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Thursday, Aug. 1

Tour to the Center of the Earth

You never know what you might find once you start digging! That’s what the Brian Waite Band learns in their latest “rock ‘n' roll adventure” set underground. Come sing, dance and laugh with Brian and Todd as they dig up a strange world of magical forests, lost oceans and extinct creatures while on their way to a big gig at the Earth’s core. Performance takes place from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

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

Beyond the Safety Net: Behavioral Health in an Integrated Setting

Pamela A. Martin, Ph.D., director of Oregon’s Addiction and Mental Health Division, will speak about Oregon’s mental health system. Event takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oregon Health & Science University Auditorium, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, with a reception for Martin held prior to her talk at 6 p.m.

Registration is required at pamelamartin.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, Aug. 4

First Nations Celebration

Salvador Molly’s restaurant is always looking for groups and cultures that inspire them to give. Co-owner Rick Sadle’s experience on the Navajo reservation in Utah led them to create the First Nations Celebration.

Its third annual celebration will be a daylong event featuring cultural storytellers, drumming, singing, games, dancing, craft booths, food and fry bread. The event will also benefit the Northwest Indian Veterans Association.

The day is a chance for Portland-area residents to learn about and share some experiences with people from the tribes. Event takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. at Salvador Molly’s, 1523 SW Sunset Blvd.

Monday, Aug. 5

MJCC Artworks Series Presents Local Potter Glenn Decherd

Specializing in high-fire stoneware, Glenn Decherd’s pieces are hand thrown on a wheel, which he then decorates and glazes with food-safe finishes. For just a few hours, part of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center lobby will be transformed into a semi-working pottery studio. Come see a local artist in action as he carves designs and glazes his pieces. Event takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6551 SW Capitol Highway.

Tuesday Aug. 6

Up, Up and Away

Let a mad scientist teach you about the many uses of that much misunderstood state of matter, gas. Enjoy a Mad Science magic trick and get ready to be dazzled by a series of experiments that feature the power of gas: air, hot air, air pressure, moving air, smoke an suction are all up for demonstration. Come and let science “float your boat.” Program takes place from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

All About Bugs

You will not be scared of bugs after learning all about the amazing things they do. Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more. Program takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

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

Thursday, Aug. 8

Portland Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

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. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., including a live performance by local musicians The Working Stiffs and free popcorn. Movie begins at dusk. Event takes place at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody St.

Saturday, Aug. 10

Hands-on Henna Workshop

Henna is used by many cultures as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin. In this hands-on cultural art program, artist Raina Imig will share information on the art of henna in India, and will create a brief, authentic, intricate henna design on participants' hands. Program takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway, in the meeting room.

First come, first served.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Mahrajan

Mahrajan, the largest celebration of Arab heritage and culture in Oregon, is now in its fourth year. The event features Arab cuisine from Taste of Lebanon, Arabic coffee, tea and refreshments from Sesame Donuts, an Arab souq (bazaar), arts and crafts, henna painting, cooking demonstrations, an art show, music, dancing, a fashion show of Arab attire from throughout the Middle East, children’s activities and a raffle for prizes. This daylong, alcohol- and tobacco-free event showcases the arts, entertainment, food, traditions and the spirit of Oregon’s Arab-Americans and their contributions to region’s cultural landscape. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave., in the Performing Arts Center lobby and courtyard.

Entrance donation of $5 includes three raffle tickets; individual raffle tickets are available for purchase on site for $2 each.

For more information, visit araboregon.org or contact Kate Chester at 503-706-1294.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Steve’s Creature Feature

Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Lattanzi is a well-traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world. Program 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, Aug. 15

Portland Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park: "Hotel Transylvania"

Movies in the Parks turns your local park into a living room. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and snuggle in for movie time. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., including a live performance by local musicians J Miller Productions and free popcorn. Movie begins at dusk. Event takes place at DeWitt Park, 1805 SW DeWitt St.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Say Hey

Oregon Health & Science Univeristy Partners in Diversity invites the public to attend an evening of live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and meeting Portland’s professionals of color. Event takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at OHSU South Waterfront Campus, 3303 SW Bond Ave.

Register online bit.ly/17dE3Qq by noon Aug. 20 or on the day of the event at the door.

Saturday, Aug. 24

End of Summer Wilson Campus Cleanup

Clean up the campus of the only high school in suburban Southwest Portland. Barbecue to follow completion of cleanup. Event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Wilson High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.