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In September, in Southeast


“Strut Your Mutt” animal fundraiser today in Sellwood.

“Strut Your Mutt” is a nonprofit fundraising walk to support Best Friends, as well as local animal rescue groups and shelters. Register to walk in Sellwood Riverfront Park as an individual or part of a team; registration open at 8 a.m. After the walk, which starts at 9, enjoy a family and dog-friendly festival, complete with music, vendor booths, and interactive activities on the Willamette River at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, at Sellwood Riverfront Park. Visit: www.strutyourmutt.org – for more information and to register online.

“Blood Lead Screening” Family Clinic at Sellwood Library.

A blood lead test is the only way to find out if a child has lead poisoning. Many children who have lead poisoning look and act healthy; because of this, lead poisoning may go unrecognized. Come to the Sellwood Branch Library today for a free, quick and simple finger-prick test administered by trained professionals that takes only minutes. Receive immediate on-site results and resources for lead poisoning prevention. This clinic is for children ages 6 and younger, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and any student within the Portland Public School System. 10:30-12:30 midday at the Sellwood Library, corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

For adults: Coloring for Calm and Creativity.

Coloring books are not just for kids anymore! The process of coloring has been shown to be stress-reducing, calm-inducing, and joy-producing for people of all ages. The coloring resurgence has spread across the nation, with adults enjoying the creative and therapeutic benefits of coloring. Join artist and facilitator Anya Hankin, at the Woodstock Branch Library 2-3 p.m. this afternoon, for some much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation through the artistic process. Each participant will receive an original black and white illustration to color. All art materials, snacks, and soothing music, will be provided. It’s free – but registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.


“Woodstock Gives Back” today. As organized by the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA), participating merchants in the Woodstock and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods are offering specials and sales keyed to supporting various nonprofit charities that each merchant has chosen as a beneficiary of “Woodstock Gives Back”. More information is available online at: www.woodstockbiz.com

“Sellwood Storytelling Show” today.

Every second Sunday of each month is the time to come to the Sellwood Branch Library for stories, songs, and fun led by the “Oregon Tellers” – Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Listen, learn, laugh, and leave with a story to tell – all for free! Today’s the day for this special show in September, and the time is 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. For the whole family. Come early, as seating is limited!

Brooklyn neighborhood "Ice Cream Social" today.
The 15th annual Brooklyn neighborhood "Ice Cream Social in the Park" is 1-4 p.m. in Brooklyn Park this afternoon, with ice cream bars still just 25 cents! Air Castle, Face Painter, Balloon Sculptor, Rock Wall, and live music by the Yamhillbillies. Booths will feature the Brooklyn Historical Society, Community Garden, local hand-made jewelry, crafts and more. The Meals on Wheels People are back with hot dogs, sausages, chips, soda, and water. It all takes place this afternoon in Brooklyn Park, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, a couple of blocks south of Powell Boulevard.

Moreland Presbyterian starts Food Drive for Mainspring Portland.

Moreland Presbyterian Church is hosting a week-long Food Drive to benefit the food pantry program of Mainspring Portland. Especially needed are canned foods such as vegetables, fruits, soups, chili, and tuna – and packaged foods such as peanut butter, cereal, rice, and pasta. Anyone in Inner Southeast who would like to donate food can drop it off at the church Sunday morning Sept. 11 or 18, or Monday-Thursday from 9 to 4. Moreland Presbyterian Church is located at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. 503/234-8404; www.morelandpresbyterian.com

CHS Class of ’66 Reunion this afternoon. The Class of 1966 at Cleveland High School is having its 50-year reunion this afternoon, 1-4 pm, at Eastmoreland Golf Course Grill, with a buffet luncheon – $50 per person. For details, contact Sandra Rains Fruhwirth at 503/357-2777 – or by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For adults: Introduction to Computers.

New to computers? Come to the Woodstock Branch Library this morning, 10 a.m. to noon – and again at the same hours on September 19 and 26 – to learn about the basics of computers, in this three-session series. You don’t need any computer experience to take this relaxed and fun class. It’s free, but registration is required; register in the Woodstock library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

SEPTEMBER 15 Breakfast Forum scrutinizes renewable energy.

The nonprofit monthly “Breakfast Forum”, established and hosted by Reed resident Ann B. Clarkson, meets for September this morning, 7:30-8:30 a.m., at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. It’s free, informal, and open to all. This month’s topic is “If the Transition to Renewable Energy Fails, What’s Next?” The speaker is Joe Clarkson, who has been involved with renewable energy research and development for 40 years, including hydro, solar, wind, and ocean thermal energy conversion. The group meets monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.

SEPTEMBER 16 Moreland Presbyterian hosts M.O.P.S.

Calling all moms of young children, birth to kindergarten! Moreland M.O.P.S. (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) invites you to begin the year of becoming Starry Eyed with a community of moms sharing, learning, and growing together. They meet every first and third Friday of the month, beginning TODAY – 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Childcare is provided. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The meeting is at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, in Westmoreland.


Rummage sale at St. Mark’s. The annual rummage sale is today, 9 till 4, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5415 S.E. Powell Boulevard – between S.E. 54th and 55th on the #9 bus line. “Please enter from the parking lot behind the building.”

“Eastside Village PDX” free get-acquainted meeting.

Eastside Village PDX is a volunteer-run local nonprofit, helping people age in their own homes and communities. Anyone interested in participating or helping is invited to attend a free informational meeting at Woodstock Wine and Deli this morning, 10 a.m. to noon, at 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. More is available online at: www.eastsidevillage.org

Sellwood Jazz Charity Concert. Today, 3 to 6 p.m., on the front lawn of Immanuel Lutheran Church, S.E. 15th Street between Lambert and Bidwell, there will be a Jazz Charity Concert – performed by The Thomas Whalen Group and The Mike Curtis Jazz Project. All proceeds collected will be donated to “Light for Orphans Ministry”, which supports orphan children in Uganda.


For kids and teens: Going Batty.

Explore the intriguing world of bats at the Sellwood Branch Library this morning, and learn the truth about one of the most misunderstood and beneficial creatures on earth. Learn about bat diversity, echolocation, and diet. Practice using a mist net – the tool field biologists use to capture and study live bats, before releasing them back into the night sky. Topics include adaptations, bat biology and physics of sound. It’s free…but come early, since seating is limited. 11 a.m. to noon this morning at the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.


Today and tomorrow – St. Philip Neri Church rummage sale.

The annual fund-raising rummage sale at St. Philip Neri Church Hall, accompanied by a craft fair, takes place today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is S.E. 16th and Division Street, just north of Powell.


Reed College annual “FUNd RUN/WALK” this morning.
This morning brings the annual Reed College “FUNd RUN/WALK”, 9-11:30 a.m. (Registration starts at 8.) The 5K run/walk starts at 9 from the Reed College Quad; then, 9:30-11:30 a.m., there is a free Bon Appétit pancake breakfast, campus tours, kids’ activities, and the award ceremony. One hundred percent of the registration fees and sponsorship dollars are donated by Reed College directly to Portland Public Schools, including Duniway, Grout, Lewis, Llewellyn, and Woodstock Elementary Schools. For more information or to register online, go to: www.reed.edu/5k

Holy Family Church “Oktoberfest” this afternoon.

Holy Family Church, at 7425 S.E. Chavez Blvd. (39th Avenue) presents a family-friendly Oktoberfest from noon until 8 p.m. today, with carnival games and crafts, music and live entertainment, food from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen and beverages from Woodstock’s new Double Mountain Brewery and Tap Room. Prizes will be awarded for the “best Oktoberfest dressed” adult and child. Admission is free, and food, beverage, and carnival tickets will be available for purchase. For more information, go online: www.eastmorelandoktoberfest.com