August calendar


Sellwood-Westmoreland 'National Night Out' party 6-8 tonight. The Sellwood-Moreland 'National Night Out Party' is tonight, Tuesday, August 1st, from 6 till 8 pm. The location is the front lawn at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th (between Bidwell and Lambert Streets on 15th Avenue). Everyone's Invited for free hotdogs, chips, drinks; free ice cream, free kids' stuff, and--the principal reason for National Night Out--free community crime prevention information! There'll be music, too. Join the fun for an enjoyable summer evening with your neighbors!

Ladybug Theater presents 'Dearimus and Frisbe'. Taken from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', this play-within-a-play for children (and their parents) is at 10:30 am today, Thursday, and also the 8th and 10th next week. All shows at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. $3.50 admission; call 503/232-2346 to reserve, then pay at the door.

Make 'Fish Prints' today at Woodstock Library. Create your own relief print with artist Kathryn Menard this afternoon, Tuesday, August 1st, 2 till 4 pm! Use a variety of colors to produce a unique piece of art. Recommended for children 6 years and older. Registration is required; register in advance online, in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234.

Woodstock church announces August kids' activities starting today. The Portland Apostolic Christian Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street, is offering 'Classes 4 Kids' ( of all ages ) at 10 am this morning, and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout August, featuring instruction in things like basketball, art, and more. In addition, the church's Wednesday Night Kids Club program ('Bible-based fun and activities') will begin at 7:30pm and will run for 5 weeks. For details refer to the church website,, and contact the church office at 503/771-2025 for pre-registration and more information.


Llewellyn 'incoming kindergarten' play date. The Wednesday morning play dates at Sellwood Park, which started July 12th, continue through August 30th, 10:30 till noon. If your child is entering kindergarten this fall, join other incoming kindergarten families at this weekly Wednesday morning event. Look for the Llewellyn banner to find the group at the park. For more information call Nancy Siebenaler at 503/234-3852.

Famous Ladybug children's theater presents 'Red Ridinghood'. The favorite play 'Red Ridinghood with Puppets, featuring Baby Bear' plays at 10:30 this morning, and also at the same time on Wednesday the 9th, at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino in Sellwood. $3.50 admission (per child or adult); call 503/232-2346 to reserve, then pay at the door. The Internet website is:

'Wild Things' at Sellwood Library at 2 pm today! Families are invited to step into the world of West African wildlife and music from 2 till 3 this afternoon. 'Story Harmonics' will be on hand to share the magic of the Zimbabwean marimba--weaving music and story together. Space at this program is limited; free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program, at 1:30 pm at the library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell in Sellwood.

A month of family movies on the grass. Oaks Amusement Park announces that free showings of family movies, one per week on Wednesday evening, will be presented at 8:45 pm at the south end of the park. Bring a blanket and/or your favorite lawn chair tonight at 8:45 pm, and every Wednesday evening this month, through August 30th, at this same time, for each week's movie, shown at no charge.


Ardenwald celebrates National Night Out with 'Dr. Jazz and the Interns with Nurse Ethel'. This concert is part of the 12th annual 'Family Concerts in the Park'. This annual series is held every Thursday night in August at Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell. Opening for Dr. Jazz tonight will be the Ardenwald Elementary School Ukulele Players and friends. The celebration, which is sponsored by Providence Milwaukie Hospital, will include goodies for kids and adults alike. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. Dr. Jazz comes on at 7 pm. The whole event is free, and there will be further concerts each Thursday night, same time and location, all this month.


Former BEE designer offers own art. Char Breshgold, a designer for Community Newspapers, Inc., who composed THE BEE in the interim period between when longtime designer Vivian Read retired and current designer Kell Dockham took over the task, announces that a show of her 'photo images with drawing' opens today at Studio 2507, at 2507 S.E. Clinton Street. Her own First Friday opening reception is 6-9 pm tonight, August 4th. With photographs as her starting place, Char uses the process of Polaroid transfers together with digital photos, oil crayons, solvents, and her sewing machine to create intimate images. Taking inspiration from gardens, hiking trails, farmer's markets and private altars she constructs drawings and books that are described as 'lush, elegant, and evocative'.


Southeast Babe Ruth League fall baseball signups start today. On Saturdays August 5 and 12, and on Sundays August 6 and13, from noon till 2 each day. at Glenwood Park (89th and SE Cooper), those wanting to play in the Southeast Babe Ruth baseball league are invited to come and sign up. Fee is $50. All 12, 13, and 14 year olds are eligible. Games are played on 90-foot diamonds, with local playing rules designed for maximum playing time. Season starts Aug 19th and continues through mid October. For more information, call Ron at 503/236-9442, Frank at 503/775-6347, or Dean and Toni at 503/775-3242. Or visit the Internet website:


'Sundae in the [Sellwood] Park' all day today! Southeast Portland's favorite summer event, 'Sundae in the Park', with free live music and cheap ice cream cones and sundaes (and other food items), runs from noon till 5 pm today at Sellwood Park, on the bluff overlooking the river on S.E. 7th in Sellwood. A few bucks feeds the family. Sponsored by SMILE. Come at 10 in the morning to watch (and perhaps join in) the neighborhood pick-up baseball game--'the Hainleys vs. the Heibergs'. You don't have to have either surname to play!


'Portland Vision Project' visits Woodstock. If you have an interest in, or would like to contribute to, the developing future of Portland and of Inner Southeast Portland, you're welcome to attend the Woodstock Community Business Assn. meeting in August--today, Tuesday, the 8th--when this official city visioning process will occur 7-8 pm, facilitated by David F. Ashton, award-winning contributor to THE BEE. The meeting will be at Country Bill's Restaurant, S.E. 44th and Woodstock Boulevard. All are welcome.


Captain Bogg and Salty's Pirate Band perform at Sellwood Park. Sponsored by the Sellwood Branch Library, from 2 till 3 this afternoon, Wednesday, August 9th, families are invited to weigh anchor with 'Captain Bogg and Salty' as they perform pirate jigs, galloping rock, and mermaid lullabies. At Sellwood Park, S.E. 7th Avenue at Miller Street.


Sellwood Grade School reunion. A picnic and class reunion for all classes of Sellwood Grade School is scheduled for noon today, Thursday, August 10th, at Picnic Area #1 at Oaks Amusement Park just north of the Sellwood Bridge. It's a potluck, so those attending are asked to bring something. For suggestions for food to bring, or for more information on the event, call Lee Kr4ause at 503/620-7942.

Ardenwald Thursday evening 'Family Concerts in the Park' continues. Tonight at 7, the free concert in Ardenwald Park features 'The Dents', a five-man band, who play a hot mix of rock, country and blues. Each concert is at Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell. Food will be available to purchase as a fundraiser for Milwaukie High School.


Local Buddhist monks on alms rounds midday today. From 11 till 1 midday today in Westmoreland and Sellwood, the Portland Buddhist Monks will pursue their periodic 'Alms Rounds', a tradition of the religion for over 2,500 years. Residents are informed that,'having taken a vow of poverty, monks depend on the generosity of others, and in return dedicate the merits of their religious training for the benefit of all living things.' In response to offerings, the monks offer a blessing to the giver, but are otherwise silent.


Three guided walking tours of the historic Brooklyn neighborhood. Today, Sunday, August 13th, three walking tours are offered of Brooklyn sites. Choose from three different walks: #1 is 'Indian Trails, Painted Ladies, and Green Architecture', exploring 13,000 years of Brooklyn history through its built environment; #2 is 'Brooklyn Bungalows and its Pioneers', exploring homes and cottages is Lower Brooklyn, with stories of trolleys and people, changed street names, and other things, with Dana Beck; and #3 is 'Brooklyn Homes and Industries', exploring homes of various styles west of Milwaukie Avenue and north of Holgate--including Sacred Heart Church, the old Pacific States Telephone Co., and the Brooklyn Roundhouse. All three tours, conducted by the Brooklyn Historical Society, start at True Brew Coffee Shop, 3370 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, at 1 pm this afternoon. Each tour accommodates only 15, so reserve early: Send $15 check per person, designating the chosen tour, to the society at P.O. Box 42654, Portland 97242-0654.


Ardenwald Thursday evening 'Family Concerts in the Park' continues. Tonight at 7, the free concert in Ardenwald Park features 'Loose Wimmin', a five-woman band, with a lively mix of their own style rock and roll. Each concert is at Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell. Food will be available to purchase as a fundraiser for Milwaukie High School.


'Woodstock Family Picnic' today in Woodstock Park. Bring everyone, and your filled picnic basket, to Woodstock Park, north of Woodstock Elementary School and bordering S.E. Steele Street, 11-4 pm today! Entertainment, community tables, and some food available right there. Engage in old-fashioned games while listening to local live music. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by the Woodstock Neighborhood Association! See for more information.

Homeless animals to visit Woodstock Picnic (above). The Oregon Humane Society is bringing companion pets (dogs, cats, and possibly rabbits), who are

ready for a new home, to the Woodstock Family Picnic, 12-4 pm today. Stop by one and you can meet some great animals looking for a loving family to call their own, chat with knowledgeable OHS volunteers, and learn more about the Oregon Humane Society's adoption program. Call 503/285-7722 for information on adoptions.

Meditation training this morning in Sellwood. A Morning of Meditation Instruction for Beginners is offered today, Saturday, August 19th, from 9 am to 12:30 noon (optional potluck to follow) by nonprofit Portland Friends of the Dhamma (, at 1422 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood (second floor of the Sellwood Methodist Church).

Oboe recital this evening in Woodstock neighborhood. Following the 13th annual 'Northwest Oboe Seminar' all day today, the public is invited to attend a recital by the participants at 7:30 this evening at All Saints' Episcopal Church at 40th and S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. The finale will be an oboe duo performed by Humbert Lucarelli and Seminar Director Victoria Racz, guest conducted by its composer, Norman Leyden. Admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased at the door.


Reservation deadline today for 'Iowans' picnic. If you were born in, or have ever lived in, Iowa, the 'Iowans in Oregon Picnic' is for you. The potluck picnic is on Sunday, August 27th, 12-4 pm, at Picnic Area South Grove 2 at Oaks Park (lunch served at 1:30 pm), but the deadline to reserve to attend is TODAY. It's a family-friendly, alcohol-free event; bring or wear your Iowa memorabilia. Suggested donation $7 per adult, $5 per senior, $1 per child under 12. RSVP by today to Micah at 503/708-9301, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and specify how many will be attending.


Ardenwald Thursday evening 'Family Concerts in the Park' continues. Tonight at 7, the free concert in Ardenwald Park features 'The Oregon Polka Beats', back by popular demand. The Polka Beats play everything from traditional Polkas to swing and even some country. Each concert is at Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell. Food will be available to purchase as a fundraiser for Milwaukie High School.


Lewis Elementary School Community Care Day, this morning. From 9 till noon today, Saturday, August 26, volunteers from the Portland community will participate in landscaping and grounds keeping activities as part of the Portland Public Schools Community Care Day, the kickoff event for 'Project: Community Care'. Community members from the Lewis Elementary School community and from Reedwood Friends Church will be working at Lewis (4401 SE Evergreen in Woodstock) on projects to help ready the school grounds for the start of school. The project is supported through a grant from Lowe'sCharitable and Educational Foundation and SOLV, which is providing volunteer recruitment and support.

New community 'Woodstock Garage Sale' today. Planned and supported by real estate professionals Kathryn King and Mary Stupek, a community-wide garage sale for the Woodstock neighborhood is planned for 9-4 today. Those wishing to participate can pay $5 for a garage sale kit at Miller's More Than Mail on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, today or any previous day this month. An information booth will be open today, Saturday the 26th, at 4705 S.E. Knight Street, for last-minute information and signup.


Blood drive today at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. Blood donations traditionally decline around major holidays, including Labor Day, when families are busy with back-to-school activities and the last few days of summer vacation. There is still time to help save a life this summer by scheduling and keeping a Red Cross blood donation appointment this month, and every 56 days. Donating blood costs you little more than an hour of your time, yet the feeling you get from knowing you may have helped save a life is priceless. Because whole blood is separated and transfused as components, one blood donation can help save up to three lives. Donors must be at least 17 years old (age 16 with parental consent), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. To make an appointment go to, or call Linda Upton at 503/513-8126. The hospital is located at 10150 S.E. 32nd Avenue in Milwaukie. Plenty of free parking.


Ardenwald Thursday evening 'Family Concerts in the Park' concludes. Starting this afternoon at 4 pm, 'Reggie Houston and his Box of Chocolates', plus the 'Earth Island Band' will salute New Orleans on the anniversary of that city's flooding. The salute will begin at 4 pm as Reggie leads a 'playshop' on the history of New Orleans music from slavery to the present. Musicians of all ages are invited to bring their instruments and play along. While Reggie plays, Outback Steakhouse will be serving a free New Orleans-style barbecue ribs and chicken dinner with all the fixin's. After a break, Reggie and his bands will continue the concert into the evening. The concert is at Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell.

Enrollment open for artisans for Llewellyn Holiday Market. Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland will host a holiday craft market on Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th. Effective today, the organizers are calling for artisans and craft people interested in renting a table at this school fund-raiser. Please contact Jennifer Rockwood at 503/236-2142 for more information.

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