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Ross Island, development, Kenneth Brown
Image of the proposed development of Ross Island, suggested as the site for the 1925 Atlantic-Pacific Highway Electrical Exposition, prepared by Kenneth Brown in 1921. (Courtesy of SMILE History Committee)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Kenneth Brown: Heroic Promoter of Sellwood and Ross Island

By EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS
|For THE BEE

As large apartment buildings today rise within the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League boundaries, long-time residents wonder if we have reached a density saturation point.

But in contrast, Portland neighborhoods in the first quarter of the last century competed with each other to attract people, businesses, and municipal improvements – such as reliable water supplies, street lighting and paving, and public parks. Citizens organized “Push” and “Pep” Clubs and business associations. Records and photographs recently acquired by SMILE provide a record of attempts to extend that development even to Ross Island, almost one hundred years ago.

Originally “Oak Island”, Ross Island was renamed for the man who claimed it in 1850, emigrant Sherry Ross. He and his wife initially lived on the island, but by 1854 had moved to downtown Portland. Ross used the island as pasture for as many as 27 cattle, rather than a dairy herd that would require twice daily milking (curiously, a 1921 photograph shows that cattle were still being pastured on the island).

Ross died in 1867, and his wife Rebecca sold the island for $17,000. The buyer may have been John Kiernan – or he may have purchased it later. In any case, Kiernan was the island’s owner from at least 1879 until 1926.

One issue that surfaced many times, and to some extent has never been resolved, was determining the best “use” for Ross Island, plus three adjacent smaller pieces – Hardtack, East, and Toe Islands, which collectively total about 300 square acres. Today much of that acreage is water, since the main island has been hollowed out by Ross Island Sand & Gravel Company, which purchased it in 1926. But, there were several attempts between 1905-1926 to acquire it for a variety of uses.

The materials that now belong to SMILE hint at efforts by Sellwood residents, led by a persistent individual, who for five years proposed multiple plans for the islands, which he thought could include or lead to public acquisition. He did not succeed for lack of trying, but because the political winds were unfavorable at the time.

Kenneth Brown, Ross Island, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Self portrait of Kenneth Brown in the early 1920’s, taken in his Sellwood studio on S.E. 13th Avenue. (Courtesy of SMILE History Committee)

Kenneth Brown was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1866. At the age of 27 he graduated from Princeton University, and three years later earned his divinity degree from its Theological Seminary. He became a minister in the Home Missionary program of the Presbyterian Church, and served as a pastor in seven states before arriving in Portland in 1919.

By the age of 53, he had concluded his religious career to sell insurance and pursue his interest in photography. He had established a studio on the east side of S.E. 13th Avenue in a building, the site of which is now the parking lot of the Key Bank at Tacoma Street. He also became a tireless booster for his new community, as President of the Sellwood Better Business Club.

Brown may have seen similarities been Ross Island and Belle Isle in the Detroit River opposite Windsor, Ontario, where he was born. Although Belle Isle, at almost 1,000 acres, was considerably larger than Ross Island, it had been developed into a public pleasure ground for local residents. Brown hoped that Ross Island could become equally attractive to Portland citizens and tourists. Although privately owned, it was used by boaters, swimmers, picnickers, and campers from the metropolitan residential area.

The Oaks Amusement Park was a popular attraction to the east of the island that was well served by the interurban train system (now the Springwater Corridor).

Earlier attempts had been made to acquire Ross Island for public use. In 1905, members of the Portland Rowing Club urged the city to buy the property – an appeal that went nowhere. In 1911, city councilman Allen G. Rushlight was elected Mayor. A plumbing contractor, he was raised in the Midway area near Milwaukie Avenue and Ellis Streets, and was familiar with the Island.

In 1912 he commissioned architect Edgar Lazarus to prepare a general development plan for the Island, which was likened to “Belle Isle, in Detroit.” The Lazarus drawing featured walkways, a lagoon, swimming beaches, and ornamental trees, with a causeway bridge connecting Ross and Hardtack Islands. But when the public had the opportunity to approve purchase of the islands in November, 1912, for $300,000, they rejected the proposal. Rushlight finished his term of office a year later, and the Lazarus plan was set aside.

After the bond rejection in 1912, plans for Ross Island lay dormant for nine years, until Kenneth Brown began promoting improvements. Although he had not been a Portland resident at the time of the Lewis & Clark Exposition in 1905, Brown was aware of the economic benefits and increased development that could be generated by such an event. 

In the early 1920’s a scheme was being put forth by local “captains of industry” to hold the Atlantic-Pacific Highway Electrical Exposition in Portland in 1925. By this time automobiles were becoming more numerous, but construction of paved roads was far behind. A national “Good Roads” movement was underway; businessmen and farmers saw value in improved shipment of Oregon grown and manufactured products. Promoters believed that the Exposition would attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and potential investors to the city, and boost economic growth.

As discussion began about just where to stage the Exposition, neighborhoods began touting their sections of the city as the ideal location. Kenneth Brown was sure that Ross Island was the perfect site, and that leveraging Exposition improvements could lead to transforming the property into a west coast Belle Isle Park. In May, 1921, he became President of the Sellwood Branch of the Ross Island Boosters, whose membership was composed of local business owners, and the ministers of several churches. But city-wide promotion required funding; consequently pledge cards were circulated to raise money. Membership and booster committees were organized and letters were sent to newspapers and business owners beyond the neighborhood, seeking support.

On October 9 1921, at a Benson Hotel luncheon, the Portland Civic League listened to presentations by three neighborhoods.

Mocks Crest had three speakers, Rocky Butte had two, and Sellwood was represented by Kenneth Brown. The Mocks Crest contingent emphasized their location near the railroad freight yards and the shipping docks – infrastructure appeal for business investors. They also addressed modern transportation changes, a primary Exposition theme, stating that that the base of Mocks Crest could accommodate parking for thousands of automobiles.

The Rocky Butte presenters emphasized their proximity to the new main west-east highway, Sandy Boulevard – and suggested that the butte could be used after the expo as a public park, with a view as good as the one from Council Crest.

Finally, Kenneth Brown made his pitch, describing the closeness of Ross Island to downtown Portland, its accessibility by water, and its permanent use after the celebration as a public park. The drawing that was provided in his brochure showed construction of a causeway from the foot of Holgate Boulevard across the slough to the island. It also suggested the island could be a link to communities on the west side of the river, if a bridge were built to Fulton (now Johns Landing).

Brown’s sketch was similar to the Lewis & Clark Expo site, and included a permanent riverside exhibition hall for a Fish & Wildlife Department aquarium. However, his plan did not provide much parking space, an omission not lost on one of the other presenters, who commented, “the world is on wheels and… transporting people by water is a thing of the past.”

No site recommendation was made at that lunch; the Exposition promoters knew they needed money if the project were to develop beyond the planning phase. Subsequently, a handful of businessmen and then-Mayor George L. Baker submitted a measure to Oregon voters in November of 1922, seeking to raise three million dollars in public funding. Unsurprisingly, the measure was defeated – for why would Oregon voters approve funds for a Portland-based event which appeared to benefit businesses who were unwilling to risk their own money on it?

Without funds for it, enthusiasm for the planned exposition dwindled. But Kenneth Brown and many in his community, still felt that Ross Island should be developed. The new plan was to use the island for auto campers, with recreational amenities for residents and tourists. However, one serious drawback to developing swimming beaches off the Island was the lack of sewage treatment anywhere on the Willamette River! In late summer, when river water was low, sewage and industrial filth were high (Portland’s first sewage treatment plant was not built until the early 1950’s). In August of 1923 conditions in the Willamette were so serious that the city heath officer issued a warning against any swimming in the river.

Another blow to Ross Island’s prospects was a negative response from a study by the City Club in October, 1924. They opposed purchase of the Island for public ownership and use because “water pollution made it unsuitable for aquatic sports.” The Club did not address the need for eliminating or treating the pollution.

In early June of 1924 a more serious threat to public acquisition of the Island arose. A stock company was formed by six businessmen who took an option on the island with a $10,000 payment to John Kiernan. Two weeks later, on June 28, Brown made an attempt to promote the beauty of the island over its commercial use, by leading a tour highlighting its natural attractions. He also took photos of the island, which are in the collection of materials acquired by SMILE. They reveal open, grassy meadows (and a cow), and many tall cottonwood and willow trees.

There are also two aerial photographs which show the eastern edge of the Island; the length of Holman Slough (between Oaks Amusement Park and Holgate Boulevard), lined with hundreds of houseboats; and Milwaukie Avenue from Holgate, south to Insley Street. It is hoped that these two images can be put online, possibly through the SMILE website; but at any event they will be on view at the History booth at Sundae in the Park on August 6 in upper Sellwood Park.

The final elimination of Brown’s dream for Ross Island was announced in the August, 1924, issue of THE BEE: “The Ross Island Development Company has contracted with John Kiernan to purchase Ross Island for $200,000.”

Undeterred, Brown made a last, desperate attempt to prevent sale of the island for the sand and gravel operation. In April, 1925, he filed a petition with City Council signed by “fifty prominent Portland businessmen” suggesting that Ross Island become “Rose Isle”, and be used as a center for Rose Festival activities. Like the appeal of the Rowing Club twenty years earlier, his plea was ignored.

According to E. Kimbark MacColl, in his 1979 book “The Growth of a City”, in 1926 Ross Island Sand & Gravel built its office and operations buildings on the bluff [McLoughlin Boulevard was not yet under construction] without a building permit. The area was zoned for residential use, but in spite of protests from the neighborhood, “by 1931 the Portland City Council decided not to disturb the status quo.” 

In March, 1926, Kenneth Brown moved his photography studio and family to the Rose City Park neighborhood. Three years later, he was President of the Greater Sandy Boulevard Improvement Club. In August of that year he died, at the age of sixty-three. He was survived by his widow, Frances, and two sons, Daniel and Kenneth Brown, Jr.

Dougy Center, Walk for Dougy, Sellwood Park, Richard and Tatyana Sundvall
Richard and Tatyana Sundvall walk into Sellwood Park with Arina Zhibar, at the end of their “Dawn to Dusk Walk for Dougy”. Arina is Tatyana’s niece, visiting from Russia, who was orphaned two years ago – part of the reason for the Sundvall’s fundraising walk. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Solstice Day 40 mile stroll’ ends in Sellwood

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For the third year in a row, Richard and Tatyana Sundvall embarked on a charity walk of 40 miles, visiting 16 Portland Parks along the way on June 20, to raise money for the nonprofit, internationally renowned, “Dougy Center” – located in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, on S.E. 52nd, just south of Foster Road.

“Our ‘Dawn to Dusk Walk’, on the longest day of the year, is symbolic for those grieving the loss of a loved one – which truly can be one of the longest days of anyone’s life,” explained Tatyana. “Helping the Dougy Center gives us satisfaction like we’ve never felt before, and helped me with my own healing from loss.”

With a GPS on their smart phone tracking the journey, the couple headed out at dawn, at 5:35 a.m. near Portland State University, and hiked north, stopping for breakfast in Columbia Park on the crest overlooking Swan Island.

They stopped for lunch in Grant Park near the Hollywood District; and took a supper break at Woodstock Park, before visiting Reed College, Westmoreland Park, and Johnson Creek Park. The final leg of their daylong walk took the Sundvalls through old Sellwood, to their destination at sunset in Sellwood Park on S.E. 7th Avenue.

Accompanied by an entourage, two of whom had walked the entire route with them, they arrived in the park at 9:00 p.m. – exactly two minutes before sunset on the longest day of the year. 

“After doing this twice, we’re totally optimized now; we’ve got it down – like using three different pair of shoes, and four pairs of socks – and our supporters all give us so much help, making it really easy for us, except for the walking,” Richard smiled.

The couple again had gathered pledges for their long stroll, this year totaling about $12,000, to benefit The Dougy Center.

“Raising funds is good; but for us, increasing awareness about their work is the number one thing, more important than money,” Tatyana said.

“You know, Portland doesn’t celebrate the summer solstice,” Richard mused. “We’re hereby claiming summer solstice on behalf of The Dougy Center; inviting everyone to come out and explore our city for a day, while supporting a great cause that helps some of our most vulnerable people.”

After a Champagne toast, the couple and their supporters were chauffeured into Westmoreland, for desserts at Papa Haydn’s, and then they went on home to relax.

“We invite and encourage people to come out next year, on June 21, 2018, and spend at least part of the day walking with us,” Richard grinned.

Tatyana chimed in, “It’s not rocket science, it’s just walking; anyone can do it. Why sit on the couch? Just come out and join your community, and do something for yourself and others!”

Learn more about The Dougy Center by visiting their website: http://www.dougy.org.



Chuck Martin, All Saints Episcopal Church, Homestead School, Kileyn and Keli Cronen, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Chuck Martin (left), the Building Use Coordinator at Woodstock’s All Saints’ Episcopal Church, is working with Kiley and Keli Cronen – here pictured with their twins Cole and Lane – to bring the east room of the church up to standard for a pre-school annex. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock school expands into All Saints’ space

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

The privately-operated “Homestead Schoolhouse” across from Otto’s in Woodstock is expanding.

Kiley and Keli Cronen, owners of the school and pre-school, are creating a school annex inside All Saints’ Episcopal Church, just five hundred feet away from the main school.

“Every year at the tree lot [where Kiley sells Christmas trees] young families would tell us they’re on the wait list for our school. It is kind of a bummer to have to turn people away. Not now,” says Kiley.

The Cronens have improved the southeast room of the church at street level by adding new oak floors and cabinets, children’s sinks, and kitchen appliances. Large windows flood the room with natural light. A room down the hall in the basement will be refurbished to become a theater for children’s plays.

“We want to give families more time and day options,” observes Keli, who is pre-school director. “In the Annex we’ll have a morning class of sixteen two and three year olds with three teachers, and also a class in the afternoon [for sixteen different children].”

The Annex will have a fenced-in grass area west of the church entrance, which had been fenced years ago before removal for rust rot; and the younger children will occasionally make “field trips” to the large garden and play area behind the Schoolhouse along S.E. 42nd Avenue.

The annual “Stone Soup” events, where children make soup and share it with their families, will be held in the church’s Parish Hall. 

The Cronens are excited to expand the school community, with a transition year beginning this fall. “The classes of sixteen kids start together, and become very close over the three years until they are five years old. Parents become best friends together,” comments Keli.

The Homestead Annex will have an open house on Saturday, June 10th, 2-4 p.m.  It will be open to the public, and for families with enrolled children, it will be the first time to see the new space.

For more information, go online – www.homesteadschoolhouse.com.  



Eastmoreland Golf Course, clubhouse, original clubhouse, centennial, Portland, Oregon
The original clubhouse at the Eastmoreland Golf Course, across Bybee Boulevard from where the present one is now. This photo now hangs in the current clubhouse. (Courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Eastmoreland’s public golf course celebrates its centennial

By DANA BECK
Special to THE BEE 

The Fourth of July has always been one of the most important holidays that Americans celebrate each year. In the early years, Oregonians flocked to Oaks Parks with picnic baskets in hand to enjoy the music and thrilling amusement rides, while others visited any nearby public park to witness political speeches, baseball games, or watch a parade.

In 1918, another holiday tradition began, as one hundred golf enthusiasts gathered in an open manicured greenway in Eastmoreland to play a round of golf for the cost of just a quarter.  This was the beginning of the Eastmoreland Golf Club, Oregon’s first golf links available for public use.

Few of the golfers and  organizers who attended this historic event could have dreamed that 100 years later, this greenway in Eastmoreland would continue to be one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the city, and one of the finest public golf courses in the entire country.

At this time there were only three golf clubs in the Portland area, all started or owned by elite members or businessmen. These clubs were available for private membership, with set rules and regulations that were strictly monitored. They were the Portland Golf Club (1914), the Tualatin Country Club (1912), and the Waverley Country Club (1896) just south of Sellwood. The Waverley Country Club first opened along Powell Boulevard, but by 1899 it had moved, and started construction on a new fairway in the fruit orchard once owned by Henderson Luelling, bordering the Garthwick neighborhood, where it still is today.

Representatives from all three clubs went to the city of Portland in hopes of establishing a golf course that middle class society could enjoy for a nominal fee. In addition, golfers wanted to share their love and enthusiasm for the sport with others.

That proposal was approved by the Portland Parks Department Superintendent, James O. Conville – and, with the help of T. Morris Duane of the Multnomah Athletic Club and its supporters, the long process of creating a municipal golf course began. One hundred and fifty acres of land that lay between the newly opened subdivisions of Westmoreland and Eastmoreland at about (24th and S.E. Bybee Blvd.) was the chosen site. Owner William Ladd was approached by some of Portland’s most elite golfing members in an attempt to persuade him to donate an area for public use.

Ladd countered by allowing free use of his property for six years; if the golf course was still successful after that lease expired, then arrangements could be made to purchase the land outright. It was an acceptable agreement by all parties, and the next step was to decide who would design and build the course.

H. Chandler Egan was pegged as the right man to complete the job. A graduate of Harvard, Chandler had a string of accomplishments and awards: He was the first golfer to win both the U.S. Amateur and also the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship in the same year. Information gathered about Egan’s background at today’s “Eastmoreland 100” website revealed that after many of his victories on the professional circuit he suddenly retired at the youthful age of 25. He was content to live and raise apples and pears in an orchard he’d purchased in Medford, Oregon.

In his spare time away from his farming chores, Egan decided to help upgrade the outdated greens of the Medford Golf Club, and he designed the Rogue Valley Country Club fairway. He became recognized for his talent and imagination in designing new courses, and it was while he was working with the management on a new look for the Tualatin Country Club that that he was approached helping to construct Portland’s first Municipal Golf Course. Egan accepted the opportunity, and plans led the Eastmoreland fairway four years later.

The first clubhouse erected there was a small sheep-shed-sized building near the current golf parking lot on the south side of S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Since automobiles were in short supply back then, most enthusiasts either arrived on foot or via the Sellwood-Westmoreland streetcar, which turned eastbound at the intersection of  Bybee and Milwaukie Avenue. A special stop was designated at the golf links for passengers to disembark and enjoy a game of golf. 

Nearly all of the amenities, and cost for paved streets and cement sidewalks, were covered by the Columbia Trust Real Estate Company between 1912 and 1915. The company encouraged the city to establish a branch of the streetcar down Bybee to entice new homebuyers to invest in the new upscale subdivision of Eastmoreland that had been established just a few years before. Owning a prestigious house and living near a golf course became so popular that the Bybee Bridge was built across the Southern Pacific Train tracks in 1919 to assist motorists in getting there.

Dedicated groundskeepers, energetic golf caddies, and supportive members helped the Eastmoreland Golf Club become a successful venture. Most of the mowing, tree trimming, and sculpturing of the grounds was done by hand or with manual tools and lawn cutters, as gas or electric mowers weren’t yet available.

Caddies were the backbone of any golf course, with duties which included shagging golf balls for patrons, lugging around a bag full of heavy clubs, or assisting the groundskeepers in preparing the greens during tournaments and special events. The young men who were hired for this job learned a sense of responsibility, improved their communication skills, and earned a fair wage.

The jobs of delivering newspapers on a bike, sweeping the floors of the local grocery, or pulling weeds at home, weren’t as glamorous as caddying for golfers on a sunny day. Every student at Woodstock, Sellwood, Grout, and Duniway Schools wanted to be a caddy at the Eastmoreland Golf Club.

Chester Kellar, who was raised in the Sellwood neighborhood, was part of the caddy brotherhood at the Waverley Golf Course. In 1927 he had to pay 60 cents for a badge to be able to caddy there for the year. There were between 12 or 13 caddies who were on call at the club, and if they stayed on the job for the entire summer, their 60 cents would be refunded at the end of the year.

The young men would report to a special room reserved for the caddies and wait until they were called upon to carry the clubs of a player in need. During slack time, the caddies entertained themselves playing card games, marbles, or practicing their putting skills down the hallway.

Chet started caddying when he was just sixteen years old, and he remembers many of the golf tournaments at Eastmoreland that would draw large crowds of between 300 and 400. Losing a golf ball was expensive, and players relied on a good caddy to make sure their golf ball wasn’t lost in the rough. Billy McGee, a member of the Eastmoreland Directors Board, in researching the golf club’s history, found that golf balls could be bought then at major department stores for “three for a dollar”. This was a time when most blue collar workers might be making between 5 and 10 dollars a week! So losing a golf ball was indeed expensive.

Dale Bechtold remembers when he was severely scolded by his father for missing dinner after an unusually long tournament ended late at the Eastmoreland Club. But then his father, who was laid off as were many other men during the Depression years, was shocked when Dale presented him with the $50.00 he earned in coins that day caddying. That amount of money easily fed the Bechtold household of seven brothers and sister for a least a month. But that was in the 1930’s.

Back in the 1920’s, golfing along the beautiful fairway at the East Moreland Club had become such an attraction that another nine holes were to be added along the south side of Bybee.  H. Chandler Egan was again called upon to design the additional holes – and once the expansion had been completed, reservations were required on weekends to ensure a time slot for would-be golfers.

Billy McGee, historian and executive board member of the Eastmoreland Golf Club, pointed out during an interview that “Businessmen came to town knowing they could golf at the Eastmoreland Course without an invitation.”  Unlike the other private clubs in the area that required a visitor to belong to that specific country club, or be escorted by one of its members, Eastmoreland was a public course – open to golfers of all levels and occupations.

When that six-year lease expired for the Eastmoreland Golf Club in 1922, newly-appointed Superintendent of Portland Parks Charles Paul Keyser tried to convince city officials to purchase the property that the golf course was laid out on for $95,000. When he was turned down, Keyser was able to raise the needed money by suggesting the fairways be declared a public utility and the city was able to offer certificates to finance the additional revenue and purchase the property from the Ladd Estate.

Fashion became just as important as a good handicap on the greens in the 1920’s, and men came dressed in their best attire. A well-dressed golfer usually wore baggy knickers, some type of golf socks with a pattern, and a shirt and tie – which made driving the ball down the fairway a bit of a challenge. Other attire also might include a sleeveless sweater vest with a diamond pattern, or a knitted cardigan on brisk days, and a newsboy wool hat.

The low heeled Spectator shoe with two contrasting colors and lace panels was the most common golf shoe worn by professional players.

As for the ladies, Bradley sportswear was the most desirable. A hip-length wool sweater with a loose belt and large pockets, together with a pleated skirt, were the most fashionable. A cloche hat that was worn close to the head with very little brim, patterned stockings, and rubber-soled golf shoes complimented the ladies’ golf ensemble. At other times, a one-piece frock was widely popular on the greens.

Pro shops and sporting goods stores did not yet exist, so dedicated players had to buy golf clubs, golf bags, and golfing tees and balls, from the major department stores in downtown Portland. Prominent northwest golfer Ray Ainsley was in charge of the Sporting Goods Department on the 6th floor of the Meier and Frank building, offering five lessons for the bargain price of $5.00.

Lipman-Wolfe & Company advertised themselves as the exclusive agent for Fred Robson English Golf clubs, and also specialized in an assortment of equipment and clubs for lady golfers. Each of the major stores had an entire floor dedicated to people interested in golfing, and salesmen were specifically trained to introduce new equipment and golfing attire for the patrons.

Many merchants and shops were hit hard during the Depression decade of 1929 to 1938, and the Eastmoreland Club also went through trying times. Fees on the green were dropped from 30 cents to 25 cents, and the club was almost forced to close.

A proposal by J.E. Bennett of the Commission for Public Affairs to sell lifetime free passes to all golf courses owned by the Park Bureau for $100.00 each was unanimously accepted. Over 100 lifetime certificates were sold, and it helped keep the courses open until better times arrived. The Federal relief programs set up by President Franklin Roosevelt also contributed manpower and equipment needed for improvements to the Eastmoreland Course.

The Eastmoreland Golf Club’s crowning event was its hosting the National Public Links Championship Tournament in 1933. This was the first time that this tournament had been held west of the Mississippi, and it helped promote golf as a sport on the West Coast.

The Eastmoreland Club has had quite an illustrious 100 years, and some of the best golfers and celebrities played its fairway. Walter Egan, by many considered the greatest golfer of his era, in the 1920’s played there – and in the 1940’s, Joe Louis showed up for a round of golf. Fred Couples was one of the many who contributed to the fame of Eastmoreland golf.

During the rest of this year and into 2018, Eastmoreland Club board member Billy McGee and friends will be holding various events for the public to attend. On June 28th, a public picnic was held to kick off to the course’s centennial celebration.

Billy is encouraging golfers, youngsters who once caddied, and past workers at the golf links, to join in the celebration at the Eastmoreland Golf Course. McGee is interested in stories, photos, and past memories of the Eastmoreland Golf Club to be included in a commemorative album of one of the Portland area’s most prestigious golf courses. Reach him here: http://www.eastmoreland100.com/contact.html.

And when you have a free weekend, dust off those old hickory stick golf clubs, dig out that wool newspaperboy hat, and play a round or two at the proudly public Eastmoreland Golf Course.



Holy Family School, Eastmoreland, Holy Family Fair, International Fair, Portland, Oregon
Representing Mexico, at the Holy Family Catholic School International Fair are, from left: Alejandra Garcia, Gabriella Morales-Cortez, Margaux Johnson, and Pablo Morales-Cortez. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Peace’ is theme of Holy Family’s International Day

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For the eighth year, Holy Family Catholic School in the Eastmoreland neighborhood held its annual “International Fair” on Friday, June 2.

Instead of being presented in the school’s gym or community room, the fair was held outdoors due to the pleasant weather. “Through this event, we’re trying to address peace,” said the fair’s perennial organizer – and Holy Family Spanish teacher – Susana Parodi.

“Everyone belongs to the same world; at the same time, we’re different and everyone can celebrate that difference,” explained Parodi. “By showing the different cultures and different things in the world, we’re trying to promote tolerance and peace.”

The fair is also intended as a learning experience – with all of the school’s classes encouraged to participate, by studying and presenting information about a country. While some students presented information about a country, other students visited the displays, and took notes. Some 27 countries were represented at the International Fair.

“This year we have the Oregon Islam Academy from Tigard attending, as well as two Portland State University international students from Malaysia and China,” Parodi told THE BEE. “We also have parents here, who are presenting information about the country of their own heritage.

“My very favorite part of this is seeing that, in talking about other countries, we learn that in the end – we are all the same!” Parodi concluded.



Learning Garden Laboratory, Learning Gardens, Brentwood Darlington, Portland, Oregon
Margot Lombardozzi learned how to plant seeds, at the “Learning Gardens Laboratory Earth Day Spring Festival” in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Learning Gardens Lab’ hosts Earth Day Spring Festival

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

From all over Portland, families were drawn to the Learning Gardens Laboratory, across from Lane Middle School in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood on April 23, to attend an Earth Day Spring Festival. 

“The PSU Learning Gardens Laboratory is where we cultivate a sustainable future through garden-based education,” said Portland State University Faculty Coordinator Heather Burns. “We’re here to have fun, learn, connect with each other, and to celebrate spring.”

She pointed out the in-progress activities – a plant sale, kids’ activities, live music, and projects such as making a “salad bowl garden” with the assistance of Multnomah County Master Gardeners.

“It’s important to have an event like this because it highlights that Learning Gardens Lab is a place where people can learn more about gardening, sustainability, and our garden-based education programs,” Burns said.

Visitors helped themselves to a buffet featuring healthy and natural foods; and then sat and talked with one another, around the many tables available.

“We hope visitors take away the feeling of connection to the earth, and to the season,” Burns smiled. “This is a time to celebrate the seasonal change with the seasonable abundance that we have here, and this is a place where people can come back and share in that abundance.”

Find out more about their programs at their website: https://www.pdx.edu/elp/learning-gardens-laboratory.



Joe Galati, Llewellyn Elementary School, Carnival, Portland, Oregon
Students delight in repeatedly soaking Llewellyn Principal Joe Galati at the pitching booth of this year’s early-June “Llewellyn Carnival”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Llewellyn Elementary again hosts year-end ‘Carnival’

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The play field of Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland was alive with activity, in the late afternoon sun on June 2, as its annual “end-of-the-school-year” fair was underway.

“A lot of schools have fairs for their own kids and families, but the ‘Llewellyn Carnival’ has always invited everyone from Sellwood, Westmoreland, and surrounding neighborhoods to come for games, entertainment, and food,” explained this year’s co-organizer, Chris Dolan.

Planning for the carnival begins in earnest at least three months beforehand, Dolan said. “So many parents volunteer all year long, so you’d think they were tired of helping out, but that’s not the case – because we have 60 volunteers here today!” he said. “I think it’s the fundamental appeal of pitching in at the carnival is for families to have one more great activity to help the school that they like so much.”

In addition to creating a rollicking event, the funds raised from sale of merchandise at the carnival helps raise funds that helps the Llewellyn Foundation fund teaching positions, Dolan commented.

Across the school grounds, kids were involved in many games and sports, ranging from tug-of-war to trying to catch water balloons launched by a trebuchet. And, the line was long, as kids waited their turn to “hit the bulls-eye” and drench Llewellyn Principal Joe Galati – repeatedly.

Co-organizer Georgia Maull pointed out that many businesses throughout the greater Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood help support the school’s event.

“They might be sponsoring the T-shirts’ cost of production, coming in to help out with a booth, or bringing their food cart here – all of them are showing their support for us,” Maull smiled. “It would be an impossible task without our business community and our volunteers!”

The aroma of food wafted from behind the school where six food carts were serving everything from pizza to burrito bowls, sliders to fusion foods – and right up front was a stand with gourmet flavored candy floss. And who does not like cotton candy?

This elementary school’s end-of-the-year celebration was a success – even though lost school days from January snow led the school year to continue on for another couple of weeks, before summer vacation could begin.



Duniway Elementary School, Eastmoreland, end of year, parade, summer vacation, Portland, Oregon
The annual Duniway Parade steps off, with the school’s own marching band in front. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Duniway Parade signals summer’s start – almost

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Family members with kids attending Duniway Elementary School, and their friends and neighbors came out on Friday, June 2, again to cheer on the school’s students in this year’s ‘Duniway Parade’.

Repeating as this year’s parade organizer was parent-volunteer Heather Austin, who said she has kids in pre-kindergarten, second, and fourth grades.

“I believe this is my fourth year working on the parade, so it’s feeling pretty comfortable now,” Austin said, as the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band warmed up in front of the school. “It’s such a fun event; everyone’s happy, the weather is almost always beautiful for us like it is today, and it’s such a fun way to end the school year.

“Continuing this tradition is important, because the kids have worked hard all year, and when everyone comes out to cheer on the kids, it brings more community spirit,” Austin observed.

Of course, during multiple snow days in January, Portland Public Schools had extended the school year through June 15, but the parade went on as usual at the start of June, even though a couple of weeks of school remained.

Westmoreland Fire Station 20’s Engine led off the parade, guided by Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division escorts. Following came the Duniway Elementary School Marching Band; then the classes – from the youngest to the eldest Duniway students.

As in the past, the procession headed north on Reed College Place in Eastmoreland, before turning around at S.E. Bybee Boulevard and returning back to the school.

As the parade got underway, Austin commented, “What I like is seeing how much enjoyment the kids get out of the event as they parade around the neighborhood. And, then they get to enjoy a Popsicle on a sunny afternoon. It’s a great way to end a week near the end of the school.”



Arts Alive, Franklin High School, Marshall Campus, Jesse Fuller, Eli Hilton, Portland, Oregon
Mixing musicianship with technology, cellist Jesse Fuller performed his composition, “Pulse”, accompanied by Eli Hilton on the piano. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Arts Alive’ shows off Franklin High students’ artistic talent

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

As the school year ended, Franklin High School (FHS) students continued to showcase their talent – in a weekend-long program called “Arts Alive”, an event originally created by then-dance instructor Julana R. Torres.

“My predecessor created and produced this interdisciplinary showcase the talent of our student body – including music, dance, theater, poetry, and the fine and visual arts. It’s a program that we’re continuing,” said FHS Dance Instructor Sonja Warfel.

Shows on each of the three days were different; for the Sunday matinee, there were 22 acts on the bill. “We have eight major dances, two poetry slam winners, two original theatrical student-written one-act plays – in addition to a rock ‘n roll band, a jazz band, and several vocalists,” Warfel told THE BEE outside Franklin’s Marshall Campus Theater.

“There are more than 200 students involved in this year’s ‘Arts Alive’ program,” she remarked. “The parent- and student-run production is not only a good way for the school to connect with parents, but also with the community at large.

“And, just being part of this showcase is a ‘capstone project’ for our students; essentially, it’s a final exam, showing what the students have learned over the course of the entire year, in terms of technical skills as well as performance abilities.”

At that point, the lights dimmed in the theater, and the audience was treated to a unique, professional-quality variety show, in which the students were the stars.



Andy Kennedy, Sculpture, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Ceramic sculptor Andy Kennedy demonstrates his work: “Clay has infinite possibilities, and it is infinitely responsive to the human touch; it has both strength and fragility. I think it claimed me as much as I claimed it; we are collaborators,” he smiles. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘International Sculpture Day’ fêted in Sellwood

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For the second year in a row, Sellwood was the location of Pacific Northwest Sculptors (PNWS) regional celebration of ‘International Sculpture Day’, starting on a springtime Friday evening, and continuing with events all day on Saturday.

Organizers called the event that attracted more than 200 people to the area “3D Alchemy – Fusing Intellect, Intuition and Magic into Sculpture”, and offered five unique events at three venues – all located within a city block of one another.


Julian Voss Andreae, The Reader, sculpture, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Inside the garage door, here revealed to the public for the first time, is an eight-foot-tall stainless steel work by Julian Voss-Andreae called “The Reader”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

The exhibition space was set up at “Roll Up Gallery” on S.E. Spokane Street; artists gave talks at nearby “Dance with Joy Studios” on S.E. 17th, which later hosted a tango dance party; and, opposite the dance studio, German sculptor Julian Voss-Andreae demonstrated his process of 3D scanning, printing, and digital sculpting, and unveiled his public “work in process” for Portland Community College.

“This event is important, because it brings attention to sculpting and sculptures,” reflected one of the PNWS organizers, metal sculptor Alisa Looney. “Our hosting this event helps put Portland on the ‘sculpting map’, and brings attention to this art form.

“Our hope is that people take away inspiration to think of art in a three-dimensional way, to be inspired to sculpt themselves, or to support the artists who are sculpting,” Looney said.

Find out more about the hosting organization online: http://www.pnwsculptors.org.



Genevieve Westerback, Josie Maitland, Justine Pashley, Storm Store, St Agatha Catholic School, fundraiser, Family Life New Dogs Shelter, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Ready to open their store on June 14, to raise money for a no-kill dog shelter for the last time this school year, were St. Agatha Catholic School fourth grade students, from left, Justine Pashley, Josie Maitland, and Genevieve Westerback. CLICK ON THIS PICTURE TO VISIT THE SHELTER! (Photo by David F. Ashton)

St. Agatha ‘Storm Store’ saves shelter dogs

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For more than ten years, St. Agatha Catholic School first grade teacher Brandi Harris has helped to support the “no-kill” Family Dogs New Life Shelter, located off S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard.

“Two of our students heard about it earlier this year, and started bringing me their ‘tooth fairy’ money, their chore money, their birthday money – and wanting to raise even more funds for the shelter; so I suggested a small ‘school store’,” Harris said.

The fourth-grade students created a simple business plan, pitched the idea to the school’s principal, and opened their store in March.

Just before opening for business for the last time this school year on Wednesday, June 14, the students talked with THE BEE about their charitable enterprise.

“We started our student store to raise money for the no-kill dog shelter,” confirmed co-manager Justine Pashley. “We want to help them, because dogs go to the shelter if they need a new or a better home, and people can adopt dogs; the shelter helps them, instead of killing them.

“In our store we sell pencils, sharpeners, snacks, and school trinkets; you know, we have stuff that our students like!” added Pashley.

Co-manager Josie Maitland explained they call their store the ‘Storm Store’, named after the school’s mascot, ‘Storm’.

It’s worth the effort, Maitland said, because “we wanted to help them; they don’t get funding from government agencies or other organizations, making it hard for them to operate the shelter. Ms. Harris, our first grade teacher, helped us make the store; we couldn’t have done this without her help.”

Joining the effort was Genevieve Westerback, who remarked, “I was new to the school just this year, and it was so great to come to a new school and find something so helpful and interesting like this. I thought this would be a fun thing to do, so I asked if I could help, and they agreed – so I started doing it every week with them.”

Before the little store closed for the summer, the girls had already raised a total of $605, close to their goal of $700 – a noteworthy feat for a trio of remarkable young ladies.



Woodmere Elementary School, Portland, Oregon
Ngoc Nguyen, with Aland Dinh, show their purchases at the Woodmere Multicultural Education fundraising Garden Plant Sale. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodmere Elementary School hosts ‘Health Fair’, plans de-paving July 8

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

On a typical Saturday, Woodmere Elementary School is dark and devoid of people. But on April 29, the school was teeming with activity inside and out, as “Gather for Wellness” took place inside while the Woodmere Multicultural Education Garden Plant Sale was underway out in the courtyard.

“This event that we’re calling ‘Gather for Wellness’ is about sharing ideas with the greater community about wellness – of both mind and body,” explained organizer Kendall Palmer from the organization called “Gather Portland” – the same group that presents the annual everyone-welcome Thanksgiving Day “Feast for Southeast”.

Like the “Feast”, free food was plentiful, Palmer pointed out. “We think that food brings people together, so that is always an element of our events.”

The health fair came about due to community interest, Palmer told THE BEE. “And, it’s for more than just Woodmere; it’s open to the entire community, even beyond the borders of the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.”

Ten health and wellness providers participated, each giving ideas for wellness as they promoted their practice or organization. The event was mounted with the help of the Woodmere Parents group and other volunteers, Palmer observed.

“The purpose of ‘Gather Portland is helping people connect with each other, and having no barriers between them,” Palmer said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, or your social status.”

Learn more about “Gather Portland” activities online: http://www.gatherportland.org.

Plant sales point to ‘Depave’ event
Meantime, outside the school, the sale of plants and T-shirts was brisk, in support of the Woodmere Multicultural Education Garden.

“This garden is important because it reflects and honors the many different cultures, religions, and nationalities of the families represented in our school community,” explained parent volunteer Erin Seitz. “All of the proceeds are supporting a ‘Depave’ project, wherein volunteers will help rip out about 1,200 square feet of asphalt to expand our school’s learning garden and created a green space for the community.”

Upcoming, on the morning of Saturday, July 8, they’re asking for at least 100 community volunteers to check in by 9:30 a.m. and begin breaking up pavement, and also to help out with child care and entertainment. “We are looking forward to our community coming out to support this great community-building event that helps our school.”

For more information, and to sign up, go online to the “Depave” website: http://www.depave.org; then click on the “EVENTS” tab at the top of the page, and scroll down to July 8.



Moose Lodge, Brentwood Darlington, 52nd and Flavel, Saturday Art Project, Portland, Oregon
Josie Scott helps 2½-year-old MaTeyo make his own original T-shirt design, during the “Second Saturday Community Art Program” in Brentwood-Darlington, at the Portland Moose Lodge. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Brentwood-Darlington’s Moose Lodge hosts art classes

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Since spring, the “Second Saturday Community Art” program has been underway in the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood in the Portland Moose Lodge.

“Today we’re making printed T-shirts with kids,” smiled artist Zea Westcott. “With this simple printing process, each kid can make their own unique design.”

She showed how to make a “stamp” by carving into a piece of foam, using a pencil. “Then we put ink on it and turn it over, and then we can stamp the design onto the fabric,” Westcott explained. “I love that the kids get to do something fun, and take something home, and be able to say ‘I made this’ as they show off their project.” 

Portland Moose Lodge 291 Business Manager and Administrator Daniel Barrett was all smiles as he watched the art projects take place.

“Our devotion is toward family and kids,” Barrett said. “We want to make sure that families have a place to go in the community, and here, it doesn’t cost them anything to participate.”

What kind of art projects will there be on the second Saturday morning of each month? Head to the Portland Moose Lodge, at S.E. 52nd Avenue at Flavel Street, and find out.



Southeast Events and Activities
JULY 24
Sellwood Riverfront July Concerts continue:
This evening, the third of four Monday evening live and free concerts in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, at 6:30 p.m., features “Ashleigh Flynn and the Riverters”, performing “Americana”.

JULY 25
Sellwood computer class – “Word Processing One”:
This morning, learn the basics of Microsoft Word. This free class will cover how to create a document, how to format and edit text, and how to save a document. This class is for beginners, but you must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse. Free, but registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. It’s this morning, 10-noon, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

JULY 31
Last day to apply for Northwest Oboe Seminar:
The 24th annual Northwest Oboe Seminar takes place at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Woodstock on Saturday, August 19, for intermediate through advanced oboists, devoted to all aspects of oboe performance, and culminating with a public performance. The participant fee for this one-day seminar is $100 and includes T-shirt, minor instrument repairs, dinner, and accompanist. Auditors pay $40 to observe the focus session and receive a concert ticket. TODAY is the last day to submit an application to participate in the seminar; applications can be found online at http://www.oregonchamberplayers.org – or call 1-360/696-4084. Participation is by application only (except for auditors).

At Woodstock Library – “Light-Up Stuffed Alien” (Camp for Teens): Learn about the amazing world of e-textiles by fabricating a stuffed alien monster, complete with an illuminated eyeball in a week-long 1-1/2 hour camp, you’ll start by choosing from an assortment of thread and fabric colors to customize a simple monster design. Using a variety of hand-stitching techniques, you’ll fabricate a 10-inch tall alien monster. You’ll learn how to construct basic circuitry using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and coin-cell batteries to sew into our monster for a glowing eyeball. Upon completion, each participant will leave with a cuddly monster companion that lights up. Free. But come a bit early due to limited space. It’s 1-2:30 p.m. today through Friday, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

Final Sellwood Riverfront Park July Concert this evening: The last of the four musical Monday nights of free live music in Sellwood Riverfront Park is this evening at 6:30 p.m., featuring Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps and their “soul-drenched blues”. The park is situated at the bank of the Willamette River at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street.


AUGUST 3
“Bugs Make the World a Better Place”:
For families – experience the incredible world of insects, spiders and their relatives, at the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon. The Bug Chicks are two entomologists who teach about these exciting animals in a fun, interactive way using preserved specimens and live arthropods. This free workshop – twice this afternoon, 12-1 and 2-3 – explores the biology and importance these animals have on us and our environment, while promoting STEM education and encouraging curiosity and respect of the natural world. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance of each show at the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th Avenue at Bidwell Street.

AUGUST 6
38th Annual “Sundae in the Park” in Sellwood:
SMILE, the neighborhood association for Sellwood and Westmoreland, hosts its annual entertainment-and-ice-cream family fun day at upper Sellwood Park, along S.E. 7th Avenue. From noon until 11 p.m.! Free live entertainment, and games and activities, for kids and adults until 5 p.m., with lunch available for moderate prices from the Meals On Wheels People, and inexpensive ice cream sundaes served by members and friends of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club (proceeds benefit Meals On Wheels). After 5 p.m., the live entertainment continues, presented by Portland Parks; and the evening climaxes with last year’s family animated comedy, “Storks”, presented free by the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance business association.


World Footbag Championships start today in Westmoreland: Today and tomorrow, the 38th Annual IFPA World Footbag Championships start today at 11 a.m. and tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Westmoreland Park. (They continue August 8-12 at the Oregon Convention Center.) The first footbag, the “Hacky Sack”, was invented in Oregon City in 1972 by John Stalberger and Mike Marshall as a tool to help rehabilitate an old sports injury; today, footbags are used in a variety of different competitive and cooperative sports. For the full schedule, go online – http://www.footbag.org/worlds2017/players/schedule/

AUGUST 8
“Paint a Better World, One Ceramic at a Time” at Sellwood Library:
Kids and families, come and paint things that make it a better world from animals, to flowers, to construction trucks. The ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs and mats are supplied – you come with your imagination and talent. The pieces are painted with lead-free acrylic paint and ready to be taken home in just a few minutes. It’s free, but best come early to be sure of a place, since space is limited. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

AUGUST 11
Yard sale today to benefit Oregon Greyhound Adoption:
Nonprofit “Oregon Greyhound Adoption” is benefiting from an “estate/yard sale” today and tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, at 4745 S.E. 49th in Woodstock. All proceeds will go to Oregon Greyhound Adoption, to help feed and house greyhounds waiting for their forever homes.

AUGUST 15
For adults – create your own “sun catcher” in Woodstock:
Reflect beautiful rays of light with these easy-to-create sun catchers. They can be hung in windows or on plants. Free, but registration is required; register in the Woodstock Branch Library, where this will take place 6-7:15 p.m. early this evening – or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

AUGUST 16
Summertime Concert for kids and families:
Ms. Michal Karmi, a/k/a Peanut, is one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after children’s musicians. Her sweet voice and clever lyrics backed by ukulele strums and impressive trilingual (English, Spanish, Hebrew) chops. Peanut’s animated persona and natural gift with children captivate young listeners, all while providing an educational learning experience. FREE at the Woodstock Branch Library. Come a bit early; space is limited. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. (Repeats Thursday, August 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th and Bidwell, where free tickets are required, and will be available at 10 a.m., 30 minutes in advance of the morning performance.)

AUGUST 17
“Eclipse!” – for adults, at Sellwood Library: As we prepare to experience an eclipse first-hand next Monday morning, explore how humans have interpreted eclipses from our beginnings on the African savannas to modern times. Examined will be some of the great myths and superstitions about eclipses immortalized in our earliest art and writings, and then delve into the lives of the great scientists who helped humanity realize the actual science behind solar and lunar eclipses. Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation. Free – but registration required; register in the in the Sellwood Branch Library or by calling 503/988-5123. Then be at the library (S.E. 13th at Bidwell) today, 2 until 3:30 p.m., for this lecture.

AUGUST 19
Walking tour of Westmoreland this morning:
Learn about the history and development of Westmoreland during a walking tour led by historians and BEE writers Eileen Fitzsimons and Dana Beck this morning, 10 a.m.-12 noon. The walks are limited to 15 people per guide. Dana and Eileen will talk about the development of the neighborhood, and how its history is reflected in the buildings along the way. The fees for the walks benefit the Architectural Heritage Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating residents and visitors about the architectural and cultural history of the Portland metro area. $12 for AHC members; $20 for general public. Pre-registration is required; go online – http://tinyurl.com/h9kol3l

Northwest Oboe Seminar public recital tonight in Woodstock: The 24th annual Northwest Oboe Seminar presents its annual public recital tonight at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Admission is $10 per person, and may be purchased at the door. For more information, go online – http://www.oregonchamberplayers.org/OboeSeminar  

AUGUST 21
Solar Eclipse Viewing at OMSI:
Although this morning’s total solar eclipse won’t be quite total in Portland, it will be close, and will still be quite an sight. Since getting out of town to see it in the mid-Willamette-Valley region is likely to be a traffic nightmare, why not go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for their free “Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party” on OMSI’s Front Plaza, from 8 to noon this morning. Refreshments available from the “Empirical Café”; and you can buy eclipse viewing glasses at OMSI’s Science Store. OMSI is just north of the Ross Island Bridge on the east bank of the Willamette River, on S.E. Water Avenue, under the Marquam Bridge.

AUGUST 25
Open House at Whole Child Montessori School:
Nonprofit Whole Child Montessori School, at 5909 S.E. 40th Avenue, is holding an Open House to mark Head of School Nancy Pribnow’s Retirement, after more than 30 years, this afternoon from 2 until 5 p.m. Drop in this afternoon to wish Nancy well, and to wander through the Whole Child garden and classrooms.

AUGUST 26
Pacific Northwest Dahlia Show at Oaks Park:
Again, the “bigger and better” Pacific Northwest Dahlia Show will take place at Oaks Park today and tomorrow. The show will fill the Dance Pavilion with dahlia blooms competing for Best in Show, arrangements, and special classes for new hybridized varieties. There will be informational workshops offered, and experts will be available to answer questions.

Cleveland High Class of ’62 Reunion tonight: The 55th annual reunion for the Cleveland High School Class of 1962 is tonight, 6 to 9 p.m., in the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse. If you were in that class and did not receive information on it in the mail, call Ivona (Oliver) Wittmayer at 503/775-1262, or go online – http://chs-alum.blogspot.com/2017/06/reunion-class-of-1962.html  

AUGUST 28
Duniway Elementary celebrates 90th birthday:
Duniway Elementary School in Eastmoreland, at 7700 S.E. Reed College Place, announces a 90th Anniversary Celebration and Welcome Picnic at the school this afternoon, 4 to 6 p.m., on the school’s field and blacktop. Students and families are invited to bring a picnic and sit with others from their new class. Get to know your new classmates, catch up with old friends and meet some new friends, 4-5 p.m. Then celebrate Duniway’s 90th birthday 5-6 p.m. with a short program and birthday cake. “We hope you can join us for this celebration of our school and community.”



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