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Tuesday, April 1

The Story Unfolds: Accordion Adventure Book

In honor of Multnomah County Library turning 150 years old, adult participants will create a book together using the theme of “The Story Unfolds.” Come build an accordion book that has foldout pages, a signature of graph paper for note taking, two pages of heavy watercolor paper for sketching or painting on, and a reclaimed map hard cover. It is the perfect book in which to record your next great adventure. Learn the basic skills of bookmaking and leave with a handmade book of your very own. Program takes place from 6 to 7:55 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Registration required.

Chai Fantasy: A panel Discussion about Fantasy Literature and Judaism

Five award-winning authors spanning from fiction to graphic novels and poetry will talk about the links between Judaism and creativity in fantasy literature. What connections can we discover between religion and imagination; what links can we discern between spiritual experience and the cultivation of curiosity and creativity? Why do we find so few examples of alternative universes in specifically Jewish literature? Can there be a Jewish Narnia? In this panel discussion, five authors who span the spectrum from fiction for children and adults to graphic novels and poetry will wrestle with these questions as they draw from experience weaving fantasy into their award-winning works. Additionally, PSU Jewish Studies Professor Michael Weingrad will contribute to the conversation from his study of modern Jewish and Hebrew literature. Is there a place for such Jewish staples as matzoh balls and marzipan within the world of myth and magic? Come delve with the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC) into chai fantasy. Event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.

Tickets: $8 Adults, $5 students. RSVP online at oregonjcc/fantasy.

Wednesday, April 2

Mz. Pearl Books Into Action

The book is open and Mz. Pearl has discovered characters and adventures to share, from flying elephants to dancing pigs. Bringing stories into action and involving the audience in the drama, Heather Pearl’s new clown show is an inspiration to read and be funny. Magic and circus tricks are performed right out of the instruction books, one of which the audience can take home with them. Laugh, learn and be part of Mz. Pearl’s library magic in this show for kids preschool through fifth grade. Program takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hillsdale Library Meeting Room, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Thursday, April 3

Teens Building a Stronger Community

Free Arts NW will engage participants in experiential activities to explore opportunities in team building, teen outreach, and community service. Youth will work collaboratively to brainstorm and identify ongoing projects to increase leadership skills and build a strong community. Program takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library Meeting Room, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

First come, first served.

Sunday, April 6

J-Serve: International Day of Jewish Youth Service

J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, providing teens the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, tzedakah and tikkun olam. Nationally J-Serve is in partnership with Repair The World, Youth Service America, and Rock The Vote, and is generously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Locally, J-Serve is coordinated by BB Camp, BBYO, Portland Mitzvah Network and Tivnu: Building Justice with a wide array of Jewish youth groups, congregations and organization bringing their teens together for this communal day of teen service for youth in sixth-through-12th-grades. All teens welcome and encouraged to volunteer. Event takes place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.

Bus transportation to and from MJCC is available. To learn more visit jserve.org or email sswire@bbyo.org.

Principles of a Healthy Home

Join the Multnomah County Health Department in this introductory class for adults on the fundamentals of a healthy home. Your homes are where you spend the majority of your time and your personal health is closely tied to the quality of the home environment. Multnomah County Environmental Health will introduce the “Seven Principles of a Healthy Home” and share resources and information about local healthy homes programs. Program takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library Meeting Room, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Registration required.

Monday, April 7

Social Security Planning for Baby Boomers

Social Security is far more complicated than most people realize. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime. Learn the answers to your questions: Will Social Security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on in retirement? This informative seminar by Aegis Financial Advisory covers the basics of Social Security and reveals innovative strategies for maximizing your benefits. Program takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library Meeting Room, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Wednesday, April 9

Your Jewish Genes

Learn valuable information on the prevalence of breast and ovarian cancers among Ashkenazi Jewish men and women. Community members will share and present important local research and resources. Co-presented by MJCC, Federation, Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation (SHOC). Event takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.

Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Oregon Food Bank. For more information visit oregonjcc.org/genes. To register, visit bit.ly/1cj0KKf.

Tuesday, April 22

Pajama Party with Bedtime Math

Kids ages 4-6 and their families are encouraged to wear their pajamas, bring a bedtime buddy, and join the library for a pajama party with stories, songs, crafts, and math. Event takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Wednesday, April 23

150th Anniversary: Community Scan-In

Do you have old letters, photographs, or slides related to the library that you would like to have scanned? Come to Multnomah County Library’s 150th Anniversary Scan-In and have library staff show you how to scan your photos, slides, and letters to make digital copies. The library can scan up to three items no larger than 8.5 inches by 11.7 inches; a USB drive will be provided. Because of time and equipment limitations, the library may not be able to scan all of your treasures. Selected scans may be included, with permission, in the library’s upcoming digital collection titled “150 Years of Library Memories.” Program takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Registration required.

Thursday, April 24

150 YEARS/150 FACES

Our beloved library has been around since 1864, and this year, the library celebrates its 150th anniversary. Since its inception, the library has served an important role in the community, but that role has changed and evolved over the decades. Serving as the 150 Teen Interview Team, participants will join facilitator Anya Hankin to take cameras and notepads into their libraries to snap portraits and unfold the stories of 150 diverse library goers. The portraits and words gathered by each 150 Teen Interview Team will be complied into 150 Years/150 Faces — a short video showcasing the diversity of our library goers, and the many roles the library plays in your community. Program takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library Meeting Room, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling the Hillsdale library at 503-988-5388.

Saturday, April 26

Fly Away! From Caterpillar to Butterfly

Follow the journey of the Very Hungry Caterpillar as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly. Led by Judith Hankin you will cut, glue and paste colorful papers as you create our own special caterpillars ... and of course, decorate the extraordinary butterfly it becomes. Program takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

A Visit with the Al-Andalus Ensemble

Between the years 711 and 1492, Andalusian Spain witnessed a cultural melding between Africa, the Middle East and Europe, between Jews, Christians and Muslims, in a period known as Al-Andalus. The Al Andalus Ensemble reflects this tradition, creating a new musical hybrid: Contemporary World Music whose new and historical performances reflect the essential soul and spirit of the Arab, African, and European sources that are its inspiration. This program, whose tartget audience is adults, is a Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys program, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Local support provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation. Program takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

First come, first served.

Sunday, April 27

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Join the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center and the Oregon Board of Rabbis at the annual Yom HaShoah commemoration service. This year, the service includes special guest speakers, Rabbi Yitz and Blu Greenberg, as part of a greater weekend of events centered on learning. Event takes place at 3 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit ReshapingtheWorldPostHolocaust.org.

Tuesday, April 29

Grow Your Business with Referrals

Everyone knows that referrals are a critical part of doing business. But how can you do an even better job to dive deeper vertically and horizontally with the contacts you already have? Al Nodarse will show you how to use social media to expand your referrals and will discuss the critical steps in the process of acquiring referrals. Program takes place from 6 to 7:50 p.m. at Hillsdale Library Meeting Room, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

First come, first served.