Community Features

The "Events and Activities" for the month are below these featured stories!

Historic house restoration, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
This large Four-Square-style house, built in 1908, is located at S.E. 11th and Nehalem Streets. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

‘Renewed homes’ heading for their second century


May is “Historic Preservation Month” – and, while the demolition of single family houses seems never-ending, I would like to introduce and thank four property owners who the spent time and money to repair, remodel, and renew their older homes.    

All have completed their work within the existing “footprint” of their structures (not extending beyond the original walls). Three are on standard, 50x100 foot lots; one is on an unusually small one. Like the three bears, the houses are of varying sizes: two small, one medium and one large.

A restoration or remodeling project is always challenging. When a roof comes off, or a wall is opened up, there are often unpredictable “surprises”, depending on the skill of the original builder, and aging materials – such as knob and tube wiring, corroded plumbing, or asbestos in siding, insulation, or floor tiles. Routine maintenance may have been deferred for many years, or repairs made by interim owners or contractors who took shortcuts.

Finding craftsmen with the skills, patience, and integrity to “do the job right” can be challenging, but working with them is a pleasure. This is why it is easier for “new build” developers to purchase an old house for basically the value of the land under it, and build a brand-new structure (or multiple units) on the lot. The processes and costs of new construction on an empty piece of land are predictable; those for restoration or remodeling can be complicated.

The Large House
Southeast 11th and Nehalem Streets
(Legal description: “Block 52, West half of Lot 10 and South 30 feet of the West half of Lot 11, Sellwood subdivision”). Built in 1908, this two and a half-story “Four Square” style house is owned by Charles Kingsley and Anna Debenham, who previously lived near S.E. Division Street.

Their most visible improvement was rebuilding and extending the front porch, which was failing structurally. It was removed, but some original materials were reused. The new front porch now wraps around to the west side of the house, with new French doors providing access to the dining room. The angle of the porch roof was also changed to increase the amount of light entering the interior of the house. Deteriorated windows were replaced with insulated ones, with the same pattern and dimensions as the originals.

A new flight of stairs leads to the attic, which previously was only accessible through a pull-down ceiling hatch. This space now serves as a master suite, with new bathroom and skylights.    

New electrical and plumbing, closed cell insulation, and a heat pump have upgraded the mechanical systems throughout the house.    

The final touch was removal of some aluminum siding, restoration of the lapped siding and shingles, new exterior paint, and fencing.

The couple worked with a designer who prepared the working drawings and obtained the required permits, but Charles was the contractor of record.

The Medium house
The first Small house
The second Small house

The Medium Size House
S.E. 15th, near Llewellyn School
(Legal description: “Block 17, South half of Lots 2 and 3, Tolman Subdivision”). Built in 1925, the house looks smaller than the previously described one, but according to tax records it actually has more square feet of living space (2,277). The only obvious change to the exterior was the addition of a new dormer window at the back of the house.

The owners wanted more useable space than provided by the original two-bedroom, one bath home, and chose to finish the attic and basement of their one-and-a-half story home. The basement had been partially converted into an office by the previous owner, but this space was completely finished so it can be used as a guest room, with a new bathroom.

The stairs to the attic were rebuilt to existing safety code, and a skylight was inserted overhead to bring light into the stairwell. The former attic now contains a spacious bedroom, a small bonus room, and a new bathroom. The original knob and tube wiring was replaced, as was the plumbing. Additional upgrades included insulation and solar panels on the west-facing roof.

The garage serves its original purpose, and was not converted into an Accessory Dwelling Unit.

Two Small Houses
S.E. 17th, third lot south of Bybee (Legal description: “Block 9, Lot 3, Westmoreland subdivision”). Built in 1921, this house has 1,872 square feet of living space.

Owner Dina Nisbet states that 80% of the house was replaced. Wanting to remain in the neighborhood where her son attends school, she purchased the house in 2015. The long-time owner was cautious about selling, and was especially protective of a large tree in the back yard.    
Dina managed to deflect a persistent redeveloper who was offering cash for the property, and kept the tree.

Like the other homeowners in this article, she wanted to stay within the existing walls of the house, which had one bedroom and bath. Her solution was to finish both the basement and attic, gaining two more bedrooms, a second bathroom, and new kitchen, as well as new plumbing and electrical work.

Dina had an engineering degree in her native Russia, but when she immigrated she discovered that she would have to repeat her education, so she has supported herself as an accountant. However, she employed her drafting skills to prepare the required drawings and obtain her building permits from the city.

She and her business partner (who share a flooring and construction business) did most of the demolition themselves, then improved the drainage, replaced the ceilings, and installed insulation, flooring, sheetrock, windows, stairs, trim, and paint.

The work took a year to complete because it was being done in their “spare” time, but Dina hopes that the neighbors have forgiven her for the lengthy disruption.

S.E. 14th and Ogden(Legal description: “Block 9, West half of Lot 9, Block 9, City View Park subdivision”). Built in 1925, this house has 1,008 square feet and one bathroom. This house is on an undersized lot (50x50 feet), with three large Douglas Fir trees crowding the front yard.

The house was stripped back to the studs, and it appears the basement was finished (I was unable to interview the owner). Once the extensive interior upgrades were completed, the outside was sheathed in vertical “board and batten” patterned black steel. The façade is further punctuated with a segment of wood paneling, which calls attention to the front door, painted turquoise.    

Although the new siding is non-traditional for a house of this era, and would be overpowering on a large two-story house in mid-block, on this tiny house on a tiny lot, shaded by three very tall trees, it is intriguing, rather than jarring.

All four of these homes are owner-occupied, and if you see their owners out and about, say “thanks”. A great many hours of thoughtful planning, time, and money were expended to help these homes move into their second century of occupation.

Brooklyn Park, Easter Egg Hunt, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Rocco, age 5, counts up his Easter loot in Brooklyn Park. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn kids enjoy 5th annual Easter Egg Hunt


Children gathered on Brooklyn Park’s hill in anticipation of the neighborhood’s 5th annual Easter Egg Hunt, on Saturday morning, March 31. The party had been organized by Melaney Dittler of Windermere Stellar Real Estate, and was sponsored by the Brooklyn Action Corps, Rose City Coffee House, Coco Donuts, Arts & Craftsman Art Supply, and various neighbors.

As the 11 a.m. signal was given, eager eggers burst forth in three age-appropriate areas, pouncing upon over a thousand colored plastic eggs, filled with candies and prize tickets.

Volunteers had earlier refilled the plastic eggs saved from prior years with candy, stickers, and coupons for free hot chocolate and doughnuts. At the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association meeting three days earlier, Board member Mark Romanaggi was seen getting a head start on fitting Hershey’s kisses into the colored plastic eggs.

Several special eggs contained “golden tickets” good for stuffed toys, donated by a thoughtful neighbor.

The egg hunt was the colorful and joy-filled culmination of the week of Spring Break activities, and provided plenty of photo opportunities for proud parents.

Afterwards, chocolate-stuffed egg-hunters were able to release some of their energy on nearby park play structures, while parents and volunteers shared pictures and cleaned up the park, gathering discarded open plastic eggs to store for use again next year.

Brentwood Park, Hope City Church, Easter Eggs, helicopter drop, copter, Brentwood Darlington, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
From a helicopter hovering above, Easter Eggs showered down on everyone – they’re empty, and lightweight – at the seventh annual Code Orange Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by HopeCity Church in Brentwood Park. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Easter Eggs again reign, at Brentwood Park


Although dark clouds loomed overhead and the forecast was for steady rain, on the morning of March 24, nearly 1,800 neighbors gathered in Brentwood Park to play games, visit with the Easter Bunny, and await this year’s arrival of the helicopter to drop orange Easter Eggs from high in the air.

As in years past, the family event was hosted on the Saturday before Easter, so the congregation and volunteers could prepare for and enjoy Easter services on April 1, remarked Pastor Brian Becker of the sponsoring HopeCity Church. “When we started our church, which met at the nearby school, we realized that there wasn’t an Easter Egg hunt in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, and kids had to go elsewhere to enjoy the fun.”

Brentwood Park remains the location for the airborne cascade of plastic eggs, even though the church outgrew the school and moved their services to a school in Ardenwald, and the church’s offices are in Woodstock, above the Grand Central Bakery on Woodstock Boulevard, Becker told THE BEE.

“Here, at our seventh annual ‘Code Orange Easter Egg Hunt’, 100 volunteers are helping out – and about 1,400 kids have preregistered,” smiled Becker.

Registration was free for Brentwood-Darlington kids; parents of children outside the neighborhood were asked for a financial contribution; all funds collected were to be donated to the Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association.

In addition to free field and carnival-style games, organizers held five raffles to keep people interested and excited while awaiting the helicopter. The Woodstock Fire Station’s Ladder Truck 25, parked along S.E. 60th Avenue, was also a major attraction.

“We continue to hold this event,” Becker said, “because Jesus loved people without reservation; and following in His way, we’re letting our neighbors consistently know, year after year, that we love and care about them, with no strings attached.”

Amazingly, the forecast rain held off – and, as promised, a large helicopter appeared overhead, circled around the park, and then began dropping thousands of bright orange (but empty) plastic Easter eggs. After the load was released, children ran to collect – and then exchange – the eggs for one of 1,500 bags of candy that volunteers had prepared.

After the egg hunt, organizers presented the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDBA) a check for $2,342 – the proceeds from the registration donations.

BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers commented to THE BEE, “This is an amazing event for our neighbors; it doesn’t matter it’s done by a faith organization or some other group, if you’re doing good work in the neighborhood, we’re happy to have you here!”

Powers reflected, “What makes this so special is that it gathers our neighborhood across all segments of the community, providing a unique party, and a great way for people to come together and meet each other.”

Westmoreland Park, Easter Eggs, hunt, SMILE, Oaks Bottom Lions Club, New Seasons, Easter Bunny, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Kids were eagerly poised at the start of the SMILE Easter Egg Hunt – and then the signal was given and they were off, scooping up candy in Westmoreland Park. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Annual Westmoreland Park scramble for Easter Eggs delights kids


A decades-long tradition continued at exactly 10 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, March 31, at the south end of Westmoreland Park. It was the 2018 edition of the SMILE Easter Egg Hunt.

This year’s brief-yet-joyfully-intense event didn’t disappoint the many families who came early to visit with the Easter Bunny and get a carrot.

At the same time, about 15 members with the Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club raked the grassy tree-shaded area just west of Sckavone Field and staked off the “hunt” areas, before scattering boxes of foil-covered chocolate Easter Eggs purchased by SMILE, the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood association. New Seasons Market provided the fresh carrots for the Easter Bunny to give away.

“We like being involved with this, because it helps everybody when you give a little bit of service and get so much in return,” said Oaks Bottom Lions Club President Stella Brown. “Giving is something that we can do, and we appreciate the opportunity to give our service. And we’re rewarded by seeing the appreciation and joy on the childrens’ faces.”

With timer in hand, Brown and volunteers counted down to the start of the hunt at 10 a.m., and, at the signal, kids were “off and running” in search of treats amongst the blades of grass.

With cell phones and cameras in hand, parents photographed their youngsters as they snatched up handfuls of candy.

In just under two minutes – perhaps a new record for the older kids! – their marked area was picked clean. The toddlers took a little longer in their zone, but soon the lawn was back in its pristine state, with not an Easter Egg in sight.

The brevity of the event didn’t diminish the joy of the participating youth, who left the area with baskets, bags, and buckets full of candy eggs.

Afterward, SMILE thanked the Reed Neighborhood Association for its help last year, and the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association for their help this year, in donating their right to use a city park for one event without charge – to avoid a fee of hundreds of dollars from the Portland Parks Department for the use of Westmoreland Park for this five-minute-long family event!

Moose, breakfast, Easter, egg hunt, Brentwood Darlington, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
At the Easter Brunch, Beverly, Jasper, Marie, Jocelyn, and Michael posed for a photo with Easter Bunny, who was portrayed by Gina Thorsen. (Photo by David F. Ashton

Brentwood-Darlington Moose Lodge hosts ‘Breakfast with Bunny’


It was a festive day on March 31, as the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 291, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, hosted an “Easter Pancake Breakfast”.

“We are providing community service for kids in our community on the day before Easter, with breakfast and time to spend with the Easter Bunny,” grinned Lodge Administrator Dan Barrett.

They were prepared for a good turnout, Barrett told THE BEE, as he cooked pancakes on the grill. “Today’s fun includes some nice door prizes, and later on, we’ll have an Easter Egg hunt on our lawn.

“Being a ‘family fraternity’, the main goal of our organization is supporting children and seniors; and, we’re reaching out to get more families in the community involved to show what our organization is and does,” explained Barrett. “And, we’re also providing an alternative location for families to come and be together and have a good time!”

Some fifty families and kids enjoyed hot cakes and sausage, then played with the Easter Bunny. Learn more about the group on Facebook by searching for “Portland-Moose-Lodge-291”.

Hypertufa, Shelly Keach, Woodstock plant sale, Woodstock Community Center, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
“Hypertufa Queen” Shelly Keach uses a metal chopstick, pictured, to delicately arrange sedum in hypertufa garden pots made by Woodstock neighbors. They are sold at the annual plant sale the day before Mother’s Day which supports the Woodstock Community Center. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

‘Hypertufa Queen’ stars in annual Woodstock plant sale


“Hypertufa” is a strange, mystifying word – suggestive of outer space, or hyperbole – but people do flock to the annual Woodstock Neighborhood Association Plant Sale to buy hypertufa garden pots, so some people must have an idea of what it means.

If that doesn’t include you, hypertufa refers to the mixture of equal parts Portland cement, perlite, and peat moss, mixed with water – then pressed into rock-like molds. This hypertufa process was invented for use in alpine gardens.

Once the Hypertufa molds are dry, Shelly Keach, a Woodstock resident with a green thumb, fills them with decorative sedum arrangements that she creates. Because the pots are so popular, and because Keach has a fun and outgoing personality, she has become known as the “Hypertufa Queen”.

Keach, who works as a server in a restaurant in the Pearl District when not in her garden, has been creating hypertufa pots with miniature sedum gardens for the plant sale for the past six years. The finished, filled pots are often sold-out in the first hour.

“It’s all Terry Griffiths’ fault,” remarks Keach in her typically good-natured humor. “Catherine Failor in the neighborhood brought empty hypertufa pots to the plant sale, and the next year we made our own and Terry [Woodstock plant sale coordinator] recruited me to fill them with plants for the sale.”

All money made from the sale is used to help keep the Woodstock Community Center open. Through an agreement with Portland Parks and Recreation, neighborhood volunteers raise funds for custodial service and supplies at the Center. Volunteers also donate their labor to help with various routine landscaping needs and with opening the Center for some meetings and events.

The sale’s success depends primarily on plants donated by generous gardeners in the community, but also includes donations from local nurseries and stores. Neighbors are encouraged to contribute by potting (preferably in late March or early April) divided perennials or seedlings from their gardens.

The welcome donations also include healthy plants that gardeners are planning to replace. Vegetable seedlings, herbs, ground covers, sedums, native plants, ornamental grasses, houseplants, and small trees and shrub donations would be greatly appreciated.

It’s not too late for contributions for the plant sale, which can be dropped off at the Woodstock Community Center on Friday, May 11, from noon to 7 p.m. Those needing empty pots or an alternate drop-off time can call Terry Griffiths at 503/771-0011, or Sandy Profeta at 503/771-7724. (And if you are an expert in identifying plants, your volunteered skills would be handy on Friday.)

The Woodstock Plant Sale is always held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day – so this year it will be May 12th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Woodstock invites you to meet the “Hypertufa Queen” and to see – and buy – the results of her green thumb!

Moreland Woods, Mark Lakeman, SMILE, Corinne Stefanick, Elizabeth Milner, Wilhelms, Portland Memorial, Oregon
Mark Lakeman, and his daughter Esther Plum, stand by a SMILE poster promoting the Moreland Woods proposal. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Friends of Moreland Woods’ plans park design charrette


The wooded empty lot just north of the mausoleum at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, and just south of Llewellyn Elementary School, in Westmoreland, is for sale.

A committee of SMILE, the neighborhood association, has been formed to try to buy the site for a community park, proposed to be called “Moreland Woods”. The site is currently zoned R-5, for residential housing, but due to concerns about development, the owners of the lot, Foundation Partners, have not yet made a sale.

Access is limited to entry via S.E. 14th Avenue, a very narrow one-way street, and the western edge of the property is a cliff overlooking Oaks Bottom – a steep drop-off with the potential for landslides, requiring a significant set-back for any homes constructed there.

Consequently, the owners of the land informally signaled a willingness to entertain a one-year delay in attempting to sell the lot, to determine the neighborhood’s interest buying it. If funding can be arranged, the owners seem willing to sell it to a nonprofit or public entity for a discounted price – estimated by the SMILE Friends of Moreland Woods Committee to be between one and one and a half million dollars.

The idea actually continues an established practice of SMILE of creating small parks in the neighborhood on its own. Twenty years ago, the SMILE Board obtained a 99-year lease from Union Pacific for a small piece of property on S.E. 13th on the south side of the railroad tracks for the “Golf Junction” pocket park, and recently SMILE developed with city permission the tiny Oaks Bottom Overlook Park on the Bybee-13th curve in Westmoreland, just south of Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial. This would be by far the largest such project undertaken by SMILE, however.

At a recent forum, former SMILE President Corinne Stefanick remarked, “PP&R told us they do not have the funds to purchase and manage the site”, which has led to a community fundraising effort – with all contributions earmarked for the proposed park tax-deductible, inasmuch as SMILE is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

The originator of Sellwood’s “Share-It Square”, Mark Lakeman, has gotten involved with the new effort, suggesting a community charrette with at least three different designs for Moreland Woods, to help establish a public vision. Volunteers are forming committees for marketing, engagement, and fund-raising.

Lakeman agreed to develop the charrette via his business, “Communitecture”.

“I’d be honored to develop design overviews of the site,” he said. “I'm very interested in anything having to do with open spaces in the neighborhood.” Lakeman viewed meeting posters offering residents’ input and dreams for the site, developed at two SMILE Open Houses on the project – and he plans make designs for the three most popular choices.

Johnson Creek Watershed Council, J C W C, Crystal Springs Creek, Watershed Wide Event, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
JCWC Executive Director Daniel Newberry, personally thanking superhero Captain America for coming out to pull invasive weeds and clean up Crystal Springs Creek near Westmoreland Union Manor. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Johnson Creek benefits from 20th annual tidying


Along Johnson Creek, at sites from east of Gresham all the way to the Willamette River, more than 450 volunteers donned work clothes and boots on Saturday morning, March 3, and headed out to participate at one of the ten locations for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s (JCWC) 20th Annual “Watershed Wide Event”.

One of those sites was in Inner Southeast Portland, along Crystal Springs Creek – an important tributary of Johnson Creek – in front of the Westmoreland Union Manor.

At this site, a Girl Scout Troop, plus a total of 15 volunteers from Bullseye Glass Company, arrived to help out. Working together, they put in fifty new plants along the creek, and – when they were finished with that – started pulling out invasive species.

“We sure appreciate corporate teams, like the volunteers from Bullseye Glass Company, coming to help; it’s a good bonding experience for them, and we really appreciate the work they do,” smiled JCWC Executive Director Daniel Newberry.

“Seeing so many folks giving of their time really speaks to how people want to do something, with their own hands, to really help improve the environment,” remarked Newberry, who mentioned that he’d visited several of the cleanup sites that morning.

“Planting trees and bushes along the creek is vitally important, because it helps ease one of the worst water quality problems here: High stream temperature,” Newberry told THE BEE.

Johnson Creek is the only tributary to the Willamette River in the Portland area that still supports threatened Coho and Chinook salmon species, pointed out Newberry. “Thanks to the work of volunteers over the past two decades, Johnson Creek is ‘alive’ and full of incredibly diverse wildlife which we aim to protect and encourage!”

Sunday Parkways, Portland Parks Department, Sellwood, Westmoreland, Milwaukie, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
The Sellwood “Sunday Parkways” day in 2017 was packed with participants along Sellwood Park, but won’t be returning to the area in the near future. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

PBOT pedals ‘Sunday Parkways’ right out of Sellwood


With fanfare, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced the schedule for the 2018 “Sunday Parkways”.

Now in its eleventh season, “Sunday Parkways” will include five traffic-free events, highlighting five different Portland neighborhoods – but with none in Inner Southeast Portland this year.

Instead of bicyclists rolling and pedestrians strolling the streets of the Sellwood, Westmoreland, and Reed neighborhoods, the popular Sunday Parkways is adopting a new route in Portland’s Central City along the an area bounded by the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge and the Broadway Bridge.

“Sunday Parkways was in the Sellwood area for two years, as a part of a partnership we had with the City of Milwaukie; they were interested in doing their own Sunday Parkways, but wanted to learn from us,” explained PBOT Public Information Officer Dylan Rivera about the change.

“These were tremendously successful events and we had a chance to show people the new 17th Avenue connection between our two cities, plus highlighting the new MAX Orange Line and Tilikum Crossing bridge as well,” Rivera told THE BEE.

By substituting the new Sunday Parkways route, PBOT and its partners are promoting the “Green Loop”, recently adopted by City Council, and is part of their “Central City in Motion”, he said.

“We would love to have more events, but we just don’t have the ‘bandwidth’ or the financial support for them,” Rivera concluded.

For those interested in participating in one of the other Sunday Parkways, go online –

Southeast Events and Activities

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Cleanup:
Bring your bulky waste, scrap metal and wood, furniture, yard debris, and more, to 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sorry, not accepting electronics, appliances, fluorescent lights and ballast, any hazardous waste, or any construction materials. Otherwise, come and dump your junk – fee is $20 per carload, $30 per truck or vanload, $15 per trailerload – and mattresses for $5. Also open to Woodstock residents.

Cinco de Mayo “taco night” in Woodstock: This afternoon, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a “taco night”, open to everyone. “Free! But free will offerings accepted.” The church is on the corner of S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) and Steele Street, in the Woodstock neighborhood.

Portland Baroque Orch. Season finale at Reed:
This afternoon at 3 p.m., in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, the Portland Baroque Orchestra's 2017-18 Season concludes with Artistic Director Monica Huggett leading PBO’s season finale, “The Leipzig Audition”, featuring works by Telemann, Graupner, W. F. Bach, and J.S. Bach. J.S. Bach was one of the most important composers ever to live and work in the musical mecca of Leipzig. But, for the prestigious post of Cantor at St. Thomas Church, he was third choice. This concert presents the program that won him the job he held for the rest of his life. Single tickets, starting at $29 each, are on sale at – – or call 503/222-6000, M-F, 9:30 a.m.-5p.m. “Arts for All” tickets and “Student Rush” tickets are offered as available. Reed College is at S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 28th.

Kids and Teens – take control of your digital footprint:
6:30 to 7:45 p.m. this evening at the Sellwood Library, teens in grades 6 through 12 will learn strategies to keep control of their online presence and personal data. Topics include digital citizenship, cyber bullying, device encryption, passwords, digital profiling, and apps to avoid. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue.

MAY 10
In Sellwood – annual Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show:
Today’s the day for St. Agatha Altar Society’s annual fund-raising Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show, starting at noon at St. Agatha’s Parish Hall, 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. Fashions are courtesy of Christopher and Banks. This year’s theme is “High Flying with Butterflies”. Tickets are $15 each, and admission is by reservation/ticket only – so it you don’t have yours yet, call Marie Zavada at 503/238-2139.

MAY 11
Fund-raising rummage sale on Division Street:
The annual church fund-raising rummage sale at – and for – St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, takes place today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Carvlin Hall, at S.E. 16th & Division (2408 S.E. 16th Avenue). Open to all!

MAY 12
5K/10K fundraising walk or run at Mt. Tabor Park:
Starting this morning at 8:30 a.m., till noon, a 5K/10K walk or run will take place at Mt. Tabor Park to raise money for the nonprofit Mother and Child Education Center of Portland. “Parents can walk or run with their child.” One 10K runner or walker enters for $55; one 5K runner or walker enters for $45. Participants receive one T-shirt, a participant packet with freebies and coupons, and a light breakfast of bagels or doughnuts and fruit. For more information, go online –

Brooklyn Neighborhood Cleanup and Rummage Sale: Today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., it’s Brooklyn Cleanup Day at Brooklyn School Park, along with a rummage sale, at S.E. 16th and Center Street. What’s accepted and what is not, plus the cost to dump and other details, are posted online at –

Kids and families – “Float Your Boat” at the Woodstock Library: This afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., kids and families will make their own sailboat with natural and recycled materials. They’ll paint and decorate, then set sail. This is an easy and fun project for families – and it’s free! The library is on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 49th.

Family fun at Brooklyn Park fundraiser this afternoon: “Friends of Brooklyn Park” are holding a benefit entertainment event 4-6 p.m. this afternoon to support the Brooklyn Park Summer Youth Program. It’s at Rose City Coffee, 3370 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, with admission charge $10 per family – and features nationally-known children’s entertainers “Red Yarn” and “the Alphabeticians”. Plus games and more fun.

MAY 15
Author Visit to Woodstock Library’s “Pageturners Book Group”:
Read “On the Ragged Edge of Medicine” by Patricia Kullberg, and then come tonight to the Woodstock Branch Library at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard as Kullberg visits in person, and shares her 40 years of experience doctoring the homeless and urban poor who live on the streets of Portland. Free, but come early to be sure of a seat. Sponsored by “Friends of the Library”.

MAY 18
Woodstock & Hosford Mandarin Immersion fundraising dinner:
“Each year, our community gathers to raise money to help the Mandrarin Immersion students participate in their Chinese Research Residency for two weeks in Suzhou, China. This year, a major component is ‘Dim Sum for Dinner’ at Ocean City Seafood” this evening. Individual tickets $50; table of 10 $450. There are also options for sponsorship of this event, donation to the associated auction, or in-kind donations. For more information or to arrange to contribute or attend, contact Tonya Moyle at 503/867-7472, or e-mail her at –

Folk music concert tonight in Reed neighborhood: The nonprofit Portland Folk Society presents the folk music singers of “Cabin Fever NW” in concert at 7:30 p.m. this evening at the Reedwood Friends Church, 2910 S.E. Steele, just north of the Reed College campus. Tickets are $20 general admission, and $10 for youths.

MAY 19
Annual Sellwood-Westmoreland Clean-Up Day:
The oldest neighborhood cleanup in Oregon takes place at the south end of Westmoreland Park today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring all your throw-away junk: Clean dimensional wood, yard debris, appliances, tires, unwanted furniture, metal, aluminum, even Styrofoam (block, and bagged peanuts, but no meat trays). “Free Geek” on-site for E-Waste assessment and processing; E-waste accepted from households but NOT businesses. On-site area to donate reusable furniture, clothing, and miscellaneous. NOT ACCEPTED: Construction or demolition materials, METRO-prohibited materials, food garbage, concrete, dirt, sheetrock, asbestos, lead, hazardous materials, paint, aerosol cans, liquids. (Paint cans with lids off and dried paint are OK.) Cost: $7-13 for sedan and small station wagon loads; $13-20 small pickups; $20-30 regular pickup trucks; $30 and up larger vehicles. $15 additional charge for appliances with Freon. Optional donation to Free Geek for E-waste. Tires: Five tires per vehicle are free; but no tires over 21 inches please. Proof of Sellwood or Westmoreland residency required to dump; bring driver’s license or utility bill with your name and address on it.

Sellwood Middle School “Bingo” at Manor tonight: The Sellwood Middle School Foundation is holding an evening of fund-raising Bingo at Westmoreland Union Manor this evening, 7:30-10 p.m., with Bingo cards $15 per person, and $5 for each additional card. All proceeds benefit the school’s “amazing elective programs”. Westmoreland Union Manor is on S.E. 23rd between S.E. Bybee Boulevard and Tolman Street.

MAY 20
Ardenwald-Johnson Creek “Neighborhood Plant Sale” today:
This fundraiser for the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association is today, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 3012 S.E. Balfour Street in Ardenwald. This plant sale is a fundraiser for the new – but not yet developed – neighborhood park on Balfour Street. To date the neighborhood has raised close to $10,000 towards the development of the park, and a master plan has been completed and approved. If you are interested in helping with the sale, or have plants, pots, or other gardening items to donate, contact Lisa at 503/754-1655. More information is available online:

MAY 24
“Music in Action” at the Sellwood Branch Library:
“Music in Action” is a freewheeling fiesta of songs, creative movement, comedy, and audience participation for kids and families, led by the irrepressible (and bilingual) Rich Glauber. “Using guitar, accordion, and his joyful personality, he turns every show into a community celebration.” Since space is limited at the Sellwood Library, free tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. this morning – the performance is 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

MAY 26
Multnomah County Fair, at Oaks Park thru Monday:
The 112th Multnomah County Fair – in recent years, put on by a nonprofit group of county residents who believe Oregon’s most populous county should have its own fair – takes place 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 11 to 7 Monday, at Oaks Amusement Park – at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street (on Oaks Park Way) in Sellwood. Admission is free, and parking is free. (The nonprofit which puts on the fair does welcome donations.) Please – no pets. Come see the farm animals and all the events you associate with a County Fair – including arts, crafts, floral and garden exhibits, food, needlecrafts, and photography, all entered for prizes. “This Memorial Day we honor our Military and First Responders – thank you!” For more information, go online –

Fundraising rummage sale on S.E. 79th:
St. Anthony of Padua Church is holding its annual Altar Society fundraiser, its Rummage Sale, today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is situated at 7920 S.E. 79th Avenue. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 503/775-6863.

Llewellyn Elementary School’s end-of-year Carnival: The Llewellyn Elementary Carnival, which celebrates the end of school and the start of summer vacation, is open not only to students and parents but to everyone in the community, and this year it’s this evening, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the school – 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland. “Come have fun, and support the Llewellyn PTA and the Llewellyn Foundation”. Admission is free, but bring some money for food and fun.

Sellwood’s annual “Share-It Square Painting Day”:
Starting at 10 a.m. this morning, anyone interested is invited to join the residents of the Share-It Square intersection in Sellwood in its annual repainting. “This year's design is quite whimsical and fun, with a bright orange octopus serving tea to the planets of our solar system. There will be a kids’ table with activities for various ages as well.” The painting is usually completed between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. All supplies provided, all are welcome. Contact Sarah Heath by e-mail for more information –

Sellwood Walking Tour:
This morning, 10 a.m. to noon, neighborhood historian and BEE writer Eileen G. Fitzsimons presents “A new ‘Part 2’ walking tour of the neighborhood, starting with the year 1910 – forward.” Pre-registration is required, so contact the Architectural Heritage Center right away at 503/231-7264 if you want to come along. If you are forced to miss this one, it will be repeated on Saturday, August 25, by Eileen and fellow historian and BEE writer Dana Beck. If you have gone on their previous walks, “Part 1” (development up to 1910) will again be offered on Saturday, July 28. For information on all of these, go online to –


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