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 .
'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 .
Green Thumb Plant Sale. The Portland Public Schools Transition Program at Green Thumb presents its second community-wide plant sale of the year today through the 6th at 6801 S.E. 60th, just south of Duke, 9-3 daily (till 5 on Thursday). Purchases return to the greenhouse for its work experience program in support of student learning. For more information call 503/916-5817.
'Live Life' inspirational talk at Rotary Club. The speaker at today's Southeast Portland Rotary Club meeting at noon in Woodstock is Jake French, whose topic is 'Life Happens; Live It'. Guests are always welcome at the weekly Monday noon club meetings, held in the Parish Room of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. If you'd like to have lunch, please call Patricia at 503/775-8868 to make sure enough lunch is prepared.
'IMAX Film Festival' begins at OMSI. The five-story screen of the OmniMax Theater will offer audiences the unparalleled opportunity to view some of the world's most remarkable IMAX films during the '2011 OMSI Film Festival' beginning today at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). For eight weeks, May 3-June 26, the festival will highlight 24 motion pictures designed to make the most of the IMAX giant screen experience. OMSI is located on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, on the east bank of the Willamette River. Look for the red tower and the OmniMax dome. The OmniMax Theater has its own admission charge, but can be accessed without the need to pay admission to the science museum.
'How to Be a King in 3 Easy Lessons'. That's the 45-minute play presented this morning by famous Ladybug Theater for kids and families, at SMILE Station - on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood, a block south of Tacoma Street. Make your reservation by calling 503/232-2346, and then pay $3.50 per person at the door - which opens fifteen minutes before the 10:30 am showtime. If you can't come today, it's offered again tomorrow, same time and same place - and also next week on the 11th and 12th.
Cyber Seniors Computer Classes at Sellwood Library. This series of three classes, starting today at noon, is designed for seniors who are interested in learning the very basics of how to use a computer. Learn to use a mouse, search the Internet, and send and receive e-mail. You must register and attend all three sessions; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The classes run noon till 2 pm on Wednesdays May 4, 11, and 18. The Sellwood Branch Library is located at S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
Errol Heights garden, election, at WNA tonight. At the Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting tonight, 7:00-8:15 pm, there will be a presentation on the proposed Errol Heights community garden and updates on the May 7th pre-Mother's Day plant sale and other community events and developments. Annual Board election will be held, with special focus on new co-chairs and area representatives and community connectors. To learn more go online to: www.woodstockpdx.org .
SMILE election tonight in Sellwood. The Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association (SMILE), serving Sellwood and Westmoreland, will hold its annual Board and Officers election this evening as part of its monthly General meeting, 7:30-9:00 pm, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino (a block south of Tacoma Street). Anyone connected with the neighborhood through residency, property ownership, or employment, is eligible to run for a two-year Board seat or a one-year Officer position, and to vote in the election.
'Tea For Two' today to benefit Loaves and Fishes. Today at 3 pm, $20 admits two people for a delightful afternoon of relaxing music, gourmet tea and coffee, and tasty luncheon treats 'both savory and sweet'. It's a benefit for, and is taking place at, the Thelma Skelton Loaves and Fishes Center, 3925 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, at Center Street, in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Spon sored by the Doll House Tea Room in Milwaukie. For tickets in advance, contact Lynne at 503/953-8209.
Mother's Day Weekend Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale. The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, again presents a juried show today and tomorrow, 9 am till 5 pm, at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, a block north of Woodstock Boulevard on S.E. 28th Avenue. Featuring cut trusses representing a variety of rhododendrons on display, plus a plant sale filled with unusual and favorite specimens. This internationally recognized garden is now in its peak bloom, and is a photographer's dream, with waterfalls, fountains, and vistas of blooming rhodies and azaleas. Adult admission $3.00 after 10 am. For information, call 503/771-8386, or visit on the Internet: www.rhodies.org .
Woodstock Neighborhood Association Plant Sale. This annual sale supports the maintenance fund for the Woodstock Community Center. It's on today, 9 am till 3 pm on the grounds of the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd. A wide variety of plants - perennials, native plants, and vegetable starts - at reasonable prices, most of them donated by generous local gardeners. The sale will include welded metal garden sculpture by well-recognized Woodstock artist Jill Torberson.
'New Leaf Plant and Book Sale'. Today from 10 am till 3 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, S.E. 39th (Chavez) at Steele, will be selling dozens of nursery plants plus vegetables, herbs, annual and perennial flowers, and plants that attract pollinators. Also hundreds of used books at reasonable prices, bird feeders and houses for feathered friends, and pet treats too. Serving homemade cinnamon rolls you cannot resist! Bring a donation of two cans of food for people or pets for FISH Emergency Services, and get a raffle ticket for a door prize. Free gardening workshops throughout the day by Kathy Shearin of East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District: 10:30 am, Naturescaping; 12:00 noon, Controlling weeds; 2:30 pm, Edible gardens, with Lora Price. Plus an art exhibit highlighting 'Rain Gardens'. For more information call 503/777-3901, or go online to: www.TUMCpdx.org .
Eastmoreland Garden Club annual Mother's Day Plant Sale. Today, 10 am till 2 pm, select from among a large variety of perennials, herbs, native plants and organic tomato starts at reasonable prices. There is also a children's corner. Stop by this family friendly event and pick up some interesting additions for your garden. It's in the Eastmoreland Garden Park, corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 27th Avenue, across from the Eastmoreland Golf Course. If you have questions or plants you would like to donate, contact Judy Battles at 503/777-1984, Heidi Nichols at 503/774-6888, or Deb Shorten at 503/777-1836.
Portland Waldorf School 'May Faire'. The public is invited to attend the 'May Faire' of the Portland Waldorf School from 11 am till 4 pm today, at 2300 S.E. Harrison Street in Milwaukie, just south of Sellwood and just east of S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard. In addition to a maypole dance, children's games, folk dancing, live music, crafts and food, and a vendor marketplace, the '2nd Annual Shield Benefit' offers 40 wooden shields by 40 artists on exhibit and for sale, to benefit the nonprofit school. For details, call the school at 503/654-2200.
Oregon Chamber Players concert in Woodstock. Oregon Chamber Players present a concert focusing on four works selected by previous audiences tonight at 7:30 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church, S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard. These works feature composers Handel, Dvorak, Poulenc, and M. Haydn. Tickets available at the door: $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors (cash and check only, please). For more information call 1-888/627-8788, or go online to: www.oregonchamberplayers.org .
Benefit race on Mother's Day at Oaks Park. 'Run Like A Mother' is the name of a 5K race founded by Ironman Megan Searfoss, and it will start, finish, and having its closing party, at Oaks Amusement Park, off the foot of Spokane Street, just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge. Kids' 1-mile Run at 8 am, Women-only 5K at 8:30 am. The race begins at Oaks Park, loops through the Sellwood community, and ends inside of Oaks Park. For details of the event and registration information visit online: www.runlikeamotherrace.com/?page_id=1480 .
'Taking Business to High Levels'. John Normandin speaks on this subject at the noon meeting today of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, in the Parish Room of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. The meeting is noon till 1 pm, and visitors are welcome. Nonmembers wishing to have lunch with the club should RSVP in advance to Patricia Nichols, 503/775-8868, to ensure there is enough food available.
'Bilingual Knitting and Crocheting' at Woodstock Library. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced knitter or crocheter, come to the Woodstock Library and join the fun! Learn basic knitting and crocheting skills, get help with an existing project, or learn fancy new patterns and techniques. Under the instruction of professional knitter Xiaoying Ruan, gain new skills while communicating and sharing experiences with Chinese-speakers and other individuals who share your hobby. All experience levels and ages welcome, and it's free - but please bring your own supplies. It's this afternoon from 3 till 5:30, and again on May 25th during the same hours. The library is on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 49th.
Moreland Farmers Market begins season this afternoon. The nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market begins its sixth season at 3:30 pm today, at S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th, facing Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, with opening day festivities that include music by the Sellwood Middle School jazz band and 'The River Twain', as well as Sellwood Community Center sponsored art and planting projects for kids, $5 bike helmets and helmet fitting by Providence Milwaukie Hospital, and a drawing for a market bag giveaway. Of course, vendors will be there all afternoon till market closing at 7:30 pm with fresh local produce, cheese and dairy, meat, eggs, baked goods, nursery stock, planting starts, cut flowers, prepared food, and specialty items. The market takes place every Wednesday afternoon at the same place, during the same hours, into October. Details at the Internet website: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org .
Creston Elementary School Auction tonight. The Creston Elementary School PTA presents its annual fundraising silent auction tonight from 6 till 8:30 pm at 4701 S.E. Bush Street. Public welcome. All process benefit Creston School.
Rummage sale on Holgate. From 8 am till 3 pm today, it's the D.A. Grout Elementary School rummage sale, bake sale, and garden sale - at 3119 S.E. Holgate Boulevard.
Corn Husk Figurines at Sellwood Library. At 10 this morning until noon, it's a hands-on workshop for kids and families, exploring native Mexican arts and crafts, and the importance of corn in cultural celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderon, participants will craft and decorate their own flowers made out of corn husks. It's free. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
'Rain Gardens 101' class this morning. Taught by professional landscape designers, 11:30 am till 3:30 pm today at St. David's Episcopal Church at 2800 S.E. Harrison Street, this workshop provides step-by-step details on how to build a rain garden. Participants will receive a comprehensive manual to help as you do it yourself. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Register online at: www.emswcd.org - or call 503/935-5368.
'Organic Gardening: Grow Catnip' at Sellwood Library. The nonprofit 'CatInk' (http://catinkorg.blogspot.com/) will teach a free catnip-growing class at the Sellwood Library, on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, this afternoon from 1 to 2 pm. The class will cover basic organic gardening techniques to produce an abundant crop of catnip, free of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and chemical fertilizers.
'Chair-A-Tea' Sunday, on 52nd. At 2 pm this afternoon, Mehri's Bakery and Deli at 6923 S.E. 52nd Avenue (52nd and S.E. Bybee Blvd.) is hosting a 'Chair-A-Tea' event for Madonna's Center. This benefit event will include tea, pastry, and tea sandwiches. $10-20 donation requested for the non-profit Madonna's Center, which serves teen parents and their children. Call 503/788-9600 for more information.
Hanford Nuclear Reservation subject of talk. Jeff Dennison speaks on this subject at the noon meeting today of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, in the Parish Room of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. The meeting is noon till 1 pm, and visitors are welcome. Nonmembers wishing to have lunch with the club should RSVP in advance to Patricia Nichols, 503/775-8868, to ensure there is enough food available.
St. Agatha 'Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show'. There will be 'wonderful salads, fun door prizes, and great fashions from The Glass Butterfly' at the St. Agatha Altar Society's annual 'Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show' today at noon - at the Parish hall, 7959 S.E. 15th in Sellwood. For reservations or tickets in advance, call Marie at 503/238-2139.
Benefit dinner and concert for ailing teacher. 'Teacher Mary' is one of D.A. Grout Elementary's kindergarten teachers. Last year she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. She has had quite a few surgeries and numerous hospital stays - which have accumulated astronomical medical bills. The D.A. Grout Elementary School PTA is putting on a benefit pasta dinner and concert with Toy Trains to raise as much money as possible for Teacher Mary and her family. This event takes place at the school, on S.E. Holgate Boulevard at 31st, late this afternoon, 5-8 pm. Open to the community.
Westmoreland teacher's kids' LEGO show today at Zoo. The annual Oregon Episcopal School LEGO Physics show, which fills the entire Kalahari Room under the Africafe next to the amphitheater at the Oregon Zoo, is open today and tomorrow during normal Zoo hours. The constructions are entirely by the students of Westmoreland science teacher Jane Kenney-Norberg, and many are motorized and computer-controlled, and are mostly original constructions, with computer programs written by the kids themselves. No extra charge after normal Zoo admission. The theme of the LEGO Logo board this year is 'Pete and Packy Travel Through Time'.
'Naturescaping Basics' class at 9 this morning. This morning at 9, you're invited to a four-hour class to learn to design a landscape that it reduces water use, and decreases stormwater runoff and pollution, while saving you time, money, and energy. You will get advice on native plant gardening and landscape design, visit a nearby naturescaped garden, and receive a comprehensive workbook and a native plant to help you get started. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. The class is at St. David's Episcopal Church at 2800 S.E. Harrison Street. Register online at: www.emswcd.org - or call 503/935-5368.
SMILE's cleanup day for Sellwood and Westmoreland. Starting at 9 am, running through 2 pm, at the south end of Westmoreland Park in the parking lot, it's the annual neighborhood cleanup day for residents of Sellwood and Westmoreland. No hazardous waste, paint cans with paint in them, food garbage, lath and plaster, or concrete. Yard debris, mixed trash, metal, old discards of furniture (couches), mattresses, tires (a limit of 4 at no charge), Styrofoam (for a small fee), clean wood, are all accepted. Electronic devices, computers, monitors and old tires are accepted, but have a recycling charge associated with their disposal. There'll be a spot to set aside for things that are still useable, so that maybe others can use. Community volunteers are welcome to help; report to Westmoreland Park, south end, at 8:30 am.
Teens: 'Jumpstart Your College Planning'. Summertime is jammed packed with lots of cool things to do, and it is also a great time for some college planning! In a free forum for teens in grades 9-12, at the Woodstock Branch Library this afternoon from 1:30 till 2:30 pm, Devon O'Brien will explore college options - building writing skills, elements of a typical college application, and the ins and outs of SAT/ACT testing. Get a jump on next year with a little planning this summer. Devon is the founder of Destination College and Beyond, a service providing college and career planning for teens in grades 9-12. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 49th.
ellwood Garden Tour benefit is today. The annual Sellwood Middle School Garden Tour, in Eastmoreland, Westmoreland, and Garthwick, including the garden of 'Oregonian' columnist Dulcy Mahar, will take place today from 11 am until 4 pm. The tour includes 6 gardens; 3 have never been on the tour before. The Garden Marketplace, an open-air market on the grounds of the Sellwood Middle School (8300 S.E. 15th Avenue), will offer plants, garden-inspired art, entertainment and garden advice from KEX radio 'Garden Doctor' Dave Etchepare. Proceeds support educational programs at Sellwood Middle School. Tickets cost $20 - available at Dennis' Seven Dees locations, New Seasons Market at 1214 S.E. Tacoma in Sellwood; and eMoreland Market and Kitchen at 3616 S.E. 36th Avenue. For more information, go online to: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/sellwood - or call Brenda Niman at 503/544-9504.
Block Styrofoam recycling at Moreland Farmers Market today. Courtesy of Julie Wallace and Wallace Books, block Styrofoam will be accepted for recycling today (and on the last Wednesday of each month through September) at the Moreland Farmers Market, S.E. Bybee at 14th, across from Wilhelm's Portland Memorial. Donations to pay for the truck rental are welcome. While you're there, plan to shop the produce and other fresh foods. The nonprofit market is open 3:30-7:30 pm each Wednesday afternoon at the same place into October.
Multnomah County Fair - today thru Monday. The historic 105th annual Multnomah County Fair is open to all, free, at Oaks Amusement Park, where the parking is also free - from noon till 7 pm today, tomorrow, and Memorial Day Monday. Oaks Park's amusement ride will open at noon each day as well. Art, photo gallery, crafts, garden and food exhibits - everything you expect of a fair will be there. Animal acts too! For general information or to inquire about entering the contests, call 503/761-7577. Oaks Amusement Park is just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge; access road from the railroad tracks at the west end of S.E. Spokane Street.
Llewellyn Old-Fashioned Carnival. This afternoon, 5:30 until 8 pm, it's old-fashioned fun - with three-legged races, sack hops, tug-of-war, ring toss, dart throw, face painting, arts and crafts, lots of food, and more. Tickets at the Old Fashioned Carnival are $5 per child at the door (adults play for free), and everyone can play as many games as often as they wish. It's all at, and a benefit for, Llewellyn Elementary School - 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland.