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Fran and Mike Gasparre, grandfather, shoe repair shop, at 8015 S.E. Thirteenth Avenue, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Fran and Mike Gasparre, standing in the doorway of what was once their grandfather’s shoe repair shop, at 8017 S.E. Thirteenth Avenue in Sellwood. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

Memories of three generations of a Sellwood family


In August, Michael Gasparre and his younger sister Fran Maxon revisited their former neighborhood, so Mike could attend his 60th class reunion at Sellwood School.

Before they returned to their homes, I connected with them through SMILE Station manager Lorraine Fyre, and they shared some interesting memories, photos, and documents with me. In addition to catching up with former schoolmates and family members and hearing stories about their childhoods in Sellwood, other topics entered our conversation -- touching on immigration, public education, and child labor laws.

The first of their family members to arrive in America were their grandfather Michael, his wife Maria, and their two sons, Dominic (Dom) and Guiseppe (Joe). Michael was born in 1900 in Sannicandro, Bari, Italy – a town on the Adriatic Sea. In 1920 he arrived in New York City, leaving his wife Maria (Mary) and their two young sons, ages two and one, in Italy.  

By 1922 Michael had found his way across the country and established a shoe repair shop on S.E. 13th Avenue (now 8017 S.E. 13th) in Sellwood. It was a period when people purchased leather shoes and boots with stitched, not molded, soles. When the soles and heels were worn, the footwear was mended or renewed by a skilled cobbler like Michael Gasparre.

After eight years in America, Michael had prospered, and he was ready to bring his family to live with him in the house behind the shop, which is still visible from Southeast Thirteenth Avenue. In order to do this, he filed a petition in the Multnomah County Court. His grandchildren Fran and Mike provided a copy, whose language is very interesting.

With their permission, I am sharing some of the promises he made in the document. After listing his place of birth and date; his port of entry and name of vessel, he stated:

            “I am a shoemaker with a wage of $200 per month; I have $5,000 on deposit at the Sellwood Bank; I am the owner of said business, and have stock worth $3,500, and have $500 cash on hand.

            “It is my intention to make the United States my permanent home and my desire to have my wife and sons, all born and residing in Sannicandro, Italy, join me here. . .

            “I do further promise . . . that neither of them [his two sons] will ever become a public charge or a burden upon the United States . . . and should either of them for any reason become subject to deportation that I will reimburse the United States the cost of such deportation.

           “I promise . . . to send my minor relatives to school until they are 16 years of age and to see that they are not compelled to perform labors unsuited to their years.”

Cobbler, Michael Gasparre, wife, Maria
Cobbler Michael Gasparre with his wife Maria, after reuniting in Sellwood, around 1928. (Courtesy of Fran Maxon)

The petition was successful and Maria, Dom, and Joe joined Michael, and lived in the house “behind the store” for two years. At this time a daughter, Rose, joined her two brothers. They then moved to 1622 S.E. Harney, where they remained until they assumed permanent residence at 1604 S.E. Rex Street, remaining until 1957.

Fran states that it was challenging for her father Dom, who was eight years old when he entered the first grade at Sellwood School, because he read and spoke only Italian. However, he was assisted in his lessons by his schoolmates, and remembered very fondly his teacher, Mrs. Lincoln, who gave him steady encouragement. Years later at one of his own school reunions he was able to thank her in person. The Gasparre family were members of St. Agatha’s Parish, and all three generations went to Mass faithfully on Sundays, although the children attended the local public schools.

Fran’s father Dom graduated from Benson High School, and became a route manager for the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Oregon Journal. He married a woman from a “big German family” in the Brooklyn neighborhood, whose maiden name was Fieger. Soon Mike and Fran were born, and the family lived at 1126 S.E. Nehalem Street, just a few houses west of their grandfather’s shoe store.

Mike and Fran had a wide circle of friends from their days at Sellwood School, which offered kindergarten through eighth grade when they attended. Mike was four years older than his sister, and had an after-school paper route. He picked up the Journal at a building (now gone) between the fire station (now SMILE Station) and the recently replaced Black Cat Tavern (corner of 13th and Umatilla) – Mike recalls that their Kitty Kat burgers were “the best” he has ever eaten. Some of his earnings were spent on Mountain Bars, which he purchased “coming and going” to school at a sweet shop on Umatilla Street (behind the K&K Photo Shop).

The siblings both remember the famous cheetah (Fran recalls more than one) in a fenced area behind their owner’s office on Umatilla Street. Donald Nickelsen, M.D., was remembered for giving his “cat” rides in his convertible, but Fran said that “you never stuck your fingers through the fence.”

Other fond memories include swimming at the Sellwood Pool, stopping afterwards at the grocery store at Miller Street for refreshments; roller skating at Oaks Amusement Park, and movies every week at the Sellwood Theater on Tacoma Street (now Columbia Sportswear). Although they had little contact with the children who attended Llewellyn School, seldom venturing north of Malden Street, they did go to the Moreland Theater on Saturdays for movies.

Mike confessed that on Hallowe’en he and his pals soaped the shop windows on Thirteenth Avenue, except for a certain shoe repair shop; and they trekked all the way south to Garthwick for trick-or-treating, because the residents there gave out regular sized, not miniature, candy bars.

The Gasparre children probably would have completed their educations at Cleveland High School (Mike attended for two years) – but their father decided to search for a job in the San Francisco area, in part due to an impending union strike of the Portland’s two main newspapers.

Several factors led to that strike: There were rumors that the Oregonian and Oregon Journal might be consolidated by a new owner, Samuel Newhouse. Newspaper printing technologies were modernizing, and the employees who produced the papers were concerned about job loss. (Indeed, the Oregonian eventually did buy the Oregon Journal, and only months afterward, in 1982, did close down the Journal.)

On November 10, 1959, the members of the Stereotypers Union went on strike against both papers and began picketing. Dom Gasparre was in charge of a distributorship and did not want to strike, but neither did he want to cross a picket line. The previous year his father Michael had, after 35 years, closed his shoe repair shop, and he and Maria had moved to Pacific Grove, California. Dom’s brother Joe and sister Rose already lived in California, so Dom applied for and was offered a job at the San Francisco Chronicle, to start in early 1960.

On New Year’s Eve, 1959, Dom and a friend loaded a rental trailer with eight 5-gallon containers of homemade red wine (winemaking was a skill he had inherited from his father), concealed them under piles of clothing and household possessions, and headed for California. Fran remembers being afraid that her father would be caught at the California border by the state’s Agriculture inspectors, but he arrived safely.

The plan was for his wife and children to remain on Nehalem Street in Sellwood until the house was sold, then organize the move and join him in San Francisco. However, the Portland newspaper strike, which was to last until the picket line ceased in April, 1965, turned ugly, with fist fights – and, in late January of 1960, with the bombing of ten delivery trucks.  

In the weeks after her husband’s departure, Mrs. Gasparre had begun getting threatening phone calls at home, the callers evidently unaware that Dom had left Portland. When he heard the news, he told his wife not to wait any longer; to fill some suitcases and leave for California on the train.

Fran and Mike were the last of three generations of the Gasparre family to live in Sellwood. They graduated from high school in California, but they return regularly to visit their many cousins in Portland and, as they did this summer, attend school reunions.

It was a pleasure to meet them, walk familiar streets, and hear these stories about their years in Sellwood.

Members of the Huehca Omeyocan Aztec Dance group, Mercado fiesta, Foster Road, Southeast Portland, Oregon, Taste of Latinoamérica
Members of the Huehca Omeyocan Aztec Dance group smile, before going on stage at the fiesta on S.E. Foster Road. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Tastes of Latinoamérica, at Mercado fiesta on Foster Road


It was a grand fiesta in the Foster-Powell neighborhood along S.E. Foster Road on Saturday, September 1, as the fourth annual “Taste of Latinoamérica” got underway at the Portland Mercado.

Lively Latinx music filled the air; people were taking salsa dance lessons – and of course, folks were enjoying a wide variety of food and beverages at the fiesta.

“Taste of Latinoamérica is our big annual celebration, featuring more than twenty vendors; we have booths representing the cultures of Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela – it’s a big party!” beamed Portland Mercado Event & Marketing Coordinator Ambar Solarte.

“We have many of our Hacienda CDC sponsors and partners exhibiting and helping us here today, as well,” Solarte told THE BEE.

Visitors shopped inside the Mercado building, visited an art exhibition, saw a live letterpress printing demonstration, and took a leisurely stroll among the vendors set up in the parking lot, while their kids played nearby in a giant bouncy castle.

It’s important to hold the fiesta every year, Solarte said, “Because for us at the Portland Mercado, it’s a program to give everyone an opportunity to become a businessperson or an entrepreneur.

“So, for many the vendors who participate at the Mercado, this is their first opportunity to have a business of their own! And, we want to close the gap between those who live in the greater Portland area, and our small business partners in the Latinx community,” explained Solarte.

Beyond helping their client businesses, Solarte clarified, there’s an even higher goal. “At this point in time we need events like this that help bring cultures together, to realize that we are part of the same community and we are all together, and not divided.”

You can find out more about the Portland Mercado online –

AACCO, Hala Goras, decorative doorway cover, Turkish weddings, Arab Fest, Oaks Park, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
AACCO’s first President and festival organizer, Hala Goras, stands in a decorative doorway cover, which is typically used during Turkish weddings. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Arab Fest’ flourishes at Oaks Park


The eighth annual “Arab Festival” returned to nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park’s south picnic areas on Saturday, September 1, to offer a day of multicultural fun – including children’s activities, Henna painting, music, dance, poetry, arts and crafts, and raffles.

Ringing the area was a “Souq” – the Middle Eastern general term used to describe an open-air marketplace, bazaar, or commercial district, with vendors offering many goods and services.

“Welcome to our eighth Portland Arab ‘Mhergan’ – the Arabian word for ‘Festival’,” greeted Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon (AACCO) Director Rima Ghandour. “Every year, we put on our festival, because it allows us to introduce Arab culture to people who don’t know about it!

“And, as well, it’s a time and place for our Arab-American community to come together for a fun day,” added Ghandour.

Because AACCO is secular organization, this festival is not based upon, and does not favor, any religion, the organizer pointed out. “It is for people from all countries to come to – to know each other, and expand our world through friendship; so, everybody is welcome here!” Ghandour smiled.

It didn’t take long for lines to form at the food vendors, as the scent of spices, herbs, and the savory aroma of cooking gyros and barbecuing shawarma filled the air.

Some of the countries represented at the festival include Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Iraq – “any and all of the Arabian countries,” she said. “The best thing about this day is seeing the Arab-American community come together and share this day with their neighbors, who are maybe not so familiar with our culture.

“I enjoying helping people learn something new. Every year, some people come and say how much they’ve discovered about this culture, as they learn about our perfumes, our dance, our music, and of course, our food!” Ghandour remarked, as she hurried off to meet with friends.

You can learn more about AACCO online –

Tucker Maxon School, upgrades, hearing children, deaf children, tree classroom, gymnasium, Holgate Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Tucker Maxon’s gym is an all-purpose facility – it has a climbing wall, accommodates basketball, and is used to teach bike riding and Legos. When it’s not in use by the student body – it’s for rent. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Tucker Maxon School expands mandate; evolves


Portland’s Tucker Maxon School at 2860 S.E. Holgate Boulevard is a premier private school that was initially created to educate deaf children, from birth to grade five. A quality education was always the goal, and the school was and is noted for it. But the school has evolved with the community, and now serves a broader range of students.

Established by Paul Boley and Max Tucker in 1947, the nonprofit school is nationally recognized, and maintains a loyal support group. But today, Executive Director Glen Gilbert reports that “hearing children” now make up about 75% of the student body.

In addition to student tuition, the school receives funds through an annual auction, plus a variety of grants. A five-year strategic plan developed in 2014 included suggestions for summer camps, improved street signage and technology, and catching up on deferred maintenance. In the past four years, funds have been used for many improvements to the building and grounds, including new roofs, playground structures, and technology – all in furtherance of that plan.

“We recently installed eight new garden beds, thanks to a grant from the Portland Garden Club,” reveals Gilbert. “We have many fruit trees and vegetables, and sunflowers to encourage pollinators. We’re planning on putting in a greenhouse in the back garden so that students can raise food to eat, and for study the year around. The kids also raise their own chickens for the chicken yard, to learn where food comes from.”

Along the S.E. 28th Avenue side of the property, passersby can view and feed the school’s four Nubian goats. A science teacher at the school is also a veterinarian who teaches about animals in-depth. The school also offers classes in Physical Education, Music, and Art.

This summer, the new school sign out front advertised weekly summer camps in all for eight weeks. “Students learned about food, culture, and life in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America, among other places,” remarks Gilbert. “They even did some cooking in the style of those areas.”

In June, as previously reported in THE BEE, the school celebrated the installation of 128 solar panels, with funding through PGE's customer-supported Renewable Development Fund. “We're going to be generating 50% of our required electricity, and also selling some back to the grid,” says Gilbert. “That project also came with curriculum that teaches about renewable energy, so our kids will become more aware about where energy comes from. A touch-screen monitoring station in the front lobby shows how our energy use fluctuates during the day. We also post the names of our sponsors in the Lobby. We just couldn’t do it all without them.”

Another innovation at Tucker Maxon is a “tree house classroom”, designed and built by Ian Weedman around a 110-year-old giant sequoia tree on the playground. “The open tree house can accommodate about two dozen people, and is a favorite place for outdoor study,” smiles Gilbert. “The architect designed it with ‘portholes’ all around, so that shorter children can see out safely. One of our families is also providing a new wooden gazebo for the playground.

“We now have brand new Smart Boards in every classroom, and we'll soon be getting a new 3-D printer from General Electric. In Technology classes, our students are learning to create stop-motion animation projects, with video editing and added music. The gym has a huge rock-climbing wall, and during the summer, students have been learning to ride their bikes there. The Lions Club helped us install a new flag pole out in front, and the red bike racks there are courtesy of the City of Portland.”

The gym is available for rental by the public for meetings, birthday parties, athletic practice, and exercise classes. It offers seating capacity for 250, with natural lighting and a small kitchen. Rental arrangements can be made by calling 503/235-6551. “We also have an AED (emergency defibrillator) available to the neighborhood, if you ring the front doorbell and ask,” observes Gilbert.

“We're trying to change the image of the school as not solely being a school for the deaf,” explains Gilbert, “Since these days most of our students are hearing ones. It’s like an inclusion program where students focus on communication. We’ve worked on many ways to reduce hearing problems, including pioneer work with cochlear implants.

“Our Strategic Plan is working well. Fifty percent of our tuition comes from parents, and fifty percent from fundraisers. 

“We’re a real bargain as an independent private school, and most folks view us as a big family.”

Ardenwald, concerts, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Ready to perform at the Ardenwald August concert series, here’s the band Ten O'Clock Hill. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Ardenwald free outdoor concerts again draw crowds


Thanks to the number of Thursdays on this year’s calendar, visitors and residents of the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood were treated to five concerts this August.

Their Thursday evening series kicked off on August 2 at Ardenwald Park with the neighborhood’s “National Night Out” celebration, and music by the band, “Echoes of Yasgurs”.

At these concerts, kids enjoyed playing in a giant bouncy castle, and families happily munched free ice cream treats and slurped shaved ice cones, provided by volunteers from one of the concert series’ sponsors, Hope City Church, which meets across the street at Ardenwald School.

“Even though this concert series dates back to the 1990s, everyone still enjoys getting together to listen to great music, have a picnic dinner or snack, and participate in our free prize drawings,” grinned the event’s chief organizer and neighborhood association Vice Chair, Jeff Davis. “We’re able to keep this event free, using our neighborhood grant money to help sponsor the concerts.”

The second week, at 7 p.m. the band “Ten O’Clock Hill” presented a well-received concert featuring modern folk, Americana, and bluegrass music.

“And, we’re grateful the volunteers from Hope City Church who are helping out so many ways,” Davis told THE BEE. “It’s great how they pitch in; they’ve been awesome to work with and very helpful.”

On the remaining Thursdays, the bands “Beat Patrol”, “Remedy”, and “Steve Hale and the Super Soul Heroes” entertained with blues, rock, and soul music, respectively.

The Ardenwald Concert Series proved to be a delightful way to spend a summer’s evening. If you missed them, they will be back next August in the Ardenwald neighborhood, just up S.E. Tacoma Street east of McLoughlin Boulevard. Ardenwald is a two-city neighborhood; part is in the City of Portland, and part is in Milwaukie.

Welcoming everyone at the Llewellyn Elementary School, back to school picnic, Erin Hughes, PTA President Alisa Grammer, Principal Joe Galati, Westmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Welcoming everyone at the Llewellyn Elementary School back-to-school picnic were PTA Board Hospitality Chair Erin Hughes, PTA President Alisa Grammer, and Principal Joe Galati. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Llewellyn Elementary welcomes students with a picnic


Ending the first week of school on Friday, September 7, Llewellyn Elementary in Westmoreland welcomed parents and students back into the halls of learning – on the playground, with a picnic.

“Here, at our back-to-school picnic, families renew acquaintances and meet other parents, and kids get to know their classmates better,” explained the event’s organizer, Llewellyn PTA Board Hospitality Chair Erin Hughes. “We also invite neighbors to come by and bring a picnic supper or purchase food, and join the activities here our playground!

“Most importantly, this gathering at the start of our school year helps relieve any tension kids have about returning to school, and shows that this is a fun, friendly place to go.”

Llewellyn Principal Joe Galati was too busy to talk as he kibitzed with his students, but he was smiling from ear to ear.

“The best part of the picnic, for me, is seeing our community come together; seeing returning faces, and meeting new families coming into our school for the first time,” remarked the school’s PTA President, Alisa Grammer.

The few raindrops that fell after the picnic was underway didn’t dampen the spirits of any adults at the picnic; and clearly, the kids didn’t notice them at all.

Brooklyn neighborhood, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Ice Cream Social, Southeast Portland, Milwaukie Avenue, Oregon
Ben, age 7, waited for a balloon sculpture from “Biff the Clown” at Brooklyn’s “Ice Cream Social”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Ice Cream Social’ again a September highlight in Brooklyn Park


Following a successful locally-funded summer park program reestablished by Friends of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn neighbors celebrated the end of summer with the 17th annual “Ice Cream Social in the Park”, on Sunday, September 9.

The popular celebration is sponsored by the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, with help from volunteers. A variety of ice cream bars was offered for just 25 cents each. Local restaurant “Upside Down” was also in the park, selling three types of tacos, and canned soda for those needing extra refreshment.

The afternoon afforded neighbors and families a chance to end the long hot summer with fun – raffle prizes, handmade jewelry, and music by the Yamhillbillies. Artichoke Music offered free lessons on various stringed instruments; a 5-in-1 Jungle Air Bouncer provided excitement for kids.

BAC stalwart Marie Phillippi told THE BEE, “Initially, there was a problem with electricity at the park today, but luckily a neighbor on the hill provided connections for us.”  

While neighbors caught up on each other, there was much chat about new construction in the neighborhood, along with issues of traffic, parking, and break-ins. Bar 33 and the Community Garden tool shed were both victims of recent break-ins. Neighbors were also concerned about encroachment by an increasing homeless population, troubling local levels of diesel particulate emissions, and more frequent sightings of coyotes.

Earth Fairy Entertainment did a brisk business in free face painting, with touches of glitter paint. Event regular “Biff the Clown” made free balloon sculptures, and volunteers from Sacred Heart Catholic Church handed out colorful balloons weighted down with small containers of bubble stuff or juice. A Girl Scout from Troop 45502, 14-year-old Charlotte Deibele, displayed a variety of wooden nesting boxes to attract pollinators, such as solitary bees and bumblebee colonies.

It wasn’t all just frivolity. There were booths for the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Community Garden. Melaney Dittler from Windermere Realty provided fliers for an upcoming Brooklyn Historic Walking Tour. Guy Berliner managed a Plant Swap station next to Barbara Mohl of the Brooklyn Community Garden. Adjacent to the Yamhillbillies, new artist Jes Ludwick performed open-air painting and live expressionist dancing in costume.

BAC member Mark Romanaggi praised the newly-reactivated Greater Brooklyn Business Association’s members for many donations of raffle items and gift certificates. “About two dozen local merchants provided in-kind certificates.” Kudos were also given to the GBBA for their August 9 public inaugural event, the “Best of Brooklyn Business BBQ”, held at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Franklin Street and hosted by US Bank.

But in the end, the afternoon was all about inexpensive ice cream bars and family fun.

Southeast Events and Activities
4th Annual Johnson Creek Science Symposium:
From 1 to 5 p.m. this afternoon, in Reed College’s Performing Arts Building, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Reed College, and the Johnson Creek Interjurisdictional Committee invite you to attend the 4th Annual Johnson Creek Science Symposium. 12 presenters talk about their recent research, monitoring, and restoration in the Johnson Creek watershed.  A poster session is included during the refreshments break.  Seating is limited, so tickets and/or prior signup is required.  For more information, call 503-652-7477, extension 103.

Pageturners Book Group for adults at Sellwood Library: First, read “The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country” by Helen Russell. Why are the Danes so happy, in a gray country with a lot of cold and darkness? When the opportunity arises, the author went to find out the real deal. After reading the book, come to the Sellwood Branch Library this evening at 6:30 p.m. for an hour and a half of lively conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The hour-and-a-half get-together is at the Sellwood Library, on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue.

Red Cross blood drive today in Woodstock:
The American Red Cross will be hosting a local blood drive in Woodstock today from 2 until 7 p.m., at Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. You can sign up online – – to guarantee a time to donate blood; but walk-ins are also welcome as time allows. “Thank you for helping to save lives!”

Cardboard Costume Creation for kids and families in Sellwood:
Every hero or heroine needs a great costume. Create your own costume out of unexpected materials like plastic, cardboard, wire, felt, LED lights, switches, and electric buzzers. Come to the Sellwood Branch Library prepared with your imagination and a tinkering spirit, and leave with a hat, mask, or arm band that you can use on your next adventure. (Or at Hallowe’en!) Free, but tickets required due to space limitations – and the tickets are available starting at 10:00 a.m. this morning. The three-hour session starts at 10:30. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Bidwell Street.

Famous “Moreland Monster March” at 3 this afternoon:
The Sunday before Hallowe’en this year is today – October 28th – and the March starts promptly at 3 p.m., sponsored by the merchants of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. Whether you come to watch or come in costume to march, this is open to all. Starts at Llewellyn Elementary School, 6301 S.E.14th Avenue in Westmoreland at 3, proceeding east to Milwaukie Avenue, south to Bybee, and back north on 14th to Llewellyn, where there will be treats for all, courtesy of local merchants. There are so many marchers that the front of the parade usually completes the circuit before the end of it even leaves the school. Free.

“Spooky Organ Concert in Woodstock”: All Saints’ Episcopal Church invites the community to a “Spooky Organ Concert” this afternoon at 4 p.m., featuring the work of Music Director Jim Denman alongside several talented members of its church family. Immediately following the concert, there will be a Hallowe’en party in the Parish Hall, with snacks, candy, games, and more! Everyone is invited, and costumes are welcome. The church is at S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Not So Spooky Stories this afternoon in Woodstock:
Once again, the Woodstock Branch Library invites you to enjoy stories and songs for Hallowe’en, and make something fun. Wear your costume, if you like. Free, 4 to 4:45 p.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

St. Anthony Church’s Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle:
Today and tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. both days, St. Anthony Church offers its annual Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle. Tables available. Open till 5 p.m. today and 3 p.m. tomorrow. The address is 3720 S.E 79th Avenue, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. For more information, call 503/504-1204.

“Beneficial Insects” seminar and workshop today in Woodstock: This morning, 9:30-noon, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District presents a seminar and workshop at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, in Woodstock. “Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings, and other invertebrates that provide free pest control; you’ll discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive.” Registration requested. To register, or for more information, call 503/222-7645.

Weatherization Workshop this morning at Sellwood Library: Anyone can make weatherization improvements at home. Whether you own or rent, whether you’re in an apartment, mobile home or house – you can 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. The two-hour workshop starts at 11 a.m. at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. Bidwell at 13th in Sellwood. Free – and each participating income-qualified Multnomah County household will also receive a free kit of materials. Please register online with the Community Energy Project –

Christmas Community Choir forming: Like to sing? Join in this afternoon, and every Saturday in November and early December, to prepare for a Christmas performance! All ages are welcome, and no experience necessary. Practice will be 1:00-2:30 p.m. this afternoon and each Saturday. Performance is Sunday, December 16, 10 a.m. All rehearsals and performance will be at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, S.E. 73rd and Harold Street. Questions? E-mail:

New “Storytime” tradition begins in Woodstock: This afternoon, 1:30-2:30 p.m., families are invited for a new twice-monthly “Storytime” for children at the Mustard Seed Book Store & Thrift Shop, in the basement of All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.  “Storytime” takes place at the same hour on the first and third Saturday of every month, led by a retired elementary school teacher. Browse the books in the store while your youngster listens to a story.

Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities:
At an illustrated talk at Trinity United Methodist Church, 9:30-noon this morning, learn which species do well together, and get tips to help them thrive! A slideshow highlights their unique features and desired growing conditions, so you can decide which plants will work best in your own yard. Free, but registration requested online – – or call 503/222-7645. The church is situated at 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

125th Anniversary of the Reedwood Friends Church: Come this morning and celebrate this propitious anniversary, at S.E. Steele and 29th. Worship begins at 10 a.m., followed by fellowship and sharing time, and there’s a celebratory meal as well, to which all are invited: The meal will consist of pork roast, baked vegetables, tossed green salad, and chocolate cake. In order to make sure there is enough food for all, please RSVP on the Reedwood website –

“South Reach River Plan” discussions continue:
This evening, 6-8 p.m., everyone is welcome to come to SMILE Station (S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood) for the sixth and penultimate session conducted by the City of Portland to come up with a plan for the “South Reach” of the Willamette River – and this evening, the focus is on “Integration of Eastside-Related Issues and Opportunities.” (The finale will be the South Reach River Plan Open House, at a location to be determined, in the morning of December 1, 9-11:30 a.m.)

Westmoreland Union Manor annual Holiday Craft Fair
: Today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, the residents of nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor present their annual Holiday Craft Fair. Vendors show off handcrafted original artwork, small drums, magnets, crocheted items, beaded jewelry and other objects, warm stocking caps, hair barrettes – “you name it, we have it”. Food service will be available; coffee and tea are available all day. Free parking on the street only. “Our building has finally been totally remodeled, and it looks grand, just waiting for you to come and explore.” 6404 S.E. 23rd Avenue in Westmoreland – on the west side of MacLoughlin Boulevard, just north of Fire Station 20 on Bybee.

“Friday @ 4 Recital” is free at Reed College: In Eliot Hall Chapel at Reed College this afternoon at 4 p.m., “Collegium Musicum” performs music of the French Baroque era, including works by Charpentier, Rameau, and Lully. The chapel is located in the center of campus on the third floor of Eliot Hall.

Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Agatha’s:
The Altar Society of St. Agatha Church is offering its annual Christmas Bazaar today from 9 a.m to 4 p.m., and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Arts, crafts, baked goods, local vendors, “Thrifty Cottage” treasures, and “treats for hungry shoppers”. The bazaar takes place in St. Agatha Parish Hall, 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue, in Sellwood.

Families – make your own Luminarias: At the Sellwood Branch Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, join artist Kathy Karbo as she leads workshop participants in transforming simple materials into stunning luminarias for your home or garden. Take yours home to enjoy! Free. Space limited so come a bit early to be sure of seating. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Reed College Orchestra’s annual fall concert tonight:
The annual Reed Orchestra’s fall concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. this evening in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium under the direction of David Schiff – open to the public, and admission is free. Kaul Auditorium is located adjacent to the college’s Performing Arts Building, and can be most easily accessed by parking in the west parking lot off S.E. 28th Avenue.

“Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden” at OMSI:
Today, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District presents a seminar and workshop on “Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden” in the OMSI Parker Room, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), at 1945 S.E. Water Street, under the Marquam Bridge on the east side of the Willamette River, and a short distance north of the Ross Island Bridge. Registration requested. To register, or for more information, call 503/222-7645.

Reed College Music Recital this evening:
Reed College’s private music instructors present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. this evening, open to the public. These are the musicians that teach and train Reed’s young musicians. Represented will be instructors of piano, flute, trombone, viola, cello, and voice. The chapel is located in the center of the Reed campus, on the third floor of Eliot Hall.

Legos @ the Woodstock Library this afternoon:
Kids, bring your mad Lego skills to the Woodstock Library and let your imagination flow. The group will build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Free. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. It’s at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Kids and families – make decorative dcoupage boxes:
Decoupage is a fun and easy craft for the whole family; if you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Artist Shanon Schollian will show you how to decorate small boxes for keepsakes or gift-giving. Free. It’s this afternoon, 2-4 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

Christmas Bazaar and soup luncheon in Woodstock:
Trinity United Methodist Church, S.E. Steele Street at Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th), offers its annual Christmas Bazaaar and soup luncheon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Enjoy a bowl of homemade chicken noodle or vegetarian soup, roll, coffee, and pie. The bazaar features quilts and quilting supplies, jewelry, needlework, and unique gifts, homemade cookies and bars for the Holidays, and more. Local vendors invited to participate. For more information, e-mail to –

“Rogue Pack” theater offers open house today: Rogue Pack, “theatre for young people”, has opened its doors today at the Sellwood Playhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet” event. Free and open to the public. The location is 901 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. For more, go online –

Annual Holiday Gala and Wreath Auction at Oaks Park: The Southeast Portland Rotary Club presents its annual Holiday fundraiser and party, its Wreath Auction – featuring a selection of hand-decorated wreaths – at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a supper catered by Sellwood’s famed “a Cena” restaurant, and live music. Tickets available online – – and from any Southeast Portland Rotarian, or at the door as available. Go north on Oaks Park Way from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, just west of the railroad crossing. Plenty of free parking.

“Sing Along Messiah” at Reedwood Friends Church this evening:
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., come to the Reedwood Church at S.E. Steele Street at 29th to sing along with the Messiah! Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. Selected choruses and solos with piano accompaniment. Light refreshments following the concert. Please bring canned food donations for the Oregon Food Bank. More, online, at –


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