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Tuesday, Sept. 3

The Home Tour concert

Hosted by Community Partners for Affordable Housing, singer-songwriter Mary McBride and her band will give a concert through The Home Tour, which assembles local and nationally recognized musicians to perform for — and with — residents in communities that do not have access to live music. Performance takes place from 11 a.m. to noon at The Watershed at Hillsdale, 6388 SW Capitol Highway.

For more information, visit thehometour.org.

Friday, Sept. 6

Multnomah Outdoor Cinema: “Wreck-it Ralph

Come for live music, bottomless bags of popcorn, good company, a free movie and more. Music by Keep Your Fork, There’s Pie begins at 6 p.m. Movie takes place from dusk to 10 p.m. at Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway.

Saturday, Sept. 7

African storytelling with Habiba

Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. Performance takes place from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program.

Igbo Masquerade

Nzuko Ndi Igbo is the premier cultural organization of the Igbo people of Nigeria living in Oregon and Southwest Washington. This masquerade showcases their drumming, flute playing and dancing abilities and features the famous Nyikiriputu and Apunanwu spirits, representing the father and mother of the Igbos. Program takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

Portland Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park: "The Princess Bride"

Movies in the Parks turns your local park into a living room. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and snuggle in for movie time — a fun evening in your park for the entire family. Don't forget your coats and even extra blankets because as soon as the sun goes down it can get chilly when you are sitting still. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., including a performance by local musicians J Miller Productions and free popcorn. Movie begins at dusk. Event takes place at Hamilton Park, Southwest 45th Avenue and Hamilton Street.

Sunday, Sept. 8

Chalk Art Festival

Come enjoy the sunshine and leave your artwork on the sidewalk in front of Rieke Elementary School. Event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hillsdale Farmers Market, Southwest Capitol Highway and Sunset Boulevard.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Portland Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park: "Casblanca"

Movies in the Parks turns your local park into a living room. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and snuggle in for movie time — a fun evening in your park for the entire family. Don't forget your coats and even extra blankets because as soon as the sun goes down it can get chilly when you are sitting still. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., including a performance by local musicians The River City Band and free popcorn. Movie begins at dusk. Event takes place at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody St.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Community Shredding Event

First five boxes free. For each additional box, a $1 donation will be accepted. All proceeds benefit Wilson Youth Football. Event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Barbur Storage, 11318 SW Barbur Blvd., in the parking lot.

Sunday, Sept. 22

Arf in the Park

An event for dogs and their human friends featuring flyball and agility demonstrations, the Portland Police K-9 unit, fun, interactive games with prizes, treats for canines and humans and a raffle fundraiser for April Hill Park Metro Grant Match. Event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at April Hill Park, Southwest 55th Avenue and Miles Street.

Enter on Southwest Logan Court and 54th Street or Southwest Miles Street east of 60th Street. Street parking only.

For more information, email Maplewood@swni.org.

Monday, Sept. 23

Wisdom from the Inside: What Are Your Questions About Elder Care?

Geriatric care managers are health and human services specialists who help families who are caring for older relatives. In this participant-led program, a member of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers will describe work with the elderly and their families, and answer questions. The presentation may cover the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia and/or neuro-cognitive processing disorders, the best ways to talk with aging parents about money, what to look for when selecting senior residences, how family caregivers can deal with guilt and many other issues. Program takes place from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway.

First come, first served.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Starting Out Strong: Building a Solid Financial Foundation for Your Family

There is no question you want the best for your family, and that means protecting them financially. Learn what to do to provide financial safety and security for years to come. Unraveling the Mysteries of Your Money is a series of free forums open to the general public. These forums offer expert panelists who field questions and discuss finance topics. Event takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Alpenrose Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Road.

Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28

Family Folk Dance

Come learn easy folk dances that are fun for the whole family. Teacher Janet Trygstad will teach basic circle dances as well as some partner dances. Bring a water bottle because this energetic dancing can make you thirsty. Program takes place from 11 a.m. to noon at Hillsdale Library, 1575 SW Sunset Blvd.

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Sunday, Sept. 29

Southwest Portland Sunday Parkways

Portland Sunday Parkways promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city's largest public space — its streets — to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation while fostering civic pride. End the Sunday Parkways season with a trek in Southwest. Enjoy the added walk-only route, rolling hills, views and Hillsdale and Multnomah business districts. Activities, music, food and vendors will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Gabriel Park at Southwest Canby Street and 45th Avenue; Multnomah Village, at Southwest Multnomah Boulevard and 36th Avenue; and Hillsdale Shopping Center, Southwest Capitol Highway and Bertha Court.

For a route map, visit bit.ly/swspwr2013.