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APRIL 2

Rummage sale today benefits Lewis Elementary. A rummage sale today, 9 am till 2 pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue in Woodstock (just north of Woodstock Boulevard) is a fundraiser for Lewis Elementary School.

Special Rhododendron show this weekend. The first-ever combined Rhododendron and Daffodil Show and Plant Sale takes place today and tomorrow, 9 am till 5 pm each day, at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden exhibition building, 5801 S.E. 28th Avenue, a block north of Woodstock Boulevard. Rhododendron entries accepted 7:30-10 am this morning only. Adult admission to the show $3 each day after 10 am. For more information call 503/771-8386, or go online to: www.rhodies.org .

Children's play features Chinese tale. 'Play after Play in the Brooklyn Bay' presents its final presentation of its seventh season - a 'sweet and humorous story' about a small dissatisfied rat. When the rat's wishes come true, he learns to appreciate his simple life just as it is. This touching story will captivate children and adults alike. Today and next Saturday at 10 am; tomorrow and next Sunday at 2 pm. Admission $7; under 2 free. Door opens a half hour before showtime. The theater is hard to find - 1825 S.E. Franklin Street, Bay K, accessed south from Powell Boulevard - visit the website for directions and more information: www.playafterplay.com .

'More Than Just a Bee Movie' at Sellwood Library. Are you afraid of bees? You won't bee - after learning about their magical ways with Brian Lacy, apiarist and bee enthusiast since the age of 14. The visual presentation, this morning 11 am till noon, is filled with filmed clips and stills that surround you with the sights and sounds of bees, and explore the important relationship between humans and bees. After the presentation, taste honeycomb, look into a real hive (no bees), and handle equipment that beekeepers use in the field. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. The library is on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street. Free.

Sellwood preschool open house. You are invited to the Sellwood Community Center Preschool Open House this morning from 11 am till noon. Meet the teachers, visit the classrooms, and learn about the programs. Morning and afternoon classes for 3-year-olds, as well as a Gentle Start class for the more sensitive child. The Pre-K program 'prepares children for kindergarten in a safe and nurturing environment'. The Center is located on S.E. Spokane Street at 15th.

Greek music concert at Ledding Library. Another free concert takes place at 2 pm this afternoon at Ledding Library, in Milwaukie, a mile south of Sellwood. This time, it's a concert of Greek music, as performed by Ensemble De Organographic, and the music is quite ancient - dating from 500 BC to 300 AD, and performed on period instruments. Although the concert is free, seating is limited, so come early to be sure of a seat. Ledding Library is located at 10660 S.E. 21st Avenue, just east of McLoughlin Boulevard, in the City of Milwaukie.

APRIL 4

'Environmental effects of leaking oil tanks'. That's the subject of a free public talk by Dana Thompson, as part of today's Southeast Portland Rotary Club meeting, noon till 1 pm, at the Parish Room next to the church at Our Lady of Sorrows, on the corner of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. As is the case with all Rotary meetings, the public is welcome to attend. If you plan to have lunch, please RSVP to Eric at 503/232-2326. For more information, go online to: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com .

APRIL 5

'Symphony Storytime' at Sellwood Library. The Oregon Symphony is on the road for interactive, musical storytimes. Tuesday afternoon each week this month, at Sellwood Branch Library, features a visit from an Oregon Symphony musician who will play and provide an introduction to his or her instrument and orchestral music. Recommended for children ages 4 and up. Free tickets for seating will be available in the library 30 minutes prior to the program. The program starts at 3:30 pm and lasts one hour. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street, across from Umpqua Bank.

Creative Writing Class for adults and teens. Starting tonight, and running on Tuesdays from 6:30 till 7:30 pm through May 24th, explore the craft of writing stories, poems and personal essays in a supportive community. All experience levels welcome. Led by poet and fiction writer Linda Ferguson, at Grout SUN Community School, 3119 S.E. Holgate. Boulevard $30 for all eight classes. Register online at: www.PortlandParks.org (course #343756), or call 503/916-6421.

APRIL 6

'Silly Goats Gruff' on stage in Sellwood. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents 'The Three Silly Goats Gruff' - a play for kids and the family - today, tomorrow, and again on the 13th and 14th at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. $3.50 admission for all, except babes in arms; please make reservations at 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door, which opens at 10:15 am, with the show starting at 10:30 am each day. Play lasts about 45 minutes.

Portland Plan and Bikeway at WNA. Tonight at 7 pm at the Woodstock Neighborhood Association monthly meeting the main agenda items are reports on the Portland Plan Fair and Main Street Program, updates on the 50's Bikeway Project and various land use items, and information about the WNA May 7th plant sale and a CPR training in June. Everyone is welcome. Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue.

APRIL 9

Mandarin Immersion Program benefit tonight. Shu Ren, the parent group that supports the students, families, and staff of the Mandarin Immersion Program at Woodstock Elementary School, Hosford Middle School, Cleveland High School, and elsewhere in Portland, presents their annual fund-raiser - 'Big Night Out Dinner and Dance', 5:30-11:30 pm, at Lloyd Centere Doubletree Hotel's ballroom. Proceeds will be used for general program support and to send every Mandarin Immersion Program student on an academic trip to China in their 8th Grade year. Donate or buy advance tickets online at: www.shurenofportland.org.

APRIL 10

Classical concert today at Moreland Presbyterian. Moreland Presbyterian Church presents pianists Timothy and Nancy LeRoi Nickel in a program of dance music for piano duet this afternoon at 4 pm. The program features Samuel Barber's ballet suite 'Souvenirs', with dancers from the Portland-based Polaris Dance Theater and new choreography by Polaris Artistic Director Robert Guitron. Also on the program will be 'Slavonic Dances' by Antonin Dvorak and 'Reflets d'Allemagne', a set of waltzes by Florent Schmitt, depicting eight German And Austrian cities at the turn of the 20th Century. The church is located at 1814 SE Bybee Blvd. in Portland. Admission is $10 at the door. Phone Judy Wiltgen at 503/234-8404 for more information.

APRIL 11

Benefit plant sale starts today. Portland Public Schools' Community Transition Program at Green Thumb presents its annual 'community wide plant sale' today thorugh the 15th at 6801 S.E. 60th, just south of Duke Street. The greenhouse will be open to the public between the hours of 9-3 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday with extended hours on Thursdays from 9-5. The sale will feature a wide assortment of ornamental plants, grasses, perennial and annual flowers, and organic vegetable starts for sale at excellent prices. The Community Transition Program at Green Thumb is a vocational and life-skills program for young adults as they transition from high school. Students in the program are responsible for starting, caring for, and maintaining the plant stock at the greenhouse. For more information, go online to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - or call 503/916-5817.

'Sex Slave Traffic in Asia'. That's the subject of a free public talk by Mike Mercer, arranged by Woodstock attorney Bill Meyer, as part of today's Southeast Portland Rotary Club meeting, noon till 1 pm, at the Parish Room next to the church at Our Lady of Sorrows, on the corner of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. As is the case with all Rotary meetings, the public is welcome to attend. If you plan to have lunch, please RSVP to Eric at 503/232-2326. For more information, go online to: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com .

APRIL 12

St. Paul Preschool open house. Nonprofit St. Paul Preschool presents an open house featuring art and science explorations, for children aged 2-1/2 to 8 years, accompanied by an adult, today from 10 till 11 am. Hosted by St. Paul Preschool teachers. The school is located at 3880 S.E. Brooklyn Street. For more info contact Joan at 503-358-0748

'Yom Kippur in Amsterdam'. This afternoon at 4:30 pm, in Reed College's room Psychology 105, Maxim D. Shrayer, winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award, will read from his new collection of stories and discuss the experience of Jewish-Russian immigrants in America. A native of Moscow and Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College, Mr. Shrayer has published over ten books; among his recent books are Waiting for America and An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature. Reed College is located at 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

APRIL 13

In Woodstock: The story of 'Tikki Tikki Tembo'. 'Don't go near the well, you will surely fall in,' warned the mother of two young boys. The two brothers played near the well, they walked on the well - and Chang fell into the well. Oh no! Can his big brother get help in time to save him? Whew! Yes, the old man with the ladder got there in time. But what happened when 'Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo', with his great long name, fell into the well? Don't miss the fun, as Tears of Joy Theatre puppeteer Emily Alexander performs this beloved story by Arlene Mosel in the Woodstock Branch Library this afternoon, 4 till 4:30 pm. Free.

APRIL 17

Autism Walk-A-Thon this morning at Oaks Park. The 9th annual Autism Walk-A-Thon is this morning at Oaks Amusement Park, sponsored as a fund-raiser for the Autism Society of Oregon. The walk registration desk opens at 9:30 am; walk begins at 10:30 am. Live entertainment. Oaks Park opens its rides at 11 am; discounted ride bracelets will be sold; pre-register to beat the rush. For more, go online to: www.firstgiving.com/asoautismwalk - or call 503/636-1676 .

APRIL 18

Meditation for Beginners: 6-week class in Buddhist tradition. This course, which starts tonight, introduces the participants to the practice of mindfulness meditation. Each class consists of one or two periods of guided meditation, a check-in, and a discussion of a variety of topics that help us understand what meditation is and how to practice it. Participants are encouraged to establish a regular meditation practice at home. There is no advance registration; just come to the first evening if you're interested. Held six Mondays, April 18 through May 23, from 7 until 9 pm, at Portland Friends of the Dhamma, 1422 S.E. Tacoma St, next to the Sellwood Methodist Church. For information, go online to: www.pdxdhamma.org , or call Greg at 503/233-6498. There is no charge for any event held at Portland Friends of the Dhamma.

APRIL 20

'Baby Bear' stars on stage in Sellwood. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents 'Baby Bear and the Beanstalk' - a play for kids and the family - today, tomorrow, and again on the 27th and 28th at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. $3.50 admission for all, except babes in arms; please make reservations at 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door, which opens at 10:15 am, with the show starting at 10:30 am each day. Play lasts about 45 minutes.

Health hazards of desk work addressed. This evening at 7 pm, at the Sellwood Community Center (S.E. Spokane at 15th), Peter O'Reilly will offer a free public lecture, 'The Biology of Poise', to introduce a way to minimize the health risks associated with sitting at a desk. Mr. O'Reilly, a Woodstock resident and a teacher of the 'Alexander Technique' for over 20 years, will explain how to better use ourselves while sitting, and thereby maintain a metabolically efficient muscle tone.

APRIL 23

Westmoreland-Sellwood Easter Egg Hunt. The traditional, long-running SMILE Easter Egg Hunt takes place at 10 am sharp this morning, rain or shine, in several childrens' age divisions, at the south end of Westmoreland Park - run by the Oaks Bottom Lions Club. Bring the kids and be a bit early, because when the race for eggs starts at 10 am, there won't be any left in the park just a few minutes later! Also sponsored by New Seasons Market. Free and open to all, but canned goods for the Oregon Food Bank are accepted.

Woodstock and Mt. Scott-Arleta Easter Egg Hunt. The Woodstock Easter Egg Hunt moves this year from Woodstock Park to Mt. Scott Park, at 10:30 am. Kids of all ages are welcome to hunt for eggs filled with treats and prizes; the Easter Bunny will be hopping on site as a perfect family-photo opportunity. They're also collecting items for the Oregon Food Bank - you can bring three or more cans to share. The event is being sponsored by the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, Mt Scott Neighborhood Association, Woodstock Community Business Association, and Lifehouse Church. For more info or volunteer opportunities, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Easter Egg hunt is on, rain or shine, at S.E. 72nd at S.E. Harold Street.

Lewis Elementary School 'Garden Fair'. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Woodstock hosts its second annual Garden Fair today, 10 am till 3 pm. Free family-friendly event includes a plant sale and garden-inspired art market of handmade goods by local artists. Event will feature live entertainment, a bake sale, and student-led tours of the Lewis Learning Gardens, which will be supported by the proceeds. The Lewis Learning Gardens is an outdoor educational program that teaches students, in grades K-5, about gardening and sustainability practices. Lewis Elementary is located at 4401 S.E. Evergreen, a short distance south of Woodstock Boulevard. For more information, go online to: www.lewisgardenfair.com .

APRIL 24

Easter event at Mt. Scott Community Center. All are invited to an Easter gathering put on by Lifehouse Church at 10:30 am this morning. The church, currently meeting at the Mt. Scott Community Center will be celebrating the meaning of Easter with music, readings, speaking, and a separate program for the little ones. For more information, visit online: www.lifehouseportland.com - or call 503/922-0151.

APRIL 25

Sisters of the Road'. This local organization is the subject of a free public talk by Marisa Espinoza, as part of today's Southeast Portland Rotary Club meeting, noon till 1 pm, at the Parish Room next to the church at Our Lady of Sorrows, on the corner of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. As is the case with all Rotary meetings, the public is welcome to attend. If you plan to have lunch, please RSVP to Eric at 503/232-2326. For more information, go online to: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com .

APRIL 26

OMSI's annual 'Shell Show' now thru May 1. OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, presents its 46th Annual 'Shell Show', featuring a wide variety of rate and beautiful shells from around the world, runs 9:30 am till 5:30 pm from today through May 1st. Admission to the show is free, after normal OMSI admission charge. OMSI is located on S.E. Water Avenue, on the east bank of the Willamette River just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower and the OmniMax dome.

Math Fun in Woodstock with 'The Doorbell Rang'. Add! Subtract! Multiply! Divide! Enjoy a special storytime with 'The Doorbell Rang', and play with numbers in fun math activities. This interactive program is for children 3-7 years with an adult. Free tickets for seating will be available in the Woodstock Branch Library, where the event takes place, 30 minutes prior to the program. The program runs from 4 until 5 pm. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

APRIL 27

Sellwood meeting for disaster preparedness. What's the difference between no preparation and one-percent preparation for an earthquake?...Reduced stress, anxiety, and fear. This comes from working with your family and your neighbors so we can all cope more effectively. Attend this meeting tonight and hear how you can get your family and your block confident enough to handle any disaster, from severe weather to an earthquake. Join us tonight, 7-9 pm at SMILE Station - 8210 SE 13th Avenue, a block south of Tacoma Street. For more information call Stan Hoffman at 503/367-7056, or e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Duniway student art show tonight, tomorrow. Under the title 'Exploring the World through Words, Numbers, and the Arts', Duniway Elementary School in Eastmoreland presents another year of children's art created by talented K-5 students, and celebrates classes taught by parent volunteers through the generous support of the Duniway PTA, Rhino Digital Printing, and Chrisman Picture Frame and Gallery. The Duniway Student Art Annual Exhibit is open to the public today and tomorrow, 5-8 pm at Duniway, 7700 S.E. Reed College Place. On-site activities include having portraits drawn by student artists, refreshments for purchase, and free school music program both nights from choir and band. Student art cards for sale. Exhibits include both 2-D and 3-D art pieces, chosen and named by the student artists. Donation suggested of $1 or $2, to help support art at Duniway.

'OMSI After Dark: Sense of Science'. Tonight from 6 till 10 pm, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), for adults, it's a special evening devoted to 'How do the five senses work, and can they be trusted?' Find out during at OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21+ with food, drink, and science fun. OMSI is on S.E. Water Street, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower and the OmniMax theater dome.

APRIL 30

Woodstock Farmers Market volunteer meeting. It's not too late to be a volunteer for the nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market, opening Sunday morning, June 26. Attend the meeting 1-3 pm this afternoon at the Woodstock Public Library Meeting Room. There'll be information on volunteers' job descriptions, as well as with answers to your questions. For more information or to make contact, go online to: www.woodstockmarketpdx.com .

MAY 1

'Tea and Treasures Spring Garden Party'. Human Solutions, in cooperation with Pacific Power, presents a benefit for programs for homeless families on the east side of Portland at the Rhododendron Gardens, S.E. 28th just north of Woodstock Boulevard, from 2 till 5 pm this afternoon. Admission to 'Tea and Treasures' is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Guests are invited to bring a treasure to place into a silent auction, where other guests may bid on it. Guests should arrive by 2 pm to enter their items into the silent auction. Free parking available nearby. For reservations or more information go online to: www.humansolutions.org - or call 503/548-0282.

Portland Baroque Orchestra concert at Reed. The Portland Baroque Orchestra comes to Reed College's Kaul Auditorium this afternoon at 4 pm for a concert of Vivaldi string compositions. Single tickets are available by calling 503/222-6000 between 10 am and 2 pm on weekdays - or buy them online at: www.pbo.org .