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Book Drive for The Children’s Book Bank. Moreland Presbyterian Church is hosting a month-long Book Drive to benefit The Children’s Book Bank. Neighbors are invited to bring donations of board books, picture books, story books, rhyming books, Spanish language books, and chapter books – in great condition – for infants through middle school-aged children to the church during May. Books can be dropped off at the church Sunday mornings in May, or Monday-Thursday, 9-4, at the church office. Moreland Presbyterian Church is located at 1814 S.E. Bybee Blvd. Call 503/234 8404 for more information. Please note the Book Bank cannot accept encyclopedias, musty or damaged books, or school textbooks. Preschool enrollment starts today. Preschool Open Enrollment at Immanuel Lutheran School, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood begins today. Call to schedule a visit with the teachers, and check out the classroom: 503/236-7823. MAY 2

Thrift shop bag sale in Woodstock. Today and tomorrow, 11 am to 4 pm both days, it’s the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Thrift Shop Bag Sale. $5.00 for everything you can put in a bag. 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. MAY 3

Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood cleanup & plant sale. Residents of the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood area, including Woodstock, are invited to bring their junk to the neighborhood cleanup today, 9 am to 2 pm, at the Learning Gardens Lab, 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue. Accepted are some bulky waste, scrap metal, mattresses, furniture, yard debris, and more – but concrete, paint, refrigerators, hazardous materials, and commercial debris are not accepted. Unload your car full of junk for $20 per load; empty your truck or van for $30 a load; unpack your car, truck, or van, AND TRAILER, for $40 a load. Also, you can buy vegetable starts (lettuce, kale, herbs, etc.) for $2-$4 apiece while you’re there. Walk to raise funds to fight bladder cancer. The “Walk for Bladder Cancer” is today in Sellwood, with same-day registration starting at 9 am this morning at the Sellwood Medical Clinic, 8332 S.E. 13th Avenue, and with the two-mile walk starting at 10 am at the clinic. Participation is $20 for adults and $5 for those aged 12 and younger, with all proceeds going to fight bladder cancer. For more information, call 971/998-8867.

Lewis Garden and Art Fair. Lewis Elementary School’s 6th Annual Garden and Art Fair takes place today – from 10 am until 4 pm at the Woodstock neighborhood school. Free admission! Music, food, plant sale, vendors, face painting, and more. “Community Internet Safety Event.” 10 am till noon this morning, Portland Police, Multnomah County Library, and Portland Public Schools are all participating in a “Community Internet Safety Event” at Kern Park Christian Church, 6828 S.E. Holgate Boulevard. Free and open to all.

S.E. Kiwanis Clubs unite for sale today and tomorrow. Southeast Kiwanis Clubs have 2 to 3 year old bare root fruit trees of many types, gorgeous shade trees, and lilac bushes, to beautify your garden and to benefit Kiwanis’ many services to the youth of Portland communities. The sale takes place 10 am to 4 pm today and tomorrow at Eagles Lodge, S.E. 50th and Hawthorne Boulevard. For more information call Sharron at 503/652-5068 or Norm 503/789-1246. Plan for any disaster: Make a plan and build a kit. Come to this free workshop 2-5 pm this afternoon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, showing you how to stay safe in any disaster. Learn how to create a family emergency plan, including communications, getting everybody back together, and planning for children, pets and household members with special needs. Also discover how to assemble an affordable emergency kit, including simple solutions for emergency sanitation. Hear from experts from the American Red Cross and Multnomah County Emergency Management, browse exhibits, pick up handouts, and maybe win a door prize! For more information, go online to: getreadysepdx.wordpress.com – or call 503/775-0953.

Reed College fireworks. Each year, at the end of the school year, Reed College presents a spectacular aerial fireworks display. This year it takes place near S.E. Steele Street, on the north side of the college campus, starting near 9 pm and lasting perhaps half an hour. MAY 6

“Greenthumb” benefit student plant sale today. The Portland Public Schools’ Greenthumb Community Transition Program will be hosting a plant sale again this year – today, from 9 to 5, and again on May 22 and May 23, at 6801 S.E. 60th, between Duke and Flavel. Featured are Mother’s Day Baskets, as well as a variety of annuals, perennials, tomatoes and other vegetable starts. Greenthumb is a transition program for young adults that emphasizes vocational experience and life skills. The students in the program are responsible for starting, caring for, and maintaining the plants in the greenhouse. All profits return to the greenhouse program to support future student learning. For more information call 503/916-5817.

MAY 10

Woodstock Neighborhood Assn. Plant Sale. This annual Woodstock fundraiser is held today, 9 am-3 pm, at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue. Proceeds are slated for the Community Center Maintenance Fund, which provides the neighborhood's portion of an agreement with Portland Parks to keep the Center open. Plants at the sale are donated by local gardeners who raise seedlings, herbs, houseplants, tomato and veggie starts. There are also many perennials, native plants and shrubs, sedums, and small trees. Plants for the sale were to be dropped off at the Community Center on May 9 between noon and 7 pm, or call Terry Griffiths at 503/771-0011 for help in transportation.

MAY 12

Dragons, Griffins, and More – at Sellwood Library. Teens in grades 6-12: Create a page from your own medieval manuscript this evening! 6:30-7:30 pm, try your hand at calligraphy, and add fancy flourishes and touches of gold. Use traditional parchment papers, special pens, and metallic markers to illuminate decorative lettering, dragons, griffins, and more. Free, but come early since space is limited. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. MAY 13

Plan for a disaster: Help friends and neighbors get prepared. In a major disaster, you and your neighbors will be each other's closest source of help. This workshop at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, tonight 6:30 to 9 pm, will show you how to engage neighbors in getting their households ready, and how to organize to help each other after a disaster. Also, you'll learn about Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET), and how to become a NET member or Ham radio operator, if these responsibilities interest you. You can get handouts to share with neighbors, browse exhibits, and maybe win a door prize! For more information, go online to: getreadysepdx.wordpress.com – or call 503/360-3916. (This program is also presented on May 20 at the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, from 6:30 to 9 pm.)

MAY 14

Opening Day at the Moreland Farmers Market. The 9th season of the Moreland Farmers Market begins at 3 pm. There will be 30 vendors, lots of samples, arts and crafts for the kids, and music from the Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band (3:30-5:00). Stop by the Info Booth to get your first entry into the new monthly raffle (no purchase required, win up to $50!). The Moreland Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 pm, and is still located at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue in Westmoreland, on the parking lot of Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial. Additional information available online at: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org.

MAY 15 “Breakfast Forum” discussion group. The discussion group founded by Woodstock resident Ann B. Clarkson meets for May this morning, 7:30-8:30 am, at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church’s Taborspace Coffeehouse, 5441 S.E. Belmont. The topic this month: “The May vote; discussing other current events”. The discussion will include the pros and cons of the vote on the management of the Portland Water Bureau. 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. Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum opens Czech exhibit. “Fun with Czech Fairy Tales” Opens May 15th at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood – open Thursdays through Sundays, 2-8pm, and admission is free. To celebrate the second anniversary of the museum, its 11th exhibit features the hand-crafted marionettes of the Czech Republic, as well as puppets from Russia, Germany and Switzerland – 3 to 17 inches tall. May puppet performances include "The Godmother and the Magician" on Saturday, May 24, at 2 pm, and Sunday, May 25, at 4 pm; and "The Swan Prince" on Saturday, May 31, at 2 pm and Sunday, June 1, at 4 pm. For reservations, call 503/233-7723. Online at: www.puppetmuseum.com

MAY 17

Annual SMILE Clean-Up Day. The Annual Sellwood-Westmoreland Clean-Up is scheduled for today, 9 am - 2 pm, at the south end of Westmoreland Park, at the corner of S.E. 23rd and Nehalem Street. Bring your junk, your broken stuff, your non-recyclables, and SMILE will dump it for you. The cost depends on the amount and size of what you bring: $6-$12 for a sedan load, $12-$18 for a small pickup truck, $18-$30 for a large pickup truck, and $30 and up for a big truckload. There is a $15 extra charge for appliances containing freon. Also accepted is e-waste, such as printers and computers. MAY 20 “Celebrate Sellwood Middle School” day. The celebration is highlighted by a school parade through sections of the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood starting from the school at 11 am. Over 50 Sellwood-Moreland businesses will donate funds and/or percentages of their sales that day to the Sellwood Middle School Foundation, a fundraising organization dedicated to maintaining vital educational programs. Participating businesses will feature a sign with a bright red apple. MAY 22

St. Agatha Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show. The annual St. Agatha’s Altar Society’s “Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show” starts at noon today in the St. Agatha Parish Hall, 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. “A spring garden of fashions from The Glass Butterfly”. Tickets are $10 each, and admission is by reservation/ticket only. Call Marie Zavada 503/238-2139 to attend! MAY 24

Woodstock Blvd. clean-up and beautification day. The Stakeholders Group of the Woodstock Community Business Association, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, and a number of community-minded volunteers – possibly including you? – will spend two hours this morning, 9-11 am, doing cleanup and planting on Woodstock Boulevard. Volunteers warmly welcome! Sign-in at the Community Center at 8:30 am; coffee, pastries, and water supplies will be set up there starting at 8 am.

MAY 31

Preparing for a disaster: Secure your home. This workshop at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, 2 to 4:30 pm, will show both renters and homeowners how to improve the safety of your living environment. Expert speakers will address fire safety and other non-earthquake hazards; non-structural measures that anyone can take to protect against earthquakes; and seismic upgrades for homeowners. Meet local seismic contractors, get informational handouts on all aspects of preparedness, and maybe win a door prize! This is the last in a series of free workshops. For more information, go online to: getreadysepdx.wordpress.com – or call 503/775-0953. Montessori School celebrates anniversary. You’re invited to the 30th Anniversary Celebration for Whole Child Montessori Center, 2-5 pm this afternoon at the school, 5909 S.E. 40th Avenue. Visit the school website: www.wholechildmontessori.org – also on Facebook – to see old photos. Alumni, connect with old friends! Share memories; take a nostalgic hands-on journey through your old classroom; see your former teachers! Food (thank you Otto’s) and music.