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Thursday, May 2

Coloring a Child’s World: Six Early Literacy Skills for Ages Birth to Six Years

Learning to read is a long process that begins at birth. As childcare providers you play a critical role by helping children develop the early literacy skills they need to become fluent readers. Come learn about the six skills and how you can support their development at each age from birth to 6 years. Please find other arrangements for children; this is an adults-only workshop for childcare providers who work or live in Multnomah County. Workshop takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234.

Friday, May 3

Northwest Chinese Academy Student Art Showcase

Come check out Kung Fu-inspired artwork created by students from the NW Chinese Academy, as well as the work of photographer Russel Young of Studio 3024. There will be a Chinese calligraphy station, student performances, self-serve photo fun booth and amazing Kung Fu demos. Formal attire optional refreshments provided. Event takes place from 7- 8:30 p.m. at Westside Academy of Kung Fu, 1509 SW Sunset Blvd.

Saturday, May 4

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Creepy, crawly, winged and wonderful! Join artist Judith Hankin in building real or imaginary 3-D insects using colorful papers and special art materials. We will share images from Anne Rockwell’s “Bugs are Insects” and “Becoming Butterflies” and then add antennae, stingers, wings and more to make a very special paper insect sculpture. Program takes place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Sunday, May 5

Rieke Art Fair

The Rieke fair features dozens of professional artists selling their work — from jewelry and paintings to ceramics and artistic fashions. Hour-long art classes for $15 each will be offered all day, giving kids an opportunity to make a special craft they can take home — just in time for Mother’s Day. Students will sell their craftwork and community musicians and performers will create a festive atmosphere. Rieke is excited to announce that this fifth annual fair, always the first Sunday in May, is partnering with César Chávez K-8 School in North Portland in recognition of the May 5 celebration of Mexican heritage. Chávez School is inviting artist vendors and musicians — including a classical Spanish guitar sextet — and parents are preparing Mexican food traditional to the holiday. The fair is in conjunction with Opening Day of the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market and Hillsdale Main Street’s SpringFest. The farmers market is in the Rieke parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Art fair takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rieke Elementary School, 1405 SW Vermont St.

For more information, a list of participating artists and to sign up for art classes, visit riekeartfair.com.

Tuesday, May 7

Muslim Journeys: The Ornament of the World

In this special book discussion group, we’ll explore a new way of understanding the past in which Islam and the West, far from being locked in an endless “clash of civilizations,” are seen instead as products of a cosmpolitan and inextricably intertwined history. Guided by Professor Emeritus Jon Mandaville of Portland State University, we’ll examine the past and reflect on the present. In “The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain”, María Rosa Menocal brings to vivid life the rich and thriving city of Andalusia where – for more than seven centuries – Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, "profoundly rooted in the cultivation of the complexities, charms and challenges of contradictions," resulting in a culture where literature, science, and the arts flourished. Copies of this book are available at Capitol Hill Library, or by placing a hold in the library catalog. Program takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234.

Saturday, May 11

Landscaping for Conservation: Let Nature Work For You

Save time, save money and help out the environment by letting nature do your gardening. You will learn about your garden from the ground up — starting with the soil and its complex role supporting plants. You will also learn about gardening with native plants, which use less water and don’t require expensive fertilizers and pesticides. Please plan on spending at least half the class out on the trails. This program is a great way to learn more about the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, a partnership between the Friends of Tryon Creek, Columbia Land Trust, and Audubon Society of Portland. This is a free program but enrollment is limited; pre-registration is required. Program takes place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

To pre-register, visit bit.ly/YfEO9q.

Our Bond with Bees

Did you know that 40 percent of our food, and 90 percent of the most delicious/nutritious foods are completely dependent on bees? That one-third of the honeybee colonies in the U.S. have vanished, likely due to Colony Collapse Disorder? Our reliance on bees goes back millennia, yet most of us know quite little about our fuzzy friends. Honeybee expert Brian Lacy will explore the world of honeybees in a lively program that puts you inside the hive to strengthen our connection with this critical part of our world. Stay til the end for a delicious treat. Program takes place from 2-3 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

First come, first served.

Sunday, May 12

Behind the Seasonal Curtain: The Forest of Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Discover what is happening in the forest of Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Tryon Life Community Farm this season. Join a park naturalist and a resident of permaculture-based Tryon Life Farm for a joint 2-mile hike from the Nature Center through the forest to the farm. In addition to discovering what’s happening in nature and on the farm this season, find out how permaculture and protected natural areas support each other. Event takes place from 1-3 p.m. at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

For 8 years old to adult. Contact Deb Hill, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-636-9886, ext. 225 with questions.

Tuesday, May 14

Bernstein Artful Learning 15 Year Anniversary Celebration

If you or your child has attended Jackson in the past 15 years, you have been part of this unique, interdisciplinary school reform model. Please join us to celebrate Jackson and its success with this innovative educational approach. Festivities include a program in the auditorium, teacher-led tours of students’ Bernstein Artful Learning Projects, performances by the Jackson Ensemble, and a reception. Guests of honor are Jamie and Alexander Bernstein (children of Leonard Bernstein, who was the inspiration for the Bernstein Artful Learning Model). Event takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Avenue.

Wednesday, May 15

Hillsdale Bike Breakfast

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will be serving coffee and doughnuts to people biking in celebration of National Bike Month. Event takes place from 7-9 a.m. at Hillsdale Shopping Center, 6344 SW Capitol Highway, near Food Front Cooperative Grocery.

For more information, go to PDXBikeMonth.com.

Saturday, May 18

Yoga Journey

Through storytelling and movement, join us on a yoga journey and take the shape of the animals and objects that we see along the way. Instructor Leslie Wilda of Yoga Playground will read a story while integrating yoga poses, movement and song. Not only can yoga improve concentration, build strength and help kids relax, it is also tons of fun! Program takes place from 11-11:45 a.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd., in the Meeting Room.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Mi Piñata

In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song. Workshop takes place from 2-4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program.

Sunday, May 19

“Talking Dog” for Fun and Safety

Even the most vocal dogs do most of their talking with their faces, tails and bodies. They’re also incredibly good at “hearing” what we say without words. Local trainer Gretchen Icenogle will teach parents and kids some of the most common expressions in dog language, including the signals that a dog may be aggressive or anxious. Families will also learn how to greet friendly dogs, how to calm overexcited dogs, why growling can be a good thing and when a kiss is not just a kiss. This free class is offered by Bridgetown Dog Training in partnership with Healthy Pets Northwest as part of the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge. Class takes place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Healthy Pets Northwest Pet Education Center, 7642 SW Capitol Highway.

For parents and children ages 5 and up. Space is limited and online registration is recommended at bridgetowndogtrainig.com. First come, first served.