End of Summer Free Swap
Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

End of Summer Free Swap

Bring one item or a bag to get in the door. Everything is free! All sizes of clothing for men, women, and children, plus household items, small appliances & electronics, books, jewelry, small furniture, games, and other small items. Please note: We are unable to accept large furniture or appliances.

It's a great opportunity to find "new to you" items and school clothes for the kiddos.  

No need to register. Just show up on the day of the event. Doors open at 9:50 AM. Event starts at 10 am. All leftovers donated to organizations that give them away.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Altera Vita - Tabletop Roleplaying
Aug
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

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.

This month, we are continuing (and perhaps concluding - we'll see) our game of Star Wars: Age of Rebellion. If you are interested in joining the group, PLEASE EMAIL ERIC FIRST (at dankoe [@] wccls.org). The story is already in progress, so we will need to get a character made for you beforehand.

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

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Book Group: Books and Beers With Heather and Nick
Sep
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Group: Books and Beers With Heather and Nick

Meetings on the first Friday of every month. This book group is pretty much what it sounds like: read the book, then come enjoy conversation and a variety of beers. Our selection this month is Drown, by Junot Diaz. "With ten stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Diaz makes his remarkable debut." (Goodreads)

Suggested age: 21 - 40 / This event is free / Beers are provided

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West Slope / Garden Home Trivia Night Teamup!
Sep
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

West Slope / Garden Home Trivia Night Teamup!

Who’s the biggest brainy box in the neighborhood? Garden Home Library and West Slope are teaming up for an ultimate Trivia Night. Come test your smarts, play solo or with a team (recommended). Five themed sets of questions. Prizes for the teams with the most and least correct answers.

This after hours program will be held at West Slope Library.

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Book Group - Tuesday Night Nourishment
Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Group - Tuesday Night Nourishment

This month’s book is The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George. "Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened." (Goodreads)

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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B&W Film Night - Pi (Rated R)
Sep
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

B&W Film Night - Pi (Rated R)

The third of three films in our Black and White film series is Pi, a psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Sean Gullette. This film is rated R.

"Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him." (IMDb)

This event is free / Suggested audience: Adults / Refreshments are provided

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Crafternoon Tea!
Sep
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Crafternoon Tea!

A new regular event! This group will meet every third Wednesday of the month, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. 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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Writers' Workshop: How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal, With Maggie Stuckey
Sep
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Writers' Workshop: How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal, With Maggie Stuckey

Author Maggie Stuckey, the author 11 nonfiction books (published by companies people have actually heard of), will discuss how to write a non-fiction book proposal.

This workshop will include discussion of how the submission process works (ie, what happens to proposals once they arrive at an editor's desk), what editors or agents look for, the elements of the proposal with specifics of each element (this is the bulk of the workshop), resources for keeping up with what's happening in the publishing world (how to strategize who to send proposals to), and lots and lots of Q&A. 

This is not a lightweight class.  It works best for people who, whether published or aspiring, are nonetheless serious about their project.  The workshop covers a lot of information, and participants need to come ready to fully engage.  Be aware that this workshop is NOT intended to inform those interested in self publishing: Stuckey’s personal background is with traditional, royalty-based publishing, and this mode is the focus of this workshop.

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Creativity Uncorked
Sep
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

Creativity Uncorked

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants. Looking for a fun way to do introduce yourself to painting? Then a painting party is perfect for you! This class is open to people of all levels where you can either follow along with the painting being instructed, or make your own masterpiece. There are no limits! A paint party offers a fun group setting that celebrates each person’s creativity. Learn the basics from your instructor and follow your artistic instinct. Before you know it you will have your own masterpiece!

Suggested Age: 21+ / This event is free / Wine will be provided

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Brain Fitness Workshop
Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Brain Fitness Workshop

Registration required. Limited to 20 participants. Keep your brain fit by learning new skills, exercising your memories and challenging your brain to adapt and change can help delay or prevent the onset of memory challenges. No matter what your age, you can change and strengthen your brain! Come get your brain loose and limber with fun brain training games and exercises led by Certified Brain Fitness Trainer Dawn Anderson. Registration is limited to 20 students. Please email Grace at gracep@wccls.org or call the library at 503-245-9932 to register.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Detective Film Night - Brick (Rated R)
Oct
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Detective Film Night - Brick (Rated R)

The first of three films in a series of detective movies! This month's film is Brick, directed by Rian Johnson and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. "A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend." (IMDb) This film is rated R.

This event is free / Suggested audience: adults / Refreshments are provided

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B&W Film Night: Frances Ha (Rated R)
Aug
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

B&W Film Night: Frances Ha (Rated R)

The second of three films in our Black and White series is Frances Ha, directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig. This film is rated R.

"Frances Halladay is a 27-year-old dancer who lives with her best friend Sophie in Brooklyn. When Sophie decides she wants to relocate to her dream neighborhood, Tribeca, Frances is unable to afford it and is forced to find someplace else to live. From there the film follows Frances to Chinatown, her hometown of Sacramento, Paris,  Poughkeepsie, and finally back to Washington Heights." (Wikipedia)

This event is free / Suggested audience: Adults / Refreshments are provided

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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Jul
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying

DATE CHANGED: NEW DATE JULY 23RD. 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.

This month, we are continuing our game of Star Wars: Age of Rebellion. If you are interested in joining the group, PLEASE EMAIL ERIC FIRST (at dankoe [@] wccls.org). The story is already in progress, so we will need to get a character made for you beforehand.

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

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Black and White Film Night: Nebraska
Jul
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Black and White Film Night: Nebraska

The second film in our new regular series of black and white films is Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern. After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father's hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father.

The film is 114 minutes long and is rated R.

This event is free / Rated R - parents, please use discretion / refreshments provided

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Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment
Jul
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment

This month’s book is: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.  

The obvious 'unlikely events' of Judy Blume’s latest – the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter – set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale.  Ask in library for set aside copies.

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

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Free Film Night: Mad Max Fury Road - Black and Chrome Edition (Rated R)
Jul
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Free Film Night: Mad Max Fury Road - Black and Chrome Edition (Rated R)

Did you know that Mad Max: Fury Road was released as a black and white film as well? Come watch one of the best action flicks of 2015 cast in light and shadow - an effect which makes for a profoundly different experience. Film at 7 PM - doors at 6:30.

Suggested age: film rated R; parents use discretion / This event is free / Refreshments provided

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GHCL Summer Reading Kickoff / Community Night
Jun
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

GHCL Summer Reading Kickoff / Community Night

This event is co-hosted by the THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center. Sign up for GHCL's summer reading program (all ages - kids through adult!), plus lots of other fun stuff: free popcorn and snow cones, a bounce house, a waterslide, lawn games and the THPRD camp open house... and finally, the Garden Home Summer Scavenger Hunt!  Dinner items will be for sale ($5 per person) and includes the choice of hot dog, hamburger or veggie burger with chips and a drink.

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Free Film Night - The Deep (2013, Norway)
Jun
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Free Film Night - The Deep (2013, Norway)

This month’s film is “The Deep” (2013, Norway).  95 minutes.  Director: Baltasar Kormákur

A Norwegian fisherman survives a shipwreck at sea, and wrestles with the guilt of being the sole survivor while being celebrated as a national hero in this affecting drama based on actual events. Film at 7:30; doors open at 7:00 PM.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Garden Home Community Meet and Greet
May
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Garden Home Community Meet and Greet

Stop by, Garden Home neighbors – new and not so new – to get to know the neighborhood and local businesses and organizations, such as the Garden Home History Project, members of the Raleigh Hills Business Association, and more.   Representatives from groups will be here to say a few words, share information about their organization or business, and mingle with their neighbors. 

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Estate Planning 101
May
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Estate Planning 101

Registration required. Call the library at 503 245-9932 to RSVP. This is a free, one hour educational event, which will give you a better understanding of what planning options are available. Michelle-Shari Kruss, Attorney at Law,  will help you explore a variety of planning decisions, including deciding if a Will or Trust is a better planning tool, determining whether an additional trust is appropriate to safeguard your minor children’s inheritance, addressing Oregon’s 1 million dollar exemption, choosing a guardian “temporary and permanent”, coordinating retirement and life insurance beneficiary designations with the will planning and addressing the unanticipated incapacity of a spouse/partner.

This event is free / Registration required

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Free Film Night: City of God (Cidade de Deus) (Rated R)
Apr
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Free Film Night: City of God (Cidade de Deus) (Rated R)

"If you run, the beast will get you. If you stay, the beast will eat you."

This Brazilian film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, is part memoir, part avant-garde eye candy, part gangster flick, and thoroughly original.  Set in the slums of Rio de Janiero, City of God chronicles the rise of gangsters Zé Pequeno and Bené, as seen through the eyes of Buscapé, a boy with dreams of becoming a photographer.

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Community Meeting: GHCL Annex Visioning Session
Apr
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Community Meeting: GHCL Annex Visioning Session

The Garden Home Community Library has created a new programming, event, and community space. Formerly the Community Store, this space allows the library to increase both the number and size of programs and events. Additionally, the Annex will be available as a meeting room for local not-for-profit groups.

But we need your input! 

We envision this project being a true collaboration between the library and our community – so we want you to tell us what you need out of the Annex. Please join us with ideas in tow. 

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

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Indigenous Flute Workshop With Kevin Locke
Apr
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Indigenous Flute Workshop With Kevin Locke

Advance registration is required and space is limited. To inquire, contact the library via phone at 503 245-9932 or use our web-based Contact form [ here ].

Participate in a small group session and learn a thing or two about playing the Indigenous Flute from Lakota master Kevin Locke. In this workshop, participants will build their own flutes, as well as practice breathing exercises and learning how to play in unison with fellow students.

Ages 10+ / This event is free

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Art of the Story Festival: Kevin Locke
Apr
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Art of the Story Festival: Kevin Locke

Part of the annual WCCLS "Art of the Story" Storytelling Festival. This event is co-hosted by the West Slope and Garden Home Communities Libraries, at the THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center. The storyteller is Lakota/Anishnabe Kevin Locke, who will be presenting "Mni Wiconi" (Water is Life). Click for more details.

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Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults
Apr
4
6:30pm 6:30pm

Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults

Come test your knowledge – solo or in a team – and find out who knows the most.  Sets vary each month.  Generally five sets of questions consisting of current events, music and other random trivia.  Prize(s) for team/individual(s) who gets the most and the least correct answers.

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

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Book Group - Timely Topics
Apr
2
11:00am11:00am

Book Group - Timely Topics

We've started a quarterly book group, aimed at facilitating community conversations about current topics. Join us for a morning of coffee and conversation about our first selection: The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

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

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