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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN FEBRUARY

JANUARY 28

'Red Fans, for Lunar New Year' at Woodstock Library. Today, 4:30-5:30 pm at the Woodstock Branch Library, decorate red accordion fans with origami paper, Chinese character rubber stamps, glitter and other materials. The fan is a traditional Chinese symbol and red paper is used to symbolize good luck and happiness throughout the year. Artist Cindy Lommasson brings back this popular craft for the new year. For families; free. Registration required in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Library is on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

FEBRUARY 1

'Baby Bear shops…' at Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for children presents 'Baby Bear goes Grocery Shopping' as the first of two stage performances in February - showing today and tomorrow, and also on the 8th and 9th. Showtime each day at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. $4 admission for all, except for babes in arms. Please call for reservations - 503/232-2346 - and then pay at the door with cash or check. Doors open at 10:15 am.

Bilingual Knitting and Crocheting class at Woodstock Library. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter or crocheter, come to the Woodstock Branch Library at 3 pm today and join the fun! Learn basic knitting and crocheting skills, get help with an existing project, or learn fancy new patterns and techniques. Under the instruction of professional knitter Xiaoying Ruan, gain new skills while communicating and sharing experiences with Chinese-speakers and other individuals who share your hobby. All experience levels and ages welcome - English or Chinese speaking. Please bring your own supplies. The class lasts till 5:30 pm today, and is also offered 3-5:30 pm on February 15 and February 29. Free. The library is at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

WNA meeting includes fundraising opportunity. This month's meeting of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association will include explanation and discussion of a Bureau of Planning and Sustainability invitation for fundraising, by mobilizeing volunteers to go door-to-door to answer questions about changes to the new curbside collection system. This fundraising project for organizations would be from Feb. 28-May 19, and includes training of volunteers. Also on the agenda will be discussion of the possible formation of a WNA Sustainability Committee. To learn more attend the meeting at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue from 7:00-8:30 pm.

FEBRUARY 4

Annual Lewis Elementary School Rummage Sale. The annual Lewis fundraising sale is today from 9 to 3. This is a school-wide multiple-family sale with a variety of items like books, clothes, shoes, tools, furniture, household items, and much more. 'Come out to find that treasure and support Lewis Elementary.' The sale is being held in the school cafeteria, at 4401 S.E. Evergreen - look for the marked door.

'FIRST Tech Challenge' at OMSI. High school robotics teams converge on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry today for a day of mechanical madness at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) regional competition. Each team is given a kit and a LEGO NXT brain to design and build robots in this challenge. Winners of this competition go to the state championships, where they may qualify for national competition. Open to the public after normal OMSI admission. OMSI is situation on S.E. Water Street, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower and the OMNIMAX Theater dome.

FEBRUARY 10

'Agate and Mineral Show' at OMSI. Today through Sunday, explore the wonders of geology at the 61st annual Agate and Mineral Show. Enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) - including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the Pacific Northwest. 30 or more exhibits on display. Open to the public after normal OMSI admission. OMSI is situation on S.E. Water Street, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower and the OMNIMAX Theater dome.

Duniway Elementary's Kindergarten Round-Up. The annual 'Kindergarten Round-Up' at Duniway Elementary School in Eastmoreland will be held this afternoon, 1:30-2:45 pm, in the school auditorium at 7700 S.E. Reed College Place. Incoming kindergarteners and their parents are invited to learn more about Duniway and its curriculum, meet the kindergarten teachers, and tour the school. Enrollment forms for the 2011-2012 school year and transfer information will be available. IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you would like to pre-register your child at Round-Up, please bring an original copy of state-issued birth certificate or passport, current immunization records, proof of address, and emergency contacts and phone numbers. Additional tours of the school will be available Tuesdays at 2 pm - 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, and 3/6. For more information, call the school at 503/916-6343.

Reed College celebrated in concert. Chamber Music Northwest continues its fall-winter-spring 'Encore Series' this evening with a musical salute to Reed College, in celebration of the institution's centennial this year, as well as its 40 year partnership with CMNW. Appropriately, the 7:30 pm concert is at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium. The program is entitled,'Music from 1912: Celebrating the Reed College Centennial'. In the spotlight is Schoenberg's melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, one of history's most progressive musical works, composed in 1912. Reed College professor and Portland composer David Schiff is contributing his own commemorative piece, 'Class of 1915,' based on the popular music contemporaneous with Schoenberg's masterpiece. Single tickets are on sale now, and cost $25, $35, and $45, with $15 student tickets available. Call 503-294-6400, or go online to: www.cmnw.org .

FEBRUARY 11

Sellwood-Moreland Library historical walking tour and lecture. Eileen Fitzsimons, neighborhood historian and occasional BEE writer, will lead a tour, 'Five Libraries and 100+ Years of Library History', from 10 am until 10:45 am this morning. The Sellwood Branch Library is celebrating its 10th anniversary in its current site this month, but did you know the Sellwood Library has been in existence for 108 years, in five different locations? The walking tour includes all five sites. Tour starts at Sellwood Middle School, 8300 S.E. 15th Ave. Registration required; call 503/988-5398. After the tour ends at the current library, Eileen will present the history of the library in the context of the neighborhood, 11 am till noon. No charge for either event.

Anniversary party at Sellwood Branch Library. The Sellwood-Moreland Library's 10th Anniversary Celebration is this noon at S.E. Bidwell and 13th. Cake and refreshments served noon till 12:30 pm in celebration. Free.

Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool open house. Today, 9:30-11:30 am, the Brooklyn Cooperative Open House invites families to view their 'stimulating classrooms, large playground, and younger sibling nursery, and meet the teachers and current participating Brooklyn parents to learn about this play-based coop preschool. Eco-friendly school, offering organic and nutritionally balanced snacks, as well as use environmentally sound cleaning methods. Kids are invited to see the play structure, sandpit, and garden, too.' Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool is located in the Reed neighborhood at 2901 S.E. Steele. For more information, go online to: www.brooklyncooppreschool.org/index.htm - or call 503/234-7103.

FEBRUARY 12

Lasagna dinner and silent auction in Woodstock. Young Ladies Institute, Queen of Roses #164, is sponsoring their annual Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction this afternoon at Our Lady of Sorrows gymnasium at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. Doors open at 12:30 pm for bidding on the silent auction items, and the dinner is served at 1:30 pm. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under age 11. Proceeds are for the education of Archdiocesan priests. Takeout is available.

Flute and recorder concert at Reed College. The Portland Baroque Orchestra presents a concert of flute and recorder music at 3 pm this afternoon at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium. Pieces by J.S. Bach, W.F. Bach, J.J. Quantz, and G. Ph. Telemann will be presented. For tickets, call 503/205-0715.

FEBRUARY 15

'Silly Goats Gruff' onstage at Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for children offers 'The Three Silly Goats Gruff, and the Troll is Enough'; performances today and tomorrow, and also February 22-23 and Feb. 29-March 1. Each show lasts about 45 minutes, and is suitable for children. Showtime each day at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. $4 admission for all, except for babes in arms. Please call for reservations - 503/232-2346 - and then pay at the door with cash or check. Doors open at 10:15 am.

FEBRUARY 16

Stuffed Rigatoni Luncheon today. From 11 am till 2 pm today, it's the 50th annual St. Philip Neri Altar Society's delicious Valentine fundraiser - the Mariani Family recipe 'Stuffed Rigatoni' Luncheon - together with salad, green beans, dessert, and coffee. $10 for adults; $3 for children. Reservations for parties of 8 or more can be made in advance, or you can pre-order for takeout: For either, call 503/231-4955. The luncheon itself is in the church's Carvlin Hall, S.E. 18th and S.E. Division Streets.

FEBRUARY 18

'FUNdamentals' at the Sellwood Library. Join award-winning children's educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith, as he gets the whole family moving, grooving, and learning. This class introduces children to the exciting world of music - through creative movement, note reading, and fun instrument play. Free. 11 till 11:30 am this morning at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

FEBRUARY 19

Inspirational Drawing for kids and teens, in Woodstock. In this two-hour workshop at the Woodstock Branch Library, artist Joanne Kollman will guide students of all levels in the exploration of the basics of drawing, and interpreting what they see. Students can choose to copy a master drawing or to interpret their own subject matter into the style of a master drawing. This process allows for artistic interpretation along with the study of light and shadow to define the form. A selection of dry media, charcoal, pencils, and paper textures and tones will be available to choose from. Feel free to bring your own inspiration. Free; for teens in grades 6-12, from 2 pm till 4 pm this afternoon. Pre-registration required; register by calling 503/988-5234. The library is situated at S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

Barbara Roberts reads from her book. Today at 6:30 pm, Sellwood resident and former Governor Barbara Roberts reads from her latest book, 'Up the Capitol Steps' [Oregon State University Press], at Moonstruck Chocolate Café, 45 S. State Street in downtown Lake Oswego. Free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY 20

Meditation for Beginners: A class in the Buddhist tradition. This free six-week course, which starts tonight, introduces the participants to the practice of mindfulness meditation. Each class consists of one or two periods of guided meditation and a discussion of a variety of topics that help to understand what meditation is and how to practice it. Participants are encouraged to establish a regular meditation practice at home. There is no advance registration. Classes are on consecutive Mondays 7-9 pm at Portland Friends of the Dhamma, 1422 S.E. Tacoma Street, next to Sellwood Methodist Church. Because each class builds on the previous one, the course is closed after the second Monday. For information, go online to: www.pdxdhamma.org - or call 360-828-5268.

FEBRUARY 22

Ash Wednesday service today. At noon and 7 pm today, Immanuel Lutheran Church offers Ash Wednesday Services with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes. The church address is 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue. Everyone is welcome. Call 503/236-7823 for more information.

Rescheduled Personal Safety Workshop this evening. A free Personal Safety Workshop, originally scheduled for late last year, has been rescheduled to tonight, 7-9 pm at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street. This 'WomenStrength personal safety workshop' is designed to introduce both men and women to a variety of self-protection options in a short, non-physical, discussion format. The overall discussion is designed to help people identify their risks, evaluate their strengths and explore their options for dealing with the threat of violence. Emphasis is placed on options, not rigid safety rules. No physical skills will be taught, but information on classes for women will be provided to those who want to learn physical self-defense. Sponsored by the Portland Police Bureau and WomenStrength.

FEBRUARY 24

'Family Night' at Immanuel Lutheran. Tonight all are welcome to join in Immanuel Lutheran Church's 'Family Night' from 6-8 pm. Supper included; family games and crafts. The church address is 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue. Call 503/236-7823 for information.