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Free events happening in and around Southwest Portland in June

Thursday, June 1

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (Every Thursday)

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

Friday, June 2

Books & Beers with Heather & Nick

The Garden Home Library will continue its new program, "Books & Beers," a book club for people under 40. Beer provided. The June selection is "The Circle" by Dave Eggers. This program will be held at 7 p.m. at the library store annex across the street from the library (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Saturday, June 3

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Come to the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388) to learn about lifestyle habits you can adopt to help maintain or improve your health. Registration is required for this event, which is presented by the Alzheimer's Association and begins at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

Multnomah History

The Multnomah Historical Association is hosting a first-come, first-served visual presentation about the history of the Village from 1900 to present. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. in the meeting room of the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Monday, June 5

Creating Your Own Graphic Novel

Teens are invited to the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388) at 12:45 p.m. to join local author and illustrator Victoria Jamieson for an interactive workshop for young writers. Registration is required.

Tuesday, June 6

Introduction to Solar

Come to the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway) to learn why solar could be a smart choice for Oregon and your home. Registration is required for this event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the library's meeting room.

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 free, open event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library's annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

English Class/Clases de Ingles Gratis Cada Martes

The Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway) offers 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.

Thursday, June 8

T-Rex Film Screening

The Capitol Hill Library will be hosting filmmakers from Passion River productions for a screening of their acclaimed film "T-Rex," about a female boxer from Flint, Mich., competing for gold in the 2012 Olympic Games. Event is first-come, first-served and begins at 4 p.m. in the meeting room of the library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Saturday, June 10

Southwest Urban Trails Walk

The June walk will be led by Don Baack. Participants will walk on SW Trail 6 from Hillsdale through Portland Heights to the end of Goose Hollow, then return by MAX and bus. The walk is 6 miles, 700 feet up and 1,000 feet down. Bring bus tickets or money for bus fare. Walkers will meet behind the bleachers, near the food carts, at Wilson High School, (Southwest Sunset Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Highway) and should be ready to depart at 9 a.m. Well-behaved dogs are allowed, but must be on leash. For more information, or to volunteer to lead a future walk in your neighborhood, contact Sharon Fekety by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

The Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388) will be hosting a knitting workshop in which participants can learn basic skills or get help on a project they've started. Open to crocheters and children 5 years of age and older. Be sure to bring two balls of bulky yarn in your preferred color. First come, first served in the Meeting Room from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Engineer it! Exploring Ancient Technologies

Come to the Garden Home Library to try out your own engineering skills while discovering technologies designed by Oregon's first engineers: the Native American people. The exploration begins at 11 a.m. in the library annex, 7306 S.W. Oleson Rd.

Monday, June 12

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose

This class on Mussar, an approach to self-awareness grounded in a reflection of Jewish texts and spiritual practices, will be held in the cafe at Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway). The free lecture begins at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13

Family Gardening at the Library

Get your hands dirty every Tuesday at the learning garden at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). This first-come, first-served event is intended for second- to fifth-graders.

Book Group at the Garden Home Library

This month, the Garden Home Library's book group selection is "The Dead Lands," by Benjamin Percy. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m. at the library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Wednesday, June 14

Warren Easley presents "Blood for Wine"

Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) will host Warren Easley, who will be reading from the latest in his Cal Claxton mysteries, "Blood for Wine. The event begins at 7 p.m.

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's annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Thursday, June 15

Beat Making with iPads

This teen event at the Capitol Hill Library will allow participants to become a beat maker with the iPad app DM1. The first-come, first-served event begins at 4 p.m. at the library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-577-9984).

Debby Dodds presents "Amish Guys Don't Call"

Annie Bloom's Books welcomes local author Debby Dodds, who will be reading from her young adult novel "Amish Girls Don't Call," starting at 7 p.m. at the store (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Friday, June 16

Free Film Night

This month the Garden Home Community Library is screening the 2013 film, "The Deeps," a Norwegian film about a shipwreck survivor. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Sunday, June 18

Citizen Advocacy 101

The Hillsdale Library is hosting a lecture on how to improve your life for yourself and your neighbors through civic engagement. The first-come, first-served event begins at 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388).

Monday, June 19

Jacqueline Keeler presents 'Edge of Morning'

Annie Bloom's Books will host Jacqueline Keeler for a reading from "Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears," which she edited. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the store (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Wednesday, June 21

Summer Reading Programs

Everyone in the family can participate in a summer reading program this summer at the Garden Home Community Library, 7475 S.W. Oleson Road.  Those who finish the readings have the chance to win cool prizes, which vary by age. Interested parties can sign up as early as June 1 or come to the community night kick off on June 21. Visit gardenhomelibrary.org for more details.

Thursday, June 22

Wraps, Wraps and More Wraps

The Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd; 503-988-5388) will host a wrap-making seminar for teens who want to learn how to create this ultimate on-the-go food. First come, first served at 3 p.m. in the library's meeting room.

Saturday, June 24

Born in the Deep Woods

Join award-winning family performer Red Yarn for a morning of folk music and an interactive puppet show. The performance will be in the Hillsdale Library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd; 503-988-5388) from 10:30-11:15 a.m.; free tickets will be available 30 minutes in advance.

Sunday, June 25

The Zaniac Comedy Show

This family-friendly event features the energetic comedy stylings of Seattle's Funniest Prop Comic, "The Zaniac." The show begins at 3 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388); free tickets will be available 30 minutes in advance.

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.

Monday, June 26

Babysitter Training camp

The Hillsdale Library will host a two-day camp June 26-27 featuring hands-on practice and discussions to help teens advance their babysitting skills. Registration is required for the event, which runs from 1-5 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday in the library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd; 503-988-5388).

Honey Bee Science Discovery Program

Beekeeper Kendall Swanson will talk about the science behind honey bee behavior at the Capital Hill Library. This hands-on lecture and discovery lab is intended for children ages 3-and-up, though adults will enjoy it as well. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the library meeting room (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-577-9984).

Tuesday, June 27

Tracy Prince and Zadie Schaffer: 'Notable Women of Portland'

Annie Bloom's Books will welcome two local writers, Dr. Tracy Prince and Zadie Schaffer, to read from their co-authored book "Notable Women of Portland." The event starts at 7 p.m. at the store (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Thursday, June 29

Vision Board

This workshop at the Capitol Hill Library will teach participants to make a vision board out of recycled materials and other artists tools. The session, presented by Mama Megan, is intended for teens and begins at 6 p.m. at the library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-577-9984.)

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