Brooklyn Bay Theater starts 8th season. The 'Play After Play' theatrical series for children age 2 and up, and families, at the Brooklyn Bay, starts its 8th season this morning at 10 am, and tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm, with 'The Snake With Seven Heads', a story from South Africa. 'Filled with traditional music, this touching story will captivate children and adults alike.' Admission $7 for everyone (but children under 2, free). The play will run on weekends, at these times, through October 23rd. Playtime follows the play. The Brooklyn Bay is at 1825 S.E. Franklin Street, accessed south from Powell Boulevard, in Bay K. For reservations or help finding the theater, call 503/772-4005 - or go online to: .

Annual 'Lace Day' in Sellwood. The Portland Lace Society holds its annual 'Lace Day' from 10 am until 3 pm today at Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 15th at Spokane Street. Lectures, workshops, lace identification, vendors of needlecraft instruments, consignment table, and raffle. The group holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month at the Sellwood Community Center at 10 am. All these events are open to the public.

Tucker-Maxon fundraiser tonight. The Second Annual Soiree dinner and jazz concert to benefit The Tucker-Maxon school will be held this evening. It's sponsored by Stoel Rives, and includes a cocktail party and sit down dinner. The concert features jazz pianist Michael Allen Harrison. Founded in 1947 by Dr. Robert Boley, a Harvard trained

physician, the independent non-profit 503 (C) 3 - Tucker-Maxon School, on S.E. Holgate Boulevard - is nationally recognized for providing deaf children the gift of spoken language. Funds raised will go to providing 'an exceptional learning environment for both deaf and hearing students together.' $100. Hosted at The Tiffany Ballroom, 1430 S.W. Morrison, beginning at 6 pm. Guests can call the school to reserve space, or pay at the door. For information, call 503/235-6551, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'Pumpkin Poetry' at People's Food Co-op. The nonprofit People's Food Co-op at 3029 S.E. 21st Avenue hosts a 'Pumpkin Poetry' event at 6:30 this evening, described as inviting the public to read poetry which was inscribed onto green pumpkins on the vine; at harvest time (now!) the poems are revealed etched into their skin. Although this event is free, donations are invited, with all proceeds going to the 'Write Around Portland' writing workshops. Pumpkins donated by Simington Gardens.


Rotary talk updates on Sellwood-Westmoreland business climate. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club meets Monday noons, except on holidays, at the Eastmoreland Grill, at the east end of the Bybee Bridge. Each meeting features a program, and guests are always welcome. Today's speaker is Chuck Martin, Manager of the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA), who reports on the economic climate in Inner Southeast, and details the successes of the business association. For more information, visit online: .

Tree ordering deadline today, for November plantings. Friends of Trees announces that today is the ordering deadline for the tree plantings in Sellwood, Westmoreland, Brooklyn, and Eastmoreland on November 5th. The plantings are partly subsidized to keep the cost low to residents desiring trees in their planting strip or elsewhere in their yard. For details or to register by today for a planting at your house, go online to: .

Parenting support group meets tonight in Sellwood. Core Connections, a monthly drop-in parenting support group which meets on the first Monday of each month at the Sellwood Community Center, will meet tonight 7-8:30 pm. First session is free; thereafter $7 per session. 'Recharge in a supportive environment with other parents facing similar exhaustion and deep love for their children. Take a break from the bedtime routine and join us for some light-hearted reflection on our experience of parenting.' First session free, then $7 per session. Sellwood Community Center is located at 1436 S.E. Spokane Street. For more info go online to: - or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Creative writing class for adults and teens. Starting this evening at 6:30 for an hour, and continuing every Tuesday at the same hour through November 29, explore the craft of writing stories, poems, and personal essays, in a supportive community. All experience levels; families welcome. The classes are led by poet and fiction writer Linda Ferguson, and are held at Grout SUN Community School, 3119 S.E. Holgate Boulevard. Cost is $30, including all 8 classes. Register online at: (course #359790), or call 503/916-6421.


Movie at Woodstock Library this evening. Visit the Woodstock Branch Library for a viewing of the movie 'Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Woman'. This movie tells the story of Alcott's remarkable quest to rescue her family from poverty and to find wealth, fame, and happiness for herself; it's a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York's American Masters, based on a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen. Made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program, which starts at 6 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. The library is situated at S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

WNA meeting: Thanksgiving Feast, tree planting. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting 7-8:30 pm tonight will include a report on how Feast For Southeast fed over 250 people last Thanksgiving Day, and plans for this year's event. Also learn more about the December 10th Friends of Trees neighborhood planting in Woodstock, Brentwood-Darlington and Mt.Scott-Arleta. Everyone is welcome. Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd, just west of BiMart.


Ladybug Theater offers 'Grasshopper and Ants'. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents the play 'Grasshopper and the Ants' this morning at 10:30 am at SMILE Station in Sellwood - S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The show repeats at the same time tomorrow morning and on the 12th and 13th. $4 admission for all; please call in your reservations to 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door - cash or check. Doors open at 10:15. The show lasts about 45 minutes.

Red Cross blood drive in Westmoreland today. This afternoon, 3-6 pm, the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be parked at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, inviting the community to help meet the ongoing critical need for blood. Call 503/528-5603 for your appointment. For information or eligibility questions, go online to:, or call toll-free: 1-866/236-3276.


Animals blessed in Woodstock this afternoon. Today at 3 pm, there will be a Blessing of Animals service at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Bring your animals to be blessed by Rev. Constance A. Hammond. The event will take place on the lawn in front of the church (inside the church, if the weather turns wet). If you are considering adding a pet to your family, the Pixie Project, a pet rescue agency, will be bringing adoptable animals to this event.

Gobsmacked! - at Woodstock Library. Kids and families, join professional storyteller Anne-Louise Sterry in a hilarious performance of songs and stories. You'll hear tall tales from old to new, and some ridiculous songs to keep you laughing all the way home. Plus, find out the definition and history of words like 'gobsmacked'. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program, which runs from 3 to 3:45 pm at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

S.E. Works 'Soup Cookoff and Auction' tonight. This annual benefit for nonprofit S.E. Works - its Soup Cook off and Auction - takes place this evening at 5:30 pm at the Melody Ballroom, 615 S.E. Alder Street. Special guest emcee Kelley Day from KOIN 6 News, a delectable soup cook off and tastings, silent and live auctions, and dinner, are included. Tickets are available $45 for individuals, $80 for two. Go online to: - to purchase your tickets. S.E. Works, which has served over 26,000 job seeker visits to help people find jobs, recently moved to new quarters at 7916 S.E. Foster Road, Suite 104. The phone number is 503/772-2300.

Washington High Class of '76 Reunion. If you attended Inner Southeast's Washington High School, and were part of the graduating class of 1976, your 35th Reunion is tonight, 6 pm to midnight - at BridgePort BrewPub, 1313 N.W. Marshall. To RSVP, pay ($45 per person), and/or get more information, go to the Internet website: - and, for questions, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


'Fear No Music' concert at Reed. 'FearNoMusic', the Portland contemporary-music ensemble that has pushed the boundaries of chamber music and challenged audiences since 1992, launches its 20th season on music's cutting edge tonight with a reprise of one of the most popular concert events in its history - 'A Piano Riot!' featuring music for multiple pianos and percussion, including the acclaimed arrangement by Seann Alderking for FearNoMusic of Igor Stravinsky's ground-breaking 'Rite of Spring' for four pianos and percussion. The concert is at 8 pm this evening at at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. Tickets are $24.50 (general admission) and $35 (premium seating). They are available, online, at: - and tickets will also be available at Reed College tonight before the performance.


Last Moreland Farmers Market of the season. 3 to 7 pm this afternoon, on the Wilhelm's Portland Memorial parking lot on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bybee Boulevard, it's time to shop for fresh produce - and celebrate the end of the sixth successful season, at the Moreland Farmers Market Harvest Celebration. Autumnal treats from Russell's bakery for the first 100 visitors, a multi-farm corn roast and apple cider, plus live music, kids' crafts, and a chance to win a Fall Market Basket. Julie Wallace of Wallace Books is generously sponsoring one last round of block Styrofoam recycling.

Poet reads from her works. The Ledding Library's Annual Poetry Series welcomes Maxine Scates to read her poetry this evening at 7 pm at The Ledding Library Pond House, just south of Sellwood and east of McLoughlin Boulevard. This series of readings by established local poets of their own works takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Pond House, adjacent to the City of Milwaukie's Ledding Library, at 2215 S.E. Harrison Street in Milwaukie.


'Sisters In Sellwood' group meets. Every Thursday morning, 10:30 till noon, Sisters In Sellwood (S.I.S.) meets for 'coffee, friendship, and fun activities' - open to all women of the community. Meetings often include a featured event. Today, Mike Wilson will demonstrate Brazilian musical instruments and rhythms; on the 20th, Sharon Williams, who sailed across the Pacific alone in 1969, will share her experiences of visiting 71 Pacific Island, 2 cannibal tribes, climbing an erupting volcano, and rounding Cape Horn; and on the 27th, local orchardist Ted Swensen will share his knowledge of Northwest apples and pears, and will bring samples. For information, call Ramel at 503/659-7877. The group meets at the Sellwood Baptist Church in the Annex Building at S.E. 11th and Tacoma Street in Sellwood.


Fundraising M.G. walk at Sellwood Riverfront Park. A benefit walk for the Mysasthenia Gravis Foundation of America takes place in Sellwood and Westmoreland this morning, with check-in at 9 am at Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, and the 3-mile walk starting at 10. Walkers will take the Springwater Trail north to the Westmoreland/Brooklyn access trail, walking up to the Milwaukie Avenue parking lot at McLoughlin Boulevard - a water stop - and then will return the same way to the park. If you are interested in participating, meet at Sellwood Riverfront Park this morning a 9 am.


'Booful Fun' with Ladybug Theater for kids. For Hallowe'en, famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents Boohoo and Granny Ghost with a new show. Not scary. Kids can trick or treat after the show. Wear a costume! It's at SMILE Station, at S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The show repeats at the same time tomorrow morning and on the 26th and 27th. $4 admission for all; please call your reservations in to 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door - cash or check. Doors open at 10:15. The show lasts about 45 minutes.


Free concert tonight at Community Music Center. Portland Parks' Community Music Center starts the fourth season of its popular free Family Friday Concert Series tonight from 7:15 until 8:30 pm, with the high-energy performance of Portland's own Whistlin' Rufus. Something free and fun for parents and kids to attend together! The Community Music Center is located at 3350 S.E. Francis Street; be early to be sure of a seat.


Annual OATAG Conference at Reed College. The annual conference of the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG) takes place at Reed College today, with the theme this year of 'Identifying and Assessing Gifted Learners'. The keynote speaker at 9 am is Dr. David Lohman of the College of Education at the University of Iowa, the co-author of the COGAT test. More information on today's conference can be found on the OATAG Internet website: .

Make 'autumn lantern mobiles' at Sellwood Library. For kids and families: Make your own decorative lantern mobile! From 10:30 am till noon today, under the instruction of artist Cindy Lommasson, paint a tissue paper ball in autumn colors, then cut paper leaves to 'fall' from the bottom of the globe. Add a ribbon at the top for hanging, and take home a beautiful, seasonal decoration for your room. Free, but come early as space is limited. The Sellwood Branch Library is situated on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.


Today: 'Sellwood 5K - a run/walk for education. Enjoy the autumn beauty of the neighborhood and support Sellwood Middle School with an untimed fun run or walk on the Springwater Corridor Trail. The event starts at the school and goes east to S.E. 37th and Johnson Creek Boulevard, and then returns. Water stations along the way and treats at the end. Live entertainment by the Sellwood Middle School Marimba and Advanced Bands. All 5K participants receive a T-shirt. Kids' 1K starts at 9:30 am, and all participants receive a prize; 5K event starts at 10 am. Register online at: - or pick up a registration form in advance at the school.

Woodstock Oktoberfest and Bazaar. Our Lady of Sorrows Church presents its annual Oktoberfest dinner and Holiday Bazaar today from 12:30 pm till 5 - featuring sausage, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German potato salad, applesauce, rolls, dessert, and beverages. Adults $10; under age 11, $5. The bazaar includes Holiday goodies, jams, handcrafts, silent auction items, and Holiday dinner raffle. The location is S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. For information, call 503/775-6731.


'Kids' cancer' the subject of Rotary talk. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club meets Monday noons, except on holidays, at the Eastmoreland Grill, at the east end of the Bybee Bridge. Each meeting features a program, and guests are always welcome. Today's speaker is Joe Farrar, representing childrens' cancer research, with a talk entitled ''Shaving the Way' to conquer kids' cancer - it's only hair, but it means so much'.' For more information, visit online: .


AMS annual 'winter forecast' meeting at OMSI. The American Meteorological Society, Oregon chapter, announces its 19th annual 'what will the winter be like' forecast meeting, open to the public and covered each year by THE BEE, will again be held in the OMSI Auditorium, on S.E. Water Street just north of the Ross Island Bridge, today 10 am till noon. Among the topics of discussion will be the U.S. Climate Prediction Center's September 8th prediction of a second consecutive La Nina winter for us - a winter like last winter. This meeting is free and open to the public.

For families -- Musical Storytelling with Brother Askari. A native of New Orleans, Brother Askari's performances are a spicy mix of hand drumming, songs, harmonica and storytelling, with audience participation. Each performance is packed with cultural folktales and songs designed to educate, inspire, and entertain families and adults ages 8 to 80. Brother Askari is a 'griot' - an historian of West African culture, music, tradition and customs. 10:30-11:30 am today at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell. Free, but come early, as space is limited. (Also appearing at Woodstock Branch Library on October 22, 3-4 pm, with free tickets available at 2:30 pm. The library is situated at S.E. Woodstock Blvd. at 49th.)

Oregon Humane Society adoption outreach in Sellwood. The Oregon Humane Society will be visiting Sellwood Dog Supply today with an Adoption Outreach from 11:30 am to 3 pm at 8334 SE 17th Avenue, in Sellwood. Stop by and meet the animals!

Citizenship Classes at Woodstock Library. Learn about the process of becoming a citizen in a four-session series of classes starting at 1 pm this afternoon. Classes are in English, and are taught by library volunteers. For more information, call 503/988-6318. Registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The class runs each Saturday from today through November 19th, each time between 1 and 4 pm. Free.


Annual 'Moreland Monster March' this afternoon. The 11th annual community Moreland Monster March will start from Llewellyn Elementary School at S.E. Tolman at 14th at 3 pm today - marching east to Milwaukie Avenue, south to Bybee Boulevard, west to 14th, and then back to the school. Open to all without charge - kids and adults alike - come in costume! Marchers finishing back at Llewellyn will be treated to juice and cookies courtesy of QFC Market and the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance.


'Hazards of Northwest Geology' subject of Rotary talk. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club meets Monday noons, except on holidays, at the Eastmoreland Grill, at the east end of the Bybee Bridge. Each meeting features a program, and guests are always welcome. Today's speaker is Scott Burns, noted PSU geologist, discussing the geology of the Northwest, and its implications for our future. For more information, visit online: .

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