WNA meeting brings news of break-ins. At tonight's Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting, Katherine Anderson, Crime Prevention Program Coordinator for Southeast Portland, will respond to the recent rise in home break-ins by discussing residential burglary prevention tips and appropriate responses. The agenda also includes a presentation by Mosaic Planning - PSU graduate students working on ways to help neighbors identify and organize for neighborhood improvements. The public meeting is 7-8:30 pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd, just west of BiMart.
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.
'ABCs of Accessory Dwelling Units' at People's Food Co-op. Learn how to add or convert a second living unit to your home - with an 'affordable and eco-friendly Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)'. Free workshop to be held from 6 to 7:30 pm this evening, at the People's Food Coop, 3029 S.E. 21st Avenue. For more information, call 503/946-6157.
Free folk concert tonight in Sellwood. Support local musicians and join your neighbors at 'The Living Room by Adsideo' this evening at 8 pm for a free concert by Portland's own 'Folk Whimsy', highlighting the band's folksy acoustic sound and mellow lyrics. Snacks provided by local food artisans - featuring fresh French-press coffee or a cup of tea. 8050 S.E. 13th Street in Sellwood.
Inspirational film at Woodstock Community Center. A showing of 'The Secret', an Australian film on the power of positive thinking, together with a companion lecture, will take place at the Woodstock Community Center this evening at 7:30 - at 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue. The same program is offered at the Sellwood Community Center at 7:30 on June 17th - at 1436 S.E. Spokane Street.
Brooklyn Neighborhood Cleanup Day. Between 10 am and 3 pm today, at S.E. 16th and Center Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood, residents are invited to bring and dispose of their mixed waste ($10 for small pickup loads, $20-25 for large loads); yard debris ($7; more for large loads); vehicle batteries; and tires ($3 without rims, $4 with rims). Not accepted: Motors, large appliances, curbside recyclables, and hazardous waste. Sponsored by Metro and the Brooklyn Action Corps. Senior pickup available; to arrange it call 503/241-4540.
Sellwood Library presents 'BJ's Backyard Clown Show'. It's a fast-paced comedy-variety-clown show with a mix of magic, juggling, puppets, music, physical comedy, and audience participation! BJ the Clown has performed over 1,500 comedy shows in public libraries for nearly 20 years. Nobody knows more than BJ about what makes children laugh! It's free, but space is limited, so come early. It's this morning, 10:30-11:30 am. The Sellwood Branch Library is located on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
'Aging In Place' presentation. Daniele Colonna appears before the S.E. Portland Rotary Club with a program directed towards our aging population. Visitors are always welcome at the weekly club meetings, Mondays noon till 1 pm, at the Parish Hall, one building east of the intersection of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. Website for more information: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com .
'Japanese Garden Design' for adults at Woodstock Library. 6:30-7:30 tonight, learn how to transform your yard into a peaceful refuge, using the basic elements of Japanese garden design. Local landscape artist Dawn Grunwald will share examples of gardens that illustrate the forms, patterns, and materials used to create this timeless art form. Free. The library is situated at S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.
Annual Duniway Spring Parade. This afternoon, from 2:15 to 3 pm, the students and teachers at Duniway Elementary School will once again celebrate the completion of another successful school year. Led by the Duniway 5th Grade Marching Band, and joined by the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band and Dance Team, the students will march along Reed College Place in Eastmoreland between Lambert Street and Bybee Boulevard.
Kidney Assn. fundraiser today at Oaks Park. National Kidney Foundation, serving Oregon and Washington, is holding a fundraising walk at Oaks Amusement Park today - the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization. The walk will open to check-in and registration at 8 am - volunteers are still needed! - and the actual walk will start at 10 am, walking through Oaks Park out to the Springwater Corridor Trail, north about a mile, and then turning around and heading back to Oaks Park. After returning to the park, there will be live entertainment, raffles, and a closing ceremony. The event should be over around 2 pm. For more information, go online to: http://donate.kidney.org/portland .
Ardenwald-Johnson Creek plant sale fundraiser. The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association is holding a fundraiser today for a new neighborhood park. The plant sale is from 10 am - 3 pm today, at the site of the planned future new park: 3103 S.E. Balfour Street. Plants for sale have been donated by some neighborhood master gardeners, HPSO member neighborhood gardeners, and supportive local nurseries. If you have questions, contact Lisa at 503/659-7807. For more information, go online to: www.ardenwald.org .
Milk Carton Boat Races today at Westmoreland Park! This classic Rose Festival event features hand-made, human powered boats that float entirely by means of milk cartons and jugs. The preregistration, and tips on building the milk carton boats, is online at: www.dairyfarmersor.com/milkcartonboatrace . Build a boat that's creative and whimsical to enter in the Showboat class, or one that is sleek and slim for racing. Participants can race their craft in the following categories: Children (ages seven to 12); Adults (ages 13 and up); Family/Multi-rider (ages seven and up) and corporate (which includes businesses, non-profits and other loosely affiliated groups). The showboats will not race, but will be on display throughout the event. Spend the day at Westmoreland Park.
For adults: Chinese Painting - Plum Blossoms. 6:30-8 pm tonight, at the Sellwood Branch Library, learn to paint one of the most popular subjects in traditional Asian art. Using rice paper, sumi ink, and watercolor, participants will paint the beautiful plum blossom. Artist Cindy Lommasson makes it easy to be an artist, with step-by-step instructions. No art experience necessary. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is situated at S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
'Sellwood Bridge Update' by Deborah Kafoury. Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury appears before the Southeast Portland Rotary Club to present the latest information on the plans to replace the aging Sellwood Bridge. Visitors are always welcome at the weekly club meetings, Mondays noon till 1 pm, at the Parish Hall, one building east of the intersection of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. Website for more information: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com .
Chamber Music Northwest 41st Summer Festival. This annual end-of-June classical festival begins tonight at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium at 8 pm, with a program called 'Celebrating the Double Concerto', featuring works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Chasson. More information online at: www.cmnw.org .
'Ladybug Sings' at Ladybug Theater show today. The famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents 'Ladybug Sings the Whole Thing' - asking the musical question, 'Will the little bug finally get it right…?' This 45-minute play for kids and families is at 10:30 am today at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. Door opens fifteen minutes early. Admission $3.50 for everyone but babes in arms; please call 503/232-2346 to reserve your seat(s), then pay at the door as you arrive. If you can't make it today, it also shows at the same time and place on June 29 and June 30.
'Rock 'N Roll with Mo Phillips' at Sellwood Community Center. This 'genre bouncing, body shakin', good time performance' gives kids the chance to feel like rock stars! Mo Phillips, one of the top children's performers in the Northwest, will break down the elements of a song, and build one from scratch with the help of the audience. It's free, sponsored by the Sellwood Library, but hosted at the Sellwood Community Center, 1436 S.E. Spokane Street, this afternoon from 3 till 4 pm.
Chamber Music Northwest 41st Summer Festival. The annual classical festival continues tonight at 8 in Kaul Auditorium at Reed College with 'Unabridged - Beethoven's Piono Trios, Part 1'. Part 2 is tomorrow night, same time and place. More information online at: www.cmnw.org .
Three-day book sale by Ledding Library. Milwaukie's Ledding Library annually disposes of excess books in a big sale, which this year starts today and continues through the 26th, in the gym of the Portland Waldorf School, across from the Ledding Library, at 2300 S.E. Harrison Street. That's just south of Sellwood and east of McLoughlin Boulevard. For information, call 503/786-7580.
OMNIMAX movie 'Tornado Alley' opens today at OMSI. 'Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey, and the researchers of Vortex 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, in this heart-pounding science adventure'. Runs in rotation with other OMNIMAX movies in the dome theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, on S.E. Water Street at the edge of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge - look for the red tower and the OMNIMAX dome. Admission fee required, but it is not necessary to pay the OMSI admission fee too.
Chamber Music Northwest 41st Summer Festival. The festival continues tonight at 8 at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium with a program called 'The Gypsy Soul', featuring works by Haydn, Kodaly, Bartok, Ravel, Doppler, Brahms, and others. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .
Woodstock Farmers Market opens this morning. The new Woodstock Farmers Market on Sunday, June 26th with a 10 am ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Market will be located in the Key Bank parking lot, 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Market hours will be from 9 am to 1 pm every Sunday through September 25th. More than thirty vendors will be there to offer locally-grown fresh produce and flowers, hot food, bakery items, locally raised meats, dairy products, seafood and artisan goods. In keeping with the spirit of Woodstock, the market will feature live music from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Power for the musicians' amplifiers and microphones will be generated by bicycles using the Giga-Bike: market-goers will provide the legwork! 'The Woodstock Farmers Market will be the first in Portland to feature bike-powered music.'
Brooklyn Park's summer program begins. Today marks the start of 37 weekdays of popular kids' games, crafts, and activities, under the leadership of long-time Park Director Craig Montag. Last Shack day is August 17; Shack not open on July 4. Also available: Playground equipment, basketball court, baseball diamond - and, if it gets hot enough, possibly a water slide.
Chamber Music Northwest 41st Summer Festival. The festival continues tonight at 8 at Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, with a program called 'Timeless Classics', featuring works by Mozart, Hayden, and Tchaikovsky. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .
'Scrap Heap Puppet Laboratory' at Woodstock Library. This afternoon, 1:30-3 pm, join the Mudeye Puppet Company in their never-ending mission to make puppets out of salvaged materials. In this workshop, bring your own creatures to life from cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, and bike tubes. Make them walk, talk, and fly under the master tutelage of Mudeye Director Bruce Orr. All materials provided. The workshop is free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
'Rhythmic Opera Worldbeat Percussion' at Sellwood Library. For kids and families, Thomas Schroyer's entertaining musical performance combines stories, myths, humor and rhythm. From world percussion instruments to household 'found objects', this program colorfully demonstrates that similar sounds can be made playing a water bottle or a Mason jar, or even a hubcap. After visiting many rhythmically-rich cultures, including Cuba, India, Morocco and Spain, Thomas gained unique musical techniques that he playfully and humorously integrates into this performance. It's free, but space is limited, so come early - to the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, this afternoon from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.
Chamber Music Northwest 41st Summer Festival. The summer festival continues at 8 tonight at Kaul Auditorium at Reed College with a program called 'Dramatic Sensibilities', featuring works by Erwin Schulhoff, Marc Neikrug, and Brahms. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .
Chamber Music Northwest 41st Summer Festival. The summer festival continues at 8 tonight at Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, with a program entitled 'Clarinet Candy', featuring works by Maurice Emanuel, Saint-Saens, Weber, Ponchielli, Poulenc, Milhaud, William Bolcom, Alan Shulman, and Benny Goodman. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .