Free summer classical concert in Brentwood-Darlington this evening: The Apostolic Faith Church symphony orchestra, choirs, soloists, and ensembles present sacred and classical selections from Saint Saens, Grieg, Rutter, Handel, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and more. It's at 7:30 p.m. this evening, at the Apostolic Faith Church, 5601 S.E. Duke Street.
Ready, Set, Light Speed! – at Woodstock Library: Use "The Force" to create a galaxy far, far away, by stenciling your own star design onto an eco-friendly tote bag. Decide you must, on a favorite Star Wars character, planet, or vehicle, to trace. This intergalactic accessory is the perfect collector of summer reading books to help you get ready, set, read at light speed! It's free this afternoon, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
July Fourth Celebration at Oaks Park: Today is historic, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park's annual 4th of July Spectacular, from noon until midnight! Fill your holiday with rides, games, and mini golf from noon to midnight, enjoy live entertainment throughout the day, roller skate from 1-9:30 p.m., and – at dusk – enjoy "Portland's best fireworks display"! All picnic areas available first come, first served; gates open at 10 a.m. Outside alcohol and fireworks prohibited; bags and coolers will be checked. On this day, gate fees apply to all visitors: 5 & younger, $3; 16-61 years old, $6; 62 and older, $4. Attractions sold separately. Access the park on Oaks Park Way, north from the west end of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood; turn north just past the railroad tracks.
"Portland Bridge Swim" this morning in Sellwood: This year's Portland Bridge Swim, for the second year, is designated the U.S. Masters Swimming National Championship, with 100 solo swimmers and relay teams from across the country. The race starts at Sellwood Riverfront Park, just north of the foot of S.E Spokane Street, starting at 7:30 a.m. until about 8:30 a.m., and ends at Cathedral Park – where the first finishers will arrive by around 11 a.m. All racers must be done by 3:30 p.m. Swimmers will be gathering and preparing this morning at Sellwood Riverfront Park from 5 a.m. on, and spectators are welcome there, as well as anywhere else along the race. The Portland Bridge Swim has become a destination event in the world of marathon swimming, and it all starts in Sellwood this morning.JULY 8
First Sellwood "July Concert in Sellwood Park": The first of four Monday evening July Concerts in upper Sellwood Park begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Sponsored by local merchants and community donations, these four concerts will, as usual, be free of charge! Secure bike corral and food vendors on-site. The band performing tonight – "Moody Little Sister" – with "new folk of the American West".
For adults, at Sellwood Library, "PDX Death Café": "Death Café" is a growing international movement of people who come together, in a relaxed and safe setting, to discuss death and drink tea. Converse tonight, 6:30-8 p.m., about whatever is on your mind regarding death, in small groups. The goal is to increase awareness of death, with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. Free; made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation. Registration is required, though – register in the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell, or call 503/988-5123.
"Portland Picnic" today in Westmoreland Park: From 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. today in Westmoreland Park, it's the third annual and family-friendly "Portland Picnic and Wine Tasting Festival" – with 100 wines to taste, local beer and food, and live music. The event benefits nonprofit "Ride Connection". For more information, go online – www.portland-picnic.com
Second Sellwood "July Concert in Sellwood Park": This week, the featured artist is Rae Gordon, with her female-fronted blues and soul. Free. 6:30 p.m. in upper Sellwood Park. Secure bike corral and food vendors on-site.
"Mz. Pearl in Space" for kids and families in Sellwood: This afternoon, 1-1:45 p.m., "Mz. Pearl" takes the audience to outer space and back again, in her imaginative show full of juggling, magic, and physical comedy. It's in the Sellwood Branch Library, at S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street. Free tickets available at the desk starting at 12:30 p.m., 30 minutes in advance. Come early to be sure of a seat; tickets are limited to the available seating.
Third Sellwood "July Concert in Sellwood Park": The band featured tonight is "Grupo Masato" – "high energy tropical/Andean Chicha". Free. 6:30 p.m. in upper Sellwood Park. Secure bike corral and food vendors on-site.
Leatherwork for adults – make a Sedum Planter: In this hands-on workshop 5-7 p.m. this afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library, presented by "Purpose", you will learn to make a leather planter. You will edge dye, wax, and burnish edges. Next, you will punch holes and stitch. Finally, you will choose a sedum, and plant it in a jar which fits nicely into your leather planter. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library at S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th, or call 503/988-5123.
Sellwood walking tour and Main Street discussion: You're invited to a free short walking tour in Sellwood near SMILE Station in which urban planner Heather Flynn Chatto and architect Laurence Qamar will point out elements of Sellwood's architectural design and explain why they are representative of the neighborhood and streetcar era design. Open to all; it's the second meeting of the Sellwood-Moreland Main Street Design Initiative. It will be this evening 6:30-8:30 p.m. It will begin with a short walk on 13th Avenue to point out specific architectural features of several buildings. It will be followed by a discussion at SMILE Station about these architectural features, why they're important, and what they can bring to new development. Want to see an example of a clerestory window? It a transom window the same thing? Can you identify a chamfered door? What is a step back vs a setback? Sign up now online at – www.sellwoodmoreland.org/land-use
Japanese Koto Concert at Woodstock Library: Koto is one of the traditional musical instruments of Japan, and has a long history. "Oregon Koto-Kai" makes each performance a special gift to the community, 1-2 p.m. The program this afternoon includes Japanese Koto music in classical style to contemporary. It's free, and open to all.
Fourth and last Sellwood "July Concert in Sellwood Park": "Miller and Sasser" perform upbeat originals and Country classics. Free. 6:30 p.m. in upper Sellwood Park. Secure bike corral and food vendors on-site.
"Living & Working in Space" at Sellwood Library: Kids and families are invited to take part in a dramatic mission to another world at the Sellwood Branch Library, 1 to 2 p.m. this afternoon – as kids build and launch paper rockets, handle artifacts from the space shuttle, and try on a spacesuit. Space is limited, so come early – free tickets available starting at 12:30 p.m., 30 minutes in advance. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue.
40th "Sundae in the Park" in upper Sellwood Park: For the 40th consecutive year, on the first Sunday in August and presented by SMILE, the neighborhood association for Sellwood and Westmoreland, it's "Sundae in the Park" from noon until 6 p.m. – with live music and entertainment all afternoon, various special events such as "Mr. Lizard", and activities for children and families, food for sale, and of course the signature ice cream sundaes for a dollar each – vanilla and chocolate ice cream, with your choice of caramel or chocolate toppings. Bring everyone along, and bring some cash for sundaes and for lunch. It's at Sellwood Park, on S.E. 7th north of Tacoma Street. No admission charge – come and stay all afternoon!
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