Community Features

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Woodstock neighborhood, oldest house, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
This 1890 Queen Anne style house at 5803 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard is confirmed as the oldest surviving house in that neighborhood. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Oldest House in Woodstock neighborhood confirmed

By EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS
For THE BEE

In the January issue of THE BEE I described the history of a house at S.E. 38th and Martins Street, built between 1892-93, as possibly the oldest surviving house in both the Woodstock and Eastmoreland neighborhoods.

Legally (by Multnomah County Surveyor records), this house is in the Woodstock Subdivision, filed in 1891 – but in the mid-1970’s, when the City of Portland established the boundaries for the neighborhood associations, the line between Woodstock and Eastmoreland was placed in the center of Cesar Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th Avenue). So, the historic J.N. Russell, Jr. home, fell into the latter neighborhood, which it now claims as “the oldest house in Eastmoreland.” In the spirit of compromise, I agreed on a technicality, but thought then that it should also be considered the oldest in the Woodstock subdivision, as well.

While sharing the history of the mansion, I invited readers to inform me of any structures within the boundaries of the Woodstock neighborhood that might be older than the Russell home. Subsequently, Marisa Thyken e-mailed THE BEE to say that the house next door to hers was built in 1890!

Many hours of research have confirmed that the Queen Anne style house at 5803 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard did go onto the County property tax rolls in 1890 – which makes it two years older than the house on Martins Street. In spite of scrolling through many pages of property transfers at the Tax Assessors office I was unable to uncover its original owner, but as always, the process has led to some interesting collateral information.

The legal description of the house at 5803 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard is “the east half of Lot 7 and (all of) Lot 8, Block 5 of Tremont Place [the subdivision name]”.

Here I need to point out that there are many subdivisions within the boundaries of every neighborhood. Woodstock has more than a dozen such tracts, with fanciful names such as Amberwood Glen, Stanford Heights, Yale, and Beauvoir. My own neighborhood of Sellwood-Westmoreland has over thirty. The house on Woodstock Boulevard may have originally had two full lots, since a 1918 plumbing permit listed lots 7 and 8. Perhaps the owner later sold half of lot 7 to the homeowner to the west.

The earliest occupant of record was John L. Schuyleman. Employed as a salesman, he appeared at the address in 1917. Tracing his personal and work history through the City Directories was never boring, as he had a checkered work history. He first appeared in Portland in a downtown rooming house in 1903, working as a timber cruiser (estimating the amount of standing timber in a forested area prior to harvesting).

He then disappeared for six years, and when he resurfaced on Southeast 36th in 1911 he was the President-Manager of a company that manufactured “Five-minute washing compound.” In 1914 he listed himself as a real estate salesman. Oddly, his address between 1914 and 1916 was 5803 S.E. 60th (not Woodstock); possibly this was an error. By 1917, John and a woman named Vanita were in the house at 5803 S.E. Woodstock, and he was selling agricultural implements for the R.M. Wade Company. Vanita may have been a sister, as Mae Schuyleman, listed as his wife, was also at the same address.

Between 1921 and 1928 John operated a plant nursery at that address, presumably in the extra lot next to the house. By 1932 he was working as nursery manager for the Swiss Floral Company on S.E. “Holgate Street”. After 1934, the Schuylemans both disappear from the City Directory, and I could find no obituary for either of them. It was the Depression, however, and perhaps they moved elsewhere to eke out a living. The house may have become a rental property, for by 1937 a carpenter, Charles Kerr was living at the address.

In December of 1943, in the middle of World War II, Kerr applied for permission to convert his house into a duplex. According to author Carl Abbott, in his 1983 book “Portland – Planning, Politics, & Growth in a Twentieth-Century City”, between 1940 and 1943 the metropolitan population increased by thirty percent, and there was a critical housing shortage.

The Kaiser Shipyards were operating 24 hours a day, and thousands of people had moved to Portland. But ten years of the nationwide Depression had seen a downturn in home building and, as the nation became fully engaged in the war, men were drafted or entered the wartime workforce, resulting in a shortage of construction workers. Building materials were also in short supply.

A partial solution was offered under Ordinance 76947, the “War Code”, approved by the City Council on March 26, 1942. Recognizing the declaration of a national emergency, the council initially loosened the city’s building regulations, admitting that the federal government could do what it wished with property it owned within the city. But the ordinance also encouraged private property owners to alter single family residences to multi-family housing in order to cope with the critical undersupply.

It was under this code that Charles Kerr applied to change his house at 5803 S.E. Woodstock into a duplex; I was unaware of this code change until I reviewed the building permits for the property. Attached were several pages of War Code applications for other houses in the city. They were reviewed by the Appelate Division of Housing Code Commission, and hearings centered on setback, plumbing, and fire and safety matters. Once these were satisfied, the conversions seem to have been quickly allowed.

The changes permitted under the War Code were to have been repealed by the end of World War II, but the repeal was delayed until 1956. The language in the repeal ordinance describes why:

“The federal legislation passed at the outbreak of World War II provided that such legislation should be effective until ‘end of the war’, ‘treaties of peace’, ‘end of hostilities’, or like provisions, and technically some of this legislation is still in effect, because treaties of peace have not been concluded with all belligerent powers. By Presidential Proclamation and Act of Congress hostilities of World War II (were) declared ended on January 1, 1949, but such action was followed closely by the outbreak of hostilities in Korea.”

The Ordinance then concluded by stating that since an “international situation of comparative peace presently exists . . . Ordinance No. 76947, the War Code, is repealed.”

Although the city ordinance that allowed the subdivision of single family homes into multiplexes was repealed, the houses did not return to their original use. I also wonder if building owners took advantage of the War Code extension and continued to subdivide residential houses between the end of the war in 1945 and the final repeal, eleven years later.

Charles Kerr was a carpenter and probably applied his professional skills to make the conversion to his house. The photo of the rear of the structure, taken from a public alley, indicates that access to Apartment No. 2 is from that entrance. In spite of the somewhat awkward addition at the back of the house – from the sides and its façade facing Woodstock Boulevard – the house maintains its historic Queen Anne appearance. Multiple roof lines, a recessed entry way, horizontal board siding, decorative shingles and trim in the two gables, and a bay window with panes of colored glass, all help it retain its late 19th Century appearance.   

There are two possible answers to why the house went onto the tax rolls in 1890, a year before the Tremont Place subdivision was filed.

While it could take several years for a large tract of land to be cleared, graded, and surveyed before lots were offered for sale, the two lots on which this house was placed might have been already buildable. It may have been constructed by the Tremont Place developers as a “model home” that would have been highly visible to passengers on the Woodstock streetcar line.

The other possibility is that the house belonged to whomever sold the land to the Tremont Place developers in 1891.

As mentioned earlier, I have not been able to determine the name of the original occupant of the house. But, as of this writing, the Queen Anne house at 5803 S.E. Woodstock does appear to be the oldest surviving house in the Woodstock neighborhood! 

My thanks to neighbor Marisa Thyken for the tip, and to employees of the City of Portland Archives and Records Center for information on the “War Code”.

Gone to Ghana, David Stone, Lisa Revell, Chareundi Van-Si, Woodstock, Southeast Portland, Oregon
David Stone, Lisa Revell, and Chareundi Van-Si are shown standing in front of a slide showing Revell, the headmistress, and two teachers at a school in Ghana built by non-profit “Framework International”. The organization was started by a Linfield College student, after his month-long trip to Ghana. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

‘Gone to Ghana’: Sellwood couple reports on volunteer work

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

In early February the Woodstock “Better Bones and Balance” class, taught by Lisa Revell at Trinity United Methodist Church, was invited to the Sellwood home of Revell and David Stone – to learn about the couple’s volunteer work in the Nabdam District of northern Ghana. Students would be missing eight classes while Revell is in Ghana, and she wanted to satisfy their curiosity about their work there. 

For fourteen years, the couple has made that trip almost every year to work with local Ghanaians. The overall goal has been to improve and empower the lives of villagers in northeastern Ghana.

Revell and Stone usually go in January, during the dry season when temperatures are a little “cooler” – usually 95-100 degrees during the day, and in the low 70’s at night; the humidity is often under 10%.

When they first traveled to this West African country in 2005, it was at the invitation of a Portland State University Ghanaian professor and friend, Charles Tobiga, who wanted to introduce them to his country.

After six months in a small village where Revell, a retired chiropractor, performed family and maternal health care – and Stone, a retired music teacher, taught English and music – they knew they wanted to contribute long-term in some way. They decided to make nutrition and better health and education their priorities.

This year, they came back to Portland from Ghana on January 22nd, after a month of working on various local village projects.

“Using contributions from friends, family, and neighbors, we spent $516 on repairs made to a well in a village,” explained Revell during her PowerPoint presentation. “Contaminated water can cause the spread of typhoid, Hepatitis A, and intestinal worms.”

One of their other projects during the most recent trip was helping facilitate the building of a new primary school in the northeastern village of Piitanga. A Linfield College student, Seth Prickett, went on a month-long college-sponsored trip to Ghana in 2004, and became so impressed with the country and its people that he founded a nonprofit organization, Framework International, that helps build elementary schools in isolated Ghanaian areas.

“The school was finished within budget, and on time,” reported Revell. “The desks were handmade in a local village, and we have just learned that they were delivered yesterday, February 7th, to the village!” The school, funded by contributions from individuals in Oregon, is one of the larger schools in that area, and is furnished with an indoor toilet and an accessible ramp – a model for other village schools.

In addition to teaching English during their month in the Nabdam District, Stone has set up a scholarship organization that makes it possible for very low income secondary school graduates to attend training colleges for nursing and teaching. This past January, Stone and several Ghanaians spent ten days interviewing candidates.    

“We have now helped 60 students get to training colleges. It is about $800 a year for training in nursing and teaching,” reported Stone. “This year the money was contributed by about a dozen friends and family, and people.

“It changes lives, because when they finish training college they can help their families – sisters, brothers, cousins, and other family members – with school fees, and better nutrition.”

Revell remarked that women who attend primary and secondary school most often put off starting a family until they have graduated. She says the girls and young women are very eager, and dedicated to getting an education.

A former Sellwood neighbor, longtime friend, and retired social worker – Chareundi Van-Si – has accompanied Revell and Stone to Ghana for two years now, and provides help to Stone in building fences to protect village vegetable gardens, and doing whatever other practical things are needed.

Revell’s focus in the Nabdam District is to oversee a feeding program in three primary schools in the remote northeastern area. She has recruited a niece, and several other family members and Oregon friends, to travel to Ghana to help with purchase of the food in village markets, and deliver it to village women – who then volunteer to prepare lunches for the children and their families.

To fund this primary school feeding program, Revell comments, “We create a unique and colorful ‘Gone to Ghana Calendar’ [each year], both to share our experiences in Ghana, and to help raise [in the U.S.] the $4,000 annual cost of the feeding programs.” In addition, Ghanaian baskets were available at the presentation for exercise students to purchase if they wished.  Those funds also go to the feeding program.

“Lunches for students are provided during the six months of the dry season, when the food stores of subsistence-farm families dwindle, and most people eat only once per day. In this area of depleted soils and unpredictable harvests, adequate nutrition is key to normal growth, brain development, and ability to learn,” continued Revell.

Woodstock resident Sandra Shaw, one of the twenty-seven Better Bones and Balance class members who attended that PowerPoint presentation, said afterwards, “The feeding program is similar to one a friend of mine does in India. It gives people hope.” And, in addition to providing physical sustenance, hope helps keep people alive.

Revell and Stone’s friends Marilyn and Lou Schuster of Salem, OR set up the charitable organization Yakote Women Farmers, 501(c)(3) number 61-1601382, to improve education, food security, and family health in northern Ghana. Revell and Stone are Board members.

To learn more, go online – http://www.gonetoghana.org

If you are also moved to donate, your gift can be sent to: Yakote Women Farmers, 1110 S.E. Flavel Street, Portland, OR 97202. To use Pay Pal or a credit card, go to: www.yakotewomenfarmers.org



Murals, instructional, Abernethy Elementary School, Division Street, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Here’s the new “Friendship” mural at Abernethy Elementary School. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Abernethy Elementary School creates ‘teaching murals’

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

You have gotten used to such external school decorations around town as handmade “fish” posted on street fencing; but an Inner Southeast school has come up with something new and different – and potentially more instructive.

Abernethy Elementary School, at 2421 S.E. Orange Street, now features “teaching murals” on the north side of its playground. A large mural on the wall of a portable classroom along S.E. Birch Street features colorful cartoon figures sharing smiles and flowers, along with the question, “How do you make friends?”

Nearby, a 30-inch-tall mural recently painted by Abernethy parents in frames the Student Garden. Created by Murielle Adair and Leah Woods, the image displays lifecycles of tomato plants and insects, and it also labels illustrations of plant, seed, flower, insect parts.

The Friendship mural, completed in last July by Gary Hirsch of  http://www.botjoy.com – we’re reported previously of other murals he’s done in Inner Southeast – is one of his local interactive murals designed to bring joy and positive feelings. On his Twitter account, Hirsch observes that his aim is to create “thousands of hand-painted robots that roam the world looking for joy, bravery, love, and coffee!”

Together, these paintings enhance social and scientific skills for children and visitors to the school’s playground, while adding to their vocabulary and artistic skills. The Friendship mural, which demonstrates sharing and friendliness, also integrates two on-site electrical meters into the figures, demonstrating clever new uses for geometric shapes.



Meals On Wheels, Southeast Portland, Moreland Presbyterian Church, Oregon
Chris McKee (center), Nutrition Program Manager for Meals On Wheels in Inner Southeast Portland, is shown packing meals at Moreland Presbyterian Church. Nick Price (left), is Volunteer and Nutrition Education Coordinator for the organization, based at the headquarters in Multnomah Village. Ernie Goble (right) is a volunteer Tuesday driver. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Despite Brooklyn closure, Meals on Wheels still serving local seniors

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

The Meals on Wheels People – previously called “Loaves & Fishes”, until a name change in 2012 – began serving dining room meals in 1972 in Westmoreland’s Moreland Presbyterian Church, where local home deliveries by volunteers also originated. The Inner Southeast service was named after an early advocate for the service, Sellwood’s Thelma Skelton.

The dining room, and the home delivery center, moved to the meeting room at Sacred Heart Villa on Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn a decade ago – and that has recently closed. But that does not mean that the Inner Southeast meal delivery to seniors has changed!

Julie Piper Finley, Director of Marketing and Communications for Meals on Wheels People, explained the change of location to Sacred Heart: “Our goal [back then] was to move all of our dining centers out of church basements and into locations that were both visible from the street, and handicapped accessible.”

Then, last year, Meals on Wheels People moved the operation back to Moreland Presbyterian – but only as a distribution center, not a dining room. Piper Finley said the number of people from outside the neighborhood who came to eat at the Thelma Skelton Center at the Sacred Heart Villa location had dwindled over time. In addition, it became more cost-effective to move back to Moreland Presbyterian simply as a distribution center, where the space is smaller and the rent is lower.

The Meals On Wheels Thelma Skelton Nutrition Program Manager, Chris McKee, packs the meals for homebound seniors four days a week in the Westmoreland church – after they arrive there, chilled, from a 14,000 square-foot kitchen in Multnomah Village.

They are not delivered warm, so homebound seniors can choose to heat them at their own convenience. If appropriate, seniors can order meals appropriate for vegetarian, diabetic, low sodium, low cholesterol, and ethnic preferences.

The meals are picked up four days a week from Moreland Presbyterian starting at 10:30 a.m. by volunteer drivers, who deliver them to seniors in Inner Southeast Portland – an area ranging east to S.E. 72nd Avenue, and north to Division Street. Those who live in Sacred Heart Villa in Brooklyn can choose to continue to have their meals brought to their dining hall by these volunteers if they wish.

The regional organization, now officially known as “Meals On Wheels People” and regionally based in Multnomah Village, provides meals for people age 60 years and older who are homebound, and who live in Multnomah, Washington, and Clark Counties. Its motto is “No senior will go hungry, or experience social isolation.”

There is no income requirement to be eligible to receive meals, either. The cost of each meal is $7.39, and recipients are asked to contribute to the cost of the meal if they are able. In the Sellwood-Westmoreland area alone, between January 1 and December 31 of last year, Meals On Wheels People volunteers delivered 38,108 meals to 300 homebound seniors.

“Our goal is to provide meals to every older adult who requests them, without instituting a waiting list. By being good financial stewards of the donations we receive, we can accomplish that,” says Piper Finley.

The Meals On Wheels People organization helps seniors maintain their independence, and benefit from the human connections and social support provided by the volunteers who deliver meals.

You can be one of them. More volunteer drivers are always needed – which involves a commitment of about one hour to ninety minutes on a weekday morning. Drivers must be 18 years or older, and children can accompany a driver. Volunteers, including children over 7 years old, accompanied by parents, are also welcome to help pack meals.

To learn more, go online – http://www.mowp.org – or call 503/736-6325 to volunteer to drive, or to register to receive meals.



Bee Balm, Portland, Iron Fireman, Brooklyn neighborhood, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Portland “Bee Balm” Production Manager Rodney Mastick pours out batches of Solar Eclipse balm, with the help of coworker Genevieve Flanagan, at their Brooklyn workshop. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Local family keeps bees; makes nationally-sold lip balm

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

One day in 2011, when his wife ran out of her lip balm, that gave backyard beekeeper Brad Swift the idea of trying to make some for her, using natural ingredients – including excess wax from his beehives.

Swift tinkered, and perfected his formula, at his Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood home; friends and relatives who tried the product became enthusiastic supporters, too. And so “Portland Bee Balm” came to be.

“This began as a truly home-based, hyper-local business,” Smith recalled. “Soon, I was known as ‘that beekeeper from down the street making great lip balm’, even before I tried selling it.

“I went to a couple of small stores, where the owner would be the person behind the counter, and found that the balm really resonated with many of them – both in the quality of the product, and in the idea that it was made here in the neighborhood,” Swift told THE BEE. “Also, being a woodworker, I was making my product displays in the garage, while we were making our balm in our kitchen.”

As sales grew over the past 7+ years, the Portland Bee Balm line grew into four varieties: Oregon Mint, Rose Garden, Unscented, and Solar Eclipse. The Eclipse (which contains a sunblock) was the product being made when THE BEE visited their workshop in Brooklyn’s Iron Fireman Collective building, on S.E. 17th, a block north of McLoughlin Boulevard.

“We moved here because they had the right space available, and we like the feel of this repurposed industrial building. It fits in with our values,” Swift said.

“These work values include creating useful products that are genuinely natural, add value to people’s lives, and help bring awareness of our role in the natural environment,” explained Swift. “It also includes treating our customers, co-workers, and planet well, too.”

With seven employees to help keep up with the demand, Portland Bee Balm is still sold mostly in the Pacific Northwest. “But, we do have at least one store selling our lip balm in most of the 50 states, and in Canada, as well as in Japan.”

Interested in giving “Bee Balm” a try? Support a local retailer, or find out more at their website, https://www.portlandbeebalm.com



Petanque, tournament, Westmoreland Park, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Players used a measuring tape to settle which boule was closest to the cochonnet. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Westmoreland Pétanque tournament played in drizzle and rain

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For one weekend, the north end of Westmoreland Park became the North American nexus for Pétanque, the French game played with steel balls, late last year.

The increasingly popular “Rose City Open” – put on by the Portland Pétanque Club – was a sold-out competition, bringing 42 “doubles teams” from across the country to play this outdoor bowling game in Inner Southeast Portland.

Light rain and drizzle didn’t dampen the spirits of these all-weather competitors. “We play here, every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon, unless the water fills the playing areas, making the cochonnet – the jack – float away,” grinned the club’s treasurer, and tournament director, Joe Cortright.

This, their fifth annual tournament, has grown to be the second largest Pétanque competition in the United States, Cortright told THE BEE. “We have three players from France, as well as competitors from California, New York, Alaska, Utah, Texas, and Nevada – and of course, many players from Portland and the Pacific Northwest.”

Although it’s a game, the players looked in dead earnest, as they stood within a 20” plastic circle and pitched their balls towards the cochonnet target. In addition to the balls and jack, most players carry a precision tape measure – because this game can be won by mere millimeters.

For those who have perhaps seen the clubhouse and play area in Westmoreland Park, let us explain that Pétanque is a bowling-like game, the “French cousin” of Bocce Ball, and similar to the sport of Curling, which is played on ice.

“Pétanque is played with small metal balls [called boules] about the size of a baseball, on a rough, pea-gravel surface,” Cortright explained. “The idea is to throw or roll your boules as close to the cochonnet as possible – and also try to move your opponents’ balls further away – in a sense, similarly to croquet.”

On this particular day, players carried towels to wipe down their boules – that’s because they’re made of mild, not stainless, steel; they rust if left wet.

Guests are welcome to come by any Wednesday or Saturday afternoon, borrow a set of boules, and try out the support, invited Cortright. “Petanque takes five minutes to learn, but a lifetime to perfect!”

The annual tournament was made possible by the sponsorship of a number of local businesses.

Learn more about the club and the sport by visiting the Portland Pétanque Club website – http://www.pdxpetanque.org



Portland Puppet Museum, historic, puppet, exhibit, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Classic puppets on display at the Portland Puppet Museum from ancient Greece. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood museum offers ‘Puppets of the Ancient World’ exhibit

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

On February 10, the Portland Puppet Museum – 908 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood – saluted Chinese New Year with a series of children’s interactive puppet plays and an indoor parade.

Following this celebration of legends involving pandas, lanterns, dragons, and other symbols of the Asian holiday, Puppeteer Steve Overton gave an overview of the exhibit opening days later at the museum, centering on the history and symbolism of “Puppetry of the Ancient World”.

“The use of puppets dates back over 4,000 years,” he said, while demonstrating some of the hundreds of puppets in the museum’s collection. “The art form features legendary heroines and villains from Isis of Egypt to Princess Sita of the Ramayana, the Jade Empress of China, and Medusa of Greece.

“Puppetry developed through hand, shadow, rod, string, and finger puppets from Indonesia, Burma, India, Greece, Turkey, Algeria, Tibet, Nepal, and China.”

Long before television and motion pictures shaped our vision of entertainment, plays and puppet shows enthralled audiences with their vitality and scripted character types. During presentations using life-sized puppets, Overton and his assistants dress mostly in black so as to blend into the background.

Most stick & marionette (stringed) puppets are handled by one person, but Overton likes to involve many actors in children's presentations to help with the props. One large “Knight” puppet that’s made with steel rods is very heavy to manipulate, but most of the other figures are easier to control.

There are several posters throughout the exhibit, presenting in-depth information, and maps to show the many countries where puppet styles developed.

The Puppet Museum – which will celebrate its seventh anniversary on May 12 – is open Thursdays through Sundays, 2-8 p.m., with free admission; although performances and workshops do have a fee. Exhibits change every four months.

To learn more about this unique Puppet Museum, call 503/233-7723 or go online to – http://www.puppetmuseum.com



Southeast Events and Activities
MARCH 26
3-day “Harry Potter Spring Camp” for kids:
Join fellow witches and wizards at the Woodstock Library branch of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – for this 3-afternoon kids’ camp! Professors will sort you into your houses, help you create your very own wand, and teach you about the exciting game of quidditch! There will be games, puzzles, crafts, and more. Grab your broomstick and join us! It’s free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The hours are 2-4 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Thursday. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street.

APRIL 2
Computer Basics 2 – using the Internet:
This free class, 10 to noon this morning at the Sellwood Branch Library, is for beginners of any age – and, is an introduction to using the Internet on computers. Learn how to access and safely navigate the web, and practice using a search engine to find what you are looking for online. Free, but registration is required; register in the library – or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of Bidwell and 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

“Epic Draw/Play” for kids and teens on Tuesdays: At the Sellwood Branch Library, this afternoon and each Tuesday at the same time, kids 9-12 (and anyone else, younger or older, who would like to be there) is invited to an hour (3:30-4:30 p.m.) of drawing your favorite characters, coloring them, cutting them out, and playing with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. Tell about your favorite characters from books, games, movies, or anywhere else, and we’ll “Epic Draw/Play” them. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street in Sellwood.

APRIL 6
Charity “Amani Beads and Crafts Sale” in Sellwood:
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, handmade from Kenya, this beads and crafts sale includes ceramic jewelry, nativities, scarves, carvings, bright baskets, and more – or make your own necklaces. All proceeds go to care for abandoned babies at New Life Home in Kenya. The sale is hosted at Re/Max Equity Group, 7886 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. For more information, call Christina Hamilton at 503/860-4498.

Plant-dividing workshop in Woodstock: This morning, 10-11:30 a.m., you’re invited to a plant-dividing workshop at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue, just north of Woodstock Boulevard. Learn how to dig, divide, and pot bulbs, hostas, ferns, and other perennials – In preparation for donating plants to the Woodstock Neighborhood Association plant sale on Saturday, May 11th. To RSVP for this free class, call Terry Griffiths at 503/771-0011.

APRIL 11
Public meeting about Woodstock development proposal:
With plans afoot to construct a full-block building project on the “Joinery block” bounded by Woodstock Boulevard and Martins Street, between 48th and 49th Avenues, tonight is your chance to see and hear representatives of Leeb Architects and Mill Creek Residential present their plans and answer questions about the proposal. The meeting will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the presentation starts at 7 p.m., to be followed by Q&A. This free public event is hosted by the Woodstock Neighborhood Association. Light refreshments will be available.

APRIL 13
Music & Movement for children and families in Woodstock:
Join award-winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith, as he gets the whole family moving, grooving, and learning – 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon. It’s free, and it’s at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

APRIL 14
Palm Sunday service in Westmoreland:
This morning at 9.30 a.m. you are welcome at the Palm Sunday service at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. This is a celebratory service commemorating Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. All ages are invited to join in the procession of palms to begin the service.

APRIL 18
Easter “Seder Dinner” in Sellwood:
This evening at 6 p.m., the Sellwood Faith Community House will be celebrating some of the rituals that Jesus would have used in the Upper Room during the Last Supper in a “Seder Dinner” meal together. Open to all. The address is 1535 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood.

Maundy Thursday gathering and dinner in Westmoreland: This evening at 6 p.m. at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, the annual Maundy Thursday gathering will provide a “Meal-around-a-worship-experience” – a non-traditional, family-oriented dinner and service in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

APRIL 19
“Good Friday” worship in Westmoreland:
At 6 p.m. this evening at Moreland Presbyterian Church, there will be “a Taizé meditation on Love crucified in our Sanctuary. Taizé is a reflective and peaceful experience by candlelight, centered on simple, contemplative ‘sung prayers’ balanced with scripture readings and extended silence. It is ecumenical in nature, ideal for people from any religious tradition (or no tradition at all) to join in. All are welcome.” 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

“Good Friday” worship in Woodstock: This evening at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, the community is invited to a traditional service of remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus, with songs from the choir. The church is at 3915 S.E. Steele Street, on the corner of Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th Avenue).

APRIL 20
Sellwood-Westmoreland Easter Egg Hunt:
Rain or shine, the annual Sellwood-Westmoreland Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp this morning – and since it is usually over a few minutes later, be sure to be early! It takes place at the south end of Westmoreland Park, opposite the parking lot area. The Egg Hunt is free, but please bring a canned food donation for those in need. Also, there will be a collection box for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. This annual children’s and family event is sponsored by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, with the assistance of the Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club, Sellwood New Seasons Market – and the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, which graciously donated the park permit.

Brooklyn Park Easter Egg Hunt: This morning at 11 a.m. sharp, the 6th Brooklyn Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the top of Brooklyn Park’s hill. For more information, or to volunteer, e-mail – matthew.mccomas@gmail.com

Festive Floral Arrangement class for adults, in Woodstock: Create a festive fresh flower arrangement with the florist-designer Margarit Petrosyan this afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library. Learn the refinements of flower care and arranging. Free, but registration is required. Register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The class runs from 3 to 5 p.m. this afternoon; the library is at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

APRIL 21
Easter sunrise worship outdoors in Sellwood:
An open Easter sunrise worship will take place at 6 a.m. in Sellwood Riverfront Park at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, after which those present are invited to breakfast at the Sellwood Faith Community House, 1535 S.E. Tacoma Street.

Easter service in Westmoreland this morning: This morning at 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m., Moreland Presbyterian Church twice offers worship celebrations of “love resurrected” in the Sanctuary. Both services will feature special music from the Chancel Choir, Bells, and an Intergenerational Easter Choir, as well as brass and percussion. Coffee and refreshments will be served between services. “Come as you are…all are welcome.” 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Volunteer choir performs at Southeast Portland Easter Service: Once again this year, a full community choir will perform at the Easter Service at Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. this morning, open to everyone without charge, at 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue, just east of Woodstock.

Easter Sunday worship service in Woodstock: At 10:30 a.m. this morning, the community is welcome to attend an Easter Sunday worship service at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele, on the corner of Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th Avenue).

APRIL 27
12th Annual “82nd Avenue of Roses Parade” this morning
: The first official public event each year of the Portland Rose Festival is the “82nd Avenue of Roses Parade”, which steps out at 9:30 a.m. at the north end of Eastport Plaza on Bush Street, north of Holgate. THE BEE will again be present, as the parade starts out at Bush, and heads north to the Montavilla District – then turns west on Yamhill Street and disbands at 78th Avenue. Last year’s parade included sixty entries and over a thousand participants. Plan to be present at the start of the parade at 9:30 this morning! (At the end of the parade a free, family-friendly Asian New Year in the Park will take place at Glenhaven Park, on 82nd Avenue at Siskiyou for the rest of the day until 6 p.m.)

MAY 4
The Brooklyn Neighborhood “Clean Up and Haul Away”:
This neighborhood cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corner of S.E. 16th and Center Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts. For information, Call 971/222-9454.


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Charles Schulz's "PEANUTS" comic strip daily!

Portland area freeway and highway traffic cameras

Portland Police

Latest Portland region radar weather map

Portland Public Schools

Multnomah County's official SELLWOOD BRIDGE website

Click here for the official correct time!

Oaks Amusement Park

Association of Home Business (meets in Sellwood)

Local, established, unaffiliated leads and referrals group for businesspeople; some categories open

Weekly updates on area road and bridge construction

Translate text into another language

Look up a ZIP code to any U.S. address anywhere

Free on-line PC virus checkup

Free antivirus program for PC's; download (and regularly update it!!) by clicking here

Computer virus and worm information, and removal tools

PC acting odd, redirecting your home page, calling up pages you didn't want--but you can't find a virus? You may have SPYWARE on your computer; especially if you go to game or music sites. Click here to download the FREE LavaSoft AdAware program, and run it regularly!

What AdAware doesn't catch, "Malwarebytes" may! PC's--particularly those used for music downloads and online game playing--MUST download these free programs and run them often, to avoid major spyware problems with your computer!

Check for Internet hoaxes, scams, etc.

Here's more on the latest scams!


ADOBE ACROBAT is one of the most useful Internet document reading tools. Download it here, free; save to your computer, click to open, and forget about it! (But decline the "optional offers" -- they are just adware

Encyclopedia Britannica online

Newspapers around the world

Stain removal directions

Convert almost any unit of measure to almost any other

Research properties in the City of Portland

Local source for high-quality Shaklee nutritionals

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