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Inner Southeast events and activities nearby, throughout the month of September

SEPTEMBER 2

"Mahrajan" today at Oaks Park: "Mahrajan", billed as the largest celebration of Arab heritage and culture in Oregon, celebrates its seventh anniversary today, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, accessed from the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood. Open to all, with free parking. "Delicious Arabic cuisine, Arabic coffee (and fortune telling!), tea and refreshments from Sesame Donuts, an Arab souq (bazaar), arts and crafts, henna painting, poetry, hookah, music, dabke (dancing), folkloric belly dancing performances, children's activities and a raffle for prizes. Free and open to the public, although donations are graciously accepted. Individual raffle tickets are available for purchase on-site for $2 each, or three for $5."

SEPTEMBER 9

Strut Your Mutt, Portland, at Sellwood Riverfront Park: Best Friends' "Strut Your Mutt" will be held this morning at Sellwood Riverfront Park. The fundraising goal is $100,000 to help participating animal rescue groups and shelters save lives of animals who don't have a safe place to call home. Registration starts at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m., and event ends at noon. For full information on participating rescue groups and shelters, festival events, directions to venue, and to enter, please go online: >tinyurl.com/y9uj9z3n

Garage sale to benefit Oregon Humane Society: A benefit garage sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Mehri's Bakery and Deli, on S.E. 52nd at Bybee Boulevard. Bargains galore to benefit this charity. In addition, an OHS benefit Dog Wash is slated for 10 a.m. until noon at the same location.

Westmoreland Union Manor Garden Fair: The nonprofit senior apartment complex Westmoreland Union Manor says, "Our grounds are beautiful in large part because of the many dedicated volunteer gardeners we have living here who plant and maintain the landscaped gardens. The public is invited to stop by and see the result at today's "Garden Fair", 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be music, a lunch available to purchase, a garden art activity, a display of garden photos, information about the orchard, gardening literature, and badminton and croquet on the front law. Parking available on S.E. 23rd Street, just north of Westmoreland Fire Station 20.

SEPTEMBER 10

Westmoreland Food Drive for "Mainspring Portland": Moreland Presbyterian Church starts today a week-long Food Drive to benefit the food pantry program of Mainspring Portland. Especially needed are canned foods such as vegetables, fruits, soups, chili and tuna; and packaged foods such as peanut butter, cereal, rice and pasta. Anyone in Southeast who would like to donate food can drop it off at the church Sunday this morning or the morning of September 17 – or September 11-14 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Moreland Presbyterian Church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. For information, call 503/234-8404, or go online to www.morelandpresbyterian.com

Red Cross Blood Drive today at Our Lady of Sorrows: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church is sponsoring an open-to-all Red Cross Blood Drive at the church, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard – as part of its participation in the merchants' "Woodstock Gives Back" to benefit nonprofits today in the Woodstock neighborhood. Walk-ins accommodated as space permits; appointments recommended. Call Evelyn Brush, 503/775-6731, Ext. 102, or contact the Red Cross.

Sellwood Storytelling Show at Sellwood Library: Families will enjoy stories, songs, and fun led by Storytellers Northwest – Sellwood's own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. This afternoon 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free, but come a little early to be sure of a seat. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

SEPTEMBER 15

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets in Westmoreland: Calling all moms of young children, birth to kindergarten! "Moreland MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) invites you to begin our year of becoming Free Indeed, with a community of moms sharing, learning and growing together." Meetings are the first and third Fridays of each month, beginning TODAY – 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Childcare is provided. For more information, e-mail –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – and Moreland Presbyterian Church is the site of the meetings, at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

SEPTEMBER 16

Reed College 5K "FUNd RUN/WALK": The annual Reed College 5K family fun run and walk starts this morning (new date) at 9 a.m. on the Reed College Quad, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Registration on the week or the day of the race, $35; 100% of all registration fees and sponsorship dollars go directly to neighborhood public elementary schools: Duniway, Grout, Lewis, Llewellyn, and Woodstock. Hungry? From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a free pancake breakfast and other family-friendly activities. Learn more and sign up to run (discounts apply prior to this past week), sponsor, or volunteer, online – www.reed.edu/5k

"Mini Maker Faire" at OMSI: Today and tomorrow, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., it's the annual "Mini Maker Faire" at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, on S.E. Water Street, on the east Bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge and under the east end of the Marquam Bridge. It's described as "a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness; it's a place where people show what they're making, and share what they are learning."

SEPTEMBER 17

Centennial celebration for Our Lady of Sorrows in Woodstock: Do you or your family have a connection to Our Lady of Sorrows Church? Join the parish in celebrating 100 years today, at the 11 a.m. Mass – followed by a champagne brunch in the gymnasium, featuring live entertainment provided by Louie Roa and Friends, as well as historical displays and fun trips down memory lane with long-time parishioners. Stop in today to honor the past and celebrate the future!

SEPTEMBER 19

"Pageturners Book Group" for adults at Sellwood Library: Read "In the Shadow of the Banyan" by Vaddey Ratner, then be at the Sellwood Branch Library tonight 6:30 to 8 p.m. for stimulating conversation about books – and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free, but come a bit early to be sure of a seat. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

SEPTEMBER 23

DIY Insulation Workshop for adults at Sellwood Library: This afternoon, 2-4:30 p.m., learn how to weatherize a flat attic. This workshop covers all stages of the insulating process, including the initial audit, creating a supply list, prepping the attic, finding the right insulation, and getting cash incentives to help cover the cost of your project. The workshop is also useful for those who are hiring a professional, but would like to cut preparation costs and understand the process. Perfect for DIY-ers of all experience levels. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Brew Kombucha – at Woodstock Library this afternoon: Kombucha is an ancient form of fermented tea and cane sugar that has probiotic benefits for your digestive system. From 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon, "Treehouse Kombucha" will show you the simple steps to brewing and flavoring your own kombucha. Free. For adults. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

SEPTEMBER 24

"Salmon Celebration" at Westmoreland Park: The fourth annual Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park is today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and coincides with the Sunday Parkways ride in Sellwood and Milwaukie. Stop by Westmoreland Park during these hours today for the celebration and fun activities.

SEPTEMBER 26

Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop at Woodstock Library: This free workshop, 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening, empowers people to reduce lead exposure and lead poisoning in their lives. It provides participants with the tools and resources needed to locate lead sources within their home and occupation, stabilize or eliminate hazardous lead conditions, and find additional agencies and organizations in the Portland metro area that can help to further limit lead hazards in the home. Participants receive a booklet and a kit of lead-safe cleaning and testing materials. Although it's free, registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

SEPTEMBER 30

Harvest Moon Festival this afternoon at Woodstock Library: Celebrate the Harvest Moon Festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival), one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in many parts of Asia. Join with friends and family from 1 till 3:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library, to hear stories of the festival, participate in fun craft activities, and watch traditional live performances. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

OCTOBER 1

"Woodstock Apple Festival" today: The third annual "Apple Festival", benefiting the Chinese Immersion Program at Woodstock Elementary School, takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the parking lot of the Chase Bank, as well as in that block of S.E. 47th Street between the Chase and KeyBank parking lots (while the Woodstock Farmers Market is taking place in the KeyBank lot). Several problems which affected last year's Festival have been resolved, according to organizers, and they're ready for "a big crowd".

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