Art Night: Collage
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Art Night: Collage

Artists of all abilities are invited to indulge in an evening of art making at our monthly Art Night. This month, express yourself with the art of collage. Page through magazines, following your intuition as you cut and paste your own creation. GHCL will provide art materials, snacks, and inspiration.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Halloween Film Night: What We Do in the Shadows
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Halloween Film Night: What We Do in the Shadows

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (86 minutes/Rated R) chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that's not always hospitable to the undead.

Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series "Flight of the Conchords," co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that's filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine.

Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet. The film also stars Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek, and was produced by Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Emanuel Michael.

This event is free / Everyone is invited / This film is rated R

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

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Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults
Nov
6
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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Crafternoon Tea
Nov
7
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, stamping, cardmaking, 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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Tuesday Night Book Group
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Tuesday Night Book Group

This book group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

November Selection: This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.” -Publisher Description

Check in library for available copies.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Film Night: Frida
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Film Night: Frida

Continuing our 3-month series of films about artists, Frida (Rated R, 123 min., 2002) tells the story of legendary artist Frida Kahlo. Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek, this film won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for best original score.

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

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Reduce Your Waste
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Reduce Your Waste

Are your holidays too hectic to be enjoyed? Do you want to learn to have a more satisfying and low-key holiday season?

Join Betty Shelley of the Reduce Your Waste Project, who will share hints about how to reduce your waste and your stress.

Betty Shelley and her husband have produced just one 32-gallon can of garbage per year since 2006. Betty finds waste reduction to be a creative way to reduce her impact on the Earth's resources and a great way to save her own resources. Come learn how she accomplishes this, and practical tips for how you can simplify your holidays.

Betty is founder of Less is More: Getting to One Can of Garbage a Year, a former Metro Recycling Information Specialist and a Master Recycler. As she likes to say "Curb climate change instead of your garbage".

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Ukulele Jam
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Ukulele Jam

Our ukulele jams are a relaxed and welcoming space, designed for adult musicians of all abilities who enjoy creating music together. GHCL has a small selection of instruments available for use on a first-come basis; if you own your own ukulele, please bring it to the jam. We also offer ukuleles for checkout, through our Library of Things

This event is free

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Crafternoon Tea
Oct
17
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, stamping, cardmaking, 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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Sustainability & Repair Fair
Oct
12
5:00 PM17:00

Sustainability & Repair Fair

Exhibitions on a variety of topics. Open to all ages.

This year's exhibitors include: Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition, Depave, Full Circle, Sunbridge Solar, Indow Windows, econstruction, Eco Shuttle, Urban Beekeepers, Victory Seed Company, Forth Oregon, Green Living Journal, Happy Baby Food, New Seasons Market, Master Recyclers, Tualatin Riverkeepers, River West Village, Tualatin Hills Nature Park and New Seasons Market.

A Repair Fair is a free, volunteer-driven event where people with repair skills help fix broken items such as and pants, a blenders, mixers, coffee makers, vacuums, bikes and more. (Please no gas-powered equipment, TVs or microwaves.) Limit of 2 items per person. To register: repairfair.org

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Books & Brews: Back in the Annex with a new format!
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Books & Brews: Back in the Annex with a new format!

Read any novel from the following list, then meet up with us in the Annex for an evening of coffee, beer, and bibliophiles.

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

There There by Tommy Orange

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Click on any of the above titles to view them in our catalog, or click here for the complete list.

For Ages 21+ / This event is free / Drinks are provided

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Elections & Campaign Finance (Presented by Donna Cohen)
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Elections & Campaign Finance (Presented by Donna Cohen)

Learn about many different aspects of elections and campaign finance, including voter rights, voter fraud, redistricting, contribution limits, dark money, and public financing of elections.

Participants’ interests will help determine which topics are pursued in depth. Learn about citizen initiatives around the state of Oregon and how to get more involved locally.

Please join us for a lecture-style presentation with time for questions and a short group activity.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Sep
30
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.

This month will be a one-shot session of Dungeon Crawl Classics. Players are invited to start with a group of plucky peasants (Level 0) characters, many of whom will fall to the dangers of the dungeon, so that at the end of the session they will be left with a champion, a level 1 Adventurer. 

Because this game encourages troupe style play, an accurate head count will help our storyteller immensely!  - if you are interested in playing, please email Katrina at (katrina[@] wccls.org). This will also add you to our monthly reminders about upcoming table-top gaming events. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions!

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Art Night: Bad Art Competition
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Art Night: Bad Art Competition

Think you’ve got what it takes to go home with a Bad Art trophy? At this month’s art night, attendees will spend an hour creating the worst art imaginable, culminating with an informal 15-minute exhibition, complete with awards for the ugliest masterpieces of the evening! No registration required; arrive a few minutes early to secure your spot.

This event is free

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Film Night: Loving Vincent
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Film Night: Loving Vincent

Animated in the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous paintings, Loving Vincent (PG-13, 94 min. 2017) artfully investigates the mystery surrounding the artist’s final days. This transcendent film brings to life the key players in Van Gogh’s life.

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

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

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Tuesday Night Book Group
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Tuesday Night Book Group

This book group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Our September selection is: How it all Began by Penelope Lively. The mugging of a retired schoolteacher on a London street has unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors when it inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a business partnership, and helps an immigrant to reinvent his life. (description from NoveList)

Copies are limited; ask in library for available copies.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Art Night: Hand-Drawn Lettering
Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

Art Night: Hand-Drawn Lettering

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

This month, artists will practice the art of creative lettering by utilizing worksheets, tracing fonts, and exploring ways to imagine letters as art. Be prepared to break the rules of typography in order to create something fun.

This event is free, and available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Stop by the Annex a few minutes before Art Night to get a ticket and claim your spot. Art supplies and refreshments are provided.

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Film Night: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (R)
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Film Night: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (R)

In celebration of the Summer Reading theme Libraries Rock!, we are screening films with a focus on music.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (R, 95 min. 2001) features the story of a transgender German punk rock singer who tours the U.S. and tells her life story. Starring John Cameron Mitchell.

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

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment

This book group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

For August we’ll discuss Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman. 

A noted Dutch journalist and economist proposes an outline for a new worldwide Utopia, with central tenets including a shortened work week, a guaranteed basic income for all, wealth redistribution, and open borders everywhere.

Copies are limited; ask in library for available copies.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Books & Brews
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Books & Brews

If you like books, beers, and good conversation, you’ll love this book club.

In August, we'll discuss The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.

“The story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds -- Mexico (where he serves as the chef to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera) and the United States in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s -- and whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century's most tumultuous events."-Provided by publisher.r

For ages 21+ / This event is free

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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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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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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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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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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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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 is now 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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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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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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