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Wilhelms, cremation, mausoleum, Portland Memorial, Westmoreland, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
This 1912 photo of the “Portland Crematorium” shows off the professionally-landscaped garden on the west side of the building, with the ivy-covered back side of the chapel off to the right. The man decked out in the suit and hat might be one of the caretakers of the then-new funeral home. (Courtesy Don Nelson, and SMILE History Committee)

Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum: Westmoreland’s hidden gem

Special to THE BEE

On the bluff, overlooking Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, unpretentiously sits one of Westmoreland’s hidden gems – Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum. 

Recently I was invited by Lisa Dahlen, the Family Service Advisor for Wilhelm’s, to a tour of their mausoleum. I can’t say I was thrilled by the thought of trying to write an interesting article about what I fantasized as rows of headstones along a cold and lonely hallway. But, it turned out, Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial and Mausoleum is one of the most interesting museums in the city.

Built over 100 years ago, the mausoleum is a veritable library of the pioneers who at one time contributed to the building of Portland and the shaping of Sellwood and Westmoreland. It’s a showcase of some of the Northwest’s finest artisans, glass designers, iron makers, statue designers, masons, and woodcrafters, right here in our own back yard.

As late as the 1890’s, burial in a cemetery was still the accepted way to memorialize our departure from life. The Lone Fir Cemetery, established in 1866, and the River View Cemetery on the southwest hills by Taylors Ferry Road, were the only major graveyards available for burial in the city in the early years.

The Milwaukie (“Pioneer”) Cemetery located along 17th Avenue south of the Garthwick district at the south end of Sellwood was a more moderately-priced burial ground, used mostly by local residents who wanted to remain close to the neighborhood they grew up in.

In 1900, a large crowd of Oregonians gathered at the Unitarian Chapel in Downtown Portland to hear a lecture by Frank B. Gibson, Secretary of the San Francisco Cremation Company. The audience was particularly interested in a new, modern scientific method of disposing of the dead – cremation. Many were attracted to cremation as a more affordable option. Ordering a casket, depending on the style, could be expensive, and hiring an undertaker to transport the deceased to a burial plot was another cost to bear.

After that meeting ended, it wasn’t long before some of the city’s most prominent businessmen established the “Portland Cremation Society” and, with funds collected, began preparations for construction of the Northwest’s first crematorium. A short time later, on April 24th, a Spanish Mission style structure with whitewashed stucco walls, tile roof, and mosaic tiled floor was officially open to the public in what would become Westmoreland. Frank Gibson was chosen as the manager and superintendent of Portland Cremation. Charges for a cremation were $45, and for children under the age of 12, $25.

In the following decades, the eastside funeral home became a busy venue, adding additional levels and services – and becoming not only a crematorium, but with its Mausoleum, the desired interment place in Portland. The Eastside Streetcar that ran along Bybee Boulevard installed an additional track extension along 14th Avenue on the east side of the building for use during funerals. Funeral cars could be rented to transport casket and families to the front steps of the chapel for interment.

Lisa Dahlen, an ordained minister and Family Service Advisor for the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, informs visitors today that the Mausoleum on the north side of the building has expanded to eight stories high, and contains over five miles of corridors and hallways. Many of the marble fronts on the crypts in the mausoleum came from quarries in Italy, and a variety of statues and sculptures found among the open sections were made by the Taverelli Studios in Italy. The most famous statuary gracing the halls is a replica of Michelangelo’s “La Pieta” – Mother Mary, with Jesus in her arms after his death on the cross.

Portland Memorial, mausoleum, Captain Delmer Shaver, boat, James W, Columbia River, Columbia River Gorge, Portland, Oregon
This stained glass window, in the Shaver niche at Wilhem’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum, depicts Captain Delmer Shaver’s boat, the “James W”, meandering down the Columbia River, with one of the waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge shown behind it. (Photo by Dana Beck)

A stroll down the marble halls of the crematorium is like taking a trip back into the history of old Sellwood. Familiar names of Sellwood and Westmoreland pioneers are engraved along the marble and decorative drawers of the corridors, reminders of when Inner Southeast was like a close-knit family.

The names include Geneva and Kenneth Cockerline, who operated what is still active as the Moreland Theater – Portland’s last surviving single-screen movie theater, and the neighborhood’s longest operating theater since its opening in 1925. Kenneth passed away at a young age in 1946, but Geneva continued running the theater – selling tickets out front, and doing double-duty behind the concession stand – until her retirement in the 1970’s.

A lesser-known resident, but important contributor to the community, was John E. Reinke, who was chosen as the head foreman of Sellwood’s first Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1895. This was a time when fire-hose carts were pulled by hand, and with a lot of sweat, down the unpaved roads of Sellwood. When funds for the fire station ran short by $500.00 to complete the construction of the building, in a speech equal to any made by a seasoned senator in office, Reinke convinced city officials to come up with the remaining expenses.

If you’re looking for movie stars in the mausoleum, Humphrey Bogart’s third wife, Mayo Methot, lies in a secluded section on the second floor, near her mother, who once lived in the Eastmoreland neighborhood.

Sometimes talent can be found within your own organization, and Phil Rogers – who was Superintendant of Wilhelm’s for over 50 years – contributed more than just his managerial skills. Decorative woodwork found throughout the corridors was fashioned by his hands in the workshop, and scrolled pieces of trim and art can be found along the walls and byways. Phil created most of his handywork while living in a house owned by the funeral home on the east side of 14th. It was later torn down and is part of the parking lot where the Moreland Farmers Market is operating on Wednesday afternoons this summer.

Private mausoleum alcoves, or niches, were built specifically for families’ intent on reserving space for their spouses and numerous relatives. Many of these niches were adorned with intricate iron gates, professionally-cut stone engravings, and period furniture and art, and stained glass windows. Wealthy families who owned the alcoves hired some of the area’s most prominent craftsmen to decorate their lasting memorials.

The mausoleum has some of the most impressive stained glass windows in the city, throughout its various levels. Tour guide Lisa Dahlen points out that there are over forty sculptured stained glass windows, specifically commissioned and placed in the family alcoves, in the mausoleum. Wilhelm’s website credits its collection to the Povey Brothers and Gerlich and Louise C. Tiffany, but Albert A. Gerlach might also have had a hand in designing some of these unique stained-glass works of art.

Val Ballestrem, Education Manager of Southeast’s Architectural Heritage Center, which has a few pieces of Povey Brothers’ artwork in their museum, remarks that “the Poveys are not known to have signed many of their windows. So tracing the windows’ origins will be a difficult task.” But he suggested that some of the characteristics of a Povey stained glass window might include designs of dogwood flowers with gem centers, and a combination of opaque ripple and cracked glass. There are pieces like that in the mausoleum.

To digress for a minute from our tour, the Povey Brothers were one of Portland’s most widely known stained glass professionals at the start of the 1900’s.  David Lincoln Povey began one of the first glass factories in Portland in 1888. He was able to convince his brother John to join him in what proved to be a lucrative business, and within a couple of years other family members joined the company.

Their craftsmanship became so popular that the Povey Brothers handled a staff of over 25 workers, and they were often referred to as the “Tiffany glass makers of the west”.

Returning to our tour, by researching each family’s records, one might be able to identify the artist who created their own magnificently-displayed stained glass windows. The Inman family niche is one of the two signed stained glass window from 1922 that I came across in the tour that showcase the Poveys’ style and flair.

Another of the artists that I believe has a piece of stained glass on display at Wilhelm’s is Albert A. Gerlach, an accomplished window artist who trained at the famous Art Institute of Chicago.  Albert was a member of the Giannini and Hilyart Company in Chicago, Illinois, and when he and his wife Mary Sarah arrived in Portland in 1925, his talents drew the attention of the Povey brothers, who were quick to usher him into their business.

Many of Gerlach’s designs can be recognized by their generic nature scenes – rivers, trees, and idyllic outdoor settings. There is an impressive stained glass window of Multnomah Falls at the mausoleum, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Gerlach himself wasn’t the man who designed it. Albert Gerlach remained with the Povey Brothers Company for 25 years, until it was sold to W.P. Fuller, after which Albert established his own company in 1950.

Many of the stained glass windows on display at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum show stunning views of the Columbia River, gigantic trees of the northwest, Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls, and many plants, angels, flying birds, bouquets of flowers, and native plants.

Captain Delmer Shaver, who started one of the largest tugboat companies in the city, has a dedicated window created in his honor. The boat that he commissioned, the James W., can be seen on the Columbia River with a waterfall in the background in it.

For those who enjoy solving a mystery, you too can schedule a tour at Wilhem’s, and perhaps you’ll be able to identify a Povey Studios stained glass window, or locate and admire the woodwork of Phil Rogers. Bring a camera to take a photo of one of the many statues, or to document along the walls the names of Portland’s founding fathers and early pioneers.

Finally, your tour is not complete until you step outside to view the vast mural of Oaks Bottom Wetlands on the west and south exteriors of Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum, which took muralists Shane Bennett and Dan Cohen two years to bring to its final form.

Llewellyn Elementary School, carnival, end of school year, Westmoreland, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Volunteer Monique Hawthorne adorned faces at the Llewellyn Community Carnival. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Fun is ‘gateway to summer’ at Llewellyn Carnival


One of the most anticipated after-school activities at Llewellyn Elementary School all year is the annual “Community Carnival”, held this year on June 1 – both because it’s a giant neighborhood party, and because it’s held on the last Friday of the school year!

Co-organizer Chris Dolan said he’s enjoyed being a “lead carnie” for the past five years, but with his student now moving on to Sellwood Middle School, this was his last year.

Four-year Llewellyn Community Carnival leader Georgia Maull reminded THE BEE that she stepped up to help out, and “it’s become my job every year, and with a second grader here, that will likely continue!”

“The carnival is a really great ‘end of the year’ event; there’s a lot of pre-vacation energy pent up,” Maull smiled. “Here, kids get to let out their exuberance in a really fun and safe setting.”

Almost all the booths at the carnival are run by community businesses and organizations, Maull pointed out. “We’re so grateful for their support all year long, and also for being here with a bounce house, races, a cakewalk, a sack race, a paper airplane building area, ‘crazy hair’, and face painting!”

As many as 45 parent volunteers pitch in to make it a success, Maull said. “And, with food vendors from our local businesses, it really makes the carnival complete.”

Just before sitting down for his session in the Water Balloon Booth, Llewellyn Principal Joe Galati was all smiles. “This is my fifth Carnival, and every year it just gets better and better. The best part is to see more of our community come out to join with us; because this is what it’s all about: Building community, and adding new relationships.

“This is how we close out a year!” Galati exclaimed -- just before being thoroughly splashed by the first water balloon of many.

Woodstock Cleanup, Woodstock Boulevard, Angie Even, Woodstock Stakeholders, WCBA, volunteers, Woodstock, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Ingrid Mather and Beth Iversen replant a pot on the Wooodstock Boulevard south of the BiMart parking lot. They remind that volunteers are needed to help water the containers in dry weather. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock Blvd. cleanup was fun; watering volunteers still needed


On this year’s beautiful, sunny “first Saturday in June”, over seventy people showed up to for the annual project to pick up litter and plant Woodstock Boulevard cement garden boxes. Lots of families brought along their children to help.

Organized by longtime community activist Angie Even under the umbrella of the Woodstock Stakeholders – with an annual grant from the Woodstock Community Business Association, under whom Angie had originated the project – this seventh annual cleanup contributes to the cleanliness of the boulevard and surrounding areas, and thus to the livability of the neighborhood.

“I love planting, and the last few years [of this cleanup] I couldn’t plant, because I was with my kids and we picked up litter,” commented Beth Iversen – who, as she spoke with THE BEE, was working with Ingrid Mather to completely refresh a cement barrel planter south of BiMart. The container is far enough away from nearby businesses that it is not watered as often as necessary.

“Usually some businesses take responsibility for their containers,” remarked Gene Dieringer, owner of the BiMart and Safeway superblocks.  “Since my brother Tim died, some of these have been neglected.  Tim was very responsible about watering.”

As volunteers trickled in at noon after the cleanup, they began enjoying the promised lunch provided by local businesses. Pastries and fruit from Safeway and Grand Central Bakery, hot dogs from Otto’s, chips and salads from Woodstock New Seasons Market, and pizza from Double Mountain Brewery, were on the free lunch menu.

To facilitate the cleanup, grocery carts were lent by New Seasons. At the end of the day, forty-eight SOLVE bags, stuffed to the gills with litter, were brought in, and twelve planters were re-planted or renewed. One dumpster was filled with tree trimmings.

In addition to the businesses who contributed edibles, the following made monetary donations: Advantis Credit Union, Cloud City Ice Cream, Delta Café, Hope City Church, John L. Scott Real Estate, On Point Credit Union, Portland Parks, Piccolina, Reed College, The Woodstock UPS Store, the WCBA, Woodstock Farmers Market, Woodstock Hardware, and the Woodstock Stakeholder Group. In addition, a $100 grant from SOLVE was utilized.

Angie Even commented that the planter boxes on the boulevard help keep the neighborhood attractive, and businesses are urged to care for any that are in front of their establishment; and volunteers are still needed to make a commitment to water any of the garden pots that are not directly in front of businesses.

If you’re interested in helping out, save two empty gallon milk jug containers, fill them with water, and saturate soil in the planter or planters you’ve chosen once a week in dry spells. Don’t let them become neglected! Choose a pot and “adopt” it, especially keeping an eye on it during summer months.

82nd Avenue, Avenue of Roses, cleanup, SOLVE, Brentwood Darlington, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Brentwood Darlington volunteers on “Paint the Town Green Clean-up” day came across lots of litter to pick up. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Brentwood-Darlington steps out to clean up Avenue of Roses


Along with other nearby neighborhoods, volunteers from the Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) joined in a “Paint the Town Green Clean-up” campaign on Saturday morning, June 16.

Gathering at Woodmere Elementary School, the volunteers – including members of a Multnomah County Community Justice work crew – were treated to a breakfast of fresh bagels, fruit, and beverages, before heading east to S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses to get to work.

“Specifically, our volunteers are picking up litter, and providing graffiti abatement, along 82nd Avenue, from Duke to Flavel Street,” explained BDNA Chair and organizer of the neighborhood’s participation in the cleanup, Chelsea Powers.

“We are working with the Lents Neighborhood Livability Association, and the Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood associations, in conjunction with SOLVE – as well as Southeast Uplift, Metro Graffiti Abatement program, and KINK radio, on this project,” Powers told THE BEE.

The idea was, Powers said, that each neighborhood would take a section of the Avenue of Roses adjoining their respective neighborhoods.

With that, the group of about 20 volunteers, armed with trash pickers and graffiti cleaning kits, headed out in teams.

“We’re all looking forward to joining together for a pizza party at Glenwood Park for lunch after we’ve cleaned up 82nd Avenue,” Powers said before joining them in the work.

1884 house, 835 S.E. Spokane Street, Sellwood, history, demolition, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
This 1884 house at 835 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, although connected to the early history of the community in more than one way, is nonetheless slated for demolition in the near future. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

Small house embodies important Sellwood history


A “For Sale” sign was recently driven into the curb strip in front of a cottage at the northwest corner of S.E. Ninth Avenue and Spokane Street.

The only notable architectural feature of the small corner house is the scalloped shingles in the gable of the house, repeated on the garage.

Since 1994 it has been the home of Lee and Coleen Hoffman, who – now past retirement age – are preparing to move into an apartment just one mile upriver. In the almost 25 years of Hoffman occupancy, the couple has made modest interior improvements to the kitchen and bathroom; but the exterior, with its recessed service entrance on one side, has remained unaltered.

They knew that their sleepy neighborhood had become a “hot” real estate market, but were nonetheless surprised to receive three offers in the first three days it was listed. Two were full price cash offers, and one was for a conventional mortgage, which was their preference.

Unfortunately that offer fell through and the house was recently sold to the Modern Construction Company. The Hoffmans are now sadly aware that their carefully-tended property is slated for deconstruction, and replacement with two new structures.

As it happens, I described the history of this particular house many years ago, when I first began writing for THE BEE. Although easily overlooked, it was the home of a man who played an important role in this community’s formative years (1887-1893), when Sellwood was an independent incorporated city. The house was built in 1884, and it was just two years earlier, in 1882, that the Sellwood Real Estate Company had purchased the Rev. John Sellwood’s 320 acres, began clearing the land, and started dividing it into 50 x 100 foot lots.

The house at 835 S.E. Spokane Street was built and occupied by Redmond Bean, who worked as a porter (baggage handler) and clerk. In spite of his modest employment, Bean was selected as Chairman of the Sellwood City Council for three of its six years of existence.

Redmond Bean was born in 1827 in Andover, New Hampshire. He found his way to the West Coast, perhaps during the California Gold Rush of 1849, when he would have been in his early twenties. His daughter Emma was born in California in 1869, and must have come to Portland with her parents, for she was married in Multnomah County in 1887. Her mother’s name has eluded me, but when Redmond died in 1901, he was listed as a “widower”. His funeral service was held at the Sellwood Presbyterian Church, and he was buried in the Pioneer Cemetery on the Milwaukie Road (now south of Garthwick on S.E. 17th Avenue).

The house was next occupied by another important figure, Alfred N. Wills, son of Jacob Wills, who had a Donation Land Claim centered near what is now the crossing of McLoughlin Boulevard and Tacoma Street. Alfred grew up on the family farm, and worked in his father’s brickyard, until he opened his own at S.E. 26th & Taylor Streets. He championed the growth of Sellwood, and was chairman of the committee that built the Sellwood YMCA (now Sellwood’s historic Community Center).

After Wills, the house had several owners who made few outward changes to the 1,000 square foot, two-bedroom property. It was disconnected from its cesspool in 1914, and connected to the new sewer system, meaning that at that time, the waste was flushed downhill into the Willamette River, because Portland’s first treatment plant did not come on line until the early 1950’s.

And although the channel-pattern siding covers the garage on the north end of the property, Lee states that it was built by Tyron R. Easton, who sold the house to him in 1994.

Unless some miraculous change of heart takes place, the house will be taken down by the new owners, who have been advised by the city that the row of maple trees on Ninth Street will also need to be removed. Although they add to the city’s much-desired leafy canopy, they are the wrong tree for their very narrow curb strip, and will soon be put out of their misery. Presumably they will be replaced with more appropriate trees.

I am often asked if these old houses are not “protected” if they are in the city’s (outdated) historic building inventory. Or if they aren’t automatically saved, if they have been accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places.

Sadly, the answer is “no.” The NRHP is a designation of historic significance. Only a caring and vigilant property owner can save a building. A National Register nomination can be researched (a complicated procedure) and presented to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation for approval, and subsequently forwarded to the US Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. for inclusion.

But even with that designation, the building owner can still demolish the property. This was a lesson learned by the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood about 15 years ago, when Reed College refused to sign the National Register nomination for the Sellwood Street Car Barns, cancelled a promised sale to a developer who proposed to retain them, and instead chose to demolish them, and sell the property to a developer for new construction.

I have previously quoted a friend, a contractor who restores historic buildings, who comments, “A poor economy is the best friend of an old building.” As is becoming clear, a surging one and a hot property market makes a 50x100 foot lot desirable for new construction – but can render the older existing structure on it, no matter how historic, invisible and expendable.

Dougy Walk, Dougy Center, summer soltice, walk, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
After their final lap around their destination – the Sellwood Park baseball diamond -- Richard and Tatyana Sundvall checked their time walked, and their distance. They walked 42 miles, and it took all day. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Couple again hikes ‘Dawn-to-Dusk’ to benefit Dougy Center


It started with a dare several years ago – one made by Brent Sundvall to his brother Richard – to walk across Portland from sunrise to sunset on the Summer Solstice: The first day of summer.

Richard, accompanied by his wife Tatyana Sundvall, took that fitness challenge and turned it into an awareness and fundraising opportunity in support of the nonprofit Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families, on S.E. 52nd Avenue, just south of Foster Road, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.

For the fourth consecutive year, the couple toured Portland on foot on June 21, in what they call their “Dawn to Dusk for Dougy” hike.

“The Dawn to Dusk walk is symbolic, for those grieving; losing a loved one can seem like the longest day of anyone’s life,” explained Tatyana. “Having suffered through losses in our own lives, we love the work The Dougy Center does.”

Starting out at sunrise downtown near Portland State University, the couple dodged raindrops as a major thunderstorm rolled unexpectedly into the area. “We were really worried about the storm, but fortunately it went south as we were heading to North Portland,” Richard recalled.

Along the way, some walkers joined the Sundvalls for a segment of the hike, as they made their way through various city parks – this year including Mt. Tabor, on their journey south, which once again ended in Sellwood Park at dusk.

Arriving two minutes before sunset, the couple and their friends walked laps around the park’s north-end baseball diamond.

“It was a wonderful and very special day for us,” Tatyana remarked, as friends greeted them with a Champaigne toast.

Good walking shoes and temperatures in the 60s helped them make the 42-mile hike, Richard said. “This is, truly, the happiest day of the year for me,” he told THE BEE.

Although the long walk hadn’t originally been intended as a fundraiser, their Dawn-to-Dusk walk has by now raised more than $32,000 for The Dougy Center.

“For our fifth anniversary walk, we’re hoping to recruit sponsors, and encourage walking groups to join us in this annual adventure,” Richard grinned.

To find out more about The Dougy Center, go online –

Holy Family School, Internaitonal Fair, Eastmoreland, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Students at Holy Family Catholic School learn about different cultures and countries at the Eastmoreland school’s ninth annual “International Fair”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Holy Family’s families host ‘International Day’


The grounds of Eastmoreland’s Holy Family Catholic School were turned into an outdoor fair when the school’s ninth-annual “International Day” got underway on the afternoon of Friday, June 1.

“This has been growing every year, as we invite people from the community – and Portland State University (PSU), and the Muslim Educational Trust – to our celebration,” said the fair’s founder and perennial organizer, Spanish teacher Susana Paroti.

New this year, Paroti pointed out, were three students from the PSU International Service Program, each representing their home country.

“It’s important that we celebrate the diversity that we have in the world,” Paroti commented to THE BEE. “This is an attempt to celebrate and promote peace and tolerance among the children.”

In addition to all of the school’s students, members of the community were also invited to attend, and even be exhibitors.

“It’s a good thing to celebrate diversity; and everyone really looks forward to and enjoys our annual festival!” Paroti smiled.

Sacred Heart Church, Brooklyn neighborhood, groundbreaking, Parish Hall, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Sacred Heart Parish Priest Father Bob Barricks, surrounded by Sacred Heart Church’s three oldest parishioners – each with a shovel and corsage – on the sprinkly afternoon of the groundbreaking for the Brooklyn church’s new fellowship hall. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn’s Sacred Heart Church breaks ground for Fellowship Hall


A ground-breaking ceremony for Sacred Heart Church's new Fellowship Hall was held on Saturday afternoon, June 16.

The new hall, as yet un-named, will be sited on S.E. 11th Avenue, on land just north of the Rectory, where Sacred Heart School once stood. Since the loss of the original fellowship meetingplace – Gregory Hall, on Center Street – for the construction of today’s Sacred Heart Villa, parishioners have eagerly anticipated construction of a replacement.

Father Bob Barricks revealed that 95% of the church’s parishioners have either pledged or donated funds to the project. “We are a small parish, yet over the past two and a half years we've raised $2.1 million for the costs of the project,” he reflected. “The new hall will be able to seat 250 people for a meal.”

The speaker for the 5:30 p.m. ceremony was John Eckart, from Pacific Crest Construction – which commenced work on the project June 25, when the excavator arrived. Architectural designs have been shared with the community throughout the past two and a half years of planning. Father Bob blessed the site during a brief rain shower, saying, “We're hoping to celebrate Easter 2019 in the new hall.”

A highlight of the groundbreaking was the participation of the church’s three oldest parishioners, each wearing corsages – Carol Pavlakovich, Maxine Lanctot, and Josephine Rivelli – each of whom joined in shoveling the first dirt for the construction of new hall.

The architectural design of the new hall will feature the same Gothic design elements as the church and rectory, to present a unified theme for the complex. The building will have ADA access, and a kitchen; with additional parking planned for the east side of the building.

Eastmoreland Garden, plant sale, Bybee Boulevard, Eastmoreland, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Gary Burgoine gets help choosing a plant from Eastmoreland Garden Club member Vicki Mintkeski. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Eastmoreland Garden Club ‘sells out’ plants quickly


It appeared there was pent up demand – as people lined up on S.E. 27th Avenue for the annual “Eastmoreland Garden Club Unit #1” Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Eager buyers arriving at the small-but-manicured Eastmoreland Garden along Bybee Boulevard across from the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse had to wait until the official start of the annual sale.

Within the first hour, most of the inventory – a lot of which had been grown and donated by Garden Club members – had been picked clean, with shoppers going back home with their cars, wheelbarrows, and wagons loaded with plants.

“It looks like we’ll have to close early,” smiled sale Co-Chair Alison Lopakka Joy before noon. “We have 30 members in our club, and this year 27 members participated – with a full contingent turning out, which helped!”

Mother’s Day Plant Sale has been taking place each spring since the 1950s, Lopakka Joy told THE BEE. “The primary purpose of this is to raise money for the Eastmoreland Garden where the sale takes polace; but some of the money we raise goes to support food-aid programs, as well.”

For their efforts, Lopakka Joy said the club had taken in $3,500 this year.

Portland Chamber Orchestra, All Saints Presbyterian Church, Woodstock, Southeast, Portland, Oregon, concert
Flutist Lynda Hess was featured during “Une Flûte Invisible” by Camille Saint-Saëns. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Portland Chamber Music ends season in Woodstock


After a season of touring concerts that brought music to many parts of the Portland metropolitan area – and as far west as Astoria – the nonprofit Portland Chamber Music (PCM) group ended its annual tour in the Woodstock neighborhood, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, on the evening of May 12.

Six musicians were performing that evening, along with a “storyteller” who gave information and told stories about the music.

“We believe part of ‘accessibility’ is letting people know about the composer, and what was going on with the composer at the time it was written – it adds depth to pieces of music we perform,” explained PCM Executive Artistic Director Anya Kalina, as the ensemble warmed up for the 7 p.m. concert.

Many arrived for the concert by car, but several came on foot – and one concert-goer rode in on his skateboard.

“Our main goal is making music accessible to everyone, regardless of level of income, level of knowledge about classical music, or how far a person may live from typical concert destinations,” Kalina told THE BEE.

The concert consisted of thirteen musical selections, mostly by classical composers; the pieces featured solos by many of the musicians.

The music drew generous applause, clearly fulfilling PCM’s creed: “Making music accessible to all people through performance and instruction.”

Find out more about Portland Chamber Music online –

Southeast Events and Activities

Free concert tonight on S.E. Duke Street:
At 7:30 p.m. this evening, Apostolic Faith Church presents its free Midsummer Concert, featuring classical and sacred music performed by the Apostolic Faith orchestra, choir, ensembles, and soloists. Located at 5601 SE Duke Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30. No ticket is necessary; this is a free community event and all are welcome. For more information, go online –

11-mile “Portland Bridge Swim” begins in Sellwood
: The 11-mile swimming race from the Sellwood Bridge to the St. Johns Bridge starts this morning at 7:30 a.m. at Sellwood Riverfront Park. The competing swimmers will be gathering at the park starting about 6 a.m. Spectators welcome! For more information, go online:

Sellwood Riverfront Concerts start tonight, 6:30:
The first of the four 2018 Monday night free evening concerts in July at Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, begins with Farnell Newton and The Othership Connection, performing “funk and soul with a twist”. Presented by Portland Parks and Recreation and sponsored by Collage and other local businesses, as well as SMBA, and SMILE and its “Sellwood Riverfront Concerts Committee”.

Free Outdoor Youth Concert tonight on Duke Street: At 7 p.m. this evening, the Apostolic Faith Church will be presenting a free Outdoor Youth Concert: The Apostolic Faith combined youth orchestra and choir will present a concert on the front lawn of our campground located at 5414 S.E. Duke Street. Those who attend can bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. This is a free community event; no ticket purchase is necessary. For more information go online –

Advanced Excel Spreadsheets class in Sellwood:
This free class at the Sellwood Branch Library, 10 a.m. to noon today, is for people who already know the basics of using Microsoft Excel. Come to this class to learn how to sort, group, and filter data in an Excel spreadsheet; correct a circular reference; create an absolute reference; define functions; and display your data. It’s free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell and 13th.

Oregon Bird Man at Sellwood Library today: Meet the Oregon Bird Man and his parrots! This educational and entertaining program for families features a wide assortment of parrot species from four continents – including many endangered species. Learn about the natural history and unique behaviors of these beautiful creatures, as well as what is happening to them today in the wild, and things to know about parrots before getting one as a pet. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. It’s 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

“Digging for Dinosaurs” for families in Woodstock:
At the Woodstock Branch Library at two times this afternoon – 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. – families are invited to a free visit to a time when dinosaurs walked the earth! Make a fossil cast, behave like a dinosaur, and more. Become a paleontologist, by using fossils as clues into the past. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988.5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 49th Avenue.

Public invited for Holy Family BBQ, games, auction: It's the full meal deal at the Holy Family Church field at S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) and Flavel Street – delicious hot dogs and chicken sausage, corn on the cob, salad, watermelon, chips, Otter Pops, and a beverage. So much good food for just $6 per person, or $30 per family. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., in addition to the picnic, there will be volleyball, cornhole, live music, and fantastic auction items. Proceeds benefit Holy Family Youth Ministry.

“12 Key Acupressure Points for Everyday Health” in Woodstock:
Yiwen Yoga presents an experiential holistic event for adults – sharing information based on the wisdom of the ancients to improve your health and strengthen your immune system. Learn how to find and self-massage the most commonly-applied pressure points in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system for everyday care and optimal health. Free, but registration is required; register in the Woodstock Library or by calling 503/988-5123. The class is 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

Sellwood Riverfront Park Concert tonight:
The July concert series led by Portland Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by SMILE, SMBA, a number of local merchants, and the Sellwood Riverfront Park Concerts Committee, continues tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, with the Lloyd Jones Quartet and LaRhonda Steele offering “spontaneous blues, jazz, and soul”.  Free.

Third July Riverfront Concert tonight in Sellwood:
The concert tonight in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, is by Skybound Blue, performing “harmony-driven Americana”. Its free, and starts at 6:30 p.m., presented by Portland Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by a variety of Inner Southeast businesses, SMILE and its Sellwood Riverfront Park Concerts Committee, and SMBA.

Families – Make your own Diorama at Sellwood Library:
Let your imagination flow and create your own tiny world, in this free Diorama workshop. Participants will have access to a wide variety of unique materials to re-purpose and build miniature scenes in boxes – such as decorative paper, vintage magazines, ribbon, fabric, broken jewelry bits, buttons, tile, corks, bottle caps, wood, and more. “SCRAP” provides an exciting introduction to “creative reuse art” with every workshop by sharing examples of projects to inspire reuse! Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. It’s this afternoon 2-3 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast in Eastmoreland:
Holy Family Parish's newly-formed Knights of Columbus chapter is cooking up breakfast for Inner Southeast this morning… Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and beverages from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside Celebration Hall, across from the church entrance, at S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) at Flavel Street. It's a tasty bargain at only $5 per person, or $15 for the whole family! Cash or card accepted.

Westmoreland Red Cross blood drive:
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be back on the parking lot at Moreland Presbyterian Church this afternoon, 2-7 p.m., on S.E. 19 th just south of Bybee Boulevard. The need for blood continues, and you can help save a life. Walk-ins accommodated as schedule allows, but it’s best to obtain an appointment by calling 1-800/733-2767, or going online to – – and entering sponsor code: MorelandPresbyterian.

Final Riverfront Park Concert of the season: The fourth and final free summer Monday evening concert of 2018 in Sellwood Riverfront Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, features Sabroso, offering “passionate, acoustic Latin funk”. Presented by Portland Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by a variety of local merchants, SMBA, and by SMILE, and its Sellwood Riverfront Park Concerts Committee.

Chemistry “Reaction Action” in Sellwood this afternoon:
Chemical reactions abound, in this fun science demonstration for families – and your reaction to these reactions will be awe and wonder! This free demonstration includes a genie in a bottle, burning water, the lemon shuffle, the WOOSH Bottle, and more. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. It’s this afternoon, 2-2:45 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

“Summerville” merchant promotion today:
Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) presents all-day, all-neighborhood activities and sales as “Summerville”. Typical of the community activities is one taking place on the sidewalk outside the Sellwood-Westmoreland Branch Library on S.E. 13th – with big paper, colorful markers, and words that come quickly to mind, the nonprofit Rogue Pack Storytelling Theatre for youth will help passersby tell your own unique story – fun for all ages. For more information on “Summerville” go online –

“Sundae in the Park” all day today in Sellwood:
Upper Sellwood Park is the location of SMILE’s annual party in Inner Southeast, with free entertainment starting at noon in the park, under the trees – with Quartetto Allegro playing tunes from classical to pop, followed by three other major entertainment acts all afternoon, plus many family activities, and inexpensive ice cream sundaes served all afternoon by Southeast Portland Rotary. Food will be available at reasonable prices courtesy of St. Agatha’s, too. In the evening, there’s more live entertainment by the Harvest Gold, a Neil Young tribute band – finishing with a Portland Parks and Recreation “Movie in the Park”, sponsored by the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA): 2017’s “Star Wars – The Last Jedi”. It’s Southeast’s biggest all-day family party, and open to all.


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