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Oktoberfest, Oaks Amusement Park, Sellwood, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
In the Main Festhalle at the Oaks Amusement Park Oktoberfest, at the end of the song, “Ein Prosit”, attendees toasted the Bavarian band. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Oaks Park Oktoberfest – fun, sausage, beer, polkas


On the third weekend in September each year – this year, it was October 20-22 – historic and nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood hosts Portland’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, drawing a huge crowd for the Bavarian music, drink, and German food for the whole family.

“We’ve been doing Oktoberfest here since 1991! I’ve worked it for 24 years, and this is my 15th year of managing our annual celebration,” exclaimed Oaks Amusement Park Marketing & Events Manager Emily MacKay.

“Over the years, we’ve created what guests tell us is the ‘right mix’ of things they expect to find at a traditional Oktoberfest celebration. Naturally, we’re hesitant to make any changes that would disrupt the tradition we’ve established,” MacKay said.

This Southeast Portland Oktoberfest has come to rely on local German families to provide the food, she remarked; and many of these families have passed their tradition of cooking and serving Bavarian-styled foods down from generation to generation.

“The major attraction here is that ours is a truly family-friendly event,” MacKay told THE BEE. “While we certainly want folks ‘of an age’ to enjoy an adult beverage here – again this year, Portland’s own Maletis Beverage brought the beer over from Germany for our festival – kids are still welcome in both Festhalles.

“Older kids may prefer to ride our rides and play carnival games, but you’ll find the younger kiddos enjoying a meal and dancing with their parents, throughout the festival,” observed MacKay.

This year, MacKay said, Oaks Park expected to welcome 25,000 guests over the three-day Oktoberfest weekend.

By the way, coincidentally, Oktoberfest was the last chance to experience one of the attractions in the amusement park. “You’re hearing it first: After 15 years, we are replacing our ‘Scream’n Eagle’ – the single most popular ride in the park,” MacKay told us. “Plans are to replace it with an even more ‘extreme’ version, one that swings all the way over the top!”

Keep up online with what’s going on all year at this, the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the entire United States –

Anne McHugh, science teacher, national award, Franklin High School, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Nationally-honored Franklin High School science teacher Anne McHugh shows a student-built laser fluorometer – made in collaboration with NASA – to digitally count cells in a sample. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Franklin High teacher wins national ‘Environment’ award


Over the summer, Franklin High School science teacher Anne McHugh was presented with the “Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators” for her goal of having K-12 students participate in authentic scientific research.

As the school year began, McHugh spoke with THE BEE about the award.

“It feels a little weird – and it also feels like quite an honor – to be the only awardee from the region of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska,” McHugh said.

Her recognition came primarily from three projects, all of which involved innovation in environment education, including:

  • Using arthropod diversity to measure ecology through arthropod health
  • Understanding how microbes drive food production
  • Studying Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), and using extreme forms of life on earth to show the potential for life on other planets in the universe.

She started as a researcher after “about ten years in academia”, McHugh remarked. Her work studying the diversity of arachnids to learn more about ecosystem health led to a high school program in Vermont, before she moved west to teach in Oregon.

“We’ll be implementing this program at Franklin High this year; and, it’s been taken up by the Portland Metro STEM Partnership,” McHugh said. “A lot of students from other schools will collaborate with us here at Franklin – and I give students the opportunity to do science with scientists, which is pretty novel in kindergarten through 12 grade education!

“So, I’m super excited to be teaching biology at Franklin this year; all twenty sections of biology offered here will be collecting data that will actually be used by NASA scientists, which is pretty cool,” McHugh said.

This isn’t just for A.P. (“Advanced Placement” studies) students, the teacher pointed out. “I want every student at Franklin to contribute to science research; I think it’s really powerful.”

Justin Jeffries, Holgate Boulevard, imjury hit and run, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Booked on numerous charges, stemming from his “crash and dash” involving a stolen car on Holgate, was 30-year-old Justin Jeffries.

Cops jail accused Holgate hit-and-run driver


Law enforcement officers flooded into the Creston-Kenilworth and Reed neighborhoods on the evening of September 14, when  a hit-and-run driver, reportedly in a stolen vehicle, ran from a smashup he had caused on S.E. Holgate Boulevard near 31st Avenue.

Central Precinct officers were dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. that evening, and quickly came across the two-vehicle collision.

“Two victims were injured in the incident, and were treated at nearby hospitals,” reported a PPB official. “One victim, an adult male, sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was treated at a hospital and released; the other victim, also an adult male, remained at an area hospital for serious – but what are believed to be non-life threatening – injuries.”

The fleet-footed driver took off into the neighborhood; officers spread out in neighboring streets looking for the suspect. The Portland Police airborne unit, “Air One”, spotted the suspect hiding on a nearby carport rooftop, and guided officers to the location.

Arrested on numerous charges was 30 year-old Justin Jeffries, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 10:38 p.m. that evening, accused of stealing a vehicle and hitting two people while fleeing the scene. He said he did it because people were chasing him, according to a probable cause affidavit.

At his arraignment the next day, Jeffries found he’d face charges of First Degree Robbery, a Class A Felony; Second Degree Assault; two counts of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver; Third Degree Assault; and Reckless Driving. He remains in custody in lieu of $535,000 combined bail.

Police ask anyone with information or video of this incident to please contact Assault Detective Chris Traynor by e-mail –

Cleveland High School, new Principal, Leo Lawyer, Powell Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Leo Lawyer, the new Principal at Cleveland High School, tells THE BEE of some specific goals he has in mind for the historic school. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

New Principal in charge at Cleveland High


Cleveland High School, on the corner of S.E. Powell Boulevard and 26th Avenue, has a new Principal. Leo Lawyer replaces Ayesha Freeman. She was Principal for two years, before resigning in April, as reported in THE BEE, shortly after a group of Cleveland faculty issued a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

Mr. Lawyer is leaving Rockaway Beach in Tillamook County, where he was Athletic Director for the Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School for two years – and then Principal for seven more. Prior to that, he taught English for eight years at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham. During his time at Sam Barlow he also developed a writing curriculum.

Lawyer said he thinks the Neah-Kah-Nie experience provided him with a firm foundation for being Principal at Cleveland. The coastal school was small – with just 217 students – but he believes his seven years there as Principal gave him the necessary broad experience: He oversaw budgeting, helped with counseling, and served as head of safety and security. He was instructional leader of the building, as well as athletic director.

“Neah-Kah-Nie athletics overall were not very good when I took over, but we developed youth programs and hired qualified teachers who coached in both the middle and high school building.” He was also the DJ at all the school dances – a duty which he loved.

“Not much is new to me, coming here,” he remarked, referring to the system fundamentals of his new job. “The scale is much larger – Cleveland has 1,600 students – but the general functions of the school are ones I am very familiar with.”

When asked by THE BEE what he would like to accomplish at Cleveland High, he unabashedly said he would like Cleveland to become the best high school in Oregon. “High academics; and success in athletics and activities at the state level.”

However, Lawyer does not seem arrogant about his role at CHS. “I was very fortunate to have strong mentors in my professional life. I’m not afraid to ask questions and never afraid of feedback. You can’t improve without feedback.”

Improving some athletics at CHS, and supporting strong ones, are important to Lawyer.  “We have a strong girls’ soccer team; football numbers are growing; and cross country is doing well.” He recognizes that growing numbers of athletes create a need for more gym and field space. “It presents challenges. We have to be mindful of planning for future needs. We appreciate community support – past and future.”

He hopes to use the “soft skills” – non-academic affective skills – that he has developed in his years of experience to relate to parents, and to foster conflict resolution. Lawyer believes that building trust with students, teachers, and parents is the key to good administration.

Lawyer graduated from Portland State University with a degree in English and an advanced degree in school administration. He and his wife Patricia have a twelve year-old daughter and ten year-old twin boys.

For the first two years of his professional life he worked with incarcerated youth.  “It took a lot of work to get their trust. It was a training ground.” He confided, “The other day a student here described me as his ‘fun uncle’. To me, that means providing guidance and mentorship. You put young people in the position to be successful, and you celebrate when they do well, while helping them get up when they fail.”

As for helping CHS to flourish, Lawyer says “I’m not afraid of failure. You try some things; some will work, some won’t. Be resilient and try again. The key to bouncing back from failure is to have a resilient system that supports students’ emotions and efforts.” 

Concerning capital improvements for Cleveland such as earthquake retrofitting, the new Principal said he is listening to his staff, and will start a planning and input process this fall. His background in construction should help with conceptualization.

As for what he enjoys most about being a Principal? He said, making connections with students, and caring about their success. Lawyer explained, “CHS has a diversity of students that adds to a complex and positive school environment. We need to address how we support students of all different backgrounds.”

TV show, Shrill, filming, Westmoreland, Stars Antiques Mall, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Westmoreland temporarily looked like a Hollywood studio back lot, as TV production crews set up equipment to film scenes for an upcoming episode of the TV program “Shrill”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

TV show ‘Shrill’ films in Westmoreland


Observing a film crew setting up in the Westmoreland business district aroused the curiosity of passers-by. Trucks pulled in, parking just off of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue on Rural Street, on Tuesday morning, August 20.

The crew, employed by “Broadway Video”, filmed scenes on the sidewalk, as well as inside STARS Antiques Mall, for the second season of “Shrill” – a television show distributed over the Internet via Hulu.

Starring Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live” fame, the second season of the show continues to follow a self-described “fat woman” who wants to change her life, but not her body – while she tries to make it as a journalist.

The cast and crew, filming for release next year, were polite – but declined to speak with THE BEE about their experience filming in Inner Southeast Portland.

Drug bust, Brentwood Darlington, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Police units moved in, as the suspect in a car down the street was about to be taken into custody. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Donald Beasley, Jason Michael Blythe, drug charges, Brentwood Darlington, Southeast Portland, Oregon
47-year-old Donald Beasley, left, faces numerous felony drug charges; 42-year-old Jason Michael Blythe, at right, is being held on parole violation and drug charges. (MCDC booking photos)

Neighbors’ tips lead to big Southeast drug bust


Information provided by alert, concerned neighbors about a suspected “drug house” in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood paid off, when Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers arrested two men on September 16.

“Officers assigned to East Precinct's Neighborhood Response Team and Street Crimes Unit were made aware of drug activity in the neighborhood and took action,” explained PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Brad Yakots.

Watching the suspects, officers stopped them as they attempted to drive away from the location, and then went on to search a nearby house located on S.E. Knapp Street, Yakots told THE BEE.

At the residence, the following was seized:

  • 2.4 Pounds Of Methamphetamine
  • .75 Pounds Of Heroin
  • 125 Xanax Pills
  • About $7,000 Actual U.S. Currency
  • Approximately $1,400 Counterfeit U.S. Currency
  • 2 Firearms
  • More than $2,000 in stolen property

“An investigation is continuing regarding the firearms and stolen property that was recovered,” Yakots said.

Officers arrested 47-year-old Donald Beasley, and booked him into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 4:29 p.m. that afternoon on charges of methamphetamine and heroin possession and delivery, as well as “Felon in Possession of a Firearm”.

At his arraignment, Beasley learned he’d be held on the felony charges at Inverness Jail in lieu of $132,500 bail

Later that evening, at 11:54 p.m., 42-year-old Jason Michael Blythe was also booked into the MCDC on one count of delivery of heroin and one count of delivery of methamphetamine along with one count of felon in possession of a firearm and a parole violation.

Blythe was ordered to be held, without bail, on the parole violation charges. At his arraignment, he learned that his combined bail on the drug-related charges totaled $131,500. Blythe remains in custody at MCDC.

Pam Gwynn, new Principal, Llewellyn Elementary School, Westmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Her secretary, Mark Robb, spends a moment in the Llewellyn Elementary School office with new Principal Pam Gwynn. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘New’ Principal returns to head Llewellyn Elementary


When students returned to Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland this fall, they were greeted by a new Principal – Pam Gwynn.

While she is now the “new” Principal at Llewellyn, Gwynn does knows the school well, having served as Assistant Principal there three years ago.

“Things change at Portland Public Schools – where I’ve been an educator for 32 years – and I was placed at Mt. Tabor Middle School, where I stayed for two years and learned a lot, and I got to go to Japan with the eighth-grade Japanese Research Residency Program – which was amazing,” Gwynn told THE BEE.

Although she’s taught at a number of different schools in the district, her career started here, in Inner Southeast Portland, after earning her Masters degree, with a focus in reading instruction – teaching second through fifth grades. She stayed at Creston Middle School for a total of 25 years, Gwynn recalled.

Keys to a good school
“As the leader of this school, one of my goals is to establish a school culture of excellence, in teaching and learning,” Gwynn said. “There is a big focus on making sure that all students are prepared for post high school and life in general. So, we want to make sure students who leave Llewellyn are prepared to be great global citizens, with the ability to work with others; to think critically, to problem solve, and all those kinds of things.

“Our ‘Equity Focus’ is also important,” Gwynn continued. “This is making sure that we are connecting and developing relationships with each and every one of our students, and connecting their backgrounds and cultures to what we’re doing here in school.”

She wasn’t randomly assigned to Llewellyn, Gwynn said. “I love the parents here; and how the neighbors and businesses around our school are super supportive. We have these wonderful people who volunteer in our school, supporting us with volunteers, funds, and resources. It really does ‘take a village’ to make a school great.”

“I’m looking forward most to being with the kids; I love the elementary years, and this is where I feel I have my strengths,” Gwynn revealed. “I love watching their ‘a-ha moments’ in the classroom.”

Filling Galati’s shoes
Asked about her thoughts on following a popular Principal like Joe Galati, Gwynn smiled broadly and said, “I have ‘big shoes’ to fill; and, at the same time, I am excited because he ‘set the stage’ for really great work in learning, teaching, and connecting with the community and students.

“Joe is my friend, and I feel so fortunate to follow someone who was my mentor for being a Principal,’ Gwynn added. “I know he’s still behind me 100%; someone I can call on and ask a question, and he’ll be right there to answer a text, phone call, or e-mail.

“I hope to do Joe proud by continuing what he’s done here.”

Joe Galati, new Pricipal, Holy Family School, Eastmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Here, in the opening moments of the first day of the new school year at Holy Family Catholic School, we found the Parish’s Fr. Rodel Demesa, left, meeting the Musey family – with new Principal Joe Galati at right. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Retired Llewellyn Principal starts new school year at Holy Family 


It doesn’t seem as if anyone has ever seen former Llewellyn Elementary School Principal Joe Galati when he was not brimming with enthusiasm.

After retiring from Llewellyn Elementary and Portland Public Schools, Galati took only a couple of weeks off before heading over to his new assignment as Principal at Eastmoreland’s Holy Family Catholic School.

On the first day of the school year, September 3, Galati took a moment to talk with THE BEE about his transition to Holy Family Catholic School.

“I am so excited today!” beamed Galati. “I always anticipate this day [each fall], when I get to see our kids coming in; this is when I am the happiest.

“We’ve spent a lot of time over the summer preparing for this first day of school – making sure our campus is prepared, and our teachers are ready. The sense of community that exists within this building is unbelievably good!”

While he greatly enjoyed his time in public education – this, he said, where he feels as if he has found his “home” as an educator. “I’m getting to do something I’ve always wanted to do, and that is being the Principal in a great Catholic school like Holy Family, where I don’t have to ‘hide’ my faith.”

But, the school isn’t for Catholics only, Galati remarked. “We have many families who have chosen to have their children educated here, and be part of our school. Our school helps children maintain a sense of individuality, faith, and values; parents have chosen to send their children to Holy Family because it is so unique, and so special.”

As the first class bell of the school year rang, Galati added, “Here, we’re a community of learners, providing opportunities for our kids to excel, starting this very minute!”

Motorcycle under garbage truck, Steele Street, Chavez Blvd, 39th Street, Reed neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Considering how the motorcycle was wedged under the garbage truck, its rider was very lucky indeed not to have been very much more severely hurt. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Motorcyclist not badly hurt in Reed garbage truck crash


When a garbage truck and a motorcycle collided on September 4, at about 7:30 a.m. on S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) at Steele Street, busy morning commuter traffic came to a standstill.

Police officers and a Portland Fire & Rescue paramedic unit arrived, to find a Waste Management garbage truck stopped facing westbound on Steele Street, with a motorcycle wedged under the center of the massive vehicle.

Officers quickly reopened S.E. Chavez Blvd, but Steele Street remained closed for several hours, while the accident was investigated.

“We have limited information about this case at this time,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Brad Yakots, at press time. “But it does appear that the motorcyclist was injured – but only received abrasions and soreness.” Evidently no citation had been issued at the time we spoke to him.

Hood to Coast, relay race, Springwater Trail, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Sellwood Bridge, Oregon
After taking a detour through the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood, Hood-to-Coast Relay Race runners – many wearing lamps, to guide them in the predawn darkness – head across Johnson Creek Boulevard to continue their jog toward Portland on the Springwater Corridor Trail. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Hood to Coast’ runners zigzag through Ardenwald, Sellwood


This year, “Hood to Coast” members of 1,050 teams of 12 runners, making their way through inner Southeast Portland during their 199 mile-long truck from Mt. Hood to Seaside, took a detour through the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood.

With a bridge out of commission to allow construction along the Springwater Corridor Trail just east of Johnson Creek Boulevard, runners were directed by guides to neighborhood streets, before their transfer point on the boulevard.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, runners met up with teammates during the 21st year of this annual relay race, swapped wrist bands, and headed toward downtown Portland through Sellwood along the Springwater Trail.

Eastmoreland, intersection obstruction, tree falls, Southeast Portland, Oregon
A limb at a time, this huge old Eastmoreland tree, at the intersection of S.E. 32nd Avenue and Knapp Street, comes down – following its split and collapse. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Vision-obstructing’ tree at Eastmoreland intersection removes itself


Long an issue for some Eastmoreland neighbors, especially those who live south of Knapp Street, has been a tree on the southwest corner of the intersection at S.E. 32nd.

There are stop signs for east and westbound traffic on Knapp Street; intersecting 32nd Avenue is designated as a “Neighborhood Greenway”, complete with “Sharrows” (PBOT road markings that designate a safe and visible place to ride bikes).

“It’s been a dangerous intersection for neighbors,” remarked a longtime resident of S.E. 32nd Avenue, Kimberly Koehler. “Commuters habitually run the stop signs as they head east and west and, given the acute angle of 32nd Avenue, the large trunk of that tree made it impossible to see if vehicles traveling on Knapp Street were stopped, as drivers entered the intersection.”

She has been communicating her concerns about the dangers of the intersection to the city, Koehler told THE BEE, since April of 2018 – suggesting that Portland Traffic Division officers monitor the intersection. “But, I’ve yet to see a police officer there, or at the almost as dangerous intersection of S.E. 32nd Avenue and Bybee Boulevard,” she said.

Now, it appears, the tree itself has solved the problem. The tree split apart – with its limbs falling on a neighbor’s house – in early September. The fractured tree has now been removed, a section at a time.

“I’m always sad to see our neighborhood lose a tree – but I characterize this as fate having intervened, after the City of Portland did nothing,” Koehler commented.

Christopher Gene Heil, accused burglar, power tool breakin, Foster Road, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Although booked for several felonies and misdemeanors, the accused bandit, 27-year-old Christopher Gene Heil, was released by a judge, without bail, pending his trial. (MCDC booking photo)

Foster-Powell power-tool-wielding bandit busted


A burglar’s plan to break into Asterix Eyewear, near the intersection of S.E. Foster Road and Powell Boulevard, was thwarted by the shop’s alarm – which summoned East Precinct officers to the store at 2:07 a.m., early Friday morning, September 6.

Arriving officers found a man unsuccessfully trying to defeat the front door lock with powder-actuated concrete fastener tool.

“When challenged by officers, the suspect took off running, and the officers pursued,” reported a PPB official. “During the chase, the suspect tossed away a handgun, before being arrested.”

27-year-old Christopher Gene Heil was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 3:37 a.m. that morning on many charges – Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Escape in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Attempted Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Theft in the First Degree.

At his arraignment later that day, a Multnomah County District Court judge “released” several of the charges against Heil, but the chief allegations did stick.

However, on September 12, a judge chose to release Heil from custody, without posting a penny of the $17,500 bail assigned to him during his arraignment. The release reason was listed as “Pre-trial Supervision”.

Tim DuBois, candidate, Portland City Council, Oregon
Westmorelander Tim DuBois, a former SMILE Board Member, has declared for a Portland City Council seat. (Contributed photo)

Westmoreland resident files for City Council seat

Editor, THE BEE

Tim DuBois, a resident of S.E. Insley Street in north Westmoreland, has announced that he is running for the Portland City Council seat being vacated by Amanda Fritz.

Describing himself as a “local carpenter, political junkie, and urban policy wonk”, he tells THE BEE that he “hopes to serve the people of Portland for a better city. . . We do not need to keep reinventing the wheel. We have a world full of cities that have overcome the challenges we face, and we should not be afraid to adopt [other] ideas.”

Tim’s primary focus is on bringing “a steady hand to bureau management”. Tim says he is also focused on [resolving] homelessness, “using Salt Lake City as a model that can be replicated”. He adds that he sees “current land use laws as limiting adoption of innovative ideas for creating market-rate affordable housing”, and says that he will keep climate change and the mitigation of pollution in mind when considering and guiding public policy.

DuBois has an Associates degree in Energy and Resource Management from Clackamas Community College, a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Community Development from Portland State University, and he reports he will graduate with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in the spring of 2020 from Portland State University.

For more details, he refers those interested to –

Creston-Kenilworth, street robbery, man shot, Southeast Portland, Oregon
The ambulance takes a man, shot during a reported Creston-Kenilworth street robbery, to a local hospital for treatment. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Man shot during reported Creston-Kenilworth street robbery


Why a man was shot on S.E. 51st Avenue, just north of Gladstone Street, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, at about 10 p.m. on August 19, remains unclear, but the incident is described as a “street robbery.”

What is certain is that East Precinct officers and emergency medical responders were called to the scene.  “The injured male victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital, with what is considered to be a non-life threatening injury,” a Bureau spokesperson told THE BEE.

“Due to the circumstances of the call, Robbery Detectives responded to conduct an investigation; no arrests have been made yet in this ongoing case,” the police official said.

Portland Mercado, Foster Road, fourth anniversary, Foster Powell, Taste of Mercado, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Signaling the start of this year’s ‘Taste of Latinoamérica” fiesta by sounding a conch shell was a performer with Huehca Omeyocan Aztec Dance. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

On Foster Road, Mercado’s ‘Taste’ features emerging entrepreneurs


At a location unique in all of the metro area, the “Portland Mercado” in the Foster-Powell neighborhood on S.E. Foster Road again held a community party on Saturday, September 7. It’s called “Taste of Latinoamérica”, and it provides both culinary and cultural experiences, while creating economic development opportunities for Latinx entrepreneurs.

“Here at our fourth annual ‘Taste of Latinoamérica’ festival we’re highlighting many cultures from around the globe, with 20 additional vendors on-site,” explained the Mercado’s Director, Shea Flaherty Betin.

This year, it’s not only about the food, he said, “Today, we have arts and craft vendors who are in our Mercado Incubator Program, which allows them to show and sell their craft products,” Flaherty Betin told THE BEE.

“It’s true, when many of people think of the Mercado, they think of great Latinx foods – but we’re much more than that,” Flaherty Betin commented. “Our business incubator program offers services to a wide variety of new entrepreneurs, from all walks of life, different backgrounds, and different, primarily-Latinx countries.”

So, in addition to browsing the cuisine, drinks, art, crafts, live music, forro dance classes, photo-booth, and kids’ activities, attendees visited the many vendors offering arts and crafts – including paper crafts, indigenous projects, and woven products.

Learn more about the Portland Mercado online –

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