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Calendar of free community events happening in Southwest Portland in May

Monday, May 1

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Bike Storytime

The Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.) will host a special story time in honor of National Bike Month from 10-10:30 a.m. Preschoolers ages 3-6 years old are welcome with an adult. Also, if you ride your bike to the library anytime during the month of May, you'll get a free bike light. Event is first come, first served. More info: 503-988-5388.

Tuesday, May 2

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 May, 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.

Family Gardening at the Library

Get your hands dirty every Tuesday in the learning garden at the Capitol Hill Library (10723 S.W. Capitol Highway). This first-come, first-served event begins at 3:30 p.m. and is intended for second to fifth graders.

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

Thursday, May 4

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance

The Hillsdale Library will host volunteer counselors every Thursday to assist those with Medicare to 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 events will be held in the meeting room of the library (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard) from 5:45-7:45 p.m.

"Hooper's Revolution"

Local author Dennie Wendt will be at Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) at 7 p.m. to read from his novel "Hooper's Revolution," a story about soccer in the 1970s.

Friday, May 5

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 February selection is "The Buried Giant" by Kazuo Ishiguro. 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).

Spring Arts & Crafts Sale

The Multnomah Arts Center (7688 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-823-2787) will host a sale of ceramics, textiles, paintings and more from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6. All sales go toward arts education.

Saturday, May 6

Early Outer Southwest Portland History

Come to the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard; 503-988-5388) from 2-3 p.m. to learn about the history of outer Southwest Portland, with a visual presentation by Tim Lyman of the Multnomah Historical Association. First come, first served.

Container Gardening Workshop

The Garden Home Community Library will host author Maggie Stuckey, whose bestselling book "The Bountiful Container" inspired this workshop on how to grow plants without having to put them in the ground. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Sunday, May 7

Historic Preservation Meeting

The Multnomah Historical Association will host an historic preservation meeting for those who have an interest in preserving local history and want to share their vision for the future of the group. The meeting is open to all and begins at 1 p.m. at Riversgate Church (7634 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Tuesday, May 9

Book Group at the Garden Home Library

The Garden Home Library's book group selection for May is "Find a Way," a memoir by Diana Nyad. The event is free and open to the public; it begins at 7 p.m. at the Garden Home Community Library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

"Rebel Mother"

Annie Bloom's Books (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053) will host Peter Andreas, who will be reading from his memoir "Rebel Mother." The book tells of Andrea's life with a his mother, a Marxist revolutionary. The reading begins at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10

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, May 11

Nosh & Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen

This month's discussion at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center will focus on Pirkei Avot/Imahot: Wisdom for Our Time. Free and open to the community, the event will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the Cafe at the J. (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Saturday, May 13

The No. 1 Hillsdale Knitting Society

The Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard; 503-988-5388) will host a knitting workshop from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the meeting room, where you can learn basic skills or get help on a project you've started. Welcome 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.

Mo Phillips

The Garden Home Library will host Mo Phillips for a family-friendly jam session rooted in the American folk rock tradition. The free event begins at 1 p.m. in the annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road).

Southwest Urban Trails Walk

The May walk will be led by Sharon Fekety. Participants will start at Wilson High School and winding through several woody trails. The walk is 6 miles long with an 1,100-foot elevation gain. Meet behind the bleachers, near the food carts, at Wilson (Southwest Sunset Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Highway) and be ready to go at 9 a.m. Well-behaved dogs are allowed, but must be on leash. For more information or to lead a future walk, contact Sharon Fekety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, May 16

Learn Programming with Games

If you have no experience with programming and want learn the basics of coding for a game, then head to the Hillsdale Library meeting room (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is required for this educational event. More info: 503-988-5388.

Estate Planning 101

This free, educational event at the Garden Home Community Library will give you a better understanding of what estate planning options are available. The lecture, hosted by attorney Michelle-Shari Kruss, will be held at the annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road), starting at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by calling the library at 503-245-9932.

Wednesday, May 17

Northwest Senior Theatre

This year's performance by Northwest Senior Theatre, "The Winner is … Academy Award Winning Songs," will be held in Alpenrose Dairy's opera house (6149 S.W. Shattuck Road). The shows, which run through May 20, cost $5 and start at 2 p.m. Call 503-227-2003 for more information.

"Ivy Get Your Gun"

Annie Bloom's Books welcomes Portland mystery writer Cindy Brown, who will be reading from her fourth Ivy Meadows novel, "Ivy Get your Gun," starting at 7 p.m. at "The Vault" at O'Conner's Restaurant (7850 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Friday, May 19

Free Film Night

This month, the Garden Home Community Library is screening the 2010 film "Valhalla Rising," an action film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the library annex (7306 S.W. Oleson Road; 503-245-9932).

Saturday, May 20

Multnomah Garden Club Plant Sale

The Multnomah Garden Club will be hosting a sale at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 3405 S.W. Alice Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club is offering a selection of organic and local native plants, vegetable starts, annuals, grasses, etc. Coffee will also be available.

Sunday, May 21

Rubik's Cube Competition

The World Cube Association will be hosting a Rubik's Cube competition at the Hillsdale Library Meeting Room (1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard; 503-988-5388), starting at 10:15 a.m. Competitors will solve two types of cubes while blindfolded in the fewest moves possible. Registration is required for this event, and can be completed at the World Cube Association website, worldcubeassociation.org.

Monday, May 22

Middle Grade Reading: Patricia Bailey, Janet Johnson & Heidi Schulz

Annie Bloom's Books will host three Oregon middle-grade authors — Patricia Bailey, Janet Johnson and Heidi Schulz — for an evening of readings from their youth-oriented books. Event starts at 7 p.m. at the store (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Tuesday, May 23

Butterfly Project Installation Ceremony

Come to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for the Butterfly Project installation ceremony, the culmination of work from Good Deeds Day/J-Serve. Holocost survivors and teens involved in the project will speak at this event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the MJCC (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Wednesday, May 24

Multnomah Chorus Free Spring Concert

The Multnomah Chorus and Women's Chorus will perform a free concert starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway. Complimentary light refreshments will be available after the show. More information is available online at www.multnomahartscenter.org.

Thursday, May 25

"Aging: An Apprenticeship"

Annie Bloom's Books will host local writers Nan Narboe, Susan Troccolo and Paul Casey for readings from the anthology "Aging: An Apprentiship." Event starts at 7 p.m. at the store (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway; 503-246-0053).

Sunday, May 28

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 this library series, "Tabletop Roleplaying." Characters and dice are provided — you need only bring your imagination.

Tuesday, May 30

Shavout Cheesecake Bake-Off

Enter your best cheesecake recipe in this contest for Shavuot. Held at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 S.W. Capitol Highway) starting at 5 p.m. Non-kosher entries are accepted; recipes due by Friday, May 26 to Len Steinberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, May 31

Honest Writing

Annie Bloom's Books will host local writers Penelope Scambly Schott and Sage Cohen for readings and discussions on honest writing about tough personal issues. The event and discussion begins at 7 p.m. in the store (7834 S.W. Capitol Highway).

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