Southwest Portland tool library

HILLSDALE - What would you think of a library that allows members to check out tools rather than books?

The first tool libraries were started in the 1970s in Columbus, Ohio, and Berkeley, Calif. Portland has tool libraries in North, Northeast and Southeast that lend tools just like your local library lends books. In order to judge the need for a tool library in Southwest Portland, there will be a meeting on April 19 at the Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., at 7 p.m.

If you have a need for tools you don't own; have tools you no longer use and would like to donate; have expertise in using tools; or just want to find out more about tool libraries, please attend.

For more information, please call Honey O'Connor at 503-245-0223, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CPAH hosts HomeWord Bound event

HILLSDALE - Community Partners for Affordable Housing, which operates The Watershed senior affordable housing project, will host its 13th annual fundraiser, 'HomeWord Bound: An Event of Literary Proportions,' on April 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Tualatin Country Club, 9145 S.W. Tualatin Road.

The event's featured speakers include Lauren Kessler, who won the Pacific Northwest Book Award (for 'Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's') and the Oregon Book Award (for 2009's Oregon Reads statewide selection, 'Stubborn Twig') and whose newest book is 'My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey through the Thicket of Adolescence.'

Also featured is Wendy Burden, author of 'Dead End Gene Pool,' a revealing, 'dark and humorous' memoir of her life growing up as the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Special guest Dan Murphy, founding general manager of the Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard, will join in once again as master of ceremonies.

This year's event features a dozen local authors, dinner, a silent auction, book signings and sales. Other authors in attendance include: Dana Haynes, April Henry, Bart King, Donna Matrazzo, Judy Nedry, Gina Ochsner, Scott Sadil, Kevin Sampsell, Loretta Stinson and George Byron Wright.

CPAH provides safe and sustainable affordable housing along with support and skill-building services for individuals and families in the Tigard-Tualatin area, Southwest Portland and Beaverton.

HomeWord Bound tickets are available for $65 or 10 for $500. Reservations are required.

For more information, visit or call 503-293-4038.

-Submitted by CPAH

Historical Association announces open hours

MULTNOMAH - The Southwest Portland historical group/Multnomah Historical Association holds open hours weekly at its History Center by appointment as well as on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

The History Center is located at 2929 S.W. Multnomah Blvd, Room 107, and includes local Southwest Portland neighborhood history, photos, maps and memorabilia. Donations and new members are always welcome. If you have an interest in your neighborhood history, involvement is encouraged.

For further information, visit or call 503-893-5549.

Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway traffic safety meeting

HAYHURST - A meeting will convene April 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Robison Jewish Health Center at Cedar Sinai Park to address safety concerns along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. Attendees will also explore the possibility of pedestrian safety from Hillsdale to the county line. Please bring your observations and ideas. Space will be limited. If you cannot attend, please send an alternate from your neighborhood.

The center is located at 6125 S.W. Boundary St. - please access from Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and not from Southwest Boundary Street to respect the center's neighbors.

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