"Building a business association for freelancers": February's dinner meeting of the Association of Home Businesses introduces you to "The Freelancer" – today's most common home businessperson; the speaker is Marina Martinez-Bateman. A guided conversation asks the question: Can we use Portland's robust neighborhood business association culture to benefit freelancers and other home-based businesses? As a former freelancer, former business association board member, and the owner of a home-based business herself, she has a unique insight into the overlapping interests and needs of freelancers – needs that most traditional business associations struggle to serve. AHB meets on the third Thursday evening of each month at SMILE Station in Sellwood at 6 p.m. for three hours of camaraderie, networking, a buffet supper, and an interesting and relevant speaker. In February, that's the 21st. Whether you're a home businessperson or not, you're welcome to attend. Door fee of $10 covers it all. RSVP requested for each attendee for meal planning. Call 503/232-2326 to RSVP. More information on the group is online – www.AHBoregon.org
"Collage" announces two events in Westmoreland: Collage's "Nectar Free craft night for February" will be on Tuesday, February 5, at Nectar Frozen Yogurt, 1631 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, 5-6:30 p.m. This craft will be appropriate for all ages. And Collage's "Pizzicato Free craft night for February" will be on Wednesday, February 20, at Pizzicato, 1630 S.E. Bybee, 6-8 p.m. This craft is appropriate for ages 8 and up. In both cases, no signup is necessary, just drop in! All supplies and instructor provided free of charge by Collage. However, any yogurt or pizza will be at your own expense of course!
Sellwood gallery highlights "citizen censorship as art": Roll-Up Gallery in Sellwood opens a new exhibition, February 1-23 – in which Nevada-based artist Jayna Conkey's photographic series "Withdrawn" documents mutilated library books from around the country, transforming these reader-altered pages into new, multi-layered images. Her photographs of these anonymous interventions embody the twin responses of censorship and voyeurism. Opening Reception (with the artist in attendance) is Friday, February 1, 5-9 p.m. Roll-Up Studio + Gallery is situated at 1715 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, and gallery hours are Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. For information, call 503/267-5835, or go online – www.rollupspace.com