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JANUARY 31 “Stories: From Teen Girls In Transition”. Teenage girls from Boys and Girls Aid of Portland tell their stories in the guise of a slam poetry night, through the mediums of prose, poetry, fairytales, music and dance – tonight and tomorrow night, 7-8 pm, at the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. $10 suggested donation; $20 VIP front row tickets. Purchase tickets online at: www.wellarts.org – or call 503/459-4500. FEBRUARY 1

“Tony Hawk Rad Science” opens today at OMSI. In the Featured Hall at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, jump into the physics behind extreme sports this spring at “Tony Hawk Rad Science”. Set in a realistic skate park scene, the exhibition's highly interactive elements introduce museum visitors to physics principles typically reserved for the classroom: Gravity, force, velocity, acceleration, inertia and balance. It breaks down the science of tricks and turns, inspiring visitors to consider a different side of sports – how working with physics can impact technique and ultimately enhance athletic performance. This exhibition continues through May 4th. Tickets: Adults $13; Youth (3-13)/Seniors (63+) $9.50; but free to OMSI Members. Prices include admission to the museum, which is located on S.E. Water Street on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, and under the Marquam Bridge. Preschool enrollment starts. Open enrollment starts today for the Fall 2014 school year at Immanuel Lutheran Preschool in Sellwood, at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue. Please call, e-mail, or stop by, to visit the preschool and pick up a registration packet. For information, call 503/236-7823 or e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FEBRUARY 4

Introduction to Computers for Seniors. In this fun, hands-on, four-session course, starting today at 10:30 am (till 1 pm) and continuing on each Tuesday this month at the Sellwood Branch Library, you will learn all the basic computer skills, including using the mouse and keyboard, working in Microsoft Windows, using Microsoft Word, surfing the Internet, and using e-mail. This course is ideal for someone who has a little experience with the computer but wants to know more. Offered by “OASIS Connections”, a national organization devoted to lifelong learning for adults over 50. Free, but registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. FEBRUARY 5

Ladybug Theater presents “Froggy”. “Froggy Went a’Courtin” is the show for kids at famous Ladybug Theater in Sellwood this morning at 10:30 – and at the same time on February 12 – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street. Appropriate for all ages. Show lasts about 45 minutes. Admission $4 per person. Leave reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay by cash or check at the door, which opens at 10:15 am.

FEBRUARY 7 Thrift shop sale today and tomorrow. Clearance sale today and tomorrow at All Saints Episcopal’s Thrift Shop, 10 am-4 pm both days , 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Books, antiques, and collectables included.

FEBRUARY 8

Lewis Elementary School Rummage Sale. Today, 9 to 3, it’s the annual school-wide Lewis Elementary School multiple family rummage sale: 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 Street. Look for the marked door and shop till you drop. Open house at nonprofit preschool. Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool, 2901 S.E. Steele, will be having their annual open house today, 9:30-11:30 am. “Come see our spacious sunny rooms, meet our inspiring teacher, and talk to current families about the school. Kids welcome. We will be accepting applications for our 2014/2015 school year lottery”. Trashanalia Day at Sellwood Library. For families and kids, it’s Trashanalia Day, and the occupants of Trash Island are celebrating! Join King Neptune as he sings songs on his canjo (a banjo made of a can) and introduces a slew of trash puppets. Charleston Turtle, Scrappy Seagull, and Felix the Hermit Crab learn to recycle, reduce, and reuse, as they sing, dance, and celebrate. KCPuppetree’s performances include original songs and puppets made out of up-cycled and re-used items. This program made possible through collaborations with Tears of Joy Theatre and SCRAP. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program, 1-1:45 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Oregon Chamber Players in Woodstock concert. Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Oregon Chamber Players present their next concert at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. On the program are selections from Handel, Glazunov, Lessel, Holst, and CPE Bach. Tickets will be available at the door – $15 general admission, and $12 for students and seniors. For more information go online to: www.oregonchamberplayers.org FEBRUARY 9 Open house this week at Genealogical Forum. The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is holding an open house this week, starting today, in honor of Oregon's upcoming 155th birthday, in the historic Ford building at S.E. 11th and Division. A book sale is included, with different special events each day. “Open and free to all.”

FEBRUARY 11

Explore the Moon at the Woodstock Library! Teens in grades 6-12 – join in a lunar adventure! Explore the properties of the moon through hands-on activities. Make your own moon craters, demonstrate lunar phases with Oreo cookies, and build your own moon colonies. Learn how astronauts explored the moon, and how recent NASA missions have studied the moon. For teens in grades 6-12; and it’s free. 4:30-6 pm this afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. FEBRUARY 13

Ventriloquism exhibit opens in Sellwood museum. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum opens a new exhibit today – “Ventriloquism: A New Dawn” – running through April 27, open Thursday through Sunday, 2-8 pm. Radio and early Television was the golden age of American ventriloquism, with performers such as Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy, Paul Winchell with Jerry Mahoney, and Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop. Now the art form is being reborn – in America we’ve got Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator, and Ronn Lucas; in England there are Nina Conti and David Strassman; and you wouldn't believe what's happening in India. Visit the exhibit and explore the fascinating world of Ventriloquism. 906 S.E. Umatilla Street.

FEBRUARY 14 OMSI Agate and Mineral Show. Today through Sunday, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry hosts the 63rd annual Agate & Mineral Show. Enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) – including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the Pacific Northwest. Presented by the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society; 30+ exhibits will be on display. OMSI is situated on the east bank of the Willamette River on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, and under the Marquam Bridge. Look for the big red tower.

FEBRUARY 15

“150 Years of Library Love”. Come celebrate Multnomah County Library's 150th birthday, and show your ‘Library Love’ by writing love notes to your library. Stop by for fun family craft activities and treats! It’s today – noon till 1 pm at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street; and 2 to 3 pm at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. Free. Puppet museum offers kids’ show, class. This morning 11:30 am till noon, children ages 3-6 will enjoy a tiny tots Beauty and the Beast princess presentation, and then can make their very own felt hand/glove puppets of Bell and the Beast. Each class member goes home with two puppets that they decorated themselves. $15.00 each – all materials supplied. Reserve your space by calling 503/233-7723. It’s presented by Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Sellwood preschool fund-raising dinner tonight. Immanuel Lutheran Preschool Fund-raising Dinner and Dance starts at 6 pm this evening for dinner, with live entertainment by The Michael Curtis Jazz Project. Tickets are $25.00 per person, and tickets are limited; contact the church office to secure your spot. Call 503/236-7823.

FEBRUARY 19

Ladybug Theater presents Baby Bear. “Baby Bear's Long Nap” is the show for kids at famous Ladybug Theater in Sellwood this morning at 10:30 – and at the same time on February 26 – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street. Appropriate for all ages. Show lasts about 45 minutes. Admission $4 per person. Leave reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay by cash or check at the door, which opens at 10:15 am. Duniway’s “Connect to Kindergarten” tonight. Duniway Elementary School in Eastmoreland will hold its annual “Connect to Kindergarten” tonight, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, in the school cafeteria at 7700 SE Reed College Place. Incoming kindergarteners and their parents are invited to learn more about Duniway and its curriculum, tour the school, and meet the Principal and the teachers. Enrollment forms for the 2014-2015 school year and transfer information will be available. IMPORTANT! If you would like to pre-register your child at this time, please bring an original copy of the state-issued birth certificate or passport, current immunization records, proof of address, and emergency contacts and phone numbers. If you are unable to attend "Connect to Kindergarten" additional tours of the school will be available at 9 am on February 25 and March 4, and at 2pm on February 27 and March 6. Please contact Duniway Elementary at 503-916-6343 to register for one of the additional tours or for more information.

FEBRUARY 22

Adult rod-puppet-making class at museum. This afternoon from 3-6 pm, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood offers a Dragon Theater Puppets adult level rod-puppet-building class, open to everyone from age 14 up. This three-hour class is a rare opportunity to build your own professional rod puppet (out of felt, Styrofoam, and wooden rods), and learn basic rod puppet manipulation techniques from one of the best rod puppet builders and performers in the business. This is a hands-on and one-on-one opportunity to learn a new skill. Cost is $100.00 each; all materials are supplied. Reserve your space by calling 503/233-7723. The address is 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood.

FEBRUARY 24

Red Cross blood drive in Woodstock. The Woodstock Bible Church is hosting a Red Cross blood drive 2-7 pm today at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. For information or to donate, call Wilf at 503/771-2015. Llewllyn Kindergarten roundup tonight. Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland will be hosting its annual Kindergarten round-up tonight, 6-7:30 pm. Join the Principal and staffmembers in an introduction to Llewellyn, as well as time to talk with the teachers in the classroom. Childcare will be provided.