EVENTS & ACTIVITIES IN JULY
Free concert tonight on S.E. Duke Street: At 7:30 p.m. this evening, Apostolic Faith Church presents its free Midsummer Concert, featuring classical and sacred music performed by the Apostolic Faith orchestra, choir, ensembles, and soloists. Located at 5601 S.E. Duke Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30. No ticket is necessary; this is a free community event and all are welcome. For more information, go online – www.apostolicfaith.org
11-mile "Portland Bridge Swim" begins in Sellwood: The 11-mile swimming race from the Sellwood Bridge to the St. Johns Bridge starts this morning at 7:30 a.m. at Sellwood Riverfront Park. The competing swimmers will be gathering at the park starting about 6 a.m. Spectators welcome! For more information, go online: www.portlandbridgeswim.com
Sellwood Riverfront Concerts start tonight, 6:30 p.m.: The first of the four 2018 Monday night "free evening concerts in July" at Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, begins with Farnell Newton and The Othership Connection, performing "funk and soul with a twist". Presented by Portland Parks and Recreation and sponsored by Collage and other local businesses, as well as SMBA, and SMILE and its "Sellwood Riverfront Concerts Committee".
Free Outdoor Youth Concert tonight on Duke Street: At 7 p.m. this evening, the Apostolic Faith Church will be presenting a free Outdoor Youth Concert: The Apostolic Faith combined youth orchestra and choir will present a concert on the front lawn of our campground located at 5414 S.E. Duke Street. Those who attend can bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. This is a free community event; no ticket purchase is necessary. For more information go online – www.apostolicfaith.org
Advanced Excel Spreadsheets class in Sellwood: This free class at the Sellwood Branch Library, 10 a.m. to noon today, is for people who already know the basics of using Microsoft Excel. Come to this class to learn how to sort, group, and filter data in an Excel spreadsheet; correct a circular reference; create an absolute reference; define functions; and display your data. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell and 13th.
Oregon Bird Man at Sellwood Library today: Meet the Oregon Bird Man and his parrots! This educational and entertaining program for families features a wide assortment of parrot species from four continents – including many endangered species. Learn about the natural history and unique behaviors of these beautiful creatures, as well as what is happening to them today in the wild, and things to know about parrots before getting one as a pet. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. It's 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
JULY 11"Digging for Dinosaurs" for families in Woodstock: At the Woodstock Branch Library at two times this afternoon – 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. – families are invited to a free visit to a time when dinosaurs walked the earth! Make a fossil cast, behave like a dinosaur, and more. Become a paleontologist, by using fossils as clues into the past. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988.5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 49th Avenue.Public invited for Holy Family BBQ, games, auction: It's the full meal deal at the Holy Family Church field at S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) and Flavel Street – delicious hot dogs and chicken sausage, corn on the cob, salad, watermelon, chips, Otter Pops, and a beverage. So much good food for just $6 per person, or $30 per family. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., in addition to the picnic, there will be volleyball, cornhole, live music, and fantastic auction items. Proceeds benefit Holy Family Youth Ministry.
"12 Key Acupressure Points for Everyday Health" in Woodstock: Yiwen Yoga presents an experiential holistic event for adults – sharing information based on the wisdom of the ancients to improve your health and strengthen your immune system. Learn how to find and self-massage the most commonly-applied pressure points in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system for everyday care and optimal health. Free, but registration is required; register in the Woodstock Library or by calling 503/988-5123. The class is 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.
Sellwood Riverfront Park Concert tonight: The July concert series led by Portland Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by SMILE, SMBA, a number of local merchants, and the Sellwood Riverfront Park Concerts Committee, continues tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, with the Lloyd Jones Quartet and LaRhonda Steele offering "spontaneous blues, jazz, and soul". Free.
JULY 23Third July Riverfront Concert tonight in Sellwood: The concert tonight in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, is by Skybound Blue, performing "harmony-driven Americana". It's free, and starts at 6:30 p.m., presented by Portland Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by a variety of Inner Southeast businesses, SMILE and its Sellwood Riverfront Park Concerts Committee, and SMBA.
Families – Make your own Diorama at Sellwood Library: Let your imagination flow and create your own tiny world, in this free Diorama workshop. Participants will have access to a wide variety of unique materials to re-purpose and build miniature scenes in boxes – such as decorative paper, vintage magazines, ribbon, fabric, broken jewelry bits, buttons, tile, corks, bottle caps, wood, and more. "SCRAP" provides an exciting introduction to "creative reuse art" with every workshop by sharing examples of projects to inspire reuse! Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. It's this afternoon 2-3 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast in Eastmoreland: Holy Family Parish's newly-formed Knights of Columbus chapter is cooking up breakfast for Inner Southeast this morning… Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and beverages from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside Celebration Hall, across from the church entrance, at S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) at Flavel Street. It's a tasty bargain at only $5 per person, or $15 for the whole family! Cash or card accepted.
Westmoreland Red Cross blood drive: The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be back on the parking lot at Moreland Presbyterian Church this afternoon, 2-7 p.m., on S.E. 19th just south of Bybee Boulevard. The need for blood continues, and you can help save a life. Walk-ins accommodated as schedule allows, but it's best to obtain an appointment by calling 1-800/733-2767, or going online to – www.redcrossblood.org – and entering sponsor code: MorelandPresbyterian.
Final Riverfront Park Concert of the season: The fourth and final free summer Monday evening concert of 2018 in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, features Sabroso, offering "passionate, acoustic Latin funk". Presented by Portland Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by a variety of local merchants, SMBA, and by SMILE, and its Sellwood Riverfront Park Concerts Committee.
JULY 31Chemistry "Reaction Action" in Sellwood this afternoon: Chemical reactions abound, in this fun science demonstration for families – and your reaction to these reactions will be awe and wonder! This free demonstration includes a genie in a bottle, burning water, the lemon shuffle, the WOOSH Bottle, and more. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. It's this afternoon, 2-2:45 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
"Summerville" merchant promotion today: Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) presents all-day, all-neighborhood activities and sales as "Summerville". Typical of the community activities is one taking place on the sidewalk outside the Sellwood-Westmoreland Branch Library on S.E. 13th – with big paper, colorful markers, and words that come quickly to mind, the nonprofit Rogue Pack Storytelling Theatre for youth will help passersby tell your own unique story – fun for all ages. For more information on "Summerville" go online – www.summersidewalks.com
"Sundae in the Park" all day today in Sellwood: Upper Sellwood Park is the location of SMILE's annual party in Inner Southeast, with free entertainment starting at noon in the park, under the trees – with Quartetto Allegro playing tunes from classical to pop, followed by three other major entertainment acts all afternoon, plus many family activities, and inexpensive ice cream sundaes served all afternoon by Southeast Portland Rotary. Food will be available at reasonable prices courtesy of St. Agatha's, too. In the evening, there's more live entertainment by the Harvest Gold, a Neil Young tribute band – finishing with a Portland Parks and Recreation "Movie in the Park", sponsored by the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA): 2017's "Star Wars – The Last Jedi". It's Southeast's biggest all-day family party, and open to all.