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Kiwanis, Southeast History, Portland History, Portland, Oregon
For many years, the century-old Kiwanis Club of Portland has participated in the Portland Rose Festival. This 1937 Kiwanis float was built and decorated by the club’s own members. (Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Portland)

A century of service by Kiwanis Clubs in Portland

Special to THE BEE

For most of the past century, there have been Kiwanis Clubs serving sections of Inner Southeast Portland. Today, Inner Southeast is served by the Ross Island Kiwanis Club, which draws members from throughout our part of the city, and meets at 7 a.m. on Friday mornings at the International House of Pancakes on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses. But there’s an even older club in the Rose City – Portland Kiwanis. It’s a hundred years old this year.

Kiwanis is one of a trio of prominent “service clubs” that are well-known throughout the world – the other two being Rotary International and Lions Clubs International. For the past century, members of the Portland Kiwanis Club have devoted time to numerous events for the betterment of their community and the children of the world. Everything from organizing Christmas parties and food drives for underprivileged children, to selling Rose Festival buttons and peanuts at fund raisers. Now a variety of celebratory events are being planned to mark this important anniversary.

In honor of the Centennial celebration, Connie Shipley, President of Portland club, gives us a glimpse into the club’s background. Her book, “Celebrating a Century of Service: A brief History of the Kiwanis Club of Portland”, will soon be available.  

She tells us that the roots of Kiwanis can be traced back to Detroit, Michigan, in 1914 – when two businessmen, Allen S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance, felt it was time to build a networking organization for young men. Those they recruited were looking for an organization that was more service-oriented, to improve their neighborhoods and help people who needed an extra hand.

Life in 1914 was a daily struggle; the working class had to endure long hours and short wages. While raising a family of six or more children, there was little if any extra money to enjoy any of the simplest pleasures – like taking a trip to the beach, or spending a weekend in the countryside.

Buying groceries, providing new clothes for the family, and household drudgery and the demands of a job, left nothing put pennies for any additional amenities. Many men couldn’t even afford to have the daily newspaper delivered to the doorstep. It was only the wealthy, it seemed, who had additional free time and enough money to enjoy whatever pleasures they desired.

Mr. Browne and Mr. Prance decided to make a difference, to the betterment of their community. Their vision was to establish a group of men who believed in projects to help improve the standards of the community – or work jointly with other, similar, clubs to accomplish this goal. They weren’t just satisfied with accomplishing their ideals locally, their plan was an organization of volunteers that would dedicate their money and participate physically to improving the world. Quite an undertaking for two gentlemen sitting around at the local coffee shop wondering what to do in their spare time!

In 1915, Browne and Prance persuaded enough volunteers to form a new organization, initially called the “Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers”. According to club records, the Detroit club within the following six months signed up an additional 200 members. By the following year the cumbersome name was changed to the simpler Detroit Kiwanis Club.

The name Kiwanis is derived from a Native American expression, “Nunc Kee-wanis”, which means “We Trade.” Club members determined that they indeed wanted the organization to be focused on service, and purchased the club from Mr. Browne at the Birmingham convention in 1919, for $17,500.

As interest in the new Kiwanis organization and its message spread across the country, people in other states sought to establish their own organization. Recruiters were sent across the nation to help with guidelines, and to establish additional branches of the Kiwanis Club. Each club was able to decide for itself what projects they wanted to pursue, and what programs their members were interested in supporting.

In the Northwest, meetings were announced and gatherings posted for the curious to attend. Speeches and demonstrations were given by the delegates sent from the Midwest, and recruiters stopped in most big cities – in the Northwest, from Portland north to Tacoma and Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C. The turnout at the meeting in Portland on a cold December morning in 1918 exceeded expectations, and sixty interested volunteers were signed up as new members at the initial meeting. Plans went forward to open the local club, but the Portland organization still lacked the 100 members then required for certification.

One of the obstacles blocking the formation of a new club was the shortage of men – particularly healthy men. Portland was then in the midst of a public health crisis: In October of the same year, a solder passing through Portland from Fort Lewis in Washington State came down with one of the worst and most contagious strains of influenza known. A number of “Spanish Influenza” cases began showing up in the local hospital, and soon the community was in a panic about contacting this often-fatal flu.

The Oregon Board of Health had previously ordered that all schools, churches, and public meeting places be closed immediately to reduce contagion risk. State and local officials warned people not to congregate in large groups – in movie theaters and in social gatherings.  This warning kept most of the local would-be Kiwanians from attending the meetings and joining the club.

While it isn’t recorded how the Portland Club managed, in this climate of fear, to collect the required 100 members, they apparently did so – and on December 28th, 1918, the International Kiwanis headquarters certified the forming Portland Club as the new Kiwanis Club in this district.

And, on January 15th, 1919, Secretary O. Sam Cummings arrived by train from Detroit to present the official charter to the Portland Kiwanis Club. But, with the threat of the Spanish Flu still on Portlanders’ minds, only a handful of the new club’s members chose to attend the dedication. Nonetheless, the Kiwanis Club of Portland was officially declared a charter club, and began pursuing community service.

The club’s first projects here included a fundraiser that accrued $7,000 (a very substantial sum for that time) for the American Women’s Hospital Fund, and a drive to send humanitarian supplies to the Armenian Relief cause overseas. Thousands of Armenians were forming a new republic near the border of Russia and Turkey, and many of the fleeing refugees were faced with domestic and foreign problems caused by the territorial dispute between those two nations. The Portland Kiwanis Club hoped to support for the Armenian cause.

Club administrators proposed an even bolder move, when they sent a delegate to the National Kiwanis Convention held in Birmingham, Alabama. Frank Creasey was dispatched with instructions to secure the following year’s Convention for Portland! The businessmen of Portland, along with the Kiwanians of Portland and the Portland City Council, were overjoyed when Creasey returned to announce that Portland had been chosen for the 1920 National Kiwanis Convention.

Today’s President of the Portland Kiwanis Club, Connie Shipley, commented, “This was a tremendous feat for one representative of a fledgling club that had only just received its charter five months previously.”

How Creasey managed this remarkable accomplishment was revealed upon his return to Portland: “Every morning Mr. Creasey had American Beauty Roses presented to every lady visitor to the convention, bearing the compliments of the Portland Club, with the reminder that Portland was a candidate for the next convention.”

Other civic groups across the nation, and many locally as well, were skeptical that the comparatively new and diminutive Portland club could manage a successful national convention, but – supported by the businessmen of the Rose City – some 1,500 delegates and their families happily attended the two-week meeting, and the local club’s members made a favorable impression on all attendees.

Providing activities like visits to Oaks Park, free shuttle tours along the Columbia River Highway, and showcasing some of Portland’s finest chefs, hotels, and the picturesque landscapes around Mt. Hood with our many splendid falls and tall trees, the Kiwanis Club of Portland proved to be the perfect host for that year’s convention.

Unlike social groups, Kiwanis dues were never spent on building lodges for meetings and special events. Club gatherings were held in assembly rooms, auditoriums, and public halls around downtown Portland. And for the past sixty years, Portland Kiwanis meetings have been held at the Benson Hotel. The Multnomah Hotel (now the Embassy Suites) and the Portland Hotel were previous club meeting places. The Mayfair Room was the main meeting room for decades. The Chandelier Room – now called the Crystal Room – with its unique Austrian crystal chandeliers and cathedral windows was a previous meeting place at the Benson, also.

Fred Kiser, one of Oregon’s most famous landscape and commercial photographers and commercial photographers, became a prominent Portland Kiwanis Club member in May of 1921. Many of his hand-colored photos (some of the first of their kind) featuring Oregon’s Crater Lake, and Glacier National Park in Montana, were distributed worldwide. Club members volunteered to help Fred in his pursuit to preserve the scenic spots of Oregon through photographs. At one time Kiser’s “Scenic Photo Studio” was situated on the corner of S.E. Milwaukie and Bush Streets in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

One of Kiser’s many accomplishments was having been selected as the official photographer at the Lewis and Clark Exposition back in 1905, held in North Portland. He went on to promote the opening of the Columbia Gorge Highway and Multnomah Falls with his scenic photographs and postcards, sold across the United States.

Meantime, when auto camps were becoming popular during the 1920’s, and the Portland Kiwanis Club was there to assist vacationers and “autoists”. Help was needed, since autos were becoming more affordable for the average worker, largely due to the mass production techniques of Henry Ford, and most of these vehicles did double duty as campers and RV’s. On long trips requiring overnight stays, drivers and their passengers – if they didn’t have friends to stay with – had to sleep outdoors. Motels and rest stops had not yet been created, and travelers had to sleep in farmers’ haystacks, or in open fields!

Auto camps were established for motorists who usually slept in their own car, yet wanted the use of a clean bathroom and shower in the morning. Auto camps included outdoor grills, firewood, and drinking water – and tents for rent. North Portland had one of the first such campsites, and that was thanks to the Portland Kiwanis Club. Most of the camp’s supplies and cabins were either built by the members or paid for from club funds. The Kiwanis Club was so helpful that a road was named for the club – Kiwanis Drive.

One of the Kiwanis major accomplishments in 1924 was the support of Camp Namanu, a Campfire Girls retreat, set away in the wilds along the Sandy River. The owner of the eighty-acre parcel, Samuel Cobb, eventually donated a part of his land to the girls; but during its first years, the young ladies had to camp out in the open meadows. To the rescue came the men of the Portland Kiwanis Club, bringing hand-held saws and hammers (since electricity wasn’t available until the 1930’s). They brought with them lumber and nails to help build a lodge and cabins for the Campfire Girls. Every summer from then on, volunteers were involved in repairing, updating, and adding needed fixtures like benches and bunk beds for the camp – and even sponsoring girls who could not afford the fees to go to camp. The Club supported Camp Namanu for over 35 years.

Meanwhile, along with playing an active part in many phases of the Rose Festival – such as building and decorating floats, and chauffeuring the Rose Festival Princesses around town – they answered the call by the newly-formed Montavilla Kiwanis Club, which was instrumental in another outdoor summer camp – one for children and adults with disabilities.

This was the “Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp” near Rhododendron, which was established as a safe environment for people with hearing impairments, Down Syndrome, Autism, and other health issues. The children who were enrolled at this summer camp were able to enjoy their very first fishing experiences, dancing with new-found friends, going horseback riding, and trying their luck at boating and swimming – all, in a positive atmosphere.

Partnering with the U.S Forest Service, all Kiwanis Clubs in the region supported campers with sponsorships. Members built lodges and cabins, and annually visited the camp to clear trails and repaired the buildings. The Kiwanis Clubs have been members of the Camp Foundation Board over the years.

For many years during the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Portland Kiwanis Club sponsored an annual Christmas party at the Paramount Theater for underprivileged and handicapped youngsters. These parties featured movies, vaudeville acts, and of course, Christmas stockings filled with goodies for over 1,500 children – plus a visit from Santa himself. If it weren’t for the Portland Kiwanis Club, few of these young people would have been been able to celebrate and remember the Holidays.

In 1987 the Kiwanis followed Rotary and other service organizations in accepting women into membership, equally able to vote and be elected as officers. Today, Kiwanis Clubs support humanitarian and civic projects, local and international. As for the Kiwanis Club of Portland’s one hundredth anniversary, some of the events this year will include participation in the Starlight Parade on this June 1st, entertaining the Rose Festival Court at breakfast on June 5th, and an inter-club picnic at the Hillsboro Hops baseball game on July 21st. Contributions and fundraisers for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp are ongoing throughout the year, and a planned Christmas party at the end of the year will round out the Centennial activities.

Special thanks to Connie Shipley, this year’s President of the Portland Kiwanis, for her time and the historical information about the local Kiwanis Club she provided for this article. As Kiwanis describes itself today: “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.”

Eastside Village, Southeast Portland, aging in place, Eastmoreland, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Helping Eastmoreland resident Saida Kupel with her yard work are “Eastside Village” volunteers – from left – Anne-Marie and Lucien Dallaire, Autumn Carroll, Jin Darney and Craig Johnson, Saida Kupel, JoAnn Herrigel, Debbie Hekker, and Lewis Sprouse. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Nonprofit ‘village’ helps aging in place throughout Southeast


On a recent sunny Sunday fall morning in Eastmoreland, eight people affiliated with nonprofit “Eastside Village” helped homeowner Saida Kupel with the yard work she is no longer capable of doing. “I have incurable cancer and I’m living alone. I’ve always been really independent, but now I’m needing a lot more help.”

Kupel has only been a member of Eastside Village – not exactly a village, but an organization that helps people in Southeast Portland “age in place” – since early September. She says when a Village volunteer came to her home to assess her situation the volunteer remarked diplomatically, “I see your front yard needs some tender loving care.”

One of the volunteers on hand that day to help rake fall leaves and sweep Kupel’s driveway was Anne-Marie Dallaire, who just moved with her husband Lucien from Connecticut in August, to be closer to their sons in Portland and Seattle. They are now living in the Woodstock neighborhood, where they can happily “walk to everything”, as she says.

Asked how they found out about Eastside Village, Anne-Marie said, “We had friends move from Connecticut to California and they had joined a ‘village’. They said to check and see if there was one in Portland.  

“We found Eastside Village and we already feel like we know all of these people,” Anne-Marie commented, referring to all of the Eastside Village members they have met through the social outings and volunteer work.

Woodstock resident Jin Darney, who is part-time office manager of Eastside Village, has been a member since the organization began in 2015. She says, “It is fun to get together and work on a project [with other Village people]. We have a once-a-month slot for work parties.”

Darney’s husband Craig Johnson reported that in 2015 two villages had merged to form Eastside Village. He volunteers most often as a driver, making it possible for people like Kupel to get to doctor’s appointments. “I also help in work parties every so often,” he added.  “We can do a lot in a couple of hours with a big-enough crew.”

Autumn Carroll is not a member of Eastside Village, but volunteers for it because in her home health care work she saw a need. “I thought, ‘I could help with that’.” 

There are two types of membership for Eastside Village.  One is primarily just to join in its social activities; and the other is full-membership, which makes it possible to receive help from village volunteers. “We can even go to members’ homes to help replace a ceiling light bulb, or a smoke detector battery,” related Anne-Marie. Volunteers do a variety of tasks to help people continue to live in their homes.

If nonprofit Eastside Village sounds like it could solve a problem you face, you can get more information on its activities, services, and fees (and can read its Fall Newsletter) online –

Reverend Andria Skornik, All Saints Episcopal Church, rector, priest, Woodstock neighborhood, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Rev. Andria Skornik, the new Priest and Rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock, says she looks forward to creating a family-centered church. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

All Saints Episcopal in Woodstock receives new Rector


After a national search by the Diocese of Oregon, The Rev. Andria Skornik has been designated new Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

This marks a return for Skornik, after serving in a church in Illinois for several years; she was born and raised in Happy Valley, just a couple of miles southeast of Woodstock.

All Saints parishioner Christopher Broderick remarks, “In a short time [since last November], Andria has already brought a lot of energy and ideas to the parish, and she wants to do a lot of outreach to the greater Southeast community, as someone who grew up in this area.”

According to Broderick, the search committee spent a lot of time choosing someone for the job.  He explained her background in an e-mail: 

“She went to the University of Oregon and Warner Pacific, lived in Los Angeles to pursue a media career – and then decided to enter the priesthood, and pursued a Master's in Divinity from the University of Chicago. She was rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rockford, Illinois [for four and a half years] – when she saw the notice that the Diocese of Oregon sent to priests across the country about All Saints looking for a priest and rector.”

Rev. Skornik tells THE BEE she is especially happy to be back in the Portland area, because her parents are living in East Portland. She, her husband, and their two-and-a-half year old son are currently renting in a new apartment/townhouse complex in Woodstock.

And, of Skornik’s time at the church in Rockford, Megan Boekeloo, a former member of that vestry shared this information with THE BEE in an e-mail:

“Andria always believes in people, and knows how to play to people’s strengths... She brings ideas to the Vestry and encourages others to bring their ideas and projects. She offers up ideas, and listens to the feedback to hear what everyone thinks. She is a great facilitator in that way... I never met anyone who didn’t like Andria. Church attendance grew quite a bit during her tenure, which speaks to her charisma.  She takes the time for each person to feel valued and know that they are part of the church community.” 

In our interview, Rev. Skornik said she is excited to be a part of the Woodstock community and is looking forward to having a family-centered church. “For those looking for a spiritual home or community, we have an openness to different perspectives. I hope to increase young families looking for holistic living in their neighborhood. When you have a village of support, it’s more fun and easier to raise a family.”

All Saints provides a number of services to the community and has a Montessori-based Sunday school. For more information, visit –  

Or, call 503/777-3829; the hours to call are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 to 2; and on Wednesday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Ben Landsverk, Eastmoreland, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Raised in Eastmoreland, Ben Landsverk credits a Duniway Elementary School music teacher as being instrumental in his now-vibrant local and national musical career. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Eastmoreland youth grows into nationally-recognized musician


Just back from ten days in New York City – where he met with producers of the New York Times’ “The Daily”, as well as with young filmmakers of a film he is scoring – Ben Landsverk, American composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, sat down at Woodstock Wine & Deli for a conversation with THE BEE.

Landsverk, and Jim Brunberg of the band “Wonderly Music”, have scored the introduction and ending of the NY Times’ “The Daily” podcast and twenty-minute weekday news program that began in 2017. The duo has also scored music for a number of films.

Landsverk, 41, is very much a presence on the local and national music scene; but if you haven’t listened to “The Daily” on podcast or on Oregon Public Broadcasting radio, or if you aren’t a music enthusiast, you may not have heard of him.

Raised in Eastmoreland, Landsverk’s musical career began early, and was nurtured by music teachers who recognized a focus and talent that was out of the ordinary.

At Duniway Elementary School in the 1980s, Landsverk remembers David Stone – Sellwood resident, trombonist, and music teacher – as an inspiration. “He brought the joy and accessibility of music to me when I was six or seven years old. A very memorable moment was when on the first day of class, he gave each of us a stone.”

Those years of elementary music instruction complemented Landsverk’s home experience of hearing music since birth, and sitting next to his mother while she played piano, and listening to his father play trombone. His brothers Joe and John learned to play bassoon and euphonium, respectively – while Landsverk was transitioning from violin to viola at age thirteen, and playing in the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Landsverk is humble about his evolution into a nationally-recognized musician, and says no one ever told him to pursue it professionally, or to feel like he was a virtuoso. He claims it has been the lucky assistance from exceptional musicians that helped launch him to where he is.

“I am not sure how, but I was very lucky to have a couple of conducting lessons from James DePriest [the late conductor of the Oregon Symphony] when I was fourteen. He was such a force of nature, and gave me some incredible pointers on how to conduct. He did a lot to inspire my love of conducting.”

Landsverk went on to conduct the Wilson High School Orchestra for a year when he was a senior, after the school’s music instructor and conductor was fired. (He attended Wilson instead of Cleveland, because of its instrumental program.)

“I was just back from Tanglewood, and the opportunity was there. The Oregon Symphony sent Murry Sidlin – the resident conductor of the symphony – to Wilson High, to give conducting lessons.”

Landsverk says it was a challenge to be a student conducting students, but it was an experience that gave him insights into orchestral group dynamics. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m responsible for all of these players!’”

At Yale University, he studied composition and music theory. On returning to Portland, he did composing and conducting for the choir of Trinity Cathedral, and later for St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Southeast Portland. He also continues to direct “Voices Unlimited”, Portland’s flagship choir which serves adults with developmental disabilities.

To earn a living and to express his passion for composing, Landsverk and Jim Brunberg work with their band “Wonderly” to score music for films. While in New York recently, they were working on director James Westby’s upcoming film “At The Video Store”, which Landsverk describes as “a lament to the disappearance of local video stores.”

Landsverk and Brunberg have worked with filmmakers Gus Van Sant and John Waters to score films, and are currently composing podcasts as well as an LP record on folklore and mysteries of the Northwest – focusing on never-caught airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper, whom Landsverk describes as part of the mythology of the Pacific Northwest.

The most recent passionate expression of his support for creating community and joy through music is his conducting of the newly founded “OK Chorale PDX”, which is a drop-in, non-audition chorus of people over 21 years of age who love to sing and want to learn harmony and sing together twice a month.

Landsverk says “OK Chorale” is the inspiration of Kate Sokoloff, the founder of “Live Wire Radio”, a public radio variety show launched in Portland in 2004.

To add to his seemingly inexhaustible energetic creations of music is Landsverk’s involvement with Kasey Anderson’s band, “Hawks and Doves”, which was recently written up in Rolling Stone. When you put all of his projects together, it seems Landsverk himself might be described as a force of nature.

To learn more about “OK Chorale”, and how to sing with the group, which Landsverk describes as “tremendous fun”, go online –

Cub Scouts, Pack 523, recycle, Christmas Trees, BDNA, Brentwood Darlington, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers, Cubmaster Brian Pierce, and Jon Matych of “Green Man Tree Care” oversaw the recycling of Christmas Trees by Brentwood Darlington’s Cub Scout Pack 523 on January 5th. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New Brentwood Darlington Cub Scout Pack recycles Christmas Trees


In an effort to become better-known in the community, as well as to help the environment and raise some money, the new Brentwood Darlington Cub Scout Pack 523 held a Christmas Tree recycling collection at the neighborhood’s Community Center on the morning of January 5.

“And, thanks to help from the neighborhood association (BDNA), we’re raising funds for our Cub Scout activities this year,” smiled its leader, Brian Pierce. “Additionally, it helps our youth gain ‘grown-up skills’ of talking to, and doing business with, adults.”

As cars pulled into the Brentwood Darlington Community Center, the young Scouts went to work – with a bit of help from parents and neighborhood volunteers.

“It’s our pleasure to partner with this group of Scouts,” said BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers. “And yes, we’ve recycled the Community Center’s tree today with them! ‘The Green Man Tree Care’, helped the Scouts provide this service to the neighborhood.”

Connect with Cub Scout Pack 523 through their Facebook page –

Linda Austin
Taking a break in her Foster-Powell studio while preparing for her solo dance project “Ordinary Devotions”, is Oregon Arts Fellowship award recipient Linda Austin. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Foster-Powell dancer again named ‘Oregon Fellow’


At her Performance Works Northwest studio, now in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, many from all over the region have enjoyed performances curated or performed by Linda Austin.

In January, the nine commissioners of the Oregon Arts Commission bestowed their highest honor on Austin – presenting her with an Oregon Arts Fellowship award.

“It’s true, I’m an Oregon Arts Commission ‘Fellow’ for the second time,” said Austin, with a shy smile, in her studio.

The award’s text reads, in part:

“Linda Austin explores how all manifestations are articulated though the body and agency of the performer. Deploying movement, sound, text, visual media, and objects, Linda celebrates the virtuosity of the everyday, over a career spanning over 35 years.”

In addition to the honor of statewide recognition, the Oregon Arts Fellowship also comes with a modest monetary award, she pointed out.

“Unlike a grant, these funds are unrestricted; it’s to help support whatever the artist is working on,” Austin explained to THE BEE.

In this case, the money will help fund her current solo project, set to premiere on March 14, called “Ordinary Devotions”. “I didn’t know how I’d compensate my two collaborators; it’s really wonderful to know that I’ll now have the funds to pay them,” Austin said.

To see what’s coming up at Performance Works Northwest, go online –

Little Free Libraries, curbside libraries, Southeast Portland, Oregon
This one, at S.E. 69th and Harney Street, warns of apocalypse if you don’t get to your reading! (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Little Free Libraries’ warrant a look throughout Southeast


As the Holiday bustle passes, you may again find yourself with time for a leisurely stroll on the sidewalks of Inner Southeast Portland.

And when you do, you may find yourself passing “Little Free Libraries” on poles or posts in the parking strip or at the edge of a yard. Do you ever stop to look inside?

These unrestricted book exchanges – “take a book and leave a book” – are a great way to share books with passersby. And nobody’s checking: You can take one you think you might want to read, and replace it with the same book or another one later on.

The designs for the Little Free Libraries are widely varied; some are wooden, some are glass. Most have doors for weather protection. There are single- and multi-shelf units, boxy or tall and narrow ones, and most could use refreshing with some new free books, if you have the inclination!

Some of them feature colorful designs to delight the eye, even if you don't stop to explore what’s inside. Here are a few Inner Southeast curbside libraries, to demonstrate the many creative ideas behind them. And, of course, you may find reading treasures inside!

Southeast Events and Activities

Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool open house this morning:
Today, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., you’re invited to stop by and learn more about the nonprofit Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool, in the Reed neighborhood – situated in the back of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus. The open house offers prospective families to visit the school, see the classrooms, talk with current members, and meet the teachers. Kids can explore activities and play in the three classrooms, while parents learn more, and consider joining the co-op.

Crab fundraiser for All Saints’, in Woodstock: Tickets are already available for the annual “Crackin’ Crab Feast” at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock today. Two seatings are available, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the church hall at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. “Each year this has been a big hit for those who love crab and like to have a good time with family and friends, and advance tickets make for great presents at or after the Holidays!” At $40, the meal comes with all-you-can eat fresh crab, coleslaw, and bread. Tables can be purchased at a discount. A cash bar will be available as well, and children 6 and under eat free with a Mac and Cheese option. All proceeds support All Saints’ outreach ministries for weekly Hot Meals and a Dental Van providing free or low-cost dental care. For tickets or more information, go online – – or call Nancy at 1-916/202-7132.

Volunteers of America info in Woodstock:
Tonight, at the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s monthly Wednesday meeting, learn about the many interesting and crucial services of the nonprofit Volunteers of America in Portland. Meeting begins at 7 p.m., 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue, between Woodstock Boulevard and Knight Street (across from BiMart). Alison Bookman will talk about resources for seniors and for their loved ones.  If you have an aging parent or a loved one in your life who needs short or long-term care, or day-to-day assistance, you will learn about resources that can help you to manage it all. Everyone welcome! 

Duniway Elementary’s “Connect to Kindergarten”:
This evening, 6:30-7:30 p.m., is the time for the annual “Connect to Kindergarten at Duniway Elementary”, and all incoming kindergartners are welcome. Parents and incoming kindergartners can visit the classrooms, hear from the staff, and tour the school. Duniway Elementary School is situated at 7700 S.E. Reed College Place in Eastmoreland. To learn more, call 503/916-6343, or go online –

“Raise a Glass” – a Wine Tasting and Buying benefit:
All adults are welcome at Holy Family Parish's fourth annual Wine Tasting, this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., to savor delicious Northwest wines from right in your own backyard! Enjoy nearly 30 pours, special pricing, delicious appetizers, live music, and a commemorative wine glass. Advance tickets online are $30 at – – or $35 at the door. This 21-and-over event is at 7425 S.E. Cesar E Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th); proceeds benefit the Holy Family Parish.

Sellwood-Moreland Crafting Circle:
Join others of all ages for knitting, crocheting, fabric crafting, and paper crafting, this evening at the Sellwood Branch Library. Create and converse together. Free – all ages, abilities, and projects welcome. 6:30-7:30 p.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Photo Editing Basics for adults:
This morning at the Sellwood Branch Library, 10-11:30 a.m., explore digital photography by editing your photos for social media, flyers, and invitations. You’ll learn about lighting, filters, layers, file management and more. Explore free apps and software for mobile devices. Bring your mobile device to follow along. Free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue.

“Snow Soup” – a kids’ show in Woodstock:
Come enjoy Tears of Joy Theatre’s musical arctic version of the old French folktale “Stone Soup”, in which hungry strangers convince the wary people of a town to each share a small portion of their food to make a meal for everyone to enjoy. Free. 2-2:45 p.m. this afternoon, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th Avenue at Woodstock Boulevard.

84th Annual St. Ignatius Italian Dinner:
Between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. today, this special Italian dinner is yours – they’ll be serving 10,000 meatballs! It’s a fundraiser for Oregon’s only Jesuit Parish. Can’t stay? – takeout is available. Prices vary; but the deliciousness does not. The dinner is in the gym of St. Ignatius Church, 3400 S.E. 43rd Avenue, on the north side of Powell Boulevard. For more information, call 503/777-1491.

Red Cross blood drive in Woodstock this afternoon:
Today, 2-7 p.m., a Red Cross blood drive will take place at Woodstock Bible Church at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. Walk-ins are welcome, but to schedule a time, please go online: Thank you for helping to save lives.

“Duniway School Auction” starts today ONLINE:
The annual Duniway School fundraising auction is March 8 at Melody Ballroom; this year’s theme is “Prom – Forever Young”. However, the auction is available ONLINE starting today and ending March 7 – at – and that is also where you can buy tickets! The last day to buy tickets to attend on March 8 is THREE DAYS FROM NOW, February 22, so you are urged to do it NOW.

New OMSI exhibit opens – “The Science Behind Pixar”:
Learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured animated films, such as “Toy Story” and “Inside Out”. This exhibition offers an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at the Pixar Studio every day. Participate in fun hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studio’s production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters – including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL-E. Additional admission charge after OMSI admission. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, on the east bank of the Willamette River under the Marquam Bridge.

Crab or rib-eye steak dinner this evening: The Milwaukie American Legion is holding a fund-raising feast 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight – featuring a whole crab or a ribeye steak, baked potato, cole slaw, and dessert – all for only $20 per person. Tickets at the door, 2146 S.E. Monroe, in Milwaukie. For more information or advance tickets, call 503/659-1300.

Annual benefit dinner and auction open to the public:
The nonprofit “Young Ladies’ Institute”, a Catholic charitable organization founded in San Francisco in 1887, is holding their annual Woodstock “Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction” mid-day today in the Our Lady of Sorrows gym, S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. It’s open to the public. Doors open at 12 noon, dinner is served at 12:30. Admission: Adults, $12; children 6-12, $5: under 6, free. The decorating theme this year is “The Wizard of Oz”; costumes are welcome but entirely optional. Enjoy the fun and delicious meal; take-out is available.

“Connect to Kindergarten” at Llewellyn Elementary School:
This evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., families are invited to “Connect to Kindergarten” at Llewellyn, 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland – an opportunity for parents of incoming 2019 kindergartners to come and hear from teachers and the Principal, to see the classroom, and to tour Llewellyn School. If you have any questions you can call Llewellyn 503/916-6216.

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

Red Cross blood drive at Moreland Presbyterian today:
This afternoon, 2-7 p.m., the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot of Moreland Presbyterian Church – on S.E. 19th just south of Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. Walk-ins accommodated as space permits, but it’s recommended you make a reservation by calling 1-800/733-2767 to get the time you want and to avoid unnecessary waiting. Thanks for helping save lives.


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