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Bits & Pieces: Seeing where never seen

The Rose City Astronomers club meets every month, and the next meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. — will host planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel.

Hammel will provide an update on the James Webb Space Telescope, set to be launched in 2018. With its segmented mirror that will be three times larger than Hubble, the Webb telescope will operate a million miles away and see farther than either the Hubble or Spitzer space telescopes. Hammel, of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., and a member of the project, will bring current images and videos.

The RCA meetings are free and open to the public. For info: rosecityastronomers.org.

‘Everybody Reads

The Multnomah County Library marks its 150th birthday on Feb. 15, and during the month of February puts on the community event “Everybody Reads.” See multcolib.org/everybody-reads for complete information.

“My Beloved World,” by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, has been named the “Everybody Reads” 2014 book selection. Copies of the book are available at neighborhood libraries, and e-books are available through Overdrive, thanks to The Library Foundation.

Sotomayer will visit Portland to speak at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on March 11. Tickets to the live event are sold out, but you can still attend the Literary Arts-sponsored live simulcast at Kridel Ballroom at Portland Art Museum. Tickets are $5 and available at portlandartmuseum.org/sotomayor.

30-year anniversary

PassinArt, a theater company that has put on African-American productions in the North/Northeast Portland area, celebrates its 30 years of existence with “Sweet Taste of the Arts,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave. It’s open to the pubic and brings together members of the artistic community to celebrate the contributions of African-Americans. For info: passinart.net.

Jason Vondersmith