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MAY 6 Portland Public Schools “Greenthumb” plant sale:

The PPS “Greenthumb” Community Transition Program will be hosting its annual plant sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today – and also on Friday May, 6th, 9:30-2:30; Thursday, May 12th, 9:30-5:30; Friday, May 13th, 9:30-2:30; and Friday, May 20th 9:30-2:30. Both the program and the sale are located at 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue between Duke and Flavel. There is a wide assortment of ornamental plants, flowers, and organic vegetable starts for sale at bargain prices. “Greenthumb” is a transition program for young adults that emphasizes vocational experience and life skills; students in the program are responsible for starting, caring for, and maintaining the plant stock in the greenhouse. Your purchases return to the greenhouse program to support student learning. For more information call 503/916-5817. Reed College Concert, open to the public: This afternoon at 4 p.m. in Reed College’s Eliot Hall Chapel, Reed College chamber music ensembles are performing in concert. Admission is free, and the concert is open to the public. Reed College is situated on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard just east of S.E. 28th.

Reed College’s Spring Dance Concert, open to the public:

Tonight and tomorrow night, 7 to 10 p.m., Reed College’s Dance Department presents its Spring Dance Concert, featuring choreography by Reed students, faculty, and special guests. It takes place on the Greenwood Performance Stage. Tickets are $3 to $7, and may be purchased online at: reed.ticketleap.com/springdanceconcert – and the venue itself is located near the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 28th.


Cystic Fibrosis fundraising walk at Oaks Park:

“Portland Great Strides 2106”, the year’s fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Portland, is a fundraising walk taking place this morning at Oaks Amusement Park. It starts at 7 a.m., and is over at 3 p.m. Open to the public. For more information, or to inquire about participation, call the organization at 503/226-3435. Woodstock Community Center Plant Sale:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd, just north of Woodstock Boulevard.  Perennials, house plants, native plants, small trees, tomato plants, herbs, vegetable starts, and more. Most of the plants are donated by nearby gardeners. Hyper-tufa designer Shelly Keach will display and sell her sedum planters along with a variety of Abutilons. Woodstock metal artist Jill Torberson will be offering her welded garden sculptures. Proceeds from this Plant Sale benefit the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund, part of the Partnership Agreement with Portland Parks and Recreation that is keeping the Center open for community use. Brentwood-Darlington annual neighborhood cleanup: The Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood association is holding its annual neighborhood cleanup today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Green Thumb Learning Garden Lab, 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue, between Duke and Flavel Streets. Also open to residents of nearby neighborhoods. Most bulky waste accepted, including scrap metal, scrap wood, furniture, yard debris, and more. Dump mattresses, $5; tires, $5 each (with rims, $6). Not accepted: all construction, remodeling, or demolition materials; anything potentially containing asbestos strictly prohibited. Loads that do not conform to these rules will be refused. Dumping fees: $20 per car per load; $30 per truck or van per load; larger loads, $40.

Eastmoreland Plant Sale:

The Eastmoreland Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, at the Eastmoreland Garden, 2425 S.E. Bybee Boulevard – offers a large variety of perennials, herbs, native plants, and organic tomato starts. Kids might enjoy the free children’s gardening corner, where they can pot-up a special free Mother’s Day gift while parents browse the plant selection. Net proceeds support local community gardens, horticultural education, and food-aid programs.

MAY 10

“The Music and Life of David Bowie” at Woodstock Library: This program, 6-7:30 p.m. this evening, at the Woodstock Branch Library, explores the impact of David Bowie’s music on the world, through the examination of his life and musical upbringing. Music, writings, and interviews will be included in the lecture. Free, but registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard. Public invited to Boy Scout ceremony in Westmoreland: Boy Scout Troop 64 will be holding its semi-annual Court of Honor at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, tonight at 7 p.m. Local scouts from the Sellwood-Moreland area will be receiving rank and merit awards. It’s a great time for interested youths and their parents to meet the Troop and its leaders, and learn more about its annual activities. The Troop meets every Monday evening at the church at 7. For information, contact Scoutmaster Tom Armstrong at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAY 11

Free film at Cleveland High School: This evening at 6 p.m. a student organization called “Students Active For Ending Rape” (SAFER), a club working to educate students about sexual violence and rape prevention through an analysis of society, and Cleveland High School, will be hosting a free showing of “The Mask You Live In”, about “Navigating Masculinity in Our Society” in the Cleveland Auditorium, S.E. Powell Boulevard at 28th. “The movie follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. ‘The Mask You Live In’ ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.” The evening ends at 8:30 p.m.

Free film in Sellwood:

A nonprofit organization called “hcao.org” is presenting a film called “Healthcare at the Tipping Point” at 7 p.m. this evening at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood which, according to the organization, “makes the case for universal, publicly-funded health care from a businessman’s perspective.” The showing of this one-hour film is free, and will be followed by a question and answer period.

MAY 13

Free kids’ vision screening at Woodstock Library:

Today, 11:30-12:30 noon, come to the Woodstock Branch Library for a free kids’ vision screening. The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at Oregon Health & Science University’s Casey Eye Institute is partnering the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon Lions Clubs to provide free screenings, as a part of a statewide initiative called “See to Read” – to catch vision problems that can only be treated successfully if caught before age 7. Oregon law now requires that public school students 7 or younger provide proof of vision screening or eye examination before entering school. Children who are screened for vision problems at the event will receive a certificate that can be used as proof of vision screening. Free, but time and space limited, so come early if you can. S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

MAY 14

Young author meets young readers:

Rena Marthaler wrote the 128-page middle-grade fantasy novel “Magic The Crest” in fourth grade, while participating in National Novel Writing Month, a free annual competition that takes place each November, and is open to both young and adult writers. Rena, who is now in sixth grade, visits libraries and schools to read from her book to kids ages 7-12, and answer their questions about how children can write and publish their own stories. Her noon-hour appearance at the Sellwood Branch Library today is free, but space is limited, so come early to be sure of a seat. 12-12:45 p.m., at S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

MAY 15

Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Plant Sale:

Today, from 11 to 4, join the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood for a plant sale! Bring your plant list, and plant enthusiasm, and buy some lovely plants for your garden. Plants have been donated from accomplished neighborhood master gardeners, and some neighborhood HPSO gardeners. This is a fundraiser for development of a new park in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood, and is located near the future new park at 3012 S.E. Balfour Street. Please bring cash or check only, as there will not be a debit/credit machine available at the checkout. If you have questions, contact Lisa at: 503/754-1655. Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop at Sellwood Library:

Get the tools and resources needed this afternoon – 3 to 4:30 p.m. – to locate lead sources within your home and occupation, stabilize or eliminate hazardous lead conditions, and find additional organizations that can help to further limit lead hazards. Participants receive a booklet and kit of lead-safe cleaning and testing materials. Free, but registration required; register in the Sellwood Branch Library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street. MAY 19

Philosophical discussion about politics:

The monthly free Southeast “Breakfast Forum”, organized and moderated by Reed Neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, today presents attorney Nicholas S. Reed, who will speak on “Leo Strauss’s analysis of Plato’s noble lie, Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities theory, and G.A. Cohen’s Analytical Marxism, and how they relate to the coming presidential election.” Mr. Reed’s undergraduate major was philosophy. The Breakfast forum takes place 7:20 to 8:30 this morning at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.

MAY 21

Sellwood-Westmoreland clean-up day: The 37th annual neighborhood clean-up is today – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. only – in the parking lot at the south end of Westmoreland Park, S.E. Nehalem at 23rd. Throw-away junk accepted include appliances, tires, yard debris, unwanted furniture, metal, aluminum, block Styrofoam and Styrofoam peanuts (no meat trays) – and e-waste from households but not businesses. Not accepted are any Metro prohibited materials, including food garbage, plaster, concrete, dirt, sheetrock, batteries, construction or demolition materials, and hazardous materials. No material accepted which could possibly contain asbestos. Cost depends on volume dumped; $7-$13 small sedan or station wagon, $13-$20 small pickup, $20-$30 large pickup, $30 and up for larger vehicles. $15 extra charge for appliances containing Freon. Up to five tires per vehicle, free; no tires over 21 inches. Curbside collection for seniors and disabled: call 503/794-8212, and pay fee to driver. Proof of Sellwood-Westmoreland residency required – driver’s license or utility bill will do.

Public information meeting about “Eastside Village PDX”: Eastside Village PDX is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization helping people age in their home and in their community. Those interested in finding out more are invited to a meeting this morning, 10 a.m. to noon, at Woodstock Wine and Deli, 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. You can also learn more online at: Portland>www.eastsidevillage.org Portland Puppet Museum presents a show:

Sellwood’s nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum, and the Dragon Theater Puppets, present “The Big Bad Wolf Has a Big Bad Day” – a puppet show this afternoon at 2 p.m., and again tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m., for all ages. “Everyone keeps thinking that he’s trying to eat everybody, so the Big Bad Wolf’s three sons must find a way to bring them all together to hear the truth about what really happened.” $10 per person admission; babes in arms free. The Portland Puppet Museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street.

MAY 22

Scrabble at the Sellwood Library:

Attention word lovers – have fun while exercising your brain, improving your vocabulary, and making new friends, by playing Scrabble. Beginning, intermediate and advanced players are welcome this afternoon, 2-4 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library. Bring your own set, or use one of the library’s. Free, but space is limited, to come early to be sure of a seat. The library is situated at S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

MAY 24 Sellwood Middle School parade this morning:

The annual Sellwood Middle School Community Appreciation Parade sets out from the school at 11 a.m., traveling around Sellwood and southern Westmoreland. The SMS band, dance team, and students are marching through the neighborhood in celebration of all the support the school receives from the community. In addition, local businesses will be donating a portion of the day's sales to the Sellwood Middle School Foundation; look for the big “red apple” poster in the windows of participating businesses. “Please join in the fun, and support our generous local businesses.” JUNE 4

Annual Woodstock Community Cleanup day:

This year, with the support of SOLVE, today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the day for you to join other community volunteers to pick up litter, sweep sidewalks, and spruce up landscaping. Gather at the Community Center in the morning to sign up for clean-up duties. Coffee, water, and pastries are provided. Lunch is provided for all the volunteers at noon. This is a fun day for all. Bring your own work gloves and reusable water bottle. Children must be supervised by an adult. For more information, or to register, go online: www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/woodstock-community-annual-clean


Sellwood Garden Tour today; benefits Sellwood Middle School:

The 2016 Sellwood Garden Tour will be held today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five beautiful gardens will be featured during the tour. The Sellwood Garden Tour is the Sellwood Middle School PTA's largest fundraiser of the year. Tickets are $25, and are available at Dennis' 7 Dees, at New Seasons Market, and online at: www.sellwoodmiddle.ejoinme.org/gardentour16.