Did you get an eReader for Christmas? Or are you wondering if getting one would be worthwhile? This month, there are tons of opportunities for free library classes at Multnomah County Libraries, Washington County Libraries, and Clackamas County Libraries to learn how to use these devices and learn how to get free library materials with them. Some require that you bring your own, and others are geared toward helping you decide which one is best for you. These classes are principally for adults, and there are too many to list! Check your local library’s calendar.
"O-Shogatsu New Year's Festival", Sunday, January 8, 12PM-3PM, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave., Pdx; Admission $9.50 adults, $7.75 seniors and college students with ID, $6.75 kids 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under. Washington and Clackamas County Libraries have cultural passes for this location. "O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year, is the most important festival of the year in Japan. It is a time for family and friends to celebrate this auspicious day together and wish for good health and blessings in the new year. The Garden’s celebration of O-Shogatsu features kakizome, the writing of the first calligraphy of the new year. The practice of kakizome is held throughout Japan on the second day of the New Year, and children are encouraged to write a celebratory character in their best hand to set the tone for success in their studies in the coming year. Join us to try your hand at writing with brush and ink and be sure to sample O-Matcha, the green tea of The Way of Tea." http://japanesegarden.com/events/celebrations/new-year/
"Chinese New Year", Saturday, January 21, 1PM-3:30PM, Uwajimaya Grocery, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR. Free. http://uwajimaya.com/store_events.html
• Portland Chinese School - Chinese Yoyos and Folk Dance (1pm - 1:10pm)
• Portland Chinese School - Happy Dance for Chinese New Year (1:15 - 1:45pm)
• Chinese Customs Contest (1:50 - 2:15pm) - Please sign up prior to event dates (see store for details)
• Sunflower Dancing Troup - Chinese Dance (2:20 - 2:50pm)
• Lion Dance - Lee On Dong Benevolent Association (3:00 - 3:30pm)
“African Stories told by Massene”, Saturday, January 21, 11AM , Lake Oswego Library. “Originally from West Africa, Massene Mboup graduated college with dual majors in English and linguistics. He then earned a teaching degree and taught high school at the Lycee Maurice De La Fosse in Dakar. Since coming to Portland, he’s been a teacher at the Portland French School since 1999, is a soccer coach for the Portland Youth Soccer Association League, worked with the PSU Philosophy Department to develop a children’s curriculum, and is currently the school director of the International Leadership Academy, a Lake Oswego French immersion school. On top of all of these achievements, he is an author and a 'griot,' or storyteller. Children age 4 and up are invited to enjoy Massene’s unique and charming storytelling style. His African stories will be told in English, with a few words in French and Wolof thrown in.”
"Chinese New Year", January 23-February 6, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 students, free for kids 5 and under. Both Washington County and Clackamas County libraries have cultural passes for this location (listed as "Portland Classical Chinese Garden"). They will be having a whole series of special festivities every day in honor of the New Year. For details, see their website: http://www.lansugarden.org/events_classes/chinese_new_year Please note that the garden can get especially busy during these festivities, and it may be best to arrive early and choose public transit if possible.