EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN OCTOBER
"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".OCTOBER 4
Pray for Las Vegas:
Bring your hearts and hands together tonight -- at a prayer gathering for the victims of the recent Las Vegas mass casualty tragedy. Holy Family Church will hold a short service at 7:30 p.m. in the church at 7525 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. (39th), to pray for the victims, the community, the first responders, and all who are touched by violence. "Please join us to shine the light of hope and love of Christ in our world."
Rain Garden Workshop: Today, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, learn how to build a rain garden! A rain garden is a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater, and allows it to soak into the ground naturally. You will learn step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden. Register online – www.emswcd.org/workshops – or call 503/222-7645 for information.
"Blessing of the Animals" at Our Lady of Sorrows: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church is welcoming animals of all kinds for a blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi at 11 a.m. this morning. The animals (even including stuffed animal toys) and their owners will gather in the courtyard area between the church and school buildings on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, just east of 52nd. (Pets are also welcome at the 10 a.m. Mass, closing out the Our Lady of Fatima commemoration.) For animal safety, please use cages, leashes, etc., so that everyone is safe and happy. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Evelyn Brush at 503/775-6731, extension 102.Going Batty at the Sellwood Library: This morning, 11-noon, explore the intriguing world of bats, and learn the truth about one of the most misunderstood and beneficial creatures on Earth. Learn about bat diversity, echolocation, and diet. Practice using a mist net, the tool field biologists use to capture and study live bats before releasing them back into the night sky. Topics include adaptations, bat biology, and the physics of sound. Free. For kids, teens, and families – but space is limited, so come early to be sure of a seat. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
Fall Party for Families at Woodstock Library this afternoon: Celebrate the season with all things fall and an awesome positive parenting community! 2 to 3 p.m., enjoy crafts, games, and activities along with positive parenting and mindfulness tools dedicated to loving life, your family, and the autumn season. Free. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Lunch today at St. Anthony's: St. Anthony Church offers its fall luncheon today at 11:30 a.m., the cost of which is $7, and includes lunch and bingo, with great prizes. Open to all. It's a fundraiser for the church, which is at 3720 S.E. 79th, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. For information, please call 503/504-1204.
Holiday Bazaar at Southeast VFW Post: Today from 10 to 5, and tomorrow from 11 to 5, you're invited to the fourth annual Holiday Bazaar, held at – and benefiting – the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4248, 7118 S.E. Fern Street. Handmade decorations for fall, Hallowe'en, and Christmas, will be on sale – along with lots of gift items. Come early on Sunday only, and enjoy the VFW monthly breakfast, 9 to noon, including all-you-can-eat pancakes, or biscuits and gravy, for $5 – and stay for hot dogs and nachos for lunch. There will also be a bake sale. For information call 503/775-4844.
Adults – make a warm hat this afternoon at Sellwood Library: This afternoon, 2-4 p.m. join this class to sew yourself a warm hat for this winter! Artist LeBrie Rich will bring five sewing machines, along with hand-sewing supplies. For this free session, there will be patterns and fabric ready for you. Extra hats that made this afternoon will be donated to those in need. "Let's craft together! No experience necessary." Free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
11th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame: This annual Induction into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and Concert, takes place this evening at 7 p.m. at the Aladdin Theater, just south of S.E. Powell Boulevard on Milwaukie Avenue. The concert will feature Floater; a tribute to Jimmy Boyer, featuring the Freak Mountain ramblers; Fernando; Bingo Richey, Turtle Steele; Peter Dammann; Dan Balmer; and more. There will be a live auction of autograph guitars from Chicago, Ry Cooder, Culture Club, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Steve Miller, and Weezer. Proceeds from this nonprofit event help support Oregon music education and scholarship programs. Tickets ($25 in advance; $30 at the door) are on sale at www.ticketfly.com and at the Aladdin Theater box office. VIP tickets also available.
Fall Bazaar today and tomorrow in Woodstock: Our Lady of Sorrows' Fall Bazaar takes place today, 9 to 5, and tomorrow from 9 till 2. Homemade crafts, gifts, jams and jellies, sweet treats, "and much more!" The location is on the northeast corner of S.E. 52 nd and Woodstock Boulevard.
"Sugar Skull Face Painting Workshop" for teens: Are you ready for an awesome transformation? Come to the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 3-4:30 p.m., to join Celese, local makeup artist and face painter extraordinaire, as she teaches you skills and techniques on how to make yourself or your friends into amazing sugar skulls. Water based makeup and accessories will be used to make the transformation complete. Just in time for Dia De Los Muertos and Hallowe'en, this class will be one that you'll never forget! For teens in grades 6-12. Free – but space is limited, so come early to be sure of a seat. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.OCTOBER 24
Weatherization Workshop this afternoon at Woodstock Library: Anyone can make weatherization improvements at home – whether you own or rent; whether you're in an apartment, mobile home, or house – make basic improvements to make your home more comfortable by saving energy and money. Learn how to implement simple measures to lower home energy use by installing effective weatherization materials, using basic tools such as scissors and a screwdriver. Each participating income-qualified Multnomah County household receives a free kit of materials. The kit includes reusable vinyl storm window kits, door weatherstripping, pipe insulation, rope caulk, and more. No charge. Register online for this workshop, taking place 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, at the Community Energy Project website – www.communityenergyproject.org/get-involved/calendar – and then be at the class at the Woodstock Branch Library, on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.OCTOBER 27
Second annual "Haunted Fun House" in Sellwood: This evening, 6:30-9:30 p.m., nonprofit Rogue Pack presents a "Haunted Fun House" by teen girls from Boys & Girls Aid. "Come hear gory stories and mysterious tales of the Sellwood Playhouse and support at-risk young girls. Written and presented by girls 10-17 in the foster care system. Writing and performance facilitated by Ann Singer and Danielle Pecoff." All ages welcome for the Fun House walk-through of gore and mystery. Music and treats included! It's in the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street. $5 per person at the door (includes the treats).
Poetry writing workshop this afternoon at Woodstock 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. Join Paulann Petersen 2-5 p.m. this afternoon in a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, it'll be an exhilarating plunge into language. Free; for teens and adults – but registration is required. Register in the Woodstock Branch Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
"Moreland Monster March" at 3 p.m. today: The Monster March is on, rain or shine, once again this year on the last Sunday in October – the 29th – starting at 3 p.m. sharp at Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland, S.E. 14th at Tolman Street. The route goes east to Milwaukie Avenue, south to Bybee, west on Bybee Boulevard to 14th, and then north back to Llwellyn, where merchants of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance will be providing free refreshments to one and all. Anyone in costume, young and old, is welcome to march, and everybody else is invited to line the streets and cheer the monsters on.