Concordia shows ‘flamboyant’ art
Oct. 3. Continues to Nov. 19. An exhibit, “Art=Creative,” features flamboyant works by six local artists: Michael Collins, Peter Schmidt, Gary Hirsch, Judy Jacks, John Smith and Harry Groth. Reception with artists from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 13. Free. Library hours: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. Information: www.cu-Portland.edu/library/events/. Concordia University library, 2811 N.E. Holman St.
Youth writing class planned
Oct. 3. 4-5 p.m. A writing class for ages 8-12 includes poems and stories. Continues to Nov. 21. $30 per term. Register at (503) 916-5615 or www.PortlandParks.org for course #412893. Beaumont SUN Community School, 4043 N.E. Fremont St.
Writer to teach teens, adults
Oct. 3. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Poet and fiction writer Linda Ferguson will lead a writing class for teens and adults of all experience levels. Write poems, stories and personal essays in a supportive community. Continues to Nov. 21. $35 per term. Register at (503) 916-5615 or www.PortlandParks.org for course #412903. Beaumont SUN Community School, 4043 N.E. Fremont St.
Library plans ‘literary abandon’
Oct. 6. 3-4:30 p.m. Writer Marcia R. Johnston will help writers get ideas flowing with concise, compelling language as a warm-up for National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, “30 days and nights of literary abandon.” Free. (503) 988-5370. Kenton library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
Seniors learn to fight fraud
Oct. 7. 2-3:30 p.m. Learn how to protect yourself from financial fraud, scams and identity theft with panelists from the state Department of Justice, Elders in Action and Multnomah County Fraud Abuse office. Free. Register: (503) 288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
PCC writing class
Oct. 7-28. 6:30-8:20 p.m. Do you wonder where writers get ideas? Have you always wanted to write but don’t know where to start? Maybe you write but you want to write more. Then Jump Start Your Writing (offered through Portland Community College) was designed for you. The fun, supportive class will prime your creative pump and help you uncover writing topics. All levels welcome. $69. Location: Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave. To register: pcc.edu
Class offers energy savings
Oct. 8. 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to lower energy costs and keep homes warm in winter with representatives of the Community Energy Project. Free. Register: (503) 288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
Singers plan open house
Oct. 8. 7-9 p.m. Sing Portland, a non-audition community choir, will have an open house for anyone interested in singing. No note-reading or musical experience is required. For more information: (503) 956-4046 or www.singportland.com. The Little Church, 5138 N.E. 23rd Ave.
Center slates ‘Sapphires’ film
Oct. 11. 1 p.m. View the film, “The Sapphires,” inspired by a true story of four vivacious, talented and young Australian Aboriginal girls who form a singing group and entertain U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Free but donation appreciated. Pizza lunch available for $2. Information: (503) 288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
Storyteller to reveal trickster tales
Oct. 12. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Master storyteller Anne Rutherford will present spirited trickster tales from Oregon’s many cultural traditions, including tricky frogs, Peruvian guinea pigs, wily coyotes and a hot-tempered mule. Free. (503) 988-5362. Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
Artist to lead kids’ mask class
Oct. 12. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Artist Sarah Ferguson will show children how to make colorful masks using recycled and found objects. Materials will be provided. Free. (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Dr. Who inspires craft class
Oct. 12. 12:30-2:30 p.m. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of science fiction hero Doctor Who, youth may craft some of his favorite accessories, a sonic screwdriver and a time-travel journal, from recyclables. Also discuss great time-travel authors from H.G. Wells to Madeleine L’Engle. Free. (503) 988-5386. Gregory Heights library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Native Americans plan flute concert
Oct. 12. 7 p.m. A Native American flute concert will feature Rona Yellow Robe, John Sarantos and Bruce Witham. $10 at the door. Information: (503) 846-1755. Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship, 3917 N.E. Shaver St.
Kids’ author to read new book
Oct. 13. 1 p.m. Author and artist Nancy Tillman will read from her new book, “I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love.” Free. (503) 954-2354. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
Soap maker to teach class
Oct. 13. 3-4:30 p.m. Rachel Gruen, chemist and Sellwood Soap Co. owner, will teach a soap-making class, using natural oils in both hot and cold processes Free. Registration required in the library or call (503) 988-5386. Gregory Heights library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
‘Village’ for elders to be outlined
Oct. 13. 3-5 p.m. Get information and discuss creating a Northeast Village to help people grow old in their own homes, surrounded by a caring community. Free. Information: Margaret Baldwin (925) 788-6526. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
Event to benefit Off the Couch
Oct. 13. 5 p.m. A dinner, auction and music by Tony Starlight and his band, featuring tunes from the golden era of rock ‘n roll, will benefit Off the Couch Events, an education/recreation program for differently abled adults, 18 and older. Tickets are $30 with $15 tax deductible. Ticket information: (503) 702-2394 or OffTheCouchEvents@gmail.com. St. Charles Catholic Church, 5310 N.E. 42nd Ave.
Pre-schoolers to run, jump, throw
Oct. 14. 9-9:45 a.m. Continues Mondays. Children ages 3-5 may run, jump, skip, throw and move for a healthy morning. $29.20 for members, $24 for non-members. Advance registration required: (503) 284-3377 or www.necommunitycenter.org. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
Yu-gi-oh games scheduled
Oct. 15. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Test your skills, meet new friends and win prizes in the Yu-gi-oh tournaments, for youth in grades 6-12. Yu-gi-oh is a Japanese manga games series with a plot following a boy, Yugi Mutou, who solves the ancient Millennium Puzzle. Free. (503) 988-5386. Gregory Heights library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Author to visit Kenton library
Oct. 15. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pageturners book group will meet Lois Leveen, author of “The Secrets of Mary Bowser,” in a program sponsored by Friends of the Library. Free. (503) 988-5370. Kenton library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
Health screenings offered for seniors
Oct. 16. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A health and wellness fair for older adults will include screening for vision, glaucoma, blood pressure and hearing. Also available will be flu shots and information on nutrition, home safety, preparing for an emergency, dating after 50, preventing falls, tai chi, brain fitness and traditional Chinese medicine. Free. Information: (503) 288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
Artist to teach Asian brush painting
Oct. 16. noon to 1:30 p.m. Artist Cindy Lommasson will demonstrate Asian brush painting. Her exhibit of sumi ink and water colors will continue through October. Free. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
Make lantern mobile from papers
Oct. 16. 5:30-7 p.m. Artist Cindy Lommasson will show participants how to make an autumn lantern mobile with tissue and craft papers. Free. Registration required in the library or call (503) 988-5234. Gregory Heights library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Hollywood Senior Center plans celebration
Oct. 17. 5-7 p.m. Hollywood Senior Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house to provide information about the center’s activities and programs. Live music, wine tasting and appetizers. Free. Information: (503) 288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
Session to focus on Medicare
Oct. 18. 10 a.m. to noon. Medicare 101: Get your Questions Answered. Free but registration required: (503) 288-8303. North Portland Senior Services at Bridge Meadows, 8502 N. Wayland Ave.
Off the Couch plans activity
Oct. 18. 7-9 p.m. Off the Couch Events activity night. Non-scary costumes are encouraged. Games, crafts, dancing and snacks for differently-abled individuals age 18 and older. $7 per participant but first companion is free. Information: (503) 702-2394 or OffTheCouchEvents@gmail.com.
Northwest Indians plan story festival
Oct. 18-19. 7:30 – 10 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 for emerging storytellers. Eighth annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival. Stories provide wisdom, traditional cultural values, spiritual qualities, oral history and prophecy. Tickets $5 to $20. Contact Daniel Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 775-4014. Most events at Native American Yourth and Family Center, 5135 N.E. Columbia Blvd.
Library slates used book sale
Oct. 19. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 20: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Half-price day will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21. Friends of the Multnomah County Library’s 40th annual used book sale with more than 100,000 items. Hardcover and quality trade paperbacks start at $2; CDs at $2; DVDs at $3. Also sheet music, maps, video tapes, LPs. Collector’s Corner rare books and ephemera will be available Saturday and Sunday. DoubleTree at Lloyd Center, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St.
Class to teach life-saving skills
Oct. 19. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn basic lifesaving skills and become Red Cross certified in adult and pediatric first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED). Cost $45 for center members, $65 for non-members. Pre-registration: (503) 284-3377 or www.necommunitycenter.org. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
Youth to learn needle felting
Oct. 19. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Artist LeBrie Rich will show youth, in grades 6 to 12, how to make figures or critters from needle felting with wool. Free. (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Session to explain senior ‘village’ concept
Oct. 19. 2-3:15 p.m. “Tea & Community” is an outreach program to explain aging-in-place “villages” for seniors to live in their own homes as long as possible. They gain any needed support from other like-minded “villagers” in a geographic area. Free. Information and to RSVP: info@EastsideVillage.org with name, phone, e-mail and date to attend. Additional information: www.VillagesNW.org. TaborSpace, 5441 S.E. Belmont St.
Garden club plans potlatch
Oct. 19. 4 p.m. The Metropolitan Garden Club of Portland will have its annual potlatch. Information: email@example.com. Holladay Park Church of God, 2120 N.E. Tillamook St.
Labyrinth, healing service on schedule
Oct. 19. 4-5:45 p.m. A candlelight labyrinth walk in the second-floor Great Hall. 5:30 p.m. A healing and wholeness service in the sanctuary. (503) 287-1289. www.westprespdx.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 N.E. Hancock St.
‘Sirens of ‘60s’ to benefit Madison High
Oct. 19. 7 p.m. “Sirens of the ‘60s,” a quartet reviving the music of the 1960s girl groups, will benefit the Madison High School Activities Committee, a community organization supporting school projects. A free-will offering will be taken at intermission. Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda.
Vikings to serve breakfast
Oct. 20. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The last Viking pancake breakfast of the year will feature all-you-can-eat pancakes with scrambled eggs, sausage links, fruit, juice and bottomless coffee or tea. $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12, free for children under 5. Children’s story hour at 10 a.m. (503) 236-3401. Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave.
Landscapes can protect resources
Oct. 20. 1-5 p.m. Learn Naturescaping Basics — how to design your landscape to reduce water use, decrease storm water runoff, save time and money while providing wildlife habitat. Free but registration is required: (503) 222-7645 or online www.emswcd.org/workshops-events/register-for-a-workshop. Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 N.E. 76th Ave.
Comic strip artist to introduce book
Oct. 20. 2 p.m. Stephan Pastis, whose comic strip, “Pearls Before Swine,” appears nationally, will sign copies of his first book, “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” about a comically clueless detective. His partner is a polar bear. Information: (503) 284-8294 or www.achildrensplacebookstore.com. A Children’s Place Bookstore, 4807 N.E.Fremont St.
Educator to discuss reading skills
Oct. 21. 7:15-8:30 p.m. Cheryl Anthony, president of Successful Learning Educational Services, will outline “What Every Parent Needs to Know about Learning to Read.” She advocates for those who learn differently, or have dyslexia. Free. Pre-register at (503) 283-3377 or www.necommunity center. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
Session to outline resources for veterans
Oct. 22. 1-3 p.m. Learn about veterans’ benefits and where to find resources with Gabriel Court, a veterans service officer. Free but register in advance: (503) 288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
Recyclables fit for latest headwear
Oct. 22. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Make a fascinator, the latest rage in fashionable headwear, with Shawn Bowman. He will provide ideas for using new materials, inexpensive items and such recyclables as old books and bicycle tires. Free. Registration required in the library or at (503) 988-5234. Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
Film reviews 9/11 information
Oct. 22. 6-8 p.m. A 90-minute documentary film, “9/11: Explosive Evidence —- Experts Speak Out,” from Architect & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Free DVDs will be distributed during the question & answer session following the presentation. Free. Information: (503) 481-8692 or email PortlandAE911Truth@yahoo.com. Hollywood library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
Heart institute to screen Grant students
Oct. 23. 1-7 p.m. “Play Smart,” a Providence Heart and Vascular Institute program, will screen Grant High School students for early detection of problems that might lead to sudden cardiac arrest. The screening includes medical history, blood pressure measurement, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram if needed, resources to learn more about sudden cardiac arrest and heart disease prevention. Free. Grant High School, 2245 N.E. 36th Ave.
Neighborhood group to hear Commissioner Steve Novick
Oct. 24. 7-8:30 p.m. The Hollywood Neighborhood Association’s quarterly meeting will feature City Commissioner Steve Novick as guest speaker. The association includes residents working to enhance the livability of the neighborhood for living, working and enjoying. Free. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
Youth to learn knitting
Oct. 26. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teens and grade school-age students can learn how to knit or improve current skills. Needles and yarn provided or bring your own. Free. Registration required in the library or call (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Blues, ragtime part of cafe music program
Oct. 26. 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a four-course, prix fixe dinner prepared by chef Kyle Prewitt, then hear the blues and ragtime guitar and accordion of Mary Flower and Daddy Squeeze. Tickets are $50 each, or hear only the music, starting at 7:30 p.m., for $20 each. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 449-4887. Fleur de Lis Bakery & Cafe, 3930 N.E. Hancock St.
Church to mark Scottish Reformation
Oct. 27. 10 a.m. Wear your tartan and celebrate Scottish Reformation in a worship service with bagpiper and hymns from Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Knox. Shortbread and tea will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the service. (503) 282-0965. Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 N.E. 45th Ave.
People of faith back freedom to marry
Oct. 27. noon-5 p.m. “Coming Out as a Person of Faith,” a multi-media exhibit, reveals the experiences and perspectives of clergy, parents of gay children and LGBT couples of faith, both Jewish and Christian, who support freedom to marry proposals. A short reflection and discussion time will be offered. The exhibit is a project of the Basic Rights of Oregon Education Fund. Free. (503) 284-2331. Central Lutheran Church, 1820 N.E. 21st Ave.
Green Bean plans Halloween stories
Oct. 27. 1 p.m. A tiny-bit-spooky Halloween story time, appropriate for all ages. Wear costumes, if desired, and plan to trick-or-treat. Free. (503) 954-2354. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
Bach Cantata Choir to open season
Oct. 27. 2 p.m. The Bach Cantata Choir of Portland will open its ninth concert season featuring Bach’s Cantata No. 76 and other works for Reformation Sunday, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra. A free-will offering will be taken. A silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the choir operations, will follow the concert. Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 N.E. 45th Ave.
Library slates film about ‘Prince Among Slaves’
Oct. 28. 6:15-7:15 p.m. A Muslim Journeys screening of a film, “Prince Among Slaves,” is a biography, narrated by Mos Def, of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima. He was on a slave ship sailing from the Gambia River in 1788 to Natchez, Miss. He said he was a prince of an African kingdom larger and more developed than the young United States. Free. (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killlingsworth St.
Teens’ art project focuses on Day of Dead
Oct. 29. 6-8 p.m. Teens will learn about Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration and paint their own edible sugar skulls to dedicate to a loved one or ancestor with sweet joy. Free. (503) 988-5370. Kenton library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
Tai Chi class set in North Portland
Oct. 1. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tai Chi classes on Tuesdays with North Portland Senior Services. Free but donations appreciated. Information: (503) 943-5662. Trenton Terrace community room, 4720 N. Trenton St.
‘Hi-Steppers’ offers exercise
Oct. 1 and 2. 8:45-9:45 a.m. Hi-Steppers exercise group continues every Tuesday and Wednesday. Drop-ins welcome. Free but $1 donation appreciated. Information: (503) 288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
Bridge club meets twice monthly
Oct. 8. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Irvington Bridge Club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. $20 annual dues. Prospective members may arrange a visit: (503) 236-3569. Meet at Salvation Army Rose Center, 211 N.E. 18th Ave.
Book club meets at Bridge Meadows
Oct. 22. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Book club of North Portland Senior Services meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Large print books provided by Multnomah County Library. Free but donations appreciated. Information: (503) 943-5662. Bridge Meadows, 8502 N. Wayland Ave.
Learn to make rain gardens
Nov. 3. 1-5 p.m. Learn how to construct your own rain garden to assist in urban stream restoration. Free but registration is required: (503) 222-7645 or online www.emswcd.org/workshops-events/register-for-a-workshop. Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 N.E. 76th Ave.
Barbershop quartet plans concert
Nov. 3. 3 p.m. Bridge Town Sound, a barbershop chorus and quartets, presents a concert. A free-will offering taken at intermission. Handicap accessible. For brochure or information, call coordinator Patricia Holman (503) 288-0353. Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda St.
St. Charles to celebrate with dinner
Nov. 3. Noon to 5 p.m. Celebrate St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church’s 100th anniversary at the annual spaghetti and meatball dinner with salad and Delphina’s bread. Adults $10, youth ages 6-12 $5 and under 6 free. Hospitality room will feature jazz. Take-out will be available. Office: (503) 281-6461. St. Charles Church, 5310 N.E. 42nd Ave.
All Saints plans holiday bazaar
Nov. 9. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday bazaar with more than 40 local artisans displaying work. The “Treasure Table” will feature antiques and collectibles. The kids-only room will have items for young shoppers. Homemade baked goods and a cafe with fresh coffee, pastries and a full lunch menu are planned. $1 raffle tickets for an Apple iPad and other prizes. Contact the parish office for tickets: (503) 232-4305. www.allsaintsportland.org . All Saints Catholic Church, 3847 N.E. Glisan St.
— Janet Goetze