"Bugs Make the World a Better Place": For families – experience the incredible world of insects, spiders and their relatives, at the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon. The Bug Chicks are two entomologists who teach about these exciting animals in a fun, interactive way using preserved specimens and live arthropods. This free workshop – twice this afternoon, 12-1 and 2-3 – explores the biology and importance these animals have on us and our environment, while promoting STEM education and encouraging curiosity and respect of the natural world. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance of each show at the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th Avenue at Bidwell 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.World Footbag Championships start today in Westmoreland: Today and tomorrow, the 38th Annual IFPA World Footbag Championships start today at 11 a.m. and tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Westmoreland Park. (They continue August 8-12 at the Oregon Convention Center.) The first footbag, the "Hacky Sack", was invented in Oregon City in 1972 by John Stalberger and Mike Marshall as a tool to help rehabilitate an old sports injury; today, footbags are used in a variety of different competitive and cooperative sports. For the full schedule, go online – www.footbag.org/worlds2017/players/schedule/
"Paint a Better World, One Ceramic at a Time" at Sellwood Library: Kids and families, come and paint things that make it a better world from animals, to flowers, to construction trucks. The ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs and mats are supplied – 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. It's free, but best come early to be sure of a place, since space is limited. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
Yard sale today to benefit Oregon Greyhound Adoption: Nonprofit "Oregon Greyhound Adoption" is benefiting from an "estate/yard sale" today and tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, at 4745 S.E. 49th in Woodstock. All proceeds will go to Oregon Greyhound Adoption, to help feed and house greyhounds waiting for their forever homes.
For adults – create your own "sun catcher" in Woodstock: Reflect beautiful rays of light with these easy-to-create sun catchers. They can be hung in windows or on plants. Free, but registration is required; register in the Woodstock Branch Library, where this will take place 6-7:15 p.m. early this evening – or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Summertime Concert for kids and families: Ms. Michal Karmi, a/k/a Peanut, is one of Los Angeles' most sought-after children's musicians. Her sweet voice and clever lyrics backed by ukulele strums and impressive trilingual (English, Spanish, Hebrew) chops. Peanut's animated persona and natural gift with children captivate young listeners, all while providing an educational learning experience. FREE at the Woodstock Branch Library. Come a bit early; space is limited. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. (Repeats Thursday, August 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th and Bidwell, where free tickets are required, and will be available at 10 a.m., 30 minutes in advance of the morning performance.)
AUGUST 17"Eclipse!" – for adults, at Sellwood Library: As we prepare to experience an eclipse first-hand next Monday morning, explore how humans have interpreted eclipses from our beginnings on the African savannas to modern times. Examined will be some of the great myths and superstitions about eclipses immortalized in our earliest art and writings, and then delve into the lives of the great scientists who helped humanity realize the actual science behind solar and lunar eclipses. Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation. Free – but registration required; register in the in the Sellwood Branch Library or by calling 503/988-5123. Then be at the library (S.E. 13th at Bidwell) today, 2 until 3:30 p.m., for this lecture.
Walking tour of Westmoreland this morning: Learn about the history and development of Westmoreland during a walking tour led by historians and BEE writers Eileen Fitzsimons and Dana Beck this morning, 10 a.m.-12 noon. The walks are limited to 15 people per guide. Dana and Eileen will talk about the development of the neighborhood, and how its history is reflected in the buildings along the way. The fees for the walks benefit the Architectural Heritage Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating residents and visitors about the architectural and cultural history of the Portland metro area. $12 for AHC members; $20 for general public. Pre-registration is required; go online – tinyurl.com/h9kol3l
Northwest Oboe Seminar public recital tonight in Woodstock: The 24th annual Northwest Oboe Seminar presents its annual public recital tonight at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Admission is $10 per person, and may be purchased at the door. For more information, go online – www.oregonchamberplayers.org/OboeSeminar
Solar Eclipse Viewing at OMSI: Although this morning's total solar eclipse won't be quite total in Portland, it will be close, and will still be quite an sight. Since getting out of town to see it in the mid-Willamette-Valley region is likely to be a traffic nightmare, why not go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for their free "Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party" on OMSI's Front Plaza, from 8 to noon this morning. Refreshments available from the "Empirical Café"; and you can buy eclipse viewing glasses at OMSI's Science Store. OMSI is just north of the Ross Island Bridge on the east bank of the Willamette River, on S.E. Water Avenue, under the Marquam Bridge.
Pacific Northwest Dahlia Show at Oaks Park: Again, the "bigger and better" Pacific Northwest Dahlia Show will take place at Oaks Park today and tomorrow. The show will fill the Dance Pavilion with dahlia blooms competing for Best in Show, arrangements, and special classes for new hybridized varieties. There will be informational workshops offered, and experts will be available to answer questions.Open House at Whole Child Montessori School: Nonprofit Whole Child Montessori School, at 5909 S.E. 40th Avenue, is holding an Open House to mark Head of School Nancy Pribnow's Retirement, after more than 30 years, this afternoon from 2 until 5 p.m. Drop in this afternoon to wish Nancy well, and to wander through the Whole Child garden and classrooms. (Corrected date is today.)
Cleveland High Class of '62 Reunion tonight: The 55th annual reunion for the Cleveland High School Class of 1962 is tonight, 6 to 9 p.m., in the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse. If you were in that class and did not receive information on it in the mail, call Ivona (Oliver) Wittmayer at 503/775-1262, or go online – chs-alum.blogspot.com/2017/06/reunion-class-of-1962.html
Duniway Elementary celebrates 90th birthday: Duniway Elementary School in Eastmoreland, at 7700 S.E. Reed College Place, announces a 90th Anniversary Celebration and Welcome Picnic at the school this afternoon, 4 to 6 p.m., on the school's field and blacktop. Students and families are invited to bring a picnic and sit with others from their new class. Get to know your new classmates, catch up with old friends and meet some new friends, 4-5 p.m. Then celebrate Duniway's 90th birthday 5-6 p.m. with a short program and birthday cake. "We hope you can join us for this celebration of our school and community."