'Silly Goats Gruff' onstage for kids. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents 'The Three Silly Goats Gruff and the Troll is Enough', a 'silly, not scary' stage play for kids, 10:30-11:30 am today, tomorrow, and Oct. 11-12, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. $3 admission for all. Make your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door. Doors open at 10 am each day.

'Harvest Festival' on S.E. 21st. People's Food Co-op is again offering its 'Harvest Festival' today, Wednesday, October 4th 1-9 pm on S.E. 21st between Division and Powell. 21st Avenue will be closed for the afternoon, and the festival will include a pie eating contest, pumpkin carving, a craft fair, live music, a beer garden, apple cider pressing, a square dance with Caroline Oakley, and lots of local and organic farmers selling ripe fruit and fresh vegetables. The festival is free and open to all.

Woodstock to hear schools plea. Tonight at 7 pm the Woodstock Neighborhood Association will have on their agenda a speaker from 'Portlanders For Schools'. Beryl Morrison will speak about the local option property tax levy that will be on the November ballot. Voters will consider the proposal to protect class size and educational programs with a five-year levy. A previous local option levy approved by Portland voters in 2000 expired in 2005. There will also be an honoring of Laurie Levich, retired graphic artist, whose drawings of the Douglas Fir tree and the Woodstock Community Center have been used on street banners and for numerous official and social purposes. Everyone who lives or works in the Woodstock Neighborhood, or nearby, is welcome to attend. For information, visit: WNA meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue, just west of BiMart.


Walking tour of Ladd's Addition this evening. Portland Walking Tours offers a guided walk through Ladd's Addition, Portland's oldest planned community with 177 historic designations, located just north of Brooklyn. Walkers will be treated to a journey of unusual street design, four blooming rose gardens, heritage elm and maple trees with leaves turning for fall, and examples of historic architecture. This southeast neighborhood was established in 1891. The tour is tonight at 8 (there's one more at 10 am on Saturday, October 14th) and pre-registration is required. The Lost in the Roses tour covers approximately two miles and lasts about two hours; it begins at the north corner of S.E. 17th and S.E. Division at the TriMet bus shelter. Parking is available on the street and at St. Philip Neri Church (2449 S.E. Tamarack) on the corner of SE 18th and SE Division. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and youths; one child with any paying adult is free. Pre-register by calling 503/774-4522.


Buddhist monks on the street in Sellwood, Westmoreland. Today, Friday, October 6, monks from the Portland Buddhist Priory in Brooklyn will venture forth at 11 am from the corner of S.E. Carlton and Milwaukie Avenue to walk through portions of Sellwood and Westmoreland on their regular 'alms round'. The alms round has been a tradition in Buddhist countries for over 2,500 years; in response to offerings, the monks offer a blessing to the giver, but are otherwise silent. They will finish back at the corner of Carlton and Milwaukie about 1 pm. Those interested in learning more are directed to the Internet website:


Get your pumpkin today at Llewellyn Elementary. Find your perfect pumpkin at the Llewellyn Foundation Pumpkin Patch! There will be treats and crafts for the entire family, today, Saturday, October 7, from 1 till 3 pm on the Llewellyn Elementary School playground in Westmoreland, at 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue.

Big band concert today in Milwaukie. Portland's Chuck Karsun Orchestra will appear at the Ledding Library today, Saturday, October 7th, from 2 till 3 pm. Karsun's Orchestra is composed of four members. Although Mr. Karsun sticks to the drums, the other three play multiple instruments. With Karsun leading the way, the Orchestra has been perfoming big band swing music in the Portland area for the past forty years. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ledding Library.

New children's play for October in Brooklyn. The October play at the 'Brooklyn Bay Theater' for children is 'The Blue-Eyed Hare': A kind beekeeper befriends a mysterious blue-eyed hare. With the help of his bees, a gypsy wise woman, and his brave heart, he finds a way to free the Hare from an enchantment on All Hallows Eve. 'This delightful story, filled with lively music and engagingly physical performances will captivate children and adults alike. Appropriate for all ages.' The play will run on every Saturday morning, at 10 am, in October, starting today, at the Brooklyn Bay, 1825 S.E. Franklin, Bay K, accessible from Powell Boulevard. Admission only $6 per ticket or $20 per family rate; doors open at 9:30 am each Saturday. For reservations call 503/772-4005, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The theater is tricky to find; get directions at:

Annual Bird Festival in S.E. Portland. The annual one-day Bird Festival will be 10 am till 4 pm today at Quality Cage Co., 5942 S.E. 111th Avenue--the only such bird event in the region, and featuring many birds, and 23 breeders sharing their knowledge and expertise. No admission charge. Just north of S.E. Foster on 111th.


Run for trees today at Oaks Park. Nonprofit Friends of Trees hosts its first 'Fun Run for Restoration' today, beginning at Oaks Amusement Park, just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, off S.E. Spokane Street. Registration is at 8:30 am; the 5-mile run starts at 9 and the alternate 3.5 mile walk starts at 9:30 am. Register online at Registration is $30 per adult, $23 per youth aged 7 to 14, $55 for family groups, and free for kids under 7. The first planting of the organization's planting season is at Oaks Bottom on October 14th, and the first neighborhood planting is in Sellwood and Westmoreland on November 11th; both areas are part of today's run/walk course.

Movie at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Sellwood's Immanuel Lutheran Church offers a free presentation of the Al Gore movie on 'global warming', at 1 pm today, October 8th. The church's address is 7810 S.E. 15th Street. Call 503/236-7823 for more information.


Author visits Sellwood 'Pageturners'. Author Jim Lynch will visit the Sellwood Branch Library this evening, October 10th, at 6:30 pm, to discuss with the 'Pageturners' adult book reading group his debut novel, 'The Highest Tide'. The library is located on S.E. 13th at Bidwell. For more information on this event, visit this Internet webpage:


'Star Wars Science' debuts today at OMSI. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, on S.E. Water Street just north of the Ross Island Bridge, opens its new exhibit, 'Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination', today, featuring more than 100 Star Wars artifacts and real-world technologies, 17 videos, and 21 interactive exhibits. It will remain on display through January 1st. OMSI will be open seven days a week during this period, except for being closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. For hours and details visit:


Treasures and Trifles estate sale at Union Manor. In this annual nonprofit event at Westmoreland Union Manor, today from 9 till 3, and tomorrow from 9 till 2, you'll find low prices on pots, pans, clothing, knick-knacks, books, jewelry, small appliances, collectibles and more. Also, used furniture at the south end of the parking lot. Westmoreland's Union Manor is just off McLoughlin Blvd., on S.E. 23rd Avenue between Tolman and Bybee. Parking Available on the street.

'Love and Loss in the Music of Franz Schubert.' That's the name of a unique program this evening at Brooklyn's Aladdin Theater--described as 'great music performed by some of Portland's finest classical musicians, combined with stories and narration'. Call the Aladdin box office for more information: 503/234-9694. The show is at 7:30 this evening at the Aladdin, S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just south of Powell. $20 general admission, $10 students, 10% discount for groups of ten or more.


Rummage Sale in Woodstock. Our Lady of Sorrows church and school at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard is holding its annual Rummage Sale today, Saturday, from 8 am till 4 pm, and tomorrow, Sunday, from 1 till 5 pm. Furniture, clothing, books, and household goods will be on sale.

'Intro to DJ'ing: Mixing the Music You Like' at Sellwood Library. From 2 till 3 today at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th and Bidwell, learn what it takes to be a DJ, what equipment you need, how to get started, and how it all works. This free program is specifically for teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required; register online, in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The same program will be presented at the Woodstock Library, S.E. Woodstock at 49th, on Saturday, October 8th, 2:30-3:30 pm. Registration is also required there; register the same ways as for the Sellwood event.

Third Annual Ukrainian Fall Festival in Sellwood. The festival is at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 8014 S.E. 16th Avenue, from 11 am till 5 pm. Free admission; musical entertainment, and Ukrainian Cafe food: Varenyky (Perogies), Sausage (Kovbasa), Borsch (Beet Soup), and assorted Ethnic Desserts. There will be cultural displays and church tours as well. For more information, visit the Internet website:


Hallowe'en play for kids. Famous Ladybug Theater presents its Hallowe'en tradition: 'The Ghost Catcher', featuring everyone's favorite--Boo Hoo Ghost. Fine for all kids--'absolutely not scary'. 10:30-11:30 am today, tomorrow, and Oct. 25-26, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. $3 admission for all. Make your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door. Doors open at 10 am each day.


Raising rhododendrons from cuttings. This evening, The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will present a talk about propagating rhododendrons from cuttings. Two expert growers, Kathy Van Veen of Van Veen Nursery and Mike Stewart of Dover Nursery, will inform the audience with step-by-step directions. There will also be a cuttings exchange during this meeting. Attendees can bring 2 to 4 labeled cuttings of the same kind, in a moist plastic sack, and exchange them for other cuttings that interest them. The public is invited and welcomed. Refreshments will be served. The social hour starts at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.


'Barely Boo' at Sellwood Library this morning. Storyteller Rick Huddle presents slightly scary stories and songs that won't give anyone in the family nightmares! Space at this family program is limited; free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program, which runs this morning from 11 am till 11:45 am at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

Anniversary concert in Woodstock tonight. The Oregon Chamber Players are celebrating their 12th anniversary in their first concert of the season tonight, 7:30 pm, at All Saints Episcopal Church, S.E. 40th at Woodstock Boulevard. Featured are pieces by Rameau, Rossini, Poulenc, and Boccherini. Tickets are $15, students and seniors $12, and are available through Safeway's 'Tickets West' (may be subject to a convenience charge), and at the door.

Graduate from the former Washington High 30 years ago? The class pf '76 at the former Washington High School is planned for 6 pm this evening downtown. Details on the Internet website:; questions can be e-mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Public open house about Sellwood Bridge. The first public open house held by Multnomah County for the Sellwood Bridge project will be held on Wednesday, October 25, from 5 till 8 pm at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion just north of the bridge, off S.E. Spokane Street. The goals for this open house are to identify the issues and concerns of the community, and to gather background data. You are invited to attend the open house, learn more about the study process and share your ideas. Project team members also hope to receive feedback on the project's Purpose and Need Statement. Community input from this meeting will help shape the alternatives that will be evaluated in the environmental impact statement. More public meetings will be held over the next year. Accommodations can be made for people with disabilities; call 503/988-6804 at least one week before the meeting. The county has set up an informational website about the project at:


Chamber music at Reed College tonight. In its first concert of the current season, Chamber Music Northwest features members of the Emerson String Quartet with pianist Wu Han, performing selections composed by Dvorak, Beethoven, and Shostakovitch. The concert is at 8 pm tonight, Thursday, October 26th, at Kaul Auditorium, at Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Tickets are $21, $28, and $40 (students $10), and are available by phone, weekdays, at 503/294-6400. For information, visit the Internet website:

Learn about fostering children. You're invited to a Foster Care information session at the Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 15th at Spokane, 6-7 pm this evening. Learn how you can help the many children in need of safe, stable, and nurturing foster care homes in the Portland Area; join The Boys and Girls Aid Society in serving Oregon's neediest children. They will discuss the process, requirements, and rewards of fostering a youth with BG Aid. Call 503/542-2311, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, or to RSVP for this information session.


Hallowe'en Carnival for kids. Waverly Heights UCC, on the corner of Woodward and S.E. 33rd, is hosting its annual Hallowe'en Carnival tonight, October 27th, 6 till 8pm. It's a fun and safe place for children of all ages, with games and prizes galore. For bigger kids, there's a 'haunted house' room full of spooky delights. Hot dogs and other goodies for sale, and the purchase price for game tickets, they promise, is 'next to nothing'. Get everyone in costume for a fun-filled family evening!

Murder ballads in Brooklyn tonight. 'The Night of the Murder Ballad 10th Anniversary Show' is at 8 pm tonight at The Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, 8 pm. The organizers explain, 'History books and folk music are rife with tales of murder. Class struggle, unrequited love, jealousy, bitter anger over pennilessness…you name it, people killed each other over it. This year is the 10th anniversary of Portland's annual 'Night of the Murder Ballad'. The show will feature a retrospective of all the 'greatest hits' from its inception at the inimitable Laurelhurst Pub, and now its swan song at the Aladdin Theater 9 years later. Tickets are $12 at the door.


Free solar energy lecture in Southeast. Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc., is holding a free solar seminar to give homeowners the information they need to decide whether solar energy is right for them. The seminar is today, Saturday, October 28th, 9:30-10:30 am, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 S.E. Belmont Street. For more information, call toll-free: 1-866/368-7878.


'Moreland Monster March' at 3 pm today in Westmoreland. The 'Moreland Monster March' parade starts at 3 pm at Llewellyn School this afternoon, at 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue. Kids, adults, whole families - show up in costume and join the neighborhood parade! Be there by or before 3; the parade ends back at at Llewellyn with treats for all. The Westmoreland fire station's 'Engine 20' will lead the way for all the little costumed kids. No charge to participate. Just come and enjoy the march, underwritten currently by the Westmoreland Business Alliance.

Woodstock lecture today on 'The Peace Corps Experience'. Adults are invited to learn about the many cultures Peace Corps volunteers encounter around the world. Join local Peace Corps volunteer Melissa Osmond, as she tells about her experience in Togo, West Africa. It's this afternoon, Sunday, October 29th, 2-3 pm, at the Woodstock Library, on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.


'Not-So-Scary Stories' this afternoon at Woodstock Library. Kids aged 2 to 6 are invited to hear scary and not-so-scary stories, wear a costume, and get some treats! It's this afternoon, Tuesday, October 31st, from 4:30 till 5:30 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 49th.