Here are highlights of some of the events and activities this month in Inner Southeast


"Summerville" merchant promotion today: Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the nonprofit Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) business association 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 using 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 information on everything at "Summerville", go online –


"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 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.


"Aussie Funk Jam – Learn to Play the Didgeridoo" in Sellwood: The didgeridoo, usually a hollowed-out tree trunk or branch, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its mesmerizing sound. In the Aussie Funk Jam, teens learn how to play the didgeridoo – including vocalizing and creating simple rhythms – using PVC pipe or cardboard tubes. For teens in grades 6-12. Free; 6:30-7:30 p.m. this evening at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. Bidwell at 13th Street.


"Spectacular Arcade for Kids" project in Sellwood: Kids and families, plan to attend "Tinker Camp" at the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon – where kids will imagine, design, and create their own one-of-a-kind arcade game, using cardboard, recycled materials, and electronic components such as LED lights and motors. Free, but tickets are required, due to limited seating. Free tickets will be available 30 minutes in advance in the library – which means starting at 1:30 p.m. "Tinker Cam" is 2-4 p.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Creston-Kenilworth "Night Out" this evening: The Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Association is holding its annual National Night Out neighborhood picnic this evening from 6 to 8 p.m., near the lower play area in Kenilworth Park. The neighborhood association will provide main dishes, but neighbors are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be ping pong, music, face painting, and maybe even a fire truck will stop by for the kids to climb on. Open to everyone in the neighborhood.


QIGONG Practice in Mt. Tabor Park: "Build your energy and life essence in the beauty of Nature, and find balance in all areas of our life. In Mt. Tabor Park, S.E. Lincoln Street (off 60th) just beyond the community gardens. Starting today, weekly through the summer. Drop in; no experience necessary. By donation. AUGUST> AUGUST 11

Learning Gardens' "Farm to Fork" fundraising dinner: Support the local "sustainable food systems" educational work of the Learning Gardens Laboratory by attending this special supper. Included is a guided "edible tour" through the garden, and a multi-course meal prepared by PSU Eats Executive Chef Matt Steele – with wine and beer pairings, and live entertainment. Admission: $75 per person; order tickets online – – or e-mail Brittnee Gilbert, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Manor residents offer encore of "Used Furniture Sale": Following up the successful June sale, the Men's Club at the nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor retirement community is having a second "Used Furniture Sale" today, from noon until 2 p.m. only! Get a bargain! The Manor is situated at 6404 S.E. 23rd Avenue, just north of Westmoreland Fire Station 20. Plenty of free parking – on the street only, please.


Disaster-housing "Shelterbox" spotlighted at Rotary Meeting: Southeast Portland Rotary Club, which meets for an hour at noon today in the downstairs meeting room at Moreland Presbyterian Church (off the parking lot on S.E. 19th, just south of Bybee Boulevard), will hear from Terry Joley – with a new report on the worldwide emergency housing options offered by the nonprofit "Shelterbox" program, which is supported by Rotary International and by this club. Guests welcome; lunch catered by Laurie Austin; no charge to visitors. For more about the club, go online –

Lego Robotics – "Robo Pets Camp for Teens" in Woodstock: Like Legos? Like robots and pets? Combine those together and you get a Robo Pet. Come to this week-long afternoon camp at the Woodstock Branch Library, and build a robotic pet using the Lego Mindstorms system. It's today through Friday, 2-4 p.m. each day. Construct your pet and program it to move and walk. Make full use of light and touch sensors to make the interaction with these pets as realistic as possible. For teens in grades 6-12. Free, but registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123.


Summer Crafting for adults at Woodstock Library: Join this summer gathering to make lovely seasonal art and crafts with recycled and nature-based materials, this afternoon, 2-3:30 p.m. Have fun designing pieces to beautify your home, and connect with the natural world this summer season! Whether you're an expert crafter, or this is your first time crafting, you'll enjoy this workshop, and will go home with lovely pieces to decorate your life. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 49th Street. Holy Family Crawfish Boil – All You Can Eat: For dinner tonight, get your Cajun on at Holy Family's traditional Crawfish Boil – with potatoes, corn, sausage, carrots, and garlic bread. Additional fixings for purchase include beer, cider, wine, and pop. It's "all you can eat" – $20 for adults; a suggested $5 donation for kids 12 and under. Prepay is available online – . It's on the Holy Family field, near S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) and Flavel Street, starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Questions? Call 503/774-1428.


11th Annual Johnson Creek Clean-Up this morning: Volunteers are meeting at 8:30 a.m. before dispersing in groups to designated sites. Participants of all ages invited. Closed-toed shoes are required; dress in appropriate clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy; tools and bags are provided. The first 100 volunteers to arrive will receive an "11th Annual Clean-Up" T-shirt! Meet at Mill Park in Milwaukie, at S.E. Lynwood Avenue at Overland Street. Barbecue follows, from noon until 2:00 p.m., for volunteers. RSVP, please, on this webpage –

Today and tomorrow, Dahlia Show at Oaks Park: Again this year, the Portland Dahlia Society presents its annual show today and tomorrow in the Oaks Amusement Park Dance Pavilion in Sellwood (north of the foot of Spokane Street, on Oaks Park Way). As a spectator, it is an opportunity see the hundreds of varieties of dahlias displayed at their very best. As an exhibitor, it is an opportunity to show your flowers in competition with other growers. Certified dahlia judges evaluate the entries and determine the winners. In addition to prizes for individual entries there are awards for higher levels of competition that lead to the selection of the best entries in the show. The best entries in the show are placed on a "head table" with very best entries at the top of the table. Admission is free, and parking is free at Oaks Park. For more information, including how to enter your dahlias, call Ted Kennedy at 503/655-6951. Or go online –


Hawthorne Blvd. Street Fair features Lego display: Westmoreland-based science teacher and Lego Physics instructor Jane Kenney-Norberg brings her students' "best of the 2018 Oregon Zoo show" Lego display to the Hawthorne Blvd. Street Fair this afternoon; look for it in the Fred Meyer Store. Hawthorne Boulevard's 35th Annual Street Fair runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in its 35th year. Join Hawthorne Merchants, local nonprofits, and local vendors for live music, excellent children's activities, family and adult and fun, and great food. Today's Street Fair extends from S.E. 30th Avenue to Cesar Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th). Activities extend further east to New Seasons Market, The Fernie Brae, and more. A detailed map will be available at the Information Booth on S.E. 34th and Hawthorne.


Red Cross Blood Drive in Woodstock: The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this afternoon 2 until 7 p.m., at Woodstock Bible Church. The church is located at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street in Woodstock. Sign up online – – if you would like to secure a specific time. Walk-ins are welcome, also.

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