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Howard Vollum, Tektronix, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, history, Oregon
Except during his military service World War II, this house at 1115 S.E. Lambert Street was continuously the home of Howard Vollum, from the age of four until he was thirty-seven. According to one account, it was here – in the basement of his parents’ home – that he developed the prototype oscilloscope that launched Oregon’s “Tektronix”. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
The story of a Sellwood cottage, linked to Tektronix

By EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS
For THE BEE

A stable home life, encouragement of curiosity, and educational opportunities are more important to a successful childhood than the style or square footage of their physical dwelling. 

And, discounting its invisible full cement basement, one particular small undistinguished structure contains less than 1,000 square feet of living space – including two small bedrooms and a single bathroom. 

But, it was the home of a local boy with a curious mind, who by his own admission when he was close to the end of his life at age 73, never stopped asking questions and learning. In the mid-1940’s, that mind led to the start and growth of Tektronix, one of the first businesses in the “Silicon Forest” in Washington County. By the early 1980’s “Tek” was the largest employer in the State of Oregon, with 24,000 workers, including those in overseas divisions.

There are technically-detailed and extensive business histories of the Tektronix company online; but I was more interested about what led up to its successful launch in 1946, and how its co-founder may have been shaped by his time in Sellwood.

Howard C. Vollum was born in 1913 to Julia (Rieschel) and Charles A. Vollum. The couple lived on Lexington Street for a few years, before moving into the house at 1115 S.E. Lambert in 1916. Charles was an automobile mechanic; and, prior to her marriage, Julia worked as a stenographer for the Miller family, owners of the East Side Lumber Mill, then at the foot of Spokane Street. 

Julia’s parents lived just two houses away, at 1143 S.E. Lambert. (For many years, Lambert Street, between S.E. 13th Avenue and Sellwood Park, was “Leo Street”, a name that still shows in some curbstones.)  Both the Vollums and Rieschels were devout Roman Catholics and lifelong members of St. Agatha’s Church. When he was five years old, Howard was joined by a brother, Lawrence, who completed the family.

Both boys attended St. Agatha’s grade school, which had only just opened in 1912. Originally a two-story brick building (demolished in 2000), the school had classrooms on the first floor and a chapel on the second. In the first year the two classrooms housed 35 pupils; but, when the church across S.E. 15th Avenue was completed in 1920, perhaps the chapel space upstairs was reused for instruction. Howard graduated from St. Agatha’s in 1926; and by that time he was already interested in the technological marvel of that time, the radio. 

Well into the 1950’s, radios were powered by clusters of large, elongated glass vacuum tubes, containing a small wire filament that glowed orange as the tubes warmed up. They were often housed within large wooden cabinets, with a piece of fabric over the loudspeaker, and were activated by clicking an On/Off knob by hand. There were other dials for selecting stations and adjusting the volume. When a tube burned out, the radio was taken to a repair shop where a technician removed the back of the cabinet to determine which tube required replacement.  Sometimes wiring had to be restored as well.

In an interview in the early 1980’s, Howard remembered that he had become interested in radios at around the age of ten, when for a few years his father assembled and sold radios.

In addition to his studies, and interest in radios, Howard probably took advantage of the nearby public library, which was then one block from his school. Besides books, the library offered a wide range of magazines, such Popular Mechanics, which encouraged inventive do-it-yourself projects.

Also nearby was the Sellwood Community House, which provided activities for children.  Howard learned to play tennis, as instruction was offered through the Parks Department during the summer. A 1926 Oregonian article on tennis tournaments at Sellwood Park included a photo of three “young racquet wielders”: Wayne Lucas, 12; Arden Hoffman, 10; and Howard Vollum,  in his second year of competition.  While his two friends were dressed in shorts, Howard was wearing bib overalls.

It is unclear where Howard went to high school. One account states it was “St. Stephens High School (now Central Catholic)”, which was until recently an all-male institution. However, the website for Central Catholic lists 1939 as its founding date, and there is no mention of it having another school prior to that time. Several parochial and public high schools have closed over the years, and hopefully a BEE reader will be able to clarify this.

Wherever he went to high school, Howard spent two years at the University of Portland (which was not coed until 1951). He wanted to be an electrical engineer, but either was not accepted at Oregon State University (then “College”) or, as the Great Depression lengthened, he could not afford to move to Corvallis. Instead he entered Reed College, presumably living in his parental home on Lambert Street, and graduated in the spring of 1936 with a degree in physics. 

His relentless curiosity and increasing mechanical skills had led him to assemble an oscilloscope while he was at Reed; but the timing was not right for its commercial development.

In September of that year, Reed College noted the success of its 73 graduates who, unless they were pursuing postgraduate studies, were almost all gainfully employed. Howard was one of those lucky ones, and had found a job building radios for the U.S. Forest Service at Radio Specialties Company for 35 cents an hour.

One day he entered the radio/appliance repair shop of Jack Murdock on S.E. Foster Road. A few years younger than Vollum, Murdock had graduated from Franklin High School.  His father offered his son the option of attending college or opening a business, and Jack had chosen the latter. Sharing their mutual interest in electronics, the two young men developed a friendship, and Jack hired Howard to repair radios for him in the house on Lambert Street. Howard delivered the radios to the customers, collected the fee, and give his employer a share. 

In 1939, at the age of 26, Howard was drafted into the Army, and Jack sold his business and joined the Coast Guard. The two corresponded during World War II, and mused about working together at the end of the conflict.

The almost five years that Howard spent in military service provided him with the equivalent of an advanced degree in electrical engineering, or applied – not theoretical – physics. After basic training, his knowledge of electronics, radios, radar, and oscilloscopes was quickly recognized, and used in several ways. Initially assigned to the Signal Corps, he was sent to England to serve as a radar maintenance officer. Instead he was promoted to development engineer and spent two and a half years perfecting high-resolution radar, which improved the accuracy of artillery guns on the English coast at Dover. This resulted in the sinking of German warships that tried to approach the coast at night and earned Howard a Legion of Merit medal. 

He returned to the U.S. just before D-Day, and worked on radar for use by the Army Ground Forces – enabling them to detect and locate enemy mortars and conversely, improving the placement of American mortars. For these efforts Howard received a second Legion of Merit award. 

Discharged In 1945, Howard returned to live with his parents in Sellwood. He and Murdock reconnected. and began planning in earnest; but Howard commented later that the first two years were a struggle. After decades of the Depression, and then the War, a large open window of opportunity arose for technology that was developed, tested, and ready for commercial and public use. 

In the basement of the Lambert Street house, Howard developed the prototype of a highly reliable but reasonably-priced oscilloscope which could be used by engineers to measure and display electronic signals (for detailed explanations and use, I suggest readers visit the Tektronix website!).  One of its immediate applications was measuring and improving the signals of a promising new technology – television. Jack Murdock worked on designing and setting up a production facility, a two story-building at 712 S.E. Hawthorne Street. In 1946, Vollum, Murdock, and three other men each put up $2,400, and incorporated “Tektronix”.

The oscilloscopes were hand-built with parts that were also fabricated by “Tek” to insure the best quality product. A subsidiary business later operated from a small building on S.E. 13th and Spokane Street, now the location of Notary Ceramics. At “Panelcraft”, the fronts of the metal boxes that housed the oscilloscopes were etched with hydrochloric acid before holes were drilled for control knobs, dials, plugs, and screens.

Howard’s younger brother Lawrence, who also lived in the Vollum home, was in charge of Panelcraft. He had spent three years at the University of Portland, studying engineering, before serving in the Air Corps. Howard and Jack traveled to trade fairs, displaying their 65-pound oscilloscope and promoting its use. They were successful, and orders were soon backed up for months.

As Tektronix began its successful ascent, the young Vollums faced personal challenges. First of all, their mother Julia died in 1949. A year later, their father Charles also passed away. By that time, Howard had met and was courting his wife-to-be, Jean Kettenbach. In late August of 1950, two months after their father’s death, the Vollum brothers traveled north to Jean’s hometown of Calgary, Alberta, where Howard and Jean were married in a simple ceremony. Afterwards, they had a brief, convenient honeymoon in the Canadian Rockies before returning to Portland, presumably into living quarters of their own. 

Lawrence remained in the family home on Lambert Street, until his unexpected death in 1954.  As he was hand-cleaning saw blades in an open pan of carbon tetrachloride, he was overcome by the noxious fumes. The inhaled chemical affected his organs and, despite a desperate flight to Vancouver, B.C. where an attempt was made to save his life with an artificial kidney, he died two weeks after the exposure.

Following Lawrence Vollum’s death, the home on Lambert Street which had housed his family for almost 40 years was occupied by a relative, and then by a close friend of the relative, and then was sold. Now it has been sold again.

The realtor who handled its most recent sale has long-time personal connections in Sellwood, and was well aware of its history. It is to be hoped that the new occupants will appreciate the home’s long and interesting connection to the beginning of the technology industry in Oregon, and its many years of sheltering a home-grown Sellwood genius.

Four local artists featured in this year’s ‘Open Studios’

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For years, each late October, the two-weekend “Portland Open Studios” has offered a personal and unique way for people to observe art “in the making”, and to learn about media, materials, and the business of creative people in their natural environment – their own studios.

This year, on October 20, THE BEE visited four Inner Southeast studios. Each artist we met specializes in a different medium. . .

Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart Designs

Medium: Wood
Inner Southeast Industrial Area
scottstewartdesigns.com

Furniture designer and crafter Scott Stewart was clearly delighted to show visitors his custom artisan furniture, with its curvy, organic style, and to escort them around his small showroom and large workshop.

His art is now his full-time job; he’s been doing this professionally for about 18 years. Stewart said he started as an electrical and computer design engineer, by trade and training. “I didn’t work in the [furniture-making] field much; and started working with big industrial equipment before I started designing things.

“I thought that if I did not try designing and building things in my life, I would be disappointed in myself – so I gave it a go,” Stewart said.

“I use woods from all over the world; but, more and more, I try to get and use local, sustainable wood – much of it windfall,” Stewart explained. “I know the people who are operating portable sawmills, and drying and curing the wood that I’ve been using.”

The limited inventory he has on hand is to there illustrate his work; most of the furniture, seating, and cabinetry, is custom-built to his clients’ specifications and desires, as Stewart creates what he calls “Twenty-Third Century Antiques”.

Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Jenni Lee
Jenni Lee Art
Medium: Acrylic
Reed neighborhood
jennileeart.com

“I first realized I was an artist in school, when I was taking classes for graphic design in order to get a job to support myself – but my professor said that I was ‘too messy’, and said I might want to consider another kind of art,” remarked painter Jenni Lee.

Pausing to greet guests while working in her studio, Lee told THE BEE that since she’s gone fulltime into creating art, she’s moved her office/studio into the living room of her home in the Reed neighborhood.

“I started off as an oil painter, but I found that I wanted to work a little more quickly,” Lee recalled. “With oils, and doing many layers, you have to have a slower process, and wait for each layer to dry.

“I found that painting with fluid acrylics, I’m able to put on layers and glaze, and get the richest of colors I could get with oils,” she explained. After painting with acrylics for 20 years, Lee reflected with a grin, “I feel like I’ve mastered it a bit.”

She does commissioned art, but Lee’s work can also be found in galleries at the coast, and locally, at Tilde on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

 

Alan Rose
Alan Rose Studio

Reed neighborhood
Medium: Pen & ink; acrylics
alanrosestudio.com

Although he learned painting in art school, Alan Rose said he found he couldn’t earn a living creating fine arts.

“I went back to school again to learn the basics of graphic design; and with that, I landed a job with a company that needed, in-house, an all-purpose graphic artist who could lay out and design ads, catalogs, and manuals,” explained Rose. “I’m now retired from having a day job; so working – as much as I want – as an illustrator, cartoonist, and illustrator, and I still paint in acrylics.

“And now, I create what I want to create,” Rose smiled. “My drawings are spontaneous – free association – in which I sit down and start doodling, and it ends up being artwork; and I also enjoy doing realistic cartooning, including more formal cartoons with balloon captions.

“The paintings are the opposite of the doodles, in that they can take more time, thought, and consideration.”

With other visitors already coming into his studio, there was still just enough time to take a photo of Rose working, while wearing a shirt emblazoned with one of his creations.


Carrie Carlson

The Corner Gallery

Medium: ceramic pottery
Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood
https://www.facebook.com/carriecarlsonceramics/

Off S.E. Harney Street in the basement of her Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood home, Carrie Carlson was welcoming visitors to her ceramics studio. Seated at her pottery wheel, Carlson told them about her work, and demonstrated the making of pottery.

“I do have a ‘day job’; I work as the ‘Link2Feed Program’ lead at the Oregon Food Bank. ‘Link to Feed’ is intake software we are rolling out in our food pantry program,” Carlson said. “The pottery is a ‘side hustle’ with my husband; this is something that we do together.”

Her “pottery habit” started in junior high school, continued in high school, and on into junior college. “But, I got away from it, because it takes a lot of tools and equipment – and especially it takes the necessary space to do it.

“When I met my husband, who’s also an artistic individual, he found a potter’s wheel online in somebody’s storage locker,” Carlson recalled. “It turns out it’s one of the wheels from Lake Oswego High, my high school, where I learned where to ‘throw’!”

She, and husband Matt converted their detached garage into “The Corner Studio” and a showroom and office, as their “side hustle” grows.


Jenni Lee
Jenni Lee (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Alan Rose
Alan Rose (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Carrie Carlson
Carrie Carlson (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Woodstock Halloween, Jerry and Gretchen Eichentopf, Otto's, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Otto’s Sausage Kitchen’s owners, Jerry and Gretchen Eichentopf, asked Trick or Treaters, “Hot wienies for Hallowe’en – or candy?” Most took both! (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock Trick-or-Treaters visit stores, have fun

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Choosing to hold their Hallowe’en event on the very day itself, the Woodstock Branch Library, joined with more than 20 Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) members, and volunteers from the Woodstock Community Center, to hold their blocks-long party for the kids on October 31.

Many families started out at the library’s “Not-too-scary Storytime”, before heading west along Woodstock Boulevard – stopping for treats along the way at participating businesses to collect candy, treats, and toys.

Eventually, many of them ended their journey down the boulevard at the Woodstock Community Center to enjoy snacks, games, and live music by the trio “Status Crow”.

“The party here in the Community Center is put on by our neighborhood association,” said Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) Chair Sage Jensen.

“This is one of our ways of giving back to the community,” Jensen reflected. “Providing a safe place for our kiddos to go for Hallowe’en fun is a good way to help our neighbors know more about the WNA, and what we do.”

The committee of Jensen, WNA Events Chair Peggy McCafferty, and former Events Chair Justin Smith had the help of about 20 volunteers who helped get decorations, setup, do cleanup, and coordinate the afternoon with the WCBA.

“We sure have fun watching the kids having a great time here, on Hallowe’en,” Jensen grinned.

Jensen asked that we recognize the sponsors, in addition to WCBA and the WNA – including New Seasons Market, Woodstock Farmers Market, The Homestead School House, VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital, Delta Café, Double Mountain Taproom, Otto’s Sausage Kitchen and Meat Market, Woodstock Tan, Red Fox Vintage, Papaccino’s Coffee, and Ryan Zachary Tattoos on Woodstock.



Spook Tacular, Brentwood Darlington, trunks, Southeast Portland, Halloween, Oregon
BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers awarded the “Best of Trunks” Spook-Tacular award to the lively “Beetlejuice” (da Vinci Arts Middle School student Cash Fairman). [Photo by David F. Ashton]

Brentwood-Darlington hosts huge ‘Spook-Tacular’

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

On October 26th, the first Hallowe’en event held by Inner Southeast Portland neighbors – the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) “Spook-Tacular” – was, by far, their best-attended one they’d had of the six years so far.

The westerly parking lot of the Brentwood Darlington Community Center was filled with “Trunk-or-Treat” stations – the rear of each vehicle decked out in spooky-but-not-scary motifs, where kids walked up to get candy or non-edible toy treats and played games.

BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers told THE BEE they’d used the online service Eventbrite to help promote the event – offering free tickets, helping them prepare for the party, and to get an attendance count.

“Inside the Community Center, we have snacks and treats, cookie decorating by Woodmere PTO volunteers, face painting by a local artist, and the “PDX Avengers” are standing buy to take photos with our guests,” Powers told THE BEE.

It’s more than just silly fun, she said. “This now our second largest community gathering, next to the ‘Movies in the Park’, and we produce it all with the help of our volunteers.

“And, it’s a holiday that is recognized by our neighbors of many cultures – and this year we promoted it widely, with our door flyers and signs, not only in English, but also in Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

“It’s successful; we’re seeing members of our communities here that we normally don’t have at our events, making it the most culturally diverse event we’ve ever held,” Powers pointed out.

By the time the Spook-Tacular was over, more than 500 people had attended. However, its future worries Powers, in light of the “Code Change” controversy at City Hall. “This could be our last Spook-Tacular if the City of Portland cuts our event liability insurance, and if we no longer can obtain a communications grant that helps us with the printing.

“It is our sincere hope that we can continue to hold community-building events, like these, to enhance community connections within our neighborhood,” concluded Powers.



Sellwood Community House, community center, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Halloween, Oregon
It’s an odd game: Scoring a goal with a football, using a hockey stick – but “Princess Jasmine”, who is really Juniper Scott, scores! – during the Sellwood Community House “Spooktacular”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Hallowe’en fun abounds at Sellwood Community House

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Before the doors opened at the Sellwood Community House (SCH) on Monday evening October 28, a line of families was already patiently waiting for the “Spooktacular” to commence.

Inside, new SCH Director David Engle was helping some 25 volunteers and staffers put the final touches on their three floors of spooky fun.

“We have a whole bunch of games going on, some face painting, a little picture booth – and a ‘Tunnel of Terror’ that our judo class put in the mat room,” Engle remarked.

On the main entry floor, carnival games were set up; the upper gym was also dedicated to carnival games, played mostly in semi-darkness, adding to the atmosphere.

“We did this for the community, and for a fun way for everyone to get together,” Engle said. “The best part of it for me is seeing the kids having fun. That’s always the best part of what we do here.”

The Sellwood Community House is the building which until recently was operated by Portland Parks and Recreation as the Sellwood Community Center. It’s now run by the neighbors as a nonprofit corporation – and they have plans for a Holiday celebration on Sunday, December 8. Details are in the Events Calendar in this issue of THE BEE.



David Graveyard, Ardenwald, Johnson Creek Boulevard, Halloween, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Every Hallowe’en season, Chris and Jeff Davis invite folks to see their spooky yard in Ardenwald, and see if they dare enter past these gravestones! (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Ardenwald’s Davis family again go a-haunting

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Although it isn’t a “haunted house” attraction, or even a walk-through Hallowe’en exhibit, the “Davis Graveyard” – in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood – continues to attract visitors to enjoy their lavishly and sinisterly decorated front yard.

“It’s hard to believe that we started this in the late ’90s; we’ve been at this for more than 20 years now,” mused Jeff Davis.

“At first, we decorated with pumpkins; then we put out a couple of tombstones, a little ghost, and added a skeleton – like almost anyone’s yard. And, working with my wife Chris, and later additional friends, it just got bigger, and bigger, and more elaborate!”

“From our guest book, we see we’ve had people come from Canada to come see the artwork, and from as far away as Japan,” Chris Davis said.

“Now we consider this an expression of art; it’s all about the crafting in the art part of it, playing around with new techniques and materials, and getting more and more detail,” Jeff added.

The couple also holds seminars in the late summer to teach others how to make their own tombstones, monuments, and displays; the class’ fees help pay for the supplies used to decorate their own yard each October.

“We have a family that comes up from Sacramento, just to take our classes,” Chris reported.

Early in the season, when their automatic “gate rattler” stopped working, they noticed a family lingering, with their kids looking dejected.

“I grabbed the repaired activator, brought it, installed it and let it run; although the parents were ready to go, the kids waited until it rattled – I guess it helped make their season,” Jeff recalled.

To learn more about the Davis Graveyard, go online – http://www.davisgraveyard.com



Native Americans, Southeast History, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Native Americans shown platform-fishing at Willamette Falls, in a drawing by artist Joseph Drayton, made during an expedition around 1840. The native women at the right of the sketch are preparing the caught fish for evening meals. (Courtesy Steve Dietz, Clackamas Historical Society)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
The very early history of Inner Southeast – before the settlers arrived

By DANA BECK
For THE BEE

This essay each month focuses on aspects of the history of Inner Southeast Portland – sometimes the quite early history of this place we call home. This time, I would like to go much further back than that – Inner Southeast before settlers from the east began moving in! I would like to share a bit of the early Southeast Portland history of Native Americans – specifically, those who at one time graced the shores of the Willamette River where we now live.

Long before the first white settlers arrived, and before the town of Sellwood was created and the Westmoreland community was established, Native Americans inhabited the area. Where we shop, work, and live today was all blanketed with a forest of Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, savanna oak, and big leaf maple trees, and thickets of currant and salmonberry bushes.

Because of the abundance of trees, plants, and wildlife, native people often passed through this region, stopping to fish from the creeks, scour the countryside for berries, nuts and other edible foods, or search of better hunting grounds. And life was good.

The Upper Willamette River was a favorite spot for a rendezvous by tribes of the Kalapuyas, Upper Molallas, the Clackamas, and Clowewallas – a band closely related to the Indians of the Upper Chinook. Camped along both sides of the river, it was here that they traded with other tribes, celebrated the abundance of sacred foods, and sang, danced, and practiced their religion each year. While many different tribes and bands from other parts of the country came to fish, hunt, and trade the goods they brought from their region, these Native Americans of the Upper Willamette resided year-round at The Falls near Oregon City.

Called the “Hyas Tyee Tumwater” or “Great Chief Waterfall” by most Europeans and Americans, Willamette Falls was a churning flow of water that supplied trout, steelhead, and salmon to the people who arrived every summer. Some Native Americans traveled hundreds of miles for the chance to fish and feast from the delicacies which the river and falls provided.

From platforms built from the cedar trees nearby, native fishermen used dip nets and spears to catch the salmon that were abundant in the river, and were a part of their daily diet. Fishing at the falls provided the bulk of the food for the people of the Clackamas tribe who controlled the trade of the river. Other Native Americans who arrived from outside the valley had to ask permission to fish the Falls and its river banks.

The Lamprey, a fish-like eel, was a special delicacy among the local tribes; and a celebration of the first-caught salmon of the season was an annual tradition. Hundreds of Native People gathered at The Falls when the salmon season started, and life was good!

Roaming like nomads across the open county of the Northwest,  many different families and members of the Kalapuyas Tribe could be found all along the Willamette Valley from Willamette Falls to as far south as the Umpqua River.

Henry Zenk, author of “the Kalapuya People” at the Oregonian Encyclopedia website reports there were  close to “sixteen named villages of the Tualatin Kalapuyas found in modern day Washington and Yamhill counties” alone. Other writers, and those who study Native Americans of the West Coast, have stated that a band of the Kalapuya also camped on the upper portion of the Willamette Falls. Limited in their fishing The Falls by the Clackamas Natives who controlled this section of the river, the Kalapuya turned to hunting wild game like geese, fox, bear, deer, and elk to supply their diet.

In September, when the fields were full of Tarweed, the men of the village set the grass on fire and the women with their baskets came to collect the pods which were used as a food supply.

In the spring, the women and children would go out to dig and collect the shoots of the Camas root, which were baked into cakes and breads. Many of the Kalapuyas of the Willamette Valley laid claim to various harvesting sites of the Camas, and used it in trade with other tribes. The small potato-sized Wapato plant was collected in swampy areas, and roasted under an open fire – very tasty with smoked fish and meat. 

When spring changed to summer, berries and nuts were abundant around the area. The food they collected from shrubs was delicious, and during this time, life was good.

During the cold winter months, for those who stayed, longhouses were built for shelter. It was a time when game was sparse, and hunters spent their idle time crafting spears, clubs, bows and arrows, and other hunting equipment, around the fire. Women sewed baskets that would later be used for collecting fish and berries when the warm season arrived, and made woven mats that kept families warm from the frozen ground.

It was an unhurried, slow-paced lifestyle that remained unchanged until the white settlers began to arrive.

In the 1790’s, fur traders passed through the Willamette Valley seeking the pelts of beaver, otter, and other animals prized for their fur. At first, the Native Americans were excited and eager to trade with the white trappers. The fish they caught and dried could be exchanged for glass beads, tobacco, wool blankets, buttons, rings, and strong weapons and tools made of steel. The Clackamas and Upper Molallas were persuaded to hunt for many pelts and skins to trade with the fur seekers.

But, to many tribes, the culture of the white hunters and trappers was strange. Native Americans hunted and fished for things that their families would need to last them through the cold months. In this fashion, once spring arrived, there would be plenty of fish in the rivers and the forest would be alive with wildlife for hunting parties. But, these white traders hunted and gathered more fur-bearing animals and fish than they could ever use! The natives of the Northwest quickly learned that the presence of these hunters made the wildlife became harder to find, and life as it once was started to change.

In 1825, a wood structure was built by the men of the Hudson’s Bay Company, where the Columbia River meets the Willamette, and it was called Fort Vancouver – and even more white people arrived in a land that was once only filled with the groups and families of Native Americans. Illnesses these travelers brought sickness to the Native Americans, too.

John McLoughlin was chosen as the regional manager, or chief factor, at the fort and he kept the British and French fur traders who gathered in the area under control. Dr. McLoughlin, as he was addressed, was strict but fair in his dealings with the Indians, yet the way of life for the Native Americans began to drastically change.

With Fort Vancouver only fifteen miles by canoe or on foot from the fishing grounds of the Clackamas Tribe, interruption to their lifestyle was at first minimal. But the Chief Factor McLoughlin came and looked over the Willamette Falls, and asked for permission to set up a sawmill on its waters. And when the religious leaders, farmers, and other Euro-American settlers came and did not leave, problems began to arise.

These new settlers and Hudson Bay employees often clashed over Indian lands and hunting rights. Dr. McLoughlin loaned supplies, and provided small amounts of food and water to the white settlers, but directed them to seek land and establish their farms away from the property claimed by England, preferably south of the Columbia River along the upper Willamette River.

White settlers began staking tents and building homes where the lodges and camps of the Native Americans once were. And while they were anxious to trade with the bands of the Molallas, Clackamas, and the Kalapuyas for fish caught along the river, the Native People were told not to trespass on the property which the settlers claimed to own. What was once a land of natural beauty was replaced by crops of wheat and vegetables. And even more native people began to get sick, and disappear from the only land they ever knew.

Between 1811 and 1840, it was estimated over 97 percent of the Native American population was decimated by diseases such as smallpox and malaria, contracted from the white people.

During the 1840s, both Great Britain and the United States laid claim to the Pacific Northwest, and in 1846 a treaty was negotiated establishing a boundary at the 49th parallel, which exists today as the border with Canada. The American Natives who had lived in the Northwest Territory for thousands of years were never consulted in the treaty.  Under the agreement, the U.S. was entitled to all lands in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana (the “Oregon Territory”). The British abandoned all of the forts set up in what is now the American Northwest, and moved the Hudson Bay Company north into Canada. The Indians were left to fend for themselves. 

White Settlers and their families arrived in wagons pulled by cattle and horses, staking out lots and building houses on property that the Native Indians had shared with everyone. The town of Oregon City was started at Willamette Falls, and another encampment started up the river was named Milwaukie. The City of Portland was established near what was at one time known as The Clearing, and the people who lived here for generations were no longer welcomed. But fishing at The Falls was the way of life for the Native Americans, and they continued with their tradition.

One day, in 1851 a Mr. Anson Dart was sent by the leaders in Washington D.C. to negotiate a treaty with many of the Native Americans who still hunted and fished and camped along the river. He convinced the Clackamas, the Clowewallas, the Molallas, and Kalapuyas that it was not safe for them to live here anymore. White people outnumbered these original Americans, and if they didn’t agree to leave, they would be forced to go somewhere else.

If they agreed to give up their land, in exchange, the government would give them plenty of supplies, food, many blankets, coats, tools to farm with, and money. Mr. Dart obtained 13 treaties from around the Oregon Territory covering over 6,000,000 acres, at a cost of three cents an acre. In return, the various tribes were assigned to a reservation. The Grand Ronde (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) had to walk over 100 miles, over rough terrain, during a harsh winter to reach their assigned land.

Historians estimate that between 80,000 to 120,000 Native Americans had once inhabited the Oregon Country, but by 1900, their numbers had dwindled to a mere 400, who lived on the Grand Ronde Agency. The treaties were never ratified by Congress, and many of the promises to the Native People were never fulfilled. Life was not good.

While many of the trees and berries and wild animals and fish that were once a part of Native People life have disappeared, the Native Americans have continued. During the next decades the “American Indian” has made an astounding recovery, though it was a long and hard struggle; and by the year 2000, the tribe’s population has grown to over 5,500 people, thanks to the dedication of its leaders.

Recently the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde purchased the property at Willamette Falls, and hopes to restore fishing rights to their people. Tribe members have already starting fishing for the Lamprey in the cool waters of the rapids. But there is still so much more to do.

This year, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 664, requiring all public schools in Oregon provide instruction about the Holocaust and genocide. Starting on July 1, 2020, this new law will be implemented, and Woodstock resident Governor Kate Brown – who supported the bill – hopes it will promote more understanding and acceptance among people.

But why stop there? There is much more history to learn. Although America’s early practice of slavery in some colonies, and segregation following the Emancipation Proclamation, are often discussed, teaching it is not mandated.

Then there was the decision to intern Japanese Americans during World War II – which is not a secret, but usually not made a point of, in our schools. Of course it turned out that Japanese Americans were as loyal to this country as our other citizens, and the loss of rights, property, and freedom that they suffered was completely unjustified.

And then there’s the treatment of those who were living in Inner Southeast Portland before the great migration westward of the new Americans in the Nineteenth Century. Not only is the history of Native Americans in this country not mandated, but it is often misrepresented in TV shows and movies.

Shouldn’t their story and plight be included in classrooms today, along with the other stories of other Native Americans across the land?

With a new generation of children attending our schools, isn’t it time to include not just the Holocaust victims, but also the slavery of the African-Americans, the detention of Asians during World War II, and the plight of the Native Americans who, as the First Americans, have a history that spans thousands of years?

This article is just a small glimpse into the local history of Native Americans in Southeast Portland. I encourage everyone to sign up for a class at your local college to learn more about those who came first – the Native Americans.



Woodstock Farmers Market, Emily Murnen, Woodstock neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregonk
Nice weather brought out many shoppers, to the last weekly Sunday Woodstock Farmers Market of the 2019 season. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Really good’ season ends for Woodstock Farmers Market

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The winning combination of being an every-Sunday market, and one with a prominent location, has led the Woodstock Farmers Market to flourish over the past nine years. But the one just ended was special even by that standard.

“We had a really, really good season this year!” exclaimed Market Manager Emily Murnen on their last regular day, October 27.

“What made it exceptionally good was that we had lot of new vendors this year; including more hot prepared food – fulfilling the request of shoppers asking for more variety,” Murnen told THE BEE.

An average of 1,700 shoppers every Sunday also got to meet new farmers; and the market’s bakery stall doubled in size – a good sign of a healthy market, the manager said.

“So many tell us that, in addition to buying directly from the people who are growing, making, and cooking the food, they like seeing their neighbors here every week,” commented Murnen with a smile.

Having just surveyed their vendors, Murnen revealed that 95% of their vendors plan to be back when they open in June of next year.

After the season was over, volunteers helped set up their traditional one-time “Holiday Market” on November 24 to provide produce and products for Thanksgiving Day dinners. “We’re delighted that a lot of our neighbors get involved by volunteering, and, we welcome even more to join with us,” Murnen said. “And finally, we so appreciate the support of KeyBank Woodstock, allowing us to be on their parking lot every Sunday!”



Johnson Creek Watershed Council, JCWC, annual awards, volunteers, Reed College, Southeast Portland, Oregon
For donating more than 100 hours of service this year to JCWC projects, the President’s Awards were presented to, from left: Caz Zyvatkauskas, Mary Ann Schmidt, Sarah Sapienza, Melanie Klym, Bruce Newton, Becky Dorff, Jeffrey Lee, and Tosha Sketo. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Celebration honors Johnson Creek volunteers

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The Community Room at All Saints Episcopal Church in the Woodstock neighborhood filled with guests on Friday evening, November 8, as the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Volunteer Appreciation Party got underway.

“This dinner for our volunteers looks to have drawn biggest turnout we’ve ever had, with more than 80 people coming to celebrate together this evening,” exclaimed JCWC Executive Director Daniel Newberry.

“The efforts of our volunteers are so important in our several programs, including tree planting, invasive plant removal, pulling trash out of the creek, doing community science work, and gathering environmental data that is used to help manage the watershed,” Newberry told THE BEE.  “Without the help of people who care about the creek, the stream would be warmer, and full of trash – two things that harm the health of fish.”

After pausing to greet another volunteer checking in at the front desk with him, Newberry smiled and said, “The best part of being here this evening is getting to meet, face-to-face, some of these people I haven’t yet met.”

Guests merrily served themselves dinner featuring vegan and chicken tamales, and black beans and quinoa salad from Montavilla-based Oaxacan restaurant, “Mixteca”.

JCWC Volunteer Program Manager Courtney Beckel, who was serving as the program’s host, began by pointing out, “This is the organization’s 25th year, which means it started when I was in fourth grade!”

Beckel honored the organization’s Board Members, and gave appreciation to  the interns who served with JCWC, asking them all to stand and be recognized.

She then enumerated JCWC’s volunteerism statistics:

  • 44 restoration events
  • 2,500 volunteer sign ups for events
  • 7,000 plants planted and cared for
  • 10 acres invasive species removed
  • 4.5 tons of trash removed from the creek
  • 5 Community Science Surveys undertaken, including Lamprey/steelhead, Dragonfly, Prairie nesting birds, Beaver, and Salmon

Then, groups seated at tables competed against one another in a Trivia Contest, to earn extra door-prize tickets.

As the ceremony proceeded, Volunteer Hours pins were awarded to volunteers who logged between 20 and 100 hours of service during the year; and the President’s Awards – along with handsome fanny packs – were presented to volunteers who had given more than 100 hours of service.

In closing, Beckel said, “Thank you for giving your time to be part of this exciting work with us.”

Learn more abut the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and its work by visiting their website – http://www.jcwc.org



Bossa Nova, concert, Woodstock Library, Woodstock neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Kerry Politizer, Ben Graves, and Bernardo Gomez (shown left to right), recently performed Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Jazz concert transcends silence, at Woodstock Library

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

Pleasantly lilting Brazilian music wafted through the Woodstock Library on the bright fall Saturday afternoon of October 26th. “BOSSA PDX” performed classic Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz for an hour, as library patrons of all ages filled tables and wandered through aisles of books.

BOSSA PDX is a Portland-based band that plays arrangements of well-known Brazilian composers. They have performed at the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Jazz in the Valley, and at PDX Jazz’s “Jazz at the Lan Su Garden” in downtown Portland, among other venues in Portland, Salem, and Eugene.

Woodstock Librarian Cathy Griffin, who also lives in Woodstock, selects music for periodic performances at the library. All performances are free, and sponsored by The Library Foundation and the National Endowment for Humanities. Her selection of BOSSA PDX is typical of the pleasant, low-key, rhythmic music that she seeks out for Woodstock Library performances.

BOSSA PDX is led by jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer, Kerry Politzer. In the band she is accompanied by sax, flute, guitar, bass, or percussion musicians, and on this occasion at the library she was joined by Ben Graves on guitar, and Bernardo Gomez on bass. THE BEE met them all while they were there.

Politzer is a jazz pianist and composer influenced by classical and Brazilian musical traditions. She is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, and a student of the late Charlie Banacos, who died in 2009 – and was a well-known American pianist, composer, author, and jazz educator, who created over 100 courses of study in improvisation and composition.

Ben Graves, guitarist, holds his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies degree from Portland State University where he focused on orchestration, composition, jazz arranging and jazz piano.

Bassist Bernardo Gomez, commented on the band: “It [the band’s music] is a great mix of Brazilian with BeBop influences. She [Politzer] is a very accomplished pianist, but also a beautiful singer. Ben on guitar also understands the roots of the music. What I like best is that together the groove we accomplish is fun, and makes you tap your foot at the very least, without being overpowering.” 

Music performances, crafts, plays for children and more are offered free at the Woodstock Branch Library. Details online – http://www.multcolib.org/events/woodstock

And, to hear BOSSA PDX play, and for information on the band, go to – http://www.bossapdx.com



Lewis School, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Deanne Froehlich, historic garden, totem pole, Woodstock neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
New Principal Deanne Froehlich organized a cleanup of Lewis Elementary School’s historic Outdoor Garden – which uncovered a weathered totem pole hidden for many years by trees and brush. It has been repainted and sealed, to last at least another 67 years. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

New Principal at Lewis School restores historic outdoor garden 

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE 

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, on Evergreen Street at 44th Avenue in Woodstock, has an energetic new Principal this year – Deanne Froehlich. 

“There is no moaning [in the morning],” she said during an October interview.  “I pop out of bed every morning looking forward to going to work.  I love what I do, being engaged in communities and education.”

Every day Principal Froehlich visits a classroom. “Watching teachers teach and children learn is one of the most exciting parts of the job.” She also has a door from her office into the main entry hall, and she keeps it open most of the time.  The door had been closed for over thirty years, but now that it’s open, it gives her an added window into the school.

Froehlich has worked for Portland Public Schools for thirty-one years – first teaching at Laurelhurst Elementary, then as Principal at Hayhurst Odyssey – a Focus Option school (formerly called a “magnet school”) specializing in history – and at the Hayhurst Elementary general campus, nine minutes away.

Froehlich told THE BEE that she is happy to be Lewis’ Principal in her twenty-first year in PPS administration.  “This is a lovely, fabulous neighborhood school, with a community of really engaged people.”

Ten years ago, while Principal at Hayhurst, she learned that the “Lewis Outdoor Garden” was historic, and has been at times a major part of the school.  She sent a team to visit the garden to see what could be possible at an elementary school.

When she visited Lewis this summer with her husband to check out the campus, she said she was disappointed to see that this Outdoor Garden had become run-down and overgrown. The Butterfly Garden in the front of the school was equally overgrown and inaccessible – and had become a spot for “houseless” people to camp. 

When she returned this fall she saw that the Butterfly Garden had been cleared and pruned. She later learned that a resident living across from the school, Sandra Shaw, had organized fifteen neighbors to spend four volunteer hours clearing the southern garden.  Shaw says, “It [the cleanup] sets an example for students to be good stewards of what they have.” It also made the area safer. 

But the main Outdoor Garden, on the west side, remained terribly overgrown. Froehlich got some bids from landscaping companies, and found one that presented a good price.  In addition, student participation in a “Garden Fun Run” at the school in September raised $5,700 to help fund the cleanup. Hillside Landscaping hauled 44 cubic yards of debris out of the garden area; and now, Froehlich comments, “The thirty-year old Outdoor Garden has been made ready for student opportunities and education.”

Incidentally, in the process of clearing the brush, a forgotten treasure was revealed. “No one knew that this totem pole was here. It was completely covered in brush. It has been here since 1952,” she remarked, during a private tour of the outdoor space on the west side of the school. 

The Lewis School Facebook page explains how the totem pole was brought back to life:

“A big thank you to Henry Overbeck [a Lincoln High School senior], and many other Southwest Portland Scouts, for choosing Lewis School to work on [for] their Eagle Scout badge. New flower boxes in the front; the greenhouses have been repaired with actual shelves for growing plants; and the historic totem pole has a fresh coat of paint and sealer, to keep it looking fresh for many years to come.”

Froehlich added, “With work by the Eagle Scouts and the landscaping company we brought that garden back to life.”

Speaking of her new position at Lewis, she says she thinks it is good, professionally, to make a change after ten years in one school. “It re-energizes you, and you use your skills in a new setting. It is fun to grow with the community.”

Lewis Elementary School also has an invitation for BEE readers: Mark your calendar for the Annual Lewis PTA Holiday Bazaar! Saturday, December 7th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be trees, wreaths, swags, baked goods, and lunch for purchase – as well as live entertainment, and student vendors selling their wares.



Southeast Events and Activities
DECEMBER 13
“Christmas at the Campground” today, tomorrow, Sunday:
Again this year, the Apostolic Faith Church opens its campground to the community for a free family-friendly Christmas celebration. Meet Curly the Camel and more furry friends at the petting zoo; watch the Christmas Story dramatized in a 25-minute play presented three times each night by the youth of the church; travel through countless lights and festive decorations on a Christmas Train; warm up with a free cookie and hot cocoa – or purchase a meal at the Mexican food cart; and see the new 50-foot-tall decorated Christmas Tree. Gates open 6-9 p.m. tonight, and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The address is 5414 S.E. Duke Street, and parking is available across the street in the church parking lot.

DECEMBER 14
Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Walkabout:
This afternoon, at 1:45 p.m., come to the parking lot on Powell Boulevard and S.E. 35th Avenue – that’s the former Original Taco House site – to join a group stroll along Powell Boulevard from 35th to 28th Avenues, and then along Gladstone Street from 28th to 37th Avenue. Stops along the tour will include the former Original Taco House Center (currently under major renovation); the Oregon Buddhist Temple; a proposed Home Forward residential development at 3000 S.E. Powell Boulevard; a free coffee tasting at Starbucks; Jolene’s First Cousin Buildings and The Unicorn Bake Shop, the Community Music Center, concluding at Gladstone Street Pizza as they celebrate 15 years in business. The group walking tour will be joined by State Representative Rob Nosse, a PBOT pedestrian safety representative, and “Oregon Walks”. More details online – http://www.creston-kenilworth.org/upcoming-events.html

Reed College Winter Dance Concert: If you enjoy dance, don’t miss this year’s Reed Collee Winter Dance Concert, in the Greenwood Theatre on the north end of the West Parking Lot, on S.E. 28th just north of Woodstock Boulevard. Tickets go fast and there are only two performances – tonight at 7 p.m., and tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Any available tickets ($3-$7) which may remain may be purchased online at – http://reedcollege.eventbrite.com

DECEMBER 15
“Third Sunday of Advent” in Westmoreland:
Included in the 9:30 a.m. service this morning is a performance of “What Sweeter Music” by John Leavitt, performed by the Chancel Choir. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Community Choir Contata on S.E. 73rd: Your neighbors have been practicing! The Community Choir will perform during a service of music and worship 10 a.m. this morning at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, S.E. 73rd and Harold Street. More info online – http://www.mtscottparkpres.org


DECEMBER 21
“The Nutcracker” and “Alice in Wonderland” ballet performances:
Sellwood’s Classical Ballet Academy students perform “The Nutcracker” at 1 and 5 p.m. tomorrow – and this year’s new second ballet, “Alice in Wonderland”, from the contemporary dance program at CBA, is at 8 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow night. Suitable for the whole family. All tickets sold through the PSU box office – call 503/725-3307, or go online – http://www.pdx.edu/boxoffice/home

DECEMBER 22
“Fourth Sunday of Advent” in Westmoreland:
At Moreland Presbyterian Church, the 9:30 a.m. service today is presented “with bells”, and is followed by a Wassail Party. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Free Christmas Concert in Brentwood-Darlington: The Apostolic Faith Church free Christmas Concert, open to all, starts at 7 p.m. this evening, featuring the combined choirs, orchestra, and soloists in a musical performance called “God Speaking”. The church is situated at 5601 S.E. Duke Street.

DECEMBER 24
Christmas Eve with Charlie Brown in Westmoreland:
At 4 p.m. this afternoon, the community is invited by Moreland Presbyterian Church to a performance of “Charlie Brown’s Christmas”, followed by Family Worship. A Candlelight Worship will take place there at 11 p.m. tonight, as well. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on S.E. 73rd Avenue: Bring your family for a traditional candlelight service of worship and familiar carols this afternoon at 5 p.m. at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in Reed neighborhood: Enjoy an evening Christmas celebration at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street. Open to all. Donations of nonperishable food for the Food Barrel are encouraged.

JANUARY 3
Beginning Lego STEAM at Woodstock Library:
Kids, learn about how to incorporate Lego Technic parts, motors, and power functions into your Lego creations with an expert Lego builder. Great for young beginners to Lego movement. Free. It’s this afternoon, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

JANUARY 4
“Abstract Acrylics” to Beat the Winter Blues, for Teens
: This afternoon, 2-3 p.m., in the Woodstock Branch Library, teen students of this playful and colorful workshop will learn painting techniques and design tips to create unique and expressive artworks out of acrylic media. Options for finishing touches and display methods will also be covered. Free, but registration is required – in the Woodstock Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Avenue. (The same program, for adults this time, will be held a week from today at the same place and time; preregister for that one to attend.)

JANUARY 7
Resume Help for Adults this afternoon in Sellwood:
Do you need some help with your resume? Are you unsure about your choice of words? Struggling to describe your accomplishments? Come to the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 4-7 p.m., meet with an experienced volunteer for one-on-one help. If you have a paper copy of your resume, please bring it along. Participation is free. No library card required, but a reservation is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 8
Woodstock Neighborhood Assn. meeting:
This evening at 7 p.m., the Woodstock Neighborhood Association will have its General Meeting (postponed from January 1) – followed by a Board Meeting at 8:35pm. There will be a presentation from Lucien Dallaire from the Eastside Village. It’s in the Woodstock Community Center west of BiMart, at 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue.

JANUARY 14
“Hands-on Henna for Teens” at the Sellwood Library today:
Henna is used by many cultures as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin for about two weeks. In this hands-on cultural art program, artist Raina Imig will share information on the art of henna in India, and will create a brief, authentic,  henna design on your hand. You'll get to create a henna design on yourself, too! It’s free, this evening 6-7:30 p.m., in the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. Bidwell Street at 13th Avenue.

JANUARY 25
“Creating Catapults” at the Sellwood Library:
From 11 a.m. till noon today, kids will explore the physics behind catapults and trebuchets, and what makes them hurl or launch. Working in small groups, participants will design and engineer their very own working models, and create defense systems to be used in a friendly challenge between teams. Best for kids in grades 2-5. Free; free tickets are required, due to limited space, and they will be available 30 minutes in advance, at the Sellwood Branch Library – S.E. 13th Avenue at Bidwell Street.

Open House at Homestead Schoolhouse in Woodstock: Today at 2 p.m. it’s Open House at Homestead Schoolhouse – preschool for ages 2-1/2 to 5 years. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year available. 4121 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Call 503/970.7168 for more information.

“12 Key Acupressure Points For Everyday Health”: This afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library, 2-3 p.m., it’s an experiential holistic event for adults, sharing information based on the wisdom of the ancients to improve your health and strengthen your immune system. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard – or by calling 503/988-5123.

JANUARY 26
Open House at Holy Family Catholic School:
This morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., it’s the annual Open House at Eastmoreland’s Holy Family School, 7425 S.E. Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th). If you can’t make it today, you have one more opportunity on Wednesday, January 29, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; drop in at the best time for you.

FEBRUARY 6
“Crackin’ Crab Feast” returns today in Woodstock:
Today, two seatings are available at the annual “Crackin’ Crab Feast” – 4:45 and 7 p.m. – at All Saints Episcopal Church Hall, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. It’s for those who love crab, and like to have a good time with family and friends. A bargain at $40, the meal comes with fresh crab, salad, and bread – and a cash bar is available. Children under 6 eat free; children 6-11 get mac and cheese for $10; and there are vegan options for all. Childcare available at first seating only. Table pricing for 6, 8, and 10 people. All proceeds support All Saints outreach ministries. For tickets – available now – or for more information, go online -- http://www.allsaintspdx.org – or call 916/202-7132.


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