Parent-Child Mandarin class starts today. This morning, and every Tuesday this month, Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 S.E. 72nd Avenue, offers a Parent-Child Mandarin Chinese class. Games, songs, and play, with parent and kids in a fun-filled Mandarin class. Tea parties, Tuesdays, 10:45-11:45 am throughout October. Its course # 414644, $40 for 5 classes. Register at 503/823-3183, or register online at: www.portlandparks.org/register/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp. Student age range 3-7, and parent. (A second session is available Nov. 12 through Dec. 10 – that one is course # 414645.) Classes will be held in the Craft Room at the Center.
OCTOBER 2 WNA Meeting features mediation service. Tonights meeting of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, at 7 pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue., features a presentation by Sarabel Eisenfeld about Resolutions Northwests Neighborhood Mediation Program, which provides neighbors and families in Portland with a confidential and compassionate process for resolving conflicts in a positive and personal way. WNA meetings are always on the first Wednesday of the month. To learn more, visit online: OCTOBER>www.woodstockpdx.orgOCTOBER 3Southeast Indoor Park reopens today. Southeast Indoor Park begins another year of providing a dry, indoor place for children to play during the wetter months. Visit the park for free – there are a large activity area, riding toys, a climbing structure, infant area, a play house, a train table, a play kitchen and more. The park is open 9-11 am, and is located at 3915 S.E. Steele, in the daylight basement of the Trinity Methodist Church. Southeast Indoor Park is a non-profit cooperative playgroup which provides opportunities for children to socialize and for parents to form connections with other Southeast-area families. Online at: Sellwood>www.playinside.orgSellwood and Woodstock Libraries closed today. All Multnomah County Library locations will be closed today, Thursday, for staff training. Facilities staff will conduct building maintenance at library buildings that day to coincide with the closure. Regular library hours will resume on Friday, October 4. Patron holds and materials with due dates of October 3 will be automatically extended to October 4.OCTOBER 5For adults: making Autumn Lantern Mobiles. This afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, create an attractive seasonal decoration for your home. With artist Cindy Lommasson, youll paint a tissue paper sphere in yellow, orange, red, green, and brown for autumn. Then cut craft-paper leaves in coordinating colors, and suspend them from the bottom of the globe. Add a ribbon on top for hanging. Free, 1-2:30 pm. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.The Blessing of the Animals in Woodstock. All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock offers the Blessing of the Animals at 3 pm this afternoon. Bring your beloved pets for blessing – all are welcome! The church is at S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard. For information, call 503/777-3829. The churchs website is: www.allsaintspdx.org
Portland Baroque Orch. starts season with Bach at Reed. The Portland Baroque Orchestra opens its new season with two concerts featuring ten concertos by Bach, at Reed Colleges Kaul Auditorium. The concertos feature acclaimed baroque oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz as featured soloist. This cycle of Bach violin and oboe concertos will be studio recorded for release in 2014 and will be Ruiz's first recording of the works. This afternoons concert is at 3 pm; the other one, with a different Bach program, is a week from today – Sunday, October 13 – also at 3 pm at Kaul Auditorium. Reserved seat tickets range from $19 to $64, online at: www.pbo.org – or call 503/222-6000. At the door as the concert begins, $5 Arts for All and $5 Student Rush tickets will be available as seating allows.
Fall Celebration at the Moreland Farmers Market. The nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market this afternoon celebrates the fall harvest with games, tastings, and a raffle. Two live bands will be playing: The Jeepers Creepers Swing Band 3-5 pm, and the folk music of 5-Euro Tip 5-7 pm. Marylhurst School will be hosting kids arts and crafts 3-5 pm. The Moreland Farmers Market is located at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue, in the Wilhelms Portland Memorial parking lot, 3-7 pm. More online at: OCTOBER>www.morelandfarmersmarket.orgOCTOBER 10
International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at OMSI. Starting today, a new exhibit opens in the Featured Hall at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Museum visitors will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era's most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle, actually changed the way police work was conducted, and remain in practice today. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes features original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes, and interactive crime-solving opportunities. Admission $18 for adults (members $5), Youths and Seniors $13 (members $3). These prices include admission to OMSI. The museum is located on the east bank of the Willamette River, on Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower and the OmniMax Theater dome.
Science-gami paper folding for families and kids. Folding origami models is fun and challenging, but it can be educational, too. Fold models of different animals and insects, while storytelling occurs, and learn facts about them. This Woodstock Library workshop, 3:30-5 pm this afternoon, is fun when parents and children share the experience. All ages are welcome, but children under 8 years old should have an older friend or family member with them. No experience is necessary. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or call 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is on S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.Sing Portland choir seeks Inner Southeast singers. Sing Portland, a non-audition community choir for everyone, is growing, and you're invited to grow with it! Come to an Open House celebration this evening at Bothmer Hall, 5915 S.E. Division Street, 7 - 9 pm. No note-reading or musical experience is required. For more information please go online to: www.singportland.com – or call 503/956-4046.OCTOBER 12Design Workshop this morning for FHS renovation. This morning, 9-noon, a public Design Workshop will take place in the Franklin High School Cafeteria relating to the pending remodel and upgrade of this school. Input is sought on such topics as What should the future school should look and feel like? What parts of the buildings and campus work well? What parts dont? How can Franklin better support students and families? Its is your opportunity to help shape the Master Plan for what Franklin High will become. Franklin High is on S.E. 52nd at Woodward Street.Open House today at Southside Swap & Play. Southside Swap & Play is a noncommercial co-op community organization in the Woodstock neighborhood that provides a low-cost space for member families from all over Inner Southeast to share an indoor play area and exchange useful childrens goods such as clothing, toys, and books. The space, in the former Our Lady of Sorrows School facility at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, is divided into two large classrooms that include fun activities and play equipment for babies and children up to 10 years old. In both classrooms, families can enjoy a cozy living room atmosphere with couches, coffee tables, and soft chairs for relaxing, socializing, or enjoying a snack together. Members also enjoy two hours of open play time in the basketball gym on weekday afternoons, access to weekly classes and meet-ups, and a lovely playground across the street. The Open House is today from 10 am to 3 pm; families interested in membership can drop by for a tour, play together, and learn more about how thisd co-op works together to build community in Southeast Portland. Learn more online at: www.southsideswapandplay.org
Portland Open Studios annual walking tour. The annual chance to visit local artists studios, including some in Inner Southeast Portland, is today and tomorrow, and also October 19-20. Tickets are $20, in the form of a full color calendar tour guide ($7.50 for a map-only ticket). Each ticket is for two adults; children under 18 are free. For more information, go online to: www.portlandopenstudios.com Fundraising spaghetti feed benefits Robotics team. FIRST Robotics Team 1432 endures, despite its eviction from its workshop at Franklin High a few years ago. It holds an annual fundraising spaghetti dinner at the Reedwood Friends Church, in the basement, and this evening from 5:30 to 7 pm is when it takes place. Have a great dinner and support the team. Theres a presentation at 7 pm about the program, followed by a gift basket auction. Find out more by visiting their website: HYPERLINK "team1432.org/" Hot>www.team1432.org/.Hot Flashes returns in Southeast. Hot Flashes, the long-running hit musical comedy by longtime Sellwood residents Kate Finn and Rick Weiss, returns for six shows starting tonight at Portland Metro Arts, 9003 S.E. Stark Street, playing through Sunday, October 27th. Hot Flashes originally ran in Portland from 2002-2006, and since then has been produced by 15 theatre companies throughout the United States. Although the show has main appeal to adults age 40-80, there is no age restriction. The show plays at 8 pm this evening, and on October 19, and October 26. There will also be 2 pm Sunday Matinee on tomorrow, as well as on October 20 and October 27. Tickets are $20-24, and are available through the Hot Flashes Hotline – 503/348-2507 – or online at: www.hotflashesthemusical.com OCTOBER 14
Rotary District Governor speaks in Eastmoreland. The current District 5100 Governor for the Rotary Clubs of northern Oregon and southwest Washington, Sharon Starr of Lake Oswego, is the featured speaker at noon today at Southeast Portland Rotary – at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse. As with all Rotary meetings, its open to the public – and this would be a good one to attend if you are interested in learning what Rotary is about. Optional lunch available. Meeting is over by 1:05 pm. For more, go online to: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com Time Lords and Sci-Fi Crafts at Sellwood Library. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary British TV science fiction hero Doctor Who, the Sellwood Branch Library is crafting up a couple of his favorite accessories: A sonic screwdriver and time travel journal. Also, this will include a discussion of other great time travel authors, from H.G. Wells to Madeleine L'Engle. Free; for teens in grades 6-12, 6-8 pm this evening. The library is situated on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.OCTOBER 17
Breakfast Forum discusses GMO foods. Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson has formed a nonprofit, nonpartisan Breakfast Forum which meets once a month to discuss topical issues. This mornings 7:30 am meeting is at Toms Restaurant, S.E. 39th at Division. Members choose both topics and speakers; discussions are respectful; visitors are welcome. This mornings topic is Genetically modified food, in brief: Past, present, and future. (Postponed from September 19.)Outlaw rhododendrons roam the west! Rhododendron occidentale: The outlaw species is the title of the talk by Dick Cavender of Reds Rhodies in Sherwood, open to the public, at the October meeting of the Portland chapter of the American Rhododendron Society this evening, 7-9 pm, at All Saints Episcopal Church, S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard. The chapters annual auction of species rhododendrons will also be held at the meeting this evening.
Learn about Mexicos Day of the Dead. Indigenous groups in Mexico have been creating their own stories and rhythms for many centuries. Nuestro Canto has gathered music from Nahuas, Purepechas, Serus, Mayas, and Zapotecos, to perform in its original form and language, using ancient and native instruments. This program will teach kids and families about the history of this celebration. Free. Noon till 1 pm today, in the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.The Bremen Town Musicians Go West. At 2 pm this afternoon, the Flying Turtle Express Eurythmy Ensemble performs The Bremen Town Musicians Go West at the New Day Center for the Arts, 5516 S.E. Foster Road. The Flying Turtle Express Eurythmy Ensemble will be bringing a story in movement based on the fairytale by the Brothers Grimm; this event is intended for all ages. Childrens admission $3; Adult admission $5; an entire family admitted for $10. For further information contact Don Marquiss at 503/626-7606.Oregon Chamber Players concert in Woodstock tonight. At 7:30 this evening, the Oregon Chamber Players present special guest Norman Leyden in concert – rendering standard tunes on his clarinet, and also classical works Leyden has chosen for the evening, which range from Gershwin and Ellington to Mercer and Johann Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Grieg. The concert is at All Saints Episcopal Church, 40th and Woodstock Boulevard. Tickets are $15 general and $12 for seniors and students, and will be available at the door. For more, go online to: OCTOBER>www.oregonchamberplayers.orgOCTOBER 20Southeast choral concert features Officium Defunctorum. The Ensemble, directed by Patrick McDonough, at 3 pm today presents a performance of Victorias Officium Defunctorum, written for the public funeral of the Dowager Empress Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empire. Written for six parts, The Ensemble will perform the work with a single voice on each part. The concert is at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1112 S.E. 41st, at 3 pm; $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors. For information, or to purchase advance tickets, go online to: OCTOBER>www.theensemble.orgOCTOBER 22Public Open House this evening at Franklin High. With regard to the upcoming remodel and upgrade of Franklin High School, Portland Public Schools is hosting a public Open House this evening Open House 5:30-7:30 pm this evening in the Franklin High Cafeteria. Free Child Care provided, and Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese Translators will be on hand. Franklin High is on the east side of S.E. 52nd Avenue at Woodward, just south of Division Street.
End of the season at Moreland Farmers Market. The nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market ends its 2013 season 3-7 pm this afternoon at S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 14th, on the Wilhelms Portland Memorial parking lot. Music all afternoon, featuring the Lambert Street Band and Jack Rubinger. New Seasons will be there cooking goodies for all. And PDX Kids Calendar will be hosting the Kids Tent Extravaganza, with arts and crafts, face painting, balloon animals, and more. Additional information can be found online at: OCTOBER>www.morelandfarmersmarket.orgOCTOBER 26
Free Naturescaping Basics Workshop. Youre invited to a Naturescaping workshop this morning, 9 am-1 pm, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, presented by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Learn how to design a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves time, money, and energy. Youll pick up a plethora of fresh ideas, tips, and resources for your yard. This is a free event, but you must register in advance in order to attend – online at: www.emswcd.org – or call 503/222-7645.OCTOBER 27
Woodstock Farmers Market Halloween Carnival. Today, 10 am till 2 pm, at the regular Sunday Woodstock Farmers Market, its their second annual Halloween Carnival. Bring the whole family for live music from Tallulah's Daddy, delicious food, face painting, Halloween bag decorating, trick-or-treating with vendors and neighborhood businesses, gourd lanterns, and more. There will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more from the 35+ vendors. The market is on the parking lot of the Woodstock KeyBank, 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For more information, go online to: Moreland>www.woodstockmarketpdx.comMoreland Monster March at 3 pm today. Everyone, of every age, get in your costume and assemble at Llewellyn Elementary School, S.E. 14th at Tolman Street! The parade, sponsored by the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance starts out eastbound at 3 pm, turns south on Milwaukie Avenue, west on Bybee Boulevard, and returns to the school on 14th for treats donated by Westmoreland and Sellwood merchants. Free.OCTOBER 28Sellwood Halloween Spooktacular. The Sellwood Community Center, at S.E. 14th and Spokane Street, presents its annual Spooktacular Carnival and Café tonight, 6:30-8 pm. Everyones invited.OCTOBER 31