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MARCH 4 “Body Recall” class for seniors starts today. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood announces “Body Recall Exercise for Seniors” classes starting this afternoon – “recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging”. Spring classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, starting today, in the gym at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 SE 15th. The cost is $50 for eight weeks of classes, and it is not necessary to register ahead of time. Woodstock Pancake Supper this afternoon. Trinity United Methodist Church invites the community to its Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 4:30-6:30 pm this afternoon, featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Free Will Offering rather than a charge. It’s at the church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street. “Social Security Planning for Baby Boomers.” Social Security is far more complicated than most people realize. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime. Learn the answers to your questions: Will Social Security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on in retirement? This informative seminar at the Woodstock Branch Library covers the basics of Social Security, and reveals innovative strategies for maximizing your benefits. Free. 5:30-7:30 pm this evening. The Woodstock Library is situated on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 49th. MARCH 5

“Bunny’s Garden” on Ladybug Theater stage. Bunny and friends begin their spring garden in this 45-minute performance of the famous Ladybug Theater for families and kids of all ages, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Doors open at 10:15, play begins at 10:30 am. Another performance in a week, on March 12, same place and time. Admission $4 for all; please leave your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay with cash or check at the door. Stacy at Woodstock meeting. Metro Councilor Bob Stacey makes an appearance at tonight's general meeting of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, at 7 pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue. Councilor Stacey will introduce himself to the Woodstock neighborhood and provide an opportunity to discuss any of Metro’s projects that he's connected to, that people may have interest in. If you live, work or own a business in Woodstock, you are automatically a member of the neighborhood association. All are welcome. To learn more, go online to: TriMet>www.woodstockpdx.org. TriMet talks future bus service. At the March SMILE General Public Meeting, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, TriMet will be present to discuss plans for bus service – particularly for north Westmoreland – once the new light rail line is opened and operating. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm, and is open to the public. MARCH 7

Talking about ventriloquism at Sellwood museum. This evening at 7:30 and again Sunday at 4 pm, you’re invited to a session called “Ventriloquism with Dave Miller” at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. “Spend a fascinating session with Dave Miller as he does some ‘venting’, talks ‘story’, entertains you with his ventriloquism talents, and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at American ventriloquism. Call 503/233-7723 for information – or go online to: www.puppetmuseum.com.

MARCH 8 Naturescaping Site Planning Workshop. Previous participants of the “Naturescaping Basics” workshop presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District should be interested in this workshop, intended to guide you through the steps of planning your project and preparing a site plan, using naturescaping techniques. The workshop is 9 am to 1 pm today at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street at 39th (Chavez). Register online at: www.emscwd.org. Registration is required, and space is limited. Preschool Open House in Sellwood. At 10 am this morning at the Sellwood Community Center, 1436 S.E Spokane Street, parents and children are invited to the Preschool Open House. Classes for children ages 2-1/2 to 5. Stop in and meet the experienced teachers, and check out the cheerful classrooms. It’s a great opportunity to get all of your questions answered. Open registration starts on March 17th at 8:30 am at the Sellwood Community Center. MARCH 10

Brooklyn garden planning meeting. Come to the first Brooklyn Community Orchard and Garden planning meeting at Sacred Heart Villa, 3925 SE Milwaukie Avenue, 7-8:30pm. The Brooklyn Action Corps Neighborhood Association seeks public input to develop the triangular lot bounded by S.E. 16th, 17th & Pershing Streets into a community fruit orchard and raised garden bed site for the public and for people with disabilities. TriMet, the current site owner, supports the Orchard-Garden idea. Bring your dreams and visions for the proposed Brooklyn Orchard Garden! MARCH 15 “Underwater Adventure” puppet show is all wet. This morning at 10:30, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Theater in Sellwood presents the Dragon Theater Puppets in “The Underwater Adventure”, featuring puppets performing “under real water”! Shawnery Connery tells all about the sea creatures while a small seahorse and a sting ray escape from sharks, jellyfish, angler fish, and the most deadly thing in the sea – pollution! Their friends Manta Ray, a dolphin, puffer fish, octopus and many other sea life come together to help them as well as to celebrate life in the sea. It takes place at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Call 503/233-7723 for information – or go online to: St>www.puppetmuseum.com. St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival at St. Agatha. Today it’s the 16th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, at St. Agatha Catholic School in Sellwood – followed by the annual St. Patrick’s Festival. A 5k Fun Run will kick-off the festival at 11 am; at noon, join hundreds of families wearing their green with children on decorated bikes, scooters and wagons as they parade through the main streets of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood beginning and ending at St. Agatha Catholic School. Then, children of all ages will enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with cakewalk. Under the heated tent festival attendees will hear live music from the Clackamas Fire Fighters Pipes & Drum; Hyatus; Other entertainment includes Irish dancers. Enjoy an authentic Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner, corned beef sandwiches, Irish sausage rolls and many more delicious foods. In the evening, Ireland’s famous Guinness beer will be flowing along with Widmer Brewing favorites. It’s at St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 S.E. 15th. For schedule and more information, visit: www.stagathaschoolpdx.us/stpatrick.html -- or call 503 234-5500. MARCH 16

“Adventures in Ventriloquism”. This afternoon at 4 pm, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum presents “Adventures in Ventriloquism with Chuck Mott” – an interactive and entertaining program exploring the how-to of ventriloquism. Featuring a live performance, Q & A, and an opportunity to try your own hand (and lips) at “venting”, yourself. Everything you ever wanted to know about ventriloquism but were afraid to ask. The featured guest speaker/performer is Chuck Mott, a local ventriloquist, puppeteer, and magician for over twenty years. It takes place at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Call 503/233-7723 for information – or go online to: www.puppetmuseum.com. MARCH 19

Ladybug Theater: “Baby Bear and the Three Pigs”. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids and families presents “Baby Bear and the Three Pigs” in a 45-minute performance of the famous Ladybug Theater for families and kids of all ages, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Doors open at 10:15, play begins at 10:30 am. Another performance in a week, on March 26, same place and time. Admission $4 for all; please leave your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay with cash or check at the door. “Down-zoning north Westmoreland” at SMILE Board Mtg. At tonight’s SMILE Board meeting, City of Portland representatives will return to discuss their preliminary proposal for down-zoning part of northern Westmoreland in the new Portland Comprehensive Plan. All northern Westmoreland property owners are encouraged to attend this important meeting. It will be held at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino (a block south of Tacoma Street) in Sellwood, at 7:30 pm tonight. MARCH 20

“Breakfast Forum” meets in Mt. Tabor. This morning, 7:30-8:30 am, the monthly Southeast Breakfast Forum meets at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, Taborspace Coffeehouse, 5441 S.E. Belmont. Topic: David M. Tver offers a critique of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Members choose both topics and speakers. Free. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.


“The Cat Drum” at Sellwood Library. “The Cat Drum” is a story from the Caribbean about how the cat got its purr. “Sean’s Shadows” is a dynamic combination of storytelling, shadow puppetry, world music, and a love for reading and books. Shadow puppet theater is found all over the world, and has been performed for hundreds of generations. Sean’s mission is to entertain, educate, and help maintain this ancient art in a fun and engaging manner. Since space is limited, free tickets for seating at today’s family show will be available 30 minutes before the program, at 11:30 am, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Show starts at noon and lasts 45 minutes.


“Legos at the Sellwood Library”. “Legos at the Library” invites kids to bring your mad Lego skills to the Sellwood Branch Library, and let your imagination flow. Each month, build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. Free. For March, it’s this afternoon, 3-4 pm. The library is situated at S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.


Basket Weaving for everyone, in Woodstock. The whole family is invited to join papercraft artist Sarah Fagan for “eco-friendly basket weaving”. Basket armatures will be crafted from recycled cardstock, with the woven strands coming from a variety of repurposed sources, like magazines, road maps, and old sheet music. The final products are perfect for holding eggs, wildflowers, or other spring treasures. Free, 2-3:30 pm this afternoon in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. MARCH 29

Early Spring Veggie-Starts Sale. The Early Spring Edibles Plant Sale returns to the Sellwood-Westmoreland community today, 9 am to 3 pm, at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue, at Tenino Street. OSU Extension Multnomah County Master Gardeners will be selling an array of local organically-grown early spring vegetable starts at very reasonable prices. You’ll find heirlooms to hybrids – Asian greens, beets, broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, leeks, lettuces, onions, peas, and more! Varieties offered are those that thrive here in our cool, sometimes soggy spring soils. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer your home gardening questions. To preview a list and descriptions of the veggie starts being offered go online: www.metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/plantsale


Get your veggie garden off to a smart start this spring. In conjunction with their Early Spring Edibles Plant Sale, Multnomah County Master Gardeners will be giving two mini smart-start presentations on Veggie Gardening 101 today at 10:30am and 12:30pm, at the SMILE Station, 8210 S.E 13th Avenue. Learn essential tips and tricks for successfully growing vegetables. Presentations are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:multmastergardeners@gmail.com" multmastergardeners@gmail.com.


Annual rhododendron and daffodil show. Today and tomorrow, April 5th and 6th, the Daffodil Society, and the Portland chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, join to present their annual show and sale of both types of blooms. The show is today 10-5, and tomorrow noon till 5. The sale is 9-5 both days. The location is at the Portland Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th just north of Woodstock Boulevard, on the west side of the Reed College campus, and it is open to the public.

“Mardi Gras in April” CHS fundraiser tonight. This evening, 6-9 pm, the Cleveland High School Foundation presents its annual benefit event – this year, “Mardi Gras in April” – at St. Philip Neri Church’s Carvlin Hall, 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue near Division Street. “You don’t have to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras fun, as the CHS Foundation is bringing Bourbon Street to you! You'll feast on red beans and rice (please specify either meat or vegetarian preference when purchasing ticket), salad, garlic bread, one beverage (beer or glass of wine), and dessert. Water, coffee, and tea also provided. Your ticket also enters your name in the drawing for door prizes, including: Batches of homemade frozen gumbo, CDs of New Orleans jazz, New Orleans Saints T-shirt, King’s Cake, and Popeye's gift certificates. Live music provided by CHS jazz musicians. Cost is $25.00 ($30 at door). Tickets on sale now at CHS, or e-mail Mary Kay West at: HYPERLINK "mailto:mwest1962@comcast.net" mwest1962@comcast.net.

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