EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Computer Basics 2 – using the Internet: This free class, 10 to noon this morning at the Sellwood Branch Library, is for beginners of any age – and, is an introduction to using the Internet on computers. Learn how to access and safely navigate the web, and practice using a search engine to find what you are looking for online. Free, but registration is required; register in the library – or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of Bidwell and 13th Avenue in Sellwood.
"Epic Draw/Play" for kids and teens on Tuesdays: At the Sellwood Branch Library, this afternoon and each Tuesday at the same time, kids 9-12 (and anyone else, younger or older, who would like to be there) is invited to an hour (3:30-4:30 p.m.) of drawing your favorite characters, coloring them, cutting them out, and playing with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. Tell about your favorite characters from books, games, movies, or anywhere else, and we'll "Epic Draw/Play" them. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street in Sellwood.
Charity "Amani Beads and Crafts Sale" in Sellwood: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, handmade from Kenya, this beads and crafts sale includes ceramic jewelry, nativities, scarves, carvings, bright baskets, and more – or make your own necklaces. All proceeds go to care for abandoned babies at New Life Home in Kenya. The sale is hosted at Re/Max Equity Group, 7886 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. For more information, call Christina Hamilton at 503/860-4498.
Plant-dividing workshop in Woodstock: This morning, 10-11:30 a.m., you're invited to a plant-dividing workshop at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue, just north of Woodstock Boulevard. Learn how to dig, divide, and pot bulbs, hostas, ferns, and other perennials – In preparation for donating plants to the Woodstock Neighborhood Association plant sale on Saturday, May 11th. To RSVP for this free class, call Terry Griffiths at 503/771-0011.
Public meeting about Woodstock development proposal: With plans afoot to construct a full-block building project on the "Joinery block" bounded by Woodstock Boulevard and Martins Street, between 48th and 49th Avenues, tonight is your chance to see and hear representatives of Leeb Architects and Mill Creek Residential present their plans and answer questions about the proposal. The meeting will be held at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the presentation starts at 7 p.m., to be followed by Q&A. This free public event is hosted by the Woodstock Neighborhood Association. Light refreshments will be available.
Music & Movement for children and families in Woodstock: Join award-winning children's educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith, as he gets the whole family moving, grooving, and learning – 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon. It's free, and it's at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street. APRIL 14
Palm Sunday service in Westmoreland: This morning at 9.30 a.m. you are welcome at the Palm Sunday service at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. This is a celebratory service commemorating Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. All ages are invited to join in the procession of palms to begin the service.
Easter "Seder Dinner" in Sellwood: This evening at 6 p.m., the Sellwood Faith Community House will be celebrating some of the rituals that Jesus would have used in the Upper Room during the Last Supper in a "Seder Dinner" meal together. Open to all. The address is 1535 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood.Maundy Thursday gathering and dinner in Westmoreland: This evening at 6 p.m. at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, the annual Maundy Thursday gathering will provide a "Meal-around-a-worship-experience" – a non-traditional, family-oriented dinner and service in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.
"Good Friday" worship in Westmoreland: At 6 p.m. this evening at Moreland Presbyterian Church, there will be "a Taizé meditation on Love crucified in our Sanctuary. Taizé is a reflective and peaceful experience by candlelight, centered on simple, contemplative 'sung prayers' balanced with scripture readings and extended silence. It is ecumenical in nature, ideal for people from any religious tradition (or no tradition at all) to join in. All are welcome." 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.
"Good Friday" worship in Woodstock: This evening at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, the community is invited to a traditional service of remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus, with songs from the choir. The church is at 3915 S.E. Steele Street, on the corner of Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th Avenue).
Sellwood-Westmoreland Easter Egg Hunt: Rain or shine, the annual Sellwood-Westmoreland Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp this morning – and since it is usually over a few minutes later, be sure to be early! It takes place at the south end of Westmoreland Park, opposite the parking lot area. The Egg Hunt is free, but please bring a canned food donation for those in need. Also, there will be a collection box for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. This annual children's and family event is sponsored by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, with the assistance of the Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club, Sellwood New Seasons Market – and the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, which graciously donated the park permit.
Festive Floral Arrangement class for adults, in Woodstock: Create a festive fresh flower arrangement with the florist-designer Margarit Petrosyan this afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library. Learn the refinements of flower care and arranging. Free, but registration is required. Register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The class runs from 3 to 5 p.m. this afternoon; the library is at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Easter sunrise worship outdoors in Sellwood: An open Easter sunrise worship will take place at 6 a.m. in Sellwood Riverfront Park at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, after which those present are invited to breakfast at the Sellwood Faith Community House, 1535 S.E. Tacoma Street.Easter service in Westmoreland this morning: This morning at 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m., Moreland Presbyterian Church twice offers worship celebrations of "love resurrected" in the Sanctuary. Both services will feature special music from the Chancel Choir, Bells, and an Intergenerational Easter Choir, as well as brass and percussion. Coffee and refreshments will be served between services. "Come as you are…all are welcome." 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.
Volunteer choir performs at Southeast Portland Easter Service: Once again this year, a full community choir will perform at the Easter Service at Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. this morning, open to everyone without charge, at 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue, just east of Woodstock.Easter Sunday worship service in Woodstock: At 10:30 a.m. this morning, the community is welcome to attend an Easter Sunday worship service at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele, on the corner of Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th Avenue).
12th Annual "82nd Avenue of Roses Parade" this morning: The first official public event each year of the Portland Rose Festival is the "82nd Avenue of Roses Parade", which steps out at 9:30 a.m. at the north end of Eastport Plaza on Bush Street, north of Holgate. THE BEE will again be present, as the parade starts out at Bush, and heads north to the Montavilla District – then turns west on Yamhill Street and disbands at 78th Avenue. Last year's parade included sixty entries and over a thousand participants. Plan to be present at the start of the parade at 9:30 this morning! (At the end of the parade a free, family-friendly Asian New Year in the Park will take place at Glenhaven Park, on 82nd Avenue at Siskiyou for the rest of the day until 6 p.m.)
The Brooklyn Neighborhood "Clean Up and Haul Away": This neighborhood cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corner of S.E. 16th and Center Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts. For information, Call 971/222-9454.