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|A view of the south side of the milking barn of Willsburg/Wilson’s Dairy, S.E. 26th and Tacoma Street. Johnson Creek is running high in the foreground. This photo was taken in 1934, two years before the barn was demolished. (Photo #760, City of Portland Archives)
Inner Southeast’s rural roots (think cows)
By EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS
For THE BEE
Sellwood-Westmoreland is only three miles from Portland’s city center, yet it sometimes feels like a world apart. Walking the dog before 7 a.m. on a weekend morning is even more serene, with only the occasional cluck of an awakening hen in somebody’s back yard as accompaniment.
One hundred years ago, additional animal sounds to be heard would have included the low mooing of cows and the bleating of goats. A recently completed apartment complex at S.E. Eleventh and Alder Streets has been named The Goat Blocks – because after the site was cleared, it was used for several years as a corral for a herd of goats whose antics provided entertainment, and a glimpse of nature rarely seen in the city.
That name of the building triggered memories of a onetime Sellwood resident known as Goat Annie, and a search for her story expanded into the histories of several other dairies.
As milk-producing animals left our daily lives, and Inner Southeast continued to shift from its rural origins toward its current and more urban form, it was interesting to see just how long the rural thread survived. With the return of chickens, pet rabbits, and the occasional goat – spotted being led on a leash on Thirteenth Avenue – perhaps it is more deeply woven into our neighborhood character than we realize.
Unless a natural disaster or legal ordinance triggers immediate change, change is usually gradual and uneven. This was the case with the slow ebbing of four dairies – three bovine, and one with goats, in the Sellwood-Westmoreland area.
Searching for details of these facilities in the pages of the historic 1920 BEE, I noted in the same issue advertisements for the newest automobile, construction of repair garages, and demands for more paved streets, together with full pages of advice on operating a successful dairy, “Hints for Hens”, “Working for Better Bulls”, how to control hog cholera, and other farming advice.
The classified section in that issue offered purebred chickens, fertile eggs for hatching, meat rabbits, plowing services, and heaps of well-rotted manure. Conversely, a year earlier, the paper reported on the crash landing of an airplane with a broken fuel line that abruptly descended after a take-off from the Westmoreland aviation field (today’s Westmoreland Park); it landed in a wheat field at S.E. 20th and Knapp Streets.
And, in the late summer of 1924, a final crop of hay was cut from large fields between 13th and 14th, and Bybee and Malden Streets. Following the harvest that parcel, commonly known as the Flavel Tract, was surveyed and building lots offered for new homes.
In a Portland City Directory of the early 1900s, at least 90 dairies were listed under that heading, scattered throughout Portland. As the city’s residential areas began filling in, the neighborhood dairies disappeared, or moved to the undeveloped edges of the metropolitan area, such as 82nd Avenue and North Columbia Boulevard.
The dairies that were then located in neighborhoods like ours may have had only a few animals – not like the herds of a hundred or more cows that are commonly seen in Tillamook County. Information from the Oregon Dairy Council estimates that at least an acre and a half of pasture (depending on the quality of grass) is necessary to sustain a cow and calf. Translated into 50x100 foot house lots, this means that just over eight and a half lots were needed per animal “unit.”
In the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood, blocks can contain a varied number of lots but, for comparison, visualize the newly-cleared Boys & Girls Club block, which was originally divided into twelve house lots. In the spring and summer, covered in pasture grass, that block would easily feed one cow and calf. During the fall and winter months a cow needs 30-40 pounds of hay (a half bale) daily, so a building or barn would have been necessary for storage.
Limited technology in the early 20th Century meant that milk had to be delivered on the same day it was collected, as there was little mechanical refrigeration or pasteurization.
A modern dairy cow, depending on the breed, produces an average of six to eight gallons of milk daily (but probably less, one hundred years ago). A family with several children might go through a gallon of milk daily, so one neighborhood cow could easily supply five or six families. Because cows then required hand-milking morning and evening, the owner of a small dairy might not have had time to deliver the milk, so customers would come to the barn with a milk can to collect it themselves.
The milk they received was probably not separated, which meant a bonus layer of cream formed at the top of the milk, to be spooned onto desserts or converted at home into butter with a small hand-cranked churn.
There were many small dairies in the early 1900’s; our corner of Southeast Portland was served by three of them, conveniently located for easy provision of fresh milk.
The first, the Midway Dairy, was situated near the intersection of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Holgate Street, where there were several open tracts of land. It operated for at least ten years until the late 1890’s under the guidance of brothers Jacob and Ernest Groce. The second, City View or Upham’s Dairy, was owned by Harry Upham, an immigrant from England. His business and home were located on Milwaukie Avenue between Flavel and Knapp Streets; the residence was located on the site of the Velo apartment building. As houses were only scattered throughout the area, Upham could graze his cows on open lots, west to S.E. Thirteenth Avenue, and into the aforementioned “Flavel Tract.” His dairy operated from at least 1895 to approximately 1909.
The longest-lived, and probably largest dairy was known as the Willsburg or Wilson’s Dairy, located at 26th and Tacoma Streets. This was east of the railroad tracks (and now McLoughlin Boulevard), on the edge of Johnson Creek. Business there commenced in the early 1890’s under successive dairymen Benedict Tannler, Gustave Dangoisse, and Christian Meng; the latter partnered for a short time with Augustus J. Wilson, who then became sole operator in 1900 until his death in approximately 1922.
His widow Nellie continued the business for several years, under the supervision of hired managers, until 1926-27. The long survival of Wilson’s Dairy was possible because this corner of the neighborhood remained relatively rural until construction of “the Superhighway” (McLoughlin Boulevard) in the late 1930’s. The area had parcels of open land used for truck gardens, hay, and pasturage, all well-watered by nearby Johnson Creek. The southern-most sections of what is now Westmoreland Park may have provided additional grazing, as the area was not cleared for development until the mid-1930’s.
McLoughlin Boulevard was in the future, and a herd of cows had only to cross the railroad tracks to graze (mindful of the occasional airplane taking off, landing, or crashing). Wilson’s Dairy was large enough to sustain a separate hay barn. THE BEE reported in 1914 that that barn, about 100 x 40 feet in size, containing 30 tons of hay, burned to the ground. Although the dairy ceased operation by 1927, the milking barn survived until March, 1936, when it was demolished.
In 1919, Polish-born immigrant Anna Sandman established a dairy goat farm at S.E. 23rd and Harney Streets. She developed a herd of Saanen goats which won many awards at livestock expositions and county fairs. If a contemporary term might be applied, Anna would qualify as a “goat whisperer”, and an incident reported in 1936 in the Oregonian suggested how close her relationship was with her animals.
While Anna and herd were being transported to an event, the truck’s driver fell asleep and the vehicle overturned. The driver was unconscious and Anna and her goats spilled out. Suffering a broken leg and injured shoulder, she lay on the ground, her animals surrounding her. They bleated in distress for an hour until they were spotted by a passing motorist and Anna was rescued.
Affectionately known as the “goat lady”, Anna and her sister Fannie operated Sandman’s O.K. Goat Dairy until Anna’s death in 1953. Her legacy extended to the Portland Zoo, which accepted one of her top billy goats, O.K. Chief Multnomah, Jr. Ten years later the zookeeper stated that Junior’s Saanen descendents were still charming visitors.
The small-scale dairies dwindled as the neighborhoods became more increasingly residential. In addition to producing six to eight gallons of milk per day, a cow offloads about seventeen gallons of manure. While residents may have valued the manure for their gardens, as infill progressed, the benefits of warm and creamy milk were nullified by the odors of the second bovine product.
In 1915 a city ordinance was passed requiring dairies with more than two cows to maintain a distance of 100 feet to the closest house. A yearly operating license was needed, and dairy owners had to seek the written approval of neighbors. Imagine a checkerboard of 50x100 lots, slowly filling with houses. Move the cow around the board, attempting to maintain 100 feet of space in every direction, and you will see it eventually is boxed in until it has no barn to call home.
In the past century, modernization of the dairy business, refrigeration, improved sanitation, and strict health and safety regulations have increased efficiencies in the dairy industry, and assure consumers of a safe milk supply. But it is interesting to consider the livestock that historically lived alongside us, and the easy access we once had to their products – although today we might feel queasy about the conditions under which the milk was historically produced.
My thanks to Josh Thomas of the Oregon Dairy Council, for his technical information for this article.
|In the Multnomah County “Master Gardener Demonstration Garden”, USDA Acting Undersecretary Dr. Ann Bartuska examines some of the tomatoes growing there. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
USDA official tours ‘Learning Garden Lab’ in Brentwood-Darlington
By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE
The Learning Garden Laboratory in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood was the destination for Washington DC based USDA Acting Undersecretary Dr. Ann Bartuska, on Thursday morning, August 10.
“Her visit is important to us because it will highlight all of the cool programming around urban agriculture that we’re doing here,” smiled Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Community Horticulturist Weston Miller, while awaiting Bartuska’s arrival.
Bartuska, upon arriving, told reporters at an impromptu press conference at the Garden that she’s joining with the faculty of the OSU Extension Service to engage with other program partners in a “Beginning Urban Farmers Apprentice (BUFA)” program in Portland.
“I’m actually visiting Portland this week as part of an Ecological Society of America meeting,” Bartuska revealed.
Responding to a question asked by THE BEE, Bartuska said, “I’m looking forward to seeing what’s happening in the Learning Garden Lab, including the learning tools, and how the community is coming together. The thing about urban farming that’s really powerful for me is how it brings communities into the practice of farming. It really starts in the community, brings people together, and then, the food comes from that.
“This is my first opportunity to see urban farming here in Inner Southeast Portland, and I’m glad to learn about the high value that people here place on fresh, local food,” Bartuska added.
Observing that Lane Middle School is just across the street, Bartuska remarked that urban farming programs provide STEM science learning activities for kids.
“80% of the American public lives in urban areas,” Bartuska went on. “The increasing interest in fresh local foods, the fact we want to connect food to people, and get high-quality nutritious food available as quickly as possible – has really created an interest in urban farming.”
Bartuska told us that she was also promoting the “USDA Urban Agriculture Tool Kit”, a PDF document found online – https://www.usda.gov
Her first stop on the tour was visiting the Multnomah County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Learning Garden Lab, before visiting other areas at the site.
“I can see that the BUFA program in Portland not only holds promise for Oregon, but can serve as an example for other cities,” Bartuska beamed.
|Alice Orton gives helped entertainer Rhys Thomas juggle giant beanbags – in a featured act at “Sundae in the Park” this year. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
38th year of ‘Sundae in the Park’ in Sellwood draws a crowd
By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE
For the 38th year, the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) neighborhood association presented a full day of fun, “Sundae in the Park”, on August 6 in Sellwood Park.
“It’s the tenth year that I’ve been working on this event, along with community members such as SMILE Vice President Gail Hoffnagle, Secretary Eric Norberg, Dana Beck, and a representative from Loaves and Fishes – now called ‘The Meals on Wheels People’ – which is the main beneficiary of the event,” said the event’s Chair, former SMILE President Nancy Walsh.
“This is a wonderful, low-key way for people to get together and have fun enjoying free entertainment, listening to good music, getting information about zoning, land-use, the neighborhood association, neighborhood emergency readiness, and neighborhood history, as well,” Walsh told THE BEE. Not to mention the inexpensive ice cream sundaes that are the namesake of the event.
“And, several of our local churches have stepped up, and are providing the arts, crafts, and games,” Walsh added.
As new neighbors come into the neighborhood, the annual “Sundae in the Park” helps connect the newcomers with their neighbors, neighborhood activities, and volunteer activities, Walsh said. “It’s really great to see all the children here having fun. It seemed like our neighborhood was aging, but now again our neighborhoods are filled with kids!”
Members and friends of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club were once again busily reaching into five-gallon buckets of Umpqua vanilla and chocolate ice cream for double scoops, and providing tasty toppings for visitors to make each serving a sundae.
Many people also purchased a hot dog or hamburger lunch from the booth set up by Thelma Skelton Center’s Meals on Wheels People, until 2 p.m. this year. “This is a benefit for our Center, and helps support our mission of serving more than 5,000 meals a day to homebound seniors, and to seniors the center,” smiled Director Diane Jensen.
“And, it also bring awareness to the community about what we do, and of our need for volunteers,” said Jensen, adding that potential volunteers can reach her by e-mail at – Diane.Jensen@Mealsonwheelspeople.org.
In the late afternoon, thanks to sponsorship from the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance, Portland Parks & Recreation’s “Movie in the Park” crew moved in to set up their giant portable movie screen, while the band “Amanda Richards & The Good Long Whiles” played. At dusk, the film shown this year was the recent Warner Brothers animated movie “Storks”.
Families flocking to Sellwood Park that day had fun playing games, listening to the live bands, laughing while Rhys Thomas juggled, and enjoying generous yet inexpensive ice cream sundaes.
Enough one-dollar sundaes were served that $1,300 was raised in this benefit.
But, perhaps the cherry topping on this Sundae at the Park is the relationships built each year among Sellwood and Westmoreland neighbors, all enjoying a sunny and warm day at the park on the first Sunday each August.
|Brentwood-Darlington residents stepped up to enjoy a bounty of food at the neighborhood’s NNO party buffet on July 30. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Brentwood-Darlington neighbors celebrate ‘National Night Out’
By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE
At the start of the “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO) week, the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) hosted a casual party in observance, on the very warm afternoon of July 30 – one of many such parties that week in Inner Southeast.
“It’s a little lower-key NNO event this year, than in some past years; we’re having a potluck dinner with pizza, games, and face painting,” explained BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers.
“This is a great way to get to know your neighbors, and get to meet other people in the neighborhood. That’s important, so that people who live here don’t feel like they’re strangers in their own neighborhood,” Powers told THE BEE. “Lots of good things come from coming together, and in doing so, it encourages more people involved in our neighborhood association, which in turn, allows us to have more community events.”
Guests loaded their plates with fresh food, chips and dips, and some of the two boxes of treats provided by Mehri’s Bakery & Café on S.E. 52nd, as well as colorful miniature cupcakes donated by “Fat Cupcake” on S.E. 72nd.
“When you get to know your neighbors, there are no strangers,” observed Powers. “It does help you feel more comfortable in your own neighborhood.”
|This Portland Taiko drummer pounds out a throbbing rhythm for the Bon Odori dancers. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Merry throng dances at ‘Obonfest’ in Creston-Kenilworth
By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE
Just south of S.E. Powell Boulevard, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, Obonfest (Obon) – a traditional summertime Japanese (and Japanese-American) festival, commemorating one's ancestors – was again celebrated on Saturday, August 5.
The Oregon Buddhist Temple Board (OBT) President Judy Hittle, and event organizer Charlie Reneau, told THE BEE about it as the festival was getting underway that afternoon.
In the Obon tradition, Hittle said, ancestors are honored by hanging white lanterns. “It’s a joyful time, to think about your ancestors; I have lanterns hung honoring my parents and in-laws.”
In addition to the culturally appropriate food vended to guests at the festival, central to the “Bon Odori” is the Obon dance. Experienced Bon Odori dancers led the group circled in the parking lot area, encouraging everyone to follow along.
“I really enjoy doing the dancing; and everyone – Buddhist or not – is invited to join in these joyous dances,” Hittle enthused. “I grew up with Obon in Hawai’i, and went to just about every single one.”
Reneau explained that the day-long event is the major annual fundraiser for their temple, presented by a crew of more than 100 volunteers, some of whom have worked for a full week to prepare the food and decorations for the celebration.
Inside, resident OBT minister Reverend Yuki Sugahara gave talks about the temple, founded in 1903, and the practice of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism – a non-monastic sect geared to ordinary people.
“This festival, and the talks given by our Reverend, is a way for people who want to learn more about us can do so; we don’t go out and ‘sell’ ourselves,” Hittle said. With that, she joined the merry throng of people dancing to the beat of a Portland Taiko drummer.
Learn more about it online: http://www.oregonbuddhisttemple.com.
|Sandy Profeta, with her thirty-three-year-old dove. Profeta says there are a number of important steps for enabling a dove to live over three decades – quite an unusual span. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)
|Woodstock ‘elder bird’: 33-year old dove well cared for
By ELIZABETH USSHER GROF
For THE BEE
When Woodstock resident Sandy Profeta acquired the parents of her thirty-three-year-old ring-necked dove, she was told that their life span might be three years. Instead, they lived sixteen and thirty-one years, respectively.
The offspring dove of that pair, named Siochain, which is Gaelic for “peace”, was hatched in Profeta’s house. Now at thirty-three years, he has what Profeta says is “a quality of life that is very good, which is why he’s still around.”
We all know that good care can keep people alive and vital into later years. And the same is true for pets. For Profeta, “Sio”, as she nicknamed him, is her companion and “offspring” (she has no children) which she lovingly cares for. She says Sio’s long life can be attributed to “genes, a good vet, and good nursing care at home.”
What exactly is “good nursing care” for a homebound dove?
Profeta reports that, a quarter century ago when Sio fell off a tower of orange crates, he knocked the lens loose on one eye, as was diagnosed by the vet. As a consequence, he has been blind in his right eye for twenty-five years. He purportedly can see only light with that eye. Nothing could be done for the eye, but Profeta was thankful for the expert diagnosis.
Then a year ago he fell during the night from a window ledge (he lives in a room without a cage), and broke his right wing and right leg. After a few days in a veterinary hospital he returned home to live in an aquarium bowl for eight weeks. The vet suggested the aquarium as an abode with smooth and constricting walls which would allow for healing. He got through the ordeal with constant care from Profeta, who claims of Sio, “he’s a tough old bird.”
Good care also means paying close attention to heat and cold in the bird’s environment. In the winter, a heat lamp allows Sio to choose to be warm or not. In the summer, finding the coolest spot in the house is essential for Sio’s survival, which can mean Profeta letting him rest on newspaper on a table downstairs. Ring-necked doves are affectionate and not very noisy, so having Sio as a constant companion is a pleasure, smiles Profeta.
Good genes for Sio came from his mother and father who, as mentioned, lived under Profeta’s care for sixteen and thirty-one years respectively. Dove longevity typically ranges from fifteen to twenty years, but Sio has long passed that.
A good vet for the dove has been found in Dr. Marli Lintner, who has been in practice in Lake Oswego for thirty-five years. Her practice, called the Avian Medical Center, is exclusively for birds. Profeta says Lintner knows what to prescribe for Sio’s heart, liver, and arthritic conditions… If only all humans could have that kind of care!
Lintner tells Profeta that room for lots of flying exercise is key for keeping the bird’s kidneys from atrophying. Sio has the flying space in a long room upstairs.
Another condition that Lintner says is important for birds’ comfort is to have some sound in their environment. Silence often signals danger for birds, who have evolved to be quiet when a predator is at bay. So, Profeta provides Sio with a YouTube version of music and birdcalls.
When Sio recently went to the Avian Medical Center for boarding, while Profeta and her husband were on a trip, he was well cared for. “They baby him when he’s in boarding, because he’s so special. He’s quite the celebrity over there,” reports Profeta proudly.
|Sellwood’s Genie Aylor Giles poses with one of her favorite roses, “Double Delight”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)
Southeast celebrates a Portland centennial…in roses
By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE
While this year marks the centennial celebration for Portland’s International Rose Test Garden, home gardeners in Inner Southeast Portland have cultivated their favorites here for even longer. Portland’s Pacific Northwest climate is ideal for growing roses, which can bloom any month of the year. We have an incredible selection of colors, sizes, and styles that smell fragrant and develop specific growth habits.
Portland has been known as “The City of Roses” since 1888, when Georgiana Pittock, wife of Oregon newspaper publisher Henry Pittock, invited friends to display their roses in a tent set up in her garden. Frederick Holman helped found the Portland Rose Society in 1889. The first Portland Rose Festival parade was held in 1907, and the Royal Rosarians – Portland’s non-profit ambassadors of goodwill – were formed in 1912.
Genie Aylor Giles, a transplant from Texas who lives on S.E. Clatsop Street, is thrilled with Portland's roses. “We have 22 varieties at our home here in Sellwood,” she says. “We buy several kinds every year to try out. Most are fragrant, and most are the ‘David Austin type’, which have lovely petals. My favorite so far is ‘Double Delight’, which starts out cream-colored, and then turns bright red as the flowers unfold. It’s very fragrant, and doesn't grow out of hand.”
Another favorite bloom in our part of town is named “Day Breaker” – which starts out orange, and turns pale yellow as it matures.
Many gardeners know all their roses by name. “This yellow one in front of the house is called ‘Graham Thomas’,” Giles explains, “And the pink one is ‘Strawberry Hill’. ‘Betty Boop’, over there, blooms all summer long.”
Due to careful IRTG records, rose lovers can select favorites by name for their gardens. For 100 years, the International Rose Test Garden has tested a plethora of specific varieties.
At the centennial event held August 26 at Washington Park, Commissioner Amanda Fritz remarked that the celebration marked 100 years of stewardship, volunteerism, and Portland’s passion for roses.
Portland Parks and Recreation Director Mike Abbaté added, “We thank the many partners and volunteers who have given countless hours to develop and maintain the gardens.”
|As part of the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association National Night Out” celebration, Milwaukie Police Officer Hector Campos gives a sticker to Caleb Anderson. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Ardenwald kicks off August concert series
By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE
In keeping with its longtime summertime tradition, the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association kicked off an August summer concert series in Ardenwald Park, on Thursday evening, August 3.
While much of the neighborhood is located in Clackamas County and within the City of Milwaukie, the north-end Ardenwald Park where the series of five concerts is held is situated in the City of Portland, and in Multnomah County.
“We try to get everyone to come a little early on the first night, because we’re also celebrating ‘National Night Out Against Crime’, featuring police officers and community safety information, before the music begins,” explained Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association Chair Jeff Davis. “It’s good to be mindful of crime prevention; and having events like these helps neighbors to stay in touch with each other, so they can look out for each other.
“Due to the excessive heat this evening, we may have a bit smaller turnout until the temperatures cool down – hopefully, soon,” Davis told THE BEE.
There being five Thursdays in August this year, the neighborhood offered five evening concerts – starting with The Pearls, an “alt-country-and-western swing band”. This was followed up the following week by Greydogz, a band mixing blues, jazz and swing music; on the third Thursday, the fiery salsa and Latin jazz sextet Pa’lante; on the fourth Thursday, the three-piece “indie/punk” band, The Junebugs; and to complete the month on August 31, a performance by The Libertine Belles, with “retro-swing” music.
“We have local restaurants here providing food, and Hope City Church is serving free ice cream today; and they’re bringing a kids’ Bounce House to the other concerts,” Davis said.
Even on that hot August 3rd afternoon, some 100 people had already gathered in the park, as the band began to play.
|Southeast Events and Activities|
“Pageturners Book Group” for adults at Sellwood Library
: Read “In the Shadow of the Banyan” by Vaddey Ratner, then be at the Sellwood Branch Library tonight 6:30 to 8 p.m. for stimulating conversation about books – and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free, but come a bit early to be sure of a seat. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
DIY Insulation Workshop for adults at Sellwood Library: This afternoon, 2-4:30 p.m., learn how to weatherize a flat attic. This workshop covers all stages of the insulating process, including the initial audit, creating a supply list, prepping the attic, finding the right insulation, and getting cash incentives to help cover the cost of your project. The workshop is also useful for those who are hiring a professional, but would like to cut preparation costs and understand the process. Perfect for DIY-ers of all experience levels. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
Brew Kombucha – at Woodstock Library this afternoon: Kombucha is an ancient form of fermented tea and cane sugar that has probiotic benefits for your digestive system. From 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon, “Treehouse Kombucha” will show you the simple steps to brewing and flavoring your own kombucha. Free. For adults. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.
“Salmon Celebration” at Westmoreland Park: The fourth annual Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park is today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and coincides with the Sunday Parkways ride in Sellwood and Milwaukie. Stop by Westmoreland Park during these hours today for the celebration and fun activities.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop at Woodstock Library: This free workshop, 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening, empowers people to reduce lead exposure and lead poisoning in their lives. It provides participants with the tools and resources needed to locate lead sources within their home and occupation, stabilize or eliminate hazardous lead conditions, and find additional agencies and organizations in the Portland metro area that can help to further limit lead hazards in the home. Participants receive a booklet and a kit of lead-safe cleaning and testing materials. Although it’s free, registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.
Harvest Moon Festival this afternoon at Woodstock Library: Celebrate the Harvest Moon Festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival), one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in many parts of Asia. Join with friends and family from 1 till 3:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library, to hear stories of the festival, participate in fun craft activities, and watch traditional live performances. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.
“Woodstock Apple Festival” today: The third annual “Apple Festival”, benefiting the Chinese Immersion Program at Woodstock Elementary School, takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the parking lot of the Chase Bank, as well as in that block of S.E. 47th Street between the Chase and KeyBank parking lots (while the Woodstock Farmers Market is taking place in the KeyBank lot). Several problems which affected last year’s Festival have been resolved, according to organizers, and they’re ready for “a big crowd”.
Rain Garden Workshop: Today, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, learn how to build a rain garden! A rain garden is a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater, and allows it to soak into the ground naturally. You will learn step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden. Register online – http://www.emswcd.org/workshops – or call 503/222-7645 for information.
“Blessing of the Animals” at Our Lady of Sorrows: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church is welcoming animals of all kinds for a blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi at 11 a.m. this morning. The animals (even including stuffed animal toys) and their owners will gather in the courtyard area between the church and school buildings on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, just east of 52nd. (Pets are also welcome at the 10 a.m. Mass, closing out the Our Lady of Famima commemoration.) For animal safety, please use cages, leashes, etc., so that everyone is safe and happy. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Evelyn Brush at 503/775-6731, extension 102.
Going Batty at the Sellwood Library: This morning, 11-noon, explore the intriguing world of bats, and learn the truth about one of the most misunderstood and beneficial creatures on Earth. Learn about bat diversity, echolocation, and diet. Practice using a mist net, the tool field biologists use to capture and study live bats before releasing them back into the night sky. Topics include adaptations, bat biology, and the physics of sound. Free. For kids, teens, and families – but space is limited, to come early to be sure of a seat. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
Fall Party for Families at Woodstock Library this afternoon: Celebrate the season with all things fall and an awesome positive parenting community! 2 to 3 p.m., enjoy crafts, games, and activities along with positive parenting and mindfulness tools dedicated to loving life, your family, and the autumn season. Free. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49 th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Lunch today at St. Anthony’s: St. Anthony Church offers its fall luncheon today at 11:30 a.m., the cost of which is $7, and includes lunch and bingo, with great prizes. Open to all. It’s a fundraiser for the church, which is at 3720 S.E. 79th, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. For information, please call 503/504-1204.
Holiday Bazaar at Southeast VFW Post: Today from 10 to 5, and tomorrow from 11 to 5, you’re invited to the fourth annual Holiday Bazaar, held at – and benefiting – the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4248, 7118 S.E. Fern Street. Handmade decorations for fall, Hallowe’en, and Christmas, will be on sale – along with lots of gift items. Come early on Sunday only, and enjoy the VFW monthly breakfast, 9 to noon, including all-you-can-eat pancakes, or biscuits and gravy, for $5 – before you show, and stay for hot dogs and nachos for lunch. There will also be a bake sale. For information call 503/775-4844.
Adults – make a warm hat this afternoon at Sellwood Library: This afternoon, 2-4 p.m. join tis class to sew yourself a warm hat for this winter! Artist LeBrie Rich will bring five sewing machines, along with hand-sewing supplies. For this free session, there will be patterns and fabric ready for you. Extra hats that made this afternoon will be donated to those in need. “Let's craft together! No experience necessary.” Free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
11th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame: This annual Induction into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and Concert, takes place this evening at 7 p.m. at the Aladdin Theater, just south of S.E. Powell Boulevard on Milwaukie Avenue. The concert will feature Floater; a tribute to Jimmy Boyer, featuring the Freak Mountain ramblers; Fernando; Bingo Richey, Turtle Steele; Peter Dammann; Dan Balmer; and more. There will be a live auction of autograph guitars from Chicago, Ry Cooder, Culture Club, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Steve Miller, and Weezer. Proceeds from this nonprofit event help support Oregon music education and scholarship programs. Tickets ($25 in advance; $30 at the door) are on sale at http://www.ticketfly.com and at the Aladdin Theater box office. VIP tickets also available.
Fall Bazaar today and tomorrow in Woodstock: Our Lady of Sorrows’ Fall Bazaar takes place today, 9 to 5, and tomorrow from 9 till 2. Homemade crafts, gifts, jams and jellies, sweet treats, “and much more!” The location is on the northeast corner of S.E. 52 nd and Woodstock Boulevard.
“Sugar Skull Face Painting Workshop” for teens: Are you ready for an awesome transformation? Come to the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 3-4:30 p.m., to join Celese, local makeup artist and face painter extraordinaire, as she teaches you skills and techniques on how to make yourself or your friends into amazing sugar skulls. Water based makeup and accessories will be used to make the transformation complete. Just in time for Dia De Los Muertos and Hallowe’en, this class will be one that you'll never forget! For teens in grades 6-12. Free – but space is limited, so come early to be sure of a seat. The Sellwood Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
Weatherization Workshop this afternoon at Woodstock Library: Anyone can make weatherization improvements at home – whether you own or rent; whether you’re in an apartment, mobile home, or house – make basic improvements to make your home more comfortable by saving energy and money. Learn how to implement simple measures to lower home energy use by installing effective weatherization materials, using basic tools such as scissors and a screwdriver. Each participating income-qualified Multnomah County household receives a free kit of materials. The kit includes reusable vinyl storm window kits, door weatherstripping, pipe insulation, rope caulk, and more. No charge. Register online for this workshop, taking place 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, at the Community Energy Project website – http://www.communityenergyproject.org/get-involved/calendar – and then be at the class at the Woodstock Branch Library, on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Second annual “Haunted Fun House” in Sellwood: This evening, 6:30-9:30 p.m., nonprofit Rogue Pack presents a “Haunted Fun House” by teen girls from Boys & Girls Aid. “Come hear gory stories and mysterious tales of the Sellwood Playhouse and support at-risk young girls. Written and presented by girls 10-17 in the foster care system. Writing and performance facilitated by Ann Singer and Danielle Pecoff.” All ages welcome for the Fun House walk-through of gore and mystery. Music and treats included! It’s in the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street. $5 per person at the door (includes the treats).
Poetry writing workshop this afternoon at Woodstock Library: Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you. Join Paulann Petersen 2-5 p.m. this afternoon in a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, it’ll be an exhilarating plunge into language. Free; for teens and adults – but registration is required. Register in the Woodstock Branch Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
“Moreland Monster March” at 3 p.m. today: The Monster March is on, rain or shine, once again this year on the last Sunday in October – the 29th – starting at 3 p.m. sharp at Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland, S.E. 14th at Tolman Street. The route goes east to Milwaukie Avenue, south to Bybee, west on Bybee Boulevard to 14 th, and then north back to Llwellyn, where merchants of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance will be providing free refreshments to one and all. Anyone in costume, young and old, is welcome to march, and everybody else is invited to line the streets and cheer the monsters on.
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