Cyber Seniors Computer Classes resume at Sellwood Library. These classes--today, as well as September 13 and 20, from 10 am till noon--are for seniors who want to learn how to use a computer. Learn to use a mouse, search the Internet, and send and receive e-mail. Each session will consist of one hour of instruction and one hour of practice. The classes are free, but are limited in size, so you must register and attend all three sessions; register in the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, or by calling 503/988-5234.
WNA meeting tonight. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association holds its monthly meeting this evening at 7 pm in the basement room of the Woodstock Community Center, at 5905 SE 43rd Avenue, one block north of Woodstock Blvd. On the agenda will be a fifteen-minute discussion with Gene Dieringer, representative of the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA), who will talk about WCBA and answer questions. Other issues addressed will be community events, a police report and crime prevention, land use, foot patrol, and the upcoming tree planting. Everyone is welcome.
'Read to the dogs' at Sellwood Library. 'Read to the Dogs'SM is a way for kids to improve reading skills and make new friends by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from the DoveLewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education Program. This event occurs tonight and each Wednesday evening this month, 6:30-8 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. It's free to participate, but registration is required; call 503/988-5398.
Tai Chi returns to Woodstock today. Today marks the first class after the end of summer break of the popular Tai Chi class taught for more than two years at All Saints Episcopal Church, S.E. 41st and Woodstock Blvd. Instructor Craig Stone welcomes all ages to attend each Wednesday morning at 11 am. He points out that Tai Chi is beneficial for maintaining good health and resuming flexibility and strength lost through injury, arthritis or other conditions. No registration necessary. Donations welcome.
Opportunity for youths age 17-24 who've dropped out of school. Portland YouthBuilders, an accredited high school, offers young people the opportunity to get paid while completing high school, and learning construction or computer skills. Students, age 17-24, earn a stipend during this year-long program. Small classes, caring teachers, and help building your future. It starts with a 2-1/2 hour career focus information meeting today, Thursday, September 7th, at 12:45 pm, at 4816 S.E. 92nd Avenue in Portland, across from Lents Park. It includes placement testing in math, reading, and writing. For information on these limited slots, call as soon as possible: 503/286-9350.
Today and tomorrow, Dragonboat races return to Sellwood Riverfront Park. For the third year, DragonSports USA is holding Dragonboat races 9 till 4 today, Saturday, and tomorrow, Sunday, at Sellwood Riverfront Park--on the Willamette River, just north of the Sellwood Bridge (at the foot of Spokane Street). The eight teams with the best times will race from the park to Riverplace in downtown Portland, a distance of over three miles. The races are free to attend and open to the public.
Brooklyn's annual 'Ice Cream Social in the Park' today. The Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association invites everyone to the fifth annual 'Ice Cream Social in Brooklyn Park', on S.E. Milwaukie, two blocks south of Powell, 1-4 pm. Activities include the air bouncer, face painting, a petting zoo, and of course Ice Cream Bars for 25 cents apiece. Loaves and Fishes will be back with hot dogs, sausages, potato salad, and soft drinks. Booths will feature the Brooklyn Historical Society, local artists, a plant exchange, Crime Prevention, Southeast Uplift, and free health screenings from the Oaks Bottom Lions Club. Bring the family and enjoy the afternoon with friends and neighbors. Help with setup and take-down is needed; call 503/241-4540 to volunteer.
Woodstock Ice Cream Social and Open House at All Saints' Episcopal Church. Beginning at 11:30 this morning, the community is invited to enjoy hot dogs, ice cream, and carnival games. The ministries of All Saints' church will also be highlighted. The festivities take place after the 10:15 service, which all are invited to attend. It's all at All Saints' Episcopal Church is located at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. Details at: www.allsaintspdx.com.
Red Cross Class: 'When I'm In Charge'. This class for 3rd to 5th graders will be held 1-3:30 pm this afternoon; it will help kids learn how to protect themselves and their siblings while home alone. Class is at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. To register in advance, call David at 503/775-1380. Fee is $18. and scholarships are available.
Famous Ladybug Theater starts fall series of shows. The first Ladybug Theater children's play of the fall, 'Baby Bear and the Three Pigs', starts today at 10:30 am at SMILE Station in Sellwood, and runs each Wednesday and Thursday morning at the same time for the rest of the month. Great audience participation, and great fun for all-- beginning about age three. Attention spans vary, so parents are asked to consider whether the child is ready to be an attentive and entertained audience member, or might not yet be ready for such a group experience. $3 admission for all ages. Call for reservations, 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door. SMILE Station is on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood.
School's back in session--and so is 'Homework Helpers'. At the Woodstock Branch Library 'Homework Helpers' are back helping students Wednesdays, starting today, 3:30-5:30 pm. Homework Helpers are trained volunteers who give students free one-on-one help finding the books and information they need to complete homework assignments. The Woodstock Library is located at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Church book club meets tonight. 'Beta Book Club' begins discussion of 'The Jesus Creed' by Scott McKnight. This group of book lovers meets weekly on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., and welcomes new members.
Free lecture at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. 'When is it Time to Take Charge? Women and Caregiving', is the title of a free women's health forum this evening. Women spend much of their lives nurturing others: raising children, caring for friends and family; caregiving takes on a whole new, and much more complicated, perspective when the one who needs care is an aging parent or spouse. Jenell Neufeld, LCSW, social services expert for Providence Center on Aging, will address this complex topic. You are invited to attend this free presentation 7 to 8:30 pm tonight, Thursday, September 14th, at Providence Milwaukie Hospital's Mother Gamelin Room. The address of the hospital is 10150 S.E. 32nd Avenue, Milwaukie. Plenty of free parking.
Annual 'Basement Sale' in Sellwood today and tomorrow. The Sellwood Baptist Church announces its annual Basement Sale today and tomorrow, 8 am till 3 pm. Get a bargain, and help send a kid to camp! The location is S.E. 11th and Tacoma, at the Sellwood Baptist Church.
Annual 'Treasure and Rummage Sale' in Sellwood today and tomorrow. The Immanuel Lutheran Church presents its annual fund-raising sale today, Friday, 9 am till 3 pm, and tomorrow, Saturday, 9 am till 1 pm. The church's location is 7810 S.E. 15th Street in Sellwood.
'Build It Green' tour of homes and Info Fair today. Presented by the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development, in partnership with Metro and the Solar Energy Association of Oregon, you're invited to take a metro area home tour today from 11 am till 5 pm; tickets available only in advance, $15 ($10 students/seniors) at 503/222-3881, or online at www.sustainableportland.org. Whether you take the tour or not, everyone is welcome to the Information Fair this afternoon, 4:30-7 pm, at Environmental Building Supplies, 819 SE Taylor Street. For more information on the events of the day, go to: www.sustainableportland.org, or call 503/823-7222.
Outdoor staging of 'Orestes' by Euripides at 4 pm today. Starting today at 4 pm, and running at various times and on various (but not all) days through October 1, Classic Greek Theater of Oregon presents 'Orestes' by Euripides, directed by Keith Scales and with original music by Sarah Dougher and choreography by Andrea Harmon. It's presented at Cerf Theater at Reed College outdoors in the daytime. For the schedule and times of performances, and to see production photos, visit the theater's Internet website: http://classicgreektheatre.tripod.com/id19.htm. Or, call the boxoffice at 503/258-9313. Admission $20 general, $15 for seniors, $10 for students (group rates available). Tickets will be available at each performance.
Meditation lessons offered. Starting this evening, the nonprofit 'Portland Friends of the Dhamma' offers 'Meditation Instruction for Beginners', a five week course on Monday evenings 7 till 9 pm starting tonight and ending October 16th. The class will cover the basic practices and teachings of the Buddhist tradition. For more information, visit: www.pdxdhamma.org. Come to 1422 S.E. Tacoma--it's on the second floor of the Sellwood Methodist Church.
'Pageturners', adult reading group, returns in Woodstock. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors, at 'Pageturners', at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard--sponsored by Friends of the Library. Before joining the free group tonight 6:30-7:45 pm tonight, Read 'Sometimes a Great Notion: A Novel' by Ken Kesey.