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Lester C Shorty, confectionaries, Sellwood, Westmoreland, Southeast Portland, history, Oregon
Confectioneries began popping up in Westmoreland and Sellwood in the 1920’s and were favorite hangouts for teenagers, kids, and a general social gathering place for residents. Here, Lester C. Shorty is leaning against his confectionery on 13th Avenue, at which he offered ice cream, sodas, baked goods – and “cigars for men only”. (Courtesy of Audrey Cribbs and the SMILE History Committee)

Sellwood in the Roaring 1920’s

Special to THE BEE

It was just short of 100 years ago.

When the 1920’s began, America was entering into a new era in which it had suddenly become a world power. After being victorious in the First World War, our nation found itself on an equal footing with England, France, and the rest of Western Europe.

Times were changing, and U.S. servicemen were returning home from fighting overseas. These young men were experiencing the age of Flight, the rise of Jazz, and a newfound confidence that they, too, could enjoy luxuries and careers that previously only the rich had been able to have.

American workers enjoyed some of the highest wages in the world – and with some of that money, young men wanted the brand new home entertainment appliance – a radio. By the end of the 1920s, over eighty percent of Americans had a radio in their homes, with which one could tune into current news and events. Families also listened intently to entertainment shows like Amos ’n Andy, show tunes on the Palmolive Hour, or the comedy drama of The Goldbergs and Fibber McGee and Molly. Boys thrilled to the adventures of The Lone Ranger and other heroes.

Henry Ford by then was building the inexpensive, mass-produced Model T Ford that workingmen could afford, and gas stations and autos soon filled the new roadways and highways being created to accommodate them. Women had more opportunities than ever before to be accepted into the workforce as secretaries and teachers, and filling various accounting positions.

In Sellwood, in what would become known as the “Roaring 20’s”, prosperity was everywhere. P.H. Duncan opened up the first Chevrolet dealership in Westmoreland at Milwaukie and Bybee (site of today’s U.S. Bank), and when the City of Portland announced the opening of two new bridges across the Willamette River in 1925 – the Ross Island and the Sellwood – it suddenly became easy for those on the west side of the river to drive to the Southeast Portland.

And they would not run short of fuel. Gas stations abounded on the corners of every major intersection. On S.E. 17th Avenue, auto repair shops were available for lube and oil jobs to new tires and engine tuneups. Gas and repair service was also available at the Community Auto Station and ByBee Garage, also at Bybee and Milwaukie. 

While “Prohibition” banning the sale of alcoholic beverages was underway nationwide at the start of the 1920’s, Portland had already been a “dry” city for four years. The “Mt. Hood Brewery” at S.E. Marion and 11th was reduced to selling “near beer”, and later became the site of a storage warehouse for ice cream, and still later of a cold storage facility for frozen fish.

Interestingly, under the Volstead Prohibition Act, alcohol could still be purchased by an individual for medicinal purposes. With a doctor’s prescription, patients near S.E. 13th Avenue could slip into the Beaver Pharmacy and present their doctor’s order to Peter or Katherine Livingston for a bottle of liquor.

Other medically-needy residents living along 17th Avenue would visit W. Radkel, the druggist at the Spokane Pharmacy, for their bottle of booze. Pharmacies throughout Southeast Portland – like Halldorsson’s, Nehalem Pharmacy, and the long-established Brooklyn Pharmacy near Powell Boulevard – saw a nearly tenfold increase in alcohol sales, with doctors’ orders.

Unable to sell liquor or beer to their customers, many beer joints and saloons had to close, or serve “near beer”, or resort to the sale of soft drinks and sodas. Near beer was a tasteless foamy brew that contained one half of one percent of alcohol, which most drinkers insisted had “no kick to it”.

Some saloon owners decided to go underground, selling alcohol beverages in unmarked buildings generally referred-to as “speakeasys” where trustworthy clients were invited to private parties under the surveillance of husky men who made sure enforcement officers were kept at bay. (The atmosphere of such places is lovingly reproduced today by the unmarked “Bible Club”, across from the Sellwood-Moreland Post Office.)

It’s said that Italians love their wine, and when liquor, beer, and wine were declared illegal to manufacture or possess, the law posed quite a hardship to the Italian community. Wine was such an important part of Italian society that many Italians in Sellwood, Brooklyn, and other Inner Southeast neighborhoods later admitted to having small sheds or basements where they’d concocted the secret beverage for personal consumption – or for birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions.

Soda fountains and confectionaries became a  place to hang out for teenagers who congregated after a movie or dance, or just when school was let out. Pre-teens loved the sweet candies, banana splits, and cream sodas offered by the man behind the counter in the white hat -- or simply the fun of sitting on a twirling stool at the counter, and feeling like a high schooler, even though they had a few more years to go.

The Monarch Pharmacy and its soda fountain at Milwaukie and ByBee in Westmoreland, where ZoomCare is now, was the place where mom and dad could spend part of a romantic evening without the kids. Farley’s Confectionary and the Sellwood Sweet Shop were also favorite places to stop on a Saturday afternoon, or after church on Sunday.

With so much sugar being consumed in Sellwood and Westmoreland back then, it’s not surprising there was an abundance of dentists in the area. Dr. R.S. Stryker, J.W. Lehman, R.R. Hill, and W.H. Springer were listed in directories as part of the tooth patrol in the community.

The Oregon Door Company, Eastside Box Factory, and the Eastside Lumber Mill – situated along the waterfront between the streets of Spokane and Tacoma – in that decade still proved to be the largest employers of men in the neighborhood. The lumber mill ran 24-hour shifts during peak production periods, employing between 300 and 500 men on each 12 hour shift.

A surge in the population in the 1920’s led to the opening of new stores and services along the main traveled streets. The Peerless Laundry Company at 13th and Tacoma, founded by Jay “Doc” Dannell, had over 50 employees. The drivers of Model T trucks would make laundry deliveries throughout the city, and in the outlying areas beyond Portland.  Customers were charged one dollar for every 30 pieces of clothing that needed to be washed.

As for entertainment – the Sellwood, Star, and Isis Theaters provided weekly shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the theater corner, Spokane and 13th Avenue. In the newer community just north of Sellwood, the opening of the Westmoreland Theater in 1925 at the corner of Glenwood and Milwaukie was big news.

During the summer, Oaks Park provided numerous comedy acts and entertainment along with their summer concerts; and roller skating was in fashion during the 1920’s. Every child that grew up in Sellwood spent time in the historic Sellwood swimming pool; and baseball was the main attraction at Sellwood Park, where elementary school kids and adults held their league games continuously through the summer. The Sellwood Community Center on S.E. Spokane Street hosted basketball and wrestling for restless boys, and offered crafts and gymnastic for the young ladies.

Residents no longer had to travel to downtown Portland for professional services; both 13th Avenue in Sellwood and Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland hosted offices for doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, and real estate agents. For those who were injured or sick, there was the Sellwood General Hospital on S.E. Umatilla just west of today’s Sellwood Middle School, where Dr. Sellwood treated patients. A mainstay of the hospital was helping expectant mothers and dealing with simple surgical needs. If you needed more serious treatment, most Southeast residents traveled to the major hospitals on the west side of the river for what they perceived as better care. If ailments proved far more severe, the Kenworthy Funeral Parlor in Sellwood was among the undertaking services conveniently available.

Berlin Davis Shoes, Hepp’s Racket Store, Rust’s Haberdashery, Brill’s, and Trenton the Tailor provided all the suits, ties, shirts, and clothing that a businessman in Southeast Portland would need for work and church gatherings. Gentlemen did not need to shop at the expensive men’s stores downtown, when the latest styles were available in Sellwood!

On the weekends women still dressed in their finest for a trip via the street car to the major department stores of Meier and Frank, and Olds, Wortman, and King, as an all-day outing and social affair.

Shop owners not only worked in Westmoreland and Sellwood they also resided close to their places of business, and raised their families here.

Wages were at an all-time high – and, with disposable income, young couples wanted more thrills in their lifestyle than simply attending church services every weekend and seasonal picnics that the older folks flocked to at Oaks Park. Small cafes and family restaurants began popping up along the business district as wives could be treated to a night off from home cooking and household chores. Pete and Helen Leipzig opened the Leipzig Confectionary on 13th Avenue on the north side of Spokane Street.  Leipzig’s offered tasty, tongue tickling drinks from their fountain, warm coffee, and the best pie around town.

As mentioned earlier, after the Sellwood community had been petitioning the Portland City Council for ten years on the importance of building a bridge across the Willamette River there, on December 15th, 1925, a new Sellwood Bridge was officially opened for motor vehicles and pedestrians. The Sellwood Bank moved to Tacoma Street, where business was brisker.

The real estate market in Garthwick, East Moreland, and West Moreland was a hotbed of action, as new residents could now travel to and from the area by car. THE BEE, already 19 years old, had six real estate companies in its classified directory ready and waiting to assist first-time homebuyers, and those wanting to put their house on the market

Men enjoyed the evening camaraderie of fraternal organizations like the Elks, Masons, Odd Fellows, and the Redman’s Organizations – and women and children visited the local theater every weekend for a movie or a live show. Billiards and pool in taverns offered an option for men who preferred not to be part of large fraternal groups – and, in Sellwood, the Lavender Club was an alternative for older women.

Back in 1921 the Westmoreland Community Club had been established to help “improve the neighborhood”. Some of its first meetings were held in the Bohemian Hall – now a residential house at 14th and S.E. Duke. Events included numerous dances, as well as fundraisers from which the money secured was used for additional street lighting, sidewalk improvements, and support for a new building for the students at Llewellyn school in 1926.

They were instrumental in blocking the Southern Pacific Railroad’s grand plan of adding additional train tracks along their right of way between the West Moreland and Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Workers, merchants, businessmen, bankers, artists, and politicians were enjoying the good life of prosperity that seemed would never end. The common man was able to participate or watch sporting events, own an automobile, and sit back at home and listen to the national news, live music, comedy, and drama on the radio. Ladies were finally able to vote, start a career for themselves, and purchase modern conveniences like refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and washing machines, all of which allowed them free time to enjoy  other pleasures. Cosmetics were widely available, the latest dress styles could be bought just down the street, and magazines were delivered to their front door. Regular pleasures included a night out at the movies or local restaurant or sweet shop.

But the good life of the Roaring ’20’s ground to a dramatic halt in October of 1929, when excessive margin buying and speculation popped the financial bubble that had been building, and the stock market completely collapsed, putting the nation into an economic tailspin. Suddenly, prosperous and employed citizens found themselves without a job, and saddled with debt and outstanding loans.

As the 1930’s started, residents of Sellwood, Garthwick, and West and East Moreland were faced with a future of uncertainty for their children, neighbors, and their own well-being. The decade of the 1930’s would be a true test to their strength and the stability of the community. But that is another story.

Sumner College, nurses, fund raiser, Grand Central Bakery, Woodstock, Woodstock Boulevard, fundraiser, Portland, Oregon
Sumner College nursing students in front of Woodstock Grand Central Bakery, where they sold art and asked for donations as a fundraiser for local low-income mothers and children. Woodstock resident and nursing student Marlena Egle, with whom we spoke, is third from left. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Nursing students hold frosty fundraiser in Woodstock


On a recent frigid Saturday morning, eight nursing students from Sumner College near Tigard, and their instructor, stood in front of Grand Central Bakery on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard for five hours to participate in a fundraiser for the “Mother and Child Education Center” – where they volunteer, and do clinicals.

Woodstock resident Marlena Egle, who is in her last year of nursing school at Sumner, was braving the wintry cold with her colleagues. She told THE BEE that working at the nonprofit Mother and Child Education Center (MCEC) in the Hollywood district of Northeast Portland has opened her eyes to a reality she never knew. Low-income women come to MCEC from Southeast Portland, and all over the Portland Metro area, including the City of Milwaukie. There, they receive emergency supplies and services.

Egle and her husband are raising five children in Woodstock, who are attending Lewis Elementary, Sellwood Middle School, and Cleveland High. Her family, she says, is relatively privileged.

“I have spent thirty hours at the MCEC, and seeing the real need in the community has been a big wake-up for me. It has been a sobering experience. It was sad to see the women who came in,” Egle reflected.

Rachel Nordgren, an instructor of the eight students, was also present, and sat down on a very cold bench outside the bakery with us to share what she likes about having her students participate in fundraisers. “For some of them it is their first time to volunteer for a fundraiser. The students see how it’s helping the community. And I like to see them grow.”

Nordgren remarked that in addition to making emergency supplies available, the MCEC helps women who just need to talk with someone for advice on childbirth and mothering. Women can also take childbirth and parenting classes there, and get help from a lactation consultant.

Many mothers need emergency supplies of prenatal vitamins, baby formula, or diapers, all of which are often beyond their budget.

“I love that what MCEC offers is going to people who really need help,” Woodstock’s Egle says. “Sometimes the mother has nowhere to put the baby when it’s born.” (Lightly used bassinets and cribs are welcome donations to the center.)

Jessica Rengo, client-care lead and training coordinator at MCEC says the Center welcomes donations of diapers, formula (Similac blue container), all kinds of baby clothes (especially warm coats this season), maternity clothing, and blankets. Also, non-expired car seats that have never been in an accident are very much appreciated.

“I love working at MCEC because it’s part of the solution. It makes me want to come to work,” says MCEC’s Rengo. “I love helping a mom figure out her needs [and how to get them met].”

Maura White, MCEC executive director informed THE BEE that the Woodstock fundraiser, along with two others by the same group of students, raised $750 for a shed for MCEC to store the community donations.

“We love it when the Sumner students participate in our program,” said White. “They not only work directly with clients, but fundraise for us to show their support.”

The Mother & Child Education Center was founded on February 15, 1971. To learn more go online to: Or call 503/249-5801. Contributions are more than welcome: Write a check to Mother & Child Education Center, 11515 N.E. 41st Avenue, Portland 97232, and you can deliver donated supplies to the same address.

Money and in-kind donations are tax deductible. Any little bit helps. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Watershed Wide Event, cleanup, Johnson Creek, Crystal Springs Creek, Erroll Heights, Portland, Oregonn
Neighbors James and Adah Garone, and Jenna Wilson, told THE BEE they were on hand to help clean up Crystal Springs Creek in Westmoreland Park, during the JCWC “Watershed-Wide Event”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Volunteers again clean up Johnson Creek’s watershed


For those who enjoy getting dirty, volunteering with friends, and helping restore a natural resource, the morning of March 4 was their time to shine – at the 2017 Johnson Creek “Watershed-Wide” clean-up.

At all of the ten sites, from the Willamette River out through Gresham, a total of about 400 volunteers planted 7,000 trees and removed five acres of invasive species, reported Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Beckel.

“It’s an important day, because the community is coming together – working with restoration science to improve water quality, enhance habitat for native species, and build a sense of community while doing it,” Beckel told THE BEE.

Also, there’s a “beautification” element, she added; trees are planted where needed.

“Other than dirty hands, the volunteers walk away today with a sense of accomplishment,” Beckel observed. “It helps them to develop a sense of place and help them create ownership of their local natural places. And, they’ll feel more of a part of the restoration that helps to invite salmon back into Johnson Creek.”

In Westmoreland Park, through which Johnson Creek tributary Crystal Springs Creek runs, some 90 people turned out to help spruce up the area recently renovated by Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

These hearty volunteers dodged rain showers as they spent the morning yanking out species and mulching existing plants.

“We’re glad to partner with JCWC here today, smiled Karl Lee of the Crystal Springs Creek Community Partnership. “Taking care of plantings is important, because Crystal Springs Creek is a very important piece of the watershed.”

At the lower end of Errol Heights Park, near the corner of S.E. 45th Avenue and Harney Street, across from Precision Castparts Structurals’ campus, the Friends of Trees organization partnered with JCWC to bring out 86 volunteers to plant trees.

By mid-morning, a sea of small colored flags marked where seedlings had been planted; but the volunteers kept on planting until all of the starts were in the ground.

Around noon, after cleaning off their tools, all of the volunteers, from all of the sites, turned their attention to a pizza party at the headquarters of the JCWC just south of Ochoco Street, near Sellwood, to celebrate their success.

To learn more about the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, visit their website:

Llewellyn Elementary School, sailing, explorers, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon
The crew of the “HMS Astounding Poseidon” sets off on their own journey through history, as part of Llewellyn Elementary School’s “Sailing Day”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Llewellyn Elementary’s student voyagers hold ‘Sailing Day’


Taking a break from books and computers at Llewellyn Elementary School on Friday, February 24, the fifth grade students “set sail” on a global exploration during this year’s “Sailing Day”.

“This is our second year holding this activity, to wrap up the ‘Explorer Unit’ for two fifth grade classes,” explained teacher Madeline Mininger. “We studied explorers who found North America and South America. Each of the students has studied an individual explorer; and now, during this culminating activity for the teaching unit, they’re teaming up to share their knowledge with one another – to complete a scavenger hunt in the school and around the campus.”

By a random drawing the students were recruited to crew an imaginary “ship”, and sail among stations at the school where their knowledge was tested.

“We learned facts about the explorers and the places they visited, and wrote the information down on cards. Now, the sailors are coming together, trying to answer questions about the explorers during our scavenger hunt,” Llewellyn fifth-grader Avery said, as she went to join her shipmates aboard the Magnificent Neptune.

Some of the stations to which the “ships” sailed were “matching” games; one was a “cake walk” quiz; and Mininger held a Jeopardy-styled game in her classroom. For the ships to advance to the next port, the student sailors needed to pool their knowledge to answer the questions.

As the adventure unfolded, Mininger smiled and said, “I like seeing them all work together, as they remember what they learned about the explorers.”

Foster Community Garden, Foster Powell, Powell Boulevard, Portland, Oregon
Volunteer Lora Clements cleans weeds from a raised garden bed at the Foster-Powell Community Garden. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Foster-Powell Community Garden survives cold and snowy winter


We’ve told you before about the development, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, of an unusual Foster-Powell Community Garden that’s constructed entirely on top of a paved parking lot – site of a former gas station – on S.E. Powell Boulevard at 62nd.

The garden overwintered well, and its first work party of the year, on February 25, drew over a dozen volunteers before noon. Founder Vicki Wilson quickly organized clean-up tasks while announcing, “Thank you all for coming – it was snowing here earlier this morning!”

Volunteers cleared trash and old growth from the twenty raised beds, cleaned out the work shed, and spread wood chips along the paths. The first fruit trees – a persimmon, a pawpaw, and two dwarf plum trees – were planted among the beds, along with grape and kiwi vines, and two blueberry bushes.

“A new Asian pear tree is coming soon, and we're hoping to donate excess fruit and vegetables to the food pantry at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at S.E. 54th and Powell Boulevard,” remarked Wilson. An on-site donation plot near the entry gate was also set aside for extra garden produce for fellow gardeners.

Garden helpers admired the new picnic table in the covered meeting area, as well as the nearby laminated poster illustrating native and invasive plants. “We're getting the native plants labeled with wooden stakes today,” explained Wilson. “Coffee and bagels for the volunteers were provided by Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels at S.E. 64th and Foster Road.”

She pointed to the new fixtures on the two 2,500-gallon cisterns which supply water to the garden. “During the winter, the valves broke on both cisterns, and we lost our stored water; but we now have new hand-pumps with gravity feed faucets that should be more efficient.”

The distinctive elliptical front gate was removed for refurbishing, and plans were made to continue the picket fence along the S.E. 62nd Avenue side of the garden – possibly enhanced with lighting. “We’re coming along nicely with a new garden committee and an annual printed schedule,” said Wilson with a smile.

She was pleased with the extra volunteer support, since she’s also working on a ceramic wall art installation that’s scheduled for March 18 at the National Council of Education for Ceramic Arts. Wilson’s leadership at the Foster-Powell Community Garden has provided the impetus for new gardening opportunities where both food and friendships are being raised, along with community pride.

Tree class, Creston-Kenilworth, Friends of Trees, Portland, Oregon
Creston-Kenilworth’s December Tree Planting Class was presented by, from left: Mason Wordell, PP&R Tree Planting Coordinator; Friends of Trees representative Rudy Roquemore; and Jim Gersbach, from PP&R’s Urban Forestry Center. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Wider species of trees contemplated for Creston-Kenilworth


A class on selecting diverse tree species for planting in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood was held Saturday, December 10, at Kailash Ecovillage – described as a “sustainably focused community located on a two-acre site”, at 4311 S.E. 37 th Avenue, just north of Holgate Boulevard.

The two-hour forum focused on some 100 tree species, and was hosted by AmeriCorps member Mason Wordell, Tree Planting Coordinator at Portland Parks and Recreation, along with Friends of Trees representative Rudy Roquemore. The class included information on trees offering more variety, shade, moisture retention, and oxygen, as well as helping reduce pollution.

Jim Gersbach from PP&R’s Urban Forestry Center presented nearly-encyclopedic details of replacement trees suggested for the area, without even touching on fruit or nut trees. “In a healthy forest like Portland’s, we strive for diversity, to help minimize potential damage to the tree canopy from disease, insect pests, and adverse weather,” he explained.

Portland lost many tall trees during the infamous Columbus Day Storm of 1962, in which winds reaching 100 mph blew through the metro area; similar winds raked Inner Southeast in the unforecast windstorm of November 13, 1981. Since then, residents have been avoiding replanting of taller tree species, resulting in a selective “dwarfing effect” in the Portland tree canopy. But, argued Gersbach, “The larger the tree, the more the benefits.

“Global trade leads to incoming [invasive] insect pests,” he continued. “Consequently, we’re losing many of our trees to such as Dutch elm disease, emerald ash borers, and Asian longhorn beetles (a risk to maples). Homeowners often prefer to select trees for fruit and flowers; but we’re here to promote plantings of alternate species that can also provide interest, fall color, and variety to the area.” 

Wordell explained, “We have tree inventory data for all 96 Portland neighborhoods. Creston-Kenilworth has 92 types of trees, nearly half of which are maples, dogwood, and fruit trees. Only 12% are large-form varieties, which provide more benefits over their lifetime. The Creston-Kenilworth Tree Team plans to protect and enhance the urban forest, for now and for the future.”

A handout listed suggested tree varieties recommended for street-side planting strips, varying according to width of the strip and the distance to overhead power lines. “We discourage species that we have too many of, focusing instead on functional tree species,” Wordell continued. “These types are divided into categories of evergreen and deciduous, broadleaf and conifer, which should enhance overall neighborhood health.”

Gersbach provided detailed information on species’ adaptability to soil and water, their bark and fall leaf colors, and their potential age, root hardiness, shade offered, and appeal to pollinators, birds, and butterflies. Among his species recommendations were strawberry trees, crape myrtles, Amurmaackia, black hawthorn, Chinese pistache, and gumdrop tupelo.

He also praised a hardy hybrid PinkDawn chitalpa coming from Uzbekistan, which has tubular flowers favored by bees and hummingbirds. The European beech tree, Dawykpurple, which originated in Scotland, can live up to 150 years. The Edith Bogue magnolia, an evergreen broadleaf with big white lemon-scented flowers, will hold up in snow and ice, and also provides seeds for birds.

The forum was a tree-lovers treat, including such information as the medicinal qualities of native cascara and Chinese Eucommia ulmoides, planting elms selected for their resistance to Dutch elm disease, and calling attention the beauty of one of the world’s earliest trees, ginkgo.

More information can be secured from Friends of Trees representative Rudy Roquemore – he can be reached by e-mail at: – or go online to PP&R’s Urban Forestry website:

Southeast Events and Activities
McLoughlin repaving open house this afternoon in Sellwood:

S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard is about to get a “full makeover” during the extensive ODOT repaving project coming up shortly this summer, which includes widening the highway foundation in some areas – particularly between Harold and Tacoma Streets – and improving drainage in others. The paving project will start at S.E. Harold Street and move south from there, ultimately concluding at Harrison Street in the City of Milwaukie. Learn more, including the schedules for road closures and paving work, at a special “drop in” open house that ODOT is holding at SMILE Station in Sellwood, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, this afternoon from 5 until 7 p.m.

Free Computer Tech help at Woodstock Library:

Do you have technology questions? Today, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., meet in the Woodstock Branch Library – one-on-one, for 30 minutes – a friendly and knowledgeable Tech Helper who will assit you in finding answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. If you need help with a smartphone, iPad, or tablet, please bring it with you or they may not be able to help. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Holy Week begins today with Palm Sunday in Westmoreland:

At 9:30 a.m. this morning, the service begins at Moreland Presbyterian Church with the Procession of Palms, and the Worship Service. Open to all; come as you are. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Holy Week begins today at Mt. Scott’s Sanctuary Presbyterian:
Easter week begins today at Sanctuary Presbyterian Church, 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue, on the north side of Mt. Scott Park, with Palm Sunday Service at 10 a.m. tis morning. It’s followed by Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. on April 13; and Easter Service at 10 a.m. April 16. Open to all. More information at:

Palm Sunday Service in Woodstock:
Trinity United Methodist Church offers a Palm Sunday Service this morning at 10:30 a.m., open to all. Children will lead the processionals with palms. The church is situated at 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

“Homeschoolers Ask the Experts” – Meet a Park Ranger:

For kids who are homeschooled and their parents, the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library has a monthly series of special presentations from local community experts. A short Q&A and time for pictures will follow the presentation. Today, 1-2 p.m., “Meet a Park Ranger”. Free, but space is limited, so come early. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Wooden Train Playtime for kids 2 and up:

Children age 2 and up (with a favorite adult) are invited to enjoy putting together and running wooden trains in the Woodstock Branch Library, 10-10:45 a.m. this morning. “This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities.” Free. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49 th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Maundy Thursday Service in Sellwood:

Immanuel Lutheran Church, at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue, will hold Maundy Thursday Services at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. today. All are welcome.

Maundy Thursday at Moreland Presbyterian:
This evening at 6:00 p.m., Moreland Presbyterian Church offers its Maundy Thursday dinner and service – followed, 7-10 p.m., by “The I AM Experience: A Cosmic Journey of Hope & Healing for Our Community & Our World”. (“The I AM Experience” will also be repeated tomorrow at 7-9 a.m., 12-2 p.m., and 7-10 p.m.; and this Saturday, 9-12 noon.) Everyone welcome. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Maundy Thursday Service in Woodstock:
Trinity United Methodist Church offers a Maundy Thursday Service tonight at 7 p.m.; everyone welcome. This Communion Service takes place at the church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

Good Friday Service in Woodstock:

A Good Friday Tenebrae Service – the Extinguishing of the Lights – takes place, open to all, tonight at 7 p.m., at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

Good Friday Service in Sellwood:
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue, holds its Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. today. Open to everyone.

Good Friday Service in Westmoreland:
Moreland Presbyterian Church offers its Taizé Service at 7 p.m. A reflective, candlelit meditation – prayers of song, readings, and extended silence. Open to all.

Annual Westmoreland Park Easter Egg Hunt:

Rain or shine, the Traditional SMILE Easter Egg Hunt starts this morning at 10 a.m. sharp (about five minutes later it’s all over, so be there on time!) – at the south end of Westmoreland Park, opposite the parking lot area. The (chocolate) Easter Egg Hunt is free, but if you can, please bring canned goods to donate for those in need. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos. This annual children’s event is brought to you by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association; the Sellwood New Seasons Market; and the Oaks Bottom Lions Club.

Easter Sunday Services in Westmoreland:

There are two Easter Worship Services at Moreland Presbyterian Church this morning – at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Everyone welcome. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Easter Sunday Service in Sellwood:
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue, will hold Easter Worship, with Holy Communion celebrated, at 9:00 a.m. today. All are welcome.

Easter Sunday Service in Woodstock:
Trinity United Methodist Church offers an Easter Sunday Service this morning at 10:30 a.m., open to everyone. “Come celebrate new life with us!” The church is situated at 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Westmoreland:

This afternoon, 2-7 p.m., the American Red Cross will hold another blood drive at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Appointments recommended for your convenience; walk-ins accommodated as time allows. There is an exceptional need for blood because the winter weather brought blood levels to an exceptionally low level. All blood types needed. To make an appointment, call 1-800/733-2767; or go online: – and use the sponsor code: MorelandPresbyterian

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Woodstock:
This afternoon, 2-7 p.m., the American Red Cross will hold another blood drive at Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street, in Woodstock.  You can sign up ahead of time online: – or by calling 1-800/733-2767. 

“Breakfast Forum” offers speaker from Israel:

The “Breakfast Forum” monthly discussion group, originated by and chaired by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, takes place this morning, 7:30-8:30 a.m., in the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. The speaker today is David Tver, a former Israel resident, will talk about the history and different styles of communities there; and the differences between the experiences of kibbutz members and those of volunteers and visitors. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group that meets monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Free and open to all; no registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.

Brooklyn Preschool Rummage sale:

Today and tomorrow, the Brooklyn Preschool Rummage Sale fundraiser will feature contributions from more than two dozen families, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The sale will be located at Brooklyn Preschool in the Reedwood Friends Church basement, 2901 S.E. Steele, in the Reed neighborhood.

International Sculpture Day celebrated thru tomorrow in Sellwood:
Today and tomorrow, there are 5 events in 3 venues within a block of each other in Sellwood, in celebration of International Sculpture Day. It starts today, noon to 5, with a sculpture exhibit by the Pacific Northwest Sculptors at the Roll Up Photo Studio and Gallery, 1715 S.E. Spokane Street. Then, tomorrow, that exhibit continues at the same location from noon until 6, and 7:30-11 p.m. Tomorrow evening, 6-7:30 p.m., you’re invited to hear artist talks by Portland sculptors at the Dance with Joy Studios, 7881 S.E. 17th Avenue – followed by a studio tour and artist demos at the Julian Voss-Andreae Sculpture Studio, 8003 S.E. 17th, 7:30-9 p.m. The celebration concludes with a Tango demo and dance party at the Dance with Joy Studios, 9-11 p.m.

Start today with a pancake breakfast served by Boy Scouts:

Boy Scout Troop 143, with members from Inner Southeast Portland, is raising money this morning for summer camp – by serving up a hearty pancake breakfast at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 8 a.m. to noon this morning. Adults, $10; under 11 and seniors, $5; Family $40; under age 2 free! Also on the menu: Carlton Farms sausage patties, eggs, hash browns, seasonal fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee, and tea. The lodge is on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, just south of the MAX Orange Line terminus and parking structure, south of the City of Milwaukie. Come hungry.

Lewis Elementary School Earth Day Fair:
The annual Lewis Garden Fair, today, now features a rummage sale, a plant sale, and recycling too! Suggested minimum donation for recycling is $10 per carload. Features of today’s sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., include student garden tours, and a garden scavenger hunt; Sellwood Jazz and Marimba Bands; a raffle with prizes from Sellwood Cycle Repair and Dennis’ 7 Dees; Italian sodas; Munchy’s Kettle Corn, and more. Recycling items accepted include eyeglasses, batteries, electronics, textiles, block and sheet Styrofoam (no Styrofoam peanuts, please), and hard plastics; no light bulbs please. The school can be found at 4401 S.E. Evergreen Street in Woodstock.

“Don't Let the Pigeon Take Over the Sellwood Library”:
For kids and families, at 11 a.m. this morning, for 45 minutes, Rick Huddle presents a collection of stories, songs, and skits inspired by Mo Willems’ books. Meet the Pigeon, Duckling, and some new characters – like Shy Llama. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. Seating is limited, so come early. The Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

“College Night” at Cleveland High:

The Cleveland College & Career Center will host its fifth annual “College Night” for students and families this evening, starting at 7 p.m., in the Cleveland High School auditorium. The program begins with a panel of current Cleveland seniors discussing their college search and selection process, followed by several breakout session choices. The sessions include: Inside the Admissions Office; Crafting the College Application Essay; Financial Planning for College; Financial Aid Basics; Considerations for Applying to Selective Colleges; Public Universities In-State and Out; and Community College Options.

Classical concert amongst the bagels on Foster Road:

Members of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra give short but memorable live “up close and personal” concerts in unlikely venues each year, and tonight at 9 p.m. some of them will be on hand to perform for a half hour at Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels, 6420 S.E. Foster Road. You’re invited. Free!

“A free taste of Computer Programming” in Sellwood:

This afternoon, 2-4 p.m., be at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library to learn what computer programming is: “What will I be able to do if I learn to program? What is the difference between programming and coding? Where can I learn more?” This free class teaches programming in a casual and slow-paced setting. You will take an existing program and change it. “Not sure if you’re interested in computer programming? This is the perfect class for you!” Preregistration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The class is free, but space is limited. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.


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