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Calendar of free events happening around Southwest Portland during the month of April.

Sunday, April 2
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Timely Topics Book Group

The Garden Home Community Library has started a quarterly book club focused on facilitating conversations on current affairs. The inaugural session begins at 11 a.m. at the library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road). The group will be discussing "The Handmaid's Tale."

Monday, April 3

Beckie Elgin presents "Journey"

Oregon author Beckie Elgin will be at Annie Bloom's Books to read from her middle-grade book "Journey: The Amazing Story of Or-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History." The reading starts at 7 p.m. at the bookstore (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Tuesday, April 4

English Class/Clases de Ingles Gratis Cada Martes

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

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. Expect questions about current events and music, with a mixture of difficulty levels. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at library's Community Store (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday, April 5

Best of Funny Shakespeare

The Hillsdale Library will begin its celebration of the birth and death month of William Shakespeare by hosting the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, an interactive performance of the best of the playwright's comedies. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Thursday, April 6

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance

The Hillsdale Library will host volunteer counselors every Thursday in April to assist those with Medicare to make the best use of their benefits. This event is free, but interested parties must contact Multnomah County Helpline (503-988-3646) to register. The event will be held in the library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.) from 5:45-7:45 p.m.

Mni Wiconi (Water is Life)

Storyteller Kevin Locke will visit the Garden Home Recreation Center gymnasium (7475 S.W. Oleson Road) at 7 p.m. as part of the "Art of the Story" festival. For a full schedule of activities, visit wccls.org/festival.

Mystery Writers at Annie Bloom's

Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) will host mystery writers Gary Corbin and local Kelly Garrett at 7 p.m. The authors will read from their latest novels.

Friday, April 7

Books & Beers with Heather & Nick

The Garden Home Library continues its "Books & Beers" program for people under 40. The February selection is "The Buried Giant" by Kazuo Ishiguro; beer is provided, of course. The program is planned for 7 p.m. at the library store annex across the street from the library (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Perspectives on Nordic Architecture

As part of its regular Friday night lecture series, Nordic Northwest — along with Portland State University — will present a talk with three panelists from the architecture industry on Nordic architecture. This free event will be held in room 171 in Cramer Hall at Portland State University (1721 S.W. Broadway). Call Nordic Northwest for more info at 503-977-0275.

Saturday, April 8

Indigenous Flute Workshop

Kevin Locke will return to the Garden Home Community Library (7475 S.W. Oleson Road) to teach the basics of playing the Indigenous flute. The event requires advance registration, because space is limited. To learn more, contact the library at 503-245-9932.

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

The Hillsdale Library will host a knitting workshop in which participants can learn basic skills or get help on a project they've started. The class is open to crocheters and children 5 years of age and older. To make a scarf, be sure to bring two balls of bulky yarn in your preferred color. It's first come, first served from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Free Movie Day

The Garden Home Community Library will host two screenings of the most recent movie in the "Star Wars" franchise. The film is rated PG-13. The first screening is set for 1 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m., both in the library's annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Sunday, April 9

April Pools Day

The Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-244-0111) will host a water safety event starting at 12:30 p.m., with lots of activities and chances to win raffle prizes. For more information, go to oregonjcc.org.

Tuesday, April 11

"Concepcion and the Baby Brokers"

Author Deborah Clearman will read from her book "Concepcion and the Baby Brokers" at 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Book Group at the Garden Home Library

This month, the Garden Home Library's book group will host Ruth Wariner, author of the memoir "The Sound of Gravel." The event is free and open to the public; it's set for 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday, April 12

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).

Paul Dage presents "Trout Run"

Oregon author Paul Dage will be at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) starting at 7 p.m. to read from "Trout Run," the sequel to his debut, "Trout Kill."

Saturday, April 15

Sun Catchers

Valerie Bluemel will visit the Hillsdale Library to explain how to make easy-to-create sun catchers, which can be hung in windows or on plants. The demonstration begins at 1 p.m. at the library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388). Registration is required.

Alpenrose Easter Egg Hunt

Alpenrose Dairy (6149 S.W. Shattuck Road; 503.244.1133) will host its 55th annual Easter Egg Hunt. Chocolate eggs will be hidden across the grounds, and the event will include a visit from the Easter bunny. The hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-5 and 12:30 p.m. for ages 6-8. More information at alpenrose.com.

SW Urban Trails Walk

The April SW Urban Trails Walk will be led by Mark Turner. Participants will carpool to Tryon Creek Park, where they will traverse some of the lesser-known trails to the north edge of Lake Oswego along Southwest Terwilliger Avenue and back to Tryon. The walk is 6 miles long with about 200 feet of elevation gain. Meet at Wilson High School (Southwest Sunset Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Highway) behind the bleachers, near the food carts, and be ready to leave by 9 a.m. For more information or to volunteer to lead a walk in your neighborhood, contact Sharon Fekety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, April 18

Susan DeFreitas presents "Hot Season"

Annie Bloom's Books will host Portland author Susan DeFreitas, who will read from her novel "Hot Season." The reading will start at 7 p.m. at the bookstore (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Screening of "Farmington"

The West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be showing the 2004 documentary "Farmingville," starting at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow. The screening, presented in collaboration with OPB's POV, will be held at 8470 S.W. Oleson Rd.

Thursday, April 20

Young Adult Authors at Annie Bloom's

Regional authors will visit Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) starting at 7 p.m. to read selections from each of their youth-oriented books. Amber Keyser will present her novel "Point, Claw," and Ruth Tenzer Feldmen will be reading from the third in her "Blue Thread" series.

Friday, April 21

Free Foreign Film Night

This month, the Garden Home Community Library is screening the 2002 Brazilian film "City of God/Cicade de Deus," which was nominated for four Academy Awards. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Saturday, April 22

The Villains of Shakespeare

In a continuation of its celebration of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the Hillsdale Library will host a discussion by Dr. William Thierfelder on the greatest villains in the playwright's works, such as Othello, Hamlet and others. Registration is required for this event, which begins a 1 p.m. at the library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd. 503-988-5388).

Blogging with WordPress

Come to the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5385) to learn the basics of creating and maintaining a WordPress blogging account. Registration is required for this course, which will begin at 2 p.m.

KC Puppetree

The Garden Home Community Library will present a workshop on creating puppets out of recycled material. Call the library to register for this event, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in the library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Sunday, Apr. 23

Hip Hop Soulsation

The Hillsdale Library is Hosting Cykhyia of the Hip Hop Soulsation Academy for an upbeat, interactive performance suitable for the whole family. The event, which is first come, first served, begins at 3 p.m. at the meeting room of the library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Tabletop Roleplaying

Whether you're feeling nostalgic or completely new to it all, join experienced game-master Eric starting at 1 p.m. at the Garden Home Library Annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932) for "Tabletop Roleplaying." Characters and dice are provided — you need only bring your imagination.

Wednesday, April 26

Amy Minato Presents "Hermit Thrush"

Portland Writer Amy Minato will read form her new poetry collection "Hermit Thrush" starting at 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom's Books, (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053.)

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