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JULY S.E. EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

JULY 4

22nd Annual Eastmoreland Parade. The annual Eastmoreland Fourth of July Parade starts at 11 am at the corner of Reed College Place and Rex Street, and after winding its way through the neighborhood, it ends up there as well – followed by complimentary food and drink.

Oaks Park celebrates Independence Day. Nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park, accessed on Oaks Park Way from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, will have its usual diversions today – but at dusk, one of the largest Portland fireworks shows takes place there.

JULY 6

Sellwood Riverfront Park Concerts begin this evening. The annual summer series of five live, free concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at water’s edge just north of the Sellwood Bridge just off S.E. Spokane Street, get underway at 6:30 pm this evening with a performance by Chervona, described as “Eastern Euro Carnival insanity”. Sponsored by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, and by Portland Parks and Recreation. Overflow parking available at nearby Oaks Amusement Park. Hands-on activities for kids start at 6:15 pm.

JULY 9 Encore performance by famous LADYBUG THEATER! Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood provides a venue for Ladybug Theater to return for an encore performance! The show is “Baby Bear and the Adventures of Red Riding Hood”; Steve Overton and Michelle Earley recreate the zany antics of Baby Bear, as he tells his one and only version of the beloved fairy tale one more time. Reserve early, since this is the only performance. It’s this morning at 11 am, $8 per person, appropriate for all ages, from two to one hundred and two. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum is at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood; reserve your seat(s) by calling 503/233-7723.

JULY 10

National choir sings in Woodstock. Tonight at 7 pm, Woodstock Bible Church hosts the ACC National Youth Choir. “64 voices from across the country will be excited to share the Good News of the Gospel Message in song.” Admission is free; donation of a canned good for the Oregon Food Bank would be appreciated. The church is located at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. Everyone welcome. More online, at: www.woodstockbiblechurch.org

JULY 11

Tree Inventory near Mt. Scott today – volunteers welcome. Join the Mt. Scott-Arleta Tree Team and PP&R Urban Forestry to map, measure, and identify every street tree in that neighborhood, today from 8:30 am till noon, on the first of four summer Saturdays for this project. Volunteers from everywhere welcome; no experience necessary. You will be paired with a trained Team Leader who will teach you inventory protocol. Together you will measure trees, recording data on trees and the site. An inventory is the first step in expanding, diversifying, and protecting our street trees. Meet this morning at 8:30 am at Mt. Scott Community Center, S.E 72nd and Harold Street, if you would like to join in the inventory. Recycling fundraiser takes things other cleanups do not. The Oregon Greyhound Adoption nonprofit, a 501c3, is holding a Community Recycling Day today at 9 am in Woodstock, open to everyone – featuring document shredding by AccuShred NW, recycling for any obsolete electronics, recycling household batteries, and recycling of block and sheet Styrofoam! A $5 donation is suggesting for each item or for each two bags or boxes of documents – and you can use cash, check, or credit cards for this. Additional donations are welcome and tax deductible. The Community Recycling Day is from 9 am to 1 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, on the corner of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. For more information on the organization, visit online: Puppet>www.oregongreyhound.com Puppet Museum presents “Around the World”. “Around the World with Puppets”, performed by The Olde World Puppet Theatre, is the show this afternoon at 2 pm, and again tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm, at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood. “Nobody knows for sure just how old puppetry might be. Come along with us on a fascinating journey through time and space, as our puppets present the historical and fun-filled facts of the worldwide story of puppetry. It’s fun, it’s historical, it’s educational, it's musical, it’s entertaining, and it’s also hands-on interactive. Admission is $8 per person; suggested ages from 4 on up. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum is at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood; reserve your seat(s) by calling 503/233-7723.

JULY 12

Portland Bridge Swim starts at 7:30 am in Sellwood. You’re invited to be there as the annual Portland Bridge Swim gets underway at 7:30 am at Sellwood Riverfront Park, just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge – with the swimmers enroute to Cathedral Park, where the first-arrivers are expected around 11 am, and all finishers must be done by 3:30 am. Swimmers and spectators will gather in Sellwood Riverfront Park this morning starting as early at 5 am, so you’re welcome to come early, if you want.

JULY 13 Sellwood summer concert series continues this evening. The annual summer series of five live, free concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at water’s edge just north of the Sellwood Bridge just off S.E. Spokane Street, continues at 6:30 pm this evening with a performance by Ural Thomas and the Pain, described as “Portland’s Pillar of Soul”, and sponsored by Windermere Moreland Real Estate. Overflow parking available at nearby Oaks Amusement Park. Hands-on activities for kids start at 6:15 pm.

JULY 14

“Heroes: From Robin Hood to your older sister!” This lively program of interactive stories and songs, 1-1:45 pm this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library for kids and families, will inspire audiences to remember heroes who have shaped their own lives. Story Troupers Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke are master storytellers who perform traditional and modern tales and songs in action-packed, interactive programs. They love to get audiences singing (and acting) along! Free tickets for seating will be available starting at 12:30 pm. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street. Digital Media Production Camp at Woodstock Library. Led by Emmy-Award winning Writer/Director/Composer Philip Pelletier, starting today and every Tuesday through August 11th, 1 to 2:30 pm each of these days, this digital filmmaking workshop is designed to give teens a complete overview of production for digital media. Each of the five hands-on sessions will focus on a different aspect of digital filmmaking: Screenwriting, shooting digital video, editing and post-production, music production, sound design, and audio mixing. At the end of the series, participants will have a finished digital movie that can be posted online and shared through social media. It’s free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street. JULY 16

“Breakfast Forum” examines work systems. The monthly “Breakfast Forum”, organized and hosted by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, takes place for July 7:30-8:30 am this morning in the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5411 S.E. Belmont Street. The subject this month is “Is there a better way to organize work?” and Breakfast Forum will use Richard Wolff’s book “Democracy at Work” as a point of discussion. “The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways.” Free. No registration required. For information, call 503/774-9621.

JULY 18

Peter Pan puppet show in Sellwood this morning. “Peter Pan & Tinkerbell Story Time” is the puppet show today at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood, performed at 11 am by the Dragon Theater Princesses. “Their story is about Neverland, pirates, Wendy and the lost boys. Captain Hook is out to stop the boy who never wants to grow up, while Tinker Bell faces losing her best friend! Only their friendship can save their friends – and each other. A highly interactive show for all ages. Suggested for age 4 on up. Admission $8 per person. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum is at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood; reserve your seat(s) by calling 503/233-7723. JULY 20

Sellwood summer concert series features jug band music. The annual summer series of five live, free concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at water’s edge just north of the Sellwood Bridge just off S.E. Spokane Street, continues at 6:30 pm this evening with a performance by Mary Flower and the BBQ Boys, described as “Legendary guitar picker meets Jug Band”, and sponsored by OnPoint Community Credit Union in Sellwood. Overflow parking available at nearby Oaks Amusement Park. Hands-on activities for kids start at 6:15 pm. JULY 21

Comic Con for Kids at Woodstock Library this afternoon. 4 till 6 pm this afternoon, design your own superhero mask, cuffs and cape in a workshop with Puppetkabob. Meet other super artists, take a snapshot as you soar through a cityscape photo booth, and check out some amazing comic book art. Free, but registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is at the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Sellwood public memorial event this evening. “The Compassionate Friends” invites the community to an environment-friendly “Floating Flower Memorial” at 7 pm this evening at Johnson Creek Park in Sellwood. TCF (a national organization that supports parents, grandparents, and siblings, after the loss of a child), holds a yearly summer event to remember and honor the lives of those they have lost. Live a-capella music by WITHOUT APOPLOGY. Flowers provided. Bring finger treats to share, and lawn chairs if you like.

JULY 23

Vietnam Memorial Wall replica on display. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, will be available for public viewing 24 hours a day from today through Sunday the 26th. The location is the Milwaukie High School Athletic Field. During this event, there will be military and veterans bands performing, as well as special ceremonies and interpretive events. American Legion Post 180, of which there are many members in Inner Southeast Portland, is one of the sponsors for the local appearance of this replica Wall. Donations to help cover the considerable expense of bringing the Wall here are welcomed by Post 180.

JULY 24 Woodstock “Movie in the Park” this evening. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association joins with Portland Parks and Recreation to present this year’s “Movie in the Park” this evening at dusk – this year, featuring the 1984 family adventure epic, “The NeverEnding Story”. It will be preceded with live music and entertainment, all at no charge, sponsored by neighborhood businesses and individuals. JULY 25

Watercolor class at Reed – no experience required. The Crystal Springs Partnership is presenting a Watercolor Workshop in the Reed College Canyon, today from 9 am to 4 pm. The cost for the course is $50. This is a one-day workshop on the use of watercolor painting and pen drawing to record observations of the natural environment. This will be a relaxed workshop environment, and no art experience is required. It will be a day spent focused on the joy of art and enthused observation, while enjoying the natural beauty of Reed Canyon. The workshop will be led by local resident and environmental scientist Heather Brunelle. For more information, visit the Crystal Springs Partnership website, JULY>www.crystalsprigscc@gmail.com JULY 27

Sellwood summer concert series features New Orleans music. The annual summer series of five live, free concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at water’s edge just north of the Sellwood Bridge just off S.E. Spokane Street, continues at 6:30 pm this evening with a performance by Roseland Hunters, described as “New Orleans funk”, and sponsored by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association and by Portland Parks and Recreation. Overflow parking available at nearby Oaks Amusement Park. Hands-on activities for kids start at 6:15 pm. JULY 30

“Amazing Arthropods” twice today at Sellwood Library. Experience the incredible world of insects, spiders, and their relatives! The “Bug Chicks” are two entomologists who teach about these exciting animals in a fun and interactive way, using preserved specimens and live arthropods. This workshop explores the biology and importance these animals have on us and our environment, while promoting STEM education and encouraging curiosity and respect of the natural world. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before each of the two programs: Noon till 1 pm, and 1:30 to 2:30 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Seating is limited, so come early to avoid disappointment.

AUGUST 2

“Sundae in the Park” noon today at upper Sellwood Park. For a third of a century, the SMLE neighborhood association for Sellwood and Westmoreland has been presenting its “thank you” celebration for the neighborhood on the first Sunday in August, which this year is today – starting at noon, when the 75-cent ice cream sundaes begin serving, and when the live music and entertainment all afternoon begins. After the ice cream runs out – usually around 5 pm or a little later – the rest of the day is presented by Portland Parks and Recreation, with more live music and entertainment, leading up to a showing starting at dusk of the Oscar-winning movie of 2013, Walt Disney’s “Frozen” – the Sing-a-Long edition – sponsored by the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance business association. Food will be available all afternoon, so bring a little cash for that and the ice cream. Grab the whole family and spend the day in upper Sellwood Park, on S.E. 7th in Sellwood, just north of the swimming pool!

AUGUST 3 Final 2015 Sellwood Riverfront Concert this evening. The annual summer series of five live, free concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at water’s edge just north of the Sellwood Bridge just off S.E. Spokane Street, concludes at 6:30 pm this evening with a performance by Catarina New and the Brazilian Touch”, described as “Saxafriendly Latin Rhythms”, and sponsored by the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance business association. Overflow parking available at nearby Oaks Amusement Park. Hands-on activities for kids start at 6:15 pm.

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