EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN MAY
'Goldibear' play at Ladybug Theater. The perennial favorite play 'Goldibear and the Three Locks', featuring Baby Bear, is presented this morning 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 on May 7th and 8th, same time and place.
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.
'National Day of Prayer' observance in Sellwood. The Sanctuary of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th in Sellwood, will be open to all for observance of the Congressionally-established National Day of Prayer today, from 9 am to 7 pm - inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation each May 1st.
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.
Chamber music concert at Reed. Chamber Music Northwest presents a concert tonight at 8 pm (moved from previously-announced May 4 date) featuring the Zuckerman Chamber players, at Kaul Auditorium on the west side of the Reed College campus, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. The concert features music by Kodaly, Mozard, and Mendelssohn. Tickets in several price levels are available by phone at 503/294-6400. Online information at: www.cmnw.org.
Ladies Tea in Sellwood. River Oaks Church, on the corner of S.E. Milwaukie and Lambert, invites you to its 5th annual Ladies Tea: 'Dress in your favorite vintage outfit and hat, or just come as you are. Tasty finger sandwiches and desserts, as well as a variety of flavored teas, will be served on China. Tickets include a drawing. Tickets for all ages are $17 apiece; call 503/234-4443 for advance tickets or information. The tea is in the multipurpose room at 1666 S.E. Lambert; plenty of free parking across the street.
Two S.E. neighborhood cleanups today. Brentwood-Darlington's annual neighborhood cleanup is this morning from 9 till noon at 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue. $10 fee; accepting: yard debris, wood, metal, and most recycling items. Also, the Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta combined neighborhood cleanup is today from 9 am till 2:30 pm at 5109 S.E. 66th Avenue. Fee $8 to $25; accepting yard debris, bulky waste, mattresses, bikes and parts, electronics.
'Headaches 101' lecture at Sellwood Library. The #1 health reason women and men call in sick to work is headache. They are also the number one reason why people go to see the doctor. This lecture will talk about all the theories of why people get headaches and what effect it really has on your health. The talk also includes how headaches affect children and some proactive ideas on how to prevent them from happening. Presented by Dr. Jesse Buttler, ND of Northwest Natural Medicine, LLC. No charge. 2-3 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell.
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.
Inventors featured at OMSI today. Meet 25 local inventors as they showcase their work at the 2008 Oregon Inventors Showcase today at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The event, scheduled from 10 till 3, will also include the 'Oregon Best Invention Contest', with prizes including financial support and resources to help develop the winner's invention. The public can help judge the contest, voting today for the inventor who will receive the People's Choice award and prize. OMSI is located on the Willamette waterfront on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge.
Chamber music concert in Woodstock. Tonight at 7:30, Oregon Chamber Players present a concert featuring Handel and four other composers at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 40th and S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Tickets $15 general, $12 for students and seniors, available at the door and at TicketsWest, 503/224-8499. For information, visit online: www.oregonchamberplayers.org.
Woodstock Tai Chi class. The weekly class for Intermediates of Tai Chi, taught by Jann Jasperse, will be held at 11 am today in the downstairs choir room at All Saints' Episcopal Church, S.E. 41st Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. No registration required, drop-ins OK, no fee (donations welcome). Beginners meet at 11 am on Thursdays, and Advanced on Wednesdays at 11 am.
'Read to the Dogs' at Sellwood Library. For kids and teens: Improve your reading skills, and make a new friend, by reading aloud to a therapy dog, 6:30-8 pm tonight and each Wednesday at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell.. The dogs and handlers are from the DoveLewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education Program. Registration is required -- call 503/988-5398.
Free program on hunger. Norene Goplen, Oregon Legislative Advocate for social ministry concerns, will speak and lead a discussion on the impact of the present economic crisis on social services at all levels. Specifically, she will speak on 'Public Services in a Changing Economy -- Local and Global Hunger Concerns'. The program will run from 7 - 8:30 pm, in the Fellowship Room, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7220 S.E. 39th Avenue. There is no charge for this program, open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and a brief meditation will close the evening, for those who wish to stay. For more information, call 503-774-6781.
Fundraiser for Sellwood Middle School trip. Sellwood Middle School's Spanish students plan a trip to Costa Rica and are holding a fundraising silent auction and sale this evening, 7-9 pm, at Twin Paradox Coffee House, 8609 S.E. 17th in Sellwood. Live music by the Sellwood Marimba Band! Bid on tropical delights and auction items to support these Sellwood Middle School students.
Donation day for tomorrow's Woodstock plant sale. Bring any plant donations (already potted) to the Woodstock Community Center today, noon till 8 pm. If you need plants picked up, call 503/771-0011. Many varieties of perennials, 'lotsa hostas', daylilies to evening primroses, herbs, small trees, native plants, garden art, and garden molds. Proceeds help support the continued operation of the Woodstock Community Center.
'Festival of the Birds' returns to Sellwood Park. Once again, the Audubon Society of Portland, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the City of Portland join to present its annual celebration of migratory birds from 10 am till 4 pm at Sellwood Park, overlooking Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. It's a free event for the whole family, and no registration is required…just drop by during the day and enjoy the displays and events, which include guided birdwalks 9 am-3 pm, children's activities and storytelling, live music, interactive exhibits, and live birds of prey on display.
Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale. The American Rhododendron Society, Portland Chapter, presents its annual Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale today and tomorrow, 9 till 5, at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, S.E. 28th, across from Reed College and a block north of Woodstock Boulevard. Adult admission $3. This is a juried show, featuring cut trusses representing a variety of rhododendrons, plus a plant sale filled with favorites and unusual specimens. This internationally-recognized Portland City Garden is now in its peak bloom, and is a phographer's dream, with waterfalls, fountains, and vistas of blooming rhodies and azaleas. The garden itself is open daily dawn till dusk. For information, call 503/771-8386.
Sellwood ballet school presents 'Snow White'. Sellwood's 'Classical Ballet Academy' presents its students in a special ballet presentation twice today in 'Snow White' - a great comedic ballet for the whole family, featuring professional costumes, accomplished dancers, extravagant sets, original choreography, and a few surprises. The ballet is presented at 2:30 pm and again at 7 pm tonight, downtown at St.Mary's Academy Theater, 1615 S.E. 5th Avenue. Tickets available online at www.classicalballet.net; $10 for seniors and children under 9, and $15 for youth and adults; tickets also available at the theater today.
Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale. Today, 10 till 2, the Eastmoreland Garden Club is offering its annual plant sale, with a large selection of healthy and colorful plants, including many perennials, herbs, unusual annuals, and vegetable starts, at reasonable prices. All plants were grown by members of the Eastmoreland Garden Club, and funds are dedicated to nonprofit projects. The location of the sale is the new Eastmoreland Garden, on Bybee just across from the Eastmoreland Golf Course.
All-School Reunion in Woodstock. The 70th annual High School Reunion for Girls Polytechnic, James Monroe, and Washington Monroe High alumnae will be held today at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 5239 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, with social time starting at 10:30 am and luncheon at 12:30 pm. No tickets sold at the door, due to limited seating; advance tickets only. For information call Jean at 503/246-6091.
Woodstock Neighborhood Association's annual plant sale. The annual plant sale in Woodstock is today from 10 am to 3 pm (it's always on the Saturday before Mother's Day). It's at the Woodstock Community Center, located at 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue (between S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and Knight Street, facing Bi-Mart). The money raised is used for community projects - recently, for expenses related to keeping the Community Center open. Plan on attending.
Free public chautauqua program this afternoon on Holgate. The Odd Fellows Retirement Community is sponsoring a free public program on American folk music presented by Jeni Foster entitled, 'Magic Carpet Made of Steel: Songs of America's Railroads'. The program is at 2 pm today at 3102 S.E. Holgate Boulevard. For information on this preseentation call 503/872-1251.
St. Agatha annual Luncheon and Fashion Show. The St. Agatha Altar Society presents its annual Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show at noon today in the St. Agatha Parish Hall, 7959 S.E. 15th in Sellwood. By reservation only; tickets are $8. Get yours by calling Marie at 503/238-2139.
Opening Day of the Moreland Farmers Market. From 3:30 till 7:30 this afternoon, it's the first Wednesday 'Moreland Farmers Market' of the year; it'll be back each Wednesday afternoon for the next few months. The location is on the Portland Memorial parking lot on S.E. Bybee at 14th. Local fresh produce, nursery stock, cheese, baked goods, flowers, prepared food, specialty items, and more. Master Gardeners will conduct a hands-on potting event; Sellwood Arts Academy will supply the tools for an art project. Enter a Drawing to win a bag of Market goodies (must be over 18). Enjoy the sounds of Sellwood Middle School's Jazz and Marimba Bands 3:30-5:30 pm, followed by the caberet sounds of Padam Padam, 5:30-7:30. Parking across the street. Interested in volunteering? Check in at the information desk. Learn more online: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org.
'Hug a Bug, Music for Tots' at Woodstock Library. The Red Boot Duo combines guitar, harmonica, oboe and more … while toddlers and parents help hold the beat with shakers and other rhythm instruments, this morning from 10:30 till 11:15 at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.. Scarf-waving and bubble blowing add 'flavor' to the program. Lots of audience participation. It's free, but registration is required; register online, in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234.
Annual Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood cleanup. Bring your trash to the south end of Westmoreland Park, in the parking lot, and bring proof of residency (a bill addressed to you, or some similar ID). Fee $5 to $25 and up, depending upon the material. Accepted are bulky waste, wood, yard debris, appliances, metal, tires. There will be a set-aside spot to leave re-usable items. Sponsored by SMILE, Southeast Uplift, and Heiberg Garbage and Recycling. For more details contact Kris Heiberg at 503/794-8212.
'Everything But The Kitchen Sink' Yard Sale. This special yard sale, to benefit the Llewellyn Elementary School Foundation, is from 9 till noon this morning. Find your treasure at this annual sale! Proceeds support the staffing and curriculum at Llewellyn Elementary. Held in the Wells Fargo Parking lot, on Milwaukie Avenue just north of Bybee, in Westmoreland. No early shoppers please!
Farewell event for old Ardenwald School today. Ardenwald Elementary has been the heart of the neighborhood since the school was built in 1924. Now, a new Ardenwald School will be built on the historic site to meet the needs of 21st Century students. Before construction begins, Ardenwald is inviting neighbors, community members, and alumni to visit the old school one last time -- TODAY. An open house is planned for today from 10 am to 1 pm. Alumni are welcome to tour the building, look through old photo albums, and share their memories of the school. 'If alumni have information about the location of time capsules, we hope they will come forward,' says Ardenwald Principal Sheila Shaw. 'There will also be an opportunity for them to view plans for the new school.' The groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the new school is planned for June 4.
Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood cleanup today. For the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, today is the day to get rid of household and yard debris, metal, and computers. Fee $5 to $20. It takes place 9 am till 1 pm today at Creston Elementary School.
Dinosaur lecture at OMSI tonight. 'Unearthing China's Dragons' is the title of a lecture this evening, 7-9 pm, at the OMSI auditorium, featuring Judy Sanders, fossil excavator and preparatory at the Utah Geological Survey. For details visit the Internet website of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: www.omsi.edu. OMSI is located on S.E. Water Street, a short distance north of the Ross Island Bridge, on the east bank of the Willamette River. Admission to the lecture is $5 for students and $10 for adults.
Free glee club concert at Reed. Reed College is hosting the Pomona College Glee Club, from the college east of Los Angeles, in a free concert this evening at 7:30 pm in Eliot Hall Chapel on the college's campus along Woodstock Boulevard. Featured will be works by Brahms, Bruckner, Victoria, Byrd, Lauridsen, Faure, Purcell, Rachmaninov, and others.
Explore more of the Springwater Corridor. This monthly group walk continues on the 4th Saturday of each month (March - October), at 9 am. Sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7220 S.E. 39th Avenue, you are invited to join with other walkers gradually exploring the length of this Portland-area treasure. The May 24th walk begins at Gresham Main City Park and heads eastward for about a mile, before returning to the parking lot and other facilities at the park. Everyone welcome; no charge, but each walker is expected to come prepared for the weather and any safety concerns on this 2+ mile hike. For more information call 503/774-6781.
Special chamber music concert tonight at Reed. Chamber Music Northwest concludes its season tonight with a special event, entitled 'From The Top', hosted by Pianist Christopher O'Riley, and with guest artist clarinetist David Shifrin, with selected young musicians from Portland and around the country. Special low ticket prices, too: $20 for adults, and $10 for students age 7 and older. Tickets are available by phone at 503/294-6400. Online information at: www.cmnw.org. The concert is at 7:30 this evening at Kaul Auditorium on the west side of the Reed College campus, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.