EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
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.Inner Southeast Plant Swap and Potting Party: Sellwood's Mark Lakeman, of the City Repair Project, announces a Plant Swap and Potting Party today, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at 2735 S.E. 30th Avenue, open to the public – as City Repair's Permaculture Team "shares the abundance of our plants with one-another and community sites we serve! If you have any extra starts, from veggies to herbs to natives, bring them on over! The garden site is a nursery and storage site for plants that will be used for the Village Building Convergence in Portland. Additionally, if you're needing some personal plants feel free to take some! We'll have snacks, good people, and some plants we'll need help potting up, plus any miscellaneous nursery support."
Sellwood Middle School 5K fundraiser this morning: The Sellwood Middle School Foundation presents "Cinco de Sellwood: a Run/Walk for Education" today; the annual race will start and end at Sellwood Middle School. The race course is an out and back through the neighborhood, and onto the Springwater Corridor. Register to participate online – sellwoodmiddle.ejoinme.org – or be at the school to register in person at 8:30 a.m. The Kids' "Fun Run or Walk 1K" starts at 9:30 with paid registration, and the main event – the 5K Run or Walk – begins at 10 a.m.
"Legos @ the Library" in Sellwood today: Bring your mad Lego skills to the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 3-4 p.m., and let your imagination flow. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. Also offered on May 20 at the same hours. Free; but space is limited, so come early to be sure of a space. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
St Agatha Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show: The St. Agatha Altar Society's annual public fundraiser, its Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show, is noon today in the St. Agatha Parish Hall, 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. Tickets are $15 each, and reservations or tickets are required for admission – so call Cathy Bernt for yours: 503/775-5839. Fashions are courtesy of Christopher & Banks.
Last chance to donate plants for Woodstock sale: Today you can still bring plant donations to the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd, from noon until 5 p.m. today – for the annual benefit plant sale tomorrow. (See below.) Proceeds help keep the Community Center open in Woodstock.MAY 11
Woodstock Community Center Annual Plant Sale: Today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop for plants for your home or garden at the Woodstock Community Center, which the proceeds of the sale benefit. All the plants come from local gardens. Great prices for berries, shrubs, perennials, trees, and more. Shelly Keach will have sedum planters for sale; Woodstock metal artist Jill Torberson will offer her welded garden sculptures. The Center is across from Bi-Mart and just north of Woodstock Boulevard, at 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue. For more information, go online – www.woodstockpdx.org
Mother's Day Show and Sale at Rhody Garden: The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents its annual Mother's Day Show and Sale today and tomorrow, at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, just north of Woodstock Boulevard on S.E. 28th, across from Reed College. The sale is 9 to 5 both days; the show is noon to 5 today, and 9i to 5 tomorrow. For more, go online – www.rhodies.org
Kids – "Read to the Dogs" this afternoon in Woodstock: This afternoon, 2-3 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, come improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Dove Lewis Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams, and Pet Partners®. Free, but registration is required – call 503/988-5123. (A second opportunity to do this occurs on Wednesday, May 15, 3-4 p.m.) The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Sellwood-Moreland Crafting Circle at the Sellwood Library: This evening, 6:30-7:30 p.m., adults and families are invited to join fellow crafty companions for knitting, crocheting, fabric crafting, and paper crafting. Create and converse together. All ages, abilities, and projects welcome. Free, but space is limited, so come a little early to be sure of a spot to participate. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th.MAY 18
Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood cleanup today: The oldest continuous annual neighborhood cleanup in the State of Oregon celebrates its 40th anniversary this year – today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the south parking lot of Westmoreland Park. Accepted are all your throw-away junk, clean dimensional wood, yard debris, appliances, tires, unwanted furniture, metal, aluminum, even Styrofoam – in the form of blocks or bagged peanuts types, but no meat tray types. Free geek personnel on site for E-waste assessment and processing; E-waste accepted from households only, not businesses. Separate donation requested for E-waste. NO CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION MATERIALS, NO METRO-PROHIBITED MATERIALS, NO MATERIALS EVEN POSSIBLY CONTAINING ASBESTOS. Proof of Selwood/Westmoreland residency required at site – driver's license or utility bill. Fee for dumping $10-20 for small load, $20-30 for medium load, $35 for large load, $45+ for extra-large loads, $15 extra charge for appliances containing Freon. Up to five tires accepted free per vehicle. Event made possible by the SMILE neighborhood association, Heiberg Garbage and Reycling, and participating merchants.MAY 19
Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Plant Sale: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Ardenwald neighborhood – up Bybee east of McLoughlin into Milwaukie, at 3012 S.E. Balfour Street, this annual plant sale takes place today – to raise funds for a new, but undeveloped, neighborhood park on Balfour Street. To date, the neighborhood has raised over $10,000 towards the development of the park, and a master plan has been completed and approved; but a lot more money is needed. Plants for the sale have been donated by neighbors, and there are many native plants, grasses, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs, and veggie starts that are waiting to go home with you. Contact Lisa at 503/754-1655 if you have any questions. Otherwise, see you at the plant sale today.
Sellwood Red Cross Blood Drive: This morning, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Sellwood Baptist Church, 1104 S.E. Spokane Street, open to everyone. "The Portland Press" is offering a coupon for a delicious pressed waffle sandwich at its food cart in Piknik Park, nearby on S.E. 11th and Tacoma, to all donors at today's Sellwood blood drive. Walk-in blood donors accommodated at the blood drive as space permits, but for convenience it is suggested to call the Red Cross to make an appointment – 1-800/733-2767 – or go online to: www.redcrossblood.org, and enter sponsor code Sellwood.
"Pageturners" Book Group for adults tonight in Woodstock: Read "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. Then go to the Woodstock Branch Library, 6:30-7:45 p.m. tonight, to engage in conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Avenue.
Benefit Rummage Sale today and tomorrow: St. Anthony of Padua Church, Portland, at 7920 S.E. 79th Avenue, is having its annual Altar Society Rummage Sale today and tomorrow – 9 to 4 each day. "Great bargains" are promised, and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 503/775-6863.JUNE 1
Giant Lego exhibit from Southeast, at the Zoo: Southeast Portland Lego Physics teacher Jane Kenney leads her OES students in presenting their latest "designed and built from scratch, not from kits" Lego exhibit at the Oregon Zoo, 10-5 today and tomorrow. The centerpiece as always is the new Lego Logo Board, a sequenced and motorized story-telling construction designed, programmed, and built by the students to animate a story they themselves created. No additional charge after Zoo admission. The Zoo is on the Sunset Highway west out of downtown Portland; follow the exit signs.