Here are special Inner Southeast Events and Activities for the month of April!


Red Cross Blood Drive in Woodstock: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot of the Woodstock Shopping Center, 4523 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, and walk-in donors will be accepted as space permits. It's recommended, though, that you make an appointment to minimize wait times. Call 1-800/733-2767 to make your appointment. Recent disasters and weather extremes have left blood supplies short, so your donation is especially important this year.

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.


Boy Scout "Easter Breakfast" this morning: Boy Scout Troop 143 will offer an "Easter Breakfast" at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, from 9 a.m. to noon today: Adults $10; under-11 and seniors $5; large families, $40; under age 2 free. All proceeds help scout summer camp and fund life skill activities.

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 Morning Service at Mt. Scott: "Whether you are in church every weekend or haven't been in years, you're invited for worship, music, and fellowship this morning at 10 a.m. at Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church. Our Community Choir will be making their debut during this service." Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church is on the corner of S.E. 73rd and Harold Street. Call 503-771-7553 for information, or go online –

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. APRIL 6

Reed College students' music recital: This afternoon at 4 p.m. will be a regular recital featuring Reed music students performing a variety of works. The program is usually about 45 minutes long, and is free and open to the public, in Eliot Hall Chapel – on the third floor of Eliot Hall – and it can be accessed easily from any of the major Reed College parking lots on Woodstock Boulevard or on S.E. 28th. A different recital will be presented at 4 p.m. in the same location on April 13 and April 20.

Reed College play tonight and tomorrow night: When everyone carries a panopticon in their pocket, what does it mean to lose sight of the things closest to us? This is the question asked in British playwright Caryl Churchill's 2012 play "Love and Information". The play's "open text" structure is constituted of more than fifty scenes and a hundred characters, each offering an ephemeral glimpse into the gossamer moments that thread the fabric of our lives. It's at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night at the Diver Studio Theatre on the first floor of the Performing Arts Building, and can be most easily accessed by parking in the west parking lot off 28th Avenue. Ticket prices range from $3-$7. Open to the public. For more information, visit


Share-It Square Neighbors Garage Sale: The neighbors near Sellwood's Share-It Square are offering a small neighborhood garage sale during their annual intersection clean-up day. This is a fundraiser for this summer's street painting. Sale is today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the homes just north of S.E. 9th and Sherrett, on the west side of the street. "Our rain date, if it's super swampy out there, is April 14th."

Piggy Bank Ceramics Painting for kids and families: This morning at 11 a.m. at the Sellwood Branch Library, kids and families are invited to "come and paint your own piggy bank, and start saving money for that special something. We supply the ceramics, lead-free paint, colorful mats, aprons, water buckets, paint brushes and all that is needed. All you need is a child with an imagination!" Free, but space is limited for this 1-1/2 hour session, so best come a little early to be sure of a seat. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.


Adults, spot "Misinformation, Fake News, and Political Propaganda": At 6 p.m. this evening at the Sellwood Branch Library, this free hour-and-a-half workshop uses real-world examples of political ads, news headlines, graphs and charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data and other types of information, so you can learn to distinguish truth from fiction and become your own "fact-checker". Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation. Come a little early to be sure of a seat. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell and 13th Avenue.


Reed Orchestra presents a free concert: At 7:30 p.m. this evening the Reed College Orchestra will be in concert in Kaul Auditorium – and it's open to the public, and free.

Kaul Auditorium is located off the main quad in the center of campus, and is most easily reached by parking in the west parking lot off S.E. 28th Avenue.


Dealing with family problems – "It's All About Love":

At the Woodstock Branch Library, 2-3 p.m. this afternoon, you're invited to an interactive family art workshop that also includes the latest brain science about the human heart in language kids can understand, but that parents will learn from too. "We'll be creating heart and love inspired recycled and nature-based art, while also playing fun brain science games to learn more about the human heart – to transform common parenting challenges in your home with heart-based positive parenting tools. Love is all we need! Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Avenue.

Symphonic band concert tonight at Reed College: At 7:30 p.m. this evening, the Portland Gay Symphonic Band will present a program called "Earthrise", which will include Smetatana's "Moldau", Ticheli's "Vesuvius", Copland's "Outdoor Overture", among others, to give the listener the opportunity to see how composers have created musical art in homage to the Earth. Ally Shuell, a senior at Madison High School and winner of the orchestra's First Annual Young Artist Solo Competition, will be performing "Diversion" by Bernard Heiden. She will be awarded a $500 scholarship at the performance. The orchestra is offering this concert for free to the community – with a suggested donation between $15 and $40. The concert is in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, off the main quad in the center of campus, and is most easily reached by parking in the west parking lot off S.E. 28th Avenue.


Woodstock Red Cross blood drive today: There will be a Red Cross blood drive this afternoon, 2-7 p.m., at Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. Please sign up at to guarantee your appointment time. "Thank you for donating. Your blood helps save lives."


Portland Parks' "Drop-In Ladybug Nature Walk": This morning at 10 a.m., for interested families, Portland Parks Environmental Education presents a "Drop-In Ladybug Nature Walk" in Creston Park for ages 2 to 6, plus a grown-up. No reservation necessary; just meet at the trees by the parking lot near S.E. 43rd Avenue and Rhone Street. Cost is $3 to $8 per child on a sliding scale.


St. Anthony of Padua's Spring Luncheon and Bingo: This morning at 11:30 a.m., St. Anthony of Padua Church presents its Spring Luncheon and Bingo; the $7 cost includes a Bingo card. The address is 3720 S.E. 79th Avenue. For information, call 503/504-1204. CHS presents hilarious musical "Legally Blonde": The spring student play at Cleveland High opens tonight at 7 p.m., and runs tomorrow evening, and April 27 and 28, at 7 pm. Matinees are Sunday, April 22 and April 29 at 1 p.m. Tickets at the door: $15.00 for adults, 10.00 Seniors, 8.00 students. For more information call Cleveland High l at 503/916-5120. Reed neighborhood "roots music" concert tonight: The Portland Folk Music Society this year is touting as its "new venue" the Reedway Friends Church at 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of Reed College – and this evening it is presenting the "award winning original roots music group" Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising. Doors open at 7 p.m. this evening, and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. APRIL 21 For adults – "Braiding Trivets": Reuse your old rags by turning them into something practical and colorful at the Woodstock Branch Library, 2-5 p.m. this afternoon. Learn how to get a braid started, and begin stitching your work together. Have no fear, discover folk wisdom! You'll leave with a finished trivet, and the knowledge to even make a full-sized braided rag rug to cozy up your home. Bring your own rags, or there will be some on hand to get you started. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. APRIL 22 SMS School Foundation 5K Run/Walk for Education: All proceeds benefit the Sellwood Middle School Foundation, which raises funds to support the Elective Programs at the school. Race registration is $25, starts at 8:30 a.m. at the school. T-shirts available for purchase on-site; raffle tickets for great prizes from local businesses are $5 each, or 5 for $20. At 9:30 a.m., the Kids' "Fun Run/Walk 1K" begins with paid registration; and at 10:00 a.m. the "5K Run/Walk" begins. Both events start and finish at the school. To register online, or for more information, please go online – – or contact Lemmy Cooper with your questions via e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Folk music from around the world at Reed College: At 3 p.m. this afternoon, a Chorus and Collegium Concert called "Folk Art: For the People, By the People" will take place in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College campus, and it's free and open to the public. The concert will feature choral arrangements of traditional folk melodies from North and South America, The British Isles, Estonia, Korea, Mongolia, Norway, Serbia, and South Africa. Kaul Auditorium is located off the main quad in the center of campus and is most easily reached by parking the west parking lot off 28th Avenue.


College Night at Cleveland High: The Cleveland College & Career Center will host its annual "College Night" for students and families at 7 p.m. this evening in the Cleveland High School auditorium. The program begins with a panel of current Cleveland seniors discussing their college search and selection process, followed by several breakout session choices. The sessions include Inside the Admissions Office, Crafting the College Application Essay, Financial Aid Basics, Public Universities In-State and Out, and Community College Options.


Red Cross Bloodmobile at Moreland Presbyterian Church: The American Red Cross brings its Bloodmobile back to the parking lot on S.E. 19th, just south of Bybee Boulevard, from 2 to 7 p.m. this afternoon. The need is great this year after a series of natural disasters across the country; drop-ins welcome as space permits, but reservations are recommended, to avoid waiting. To reserve a time, call the Red Cross at 1-800/733-2767.


VFW "ice cream social" this afternoon: Celebrate Spring with a Fundraiser Ice Cream Social, 3 to 6 this afternoon at VFW Post 4248, at 7118 S.E. Fern in Southeast Portland. "There will be games, hot dogs, raffles, and of course ice cream! Bring your friends!"


SMILE Open House midday today: You are invited to drop in to the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League's Open House at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th, today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. SMILE is the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood association, and you'll learn about all the good things SMILE volunteers do for the Sellwood-Moreland community. Members of the SMILE Board will be there to discuss the upcoming election and how you can run for a seat on the Board. You'll also hear about the "Buy-a-Brick" fundraiser to have your business or family name engraved on one of the bricks in the pathway in front of the SMILE Station. Funds raised will be used to expand programs SMILE provides to the community. Free refreshments are provided by the New Seasons Market in Sellwood, and a drawing for gifts from neighborhood businesses is part of the fun.

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