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Multnomah County Central Library

801 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205 (map)

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  • Tuesday
    May 5 2015
    Server Sky - Energy in Space, Information on Earth

    Chips and computation in space, ultralight high-performance satellites using bleeding edge solid state technology, delivering computation and communication to the developing world.

    Speculative technology, first experiments soon, production with Oregon software, solar, and integrated circuit technologies!

  • Sunday
    Apr 20 2014
    MIDI & Music Tech Clinic @ Central Library US Bank Meeting Room

    This event is open to the public.

    MIDI & Music Tech Clinic is a drop-in event for troubleshooting MIDI/music tech difficulties. Come to learn, to teach, or to share hardware, software, and even recording knowledge.


    • Bring the full make and model of each piece of gear and the manual if you have it ("I have a Roland SH-01 Synthesizer").

    • Know your use case or questions ("I want to use an expression pedal to modulate the vibrato on my synth patch"). • "Experts" will be on-hand. • Laptops or other small pieces of gear welcome. A small set of speakers will be available. Sounds should be no louder than the volume of speaking for the library's sake.

  • Sunday
    Mar 9 2014
    MIDI/Music Technology Presentations @ Central Library

    This event is open to the public.

    Three presentations centered around MIDI and music technology. Agenda:

    10:00am, Setup/Make new friends

    10:30am, Basics: "MIDI Communication" presented by Eric Earl

    10:45am, Usage: "Making MIDI Hardware Talk" presented by Eric Earl

    11:15am, Design: "Create your own MIDI filters and effects with Jesusonic, a free plug-in" presented by Kite Giedraitis

  • Sunday
    Mar 2 2014
    Local Wiki Edit Party

    Portland is overdue for a local wiki! Let's get it started! It's super user-friendly already. Even if you can't make it to the Edit Party, consider visiting localwiki.net/pdx and adding information about (for instance) your favorite cafe, grocery store, pub, non-profit, sidewalk art, little free library, social service, social movement, street, school, politician, neighborhood, or pub.

    LocalWiki.net is in "insanely early preview" mode. Local Wiki originally started in Davis, California, where the DavisWiki is now used regularly by nearly everyone in the city.

  • Sunday
    Feb 23 2014
    Local Wiki PDX's First Edit Party

    The Local Wiki is a fantastic resource, and Portland absolutely needs one. "LocalWiki is a grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge." Sort of like a combination Yelp/Google/Wikipedia for a given region. See localwiki.org and localwiki.net for more information on the Local Wiki Project

    This is an edit party to start editing the Portland Local Wiki!

    More information: http://guide.localwiki.org/

  • Tuesday
    Nov 13 2012
    JobGroup Special Event: Career Management as a Marketing Campaign

    Tired of career management advice that gets you nowhere? Portland JobGroup is here to help you take your professional life to a new level by introducing you to a variety of topics, such as Managing Your Online Profile, Resume Optimization, Constructing an Interview Packet, and more. Our Director of Professional Development, Andrew Voss, will help you understand the challenges presented by today's job market while giving you a chance to meet some amazing people. Prepare yourself for success in today's market!!!

  • Saturday
    Oct 27 2012
    Wikipedia Edit-athon

    Write, edit and improve Wikipedia's entries relating to Multnomah County, past and present. Experienced, newbie and everyone in between are welcome to this workshop.

    Willamette Week article: Headout: [citation needed]

  • Saturday
    Jan 28 2012
    Portland Oregon Systers Meetup

    Systers is the world's largest email community of technical women in computing. This global meetup is to kick off Systers 25th Anniversary in 2012, celebrate Anita Borg's birthday (Jan 17) and lend support to Systers.

    We will be meeting from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at the Central Library in Portland. 801 SW 10th Avenue.

    If you take the MAX, exit at Library/SW 10th Avenue and walk west to the Library. We will have a meeting room from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.

    Smaller groups may continue conversations over lunch downtown (food carts, restaurants, etc.)

    Systers Meetups are events organized by the Systers community of the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology. Systers is a community of women in computing. This is opportunity for Systers to meet and discuss technology, challenges they face and support each other.

    Goals: - Celebrate Anita Borg and Systers! - Assist other Systers with research proposals, GHC submissions, Pass-It-On Award applications - Facilitate inspiring and passionate discussions about technology

  • Saturday
    Mar 5 2011
    PortlandWiki Barnraising

    An event to celebrate PortlandWiki and Portland, learn about online community-building, gather participation in PortlandWiki, and have fun!

    Food and drinks provided.

  • Saturday
    Nov 14 2009
    Keep Portland Weird! A Community Festival

    Portland is a place of passionate people pursuing interesting, and sometimes strange, pastimes. Join us for a day of discovery as a wide variety of organizations share what they do and why they do it: * Nichole, America's smartest girl * Zydeco dancers * PDXYAR Pirates * Rose City Astronomers * Flash Choir * Knitters Guild * Spinerrati * Dill Pickle Club * Kumoricon anime/manga fans * Morris dancers * ... more!

  • Saturday
    Jun 20 2009
    Mapping Party

    Mapping Parties are outdoor experiences for the whole family that let you explore the great outdoors like never before. You'll have the opportunity to learn from experienced mappers who will be on hand all day to answer all of your questions. Call in for quick introduction or stay for the whole day - the choice is yours! Sign-up now to guarantee your place.

  • Saturday
    Nov 8 2008
    Keep Portland Weird! A Community Festival

    Saturday, November 8, 2008, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

    * Central Library
    * 801 S.W. 10th Ave.
    * 503.988.5123

    Portland is a place of passionate people pursuing interesting, and sometimes strange, pastimes. Join us for a day of discovery as a wide variety of organizations share what they do and why they do it.

    Printable Keep Portland Weird flyer (pdf) Performances First floor, U.S. Bank Room

    * Space is limited. Free tickets for seating will be available at the Keep Portland Weird Information Table (near the Welcome Desk) 30 minutes prior to each program.
    * Circus Cascadia, circus skills for kids, 11 a.m.–noon
      Before you run away with the circus, you might need to be able to juggle, plate spin or perform with Chinese ribbons. Gain some circus skills in this workshop with Circus Cascadia.
    * Klezmocracy, performance, 1–2 p.m.
      The freewheeling musical combo Klezmocracy leaves few musical stones unturned. This eclectic group of professionals has pooled their many years of musical experience and are cooking up an Afro-Hebrew musical stew seasoned with Latin, Jazz, Cabaret, Rock and Klezmer.
    * Portland Ukulele Association, ukulele lesson, 3–4 p.m.
      PUA is dedicated to the fun and fellowship of ukulele playing. Join us for a free lesson; No ukulele? No problem! Ukulele's will be provided (while supplies last).

    Lessons, demos and information tables First floor

    * Chess for Success
      Chess for success is a non-profit organization that helps economically disadvantaged children learn useful life skills through the game of chess.
    * PDXSwap - childrens clothing, Story Theater, Children's Library, 12:30-4
      Recycle your still wearable clothing with PDXSwap, a group of women in the Portland Metro area who get together on a regular basis for a clothing swap! Kids clothes swaps too!
    * Kumoricon, lobby
      The folks at Kumoricon run Oregon's largest anime convention and are dedicated to all things involving Japanese animation including manga, cosplay (costume play) and gaming.
    * Portland Area Robotics Society, lobby
      PARTS is a nonprofit dedicated to those interested in learning about and building robots.
    * Oregon Regency Society, Popular Library
      Our group embraces civil, polite society, unified by a common love; the Regency Period.We adore the worlds that Jane Austen's winding, brilliantly written tales portray, depicting a time where ladies were ladies, gentlemen were gentlemen, and good society, family connections, grace, wit and romance were treasured.
    * Portland Steampunk Society, Popular Library
      Steampunk is a genre which combines elements of science fiction in a Victorian milieu. More recently art, fashion and music have been influenced by steampunk. The Portland Steampunk Society is an eclectic group of people with a focus on the aesthetic and creative aspects of this dynamic subculture. We encourage individual and group creativity and inventiveness through style, clothing, unique and whimsical accessories, art and music. By creating a pleasing environment of visual inspiration and engaging activities we hope to promote a culture of depth, decadence and possibility limited only by the participants imagination.

    Second floor, lobby

    * PDXSwap - women's clothing, Sterling Writers Room, 12-4
      Recycle your still wearable clothing with PDXSwap, a group of women in the Portland Metro area who get together on a regular basis for a clothing swap!
    * SCRAP: School and Community Reuse Action Project
      A non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.

    Third floor, Collins Gallery

    * My Story, photo exhibit, 12-4 p.m. Firecracker: The hopes and fears of Portland youth in photographs and writing
      My Story offers photography workshops that inspire young people to explore their lives through the lens of a camera. We collaborate with families, schools and community organizations in developing projects that engage the imagination and creativity of young people, building confidence in their abilities, and providing opportunities for them to share their stories with the world
    * Portland Sacred Harp, participatory shape note singing, noon–1 p.m.
      Sacred Harp shape note singing is a community musical & social activity, emphasizing participation, not performance. We sing in four-part, unaccompanied harmony from an early American songbook called The Sacred Harp, which has been continuously in print and in use since 1844. It is the backbone of one of this country's oldest, most vital and soul-stirring musical traditions. Everyone is invited to give it a try - no experience necessary!
    * Taoist Tai Chi Society, tai chi demo, 1:30-2 p.m.
      Dedicated to this ancient Chinese exercise emphasizing relaxation, stretching, health improvement and stress reduction.
    * Ignite Portland, five minute speech slam, 2:15–3 p.m.
      If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers. We're looking to bring a twist to the same old conference format that you're used to. It's cool. It's fun.
    * KBOO Community Radio
      Your Volunteer-Powered, Non-Commercial, Listener-Sponsored, Full-Strength Community Radio station for Portland, Oregon, Cascadia & the World!
    * Oregon Paranormal Investigations
      Oregon Paranormal Investigations is a group of experienced and sincere investigators whose primary purpose is to help those that are experiencing unexplained and unusual phenomenon.
    * Tolman Guide to Green Living in Portland
      The Tolman Guide to Green Living was created to help us move away from practices that are harmful to people and the environment and towards those that accommodate natural cycles and systems; appropriately called sustainable living. Meet the authors and make a reduce, reuse, recycle craft. 
  • Monday
    Aug 11 2008
    Peace Corps information session


    8/11/2008 - 8/11/2008

    Whether you are considering Peace Corps for the first time or coming back for another look after retirement, this meeting will be for you.

    Peace Corps offers something for everyone. Grad school opportunities for some, International work experience for others, and a sense of pride and accomplishment for all.

    Whether you are 20 or 70, Peace Corps is looking for committed Americans to carry on this unique tradition of government service - a service started nearly 47 years ago by President John F Kennedy.

    Peace Corps serves in 74 different countries around the globe. From Belize to Cape Verde, Moldova to Tonga, and onto Cambodia, Peace Corps offers you a chance to serve your country and the developing nations of our world.

    Bring your experience, skill, interest, and questions to this meeting.

    A former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Azerbaijan will speak of his experience and answer questions relevant to your individual needs.

    Central Library
    801 SW 10th
    Portland, OR 97205
    6:30 - 7:30 p

  • Tuesday
    Jun 17 2008
    Peace Corps information session



    Here’s your next chance to get the latest updates on the Peace Corps and on all available Peace Corps assignments around the globe. Whether you're fresh out of college, mid-career, or ready to retire, Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer will be hosting this Peace Corps Information Session. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Peace Corps is welcome to participate. Please feel free to bring friends and family.

    Information Session
    Tuesday, June 17
    6 - 7 p.m.
    Central Library
    801 S.W. 10th Avenue
    Portland, OR

    The Peace Corps needs Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to fill assignments in education, agriculture, the environment, business, health, IT and community services. Come and learn how your skills can be put to use in the Peace Corps.

    Are you ready to take the next step? Apply now at peacecorps.gov/application to begin your conversation with the Peace Corps. If you need any assistance with the application, or if you have any questions at all, you can call 800.424.8580 and ask to speak to a regional recruiter. Without exception, every regional recruiter in our office also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and has firsthand knowledge of what it was like to go through the Peace Corps’ entire application, screening and selection process.