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Southeast History, Sellwood Pool, Portland, Oregon
Young swimmers gather to watch an aquatic demonstration at the Sellwood Pool in the summer of 1935. Almost every kid who grew up in the neighborhood spent part their summer swimming at the Sellwood Pool, and after their all-day fun in the water, would stop at the Soder Brothers Grocery Confectionery, or visit the Pleasant Corner Confectionary. (Courtesy of Portland City Archives)

Bath houses, swimming holes, summertime, and the Sellwood Pool

Special to THE BEE

Country Music singer Kenney Chesney once sang a song, “Summertime is finally here and the temperature says 93, that swimming hole looks nice and cold…”

His lyrics make me smile, because I can just picture a pack of young boys sneaking down to a secluded section of Johnson Creek to a swimming hole. And while swim trunks still weren’t available during the 1880’s, to young boys in the water, it just didn’t matter. They would just strip down to their skivvies or sometimes nothing at all, and enjoy a rollicking day in the cool currents, on a warm summer day.

Few people had bathrooms in their homes on the east side of the Willamette River in the early years, let alone a stand-up shower or indoor bathtub to cool off in, during the stifling summer days in Portland. Air conditioning was nonexistent, and electricity was still too expensive for the average wage earner. Only the well-to-do, who usually lived on the west side of the Willamette, could afford the luxury of electric fans, or having a private bath house available to them.

As a result, it took a public outcry by local citizens to convince the Mayor that Portland needed a public bath house, and city officials finally took note. A committee called the Portland Free Bath Association was formed, and plans for a public outdoor swimming structure were presented to the City Council and the Mayor for their approval.

Plans for the “city bath house” in the 1900’s contemplated a framed wooden structure 50 feet wide and about 125 feet in length. The side and bottom of the proposed pool were to be composed of wooden slats, and the entire structure would be held afloat on the Willamette River by pontoons.

Businessmen lobbied for Portland’s first municipal bath house to be located on the west side waterfront at Jefferson Street. The Jefferson Street Bath House became so successful that in the following years, privately owned bath houses were constructed along the river – at such popular destinations spots as Oaks Amusement Park, on Ross Island, and Bundys.

What east-side kid wasn’t thrilled to the gills over a century ago, when he or she learned that a bath house was available for families and friends to enjoy at the Oaks, during the grand opening of the park in 1905. The Oaks Bathing house drew its water from the chilly confines of the Willamette River, and small slats were installed near the entrance to keep large fish from venturing into the pools were children played.

A shrill scream from a youngster might be heard, among the throngs of children at play, when a crawdad, salamander, or a small water creature found unsuspecting feet. But water play continued unabated because mothers and children knew there wasn’t any other relief from the hot sunny days than to stay in the pool, and they dealt with the inconvenience.

Adults and children were charged a fee for swimming-suit rental, and once they were through for the day, hired staff collected the wet suits which were tossed on the shingled roof of the floating bath house to dry -- until they were rented by other patrons. Swimming attire could not be bought in local shops, so the only available swimwear at Oaks Park was a one-piece bathing suit with a skirt that was worn by both sexes.

The Windemuth Bath House offered another swimming option, when it opened around 1915, constructed along the northern tip of Ross Island. This two-story wooden structure had an open-air balcony where sunbathers could enjoy the rays of the sun or a cool breeze from the winds off the river.

The Windemuth Baths were unique, in that they could only be reached by launch or small boat. Most swimming enthusiasts paid a fee at Kellogg’s boat house at Salmon Street and boarded a small craft that leisurely trolled over to the baths. Portlanders living on the east side of the Willamette rode the Brooklyn Streetcar to where a launch was anchored near the docks on Woodward Street. From there, swimmers were shuttled over to the bath house. Members of the Portland and Multnomah Athletic Club held many swimming lessons, diving instructions, and swimming exhibitions and summer events at the Windemuth Baths.

Swimming exhibitions, baseball tournaments, and airplanes that actually flew underneath city bridges were popular attractions during this era. Many big cities around the U.S. hired promoters to invite celebrities and famous sports figures to visit their part of the country and help boost the local economy.

Louis Woodward, manager of the Windemuth Baths, attracted many paying patrons to his little section on Ross Island by presenting acts with outrageous stunts, daredevils, or famous newsworthy stars like surfer Duke Kahanamoku – who in 1918 was invited to a swimming contest against backstroke expert Harold “Stubby” Krueger, and fellow Hawaiian Clarence Lane – or biplane aerialist Silas Christofferson, who actually landed his aircraft near the Windemuth Baths.

Instructors from the MAC Club entertained the crowd with various aquatic contests, and a special ladies group called the wing M Quartet performed fancy dives and stunts from the balcony of the bath house.  Some of the attendees were shocked by the tight-fitting swimsuits worn by the ladies team, and the “unladylike” physical feats of endurance they performed, but most were happy to pay the exorbitant price of 55 cents, including WWI war tax, to see the aquatic exhibition.

While promoters and owners of the floating bath houses reaped tremendous profits, city health officials became determined to shut them down. Garbage and debris dumped in the waterway by passing ships and sawmills made the water unfit by human health standards. The Windemuth Baths were forced to close down in 1924, and the owners looked to relocate to another part of the county. At Oaks Park, the Bathing House met the same fate as the Windemuth Baths when the city refused to issue a new permit for the following season.

As bath houses across the county were closing, business leaders in Sellwood saw a new opportunity to improve their community. Swimming pools were coming into great demand, and Portland community leaders decided that a series of small pools centered in various neighborhoods would benefit everyone.

Sellwood was selected as the first site for such a public swimming pool, if a suitable piece of land could be found for it. The Sellwood Business Association, then referred to as the Sellwood Board of Trade, and with encouragement from THE BEE of that time, recommended that city officials purchase 15-1/2 acres of land just west of 7th Street, between Miller and Malden, for establishment of a city park. This section of land was owned by W.H. Morehouse who was the former operator of the City View Racetrack. The selling price was a mere $47,000 – a great investment by the city, and also a terrific spot to build a community swimming pool.

The deal was done, and in the summer of 1910 the Sellwood swimming pool was officially opened. There was no charge for swimming in the pool during the first summer, but only one swimming instructor was available for lessons until the staff could figure out how many children would participate. The Sellwood Pool was such a big hit with the public that local newspapers reported over 5,000 children attended a session in the pool, some of them walking as far as seven miles just to enjoy the water at Portland’s first public pool.

A wooden boardwalk was installed around the perimeter of the pool, and maneuvering around the edge became a challenge to participants – the more water was splashed on it, the more slippery it became. A ten-foot board fence ensured privacy, although often pool attendants were called upon to usher young boys away from the fence on the days that girls swam. Rules were strictly enforced, and certain days were set aside for a boys-only swim time and another part of the week for the young ladies to enjoy the water without the interference of pesky boys.

Family nights occurred during the weekends when parents could put a stop to any horseplay started by any rambunctious children. Small dressing rooms surrounded by canvas curtains were lined inside the north side of the pool, and girls were issued a long dark-colored cotton bathing suit with a matching cloth bathing cap.

Maintenance of the pool by a city caretaker was still in the experimental stage, as revealed by Portland Park Bureau documents. Water from the Bull Run Reservoir provided the swimmers with a healthy environment, but the morning sun was the only heat source available for the Sellwood Pool.

Water levels were kept in check by the practiced eye of an observant city worker who was constantly refilling the pool each day. If the pool crew forgot to fill the pool to capacity, then the water would be icy cold for a morning swim. And if too much water was left standing in the evening, swimmers the next day would be faced with a pool of murky water similar to taking a bath in a tub of used water.  Chlorinated water and regular health inspections on the swimming pool didn’t begin until about 1932.

The Multnomah Anglers came early to casting their fishing lines into the depths of the pool, and on July 7th, 1919 a bait-casting tournament was held at the Sellwood Pool which drew hundreds of anglers from around the Northwest.

To replace the flimsy dressing rooms, and give more privacy to participants, a general assembly building was to be built in 1929, and the firm of Lawrence, Holford, Allyn, and Bean was hired to design a structure that would complement Sellwood’s elliptical pool. Ellis F. Lawrence was one of the Northwest’s premiere architects for his time, designing over 500 buildings during his illustrious career, some of which included the Albina Branch Library, the Caretaker’s House at the Riverview Cemetery, and the Sellwood YMCA. That Sellwood YMCA building – now the Sellwood Community Center, at S.E. 15th and Spokane – is one of only three buildings in the  Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Situated in the beauty of the Douglas firs and cedars trees of the new Sellwood Park, Lawrence used bricks and local timbers to design and erect a swimming facility that harmonized with its natural environment. Numerous dormer windows lined the poolside entrance complimented by a tiled roof and long open-beamed ceilings, giving visitors a sense that they were viewing a National Park Lodge in the forest.

The swimming pavilion had a central lobby, boys’ and girls’ dressing rooms, a clothes checkroom, and showers – and, for the past 100 years, probably every child who lived in the district has swum in the Sellwood Pool.

On July 27th, 1997, the Sellwood Pool was reopened after a much-needed extensive remodeling; and when the pool opened again for the summer this past June, the historic poolhouse next to it had just had its own major renovation and upgrade. These periodic improvements by the Portland Parks Department help make this facility stand out as one of Portland’s most picturesque public swimming pools. People of all ages can enjoy swimming laps, watching their children learn to swim, or just sunbathing with friends.

While many of us today will never experience the fun the old bath pavilions provided, or experience gliding down a 30 foot water slide, we can still view the black-and-white photos that document their existence, and reminisce.

And the modern era and today’s newly updated Sellwood Pool facility does not really rule out the opportunity, on a hot 93 degree summer evening, to sneak over to Johnson Creek and go for a swim in your skivvies.

Ann Dufay, Southeast Uplift, Robert McCullough, Portland, Oregon
Anne Dufay and her husband Frank receive a parting gift – one “handy down on the farm where she’ll retire” – from retiring Southeast Uplift Board Chair Robert McCullough. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Retirement feté honors S.E. Uplift’s Anne Dufay


Neighborhood leaders, coworkers, and friends gathered the evening of June 28 to say farewell to Southeast Uplift Executive Director Anne Dufay, the most recent Director for the nonprofit Neighborhood Coalition, which works with neighborhood associations throughout Inner Southeast Portland.

A potluck dinner in the parking lot was followed by a brief program honoring Dufay for her years of service.

Retiring Southeast Uplift Board Chair Robert McCullough led off the program, saying, “The last few years of working with this ‘wonder woman’ has been a real pleasure. She works with aplomb, efficiency – and she gets along with everyone.

“I hereby make a toast to our esteemed parting Executive Director, and soon to be farmer, Anne Dufay,” McCullough said, raising a glass of wine.

Molly Mayo, the coalition’s new Executive Director, publicly thanked Dufay, “For all the wisdom and the guidance that you’ve offered me as I come into this position. I very, very much appreciate that.

“This is aside from logistics and knowledge, and so many intricacies that you shared with me and I really value that,” Mayo said, calling for another toast.

After lowering the microphone, Dufay responded, “None of us does it alone, it really does ‘take a village’ – the work I’ve accomplished is really the ‘sum of all of us’.”

Having spent eight years at Southeast Uplift, Dufay said that she’s been “immersed in neighborhood stuff and the system. I’ve loved it, and I wish you so well.

“From now on I’ll be like a tourist,” Dufay went on. “I ask you to treat Molly well, and give her is much support as you possibly can. It’s a really good job; it’s fascinating, to be able to do things that are important, to help create change, and to work with so many wonderful and interesting people.”

After the speeches were made and gifts given, Dufay spoke with THE BEE about her tenure at the nonprofit.

“This job was important to me because I’m a big believer in the system. I am a believer in that the way you make change is that you empower people to drive their own change. From my perspective, giving people the tools that they need to achieve their own political power is the strongest, most likely path toward helping people out of any underrepresented situations in which they find themselves. So I believe in what we do!”

Asked what she will miss in retirement, Dufay remarked it would NOT be counting ballots, as she did in the Eastmoreland Historic District Poll. “It will be the people; that’s the part of the job I love the most. I’ve gotten to work with so many great people.” 

Advice for the incoming Executive Director? “It’s knowing it’s not your fault,” Dufay smiled. “The expectations for Director of this organization are very high. Some things you can do; others you can’t. Just do your best, and your best will be good.”

In closing, Dufay spoke directly to readers of THE BEE: “There a lot of people in this area that I have loved working with. Yeah. Thank you; and I will see you all around, from time to time!”

Westmoreland, Redray Frazier, Sellwood, Riverfront Concerts, July, Willamette River, Portland, Oregon
Westmoreland’s Redray Frazier and his band had the crowd up and dancing. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Diverse music acts at July’s ‘Riverfront Concert’ series


The Sellwood Riverfront Park Concerts Committee continues to provide a solid lineup of musical entertainers during their annual series, held on Monday evenings by the Willamette River each July.

“As the event producer for the ‘Summer Free For All’, we’ve had the opportunity to help the committee diversify the programs this year,” smiled Portland Parks & Recreation Coordinator Nim Xuto. “We want to be able to bridge people together, through music.”

Lovely summer weather again graced the concerts, the first of which held this year on July 10. Food carts ringed the park, providing supper and snacks for those who didn’t bring a picnic basket and beverages.

Taking a moment from tending to the show’s details, local coordinator Jim Friscia told THE BEE that he’s been helping out on the concerts for about two decades.

“I keep doing it because it’s really gratifying to work on a community event like this,” Friscia said. “That we can get together here every summer, have great music in our park, have the support of our local businesses – it makes for a great partnership among all of us, including the Parks Bureau.

“We’re a committee of about four people, and I really want to recognize those who’ve been involved: I send out thanks this year to Dave Johnson, Patrice Sanders, and Bob Schmidt, for their able help.”

Businesses are as an important a part of the community, as are the neighbors to come to the concerts,” opined Friscia. “We really couldn’t do it without their sponsorships; they help fund the production and the bands.”

Speaking to the crowd in the park, moments before the concert began, Friscia thanked nearby nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park for allowing parking at the west end of their lot.

Then, introducing Redray Frazier and his band, he pointed out that the night’s musician – a New York native – now resides in Westmoreland. 

During the first number, Redray’s “smooth smoky rock and energetic soul sounds” already had many audience members on their feet and dancing in front of the stage.

On subsequent Mondays, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical presented infectious South American cumbias; Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters played their Americana tunes; and wrapping up the season on July 31 was Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, who entertained with “soul-drenched blues music”.

“When it all comes together, we all have a wonderful evening – in fact, four wonderful evenings – every summer. I feel really pleased and happy,” Friscia grinned, with the first show underway.

Dahlias, dahlia show, Oaks Park, Portland, Oregon
It was growing in his yard in the Foster-Powell neighborhood: Portland Dahlia Society President Larry Smith shows a dahlia named “Beginner’s Luck”, which was hybridized by a club member in the Reed neighborhood. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Regional dahlia show returns to The Oaks


Hundreds of prize-winning blooms will be on display at the Pacific NW Dahlia Show on the weekend of August 26-27, inside the historic Oaks Amusement Park Dance Pavilion.

“This show will fill the building with dahlia blooms competing for ‘Best in Show’, arrangements, and special classes for new hybridized varieties,” explained Portland Dahlia Society President Larry Smith. “There will be informational workshops offered and experts available to answer questions.”

Growers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia will be bringing their flowers to this show – which is sanctioned by the American Dahlia Society.

The show hours are from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The show, and the parking, are free.

For more information, go online –

Eastmoreland, Independence Day, 4th of July, parade, Portland, Oregon, Duniway School
The Eastmoreland Independence Day Parade is underway. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Eastmoreland Independence Day Parade tradition continues


As residents of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association and guests gathered on the sunny Tuesday morning of July 4 near Duniway Elementary School, there wasn’t a flyer, poster, or even a whisper about that Historic District application.

“I’ve helped out in the past, but this is my first time coordinating our July 4th Parade,” smiled Steve Calderaro. “This is one of the very best events in our neighborhood, because it really brings everyone together!

“We moved here, mainly, because of the people in this neighborhood,” Calderaro said. “The parade is one of those times when people get to know one another, and that makes it more likely that they’ll look out for each other.”

Several neighbors and businesses helped present the parade this year, including the extended Eichentopf family from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, and Woodstock’s New Seasons Market, which brought buckets of iced soft drinks.

The Portland Police Traffic Division began closing off streets along S.E. Reed College Place, and the Westmoreland Fire Station’s Engine 20 rolled into position just before the parade began.

“It’s important to volunteer, because I want to give back,” Calderaro said “We feel that were getting so much out of this neighborhood, it feels right to do a little something for the neighborhood.”

The parade started off with a brisk pace, but soon turned into a leisurely saunter, as the throng headed north to S.E. Carlton Street, and then turned around and came back to Duniway School, to gather for the provided refreshments.

Oaks Park, roller rink, roller skating, figure skating, Portland, Oregon
Although relatively new to competitive roller figure skating, Makayla Simonelic performs like a pro while participating in the 2017 Northwest Region Roller Figure Skating Championships in Sellwood. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Oaks Park figure skating regional puts fancy footwork on display


In mid-June, some 180 figure roller skaters headed to nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park and its famous Roller Rink from all over Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Utah to compete in the 2017 Northwest Region Roller Figure Skating Championships.

“The top qualifiers will get the opportunity to skate for the national championships in late July, held by USA Roller Sports in Lincoln, Nebraska,” explained Oaks Amusement Park Operations Manager and skating coach George Kolibaba, during the competition.

“It’s a good-sized region from which this competition draws, but there aren’t many roller rinks still operating, Kolibaba reflected. “The Oaks Skating Club has many members here; it’s perhaps the strongest club in the region, and in the country. We have many good teachers, many club members, and many of our members have won first place awards at the national championships, and have gone on to international competition.”

While THE BEE attended the competition, young members of the Oaks Skating Club spoke to us about the sport.

After one of her performances, 7-year-old Haddie Stevens said, “I’ve been skating since I was 18 months old, and I love it because it makes me feel good. I like the music, and I like to be active a lot.

“I learned a lot of difficult moves from my coach,” Stevens said, “And while I didn’t do them perfectly the first time, I practiced a lot, every week, so I got better.”

Stevens helped the Oaks Junior Precision Team place first; she came in second in “Elementary B Pairs”, partnering with Alexander Hess; and she placed fifth in the “Primary Solo Dance” category.

Third grader Anna Berman said she’s been skating since the age of 2. “What I like best about doing this is the fun feeling of rolling around the rink on skates. I feel nervous competing, but I really like it.”

Last year, Berman, and her partner Robert Hamlin, won first place in “Juvenile/Elementary A Pairs” at the national championships. The pair took the first place prize in that category this year. Plus she also was judged best in “Primary Girls Loops”, and helped the Oaks Junior Precision Team score first place.

Although Makayla Simonelic said she’s only been skating for four years, her performances took first place in both the “Juvenile A Solo Dance” and “Elementary International Solo Dance” categories.

“I like skating and competitions,” Simonelic confided after her first performance. “It’s fun, because you know everybody, and it’s almost like family here.”

Whether you’d enjoy rolling around the rink, or learn to become a competitive skater, the Oaks Roller Rink may be the place to check out for summer fun. See more online –

Portland Rail Day, SP 4447, Oregon Rail Heritage Center, Portland, Oregon
As “Portland Train Day 2017” opens at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, crowds of visitors come check out the city’s historic locomotives and other exhibits. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Portland’s ‘National Train Day’ attracts record crowds


“Portland Train Day 2017” organizers said they were worried about attendance, because of all the other major events also scheduled this year for the same late-spring date. But, as it turned out, the volunteers at the front gate of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center had nothing to be concerned about: They counted some 1,000 visitors – just in the first hour.

The daylong observance was launched by Amtrak in 2008 as a way to promote railway travel, and preserve railroad history in a celebration on the Saturday closest to May 10 – the anniversary of the installation of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

Although Amtrak stopped hosting Train Day two years ago, the volunteer rail enthusiasts of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF) in Southeast Portland have kept it going with a local “Rail Day”, now in its second year.

Many families wisely took the TriMet MAX Orange Light Rail to get there, while others searched for a parking spaces in the ORHC lot near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. That lot is under the Oregon Highway 99E viaduct, and parking was in short supply that day.

“These locomotives and railcars are part of Portland’s rich and storied railroad history,” remarked ORHF President Doyle McCormick, also an engineer of the massive “Bicentennial Locomotive”, Southern Pacific 4449.

“In the early years of Portland’s development, rail was the only major transportation in and out of here, other than going by river,” McCormick reflected. “Portland Rail Day is an opportunity for people to come and learn about the railroads that served, and continue to serve, our city.”

In the museum’s front yard that day, the famous SP 4449 locomotive was steamed up, attracting the attention of people from miles around. “She’s alive and well, having just gone through an intensive 2½ year boiler rebuild; we’re looking forward to getting her out and ‘stretching her legs’ later this year,” smiled McCormick.

In addition to looking over the three City-of-Portland-owned locomotives, guests took in exhibits presented by model railroad clubs, learned about the nearby Brooklyn Rail Yard, took rides on three-rider “speeders”, and dined in a new food cart area at the museum.

With thousands of visitors coming for the day, it’s clear that Portland’s rail history is still of major interest.

Woodmere Elementary School, Depave, Portland, Oregon
Dozens of volunteer show up at Woodmere Elementary School to “de-pave” an area that will become a natural play area and extension of their school’s garden program. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Blacktop spaces ‘de-paved’ at Woodmere School


In two areas behind Woodmere Elementary School, where once there was black-tarred asphalt, there are now spaces where living plants will grow -- thanks to a cadre of volunteers that turned out for an event by the nonprofit “Depave” on Saturday, July 8.

“I stumbled upon the ‘Depave’ organization online – and soon, other members of our group mentioned the idea of taking out some pavement at our school,” explained Woodmere Garden Committee member, and parent-volunteer, Erin Seitz.

“Then, we learned from the President of the Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association at the time that ‘Depave’ was looking to do a project here, because their project manager lives here in our neighborhood,” Seitz said.

So, in less than a week the group went from “Maybe let’s do this” to getting onto the 2017 Depave summer project list.

“Today, we’ve opened a space on the east side where we can plant a large tree; and on the west side, we can create a natural play area to bring focus to the school garden that is tucked behind the portable classrooms, and isn’t really visible,” Seitz told THE BEE.

Neighbor and Depave Project and Volunteer Coordinator Tim Batog looked pleased to see the strong turnout of volunteers – all busy ripping up pavement. “This is a great way to bring the community together here in my neighborhood; and, because I live in Brentwood-Darlington, this is my favorite project of the year!”

Woodmere Elementary School Principal Katherine Polizos wasn’t simply standing by and watching the buzz of activity at her school; she was busy lifting and wheeling broken chunks of pavement to the Heiberg Garbage dropboxes.

“I’m super excited! Seeing all these people come to help out is really heartwarming,” Polizos remarked, as she stopped toiling for a moment. “We’re fortunate to have such an amazing community here. Everything we’ve done this year, our turnout of families is been just huge. Anytime we need help, there are always people who show up!”

The Principal pointed out that inasmuch as Woodmere is a Title 1 school, there are many families living in poverty in the area they serve. “We have an amazing SMART program with 10 volunteers, three days a week, coming in to read with kids.

“For a school this small to have this many people show up out of love and caring for the neighborhood and their environment – it’s truly wonderful.”

To learn more about Woodmere, go online –

And for more information about the Depave organization, visit their website –

The Arc’s collection receptacle at Arleta Elementary School overflows with used clothing – for which the school receives $.20 per pound, benefitting the PTA. (Photo courtesy of The Arc)

New fundraiser for Southeast nonprofits – collecting used clothing


At a Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting late last spring, Kathy Buss, Community Resource Coordinator for “The Arc”, was present to describe a new program begun a year ago that benefits nonprofit organizations.

“The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas” used to be called the Association of Retarded Citizens. However, that name is no longer appropriate so now it is just called “The Arc”.

The organization was started over sixty years ago to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, through programs, support, and advocacy for families.  It gains money for its programs by selling used goods to Value Village, a thrift store that it partners with. A Value Village on S.E. 82nd Avenue off Foster Road was closed a few years ago, and now the only remaining store in the metro area is in Tigard.

At the WNA meeting, Buss explained that according to The Arc’s tradition, used goods of all kinds are solicited through phone calls that are made to homes, to let people know what day a truck would be coming to their street for pickup.

However, Buss described a new Arc program that actually pays cash to local nonprofit organizations for their collected clothing: “Gently used” clothing – any kind, plus such linens as bedding, sheets, towels, and blankets – and also yarn, belts, and even wigs, as well as shoes and boots. (Housewares are not accepted in this program, but can be given to The Arc at curb pickups.)

All are weighed – and the collecting organization receives $.20 per pound for what they’ve collected, in cash. 

“Arc” receptacles for the clothing are lent to participating organizations. Buss observes that gently used shoes, boots, and coats are especially heavy, and mean more money for the collecting nonprofit.

Examples of participating organization include schools which collect the money for their PTA – such as is done at Arleta Elementary School, just outside the Woodstock neighborhood.

Franny Thompson, an Arleta parent involved in the clothing collection, tells THE BEE in an e-mail, “The money goes into the PTA general fund. The PTA funds and sponsors many programs and activities at Arleta, including a Teacher Grant program, our Garden Committee, the theater club, Padres Unidos, the Hallowe’en Dance, and the End of Year Family Picnic. We also help support community-aid projects like the PPS Clothing Closet, and Creston Dental Clinic.”

Dee Wright, Used Goods Administrator at The Arc, reveals that high schools often collect clothing to benefit their dance or ski teams. And churches tend to use the clothing drive money for charitable projects.

Any nonprofit interested in participating in such a fundraiser can call Kathy Buss at 503/223-7279, Ext. 222 – or e-mail:

Brentwood Darlington, Independence Day, 4th of July, parade, Portland, Oregon
Many neighbors arrive at the last minute to swell the numbers of people participating in the Brentwood-Darlington July 4th Celebration Parade. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Brentwood-Darlington hosts July 4th ‘Bike Parade’


One didn’t have to be riding a bike – or even a unicycle, in a few cases – but most participants were indeed rolling along, in this year’s Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association July 4th Celebration Parade.

“It looked like it might not happen this year – so, at the last minute I took it on as the point person, with the help of many other people in our community who stepped up,” reflected organizer Dunja Marcum.

Near parade time, there were still only about 20 kids and adults decorating their bicycles, trikes, wagons and strollers. However, just minutes before noon, participants began streaming into the formation area, just west of the Learning Lab Gardens on S.E. 57th Avenue.

By the time the festive parade got rolling toward S.E. Ogden Street, then zigzagging through streets eastward toward the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, the throng had grown to more than a hundred merry participants.

“I think it’s really important to do things to help draw us together as a community,” Marcum told THE BEE. “That means getting to know each other, as our neighborhood changes and begins to gentrify, so we can all continue to grow together.

“And next year, we hope to have an even larger parade!”

Eastmoreland, cleanup, Heiberg Garbage, annual, community, Portland, Oregon
Volunteers at this year’s Eastmoreland Neighborhood Clean-up pitch trash into one of several Heiberg Garbage dropboxes. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Eastmoreland neighbors’ cleanup scores lots of trash


Many residents of Eastmoreland again participated in their neighborhood’s annual clean-up on Saturday, July 15.

Dropboxes for mixed refuse and metal recycling, a document shredding truck, and a truck waiting to haul away Styrofoam were parked in the corner parking lot at Duniway Elementary School for the day.

Now in his sixth year of coordinating the community cleanup, 13-year resident Matt Morozovsky told THE BEE they’d had a brisk morning of activity accepting material from folks driving, or who carried in debris and refuse.

“This year’ we’re partnering with the Dunaway PTA to gain an expanded base of volunteers – and, at the same time, to deepen the base of the fundraiser,” Morozovsky said. “Duniway School is the center of our neighborhood, so it’s great to involve the PTA with the neighborhood cleanup.

“It’s amazing how we get very positive feedback from all the people who are participating, and, we have the greatest number of volunteers in recent history!”

With that, Morozovsky turned to resume helping some of the some-twenty volunteers take in another load of trash.

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

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

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

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

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

“Mahrajan” today at Oaks Park:
“Mahrajan”, billed as the largest celebration of Arab heritage and culture in Oregon, celebrates its seventh anniversary today, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, accessed from the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood. Open to all, with free parking. “Delicious Arabic cuisine, Arabic coffee (and fortune telling!), tea and refreshments from Sesame Donuts, an Arab souq (bazaar), arts and crafts, henna painting, poetry, hookah, music, dabke (dancing), folkloric belly dancing performances, children’s activities and a raffle for prizes. Free and open to the public, although donations are graciously accepted. Individual raffle tickets are available for purchase on-site for $2 each, or three for $5.

Garage sale to benefit Oregon Humane Society
: A benefit garage sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Mehri’s Bakery and Deli, on S.E. 52nd at Bybee Boulevard. Bargains galore to benefit this charity. In addition, an OHS benefit Dog Wash is slated for 10 a.m. until noon at the same location.

Westmoreland Food Drive for “Mainspring Portland”:
Moreland Presbyterian Church starts today a week-long Food Drive to benefit the food pantry program of Mainspring Portland. Especially needed are canned foods such as vegetables, fruits, soups, chili and tuna; and packaged foods such as peanut butter, cereal, rice and pasta. Anyone in Southeast who would like to donate food can drop it off at the church Sunday this morning or the morning of September 17 – or September 11-14 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Moreland Presbyterian Church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. For information, call 503/234-8404, or go online to

Sellwood Storytelling Show at Sellwood Library: Families will enjoy stories, songs, and fun led by Storytellers Northwest – Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. This afternoon 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free, but come a little early to be sure of a seat. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets in Westmoreland:
Calling all moms of young children, birth to kindergarten! “Moreland MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) invites you to begin our year of becoming Free Indeed, with a community of moms sharing, learning and growing together.” Meetings are the first and third Fridays of each month, beginning TODAY – 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Childcare is provided.  For more information, e-mail – – and Moreland Presbyterian Church is the site of the meetings, at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Reed College 5K “FUNd RUN/WALK”:
The annual Reed College 5K family fun run and walk starts this morning (new date) at 9 a.m. on the Reed College Quad, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.  Registration on the week or the day of the race, $35; 100% of all registration fees and sponsorship dollars go directly to neighborhood public elementary schools: Duniway, Grout, Lewis, Llewellyn, and Woodstock. Hungry? From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a free pancake breakfast and other family-friendly activities. Learn more and sign up to run (discounts apply prior to this past week), sponsor, or volunteer, online –

“Mini Maker Faire” at OMSI: Today and tomorrow, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., it’s the annual “Mini Maker Faire” at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, on S.E. Water Street, on the east Bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge and under the east end of the Marquam Bridge. It’s described as “a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness; it’s a place where people show what they’re making, and share what they are learning.”

Centennial celebration for Our Lady of Sorrows in Woodstock:
Do you or your family have a connection to Our Lady of Sorrows Church? Join the parish in celebrating 100 years today, at the 11 a.m. Mass – followed by a champagne brunch in the gymnasium, featuring live entertainment provided by Louie Roa and Friends, as well as historical displays and fun trips down memory lane with long-time parishioners. Stop in today to honor the past and celebrate the future!

“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”.


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