Reptile show at OMSI on Labor Day Weekend. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) presents its 25th annual Reptile and Amphibian Show, Labor Day weekend, today through Monday. Nearly 100 exotic animals will be on display, including a large variety of captive-bred snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and more. Experts will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions about these amazing and often misunderstood creatures. In addition to the many animals on view in the OMSI auditorium, there will be a hands-on area where visitors can touch non-venomous species. Hours each day are 9:30 am to 7 pm in the OMSI auditorium. Entry costs $3 in addition to museum admission, but it's free for OMSI members.


Reed College opens special art exhibit. Organized in celebration of the Reed College Centennial, today the college's Cooley Gallery opens its exhibit 'Museion', an overview of the Reed College Art Collection - 'One Hundred Years of Generosity'. A public reception will be held at the gallery at Reed College on September 13, 6-9 pm.


'Shen Lao Metabolism and Weight Management Class'. This class starts today at 11:15 am at Woodstock's All Saints' Episcopal Church, S.E. 40th at Woodstock Boulevard. 'This class is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Chi Kung exercise, acupressure, calories needs, and nutrition discussion', and will be ongoing, offered by donation and taught by Sifu Jann E. Jasperse.

Computer Lab today at Sellwood Branch Library. Today and every Wednesday afternoon, 2-4 pm, lab assistants are available to help adult beginners of all ages practice their computer skills. No charge. Space limited, so be early to be able to have a seat at a computer. The Sellwood Library is situated on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Mural volunteers sought in Woodstock. Anyone with interest in, and ideas for, a new mural for the Woodstock Village Center can join in the discussion and sign-up tonight at the Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting, 7 pm, at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue. Planning for the 4th annual Hallowe'en Party, a favorite community event, will also be on the agenda.


Class on 'Beginning Shen Lao Style Tai Chi Chuan'. Starting today at 10 am, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. 'This form was designed for all levels of physical ability and ambition.' The class will be ongoing, offered by donation, and taught by Sifu Jann E. Jasperse.

'Muddy Boot Fest' starts tonight with keynote. The 6th annual 'Muddy Boot Festival', described as a 'grassroots festival promoting sustainable living in Southeast Portland' begins at 7 pm tonight with the keynote address by Joel Makower ($15) at St. Philip Neri, 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue, just north of the Brooklyn neighborhood. This will be followed by the Outdoor Festival tomorrow and Sunday, starting both days at noon, at St. Philip Neri. Admission to the Outdoor Festival is $7 each day (kids under 12 free). Ends at 9 pm Saturday, and 6 pm Sunday. For information, go online to: .


Sellwood-Westmoreland tree inventory this morning. Building on the successful July and August Inventory events, volunteers will catalog the remaining street trees on the last scheduled inventory day for the Sellwood/Westmoreland neighborhood, today from 8 am until noon. Lots of volunteers are needed - no prior training necessary. For more details or to register, go to Meet at SMILE Station (S.E. 13th Avenue at S.E. Tenino Street) at 8 am. After some light refreshments and a brief project orientation, volunteers will break out in two-person teams to inventory street trees on assigned blocks of the southwestern section of the neighborhood. At least one person on each team will have been trained to identify tree species, with certified arborists on hand to help out. Volunteers will return to the original meeting place around noon. For more information, contact Anna Stulz at 503/764-9686, or Tina Osterink at 503/740-7285.


Brooklyn's 'Ice Cream Social in the Park'. From 1 till 4 pm this afternoon, in Brooklyn Park, the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association invites everyone to enjoy the 9th year of this event - featuring ice cream bars for a quarter, Polar Slide and Bouncer, balloon sculptor, music, a face painter, and the Portland Parks' 'rock climbing wall'. Prizes for all. Loaves and Fishes will be selling hot and Polish dogs, chips, soft drinks, and bottled water. Booths will feature the Brooklyn Historical Society, and more. The Park is on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue across from Chantiques, and just a couple of blocks south of Powell Boulevard.


Leach Botanical Garden's David Porter speaks. At the noon meeting of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club - meeting at its new venue in the dining area of the Eastmoreland Golf Course Grill, just north of the east end of the Bybee Bridge - the speaker today is David Porter, Executive Director of the city-owned Leach Botanical Garden in Southeast Portland. Guests are always welcome at the weekly meetings of the club. For more about S.E. Rotary, go online to: .

'Mid-Autumn Festival' in Woodstock this afternoon. Although there's a couple of weeks of summer left officially, join family and friends this afternoon, 3:30-5 pm, in celebrating the 'Mid-Autumn Festival' - one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in Vietnam and China. Enjoy traditional music and participate in a festive lantern-making craft. Knowledge of Chinese is not necessary, but adds to the fun. Free. It's all at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.


'Nia' class starts today at Sellwood Community Center. Starting today, through December 15, two 7-week sessions of 'Nia' will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 5 to 6 pm, at the Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 14th and Spokane Street. Cost for the entire series of 2 times per week is $60 for 7 weeks; for 1 class per week for the whole series, $35. Drop-ins are encouraged and welcomed at $7 per class. 'Nia' is a cardiovascular mind-body movement practice taught in more than 45 countries worldwide. For more information about NIA, go online to: .


'Resources for Earthquake Preparedness'. That's the topic of a talk by local resident J'aime ona Pangaia, 6:30-7:30 pm tonight, at the Woodstock Branch Library -S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. Suggestions will be made on how to initiate emergency preparedness for a major earthquake, both individually and as a neighborhood. Free.


'Kids Day' at Woodstock Farmers Market. The nonprofit Sunday-morning Woodstock Farmers Market announces a 'Kids Day' today, featuring pony rides, crafts, face-painting, games, prizes and more. Plus, of course, the usual fresh produce and prepared food. Fun for the whole family. The market is open every Sunday, 9 am till 1 pm, at 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, in the Key Bank parking lot.

'Ice Cream Social' at Woodstock All Saints' Church. The annual Ice Cream Social, featuring hot dogs, a cake walk, and lots of ice cream, will take place at the church at 11:30 am. The event is open to everyone, and is also a great opportunity for families to learn about programs for children and youth at the church. Those interested in learning about adult programs should also come the following Sunday, September 25, also at 11:30, for a Ministries Fair. All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For more information call 503/777-3829, or go online to: .


Rotary 'PeaceBuilder' initiative explained. Local business leader and Rotarian Al Jubitz is the featured speaker today at noon at the weekly Monday meeting of Southeast Portland Rotary, meeting at its new venue in the dining area of the Eastmoreland Golf Course Grill, just north of the east end of the Bybee Bridge. The subject is the new 'PeaceBuilder' project of Rotary internationally and regionally. Guests are always welcome at the weekly meetings of the club. For more about S.E. Rotary, go online to: .

'Meditation for Beginners' class starts today. Portland Friends of the Dhamma, a Buddhist group in Sellwood, today begins a six-week Monday evening class in the Buddhist tradition, 7-9 pm. The location is Sellwood Methodist Church, 1422 S.E. Tacoma Street; free. For information go online to: , or call



'Our Lady of Sorrows' Spaghetti Dinner. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church presents its fund-raising spaghetti dinner this afternoon from 5 till 7:30 pm - featuring spaghetti with old-world meat sauce, garlic bread, salad, dessert, and beverages. Wine available. Take-outs available. Adults $10; children under age 11, $5; children under age 5, free. The church is located on the northeast corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 52nd Avenue. For information, call 503/775-6731.


Fall Ladybug Theater season begins this morning. Famous Ladybug Theater for children starts its fall season this morning with a new show - 'Finding Mother Goose'. The kids in the audience need to help Mother Goose get her 'groove' back! 10:30 am today and tomorrow, and also September 28-29, at SMILE Station - S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street. $4 per person admission. Please reserve in advance by calling 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door with cash or check; doors open at 10:15 am.

Moreland Farmers Market begins autumn hours today. The nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market at S.E. Bybee and 14th in Westmoreland switches to its half-hour-earlier fall hours today, opening at 3 pm and closing at 7 pm each Wednesday from today through October 12th, to better take advantage of the available daylight. Block Styrofoam recycling, sponsored by Wallace Books, will take place on September 28 and on October 12th. For information on the market and its special events, as well as a list of this year's market vendors, go online to:, or call 503/341-9350.

'Pageturners' this evening at Woodstock Library. You're invited to drop in on the 'Pageturners' reading group this evening, 6:30-7:45 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. First, read 'A People's History of the United States: 1492 to the Present' by Howard Zinn, which is available at the library. Then attend the group and engage in stimulating conversation about books, while getting to know your neighbors. Free. Sponsored by 'Friends of the Library'.


'Zenner's Oktoberfest at Oaks Park'. Today through Sunday, it's the annual Oktoberfest at Oaks Amusement Park. The hours are 3 pm to midnight today, 11 am to midnight tomorrow, and 11 am to 7 pm on Sunday. 'German style family fun' includes German food and beer, Live oom-pah bands and dancing, 'weiner dog races', pretzel toss, condiment art, Oktoberfest bear hug contest and chicken dance contest, Kinderplatz children's activities, dog shows, cooking shows, craft and import vendors, and of course the Oaks' thrill rides, carnival games, roller skating, and more. Gate admission, age 16-61, $5; 15 and younger, $2; age 62+, $3 (but free for those age 55+ today, Friday, only, 3-6 pm). For information, call 503/233-5777, or go online to: .


Psoriasis benefit walk this morning at Oaks Park. An estimated 57,000 people in the Portland area live with psoriasis - a non-contagious, chronic disease of the immune system, which causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It can lead to psoriatic arthritis, which can lead to other serious conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Each year people locally 'walk to cure psoriasis' for a day at Oaks Amusement Park, and this year, that day is today. Registration begins at 8 am, walk begins at 9 am. Choose between 1K and 5K routes, on this walk to raise awareness and funds to combat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. All ages welcome. Free registration. To register, or for more information, visit online: - or call toll-free: 1-877/825-9255.

Master Gardeners annual Fall Plant Sale. The Multnomah County chapter of Master Gardeners presents its annual Fall Plant Sale and Raffle, today from 9 am till 2 pm at Learning Gardens Laboratory, S.E. 60th between Duke and Flavel. Perennials, shrubs, bulbs, trees, seeds, roses! All profits support the Multnomah County Master Gardeners education projects. For information, call Joyce Hemmerling at 503/331-0824.

Pantomimes for kids today at Sellwood Library. From 10:45 until 11:45 this morning, join Ecuadoran mime Omar Vargas for 'Sobre Viviendo' - a performance of classic pantomimes from around the world, including interactive games for children. Free. Space is limited, so come early to be sure of a seat. The Sellwood Library is situated on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.


"Closing Sunday" for Woodstock Farmers Market. The nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market ends its first season today, with special events and the usual array of farm-fresh food offerings from over two dozen vendors. Open 9 am until 1 pm today, on the parking lot of the Woodstock KeyBank, 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For more information, go online to: .

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