The Memo Calendar is your vehicle to publicize community events. Let your mid-Multnomah County neighbors know about events of interest, meetings, fundraisers and the like. Calendar submissions for the March issue are due Friday, Feb. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail your submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.
EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND CELEBRATIONS
Walk will explore winter blooming plants
Even in winter, wonders await at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. Join garden curator Courtney Vengarick on a guided walk Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 a.m. until noon to view blooming plants such as Hamamelis mollis (Witch Hazel), Lonicera standishii (Honeysuckle), Helleborus (Hellebores), Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper Bush), and Mahonia x media (Arthur Menzies). The walk concludes at the Manor House to warm up with hot cider. This is a free event, however, participation is limited to the first 15 to arrive.
Planetarium presents a unique look at the night sky
The monthly planetarium show at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., will focus on the beauty of the visible and invisible night sky, Monday, Feb. 4.
We are used to viewing the night sky through normal visible light, says Pat Hanrahan, planetarium director. However, NASA and a number of earth-based observatories have imaged the sky at a variety of other wavelengths that are not visible, or are poorly visible to the human eye.
The program will include a number of very dramatic photographs including ancient supernovae that appear brilliant when viewed in X-ray imagery. The Milky Way appears as if it is on fire when viewed from infrared dust map imagery, and huge star-forming regions appear brilliant when looked at from deep red (hydrogen-alpha) imagery.
Using the planetarium's dome, the program will also examine planets and constellations in the current night sky and provide an update on the comet Panstarrs.
Show times are 7 and 8:15 p.m. Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students (student identification is required). Campus parking is free, all days and all times on all MHCC campuses, no permit required. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend. The planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Visitors are always encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program.
Planetarium shows are held the first Monday of each month, October through June. The schedule may be found at www.mhcc.edu/planetarium.
This walk is for the birds
Join local birding enthusiast Rhett Wilkins for an early-morning bird walk around Whitaker Ponds Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. Look for songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl and learn more about bird identification. Please dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars and guide books. Hot tea or cocoa will be served for those who can stay after the walk. Pre-registration is requested, but not required; suitable for adults and teens aged 12 and up. This is a free event. Whitaker Ponds Nature Park is located at 7040 N.E. 47th Ave.
For more information and to register, contact Penny Beckwith, outreach director at email@example.com or 503-281-1132.
Connecting with birds
Dan van den Broek of the Audubon Society of Portland will share photographs of our region's amazing avian biodiversity at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. This free presentation will introduce you to the joys of birds and birding.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 971-222-6139.
A grassroots, cross-cultural celebration
The David Douglas School District and Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council hosts Celebrating our Cultures Friday, Feb. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th Ave. This free event was created to showcase the artistic gifts and talents of the diverse east Portland community. Treat yourself and your family to an evening of music, dance, spoken word performance and arts and crafts displays. Area vendors will offer food service for a nominal fee.
David Douglas High School staffers Anne Downing and Lindsay Hook organized the event. If you have questions or need more information, contact Anna, CPACC event director at email@example.com.
Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council promotes human rights and equal rights through art and strives to facilitate inter-cultural learning.
Supporting graduation for all students
It's all about the habitat
Learn how to design your landscape to reduce water use, decrease stormwater runoff and improve habitat for local birds, wildlife, and you at an East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District Naturescaping Workshop Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.
The workshop explores the core concepts of naturescaping and pollution prevention, and introduces attendees to watershed connections, native plant identification and site planning principals. Every participant receives a comprehensive workbook and a native plant to help them get started. Register for this free workshop at www.emswcd.org/workshops-events. For information, call 503-935-5383.
A night to remember
The DD Dad's Club is a nonprofit organization comprised of parents, grandparents, students and employees of the district who volunteer their time in support of students, teachers and coaches. They meet at the high school, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave., every month on the first Wednesday at 7 p.m.
There's a slough in our backyard
Have you noticed the slow-moving channel of water running through Parkrose on its way from Fairview to North Portland? Learn about the history, water, wildlife, and current issues of the Columbia Slough at a Slough 101 workshop Saturday, March 9 from 8:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Multnomah County Drainage District offices, 1880 N.E. Elrod Dr. Slough experts will lead hands-on activities including a tour of a pump station and macroinvertebrate discovery. Pre-registration is required for this free workshop, and light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for adults and teens 14 and up. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Penny Beckwith, outreach director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-281-1132.
It's an international experience
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Planning a senior sendoff
The Parkrose Senior All Night Party planning committee is working hard to raise funds to provide a memorable sendoff for the class of 2013. It will meet Monday, Feb. 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. in PHS Room A5/6, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. If you are the parent of a senior student, pitch in to help this year. If you have an underclassman in your household, learn the ropes now, so you can lead the way in a year or two. Contact Kris Brown at email@example.com to get involved.
Create a safe haven for birds
The Flower Lane Garden Club meets Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. Nikkie West, the Audubon Society backyard habitat certification program coordinator will talk about invasive species. Many invasive, non-native plant species destroy native habitat and with it, plants on which birds depend for survival. Learn how you can create an environment that will attract birds to your yard. To learn more, contact Marie Banfe at 503-236-8631.
Cans and bottles are music to their ears
Dave 'The Can Man' Luce continues to place and pick up barrels at local businesses and donates the funds to the Parkrose Senior All Night Party. Please let the Boosters know if you would like a collection barrel placed at your business.
Contact Patty Meighen at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Rummage sale donations needed
The David Douglas Drug and Alcohol Free Senior All Night Party committee is accepting donations of gently used items every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through April 20-except March 2-at the south high school parking lot, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave. All proceeds from the April 26-27 rummage sale will benefit the senior all night party. For additional information, or to volunteer, please email Renee at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.daviddouglashighschool.my-pta.org.
Get out of the kitchen
Plan to have dinner at Burgerville, 4229 N.E. 122nd Ave., Thursday, Feb. 7 and breakfast at Applebee's, 10004 N.E. Halsey St., Saturday, Feb. 16 in support of the Parkrose Senior All Night Party. PSANP will receive 10 percent of food sales between 5 and 8 p.m. at Burgerville on that evening.
The Applebee's breakfast buffet is served from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from senior parents; in the bookkeeping office at Parkrose High, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.; and at the Parkrose School District office, 10636 N.E. Prescott St.
For evenings when you will dine at home, PSANP parents are selling cookbooks for $10 each. To learn more or to donate, contact Kris Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open your heart to the community
Casino night supports students
Enjoy a night of gaming in support of St. Therese School, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave., Saturday, Feb. 9 beginning at 6:15 p.m. The school gym will be transformed into a casino with all the familiar gaming tables. There will also be a poker tournament and silent auction. The $35 admission includes hors d'oeuvres catered by Pearl and $20 in gambling money. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at www.stthereseschool.org (click on Get Involved) or by calling the school at 503-253-9400.
Celebrating a watershed
Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for an evening of glamor and entertainment at the 14th annual Slough Celebration Friday, Feb, 8 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Melody Ballroom, 615 S.E. Alder St. Help celebrate the 2012 Slough Award recipients and help raise funds for education, restoration, and activities. The event will include a silent auction, raffle and special appeal. Tickets are $55 per person. For more information and to register, contact Penny Beckwith, outreach director at email@example.com or 503-281-1132.
Valentine gifts benefit Meals on Wheels
Valentine-A-Gram, the popular holiday gift box that features Cinnabons, is back for the 18th and final year. Proceeds from Valentine-A-Gram support Meals on Wheels People.
Volunteers will deliver Valentine-A-Grams to individuals and businesses on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 14, to benefit the more than 5,000 area seniors served by Meals on Wheels People daily.
Each Valentine-A-Gram includes two delicious Cinnabon Minibons, orange juice from Sun Orchard Premium Juices, a 12-oz bag of Seattle's Best Coffee, a Seattle's Best Iced Beverage Tumbler, a jar of Makara Cinnamon, and gift certificates from Jamba Juice, Shari's Café & Pie, Sharing Spree and the Old Spaghetti Factory.
New this year-LaRog Brothers has donated two $1,000 gift certificates for the event. There are two ways to win.
Purchasers who make an extra donation at the time of purchase will have their name entered into a drawing for one of the certificates. One lucky Valentine-A-Gram recipient will receive the second gift certificate.
All of the products for the gift boxes are donated so that 100 percent of the money raised through the sale of Valentine-A-Grams goes to support Meals on Wheels People. Hundreds of people who volunteer to deliver Valentine-A-Grams make the event possible each year.
Cinnabon owners John Whittaker and Steve Foltz said their support of the 18th Annual Valentine-A-Gram fundraiser has become a tradition that illustrates the importance of corporate giving.
Both Steve and I, as do all our Cinnabon employees, feel very proud of the opportunity to support an organization as deserving as Meals on Wheels People, Whittaker said. The fact that 100 percent of the purchase price goes directly to providing food to seniors makes this an extra-special event.
Valentine-A-Gram relies on more than 400 volunteers to deliver the gift boxes. Deliveries take about an hour and begin at 7:30 a.m. Pick-up points are available on both the east and west sides of Portland and in Vancouver.
To order Valentine-A-Grams by Feb. 10 or to volunteer to deliver, go to www.valentine-a-gram.org or call 503-736-6325.
Go out for pizza
Support the David Douglas Drug and Alcohol Free Senior All Night Party with a night of fun and food at Papa's Pizza, Southeast 162nd Avenue and Stark Street, Tuesday, Feb. 12. Present the flyer available in the DDHS office, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave., or online at daviddouglashighschool.my-pta.org and Senior All Night Party will receive 50 percent on all food purchases and 25 percent on all gift certificate purchases.
Art show to benefit arts education
The annual Portland Christian Schools art department fundraiser is Saturday, March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 12425 N.E. San Rafael St. The Northern Lights art show will showcase work by students, staff, friends and local artists. Purchase original art, enjoy light refreshments and participate in a silent auction in support of arts education at PCHS. Tickets are $3.
What do you have others might pay for?
While it's on your mind, give some thought to what you could donate. Vacation homes, gift cards and themed baskets all generate spirited bidding. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to let the PEF know what you would like to donate and a board member will get back to you promptly.
Add people to your paintings
Bring a sketchpad, drawing tools, ruler and eraser and your choice of paint medium to Portland Fine Arts Guild classes Monday, Feb. 4, 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Russellville Grange, 12105 N.E. Prescott St.
The guest instructor is Marianne Stokes. She will teach how to represent the human form in paintings, using proper perspective and proportions. Students will get plenty of one on one time with Stokes, who promises that all students will be able to draw generic human forms proportionately correct at close of last class.
Classes are $12 for PFAG members, $15 for non-members.
There is plenty of free parking at the Grange. Bring your lunch or plan to visit one of several fast food restaurants within walking distance. Light refreshments are available for a small donation. Please consider arriving early or staying late to help with setup and cleanup.
If you would like more information about Portland Fine Arts Guild, please visit portlandfineartsguild.org.
Improve your English starting now
Multnomah University, 8435 N.E. Glisan St., offers free English for Speakers of Other Languages classes every Wednesday night. Multiple levels are offered to accommodate the varying needs of English learners in the Northeast Portland community-for those who have recently moved to the United States and know very little English as well as those who have lived in America for many years but want to gain confidence in pronunciation or conversations. The classes focus on English vocabulary and grammar, as well enabling students to use their English in practical life settings, such as applying for jobs or going shopping. The teachers are students from the undergraduate and graduate teachers of English to speakers of other languages program at Multnomah University. According to professor Kristen Hubert, TESOL program director, Our goal is to give adult students increased confidence in the English skills needed for daily living. Of course, we also enjoy the fact that we get to meet people and learn about their home cultures in the process.
The classes are held in the lower classrooms of Multnomah University's Mitchell Library Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This month, classes are Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27. New students are welcome to come any of these nights and can join classes immediately, no pre-registration is needed. The classes are free, and all materials are provided. For questions or directions, contact Hubert 503-251-6412 or email@example.com.
Students: plan for your future
The David Douglas College and Career Center, in partnership with SUN Schools and Future Connect, will host a Community College and Trades Fair Wednesday, Feb 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the high school north cafeteria, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave. Representatives from several local community colleges, as well as many local trades and industries will be on hand to share information with interested students and their families.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, is the final FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop this year for seniors and their parents. Students will need to sign up in advance in the College and Career Center.
Tours of school planned
St. Therese School open house visits are set for Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. St. Therese is a community of families built on Catholic values and dedicated to empowering students to reach their academic potential by preparing them to be life-long learners, responsible citizens and contributing members of church and society.
The school offers morning and afternoon preschool, full-day kindergarten, a hot lunch program, Spanish, technology and a full music program. Financial aid is available. If you are interested in learning visit on one of the above dates or contact Sister Kathy Cordes, principal, at 503-253-9400 to arrange a visit.
Preschool openings available
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St. is accepting registrations for new families beginning March 1. Preschool programs that meet Monday through Thursday are enrolling 3 and 4 year olds. Call 503-256-1835 to set up a tour. Visit www.glcportland.org/preschool or find them on Facebook.
FAITH AND VALUES
Discover the secrets of iconography
Lynch trained in Turkey and was acknowledged as an iconographer by His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 1948 to 1972. Until last year, she taught at the Iconography Institute at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Lynch will lead participants in creating their own icon with reverence, respect, and joy. The class fee is $125 or $11 per session. A prepared board and a booklet will be given to each student and a list of materials will be distributed upon registration. To register, please call St. Matthew's at 503-252-5720.
St. Matthew's offers evensong
All are invited to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., Thursday evenings, beginning Feb. 21 and continuing through March 21 at 5:30 pm for Holden Evening Prayer. This version of evensong, written by liturgical composer Marty Haugen, is a deeply moving time of singing, scripture, quiet, and prayer. The service lasts approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a soup and bread supper and a study of the book Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer. You may participate in any part of the evening.
Pay it forward through Kiwanis
Russellville Kiwanis invites you to join them at a weekly meeting. They get together every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Refectory Restaurant, 1628 N.E. 122nd Ave.
If you pay a visit they can tell you about the club's many service projects which include SnowCap Community Charities, DayBreak Family Shelter, Parkrose High School Key Club, Ronald McDonald House, Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Handicapped Children & Youth, Parkrose Little League, Shepherd's Door Women's Shelter, Portland Children's Book Bank and others. Kiwanis is a great way to volunteer in the community. If you have questions, contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share your passion for education
Become a member of the David Douglas Educational Foundation to help make decisions on how to support the needs of David Douglas students. Help determine how money will be spent on grants for teachers and scholarships, give input on how to fundraise and much more. The next board meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the district office, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave. For more information, please contact Beverly Fischer, DDEF president, at 503-255-1149.
Volunteer as a SMART® reader for one hour per week
Imagine an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. Join more than 6,000 Oregon volunteers to read one-on-one with two kindergarten through 3rd grade children for 30 minutes each, one day a week. Help the SMART children you read with to select and take home new books every month to keep and read with their families. You will spend time with the children the same hour every week, from now through May. That's all it takes to make a difference and help Start Making A Reader Today!
Volunteers are especially needed at Earl Boyles, Menlo Park elementary schools in the David Douglas district, and Alder Elementary in the Reynolds district. Applications are accepted year-round.
For more information and to apply go to www.getsmartoregon.org or call 971-634-1616.
Join the PEF board
The Parkrose Educational Foundation board is accepting applications for board members to fill open seats and to replace board members whose terms expire in June. If you want to be part of the team that raises and distributes funds to enhance the educational experience of Parkrose students, visit parkroseedfdn.org and submit your application now. Parkrose students will thank you.
HEALTH and WELLNESS
Free Zumba classes
The Fir Ridge Campus After School Team is offering free adult Zumba classes with Nancy McDonald Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. through March 14. Classes will be held in the Fir Ridge Campus gym, 11215 S.E. Market St. and are open to all community members.
Monitor your vital signs
Take advantage of free IRCO blood pressure screenings Monday, Feb. 4 and 18 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. No appointment necessary. For more information, call Leslie or Rachel at 503-988-6073.
Take charge of diabetes
Share your concerns at the IRCO Diabetes Support Group Monday, Feb. 4 and 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. Free for seniors over 60, this group is led by a registered nurse. For more information, call Leslie or Rachel at 503-988-6073.
A treat for your feet
Enjoy a nice foot soak, toenail trim and file, foot massage, callous and corn smoothing, and reduction of thick fungal nails at the IRCO Foot Care Clinic, Thursday, Feb. 14 and 28 at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. for only $35. For appointments and more information please call Leslie or Rachel at 503-988-6073.
Coping with poor vision
Low vision sometimes comes with aging. Talk with other seniors experiencing this condition in the IRCO Low Vision Group Thursdays, Feb. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. Participation is free. For more information, call Leslie or Rachel at 503-988-6073.
Comprehensive Plan workshops due
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is holding a series of workshops to gain public input on the draft Portland Comprehensive Plan update. These include a session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 at David Douglas High School, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave.
The new Plan, updating one in place since 1980, will set regulations, including zoning, guiding public processes and private development through 2035.
As part of this process, the city is considering a series of Scenarios that would guide where new growth and density, and the facilities to serve it, should be located. A default scenario would keep regulations pretty much the way they are. Alternatives are to concentrate most growth in and near commercial nodes such as Gateway, to place it along transit routes such as Northeast Sandy Boulevard, or to concentrate most of it in the central city.
One of the city's goals, contained in the Portland Plan adopted last year, is to have 80 percent of Portlanders live in complete neighborhoods where most services are available within a short walk. Another is to have frequent transit service within walking distance of 80 percent of Portlanders. Currently 47 and 45 percent of Portlanders, respectively, enjoy these services.
For more information or to obtain a copy of the draft plan, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan.
PHS class of 1969
The Parkrose High class of 1969 meets for lunch on the second Wednesday of each month. With word that the Refectory, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave., is closing, classmates will gather there one last time Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 12:30 p.m. to reminisce about the good old days. This is a no host event. No reservations are needed, simply show up and join the fun. Watch for postings on the Parkrose Class of 69 Facebook page and the Parkrose High Alumni Association Facebook page.
Parkrose is going to party
The Parkrose School District is 100 years old this year. If you attended, worked or taught at Parkrose schools at any time, you are invited to join district centennial celebrations this year. Mark your calendar now for the weekend of Sept. 6, 7 and 8. There will be a football game in Bronco Stadium Friday night, and a pancake breakfast and other activities are planned throughout the rest of the weekend. There will be a special tribute to music teachers and celebrated music students on Saturday.
Watch this space, the district web page and the Parkrose High Alumni Association Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ParkroseAlumni for developments. Tell us what a celebration of 100 years of Parkrose music needs to include.
Maximize your health benefits
The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program uses trained volunteers to help people with Medicare make health insurance decisions. SHIBA volunteers are on hand every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. They can help you select a Medicare prescription drug plan, find out if you're receiving all possible benefits, compare supplemental health insurance policies, evaluate your need for long-term care insurance, and file an appeal or insurance complaint. For appointments contact Leslie or Rachel at 503-988-6073.
Tap into free legal advice
The Senior Law Project offers seniors the opportunity to get free legal advice from volunteer attorneys in 30-minute sessions Thursday afternoons at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave.
To qualify for this program, you must be age 60 or older or married to someone who is 60 or older; be a resident of Multnomah County or have a legal issue in Multnomah County; and be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Certain exceptions for domestic violence victims apply. To make an appointment contact Leslie or Rachel at 503-988-6073.
It's your story
Write your autobiography or begin a journal at the IRCO Senior Writing Group Tuesday Feb. 12, 19 and 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop, at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave., is free. A published writer will be on hand to guide you. For more information, call Leslie or Rachel at 503-988-6073.
Existential philosophy as art
During February, the Fireplace Gallery at Mt. Hood Community College will show The Mechanics of Being by artist Bob Pliny.
Pliny's work combines images and text, and he has written several books, including Universal Principals; The Nature of Movement; and A Catalogue of Fears. At its core, his work explores ideas and issues common to existential philosophy and deepening in his personal experience of being. In 2012 he won first place at the Oregon State Fair.
The Fireplace Gallery is located in the Student Union on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Parking on all MHCC campuses is free, all days, all times, no permit required.
Chamber music returns to Parkrose church
The Portland Chamber Music ensemble returns to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., for its end of winter concert Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. This concert will feature both classical and contemporary pieces played on piano, clarinet, and cello, with vocals by Anya Kalina. PCM concerts are family-friendly. There is no admission charge but a free will offering will be appreciated. Refreshments will be served.
The Columbia River Theater Organ Society will screen a series of films at Hollywood Theater, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., that earned Oscars at the very first Academy Awards. The screenings begin Monday, Feb. 18 with a showing of Wings, the Best Picture in 1929. Watch Emil Jannings' Best Actor performance in The Last Command Monday, March 11. William Cameron Menzies won the Best Art Direction award for Tempest, starring John Barrymore. It will be shown Monday, April 8. Catch Janet Gaynor's Best Actress performance in Street Angel Monday, May 6.
These are silent films and will be shown with live theatre organ accompaniment on an instrument built by the CRTOS.
All shows will screen at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors 65 and over.
Student productions will entertain you
Parkrose High Theater and video students present the 4th annual Student Directed Films and One Act Plays Festival, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. in the PHS Theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Enjoy the creativity and ingenuity of these students. These performances are suitable for ages 13 and over. Tickets are $5. To learn more contact Ms. Zena, theater director, at email@example.com.
Explore elementary art
The Portland Christian School elementary campus Student Showcase and Art Show is Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 11845 S.E. Market St. Tour preschool through 6th grade classrooms to see special projects and art the students have been working on.
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-988-5386
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Thursdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Family Storytime: Storytime for children 6 years and younger with adult. Saturdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., except Feb. 2.
Lunar New Year Celebration: Celebrate the Lunar New Year traditions of China and Vietnam with traditional dance, food, games and a family craft project. 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Snow Globes: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Homemade snow globes are fun to make and will last for many winters to come. Artist Addie Boswell will help you create your very own miniature scene using recycled jars, greenery, beads, figurines and confetti. Personalize your globe by bringing a favorite tiny toy or treasure to hide inside. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
A Good Yarn: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun and learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish and with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. There will be time for conversation in both languages. Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., except Feb. 2.
Pageturners Book Group: Join Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library's 11th annual community reading project. Read Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Group discussion at Gregory Heights will be Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., 503-988-5392
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Pajama Time: Put on your pajamas, grab a bedtime buddy, and join us for stories, songs and fun. For children of all ages with adult. Thursdays from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Family Storytime: Storytime for children of all ages with adult. Sundays from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Black Storytime: The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 accompanied by a favorite adult and other family members. Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon
Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Yarn Club: Whether your interest is knitting or crocheting, come join the fun and learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Tribal Jewelry Workshop: Jewelry making is both a traditional and contemporary Native American art form with a rich cultural foundation. Join students from the Native American Youth and Family Center in learning the history of tribal jewelry and beadwork while creating pieces of your own. Fun for all ages. Made possible by The Library Foundation. Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Red Fans for Lunar New Year: Decorate red accordion fans with origami paper, Chinese character rubber stamps, glitter and other materials. The fan is a traditional Chinese symbol and red paper is used to symbolize good luck and happiness throughout the year. Artist Cindy Lommasson brings back this popular craft for the new year. Friday, Feb. 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Lunar New Year Celebration: Celebrate the Lunar New Year traditions of China and Vietnam with a traditional lion dance, music, games, food and crafts. 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Sunday, Feb. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Chess Club for Children and Teens: Have fun playing chess. Beginning, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Bring your own set or use one belonging to the library. Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Wednesdays, Feb. 6 and 20 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish, as well as with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. Sundays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. This is not a class, but an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture, and have fun. Only English will be spoken. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Rain and the Brain: Feeling sluggish, lazy and blue in the rainy season? Short days and overcast skies can affect your mood and energy level more than you realize. Learn how to alleviate the symptoms in this presentation from mental health counselor Louise Lague. Saturday, Feb. 2 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Pageturners: Join Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library's 11th annual community reading project. Engage in stimulating conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie for discussion Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Read Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie for discussion Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
E-books and More 101: Do you want to know how to download free e-books and audio books from the library? This class will cover the basics including set-up and downloading. Attend this session to learn which devices support library e-books and audio books. Please bring your device and any other equipment you need to download and/or transfer to your device, such as a laptop and cord (for NOOK, Sony Reader, etc.). See a demonstration of the checkout, download and transfer process through Library2Go. Made possible in part by The Library Foundation. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234.Thursday, Feb. 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Basics: Learn how to use the library catalog, email, surf the web, word processing, and other basic computer skills. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mandarin Computer Basics: Learn basic computer terms; how to use a keyboard and mouse, and surf the web. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sunday, Feb. 3 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Cantonese Computer Basics I: Learn basic computer terms and how to use a keyboard and mouse. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
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