Things to do in Southwest in January

Thursday, Jan. 3

Memory disorders: New Diagnosis Educational Workshop

One-visit educational session for OHSU memory disorder patients and their family members. Patients learn about coping with dementia. Family members learn from memory disorder clinicians how best to care for patients with memory impairments. Dr. Joseph Quinn, M.D. leads the caregiver group. Lisa Loree, R.N. leads the patient group. Workshop takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the 8th floor waiting room of the Center for Health & Healing OHSU Memory Disorders Clinic, 3303 SW Bond Ave.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Dragon Day at the Library

Hooray for Dragons! Celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Month with a dragon-themed storytime program for children ages 3-8. Featuring stories, songs, movement activities and a dragon craft. Event takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Sunday, Jan. 13

The Winter Blues: A Guide to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

If you have lived in the Pacific Northwest for any period of time, you know that all this beautiful green nature around us comes at a price — rain. For some of us, the dark, dreary days of winter seem to stretch on endlessly, having a proud effect on our mood and quality of life. Psychologists Jason Luoma and Brian Thompson of the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic will share the latest information about Seasonal Affective Disorder including the available treatments and behavioral changes that can lessen its effects. Lecture takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Tricky Tricky Trickster Tales

Chase away the winter blues with spirited trickster tales from Oregon’s many cultural traditions. Tricky frogs, a guinea pig from Peru, wily coyotes and a hot-tempered mule romp through a lively program of world stories and songs by master storyteller Anne Rutherford. Best for ages 5 and up. Performance takes place from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.

Free tickets for seating will be available at the reference desk 30 minutes prior to the program.

Saturday, Jan. 19


Papagayo the parrot spends his days singing, playing games and disturbing the sleeping night creatures. But when the ferocious Moon Dog wakes up and starts to eat the moon, only Papagayo knows what to do. The animales de la noche learn that Papagayo is a good friend to have, even if he is a little loud! Join Tears of Joy Theatre as they sing, hoot, croak and crow in this interactive, bilingual performance. Performance takes place from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Hands-On Pupusa Class

Come learn how to make pupusas, the El Salvadoran answer to grilled cheese sandwiches. Jean Johnson will show you how to make fresh corn tortillas, and then each participant can fill a pupusa to take home to cook. Everyone can also sample some warm pupusas and curtido, lightly fermented slaw that is traditionally served with this fragrant, delectable dish. Part of the Capitol Hill Library series “Try Something New @ your library.” Drop-ins are welcome but space is limited, so registration is highly encouraged to ensure a place in the class. Class takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Register online at, in the library or by calling 503-988-5385.

Girl Scout Trail Day

Daisy, Brownie, Junior Girl Scouts and their leaders will discover how owls are and hike in the forest to listen for Tryon Creek's resident owls and learn about the different species that call the park home. Dress to be outside and bring a flashlight. $5/scout, $5/adult. Due to limited space, this program is only for scouts and adults; please do not bring siblings. Preregistration

Thursday, Jan. 24

Pros and Cons of Laser Vision Correction Surgery

Dr. Winston Chamberlain will be covering the pros and cons of laser vision correction at this very educational conference. A question and answer period will follow. Lecture takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. at OHSU's Casey Eye Institute in the Macdonald Auditorium, 3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

For more information, call 503-494-3937.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Winter Chili Cook-Off

Celebrate Tryon Creek by sampling chili and raising a glass of local micro brew. Volunteer chefs will compete for the title of ‘Chili Master 2013’. Connect with other park members, visitors and volunteers while you sample the chili and cast a vote for your favorite, enjoy a fine crafted brew and listen to live music. Raffle tickets will be on sale for exciting door prizes and proceeds benefit the Friends of Tryon Creek’s education and restoration program. Free for members and volunteer chefs, $5 non-member (per person). Pre-registration required. Event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

To pre-register, visit

Arcade Adventures

Do you have what it takes to fire the slingshot, gobble the ghosts and wreck it Ralph style? Find out and get into the game! Extra lives not included. Step into the shoes of your favorite video game characters: Pac-Man, Angry Birds, Grogger, Wreck-it Ralph and more! Games, inflatables, crafts, music, indoor park and more! Ages 2 and up. Power-up pasta dinner $3. Pre-register for speedy entry AND to save money! Pre-Registration: $8, $4 per additional sibling. Day-of Registration: $10, $5 per additional sibling. Parents and children 23 months and younger: FREE. Event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southwest Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Ave.

Sunday, Jan. 27

Winter Family Funfest

Enjoy round robin activities and entertainment! Learn about Jewish preschools, playgroups, camp options and much more. Free and open to all families with kids 6 and under. Event takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. at Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Oy Gevalt – Yiddish 101

Trying to recall that word your Tzadie always used? Learn Yiddish in an informal setting. Don’t worry; you won’t be tested at the end. Class takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.

For more information, call 503-245-6449 or visit

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