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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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Aug
26
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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Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults
Sep
4
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
Sep
5
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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Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Book Group: Tuesday Night Nourishment

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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Books & Brews: Back in the Annex with a new format!
Sep
13
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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Ukulele Jam
Sep
15
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
Sep
19
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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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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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: 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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Crafternoon Tea
Aug
15
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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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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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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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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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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