By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Library offers citizenship classes
Jan. 4 to Feb. 8. 1-3 p.m. Learn the process and information needed to become a U.S. citizen in six sessions and prepare for the citizenship interview. Classes are taught by volunteers in English. Information: (503) 988-6318. Registration required: (503) 988-5234. Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
Learn to paint with acrylics
Jan. 4. 1-5 p.m. Learn the basic tools and techniques of acrylic painting with instructor Jenna Lechner. Fee $60. Registration: (503) 249-2190. Collage, 1639 N.E. Alberta St.
Guardino shows encaustic work, sculpture
Jan. 4. 6-9 p.m. Opening reception for encaustic and mixed media work by Shannon Passon, sculpture by Sam Hingston and egg tempera paintings by Chi Meredith. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: (503) 281-9048. www.guardinogallery.com. Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St.
Theater pro plans story-telling workshop
Jan. 4. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Continues Jan. 5. 2-6:30 p.m. A two-day intensive workshop on hearing and telling traditional and nontraditional tales of crossing borders and breaking boundaries in a supportive workshop led by theater artist L. Baldwin. Ages 14 and older. Sliding-scale fee $15-$20 or pay what you can. Information and registration: email@example.com. Hipbone Studios, 1847 E. Burnside St.
Concordia U. to feature ‘Art of Photography’
Jan. 5. 2-4 p.m. Opening of an exhibit, “The Art of Photography,” featuring Bruce Lee, Samara Howell, Brent Schauer, Don Lally Jr., Donn Jones and Kelly Hartley. Continues to Jan. 31. Free exhibit. www.cu-portland.edu/academics/library/library-events. George R. White Library & Learning Center, Concordia University, 2800 N.E. Liberty St.
Woodburning class to produce pendants
Jan. 8. 6-7:30 p.m. Learn the art of woodburning while creating a one-of-a-kind pendant with instructor Jodie Cord. Fee: $15. Registration: (503) 249-2190. Collage, 1639 N.E. Alberta St.
Story time planned for tiny tots
Jan. 10. 11-11:30 a.m. Continuing Fridays. Family storytime for children infant-6 years old with an adult. Free. Information: (503) 988-5362. Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
Trio of classes helps to improve job search
Jan. 10, Jan. 15 and Jan. 17. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A three-part series designed to help improve job search strategy and deal with the new realities of looking for work. Free. Information: (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Families to join in rhythm, songs from Ghana
Jan. 11. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shi Dah performs Ghanaian drumming, dance, songs and rhythms in traditional clothing. Families may join in this interactive celebration. Free. Information: (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Drama focuses on Shackleton in Antarctic
Jan. 11. 8 p.m. Continues Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m. “Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare: The 1914 Voyage of The Endurance,” a one-man performance by Lawrence Howard, retelling the voyage to the Antarctic continent by Ernest Shackleton and his crew, who survived on the ice for more than a year and a half. Advance tickets $15. Purchase online at www.portlandstorytheater.com. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St.
Class to teach portraits by collage
Jan. 12. 2-5:30 p.m. Learn to use magazine pages and other paper as “paint” to create a collage portrait. No drawing required. Leave with a frame-ready work of art. Fee: $35. Registration: (503) 249-2190. Collage, 1639 N.E. Alberta St.
Children’s author to read in sign language
Jan. 13. 11:15-11:45 a.m. Author Dawn Prochovnic will host a sign language story time about opposites with her picture book, “Opposites Everywhere!” Free. Information: (503) 954-2354. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
Jeff High festival to show film about U.S. drug war
Jan. 14. 6-7:45 p.m. The documentary, “The House I Live In,” about the U.S. war on drugs, is part of Jefferson High School’s 13th annual Multicultural Film Festival. Discussion follows the film. Free. Information: (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Dogs help kids, teens improve reading
Jan. 16. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Kids and teens can improve reading skills, and make new friends, by reading aloud to a therapy dog from Pet Partners. Free. Registration required (503) 988-5962. Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
Event planned for differently-abled adults
Jan. 17. 7-9 p.m. Differently-abled individuals, 18 and older, are invited for games, crafts, dancing and snacks. New participants must be accompanied by a companion 18 years and older. Admission: $7 each but first companion is free. Information: (503) 702-2394 and moc.l1477332777iamg@1477332777stnev1477332777Ehcuo1477332777CehTf1477332777fO1477332777. St. Charles Catholic Church, 5310 N.E. 42nd Ave.
Writer to share stories from childhood
Jan. 18. 11 a.m. to noon. Author Carmen T. Bernier-Grand shares funny folktales, silly stories and goofy games from childhood with her doll, Julita. She will share images of Puerto Rico and read from her book, “Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice,” in honor of the library’s Everybody Reads 2014 author. Free. Information: (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Defy gravity in science session
Jan. 18. 3-4 p.m. Kids in grades 3-8 or older can use science to defy gravity, hold water upside down without spilling it, and learn the secret of the magicians’ tablecloth trick. Information: (503) 988-5370. Kenton library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
Labyrinth walk, healing service planned
Jan. 18. 4-5:45 p.m. A candlelight labyrinth walk in the second-floor Great Hall. 5:30 p.m. A healing and wholeness service with music in the Taize tradition. (503) 287-1289. www.westprespdx.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 N.E. Hancock St.
Fleur De Lis books LaRhonda Steele, Family Band
Jan. 18. Doors open 5:30 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m. LaRhonda Steele and Family Band continue the Big Sound Music Series. An evening menu of appetizers, small salad entrees, desserts, wines and beers will be available. Tickets for performance only are $20. Reservation: (503) 459-4887. Fleur De Lis French Bakery and Cafe, 3930 N.E. Hancock St.
ViVoce to present world-wide songs, stories
Jan. 18. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m. ViVoce, the a capella women’s choir of Portland Revels, presents its eighth annual winter concert, including songs and stories from Macedonia, Appalachia, Germany, Renaissance Spain and Italy. Information and advance tickets: www.portlandrevels.org . Tickets $15 adults, $12 students/seniors, children 6-12 free. St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 N.E. 43rd Ave.
Alberta Rose books: Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin
Jan. 19. 7 p.m. Singer-songwriters Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin in concert. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. www.albertarosetheatre.com. Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.
Picture book author to read ‘Great Impersonator’
Jan. 21. 11 a.m. Local writer Jennifer Coughlin shares her new picture book, “The Great Impersonator,” with illustrations by Catherine Lazar Odell. Free. Information: (503) 954-2354. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
Youth to learn Lao soup ingredients
Jan. 21. 4-5:30 p.m. Students in grade 6-12 may learn to make Lao chicken noodle soup using homemade noodles topped with fresh fried garlic, green onions and cilantro. Also roll up salad rolls. Free. Information: (503) 988-5386. Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Learn to use e-books, other devices
Jan. 23. 4:30-6 p.m. One-on-one help with electronic devices and applications, e-books or audiobooks. Free. Information: (503) 988-5391. Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
Artist to teach encaustic
painting with beeswax
Jan. 25. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn the ancient art of encaustic painting, using beeswax and damar resin, with instructor Jodie Cord. Fee $75. Registration: (503) 249-2190. Collage, 1639 N.E. Alberta St.
Library to offer class on food preservation
Jan. 26. 2-3 p.m. Gain an overview of canning, freezing, juicing and jamming Oregon’s fresh fruits. Review techniques, necessary equipment and up-to-date references and resources. Provided by Oregon State University Extension Service. Free. Information: (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Pageturners to discuss Leonard Pitts book
Jan. 28. 6:15-7:45 p.m. A Pageturners group discusses “Freeman” by Leonard Pitts. Free. Information: (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Westminster plans informal service
Jan. 5. 7 p.m. Continues Sundays. Informal worship in the chapel. (503) 287-1289. www.westprespdx.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 N.E. Hancock St.
Hora de Cuentos en Kenton
Jan. 18. 11:15-11:45 a.m. Los sabados. Se presentan cuentos, canciones y rimas en espanol para familias con ninos de 0 a 6 anos de edad. Free. Informacion: (503) 988-5370. Kenton library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
Library sets aside computer for job seekers
Jan. 7. 2-4 p.m. Continues Tuesdays. At a dedicated computer, job-seekers may update a resume, file for unemployment or apply for a job. Free. Information: (503) 988-5370. Kenton library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
Art exhibit links man, beasts with God
Feb. 2. 2-5 p.m. Opening reception with the artists exhibiting in “Birds, Beasts and Beauty: The Genesis to Revelation Alliance with Animals.” Contemporary artists join historic masters to show the connection of animals with man and God. Reception includes painting and sculpting demonstrations. Exhibit continues to Feb. 28. Free. www.cu-portland.edu/academics/library/library-events or www.mcfineartsfoundation.org/. Concordia University library, 2811 N.E. Holman St.
Heritage Center to show printmaker’s work
Feb. 7. 6-8 p.m. Opening reception of work by Portland print maker Gracie Campbell. A presentation by Matt Clark, executive director of Johnson Creek Watershed Council, will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by reception. Art exhibit continues through Feb. 29. Information: (503) 231-7264. www.visitahc.org. Center hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 S.E. Grand Ave.