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, by kids" 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.
Woodstock Neighborhood Assn.'s Board Election: Woodstock Neighborhood Association will have its annual Board Election this evening at 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd (across from Bi-mart). Anyone who lives or works in the Woodstock neighborhood can vote, and/or volunteer for the Board. All positions are open, and serve for one year. Positions include: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition Rep, Area Representatives, and Committee Chairs – for the Land Use Committee, Events Committee, Communications/Media Committee, and Friends of the Woodstock Community Center Chair and Financial Manager. "Volunteer to get involved and have an impact on your neighborhood!"
Community work party in Foster-Powell: Time to clean up the Foster Powell Community Garden on Powell at S.E. 62nd – volunteers are needed, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, to get out the weeds, while learning about Northwest native and invasive plants. No need to RSVP; just show up – dressed to work in the garden.
Help repaint "Share-It Square" in Sellwood today: Sellwood's award-winning painted intersection at S.E. 9th and Sherrett Street, "Share-It Square", needs repainting each year to get rid of the wear and dirt from being driven over all year, and each year the design changes a bit. Volunteers do it, and you can be one of them. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; no experience necessary and all supplies provided. All ages welcome. Potluck to follow.
Alzheimer's education event, free today at OMSI: The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's free "Concepts in Care" educational conference, with free memory screenings and much more, takes place in the auditorium at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) today, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Open to families affected by Alzheimer's disease, caregivers – in fact, anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer's disease. Attendees have the opportunity to interact with Alzheimer's experts, ask questions, network, and obtain a free memory screening. OMSI is at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge.JUNE 15
"FUNdamentals" for kids and families, in Sellwood: Join award-winning children's educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith at the Sellwood Branch Library, as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning. This class introduces children to the exciting world of music through creative movement, note reading and fun instrument play. Half hour performance starts at 11 a.m. this morning; free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue.Adults, make Summer-Scented Scrubs at Woodstock Library: Join this workshop this afternoon, 2-3 p.m., for adults – to make salt and sugar body scrubs, with sustainably and locally harvested herbs and flowers. Have fun making the body-care products, decorating the jars, and then going home with handmade all-natural summer-scented scrubs. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123.
Saturday Academy for students starts today at PCC Southeast: "Hands-on summer camps led by Science-Tech-Engineering-Arts-Math professionals make learning fun at Saturday Academy. The Monday-Friday summer camps at PCC Southeast start today. Those at Central Catholic High School start on July 8, at Franklin High School on July 29, and at St. Agatha's in Sellwood starts on August 5 – check the website below for details. All classes are filling up fast – register soon! Call 503/200-5856, or go online – www.saturdayacademy.org
Blood drive today in Westmoreland: From 2 to 7 p.m., the Red Cross will be at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. The severe blood deficit continues; donate, and help save a life. Walk-ins accommodated; but to avoid waiting, appointments are recommended – call 1-800/733-2767 to reserve your time to donate.
"Make a Light-Up Stuffed Alien" – 4-day Camp for Teens: Come to the Woodstock Branch Library, 2-4 p.m. today, tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday for this special "camp" for teens. You'll learn about the amazing world of e-textiles by fabricating a stuffed alien monster, complete with an illuminated eyeball! In this camp, you'll start by choosing from an assortment of thread and fabric colors to customize a simple monster design. Using a variety of hand-stitching techniques, you'll fabricate a 10-inch-tall alien monster. You'll learn how to construct basic circuitry, using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and coin cell batteries, to sew into your monster for a glowing eyeball. Upon completion, each participant will leave with a cuddly monster companion that lights up. The four-day teen camp is free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street.
Sellwood's "Portland Puppet Museum" turns seven: Today is the seventh anniversary of Sellwood's unique Portland Puppet Museum, which celebrates with a new exhibit, "Favorite Fairy Tales" which opens today at 2 p.m. Admission is free for the new exhibit, as it is for all of the museum's exhibits. It features over 100 newly-donated fairy tale characters from across Europe and the United States, all showcased in the museum along with many others, transformed into a miniature replica of the enchanted Black Forest of Germany. Museum operators Steve Overton and Marty Richmond add, "We also plan to reopen the outdoor garden theater for the first time in two years, to run a series of our most popular shows, as well as an 'adult night out' (weather permitting, of course)." The small museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street.JUNE 21
Start summer with a big book sale south of Sellwood: The "Friends of Ledding Library" Annual Book Sale and Raffle starts today, and runs through Sunday – in the Portland Waldorf School Gym, 2300 S.E. Harrison Street, just east of McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie, just a mile south of Sellwood. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The raffle drawing will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. (you need not be present to win). Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the sale, as well as at Milwaukie's Ledding Library and at the Friends book booth at the Sunday Milwaukie Farmers Market. It's all to raise money for the library.
Kids' and families' puppet show today: This evening at 7 p.m. (and repeating tomorrow and Sunday at 2 p.m.) Sellwood's Portland Puppet Museum offers a Family Night presentation of "The Enchanted Ring" from the Olde World Puppet Theatre's "Tales of Belvuria" series. This Live Marionette "Girl Power" story focuses on Princess Kathryn's ninth birthday party – when things take a turn for the worse, as Enchantra the Witch crashes on her vacuum cleaner while delivering her birthday gift. "Did she really get the entire birthday present thing mixed up? Enjoy a madcap adventure, as Princess Kathryn dons a suit of armor, battles spooky spiders, rescues a fairy, charms a pixie pirate, and bedazzles a unicorn – all in a single afternoon. Admission is $10 per person at the door, for everyone aged three and up. It's at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street; reservations available by calling 503/233-7723.
Fourth annual "Save the Giants Jam" in Eastmoreland: Everyone is invited to the free fourth annual "Save The Giants Jam" on Saturday, June 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. at 3666 S.E. Martins Street. The celebration will feature live bluegrass music, slow-cooked BBQ, pie, and cold beverages, as well as a raffle, and merchandise to support the park. "Each year we gather under the century-old giant sequoia trees to celebrate the efforts which saved them from destruction in September of 2015. We are only $7,000 away from paying off the loans on the property, and we hope to announce at the party that the debt is paid in full." For more information, go online – JUNE>www.save-the-giants.orgJUNE 23
Milk Carton Boat Races in Westmoreland Park: Inner Southeast's Rose Festival event, the Milk Carton Boat Races, start at 11 a.m. this morning at the Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, and end with the Show Boat Parade finale. This free family-friendly event dates back to 1973. Cheer on competitors in human-powered boats participants have made from milk cartons and jugs, or enter your own craft. All entries vie for awards in "Artistry or Velocity" and "People's Choice." (This year, the Benson Polytechnic High School Alumni Association hosts an informal gathering for Benson alumni, staff, students, and extended community at these races. Stop by the orange and blue Benson Tech tents for free refreshments, and to catch up with fellow Techies.)
Kids and teens – learn to make Churros: You're invited to the Sellwood Branch Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening for a demonstration on how to make fresh churros by Chef Edurne Garcia-Andre. For teens in grades 6-12. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Bidwell Street.
Emergency planning and preparation training for adults: Emergency Preparation Training this afternoon, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, will help people understand the risks posed to our neighborhoods by earthquakes and other weather-related incidents. It will provide information from respected sources on the inevitability of a major earthquake along the Oregon/Washington coast, a clear list of items to begin accumulating, and resources available to assist in preparation, as well as many general suggestions. This is free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
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