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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN AUGUST

AUGUST 1

Woodstock Farmers Market subject of Rotary talk. At today's Southeast Portland Rotary Club meeting, at noon at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall, at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, Sean Daugherty - owner of Papaccino's, and President of the new nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market - will tell how the market got started, and how it is going. Open to the public. If you would like to have lunch, please RSVP to Eric at 503/232-2326 so there will be enough lunch for you. The meeting ends about 1 pm.

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.

AUGUST 3

'Magical Roosters and Sneaky Bats' this afternoon. Come to the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard, to hear world traveler and author Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald share her favorite folktales from the lively spots she has visited. 1:30-2:30 pm. Free tickets for seating will be available at the library's main desk 30 minutes prior to the program (at 1 pm).

Traffic concerns to air in Woodstock. At the Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting tonight, Jody Yates from the Bureau of Transportation will talk about leaf collection this fall (now called Leaf Day). Also on the agenda are plans for a neighborhood mural project, and the August 20th graffiti cleanup. Open to all at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue at 7 pm.

AUGUST 4

'Scrap Heap Puppet Laboratory' this morning. At the Sellwood Branch Library, 10:30 am till noon today, the Mudeye Puppet Company invites families to have fun in their never-ending mission to make puppets out of salvaged materials. In this workshop, you will bring your own creatures to life from cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, and bike tubes. Make them walk, talk, and fly under the master tutelage of Mudeye Director Bruce Orr. All materials provided. It's free. The library is at S.E. 13th and Bidwell in Sellwood.

National Night Out in Ardenwald. Tonight, from 6 pm till dusk, the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association presents Kaloku and the Krew, live Hawai'ian music, as part of its National Night Out celebration, in Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell Street in Milwaukie, right across from Ardenwald School.

AUGUST 5

Westmoreland Union Manor throws a public party. Nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor will be hosting a neighborhood party this afternoon from 5 until 8 pm. Hot dogs and soda for everyone attending, and visitors are welcome to bring other items for themselves or to share. Live music by local blues artist Lloyd Jones. Plenty of free parking on the street nearby.

AUGUST 6

Eastmoreland tree inventory this morning. Building on the successful July Inventory, volunteers are needed for today, 8 am until noon. No prior training necessary. Meet at Berkeley Park (S.E. 36th Ave and Bybee) at 8 am to register for a Street Tree Inventory project in the Eastmoreland neighborhood. After coffee, tea, juice, pastries, and project orientation, volunteers will break out in two-person teams to inventory street trees on assigned blocks in the northeast section of the neighborhood. At least one person on each team will have been trained to identify tree species, with certified arborists on hand to help us out if we have problems. Volunteers will return to Berkeley Park at noon. One more Eastmoreland tree inventory will take place on August 27; meet at the same place and time to help some more. For more information, call Elspeth Tanguay-Koo at 503/803-4135, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ice cream and magic in Westmoreland. The Moreland Bible Church announces that at 1 pm today they will be having a public ice cream social in their parking lot on S.E. Ellis Street, at 17th, followed by Dan Lockwood's Magic Show in the church at 2 pm. They are also offering a free barbeque to the community noon till 3 pm on Saturday, August 27th.

Oregon Buddhist Temple presents 'Obonfest 2011'. The annual 'Obonfest', free to the public, is this afternoon from 3 to 9 pm at Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 S.E. 34th Avenue. The festival features 'Bon Odori' (public dance) accompanied by live folk music by 'HAPPYFUNSMILE', 'taiko' performances by 'Portland Taiko' (at 4 and 6 pm) as well as by its youth group 'Tanuki Taiko', and temple talks for those interested in learning about 'Jodo Shinshu Buddhism'. Asian crafts and popular traditional Japanese foods prepared by Temple members (including yakisoba, yakitori, shave ice, and manju) will be for sale, along with soft drinks, water, and micro-brewed beer.

AUGUST 7

'Sundae In The Park' celebrated in Sellwood Park. The 32nd annual 'Sundae In The Park' celebration takes place today in upper Sellwood Park, on the bluff overlooking Oaks Bottom, on S.E. 7th Avenue. There's the community pickup baseball game in the morning, with live entertainment, and activities for the kids, starting at noon. 50-cent ice cream sundaes and cones, scooped up by members of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club; other vendors will offer different types of food, and the proceeds of the food and ice cream sales benefit the Loaves and Fishes 'Meals On Wheels' program at the Thelma Skelton Center on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. When the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League (SMILE)-presented entertainment ends at 5 pm, the Portland Parks Department takes over with more acts and activities into the evening - ending with a family movie on the big screen under the stars: This year, 'Yogi Bear', rated PG.

AUGUST 8

A week-long Summer Dance Camp starts today. Grout Elementary School on S.E. Holgate Boulevard at 31st presents a Summer Dance Camp for ages 6-10 today through Friday, 9 am till noon. Tap, jazz and ballet all in one class. Learn basic steps and upbeat routines, then perform them onstage, at Grout SUN Community School. Cost is $59 for the week. Register online at: www.PortlandParks.org (course #352370), or call 503/916-6421.

AUGUST 11

Free jazz piano concert in Ardenwald. The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association presents the second of four free concerts in Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell Street across from Ardenwald School, tonight from 7 pm till dusk. The performance is by Rising Violet with pianist Naomi Laviolette, a pop/jazz trio.

AUGUST 13

'Butterfly Tea Party' at Portland Waldorf School. This morning, 10 am till 11:30 am, the Portland Waldorf School invites you and your child to join their Early Childhood teachers for 'a magical morning of play, crafts, refreshments, and a puppet show'. Families with children ages 2-6 are welcome. Please RSVP to Kelly Chappie, 503/654-2200, extension 207. The school is located at 2200 S.E. Harrison in Milwaukie, just south of Sellwood and east of McLoughlin Boulevard.

AUGUST 17

Simple bookmaking shown in Woodstock today. Kids and teens are invited to learn simple bookbinding skills 4-6 pm this afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library, while making two kinds of books: A concertina or accordion-style book, and a chapbook or journal. Paper artist Colleen Cavin will teach easy binding techniques that can be used to make unique works of art. For teens in grades 6-12. Free, but pre-registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is situated at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

AUGUST 18

Medieval times come alive in Sellwood. 'Knights of Veritas' visit the Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 14th and Spokane Streets, from 4 pm till 5 this afternoon, to present an interactive show about medieval arms, armor, combat, knighthood, and chivalry. Through thrilling demonstrations of historical combat techniques, they will introduce the code of chivalry and demystify common fanciful misrepresentations of the Middle Ages. The program includes authentically weighted and detailed steel swords and armor. Exciting hands-on sharing allows participants the rare opportunity to handle the weapons and try on the armor! Free. (Sponsored by the Sellwood Library.)

Free movie in Woodstock Park. Tonight at Woodstock Park, presented by the Portland Parks Department, a concert at 6:30 pm with live music by Working Stiffs will be followed by a PP and R Movies in the Park showing of 'Toy Story 3', shown with closed captioning. Pack up your picnic basket, blanket and a gently used toy for the Girl Scouts Toy Drive for this event.

Free concert in Ardenwald. The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association presents the third of four free concerts in Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell Street across from Ardenwald School, tonight from 7 pm till dusk. The performance is by Still Kickin', described as a 'five piece acoustic band of baby boomers'.

AUGUST 19

Commerce/Cleveland High reunion picnic. The annual Commerce/Cleveland High School reunion picnic - highlighting the classes of 1948, 1949, 1950, and 1951 - is today at Oaks Amusement Park, in Area 1. Registration starts at 11 am, with a catered chicken meal served at noon. $15 per person. For more information, call 503/492-0772.

AUGUST 20

Sellwood-Westmoreland tree inventory today. Building on the successful July Inventory, volunteers are needed today, 8 am until noon. No prior training necessary. Meet at Westmoreland Park - at the building by the children's playground - at 8 am to register for a Street Tree Inventory project. After coffee, tea, juice, pastries, and project orientation, volunteers will break out in two-person teams to inventory street trees on assigned blocks in the southern section of the neighborhood. At least one person on each team will have been trained to identify tree species, with certified arborists on hand to help us out if we have problems. Volunteers will return to the original meeting place at noon. For more information, call Tina Osterink at 503/740-7285, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Open house at Community Music Center. Stop by Portland Parks' Community Music Center between noon and 5 pm today for a free afternoon of 'fun-filled, engaging, and free activities'; meet the instructors, try an instrument, sample a class, and hear live performances. Explore new activities through mini-music lessons in early childhood music, strings, and piano, and gain hands-on experience through sampling an instrument at our petting zoo. Come early and stay late for arts and crafts, face painting, food and refreshments, instrument-making, games, prizes, and more. The Parks and Recreation Rock Wall will be on site to beckon climbers! This event kicks off registration for the CMC 2011-12 school-year. The Community Music Center is located at 3350 S.E Francis Street, a little north of Powell. Phone 503/823-3177; www.CommunityMusicCenter.org .

Oboe recital this evening in Woodstock. As the public part of today's 18th annual 'Northwest Oboe Seminar', there will be a public recital this evening at 7:30 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. It will feature the participants of the day-long Seminar in solo and varied ensemble performances, including the traditional rousing group finale with oboes, oboe d'amore, English horns, bass oboe, bassoon, and contrabassoon (contra played by Mark Eubanks). Admission is $10.00 (cash or check only, please), and tickets may be purchased at the door. For further information call toll-free: 1-888/627-8788.

AUGUST 25

Free guitar concert in Ardenwald. The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association presents the third of four free concerts in Ardenwald Park, 3637 S.E. Roswell Street across from Ardenwald School, tonight from 7 pm till dusk. The performance is by the guitar duo of Tim Ellis and Jim Walker.

AUGUST 26

CHS Class of '71 - 40th reunion. Tonight at 6:30 pm, the Class of 1971 at Cleveland High School will be holding its 40th reunion in downtown Portland, at 'Aquariva'. For information, call 503/626-3669.

AUGUST 27

Eastmoreland tree inventory this morning. Building on the successful July and early August Tree Inventory, volunteers are needed for today, 8 am until noon. No prior training necessary. Meet at Berkeley Park (S.E. 36th Ave and Bybee) at 8 am to register for a Street Tree Inventory project in the Eastmoreland neighborhood. After coffee, tea, juice, pastries, and project orientation, volunteers will break out in two-person teams to inventory street trees on assigned blocks in the northeast section of the neighborhood. At least one person on each team will have been trained to identify tree species, with certified arborists on hand to help us out if we have problems. Volunteers will return to Berkeley Park at noon. For more information, call Elspeth Tanguay-Koo at 503/803-4135, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Volunteers needed today for cleanup at Atkinson School. Volunteers are needed this morning for Portland Public School's 'Project Community Care' at Atkinson Elementary School, 5800 S.E. Division Street just north of Franklin High, from nine till noon today. Bring any gardening tools you may have to help prune, trim, edge, weed, rake, haul - or just bringyour willingness to contribute time to help get ready for the school year. Coffee and pastries served, children under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent. For any questions, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Johnson Creek clean-up this morning. Led by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, there will be a public volunteer cleanup of Johnson Creek 9:30 am till noon this morning - not only from McLoughlin east by Ardenwald, as last year, but this year also west from McLoughlin by Sellwood to the Willamette River. Please registerby e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or calling 503/652-7477 - and then sign-in 8-9 am at Mill Park in Milwaukie, off Johnson Creek Boulevard at S.E. Linwood Avenue and Overland Street. At noon volunteers will be treated to a BBQ lunch and ice cream. Dress appropriately for the work and the weather, and bring gloves.

Metro and OSU gardening clinic: 'Healthy soil for healthy plants'. This morning, 10-11:30 am, this clinic will be held at Metro's Natural Techniques Garden, 6800 S.E. 57th Avenue. Got a lackluster landscape or veggie garden? Learn how to turn any soil into a fertile bed for roots using all-organic methodsthat help plants thrive without costly chemicals or harmful runoff. Plus, learn how to 'read' your soil, prep it for planting and how to use slow-release fertilizers, compost and other soil amendments. Led by garden expert Jen Aron. Free event includes complimentary coupons and publications. Advance registration required - call 503/234-3000.

AUGUST 28

If you hail from Iowa, this picnic's for you! Whether you're native or just lived there once, come to the 'Iowans in Oregon Annual Picnic' noon till 4 pm this afternoon at Oaks Amusement Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. It's in Picnic Area S, Grove 2. It's a potluck (family friendly - no alcohol), and the meal starts at 1 pm. Bring your favorite dish to share. The organizers will have hamburgers, veggi-burgers, hot dogs, drinks, cups, plates, and utensils. Share your Iowa story, wear your Iowa shirt, bring appropriate memorabilia to share. Door prizes for winners of the Iowa trivia games. Suggested donation $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 per child. RSVP requested, before August 21 if possible, via Internet website: www.iowapicnic.com .