Garden Gnomes de Plume - A Writers' Group
May
28
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.

Our small group (limited to 15 people), meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December). Topic changes monthly; group is led by group members. Monthly writer's prompt and agenda is sent 7 days before the meeting. 

If you are interested in attending or learning more, please email heatherw [at] wccls.org or call 503-245-9932.  

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Crafternoon Tea
Jun
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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Tuesday Night Book Group
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Tuesday Night Book Group

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

Download a printable list of the 2019 Book Group selections.

Our June selection is Solar Bones by Mike McCormack.

A vital, tender, death-haunted work by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary writers, Solar Bones is a celebration of the unexpected beauty of life and of language, and our inescapable nearness to our last end. It is All Souls Day, and the spirit of Marcus Conway sits at his kitchen table and remembers. In flowing, relentless prose, Conway recalls his life in rural Ireland: as a boy and man, father, husband, citizen. His ruminations move from childhood memories of his father’s deftness with machines to his own work as a civil engineer, from transformations in the local economy to the tidal wave of global financial collapse. Conway’s thoughts go still further, outward to the vast systems of time and history that hold us all. He stares down through the “vortex of his being,” surveying all the linked circumstances that combined to bring him into this single moment, and he makes us feel, if only for an instant, all the terror and gratitude that existence inspires. -from the publisher

Copies are limited; ask in library for available copies.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Ukulele Jam
Jun
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

The song list for our upcoming jam is available here: goo.gl/5z2CwY

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Author Visit: Zed Merrill
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Author Visit: Zed Merrill

Local author & documentarian Zed Merrill will discuss his books, including The Missing Pages: From the History Book of World War II. Books will also be available for purchase.

Zed Merrill served as a signalman attached to a Navy gun crew aboard the Liberty Ship S.S. Edwin Markham in the Pacific Ocean. Upon his discharge from the navy he began a career in advertising that spanned 56 years. After retiring from advertising, Merrill devoted his full attention to the video documentary work that he had begun in 1996. The documentaries he produced focused on little known World War II military units and events. This new phase of his career earned him eight international awards and opened the door to a new career in writing.

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Crafternoon Tea
Jun
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: DisneyNature Earth
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Film Night: DisneyNature Earth

Everyone is welcome at our all-ages film nights, every third Friday of the month at 6 pm.

This month, we'll screen Disneynature Earth (G, 2009, 96 min). "A feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families." - IMDB

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Nerd Night: Trivia For Adults
Jul
2
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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Film Night: The Red Turtle
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Film Night: The Red Turtle

All ages are welcome at our family-friendly film nights, every third Friday of the month at 6 pm.

At our May Film Night, we'll screen The Red Turtle (PG, 2016, 81 min).

A vivid and imaginative story of a shipwreck, a deserted island, and a red turtle. Entirely dialogue-free and animated by Studio Ghibli, The Red Turtle was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

This event is free / All ages are invited / Light refreshments are provided

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Tuesday Night Book Group
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Tuesday Night Book Group

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

Download a printable list of the 2019 Book Group selections.

Our May selection is Eruption by Steve Olson.

For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and nearby residents listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens, part of the chain of western volcanoes fueled by the 700-mile-long Cascadia fault. Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took the top off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of square miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington State. The eruption was one of the largest in human history, deposited ash in eleven U.S. states and five Canadian provinces, and caused more than one billion dollars in damage. It killed fifty-seven people, some as far as thirteen miles away from the volcano’s summit.

Shedding new light on the cataclysm, author Steve Olson interweaves the history and science behind this event with page-turning accounts of what happened to those who lived and those who died. -from the publisher

Copies are limited; ask in library for available copies.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Stress Reduction Workshop
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Stress Reduction Workshop

Join National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) student Cadence Wong as she leads three months of stress reduction workshops on the second Saturdays of the month in March, April, and May.

Learn about stress on 3/9, focus on stress’ role in gut flora on 4/13, and hone in on mental health on 5/11.

These are informative workshops designed to introduce participants to the modalities of self-care or naturopathy, so if people have medical questions or concerns related to the program, they should consult their doctor.

Register for one or all of these free classes in person or by phone: 503-245-9932.

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Art of the Story Festival Performance
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Art of the Story Festival Performance

Kelly Hoffman – The Comeback Kid!

This event is part of WCCLS’ 15th annual Art of the Story Festival, which features four storytellers and 14 performances.

Garden Home and West Slope libraries host performer Kelly Hoffman’s “The Comeback Kid: how I learned how to always have the perfect comeback and other nerve-wracking adventures.”

Full festival schedule available at wccls.org/festival

 This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Parents, Minors, & the Law
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

Parents, Minors, & the Law

Yay!  Your child is off to college.  Your child is legally an adult and you are involved in paying for school and you talk regularly on how things are going.  But if your child is injured you don’t have a legal right to be notified.  And if your child is unresponsive you don’t have legal right as a parent to make financial or healthcare decisions.  Unless a durable general power of attorney and a healthcare power of attorney are on record.  Michelle-Shari Kruss, Attorney at Law from KrussLaw is going to present on how parents get caught off guard when an emergency arises and how they can send their children to college better prepared for an emergency.

This event is free / Register in person or by phone: 503-245-9932.  

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Bring Back the Pollinators!
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Bring Back the Pollinators!

There are lots of things we can do to make our Garden Home community a happy place for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Learn about native bees and how you can provide what they need, including guidance on native plants, pesticide-free gardening, and how to talk to your neighbors about pesticides. Presented by Matthew Shepherd from the Xerces Society. Matthew has created pollinator gardens everywhere he has lived—and many other places.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Film Night: Wadjda
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Film Night: Wadjda

All ages are welcome at our family-friendly film nights, every third Friday of the month at 6 pm.

Note: In April the film night will be on the FOURTH Friday.

At our April Film Night, we'll screen Wadjda (PG, 2012, 97 min). Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. Facing resistance from her mother, Wadjda pursues her bicycle dreams on her own. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once, this groundbreaking film has charmed critics and audiences all over the globe.

This event is free / All ages are invited / Light refreshments are provided

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D.I.Y. Skincare
Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

D.I.Y. Skincare

Make your own skin care products, like moisturizer and coffee body scrub. Discuss the rest of the cosmetic routine and get recipes and examples for other makeup including mascara, lip balm, and blush, etc. Space is limited.

This event is free / Register in person or by phone: 503-245-9932

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Plant and Seed Swap
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Plant and Seed Swap

Get ready for gardening season by meeting fellow gardeners and get some plants and seeds for your garden.

Please bring ready-to-grow plants. House and indoor plant starts are welcome too. 

Avoid wilted, newly dug, bare root, pest-ridden, and dormant bulbs. Depending on the number of participants we may limit the number each attendee can take.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Art Night: Artful Paper Buntings
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Art Night: Artful Paper Buntings

Handmade buntings are a fun way to decorate for a special occasion, and they can also add some every-day whimsy to a wall or window in your home! At our February Art Night, design, create, and take home a personalized d.i.y. paper bunting. Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome. Tea and art supplies are provided.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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CANCELLED: Mindfulness Breath by Breath
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

CANCELLED: Mindfulness Breath by Breath

We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to weather this event is cancelled.

Be sure to check out the next series of stress reduction workshops coming in March!

Join us for the last of our 3-month series of FREE drop-in classes with experienced instructor, Kimberly Carson. Each class provides a solid introduction to simple and effective stress reduction methods including various mindfulness, adaptive movement and breath-centered practices.

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10 Tips for Organizing & Downsizing
Jan
29
2:00 PM14:00

10 Tips for Organizing & Downsizing

The beginning of the year is a good time to get started on organizing and downsizing projects.  Hear some practical tips and suggestions to assist you in tackling these tasks from the only A+ Accredited move management company in the northwest.

Presented by Regina Ford from Portland area company The Move Makers.

This event is free / Everyone is welcome

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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Jan
27
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 Ian at (igrant[@] 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: Classic Valentine Cards
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Art Night: Classic Valentine Cards


Doilies, and ribbons, and lace, oh my!

At this month's Art Night, we’ll celebrate love of all kinds-- make a fancy and frilly valentine for yourself, or your pet, or your kids, or your bus driver.

We'll provide all the art supplies you’ll need to take home an elaborately-crafted card or two. Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to drop in and make a themed art project at each of our monthly art nights. Come for the entire event or just stay for a portion of the evening.

Tea and art supplies are provided.

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Film Night: Princess Bride
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Film Night: Princess Bride

Our monthly film selection for January is the 1987 cult classic Princess Bride (PG).

Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this endlessly quotable fairytale adventure. It’s rated PG for fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...

Directed by Rob Reiner, it's an enchanting classic the whole family will love!

This event is free / Everyone is invited / Please note: new, earlier showtime

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Mindfulness Breath by Breath
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Mindfulness Breath by Breath

Join us for any and all of our 3-month series of FREE drop-in classes with experienced instructor, Kimberly Carson. Each class provides a solid introduction to simple and effective stress reduction methods including various mindfulness, adaptive movement and breath-centered practices.

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Tuesday Night Book Group
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Tuesday Night Book Group

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

Download a printable list of the 2019 Book Group selections.

Our January selection is: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.


In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.” -from the publisher

Copies are limited; ask in library for available copies.

Everyone is invited / This event is free

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Free Swap
Jan
5
1:00 PM13:00

Free Swap

Celebrate the new year by clearing out the clutter! Bring clothing (all ages, women’s and men’s), household items, books, small furniture and electronics to swap.

Items should be in clean and usable condition.

Any leftovers will be donated to charities including Union Gospel Mission thrift store, Cat Adoption Team, the ReStore, and others.

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Heather: 503-245-9932.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Film Night: The Artist is Present
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Film Night: The Artist is Present

We wrap up our three-month series of films about artists with a documentary featuring the contemporary performance artist Marina Abramovic. 

This feature-length documentary film (NR, 106 min., 2012) follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world's premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more - it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: 'But why is this art?'  -imdb.com

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Tuesday Night Book Group: 2019 Selection Meeting
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Tuesday Night Book Group: 2019 Selection Meeting

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

In December the group discusses what we want to read from February 2019 through January 2020. Bring 2 suggestions of any genre to recommend to the group. There are only 2 rules. Books should be available in paperback and they should be less than 500 pages in length. Once everyone has shared their suggestions, the group will vote.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

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Altera Vita: Tabletop Roleplaying
Nov
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.

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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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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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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Books & Brews
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Books & Brews

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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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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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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