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Saturday, Oct. 5

Blessing of the Animals Service

Scheduled to commemorate the celebration of St. Francis, lover of animals and all living things, Father Bud Thurston will officiate a service offering blessings for animal companions and their human friends. People are asked to bring their pets on leash or caged if appropriate. Event takes place at 10 a.m. at St. Barnabus Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St., by the garden in front of the church building.

Open to all. For more information call the church office at 503-246-1949.

NCNM Clinic Open House: Women's Health, Naturally

Your health is the foundation for an active, happier life. Learn about natural medicine for healthy living. Talks on hormone imbalances, sustainable weight loss, menopause and more. Reserve a 45-minute naturopathic appointment to discuss your health concerns or a one-hour Chinese medicine appointment that includes acupuncture. Event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Northwest College of Natural Medicine Clinic, 3025 SW Corbett Ave.

New patients only. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. 503-552-1551.

"Star Wars" Reads Day

Come celebrate “Star Wars” Reads Day at the library. Enjoy crafts, activities and prizes for ages 5-10. Costumes welcomed. Event takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Monday, Oct. 14

Inside Oregon State Hospital: A Conversation With the Author

Seen through the eyes of the patients who lived there, Diane Goeres-Gardner’s "Inside Oregon State Hospital: A History of Tragedy and Triumph” examines the world of the Northwest’s oldest mental hospital, established in 1883. In desperate attempts to cure their patients, physicians injected them with deadly medications, cut holes in their heads and sterilized them. Years of insufficient funding caused the hospital to decay into a crumbling facility with too few staff and resources. Today, after a $360 million makeover, Oregon State Hospital is a modern treatment hospital for the state’s civil and forensic mentally ill. Author talk takes place from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Thursday, Oct. 17

"Home is Where the Art is" Art Show and Sale

This show and sale will feature two Portland artists: Theresa Weil, mixed media, and Raelene Eckert, jewelry. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH). Event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Watershed at Hillsdale Event Space, 6380 SW Capitol Highway, #150.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Family Movie: "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"

In this 1971 Disney movie, a mail-order apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) is saddled with three sibling refugees from London during World War II and the outlook is grim. But the kids soon discover her secret and sign on for adventure in the name of England. With the aid of a magical bed, they track down her fraudulent headmaster (David Tomlinson) to find the spell that will aid the Allies. Fascinated that she has actually achieved results with his lessons, he joins forces. The quintet does battle with corrupt booksellers, animated-lion royalty and, eventually, invading Germans. Program takes place at 3 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway, on the big screen.

Free and open to everyone.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Tips for Crafting Your Best College Essay

Applying for college admission? While grades and test scores are important, your personal essay is a key factor in determining if you get in. It is one of the few places on your application where you can show who you are and distinguish yourself from others. In this workshop, Marilyn Petrequin, of Petrequin College Consulting, will give tips on how to write an effective college essay. This workshop is especially aimed at high school juniors and seniors. Workshop takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

First come, first served.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Autumn Lantern Mobiles

Create an attractive seasonal decoration for your home. With artist Cindy Lommasson, paint a tissue paper sphere in yellow, orange, red, green and brown for autumn. Then cut craft paper leaves in coordinating colors and suspend them from the bottom of the globe. Add a ribbon on top for hanging. Program takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd., in the Meeting Room.

First come, first served.

Spooky Science

Mad Science has spooky fun down to a science. Count Eggbert sets the stage for a show chock full of exciting and engaging scientific Halloween surprises. Melting goo and floating objects included. This interactive program is best for children ages 5 to 12. Program takes place from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Sample "The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home" Cookbook

Portland food writer and co-author of "The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home" cookbook Michael Zusman will delight the audience with his bagel essay while everyone enjoys a sample or two from recipes pulled straight out of the book. Books will be available for purchase. Event takes place at 4 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.

Free and open to everyone. To RSVP, visit bit.ly/mjccreg.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Masters of Suspense

Edgar Allen Poe, Saki and Joseph Conrad wrote tales that chilled the bones of readers in 1913 and are still giving us shivers today. Enjoy (if you dare) a live out-loud performance of eerie tales told with ghoulish gusto by master storyteller Anne Rutherford, accompanied by the eerie and ethereal theremin. Join the library for shivery stories and scary snacks. Open to teens and adults. Event takes place from 7 to 7:45 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Dracula Re-vamped

Dracula's wife gets eaten by King Kong and her head gets donated to Dr. Frankenstein. But the new bride created does not want to marry Frankenstein's monster, instead she runs off. Dracula, the Mummy, the Creature, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf Man and others chase after her to try and win her heart. Performance takes place from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.