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In Inner Southeast


Portland Brew Stories: Home Brewing from A to Z at Woodstock Library. Have you ever wondered what it would take to brew your own beer? Home brewing can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Once you learn the basics, you can take brewing beer as far as you want. This lecture will guide you through the process from “A”, where you will learn about the basic ingredients and necessary equipment, through the steps to “Z” – making your own batch of home-brewed beer. Free, but registration is required; register by calling 503/988-5234. It’s this evening 6-7:30 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library – S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.


Johnson Creek “Watershed Wide Event” this morning. Volunteers are invited to remove invasive plants and to plant native trees and shrubs, 9 to noon this morning. It’s a family-friendly event, and gloves and equipment are provided by the nonprofit Johnson Creek Watershed Council. Free pizza lunch for participants. Among the ten sites to be cleaned up are Westmoreland Park, the Tideman-Johnson Natural Area, and the Springwater Trail. For questions, call 503/652-7477; register online at: www.jcwc.org.

Earthquake Preparedness workshop at Sellwood Library. In this afternoon workshop at the Sellwood Branch Library, you will learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, how to build an emergency kit, what items should be included, and the proper way to store it. Free, but registration is required; register by calling 503/988-5234. S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street; 2-3:30 p.m.


Free concert at Reed College. This afternoon at 4 p.m., in Eliot Hall Chapel, Reed music students will present a 50-minute concert featuring works by the great composers. Open to the public, and admission is free.


St. Patrick’s Day Festival at St. Agatha’s in Sellwood. Bring friends and family to Portland’s annual kid and family friendly St. Patrick's Day Celebration – starting with a Fun Run at 11 a.m., after which the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band leads a community parade through the Sellwood and Westmoreland business districts. Everyone is welcome to come walk in the parade. At the festival that follows, there will be live bands, Irish music, Irish dancing, and entertainment in the tent from noon until 8 p.m. Guinness, local beer and Irish fare too! The kids’ carnival runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Find St. Agatha’s School and Parish at 7960 S.E. 15th Avenue, at Nehalem Street, in Sellwood.

Puppet show for kids, at Portland Puppet Museum. “The Mantis and the Moon” – a Southern African Folk Tale from “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folk Tales” – will be presented at the nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street, in Sellwood, at 11 a.m. this morning (A Tiny Tots Theatre Production by Tears of Joy Theatre). Admission $10.00 (babes-in-arms free); reservations strongly recommended. Call 503/233-7723. By the way, the exhibit at the Puppet Museum all this month is “Puppets of the Ancient World”.

Jedi Tricks with Static Electricity – for kids and teens. Do you watch Star Wars and wonder how Jedi magic happens? Come learn how static electricity affects our whole universe. Best for kids in grades 3 and up. Free. This afternoon, 12-1 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

Oregon Pro Arte concert at Reed College. The Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra presents its “Spring Classics” concert at 7:30 p.m. this evening in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium – featuring a special performance by the winner of the 2016 Emerging Artist Solo Competition, performing Schumann’s Symphony No. 1: “Spring”. Tickets are $17 at the door, or online at: www.oregonproarte.org.


Neighborhood Storytelling Show at Sellwood Library. This afternoon, 1 to 1:45 p.m., for families – it’s stories, songs, and fun, led by the “Oregon Tellers” – Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Free, but space is limited, so drop in a few minutes early to be sure of a seat. The Sellwood Branch Library is situated on the southeast corner of 13th and S.E. Bidwell Street.


“Planting seeds, both indoors and outdoors.” Today’s monthly class at People’s Food Co-op, 3029 S.E. 21st Avenue, offered by Woodstock resident Masrisha Auerbach 7-9 p.m. this evening, is on “Indoor Seed-Starting, Early Plantings, and Perennial Crops”, since March is the time to begin planting seeds, both indoors and outdoors. $25 for the class, and pre-registration is suggested. Call her at 503/454-6656 for information or to register.

MARCH 17 “Breakfast Forum” discussion on “Killer Stress”. Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, organizer of the monthly Southeast “Breakfast Forum”, is the speaker this month herself on biological studies of stress, based on research with baboons, monkeys, and people. Explored are “biological and social interactions under different stressful and non-stressful conditions”. The Breakfast Forum takes place at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont – this month, it’s this morning, 7:30-8:30 a.m. It is an informal group, which meets monthly to learn about and discuss issues in respectful ways. Free. No registration required. For information, call 503/774-9621.


Portland Folklore Society Concert. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, a bit north of Powell at 2800 S.E. Harrison, Portland, The Portland Folklore Society presents “Modern Minstrels: Women Songwriters Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston”, with the concert opened by Jenn Rawling of Portland. Doors open at 7 p.m. $18 General Admission, $15 PFS members, $9 for ages 12-18, free under 12. Advance tickets available at www.portlandfolkmusic.org/concerts. For information, call 503/206-8868.


Choral concert tonight and tomorrow afternoon at Reed. The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents a concert entitled, “The Blues: From Backwoods to Broadway” tonight at 8, and tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m., in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, featuring renowned Portland musician Dave Fleschner and acclaimed blues singer Earl Thomas along with featured Portland Gay Men’s Chorus soloists Billy Mixer and Jimmy Wilcox. The concert also features guest performers from the nonprofit United by Music, which offers opportunities for musically talented adults with intellectual disabilities. Tickets: $30-78, available at the door, or online at: www.pdxgmc.org.


Introduction to Family History, at Sellwood 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 this class for adults – 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library – 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; register by calling 503/988-5234.


Basic Bike Repair for Teens at Woodstock Library. This DIY bike repair workshop with Bike Farm offers simple hands-on instructions on basic bike repair. Each participant will receive a fix-a-flat kit, which includes one patch kit and two tire levers. Never get stranded during your adventures again! It’s free – but registration is required; register by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.


“Mad Science” presents “Fire and Ice” for families. The land of fire and ice is filled with dazzling demonstrations using fire, bubbling potions, and frozen carbon dioxide gas. This Mad Science show, at the Woodstock Branch Library, will stimulate a child’s mind and spark their imagination, as they experience exciting, educational, high-energy science magic! Come and see just how hot and cool science can be! It’s free, this morning; 11-11:45 a.m. The library is situated at S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.


Maundy Thursday Communion Service. This evening at 7 p.m., you are invited to attend the Maundy Thursday Communion at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street. All are welcome.


Good Friday Tenebrae Service. This evening at at 7 p.m., you are invited to attend the Good Friday Tenebrae Service at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele

Street. Open to all.


Annual SMILE Easter Egg Hunt in Westmoreland Park. Rain or shine, the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. EXACTLY, at the south end of Westmoreland Park, opposite the parking lot area. The hunt zone is divided into age-appropriate areas – but it will start right at 10, so be early; by 10:05 a.m. there will not be a lot of eggs left! The event is free, but if you can, please bring canned goods for those in need. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos. This annual children’s event is sponsored by the SMILE neighborhood association, is supported by New Seasons Market, and is run by the Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club.

MARCH 27 Easter Service near Mt. Scott Park. Sanctuary Presbyterian Church invites everyone in Southeast to an Easter service “filled with music, message, and fellowship”, this morning, 10 a.m. The address is 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue, at Harold Street, on the north side of Mt. Scott Park. Easter Sunday Worship Service. This morning at 10:30 a.m., you are welcome to come and celebrate Easter at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street.


Rhododendron and Daffodil Show and Sale. The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society and the Daffodil Society presents 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.