The tragedy of Pompeii told in new OMSI exhibit: Now underway at OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, experience the city of Pompeii, frozen in time, by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy. The new exhibition examines life in the doomed city both before and after the eruption in 70 A.D. that not only destroyed it, but preserved it in time for over 1700 years. The exhibition features nearly 200 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museun in Italy. The exhibit runs now through October 22; tickets to the exhibit include General Admission to the science museum. OMSI is on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, on S.E. Water Street. Learn more online – JULY>www.omsi.eduJULY 4
Fireworks Fourth of July at historic, nonprofit, Oaks Park: Historic Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood, officially a nonprofit organization, opens its gates at 10 a.m. this morning – staying open until midnight tonight. Celebrate the U.S.A. with a day of family fun on the midway, a summer BBQ in the picnic areas, live entertainment from local performers, and Portland's traditional fireworks display at dusk! All picnic areas are first come, first served. Carnival rides open at noon. Gate fees apply to all today – age16 - 61 years old, $6.00; 15 and younger, $3.00; 62 and older, $4.00. Everyone entering the park today must pay the gate fee. Attractions sold separately. Parking FREE. Alcohol and personal fireworks strictly prohibited; bags and coolers will be checked. Enter the park by turning north from S.E. Spokane Street, just west of the railroad tracks near the Willamette River.JULY 10
Annual Sellwood Riverfront Concerts begin: Each year on Mondays in July, the Portland Parks Department in cooperation with SMILE and local sponsors presents a series of free live concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, at 6:30 p.m. The first of four Monday concerts is this evening – and features Redray Frazier, offering "smooth and smoky rock and roll".
No-sew recycled T-shirt crafting for kids and teens: Turn an old T-shirt into a useful shopping bag or book bag, then use the leftover recycled fabric scraps to make necklaces, bracelets, headbands, wrist cuffs, or hats. It happens this afternoon 1-3 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library. Make all these items with no sewing required! Bring an old T-shirt, if you have one you would like to transform; there will also be T-shirts available for you to use. For teens in grades 6-12. Free, but registration required; in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
Woodstock hosts "Up With People, Jr" summer arts day camp: Starting today, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and running each weekday through the 28th, a two-week coed performing arts day camp for children ages 8 to 11 will take place at the All Saints' Episcopal Church Parish Hall, S.E. 40th at Woodstock Boulevard – the nonprofit "Up With People Jr" performing arts summer camp. For more information or to register, go online – www.UpWithPeopleJr.org
Vacation Bible School for ages 3 to 8: This morning through this Thursday morning, July 17 through 20, from 10 a.m. until noon, Trinity United Methodist Church offers Vacation Bible School for kids aged 3 to 8, with crafts, music, games, and stories. Noon lunch included. Pre-registration NOT required. It happens at the church, S.E. Steele at Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th). For more information, call Barbara Garrett at 503/954-6729.
Sellwood Riverfront July Concerts continue: In the second of four Monday evening free live concerts at Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street at 6:30 p.m., the performance tonight features Orquestra Pacifico Tropical – with "electrifying infectious South American Cumbias".
For Families – Scales, Claws and Expanding Jaws: In two hour-long sessions at the Woodstock Branch Library this afternoon, kids slide, slither and hop into herpetology, the science of reptiles. They'll get up close and personal with live snakes, lizards, and turtles in order to study the features which make this class of animals unique. Discover that snakes are smooth and dry, lizards have no earlobes, and geckos can lick their eyeballs! Free, but plan on being a bit early, as space is limited. The two sessions this afternoon are 1-2 p.m., and 2:15-3:15 p.m., at the Woodstock Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.
Sellwood Riverfront July Concerts continue: This evening, the third of four Monday evening live and free concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, at 6:30 p.m., features "Ashleigh Flynn and the Riverters", performing "Americana".
Sellwood computer class – "Word Processing One": This morning, learn the basics of Microsoft Word. This free class will cover how to create a document, how to format and edit text, and how to save a document. This class is for beginners, but you must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse. Free, but registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. It's this morning, 10-noon, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
JULY 31Last day to apply for Northwest Oboe Seminar: The 24th annual Northwest Oboe Seminar takes place at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Woodstock on Saturday, August 19, for intermediate through advanced oboists, devoted to all aspects of oboe performance, and culminating with a public performance. The participant fee for this one-day seminar is $100 and includes T-shirt, minor instrument repairs, dinner, and accompanist. Auditors pay $40 to observe the focus session and receive a concert ticket. TODAY is the last day to submit an application to participate in the seminar; applications can be found online at www.oregonchamberplayers.org – or call 1-360/696-4084. Participation is by application only (except for auditors).
At Woodstock Library – "Light-Up Stuffed Alien" (Camp for Teens): Learn about the amazing world of e-textiles by fabricating a stuffed alien monster, complete with an illuminated eyeball in a week-long 1-1/2 hour camp, you'll start by choosing from an assortment of thread and fabric colors to customize a simple monster design. Using a variety of hand-stitching techniques, you'll fabricate a 10-inch tall alien monster. You'll learn how to construct basic circuitry using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and coin-cell batteries to sew into our monster for a glowing eyeball. Upon completion, each participant will leave with a cuddly monster companion that lights up. Free. But come a bit early due to limited space. It's 1-2:30 p.m. today through Friday, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.Final Sellwood Riverfront Park July Concert this evening: The last of the four musical Monday nights of free live music in Sellwood Riverfront Park is this evening at 6:30 p.m., featuring Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps and their "soul-drenched blues". The park is situated at the bank of the Willamette River at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street.
38th Annual "Sundae in the Park" in Sellwood: SMILE, the neighborhood association for Sellwood and Westmoreland, hosts its annual entertainment-and-ice-cream family fun day at upper Sellwood Park, along S.E. 7th Avenue. From noon until 11 p.m.! Free live entertainment, and games and activities, for kids and adults until 5 p.m., with lunch available for moderate prices from the Meals On Wheels People, and inexpensive ice cream sundaes served by members and friends of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club (proceeds benefit Meals On Wheels). After 5 p.m., the live entertainment continues, presented by Portland Parks; and the evening climaxes with last year's family animated comedy, "Storks", presented free by the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance business association.