Here are highlights of the Events and Activities by nonprofit organizations that are open to you in September

SEPTEMBER 4 "Arab Festival" this afternoon at Oaks Park: The 13th annual "Arab Mahrajan Festival" takes place today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Oaks Park in Sellwood, accessed from just beyond the railroad tracks at the bottom of S.E. Spokane Street. Tasty food, a bazaar, music and dance, poetry, clothing, crafts, children's activities, henna. Free admission for all — and everyone is welcome! More information is available online —


GriefShare Group forming this evening: You don't have to go through the grieving process alone. Join with others in a friendly and caring group who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences. Start your journey from mourning to joy tonight — and every Thursday evening through December 8th. It takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue. Registration is $20 (scholarships available). Child care is available by appointment. Sign up online at: — or call 503-771-7553 with questions, or to sign up.


"Ukrainian Festival" today in Sellwood: Ukrainian Festival — today from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.; St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 8014 S.E. 16th Avenue hosts the festivities — which include fresh Ukrainian foods, such as perogies, cabbage rolls, and borshch (the Russian version is spelled "borscht") — as well as beers — to purchase and enjoy. Discover Ukrainian music and culture, and shop from vendors offering hats, shirts, hoodies, and flags. For the kids, there will be a bounce house and face painting. Just drop by, or spend the day. SEPTEMBER 11 All Saints' public "Fall Kick-Off Party" today: Woodstock's All Saints Episcopal Church has a community "Fall Kick-Off Party", with Micah and Me, Sunday, midday today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by to close out the summer and welcome the fall with a big neighborhood celebration! Festivities include appearances by the Portland Baby Goats, the Micah and Me Kindie Dance Party Band, Otto's Hot Dogs, vegan dogs, and Popsicles. It's all free and open to everyone in the community. Any donations go to support the Woodstock Pantry. It's on the lawn at the church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For more information, go online — Food> Food Drive for "Mainspring Portland" begins: Moreland Presbyterian Church is hosting a week-long Food Drive to benefit the food pantry program of nonprofit Mainspring Portland ( Especially needed are canned foods — such as soups, chili, tuna, vegetables, fruits; and packaged foods such as peanut butter, cereal, rice, and pasta. If you would like to help by donating food, you can drop it off at the church today, or Sunday morning September 18 between 9 and 11 a.m.; or this Tuesday through Thursday, September 13-15, from 9 until noon. Moreland Presbyterian Church is at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. For more information, call 503/234-8404, or go online — SEPTEMBER> SEPTEMBER 17

First Folk Music Society concert of season: The Reed-neighborhood-based Folk Music Society of Portland starts its new season tonight with a concert featuring Tim Grimm. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7) at the Reedwood Friends Church, at 2901 S.E. Steele Street. Tickets available online at: — or at the door.


"Strut Your Kidney" today in Sellwood Riverfront Park: As a fundraiser for "Northwest Kidney Kids", today in Sellwood Riverfront Park at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, it's "Strut Your Kidney: A Dash for NW Kidney Kids". This organization seeks to "raise awareness for kids living with Chronic Kidney Disease". As for today's events, it's $30 registration for the 5K "run, walk, roll"; $40 registration for the 10K; $20 registration for the "family fun one mile"; and $25 registration for the virtual version of the event! Register, or get more information about the event and the organization, online —


"Charter Commission" speaker at S.E. Rotary this noon: The Southeast Portland Rotary Club will have, as its speaker at noon today, Portland Charter Commissioner Melanie Billings-Yun, who will explain the changes to Portland city government on the upcoming November ballot, and answer questions about it. The club's Monday noon meetings are always open to the public, who may drop in at will — but if you also want to participate in lunch, it would be wise to RSVP to 503/757-0014 so that the lunch quantities can be increased accordingly. The meetings are in the Community Area of the Moreland Presbyterian Church, accessed from the ramp off the S.E. 19th Street parking lot just south of Bybee Boulevard.


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