Events calendar for July 20
THURSDAY, JULY 21
Third Thursdays in Historic Downtown Gresham - 5:30 to 8 p.m. along Main Avenue. Extended business hours, live music, wine and beer tasting, artisan booths and special promotions are a few of the highlights of this free community event. Visit exploregresham.com or call 503-665-5990.
Elks Bingo - 6:30 p.m., Gresham Elks Lodge, 3330 N.E. Division St. Members and guests welcome. For more information, call 503-666-1805.
FRIDAY, JULY 22
The Village Benefit Rummage and Bake Sale - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Village Retirement Center, 4501 W. Powell Blvd. Come by and browse the bargains; all purchases will benefit the Village Foundation, which provides financial assistance to residents. Call 503-665-3137.
Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake - 1 to 5 p.m., Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview. (Repeats on Saturday, July 22.) Discover how worms help plants, beetles beat bad bugs, fungi fertilize soil and how other wild creatures can help your garden grow. For ages 3 and up; adult supervision is required. Parking $5 for cars, $7 for buses and free for bicycles and pedestrians. No registration is necessary. Hosted by Metro.
Hollybrook Park Summer Festival - 4 to 8 p.m., Hollydale Elementary School, 505 S.W. Birdsdale Ave. This community festival features live music, food, the Mudeye Puppet Company, macroinvertebrate petting zoo, book exchange, cookie exchange, the Gresham Fire Department, a raffle and more. Learn about free city programs, tour local gardens and try the scavenger hunt. Call Jamie Stamberger at 503-618-2793 for more information.
Friday Night Magic - 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday, 4th Street Brewing Co., 77 N.E. Fourth St. Local magician Brian Proctor performs every Friday night at 4th Street Brewing. Visit BrianProctorMagic.com or 4thStreetBrewing.com for information.
Around the Campfire at Oxbow: Old-Time Music with Dave and Will Elliott - 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 S.E. Oxbow Parkway. This local father and son duo from just up the hill returns to Oxbow with great bluegrass tunes. Campfire shows are open only to overnight campers. For more information, call 503-797-1650, option 2.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
Foraging Class - 9 a.m., 17469 S.E. Main St. Earl Switzer will show attendees how to forage for wild edible plants that are loaded with more minerals and vitamins than garden vegetables. The cost is $15 for a nutritious smoothie, a 14-page booklet and three hours of instruction. Call 503-206-7332 for information.
Family Bike Ride - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main City Park, 219 S. Main Ave. This slower-paced bicycle ride is around 8 to 10 miles around Gresham. Riders are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early; the group leaves at 10 a.m. from Gresham's Main City Park. Call Bud Rice at 503-667-0683.
East Portland Exposition (EPO XPO) - 11 a.m., Ed Benedict Community Park, Southeast Powell Boulevard and 102nd Avenue, Portland. EPO XPO, co-sponsored by all 13 East Portland neighborhoods, is a multicultural event and features both traditional and contemporary performances as well as numerous exhibitors, food and free activities for children and families. It continues on Sunday. Visit epoexpo.org or call 503-761-0222.
'Beyond the Sea' USS Ranger Fundraiser - 6 to 9 p.m., Summerplace Assisted Living, 15727 N.E. Russell St., Portland. This casino night will raise funds to bring the USS Ranger to Chinook Landing in Fairview. Tickets are $25 per person. Visit ussranger.org or call 503-558-8519.
Around the Campfire at Oxbow: Jack Tales - 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 S.E. Oxbow Parkway. Join storyteller Ned Leager for traditional tales of Jack, the boy hero who never looked like he'd amount to much of anything and every time he proved them wrong - except when he didn't. Campfire shows are open only to overnight campers. For more information, call 503-797-1650, option 2.