Community Features

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



Southeast History, baby home, maternity home, Sellwood, Southeast portland, Oregon
This single-family residence at 1735 S.E. Nehalem Street was once a maternity home. Because it was built on a lot that was a hundred feet square, in 2006 the current owners added a duplex that resembles a carriage house on the western edge of the property. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Sellwood house finally yields its mysterious past

By EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS
For THE BEE

The house at 1735 S.E. Nehalem (originally numbered 685) has intrigued me for many years, because it just “didn’t fit” in its surroundings. It is located east of S.E. 17th Avenue, just beyond a commercial building. At 2,566 square feet it is much larger than its neighbors, which range in size between 1,200 and 1,400 square feet.

Until 2006, when its owners of forty years added a duplex to the property, the house sat on a 100 by 100 foot lot. It also was situated toward the back of its lot, while most of the other houses in the vicinity, on 50 by 100 foot lots, were much closer to the sidewalk. To my eye, the large house seemed deliberately withdrawn from its neighbors, half-screened from the street by two groups of tall Douglas Fir trees. 

The structure entered the Multnomah County tax rolls in 1912, and its City of Portland plumbing inspection was completed on January 10, 1913. It was classified as a residence, the owner of record being “G. Churchman”. Searching old City Directories for individuals with the last name of Churchman, yielded George, a carpenter; a second George, presumably a son; and Gertrude, a nurse – all living on Spokane Street.

Since I knew when the plumbing was approved, I scrolled through back issues of THE BEE on microfilm at the Sellwood Branch Library, and finally found a one-line clue in a November, 1912, issue: “Miss Churchman is erecting a large residence at 685 Nehalem Avenue.” Apparently the prosperous, yet unmarried, Miss Churchman was building a large new home for her extended family.

I then checked Miss Churchman’s employment history: Between 1901 and 1913 she was listed as a nurse, initially living in downtown Portland. It was not uncommon in the early 20th Century for people to hire “private duty” nurses to care for them at home, following an illness or surgery. I also noted that in 1905 and 1906 she was a nurse at the Portland Maternity Hospital and Nursing Home on N.W. Overton Street.

By 1906, the Churchman family – George Sr., George Jr., and a daughter named Jane who was employed as a stenographer – were all living in Sellwood. The household probably included George Senior’s wife Janette, who died in 1908 and was buried in the Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery. George himself died at the end of 1912, but by then was living with a married daughter on S.E. 77th Street. It is not known if he performed any of the work on Gertrude’s house which was almost finished at the time of his death.

A conversation and walk through the house with one of the current owners revealed an unusual bedroom arrangement. Although some remodeling took place in the 1960s through the 1990s, the main bedroom was a very large rectangular room, about 20 feet long. At the end of this room there was a small adjacent room, separated by a curved archway, and beyond that was a bathroom.

Portland City Directory entries for the years 1914-1918 revealed that Gertrude, then a registered nurse, used the second floor of her residence as a “Children’s Nursery”. The owner had been told by a long-time neighbor that the house had been a “baby home”. However, it was not known if that referred to children who were recuperating from an illness, or perhaps even orphans awaiting adoption.  I could find no licensing records that would provide a definite answer. The current owner of the house, who was as mystified as I was, said she would continue her inquiries, and we agreed to remain in contact.

I continued to search for additional information on Gertrude Churchman, and gleaned a few more facts. It appeared that toward the end of World War I, Gertrude closed her nursery and left Sellwood, as did her brother George, and sister Jane who married and moved to Southern Oregon. Gertrude herself married a man named Alex William Easton, and they lived in Gresham.

At the time of her death in August, 1925, she was listed as a “housewife”. Obituaries at the time were brief, and no mention was made of her career as a nurse. In addition to her husband, she was survived by a daughter – Helen Jane Easton. However, as she was 54 at the time of her death, Helen Jane would have been born after 1918, when Gertrude was no longer listed by her maiden name. It is not impossible to have a child at age 47, but seems more likely that Helen Jane was actually her stepdaughter. Her husband Alex died just a few years later, in 1932, at age 56.

Tracing the occupants of the house indicated that after Gertrude left it was lived in by a retired Army officer. Then, from the mid-1920s and continuing for the next 30 years, the tenants were a series of renters with an almost yearly turnover.

Finally in 1958 Rose M. and Robert M. McQuiggin purchased the house, in which they raised six children. The McQuiggins lived there until they sold it to the current owners in 1979.

Recently I again contacted the current owners to share what I had learned about Gertrude Churchman. In exchange, I was provided with new information which seems to have solved the mystery. The owner had had a conversation with a friend who was a professional midwife. She explained that at the beginning of the Twentieth Century women did not go to a hospital to give birth. They were usually attended by a midwife, occasionally a doctor, who came to their home, where they afterwards recovered. If they did not live in their own home, they could go to a baby home or nursery. 

Although Dr. John Sellwood owned and operated the hospital he had built on S.E. Harney Street in 1910, and by this time he was also training nurses at an adjacent building, his was primarily a surgical facility.

It appears that an establishment such as the one operated by Gertrude filled a need, especially if the mother-to-be was living in a boarding house (apartment buildings were a novelty in Portland at the time, and there were none in Sellwood).  Lacking the privacy of her own home, the Children’s Nursery on Nehalem Street provided a quiet place to give birth and recuperate afterwards, attended by an experienced nurse. Not all married couples lived in their own home or had relatives to assist them. In fact there was a plea in THE BEE at the time for more boarding houses in Sellwood to accommodate married men who worked in the local mills.

It seems that the “mystery” of this large house has finally been solved. There was a reason for both its placement on the large lot, and for its air of privacy. (Ann) Gertrude Churchman built her house to serve as both her residence and a baby nursery. If any BEE readers have additional information – perhaps having had relatives who were born at the facility – It would be very interesting to hear from you. I may always be reached through THE BEEreadthebee@myexcel.com

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Historical follow-up to earlier BEE stories

In January, February, and March of 2018, I wrote articles on an organization known as the “Mantle Club”. It was a popular men’s membership club in the 1930’s, organized at a national level by an elusive character named Hugh G. Monjar. He later went to prison after being convicted of what is now classified as a pyramid scheme. However, my research on the Club in Portland indicated its purpose was more benign – its members were focused on networking, friendship, and intercity sports teams for men aged from 21 to 40.

I made a plea at the time for information from anyone whose relatives had been members of the organization. I recently had a phone conversation with Edith Fox Robins, now in her mid-90’s. She said that her father, Russel Fox, was one of a group of Mantle Club members who operated a co-operative grocery store in the Lents area. They purchased the groceries, stocked the shelves, and on Friday nights opened the store to Mantle Club members. The volunteers helped Club members provide food for their families during those very hard economic times.

I also had written about an ascent of Mt. Hood by 400 Club members in 1936. According to Mildred, she and her twin sister, then age 8, and another sister made a similar climb with their father. In 1934, “Ripley’s Believe it Or Not” credited them with being the youngest climbers to make the ascent.

Turning to a different story, in the May BEE fellow historical writer Dana Beck offered a history of Bertie Lou’s Café at S.E. 17th and Spokane Streets. One of the questions he had yet to find an answer to was just when the original name, Bertie Lew, had changed to Bertie Lou. Delving into some notes, I discovered that it was Bertie Lews’ Sandwich Shop until November 1945, at which time the Sellwood diner was sold by its then-owners, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph G. Manning. The name was subsequently changed to Bertie Lou’s by the next owner, Howard Hall. The Mannings moved on to operate a restaurant at S.E. 13th and Tacoma, and later THE BEE at the time announced that Mr. Manning was traveling to New Jersey to train as a Wurlitzer jukebox salesman.

Finally, it should be noted that the house behind Bertie Lou’s is much older than it appears. County tax records indicate it was built in 1891, and was occupied in 1914 by R.M. Gatewood, who had a small real estate office on S.E. Umatilla Street. The café was constructed in the raised basement of the house in 1926.



Leukemia and Lymphoma Societ, Pizza Roma, Woodstock neighborhood, Patty Bauer, Stacy Owen, Mary Rower, Kristi Lopakka.
The major organizers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society silent auction at Pizza Roma in Woodstock on August 7 were, from left: Patty Bauer, Stacy Owen, Mary Rower, and Kristi Lopakka. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Festive Woodstock fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

The “Leukemia and Lymphoma Society” (LLS) is seventy years old this year. As a nonprofit, and the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancers and supporting blood cancer patients, it has been indispensable to millions of patients and their families.

On Wednesday evening, August 7th, a fundraiser for LLS was held at Pizza Roma in the Woodstock neighborhood. The silent auction was hosted by Woodstock resident Mary Rower, who has herself personally benefited from the society.

Eighty-five items were offered for bid, some of them containing baskets of a dozen or more items or multiple gift certificates, all donated by local and regional businesses and individuals. By the end of the night, only a handful of items had not been bid on, and the auction had raised over $6,000.

The auction helped Rower reach her goal of raising $10,000 before the upcoming October 12th when LLS’s annual “Light the Night” fundraising event will take place. With the proceeds from the Woodstock auction, and additional donations received, “Mary’s Team” only has to raise about $400 more to reach her goal.

“A lot of people are here who know Mary from various aspects of her life,” remarked Stacy Owen at the auction. Owen, a former attorney at Markowitz Herbold, where Rower was a paralegal for many years, was one of four main organizers of the auction. Owen, along with Kristi Lopakka, a longtime friend of Rower’s and also a former paralegal at Markowitz Herbold, organized the tracking of all the bid items, and guided the process of making sure that high bidders received and paid for the items they had won.

“Patty [Bauer], who is a cancer survivor and cancer support coffee-group friend, was my cheerleader,” commented Rower. Bauer set up all of the items in one section of Pizza Roma with the help of Rower’s teenage children, Harrison and Anna.

Halfway through the evening, Rower sat – flanked by her children – and read from her written remarks. In part, she said:

“Here’s a secret that cancer survivors often learn through their experience. Cancer has the capacity to cut through the extraneous and unnecessary trappings of life. It forces one to really prioritize, to get humble, to be authentic; to disavow oneself of ego, to soften and open one’s heart. Pride falls off, and love takes over.”

Rower thanked Pizza Roma for providing the venue for the fundraiser, and John Porter and his Will E. Nilly Band for the lively music. She expressed gratitude to all of the volunteers – friends and family – who made it possible.

As for LLS’s annual fundraiser, “Light The Night” is a non-competitive walk on Saturday evening, October 12th, across the Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge. The walk to celebrate, honor, and remember those touched by cancer is one of 140 across the U.S. and Canada. The LLS motto is “We are taking steps to end cancer. WE LIGHT THE NIGHT.”

Because of Rower’s level of fundraising, she will enjoy special recognition – including a private tent for herself and her team at Light the Night. Starting in the OMSI parking lot, participants will carry lanterns to Light the Night as they walk across the Tilikum Bridge. Red lanterns indicate participants walking in support of blood cancer patients, yellow lanterns are carried in memory of someone who died of blood cancer, and white lanterns are carried by blood cancer survivors.

That citywide event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will include a fireworks display, music, tributes to special adult and childhood survivors, and booths by local sponsors and supporters.

If you would like to make a donation to Mary’s team, or register to become a team member (registration is free), please register for “Mary’s Team in Portland” online ahead of time at – https://registration.lightthenight.org/event – and on the LLS website, you must “create an account” before registering.

Those who have joined the team are invited to meet at the Mary’s Team tent in the OMSI parking lot at 5 p.m. on October 12th.



Woodstock Bazaar, fundraiser, local art, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Foster-Powell neighbor Laurel Hoyt showed her work at the Woodstock Bazaar: It was inspired by Crater Lake, and painted on reclaimed wood. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Woodstock Bazaar’ featured local artisans

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The parking lot of the Tremont Evangelical Church, on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 72nd Avenue, was filled with tents on Saturday, July 20 as the “Woodstock Bazaar” got underway.

A total of 29 vendors came to the fair, including those offering ready-to-eat foods and craft and art sellers, said organizer Bonnie Brantley.

“The table rental raises funds for our church’s ministries and outreach, and provides an outlet for ‘locals’ to sell their goods directly to the public,” observed Brantley.

One artist, Laurel Hoyt, told THE BEE that she came from “just a couple of blocks away” from the fair to display her woven goods, and artwork painted on reclaimed wood. “I’m so glad people are finding my artwork attractive, and taking some of it home,” she said.

Look for the bazaar at the same location in late July next year.



Reed neighborhood, picnic, Reed neighborhood assn, Southeast Portland, Oregon
A local band known as the Reed Ramblers – with Mike Headrick on fiddle, RNA Chair Anne Tillinghast playing the bass ukulele, John Fraser on guitar, and Todd Kelley playing mandolin – performed lively folk music at this summer’s Reed Neighborhood Picnic. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Reed revives its neighborhood summer picnic

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE 

People who live in the Reed neighborhood, north of the college, don’t have a park to call their own – so residents gathered in the corner of a neighbor’s yard, under the shade of old apple tree, to restart their annual “Reed Neighborhood Picnic”.

“We haven’t had the picnic for a few years; the last one was at the [Reedwood Friends] Church, and the attendance was low – because people said they preferred closing off Raymond Street, and having it at our previous location,” explained Reed Neighborhood Association (RNA) Chair Anne Tillinghast.

Impediments to hosting an annual gathering included the RNA Board disbanding and then reforming, she said.

“Two years ago, a few of us – each with very little experience – kept our neighborhood association going,” Tillinghast told THE BEE while folks gathered for the picnic. “We’ve been plugging along, putting our communications back in place, and we reinstituted the annual picnic – and now, this year, we have a very strong Neighborhood Emergency Team as well.”

As the picnic got underway, several tables were laden with potluck dishes and desserts. Some 100 neighbors enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill, as much as they did the live music by the Reed Ramblers quartet, and the casual conversation.

“It’s important have a neighborhood picnic because it’s helping to reestablish connections among neighbors, and creating face-to-face community friendships among those of us who live here,” Tillinghast remarked. “We’re working to create a sense of inclusion, a sense of community, and a sense of place – all of those being important to our feeling of well-being.”

For more information about the Reed Neighborhood Association, go online – http://www.reedneighborhood.org.



Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Woodstock neighborhood, new pastor, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Father Chrispine Otieno from Kenya is the new pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows Church – but he is not so new to Oregon. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock’s ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ has new pastor

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

At a time when the number of Catholic priests in the United States is declining, Catholic pastors from Latin America, Asia, and Africa are filling positions in U.S. churches.

On July 1st, Father Chrispine Otieno became the new pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows parish at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. Originally from Kenya, Father Chrispine says OLS has been very welcoming and kind. He is just one of many African priests serving in Oregon.

“People are really religious in Kenya,” reports Fr. Chrispine in an interview with THE BEE. “It is unfortunate that the media at times tends to show only atrocities and misery in Africa, and so people are compelled to hear mostly about war, famine and negativity. There are, in fact, tragedies and deprivation in the world, but people remain resilient and hopeful thanks to the family spirit and their closeness to God.

“There is a common Swahili saying, ‘Hakuna Matata’, which means ‘no worries’. Problems are always there, but we have to be a people of hope, and trust in God,” commented Fr. Chrispine.

Fr. Chrispine grew up in a rural area of Kisumu, the principal city in western Kenya, with a population of 600,000. He began his long journey to the priesthood in 2001. First he studied in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya; then he proceeded to Pontifica Urbaniana University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2013. None of his family has ever been to the United States, but because of technology, his family and friends in Kenya and elsewhere were able to watch his ordination by Internet live-stream in 2013.

After one year in Eugene, four years in the Oregon town of Gervais north of Salem, and one year in Gresham, he is settling into Woodstock, and says, “Tell the neighborhood I am glad to be here, to get to know the people, and to serve together with them. People should feel free to come to visit and talk, and worship with us.”

Father Chrispine loves a Swahili proverb, “tenda wema nenda zako”, which translates, “Do good and go your way” – meaning that it is not good to be the center of attention, despite all you do for others.

“The life that we live is not about us, it is gift from God to be gifted in turn, by serving others. Growing up in Kenya, I learnt that life is a gift that calls for celebration despite the ups and downs. That explains the joy in people’s lives, even in the midst of poverty and suffering. Joy is not found so much in material things, but in our relationships with each other in the community and by placing our hope and trust in our loving God.”

To learn more about Father Chrispine, or Our Lady of Sorrows, go online – http://www.olspdx.org – or http://www.catholicsentinel.org.



Firland Parkway, undeveloped median, SE 72nd, Foster Powell, Southeast Portland, Oregon
As soon as they get approval from the appropriate City Bureaus, FPNA Chair Eric Furlong and Board Member Aron Goffin are very ready to start creating “Firland Parkway” in this undeveloped median on S.E. 72nd. (Photo by David F. Ashland)

City permit process stalls Foster-Powell ‘Firland Parkway’ plan

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

An unimproved strip of land lying between the north and southbound lanes of S.E. 72nd Avenue – from Foster Road to Holgate Boulevard – might become more pedestrian-friendly. It’s currently grass, trees, and a worn dirt path down the middle of the street.

It might – if the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Parks & Recreation can agree on who actually “controls” this undeveloped right-of-way.

Earlier this year, the project was taking shape thanks to efforts of the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association (FPNA), which had applied for and received a $2,000 “Community Change Micro Grant” from “America Walks”, a 501(c)3 national nonprofit organization.

According to FPNA Chair Eric Furlong, the proposal – selected from more than 600 applications – is to start with creating a wood-chipped path along the length of what neighbors have been calling “Firland Parkway”; and additional features are under consideration, including a park, whenever resources and approvals allow.

“Our goal is to improve the greenspace, and encourage active community use of the Firland Parkway,” explained Furlong. “Bureaus in the City of Portland are still trying to figure out who actually owns it! This land seems to fall somewhere between the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Portland Parks & Recreation – as does Eastmoreland’s ‘Linden Allée’, along S.E. Reed College Place.”

A local arborist will donate the woodchips for the project, Furlong said. “We’re hoping to make some very large-scale park improvements, on a limited budget, and we hope to have them completed by the end of 2019.”

The grant is administered through FPNA’s fiscal sponsor, Southeast Uplift, Furlong added.

To follow their progress, and find out more about FPNA, see their website – http://www.fosterpowell.com.



Ardenwald neighborhood, August concerts, Milwaukie, Southeast Portland, Oregon
The Ardenwald/Johnson Creek neighborhood association presents free “Concerts in the Park” every Thursday evening each August. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Ardenwald ‘August Concerts’ continue to draw crowds

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Again this year, during the month of August, the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood association presented weekly “Concerts in the Park”. The Thursday evening concerts are held in Ardenwald Park, on the “City of Portland” side of this Milwaukie neighborhood.

On August 1, the first concert presented the Bluegrass trio “Cosmos Dream”, and was part of the neighborhood’s National Night Out celebration.

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years,” said the concert series coordinator, Jeff Davis, who is also the Co-Chair of the neighborhood association. “I’ve been working with the committee on these for the last 10 or 15 years.

“We have a handful of neighbors who help out; and Hope City Church volunteers give our series a big assist by supplying a bouncy house and ice cream, and providing extra hands for set-up and cleaning up.”

On the successive Thursdays in August this year, “Grey Dogz” performed jazz music, including traditional Americana, city, and country blues. The following week, it was “The Noted” playing “inspired rock” music; a week later, the high-energy country rock & roll music of “Lincoln’s Beard” rang out. The series ended with the upbeat blues and rock of the “Inner Limits Band”.

“We do this because it’s a way to give back to our neighborhood,” Davis explained. “It’s a time and place for our neighbors to get together, and see people they may not have seen throughout the year – and meet others they may not know who also are coming to the concerts, and make new friends.

“Take a look around; what you see here is people having fun, and creating a sense of community,” Davis finished, as the band began to play.



Southeast Events and Activities

AUGUST 30
Cleveland High School Class of 2009 Reunion:
This evening, 6-10 p.m., the Cleveland High School Class of 2009 Reunion takes place at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Bar and Grill, 2425 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. If that’s your class, you need to be there tonight!

SEPTEMBER 7
Benefit pancake breakfast today in Milwaukie:
Just south of Sellwood, down McLoughlin Boulevard, the American Legion Post 180 presents an all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon, for $10 per person (children 12 and under, $5).  The address is 2146 S.E. Monroe Street. It’s a great breakfast to support a worthy cause – the Corporal Diffie Veteran’s Fund, to give basic temporary assistance to Veterans facing dire circumstances. Raffle items from local sponsors, as well.

SEPTEMBER 14
Mid-Autumn Festival this afternoon at Woodstock Library:
Families and kids, come to the Woodstock Library 2-4 p.m. this afternoon and celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Harvest Moon Festival), one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in many parts of Asia. Join with friends and family to participate in fun craft activities, and enjoy traditional moon cakes. Free. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

SEPTEMBER 16
Red Cross blood drive today in Westmoreland:
Give blood today at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, 2 to 7 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be in the east parking lot on S.E. 19th Street. Walk-ins are accommodated as space permits, but to avoid waiting, make an appointment for a time you prefer by calling 1-800/733-2767.

SEPTEMBER 18
Raptor Rendezvous at Sellwood Library:
For kids and families – this afternoon, come meet a live raptor! And listen as “HawkWatch International” talks about the work they are doing in Oregon, and why it is important. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance; come early to be sure of a seat. 4 until 4:45 p.m. at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th Avenue at Bidwell Street.

SEPTEMBER 20
Oktoberfest at Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood:
From today through Sunday, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park presents its annual Oktoberfest for the whole family – with German food and beer, live polka music and dancing, wiener dog races, Kinderplatz children's area, local craft vendors, and more. Plenty of free parking, on Oaks Park Way, north from the railroad tracks at the west end of S.E. Spokane Street. More details online at – http://www.oakspark.com

SEPTEMBER 21
Eastmoreland Oktoberfest at Holy Family:
The annual “Eastmoreland-Woodstock Oktoberfest” fundraiser today is again hosted by Holy Family Parish, 7425 S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) – operated and run by HFP Knights of Columbus Council and the Holy Family School PTO. This afternoon, the Beer Garden, Dinner Tent, food, and live music run from 1 to 8 p.m.; and the Carnival from 2 to 8 p.m. Open to all.

Cleveland High School multi-year Reunion 1973, 1974, 1975: The CHS classes of 1973 through 1975 are joining together for a reunion this evening, 7 to 10:30 p.m., at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse, 2425 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Cost is $25 per person, paid at the door. Casual dress, no-host bar, appetizers. For questions, or to RSVP, e-mail Kim Patterson McAdams at – kjmcadams33@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 24
Computer Basics for adults at Sellwood Library:
If you’ve never tried a computer before, here’s a two-hour class, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, in which you will learn the basics of using a computer, a keyboard, and a mouse. No experience is necessary for you to take this relaxed and fun class. The class uses Windows-based laptop computers. It’s free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue.

SEPTEMBER 27
Folk Music Concert season starts tonight: The Portland Folk Music Society starts its nine-concert season tonight with a performance by Jim Kweskin and Meredith Axelrod at the Reedwood Friends Church, where all nine concerts take place – 2901 S.E. Steele Street, in the Reed neighborhood. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30. For advance ticket and season ticket sales, and to order tickets, go online to – http://www.portlandfolkmusic.org

SEPTEMBER 28
The story of Peter Pan, by the Traveling Lantern Theater Co.:
For kids and families, at the Woodstock Library 2-3 p.m. this afternoon, it’s “Peter Pan” – the treasured tale of an adventurous boy who never grows up! Fly away with the Darling children to Neverland, where Peter battles with a band of pirates, and his archenemy – the villainous Captain Hook. Free. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Avenue.


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