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The February snow and ice storm snapped a massive limb from this Heritage Copper Beech tree at S.E. 16th and Nehalem Streets, downing a power line and a section of fence. An arborist is at work to make sure the venerable tree survives.
The February snow and ice storm snapped a massive limb from this Heritage Copper Beech tree at S.E. 16th and Nehalem Streets, downing a power line and a section of fence. An arborist is at work to make sure the venerable tree survives. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

The history reflected in a few neighborhood trees


In Sellwood, the tiny house built in 1904 on the southwest corner of S.E. 8th and Harney Streets is dwarfed by three tall Douglas fir trees, now more than 100 feet in height. 

While the trees are thriving, the same cannot be said for that unfortunate little dwelling, which has been in a downward spiral for at least 30 years. As the structure declined, the 50x100 lot under it increased in value. Finally in late 2020 the property was purchased by Renaissance Homes, which will be clearing the lot and probably the trees, for new construction. [Rita Leonard reported on an effort to save these trees in the March BEE.]

When they reach this height, Douglas fir have an imposing physical presence and suggest the landscape before the Sellwood Real Estate Company began selling lots in 1882.   However, these particular trees may not be survivors of “pre-development Sellwood”.  According to online information from the Arbor Day Foundation, Douglas fir trees average 12-24 inches of growth per year. If these trees are 120 feet tall that means that they were only seedlings in 1882, not older, as might be assumed.

Perhaps because Douglas fir, our official state tree, are so common, there are only a few on the city’s Heritage Tree list. However, the two tallest, at 242 feet (Macleay Park) and 268 feet (N.W. Cornell Road), are of impressive stature. If those on S.E. Harney Street are taken down, it will be an expensive undertaking, requiring strenuous climbing by an arborist with a chain saw, slicing the trees section by section.

At Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home, at S.E. 14th and Claybourne in Westmoreland, the future of most of the two dozen fir trees on the north side of the facility is now more positive than originally thought. Until recently, Portland Memorial had two large parking lots facing its building on Southeast 14th. The lot between Bybee and Glenwood Streets was sold, and nine new townhomes are well under construction there. The northern lot, the site this year of the Moreland Farmers Market, according to the owners of the funeral home, will also be sold for development.

In 2018 Foundation Partners of Florida, the company that now owns Wilhelm’s announced their intent to build a new, smaller parking lot on the north side of their building between Claybourne and Duke Streets. This is a large piece of property, nicknamed “Moreland Woods” – almost two acres in size – undeveloped, but which has been used for produce vehicles during the Wednesday market, and as a local de facto dog park the rest of the year. The original parking lot plan in that space called for removal of 25% of the tree cover there. Following the announcement of the plan, and concerned about tree loss, some neighbors formed the “Friends of Moreland Woods” in an effort to purchase the property, or persuade a public agency to do so, for use as a public park.

While the effort to acquire the entire property so far has not been successful, negotiations with the property owner have resulted in a more satisfactory design. Last July, a City of Portland hearing officer determined that construction of the new parking lot could move forward, and a building permit has been applied for.

In mid-March of this year, a sign was posted by Portland engineering firm DOWL which revealed the new plans, and indicated the trees to be removed. Surprisingly, now the subtraction of only two fir trees is proposed. The other trees to disappear will all be Black Locust and Norway Maple, which are notoriously prolific, and are classified as “nuisance trees” by the city. According to Matt Robinson, land use planner for DOWL, the paved lot will provide parking for up to 20 cars and one ADA van. A small access road, aligned with Claybourne Street, will replace the existing gravel track, and the lot will include stormwater treatment.

The final tree we are contemplating in this article is a statuesque Copper Beech, which was designated as one of Portland’s Heritage Trees in 1994. With ten-foot long branches stretching out from its massive trunk, it extends over most of its own lot next to the historic Jasper Young house, at 1579 S.E. Nehalem Street. According to its designation, it was planted to commemorate the wedding of Jasper Young and Anna Schuyler in 1893.

Going into further detail of those circumstances, by 1889 Jasper Young had started the Sorenson & Young sawmill at the foot of Spokane Street, later purchased and expanded into the “East Side Lumber Mill”. Presumably the Young house, now carefully restored by its current owners, was constructed of materials from his mill. At the time of its designation as historic in 1994, the tree was 88 feet tall – so presumably it has gained additional height in the ensuing years.

Unfortunately, during this year’s mid-February snow and ice storm, one of its huge lower branches became coated with ice and fell, tearing a long gash in the trunk. Thoughtfully, it did not hit the house or any cars, but it did bring down a power line and a large section of fence. Angela Zahara, one of the homeowners, had the tree evaluated by three arborists (a city inspection is still weeks in the future). The firm she chose to work with said the fallen limb had formed around an earlier dead one, and consequently hadn’t been as strong as it appeared.

The arborist will begin work in April to reduce and lighten the tree’s crown – while leaving a three-foot stub of the broken branch, which will encourage new branches to form. In addition, the wood of the tree below will “feed” the recovering area, so it won’t die and rot. He predicts the tree will survive, and will fill in relatively quickly.

Zahara understands that, with global warning, we can expect more extreme weather patterns, such as drought and freezes. Warmer temperatures may encourage trees to grow faster, but they will be more stressed and vulnerable. This is a reminder to any tree owner to take good care of them, and to have a certified arborist evaluate them and do regular pruning to avoid future damage.

On another subject, May is Historic Preservation Month. My focus in the May issue of THE BEE will be to acknowledge various property owners who have restored, repaired, or done creative remodeling of older structures in the Sellwood-Westmoreland area.  I have my eye on a couple of properties, but if BEE readers have suggestions for others, please do send an e-mail to me c/o of THE BEE, at –  

Newly promoted to Sellwood Community House’s Executive Director, Ashley Asbjornsen says she’s up to meeting the challenges of running the nonprofit Center – even in this time of COVID-19.
Newly promoted to Sellwood Community House’s Executive Director, Ashley Asbjornsen says she’s up to meeting the challenges of running the nonprofit Center – even in this time of COVID-19. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Nonprofit ‘Sellwood Community House’ selects new Executive Director


As 2021 began, one of the key staff members at the Sellwood Community House (SCH) was promoted to a new position.

Ashley Asbjornsen was named the first permanent Executive Director of the nonprofit facility at S.E. Spokane and 15th, which was called “Sellwood Community Center” until Portland Parks closed it recently for budgetary reasons. It then was restarted, under its new name, by the community.

Asbjornsen joined the Community House in October 2019, and recently served as its Education Program Director.

About the selection process, Asbjornsen told THE BEE, “The Board decided to hire this position from within the organization.

“During the COVID-19 restrictions and closures, I had the opportunity to support and help navigate the Community House, alongside our interim Executive Director, through a transition – getting the facility on the best possible footing during the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape.”

With her change of responsibilities, her focus at Sellwood Community House now is, “Expanding from how we can best serve children and families, to how we can best serve our community in its entirety – cultivating the Community House as a home away from home for our community members.”

asked about the top challenges she’s facing. Asbjornsen named three:

  • Keeping up with restrictions in programming, and what is allowable under the ever-changing COVID-19 related restrictions; and, at the same time focusing on what we can do – and maintaining an over 100-year-old building
  • Recruiting for committee members for our Building Committee
  • Doing all this with limited staffing; we are not able yet to offer all the good ideas

With regard to that third concern, “Growing our volunteer crew is vital; it’s amazing the direct impact a dedicated group of volunteers can have,” Asbjornsen remarked. “The volunteers and community support for SCH is what makes our Community Center shine.

“With limited capacity and limited funding for our organization, the steadfast volunteers and community partnerships truly help all the magic happen. With the help of many hands, Sellwood Community House is able to serve more community members, bringing our mission and vision to fulfillment.”

You can keep up to date on the developments at Sellwood Community Hosue via its Facebook and Instagram presence, and through weekly e-mailed newsletter. To sign up for that, and just to learn more, go online –

In this view, looking southeast across S.E. Holgate Boulevard at Foster Road, crews were just starting to work on the improvements coming to Foster-Powell’s Laurelwood Park
In this view, looking southeast across S.E. Holgate Boulevard at Foster Road, crews were just starting to work on the improvements coming to Foster-Powell’s Laurelwood Park (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Improvements underway at Foster-Powell’s Laurelwood Park


If you’re driving on S.E. Foster Road in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, you might easily miss Laurelwood Park. It’s a wedge-shaped Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) property just east of Foster’s complex intersection at Holgate Boulevard and 62nd.

Eight years ago, during the 2013 Master Plan process, a collaboration between PP&R and “Foster Eco-Green”, the Laurelwood Park community chose a design concept centered around a new “plaza” to be installed along Holgate Boulevard, among many other amenities for the park.

This year, those plans will finally be turned into improvements for the small park.

“Pathways will extend from the plaza to provide connections to Foster Road and the adjacent property to the east,” outlined PP&R Community Engagement Coordinator Ken Rumbaugh. “This will create two lawn areas, and individual planting areas, as well as an area for an art installation.”

Laurelwood Park is not large, but Rumbaugh said, “This park, albeit relatively small in size, will be a ‘signature public space’ at the confluence of Foster Road and Holgate Boulevard; and, it will also be a centerpiece for the continued PBOT ‘Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project’ development along the Foster corridor.”

In February, construction crews fenced off the park for safety, as crews moved in to remove dead or dying trees, and to begin preparing for the park’s makeover, which will continue throughout the summer months.

“Signature spaces such as Laurelwood Park will be even more important, given all that COVID-19 has taught us,” Rumbaugh reflected. “As COVID restrictions relax, we know that Portlanders will be looking to Portland’s parks as a safe place to socialize with friends and family.

“And, this ‘new’ park will provide a wonderful destination, along the busy Foster Road Neighborhood Business District.”

When the upgrade is completed, the park will be “a new and welcoming green space in East Portland where neighbors can gather to reflect, to relax, and to play,” envisioned Rumbaugh. “We hope it brings smiles to many people’s faces.”

In a sense, this project is a legacy of the late Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish – who, in June of 2019, in one of his last acts in public office, allocated $1.4 million from System Development Charges to turn these plans for Laurelwood Park into a reality.

The corps of “Adopt One Block” volunteer “Block Ambassadors” include the Branstrom O’Brien family of Woodstock, pictured here – who show stewardship and care for their block and neighborhood by regularly picking up litter.
The corps of “Adopt One Block” volunteer “Block Ambassadors” include the Branstrom O’Brien family of Woodstock, pictured here – who show stewardship and care for their block and neighborhood by regularly picking up litter. (Photo courtesy of Rylee O’Brien)

‘Adopt One Block’ offered as solution to cleaning up Southeast streets


With the year 2020 having been marked with strife, stress, negativity, and tragedy, it was a small spark of light to discover the work of a new Portland nonprofit – “Adopt One Block”.

In mid-September of last year Frank Moscow, a native Portlander, decided he wanted to make a difference in the city that he loves. Seeing litter in the streets, he created an online entity to address it –  

He told THE BEE in an e-mail, “Launching a unique solution to a problem many communities face is an interesting challenge to solve. I have been very fortunate to make a living, and now I want to make a difference. With all of us working together, we hope to make Portland a cleaner and happier place!”

Joan Fleishman, who lives in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood, has adopted her own block. In January, she explained what she knows about the new nonprofit. 

“In the beginning Frank was personally delivering supplies to porches, and thanking people for their service. But the response has been so fantastic – over 700 blocks adopted, as of January – that he has now partnered with an online distribution system to get people their supplies. It can take a little over a week to get the supplies to you now.”

These free supplies include a trash-picker stick, bags, and gloves. “We are funded by people who really care about our beloved city, and are intrigued by a scalable solution to a growing challenge in many cities,” says Frank. “Funding from people and companies who share our mission and passion is always welcome.”

His new nonprofit is an all-volunteer organization, including himself – except for part-time administrative/social media support. “Imagine! No meet-ups, no driving to volunteer, no fundraising, no organizations to join!”

Cathy Jones, another Sellwood-Moreland resident, explains her reason for signing up for “Adopt One Block”: “All you have to do is walk your block weekly, and pick up any trash you see. My adopted block is pretty clean, but there are always bits of garbage that get blown around – cigarette butts, et cetera. It’s so easy, and gets me out of the house.”

Founder Moscow shared an observation he has made about people during the pandemic, similar to what Cathy Jones expressed. “People have spent more time in their blocks and neighborhoods [during the pandemic], and realized their blocks could benefit from some extra TLC. We wanted to make it easy for everyone to provide that care for the block they love and care about the most.”

Some neighbors, like Sherry Davis who lives on the boundary between Woodstock and Mt. Scott-Arleta, have been picking up litter for years, making it a part of a daily routine while walking dogs.

Corinne Stefanick in Westmoreland says “I have my own PikStik, and work the Oaks Bottom Bluff every couple of weeks while birdwatching. I carry a paper grocery bag with handles, and recommend doing this when you’re out walking your dog or just getting exercise. Makes me feel good!”

In Woodstock Lucien Dallaire is serving more than just his own block. “I started picking up trash from 46th to 52nd Avenues on Woodstock Boulevard, and lately it seems much cleaner around all these blocks, so it’s good to feel people are responding.”

Rylee O’Brien agrees that keeping trash off the streets can, over time, make people more proud of their blocks and less likely to litter. “We adopted our block at 55th and Holgate, and have had a great experience. Frank and his team sent us a bucket, picker, and gloves, within days of signing up. We chose one morning to go out as a family. Each week the amount of garbage we collect has gotten considerably smaller. We’ve also been taking a shovel to clear leaves from the grates in the street.”

As for Frank Moscow himself, “The growth [from 500 to 700 blocks in just a few weeks in December] is amazing, and shows how people really want to do the right thing. We are merely making it easy for them to do that, and care for the block they love.”

You can claim your home or work block for cleanup, or find out more, at that website –

Some came dressed as fictional superheroes, others portrayed the real-life heroes who inspire them, at St. Agatha’s Church Catholic School “Superheroes Day”.
Some came dressed as fictional superheroes, others portrayed the real-life heroes who inspire them, at St. Agatha’s Church Catholic School “Superheroes Day”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood’s St. Agatha School hosts ‘Superheroes Day’


Perhaps it didn’t make up for the pandemic-related cancellation – for the second year in a row – of Sellwood’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival at Saint Agatha’s Church and School. However, the school’s leaders did come up with a unique alternative celebration for their students on Friday, March 12, called “Superheroes Day”.

“I’m really looking forward to enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival when it returns, hopefully, in 2022,” remarked St. Agatha’s Church Catholic School Principal Leslie Jones, as she welcomed us to outdoor playground area.

Like other parochial schools in our area, Jones said that St. Agatha’s is providing in-person education for preschool through eighth grade, while still offering Comprehensive Distance Learning as an option to their families. 

On “Superheroes Day”, kids were dressing up as their favorite fictional superhero – or as an every-day hero, such as an emergency or medical first responder. The idea was to celebrate all heroes who inspire, we learned.

Jones remarked, “This year has had more than its fair share of challenges, but our community has come together and has come so far.

“This ‘Superhero Day’ is in honor of all the accomplishments of our St. Agatha teachers and staff, our parish, school families, and our preschool through eighth grade scholars. Our goal is to remind every member of our community that even during challenging times, that we can do hard things together and find a reason to smile.

“This day is to celebrate the heroes that inspire us and the heroes in us all. But our main goal is to remind students that even when life presents challenges, we can still find something positive, and be proud of our individual and group accomplishments.”

Heading back inside to her duties, Jones added, “I’d like to recognize our school office manager, Mrs. Annie Anderson, who has been a great help in coordinating this fun event.”

Every week, Woodstock Elementary Library/Media Teacher Rosie Lingo has been preparing dozens of book bags like these for students who are participating in the school’s “Let’s Get Reading” program.
Every week, Woodstock Elementary Library/Media Teacher Rosie Lingo has been preparing dozens of book bags like these for students who are participating in the school’s “Let’s Get Reading” program. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Program helps Woodstock Elementary students ‘Get Reading’


Although the campus of Woodstock Elementary School has been closed to students and most staff for a year now, the school’s librarian – Rosie Lingo – has been working with others to come up with a plan to keep the students engaged in reading.

“I felt discouraged, knowing that students wouldn’t have access to the library for a while – and little did I know it would be for over a year!” Lingo told THE BEE. “I was concerned for students who rely on our school’s library for reading materials. Since we weren’t initially allowed into the building, I just kept picturing all of our books sitting on shelves instead of in kids’ hands.”

But that changed for the better, with the start of the new school year last fall, she said.

“We now have what we call the ‘Let’s Get Reading’ program – designed by Portland Public Schools’ teacher-librarians, with the goal to get books into the hands of students despite our libraries being physically closed,” Lingo told us. “We began planning and preparation last August, with the first exchange taking place in early October.”

Here’s how it works: Families sign their young readers up, via an online form or e-mail, making specific book or topic requests, if they have any. Then, Lingo makes up a bag of books, specifically tailored for each reader. Then, every Friday, families come pick up their book bags, or volunteers make porch drop-offs for families who aren't able to come to school at that time. Students return their bags when finished with those books, and exchange for a new bag!

“And I like to include little extra surprise goodies like stickers, bookmarks, pencils, and such!” Lingo said with enthusiasm.

While about 300 students have participated at some point, she prepares about 75 new book bags each week. 

“The benefits that I see are making personal connections – and, of course, getting books into kids’ hands,” Lingo commented. “One of the best ways for students to grow as readers is to have access to books of their choice.

“And, the book exchange each week also helps families feel connected to our school, despite the closure,” Linto pointed out. “On a personal note, seeing students on Fridays and chatting about all things books – and life in general – for a few moments has been a highlight of the pandemic for me, and a source of countless smiles.”

She couldn’t do this without the help of others, she made clear. She thanks The PPS Library Services Team for initiating and helping implement this program, as well as Woodstock teachers and staff for supporting and promoting the program, and parent volunteers who help with deliveries (in alphabetical order): Anna Langstaff, Barb Lee, Beth Lutz, Jade Chan and Brian Murtagh, Katie Lake, and KyAnn Lewis.

“And, let’s not forget to thank Woodstock parents for supporting their readers!” Lingo said, as she turned to hand out another bag of books to another eager Woodstock Elementary School reader.

Providing a lively soundtrack for the Sellwood Community House’s Studio Gallery Open House were the musical trio of Niamh Branigan, Nancy Jarrell, and Mark Roberts.
Providing a lively soundtrack for the Sellwood Community House’s Studio Gallery Open House were the musical trio of Niamh Branigan, Nancy Jarrell, and Mark Roberts. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood Community House opens new ‘Gallery’


The Sellwood Community House came alive with socially-distanced activity in the late afternoon of Friday, February 26, as its new Studio Gallery space was opened to the public for the first time.

The space, which is on the first floor, at the rear of the building – and was last known as the “mat room” – had been painted with new flooring installed, and was hosting a showing the work of watercolor artist Molly Hodge, who is also a first-grade teacher at nonprofit Community House.

A fiddler trio played music in the front “great room”, serenading those who came to visit the new Studio Gallery.

“Our fiddlers this evening are a small part of a collective of fiddlers who rehearse here at the Sellwood Community House,” Program Director Erin Fryer pointed out.

“We organized this open house so the community could see the improvements our volunteers and staff have lovingly contributed to caring for this historic building,” Fryer explained.

The building, which began as a YMCA over a century ago, had for decades been operated by Portland Parks and Recreation as the “Sellwood Community Center”, at S.E. 15th and Spokane Street, before PP&R closed it for budgetary reasons and it was reopened by a community-based nonprofit.

“This particular event highlighted our new outdoor pavilion and studio space, which are both beautiful additions that we hope to provide as options for members of the community seeking party, reception, shower, and other gathering spots,” Fryer told THE BEE.

Over the course of several hours, about 100 guests came through the building’s common areas.

“We hope that the community will continue to recognize this treasure that is nestled right in the center of our community, Fryer said. “The Sellwood Community House remains a thriving organization, even during the COVID-19 pandemic – one where we provide care for children, provide engagement opportunities for the community, and remain a relevant and adaptive creative resource.”

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This “hidden” mural at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Bybee Boulevard – two stories up, and set back from the intersection – depicts Native American legends of how Willamette Falls at Oregon City was created.
This “hidden” mural at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Bybee Boulevard – two stories up, and set back from the intersection – depicts Native American legends of how Willamette Falls at Oregon City was created. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Hidden mural in Westmoreland tells Indian legends


John Keane, owner of the C.A. Butt Building at 6805 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, just north of Bybee Boulevard, last year commissioned an 11 foot by 60 foot mural, facing south on the building’s second story, to commemorate an Indian legend about how Willamette Falls was created.

The mural is colorful, but is easily overlooked, since it is set well back from the roofline of Kay’s Bar and Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge – and only fragments of it are visible, until you put some distance southward between the intersection and yourself to bring more of it into view.

Keane hired artist Andrew Young to create the mural, which was coordinated through the Portland Street Art Alliance; it was completed last November. Young is a lifelong artist who owns a multi-media product company called Splint Media. He enjoys conceiving each project holistically, he explains – to understand how people interact with his art.

Among the historic local tribes are the Kalapuya and Chinook Indians, who each have legends of how the Willamette Falls at Oregon City were created by “Coyote”, a traditional “trickster” character. Such a legend forms the basis for this mural.

The Kalapuya legend is as follows:

“Let's make a waterfall across the Willamette River,” said Meadowlark to Coyote. So they made a rope by twisting together young hazel shoots, and each went to opposite sides of the river near where Salem now lies. Meadowlark said, “Let’s make it here.” But she spoke in the Clackamas language, and Coyote only knew the Kalapuya language. He did not understand her, and instead of making waterfalls, he turned some animals into rock.

Meadowlark and Coyote then walked down the river to where Oregon City is today. “Let's make the waterfall here,” said Meadowlark – and this time she used sign language that Coyote understood. So they stretched the rope tight, and Coyote called on his great powers and turned the rope into rock. The river poured over the rock, and created the Willamette Falls at Oregon City.

The Chinook legend is somewhat different. In it, Coyote arrived at a place near Oregon City where there were lots of salmon, but the people had no way to spear them in the deep water. Coyote decided to build a big waterfall there with his friend Meadowlark, so salmon would come to the surface for spearing.

Many artists have created other local artworks during the COVID-19 pandemic – on walls, sidewalks, and even trash bins; we’ve brought some of them to you in these pages in recent months.

Murals are an attractive way to learn historical details of our area. As a point of interest, the Willamette River is tidal all the way from the ocean up to Willamette Falls, which is the second-largest waterfall by volume in North America – in fact, second only to Niagara Falls.

Events & Activities

Dinosaurs return to OMSI, thru the summer:
Now through September 6, the popular “Dinosaurs Revealed” exhibit has returned to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) just north of the Ross Island Bridge, on the Willamette River’s east bank on S.E. Water Avenue. Until crowd-size restrictions for the pandemic are relaxed in Oregon, tickets will only be sold online, to control the number of people in the museum at any given time. For details, hours, and tickets, consult the website –

Easter Sunday Services at Moreland Presbyterian:
  This morning at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., in the Moreland Presbyterian Church parking lot at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, two in-person and physically-distanced celebrations of Love resurrected will take place, accompanied by the chancel choir and brass. Spaces for up to six people in quarantine groups available (pre-registration and masks for all in attendance required). Come as you are. ALL are welcome! The 11 a.m. service will also be live-streamed on Facebook. For more information visit –


Portland Chamber Orchestra concert set for today:
This afternoon at 3 p.m. is the announced date for a Mozart concert by the Portland Chamber Orchestra in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, just north of Woodstock Boulevard and east of 28th. Featured is Hanami Froom, an award-winning 12-year-old violinist, who started playing the violin at age 2! Since, at the deadline for this issue, the Reed Campus is still closed to the public, you may want to verify with the orchestra or with Reed College that the concert is still slated to go on today. THE BEE has not received any cancellation notice.

Woodstock Plant Sale 2021 starts today:
The annual Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale starts today and continues through mid-May by appointment only. The sale, which funds routine maintenance at the Woodstock Community Center, includes perennials, herbs, vegetable starts, ground covers, succulents, ornamental grasses, houseplants, and shrubs. To set up an appointment to see the selection or for more information, contact Sandy Profeta at 503/771 or e-mail –

Public info session for new scouting group:
A new traditional scouting group is forming through Sellwood Community House, and you’re invited to drop in to the open house. Visit the “59th Johnson Creek Scouting Interest Group” on Sunday, May 2nd, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sellwood Community House’s outdoor pavilion, 1436 S.E. Spokane Street. “Fun activities for all ages, and information on upcoming outdoor events planned for this summer. The Baden-Powell Service Association offers a community-oriented traditional scouting program for youth and adults of all genders in the United States. There is no religious requirement, and the groups are independent from sponsoring organizations – simply offering the experience of scouting to anyone who wishes to join.” For more information, go online – – or you can e-mail to:



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