EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Cardboard Costume Creation for kids and families in Sellwood: Every hero or heroine needs a great costume. Create your own costume out of unexpected materials like plastic, cardboard, wire, felt, LED lights, switches, and electric buzzers. Come to the Sellwood Branch Library prepared with your imagination and a tinkering spirit, and leave with a hat, mask, or arm band that you can use on your next adventure. (Or at Hallowe'en!) Free, but tickets required due to space limitations – and the tickets are available starting at 10:00 a.m. this morning. The three-hour session starts at 10:30. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Bidwell Street.OCTOBER 28
Famous "Moreland Monster March" at 3 this afternoon: The Sunday before Hallowe'en this year is today – October 28th – and the March starts promptly at 3 p.m., sponsored by the merchants of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. Whether you come to watch or come in costume to march, this is open to all. Starts at Llewellyn Elementary School, 6301 S.E.14th Avenue in Westmoreland at 3, proceeding east to Milwaukie Avenue, south to Bybee, and back north on 14th to Llewellyn, where there will be treats for all, courtesy of local merchants. There are so many marchers that the front of the parade usually completes the circuit before the end of it even leaves the school. Free.
"Spooky Organ Concert in Woodstock": All Saints' Episcopal Church invites the community to a "Spooky Organ Concert" this afternoon at 4 p.m., featuring the work of Music Director Jim Denman alongside several talented members of its church family. Immediately following the concert, there will be a Hallowe'en party in the Parish Hall, with snacks, candy, games, and more! Everyone is invited, and costumes are welcome. The church is at S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Not So Spooky Stories this afternoon in Woodstock: Once again, the Woodstock Branch Library invites you to enjoy stories and songs for Hallowe'en, and make something fun. Wear your costume, if you like. Free, 4 to 4:45 p.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
St. Anthony Church's Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle: Today and tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. both days, St. Anthony Church offers its annual Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle. Tables available. Open till 5 p.m. today and 3 p.m. tomorrow. The address is 3720 S.E 79th Avenue, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. For more information, call 503/504-1204.
"Beneficial Insects" seminar and workshop today in Woodstock: This morning, 9:30-noon, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District presents a seminar and workshop at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, in Woodstock. "Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings, and other invertebrates that provide free pest control; you'll discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive." Registration requested. To register, or for more information, call 503/222-7645.
Weatherization Workshop this morning at Sellwood Library: Anyone can make weatherization improvements at home. Whether you own or rent, whether you're in an apartment, mobile home or house – you can make basic improvements to make your home more comfortable while saving energy and money. Learn how to implement simple measures to lower home energy use by installing effective weatherization materials using basic tools, such as scissors and a screwdriver. The two-hour workshop starts at 11 a.m. at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. Bidwell at 13th in Sellwood. Free – and each participating income-qualified Multnomah County household will also receive a free kit of materials. Please register online with the Community Energy Project – www.communityenergyproject.org/get-involved/calendar
New "Storytime" tradition begins in Woodstock: This afternoon, 1:30-2:30 p.m., families are invited for a new twice-monthly "Storytime" for children at the Mustard Seed Book Store & Thrift Shop, in the basement of All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. "Storytime" takes place at the same hour on the first and third Saturday of every month, led by a retired elementary school teacher. Browse the books in the store while your youngster listens to a story.
Discover Portland's most common native plant communities: At an illustrated talk at Trinity United Methodist Church, 9:30-noon this morning, learn which species do well together, and get tips to help them thrive! A slideshow highlights their unique features and desired growing conditions, so you can decide which plants will work best in your own yard. Free, but registration requested online – www.emswcd.org – or call 503/222-7645. The church is situated at 3915 S.E. Steele Street.
125th Anniversary of the Reedwood Friends Church: Come this morning and celebrate this propitious anniversary, at S.E. Steele and 29th. Worship begins at 10 a.m., followed by fellowship and sharing time, and there's a celebratory meal as well, to which all are invited: The meal will consist of pork roast, baked vegetables, tossed green salad and chocolate cake. In order to make sure there is enough food for all, please RSVP on the Reedwood website – www.reedwood.org
"South Reach River Plan" discussions continue: This evening, 6-8 p.m., everyone is welcome to come to SMILE Station (S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood) for the sixth and penultimate session conducted by the City of Portland to come up with a plan for the "South Reach" of the Willamette River – and this evening, the focus is on "Integration of Eastside-Related Issues and Opportunities." (The finale will be the South Reach River Plan Open House, at a location to be determined, in the morning of December 1, 9-11:30 a.m.)
Westmoreland Union Manor annual Holiday Craft Fair: Today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, the residents of nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor present their annual Holiday Craft Fair. Vendors show off handcrafted original artwork, small drums, magnets, crocheted items, beaded jewelry and other objects, warm stocking caps, hair barrettes – "you name it, we have it". Food service will be available; coffee and tea are available all day. Free parking on the street only. "Our building has finally been totally remodeled, and it looks grand, just waiting for you to come and explore." 6404 S.E. 23rd Avenue in Westmoreland – on the west side of MacLoughlin Boulevard, just north of Fire Station 20 on Bybee.
"Friday @ 4 Recital" is free at Reed College: In Eliot Hall Chapel at Reed College this afternoon at 4 p.m., "Collegium Musicum" performs music of the French Baroque era, including works by Charpentier, Rameau, and Lully. The chapel is located in the center of campus on the third floor of Eliot Hall.
Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Agatha's: The Altar Society of St. Agatha Church is offering its annual Christmas Bazaar today from 9 a.m to 4 p.m., and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Arts, crafts, baked goods, local vendors, "Thrifty Cottage" treasures, and "treats for hungry shoppers". The bazaar takes place in St. Agatha Parish Hall, 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue, in Sellwood.
Families – make your own Luminarias: At the Sellwood Branch Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, join artist Kathy Karbo as she leads workshop participants in transforming simple materials into stunning luminarias for your home or garden. Take yours home to enjoy! Free. Space limited so come a bit early to be sure of seating. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
Reed College Orchestra's annual fall concert tonight: The annual Reed Orchestra's fall concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. this evening in Reed College's Kaul Auditorium under the direction of David Schiff – open to the public, and admission is free. Kaul Auditorium is located adjacent to the college's Performing Arts Building, and can be most easily accessed by parking in the west parking lot off S.E. 28th Avenue.
"Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden" at OMSI: Today, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District presents a seminar and workshop on "Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden" in the OMSI Parker Room, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), at 1945 S.E. Water Street, under the Marquam Bridge on the east side of the Willamette River, and a short distance north of the Ross Island Bridge. Registration requested. To register, or for more information, call 503/222-7645.
Reed College Music Recital this evening: Reed College's private music instructors present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. this evening, open to the public. These are the musicians that teach and train Reed's young musicians. Represented will be instructors of piano, flute, trombone, viola, cello, and voice. The chapel is located in the center of the Reed campus, on the third floor of Eliot Hall.
Kids and families – make decorative dcoupage boxes: Decoupage is a fun and easy craft for the whole family; if you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Artist Shanon Schollian will show you how to decorate small boxes for keepsakes or gift-giving. Free. It's this afternoon, 2-4 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.
Legos @ the Woodstock Library this afternoon: Kids, bring your mad Lego skills to the Woodstock Library and let your imagination flow. The group will build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Free. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. It's at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.
"Rogue Pack" theater offers open house today: Rogue Pack, "theatre for young people", has opened its doors today at the Sellwood Playhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a "Meet & Greet" event. Free and open to the public. The location is 901 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. For more, go online – www.roguepack.org
Annual Holiday Gala and Wreath Auction at Oaks Park: The Southeast Portland Rotary Club presents its annual Holiday fundraiser and party, its Wreath Auction – featuring a selection of hand-decorated wreaths – at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a supper catered by Sellwood's famed "a Cena" restaurant, and live music. Tickets available online – www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com – and from any Southeast Portland Rotarian, or at the door as available. Go north on Oaks Park Way from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, just west of the railroad crossing. Plenty of free parking.
"Sing Along Messiah" at Reedwood Friends Church this evening: Tonight at 6:30 p.m., come to the Reedwood Church at S.E. Steele Street at 29th to sing along with the Messiah! Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. Selected choruses and solos with piano accompaniment. Light refreshments following the concert. Please bring canned food donations for the Oregon Food Bank. More, online, at – www.reedwood.org