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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN APRIL

APRIL 1

Cyber Seniors Computer Classes at Woodstock Library. This series of three Tuesday morning classes - 10 am till noon today, and the next two Tuesday mornings - is for seniors who want to learn how to use a computer. Learn to use a mouse, search the Internet, and send and receive e-mail. Each session will consist of one hour of instruction and one hour of practice. You must register and attend all three sessions; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is located at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Spring church camp for kids starts today. Sellwood Baptist Church announces a '13-week adventury' for children aged 3 to 12: 'KidsTime: Agents in Action. It starts today with a special kickoff, and then continues every other week. The church is located at 1104 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. For more information, call Jamie Hardesty at 503/307-7928

APRIL 2

Ladybug Theater play for kids opens this morning. 'The Pied Piper' with puppets is the show for kids that starts this morning at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, 13th at Tenino in Sellwood, presented by the famous Ladybug Theater. Shows are about 45 minutes long, suggested for ages 2-1/2 up. Admission $3.50 apiece for everyone; reservations requested, then pay at the door, which opens at 10:15 am. Reservation and information number is 503/232-2346. This play also runs at the same time tomorrow morning and on the 9th and 10th.

Nanotechnology forum tonight at OMSI. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is hosting a forum to discuss nano application for alternative energy tonight at 7 pm at the OMSI Auditorium, at the museum, on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. A variety of nanotechnology-related events will take place at OMSI daily 11 am till 2 pm through this Sunday, April 6th.

'Growing Gardens' speaker at WNA tonight. Tonight at the Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting, Rodney Bender with 'Growing Gardens' will speak from 7:20-7:35 pm about how the Home Garden Program empowers low-income families to grow food for themselves, their friends and neighbors in their own backyards in raised beds or for apartment dwellers in containers on porches or patios. The WNA general meeting starts at 7 pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue.

APRIL 3

'Green' seminar tonight in Woodstock. Tonight marks the first of four 'Being an Agent of Change' workshops in April - Thursdays, 7-8:45 pm, hosted in a Woodstock home, led by Jeanne and Dick Roy, founders of the NW Earth Institute. 'Learn how to influence others to be more conscientious about caring for the earth'. To register, e-mail:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Meghan at 503/227-2315.

APRIL 5

'Bird Festival' repeats in S.E. Portland. Today, from 10 till 4, the annual Bird Festival repeats on S.E. 111th. Bird breeders will be present to meet the public, and the event is free. The Festival has been drawing visitors from as far away as Seattle and Ashland. Some of the varieties of birds on display include African Greys, Amazons, Bourkes, Budgies, Canaries, Cockatiels, Cockatoos, Conures, Finch, Lovebirds, Macaws, Pacific Parrolets, Parakeets, Quakers, Ringnecks and Senegals. It's a family event, and volunteers from the David Douglas school softball boosters will be grilling up inexpensive burgers and hot dogs. Free parking too. The location is 5942 S.E. 111th Avenue, one long block north of Foster Road.

Early Blooming Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale. This annual show, open to the public, is sponsored by the Portland chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, and is offered at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, in the exhibition building, on S.E. 28th, a block north of Woodstock Boulevard, and across the street from Reed College. The show and sale is from 9 till 5 today; show entries accepted 7:30-10 am. Adult admission to the event is $3.

Tango music at Ledding Library this afternoon. The popular Argentinean tango band 'Conjunto Berretin' will perform free at 2 pm this afternoon at Milwaukie's Ledding Library. The library is located just east of McLoughlin off Harrison Street at the north end of the City of Milwaukie, at 10660 S.E. 21st. For information call 503/786-7580.

Cleveland High fundraiser: 'Beer, Brats, and Burgundy'. Tonight from 6 till 9, the Cleveland High School Foundation invites you to its newest fundraiser, 6-9 pm at Hair of the Dog Brewing, 4510 S.E. 23rd in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Admission $25; all-ages welcome, with age-appropriate beverages available. Live music by CHS jazz musicians. Reservations requested: 503/916-5120, x 449 (during school hours), or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., but attendees are welcome at the door too!

APRIL 9

'Antiques appraisal' party open to the public tonight. The public is welcome, 6-9 pm, for an Antiques Roadshow Party at the Eastmoreland Golf Course clubhouse. Appraiser and TV Personality Gary Germer will give free verbal appraisals for 2 items per guest. Live jazz music with Saxophonist Warren Rand and Keyboard Artist George Mitchell from 6-8, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres served througout the evening. (Not affiliated with the Antiques Roadshow TV program.)

APRIL 10

Free talk on 'Irritable Bowel Syndrome' for women. Nonprofit Providence Milwaukie Hospital offers women a chance to learn more about living with I.B.S, a condition that affects twice as many women as men. The talk is at 7 pm this evening in the Mother Gamelin Room at Providence Milwaukie Hospital, 10150 S.E. 32nd Avenue in the Ardenwald neighborhood of Milwaukie. Plenty of free parking.

APRIL 12

Estate planning seminar at Sellwood Community Center. Portland Parks and Recreation announces a lecture called 'estate planning made easy', to be held this morning 10:30 am till noon at Sellwood Community Center, 1436 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. For information or to register, call 503/823-3195.

Children's play at the Brooklyn Bay. The play for children and families this month at the 'Brooklyn Bay' theater is from Japan - 'The Funny Little Woman', a comic fable that's 'most appropriate for ages 2 to 9'. The play starts today and runs on Saturdays the rest of the month at 10 am, and on Sundays in April starting tomorrow at 2 pm. Admission $6 per ticket; doors open a half hour before the show. For reservations call 503/772-4005. The theater is tricky to find - 1825 S.E. Franklin, Bay K, just south of Powell. For directions visit: www.playafterplay.blogspot.org.

APRIL 13

'Autism Walk-A-Thon' at Oaks Amusement Park today. The Autism Society of Oregon is sponsoring its 6th annual 'Autism Walk-A-Thon' at Oaks Park this morning. Former Governor Barbara Roberts is the MC. The registration desk opens at 9:30 am, and the walk begins at 10:30 am, concluding at noon. The cost is $12 per person to participate, which includes the event's T-shirt. Online registration and pledge forms available at: www.autismwalkathon.com.

APRIL 14

Spring Plant Sale near Brentwood Park. Portland Public School's Community Transition Center presents its Spring Plant Sale today through the 17th, from 8:30 am-till 3 pm daily, at 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue in Greenhouse #1, across the street from Brentwood Park. A wide selection of annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, herbs, and hanging flower baskets available for sale. All plants are cared for using organic methods. For more information, call or e-mail: 503/916-5817; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APRIL 16

'The Three Wishes' by Ladybug Theater. Today is the opening for the new puppet play 'The Three Wishes', presented by the famous Ladybug Theater, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. Doors open 10:15; showtime 10:30; the play is appropriate for kids age 2-1/2 up, and lasts about 45 minutes. Reservations requested; call 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door. $3.50 admission for everyone. The play also runs tomorrow morning at the same time, and again on the 23rd and 24th, same time and place.

Moreland Farmers Market volunteer meeting. If you might be interested in volunteering for the Moreland Farmers Market, find out what it's all about this evening, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at Twin Paradox Coffee House on 8609 SE 17th. Meet experienced volunteers to hear about volunteering for the market. For further information contact Market Manager Laura Wendel - at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 503/341-9350.

APRIL 18

Learn how to manage stress. A free class on managing stress for better health is offered this afternoon at 4:30 pm at the Woodstock Branch Library. Speakers Ann B. Clarkson, Ph.D., and Brent Ryder M.S., will address how stress affects both the mind and body, what causes stress, the physical and emotional signs, and lifestyle and behavioral changes that can help to reduce stress. The library is located at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard. For information, call 503/774-9621, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APRIL 19

First Rose Festival parade of year is in Southeast today! It's the '82nd Avenue of Roses Parade' - billed as 'Everything you want in a parade and more.' Marching bands, floats, and walking entries will be joined by the members of the 2008 Portland Rose Festival Court. The parade starts at 9 am at Eastport Plaza, S.E. 82nd and Holgate Boulevard, and goes north to S.E. Yamhill Street. Volunteers are needed, even now, on the day of the parade - it's easy. Contact Johnni Jones at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; she asks that you list 'Parade Volunteer' in the subject of your e-mail, so she'll spot it right away. And, volunteering or not, head for 82nd to watch this official Rose Festival parade event!

Woodstock, Hosford, CHS Mandarin Immersion Program benefit. Tonight a special dinner and auction will take place at the Legin Restraurant Banquet Room, S.E. 82nd and Division, to benefit the PPS Mandarin Immersion Program at Woodstock Elementary, Hosford Middle, and Cleveland High Schools. Tickets $30 per person, adults only please, include a sit-down Chinese dinner, live and silent auctions, and lots more. Check with the restaurant, or the benefiting schools, for details.

APRIL 20

'The Chamber Choir' in free concert at 5 pm. Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 4028 SW 34th Avenue, at the corner of 34th and Gladstone Blvd., just south of Powell Blvd, presents a free concert by 'The Chamber Choir' at 5 this afternoon at the church, entitled 'Night Visions, Music of the Night. The program features music by Josef Rheinberger, Camille Saint-Saëns, Max Reger, and Johannes Brahms, as well as works by modern choral masters Eleanor Daley, Stephen Paulus and Houston Bright. The chorus will perform Richard Rodgers' "Blue Moon" and Cole Porter's "Night and Day" to close the concert. Personalized directions to the church are available at the Internet website: www.Kenilworthpc.com. Or call 503/235-3977 for information.

APRIL 22

Design your own 'Family Heirloom Art' book. Discover tips for creating your own illustrated family history book, in afree 6:30-8 pm class at the Sellwood Branch Library with regional artist Lisa Kagan. The class will focus on the family history book creation process, including how to uncover hidden family treasures; conduct interviews - and research, write, and illustrate your book. Preserve your family stories, honor your ancestors, deepen your understanding of your relationship with your own life, and share the wisdom and experiences of the past with future generations. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The Sellwood Library is located at S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

APRIL 26

Celebrate Earth Day in Woodstock by dumping trash. 10 am-3 pm today, the Woodstock Neighborhood Assn.'s annual Cleanup is in progress at the Chinese Presbyterian Church, S.E. 49th and Knight Street (4837 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.). Co-sponsored by SOLV and S.E. Uplift. Accepted: Bulky waste, electronics, scrap metal, and yard debris but, please no wet household food waste. Tires: Accepted on and off rim. Rigid plastics accepted: kiddy pools, resin chairs, buckets, plastic garden pots. Household electronics accepted: In partnership with Bear eCycling; rates will be: $10 per television and $10 per monitor - in addition to the car/truck-load price. There will be a 're-use area' for good things others may want for free. Not accepted: Appliances, Styrofoam blocks and peanuts, mattresses, sofas, liquids and paints, business construction materials, glass, PVC or concrete. Fees: $7-$12 per carload; $13-$17 per pickup truck load. For information call Lonnie Port at 503/860-2111.

APRIL 27

Fashion show and tea in Woodstock today. All Saints Episcopal Church's Annual Mustard Seed Fashion Show and Tea takes place from 11:45 am till 1:30 pm midday today. Proceeds benefit 'The Mustard Seed' - the church's thrift store -- the source of fabulous fashions for reasonable prices. The fashion show starts promptly after church, accompanied by a hearty tea. All items are available for purchase, the centerpieces are raffled (they're from the Mustard Seed). A hat contest challenges your creativity, and prizes are awarded. Suggested donation for the hearty tea and fashion show is $2 for adults and $5 for a family. The church is located at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

APRIL 30

'Goldibear' play at Ladybug Theater. The perennial favorite play 'Goldibear and the Three Locks', featuring Baby Bear, starts this morning, presented by famous Ladybug Theater. It's performed at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. Doors open 10:15; showtime 10:30; the play is appropriate for kids age 2-1/2 up, and lasts about 45 minutes. Reservations requested; call 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door. $3.50 admission for everyone. The play also runs tomorrow morning at the same time, and again on the May 7th and 8th, same time and place.

MAY 1

Local Lions Club offers 'Wine Raffle' fundraiser. Today marks the official start of the sale of tickets by the Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club for its annual 'Fine Wine Raffle'. First prize is 30 bottles; prizes won through 4th prize with bottles of wine in each prize package. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, 13 for $10 - and can be purchased at Rose City Pool, 7235 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, RC Printing at 7302 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, or from any member of the club. Proceeds benefit those who need help with sight and hearing issues. For information, call Fran Shaw at 503/233-6733. Drawing will be held on June 3rd.

Woodstock seeks plant donors for May 10 sale. With ten days to go till its annual pre-Mother's Day Plant Sale, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association is seeking donors, from today till the sale, of plants for the plant sale - which benefits the Woodstock Community Center. The Plant Sale features donations from many generous and capable gardeners in the community who have divided and repotted plants from their yards and gardens. Anyone with plants to contribute, or who needs pots for repotting plants to contribute, should call Terry Griffiths at 503/771-0011.

MAY 3

Geneological open house in Southeast. The Genealogical Forum of Oregon, located at 1505 S.E. Gideon Street, will host an Open House today, 9 am till 3 pm. There will be opportunities to talk with individuals who are professional in the art of locating and learning about your family and its history, and demonstrations on how to use your computer to locate Internet websites that can help you in your quest; tours of the library, including the rare book room; and a book sale of reference and research guides. The society's extensive book and microfilm collection includes the Northwest, as well as information from most states and many foreign countries. For additional information, call 503/963-1932.