APRIL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Calendar for the month of April
Palm Sunday 'Living Last Supper' presentation. Centuries ago, Leonardo Da Vinci portrayed one of Christianity's most significant events in his Renaissance masterpiece "The Last Supper." Modern composer Ruth Elaine Schram has brought this famous painting to life in a new 35-minute choral and dramatic work 'The Living Last Supper'. The work will be presented this morning at 10:30 am by the choir and others from Immanuel Lutheran Church. Immanuel is located on the corner of S.E. 15th and Lambert Streets in Sellwood, at 7810 SE 15th. For more information, call 503/236-7823.
'Loose Mother Goose' at Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for children presents on stage 'Getting Loose With Mother Goose', today and tomorrow, and also April 11-12, at 10:30 am each day at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. Fine for kids 2-1/2 and older. $3.50 admission for all; call in your reservation, then pay at the door: 503/232-2346. Doors open at 10:15 am, and the fun, audience-participation shows last for about 40 minutes.
Deadline for applications for Student Apprenticeships. Oregon Chamber Players offers a limited number of high school or college chamber music or orchestral musicians entrance to its Student Apprenticeship Program, but today is the deadline for this year. Those accepted perform a 'mock audition', receive private coaching in the music of OCP's May 5th concert, and play in rehearsal with professionals. The program is free, but a $50 refundable deposit is required with applications. Call OCP toll-free at 1-888/627-8788, extension 2.
'Maundy Thursday' service in Woodstock. 'Holy Week' observances begin at All Saints' Episcopal Church this evening, April 5th, at 7:30 pm, with Maundy Thursday service, open to all. All Saints' Church is at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For information call 503/777-3829, or visit: www.allsaintspdx.com.
Easter devotional this noon. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7220 S.E. 39th Avenue, announces that it will observe Good Friday, today, with a noontime service of meditation and prayer, from noon until 1 pm. The public is invited to this service, focusing on the last moments of Jesus' life. For more information, contact the church office at 503/774-6781.
Good Friday in Woodstock. 'Good Friday' services will be held at All Saints' Episcopal Church at noon and 7:30 pm today. Both are solemn services of prayer and music in remembrance of the crucifixion of Christ. All Saints' Church is at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For information call 503/777-3829, or visit: www.allsaintspdx.com.
Westmoreland Easter Egg Hunt at 10 am. This annual children's event, at the south end of Westmoreland Park opposite the parking lot area, starts promptly at 10 am, and parents are advised to be a little early, since the entire hunt usually lasts only a few minutes! Sponsored by SMILE, the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood association, and presented by the Oaks Bottom Lions Club. For information, call SMILE at 503/234-3570, and leave your name and number at the tone. Lori Fyre will return your call.
Woodstock Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 pm. This annual children's event, now in its 9th year, is on the north side of Woodstock Park, on S.E. Steele Street. It starts promptly at 10:30 am, and parents are advised to be a little early, since the entire hunt usually lasts only a few minutes! Sponsored since its inception by Woodstock Realtor Janis Wigg, and this year co-sponsored by THE BEE.
Cartooning workshop this afternoon at Sellwood Library. Want to learn how to draw a cartoon? Cartoonist Steve Lieber, who has done projects with Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Oni Press, will teach techniques for drawing comics, in this free class, 1-2 pm today, for teens in grades 6-12. Made possible through the generous support of The Library Foundation. At the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street in Sellwood.
Annual Bird Fest repeats in S.E. Portland. The regional Spring Bird Festival will be open to the public, free, 10 am-4 pm today at the building of Quality Cage Co., 5942 S.E. 111th Avenue, a long block north of Foster Road, in Portland. 25 breeders displaying. For Information, call 503/762-2607, or visit the Internet website: www.birdfest.net.
Clarinet concert at Ledding Library. The Millennium Clarinets, a quartet from Lake Oswego, performs in a free concert at 2 pm this afternoon, Saturday, April 7th, at the Ledding Library, at the north end of the City of Milwaukie at 10660 S.E. 21st Avenue. The music performed includes jazz, classical, and popular standards. For information, call the library at 503/786-7580.
Rhododendrom Show and Plant Sale. Today, at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th Street, one block north of Woodstock Boulevard, near the Eastmoreland Golf Course and west of Reed College, the Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents The Early Bloomers Show and Plant Sale. Show entries are accepted from 7:30 am until 9:45 am at the cool house, which is by the meadow. Judging of the entries takes place from 10:00 am until noon. After the judging is completed, the show is open to the public from noon until 5:00 pm. The plant sale runs from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, and is located just beyond the cool house in the service area. There will be an outstanding collection of unusual and hard-to-find rhododendrons for sale and the proceeds directly benefit Crystal Springs Garden. Admission to the Garden is $3, and entry to the flower show is free. For more information about this special event, visit: www.rhodies.org, or call 503/771-8386.
Easter Vigil service in Woodstock. An Easter Vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm this evening at All Saints' Episcopal Church. This worship service begins in darkness, but ends as the first celebration of Easter, with light and rejoicing. All Saints' Church is at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For information call 503/777-3829, or visit: www.allsaintspdx.com.
Easter Sunday celebrated at all local Christian Churches. One local church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, at 7220 S.E. 39th Avenue, will not only be celebrating Easter with a worship service at 9:30 am, and an 'open-to-the-public' buffet breakfast, from 8:30 - 9:15 am, but also will present all visitors with a plant, as a gift from the congregation. Meanwhile, on Woodstock Boulevard, you can celebrate Easter at 8:00 am and 10:30 at All Saints' Episcopal Church: The joyous feast of Christ's resurrection will be celebrated with song and festival brass; children's egg hunt to follow. Nursery care available. 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.
'Anxiety, Depression and Panic: Calming the Emotional Roller Coaster'. That's the title of a free women's forum presented at Providence Milwaukie Hospital tonight, 7-8:30 pm in the Mother Gamelin Room. Women experience depression, anxiety and panic significantly more often than men. Sandra Taylor, MSW, LCSW, presents ways to cope if you or a loved one suffers from anxiety, depression or panic attacks. Discover red flags for when to get help. Plenty of free parking at the hospital, at 10150 S.E 32nd Avenue in the Ardenwald neighborhood.
'Under the Sea' art class at Sellwood Library. Using salt and watercolor, artist Dyann Alkire creates a wet-on-wet technique: Learn how to create a dreamy, watery painting of underwater creatures, seaweed and coral, during a two-hour free class this afternoon, 2-4 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street in Sellwood.
Reed College presents concerts. Reed College Music Department presents a pair of concerts of music from the Romantic period; the first, tonight at 7:30, at Kaul Auditorium, is performed by the Reed Chamber Orchestra, and will include Richard Wagner's 'Siegfried Idyll', and movements from the Second Serenade of Johannes Brahms and the String Serenade by Antonín Dvorák. The second concert, same time and place NEXT Sunday, will include Brahms' Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs), Op. 103, performed by the Reed Chorus, with pianist Dewey Kim. Both concerts are free, and open to the public. For more information, visit Reed's public events website, http://events.reed.edu, or call the events line, 503/777-7755.
Greenthumb Plant Sale runs today through 27th. Portland Public Schools Greenthumb Community Transition Program is hosting a plant sale starting today through the 27th at 6801 S.E. 60th, between Duke and Flavel. The greenhouse will be open between the hours of 8:30 am-3:15 pm Monday-Friday. Greenthumb is a transition program for young adults that emphasizes vocational experience and life skills. Students in the program are responsible for starting, caring for, and maintaining the plant stock in the greenhouse. Purchases return to the greenhouse program, to support student learning. For more information, call 503/916-5817, ext. 1131.
Ladybug Theater presents 'Baby Bear's Garden'. Portland's famous live theater with shows for young children, Ladybug Theater, presents today and tomorrow, and also April 25-26, 'Baby Bear's Garden' at 10:30 am each day at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. Fine for kids 2-1/2 and older. $3.50 admission for all; call in your reservation, then pay at the door: 503/232-2346. Doors open at 10:15 am, and the fun, audience-participation shows last for about 40 minutes.
Open house at Milwaukie Co-op Preschool. Today's open house at the nonprofit preschool offers a chance, from 5 till 8 pm, to bring your child and visit classrooms, meet parents and teacher, and enjoy refreshments. It's in the lower level of Milwaukie Presbytarian Church, 2416 S.E. Lake Road, Milwaukie. Call 503/653-1408 for more information.
Chamber Music NW concert tonight at Reed. Chamber Music Northwest presents its 5th program of the season tonight, featuring Wm Man, pipa, and the Daedalus String Quartet, at 8 pm tonight at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium, S.E. 28th and Woodstock Boulevard. These world-class artists will perform a repertoire which includes Stravinsky's 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' and Dubussy's String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 10. Tickets are $40, $28, $21, and $10 for students, and can be purchased in advance by calling 503/294-6400.
American Rhododendron Society meeting. The Portland chapter of the ARS meets at 7 pm tonight; after social time, meeting and program starts at 7:30. The public is welcome at no charge, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. The speaker is Ron Spendal, Master Gardener and a designated specialist in composting. Refreshments are served. There will be a hybrid rhododendron auction immediately following the program.
Portland Buddhist Monks in Alms Rounds again today. The Portland Buddhist Monks will emerge from their Brooklyn temple and monastery 11 am-1 pm. The Monks leave their temple and monastery and quietly go into the community with their alms bowls accepting food offerings so that they may eat. Having taken a vow of poverty, monks depend on the generosity of others and in return dedicate the merits of their religious training for the benefit of all living things. In response to offerings, the monks offer a blessing to the giver but are otherwise silent. So now you know what to do if you see them.
'Bedtime for Frances' play offered at Woodstock Library. It's time for Frances to go to bed, but first she needs a glass of milk, then a kiss from her father, then her teddy bear, then ... Will Frances ever go to sleep? Emily Alexander's newest play brings this classic story to life with a delightful family of badger puppets. Based on the book by Russell Hoban. Space at this program is limited; free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the first program, at 1:30 pm this afternoon, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 60th at Woodstock Boulevard. The play is presented twice: 2-2:45 pm, and 3-3:45 pm.
'Childswork' fund-raiser today. Friends, families and alumni of Childswork Learning Center are invited to a 'barnyard jamboree' and auction this afternoon, Saturday, April 21, to support the popular early childhood education program based in Inner Southeast Portland. The family-friendly fundraiser will be held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Southwest Portland from 3 to 6 pm. Proceeds will benefit Childswork¹s general and scholarship funds. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind student creations, as well as donated goods and services. Suggested admission is $40 per family ($10 per individual) in advance, $50 per family ($15 per individual) at the door. To make reservations or a tax-deductible donation, call 503/234-3611.
Fourth Annual Shu Ren Gala. Starting at 5:30 this evening, it's an evening for adults who support the PPS Mandarin Language Immersion at Woodstock Elementary and Hosford Middle School. Enjoy a multi-course Chinese dinner, no-host bar, a Wall of Wine, multi-media show, socializing, and lots of fun. The Gala includes a live auction, a silent auction, and the popular 'dessert auction'. $30 individual; $300 for a table for 10. It's at the Legin Restaurant Banquet Room, S.E. 82nd and Division; event parking is free. Advance tickets have been available at Woodstock Elementary School at 8:15 am and 2:30 pm Monday and Friday, or online. Program information, tickets, and donations at www.shurenofportland.org, or contact Betty Brickson at 503/231-5038.
Fundraising dinner tonight to benefit 'Our House'. Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 S.E. Stark Street, will host a community dinner at 6 pm tonight. The gourmet five-course dinner, featuring a choice of entrées, will feature fresh Northwest fare, lovingly prepared by volunteer food-service professionals. Tickets are $15 and a limited number are available for the single-seating dinner. Please call the church at 503/232-8500 to request your ticket(s).
'Autism Walk-A-Thon' today at Oaks Park. The fifth annual fund-raising, awareness-building Walk-A-Thon for the Autism Society of Oregon starts this morning with the opening of the registration desk for the walk at 9 am at Oaks Amusement Park. The walk starts at 10 am. Families may choose to stay after the walk and enjoy the fun rides at Oaks Park. You can buy a discounted ride bracelet at the walk on the day of the event. For more information or to register online, visit the Internet website: www.autismwalkathon.com.
A course introducing Buddhist meditation. Starting tonight, and running on Monday evenings through May 28th at 1422 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood, The 'Portland Friends of the Dhamma' presents a weekly class that include methods of posture, breath and observation. The class includes guided meditations, and lots of time to discuss questions, concerns and developing skill. Support materials provided. Donations purely voluntary. For more information, visit the Interent website: www.pdxdhamma.org.
John McCutcheon in concert, for the schools. Grammy-nominated musician John McCutcheon performs tonight, Sunday, April 22, at 7 pm, at the Aladdin Theater, SE Milwaukie Avenue at Powell Boulevard, in a benefit for First Octave, a fund of Portland Schools Foundation. Tickets are $15 each, and are available at the Aladdin Theater box office.
'Farce, Follies and Fun' concert by Oregon Chamber Players. A light concert in the mood of 'April Fools' is presented today, Friday, April 27th, 7:30 pm, at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 54th and S.E. Belmont. Featuring the Con Grazia Wind Quintet of the Oregon Chamber Players. Tickets $10 general, $5 students and seniors. For more information, call toll-free: 1-888/627-8788, extension 2; or visit the Internet website: www.oregonchamberplayers.org.
Church leads hike of Springwater Corridor trail. 'Exploring the Springwater Corridor' is a new monthly activity of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7220 S.E. 39th Avenue. This activity began on Saturday, March 24th, and continues on the 4th Saturday of April, rain or shine. Those who wish to participate should meet at 9 am at the beginning of a selected stretch of the corridor, approximately two miles in length. The hike today, April 28th, will begin at Johnson Creek Boulevard, and will go to SE 82nd Avenue. After arriving at the end of that section of the trail, those who wish a longer hike are welcome to walk back the roughly two miles to their vehicles, and those who are done will be given a ride back to their vehicle and/or the church parking lot, in a van(s) parked at 82nd. Please RSVP (for van space) for this fun, free, family event. Call the church office at 503/774-6781.
'Sean's Run FROM Autism' is today at Oaks Park. 5 K and 10 K runs. A fundraiser - motivated by Sean Henley: A young adult with 'classic autism' who ran his way through Grant High School as a cross-country runner! Funds raised will help build an Autism Center in Portland. For information, or to register online, visit the Internet website: www.seansrun.org.
Deadline today to register 69th annual 3-high-school reunion. The 69th annual reunion for all students of Girls Polytechnic, James Monroe, and Washington Monroe High School will be held on Saturday, May 5th, at Our Lady of Sorrows School, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard, starting at 10:30 am this morning with social time; lunch is at 12:30 pm. Paid ($18 per person) advance reservations must be received by today; no tickets will be sold at the door due to limited seating. If you haven't bought your ticket by today, call Barbara at 503/246-4293, or Norma at 503/774-9951.