Llewellyn Elementary School Carnival today. The Llewellyn Old Fashioned Carnival, runs this afternoon from 5:30 until 8 pm. Come, rain or shine, to celebrate the end of the school year. Lots of games and activities - 3-legged-races, sack hops, bean-bag toss, face painting, button making, and lots more. Tickets are $5 per child (adults play for free),and everyone can play as many games as often as they wish. Local food vendors will collect cash for the food. Wear closed toe-shoes for safety (e.g. tug-of-war), bring a bag for your prizes, and carry a water bottle to stay hydrated. More information online at: www.llewellyncarnival.com. Llewellyn Elementary School is situated at 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland.
'Brooklyn Community Garden' groundbreaking celebration. This morning at 9 am, a 'Shovel Ceremony' will start off the groundbreaking - wielded by dignitaries and individuals instrumental in the garden, including representatives from ODOT, EMSWCD, Southeast Uplift, TriMet, Loaves and Fishes, City Repair, the Brooklyn Action Corps (BAC) Board of Directors, and possibly an elected official or two. The ceremony will take 15 to 20 minutes. Garden preparation activities will continue until noon, and will involve volunteers who will be removing grass and building a grass couch, hauling bark chips, and painting found objects for a collaborative sculptural garden sign. Refreshments will be served. This is a family-friendly event, and the public is invited to attend and to participate. The garden is located at the corner of S.E. Franklin Street and McLoughlin Boulevard - currently an undeveloped ODOT easement. The BAC obtained a permit to develop the property into a community garden.
Brooklyn neighborhood cleanup today. The annual neighborhood cleanup sponsored by the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association and by Metro is today, 10 am to 3 pm, at S.E. 16th at Center Street. Mixed waste accepted for $10-$15 for small pickup loads ($20-$25 for larger loads); yard debris accepted for $7 (more, for larger loads). Each vehicle will be quoted a price before unloading. Tires are accepted - $5 without rims, $8 with rims - but NOT accepted are motors, large appliances, curbside recyclables, and hazardous waste. Senior pickup available. For information or to volunteer to help, call 503/241-4540.
OMSI: 'Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters'. This latest interactive exhibition from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry runs now through September 3rd - bringing you 'catastrophic natural phenomena' for hands-on study. 'From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature's forces have shaped our dynamic planet. 'Nature Unleashed' visitors are invited to uncover the causes of these natural disasters, and find out how people cope and adapt in the aftermath.' The price of the exhibit is included in general admission; members are free. OMSI is located on the east bank of the Willamette River, on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower and the OMNIMAX done. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu
Woodstock Farmers Market begins season this morning. The nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market begins its new season today from 9 am until 1 pm - and it will continue every Sunday between these hours through October 28 - at 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, on the parking lot behind the Woodstock Key Bank branch. In addition to local foods of many types from more than 30 vendors. There also will be live music each week. The market accepts SNAP. For more information, visit online: www.woodstockmarketpdx.com
N.W. Family Services featured at Rotary meeting. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club meets at noon today, and the featured speaker is Jordan Turel of Northwest Family Services, who will discuss his organization. The meeting is on Monday noons each week at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Grill - just north of Bybee Boulevard and just east of the Bybee Bridge over McLoughlin Boulevard. Guests are always welcome; guests can buy lunch, or skip lunch at their option. For more, go online to: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com
Chickens at the Moreland Farmers Market. From 4 to 6 pm this afternoon at the Moreland Farmers Market the Portland Homestead Supply Company shows off its chickens and other barnyard animals, in a hands-on celebration of their first-year anniversary in Sellwood. There will also be live music throughout the day by Jack Rubinger and Syd Newell. The Moreland Farmers Market is located at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue. Additional information online at: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org
Cleanup and movie are on WNA agenda. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting tonight 7-8:30 pm has on its agenda tonight Air Traffic Flow, Clean-Up Report, Movies in Park Update, Mural on Lutz Tavern, and an update on a Good Neighbor Agreement with Precision Castparts. Newcomers always welcome to attend, and also to see the new floors at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue, where the meeting is held.
Church homeless project on SMILE agenda. At the SMILE Board meeting in May, a large number of neighbors appeared, to register concern about a 'homeless overnighting' project planned by Moreland Presbyterian Church, following the Portland City Council approval of such programs by local churches and nonprofits. SMILE will dedicated part of tonight's meeting to a report on, and comment about, this project. The meeting is 7:30-9 pm, always open to the public, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood.
Annual Eastmoreland parade marks summer vacation. The Duniway Elementary School Spring parade returns this afternoon, 2:15 - 3 pm. It starts in front of the school, and heads north on Reed College Place to Bybee Boulevard, then back to the school. This annual celebration marks the end of the school year, and includes all Duniway students and staff, as well as the fabulous 5th grade Marching Band, and the Sellwood Middle School Band and Dancers.
'Gardens of Eatin'': Advanced vegetable gardening. Metro and the OSU Extension Service show how to plan for year-round harvests with careful crop choices, vertical gardening, and techniques to stretch the growing season. The class is this morning, 10-11:30 am, and the Natural Techniques Demonstration Garden, 6800 S.E. 57th Avenue. Advance registration required; learn more at 503/234-3000, or online at: www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops
Rose Fest's Milk Carton Boat Races today in Westmoreland Park. The Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race returns to the Casting Pond of Westmoreland Park with a splash all day today. This classic Rose Festival event features hand-made, human-powered boats that float entirely by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Participants have built a boat that's creative and whimsical to enter in the Showboat class, or one that is sleek and slim for racing. Participants race their craft in the following categories: Children, Adults, Family/Multi-rider, and Corporate (which includes businesses, non-profits and community groups). Showboats will not race, but will be on display throughout the event. All participants will also compete for the Best in Show milk can trophy. Themed boats and costumes are all taken into judging consideration. Race day will feature Koi Fusion and PBJ's Grilled as well as dairy product samples from Darigold and ice cream paired with root beer from Portland-based Crater Lake Soda. Spectators can look forward to food, fun and laughter, perfect for the whole family, with no cost to attend, or to participate as a racer.
'Mr. Lizard' at the Moreland Farmers Market. Today from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Moreland Farmers Market, it's 'Mr. Lizard' and his mobile reptile zoo. Mr. Lizard provides an interactive, hands-on show for both children and adults, sharing fun and fascinating information on his large collection of animals. You may have seen him on TV (Animal Planet, Late Late Show) and read about him in THE BEE, but now you can see his show in-person for free! Come early to ensure a spot. The Moreland Farmers Market is located at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue. Additional information online at: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org
Robotics team offers spaghetti dinner fundraiser tonight. FRC Team 1432, the THE BEE, is having a fundraising spaghetti dinner this evening, 5:30-7:30 pm, downstairs in the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S. E. Steele Street, opposite the northwest corner of the Reed College campus. A complete Italian meal of spaghetti (with two kinds of sauce), green salad, fresh baked garlic bread with roasted garlic, and desert - all for only $7.50. There will also be a robotics presentation at 6:30 pm, and raffle baskets for those who are interested.
Rotary Club 'Happy Hour' meeting at 5:30 pm. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club usually meets Monday noons at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Grill, but this week the meeting is moved to 5:30-6:30 pm to acquaint businesspeople and residents of the area with the club, with Rotary, and with what Rotary does in the community and around the world. Free; no obligation. Drink included, plus free hors d'oeuvres. There will be a brief presentation on Rotary during the hour.
Pageturners Book Group in Sellwood tonight. Read 'Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home' by Rhoda Janzen - and then engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors, at the Pageturners book group for adults at the Sellwood Branch Library, 6:30-7:30 this evening. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
'Steve's Creature Feature' appears in Woodstock. Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Latanzi at the Woodstock Branch Library in two shows this afternoon! Kids will be able to safely see, hear, and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Steve is a well-traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world. Be early - free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program. Shows are 2:30-3:30 pm and 4-5 pm. The library is located on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 49th Avenue.
'The Snowflake Man' at Sellwood Branch Library. Do you know what a snowflake looks like? This puppet performance is inspired by Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley, a farmer and scientist, who in 1885 was the first person to capture the image of a single snow crystal. Sarah Frechette, of 'Puppetkabob', performs Bentley's fascinating story using a unique trunk show of marionettes and props. For ages 5 and up. Come early because of limited space; free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program. Two performances today: 10:30-11:15 am, and noon-12:45 pm. The Sellwood Branch Library is situated on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
'Eastmoreland Garage Sale' today and tomorrow. The highly-anticipated annual Eastmoreland Garage Sale is scheduled for today and tomorrow, all day, throughout the Eastmoreland neighborhood. For more information, visit the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association online: www.eastmoreland.org
42nd Annual Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival begins. The first concert of this year's Summer Festival by Chamber Music Northwest is at 8 pm tonight at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium. Featured are the Mozart Quartet in F Major for Oboe and Strings, K. 370; Debussy String Quartet in G Minor, L. 85, Opus 10; and the Mendelssohn Octet in E-Flat Major for Strings, Opus 20. For details visit online: www.cmnw.org
Adventures with Real Bugs today at Woodstock Library. You will not be afraid of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do this afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders, and their relatives. You can even hold, pet, and look at all sorts of crazy creatures - including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions, and more! Be early - free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program. Two shows: 1-2:30 pm, and 3-4:30 pm. The library is on Woodstock Library at S.E. 49th.
Architect presents 9-11 film at Sellwood Library. Architect David Fura presents a free film alleging explosive demolition of the Twin Towers and Building 7 on September 11, 2001, 6-8 pm tonight at the Sellwood Branch Library. The library is situated on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street in Sellwood.
'Little Bugs, Big World' at Sellwood Community Center. A little ladybug meets a caterpillar, and together they decide to travel the world, visiting bugs from all sorts of countries. While on their journey, they have to be very careful of the sneaky spider 'Mr. S.', who is out to catch the reading bugs! Will they be caught in his web, or will the adventure lead them back home safely? Find out, in this thrilling puppet show performed by Dragon Theater. Sponsored by the Sellwood Library, but presented from 3:30 to 4:15 this afternoon at the Sellwood Community Center, 1436 S.E. Spokane Street. Free.
Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival continues at Reed. Entitled 'An Evening with the Tokyo String Quartet', the second concert in this year's Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival takes place tonight at 8 pm in Kaul Auditorium at Reed College. The program includes the Haydn Quartet in G Minor for Strings, Op. 74, No. 3 ('The Rider'); the Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2; and the Beethoven String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 ('Rasumovsky'). For more information, go online to: www.cmnw.org
Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival features Andre Watts. The third concert of the 42nd annual Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival is entitled 'Andre Watts and Friends', tonight at 8 pm in Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, and includes theBritten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op 2 (1932); the Brahms Sonata in F Minor for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120, No. 1; and the Franck Quintet for Piano and Strings. For more information consult the Internet website: www.cmnw.org