Art Night: Watercolor & Ink
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Art Night: Watercolor & Ink

This is a new monthly program offered by Garden Home Community Library!

Artists of all abilities are invited to drop by the Annex to participate in an evening of art making alongside local creatives. This month, we’ll be creating watercolor and ink illustrations. Bring a photo or image for inspiration if you have something specific you’d like to paint. We’ll provide free art supplies, instruction, inspiration, and snacks.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Let Me Take You There: A Poetry / Jazz Performance Inspired by Nature
Jul
1
4:00 PM16:00

Let Me Take You There: A Poetry / Jazz Performance Inspired by Nature

Come listen to live, poetry-infused jazz music. Original jazz compositions by composer and musician Bryan Smith dialogue with nature-inspired poetry by poet Matt Spohn, as these local artists unveil their Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)- funded project, Let Me Take You There.

This event is free / Everyone is invited / Refreshments are provided

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Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults
Jul
3
6:30 PM18:30

Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults

On the first Tuesday of every month, come test your knowledge - solo or in a team – and find out who knows the most. Five varying sets of trivia, including current events and music sets. Prizes for players with most and least points at the end of the night.

Suggested age: 18+ / This event is free / Snacks are provided

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Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment

Our July selection is Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut. 

Synopsis (from NoveList on wccls.org): After the universe decides to back up ten years and all humans must live through the 1990s again, author Kurt Vonnegut finds himself trying to write a book called Timequake, which he knows he will never finish since he already did not finish it. Ask in library for available copies.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Books & Brews
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Books & Brews

If you like books, beers, and good conversation, you’ll love this book club. We meet at Garden Home Growlers (located inside Lamb’s Thriftway) the second Thursday of every month.

 In July, we'll discuss Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

“Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.” -Provided by publisher

For ages 21+ / This event is free

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80s Prom Night (Ages 21+)
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

80s Prom Night (Ages 21+)

Feeling like you didn't get the most out of your high school prom? Garden Home Recreation Center and Community Library are giving you a second chance at our prom for ages 21+. Prizes for best style, best 80's hair, and more! A professional photographer will be on site so you can get a prom photo you can be proud to share with friends and family. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Price is per couple. All proceeds will benefit the Garden Home Recreation Center.            

Purchase tickets through THPRD: online, by phone (503) 629-6341 , or in person at the Garden Home Rec Center front desk (7475 SW Oleson Rd., Portland).

Got kids ages 2 through 11? Sign up for our Parents Night Out program at the Garden Home Rec Center and we’ll make sure the kiddos stay entertained while you hit the dance floor. Two choices: Pirates Adventure and Pajama Jams.

Ages 21+ / This event requires registration through THPRD ($12/ $10.75 SR / $15 OD)

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Free Swap
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Free Swap

Declutter your home. Bring items you no longer want to swap with others.  Items can include clothes, books, housewares, small electronics, small furniture. For each item you bring, you get to take one item. This event is free and open to the public. All items are free. All leftovers will be donated at the end of the event.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Crafternoon Tea
Jul
18
2:00 PM14:00

Crafternoon Tea

This group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. Bring your own handcraft project (knitting, crochet, needlepoint, macramé, etc.) to work on, and enjoy the company of fellow craft enthusiasts! All levels are welcome.

This event is free / Everyone is invited / Tea is provided

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Film Night: Step (PG)
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Film Night: Step (PG)

In celebration of the Summer Reading theme Libraries Rock!, we are screening films with a focus on music. Step (PG, 84 min. 2017) is a documentary focused on the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team. Rotten Tomatoes writes, “Step tells an irresistibly crowd-pleasing story in a thoroughly absorbing way-- while smartly incorporating a variety of timely themes.”

Film nights are funded by a grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC).

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Refreshments are provided

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Art Night: D.I.Y. Rubber Stamp Design
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Art Night: D.I.Y. Rubber Stamp Design

Artists of all abilities are invited to drop by the Annex to participate in an evening of art making alongside local creatives.

This month, create your own “rubber” stamps out of craft foam, then experiment with compositions utilizing your new designs. These stamps are a mash-up of traditional rubber stamping and crafty D.I.Y. design.

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Art supplies and refreshments are provided.

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Homebuyers Workshop
Jul
31
6:30 PM18:30

Homebuyers Workshop

Learn about the home buying process without obligation from a real estate broker and mortgage officer. Content includes:  an overview of the home-buying process so that participants leave informed & empowered, addressing FAQs about pre-qualifications vs pre-approvals, inspections vs appraisals, and tools & helpful resources available for navigating each step.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Estate Planning with Michelle Shari-Kruss
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Estate Planning with Michelle Shari-Kruss

With school letting out for the summer, it is time to review the vacation checklists which probably contains a “to-do list” of things you have put off and want to take care of before your trip. For many of us, that list includes addressing some important legal to-do(s).  Michelle-Shari Kruss, Attorney at Law, will be reviewing five things to prepare for your estate planning needs before you go on vacation. 

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Film Night: Chico & Rita
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Film Night: Chico & Rita

"Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others." (From Rotten Tomatoes)

Everyone is invited / This event is free / This film is not rated

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Books & Brews
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Books & Brews

It’s just like it says on the tin: we read books and drink beer. This monthly event takes place on every second Thursday of the month and meets across the street from the library at Garden Home Growlers (located inside Lamb’s Thriftway). June’s selection is Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. Limited copies are available in the library.

Synopsis from the publisher: “Evolution has reversed itself: woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. For Cedar Hawk Songmaker, this change is profound and deeply personal: she is four months pregnant. As society begins to disintegrate, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation. There are rumors of martial law, and rewards for those who turn pregnant women in. It will take all Cedar has to keep her baby safe.”

For ages 21+ / This event is free

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Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment

June's selection is A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O'Toole.

From Novelist: "Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, --selfish, domineering, deluded, tragic and larger than life-- is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh posts of the fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that Ignatius must work."

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults

On the first Tuesday of every month, come test your knowledge - solo or in a team– and find out who knows the most.  Five varying sets of trivia, including current events and music sets.  Prizes for teams with most and fewest points at the end of the night.

Suggested age: 18+ / This event is free / Snacks are provided

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Pattern Design Workshop
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Pattern Design Workshop

Throughout all of art history, pattern has remained a timeless expression of beauty, elegance, and sophistication. Pattern adorns our clothes, our homes, even the objects that brighten our day. Come join us at the Garden Home Community Library where we will explore a traditional pattern-making technique that can be translated into stationery, fabric, and so much more.

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Please call the library to register.

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In Science We Trust: An Oregon Conversation Project
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

In Science We Trust: An Oregon Conversation Project

Oregon Humanities presents a discussion about the role of science in a democracy. Join us for a conversation that questions why our relationship with science is so complicated; why do we mistrust a field for which we profess respect? Science writer Gail Wells asks participants to consider the role of science in guiding policy and how citizens can use science to make better decisions together.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Crafternoon Tea
May
16
2:00 PM14:00

Crafternoon Tea

This group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. Bring your own handcraft project (knitting, crochet, needlepoint, macramé, etc.) to work on, and enjoy the company of fellow craft enthusiasts! All levels are welcome. 

This event is free / Everyone is invited / Tea is provided

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Under 40 Book Group at the Bar
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Under 40 Book Group at the Bar

Are you someone under 40 that likes books, beers, and meeting people?  If so, join us at Garden Home Growlers (located inside Lamb’s Thriftway). We’ll be talking about Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Machado.

Novelist describes this book as an eclectic and provocative debut; Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. 

Age group: 21 - 40 / This event is free

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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Apr
29
1:00 PM13:00

Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or completely new to it all, join a group of enthusiastic table-top RPG players for an afternoon of character sheets, fistfuls of dice, and collaborative storytelling. April will be the final session of Star Trek Adventures, with the rules by Modiphius.

Unfortunately, the group is currently at maximum capacity - if you are interested in joining at a future date, please email Ian at (igrant [@] wccls.org) to be put on the waiting list. There will be new games in new worlds this May! Please don't hesitate to get in touch

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Rosemåling Workshop
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Rosemåling Workshop

Nordic Rosemåling is a decorative art famous for its whimsical flowers and filigree. Created in Norway during the 1700s in response to the growing popularity of Rococo, Nordic Rosemåling celebrates imagination. Today, it remains a relatively easy, expressive way to decorate furniture, objects, and stationery. Come join us at the Garden Home Community Library where we will create handmade cards with special motifs and brushstrokes. Please call the library to register (503) 245-9932.

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Please call the library to register

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Garden Gnomes de Plume - A Writers' Group
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Gnomes de Plume - A Writers' Group

Looking to join a writers' group? Try ours and see if it’s a good fit for you. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December).

This is NOT a critique group. We have a different topic each month. Lead of the group rotates. Each leader can do whatever they want that month. Here are some recent topics: have a critiquing session, have a write-in, writing dialogue, writing non-fiction book proposal (guest speaker), etc.   Seven days before the group, we send out a monthly writing prompt “homework” for 2 pages or 1000 words or less.
If you are interested in joining the group, PLEASE EMAIL HEATHER (at heatherw [@] wccls.org).

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Film Night: The Viking (1928) + Live Musical Accompaniment
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Film Night: The Viking (1928) + Live Musical Accompaniment

Join us for an evening of live music and the screening of 1928 silent film, The Viking. The film weaves a delightfully inaccurate account of Ericsson's bold journey from Scandinavia to the coast of America" (allmovie.com). Musician Steve Bauer will perform a lively accompaniment to this silent film.

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Refreshments are provided

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Garden Home Reads at Nordia House
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

Garden Home Reads at Nordia House

Join us for a celebration of our community’s Nordic heritage. We’re reading the Swedish classic, The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson and hosting a community book discussion at the Nordic Northwest’s Nordia House. Wine will be available for purchase from Leah Jørgensen Cellars. 

This event is free and will take place at 8800 SW Oleson, Road, Portland.

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Mead History and Tasting
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Mead History and Tasting

Join us in learning about one of the Viking's favorite beverages. Nectar Creek presents a brief history and modern day tasting of the world's oldest alcoholic beverage, Mead. We will discuss mead as a category of alcohol, its ingredients, and how it impacts our food systems in today's agricultural world. We will finish the evening with a comprehensive honey flight and mead tasting followed by an open floor Q & A. We hope to see you there.

Age group: 21+ / This event is free / Please call the library to register

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Rainy Day Documentary Film Series #3: Vikings Unearthed
Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Rainy Day Documentary Film Series #3: Vikings Unearthed

This is the last of our rainy day documentary afternoon mini-series. Join us for Vikings Unearthed, the PBS NOVA documentary directed by Harvey Lilley. The Vikings are infamous for their fearsome conquests—but they were also expert seafarers, skilled traders, and courageous explorers. They travelled far and wide, crisscrossing the known world from Scandinavia to Europe and into Asia, leaving a trail of evidence that suggests they were far from just vicious warriors. Through stunning CGI recreations and careful investigation of archeological evidence, Vikings Unearthed unravels the secrets of these intrepid adventurers.”

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Refreshments are provided

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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or completely new to it all, join a group of enthusiastic table-top RPG players for an afternoon of character sheets, fistfuls of dice, and collaborative storytelling. March will be the second session of Star Trek Adventures, with the rules by Modiphius. 

Unfortunately, the group is currently at maximum capacity - if you are interested in joining at a future date, please email Katrina at (katrina [@] wccls.org) to be put on the waiting list. There will be new games in new worlds coming soon! Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Spring Splendors & Seed Swap
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Spring Splendors & Seed Swap

Join us for an all-ages seasonal program with a seed swap, paper flower making, music, and refreshments.

 

The Seed Swap allows gardeners to meet and exchange seeds for fruit and vegetables.  There is no charge for this event.  All types (locally saved, commercially grown, hybrid or open-pollinated seed)  Tubers, SMALL plants and SMALL cuttings are also welcome.  Please proportion your seeds in bags or envelops.  Please label them clearly with as much information as possible. Generally seed exchanges/swaps ask for information including: common name and variety, Latin name, year the seeds were collected, where they were grown and who grew them, and other information you think will be useful such as what makes it unique or growing tips.  You may also want to bring photos of the plants, fruits and vegetables that the seeds produce.

 

Depending on the turnout, people may be asked to take only small amounts and/or those who bring seed to swap may be allowed to take a bit more than those who come without seed.

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Snacks are provided

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Author Talk: Building the Willamette Valley Wine Industry
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

Author Talk: Building the Willamette Valley Wine Industry

Barbara Smith Randall will present her book, “Willamette Valley Wineries,” a pictorial history of the Willamette Valley wine industry. The book illustrates the challenges, hardships and ultimate success of the Willamette Valley wineries. Randall shares the history through photographs and stories from winemakers and their families, as well as the resources at Linfield College’s Oregon Wine History Archives in McMinnville, Oregon. Books will be available for purchase and signing at a cost of $22.99 each.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Documentary Screening: Jane
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Documentary Screening: Jane

Join us for this newly-released documentary that celebrates the life and accomplishments of primatology scientist Jane Goodall. “Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world” (National Geographic).

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Free Film Night: Suffragette (2015)
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Free Film Night: Suffragette (2015)

The third in a series of three films in celebration of civil rights and history months! This month, we are screening Suffragette (2015), for Women's History Month. “The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.” (IMDb)

Rated PG-13; Parents use discretion / This event is free / Refreshments are provided

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Under 40 Book Group at the Bar
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Under 40 Book Group at the Bar

Garden Home Community Library is starting a new book group – the Under 40 Book Group at the Bar.

Are you someone under 40 that likes books, beers, and meeting people?  If so, join us on Thursday, February 8th, 7:00 PM, at Garden Home Growlers (located inside Lamb’s Thriftway).  We’ll be talking about The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch.

Age group: 21 - 40 / This event is free

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Rainy Day Documentary Film Series #2: The Eagle Huntress
Mar
4
2:00 PM14:00

Rainy Day Documentary Film Series #2: The Eagle Huntress

We’re starting a new mini-series of afternoon documentary screenings during the coldest, rainiest months of the year. Join us for the second of three installments this month: The Eagle Huntress, directed by Otto Bell. "This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.” (IMDb)

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Refreshments are provided

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Ladies' Drawing Night
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Ladies' Drawing Night

Inspired by the book, Ladies' Drawing Night by Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, and Rachael Cole, we’re kicking off Women’s History Month with our very own Ladies’ Drawing Night. It will be an evening of art-making, community-building, wine-drinking, and fun! Paint a portrait of your most-admired female role model, or simply color a coloring page. We’ll provide basic art supplies, but feel free to bring some of your own.

21+ only / This event is free / Wine and basic art supplies provided

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Garden Gnomes de Plume - A Writers' Group
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Gnomes de Plume - A Writers' Group

Looking to join a writer's group? Try ours and see if it’s a good fit for you. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December).

This is NOT a critiquing group. We have a different topic each month. Lead of the group rotates. Each leader can do whatever they want that month. Here are some recent topics: have a critiquing session, have a write-in, writing dialogue, writing non-fiction book proposal (guest speaker), etc.   Seven days before the group, we send out a monthly writing prompt “homework” for 2 pages or 1000 words or less.
If you are interested in joining the group, PLEASE EMAIL HEATHER (at heatherw [@] wccls.org).

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Feb
25
1:00 PM13:00

Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or completely new to it all, join experienced game-master Eric for an afternoon of character sheets, fistfuls of dice, and collaborative storytelling in a different fictional world every month. In February, we will try out Star Trek Adventures, the new themed tabletop RPG by Modiphius.

Unfortunately, the group is currently at maximum capacity - if you are interested in joining at a future date, please email Eric (dankoe [@] wccls.org) to be put on the waiting list.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Harlem Renaissance Cafe
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Harlem Renaissance Cafe

We’re wrapping up Black History Month with a celebration of some of the greatest music and poetry from America’s cultural history. We’ll have a turntable set up with a selection of jazz music from the Harlem Renaissance as well as some handpicked favorites of literature and poetry from the era to enjoy. Join us for donuts and coffee as we experience an appreciation for the art from this historical movement. Coffee and donuts will be provided. All ages welcome.

Everyone is invited / This event is free / Culture will be provided

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