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Free, public events in Southwest Portland

Thursday, Feb, 2

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Film Screening: "The Flat"

The Mittleman Jewish Community Center will host a screening of "The Flat," a documentary by director Arnon Goldfinger that investigates the painful past of his family. Discussion with playwright Andrea Stolowitz will follow. Registration is required for the event, held at 7:30 p.m. at the center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Val Bruech Presents 'Judicious Murder'

Beaverton author Val Bruech will read from her debut mystery novel, "Judicious Murder," from 7-8 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Friday, Feb. 3

Books & Beers with Heather & Nick

The Garden Home Library will continue its new book club, Books & Beers with the February selection: "The Yiddish Policeman's Union," by Michael Chabon. Held at 7 p.m. at the library store annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

The Kalevala

Nordic Northwest (along with Portland State University) will present a talk with Greg Jacob about poetic expression in traditional Finnish culture. The free event will be held in room 171 in Cramer Hall at Portland State University. (1721 S.W. Broadway).

Saturday, Feb. 4

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon

In this conversation, hosted by Manuel Padilla, attendees can learn more about the international refugee and migration situation. Held in the Garden Home Library Annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road) starting at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 5

Digital Fliers and Greeting Cards

The Hillsdale Library will host teens for an afternoon of learning about how to design and draw digital flier projects on the computer. First come, first served for this event, scheduled from 2:30-4 p.m. in the meeting room of the library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Monday, Feb. 6

Timberline Review Reading

Annie Bloom's Books will celebrate the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of the Timberline Review, a Portland-based literary journal. Event is free and will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the store (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Don't Let the Pigeon Take over the Library

Join Rick Huddle at the Hillsdale Library meeting room from 4-4:45 p.m. to hear stories, songs and skits inspired by Mo Willems' books. First come, first served (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

English Class/Clases de Inglés Gratis Cada Martes

The Capitol Hill Library will offer free English classes for all levels every Tuesday in February. The first come, first served classes will be held from 1 -2:30 p.m. (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). For more info, call 503-577-9984.

"Practicing Pilgrimage"

Local author Brett Webb-Mitchell will visit Annie Bloom's Books to discuss his latest book, "Practicing Pilgrimage: On Being and Becoming God's Pilgrim People," from 7-8 p.m. (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.)

Nerd night: Trivia for adults

The Garden Home Library invites you to test your knowledge — solo or in a team — at its monthly trivia night for adults. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library's Community Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Thursday, Feb. 9

Nosh & Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen

This month's discussion at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center will cover the New Year of the Trees. Free and open to the community, it's scheduled from 1-2 p.m at the Cafe at the J (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Marilynne Eichinger presents 'Lives of Museum Junkies'

Annie Bloom's Books will host Portland author and former museum manager Marilynn Eichinger for a reading from her book, "Lives of Museum Junkies," from 7-8 p.m. (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Saturday, Feb. 11

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

The Hillsdale Library will host a knitting workshop where you can learn basic skills or get help on a project you've started. To make a scarf, be sure to bring two balls of bulky yarn in your preferred color. The first come, first served event will start at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard).

Take the Right Steps: A fall prevention workshop for seniors

This 90-minute workshop will introduce participants to ways that they can reduce the risk of falls by focusing on major risk factors. Registration required. Held in the Capitol Hill Library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385) from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

SW Trails Walk

Virginia Hendrickson will host the February SW Trails walk through the Loll Wildwood Natural Area, the Nansen Summit, Sylvania Natural Area Park and Holly Farm Park. Those interested should meet behind the bleachers, near the food carts, at Wilson High School (S.W. Sunset Blvd. and S.W. Capitol Highway) and be ready to carpool to the Barbur Transit Center by 9 a.m. The hike is five miles long with 600 feet of elevation gain, and hikers may meet some muddy, rough areas if it is rainy. Well-behaved dogs are allowed, but must be on leash.

Somali Family Time/ Waqtiga Qoyska

Somali families are invited to enjoy crafts, refreshments, and other activities. This event doesn't require registration, but is first come, first served. Scheduled from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Sunday, Feb. 12

Coil Baskets

This workshop at the Hillsdale Library teaches participants how to create handheld baskets using repurposed materials. The event will be held in the meeting room starting at 2 p.m. Registration required. (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard).

How to Plant Extraordinary Terrariums

Come to the Capitol Hill Library to learn about total-enclosure terrariums, and leave with a terrarium of your own. This event will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385). Registration required.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Book Group at the Garden Home Library

This month's selection is "A Wrinkle in Time," by Madeleine L'Engle. Ask in the library for available copies. Discussion begins at 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday Feb. 15

'The Scorekeeper'

Annie Bloom's Books will host a reading by Portland author Edward Hershey from his memoir, "The Scorekeeper," starting at 7 p.m. (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Board Game Night

Garden Home Community Library's monthly board game night includes a variety of games throughout the evening. Participants can bring their own games to share, too. The event will run from 6-9 p.m. at the Library Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Thursday, Feb. 16

'Where the Lost Girls Go'

Portland author R.J. Noonan will visit Annie Bloom's Books to read from his latest Loura Mori Mystery, "Where the Lost Girls Go." The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the bookstore (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Friday, Feb. 17

Free Film Night

Garden Home Community Library will host a screening of the 2015 indie film "Men Go to Battle," a movie about the Civil War. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Library Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road).

Saturday, Feb. 18

Kids' Ceramic Painting

Families and children in grades K-5 can paint their own ceramic objects in this workshop. Ceramics and painting supplies will be provided. This event, held in the meeting room of the Capitol Hill library, runs from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and is first come, first served. (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Using Craigslist

Attendees will learn the basics of using the online classifieds service. Registration required for this Capitol Hill Library event, which is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Sunday, Feb. 19

Good Soil and Compost for a Great Spring Garden

This presentation for beginning and advanced gardeners alike will teach soil improvement tehniques. The workshop will run from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). Registration required.

Monday, Feb. 20

'Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love'

Photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky will show photos from her series on senior dogs, "Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love" at Annie Bloom's Books from 7-8 p.m. (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Tuesday, Feb. 21

'Meet Me at the Bamboo Table'

Seattle writer A.V. Crofts will be at Annie Bloom's Books to read from "Meet Me at the Bamboo Table," her look at globalized food trends. The reading will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the bookstore. (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Thursday, Feb 23

Legos at the Library

Kids ages 5 to 11 can come to the Capitol Hill Library Meeting Room to build to their hearts' desire from 3:30-4:30 p.m. First come, first served for this free event. (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Saturday, Feb. 25

Word Processing One

Adults can learn the basics of Microsoft Word at the Capitol Hill Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The workshop is for beginners, but participants must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse. Registration required (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Sunday, Feb. 26

Exploring the Power of Stories

Adults can create original artwork and writings inspired by their families' history at this workshop, presented by Lisa Kagan. Held from 2-4 p.m. in the Hillsdale Library meeting room. (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard; 503-988-5388).

Secrets to Buying a Business or Franchise

The Capitol Hill Library will host an informational workshop on how to determine whether you'd be fit for business ownership. Registration is required for this session, which is scheduled from 2:30-4 p.m. in the meeting room. (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385).

Monday, Feb. 27

"Road to the Sea"

Annie Bloom's Books will host a reading at 7 p.m. by local author Tim Schell from his novel, "Road to the Sea." (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053). 

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