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Monday, July 1

Draw What You See

With Portland-based artist F.X. Rosica, learn how a quick sketch becomes a work of art. Watch art in action and unleash your own creativity and tap your inner artist. All ages welcome. Event takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway, in the lobby.

Tuesday, July 9

Fun and Games @ Your library

Join us for a variety of indoor and outdoor games, including your favorite board games, movement games and more! Be prepared for weather. Event takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Wednesday, July 10

Honeybees: The BEE-utiful Super-Organism

Are you afraid of bees? You won’t bee after learning about their magical ways with Brian Lacy, apiarist and bee enthusiast since the age of 14. This visual presentation is filled with film clips and stills that surround children with the sights and sounds of bees. After the presentation, children can taste honeycomb, look into a real hive (no bees) and handle equipment that beekeepers use in the field. Performance takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd., in the Meeting Room.

Free tickets available at the reference desk 30 minutes in advance.

Sunday, July 14

Portland Parks & Recreation $5 5K Series Fun Run

New in 2012, Portland Parks and Recreation began offering the $5 5K Series. This fun run is part of a series of family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from May through October at parks throughout the Portland area. This event is perfect for all ages and abilities and is geared toward first time and less experienced runners. The series is a fun and exciting way for the community to come together and support healthy lifestyle choices. Part fitness, part community gathering, all fun! Event staff and lively music will make sure that the participants and spectators stay engaged while participating in the event. All participants are winners and will be eligible for the after-event raffle. Activities include a 1K kids fun run (8 and younger), 5K for all ages, 40-foot rockwall, music, kids activities, vendors. Race begins at 9 a.m. with the kids fun run beginning at 8:45 a.m. at Gabriel Park, 6820 SW 45th Ave.

It’s Not Just About the Piggy Bank: Teaching Your Kids About Money

One of the best gifts you can give your children is teaching them the skills to manage money. Even if you are living on a tight budget, passing on good money management habits can last a lifetime. In this workshop from Innovative Changes, we'll discuss key ways to get your finances in order so you can serve as a model for your children. We will also cover activities and tips for teaching your kids about money and ways to save for all the extra expenses that are part of being a parent (back to school, birthdays, college, etc.). It's never too early to start learning and never too late to start teaching! Now's the time to start your kids on a path to money management success! Workshop takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

First come, first served.

Tuesday, July 16

Prehistoric Dinosaurs

What do you know about dinosaurs? Paleontology, the science of studying fossils, is the best way for us to learn all about these prehistoric creatures. Join OMSI science educators and become a fossil-digging paleontologist for a day as you learn how to reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces. For grades K-3. Program takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Tuesday, July 17

Border Collie International: Performing Canine Team

If you think your pet is talented, come and see what these dogs can do Border Collie International is a performing canine team of rescued border collies. This team entertains audiences with sports tricks and demonstrations including Frisbee, soccer, football, baseball and basketball. Performance takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. Held across the street at Dewitt Park, weather permitting.

Thursday, July 18

Portland Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park: "Back to the Future"

Movies in the Parks turns your local park into a living room. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and snuggle in for movie time — a fun evening in your park for the entire family. Don't forget your coats and even extra blankets because as soon as the sun goes down it can get pretty chilly when you are sitting still. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., including a live performance by local musicians The Working Stiff's and free popcorn. Movie begins at dusk. Event takes place at DeWitt Park, 1805 SW DeWitt St.

Friday, July 19

Portland Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park: "Brave"

Movies in the Parks turns your local park into a living room. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and snuggle in for movie time — a fun evening in your park for the entire family. Don't forget your coats and even extra blankets because as soon as the sun goes down it can get pretty chilly when you are sitting still. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., including a live performance by local musicians Manimalhouse and free popcorn. Movie begins at dusk. Event takes place at Dickinson Park, Southwest 55th Avenue and Alfred Court.

Saturday, July 20

The Marquam mosaic: Family Mosaic Workshop

Bring a child to this workshop with artist Lynn Takata and create a mosaic for the Marquam Nature Park. You will collaborate making a leaf with many shades of tile. The mosaics will be installed this summer. Help create Southwest Portland’s newest public art project. Be part of neighborhood history by creating mosaics for the Marquam Nature Park. Learn about some of our native forest plants and flowers. Your mosaic will be part of a tangible mosaic representing the natural environment. Come celebrate this fall at a public dedication at the park. Event takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

For children ages 5-10 with adult.

Creative Correspondence

In an age of texting, emails, Facebook and phone calls, snail-mail letters have become rare treats. Join artist Anya Hankin in reviving the art of letter writing. During this workshop, participants are invited to make decorative envelopes, collage and paint papers, embellish writing with calligraphy pens and transform written messages into works of art. Program takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Tuesday, July 23

Secret Agent Underground

We've lost our top agent, #X. He went on an underground mission two months ago and has not heard from him since. Where can he be? Is he in danger? Has he been captured? Help us locate #X before it’s too late! Join performer Rick Huddle on this musical mystery filled with storytelling, songs and puppets. Performance takes place from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Sunday, July 28

One Year, One Can of Garbage: Less Is More

Master Recycler and Metro Recycling Information Specialist Betty Shelley has filled just one can of garbage each year since 2006. Her workshop focuses on recycling and waste reduction, engaging participants through discussion and assignments to explore their actions and behaviors, and to learn ways to make lasting changes. Learn her techniques and share your own. Program takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the Meeting Room.

First come, first served.

Tuesday, July 30

Movable Murals

Have you always wanted a mural painted in your bedroom, playroom or kitchen? “Movable” murals are painted on vinyl and window cling, which can be stuck and unstuck to any wall surface without leaving a mark. Join artist Addie Boswell in creating your first small movable pieces by drawing a design and painting it in with acrylics. Take home your wall art and the skills to make more on your own. Best for ages 6 and up. Dress for painting! Program takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Wednesday, July 31

Spin! Pop! Boom!

How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in a chemically challenging “magic” trick. Move on to an assortment of experiments featuring both chemicals and physical changes. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing! Program takes place from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

First come, first served. Held across the street at Dewitt Park (weather permitting).


Concerts in the Park

Come out and enjoy live music in your park! Portland Parks & Recreation Concerts in the Park are family-friendly, community-oriented, and feature a wide variety of musical styles and cultures. Concerts in Southwest Portland this month will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Willamette Park, Southwest Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street:

•July 10: National College of Natural Medicine presents Lisa Mann and her Really Good Band — female-fronted award-winning blues

•July 17: The Buckles — Western Honky-Tonk meets Beatles

•July 24: Reggie Houston — New Orleans jazz sax legend

•July 31: The Strange Tones — volcanic, psychobilly blues