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Here you'll find some of the highlights of what's happening in October in Inner Southeast!

OCTOBER 5

Crafting Delicious Teas at Woodstock Library: This free class for adults, 3 to 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, will help you craft teas and tisanes with fresh herbs from your garden, or with dried herbs to meet your own tastes and needs. You will taste a variety of teas and herbs, and discuss complementary tastes and a few common herbs. Participants will go home with a tea blend inspired by what they have learned in class. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123.

In Reed neighborhood this afternoon – "Fall Festivus": Reedwood Friends Church starts what it hopes will become a new tradition this afternoon, 4-7 p.m., open to all on its front lawn at 2910 S.E. Steele Street, across from Reed College. Rain or shine, it's "Fall Festivus" – featuring a chili cookoff, pumpkin carving for all ages, a bounce house, and a candy giveaway. Fun for all. For more information, call new pastor Mark Condo at 503/234-5017, or e-mail him – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OCTOBER 6

Watch the Portland Marathon this morning in Inner Southeast: The Portland Marathon enters Southeast over the Sellwood Bridge, and runs through Sellwood, Westmoreland, Eastmoreland, and Brooklyn this morning. It passes both upper Sellwood Park and Westmoreland Park – with one route then moving east on Bybee to Eastmoreland, while the other route directs runners through Westmoreland and Brooklyn on their way north across Powell Boulevard. Many competitors have their own campaign to raise funds for Special Olympics Oregon, as part of the day. The organizers have put out a call for neighborhoods to get involved, and cheer the participants along the route. Both the Marathon and Half Marathon will be mostly over by noon. More information is online – www.portlandmarathon.com/info#course

"Blessing of the Animals" in Woodstock: The annual "Blessing of the Animals" takes place three different times this morning, for your convenience, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Bring your pets to the 8:00 or 10:15 a.m. services for a special blessing – or, for a blessing on the lawn at noon. Treats for pets and humans. Children may bring stuffed animals if they wish. "All are welcome!" "Salmon Celebration" today in Sellwood's Johnson Creek Park: As the runners are traversing the Portland Marathon route through Westmoreland Park this year, be just south, where Crystal Springs Creek and Johnson Creek merge, to celebrate the salmon running their annual return through the only undammed, unpiped, salmon-bearing watershed in Portland. The 6th annual "Salmon Celebration will be hosted by the Native American Community Advisory Council, alongside a variety of participants who work to protect and enhance the health of this watershed, and its location this year is at Johnson Creek Park, in Sellwood at S.E. 21st Avenue and Clatsop Street. The day's events include a traditional Salmon Bake, Native American cultural sharing, and family-friendly activities.

OCTOBER 9

For kids – "Legos @ the Woodstock Library": Kids age 5 to 11, bring your mad Lego skills to the Woodstock Branch Library, and let your imagination flow. You'll help build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Free. It's 3:30-4:30 p.m. this afternoon; the library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

OCTOBER 11

St. Anthony Church Fall Luncheon this morning: St. Anthony Church, on S.E. 79th two blocks south of Powell, invites everyone to its 11:30 a.m. Fall Luncheon; the cost of lunch includes bingo, with "great prizes" to be awarded. The official address is 3720 S.E. 79th. For more information, call 503/504-1204. OCTOBER 12

Southeast bulky waste Cleanup Day, midday today: The Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Assn. sponsors a bulky waste Cleanup Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today – open to all residents of Southeast Portland – at Tucker Maxon School, S.E. 28th Place at Holgate Boulevard. Bring all your bulky, hard-to-dispose-of household waste – scrap wood, yard debris, tires, unwanted furniture, small appliances, metal, paper, plastic, and glass. #6 plastics and #6 Styrofoam accepted, but must be separated out for recycling. There will also be a donation area to recycle reusable household items like furniture, kitchen tools, linens, clothes, and children's toys, which will be donated to the Community Warehouse. PLEASE – NO FOOD WASTE, NO CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, NO HAZARDOUS WASTE (aerosol cans, chemicals, batteries, toxins, herbicides, asbestos, fluorescent lights, etc.), AND NO LARGE APPLIANCES. Disposal fees: $20 for a load in a car or sedan; $30 for a medium load in a pickup; $40 for a large load in a van or large truck; larger loads negotiable on-site.

OCTOBER 14

At Sellwood Library – Take Better Portraits: Everyone wants to have great pictures of their loved ones, but it's not possible to always have a professional photographer around. This free evening program is for adults, or anyone who wants to take better photos of people. In this class, Katelyn Patterson will show you how to improve your photography by looking for the best light, even in the most difficult situations; as well as how to make your subjects (or yourself) look their best. 6:30 to 7:15 this evening. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

OCTOBER 19

Annual Fall Bazaar at Our Lady of Sorrows: This annual fun fundraiser takes place at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, in the Our Lady of Sorrows gym, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and tomorrow 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See what great items the vendors are offering! And grab a bite to eat while you're at it.

Community Workshop on Vaccines, for adults: Do you have questions or concerns about your child's vaccines? Come to this workshop with "Boost Oregon", and get answers without fear or judgment. "We do not tell parents what to do; we simply provide evidence-based information." It's in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard, 2-4 p.m., and it's free.

OCTOBER 26

St. Anthony Church Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle: Today and tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. each day, the annual St. Anthony Church Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle takes place, with refreshments available. Vendors wanted! The address is 3720 S.E. 70th, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. Runs through 5 p.m. today and 3 p.m. tomorrow. For more information, call 503/504-1204.

OCTOBER 27 Woodstock Farmers Market's Hallowe'en Carnival: The nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market presents its 8th annual Hallowe'en Carnival during market hours today – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Bring your little superheroes, spiders, witches, and dragons! Free activities include costume parades at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. There will also be trick-or-treating with participating vendors, trick-or-treat bag decorating, face painting, photo booth, crafts, and live music. It all happens on the parking lot behind to Woodstock KeyBank on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

"Moreland Monster March" starts at 3 p.m.: Once again it's time for the Hallowe'en "Moreland Monster March", originated by two mothers eighteen years ago, first supported by SMILE, and now run every October by SMBA – the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. It's free to all – kids and adults alike – either parading in Hallowe'en costumes or watching it all pass by. It starts at 3 p.m. sharp at Llweyllyn Elementary School at 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue at Tolman, and after marching east to Milwaukie, south to Bybee, and west to 14th, it returns north to the starting point at Llewellyn, for free snacks on the school playground, provided by SMBA merchants. Portland Chamber Orchestra concert at Reed College: In Kaul Auditorium on the campus of Reed College, 3-5:30 p.m. this afternoon, the nonprofit Portland Chamber Orchestra begins its season with a "Classical Meets Jazz" concert, featuring Ken Peplowski, hailed by some as the greatest living jazz clarinetist. Two works by Aaron Copeland are among the highlights. For more information, and to buy tickets, go online – www.portlandchamberorchestra.org

NOVEMBER 2

Silent auction this afternoon to benefit preschool: Nonprofit "Roots and Wings Preschool", based at Moreland Presbyterian Church in Westmoreland, benefits from a silent auction to be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Pacific Dance Academy, 8050 S.E. 13th Avenue, Suite 101, in Sellwood. Proceeds are directed to scholarships and classroom enrichment. "Join school teachers, parents, and neighborhood supporters for a fun evening of dinner, drinks, free giveaways, and a silent auction just in time to pick up discounted treats and gifts for the Holiday Season. Roots and Wings is currently enrolling 3-5 year olds. More details online at – www.rootsandwingsportlandpreschool.com

Nonprofit "Taborspace" celebrates 3rd annual Gala: "Taborspace", a widely used venue in Southeast Portland, is a community gathering place in the big stone church that anchors S.E. 55th and Belmont. During each week, more than 4,000 adults and children walk through its doors – for classes, meetings, and conversation. It's partly funded by its annual "Gala", which this year takes place 6-9 p.m. It's described as "a delightful evening of conversation, music, and refreshments. And don't forget the live and silent auctions, with more than 100 amazing items to consider." Visit this website for tickets – www.taborspace.org/gala


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