Events are listed in the order in which they will take place, followed by ongoing and upcoming events. To be considered for inclusion, entries must be submitted by e-mail to ofni.1495543348swen-1495543348rats@1495543348lairo1495543348tide1495543348 by the 15th of the prior month. If possible, follow the format used in the calendar.
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FOR FAMILIES KIDS AND TEENS
YOUTH BASKETBALL CLASSES
May 1-22. Mondays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. for ages 5-6 and 4:50-5:50 p.m. for ages 7-9. Learn basketball FUNdamentals. NECC members $27 and non-members $36. Scholarships available. 503-284-3377. www.necommunitycenter.org. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
CHILL AT THE LIBRARY
May 5. 3-4:15 p.m. Continues Fridays. In Homago, middle school students can hang out together over games, crafts, quizzes and more or discuss favorite books, movies, anime, manga and video games. Free. 503-998-5123. Gregory Heights library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
May 5. 4:30 p.m. Author and illustrator Dan Santat will celebrate Children’s Book Week by presenting a new picture book, “Rodzilla,” from writer Rob Sanders and Santat, winner of a Caldecott Medal for a previous children’s picture book. In the new book, Rodzilla is on the loose. Is he a monster, or just a typical toddler? Free reading. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
SHORTAGE OF TACOS?
May 8. 4:30 p.m. Author Adam Rubins shares his new picture book, “Dragons Love Tacos 2: the Sequel.” What happens when the world runs out of tacos? Can dragons travel back in time, to a time before tacos went extinct? Free reading. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
MOUSE SEEKS QUIET
May 12. 4:30 p.m. Illustrator and author Ryan T. Higgins reads from his new book, “Be Quiet,” about Rupert the mouse’s desire to star in a beautiful, wordless picture book. He has ideas about what makes a great book, but his friends just won’t stop talking. Free reading. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
VANPORT AS MUSICAL
May 21. 2-2:45 p.m. “Vanport the Musical” tells the story of men, women and children who arrived in the Portland area during World War II when defense jobs helped many seek the American Dream. For the influx, Vanport was housing hastily built in a flood plain between Vancouver and Portland. After the war, some went back to their hometowns but others stayed until the Columbia River flooded, wiping out Vanport in 1948. The production is suitable for the whole family. Free. 503-988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
May 3. 6 p.m. Saint Blasphemer plays rock and alternative rock. Band members include John Castellon on guitar, Steve Ybarra on drums, Thomas Monroe on vocals and Steve Shell on bass guitar. Free. 503-231-8926. Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St.
ORPHANS TO SING
May. 4. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Hear the Imani Milele Children’s Choir, a voice for Ugandan orphaned and vulnerable children with the hope of a brighter future through education. They present music, dance and well crafted drum routines. Free. 503-988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
SING IN SHAPENOTES
May 6 and 7. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Portland Sacred Harp invites all who love to sing to join in shapenote singing, a 200-year-old American folk tradition of a capella, four-part harmony. No experience needed. A free potluck dinner served at noon. The Little Church, 5138 N.E. 23rd Ave.
WRITER SINGS COUNTRY
May 7. 3 p.m. Nashville singer/songwriter Brent Cobb performs country/folk music . Free. 503-231-8926. Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St.
FIND HOPE IN ARTS
May 7. 4-5 p.m. “Art is Calling for Me,” a lighthearted conversation about hope and the arts, including American art songs, musical theater classics, spirituals and more, with sopranos Amanda Habner and Ivy Zhou, 2016 graduates of Westminster College. Sadie Hoyt is accompanist. Free. Register: 503-288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
BACH CHOIR TO SING
May 14. 2 p.m. The Bach Cantata Choir of Portland presents a Mother’s Day concert of music composed by women. These include Isabella Leonarda’s “Magnificat” and work by American composer Alice Parker. Another feature is J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden,” and shorter works by Telemann and Frederick the Great. Free-will offering. Information: 503-702-1973. Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 N.E. 45th Ave.
EAST COUNTY COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS SPRING CONCERT
May 21. 3 p.m. The East County Community Orchestra will present its Spring Concert: Dancing Through Our Memories, directed by Dr. Roger G. Nickerson. Among the pieces the audience will hear are medleys of from the works of George Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe, and Artie Shaw. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Free, but donations are welcome. Director and musicians available for meet-and-greet over free coffee and cookies at intermission. Horner Performing Arts Center at David Douglas High School, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave.
FOR BOOK LOVERS
HEAR REALIST’S UTOPIA
May 2. 7 p.m. Rutger Bregman, a member of the Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30 Europe Class of 2017,” reads from his new book, “Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World.” Bregman explores three core ideas behind what he sees as a revolutionary but achievable utopia: universal basic income, a 15-hour work week, and open borders. Free reading. 503-284-1726. www.broadwaybooks.net. Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway.
May 6. 4-6 p.m. Margaret E. Davis, a bookbinder and journalist, shares the lessons and adventure from her time in China, studying bookbinding where it was invented. She also signs her book, “China Under the Covers: A Binder’s Journey to the Roots of Books,” and exhibits models of historic bindings dating back hundreds of years. 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 N.E. 23rd Ave.
HOW TO END HUNGER
May 24. 6:30-8 p.m. Author Andy Fisher presents a talk and slide show about his book, “Big Hunger.” He suggests that connections between “big food” and anti-hunger groups have diminished our collective ability to end hunger while damaging the dignity and health of low-income Americans. He identifies innovative, community-based models. Free. 503-988-5362. Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
AT THE THEATER
GUILD TO READ PLAY
May 2. 10:30 a.m. The Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s First Tuesday Readers Theatre presents “The Last Five Years,” by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Adair Chappell. Two New Yorkers in their 20s fall in and out of love over five years. He tells the story from the beginning; she tells her story backwards. Tickets at door $10 with coffee, tea and refreshments. The Sanctuary at Triangle Productions, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
‘MEDEA’ TILTS IN ABYSS
May 4. 7 p.m. Continues Thursdays. 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday until May 20. “Medea,” a version of Euripides’ play by Ben Power, performed on a tilting stage: a deck suspended in a black void three feet off the stage floor that tips and sways in an abyss, matching the physical and emotional intensity of the play. Tickets: $19 to $39. TicketsWest ticketswest.com or 503-224-8499 or Imago 503-231-9581. Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave.
U.S.-CUBA ANGST IN PLAY
May 4. 7:30 p.m. Continues Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Until May 27. World premiere of “Oye Oya,” a musical by Rebecca Martinez, music by Rodolfo Ortega, directed by Estefania Fadul. The father of a young woman has been trying to get her out of Cuba. She is caught between his plan and her own ambivalence about what she really wants. She meets Javier, a Cuban-American shipwrecked on the island. What happens when they come together? How does a society let go of the past to clear a path toward a new future? Tickets $25 to $32. Senior, student, veteran prices available. 503-236-7253. Milagro.org. Milagro Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St.
CIRCUS, MUSIC FOR MOM
May 13. 7 p.m. May 14 at 1 p.m. Wanderlust Circus and 3 Leg Torso present “Memories of Mom,” a Mother’s Day comic spectacular in which impresario William Batty tells the tale of his days as a plucky youth in the Victorian slums, eking out a living with his ailing actress mother and a band of child adventurers. The story threads its way through acrobatics, aerial dance, juggling and more, with toe-tapping rhythms from violin, accordion, bass and percussion. Tickets $20-$40. Albertarosetheatre.com. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.
WORK SOFTWARE TOOLS
May 2, 9 and 16. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn the basics of software tools to use at work, such as word processing with Microsoft Word or Google Docs; spreadsheet tools such as Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets; and presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides. Get a Google or Gmail account before class. Free. Registration required: 503-988-5123 or www.multcolib.org or Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
LEARN COMPUTER BASICS
May 5, 12 and 19. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Learn the basics of working on a computer. Free. Registration required: 503-988-5123 or www.multcolib.org or North Portland library, 512 N. Killlingsworth St.
BLOG YOUR IDEAS
May 13. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn blogging with WordPress. Share information, ideas, projects or start a business using blogging. Free. Registration required: 503-988-5123 or www.multcolib.org or North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
AID FOR E-DEVICES
May 4. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Continues Thursdays to May 25. Two Grant High School seniors host an electronics clinic to assist people one-on-one with smart phones, laptop computers, tablets and social media. Bring charged device with password. Free. Registration: 503-288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
END OF LIFE IN ART
May 7. 3 p.m. A performance, ”A Finished Heart: A Love Story,” is about caregiving, end of life and loss told in story, poetry and music. In the journey, Eliott Cherry cares for his husband of 16 years, Chris Chenard, who is dying of pancreatic cancer. Free. Register: 503-288-8303. Abbey Arts, 7600 N. Hereford Ave.
TALK ABOUT DEMENTIA
May 10. 10-11 a.m. When someone shows signs of dementia, learn how to have a productive conversation in an Alzheimer’s Association workshop. Free. Register: (800) 272-3900. Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave.
CARE FOR CAREGIVERS
May 10 or May 28. 1-3 p.m. Alzheimer’s caregivers’ support groups share ideas for coping and caring. They meet on the second Wednesday of the month and the fourth Sunday, a new time. Free. Information: 503-288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center. 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
LEARN ABOUT VILLAGE
May 13. 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learn about Northeast Village PDX in which neighbors help neighbors to age in their own homes. Free. (503) 528-9768. Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
VIEW ‘LION’ MOVIE
May 12. 1 p.m. View Oscar-nominated film, “Lion,” about a 5-year-old boy lost on the streets of Calcutta. He eventually is adopted by an Australian couple, but 25 years later goes in search of his lost family. $1 suggested donation. Film shown with subtitles 1 p.m. May 19. 503-288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
FILM DEPICTS ‘JACKIE’
May 12. 1 p.m. View film “Jackie,” about First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband’s assassination and her fight through grief to console her children and define his legacy. Free. Information: (971) 285-6939. Trenton Terrace, 4720 N. Trenton St. The film shows at 1 p.m. May 26 for $1 suggested donation (information: 503-288-8303) at Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
BLENDER MAKES MEALS
May 12. 2-4 p.m. Continues Fridays to May 26. Learn a variety of recipes using a simple blender, including a smoothie, warm soup and sugar-free desserts. Recipes are gluten-free and vegan. Free. Registration required: 503-288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
‘RIDERS’ TO VIEW ART
May 18. 9:15 a.m. The “Riders’ Club” enjoys art and conversation at the Portland Art Museum, with free bus fare for at least three people from the senior center. Register: 503-288-8303. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
HELP FOR RETIREMENT
May 23. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn about recent changes in Social Security laws and learn about strategies that could help build a comfortable retirement. Free. Registration required: 503) 988-5123 or www.multcolib.org or in Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
FOCUS WITH TAI CHI
May 2. 6 p.m. Continues Tuesdays. Dr. Arn Strasser teaches an ongoing relaxed, focused Tai Chi class. Beginners welcome. $15 single class, $60 for six sessions. Information: 503-287-2800 or visit pdxchiropractor.com Irvington Club, 2131 N.E. Thompson St.
AID FOR DISTRESS
May 2. 6:30 p.m. Continues Tuesdays. The non-profit Recovery International is a training system to help identify and manage negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviors that can lead to emotional distress and related physical symptoms. Free-will offering. 503-810-2789. www.recoveryinternational.org. St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 N.E. 43rd Ave.
May 2 and 16. 7:15-9 p.m. Explore meditation and the fundamentals of Buddhist practice through the Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings. Free. (971) 258-1885. www.somaspace.us/classes. SomaSpace: Movement Arts and Healing Center, 4050 N.E. Broadway.
TAKE OFF POUNDS
May 3. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Continues Wednesdays. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) welcomes new members and guests. Information: 503-459-6006. Basement at Stone Tower Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3125 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
DEAL WITH STRESS
May 3. 7-9 p.m. Learn “Mindfulness Meditation” to deal with stress, pain, illness and other life issues. Suggested donation $15. moc.s1495543348senlu1495543348fdnim1495543348ydobd1495543348nim@y1495543348cnan1495543348. www.mindbodymindfulness.com. Whole Foods yoga studio, 3535 N.E. 15th Ave.
NEIGHBORS CLEAN UP
May 6. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rose City Park and Hollywood Neighborhood Associations’ annual spring cleanup and yard sale accepts furniture, mattresses, glass, hard plastic, electronics, rubber, corded appliances, computers, carpet, tires and scrap metal. No yard debris, construction waste, light bulbs, nor hazardous materials. Item information and fees: www.rcpna.org. Fees include $10 per car to $35+ for truck with trailer, $3 each electronic item, $35 each fridge/AC unit. Questions: Stephen Effros (971) 227-1427. Parking lot of St. Rose Catholic Church, Northeast 54th Avenue and Stanton Street.
LEARN TO GARDEN
May 6. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn tips and tricks for beginning vegetable gardening with Master Gardener Athena McElrath. Information includes bed and soil preparation, tried and true seed lists and planting a variety of favorite vegetables. Free. 503-988-5123. Hollywood library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
FIND A FURRY PET
May 6. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Oregon Humane Society brings adoptable animals. Furever Pets, 1902 N.E. Broadway.
LEARN ABOUT DEBT
May 7. 1-2 p.m. Lawyers Tim L. Eblen, Michelle K. Freed and James Tschudy will discuss debt, credit and the law. They highlight strategies for addressing debt obligations effectively, how those obligations are reported to credit bureaus, and what rights and remedies are available under the law. Free. Registration required: 503-988-5123 or www.multcolib.org or North Portland library, 512 N. Killlingsworth St.
PLAN A RAIN GARDEN
May 7. 1-5 p.m. Learn how to plan, design and build a rain garden – a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater, allowing it to soak naturally into the ground. Led by the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. Free. Information: 503-222-7645. Registration: www.emswcd.org/workshops. Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 N.E. 76th Ave.
ROSEWAY NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP
May 13. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Roseway Neighborhood Association accepting yard debris, bulky waste, metal, bulky-rigid plastics, electronics, reusable household goods. Suggested donations of $10 per car and $15-$20 per truck. Garage sale section included. No construction waste, paint or other hazardous waste. Volunteers desired for three shifts. Information: www.roseway.org or moc.l1495543348iamg@1495543348reetn1495543348ulovy1495543348aweso1495543348r1495543348. Glenhaven Park, N.E. Siskiyou St. at 82nd Ave.
MAKE SOAP AT HOME
May 14. 2-3:30 p.m. Learn how to make soap safely at home with all natural ingredients. Includes processes for coloring and adding fragrance to soap. Leave with written procedures, recipes and soap. Free. Registration required: 503-988-5123 or www.multcolib.org or in Kenton library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
HOW SOLAR WORKS
May 16. 6-7:30 p.m. An introduction to solar power provides information about how solar works in Oregon’s climate; available solar technologies and how they fit into your overall energy use; assessing a site for solar; financial incentives and tax credits that may cover up to 80 percent of the cost; ownership, leasing, power purchase and financing options. Free. Registration required: 503-988-5123 or www.multcolib.org or Hollywood library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
May 10 or May 27. 9 a.m. to noon. Friends of Laurelhurst Park welcome volunteers to help maintain the historic park on the second Wednesday of the month through October plus a new Saturday time. Dress for the weather and bring gloves and hand pruners if desired. Information: Barry Kast 503-477-7469. Meet at the park’s north entrance on Ankeny Street, by the Park Bureau building.
THINK & DRINK ON POVERTY, DISPLACEMENT, AND INEQUALITY
May 17. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Oregon Humanities concludes with a conversation about creative approaches to combating poverty, displacement, and inequality in Portland with John W. Haines of Mercy Corps and Alan Hipolito of Verde. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets, $7.50 for general admission or $10 for preferred seating, are available at albertarosetheatre.com. The event will also be streamed live at oregonhumanities.org. Snacks and conversation will follow the program. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.
NORWAY FEST PLANNED
May 17. 4 p.m. Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge celebrates “Syttende Mai,” commemorating May 17, 1814, when Norway signed the second oldest written constitution in the world, proclaiming independence and freedom. Socialize in the Oslo Lounge, enjoy ethnic food for sale in the dining room, hear the da Vinci Arts Middle School Band at 5 p.m., a cultural program in the Grand Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. including the Scandinavian Chorus, other musicians, speakers and a Bunad parade. www.norsehall.org. Norse Hall, 111 N.E. Couch St.
GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING TRAINING FOR NONPROFITS
May 18. Willamette Valley Development Organization hosts two half-day conferences with presenter Veronica Garcia. Attendees will learn grassroots focused development planning, how to navigate the politics of asking for money, and the art of organizing and fundraising at the same time. Program is focused on grassroots organizations with smaller budgets, limited staff and individuals from social justice and community-based organizations. Event will be held in the morning at Q Center in North Portland, and in the afternoon at Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard. WVDO members $100, non-members $195. Register at wvdo.site-ym.com.
LEADERS TO CONVERSE
May 18. 7 p.m. Jo Ann (Bowman) Hardesty, a former legislator and current president of the NAACP Portland Chapter, will join “Conversations About Leadership” with Bill Farver, board chairman of NE Community Center. 503-284-9252. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
GRANT PARK NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP
May 20. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Grant Park Church will host annual Grant Park Neighborhood Clean-Up in parking lot. Opportunity for neighbors to get rid of unwanted items in homes, yards and garages; to recycle items properly; and to give unwanted, usable items away to their neighbors for free. There will also be a food drive of canned and dry goods benefitting the William Temple House in Portland. 503-288-2878. www.grantparkchurch.com/events. 2728 N.E. 34th Ave.
LEARN ABOUT IRVINGTON’S URBAN FOREST
May 20. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Join Portland historian Dave Hedberg and the Irvington Tree Team to learn about trees in community and how history has shaped urban forest. Using trees as historical anchors, explore history of Irvington and how trees are inextricably intertwined with neighborhood. Information: email@example.com. Holladay Park Church of God, Fellowship Hall, 2120 N.E. Tillamook St.
TALK ABOUT DEMENTIA
May 24. 1-2 p.m. A “Dementia Conversations” class helps family members learn how to set the stage for meaningful conversations about dementia when someone is showing its signs. Facilitated by an Alzheimer’s Association associate. Free. Registration: (800) 272-3900. Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave.
CHURCH SETS SALE
June 2. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fremont United Methodist Church’s annual basement sale includes furniture, kitchen items, tools, toys, books and collectibles. Proceeds support the church’s programs including support for NE Emergency Food Program, NE Back Pack School Lunch Program and the Community of Hope. 503-284-2802. Fremont United Methodist Church, 2620 N.E. Fremont St.
HEAR JAZZ, R&B AT PRIME RIB ON SANDY
Ron Steen’s Jazz Jam every Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Mac Potts vocals and piano every Monday at 7 p.m., Knuckleheads Blues Jam every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Rotating artists and special events every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. www,clydesprimerib.com. Clyde’s Prime Rib, 5474 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-281-9200. – Janet Goetze