Oaks Amusement Park has a Latin flair today. La Pantera and El Latino Day Hoy 'Fiesta Fun', noon till 7. 2 to 4 pm, exciting "musicia" floods the midway with a Latino Beat, plus a swirl of color with Ballet Folkloria! Oaks Amusement Park is just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge.


Two-hour live concert at Oaks Park this afternoon. 'The Cock A-Doodle-Doozie' 2 till 4 pm this afternoon is a two hour live Radio Disney concert starring RD Frequency with "Best Peep, Crow and Cock-A Doodle Doo'! Chicken Dance contest, Chicken Little trivia contest, and Chicken Little color and craft table....Prizes donated by the Oregon Fryer Commission, all at nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge.


Fireworks tonight at Oaks Amusement Park! As always, the largest fireworks display in Inner Southeast Portland on the Fourth of July is at Oaks Amusement Park, at dusk! For the Pepsi Alcohol-free Fireworks Spectacular, Gate fee for adults (16+) is $3, and for kids, $2. New this year! Ride bracelets good ALL DAY, noon until midnight! By the way, today and tomorrow, and every Tuesday and Wednesday through September 27th, 'Chipper's Preschool Morning Rides' are offered for kids 6 and under, at Oaks Amusement Park, lets kids enjoy The Oaks at their own pace, 9:30-11:30 am! $5.25 per child covers the morning, and adults are free with child's admission. Includes cookies and milk, and a story by an Oregon Dairy Princess! For details, call nonprofit Oaks Park at 503/233-5777.


Magnetic family activity this afternoon in Sellwood. The Sellwood branch of the Multnomah County Library, on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, offers a free family activity this afternoon 2-4 pm: Making 'animal magnets'. Create magnets in the shapes of cats, dogs or even snakes! Artist Kathy Karbo will show you how, using metal, foam, beads and other materials.

Informal deadline today for 'farming in the city' camps for kids. Today, July 5th, is the recommended deadline for registration for two popular summer camps for kids by nonprofit Zenger Farm--a real working farm in the Lents neighborhood of Portland. The camp is great for kids ages 6 - 12 looking to experience a working farm and spend their summer outdoors. Zenger Farm welcomes up to 15 students from greater Portland area to make up each weekly session. The week-long day camps run from 9 am till 2 pm, Monday through Friday, starting July 17 (ages 6-8, co-ed), and Monday through Friday starting July 21 (ages 9-12, co-ed). Each weekly camp costs $200, and a limited number of scholarships (need-based) are available. Classes fill up fast, so Zenger Farm recommends parents sign-up their children by today, July 5th, by contacting Sara Cogan at 503/282-4245 or e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Inquiries are still accepted after this date, but there may be no open camp positions left.


Third annual Westmoreland Garage Sale begins today. This neighborhood-wide garage sale in Westmoreland, organized by realtor Marcella Roberts, is today, tomorrow, and Sunday. She is again providing the signs and maps at no charge, but the signs must be picked up at her office this year. To reach her, call 503/239-6440, extension 226.


First of four Riverfront Concerts tonight. The Sellwood Riverfront Concerts are on four consecutive Monday nights, 6:30-8:30 pm, at that park, and they're free. Tonight is the first of the four for 2006, presented by Portland Parks and Recreation, SMILE, and several local businesses. Vendors will be on hand with food and drink, and you're invited to bring your own picnic basket and enjoy the evening. Tonight's concert is by Stolen Sweets, Portland '30's swing jazz band, who have just released a new CD.


'Creative acting for age 7 through 13'. That's the name of the two-week class by Ladybug Theater, held at SMILE Station, starting today, and running through Friday, and Tuesday through Friday of next week. Young actors develop their own plot, characters, and dialogue, for a play to be performed for parents and friends. A similar class for kids aged 3-6 will take place June 20-22 and 27-29. For more information or registration call 503/232-2346, or visit SMILE Station is located on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood.


lewellyn pre-kindergarten 'playdates in the park' start today. If your child is entering kindergarten this fall, join the incoming Llewellyn Elementary kindergarten families this summer for playdates in the Park! Get to know some of the children and parents before school begins, every Wednesday from 10:30 till noon in Sellwood Park beginning today, July 12th, and running through August 30th. Look for the Llewellyn banner to find the group. Contact Nancy Siebenaler at 503/234-3852 with any questions or for more information.


Learn to cartoon this afternoon at Woodstock library. The Woodstock branch of the Multnomah County Library, on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 49th, offers a 'Cartooning Workshop' from 1:30 till 2:30 this afternoon for kids and teens. 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. Registration required; register online, in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234.


Sellwood Riverfront Concerts continue tonight. Tonight, 6:30-8:30 pm, the live free concert in Sellwood Riverfront Park, on the Willamette just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, features the rhythm and the blues of Lloyd Jones.


Citizen Review Committee meeting in Sellwood. The Citizen Review Committee (CRC) of the Independent Police Review (IPR) will be meeting at the Sellwood Community Center, 1436 S.E. Spokane Street, today, Tuesday, July 18th, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Guest speakers will be Jay Auslander of Project Respond, and Officer Paul Ware, the Coordinator of Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Intervention Team. Interested members of the Community are invited to attend, to learn more about Portland's response to people experiencing mental health crises, and the work of the CRC and the IPR. There will also be a public discussion period.

Topical talk in Woodstock this evening. Tonight at 7 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Boulevard, The Rev. Constance A. Hammond will speak on her recent trip to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and the West Bank. Constance will relate her experiences in Israel/Palestine on 'things that the local news does not show'. All are welcome.


Bluegrass band in Sellwood Riverfront Park tonight. The third of four free Monday night concerts from Portland Parks and SMILE, 6:30-8:30 pm, presents a dancehall bluegrass band, Buds of May. It's community night at the concert, so there will be information tables from various local nonprofit organizations, seeking to let you know more about what they are doing in the community.


A play for kids, 'Dearimus and Frisbe'. Famous Ladybug Theater presents 'Dearimus and Frisbe, inspired by Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', for kids age 4 and up, today and Thursday, and also August 1 and 3, and August 8 and 10. Starts at 10:30 am; admission $3.50 per person; reservations requested, at 503/232-2346, then pay at the door. SMILE Station is located on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood.

Midsummer poetry reading. Well-known author Paulann Petersen of Sellwood, in a reading with Judith Montgomery, will read from her latest book of poetry tonight at 7 pm in the Willow Room of Marylhurst University's Clark Commons, located 10 miles south of Portland on Highway 43. Book copies available for browsing and signing; reception with refreshments. Free and open to the public. For information, call 503/699-6313, or visit the Internet website:


A play for children, 'Red Ridinghood with Puppets'. Famous Ladybug Theater for children presents 'Red Ridinghood with Puppets' for kids age 2-1/2 and older, at 10:30 this morning at SMILE Station, and for the next two Wednesday mornings, August 2 and 9. Admission $3.50 per person; reservations requested, at 503/232-2346, then pay at the door. SMILE Station is located on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood.


'Flight 93 Memorial Fund' fundraiser on S.E. 52nd. Enjoy BBQ hamburgers or hotdogs with potato salad, corn on the cob, and a slice of watermelon. Either entrée and the meal for only $5.00. All proceeds to go the fund. Sponsored by Portland Moose Lodge 291, and open to the Public this evening, Saturday, July 29th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at 7414 S.E. 52nd Avenue.


Willamette Riverkeeper event at Oaks Park today. The first-ever 'Willamette Challenge' takes place today at Oaks Amusement Park--a small-boat paddling relay and family festival, with all proceeds from the event to benefit the nonprofit Willamette Riverkeeper organization. The relay is a six-mile cloverleaf boating relay for teams of one, two, or three people, with male, female, and co-ed categories. Friends and family are encouraged to participate by cheering their team on from the shore, and taking part in on-land, family-friendly activities. For the $30 entry fee, all racers will receive a custom-designed T-shirt from REI and a free one-day pass to the rides at Oaks Park. Signups accepted at


Final Sellwood Riverfront Concert of the summer tonight. The last of this year's four July Monday night concerts at Sellwood Riverfront Park, free to all 6:30-8:30 pm, presents a live performance of 'Afromusic' by Juijuba. Bring the family, and maybe a blanket and picnic basket, and hang out on the grass and enjoy the free live music.

Deadline for RSVP for Commerce/Cleveland Reunion Picnic. The annual reunion picnic for graduates of Commerce/Cleveland High School is coming up at 11 am on August 23rd in Oaks Park, Area One. Although this one specifically features the classes of 1948 and 49, all grads are welcome. However, an RSVP is needed, to order the food-and today is the RSVP deadline! For information, or to RSVP, please call Jean Taylor Wegener, at 503/254-6200.

Deadline for Oboe Seminar participants. Today, July 31st, is the deadline for applications for admittance to the annual Northwest Oboe Seminar, held Saturday, August 19th, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, S.E. 41st and Woodstock Boulevard. The seminar is designed for intermediate through advanced oboists, and is devoted to all aspects of oboe performance; this year's guest will be renowned oboist Humbert Lucarelli, who will present a special-focus session called 'Bert on Bach'. The fee for the one-day seminar is $75, and applications can be obtained from Seminar Director Victoria Racz by calling 360/696-4084, extension 3. Participation is by application only, and space is limited.

Deadline for Franklin High 30-year reunion. The Franklin High School Class of 1976 Thirty Year Reunion will be Saturday, August 5, 6:00 pm at the Melody Ballroom. Today, July 31st, is the deadline to register to attend! Contact Elizabeth Geiger Hartman TODAY, via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for registration information.

RSVP window opens for Iowans in Oregon Picnic. The annual Iowans in Oregon Picnic will be held Sunday, August 27th, in South Grove 2 at Oaks Amusement Park. It's a potluck, 12-4 pm, with lunch served at 1:30 pm. It's a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. For planning, please RSVP starting today, but doing so by August 21st, to Micah at 503/708-9301, or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Suggested donation $7 per adult, $5 for seniors, $1 for children under 12, to help cover costs. Bring or wear your Iowa memorabilia when you come.


Red Cross blood drive on S.E. 52nd. This afternoon, Tuesday, August 1st, from 1 till 6:30 pm, consider stopping in at the Portland Moose Lodge 291 to donate blood and help save lives! The address is 7414 S.E. 52nd Avenue. For information, call 503/771-6028 or 503/775-7506.

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