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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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Oct
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or completely new to it all, join us for an afternoon of character sheets, fistfuls of dice, and collaborative storytelling.

This month, we are beginning a game of Classic World of Darkness which will run for several sessions, run by experienced player and Storyteller Joe. If you are interested in joining the group, PLEASE EMAIL ERIC FIRST (at dankoe [@] wccls.org) so we can get you a character set up.

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

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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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Cursed!
Oct
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Cursed!

Does the curse of Macbeth really exist? Has King Tut's curse killed?? Who (or what) is the Crying Boy? Join local author Cindy Brown (Ivy Meadows theater mysteries) to explore the real-life stories behind famous curses, to hear spooky stories like The Telltale Heart, and maybe to freak out just a little--this is creepy stuff!

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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NaNoWriMo Write In
Nov
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

NaNoWriMo Write In

Looking for a change of scenery to make some progress on your novel? We will be opening our doors every Thursday evening (except Thanksgiving) to invite folks to work alongside fellow writers during National Novel Writing Month.

Ages 18+ / Tea and coffee will be served

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Workshop: Introduction to Meditation
Nov
4
10:00am10:00am

Workshop: Introduction to Meditation

Meditation has so many benefits that we can experience in daily life. But how do you meditate? In this workshop, you will learn the basics of meditation and how to train your mind in your daily life. Applying these methods in your everyday life will lead to happiness and a sense of purpose and harmony in your relationships. The structure of the class will include a guided 30 minute relaxation meditation, a 15 minute talk on the benefits of meditation and how to start a daily practice, a short Q and A and a 10 minute guided ending meditation based on the talk. This is a beginner course and open to everyone.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults
Nov
7
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 5 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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NaNoWriMo Write In
Nov
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

NaNoWriMo Write In

Looking for a change of scenery to make some progress on your novel? We will be opening our doors every Thursday evening (except Thanksgiving) to invite folks to work alongside fellow writers during National Novel Writing Month.

Ages 18+ / Tea and coffee will be served

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Crafternoon Tea!
Nov
15
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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Simple Holidays For Parents
Nov
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Simple Holidays For Parents

Registration required, limited to 25 participants. This workshop is for parents only, so surprises can stay surprising!

Parents, do the holidays stress you out? You are not alone and this workshop can help. Conscious Parenting consultant Diana Nunes Mizer can help you develop an approach to the holiday season that emphasizes warm moments together and creating traditions that will be special for your family long after this year.

Suggested Audience: Parents / This event is free

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NaNoWriMo Write In
Nov
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

NaNoWriMo Write In

Looking for a change of scenery to make some progress on your novel? We will be opening our doors every Thursday evening (except Thanksgiving) to invite folks to work alongside fellow writers during National Novel Writing Month.

Ages 18+ / Tea and coffee will be served

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Detective Film Night - The Big Sleep (Rated PG)
Nov
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Detective Film Night - The Big Sleep (Rated PG)

The second of three films in a series of detective movies! This month's film is the film-noir classic The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. "Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love." (IMDb)

This event is free / Film rated PG; parents use your discretion

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Film Screening of “The Last Waltz” + Potluck
Nov
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Film Screening of “The Last Waltz” + Potluck

Martin Scorsese's classic “The Last Waltz” chronicles The Band's final public performance. 

Shot on Thanksgiving day 1975 at San Francisco's legendary Winter Ballroom, the film features stellar performances by The Band and bunch of their friends: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Van Morrison, to name a few.

We're celebrating the spirit of this rock and roll masterpiece with our own Thanksgiving leftovers potluck and a screening of the film.

As the opening title card says, "This film should be played loud!"

Join us. Bring whatever leftovers you'd like to share. (No pressure.  Don't feel like you have to bring something!) Outlets will accessible for crock pots or other warmers.

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Altera Vita - Tabletop Roleplaying
Nov
26
1:00pm 1:00pm

Altera Vita - Tabletop Roleplaying

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or completely new to it all, join Eric and a friendly group of folks for an afternoon of character sheets, fistfuls of dice, and collaborative storytelling.

This month, we are continuing our Classic World of Darkness scenario, run by Joe. 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

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Author Talk With Rabbi Eve Posen
Nov
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

Author Talk With Rabbi Eve Posen

Join us to celebrate Jewish Book Month with a  reading and interactive discussion, including Q&A, with author Rabbi Eve Posen on the book Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, the Voices of Women.  This book explores contemporary Jewish women's voices and encourages readers to engage their voices and energies towards tikkun olam.  Posen is assistant rabbi of Neveh Shalom, mother of a toddler and an infant, and a first-time author.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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NaNoWriMo Write In
Nov
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

NaNoWriMo Write In

Looking for a change of scenery to make some progress on your novel? We will be opening our doors every Thursday evening (except Thanksgiving) to invite folks to work alongside fellow writers during National Novel Writing Month.

Ages 18+ / Tea and coffee will be served

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Crafternoon Tea
Oct
18
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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Concert: Vellamo - Modern Finnish Folk
Oct
15
1:30pm 1:30pm

Concert: Vellamo - Modern Finnish Folk

The Finnish duo Vellamo combine the rich tradition of Finnish folksong with an appealing “retro” sensibility (recalling the likes of Judy Collins or Richard and Mimi Fariña), creating an exotic and magical acoustic experience. Pia and Joni have even been known to sneak in a “Vellamo-ized” Jethro Tull song now and then just to shake things up! A visit to the world of Vellamo is an enchanting, educational and unforgettable musical journey.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Sustainability & Repair Fair
Oct
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Sustainability & Repair Fair

Sustainability Fair: Learn about sustainable topics, actions and companies.  Exhibitors include: New Seasons, Brooks Design Services, Grocery Getter Organic, Eco Shuttle, Happy Baby Food, ecobinary, Reduce Your Waste project, Washington County Recycling, H20 at Home, Umpqua Bank and more.

Repair Fair: Registration required. Please register [ here ] . 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 two items to be repaired per person) 

Ride & Drive event: For the first time at the Sustainability Fair, attendees can test drive an electric Nissan Leaf, courtesy of Platt Auto.  People who’d like to do the test drive are required to bring a driver's license. 

During the event, we’re collecting pantyhose for Recycled Crafts.  Bring in any old hose (runs are fine) and we’ll box them up and send them all to the organization.  Find out more at https://savemyhosiery.yolasite.com

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Book Group - Tuesday Night Nourishment
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Group - Tuesday Night Nourishment

This month’s book is The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. "Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. But Rachel's life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father's business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Fréderick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a passionate, scandalous love affair that affects all of her family." (Goodreads)

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Beyond Fake News: Oregon Conversation Project
Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Beyond Fake News: Oregon Conversation Project

On both national and local levels, Oregonians have seen how the news can both represent and misrepresent the facts at hand. From debate over local opinions on the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to the discourse around “alternative facts,” it can seem difficult to find current and accurate information to use as we make decisions in our communities. This conversation, led by librarian Kelly McElroy, gives Oregonians a chance to consider their own practices and values around news consumption and find new ways to get the information they need.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Book Group: Books and Beers With Heather and Nick
Oct
6
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 We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson. "Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears..." (Goodreads)

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

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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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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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Free Film Night: Wonder Woman (Rated PG-13)
Sep
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Free Film Night: Wonder Woman (Rated PG-13)

This film tells the story of Diana, who grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira. After American pilot Steve Trevor crashes offshore of the island and is rescued by her, he tells the Amazons about the ongoing World War. Diana then leaves her home in order to end the conflict. (Wikipedia)

This event is free / Rated PG-13; parents please use discretion

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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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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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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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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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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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