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A calendar of free community entertainment and events happening in Southwest Portland in July

Monday, July 3

Build a Better Suit of Armor

Head to the Capitol Hill Library at 2 p.m. to learn about medieval armour, combat, art, architecture and more from the Knights of Veritas. They'll be demonstrating authentic combat techniques with real swords and armor. Free tickets available half hour in advance at the library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Thursday, July 6

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (Every Thursday)

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

Mad Science: Fire and Ice

This youth summer science event at the Garden Home Community Recreation Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road) will feature "dazzling" demonstrations using fire, potions and frozen carbon dioxide gas. This free event starts at 11 a.m. at the center.

Friday, July 7

Books & Beers with Heather & Nick

The Garden Home Library continues its book club for people under 40, "Books & Beers," with the July selection, "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein. 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, July 8

Southwest Urban Trails Walk

The June walk will be led by Lee Butler. Participants will make a loop that starts in Hillsdale, crosses over the Sellwood Bridge to Willamette Park and heads back to the start through the South Waterfront neighborhood. The walk is 7.5 miles with a 220-foot elevation gain on the Tillicum Bridge. Walkers should 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, contact Sharon Fekety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Free Movie Night

The Garden Home Community Library annex, located across the street from the library (7306 S.W. Oleson Road), will host a screening of the 2015 smash hit reboot "Mad Max: Fury Road." Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie beginning at 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 9

Build Portland 3017

The Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.) will host a workshop with Puppetkabob to craft a futuristic world with colored paper, pipe cleaners, found objects and more. Geared toward young families, this fun event will play to your imagination of what the future will look like. Runs from 3-5 p.m. at the library.

Monday, July 10

Garden Tales

Join Red Yarn and his critters as he guides families and young kids through the Capitol Hill Library garden starting at 2 p.m. Activities will also feature an interactive puppet show, singing and dancing. Free tickets are available 30 minutes in advance of the show at the library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose

This class on Mussar, an approach to self-awareness ground in 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, July 11

English Class/Clases de Inglés 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.

Book Group at the Garden Home Library

This month, the Garden Home Library's book group selection is "In the Unlikely Event," by Judy Blume. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

ReWild

This summer event, geared toward older kids and teens, will teach attendees how to make a fire the old fashioned way: rubbing sticks together. Attendees will also learn how to make ancient stone tools. Event begins at 2 p.m. at the Garden Home Recreation Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road).

Wednesday, July 12

Family Gardening at the Library

Get your hands dirty every other Wednesday in 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.

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, July 13

Greta Pederson

Greta Pederson will be at the Garden Home Community Recreation Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road) for an hour of singalongs and interactive music. The free event begins at 11 a.m. at the center.

Friday, July 14

Shaba-lah Family Shabbat BBQ

Bring your family or join your child at camp at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway) for a special Shabbat barbeque. The free event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the center.

Saturday, July 15

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

The Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388) will host a knitting workshop in which you can learn basic skills or get help on a project you'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 library's Meeting Room from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Monday, July 17

Bugs Make the World a Better Place

The Bug Chicks will be at the Capitol Hill Library to talk about the importance of insects, spiders and their relatives. The interactive event promotes STEM education and engages young ones to be curious about the natural world. Tickets available a half hour before the 2 p.m. event at the library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Gardening Camp for Kids

This youth camp, which is scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m. the week of July 17-21, will teach kids to get their hands dirty and learn about gardening and the life cycles of plants. Registration required for this event at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-988-5123).

Wednesday, July 14

The Fascinating World of Reptiles

"Reptile Man" Richard Ritchey comes to the Hillsdale Library with his crew of snakes, lizards and turtles. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance of the 3 p.m. event, at the library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.)

Thursday, July 20

Vikki Gasko-Green

Vikki Gasko-Green will perform her one-woman ventriloquism show at the Garden Home Community Recreation Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road) starting at 11 a.m. The free event is open to the public.

Sunday, July 23

Columbia Gorge 2.0

Come to the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388) from 1-2 p.m. to learn from author Laura O. Foster abou the history of the Columbia River Gorge. She'll also give some travel tips for low-cost adventures. Registration is required.

Rock Mandala Painting

This introductory class at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway) teaches students to mindfully and meditatively paint simple mandala designs on rocks. Registration is required for this event, which begins at 2 p.m. at the library.

Wednesday, July 26

Truffula Tree Theater

Puppetkabob returns to read from "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss while attendees design a 3D forest of Truffula Trees. The event begins at 3 p.m. at the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.; 503-988-5388.)

Thursday, July 27

Rick Huddle

Storyteller Rick Huddle will be at the Garden Home Community Recreation Center (7475 S.W. Oleson Road) for an hour of music and theatrical storytelling for all ages. The free event begins at 11 a.m.

Sunday, July 30

Tabletop Role Playing

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.

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