Upcoming Events - Fundraisers and Classes

by Cameron

Even if it doesn't always feel like it, spring is officially here, and the events calendar is packed as everyone wakes up from their winter hibernation.

Our neighborhood school, Vernon Elementary, has it's auction coming up on Saturday, April 9, at the Melody Ballroom. We've been all abuzz with neighborhood parents planning art projects and dropping off donations - there are going to be some great items available, so even if you don't have kids at Vernon, it's worth checking out!

I took the Waxed Canvas Backpack class at Klum House in March and had a great experience, so I wanted to be sure to let you know that she has another backpack class on Saturday, April 23. You don't need to be an experienced sewist to walk away with a very professional and useful backpack - but you do probably want to feel comfortable at a sewing machine. If you consider yourself a true beginner, give the Waxed Canvas Hobo Tote class a try on Saturday, April 20.

With Love, From PDX has some great classes coming up this spring. Learn to weave with Weaving 101 on April 16 or make a block printed tea towel on April 23. They also have classes that are unrelated to textiles like soap and candle making.

We've been getting lots of questions about bra making over the past few months. Good news - the Portland Fashion Institute (formerly Portland Sewing) is offering Bra Pattern and Construction this spring! If that's not your cup of tea, you're sure to find another apparel class that interests you because their class offerings just keep expanding.

Habitat for Humanity's Women Build is very cool program that brings together a team of women, and only women, of all skill levels to build a house. On Wednesday, April 6, a long list of Portland restaurants are donating a percentage of their profits to Women Build's current project - a home for a family in the Cully neighborhood. Tin Shed, Cupcake Jones, and Bernie's are just some of our neighbor's participating in the fundraiser.

If you live in the Alberta neighborhood you might already know about Operation Clean Sweep - Alberta Main Street's Earth Day intiative. It's a nice way to get involved in your community and meet your neighbors.