OMSI dinosaur exhibit opens. A new featured exhibit, 'Dinosaurs: China's Ancient Giants', opens today at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, on S.E. Water Street a short distance north of the Ross Island Bridge. The exhibit features 20 complete dinosaur skeletons (both casts and fossils), interactive touch screens, activity carts, a 'dig pit' for kids, and a 67-foot-long adult 'Mamenchisaurus', a long-necked dinosaur. Visit online for details:

'Caravan Gogh' in free concert. At 2 pm this afternoon, attend a free concert by Caravan Gogh, a band which is described as 'blending string styles with doses of rock, swing, funk, jazz, and mysterioso'. The performance is at Ledding Library, at the north end of Milwaukie, just east of McLoughlin Boulevard at 10660 S.E. 21st Avenue in Milwaukie. For information, call the library, at 503/786-7580.


Free 'Light in Winter' concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church. At 4 pm today, attend a free concert by the Encore Brass. The ensemble is made up of musicians with a variety of 'other lives', including architects, teachers, engineers, professors, administrators, and retirees. The free concert (donations welcome) will be held at the church, 3880 S.E. Brooklyn Street -- on S.E. 39th Avenue between S.E. Division and Powell Boulevard. For information, call 503/236-2389.


'Meditation instructions for beginners.' That's the name of a six-week course offered by the 'Friends of the Dhamma Meditation Center', on the second floor of the Sellwood Methodist Church. The classes are offered tonight, and the next five Monday evenings, 7-9 pm, and will cover meditation techniques, and the basic practices and teachings of the Buddhist tradition.


Pancake supper this evening. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7220 S.E. 39th Avenue, invites the community to its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5:30-7 pm this evening, in the lower level of the church. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, applesauce, and drinks are available for a free-will donation to the church's mission fund. This is a great time for getting to know your neighbors over a good meal! For more information, contact the church office at 503/774-6781.

Another pancake supper this evening! A traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be served tonight 5-7 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Woodstock. Come for dinner tonight and for the many opportunities for worship, fellowship, and spiritual growth that will take place during the upcoming season of Lent, in preparation for the celebration of Easter. All Saints' Episcopal Church is located at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Call the church office at 503/777-3829 for more information.


Ladybug Theater back in action in Sellwood. The famous local live theater for kids, Ladybug Theater, presents 'Be My Valentine' today and tomorrow at 10:30 am, and also on next week on the 13th and 14th. The show has lots of audience participation and lasts about 45 minutes. Suggested minimum age is 2-1/2, 'but parents are urged to decide if their child is old enough to be part of an audience'. The shows are all at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood; reserve in advance at 503/232-2346, and then pay $3.50 per person at the door. Door opens at 10:15 am.

Sellwood Library launches 'Teen Council'. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. Get in on the ground floor - join the Sellwood Branch Library for the very first meeting, 6:45-7:45 pm tonight! Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks, and have fun. The library is located on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street in Sellwood.


Deadline today to order 'Valentine-A-Grams'. Valentine-A-Gram, a popular holiday gift box, this year will feature both Cinnabon cinnamon rolls and a nine-piece box of Candy Basket chocolates delivered on Valentine's Day. Proceeds from Valentine-A-Gram support Loaves and Fishes Centers, The Meals-On-Wheels People. Volunteers will deliver Valentine-A-Grams to individuals and businesses in the morning of the 14th. Today is the deadline to order Valentine-A-Grams or to volunteer to deliver. If interested, visit online:, or call 503/736-6325.

Free weatherization workshop in Sellwood. This family-friendly workshop, 6-8 pm tonight at the Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 15th and Spokane Street, focuses on simple, do-it-yourself draft-stopping techniques to lower your energy bill and make your home more comfortable. Learn how to install materials such as internally mounted vinyl storm window kits, door weatherstripping, and more. Income-qualified participants receive free kit of materials worth $150. Call 503/284-6827 to register, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

S.E.'s 'Creative Science School' holds open house tonight. The Creative Science School is a Portland Public School for K-7 students in Southeast Portland focusing on 'learning through creativity and discovery'. Information Nights for the 2008-2009 school year have been scheduled for tonight, February 7th, and also Thursday, February 28th - both days at 6:30 pm at Bridger School, 7910 S.E. Market Street. For more information visit the Internet website:


Lewis Elementary School kindergarten 'round-up' this morning. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Woodstock invites parents of incoming kindergarten students, and other grade levels interested in coming to Lewis, to attend one of two parent enrollment meetings. The first is this morning at 9 am, and the other is on Wednesday, February 20, at 6 pm. Information concerning the Portland Public Schools transfer policy can be found online at: The school is located at 4401 S.E. Evergreen, south of Woodstock Boulevard; the school's Internet website is: Parents interested in a tour of Lewis Elementary School may call the office at 503/916-6360 to arrange a visit.


Pirate band performs, benefiting Llewellyn School. The renowned local pirate band, Captain Bogg and Salty, perform at 1 pm this afternoon on the stage of the Moreland Theater, 6712 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, in a benefit concert the Llewellyn Elementary School Foundation. Admission $12 adults, $8 children (12 and under), in advance at Wallace Books, and at both New Seasons Market in Sellwood and New Seasons on S.E. Division Street. At the door, the tickets will be $15 adults, $10 children (12 and under).

Cajun tale on stage for kids in Brooklyn. 'Buzzard and Chicken Hawk' is the play onstage at the Brooklyn Bay, for kids and families, starting today, and running Saturdays and Sundays through the 24th. Admission $6 per person. Showtime today and each Saturday 10 am; Sunday showtime is 2 pm each week. Doors open a half hour before the show. For reservations, call 503/772-4005, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Brooklyn Bay is located at 1825 S.E. Franklin, Bay K - just off Powell. Finding it is tricky; for directions and more information on their shows and concept, visit online:


Music for Brass and Organ in Woodstock. The Columbia Brass and organist Ronald Hylton perform in concert at 3 pm this afternoon at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. The program will feature classics by Handel, Bach, Gabrieli, and Mozart. Suggested donation is $10.


'Llewellyn Kindergarten Roundup and Open Enrollment Fair' today. Llewellyn Elementary School will hold its 'Kindergarten Roundup and Open Enrollment Fair' (grades 1-5) for the 2008-2009 school year this evening, 6-7:30 pm, at the school--6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland. This is an opportunity for families to learn about all that Llewellyn has to offer, including the curriculum, art and music programs, reading program, and after-school classes. Classrooms will be open to visit and meet teachers. There will be childcare, snacks, and a sing-a-long in the library. For information, call the school at 503/916-6216. Important: If you would like to register your child at tonight's Open House, remember to bring an original copy of a state-issued birth certificate or passport, current immunization records, and proof of address.


Mensa test as C.H.S. Oregon Mensa will be offering their admission tests at Cleveland High School this evening at 7 pm. The testing session is open to adults as well as students aged 14 and up. Parental consent is required for those under 18. Two tests will be given; however you need only qualify on one test to be offered membership in nonprofit Mensa. This month only, when 2 people register for the test together, they each pay half of the regular $40 test fee. To register, or for more information about Mensa, call toll free 1-866/239-7548, or visit the Internet website:


Adult 'Pageturners' reading group meets tonight in Sellwood. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors at these 'Pageturners' meetings. For the meeting tonight, 6:30-7:30 pm at the Sellwood Branch Library, read 'A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier' by Ishmael Beah. The library is located on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street in Sellwood. If more convenient, 'Pageturners', discussing the same book, will also meet at the Woodstock Branch Library tomorrow night, 6:30-7:45 pm; that branch is located at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Be an emergency Woodstock resource! Tonight at 6:30 pm in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard, all trainees of the NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) #25 (all neighborhoods in area of Fire Station 25) are invited to attend the monthly meeting. Trainees/members will make presentations about resources identified within a four-block area around their homes that might be available for use in case of a long-term power outage or severe damage resulting from an earthquake, flooding, windstorm or other major disruption. Those interested in considering joining a team are also invited to attend. For more information e-mail Virginia: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Reed-based gardner group on field trip to Seattle today. The 'Multnomah Master Gardners', based in the Reed neighborhood, have rented a 52-passenger bus (comfortable, and restroom-equipped) for today to take members (and others, as space is available) to and from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Cost is $55 per person; bus leaves at 6 am sharp this morning, and is back by 9:30 pm this evening. For details, boarding point, and to find how to reserve your seat, call Evelyn Clink before this date at 503/777-6771.

Ladybug Theater presents 'Humpty Dumpty'. The famous local live theater for kids, Ladybug Theater, presents 'Humpty Dumpty' today and tomorrow at 10:30 am, and also on next week on the 27th and 28th. The show has lots of audience participation and lasts about 45 minutes. Suggested minimum age is 2-1/2, 'but parents are urged to decide if their child is old enough to be part of an audience'. The shows are all at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood; reserve in advance at 503/232-2346, and then pay $3.50 per person at the door. Door opens at 10:15 am.


Africa comes to Woodstock. Discover Africa with the Oregon Zoo, at the Woodstock Branch Library, 4:30-6 pm this afternoon. A series of 'discovery stations' will allow adults and children to discover together how animals have adapted to life in Africa. The program is a mix of hands-on biofacts and live animals! And it's all free. The Woodstock Library is located at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.


Brooklyn Buddhists on 'alms round' again. Today, from 11 am till 1 pm, monks from the Buddhist Priory on S.E. Milwaukie in the Brooklyn neighborhood will again conduct their traditional 'alms round', presenting their alms bowls to accept food offerings so that they may eat. Having taken a vow of poverty, monks depend on the generosity of others and in response to offerings, the monks offer a blessing to the giver, but are otherwise silent. The walk begins and ends on Milwaukie Avenue at Carlton, and will include S.E. 13th, Bybee, and Tacoma Streets.


Oregon Chamber Players' children's concert. The OCP's popular children's concert takes place this evening in Woodstock. It will again include a performance of 'Roland, the Minstrel Pig'. The concert will be at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Concert time is 7:30 pm. Tickets are only $15 General and $12 student/senior, but for tonight's concert, it's only $5 for kids age 12 and under. Tickets are available at Safeway's ticket counter, or call TicketsWest at 503/224-8499.

Deadline for cheap tickets to CHS luau event! The Cleveland High 'Hula For Moola' auction and dinner is March 1st; tickets only available in advance, and today is the last day to order them at the lowest price. See full details in the March 1st entry below.


New church congregation opens in Woodstock. 'Lifehouse', describing itself as 'a new church community', meets once a month at Lewis Elementary School, 4401 S.E. Evergreen Street. This month, the meeting is this morning at 10:30 am. These gatherings are described as 'a time to grow together, as we seek to live out our desire to love God and love the people around us. We do not presume to know everything about life or God, but we're searching in open, honest ways. Stop by and see what we mean.' Children welcome; the meeting is family-friendly and the atmosphere is casual, with refreshments and coffee provided. For information, contact Tom Vice at 503/287-6789 or via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Cleveland High 'Hula For Moola' tonight. Cleveland High School's Annual Auction is tonight - and Hawaiian themed this year. Hula Moola will be at Oaks Park Pavilion. As Cleveland's largest fundraiser, the auction raises over $100,000 annually for academics, performing arts, and athletics. Catered by Noho's Hawaiian Café, the event begins at 5 pm with a silent auction. The luau dinner begins at 7 pm, with the live auction - featuring auctioneer Chris Sheik - underway by 8 pm. Neighborhood businesses and families have been generous with auction contributions; some of the highlights include vacation homes at the Oregon Coast, Central Oregon, and Mexico; tickets and passes to cultural events; dinners at leading restaurants; sports memorabilia; and VIP tickets to local sporting events. Auction items are posted on the Cleveland auction website at: Tickets can be purchased online at the auction website or by mail. Individual tickets are $35. The event sells out each year so neighbors, families, supporters and alumni are urged to buy their tickets early. For more information contact Vikki Melrose at 503/235-9427.

S.E. Artwalk today and tomorrow north of Powell. One of several artwalks in Southeast Portland each year is the one between Powell and Hawthorne, and between 9th and 41st, and it's today and tomorrow, 10 till 5. And, it's free. Check out the locations and artists available and plan your route at:

Free tax help offered today in Woodstock. Today, between noon and 3 pm, the Woodstock Bible Church will provide a CPA with 30+ years of tax experience to help you put the puzzle together - giving guidance and responding to questions you may have on your tax return. All major tax forms will be available, along with adding machines and pencils if needed. To participate, please call Wilf at 503/771-2025 to set up an appointment. There is no charge for the consultation. Woodstock Bible Church is located at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. (Formerly Portland Apostolic Christian Church.)