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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN JULY

JULY 2

'Game On' at OMSI. The new featured exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) begins today - 'Game On 2.0'. Play your way through the past, present, and future of global gaming. Game On 2.0 offers a hands-on experience of video game history and culture - over 40 years of gaming entertainment. On display through September 18th. OMSI is located on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge on the east bank of the Willamette River. Look for the big red tower and the OmniMax dome. For details, go online to: www.omsi.edu .

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 .

JULY 4

Oaks Amusement Park celebrates Independence Day. All day today, the nonprofit, historic amusement park just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge - access off the foot of Spokane Street - celebrates the Fourth of July. Gates open at 10 am; rides start at noon. All picnic spaces are first come first serve. Gate fees are $5 for 16 and over, $2 for 15 and younger, and $3 for seniors age 62 and up. All personal fireworks and alcohol are prohibited (bags and coolers will be checked). Ride bracelets valid until midnight. Live entertainment on the Comcast Stage throughout the day. Fireworks sponsored by Pepsi begin at dusk. Details online at: www.oakspark.com .

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 'Andre Watts and Friends', featuring works by Beethoven and Shubert. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 5

Free concert in Mt. Tabor Park tonight. The Portland Parks Bureau presents a free concert starting at 6:30 pm this evening featuring 'The Twangshifters' ('smoky rockabilly'). Mt. Tabor Park is at S.E. 69th and Taylor.

JULY 6

'Mr. Lizard's Mobile Zoo' at Woodstock Library. Entertaining children and adults alike with his mobile reptile zoo, Mr. Lizard provides an interactive, hands-on experience like no other. He shares fun, fascinating information on these amazing, though often misunderstood, animals. Mr. Lizard and his animals have appeared in various TV shows, movies and in print. Two sessions this afternoon - 1:30-2:30 pm, and again 3-4 pm. Free tickets for seating will be available in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard, 30 minutes prior to the FIRST of the two programs.

Taiko Drumming Workshop for Teens. The Sellwood Branch Library presents a free workshop on Taiko this evening at 6:30 pm - an art and form of drumming that has its roots in ancient Japanese culture. Kazuyo Ito presents an introduction to this traditional form of music and movement. The library is located at S.E. 13th and Bidwell in Sellwood.

Free concert in Willamette Park tonight. The Portland Parks Bureau presents a free concert starting at 6:30 pm this evening in Willamette Park, on the west side of the river opposite Oaks Park, at S.W. Macadam at Nebraska Street. The featured artist tonight is Tony Furtado ('contemporary Americana').

Movie planning in Woodstock. Tonight at the Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting there will be a discussion of organizing for Movies in the Park ('Toy Story 3' on August 18th at Woodstock Park), and National Night Out activities on Aug. 2nd. Everyone is welcome to attend, 7-8:30pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd, just west of BiMart.

JULY 7

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 'Viola, Viola!', featuring works by George Benjamin, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 9

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 'Fragments: Connecting Past and Present', featuring works by Schubert, Mozart, Dufay, Bach, Haydn, and Shostakovich. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 11

'Aging In Place' subject of public talk. Danielle Colonna will speak on this subject at the noon meeting of Southeast Portland Rotary today, at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. Guests welcome to any meeting. If you would like to be guest for lunch as well, please RSVP to Eric at 503/232-2326.

Sellwood Riverfront Park hosts free concert. Portland Parks and SMILE present 'TooLoose' Cajun/Zydeco Band, with Louisiana dance tunes. Starts at 6:30 pm. Bring the family. The park is at the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood, on the Willamette River.

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 'The complete Brahms Piano Trios'. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 12

Free concert in Mt. Tabor Park tonight. The Portland Parks Bureau and Warner Pacific College present a free concert starting at 6:30 pm this evening featuring 'Three Leg Torso' ('innovative chamber pop'). Mt. Tabor Park is at S.E. 69th and Taylor.

JULY 13

Baby Bear in Ladybug Theater play in Sellwood. The famous children's troupe, 'Ladybug Theater', presents this morning, and the next two Wednesdays (10th and 17th) 'Baby Bear Can't Stop Talkin' - Please Help'. This puppet show is about 45 minutes long and is appropriate for anyone old enough to be part of an audience. The show starts at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. Tenino and 13th, a block south of Tacoma Street. $3.50 admission, except babes in arms. Make your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door with cash or check. Doors open at 10:15 am.

Free concert in Willamette Park tonight. The Portland Parks Bureau and the National College of Natural Medicine presents a free concert starting at 6:30 pm this evening in Willamette Park, on the west side of the river opposite Oaks Park, at S.W. Macadam at Nebraska Street. The featured artist tonight is the Linda Hornbuckle Band ('legendary soul / R and B').

JULY 14

Ladybug Theater stages 'Snow White'. Famous Ladybug Theater for children and families presents 'Snow White', a 45-minute play with actors, puppets, and with audience help, this morning and the next FIVE Thursday mornings at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. $3.50 admission, except for babes in arms. Make your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay at the door with cash or check. Doors open at 10:15 am each Thursday through August 18th.

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 'Innovators - Bach to Babbitt', featuring works by Bach, Milton Babbitt, Stravinsky, Gaspar Cassado, and Pavel Haas. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 16

Tree inventory: Eastmoreland, Sellwood, Westmoreland. Volunteers urged to appear at these events, 8 am till noon. No prior training necessary. In Eastmoreland, meet at 8 am at Prexy (Music Building) on the main Reed College Campus to register for a Street Tree Inventory project in the Eastmoreland Neighborhood. For Sellwood and Westmoreland, Meet at 8am at 'Trackers NW', 5040 S.E. Milwaukie Ave (long red building on east side of the street, just south of the McLoughlin overpass). After coffee, juice, pastries, and a project orientation at both locations, volunteers will break into 2-person groups to inventory street trees on our assigned blocks. At least one person on each team will be trained to identify tree species, with certified arborists on hand to help us out if we have problems. Volunteers will return to their original meeting places at noon. For more information, call Elspeth Tanguay-Koo at 503/803-4135 (Eastmoreland), or Anna Stulz at 503/764-9686, and Tina Osterink at 503/740-7285 (Sellwood and Westmoreland).

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 'Ultimate Quartets', featuring works by Mendelssohn, Bartok, and Schubert. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 18

A look at United Cerebral Palsy in public talk. Bud Thoune will speak and answer questions about his organization at today's noon meeting of Southeast Portland Rotary today, at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. Guests welcome to any meeting. If you would like to be guest for lunch as well, please RSVP to Eric at 503/232-2326.

Sellwood Riverfront Park hosts free concert. Portland Parks, the Windermere CCRG Westmoreland office, and SMILE present 'La Descarga Cubana' ('incendiary Havana salsa') in a free outdoor concert. Starts at 6:30 pm. Bring the family. The park is at the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood, on the Willamette River.

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 'Romantic Odyssey', featuring works by Mahler, Gunther Schuller, and Liszt. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 19

Free concert in Mt. Tabor Park tonight. The Portland Parks Bureau presents a free concert starting at 6:30 pm this evening featuring 'Jujuba' ('Afro beat and juju'). Mt. Tabor Park is at S.E. 69th and Taylor.

JULY 20

'Sketchbook Extravaganza' for kids and teens in Woodstock. Unfinished sketchbooks and journals start out as great ideas that end up gathering dust. Take a moment, and learn how to make the mundane into the extraordinary - with professional artist Joanne Kollman. Your sketchbook can contain collage, read like a graphic novel, or become a simple line-drawing journal. Each participant in this free clinic, 2-4 pm this afternoon, will receive a sketchbook and pen to take home to begin journaling the adventures of their lives. For teens in grades 6-12. It's free, but preregistration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

'A Rhythmic Road Trip Around Brazil' for families. The Sellwood Branch Library urges families to stop in on Wednesday afternoon, July 20, at 3:30 pm, for a free 45-minute 'trip' up the east coast of Brazil, defining each region of the country by its music, rhythms, instruments, and culture. Children will have a chance to play percussion instruments and clap along, while Ronnie Robins takes them on a musical journey with his voice and his guitar. Sounds and rhythms will be woven into a short, cultural and entertaining tale. The Sellwood Library is situated at S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Free concert in Willamette Park tonight. The Portland Parks Bureau and the Portland Water Bureau present a free concert starting at 6:30 pm this evening in Willamette Park, on the west side of the river opposite Oaks Park, at S.W. Macadam at Nebraska Street. The featured artist tonight is 'Vagabond Opera' ('neo-Bohemian cabaret').

JULY 21

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 'Songs and Sonatas', featuring works by Chausson, Dvorak, Brahms, and Bartok. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 23

Lego display at Clinton-Division Street Fair. The Lego Physics students at Oregon Episcopal School, directed by Westmoreland science teacher Jane Kenney-Norberg, will display this year's motorized, computerized Lego Logo Board, from their May show at the Oregon Zoo - with the theme 'Pete and Packy Travel Through Time' - plus some other constructions from their Zoo show, on display all day after the parade, in the lobby of the OHSU Clinic, S.E. Division at S.E. 39th (Chavez). No charge.

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 'An Evening with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile'. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 24

Chamber Music Northwest 41st Summer Festival. The summer festival concludes at 8 tonight at Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, with a program entitled 'To the Spirit of Sergiu Luca [1943-2010]', featuring works by Ravel, Shostakovich, and Mahler. Details online at: www.cmnw.org .

JULY 25

NFIB talk at noon today. Jan Meekoms of the National Federation of Independent Businesses is the speaker today at the noon meeting of Southeast Portland Rotary, at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. Guests welcome to any meeting. If you would like to be guest for lunch as well, please RSVP to Eric at 503/232-2326.

Sellwood Riverfront Park hosts free concert. Portland Parks and SMILE present 'Soul Vaccination' ('hot soul and funk') in a free concert starting at 6:30 pm. Bring the family. The park is at the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood, on the Willamette River.

JULY 26

Free concert in Mt. Tabor Park tonight. The Portland Parks Bureau presents a free concert starting at 6:30 pm this evening featuring 'Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes' (contemporary blues). Mt. Tabor Park is at S.E. 69th and Taylor.

JULY 27

Free concert in Willamette Park tonight. The Portland Parks Bureau presents a free concert starting at 6:30 pm this evening in Willamette Park, on the west side of the river opposite Oaks Park, at S.W. Macadam at Nebraska Street. The featured artist tonight is 'Malea and the Tourists' ('swingin' jazz standards').

AUGUST 1

Sellwood Riverfront Park hosts free concert. Portland Parks and SMILE present the fourth and last of this year's July Monday evening concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park - presenting tonight 'The Strange Tones' ('sonic blues'). Starts at 6:30 pm. Bring the family. The park is at the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood, on the Willamette River.