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Events and Activities in September

SEPTEMBER 3 Introduction to Computers, for seniors. In this fun, hands-on, four-session course (today and the following three Tuesday mornings), you will learn all the basic computer skills, including using the mouse and keyboard, working in Microsoft Windows, using Microsoft Word, surfing the Internet, and using e-mail. This course is ideal for someone who has a little experience with the computer but wants to know more. Offered at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, by OASIS Connections, a national organization devoted to lifelong learning for adults over 50. Free, but registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. 10 am till 12:30 pm. (Also Tuesdays, September 24-October 29, 10 am-noon, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.) SEPTEMBER 4

WNA hears about nonprofit home improvement store. Tonight’s meeting of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, at 7pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue, features a special presentation about the Portland Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation centers that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price – to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. Meet neighbors, and learn about local happenings, at the monthly WNA meetings. For more, go online to: www.woodstockpdx.org.

SEPTEMBER 5

Woodstock Tree Inventory day. This morning is the fourth work day of the Woodstock Tree Inventory, a project of the Urban Forestry division of Portland Parks & Recreation. Registration opens for volunteers at 8 am, with coffee and snacks provided, at Woodstock Park, S.E. 47th Avenue and Steele Street. The work day will start promptly at 8:30 am and end by noon. No experience is necessary; volunteers will be paired with a team leader to identify trees and explain the process. Duties include identifying, measuring, and mapping trees. Please dress comfortably for the outdoors, as the work day will be held rain or shine. Bring a water bottle and tote bag to carry supplies. Questions? Contact resident arborist Rick Faber: HYPERLINK "mailto:treewoodstock@gmail.com" treewoodstock@gmail.com or 503/477-2762. Registration requested online at: tinyurl.com/woodstocktrees4

Preschool open house today. The annual Immanuel Church Preschool/Pre-K Open House is this morning, 10-11:30. Visit the classroom and meet the teachers. The program includes 3-year-olds and Pre-K, in a kindergarten readiness program. Learn about the available morning class, the extended day “Lunch & Fun” program, and the Friday Bunch. Immanuel Lutheran is situated at 7810 S.E. 15th Street in Sellwood. For more information, call 503/236-7823. SEPTEMBER 8

Ice Cream Social in Brooklyn Park. The Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association invites you to enjoy the 11th Annual “Ice Cream Social in the Park”.

This afternoon, 1-4 pm, in Brooklyn Park – on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, a short distance south of Powell Boulevard. Activities planned include Ice Cream Bars for only 25 cents, Bouncer, Balloon Sculptor, music by the Yamhillbillies, Face Painter, and the Rock Climbing Wall. Raffle prizes for kids and adults. Booths will feature the Brooklyn Historical Society, Community Garden and more. Enjoy an afternoon with your family and neighbors.

Food Drive starts today for FISH Emergency Services. Moreland Presbyterian Church is hosting a week-long neighborhood Food Drive to benefit FISH Emergency Services; especially needed are canned foods such as vegetables, fruits, soups, chili, and tuna – and packaged foods such as peanut butter, cereal, rice, and pasta. Food donations can be dropped off at the church this morning, or on the 15th, or Monday-Thursday 9 am to 4 pm. Moreland Presbyterian Church is located at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Telephone 503/234 8404; online at www.morelandpresbyterian.com

“Sellwood-Moreland Crafting Circle”. Join fellow crafty companions 2-4 pm today at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, for knitting, crocheting, fabric crafting and paper crafting. Create and converse together. All ages, abilities, and projects welcome. Free. Also at the same hours on September 22nd.

SEPTEMBER 9

“Senior Studies Institute” in Sellwood. The nonprofit Senior Studies Institute still meets on non-holiday Mondays at SMILE Station in Sellwood, and invites visitors. Today, 10-noon, it’s “Poetry Fun” (which will also be the subject of the September 23 class); on September 16 the subject is “Robotic Heart Surgery”, and on September 30, the topic is the “French and Indian War”. Then, on each of these Mondays, a current events session follows, 1-3 pm. (The Fall Term ends on November 11.) Everyone is welcome to attend up to two classes free of charge; just come by SMILE Station at the indicated times. The location is the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street.

Preschool at Sellwood Community Center starts today. The Educational Preschool program at Sellwood Community Center – S.E. 15th at Spokane Street in Sellwood – starts today, for ages 2-1/2 to 5 years. Spaces available. For information or to enroll, call 503/823-3195. Rotary joins fight against human trafficking. The speaker at today’s noon meeting of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse is Kevin Donegan, who details the area Rotary Clubs’ efforts to combat human trafficking in prostitution. The meeting is open to all without charge; an optional lunch will can be ordered. The meeting lasts about an hour. For more information on the club, go online to: SoutheastPortlandRotary.com SEPTEMBER 11 “Bunlock Holmes” solves cases for Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for children presents the play “Bunlock Holmes, in ‘The Case of the Fuzzy Plot’” this morning (and also on the 18th) at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The show is appropriate for all ages, and lasts about 45 minutes. $4 admission per person; cash or check only. Please reserve your seat(s) by calling 503/232-2346 and leaving a message, and then pay at the door, which opens at 10:15 am. Music and kids’ activities at Moreland Farmers Market. Some fall fun this afternoon at the nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market. Live music all afternoon by Barlow Pass and Groundswell. Kids’ crafts provided by Collage. The market runs from 3 to 7 pm on the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial parking lot at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue. More information online: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org

SEPTEMBER 14

“Portland Mini Maker Faire 2013” at OMSI. Today and tomorrow, at the nonprofit Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), this year’s “Mini Maker Faire” runs 10 am-5 pm – come and let your inner tinkerer run free in “the second running of the Greatest Show (and Tell) in Portland, and maybe the world – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness; and a celebration of the Maker movement. This two-day event demonstrates the use of modern technologies like 3D printing and photography production, along with ancient techniques like sword-forging and survival skills.” Cost: $12 for adults, and $8 for youths (ages 3-13) and seniors (ages 63+). OMSI members receive $3 discount on tickets with event code. These tickets are sold online by OMSI at: www.makerfaireportland.com. OMSI is situated on the east bank of the Willamette River, on S.E. Water Avenue, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower and the OMNIMAX dome. SEPTEMBER 15

Alex Rovello Memorial Fund kickoff event. This afternoon, 1-4 pm, the campaign to kick off the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund – a goal of which is to raise enough money to repair and restore the two tennis court where the late young notable tennis athlete used to play – will take place at Berkeley Park, at S.E. Bybee Boulevard at S.E. 39th (Chavez). It is open to the public, and will include music, giveaways, tennis activities, and “fun for all ages”. Tax-deductible contributions to this fund may be made through the Commerce-Cleveland High School Alumni Association. Mail to: Alex Rovello Memorial Fund, PMB Box 133, 4207 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, Portland 97206.

SEPTEMBER 17

Pageturners Book Group at Woodstock Library. Read "A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906” by Simon Winchester. Then engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard,

6:30-7:30 pm this evening.

Pageturners Book Group at Sellwood Library. Read “Women of the Silk” by Gail Tsukiyama; then come and engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, 6:30-8 pm this evening.

SEPTEMBER 19

“Breakfast Forum” discusses GMO foods. Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson has formed a nonprofit, nonpartisan “Breakfast Forum” which meets once a month to discuss topical issues. This morning’s 7:30 am meeting is at Tom’s Restaurant, S.E. 39th at Division. Members choose both topics and speakers; discussions are respectful; visitors are welcome. This morning’s topic is “Genetically modified food, in brief: Past, present, and future”. Rhododendron and Azalea talk, open to the public. Tonight, 7-9 pm, the Portland chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents an illustrated talk on “Deciduous Azaleas and their Propagation”. Mike Stewart of Dover Nursery and Kathy Van Veen of Van Veen Nursery will demonstrate methods of propagating deciduous Azaleas, and will present a slide show of rate varieties becoming available, and there will be a rhododendron cutting exchange. Open to the public; at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 40th and S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For more, go online to: www.rhodies.org

SEPTEMBER 20

“Oktoberfest” at Oaks Amusement Park. Today through Sunday at nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park, it’s Portland’s German style fall festival – back with authentic food and beverages, live oompah music and dancing in two festhallen, the region’s best craft and import vendors, wiener dog races, agility dog demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, Kinderplatz children’s activities featuring Rocktoberfest, fun family contests including pretzel toss, condiment art, Oktoberfest bear hug – and, of course, The Chicken Dance contest – plus much more. There will also be a 5K fun run (and a 1K kids’ fun run). Hours today 3 pm to midnight; tomorrow 11 am to midnight, and Sunday 11 am to 7 pm. More information, and registration for the events requiring it, are posted on the Oaks Park website: www.oakspark.com/Oktoberfest.html

SEPTEMBER 21

Reed College Community Day today. Reed College celebrates the opening of its new Performing Arts building by hosting a Community Day today. From 7:30 am till 11 am this morning, there’s a 5K Run around the perimeter of the college, starting and ending at Woodstock Boulevard and Reed College Way in front of the college, and a Pancake Breakfast – both benefiting Portland Public Schools. From 10:30 am till 3 pm the activities include a Kids’ Fun Run, Carnival Games, Food Carts, Jugglers, Portland Taiko, chemistry demonstrations, a 2 pm dog show sponsored by the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, field day activities, campus tours, and performances – all of these taking place around the Quad and in the new Performing Arts building. Then, 7-9 pm, the day concludes with musical and theatrical performances in the new Reed College Performing Arts building. Woodstock Tree Inventory day. This morning is the fifth work day of the Woodstock Tree Inventory, a project of the Urban Forestry division of Portland Parks & Recreation. Registration opens for volunteers at 8 am, with coffee and snacks provided, at Woodstock Park, S.E. 47th Avenue and Steele Street. The work day will start promptly at 8:30 am and end by noon. No experience is necessary; volunteers will be paired with a team leader to identify trees and explain the process. Dress comfortably for the outdoors, as the work day will be held rain or shine. Bring a water bottle and tote bag to carry supplies. Questions? Contact resident arborist Rick Faber: HYPERLINK "mailto:treewoodstock@gmail.com" treewoodstock@gmail.com or 503/477-2762. Registration requested online at: tinyurl.com/woodstocktrees5 “No, No, No, Pinocchio” puppet show at Sellwood museum. Starting today, for a total of only five performances, and staying close to Carlo Colodi's original Italian “Pinocchio” story, Sellwood’s Olde World Puppet Theatre uses marionettes to tell their own very Italian version. “The music is by Rossini (conducted by Toscanini) – now that’s Italian!” The puppets even enlist the aid of the puppeteers to play some of the roles. Madcap comedy for all ages. Tickets $7.00 for everyone. Live show this afternoon at 2 pm; Also plays on the 22nd at 4 pm; on the 27th at 7 pm; on the 28th at 2 pm; concluding on the 29th at 4 pm. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street; telephone 503/233-7723 for information, or go online: www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

SEPTEMBER 22

Portland Parks presents a “$5, 5K race” in Westmoreland Park. The 5K run/walk starts at 9 am, with a 1K kids’ fun run at 8:45 am. Free music, vendors, the free rock climbing wall, balloon animals, finisher ribbons, and 1st through 3rd place medals for top male and female finishers in the youth, teen, adult, and senior age groups, and raffle prizes. Space is limited, so volunteers and participants are encouraged to sign up in advance online at: www.5dollar5k.com, or at the Sellwood Community Center. Walkers and runners are welcome, as are jogging strollers – but slower runners, walkers, and jogging strollers are asked to start towards the back of the pack. Dogs on leashes are welcome in vendor and activity areas only. The course stays within Westmoreland Park. Autumn Festival at Woodstock Farmers Market today. The nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market will observe the autumnal solstice today 10-2 midday on the KeyBank parking lot

at 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard with live music from Anna Antonia Giedwoyn & Friends, delicious food, free kids activities, and face painting. There will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more, from the 35+ vendors, as is usual each Sunday during the market's season. For more information, go online to: www.woodstockmarketpdx.com

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival at Woodstock Library. Celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Includes a musical bilingual Storytime, and fun-filled activities to welcome this traditional holiday, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. Free; 3-4:30 pm this afternoon.

SEPTEMBER 23

Crime in Southeast is focus of Rotary meeting. The noon meeting of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club will hear from Jacob Brostoff, Crime Prevention expert from Southeast Uplift, as the featured speaker of the meeting. These meetings are free and open to the public; an optional lunch can be obtained. These weekly meetings last about an hour. For more information on the club, go online to: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com

SEPTEMBER 25

“Baby Bear and the Three Pigs” at Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for children presents the play “Baby Bear and the Three Pigs (the pigs are safe, all he really wants is the honey!)” this morning (and also on October 2nd) at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The show is appropriate for all ages, and lasts about 45 minutes. $4 admission per person; cash or check only. Please reserve your seat(s) by calling 503/232-2346 and leaving a message, and then pay at the door, which opens at 10:15 am. New Seasons and PDX Kids’ Calendar at Moreland Farmers Market. New Seasons and the farms vending at the nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market are teaming up to offer samples of tasty dishes using farm-fresh ingredients from 4 to 6 this afternoon (the market is open 3-7 pm). Also lots of fun activities for kids, provided by PDX Kids’ Calendar. Live music all afternoon by Finn-Doxie and Jack Rubinger. The market is on the parking lot of Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue. More information online at: www.morelandfarmersmarket.org

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