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Queen Anne house, Hosford Abernethy, historic, Portland, Oregon
This Queen Anne Style house in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood just north of the Ross Island Bridge is unique – in that the turret has been modified from its original design. Otherwise, as here, Queen Anne characteristics include steep-pitched roof, variably-colored patterned shingles and clapboard siding, long and narrow double-hung windows, and a decorative pediment over the door. (Photo by Dana Beck)

Southeast’s historic homes and neighborhoods

Special to THE BEE 

Southeast Portland residents are passionate about their homes and the neighborhoods they live in. Some are inspired to preserve the history of their community, or the architectural features of their home; others enjoy the creativity of building a new structure with modern conveniences.

Portland has become a place where young people gather to start a new career, while others find it an attractive and entertaining place to retire. As with any growing city whose population increases, the need for additional housing here is a major issue.

Many neighborhoods in Southeast Portland like Buckman, Hosford-Abernethy, Sellwood, Westmoreland, Brooklyn, Reed, Woodstock, and now Eastmoreland, are confronted with whether to preserve existing homes or replace them with modern style apartments, condos, or sizeable structures that some feel just don’t fit the neighborhood.

There are many reasons why we love the neighborhood we live in. Some of us were raised here and have sentimental ties with the community, while others have moved into their neighborhood for its availability of stores, shops and wonderful schools.  

Why do so many of us love vintage homes, and why are we so fascinated by Historic Districts? The reasons are as varied as the various styles and makes of houses that still stand in many of Portland’s old neighborhoods.

For some, there is enjoyment in gazing at the grandeur and luxury of mansions, gothic revivals, and estates with carriage houses, which can be found mainly in the West Hills of Portland. For others it’s the importance of knowing that some historic person or prominent leader once lived in the house they now own – or lived close by.

Val Ballestrem, Education Manger of the Architectural Heritage Center at 701 S.E. Grand Avenue, reflects, “On an individual basis, interest in an old house might be in its style which fits a person’s aesthetic tastes. It could be that it creates nostalgia for what some consider simpler times.” 

If you ever take an historic tour, ask the person standing next to you what they like about the vintage house both of you are seeing. You may find more varied answers to your question than you would expect. Some of us admire sweeping porches with various designs in handrails; others like the different sizes and shapes of windows that are placed in variety of positions along the side and face of a building.

As for myself, viewing an older home for the first time is like reading a book or gazing at a vintage photo. If you take the time to stop and study the whole structure carefully from top to bottom, it has its own story to tell. It piques my curiosity: Who built this house?  Was a contractor hired by the owner, working from the instructions of the owner – or was it left up to an architect to plan?

Portland’s early housing boom started in the 1900’s, and continued on through the 1930’s. Prominent bankers, business owners, and many of the elite class, lived and worked on the West Side of the river, and could afford to hire well-known architects to design their houses.

Those on the rural East Side, which includes Inner Southeast today, were mostly lower middle class, small merchants, and laborers or working class citizens and immigrants. They couldn’t afford to hire contactors, but had to rely on their own skills, or those of their relatives and friends. A man, good with his hands, and with the right kind of tools, could duplicate a house illustrated in house design catalogs. They learned the skills, and had the ambition, to build a home from scratch in a way you’re unlikely to see today.

Go down any neighborhood where you find a row of old houses with the same style, and stop for a moment. Take a look, and compare a section of foursquare houses against one another – or two to four small bungalows grouped together – and what do you notice? While some owners had smaller budgets than others for building their dream house, few could afford the luxuries of adding intricate additions to their small house – yet they wanted to have their house stand out from the person’s home next door.

You might find one house with splayed columns supporting a porch roof, or a two story craftsman with a spiral colonnette or the next with a turned porch post. There might be seven similar houses on the same block, but with seven different styles of columns facing the street side. 

Every owner has carefully planned out what type of presentation their house should have to the neighborhood. These touches do not define the neighborhood they were built in, but grouped together, they evoke nostalgia for an era when homes had character and charm.

These Arts and Crafts Houses, High Style Bungalows, and Four Square homes with Craftsman highlights, were so well-built that when they stand in the way of a new development they may be saved instead of razed because of their historic value. Homes were built to last a lifetime then, and when one of these sturdily built structures is fated to be demolished to make way for commercial development, neighbors frequently prefer to save a well-built house by finding another lot where it can be moved to.

In Sellwood when the Moyer Theater was being constructed along Tacoma Street (today the Columbia Outlet Store), the theater owner and leading residents found a vacant lot down the street where the Vernacular Four Squares could be placed instead of becoming a pile of kindling from a wrecking ball.

At various corners along S.E. 13th Avenue, and also in the establishment of the business district at ByBee and Milwaukie from 1909 to 1912, pioneer homes made from old-growth timbers and local hewn lumber of oak and maple were moved to other lots in the neighborhood instead of being torn down.

The expert house movers at the Sellwood Transfer Company were called upon to move structures from one place to another, and in the process earn a considerable sum of money.

Preserving a landmark was so valued that the congregation of the Sacred Heart Church raised enough money in 1911 for their Gothic Style building to be hauled by horse and wagon down the unpaved Milwaukie Road and hoisted up the hillside along Bush Street, where it majestically stands even today over the Brooklyn neighborhood.

While the characteristics of a vintage home are too numerous to discuss in an article like this, here are a just a few that I find intriguing. . .

Porches were an important consideration in the construction of a house at the turn of the last century. There were no air conditioners as the Twentieth Century began, and families resorted to sleeping on a porch during sweltering summer nights. For families who wanted more privacy, an enclosed balcony porch might have been added next to the master bedroom on the second floor.

Porches provided a gathering place for family members during the evening hours, and a social meeting place for neighbors. Visitors could stop and chat and enjoy dessert and a cup of tea, while children could play under a protected roof during rainy spring days.

In Sellwood, near the streetcar barns along 11th Avenue, two-level apartments (or flats, as they were called back then) had wonderful, sweeping porches, encompassing most of the structure. Workers were able to relax on cots or chairs after a hard day’s labor, while those staying at home tended vegetable gardens below that were also used as a playground for the children.

The interior of an old house is just as important as the outside, and many of these early homes had pleasing and unique aesthetic features. When you first walked through the front door you might see the interior walls adorned with intricate crown molding, or a ceiling medallion supporting majestic chandeliers. Many Craftsman Style houses contain the original hand-carved wooden mantels designed by some local carpenter, or hand-built brick fireplaces constructed by Italian masons who learned their craft in the Old Country. 

Many older homes in Inner Southeast still have the original built in hutches, or bookcases with leaded glass doors, in the dining room as a centerpiece. And if you couldn’t find want you wanted in a Sears and Roebuck catalog, you could order it from the Oregon Door Company at the foot of Spokane Street. Products included framing lumber, lath for lath and plaster walls, and tongue-and-groove boards for ceilings, windows, doors, decorative trim and shingles. Everything a good house needed.

From the English cottage style homes of Eastmoreland to the Mission, Tudor, and Colonial Revival homes of Ladd’s Addition, each of Inner Southeast Portland’s neighborhoods showcases the type of people who first worked, resided, and spent their leisure time in them.  Local historical tour guide and architectural historian Eric Wheeler reflects, “Although neighborhoods share similarities in broad historic and stylistic development, each neighborhood has its own distinctive mix of commercial and residential buildings that define the ‘sense of place’ of each community.”

To explore just a few of the many historical areas in the southeast section of the city:

  • The Eastside commercial district featured rooming and boarding houses, hotels and apartments, on the streets running north and south along S.E. 11th and 12th reflecting the lifestyle of the single workingmen and the many immigrants.
  • Along Grand Avenue between Morrison and Pine Streets, huge industrial and commercial structures dominated the four-lane roads where streetcars ran continuously, connecting the working population to downtown Portland.  The Ford Building on Division and various warehouses near the waterfront are intermixed with a smattering of quaint Victorian homes that stand side by side in this mixed residential and business section.
  • The Brooklyn and Hosford-Abernethy districts were classified as workmen’s neighborhoods. Italians, Germans, Greeks, Swedes, and Norwegians immigrated to Portland in the late 1890’s. Wages were modest, so small workmen’s cottages and bungalows were the homes built by these residents. The wide variety of churches there reflected the diversity of each neighborhood’s immigrants, serving as places for social gatherings as much as places of worship.

Early in the Twentieth Century, Brooklyn tended to be a stronghold for Germans and Austrians. Most of the laborers, immigrants, and low-wage-earners stayed in rented houses east of Milwaukie Road (Avenue) or built homes there with lumber that could be purchased at the Inman Poulsen Lumber Mill for a reasonable rate. West of Milwaukie Road was a mixture of Queen Annes, Victorian homes, and Craftsman and American four squares.

Surprisingly for such an under-represented neighborhood that lost a quarter of its residential houses and commercial district with the completion of the Ross Island Bridge in 1926, many Queen Anne homes are still standing along its streets. As Eric Wheeler justly reveals, the feel of every neighborhood is defined by the collection of individual buildings, not just a few of the most outstanding or noteworthy.

While our Inner Southeast neighborhoods wrestle with new development – workshops, lectures, and tours of Portland, are offered by the Architectural Heritage Center (AHC) to help us better understand the value of our historic places. “We’re not against new buildings,” remarks Val Ballestrem of the AHC, “We just want to ensure community continuity, and want to recognize historic and architectural merit when it is warranted.”

As Eric Wheeler observes, “Architectural and historic walking tours inspire an appreciation for the historic character that many in this city hope to preserve.” 

To learn more about your own neighborhood, sign up for a historical walking tour. You can visit the AHC website online, or you can sign up for Eric Wheeler’s architectural tours at Uniquely Portland Tours. 

And in mid-summer, an historical walk of the Sellwood and Westmoreland communities will be offered by neighborhood historians Eileen Fitzsimons and Dana Beck, through the AHC program.

Moreland Farmers Market, Portland, Oregon, Westmoreland
The Moreland Farmers Market plans to reopen on this Portland Memorial parking lot for its 2017 season, but it may be looking for a new location next year. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Moreland Farmers Market stays – for a season


When Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial was quietly sold to Foundation Partners Group of Orlando, Florida, in June, the business didn’t change, said manager Michael Ashe. “The name isn’t changing, and I’m staying on myself for several years; the only difference is that the new owners are investing in our facility.”

But, rumors spread when word got out that the parking lot on S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 14th Avenue – on which Portland Memorial had allowed the Moreland Farmers Market to operate on Wednesday afternoons for several years – had been sold to developer Kehoe Northwest Properties, LLC.

Until the end of January, whether or not the well-established farmers market could return to the site this year remained up in the air.

“We’ve been working with the property owners for the last few months to determine timelines,” remarked Market Manager Lannie Kali. “Finding another location for the market has been challenging.”

With an announcement made by Michael Ashe at the February 1 SMILE General Meeting that the market would be able to continue there for at least one more year, the situation appeared to have stabilized.

“There is a good chance they won’t be doing work on that property until after our market season; so, we’ve added them as an ‘additional insured’ to our policy for the upcoming season,” Kali told THE BEE. “We’re looking forward to another good season; all of our big produce vendors say they’re coming back, as will about 80% of our regular vendors.”

As for a new location for the popular market in future years – Ashe says one possibility being talked about is the south-end parking lot at Westmoreland Park.

Springwater Meadows, Springwater Trail, Nancy Champlin, Elizabeth Milner, Dick Samuels, METRO, Springwater Gap, Portland, Oreogn
Ready to carry out more buckets of mulch are the Springwater Meadows project co-coordinators Elizabeth Milner, at left, and Nanci Champlin. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Volunteers plant ‘Springwater Meadows’ in Sellwood


The “instant appearance” of a plot of land called Springwater Meadows on S.E. 9th Avenue between Marion and Linn Streets, alongside the Springwater Trail in Sellwood –and now covered with 122 new plants as of January 29, with the help of more than 60 volunteers – was not instant at all, but the result of continuous efforts begun in 2011.

Sunday morning the 29th – a crisp, chilly, but rain-free day – these volunteers were digging, planting, spreading bark dust, and creating a new garden for residents and pollinators.

“The project came about after Metro purchased six parcels of overgrown, unimproved land along the Springwater Trail Corridor known as the Sellwood Gap,” remarked the co-coordinator of the project, Nanci Champlin, who lived nearby at the time, but now is a resident of Eastmoreland.

“SMILE's Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (“SNAC”) found that the community was interested in what would be happening in these spaces,” she said. “We started working with Portland Parks & Recreation and with Metro for what we could do with the space.”

At public meetings and design charrettes, through surveys and public involvement, the committee came up with a planting plan for the site. SNAC members secured Metro’s permission, brought in a professional garden designer, and applied for a Metro grant to transform the spot into a native plant garden with walking paths.

“What the community said was most important for this space is – with Oaks Bottom nearby – is a space for wildlife,” Champlin told THE BEE. “So this will be an open space for pollinators; all of these native plants were selected to bloom at different times, to provide optimal food and nectar for pollinators – birds, bees, and butterflies.”

Not only is “Springwater Meadows” on Metro land, but the agency’s “Nature in the Neighborhoods Grant” program provided $12,000 to help pay for plants and expert help.

“PP&R has been great to allow us to do this – but we’ll maintain the site to help it thrive, kind of like how the neighbors take care of Eastmoreland Park,” Champlin said.

Saying that it was amazing how much work the volunteers had accomplished, co-coordinator Elizabeth Milner said, “We’re thrilled about how many people turned out today and were happy to put these plants the ground!” Fifty were expected; a hundred showed up. The day was a success.

Labor bombing, Dral Cleaners, Cypress Spa, Bybee Boulevard, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon, History
The demolition on the north side of Bybee, a half block west of Milwaukie Avenue, revealed a second 1910 house next door – hidden for 100 years behind the Dral Cleaners. We see it here looking east; Bybee Boulevard is out of the picture to the right. This “hidden house” was almost destroyed by a notorious bomb attack in 1938. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

Westmoreland house demolition reveals site of historic bombing       


In early February, a vintage 1910 house on Bybee Boulevard just west of Milwaukie Avenue was undergoing demolition. Most recently it was the location of Cypress Spa, which has moved into a U-shaped complex across the street. A while before that it housed the ill-fated but lovingly-remembered “Fettucini’s” garlic-infused Italian restaurant.

The house, the address of which was 1616 S.E. Bybee, was bracketed between its twin at the corner of Sixteenth (Sellwood Westmoreland Sliders, previously Cha-Cha-Cha Mexican Restaurant, and originally Korgan’s Strudel House) and the Oaks Bottom Public House/Dral Cleaners to the east.

As the “spa” house disappeared another, even older, one was exposed for the first time in a hundred years. And that house has a remarkable history. . .

When the two twin “Four Square” style houses were finished in 1910, the area was residential. The west side of Milwaukie Avenue was lined with houses, but to the east it was primarily the pastures of the former Crystal Springs Stock Farm. To be sure, the land had been surveyed into 50x100-foot lots and offered for sale a year earlier, in June, 1909. But a year after the new Westmoreland subdivision was made available, only a few structures had been built.

It was not until June, 1911, that THE BEE announced that plans were afoot for the first business at the Milwaukie and Bybee intersection. It would be several decades for most of the homes to be replaced with commercial structures. Some of the residents stayed in place while converting their front-yards (setbacks averaging fifteen feet from the sidewalk) into small businesses. This was the case with the beige-painted, one- and-a-half story house that has been hidden behind Dral Cleaners since 1916.

Research indicates that the house, originally facing Milwaukie Avenue, was built in 1910 – the same year as the Four Square homes around the corner. The residents were Oliver C. and Edna Riches, and their daughter Irma. Oliver was an inspector for the Post Office and may have assisted Irma in obtaining her position as a clerk there. By 1912 Edna was a widow, but in the next few years she had other Riches for company: She and Irma were joined over several years by Cromwell, Norma, Naomi and Hermoine.  According to plumbing records, in 1916 the house was moved from Milwaukie Avenue to its current position facing Bybee Boulevard.  

Twelve years later, the house was being used as dry cleaners. Building records do not reveal if the business operated in what had been the living room of the house, or if a rudimentary business space had been added onto the front. By 1927 Jacob and Jennie Dral were operating a cleaning business, and living in the rest of the house. Jennie had been a dressmaker, so presumably she provided clothing repair and alterations.  By 1930 Jacob was employed as a car man on the streetcar, and Jennie appears to have been operating the cleaning business either by herself or with assistance from her husband or an employee.

In July, 1937 a modernized shop was constructed at the address – the site of the business known, until late 2016, as Dral Cleaners.

The Dral Cleaners seemed to be flourishing in the 1930’s in spite of the nation-wide Great Depression, then in its seventh year. But life soon became very stressful for Mrs. Dral and her business manager, Lloyd Fleetwood. This was a period of vigorous, contentious, and sometimes violent union activity. The Dral resisted union organization, and the shop was picketed.

Then, in early December, 1937, two men entered the dry cleaners and threw small containers of acid on garments. In the process, an employee suffered burns on her hands and body. Mrs. Dral refused to close her business – but, two months later, on January 27, 1938, the cleaning plant was bombed.

According to the Oregonian’s front page story at the time, the business was composed of three separate sections, plus the living quarters in the old house at the rear of the lot. The blast tore the roof off the one-story store, “shattering walls and glass”. The glass in all of the windows in the home next door (behind the dry cleaners), where the Fleetwoods lived, was destroyed, and ceiling plaster crashed down. Fortunately, the Fleetwoods’ six-month old daughter, under the care of a babysitter that evening, was not injured.

The paper reported that the six employees took turns patrolling the shop for the remainder of the night, “marching in front with a loaded shotgun”. Several weeks prior to the bombing, the business’ delivery car had been stolen, and an unsuccessful attempt had been made to drive it into the Oaks Bottom Slough from Sellwood Boulevard.

The Portland Police Department took the incident very seriously; Chief Harry Niles and Captain of Detectives Jack Keegan personally directed the investigation. A $600 reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of the bombers. In the neighborhood, 42 members of the Sellwood-Moreland Lions Club began accepting donations to help repair the business.

Fleetwood was defiant, stating that the shipping room but none of the equipment had been damaged, and that business would resume. According to him, only four dresses had been ruined. “The executives of the Laundry & Dry Cleaning Workers Union local No. 107, an A.F. of L. affiliate vigorously denied any knowledge of the crime”, according to the Oregonian.

Eventually six men were charged with conspiracy to damage the Dral Cleaners. Two of them pled guilty; one served an eleven month jail sentence, while the other was already doing time on another charge. A third individual was found guilty and received a six-month sentence. After the trial, in January of 1939, Fleetwood – doing business as the Dral Cleaners – filed a $31,242 damage suit against six union officials, two laundry and dry cleaning drivers unions, and the Teamsters Union. He alleged that the defendants conspired to destroy and wreck his business, assaulted him and two employees, and threw the acid in the shop.

The success of the lawsuit is unknown. But Mrs. Dral was still living in the house behind the cleaners in 1940, and Lloyd and Freda Fleetwood continued operating the business well into World War II.

The 1910 building that housed the Dral Cleaners for 88 years has survived, although the space is now occupied by the Oaks Bottom Public House, which recently expanded into it. The future use of the muddy pit where the old Four-Square house stood is unknown. 

But passersby should take the opportunity to examine the old house and consider its history. A business that operated successfully for almost nine decades is one worthy of consideration!

Woodstock Elementary School, Asian New Year, Year of the Rooster, Seth Johnson
Woodstock students dance at Chinese New Year Celebration in the school gym. (Courtesy of Seth Johnson)

Woodstock Elementary celebrates Chinese New Year


Woodstock Elementary School students participated in a rousing Chinese New Year celebration on Friday, February 10, to mark the Year of the Fire Rooster. Some of the characteristics of the Fire Rooster are confidence, courage, neatness, strength, and flamboyance.

Principal Seth Johnson told THE BEE, “This event highlights our Mandarin Immersion Program, but we actually aimed to make this a cultural experience for all students.”

Indeed, between Chinese dancers, a dragon parade, a Chinese yo-yo performance, and a plethora of charming “Year of the Rooster” hats, the assembly included songs both in English and Chinese celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Blue “Woodstock Pride” T-shirts worn by students to the event were provided by Reed College and the Woodstock PTA. When exiting the assembly, each student received a traditional “Hongbao Good Luck” red envelope containing a chocolate “coin” provided by Shu Ren, the parent organization supporting the Mandarin Immersion Program.

Principal Johnson took the occasion to announce a poster contest to advertise the Dumpling Festival coming in May, and invited visitors to view the many festive door decorations around the school with Year of the Rooster themes. The Kindergarten class taught by Su Laoshi featured a rooster decorated with colorful hand-print cutouts used as feathers. Many classroom activities also focused on this theme, including artwork and egg-carton fractions.

Three different troupes of costumed student dancers presented performances they had learned at after-school classes. At the end of the celebration, the entire student body stood and sang the New Year Song in both Chinese and English, in a celebration of intercultural awareness for the school and the Woodstock community.

Woodstock Branch Library, Chinese New Year, Year of the Rooster, celebration, Portland, Oregon
Lucky New Year Lions, led by the “boy Buddha”, begin the Lunar New Year celebration at the Woodstock Branch Library. (Photo by David Ashton)

Woodstock Library celebrates Lunar New Year


The annual celebration of the Lunar New Year in Asian countries began on January 28, marking the “Year of the Rooster”. On the second day of this New Year’s celebration, on January 29, an afternoon of music and dance – kicked off by energetic Lion Dance performers – took place at Woodstock Branch Library.

“We celebrate for a two-week period – making today a good day for celebration,” smiled Library Assistant Sally Li. “Back in China, today is also a very big day, a good day for celebrating.

“Chinese New Year has been observed for thousands of years, and continues to be the most important holiday in China,” Li said. “It is a time when members of families come together from different places. It’s kind of like Thanksgiving Day is celebrated here, where people come together for a family meal and fun times together.”

The sound of a beating drum and clanging cymbals echoed through the library, signaling the start of the Lion Dance. According to tradition, these brightly colored and wildly expressive beasts – this year expertly brought to life by members of the White Lotus Lion Dance Association – are thought to bring good luck, and drive away evil spirits during the festival.

“We’re so happy to celebrate the New Year here at the library; when people learn about each other’s cultures, we all get more understanding which helps them learn more about their influences and where they come from,” remarked Li. “Holding celebrations like this also helps us pass on our traditions to children who were born here.”

After the Lion Dance came a martial arts demonstration by Wushu Summit Academy, followed by a performance of traditional dance by the MyMiao Preschool, and Zhang Li’s dance performance.

After that, everyone was refreshed with traditional treats, and the children were given a packet of “lucky money” to symbolize abundance for the coming year.

Disaster preparedness, SMILE Station, American Red Cross
American Red Cross Cascades Region AmeriCorps associate Rachael Gernhart shows off one of the agency’s “Emergency Supplies starter Kit” bags – which you can find, with more information, online -- by clicking on the picture above! (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Disaster preparedness clinic at SMILE Station


Most folks will nod approval to the idea of being prepared for a natural or man-made major emergency. But, it turns out, not that many people really are prepared for a major disaster – such as “the big one” earthquake we’ll have someday.

The Sellwood Moreland Improvement League’s (SMILE) “Emergency Preparedness Committee” set out to help people learn how to survive a disaster, through a clinic and open house on January 28 at Sellwood’s SMILE Station.

Set up inside the main meeting room of the neighborhood association were displays demonstrating emergency supplies and equipment, with knowledgeable people on hand to help visitors gain a better understanding of what “being prepared” actually will mean.

After three decades with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue as a lieutenant paramedic, SMILE Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair Bob Burkholder was on hand to share his experience with members of the community.

“The most to important thing that we hope people take away from this is ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ – that is, learning how to work together, bringing different skills together in a disaster scenario, to survive in the best way,” Burkholder told THE BEE.

Individuals and families should be prepared to survive, on their own, for between 72 hours to two weeks, Burkholder observed. “But the absolute minimum is 72 hours. If it is a major event, realistically it’ll probably be closer to ten days to two weeks for which people will need to be able to survive on their own.”

After a major earthquake, Burkholder said residents should consider if they’re going to stay home, or leave. “If you can stay in your own backyard, even if your home is partially damaged, it’s probably the best thing you can do, because you have a lot of resources available. Even if you don’t have water or electricity, you’ll be able to camp in an area with which you’re familiar, and you’re better off than trying to go off and find a shelter elsewhere.”

If you do have to leave, it’s a good idea to pack a “prepared kit”, Burkholder remarked. “If you keep that by the back door – or, as an apartment dweller, in a closet – you can grab it, and promptly leave and not turn back.”

To learn more about emergency preparedness, see the SMILE webpage:

Annie, Franklin High School, student performance, Portland, Oregon
Rehearsing for the upcoming musical “Annie” – FHS student actors Kristina Strommer (as Grace Farrell the secretary), Mica Hastings (who plays Annie), and Kieran Andrews (playing Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks) stroll the streets of New York City. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Annie’ romps on Franklin High’s stage


Opening in the second week in March, and playing for two weekends, the “Franklin High School (FHS) at Marshall Campus” Theater Department presents the hit musical “Annie”.

This Broadway musical, based on the classic Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”, originally opened in 1977, and ran for nearly six record-setting years.

“We chose it because we wanted to do a family-friendly presentation this year,” commented FHS Theater Director Josh Forsyth at a rehearsal. “‘Annie’ is a classic musical with which lots of families have grown up. It’s a great show with really wonderful, timeless songs such as ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, colorful costumes, and action we believe people will enjoy coming to see – bringing their kids.”

In addition to the singing and dance routines, the Franklin High production will feature Annie’s dog, Sandy, played by a therapy dog – in real life named Archie – who visits the high school regularly. “He’s doing very well in rehearsal,” grinned Forsythe.

In the story, an orphan named Annie is looking for parents. Through the course of the story, she meets new people, and ends up becoming the ward of Lieutenant General Sir Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, the richest person in New York City at the time, Forsythe said. Annie embodies the idea that even when things are tough, there is always a way that the “the sun will come out tomorrow”.

The “Franklin High at Marshall Campus” stage will be filled with 38 actors, singers, and dancers, with the support of 25 theatrical technicians – and, for this show, accompanied by a 14-student live orchestra.

“Annie, The Musical” opens March 10 at 7 p.m., and continues evening performances on March 11 and 12, and the following weekend March 16, 17, 18. There’s a special afternoon matinee at 2 p.m. on March 12.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be securely purchased online at the FHS website:; scroll down to the “Annie” poster, or directly at, or in person at the school.

Under Milk Wood, Cleveland High School, student production, Portland, Oregon
“Under Milk Wood” director Isabele McTighe leads Cleveland High student actors through physical warm-up exercises in preparation for a rehearsal of the play. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Under Milk Wood’ on stage this month at Cleveland High


The Cleveland High School (CHS) “Company of Warriors” thespians are busily rehearsing for winter and spring plays.

Opening mid-March at the CHS Theater is “Under Milk Wood”, originally a 1954 radio drama written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which was later adapted for the stage, and then for a motion picture released in 1972.

“This is a story about a town in fictional small Welsh fishing village called ‘Llareggub’ (‘bugger all’ spelled backwards), and is a character study in which the audience learns the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants,” explained the show’s director, Isabele McTighe.

“Because it was written by a poet, all of the script is written in verse, which provides a good challenge for our student actors,” remarked McTighe, as the 14-member cast was doing warm-up movement exercises.

“Interestingly, the focus is as much on the set, costume, and lighting design as it is on the performance of this play,” commented CHS Theater Instructor Tom Beckett.

“Under Milk Wood” plays at 7 p.m. on March 16, 17, and 18 – with a matinee on Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. Tickets cost twelve dollars for adults, eight dollars for students and seniors, and are available at the door.

Tim Hammock, Gail Hoffnagle, Sellwood Community Center, Portland, Oregon
At the Sellwood Community Center, a happy and relieved Gail Hoffnagle stands with Center Director Tim Hammock. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood Community Center again off budget chopping block


As the City of Portland again passes through “budget season”, lifelong supporters of the historic Sellwood Community Center, such as Gail Hoffnagle, say they are tired of its city funding always being “on the chopping block”, as it has been year after year.

Hoffnagle’s mother was involved with the century-old Center back in 1924; and she went to preschool there, and later took all kinds of classes and played in sports there as well. “It really made a positive difference in my life; and then, I ended up working for the Parks Bureau for 17 years,” she told THE BEE while standing in the lobby of the Center.

“It’s especially a good place for the kids who don’t feel they ‘fit in’ at school; here they can have a good time and learn new skills,” Hoffnagle said. “There is a lot of camaraderie here, and that helps build neighborhood cohesiveness.”

When word came down on February 2 that she and her associates wouldn’t have to “fight City Hall” this year to keep the Community Center funded this budget cycle, she said she was overjoyed. “I’m thrilled that they’ve decided to keep the small community centers. It shows they recognize the importance of small centers where we can really get to know people and form a sense of community.”

About that decision, Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz said that Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is challenged to maintain parks and recreation system, especially when the Bureau has been required to cut its budget in six of the last eight years.

“While I’m glad the [PP&R] Budget Advisory Committee did not include the possibility of closing Sellwood Community Center in this year’s Requested Budget, many other beloved and valuable programs and services had to be put on the table as potential cuts instead,” Fritz acknowledged.

“It is important to remember,” added Fritz, “that we are only at the beginning of the City’s budget process. I will continue to advocate to my colleagues on Council for adequate funding for Portland Parks & Recreation, and against cuts that reduce services and staffing.”

To learn more about the PP&R Requested Budget, you can access a PDF document online –  

Southeast Events and Activities

Scrabble at the Sellwood Branch Library:

Attention word lovers: Have fun while exercising your brain, improving your vocabulary, and making new friends – by playing Scrabble at the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 2-4 p.m. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced players are welcome. Free. Bring your own set, or use one of the library’s. The address is S.E. Bidwell Street at 13th Avenue.

Blood Drive in Sellwood:

The Red Cross will be taking blood donations at Sellwood Baptist Church this afternoon, 1-6 p.m., at 1104 S.E. Spokane Street; the blood drive is sponsored by the Sellwood New Seasons Market. Make a reservation to donate by calling 1-800/733-2767. Walk-ins accommodated as the schedule allows; help save a life with a blood donation.

Ash Wednesday Service this evening:

Sanctuary Presbyterian Church invites, “Prepare for the coming joy of Easter with an evening worship service designed to help you quiet your heart and find peace in this busy season.” This Ash Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. this evening at Sanctuary Presbyterian Church, 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue, on the north side of Mt. Scott Park.

Thesis performance – This Must Be the Place:

This evening through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre on the Reed College campus, this performance examines the relationship between Reed stories, Reed traditions, and Reed's future, with a special focus on the 1972 Spring Crisis. Presented by thesis candidate Ashlin Hatch. Tickets $3-$7. Buy tickets:

At Sellwood Library – a “Fall Prevention” Workshop for Seniors:

The workshop this afternoon, 3-4:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, introduces ways participants can reduce the risk of falls by focusing on the risk factors, such as medication side effects, poor vision and balance, difficulty walking, and home hazards. Pre-registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. Free. The library is on the corner of Bidwell Street and S.E. 13th.

“The Silence of Coal” Chilean puppet performance:

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater on the Reed College Campus, a Chilean puppet show called “Chifión: El silencio del carbon”, a wordless fable about Chilean coal miners by the Silencio Blanco Residency. Not a work made specifically for children. All audience members are requested to sit quietly for the full hour-long performance, therefore, patrons who choose to bring children age 5+ should be advised that this requirement applies to audience members of all ages. Tickets:

Woodstock Library Teen Comics Book Group meets today:

Engage in conversation about comics; exchange perspectives about characters, design and plot; and get to know other teens. Free. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. this afternoon, and again at the same hour on March 23, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

Grout Elementary School auction this evening:

Grout Elementary is excited to have its first-ever annual auction at St. David of Wales Church community room! This is a 21+ event with music, food, drink, and lots of terrific items on the (silent) auction block. “The auction came about with the need to replace our existing wooden play structure that is falling apart. The new playground is long overdue, and will be cherished by the 300+ kids at Grout Elementary, a Title 1 public school located in S.E. Holgate Boulevard. We are expecting to need $50,000 in a combination of donations, sponsorships and grants to purchase and install a structure and the Silent Auction is the kick-off to the year-long fundraising we need to make this dream come true!” It’s 6 to 8:30 p.m. this evening at St. David of Wales, 2800 S.E. Harrison Street. For information and to buy tickets, go online:

Annual Cleveland High auction is tonight:

“Live and Let Bid – An Evening of James Bond” is the theme of the annual Cleveland High fundraising auction, held this evening at the Melody Ballroom, 615 S.E. Alder Street, starting at 5:30 p.m. with general admission and the silent auction, and continuing with the dinner and live auction at 8 p.m. James-Bond-themed-costume optional but invited. You can register to attend online: – ticket price is $75, and includes appetizers, dinner, the silent/super-silent auction, and the live auction, with entertainment. Tickets are also available at the door.

“Purcell and Shakespeare” concert at Reed College today:

The Portland Baroque Orchestra is joined by Suzie LeBlanc, “world-renowned Baroque soprano”, performing 17th Century songs and airs inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. Original songs from Shakespeare’s time join music from the 1674 revival of “The Tempest”, and selections from Henry Purcell’s 1692 masque, “The Fairy-Queen”, based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The concert is at 3 p.m. this afternoon in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College campus, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 28th Avenue. For more information and tickets, go online to:

Basics of Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease:

This evening at the Woodstock Branch Library, a workshop on memory issues. Alzheimer’s affects people in varying ways and ripples out to impact the lives of those who interact with them. Understanding what is happening to a person with Alzheimer’s is key to interacting effectively and providing quality care. This class includes information from expert professionals in the field, and first-hand accounts from people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Free, but pre-registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

Chinese Tai Chi Fan Dance Workshop in Woodstock:

Tai chi fan dance is a style of martial arts fitness, which combines tai chi and other martial arts with dance movements. It’s full of elegance and beauty, and can be quite entertaining! This program is conducted in Mandarin, 1:30-3 p.m. today – and the next two Wednesdays at the same hour. Free, but pre-registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

St. Agatha celebrates St. Patrick’s Day:

The 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration at St. Agatha’s in Sellwood takes place all day today, starting with the parade. Everyone in the community is invited to St. Agatha’s for the food and the fun, 7960 S.E. 15th Avenue, just north of Tacoma Street.

“Pixilation for Teens” workshop late today at Sellwood Library:

“Pixilation” is one of the coolest types of animations to watch, and it turns out they are pretty awesome to make as well. Use your body and stop-motion techniques to make an amazing film. For teens in grades 6-12. 5:30-7:30 p.m. this evening. Free, but pre-registration is required; register in the Sellwood Branch Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of Bidwell Street and S.E. 13th.

“Navigating adolescence” talk in Sellwood by Lewis & Clark professor:
Sellwood resident Peter Mortola, PhD, is a parent of sixth and third graders, and is a Professor of Counseling and School Psychology at Lewis and Clark College’s School of Education and Counseling. He is also co-author of “The Bear Inside”, a children’s book on the effects of childhood aggressive energy. He’ll be giving a free talk for parents called Navigating Adolescence – “helping our teens find a line through three crucial passages” – this evening, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Sellwood Middle School Library. It’s free, but donations can be made to the PTA and the school foundation at the door.

“Naturescaping Basics” workshop today in Woodstock:
Learn how to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves you time and money, at the Naturescaping Basics workshop, 9-1 today, at Trinity United Methodist Church, S.E. Chavez (39th) and Steele Street. Explore how native plants can make your outdoor space a vibrant, healthy place for people, pets and wildlife; get design tips, resources and more. The workshop is pesented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Call 503/935-5368 to register, or go online: – pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

First day of “Rock Out and Write Music Camp for Teens”:

Rock out and write music with Peter McCoid, lead performer of Andromeda Sun and solo musician, today through Friday 1-3 p.m. every day at the Sellwood Branch Library. Peter learned music in youth programs just like this. Join the fun with other teens, and learn basic principles of music and songwriting. No experience necessary. Free. Music equipment available, or bring your own. Pre-registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of Bidwell Street and S.E. 13th.

Friends of Chamber Music presents Chanticleer at Reed:

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, Friends of Chamber music presents a concert by what the New Yorker calls “the world’s reigning male chorus”, Chanticleer – celebrating its 39th season in 2016-17, and known around the world for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature. Chanticleer recordings have sold well over a million albums and won two Grammy awards. Program includes works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero, Eric Whitacre, Sergei Rachmaninov, Stephen Foster, Noel Coward, and more. Tickets $30-$52; available online –

McLoughlin repaving open house this afternoon in Sellwood:

S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard is about to get a “full makeover” during the extensive ODOT repaving project coming up shortly this summer, which includes widening the highway foundation in some areas – particularly between Harold and Tacoma Streets – and improving drainage in others. The paving project will start at S.E. Harold Street and move south from there, ultimately concluding at Harrison Street in the City of Milwaukie. Learn more, including the schedules for road closures and paving work, at a special “drop in” open house that ODOT is holding at SMILE Station in Sellwood, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, this afternoon from 5 until 7 p.m.

Free Computer Tech help at Woodstock Library:

Do you have technology questions? Today, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., meet in the Woodstock Branch Library – one-on-one, for 30 minutes – a friendly and knowledgeable Tech Helper who will assit you in finding answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. If you need help with a smartphone, iPad, or tablet, please bring it with you or they may not be able to help. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Holy Week begins today with Palm Sunday in Westmoreland:

At 9:30 a.m. this morning, the service begins at Moreland Presbyterian Church with the Procession of Palms, and the Worship Service. Open to all; come as you are. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Holy Week begins today at Mt. Scott’s Sanctuary Presbyterian:
Easter week begins today at Sanctuary Presbyterian Church, 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue, on the north side of Mt. Scott Park, with Palm Sunday Service at 10 a.m. tis morning. It’s followed by Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. on April 13; and Easter Service at 10 a.m. April 16. Open to all. More information at:

Palm Sunday Service in Woodstock:
Trinity United Methodist Church offers a Palm Sunday Service this morning at 10:30 a.m., open to all. Children will lead the processionals with palms. The church is situated at 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

“Homeschoolers Ask the Experts” – Meet a Park Ranger:

For kids who are homeschooled and their parents, the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library has a monthly series of special presentations from local community experts. A short Q&A and time for pictures will follow the presentation. Today, 1-2 p.m., “Meet a Park Ranger”. Free, but space is limited, so come early. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Wooden Train Playtime for kids 2 and up:

Children age 2 and up (with a favorite adult) are invited to enjoy putting together and running wooden trains in the Woodstock Branch Library, 10-10:45 a.m. this morning. “This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities.” Free. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. 49 th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Maundy Thursday Service in Sellwood:

Immanuel Lutheran Church, at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue, will hold Maundy Thursday Services at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. today. All are welcome.

Maundy Thursday at Moreland Presbyterian:
This evening at 6:00 p.m., Moreland Presbyterian Church offers its Maundy Thursday dinner and service – followed, 7-10 p.m., by “The I AM Experience: A Cosmic Journey of Hope & Healing for Our Community & our World”. (“The I AM Experience” will also be repeated tomorrow at 7-9 a.m., 12-2 p.m., and 7-10 p.m.; and this Saturday, 9-12 noon.) Everyone welcome. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Maundy Thursday Service in Woodstock:
Trinity United Methodist Church offers a Maundy Thursday Service tonight at 7 p.m.; everyone welcome. This Communion Service takes place at the church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

Good Friday Service in Woodstock:

A Good Friday Tenebrae Service – the Extinguishing of the Lights – takes place, open to all, tonight at 7 p.m., at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

Good Friday Service in Sellwood:
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue, holds its Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. today. Open to everyone.

Good Friday Service in Westmoreland:
Moreland Presbyterian Church offers its Taizé Service at 7 p.m. A reflective, candlelit meditation – prayers of song, readings, and extended silence. Open to all.

Annual Westmoreland Park Easter Egg Hunt:

Rain or shine, the Traditional SMILE Easter Egg Hunt starts this morning at 10 a.m. sharp (about five minutes later it’s all over, so be there on time!) – at the south end of Westmoreland Park, opposite the parking lot area. The (chocolate) Easter Egg Hunt is free, but if you can, please bring canned goods to donate for those in need. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos. This annual children’s event is brought to you by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association; the Sellwood New Seasons Market; and the Oaks Bottom Lions Club.

Easter Sunday Services in Westmoreland:

There are two Easter Worship Services at Moreland Presbyterian Church this morning – at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Everyone welcome. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Easter Sunday Service in Sellwood:
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue, will hold Easter Worship, with Holy Communion celebrated, at 9:00 a.m. today. All are welcome.

Easter Sunday Service in Woodstock:
Trinity United Methodist Church offers an Easter Sunday Service this morning at 10:30 a.m., open to everyone. “Come celebrate new life with us!” The church is situated at 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Westmoreland:

This afternoon, 2-7 p.m., the American Red Cross will hold another blood drive at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Appointments recommended for your convenience; walk-ins accommodated as time allows. There is an exceptional need for blood because the winter weather brought blood levels to an exceptionally low level. All blood types needed. To make an appointment, call 1-800/733-2767; or go online: – and use the sponsor code: MorelandPresbyterian

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Woodstock:
This afternoon, 2-7 p.m., the American Red Cross will hold another blood drive at Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street, in Woodstock.  You can sign up ahead of time online e: – or by calling 1-800/733-2767. 

“Breakfast Forum” offers speaker from Israel:

The “Breakfast Forum” monthly discussion group, originated by and chaired by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, takes place this morning, 7:30-8:30 a.m., in the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 SE Belmont. The speaker today is David Tver, a former Israel resident, will talk about the history and different styles of communities there; and the differences between the experiences of kibbutz members and those of volunteers and visitors. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group that meets monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Free and open to all; no registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.

Brooklyn Preschool Rummage sale:

Today and tomorrow, the Brooklyn Preschool Rummage Sale fundraiser will feature contributions from more than two dozen families, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The sale will be located at Brooklyn Preschool in the Reedwood Friends Church basement, 2901 S.E. Steele, in the Reed neighborhood.

International Sculpture Day celebrated thru tomorrow in Sellwood:
Today and tomorrow, there are 5 events in 3 venues within a block of each other in Sellwood, in celebration of International Sculpture Day. It starts today, noon to 5, with a sculpture exhibit by the Pacific Northwest Sculptors at the Roll Up Photo Studio and Gallery, 1715 S.E. Spokane Street. Then, tomorrow, that exhibit continues at the same location from noon until 6, and 7:30-11 p.m. Tomorrow evening, 6-7:30 p.m., you’re invited to hear artist talks by Portland sculptors at the Dance with Joy Studios, 7881 S.E. 17th Avenue – followed by a studio tour and artist demos at the Julian Voss-Andreae Sculpture Studio, 8003 S.E. 17th, 7:30-9 p.m. The celebration concludes with a Tango demo and dance party at the Dance with Joy Studios, 9-11 p.m.

Start today with a pancake breakfast served by Boy Scouts:

Boy Scout Troop 143, with members from Inner Southeast Portland, is raising money this morning for summer camp – by serving up a hearty pancake breakfast at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 8 a.m. to noon this morning. Adults, $10; under 11 and seniors, $5; Family $40; under age 2 free! Also on the menu: Carlton Farms sausage patties, eggs, hash browns, seasonal fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee, and tea. The lodge is on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, just south of the MAX Orange Line terminus and parking structure, south of the City of Milwaukie. Come hungry.

Lewis Elementary School Earth Day Fair:
The annual Lewis Garden Fair, today, now features a rummage sale, a plant sale, and recycling too! Suggested minimum donation for recycling is $10 per carload. Features of today’s sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., include student garden tours, and a garden scavenger hunt; Sellwood Jazz and Marimba Bands; a raffle with prizes from Sellwood Cycle Repair and Dennis’ 7 Dees; Italian sodas; Munchy’s Kettle Corn, and more. Recycling items accepted include eyeglasses, batteries, electronics, textiles, block and sheet Styrofoam (no Styrofoam peanuts, please), and hard plastics; no light bulbs please. The school can be found at 4401 S.E. Evergreen Street in Woodstock.

“Don't Let the Pigeon Take Over the Sellwood Library”:
For kids and families, at 11 a.m. this morning, for 45 minutes, Rick Huddle presents a collection of stories, songs, and skits inspired by Mo Willems’ books. Meet the Pigeon, Duckling, and some new characters – like Shy Llama. Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance. Seating is limited, so come early. The Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

“College Night” at Cleveland High:

The Cleveland College & Career Center will host its fifth annual “College Night” for students and families this evening, starting at 7 p.m., in the Cleveland High School auditorium. The program begins with a panel of current Cleveland seniors discussing their college search and selection process, followed by several breakout session choices. The sessions include: Inside the Admissions Office; Crafting the College Application Essay; Financial Planning for College; Financial Aid Basics; Considerations for Applying to Selective Colleges; Public Universities In-State and Out; and Community College Options.

Classical concert amongst the bagels on Foster Road:

Members of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra give short but memorable live “up close and personal” concerts in unlikely venues each year, and tonight at 9 p.m. some of them will be on hand perform for a half hour at Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels, 6420 S.E. Foster Road. You’re invited. Free!

“A free taste of Computer Programming” in Sellwood:

This afternoon, 2-4 p.m., be at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library to learn what computer programming is: “What will I be able to do if I learn to program? What is the difference between programming and coding? Where can I learn more?” This free class teaches programming in a casual and slow-paced setting. You will take an existing program and change it. “Not sure if you’re interested in computer programming? This is the perfect class for you!” Preregistration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The class is free, but space is limited. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.


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