Events calendar for Aug. 14
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15
Summer Family Literacy Nights 6:30-8 p.m., Sweetbriar Elementary School, 501 S.E. Sweetbriar Lane, Troutdale. Sweetbriar students and parents will do a literacy activity at 6:30 p.m., then have a snack and play in the gym at 7 p.m. Students need to bring a completed page from their summer work packet.
THURSDAY, AUG. 16
Third Thursdays 5:30-8 p.m., historic downtown Gresham. This is a free event featuring extended business hours, live music, wine tasting, artisan booths and special promotions. The August event features the musical group the Kelli Harrington Band. Visit exploregresham.com or 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, AUG. 17
Subs on the Slough 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Columbia Slough Trailhead, 16650 N.E. Airport Way. Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a free lunchtime tour of the Columbia Slough Watershed. Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the trail. Advance registration required. Suitable for adults and children 10 and up.
Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake 1-5 p.m., Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview. 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, and adult supervision is required. Free. Parking is $5 for cars, $7 for buses and free for bicycles and pedestrians.
Artists Showcase 2-4 p.m., Gresham Manor, 2895 S.E. Powell Valley Road. Call 503-667-9330 or visit greshammanor.com.
Around the Campfire at Oxbow: Steve Cheseborough 8:30-9:30 p.m., Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 S.E. Oxbow Parkway. Campfire shows are open only to overnight campers; day use ends at legal sunset when park gates are locked. Free. For more information, call 503-797-1650, option 2.