August Events and Activities
in Inner Southeast Portland
Ping Pongs Puppet Museum presents new exhibit. The nonprofit public puppet museum in Sellwood, Ping Pongs Pint Size Puppet Museum, presents its 12th exhibit – Gepettos Workshop, on the art of puppet building – from now through November 2nd, open Thursday through Sunday, 2 to 8 pm, at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Included are puppets of all styles built for clients including Disney, Nike, Barqs Root Beer, and many more. This month, the museum will also open up its outdoor garden theater for two of the most elaborate and enjoyable marionette shows they have created
over the years: No, No, No Pinocchio, and The Baby Dragon Finds a Job. Visit www.puppetmuseum.com online, for show dates and times.AUGUST 3
Sundae in the Park today in Sellwood Park! The third-of-a-century-old neighborhood get-together Sundae in the Park, sponsored by SMILE – the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, with proceeds benefiting Meals On Wheels – starts at noon today with live entertainment and 75-cent ice cream sundaes, and continues all afternoon till 5 pm, with various live entertainers, in upper Sellwood Park on the bluff overlooking Oaks Park (on S.E. 7th). Then, after 5 pm, Portland Parks takes over with more live entertainment, ending the evening at dusk with an outdoor showing of the classic science fiction comedy movie, Back to the Future, starring Michael Fox, and rated PG. Bring everyone and make a full day of it! www.sundaeinthepark.com .
Whiz, Bang, Boom! Professor Gabbys at Woodstock Library. Come and discover the many different sides of science with the very excitable Professor Gabby. From animals to dinosaurs, to what you eat and drink, Professor Gabby will take you on a science adventure you wont soon forget. Get inspired to learn more from this musical whiz, bang of a puppet production! For kids and families; free. 2 till 2:45 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.Sellwood National Night Out party. Among the local participating organizations in this national event, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood – 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue – will hold its party tonight 5:30-9 pm. Its free, and all are welcome. For more information, call 503/236-7823.AUGUST 6
Music and More from the Land Down Under at Sellwood Library. Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, science (biology, ecology, physics), puppetry, comedy, character building, reading motivation, and audience participation. The didgeridoo, usually a hollowed-out tree trunk or branch, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its mesmerizing sound. But DDU is much more than music – its interactive, educational, motivational, and highly entertaining. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program (which runs from 1 to 2 pm), at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Space is limited, so come early.Name the Chicken at the Moreland Farmers Market. A Name the Chicken campaign kicks off today at the nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market. Throughout the month of August customers are asked to help name the (currently unnamed) market chicken. Also make sure to stop by the Info Booth to get your first entry into the August monthly raffle (no purchase required, win up to $50). The Moreland Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 pm each Wednesday afternoon through October, and is located at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue, on the Wilhelms Portland Memorial parking lot. More information online at: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org.
Ardenwald: Concert in the Park. The August Thursdays Concerts in Ardenwald Park begin this evening, 7 pm till dusk, with a blues performance by Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes. All these August concerts are free, and suitable for all ages. This one is also a National Night Out party, and those festivities begin at 6 pm. Ardenwald Park is at 3637 S.E. Roswell Street, across from Ardenwald Elementary School.AUGUST 8
William Byrd Festival series of concerts start tonight in Southeast. The annual nineteen-day William Byrd Festival, celebrating the music of the Renaissance composer William Byrd (1540-1623), and his teacher Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), starts today at St. Stephens Church, 1112 S.E. 41st in Southeast Portland, where many of the concerts will be held through August 24th. Tickets available at the door or in advance for tonights concert at 7:30 pm: $20, general; $15 seniors and students. Order by phone at 1-800/838-3006. For information, go online to: www.byrdfestival.org. AUGUST 9
Legends of Mexico at noon, at Sellwood Library. Mexico is well known for its legends, myths, and tales. We have legends since the time of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, Huicholes, as well as legends after the arrival of the Europeans to the American Continent. We have legends that talk about love, nature and everyday life. Legends of Mexico is an original bilingual performance with masks, movement, dance, songs, and music. During the program, participants will learn about geography, history, traditional ancestral music, and the different languages still spoken in Mexico. Free. Come early for limited seating. Noon till 12:50 pm, at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. AUGUST 13Blood drive in Westmoreland today. The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, from 2 until 5 pm. Blood donation appointments are recommended, and can be made by calling 1-800/733-2767, or by going online to: www.redcrossblood.org, and using the sponsor code: MorelandPresbyterian. For questions on eligibility, call 1-866/236-3276.AUGUST 14Celtic folk music in Ardenwald Park. Ardenwalds August Thursdays Concerts in the Park continue tonight, 7 pm till dusk, with a performance by Whispering Roses – Celtic Sacred Folk music. Food and beverages are for sale at all these free concerts.AUGUST 15
The Fascinating World of Reptiles at Woodstock Library. Join the Reptile Man, a/k/a Richard Ritchey, in meeting his outstanding crew of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises! Richard has been winning the rapt attention of audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years and has assembled a traveling collection of scaled predators that is unrivaled in quality and reputation. Free. Its 2 to 3 pm today at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. (Also appearing on August 23, noon till 1 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell.)AUGUST 16
Sidewalk Sale at All Saints today in Woodstock. All Saints Episcopal Church, 40th and Woodstock Boulevard, presents a sidewalk sale today only – from 9 am to 3 pm. Books, antiques, and collectables on sale.Oboe recital tonight in Woodstock. Following a day of the 21st annual Northwest Oboe Seminar today (Victoria Racz, director), there will be an oboe recital this evening open to the public – at 7:30 pm, at All Saints Episcopal /Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Admission is $10, and tickets will be available at the door.
Cleveland/Commerce 48-51 High Class Reunion. Today, graduates and friends from the CHS classes of 1948, 1949, 1950, and 1951 are invited to the annual picnic at Oaks Amusement Park, Area 1 Shelter. Registration begins at 11 am; catered chicken meal served at 12 noon. $15.00 per person. For more information telephone 503/492-0772.AUGUST 21
Breakfast Forum on ballot measures. Woodstock resident Ann B. Clarkson, creator of the Breakfast Forum political discussion series, announces the topic of the August forum: Initiatives on the November Ballot; the speaker is David Delk, President of the Alliance for Democracy. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly – 7:30-8:30 am today, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont – to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Members choose both topics and speakers. No registration required. Free. For information call 503/774-9621.Acoustic folk concert in Ardenwald Park. Ardenwalds August Thursdays Concerts in the Park continue tonight, 7 pm till dusk, with a performance by Ian McFeron – acoustic folk music, accompanied by five instruments. Food and beverages are for sale at all these free concerts.
Legos @ the Library for kids, at Sellwood Library. Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. Each month well build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. Free. 3-4 pm, at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. AUGUST 27
End of Summer Party at Moreland Farmers Market. The nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market celebrates the end of summer this afternoon; bring a blanket and have a picnic on the grass, as you enjoy music, samples from New Seasons, and kids crafts from Collage. The market will also be unveiling the new name of its market chicken as chosen by customers during the past month. And one last time, stop by the Info Booth to enter the August monthly raffle (no purchase required, win up to $50). The Moreland Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 pm each Wednesday afternoon through October, and is located at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue, on the Wilhelms Portland Memorial parking lot. More information online at: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org.
AUGUST 28Folk rock concert in Ardenwald Park. Ardenwalds August Thursdays Concerts in the Park come to a close tonight, 7 pm till dusk, with a performance by Lincolns Beard – folk rock music, accompanied by three instruments. Appropriate for all ages. Free, but food and beverages are for sale.