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Here are some key events and activites for your calendar, in Inner Southeast, in February!

FEBRUARY 3

Open House this morning at preschool co-op: Nonprofit Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool, in the Reed neighborhood, is holding its annual Open House this morning between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. "Visitors are free to come and go at their convenience; kids can explore activities, and play in the three classrooms, while parents meet our teacher Merry, and visit with current co-op parents. This is a great opportunity to get first-hand answers to all your questions about the world of preschool and joining the co-op community." The school is situated in the back of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus.

"Restless Leg Syndrome" Support Group in Sellwood: This morning, 11-noon, in the Sellwood Branch Library, you are welcome to a session by Dr. Olukayode Ogunrinde, a Kaiser Permanente Neurologist/Movement Disorder Specialist; "Restless Leg Syndrome" sufferers and their support persons are welcome, and the event is free. For information, call 503/238-3959, or contact – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Crackin' Crab Feast" dinner tonight at All Saints' Episcopal: This evening, at two different seating at 5 and 7 p.m., the annual "Crackin' Crab Feast" tasty fundraiser is open to all. "It's always a huge hit for those who love crab and like to have a good time with family and friends, and a bargain at $37.50; the meal comes with fresh crab, salad, and bread. A cash bar is available as well, and children 6 and under eat free with a Mac and Cheese option. All proceeds support All Saints' outreach ministries." For tickets, or more info, go online to – http://www.allsaintspdx.org – or call Nancy at 916/202-7132. It's at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Woodstock – S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard.

FEBRUARY 5

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Westmoreland today: This afternoon, 2-7 p.m., the Red Cross Bloodmobile will again be in the parking lot of Moreland Presbyterian Church, on S.E. 19th Street just south of Bybee Boulevard, to accept blood donations. The need is unusually critical, due to the uncommon number of major disasters in the recent past. Walk-in donors are accepted as space permits, but it's best to make a reservation for a specific time. Call 1-800/733-2767 to reserve; or you can do it online at – http://www.redcrossblood.org; enter sponsor code, MorelandPresbyterian

FEBRUARY 7

First of two public forums about "Moreland Woods": SMILE and Friends of Moreland Woods offer a community forum about a proposed park located between Wilhelm Portland Memorial Funeral Home and Llewellyn Elementary School. Learn about this rare opportunity and share your ideas as a part of the monthly SMILE General Meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue. For details and to take the survey go online to – http://www.morelandwoods.org

FEBRUARY 8

"Taize" service this evening in Woodstock: "Taize" is an ecumenical community in France which has developed a simple method of prayer and meditation that combines music, prayer, and silence. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church is now offering a simple, but moving, Taize service on the second Thursday of each month – including this evening – at 7 p.m. Ecumenical prayer service, open to all. The church is at 5239 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, at 52nd Street.

FEBRUARY 10

"If You Can Boil Water, You Can Brew Kombucha": Kombucha is an ancient form of fermented tea and cane sugar that has probiotic benefits for your digestive system. You can buy it from the store or – even better – you can make your own! Brew one gallon for less than the cost of one bottle of the store-bought kombucha! Maxwell Bliss of Treehouse Kombucha comes to the Sellwood Library 3-4 p.m. this afternoon to show you simple steps to brewing and flavoring your own kombucha. Starter cultures, tea bags and other supplies are provided. 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.

FEBRUARY 12

Grand Central baker at Sellwood Library: As part of the Sellwood Branch Library's special monthly presentations for Homeschoolers from local community experts, meet a baker from Grand Central Bakery this afternoon 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. A short Q&A and time for pictures will follow the presentation. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

FEBRUARY 13

"Shrove Tuesday" Pancake Dinner in Woodstock: This afternoon, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m, the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity United Methodist Church will feature pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, and beverages. The only price is your free will offering. Everyone in the community is invited. The church is on the corner of S.E. Steele and Chavez Blvd (39th) in Woodstock.

FEBRUARY 14

Ash Wednesday observed in Woodstock: Late this afternoon at 6:30 p.m., Ash Wednesday worship and Imposition of Ashes in the Sanctuary, will take place, open to all, at Trinity United Methodist Church, on the corner of S.E. Steele and Chavez Blvd (39th) in Woodstock.

FEBRUARY 15

Duniway Elementary's "Connect to Kindergarten": This evening is the annual Duniway Elementary School "Connect to Kindergarten" event, 6:30-7:30 p.m. It will be in the Duniway Elementary School Cafeteria, 7700 S.E. Reed College Place in Eastmoreland. All incoming kindergartners and their parents are welcome. During this event, families will be able to see classrooms, hear from staff about curriculum, day to day routines, and tour the building. This is a very exciting time for families and children. Registration required. To register, or for more information, call 503/916-6343, or go online – http://www.pps.net/duniway

FEBRUARY 17

"Snow Princess Story Time" for kids at Woodstock Library: Dragon Theater presents the classic story of Snow White, performed with live actors in costume. The evil queen is jealous of Snow White's beauty, and tries to use a poison apple – but, with the help of the audience, the prince and the dwarves manage to save her. Free. It's this afternoon, 2-2:45 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 49th.

The United States Navy Concert Band at CHS tonight: The U.S. Navy Concert Band is making one of its 21 performances nationally tonight in Portland – at Cleveland High School, at 7 p.m. The band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions, and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for nearly 90 years. Tonight's performance at CHS is open to the public, and free.

FEBRUARY 18 Second public opportunity to offer input on "Moreland Woods": 1 to 2 p.m. this afternoon, SMILE and its ad-hoc Friends of Moreland Woods Committee are hosting a community forum on a proposed park between Wilhelm's Portland Memorial and Llewellyn Elementary School. Learn about the rare opportunity to acquire this land for a community park, and share your ideas, early this afternoon at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue, at Tenino, in Sellwood. For details, and to take the survey, go online to – http://www.morelandwoods.org

St. Ignatius's annual Italian Dinner: This afternoon, from noon to 6:00 p.m., come enjoy St. Ignatius Church's 83rd Annual Italian Dinner! 10,000+ homemade meatballs, and you can buy them only today. The dinner features spaghetti, ravioli, homemade meatballs, salad, Italian bread, beverage, and ice cream. (Wine and beer available, too.) Reservations available for parties of 8 or more by calling 503-777-1491. "This is NOT fast food! Take-out available. Buy meatballs for your freezer! It's a Southeast Portland neighborhood tradition, since 1935!" The location is Dillon Hall at St. Ignatius Church, 3400 S.E. 43rd Avenue at Powell Boulevard. Adults, $13; seniors $10, kids under 12, $6; kids under 5 are FREE. For more information call Patty Frangipani at 503/777-1491.

Llewellyn "Connect to Kindergarten" tonight: Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland invites parents of incoming Llewellyn kindergartners to the Connect to Kindergarten Event this evening, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Parents, please join Principal Galati and Llewellyn staff in an introduction to our school. Free babysitting will be

provided. Llewelyn is located at 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue, at Tolman Street. FEBRUARY 19

Red Cross blood drive today in Woodstock: The Red Cross Blood drive today in Southeast Portland will be 2-7 p.m. at Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. You can sign up online – http://www.redcrossblood.org – to secure a time.

FEBRUARY 20

Pageturners Book Group for adults in Woodstock: Read "The Hundred-Year Walk – An Armenian Odyssey" by Dawn Anahid MacKeen; engage in conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. It's free, this evening, 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

FEBRUARY 23

Fish Fry this afternoon at Holy Family in Eastmoreland: Holy Family Parish is holding a fabulous fundraising Fish Fry, with all the trimmings, late this afternoon, 4:30-8:00 p.m. in Celebration Hall, at 7425 S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th), at the corner of SE Flavel Street. Open to the public – eat in or take-out; it's an easy dinner for the whole family.

FEBRUARY 26

Llewellyn Elementary "Connect to Kindergarten": This evening, Llewellyn Elementary School invites parents of incoming Llewellyn kindergartners to the "Connect to Kindergarten" event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Parents, please join Principal Galati and Llewellyn staff in an introduction to our school. Free babysitting will be provided. Llewellyn is located at 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland.

"Understanding Bullying" for teens in grades 6-12: This evening at the Sellwood Branch Library, learn to identify different types of bullying and cyber bullying, and analyze the three main roles that exist in bullying situations: The bully, the bullied, and the bystander. Teens will work to recognize power dynamics and the social-emotional consequences of each role. Skill building: Understand school policies that protect students, encourage students to speak up as bystanders, identify and define all the roles in a bully situation, and identify a trusted adult for help. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m.; come a bit early, since seating is limited. The library is on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

MARCH 3

Native Plants Workshop in Woodstock this morning: At nine this morning, at the Trinithy 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: https://emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops

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