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OMSI Space Exploration exhibit underway:

From now through January 8, 2017, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry presents a new exhibition on the challenges and the future of living and working in space. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit features hands-n immersive experiences to give visitors an up-close look at what it takes to live, work, and survive in the extraordinary environment in space. Normal OMSI admission applies.

JULY 4 Eastmoreland Fourth of July Parade: For the 23rd year, the community 4th of July Parade occurs in the Eastmoreland neighborhood, starting at 11 am at the ccorner of Reed College Place and Rex; the parade proceeds north to Claybourne, and then turns and returns to its starting point – followed by free food and drink. "Come meet your neighbors." More online at: Oaks>www.eastmoreland.org/events Oaks Park Fourth of July:

The Fourth at Oaks Park is a Southeast Tradition as far back as anyone can remember. The nonprofit amusement park will open its rides at noon today, and ride bracelets will be valid from then until midnight; roller skating from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; live entertainment throughout the day on the Comcast State, with the big fireworks show at dusk. All picnic spaces will be first come, first served; outside food, BBQs, and non-alcoholic beverages welcome, but alcohol and personal fireworks are prohibited, and bags and coolers will be checked. For the Fourth, there will be a gate fee: $5 for age 16 to 61; $3 for seniors 62 and over; $2 for age 15 and younger. Call 503/233-5777 for more information, or go online to www.oakspark.com


Honey Bee Science Discovery Program at Sellwood Library:

This noon, you’re invited to a 45-minute free presentation by a young beekeeper on honey bees and the science behind them. The short interactive presentation is followed by hands-on learning stations, including the Honey Bee Discovery Lab. The discovery lab is for children ages 3 years and up, and adults enjoy the lab, as well. Since seating is limited, free tickets will available 30 minutes in advance (11:30 a.m.) – come early to be sure of getting yours. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Bidwell Street in Sellwood. JULY 9

Puppet show at Sellwood’s “Portland Puppet Museum”:

This afternoon at 2, and tomorrow afternoon at 4, the nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street presents a miniature Czech marionette production by Tendrak Theater called, “The Magic of Kindness & Kolaches”, which “demonstrates how the younger brother Honza, who cares about others and tries to do his best, is successful in life. His older brother Lukas, who is self-seeking and lazy, has a much more difficult time finding meaning in life. See how they both go about trying to find the magic waters to save their father's life.” Fun for all ages. All seats $10. Come early to be sure of a seat.

JULY 10 Portland Bridge Swim starts in Sellwood at 7:30 a.m.:

The annual Portland Bridge Swim is sold out with 80 entries, and the public is invited to be present at the start of this Willamette River race at 7:30 a.m. at Sellwood Waterfront Park, just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, off Spokane Street. They’ll be gathering and preparing from 5 to 7:30 a.m. The 11-mile downstream race ends in Northwest Portland. Proceeds from entry fees are donated to nonprofit Portland Riverkeeper.


“Summer Circus Staycation” for kids and families:

At the Woodstock Branch Library, In his hilarious routine, Charles the Clown uses clown and costume books right off the library shelves as guides, while he attempts to transform himself, and everything gets mixed up. It’s for kids and families and it’s free: 1-2 p.m. this afternoon; seating is limited to come early to be sure of a seat. At S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.


Woodstock Boulevard Lawn Sale:

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is holding a fund-raising Lawn Sale today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in front of the church – S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard. Household goods, vintage, collectibles, and much more. “Eastside Village PDX” aging-in-place meeting: This morning, 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a free informational meeting for those interested in the services of local nonprofit Eastside Village PDX – an organization dedicated to providing the services and assistance needed to help seniors “age in place” in their own homes, in Inner Southeast Portland. The meeting will be held at Woodstock Wine and Deli, 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. All are welcome. Paper Marbling for adults, in Woodstock:

Ever wondered how to make a unique zig-zag or swirly pattern on a piece of paper? Then this workshop is for you! Join this free class 3-5 p.m. at the Woodstock Library, and end up with a portfolio of marbled paper that you can use to make books or art, write letters, wrap gifts, or frame and enjoy. In use is the traditional Japanese technique of Suminagashi – and have some fun with shaving cream and food coloring, too. Registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.


Free backyard habitat certification workshop: The Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) neighborhood association’s “Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee” (SNAC) presents a free backyard habitat certification workshop this evening at 6:30 p.m. at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Tenino Street in Sellwood. This will also be useful in preparing to help with the SMILE Project along the Sellwood Gap of the Springwater Trail; for more, go online: sellwoodmoreland.org/the-sellwood-gap-project -- and for more information or to RSVP, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pageturners Book Group meets in Sellwood:

The adult Pageturners Book Group meets at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library for an hour and a half, and it’s free. First, read “The Martian” by Andy Weir, then come and engage in stimulating conversation about books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The library is on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Bidwell Street.

JULY 21 “Exploring contradictory attitudes about race, etc.” That’s the topic for the July “Breakfast Forum”, this morning 7:30-8:30 a.m., at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont – organized by Reed neighborhood resident Ann Clarkson. “We see in others, and ourselves, contradictory beliefs and behaviors around race, sex, religion, and other issues. Psychologists have found ways to define, measure, and manipulate racism.” The speaker is psychologist Ann B. Clarkson, Ph.D. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group which discusses political issues in respectful ways. Free. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621. JULY 23

For kids and teens: “Ready, Set ... Science!”:

When you exercise and play, your body springs into action! How does your body do it? Try cool experiments to see how your heart beats, your lungs breathe, and your muscles move! Test your reflexes, play balancing games, and use neurons to send a message to your brain! Explore Silly Putty stretches and have fun with Bio-Squares ... then take stuff home to amaze your family and friends! It’s free, 1-2 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. Best for kids in grades 3 and up.


Scrabble at the Sellwood Library: Attention word lovers: Have fun, 2-4 p.m. this afternoon, while exercising your brain, improving your vocabulary and making new friends by playing Scrabble. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced players are welcome. Free. Bring your own set or use one of theirs. The Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.


Vacation Bible School this week in Woodstock:

Trinity United Methodist Church offers Vacation Bible School, today through Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, for children ages 2 to 8. Noon lunch included, and pre-registration is NOT required. For more information contact Barbara Garrett at 503/954-6729. The church is on the northeast corner of S.E. Steele and Chavez Blvd. (39th), at 3915 S.E. Steele. Online at: www.tumcpdx.org


City “infill” hearing today at SMILE Station:

The City of Portland is taking a fresh look at the regulations controlling development in single-dwelling zones to ensure that new “infill” housing meets the needs of current and future residents. The project focus is on three primary topics: Size of houses, historic narrow lots, and range of housing types. Information meetings are planned for locations across the city; one will be at SMILE Station, today, from 10 a.m. to noon; 8210 S.E. 13th, at Tenino Street. Everyone in Southeast is invited to hear how the Stakeholder Advisory Group is drafting proposals for the city to consider. You’ll have the opportunity to provide input to this process in several ways. For more details, go to: www.SellwoodMoreland.org – or: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill

Puppet show at Sellwood’s “Portland Puppet Museum”:

This afternoon at 2, and tomorrow afternoon at 4, the nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street presents “The Swan Prince”, which “relates how friends, through spells, protect Prince Radislav from a jealous power-hungry Queen Bozena, who plots to take over the kingdom, and how her ambitions backfire. Can a Queen outwit the King and his son the Prince, to rule the kingdom? How do potions and transformations work? A Prince looking for true love in a Princess – can he find one?” Fun for all ages. All seats $10. Come early to be sure of a seat.