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MARCH 1

'Shop of Horrors' onstage at Franklin High. Franklin High School tonight at 7 presents, onstage, 'Little Shop of Horrors'--the musical comedy that satirizes scary science fiction movies of the 1960's. The production features a huge man-eating plant puppet, rented from a local theater company. The play opens tonight, Thursday, March 1, and repeats tomorrow night; it also runs next week, Friday March 9, and Saturday, March 10. Curtain time for all performances is 7 pm in the Franklin High Auditorium, 5405 S.E. Woodward. Tickets available at the door: $8 for students and seniors, $10 for general admission. For information, call the Franklin High office at 503/916-5140.

Free 'Cabin Fever Film Fest' this evening. Award-winning fishing films 'Troutgrass', 'Trout Bums Diaries', and 'The Hatch' will be shown free tonight at the Clinton Street Theater, 6:30-9:30 pm, with all ages welcome--presented by Brooklyn-based Save Our Wild Salmon, as well as by Trout Unlimited and the Sierra Club. There will also be a raffle. The theater is located at 2522 S.E. Clinton Street, just north of Ladd's Addition.

MARCH 2

45th annual garage sale at Elks in Milwaukie. The 45th annual charity 'Elkettes Garage Sale' begins today and runs through Sunday at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard. Today and tomorrow, the hours are 10 till 4; Sunday, 9 till noon. Garage sale items include furniture, clothing, books, glassware, household items, tools, and more. Lunch offered Saturday; breakfast offered 8 till noon on Sunday.

MARCH 3

'Watershed Wide Event' for Johnson Creek. For the ninth year in a row, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and their partners will be taking a Watershed-Wide perspective on invasive plant removal, native planting, creek clean up, mulching and more. Today, March 3rd, from 9 am to noon, the Watershed Wide Event will bring together hundreds of volunteers from throughout the area to 11 sites in the Johnson Creek watershed for a variety of activities. Volunteers of all ages and abilities will help enhance the creek by removing invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs, and mulching new plants. Following the event, participants will be invited to a celebratory lunch party! Visit the Internet website: www.jcwc.org/wwe.htm to register and learn about the specific sites for this year's event. For more information, call 503/652-7477 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'Brooklyn Bay Theater' for families presents 'The Drum'. A story from India, 'The Drum', will be onstage at the Brooklyn Bay Theater for kids and families today at 10 am, as well as on the 10th and 17th at 10 am, and on Sunday, March 18th at 3 pm. Doors open a half hour before the show. Admission $6 per person, or $20 per family; for reservations, information, or directions (you may need them!) call 503/772-4005, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the Internet website: www.brooklynbay.org. The address is 1825 S.E. Franklin, Bay K (accessible from Powell Boulevard).

'Misty Mamas' in free concert this afternoon. The Ledding Library at the north end of the City of Milwaukie presents a free concert featuring the eclectic music of Portland's 'Misty Mamas' - powerful harmonies and tasteful instrumentals combining the American genres of bluegrass, gospel, folk, and country music. It's at 2 pm this afternoon at the Ledding Library, 10660 S.E. 21st Avenue in Milwaukie. For information call 503/786-7580.

Today and each Saturday this month - free Tax Help in Woodstock. Trained tax preparers volunteer their time and expertise 12-5 pm every Saturday afternoon this month at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard, to help you with your tax forms. Bring last year's return and this year's paperwork. This program is sponsored by AARP. Sign-up for same-day appointments starts at 10 am each Saturday at the Woodstock Library.

Cleveland High Auction tonight at Oaks Park. The Oaks Amusement Park Pavilion is the locale, and the doors open 5:30 pm tonight for the annual Cleveland High School Auction. Dinner is included; and the oral auction will begin at 8 pm. This annual fundraiser to help maintain the school's 'vigorous, comprehensive curriculum' is themed this year: '007 License to Spend'. For information, call the school at 503/916-5120.

MARCH 4

New Sellwood church tackles big questions. 'Why does a good God allow suffering?' or, 'Do all religions lead to one God?' Beginning today, March 4th, Pastor Ken Shonk of the new River Oaks Foursquare Church, 7805 S.E. 17th, at Lambert, in Sellwood, will begin a special series called the 'The God Questions,' providing a 'carefully researched exploration of tough spiritual questions that many people ask'. In addition to the Sunday services, there are optional less-formal open discussions times each week starting at 12:45 on Sunday afternoons during the month of March.

MARCH 6

OMSI to host free ticketed dinosaur talk tonight. In 2000, paleontologist Nate Murphy and his team excavated the find of a lifetime, a mummified Brachylophosaurus known as Leonardo. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Leonardo as the world's best-preserved dinosaur. Over 80 percent of Leonardo's body is covered with rarely fossilized soft tissue and skin. Murphy's presentation, 'Dinosaur Resurrection', will include x-rays and other images and discuss the implications of Leonardo to dinosaur science. It will be held in OMSI's auditorium tonight, March 6th, at 7 pm. This is a ticketed free event and is open to the public. Free tickets (required) are available only at OMSI's front desk in the main lobby. OMSI is located a short distance north of the Ross Island Bridge, at the edge of the Willamette River, at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue. Seating is limited.

MARCH 7

'Pied Piper' onstage with Ladybug Theater. Famous nonprofit Ladybug Theater for children presents 'The Pied Piper' with Baby Bear, this morning at 10:30 am, and at the same time tomorrow and on the 14th and 15th, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The 40-minute show is appropriate for those age 2-1/2 and up, and their parents. Admission: $3.50 per person. Call for reservations, 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door as you arrive.

'Cyber Seniors Computer Classes' at Woodstock Library. This series of 10-noon Wednesday morning classes 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, then one hour of practice. You must register and attend all three sessions-today, on the 14th, and on the 21st; register by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is located at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

MARCH 8

Eastmoreland 'Remodeling Faire'. The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association presents its first 'Remodeling Faire', giving those interested in upgrading or enhancing their homes the opportunity to evaluate a dozen or more general contractors, and get ideas for what they may do to their home to improve it. The event is free, this afternoon from 4:30 till 8:30 pm, at the Duniway School cafeteria on Reed College Place. Coffee, soft drinks, ice cream, and cookies will be available for sale. For more details, visit the ENA Internet website: www.eastmoreland.org.

MARCH 10

For kids and families - puppets at Sellwood Library. Make your own 'Puppet Creations' this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street, 1-3 pm! Bring Avon the Snail and Edward the Ant to life as shadow puppets or create your own moveable puppet with artist Kathy Karbo. Free workshop is recommended for children 5 years and older.

Sellwood guitarist in concert tonight downtown. Sellwood classical guitarist Alfredo Muro, who has played at concerts around the world for over 30 years, will present a solo concert this evening, March 10th, at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Avenue. The Peruvian-born musician turned professional after he won a national guitar competition at the age of 13. He specializes in Baroque, Brazilian Classical, and Latin Jazz styles, and has 5 CDs available. The performance begins at 7:30 pm. General seating tickets are $20; call 503/888-6145.

MARCH 15

Public welcome tonight at rhododendron meeting. The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society announces that Larry Borlin, Garden Planner and Landscape Architect with Drake's Seven Dees Garden Center and Landscaping, will speak tonight about the use of companion plants with rhododendrons to achieve the best effect in our gardens. The public is invited to attend, tonight at 7:30 pm. Refreshments served starting at 7 pm. The meeting will be at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For more information, visit the Internet website: www.rhodies.org, or call the chapter at 503/771-8386.

MARCH 17

All-You-Can-East Pancake Breakfast -- benefiting Kiwanis. The 'Ross Island Earlyriser's Kiwanis Club' is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, with sausages and scrambled eggs, juice, and coffee, this morning from 8:30 am till 1:30 pm at the Calvery Lutheran Church, S.E. 80th and Woodstock Boulevard. Just $5 for everyone age 13 and up, and $3 for age 12 and under. The event is not only tasty and nutritious, but is also a benefit for the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Children and Adults with Disabilities.

Camp Fire's free anniversary party at noon. Camp Fire USA's Portland Metro Council celebrates its 97th birthday with a free community party from noon till 2 pm today at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard. It's open to the public, all ages welcome!

"WildCat Haven' 3rd Annual Fundraiser in Southeast. WildCat Haven invites: 'Celebrate 'Saint Catrick's Day' with live Irish music and a 'Pot o' Gold' raffle!' It's tonight, 6-9 pm, at The Melody Ballroom, 615 SE. Alder Street. Cost: $40 per ticket purchased in advance, or $50 at the door. Drew Carney of KGW-TV is emcee; live auction with Steve Talbot, plus a silent auction with unique and one-of-a-kind items, including original art of the wildcats. The evening includes a buffet, complete with desserts and a no-host bar. Tickets Available on-line at: www.wildcathaven.org, or to order by phone call 503/678-1409.

MARCH 21

Ladybug Theater presents 'Silly Goats Gruff' play for kids.Famous nonprofit Ladybug Theater for children presents 'The Silly Goats Gruff' with a special appearance by Baby Bear, this morning at 10:30 am, and at the same time tomorrow and on the 28th and 29th, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The 40-minute show is appropriate for those age 2-1/2 and up, and their parents. Admission: $3.50 per person. Call for reservations, 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door as you arrive.

MARCH 30

It's magic - at the Sellwood Branch Library. Twice this afternoon, the Sellwood branch of the County Library, at S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, presents the 'Parlor of Wonders Magic Show' - a strikingly visual magic show, presented in a Victorian science fiction motif. Tim Alexander performs classic magic and original tricks with balls, handkerchiefs, coins, cards, rings, rope and more, including a live bunny! Space at this program is limited. Free tickets for seating will be available at the Sellwood Library 30 minutes prior to the first program, at 1:30 pm. The two shows are from 2-2:45 pm. and 3:15-4 pm.

MARCH 31

Chamber Music Northwest concert tonight at Reed College. Chamber Music Northwest presents Wu Man, Pip, and the Daedalus String Quartet, in a wide-ranging concert tonight including music by Stravinsky, Bartok, and Debussy. Concert time is 8 pm, at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Tickets are $40, $28, $20, and $10 for students, and may be purchased by phone at 503/294-6400. For more information, visit: www.cmnw.org, or call 503/223-3202.