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March Events and Activities in Southeast


Lenten Services at Immanuel Lutheran. At noon and at 7 pm today, you are invited to attend Lenten Services at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. In fact, Lent services are held at noon and 7 pm every Wednesday from today through March 25th. On March 29th, Palm Sunday Service is at at 10:30 am. All are welcome.

MARCH 7 Immanuel Lutheran preschool open house today. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood is holding its annual preschool open house today from 10 am to noon. You are welcome to visit the classroom and meet the teachers. The address is 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue. For more information, call 503/236-7823. Ventriquilism exhibit repeats at Puppet Museum. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood has brought back its very popular ventriloquism exhibit, now through April, and as a special feature today at 2 pm offers a performance called “AdVENTures in Ventriloquism with Chuck Mott”. Mott, a local ventriloquist, puppeteer, and magician, will explain the how-to of ventriloquism, with a live performance, Q & A, and an opportunity to try your hand (and lips) at "venting" yourself. Show length is 45 minutes. Tickets are $7.00 each for ages 2 to 99. Reserve seats at 503/233-7723. The museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. www.puppetmuseum.com. MARCH 8 Free “Portland Camp Fair” today at Trackers Earth. Trackers Earth’s “Portland Camp Fair”, from 10 am to 3 pm today, is free to all, and features fourteen areas of activities, including woodcarving, homesteading projects and animals, fiber arts, knot tying, fishing and casting demonstrations, archery, blacksmithing, and a great deal more. Campers are encouraged to bring a friend. On-site registration is available, so families have an easy and guided opportunity to enroll in their favorite camps. The location is 4617 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just south of Holgate Boulevard. For more information, including fall details on the available camps, go online: www.portlandcampfair.com.


OHSU Brain Fair today at OMSI. It’s free, today, 10 am to 5 pm, in the auditorium at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry! Learn about the amazing adaptive power of the brain at the largest brain fair in the country. The free fair is part of Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) Brain Awareness Season 2015. This year's cerebral celebration, today only, will include interactive exhibits, real human brains, crafts, demonstrations, prizes, and OHSU neuroscientists explaining their groundbreaking research. OMSI is on S.E. Water Street, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. St. Agatha’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. St. Agatha Catholic School once again celebrates St. Patrick’s Day today, starting with a 5K fun run at 11 am, the parade through Sellwood to Westmoreland and back starting at noon, the carnival noon to 5 pm at the school (15th and S.E. Nehalem), and food and a beer garden noon till 8 pm. For more, go online to: www.stagathaschool.us.


Portland Rose Society Fair at Oaks Park. The Portland Rose Society’s 21st Annual Information and Vendor Fair is this evening, 7:30 pm, in the Oaks Amusement Park Dance Pavilion. Local garden and supply centers will be there with special bargains; experts will be there to share information on organic gardening, soil supplements, disease control, and sprays. There’ll be free refreshments and door prizes, and a lot more. Bring a pair of your gardening shears for a free sharpening! For more information, call 503/777-4311. Oaks Park’s access is from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, at the Springwater Trail and the railroad tracks.


Pageturners Book Group meets at Woodstock Library. Read “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett; then engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free, and it’s this evening, 6:30-7:30 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard. MARCH 18

Last day to reserve tickets for Lenten Seafood Festival. St. Philip Neri Church, on S.E. Division Street, set its deadline as today to reserve tickets for its “first annual Lenten Seafood Festival”, in its own Carvlin Hall – which will be 5-8 pm on Saturday, March 21st. Adult tickets are $25; age 6 to 12 years, $15; age 5 and under, free. For information and to order tickets, call 503/231-4955, and do it today. MARCH 19

“Green construction” the topic of Breakfast Forum today. The monthly Breakfast Forum, created and hosted by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, presents at its March meeting today a discussion on “Green building materials – established and cutting edge”, facilitated by Barbara Fletcher. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. It’s 7:30 to 8:30 am, free, no registration required, and guests are always welcome. For information, call 503/774-9621. MARCH 21 Ventriloquism today at Puppet Museum. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood, as part of its current exhibit on ventriloquism through April, today at 2 pm presents “Ventriloquism with Dave Miller”. Dave performs ventriloquism, tells stories, and entertains, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at American ventriloquism. Fun for the whole family; show lasts 45 minutes. Tickets are $7.00 each for ages 2 to 99. Reserve seats at 503/233-7723. The museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. www.puppetmuseum.com.

MARCH 23 Vegetable Gardening Tips and Tricks at Sellwood Library. Athena McElrath, a Master Gardener, will present her best tips and tricks for growing your own vegetables and small fruits. This program for beginning gardeners will include her seed list, and how to use ordinary supplies in an ordinary back or front yard garden area. Learn how to start seeds, prepare your planting beds, plant, and then enjoy the harvest. Great for the new  vegetable/small fruit gardener, as well as the gardener who is new to Portland. Free. It’s this evening, 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Sellwood-Moreland Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.


“Spring Ceramics” family project today at Sellwood Library. Celebrate spring and paint your own bug, butterfly, and more. The library will supply the ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs and mats; you come with your imagination and talent. The pieces are painted with lead-free acrylic paint, and are ready to be taken home in just a few minutes. Free. 1 to 2:30 pm this afternoon for kids and families, at the Sellwood Branch Library, on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.


Chemistry for kids at Woodstock Library today. Spin! Pop! Boom! How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in a chemically-challenging “magic” trick. Move on to an assortment of experiments featuring both chemical and physical changes. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing! It’s for kids, and it’s free, this afternoon from 1 to 1:45 pm at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.