill!

Help celebrate one of the winners of Capitol Hill Library’s Favorite Picture Book Character Election! This drop-in program features stories, crafts, games, and a visit from the Curious George himself! For children ages 3-8. Event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

First come, first served.

Monday, April 22

Paul Dage presents "Trout Kill"

From Multnomah Village's own Paul Dage comes "Trout Kill", his debut novel. The story is set in a small Oregon coastal community in 1997. Eddy Trout is a 47-year-old bartender who is searching for both his past and himself. He is a damaged man, and his marriage is falling apart. He loves his sister, Emily, who is equally damaged. They have never known their parents, but one day a stranger appears who claims to be their father. Eddy angrily denies it, but this stranger soon turns his and Emily's life inside out, and Eddy sets out to discover the truth. Event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Highway.

Tuesday, April 23

Bear in Tennis Shoes

Celebrate springtime in all its glory: the sun, rain, blooming flowers, allergies, and some more rain. Join storyteller and musician Rick Huddle as he shares tales of the misunderstood dandelion, sings songs about those pesky mosquitoes, and introduces you to the famous bear in tennis shoes. Performance takes place from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

My Money, Your Money … Our Money: We Can Talk About It

No matter your income, family size or marital status, communicating about money is important. Money can be a touchy subject in any relationship, but having discussions about money can be the key to a happy household. Come to this seminar from Innovative Changes on relationships and money to learn steps you can take to get your household on board in making financial decisions that will benefit everyone! Seminar takes place from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

First come, first served.

Thursday, April 25

"9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out"

Attend a free presentation of this 90-minute documentary, followed by Q&A. Event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Susnet Blvd.

Fore more information, call 503-481-8692 or email PortlandAE911Truth@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 27

Math Fun with “The Doorbell Rang”

Add! Subtract! Multiply! Divide! Enjoy a special storytime with “The Doorbell Rang” and play with numbers in fun math activities. This interactive program is for children 3-7 years with an adult. Event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Tuesday, April 30

The Snowflake Man

Do you know what a snowflake looks like? This puppet performance is inspired by Wilson “Snoflake” Bentley, a farmer and scientist who in 1885 was the first person to capture the image of a single snow crystal. Sarah Frechette, of Puppetkabob, performs Bentley’s fascinating story using a unique trunk show of marionettes and props. Performance takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.