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SPEED—You've dominated poky commuters in Portland's bike lanes for too long—time to test your mettle on the track. Even if you've never considered a formal race, check out Portland International Raceway's Monday night bicycle races. The events take place all summer, and are geared specifically toward neophytes curious what glory tastes like. Just show up with a race-ready bike, helmet, $15, and the will to destroy. Or just go watch. DVH
Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory, races begin at 6:15 pm Mondays through August, $15 entry fee, FREE for spectators

BOOKS—We can all agree that reading is great, right? Tonight, Portland authors Cheryl Strayed, Paul Collins, Chelsea Cain, and more will discuss the books they love, at the Portland kickoff party for World Book Night, which invites readers to share books in their community. (If you really love books, you'll make it a twofer and swing by the reading from the terrific Meg Wolitzer at the Hawthorne Powell's.) AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE