EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN MARCH
Llewellyn School raffles a night at "Hamilton": Llewellyn Elementary School's PTA and Foundation are licensed by the state to raffle this prize package, to be awarded by drawing on Monday, March 19, at the school – two orchestra level seats to the March 31, 7:30 p.m. showing of "Hamilton, an American Musical" at the Keller Auditorium downtown (face value of $364.50), plus a $250 gift card for Hotel Modera, and a $75 gift card to Higgins Restaurant and Bar, to make a gala night of it (value $688.50). Only 500 tickets will be sold, and each ticket costs $25. The raffle is on, today, and ends on the 18th – or earlier, if the 500 tickets are sold before that date. Must be 18 to purchase, and must be in Oregon at time of purchase. Winner will be notified by e-mail only. Tickets are for sale at – llewellyn.ejoinme.org/HAMILTONRAFFLETICKETS
Duniway School Auction tonight; online component: With thirty percent of the proceeds directly benefiting Portland Public School's general fund in support of schools across the entire district, the Duniway Auction isn't just for the elementary school's immediate community. As for Duniway, its proceeds go to reducing classroom sizes and supporting enrichment activities – like physical education, music, and library services. All Portlanders are welcome to enjoy Duniway's Mardi Gras Masquerade tonight, but they may choose to make a difference from their living rooms instead: Auction organizers are offering an online bidding component. Members of the public can buy tickets to attend this evening, raffle tickets, or can donate directly via the auction website – duniway.schoolauction.net/auction2018/homepages/show – and select items are available for online bidding. The gala starts tonight at 6 p.m. at Portland's Melody Ballroom.MARCH 3
Native Plants Workshop in Woodstock this morning: At nine this morning, at the Trinity United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, a two-and-a-half hour workshop will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland, show examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, and share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! A native plant slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees. You'll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard. Registration required, but you can do so online at – emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops
Atkinson School kindergarten school tour event this morning: If your child will be 5 years old by September 1 of this year, you can register for kindergarten at Atkinson Elementary School, near Franklin High, at 5800 S.E. Division Street. A school tour opportunity awaits you this morning, 9-10 am – and also on April 28 and May 26 at the same time, if more convenient. Check its school boundaries at – www.pps.net/Page/2379 – and for more information, call the school at 503/916-6333.
Ladybug Nature Walk in Ardenwald this morning: Portland Parks presents a "Drop-in Ladybug Nature Walk" for kids age 2 through 6 and their parents this morning at 10 a.m. in Ardenwald at the Tideman-Johnson Natural Area; meet at the restrooms near the intersection of S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard and the Springwater Corridor Trail by 10 a.m. This guided nature walk lasts about an hour; cost is $3 to $8 per child, on a sliding scale.Grout Elementary Silent Auction fundraiser tonight: Grout Elementary School on Holgate Boulevard is having its first-ever Silent Auction, 6-9 p.m., open to the public (age 21+, please) with food, drink, and lots of items on the (silent) auction block. This auction came about to fund the need to replace the school's existing wooden play structure that is falling apart. "The new playground is long overdue, and will be cherished by the 300+ kids at Grout Elementary, a Title 1 public school." The auction tonight is in the St. David of Wales Church community room, 2800 S.E. Harrison Street. For more information, and to buy tickets, go online: www.auctria.com/auction/GroutBeachBash
Juggling Fun for kids, at Sellwood Library this morning: Juggling is a unique art form that's fun, meditative, and is great for hand-eye coordination. Kids and families in the session, 11-11:45 a.m. this morning, will learn how to juggle a variety of objects including balls, rings, scarves, and more. All props will be provided. The class will include group juggling games, as well as focus on individual skill levels. It's free, but you might want to come a little early, since space is limited at Sellwood Library, on the southeast corner of 13th Avenue and S.E. Bidwell Street.
"Seismic Retrofitting" for adults, this afternoon at Sellwood Library: Learn the basics of how to install a seismic retrofit, 2-4 p.m. this afternoon, whether it's something you think you'd like to do yourself, or you just want to understand the basic principles. Topics covered will include the goal of seismic retrofitting, basic load calculations, earthquake insurance and what features to avoid in your next home purchase; permits, assessing foundation quality, tools, and hardware. It's 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.
Ladybug Nature Walk in Creston-Kenilworth this morning: Portland Parks presents a "Drop-in Ladybug Nature Walk" for kids age 2 through 6 and their parents this morning at 10 a.m. in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, at Kenilworth Park; meet near the playground on S.E. 32nd Avenue, one block north of Holgate Boulevard by 10 a.m. This guided nature walk lasts about an hour; cost is $3 to $8 per child, on a sliding scale.
Cherry Blossom Wall Art for kids and families in Woodstock: This afternoon, 2-4 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, come create unique tree branches on paper with black paint and plastic straws. Learn to fold, cut, and decorate your tree with paper 3D cherry blossoms. It's free, but this program will be presented in Chinese, and interpretation in other languages will NOT be available. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Flight and Space – Game Design Camp for Teens: It's not just a video game! It's a world with infinite possibilities built by you! Come and design flying games today through Friday, 1-3 p.m. each day at the Sellwood Library, and be a pilot in a digital world you create yourself. For teens in grades 6-12. Free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. It's in the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
"Jolts, Volts and Wires" for kids and teens, in Woodstock: Electrifying activities get students charged! Students study the nature of electricity by engineering circuits using generators, batteries, bulbs, motors, and more. Topics for this afternoon hour include generation and transmission of electricity, safety, conductivity, and circuits. Best for middle schoolers. Free at Woodstock Library, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503.988.5123. There are two sessions – 2-3 p.m., and 3-4 p.m. The library is on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 49th Street.
Secret Coders Club for kids at Sellwood Library: Kids in grades 2-5 will have fun with coding-related games and activities that encourage problem-solving, teamwork, and creativity, this afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Selwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123.
Seder Dinner tonight at Trinity in Woodstock: At 6:00 p.m. this evening, the community is invited to the Seder Dinner at Trinity United Methodist Church, S.E. Chavez (39th) and Steele Street – to celebrate some of the rituals that Jesus would have used in the Upper Room during the Last Supper – "while we enjoy a meal together".
Good Friday Worship in Woodstock: This evening at 7 p.m. the community is invited to attend "Good Friday Worship" – a traditional service of remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus, with songs from the Trinity United Methodist Choir. The church is on the corner of S.E. Chavez (39th) and Steele Street.
Westmoreland Park "Easter Egg Hunt": The longtime, traditional free Easter Egg Hunt for kids – divided into different age categories, to give all kids a chance – is at 10 a.m. SHARP this morning, sponsored by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, and run by the Oaks Bottom Lions Club. Parents and kids are strongly advised to come early, to the south end of Westmoreland Park just east of the parking lot, since the start will be at 10 a.m. to the very second, and five minutes later, it's pretty much over.
Sunrise Easter Service in Sellwood Riverfront Park: At 6:45 a.m. this morning, everyone is welcome to come for an Easter Sunrise Worship Service at Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street at the Willamette River – followed by breakfast at the Sellwood Faith Community House, located at 1535 S.E. Tacoma Street.
Easter Sunday Service in Woodstock: At 10:30 a.m. this morning, the community is warmly invited to join in a grand celebration of Christ's resurrection, at Trinity United Methodist Church, S.E. Chavez (39th) and Steele Street in the Woodstock neighborhood.