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In September -- in Inner Southeast


Help for those close to someone suffering mental illness. NAMI Multnomah, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its first-ever “Family-to-Family Education Program” starting today, 6:30-8 pm, and running at the same hour on Wednesdays through November 18th, at All Saints Episcopal Church, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 41st. NAMI Family-to-Family is a FREE 12-session education program for family members and loved ones of adults living with mental illness. Participants will come to understand that mental illness does not involve just one person, and that entire families are affected. NAMI offers help and hope to families. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For registration information or more information, e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:info@namimultnomah.org" info@namimultnomah.org – or call 503/228-5692.


“Legos @ the Library” in Woodstock this afternoon. Kids, ages 5 to 11: Bring your mad Lego skills to the Woodstock Branch Library this afternoon from 3 to 4 pm, and let your imagination flow – build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. Free. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th.


“Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop” at Sellwood Library. “Poetry is not the domain of just a few; it’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you,” says the staff of the Sellwood Branch Library. Join Paulann Petersen in a workshop for adults, 1-4 pm this afternoon, devoted to generating new poems. Free, but registration is required; in the library, on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street, or by calling 503/988-5234.


Food Drive for “Mainspring Portland”, in Westmoreland. Moreland Presbyterian Church is hosting the third annual week-long neighborhood Food Drive, starting today, to benefit “Mainspring Portland” (formerly 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 Sunday, September 20, or Monday-Thursday from 9 to 4. Moreland Presbyterian Church is located at 1814 S.E. Bybee Blvd. For more information, call 503/234-8404, or go online to: www.morelandpresbyterian.com


“Pageturners Book Group” tonight at Sellwood Library. The adult Pageturners book group invites you to read “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans, and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown – and then come tonight, 6:30-8 pm, to the Sellwood Branch Library, on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell street, to engage in stimulating conversation about books. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


“Breakfast Forum” features “Innocence Project”. The monthly “Breakfast Forum”, organized and hosted by Reed Neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, takes place this morning, 7:30-8:30 am, in the Mt. Tabor Pressbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. This month’s topic is “The Innocence Project”, and the presenter is Nicholas S. Reed, a recent graduate of the University of Washington Law School, and a volunteer for this national organization which has helped to reverse convictions of hundreds, some of whom were in death row. Visitors are welcome to join in the discussion. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Free. No registration required. For information, call 503/774-9621.


“Mothers of Preschoolers” (MOPS) starts this morning in Westmoreland. For all moms of young children, from birth to kindergarten: Moreland “MOPS” starts meeting today – and thereafter will meet on the first and third Friday of each month. The hours are 9:15 to 11:15 am on each of these days, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Childcare is provided. This morning, “begin your year of Fiercely Flourishing with a community of moms sharing, learning, and growing together.” For more information, e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:morelandmops2@gmail.com" morelandmops2@gmail.com.


Tech Help for adults – free, this afternoon – in Woodstock. Do you have technology questions? Meet one-on-one with a friendly and knowledgeable Tech Helper, who will help you find answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and much more. It’s this afternoon, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. If possible, please bring the device you need help with. It’s free, but registration is required; register by calling 503/988-5234.


“Huge rummage sale” to support Immanuel Preschool. Lots of children's toys and clothes, plus lots more. Taking place at Immanuel Church Fellowship Hall, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood from 9 am to 1 pm today and tomorrow.


Reed College 5k “FUNd RUN/WALK” this morning. For the third year, Reed College is having a fun run and walk this morning at 9 am, with all funds raised being donated to local elementary schools (Duniway, Grout, Lewis, Llewellyn, Woodstock). Registration is $30 (age 15 and under, $15). Pancake breakfast and activities, 9:30 to 11:30 am, are free to all who attend. Open to all, at all skill levels. “Volunteer at the event, cheer for your loved ones, devour free pancakes, and tour Reed’s beautiful campus.” For more information, go online: www.reed.edu/5k .

“Shred your documents today – for free.” Free Document Shred – and Electronics Disposal Day – at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood, today from 11 am to 2 pm. Free, but donations accepted. Rummage sale at same site today, 9 am to 1 pm.


2015 Salmon Celebration, and Tilikum Crossing Sunday Parkways. From 11 am to 4 pm today, in Westmoreland Park, it’s the second annual Salmon Celebration – marking the return of salmon to the city – combined this year with the celebration of the opening of the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge near OMSI, as part of Sunday Parkways today. The Salmon Celebration will include a Native American Blessing, tours of the rejuvenated Westmoreland Park, games, crafts, and inter-tribal activities. “Come learn about our region's ecological and cultural history, and our connection to natural systems, in a fun and interactive way – then hop on your bike and enjoy an 8-mile loop of traffic-free streets and festivities along the Sunday Parkways route.” The Salmon Celebration is free and open to all.