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Here are notable events and activities taking place in March (and early April) in Inner Southeast

MARCH 1

Lasagna dinner and silent auction in Woodstock: Our Lady of Sorrows' annual lasagna dinner and silent auction is midday today in the gymnasium, on the northeast corner of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. Doors open at noon; the meal service begins at 1 p.m. Adults, $12; children age 6 to 12, $5; under 6 free. "The Roaring '20s" is the theme this year, but there is no need to come in costume! Plan to attend for the fun and the tasty meal. Take-out is also available.

MARCH 4

Celebration of Black History Month: The Milwaukie Historical Society, The Oregon Black Pioneers, City of Milwaukie, and Milwaukie's Ledding Library are proud to host guest speakers Kim Moreland, Libra Forde, and Dorothy and Hurtis Hadley for a free Black History Month presentation at 6 p.m. tonight. In the Community Room of the Ledding Library, just south of Sellwood at the north end of Milwaukie, at 10660 S.E. 21st.

"Street Roots" Director at WNA meeting: Tonight the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) hosts Kaia Sand, Executive Director of the newspaper sold by homeless individuals, "Street Roots", as its presenter. Sand has been a poet, artist, community organizer, and university professor. In October 2019 she was one of the recipients of a "Spirit of Portland" Award. The meeting, open to the public, is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue, a half block north of Woodstock Boulevard. For more information, go online – "How>www.woodstockpdx.org "How to grow your own food" workshop tonight: As part of a once-a-month series of workshops, nonprofit "People's Food Co-Op", 3029 S.E. 21st Avenue in Brooklyn offers a workshop on "indoor seed-starting, early plantings, and perennial crops" tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. $25 to attend. For more information, go online – www.permaculturerising.com

MARCH 6

Duniway School auction fundraiser tonight: The 21st annual Duniway Elementary School Auction Fundraiser, this year themed "Roaring '20s", is tonight at "The Loft at 8th Avenue", 2010 S.E. 8th Avenue in the Southeast Industrial District. Ticket price is $95, and includes seated dinner and complimentary drinks from 6 to 7 p.m. To buy tickets or to donate instead of attending, go online – www.duniwayelementary.com/auction

MARCH 7 Sellwood Community House Rummage Sale: The former Sellwood Community Center, now operated by the community, holds a fund-raising Rummage Sale today, starting at 9 a.m. and running until 2 p.m., at S.E. 15 th and Spokane Street in Sellwood.

New "Body Worlds" exhibit opens today at OMSI: Starting today at 9:30 a.m., and running through September 13th, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) presents the Pacific Northwest debut of Gunther von Hagens' new exhibit, "Body Worlds – the Cycle of Life", the latest in his anatomical exhibition series. This is the third time a Body Worlds exhibit has been featured at OMSI. In 2006, "Body Worlds 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies" became the most popular exhibit in the museum's history. The new exhibit is different from the two previous ones; it focuses on the human life cycle, capturing the body at every stage – at its most healthy; as it changes, grows, and matures; and finally as it wanes. All specimens presented in the Body Worlds exhibitions are donated for the purpose, and are preserved through "plastination" – a scientific process invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Additional ticket charges beyond the OMSI admission fee apply; tickets can be bought online – www.omsi.edu – or at the entrance. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is under the east end of the Marquam Bridge on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge.

Tax Help for adults, at the Woodstock Library: This afternoon, or any Saturday afternoon in March, come to the Woodstock Library for free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP volunteers. Please bring photo ID, documented proof of Social Security number, and last year's return, as well as any current tax documents. These appointments are limited in number, since they are very individualized – so you can sign up in person for a same-day appointment in the noon to 5 p.m. period today (or on any Saturday in March), with the signups beginning at 10 a.m. today. Sign up early to be sure of your appointment! The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street. MARCH 8

"Rogue Pack" youth theater group's Open House: The nonprofit "Rogue Pack" youth theater group invites everyone to its annual Open House this afternoon, 2-5 p.m. It's free, and includes pizza, cake, and drinks for all; samples of its spring theater classes for kids ages 5 to 13; and raffle prizes from local businesses. A 10-minute play will be performed by Rogue Pack teachers, and exclusive discounts are offered on classes today. The location is at the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street. For more information, go online – www.roguepack.org

MARCH 10

Computer class for adults, "LinkedIn Basics": In the Sellwood Library this morning, learn how "LinkedIn" – the Internet's number one professional networking website – allows you to create and promote your workplace skills, experience, and successes. Free, but registration is required; register in the Sellwood library, or by calling 503/988-5123.

It's 10 a.m. to 12 noon today. S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

MARCH 11

Kim Stafford Poetry Reading: Kim Stafford, founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including "The Muses Among Us", "Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft", and "100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do – How My Brother Disappeared". He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan. In 2019 he was appointed Oregon's ninth poet laureate by Governor Kate Brown. Community Room. He presents a free poetry reading tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Milwaukie's Ledding Library, in the Community Room. It's just south of Sellwood, at the north end of Milwaukie, at 10660 S.E. 21st.

MARCH 14

Sellwood Community House "open house": From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today, it's "Open House" at the Sellwood Community House, S.E. 15th at Spokane Street, in Sellwood. If you're going to St. Agatha's today (see below), stop by here before noon on your way. St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival: The annual "Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival" take place today at St. Agatha's. The family parade starts at noon at St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 S.E. 15th Avenue, and marches down Tacoma Street, north on 13th to Bybee Boulevard, then back to St. Agatha's via 17th, where the Carnival starts at 12:30, running until 4:30 p.m., with games, a cake walk, Irish dancers, and pipes and drums. The Beer Garden and food carts will be open from noon until 5. The fun is open to everyone! For more information, call 503/234-5500, or go online – www.stagathaschoolpdx.us

MARCH 21

"How We Grow Old" – Stories of Aging in Oregon: Tonight, attend a free talk featuring Melissa Madenski, at the Ledding Library at 6 p.m. What are the stories that shape how we think about growing old? How do we acknowledge the unique differences among aging individuals and separate the true stories from the myths? How do we accept the wisdom of our elders' experiences while also recognizing new ideas about what it means to age in America? No matter our age, we all hear and tell stories about growing older that reflect our own ideals and fears – and the ideals and fears of our communities. Madenski's free program is made possible by funding from Oregon Humanities. It's in Milwaukie's Ledding Library, in the Community Room. It's just south of Sellwood, at the north end of Milwaukie, at 10660 S.E. 21st.

MARCH 24

Beat-Making Lab (a camp for teens): In the Sellwood Library, 1-3 p.m. this afternoon and the next four afternoons, explore the history of urban electronic and dance music via drum machine and sampler sequencing. Get hands-on with the tools, and learn the basics of professional beat production and performance. Expect high volumes, bass, hand claps, and head nods. Equipment and supplies provided. Free, but registration is required; register online, in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. Plan to attend all four sessions this week – 1 to 3 p.m. today through Friday. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue.

Spy and Detective Science Camp for kids: This afternoon and tomorrow and Thursday, 2-3:30 p.m., discover how spies use science to keep or uncover top secret information. Search for clues, gather evidence, and discover how science can help solve mysteries. For kids in grades 2 through 5. Free, but registration required; call 503/988-5123. Plan to attend all three days. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

MARCH 25

Zaniac Comedy Show for kids and families at Woodstock Library: With the energy of 1,000 suns, the Zaniac shines like a comedy beacon, as he bounces from one end of the stage to the other like an untamed rubber band. Every volunteer the Zaniac brings on stage becomes a hero, and leaves with a memory that they'll remember the rest of their lives. Come to the Woodstock Branch Library this morning, 10 to 10:45 a.m., and see why this two-time Guinness World Record holder was voted Seattle's Funniest Prop Comic. Free, but space is limited so come early. S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

APRIL 4

Rhododendron and Daffodil Show and Sale: Today and tomorrow, 9 to 5 both days, the Portland Rhododendron Society presents its annual Rhododendron and Daffodil Show and Sale at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th Avenue just north of Woodstock Boulevard, facing the west side of the Reed College Campus. A judged flower show is in the Exhibit Hall, and the sale is in the parking lot beyond. All proceeds benefit the Garden. For information, call 503/771-8386, or go online – www.rhodies.org

Silent Auction to benefit Grout Elementary tonight: Grout Elementary School's fourth annual auction takes place this evening, 6-9 p.m., at Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood – in the Pavilion. It's a 21+ event with food, drink, and lots of items on the "silent auction block". The school's playing field is a well-used destination, and this fundraiser will improve that outdoor recreational space. For more information, and to buy tickets, go online – www.auctria.com/Grout2020

APRIL 5

"Ukulele Open Mic" at Artichoke Music: Nonprofit Artichoke Music, 2007 S.E. Powell Boulevard, offers a "Ukulele Open Mic" this afternoon, 2-4 p.m., "all levels welcome". Hosted by Avery Hill, Director of "Song By Song", participants represent a variety of ukulele communities around the Portland metro area. Individuals and small groups are invited to sign up by e-mail for a slot ahead of time –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or, on the spot that day, if there is still space. Tickets are $10 to attend – available at the door, or online – www.artichokemusic.org


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