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Sellwood Transfer Company, home delivery, a century ago, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
These young men were undeterred by wintery snow in early in the last century in Sellwood, and made deliveries by sled to nearby residents. Established in 1905, the Sellwood Transfer Company was one of Inner Southeast’s premier moving companies for over 50 years. (Courtesy of Mark Moore, pdxhistory.com)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
What’s old is new again: Home Delivery makes a comeback

By DANA BECK
Special to THE BEE

Amazon.com has revitalized fast home delivery of everything; even local grocery stores are jumping in again, this time with the Internet as the ordering medium. But is home delivery new? Not at all…

If you were a housewife in the early part of the 20th Century, you were very dependent on household deliveries.  Raising a family of many children, cooking meals from a woodstove, washing clothes by hand, and ensuring other household chores were done, was an all day job, if an unpaid and possibly an underappreciated one.

With very little spare time during the day to devote to shopping for food and household products, the deliveryman played an important role.

From the delivery of the morning newspaper to an armful of groceries from the market down the street, a deliveryman was a must. It was a time when she waited the mailman, the iceman (for her icebox, before electric refrigerators made their debut), the laundry driver and, of course, the milkman.

Those who grew up in the 1960’s or later were generally unable to experience a visit from a milkman. If you wanted a gallon of milk, a quart of ice cream, or a tub of cottage cheese, you drove down to the supermarket or a chain convenience store and bought what you wanted.  Whatever we knew about milkmen we learned from old black and white movies: A man with a white starched shirt and wearing a hat delivered bottled milk to your front porch! Or we might have seen a picture of a milkman in the Sunday newspaper comics, or heard about him from our grandparents recalling the good old days.

During the early years, milk products came from a dairy, or a farm in the country, and few people who lived in the city owned a car to drive for a quart of milk. And if they did have a motor vehicle, they didn’t have the time for what could have been a long drive over dirt roads into the country to get milk. Dairy farmers wisely decided if the people couldn’t come to the dairy, the dairy would have to come to them. The days of home milk delivery began.

Over a century ago, dairy products were delivered to homes by horse and wagon. And many living on the milk route had a small insulated box placed near the front door for the milkman to leave his fresh bottled milk. Some homes even had a special cubbyhole built into the side of the house where a couple of quarts could be placed out of the sun. The empty bottles were left on the porch and whisked away, and a bill was left for the customer. Some residents placed a special order for other dairy products in the milk box with the empty bottles, or left a payment for the next day when the milkman returned.

When that idea caught on, grocery stores and markets also began home deliveries.

Bob Welch and Oliver Applegate established one of the first delivery services in Sellwood shortly after the turn of the 20th Century. Welch owned a stable and a small grocery along 17th Avenue just south of Tacoma Street. Welch and Applegate hired young boys and their own relatives to ride horseback through the streets taking orders from potential customers.

They returned to the Welch Store after noon, loaded all of the requested supplies and food into a wagon, and delivered it all to customers before sundown. Drivers for Welch Grocery eventually ventured as far as Woodstock and even into the Lents community filling orders, along rough and winding roads that took young drivers hours to reach by horse and wagon.

By the time of World War II in the 1940s, residents of Inner Southeast could afford their own motor vehicles, and they wanted the freedom to shop various stores to compare prices and products. Milkmen slowly began to disappear, and the rattle of glass bottles and idling trucks were no longer heard outside of your house during the early morning hours.  

Geri Griffith worked as a delivery clerk for his parents at the ByBee Avenue Grocery at the corner of S.E. Milwaukie at ByBee. Customers would call in their orders by phone, and in the afternoon Geri or his brother would load desired products into the truck and deliver them right to customers’ homes. It wasn’t uncommon in those more trusting days for a delivery boy, like Geri, to enter an unlocked house, place the perishables into a client’s refrigerator, and set the rest of the groceries on their kitchen table – along with a bill.

On one such visit in Eastmoreland, Geri was asked by the man of the house to come upstairs for a moment. To Geri’s surprise, this special customer was Humphrey Bogart, along with his wife at the time, Mayo Methot.  Bogie wanted Geri to hop down to the local liquor store and pick up a couple bottles of spirits. The famous movie star flipped Geri a twenty dollar bill and told him to keep the change.

In 1890 oil lamps were used for lighting, and woodstoves were the major means of heating as well as cooking. Since refrigerators in the home wouldn’t be universal until 1940, as mentioned earlier, almost everyone had an ice box in which to store their perishables – and most households kept their ice box in the kitchen or on the front porch. 

Blocks of ice were needed to keep the contents of an ice box cold, and it was the iceman who delivered the needed 50 pounds of ice to your front door. Ice was delivered on a regular basis, because of course the ice melted – and during the summer months, the ice company might get a call every other day.

When the ice truck arrived it was sure to draw a crowd of youngsters. Young children were entertained as they watched the husky deliveryman unload a heavy block of ice with large tongs and carry the shiny block of ice into their parents’ or a neighbor’s house. The hatch that was usually on top of the ice box was opened, and the block was carefully slid into the slot.  On his return to the truck, children huddled around the ice deliveryman waiting for the chance to dip their hands into the cool freezer for a sliver of ice that they could suck on during sweltering weather.

Alfred Leihammer operated the Sellwood Ice Company out of the old Mt. Hood Brewery – situated by the railroad tracks on Marion Street – where kegs of beer were shipped out by rail to a bottling factory near the Hawthorne Bridge. Prohibition in 1914 closed down the brewery, and Alfred took advantage of the empty walk-in freezers in the complex – using them to store blocks of ice.

Once a call came in for another order of ice, the truck was loaded up and the iceman was on his way to another delivery. The freezer units also provided storage for seafood, when the Oregon Cold Fish Storage Company began occupying the building.

As a young man, John Rekart earned extra income as an errand boy at Caldwell’s Grocery Store.  Caldwell’s had an ice box in their store that needed to be constantly filled. To save money on ice delivery, the proprietor sent John over to the Sellwood Ice Company to pick up a few blocks of ice. With bicycle in tow, Reghart would load a 25 or 30 pound block of ice wrapped in a burlap sack and hustle the ice back twenty blocks to the store before it melted.

Woodstoves then were still the main source of heating and way of cooking in Sellwood, and to order a cord of wood delivered to your residence, you called the Eastside Lumber Mill.  John P. Miller, who established the lumber mill, provided work for many of the men living on the east side of the river, and most of the wood used in the construction of Portland homes of that time came from the Eastside Mill. The mill’s logs came by train, some shipped right from the forest in the coast range. Large rafts of logs were guided by tug boats and chained to pilings along the Willamette River to await later use (such log islands were still seen in the Willamette River as late as the 1970’s).

Sawyers at the Eastside Lumber Mill cut the timbers into screen doors, windows, moulding, house trim, scowl work, and anything needed for constructing a home. Any slabs of wood left over from production were sold to customers as fuel for their woodstoves. Odds and ends of wood were hauled up Spokane Street by a special truck, and cords of wood would be dumped on the sidewalk for customers to haul into their basement for storage. Often unemployed men who needed extra cash or young boys were hired to stack such wood beside a house or in some other storage area.

Joseph Meindl was an early wood dealer, hauling coal and wood to Sellwood and Inner Southeast households from his storage shed along 17th Avenue. For years he kept students warm at the Sellwood Grade School by delivering coal to stoke the fires of the furnace boiler. Coal was such a hot burning substance that the school discontinued using the fuel after a few fires broke out along the roof of the school, from the heat coming up the chimney stacks.

When they were first introduced, electric washing machines were not widely affordable for working class people. The Peerless Laundry Company offered free pickup and delivery for clothes to be washed and cleaned. Jay “Doc” Dannell opened the neighborhood laundry company in 1923, and housewives could bundle up to thirty pieces of dirty clothes and rags into a large cloth bag for a driver to pick up. The drivers would then drop the laundry at the facility at the corner of 13th and Tacoma, where a staff of thirty young ladies would wash and dry the load. It then was returned back to the customer, ready to use. The Peerless Laundry saved the lady of the house many of hours of tiring and time-consuming work for the price of only one dollar.

Dannell purchased fifteen Ford Model-T delivery trucks to reach much of the city. Men who hired on as drivers were also expected to act as salesmen, knocking on neighbor doors to offer laundry service from the Peerless Company.

And home delivery went further than that. When days got warmer each year, people spent more time outdoors, and this is when a red wagon with yellow trim called the “popcorn wagon” would make its rounds around Inner Southeast. Patrons could watch through glass panels the yellow kernels of corn boil over the popper and turn into a puffy white popcorn, flavored with salt or sugar. For only a nickel you could buy a bag of this delicious buttery treat – or, if you wanted, order a bag of roasted peanuts while watching a baseball game at Sellwood Park.

But wait – there’s more. At least once a week the fish wagon would visit the neighborhood, and ladies rushed to arrive first at the truck and choose the freshest fish for the evening meal.

And, of course, home delivery never really stopped for the Good Humor Man – you don’t have to be an old timer to remember hearing the simple tunes repeating as the ice cream truck slowly moved down your street in the summertime. Those familiar tunes have the power stop kids in their tracks and send them scampering into the house for money for ice cream before the ice cream truck disappeared down another block.

Advertised as a company that moved furniture and pianos, or provided an auto excursion to Mt. Hood or the beach, the Sellwood Transfer Company was also in the delivery business a century ago. As owner of the company, William Copenhafer directed many services out of his storage garages on Umatilla street. You could buy gasoline for your auto, rent a vehicle, or order a cord of wood or coal to be delivered to your house for chilly Northwest winters.  Lime was delivered to households that still used an outhouse instead of indoor plumbing.

For years in those days, Italian vendors roamed the streets with wagonloads of ripe vegetables and fresh fruits in the summertime. Late in the morning, street vendors from around the outskirts of Southeast Portland drove their horse drawn-wagons across bridges to the fruit market on Yamhill Street, where farmers and produce salesmen had set up stalls selling their freshly harvested crops to the highest bidder.

Vendors would spend time squeezing and tapping the assortment of vegetables and fruits, sorting out the produce that they knew their customers would buy. Some could also be dropped off at a fruit stand, or sold from an open storefront in town. Then, in the afternoon, you could hear the calls of the vendors as they meandered down your residential street shouting, “Fresh spinach, fresh spinach today, get your cucumbers, cucumbers on sale right here.”

These Italians in the Northwest came primarily from Sicily, and the Providence of Tuscany; a smaller fraction of men from the Naples region. Fleeing from religious persecution in their own country or a lifetime of servitude, they had little chance of owning their own farmland in Italy. Oregon and other parts of the country offered immigrants an opportunity to own their own property, and from their homeland they brought their experience in raising crops. Second and third generations followed in the footsteps of their parents, eventually replacing the horses and wagons their parents had been using with a motorized delivery truck that was faster and more convenient.

Some of these families earned enough money to operate their own fruit and vegetable stands, they and went on to serve residents and customers for the next thirty to forty years. The Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood north of Powell Boulevard and parts of Brooklyn contained large sections of Italian families at that time.

As we pointed out at the start of this narrative, home delivery today is starting to make a concentrated comeback. Groceries and milk may once again be ordered – this time, online – from your computer or smart phone. The newspaper, mail, and sometimes dry cleaning service and the products of the summertime ice cream truck are all available right at your house.

And, in a throwback to a century ago, residents of some sections of Sellwood, Westmoreland, and Brooklyn may once again be hearing shouts of, “Tamales, get your warm delicious tamales” – as a Latino vendor strolls the residential streets with his family and a pushcart of fresh tamales, sometimes with small dogs following along behind.

Joe Wiegand, Teddy Roosevelt, performance, Holy Family School, Eastmoreland, Portland, Oregon
Teddy Roosevelt, portrayed by actor Joe Wiegand, begins his performance at Holy Family Catholic School. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Teddy Roosevelt’ visits Holy Family School in Eastmoreland

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The man who strode into the Holy Family Catholic School gymnasium not long ago certainly appeared to be former President Teddy Roosevelt.

“I prefer to be called Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, sir!” later said actor Joe Wiegand – who then stepped out of character to speak with THE BEE.

“Doing this saved me from a career being in Illinois Republican politics,” Wiegand said, quickly slipping back into his character’s speaking pattern. “You know, Illinois – where circumstances and prosecutions have shown it’s the state where the governors make the license plates on a bipartisan basis!”

While attending an endless string of political fundraising dinners serving up “bad chicken dinners and even worse entertainment,” Wiegand said he’d tried his hand at performance, and drawing on his remarkable resemblance to Teddy Roosevelt, he created his character.

“As a young man I fought against my Republican Party leadership to make Illinois a better place to live, served as a County Commissioner, and ran unsuccessfully – twice – for the State Legislature. I’m so very glad I lost the second time, because that was the year I started doing Theodore Roosevelt’s ‘Man in the Arena’ speech,” Wiegand recalled.

In 2008 he ran Governor Huckabee’s presidential campaign in Illinois. “That year in February, my family and I got in an R.V., and started touring the continental United States in honor of Theodore Roosevelt’s 150th birthday – a tour that culminated in performing as Roosevelt in Washington D.C. at the White House, for the President and Mrs. George W. Bush, on October 20, 2008,” Wiegand told THE BEE.

Since then, he’s been performing as many as 400 shows a year, every year – including this one in Eastmoreland, which was his seventh of the season of the “Teddy Roosevelt Road Show”, produced by the Oregon Historical Museum.

As he began his presentation, he told the audience, “When the guy from the Historical Museum, when he saw me coming up, he said ‘Oh he’s the Monopoly Dude’ – but actually, I’m the anti-Monopoly dude!”

With his hat in hand, and a Teddy Bear under his arm, this faux Teddy Roosevelt gave the kids at Holy Family a presentation that balanced humor, inspiration, and historical facts. He helped the students get more of a “flesh and blood” feeling of what it was like to be a man, a father, and a husband in the White House.

The students sat silently, mesmerized by the lively presentation.

“The challenges faced by the country a century ago are pretty much the same as they are today,” he explained. “Income disparity, conservation of natural resources, protection of American sovereignty – these issues are still with us.”

Enthusiastic applause followed the end of the performance. That is one “history lesson” that the Holy Family School students will long remember.

To get a sample of this exceptional performer at work, visit his website: http://www.teddyrooseveltshow.com.



Paige Chandler, Duniway School, Holiday Home Tour, Eastmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
At this stop on the Duniway Holiday Home Tour, Paige Chandler stands by the doll house (at lower left) that she made 30 years ago – which mirrors the house in Eastmoreland that she now owns! (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Eight homes featured on this year’s Duniway ‘Tour’

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

In its 39th year, the 2018 Duniway Holiday Home Tour guided guests around the Eastmoreland neighborhood to eight homes, all decked out for the Holiday season, on December 1.

In addition to the open houses, a Holiday Boutique was set up in the gymnasium of the school, reported this year’s organizer, Alison Lopakka -- an at-large member of the Duniway PTA.

“This event keeps me busy, as a stay-at-home mom; I like the planning aspect of it, and meeting the homeowners,” she told THE BEE.

Four “shifts” of more than 175 volunteers, help out before and during the Holiday Home Tour; many of them are “Tour Angels”, who serve as docents in the homes, while others sell tickets, and help out in the boutique.

“This fundraiser supports art programs, field trips, and technology,” Lopakka pointed out.

A house on the tour whose owners welcomed THE BEE is owned by Paige Chandler and Kevin Wapner,

“I did my undergraduate and graduate work at Portland State University, and ‘fell in love’ with Portland during the 1980s. It was always a dream of mine to relocate and retire here,” Chandler said.

Her husband, the head sound engineer for the Hollywood Bowl, and for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, “commutes” to and from their home, said Chandler. “But this home came up for sale, and I knew that it was a charming home, and I felt like we could make the transition.

“I left my heart in Portland, I really did!” Chandler said. “While integrating myself in the community, and working in my profession as an educator, I decided to build a dollhouse – which, as it turns out – looks just like my house here. So now, 30 years later, I get to move into my dollhouse!”

The Duniway PTA called her to ask if her home might be included in the tour; “there were so many reason to say ‘yes’.

“The first is that I’m an educator, and I’ve always advocated for children; another reason is that I look at volunteering in the community as a strong commitment, and a value of my own family,” Chandler smiled.

While putting up outdoor Holiday decorations, Chandler said a car stopped, a woman walked up, and said, “Hi, my name is Dorothy Jachetta and I’ve been waiting for you,” and explained that her mother and family had lived in the house for 50 years.

“Today, during the tour, I have been texting her all morning about how ‘alive’ her house – now our house – is, right now, and she’s thrilled.”

Reportedly, this year’s tour was well-attended, and raised considerable money for the work of the Duniway School PTA.



Rev. Thomas J. Elkin, Elkin Family, missing pictures, found, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
The Rev. Thomas J. Elkin, and his wife Dessie, shown in front of their house at 1560 S.E. Tenino (then numbered 626 Tenino) around 1908. The Elkin family lived in the home from 1906 until at least 1936. (Courtesy of SMILE History Committee)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Still seeking a family; hoping to return their pictures

By EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS
For THE BEE

This story isn’t about a family that is physically missing, but one that has lost the photographic records of its history, dating back to the late 1800’s. 

This historian is asking BEE readers, especially those with superior Internet skills, if they can assist.

This story began close to two decades ago.

In the process of year-end cleanup in 2000, the alert librarian at Sellwood Middle School spotted a pile of old photographs and albums in the school dumpster. She gathered them up, put them in a box, and contacted SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, hoping that its History Committee might be interested. It was.

After some discussion, librarian Jeurine Marshall and I concluded that the photos had been brought to the school for a class assignment. At the time, middle school students researched and wrote about their family history. We guessed that an unknown pupil swept up the entire collection of family photos, brought them to school for a presentation – and then forgot to take them home. 

The teacher probably put them into a cupboard, where they remained – forgotten – for many years, until finally the shelf space was needed. 

The name of that long-gone student was not on the collection, so there was no way to trace him or her. Neither were there contemporary photographs in the box that might have enabled the school secretary to identify the student. The most recent photos were from the early 1950’s, but we think they may have been abandoned at the school in the 1980’s or ’90’s.

My first step was to sort the photographs and arrange them in chronological order.  While collating, I checked the backs for any names; most of them had no identification (let this be a warning and reminder to all BEE readers!) or dates.

The oldest photos, often a sepia color, were “cabinet cards”, a process whereby images printed on thin paper were glued to stiff cardboard. Some of these had the names of the photographic studios printed at the bottom or on the reverse side of the card.  The surname of the family members in these late 1870’s-1890’s images was Ball, and the studio was in Paris, Missouri.The Elkin family was next in chronological order, and it had a long association with Sellwood.

The Rev. Thomas J. Elkin, a Baptist minister, was born in New York (or England; obituaries vary) in 1843. Following ordination, he served churches in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, before moving from that last state to Oregon in 1906. The family settled into a house at 626 Tenino Street (now 1560 S.E. Tenino), and included Thomas’ wife Dessie and four children, Arthur G., Edwin T., Theodore J. and Susie. 

Apparently in poor health at the time of his arrival in Sellwood, Rev. Elkin served a Baptist church in Gresham before succumbing to heart disease at the age of 62, on April 20, 1911. His funeral was held at the Sellwood Baptist Church, and he was buried in the Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery on S.E. 17th Avenue.

Both the Rev. Thomas and his wife Dessie were active members of the International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.), a popular fraternal organization whose meetings were held on the second floor of the building at the northeast corner of Thirteenth and Tenino (Spencer’s Antique shop is now on the ground floor; SMILE Station is directly across the street).

The City View chapter of the lodge included activities for women through the Eastern Star and Rebekahs. Mrs. Elkin, who outlived her husband by 30 years, was also a member of the Ladies of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic, an organization that supported Union veterans of the Civil War), the Lavender Club (a local women’s social group) and was Past President of the Sellwood P.T.A. 

Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Elkin and her children remained in their house on Tenino Street for an additional thirty years. When the widow Dessie Elkin died on August 19, 1936, three of her offspring lived in Sellwood; only her son Theodore (“Ted”) had moved away – to Oakland, California. Her daughter Susie had the married name of Brown. Dessie’s service took place in a local funeral parlor, conducted by the pastor of First Baptist Church in downtown Portland, and she was buried in Riverview cemetery, not next to her husband in Milwaukie.

Moving on through the photograph albums, I found that the name of Susie Elkin’s husband was Errol V. Brown, and that their Sellwood address was 1525 S.E. Lambert Street. Mr. Brown was active in the City View I.O.O.F., which had at least one float in Portland’s Rose Festival in the 1920’s (floats were then much smaller, more numerous, and covered with flowers from local gardens).

He may have been an employee of the Southern Pacific railroad – because one album contains a series of photos taken during the rebuilding of S.P. railroad grades and bridges, at places named Isadora, Beck, Scofield, Belford, and Cruzet. There are no photos of Susie and Errol with young children, so perhaps they did not become parents. They were still married in 1956 when Susie’s brother Theodore (“Ted”) died in Santa Monica, California, at age 48, of a heart attack.  At that time, Arthur G. Elkin lived in Sellwood, but the third brother, Edwin T., lived in Los Angeles.

The two photo albums extend the Elkin-Brown family line until the beginning of World War II. There are many small, black and white photos of excursions to Seaside when women wore long black stockings and “bathing costumes” rather than swimsuits (before the mid-1920’s). Several pages are filled with pictures of “Uncle Vern’s farm” in Hemingford, Nebraska, in 1939. There are tiny vacation cabins at Siltcoos Lake on the Southern Oregon coast, but none of the people are named, and few of the photos are dated.

At the end of a BEE story about this photographic find in the early 2000’s I made an appeal to anyone who might have known the family. No response was forthcoming, which may have been because Elkin family descendants no longer lived in the neighborhood; they were out of range of BEE distribution and did not see the story, or perhaps forgot to read the newspaper that month.

A decade has passed since my initial plea. In that time, online information sources have greatly increased. I have received tips from BEE readers in the past about new sources, websites, and databases, and I am hoping that one of you has time for some additional sleuthing. 

I would like to return these photos to descendants of the Elkin family, so this is a year-end appeal to BEE readers with an interest in neighborhood history, and who cruise the Internet “autobahn” with flying fingers.  

This is a mystery that begs for resolution – and, with your assistance, I hope to write a happy, holiday reunion story!  You may send messages or clues to me at THE BEE: readthebee@myexcel.com.  And Happy Holidays!

Matt Hainley, SMILE Christmas Tree, Sellwood Christmas Tree, Westmoreland, Portltand, Oregon, SMILE
On tree-decorating day, the intrepid Matt Hainley [inset] again “rode the bucket”, taking strings of new LED lights to the top of the SMILE Christmas Tree at the edge of Oaks Bottom, on the “Bybee Curve”. (Photos by David F. Ashton)

‘SMILE Christmas Tree’ lit for the Holidays

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

It’s been the tradition for decades for Sellwood’s Hainley and Heiberg families to lead the decoration with lights of a large evergreen tree on the Oaks Bottom bluff on Thanksgiving weekend. The tree is sponsored by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association (SMILE). This year, it happened a week late.

It takes a crane with a very long reach to string those lights, but this year, Smith Crane Inc. couldn’t make it to the site on S.E. 13th Avenue until the morning of December 1, said Bruce Heiberg, as he fed another line of lights to be hoisted to the top of the tree.

This year, the lights are new, bright, energy-efficient, and colorful, thanks to an online fundraising campaign that so far has brought in a bit over half the amount needed to pay off the new, energy-efficient LED luminaire strings.

At the tree lighting ceremony on Monday thee 4th, two days later, Matt Hainley again thanked Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial for supplying the electricity for the lights.

“This year there will be a much smaller electric bill,” Hainley told THE BEE. “The 20 strings of lights we have lighting up the tree right now draws as much as just two strings of the old lights, making an 80% savings in power.”

Everything about the lighting is new, including the ropes to which the wires are lashed, the power cables and LED bulbs, he said.

“We put the new strings of lights together in a long hallway at St. Agatha Catholic School,” Hainley told THE BEE. “It took about an hour to figure out what we were doing, then we made it into a ‘production line’ to get them ready,” he added.

At the Monday evening tree lighting event, the new owners of the property, the Edwards family, enjoyed meeting their new neighbors.

“When we were looking at buying this house, we learned the property on the bluff was included with our lot,” said Isaac Edwards. “We were told about the long tradition of having a lit tree here, and how important it is to the neighborhood – so here we are – happy to have probably the largest decorated Christmas tree in Portland!”


SMILE Christmas Tree, Oaks Bottom Bluff, Sellwood, Willamette River, Interstate Five, Portland, Oregon
The SMILE Christmas Tree may or may not be the largest decorated tree in Portland, but it is enjoyed by people on both sides of the Willamette River. It can even be seen by drivers on Interstate Five after dark. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

With an icy cold wind blowing across the bluff, the brief ceremony included caroling, before baby Miles Edwards had the honor of pressing remote control, and watching the tree light up.

Be sure to drive by and admire this Sellwood-Westmoreland landmark, lighting the Holidays for Inner Southeast for nearly three decades.

In addition to SMILE, the tree is sponsored by Portland Memorial, Smith Crane, Heiberg Garbage & Recycling, Treecology Tree Care, and Hollywood Lights, Inc. Last year, nearby Beeson Chiropractic assisted with electricity.

To help pay off the lights, contribute online; the fundraising will continue through 2018 – https://www.gofundme.com/SMILEChristmasTree. Those who enjoy this festive landmark each year are invited to log on and contribute!  (It’s tax-deductible; SMILE is a 501c3 nonprofit.)



Woodstock Christmas Tree, Kiley and Keli Cronen, Homestead Schoolhouse, Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon
The Woodstock Tree Lighting was captured from the rooftop of Otto’s across the street, just after the lights were turned on. (Courtesy of George Crosland)

Grand fir at this year’s Woodstock Tree Lighting ‘tallest yet’

By BECKY LUENING
For THE BEE

Luckily for the crowd that assembled for the seventh annual Woodstock Tree-lighting on December 2, the day’s rain had tapered to a sprinkle by the time festivities began at five o’clock.

The 27-foot Grand Fir was secured just inside the white picket fence in front of the Homestead Schoolhouse, on the northwest corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 42nd Avenue. It had been wrapped with long strands of lights, and was just waiting to be plugged in.

Kiley and Keli Cronen, owners of Homestead Schoolhouse where Keli is director, are the driving force behind the annual tree-lighting, but Kiley concedes it would never happen without the generosity and partnership of many close friends and family members. Among them, Kiley’s buddy Colby Highland, who lives nearby and is the owner of Scaffold Erectors, and who donated the scaffolding from which the tall tree was decorated.

Kiley’s brother Kelbe, owner of Cronen Building Company, was also part of the team. Jory Moran, who lives next to Laughing Planet Restaurant and has a son at Homestead, helped cut the tree, hauled it to the site with his work truck, and was there to help erect it, too. It was sourced from the property of another old friend.

There was a decided nip to the damp air as the ceremony drew near. A small but roaring fire – which has become a standard feature at Woodstock Tree Lightings – gave those present a place to warm their hands and toast marshmallows for “s’mores” as they waited; a total of 200 packs of marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers were given away, along with skewers, courtesy of Woodstock Law Offices.

Free small bites and a variety of warm drinks were handed out by other Woodstock businesses: Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, Toast and Bird+Bear Restaurants, Bridge City Pizza, Papaccino’s Coffee, El Gallo Taqueria, New Seasons Market, and Laughing Planet. Otto’s reported afterwards that a total of 250 hotdogs were given away.

In addition, Homestead Schoolhouse, Woodstock Farmers Market, John L. Scott Real Estate, and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association offered hands-on craft activities for the kids. Another big attraction for youngsters was the big red fire engine from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 25.

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association brought a big sheet of paper and some pens, and asked the assemblage, “If Santa could deliver anything you wanted to the Woodstock Neighborhood, what would it be?” The question elicited some interesting answers, which are now posted in the kiosk at the nearby Woodstock Community Center.

John L. Scott footed the bill for the lights, and when the tree-lighting moment finally arrived, Kiley and Keli’s eldest son, Sims, did the honors of plugging them in. (A fourth-grader at Lewis Elementary, Sims has two younger brothers, twins.)

For the hour leading up to that moment, Bjorn Rowberg of Mt. Tabor Music, who teaches music classes at Homestead, played piano accompaniment for Ryan Patrick, another long-time Cronen friend and parent of a Homestead Schoolhouse alum, who entertained the crowd as emcee and a singer of Christmas carols. The front porch of the schoolhouse served as the stage.

The crowd oohed and aahed as the tall fir tree lit up at 6 o’clock, after an official countdown led by Keli Cronen. The tall, blue-tinged spire of light reflected beautifully in the big rain puddle on the unimproved street corner. The moment passed, but this year the crowd was a little slower to disperse, Kiley commented. And this reporter also noticed that people were lingering, either to visit with each other, or to finish off whatever food and drinks remained.

Kiley confirmed that the tree will again stay up and lit through New Year’s Day. He acknowledged that preparing and presenting the tree-lighting for Woodstock each year takes a lot of energy, but it’s become a family tradition – a group effort among friends – and, he reflected, the community makes it all worthwhile.



Save The Giants, Arthur Bradford, lights, Eastmoreland, giant, sequoia trees, Douglas Fix, Brian Sebastian
The President of the nonprofit “Save The Giants” organization, Arthur Bradford, was among those testing strings of lights to be hung festively in three Eastmoreland giant sequoia trees. He had help from volunteers Douglas Fix and Brian Sebastian. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Eastmoreland’s ‘saved sequoias’ decked out for the Holidays

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

In 2015, Eastmoreland neighbors started a campaign to save three massive sequoia trees on a lot at 3656 SE Martins Street – which developer Vic Remmers, with Everett Custom Homes, wanted to remove for new construction.

A coalition banded together to buy the land to make it a public park under the name “Save The Giants” – and the group created a 501c3 non-profit organization for it (registered as “Three Sequoia Land Conservation”).

“This is the third year we’ve decorated the trees for the Holidays here,” said the nonprofit’s President, Arthur Bradford, as volunteers readied strings of lights for hoisting high into the trees.

He and other volunteers were getting the lot ready for a December 10 “Holiday Tree Lighting Party”, at which hot drinks and live music set the mood, and fundraising was led by handcrafted gifts and merchandise for sale, along with a raffle.

“We still need to raise roughly $130,000 to pay off all the loans on the property – and this is a daunting task for us,” Bradford explained.

Find out more about Save the Giants, and help the group out if you wish, via their website – https://www.save-the-giants.org.



Portland Puppet Museum, tiny houses, miniatures, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Everything is miniature, in these tiny houses currently on display at the Portland Puppet Museum in Sellwood. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

For Christmas: ‘Mad about Miniatures’ at Sellwood’s Puppet Museum

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The Holiday offerings at the Portland Puppet Museum this season have two themes: “Mad about Miniatures”, and “Nuts about Nutcrackers”.

“This is our fifth Christmas and we love nutcrackers, and guests will see our collection of about 400 of them – of all kinds; from the traditional soldiers to different characters,” grinned museum co-curator Steve Overton, as he and Marty Richmond were setting up these displays.

“All of our decorating invokes that spirit of Christmas from the north, with a Scandinavian feel to it. The miniature houses on display are epic hand-made creations, made to be in photos and videos – each of them taking about 2,500 hours to build,” Overton told THE BEE.

Unlike dollhouse “kits”, every piece of these miniatures was crafted by hand, including the wood-plank flooring and the ceiling beams, he observed. “These houses are decorated with jewelry from the 30s and 40s; and the little miniatures are from all over the world including Germany, France, and Egypt, making them spectacular in every detail!”

If this sounds like something that might add to your Christmas spirit, the nonprofit “Portland Puppet Museum” is open Thursdays through Sundays through New Year’s, and with live puppet shows every weekend through the end of the year. They’re in Sellwood at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. Online: http://www.puppetmuseum.com.  



Kirk Weller, Brooklyn neighborhood, encaustic, Open Studios, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Kirk Weller, an artist in the Brooklyn neighborhood, says that using encaustic gives his landscape art a sense of depth and reality. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New artists show their craft during ‘Open Studios Tour’

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Again this fall, many artists opened their studios to guests to show their art, and, in many cases, demonstrate their technique.

Four of the studios visited by THE BEE were new to the tour this year, and offered visitors insight into the artists and their art.

Kirk Weller

Brooklyn neighborhood
Media: encaustic, oil
www.circleofsky.com

When not working in his professional life as physician, neurologist Kirk Weller is a landscape artist, who told THE BEE he’d decided to pursue art when his parents approved of the first painting that he’d brought home from grade school in 1969.

“I’m a Colorado mountain boy who married a Washington gal, and we moved to Oregon,” Weller smiled.

About his art, Weller pointed out, “Encaustic [using pigments mixed with hot wax] is not being used in landscapes very much. It’s exciting to me, because there are media like tree resins that you can add to the beeswax to create effects that no one else is doing.

“I’m really delighted at how it invokes the texture of a distant landscape, which it’s possible to capture with this artistic experimentation.”

Wayne Jiang

Woodstock neighborhood
Media: acrylic, drawing, collage
www.waynejiang.com

Working from his home in the Woodstock neighborhood, Wayne Jiang – he told us his last name means ‘River’ in Chinese – loves painting.

“I like the craft of painting, I like the process of painting and I like looking at paintings – that’s why I’m a painter!” Jiang exclaimed.

After leaving a high-tech career, Jiang remarked that he was finally able to focus on art, as well as teaching the mountain dulcimer.

“Painting with acrylic is my medium, it’s my thing,” he said. “A lot of people think it’s oil painting, because I use a technique that I developed myself which resembles the work of the ‘Old Masters’ paintings from the 1600s, such as those by Rembrandt.

“I do lots of thin layers in my process, one atop another, so one sees more coming from below, not just from the top layer,” Jiang explained. “When I finish a painting, I feel satisfaction; I’ve set up a goal, I’ve gone through the steps; and then when I’m done, I feel satisfied.”

Jeannie Fries

Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood
Media: Installation art, oil, sculptur
www.jfries.org

The artwork of Canadian-born Jeannie Fries lit up our imagination when, as she waved her smart phone near her works, parts of them illuminated.

“My focus now is creating interactive installations, working with electronics that pick up cell phone signals, as when they get text messages or calls, and convert the radio waves into signals that turn on LED lights in some of my panel works,” Fries explained. “The idea, and my concepts behind my art, have to do a lot with uncovering the invisible structures that exist around us – with the physical and non-physical expression of power dynamics in contemporary society.”

She’s proposing a large-scale installation at Portland International Airport where panels above the walkway would illuminate as people are walking underneath through spaces, using their cell phones.

“The idea for that installation just came to me, and I’ve spent about ten months figuring out how to do it,” commented Fries, who studied art in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as in Ankara, and received a BFA and double minor in Philosophy and Art History from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada.

Kelli MacConnell

Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood
Media: Printmaking
www.kellimacconnell.com

Printmaker Kelly McConnell turned her home’s basement into an art studio workshop, but said she started out in the art world as a drawing/painting major at Portland State University.

“In my junior year, I took an ‘Introduction to Printmaking’ class, fell in love with the process, and learned about relief printmaking – and, I’ve been hooked on it ever since,” McConnell grinned.

Eight years later, her primary focus continues to be on linocut, but she also carves woodcuts as well.

“I sketch an image on a block of linoleum, and then I carve out to the areas that I want to be white – we call that ‘negative space’,” informed McConnell. “Then I roll printing ink onto the block, lay paper on top of it, and use a press to print limited editions of my blocks.

“It’s physical, hands-on art, but it can turn out to be so delicate and beautiful,” McConnell marveled.



Grout Elementary School, auction, fundraiser, playground equipment, Holgate Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Grout School’s March 9 auction will help fund the rejuvenation of the elementary school’s wooden playground structure. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Grout School’s spring auction to fund playground

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Grout Elementary School’s PTA is planning its second fundraising auction for March 9 -- from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the silent auction are slated to help rejuvenate the school’s old wooden playground structure, and provide updates to the soccer field and outdoor classroom. The auction will be held at St. David of Wales Church, 2800 S.E. Harrison Street, and tickets will go on sale in late January.

Grout PTA Auction Chair Angela Gillette tells THE BEE they expect more than 200 attendees, and are actively soliciting tax-deductible donations for it to improve the schoolgrounds. “Our school has one of the most diverse school populations in all of the Portland Public Schools, and is also home to a Head Start preschool program that serves low-income children and their families,” she says.

“We also support a school-wide drama program, an outdoor learning garden, and are one of the first PPS Schools to incorporate a new technology-based reading program. Donations of goods or funds, as well as all the proceeds from the auction, will have an immediate & positive impact on our children.” The school is on S.E. Holgate Boulevard, and serves Creston-Kenilworth, Reed, and Brooklyn neighborhood children.

“We will have food, wine, and beer available at the auction, and Hip Chicks Urban Winery will be attending, and donating wine. Our theme is ‘Beach Bash’, although donations do not necessarily require a beach theme! Gift Baskets and Gift Certificates are also welcome,” recounted Gillette.

“Donations are fully tax deductible, and our community gladly supports businesses who partner with us. In addition, event sponsors also have the opportunity to advertise on our playground fence for the entire 2017-2018 school year.” Those with questions can e-mail her at – groutPTAauction@gmail.com.



Westmoreland Union Manor, Manor Fair, Jimmy Moore, acrylics, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Jimmy Moore painted, and offered for sale, bright acrylic fruits and vegetables at the Westmoreland Union Manor Craft and Artisan Fair. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Annual Craft & Artisan Fair starts the season at Westmoreland Union Manor

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Holiday craft fair organizers are beginning to realize that events held earlier in the season are more timely for shoppers. As usual this year, the Westmoreland Union Manor Craft and Artisan Fair was one of the first – on November 3rd and 4th in the nonprofit retirement apartment building’s main dining hall.

Organized by resident Becky Messick, the event featured sixteeen artists, some with more than one display. There was also a snack bar available to the public that served coffee, sweet rolls, and sandwiches.

Tables offered a variety of Holiday items, such as wreaths, table runners, and greeting cards. Crocheted hats, dog clothing, and lap robes foreshadowed the already approaching cool weather. However, along with decorative and warm items, there were a number of unique wares – such as beaded glass jars, handmade paper, cork picture frames, and lavender sachets. Some items sold out, with more on order for customers who were turned away.

Bright acrylic paintings and cards were displayed by Jimmy Moore, a resident of the Manor for nine years. Becky Messick sold crocheted hats, nylon dish scrubbies, and patterned tote bags; and there were several styles of handmade jewelry. “Little Wallets” made in patterned fabric were sold by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic organization that raises money to help educate women returning to the workplace. 

P.E.O. Chapter IX President Kate Van Nortwick, along with Donna French, explained, “This is our chapter fundraiser, where we celebrate the advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans, to help women achieve their highest aspirations. These colorful little wallets can hold keys, spare change, and other small items that you need to locate easily.”

For more info on P.E.O., go online – http://www.peointernational.org. And if you missed this sale and show, it’ll be back next year around early November at Westmoreland Union Manor, on S.E. 23rd Avenue, two blocks north of Bybee Boulevard.



Pat Courtney Gold, weaver, Native American, artist, Wasco Tribe, Woodstock Branch Library, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Pat Courtney Gold, an internationally recognized native Wasco artist, spoke at the Woodstock Branch Library about the strengths of Native American women. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock Library hosts ‘Native Women’ presentation

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE  

“Columbia River Native Women” was the title of a recent talk at the Woodstock Branch Library. Pat Courtney Gold, a native Wasco Tribe woman, told a gathering of fourteen people about the contributions of women to her culture.

Born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in eastern Oregon, Gold is a fabric artist and basket weaver who exhibits her work in this country and around the world.

Gold began by recounting how, in 1855, her ancestors were forced off traditional lands onto reservations. But, long before that, the Wascos and Chinooks had prospered and thrived. 

“The Columbia River was like I-84 for canoe travel, connecting the River People,” explained Gold. “Downriver were Chinook people, and upriver were the Wasco. The advantages of living along the Columbia were the fish runs.  Our people caught more salmon than they could eat, so they traded it. That was our wealth.”

The international trade of the Wasco and Chinooks involved ships from Russia, Alaska, and the eastern United States.

“The women were excellent traders. They could talk better [than the men] with the white people – and they talked more!” she said with a smile.

Historically, the native nations were matriarchal; but what that actually means is not always clear to us today. Throughout her presentation, Gold explained the little-known strengths of the native women.

“Women were active in our tribal councils. They were good at compromise. They owned property, took part in politics, voted, and participated in trading. They were also good at gambling, because they had fun with it and were not so serious.” Gambling, she explained, was a part of the native culture. Today, native women are lawyers, entrepreneurs, and keepers of the culture.

Gold’s artistic and craft skills are drawn from thousands of years of women harvesting cedar bark, cattails, bear grass, and camas to make clothing, baskets and canoes.

“Wasco women got their canoes, and went downriver to trade with the basket weavers.  And the trade centers were like ‘malls’. In addition to trading, socializing, feasts, songs, dances, courting, and storytelling took place there.”

One of Gold’s happiest moments, she said in conclusion, was the day she learned of a 700 year-old basket handed down through generations which had been made of the same materials and with the same design as a basket she herself had made.

To learn more of what Gold told of in her Woodstock Library talk, and to see examples of her craft, go online: http://www.patcourtneygold.com.



Lewis Elementary School, Holiday Bazaar, Foy White Chu, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Lewis Holiday Bazaar co-coordinator Foy White-Chu showed some of the Holiday swags for sale this year. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Lewis School’s Bazaar and Tree Sale to support classrooms

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Hundreds of shoppers turned out on December 2nd in Woodstock for Lewis Elementary School’s eighth annual Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale. This year, the big fundraiser featured 75 vendors, a PTA snack sale, Holiday trees and swags, live music, a children’s craft area, and raffle tickets for a package of four Park-Hopper-passes to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.

A co-coordinator this year, Foy White-Chu, told THE BEE that that the funds raised were slated specifically for classroom support. “Our aim this year is three-fold,” she smiled. “We want to support Lewis Elementary with classroom projects, technology, and the Arts.”

Dedicated volunteers in the school’s rainy parking lot oversaw the sale of Holiday fir trees obtained from a farm in Boring. A Santa-hatted parent, Gordon Bell, rain-soaked but cheerful, helped buyers trim and load their trees onto their vehicles. “I’ve had three kids attend this school; the youngest is in second grade,” he reflected. “Lewis has such a great spirit of supportive parents. By noon, nearly all of our trees were sold!”

A tent at the entry was redolent of the inviting smell of Kettle Corn. Live music by the “School of Rock House Band” drew visitors to the gym, where some vendors had chosen to set up. Due to the large number of vendor booths, tables were set up in halls, gym and cafeteria – displaying a variety of jewelry, leather items, artwork, toys, winter wear, aprons, books, stationery, cosmetics, soaps, jam, and trail mix. 

Some PTA volunteers sold T-shirts, Chinook Books, and raffle tickets. Others sold Holiday wreaths, swags, baked goods, coffee, and hot cocoa. Additional live music was presented by Renegade Rose, and the Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band. Twenty-nine kid vendors sold a creative array of “mason bee” houses, slime, paper cranes, caramels, ornaments, catapults, marshmallow launchers, cookie-mix-in-a-jar, fidgets, maracas, comic books, and snacks.

Foy White-Chu happily surveyed the crowds of excited shoppers. “This is going to be a great fund-raiser,” she exclaimed. “I think we did a better job of advertising this year.” [Full disclosure: The Bazaar was also advertised in THE BEE this year.]



Southeast Events and Activities

DECEMBER 22
Holiday choir concert on S.E. Woodward Street:
“The Healing Voices Choir” presents its Winter Concert: “Alleluia!” Which draws from different traditions and languages, this community choir will share inspiring choral works by Palestrina, Lewandowski, Sweelinck, Handel, Leonard Cohen, and others. “This concert will feature an exciting new work by local composer Patrick Rooney, as well as some thrilling solos and chamber selections.” The concert is this evening, 7-9 p.m., at Waverly Heights United Church of Christ, 3300 S.E. Woodward Street. A suggested donation of $15 ($10 students/seniors) will be gratefully received at the door.

DECEMBER 24
Christmas Eve in Westmoreland:
Three events on the calendar today at Moreland Presbyterian Church – at 9:30 a.m., an informal Advent Worship; at 4 p.m., Intergenerational Family Worship; and at 11 p.m., Candlelight Worship. Open to all.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on S.E. 73rd:
Pause the Holiday bustle to attend a traditional candlelight service of music and worship, 5 p.m. this afternoon at Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church. “Celebrate the spirit of the season and still be home by dinnertime.” The address is 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue.

DECEMBER 28
Woodstock puppet show features “The Snowflake Man”:
Puppetkabob’s “The Snowflake Man” swings family audiences into historic 1920 through creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of watercolor scenery. Come chill this winter, and learn about American inventor W.A. “Snowflake” Bentley, pioneer of “snowflake photography”. This award-winning show combines art, science, and a little-known piece of American history, to magical effect! Free. It’s 11-11:45 a.m. this morning, in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

JANUARY 1
Happy New Year from THE BEE!

JANUARY 7
“Canva for Cards, Posters, and More” in Sellwood:
Are you looking for a fun and easy way to design beautiful cards, invitations, or flyers? Do you wish your social media posts looked snappier? Do you want to explore alternatives to PowerPoint for your presentations? Come to a free class at the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 1-3 p.m., to learn about “Canva”, a free online design studio. Please sign up for a Canva account before coming to class. Free class, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 13
For teens – Video Gaming: Analog Style in Woodstock:
A storm knocked out the power, and now the batteries in all your devices are dead. What are you and your friends gonna do? Why not play a video game ... analog style! Using materials often found at home – such as paper clips, bottle caps, string, and wire – can you make a video game that doesn't require power? Of course you can! Come to the Woodstock Library this afternoon, 2-5 p.m., and tinker with us and make a “no plug required” version of your favorite video game – or one that you invent entirely on your own. For added fun, Tinker Camp will show you how to wire up LEDs and buzzers to coin cell batteries so your game can light up in the dark. Free. For teens in grades 6-12. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

JANUARY 20
Adults – make Chinese Dumplings at Woodstock Library:
Learn how to make delicious home-style Chinese dumplings to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Includes how to make dough from scratch, and different ways to wrap a dumpling. Take home a recipe to impress your family and friends. This 2-3:30 p.m. program this afternoon is presented in Mandarin! Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.


JANUARY 22

For adults -- resume help at Sellwood Library:
Do you need some help with your resume? Are you unsure about your choice of words? Struggling to describe your accomplishments? Today, 6-7:30 p.m., come meet with an experienced volunteer for one-on-one help. If you have a paper copy of your resume, bring it along. Free, but registration is required; register for your own 30-minute session in the Sellwood Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.


JANUARY 26
"Truth AND Dare" Stories and Improvisational Comedy in Sellwood:
This evening and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street, nonprofit “Rogue Pack” presents “Truth AND Dare” – brave girls ages 10-18 in the foster care system offer an evening of storytelling and improvisational comedy. Rogue Pack teens from Boys & Girls Aid give voice to their truths and dare to improvise, taking the stage and sharing their honesty through their writing, daring to peel away society's labels and face the unknown, as they collaborate with the audience. Tickets are $10 online at http://www.roguepack.org – $15 at the door, and $12 for students and seniors.


JANUARY 27
For adults – silhouette art in Sellwood:
This afternoon, 3-4:30 p.m., create trendy silhouette pictures with “your local reuse-repurpose artist, Sally”. She’ll bring a variety of stencils that you can trace, cut out, and mount on book paper, for a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Free, but registration is required; register in the Sellwood Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

For adults – make a “Leatherwork Minimalist Wallet”: In a hands-on workshop 3-5 p.m. this afternoon at the Woodstock Library, presented by Purpose Handmade, you will learn to make a minimalist wallet design. With your pre-cut leather pieces, you will learn to edge dye, wax, burnish edges, chisel stitch, and saddle stitch to complete your leather wallet. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

FEBRUARY 3
Open House this morning at preschool co-op:
Nonprofit Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool, in the Reed neighborhood, is holding its annual Open House this morning between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. “Visitors are free to come and go at their convenience; kids can explore activities, and play in the three classrooms, while parents meet our teacher Merry, and visit with current co-op parents. This is a great opportunity to get first-hand answers to all your questions about the world of preschool and joining the co-op community.” The school is situated in the back of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus.


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