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Here's your Inner Southeast calendar of special events for the month of February

FEBRUARY 1 Brooklyn Co-op Preschool Open House: Nonprofit Brooklyn Co-op Preschool, founded in 1971, is holding its annual Open House on this morning, open for drop-in visits anytime from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., to meet the teachers, tour the spaces, chat with current parents and students, and talk to the membership director. The school is located in the back of Reedwood Friends Church, at 2901 S.E. Steele Street, across from the north side of the Reed College campus. More info can be found online – www.brooklyncooppreschool.org/open-house

FEBRUARY 2 "Climate Change" in church discussion today: Moreland Presbyterian Church's own Charlie Abran will discuss "Youth Climate Activism and Our Environmental Solutions", as well as a report on his own "environmental pilgrimage using the power of media to help save the planet." Open to the public at 11 this morning in the "Columbia Room" of Moreland Presbyterian in Westmoreland, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Lunar New Year celebrated today at Woodstock Library: Today, 2-4 p.m., the Woodstock Branch Library will present its annual Lunar New Year Celebration for everyone. Featured are a Tai Chi demonstration; the Kirkland Union Manor Women's Singing Group; a White Lotus Lion Dance; a Children's singing group; a Craft Activity; Refreshments; and photo booth with Lotus Lion. The library is situated at S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. Woodstock-based puppeteers present show: "Leaven Dream Puppets" of Woodstock premieres "The Magic Fish" at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon at TaborSpace, on the Dining Room Event Stage, 5441 Belmont Street. It's a family friendly puppet show – and the venue is called the Fertile Ground Festival. The same show will also appear on stage there on February 9 at 2 p.m. "The Magic Fish" is an original puppet show that follows a little boy who does not heed his mom's call, nor convention, and meets with adventures, only to return home wiser. The story is informed by the Irish fairytale "Soul Cages", Punch and Judy puppetry, and contemporary mask and mime. This mostly word-free performance engages audiences from age 3 and up. The show runs 30 minutes with additional 15 minutes for meeting the puppets. For information on the puppeteers, go to – www.leavendreampuppets.org – and for tickets, $5 per person age 3 and up (only 30 seats per show, so book early), go online to – www.fertilegroundpdx.org/2020-works – and scroll way down to "The Magic Fish".

FEBRUARY 4

Two Sellwood Poets appear at Sellwood Library tonight: Lex Runciman will read from his latest poetry collection, "Salt Moons: Poems 1981-2017"; and Paulann Petersen from hers, "One Small Sun". Lex Runciman is a winner of an Oregon Book Award for poetry, who now calls Sellwood his home; Paulann Petersen is an Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita who has lived in Sellwood her home for 25 years. The free reading is tonight, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. Bidwell Street at 13th Avenue. FEBRUARY 6

"Crackin' Crab Feast" returns today in Woodstock: Today, two seatings are available at the annual "Crackin' Crab Feast" – at 4:45 and at 7 p.m. – at All Saints Episcopal Church Hall, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. It's for those who love crab, and like to have a good time with family and friends. A bargain at $40, the meal comes with fresh crab, salad, and bread – and a cash bar is available. Children under 6 eat free; children 6-11 get mac and cheese for $10; and there are vegan options for all. Childcare available at first seating only. Table pricing for 6, 8, and 10 people. All proceeds support All Saints outreach ministries. For tickets – available now – or for more information, go online -- www.allsaintspdx.org – or call 916/202-7132.

FEBRUARY 8

"Anyone's Domain 2020" – A Poetry Workshop in Sellwood: Poetry is not the domain of just a few; it's as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. "Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words, and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you." Join Sellwood's former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen 1:30-4:30 p.m. in a free workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, you'll make an exhilarating plunge into language. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. It's at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th Avenue at Bidwell Street.

FEBRUARY 10

"Pageturners Book Group" for adults, at the Woodstock Library: Be at the Woodstock Branch Library this evening at 6:30 p.m. for "Everybody Reads", Multnomah County Library's free annual community-wide book discussion. Read "There There" by Tommy Orange in advance if you can, and then engage in conversation about books, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It lasts an hour and a quarter and it's free. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th. The same program takes place on FEBRUARY 18, 6:30-7:45 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, at S.E. 13th Avenue and Bidwell Street in Sellwood. FEBRUARY 11 Red Cross Blood Drive this afternoon in Woodstock: From 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. this afternoon, the Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive at Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. If you don't have a prior appointment, you are welcome to walk in, and you will be accommodated as quickly as possible. "Knitting from the Heart" at the Woodstock Library: Adults and teens can meet their neighbors and share patterns, ideas, and knitting or crochet skills, tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m,, while working on their own project or one to donate. Knitters of all experience levels welcome. Another session also coming up February 26, 4-5:30 p.m. – both take place at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th. Free, but please bring your own supplies. If you have any questions, please call 503/988-5123.

FEBRUARY 12

"USA Gap Year Fair" this evening at Cleveland High: Why take a gap year after high school? Learn about options for travel, cultural immersion, service, work experience, and mentorship, and connect with program providers at the *USA Gap Year Fair* at Cleveland High School, S.E. Powell Boulevard at 26th, this evening at 6 p.m., with a presentation in the auditorium, followed by opportunities for face-to-face conversations with gap year program providers, trip leaders, advisors, and gap year alumni in the cafeteria until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free – and pre-registration is recommended, but not required. You can register at – www.usagapyearfairs.org/fairs

FEBRUARY 15

For families, puppets tell the story of Papagayo, in Woodtock: Deep in the jungles of Central America, Papagayo, the parrot, sings and dances as the nocturnal animals try to slumber. One night, the magical Perro Luna wakes up and starts eating the moon! Will the animals learn to work together to save the moon? Presented in both English and Spanish, two entertaining puppeteers interact with the audience and bring this brightly colored tale to life for kids and parents, free, from 2 to 3 p.m., in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

FEBRUARY 16

St. Ignatius' 85th annual Italian Dinner fundraiser: The beloved community event returns for the 85th time – serving over 10,000 meatballs, as part of a dinner that includes spaghetti, ravioli, bread, salad, wine, beer, and more. "Reasonably priced, and a friendly atmosphere where you are sure to get more than your fill!" It takes place noon until 6 p.m. this afternoon in the St. Ignatius Church Gym, S.E. 43rd and Powell Boulevard. Come one, come all. For parties of 8 or more, please make reservations with Diane Welters at 503/774-0744.

FEBRUARY 22

Easy and Affordable Mason Bee Hosting for Families: At the Sellwood Library today, make a bee house! Being a host for Mason Bees is fun for all ages, and with Honey Bees facing many threats, the native Mason Bees are popular alternative pollinators. This free 90-minute class is for kids in grade K and up, with their favorite adult. Seating is limited, so free tickets available 30 minutes in advance of this 12 noon class today at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Gala to support Brooklyn Park summer youth program: The Friends of Brooklyn Park offer their annual Gala dinner and live music to help support the summer youth program at Brooklyn Park that PP&R no longer funds. It takes place in the new Fellowship Hall at Sacred Heart, 3850 S.E. 11th Avenue, open to all. $30 per-person tickets includes a raffle. There will also be a silent auction and a dessert auction. For more information, or tickets, go online – www.friendsofbrooklynpark.org

FEBRUARY 27

Llewellyn Elementary's Kindergarten Open House: This evening, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., "Connect to Kindergarten"– at Llewellyn Elementary School, 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue. This is an opportunity for parents of incoming 2020 Kindergartners to come and hear from teachers and the Principal, to see the classroom, and to tour Llewellyn School. If you have any questions, call Llewellyn 503/916-6216.

FEBRUARY 29

Today starts Easter Community Choir's formation: Like to sing? Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church is looking for singers of all abilities to perform in an Easter cantata. Rehearsals will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. beginning today, and on each Saturday beginning today through April 11. The resulting performance is on Easter Sunday, April 12, at 10 a.m. All rehearsals and final performance will be at Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church, S.E. 73rd Avenue at Harold Street. Questions? E-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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