What's happening in Inner Southeast Portland


Woodstock Farmers Market opens for the season. Today is the Woodstock Farmers Market's Opening Day – 10 am to 2 pm, and as usual held on the parking lot of Key Bank at 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Open to all, and without an admission charge…but bring some money to pick up fresh foods and craft items! More information online:

Sellwood Garden Tour today. Seven gardens in Garthwick, Sellwood, Eastmoreland and Westmoreland are featured today in this annual fundraiser for the Sellwood Middle School PTA. The hours of the tour are 11 am to 4 pm today, and tickets have been on sale at the school itself, as well as ad Duniway, Llewellyn, and Lewis Elementary Schools, Dennis’ 7 Dees on S.E. Powell (as well as Lake Oswego and Cedar Hills), and at the Sellwood New Seasons Market. Visit the Sellwood Middle School website for more information: Preschool open enrollment today. Open enrollment is available today at Immanuel Lutheran School, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. Call to schedule a visit with the teachers and check out the classroom. 503/236-7823.


Red Cross Blood Drive today in Sellwood. Sponsored by New Seasons Market, the Red Cross’ Sellwood Blood Drive is this afternoon, 1:30-6 pm across the street from New Seasons, at the Sellwood Baptist Church, 1104 S.E. Spokane Street. Every 2 seconds in the United States, someone needs blood. Volunteers who donate blood through the American Red Cross get the good feeling that comes from knowing they may have helped save a life. Sign up online to donate: – sponsor code: Sellwood.

JUNE 5 Free renaissance music workshop at Reed College. This afternoon, 4-8:30 pm, the singers of “In Mulieribus” offers a free workshop on renaissance music at Reed College, with Dr. Kerry McCarthy, in advance of its concert on Sunday evening, June 8, at St. Philip Neri Church on S.E. Division Street. If interested in attending this afternoon’s Reed College workshop, please 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.. For more details, see listing for June 8, below. JUNE 6 “Llewellyn Old Fashioned Carnival” today. The Llewellyn Elementary School “Old Fashioned Carnival” takes place this afternoon, 5:30-8 pm, rain or shine, to mark the end of the school year. “The goal is a super fun event, with lots of games, activities, entertainment, and food.” Tickets are $5 per child (adults play for free), and everyone can play as many games as often as they wish. Local food vendors will collect cash for the food. Wear closed-toe shoes for safety (e.g,. rock-climbing wall), bring a bag for your prizes, and carry a water bottle to stay hydrated. Visit online at Buy tickets at the Carnival, or avoid the line and buy them in advance at Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters (13th and S.E. Lexington). Walk, run, bike, or carpool to Llewellyn Elementary School, 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland. Profits support the Llewellyn PTA. Puppet show at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum. Tonight at 7:30, Sellwood’s nonprofit puppet museum presents a performance of “The Magic of Kindness & Kolaches” by Tendrak Theatre – it’s a special Friday evening performance, with remarks by playwright Dennis Strachota to follow. The show repeats (without the remarks) tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm and Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. “This miniature Czech marionette production demonstrates how the younger brother Honza, who cares about others and tries to do his best, is successful in life. His older brother Lukas, who is self-seeking and lazy, has a much more difficult time finding meaning in life.” Shows are 45 minutes long and suitable for the whole family; show tickets are $7.00 for ages 3 to 99. The museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street; call for reservations: 503/233-7723. JUNE 7

Ardenwald-Johnson Creek plant sale. The fund-raising plant sale for the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Plant Sale Fundraiser is 11 am to 4 pm today and again tomorrow, at 3012 S.E. Balfour Street – near the future neighborhood park which this plant sale will help fund. Plants have been contributed by neighborhood Master Gardeners. Bring cash or your checkbook (no credit or debit card sales available). For questions, call Lisa at 503/754-1655, or go online to: Fireworks> Fireworks tonight at Reed College. As part of the annual Reed Fair and Class Reunion event, which runs through tomorrow at Reed College, a fireworks show on campus will take place at dusk.

JUNE 8 Renaissance concert and lecture tonight. “In Mulieribus” presents “Hidden Voices of Renaissance England” with guest conductor and scholar Dr. Kerry McCarthy, at 7 pm this evening, at St. Philip Neri Church on S.E. Division Street – following a Free Workshop on Thursday, June 5, 4-8:30 pm at Reed College. In the concert tonight, “In Mulieribus” – Anna Song, Director – will join with guest conductor and Byrd scholar Dr. Kerry McCarthy to present a concert exploring the music of English composer William Byrd (1540-1623) and his contemporaries. Featured works include Byrd’s “Mass for Three Voices”, motets, and sacred songs. Hannah Brewer will perform keyboard music of William Byrd.


Kid’s Day at Moreland Farmers Market, featuring Mr. Lizard. Celebrate the end of the school year with Kid’s Day at the Moreland Farmers Market: Mr. Lizard and his mobile reptile zoo will be there from 4:30 to 5:30 for a very special event featuring an interactive, hands-on show for both children and adults – sharing fun and fascinating information on his large collection of animals. Come early to ensure a spot. There will also be live music from Portland Waldorf School’s cello group, face painting, arts and crafts with Collage, games, lots of samples, and more. The Moreland Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 pm and on the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial parking lot, at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue. Additional information online at: “Reel Science” tonight at OMSI. In what used to be the OmniMax Theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and is now called the Empirical Theater, “OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.” The movie shown tonight is “Jurassic Park”, and the accompanying lecture on this prehistoric subject features Greg Retallack, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon. 6:30-9:30 pm; cost is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. OMSI is just north of the Ross Island Bridge on the east bank of the Willamette River on S.E. Water Street. Look for the big red tower under the Marquam Bridge. JUNE 14 Flag Day choir concert this afternoon. Choirs from the Woodstock area will be singing in a choir event today, Flag Day, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard, from 1 to 3 pm. Protestant and Catholic choirs will sing as individual choirs, and then join together to sing patriotic sons to celebrate Flag Day. It’s free and open to all, but a good will offering will be sought, with funds collected to be donated to relief efforts in the Philippines.


“Pageturners” group meets tonight at Sellwood Library. Read “When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice” by Terry Tempest Williams. Then come to the Sellwood Branch Library this evening, 6:30-8 pm, to engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Free, for adults, and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

JUNE 18 “All About Bugs” at Sellwood Library. For families: You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), 1-2:30 pm this afternoon, in exploring the world of insects, spiders, and their relatives. You can even hold, pet, and look at all sorts of crazy creatures – including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more! Limited seating – free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

$5 Bike Helmets at Moreland Farmers Market. Providence Milwaukie Hospital’s “Community Health in Motion” will once again be selling new, high-quality bike helmets for $5 at the Moreland Farmers Market this afternoon. Sizes range from toddlers up to large adult. In addition, there will be folk music from Todd Samusson, and traditional French music from Ian Clemons. The Moreland Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 pm, and is on the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial parking lot, at S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue. More information online at:

National science radio broadcast at OMSI. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) are teaming up to bring Science Friday to the museum's Empirical Theater tonight, for a lively evening of science news and entertainment in front of a live audience. A veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning journalist, host Ira Flatow, will discuss current science topics with local experts and will welcome audience participation with Q&A opportunities. For those science-lovers who can't get enough of Ira, join the Science Friday team for an after party with drinks and dessert in OMSI’s restaurant, “Theory”. Doors open at 6:45 pm this evening at OMSI, on S.E. Water Street on the east bank of the Willamette River just north of the Ross Island Bridge; the broadcast starts at 7 pm. Look for the big red tower under the Marquam Bridge to find OMSI.


Monthly Southeast Breakfast Forum. The monthly Breakfast Forum, founded and moderated by Woodstock resident Ann B. Clarkson, this month features as speaker Bob Zimmer – former teacher, police officer, and cook – who will present a program on the NRA from the March 18 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek as well as from his own personal experience and other sources. Free to attend; no registration required. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group “meeting monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways”. 7:30-8:30 am at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. For information, call 503/774-9621. “Summer Movie Days” starts this morning in Sellwood. “Summer Movie Days” at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood starts today, and continues every Thursday morning at 9 am throughout the summer. It’ll be a free family-friendly movie on the big screen. Bring your own refreshments and get ready for some fun; call to find what movie is playing each week. 503/236-7823. JUNE 20

Rummage sale at “Our Lady” in Woodstock. Our Lady of Sorrows Parish invites everyone to its Annual Parish Rummage Sale, today and tomorrow, 9 am to 4 pm, in the OLS Gym, 5203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. “Unexpected treasures for all!”


Puppet show at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum. This afternoon at 2 pm, Sellwood’s nonprofit puppet museum presents a performance of “The Godmother and the Magician” by Tendrak Theatre. The show repeats tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm. “This 45 miniature Czech Marionette production shows how the incantations and machinations of Godmother Marcella and Mage Chytry work to insure that ‘true love’ triumphs.” Shows are 45 minutes long and suitable for the whole family; show tickets are $7.00 for ages 3 to 99. The museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street; call for reservations: 503/233-7723. JUNE 24

“What’s Inside Your Robot?” at Woodstock Library. For kids and families: “What makes a robot tick? Here’s a hint: It’s not what you think!” Inspired by Heather Brown’s engaging “The Robot Book”, come to the Woodstock Branch Library 2-3 pm this afternoon for a dynamic, hands-on workshop to assemble and decorate a robot of your own! Our robots will definitely need bolts and screws, gears and gadgets – but they will also need hearts! Young roboticists and their families are invited to participate in a rousing reading of “The Robot Book” and then draw, paste, and decorate your very own moveable paper robot! Facilitated by artist and educator Anya Hankin. The library is situated on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Avenue. JUNE 27

“Steel Magnolias” staged in Sellwood. The nonprofit Sellwood Players are presenting the stage play “Steel Magnolias”, upon which the hit Dolly Parton movie was based, tonight and tomorrow night at the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street, with doors open at 7 and curtain at 7:30 pm. Also shows July 11 and 12. Tickets are $15, seniors and students $12, at the door, as available. Order in advance at 503/490-5975.


“Fizz, Boom, WOW” at Woodstock Library. Lava lamps – mini rockets – balloons that blow themselves up. You can make them all! For kids and teens: Take a wild ride through physics and chemistry at the Woodstock Branch Library 3-4 pm this afternoon, then take supplies home to amaze your friends! Free, but registration required; register by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.


Eastmoreland 4th of July Parade this morning. The traditional Eastmoreland 4th of July Parade starts at S.E. Rex at Reed College Place at 11 am this morning – and in the parade can be you and your family! “Decorate your family, your pets, scooters, bikes and trikes” and join the parade. The parade will proceed to Bybee Boulevard, where it turns and returns to where it started, on Rex Street. Afterward there’ll be free hot dogs, provided by Otto’s, and 25-cent sodas. For information, contact Steve Baker at 503/254-9230.

Celebrate the Fourth at Oaks Park! Nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park has activities all day today from its opening, and at sunset they’ll present the Inner Southeast’s biggest fireworks show. Bring the family and spend the day. For more, go online to:

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