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In April, in Inner Southeast


Rhododendron and Daffodil Show and Sale:

The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society and the Daffodil Society present the annual Rhododendron and Daffodil Show and Sale, today and tomorrow – 9 to 5; sale starts at 9 each day, and show starts at noon both days – at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, 5801 S.E. 28th Avenue, across the street from Reed College on the west side of the campus. Admission is free. If you’d like to enter your own flowers, bring them to the Garden’s exhibit hall 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. this morning. For more information, call 503/771-8386, or go online to: www.crystalspringsgarden.org


“The Princess and the Pea” at Portland Puppet Museum:

The nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum in Sellwood presents Emily Alexander of Tears of Joy Theatre in a comedic puppet show of this classic Fairy Tale of romance and true love with the question, “What does it really take to be a true princess?” Perfect funny show for the little ones. Shows at 11 am only; $10 admission - Babes in arms free. 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. For reservations or information call 503/233-7723.


“Writing time” for adults at Sellwood Library:

Come together for an hour and a half this evening to write – not to read, not to provide feedback – just write. There’s no facilitating. Just bring your own writing, journal, scrap paper, laptop – and write. So often writing is an isolating act, but tonight, 6-7:30, and then again once a month, experience the quiet presence of others doing what you do. It’s free, and it’s at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. Bidwell at 13th Avenue.


Reed College Orchestra Spring Concert:

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., in the college’s Kaul Auditorium, the Reed College orchestra presents their spring concert, featuring student solos and selections from Beethoven's Concerto No. 3. Open to the public, and admission is free.


“Brooklyn Preschool” rummage sale:

The nonprofit Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool is holding its annual fundraising rummage sale today and tomorrow – 9 am to 3 pm each day – featuring contributions from more than two dozen families. The sale takes place where the school is – in the basement of the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele in the Reed neighborhood. The Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year in its Monday, Wednesday and Thursday class for 4 year olds – and its Tuesday and Friday class for 3 year olds. Call for information, and to arrange to meet current parent members and have a tour. 503/234-7103.


School holds fundraising auction:

Tucker Maxon School for deaf and hearing children – based on S.E. Holgate Boulevard in the Reed neighborhood – holds its annual Gala and Auction, “Celebrating the Sounds of Tucker”, this evening downtown at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 5-9 p.m. This major fundraiser features hundreds of items in a silent auction, and live auction treasures such as trips, fishing items, and theme packages. Also, the Timbers will be playing at home that night, and the MAC club room has a view! Call 503/235-6551 for information.


Poetry Writing Workshop this afternoon at Sellwood Library:

Poetry is not the domain of just a few; it’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words, and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you. Join Paulann Petersen this afternoon, 2-5 p.m., presents a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, you’ll make an exhilarating plunge into language. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street. (Also presented at the Woodstock Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard, Saturday, April 30, 2-5 p.m. Registration required – do so at the Woodstock Library.)


Grout Elementary School PTA Plant Sale:

Grout Elementary School PTA hosts its annual community plant sale at the school today, from 10 am to 2 pm. The PTA is selling plants donated from the community, as well as some nursery plants such as annuals and vegetable starts. Events will include a free fairy garden craft for kids. Grout Elementary School is located at 3119 S.E. Holgate Boulevard. APRIL 24

Reed College Chorus & Collegium Spring Concert:

At 7:30 p.m. this evening in the college’s Kaul Auditorium, Reed Chorus & Collegium Musicum present an “inspiring all-Brahms concert”, under the direction of Virginia Hancock. Admission is free, and the concert is open to the public.


Red Cross blood drive in Westmoreland:

This afternoon, 2-7 p.m., the local chapter of the American Red Cross will be set up at Moreland Presbyterian Church for an on-site blood drive. All types are needed. Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins will be accommodated as circumstances permit. For appointments, call 1-800/733-2767, or go online to: www.redcrossblood.org, and give sponsor code “MorelandPresbyterian”. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.


“Introduction to Family History” at Woodstock Library:

Have you ever wanted to know more about your family history, but you weren't sure how to get started? By the end of the free class this evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m., you will be able to use some basic genealogy vocabulary, be familiar with some ways to get started, know some effective online communication techniques, and understand research basics and vital records. This class uses lab computers. It IS for beginners, but you must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse. Free, but registration is required – do so in the library, or call 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.


“College Night at Cleveland High”:

The Cleveland College and Career Center will host its fourth annual “College Night” for students and families tonight, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Cleveland High School auditorium. The program begins with a panel of current Cleveland seniors discussing their college search and selection process, followed by several breakout session choices. The sessions include: Inside the Admissions Office, Crafting the College Application Essay, Financial Planning for College, Financial Aid Basics, Considerations for Applying to Selective Colleges, Public Universities In-State and Out, and Naviance and other Internet Resources for Parents. APRIL 29

Reserved ticket sales underway for annual St. Agatha event:

The St. Agatha Altar Society’s Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show is not until May 12 at noon, but admission is by reserved ticket only, and the sale of the $10 tickets is now underway. The title of the event this year is “A Picnic of Fashions” courtesy of Christopher and Banks, and it will be in the St. Agatha Parish Hall on May 12 at noon, 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue. For advance reserved tickets, call Marie Zavada at 503/238-2139.

Puppet show for adults tonight in Sellwood:

Tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m., at the nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum, Ping Pong the Panda presents what they’re calling “Silbert & Gullivan's ‘The Mikadoo’” (or something like that) in fifty minutes or less. Yes, the entire operetta is distilled down to its essentials for today's short attention-span audience! $25 admission, or $40 per couple – adults only, please. 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. For reservations or information call 503/233-7723.