EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Fundraising rummage sale on S.E. 79th: St. Anthony of Padua Church is holding its annual Altar Society fundraiser, its Rummage Sale, today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is situated at 7920 S.E. 79th Avenue. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 503/775-6863.Llewellyn Elementary School's end-of-year Carnival: The Llewellyn Elementary Carnival, which celebrates the end of school and the start of summer vacation, is open not only to students and parents but to everyone in the community, and this year it's this evening, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the school – 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland. "Come have fun, and support the Llewellyn PTA and the Llewellyn Foundation". Admission is free, but bring some money for food and fun.
Sellwood Walking Tour: This morning, 10 a.m. to noon, neighborhood historian and BEE writer Eileen G. Fitzsimons presents "A new 'Part 2' walking tour of the neighborhood, starting with the year 1910 – forward." Pre-registration is required, so contact the Architectural Heritage Center right away at 503/231-7264 if you want to come along. If you are forced to miss this one, it will be repeated on Saturday, August 25, by Eileen and fellow historian and BEE writer Dana Beck. If you have gone on their previous walks, "Part 1" (development up to 1910) will again be offered on Saturday, July 28. For information on all of these, go online to – www.visitahc.org/events
Manor residents offer "used furniture sale": The Men's Club at the nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor retirement community is having a "used furniture sale" today, from noon until 4 p.m., today; get yourself a bargain! The Manor is situated at 6404 S.E. 24th Avenue, just north of Westmoreland Fire Station 20. Plenty of free parking – on the street only.
"Nature Drawing" class for adults in Woodstock: "Drawing or sketching the natural world from observation fills the artist with awe and wonderment." In this drawing class for adults, 2-4 p.m. this afternoon in the Woodstock Branch Library, engage in fun and surprising sketching exercises to loosen the hand and draw with confidence. Learn to observe – study how light and shadow affect objects, and how to tone (shade) and apply texture, to make your natural objects look realistic. You will walk away with a collection of ideas and drawing skills to practice for the rest of the year. All skill levels welcome. Please bring a seashell, favorite rock, or some other natural object. The class is free, but preregistration is required; register in the library, or call 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
"The Puppet Town Musicians" at Woodstock Library: For kids and families this afternoon, 2-2:45 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, "Penny's lovable puppets want to begin new lives. They have grown older and feel useless at the farm. They decide to head towards Puppet Town to create a band." Enjoy this original musical puppet production, in which music and friendship shine through. Free.
Just south of Sellwood – annual Book Sale begins: The "Friends of the Ledding Library" annual Book Sale starts today, and runs through Sunday, at the Portland Waldorf School Gym, just south of Sellwood, east of McLoughlin at 2300 S.E. Harrison Street. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Thousands of books will again fill the gym from wall to wall. This Sunday, on the last day of the sale, there will be a raffle drawing at 1 p.m. (need not be present to win). Raffle tickets are available for purchase during the sale, as well as at the Ledding Library and at the Friends booth in the City Hall Fire Bay at the Sunday Milwaukie Farmers Market.
Freshly-prepared crepes fundraiser in Eastmoreland: Those visiting the Eastmoreland Garage Sale early, today, have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious handmade crepe or two, while you browse the Garage Sale – prepared by members of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the corner of Knapp Street and Reed College Place. All proceeds go to fund Rotary's successful nearly-forty-year "PolioPlus" drive to completely eradicate the dread disease Polio from the earth. (We're almost there.)Annual Quilt and Needleworks show in Woodstock: Once again today, the annual Quilt and Needleworks Show hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Join us for a day of catching up, with cookies and beverages, and a place to sit and stitch; there will be vendors with supplies, crafts, and quilts." No formal admission charge, but a free will donation is requested to the Trinity United Methodist Church Women's Association. The address is 3925 S.E. Steele, on the corner of Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th Avenue).
Milk Carton Boat Races today in Westmoreland Park: A unique Portland tradition dating back to 1973, the "Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Races", a Rose Festival event, will take place today at the historic Westmoreland Park Casting Pond starting at 11 a.m. (Check-in opens at 9:30 a.m. for participants.) It's free to attend, and has prizes for winning racers of boats constructed of empty milk cartons and jugs. Fun event for all ages. For race information and free registration, go online – www.royalrosarians.com/page/milk-carton-boat-race – and, to see the basics of building a Milk Carton Race Boat, go to – youtu.be/xEbBqRp7-Mg
"Fascinating World of Reptiles" at Sellwood Library: Join the Reptile Man, a/k/a Richard Ritchey, in meeting his outstanding crew of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises this afternoon, 2-3 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library. Richard has been delighting audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years, and has assembled a traveling collection of scaled predators that is unrivaled in quality and reputation. Seating is limited; free tickets will be available 30 minutes in advance. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.Woodstock blood drive for the Red Cross: This afternoon, 2-7 p.m., the Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street – near the intersection of 52nd and Mitchell. To secure a specific time to give, please go online – www.redcrossblood.org – to schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome also. Your blood donation helps to save lives.
Benefit concert for Rovello Tennis Courts at Aladdin: To raise funds for advanced ongoing maintenance of the Alex Rovello Memorial Tennis Courts on S.E. Chavez Blvd (39th) at Bybee Boulevard, three-time Grammy nominee "Acoustic Alchemy" will perform a benefit concert tonight at the Aladdin Theater, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue half a block south of Powell Boulevard. Tickets online at – www.aladdin-theater.com – or at the theater boxoffice. $30 per ticket. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.; appropriate for all ages.