THE BEE's want ads are named "Community Classifieds".

An important innovation is that classified ads placed in THE BEE may also be available at the special Community Classifieds website, at the HotLink below!

In addition, Community Classifieds now offer the additional service of in-column photographs of vehicles and homes for sale. The photos can not only appear in THE BEE, but on the website as well.

Community Classifieds appear each month in THE BEE, and can also reach up to a half million additional readers by being published in any combination of the 24 other newspapers in the "Community Newspapers" group, including the weekly Clackamas Review, Oregon City News, Lake Oswego Review, and West Linn Tidings; the monthly Sherwood Gazette, and Southwest Community Connection; the twice-weekly Gresham Outlook and Portland Tribune; and the other newspapers in the group.

To get information or place your classified ad by phone, here's the number to call: 503/620-7355!

Now, click on the logo directly below, and read the Greenlight "Community Classifieds"!

Community Classifieds, want ads


At Rocio’s Mexican Restaurant on S.E. Gladstone Street, the site of a recent Grout School, Rocio's Mexican Restaurant, Creston Kenilworth, Iraq Camacho, Rocio Meza, el tigre
At Rocio’s Mexican Restaurant on S.E. Gladstone Street, the site of a recent successful Grout School fundraiser, Shift Manager Iraq Camacho and owner Rocio Meza flank the wooden “el tigre” statue in the entryway. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

New Creston-Kenilworth Mexican restaurant holds Grout School fundraiser


“Rocio’s Restaurant” opened less than a year ago, offering a menu of “Mexican comfort food” that has won repeat customers in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.

On February 22nd, the restaurant – located at 2850 S.E. Gladstone Street – held a Dine-In fundraiser for nearby Grout Elementary School on Holgate Boulevard. Ten percent of the day’s earnings were dedicated to Grout, resulting in a gift of $336 to the school. The Grout School PTA plans to use the gift for classroom materials.

Owner Rocio Meza told THE BEE that she comes from a restaurant family. Her father, Ponce, opened a Mexican restaurant in San Diego, and a picture of him is featured on her menu. Rocio's employs about 20, and can seat up to 70 customers. Shift Manager Iraq Camacho remarked, “We have a full bar, but mostly we serve tequila and fresh margaritas. We also have a special menu for customers who require vegan or gluten-free meals.” 

Rocio's features a hearty Mexican stew, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, soups and salads. Camacho added, “So far, customer favorites are chili verde de puerco, mole de pollo, and our special dessert: Bunuelos con helado – flour tortillas with honey, cinnamon, and ice cream. Anything people order here, they seem happy with, and we’re receiving lots of positive feedback.”

Rocio Meza's husband, Phil, made the restaurant’s polished wood bar top, tables, and banquette, and insisted that there be an “eltigre” wood statue in the lobby, complete with sombrero and Mexican flag.

Rocio's is open daily except Sunday. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. For information or to-go orders, call 971/266-8860.

Foster Area Business Association, pub crawl, Venture Portland, check, presentation
FABA President Matthew Mičetić and VP Laura Kropf accepted the “big check” from Venture Portland, dedicated to supporting their marketing efforts, from FABA Business District Organizer and Marketing Coordinator Marina Martinez. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Foster Road “pub crawl” planned for summer


The evening of February 9 was a joyous occasion at the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) Annual Meeting, held again this year at “Carts on Foster”, 5205 S.E. Foster Road.

Time allowed for networking was abundant; the formal meeting was short. Guests noshed on vittles from the food carts at the pod; beverages were supplied by the “Pod Bar”.

That evening, FABA President Matthew Mičetić of Red Castle Games was up for reelection.

“If reelected, I will again serve!” was the entire platform on which Mičetić successfully ran again for the top office.

“I think Foster Road is going in the right direction,” Mičetić told THE BEE. “I’m glad to continue to be a part of FABA, and help bring about positive change in our district.”

One of the big changes coming to Foster Road this year, he said, is the beginning of the streetscape construction. “Survey crews are out and about, taking all the measurements for the work coming up.

“Yes, it will go from for traffic lanes down to two, but the majority of our members were for this ‘street diet’, slowing traffic down; and they see the change as making our businesses more visible,” Mičetić said.

Overall, the health of the business district is improving, he reflected. “We’re getting some good destination businesses. Whatever we can do to get more walk-in traffic, and people stopping and shopping a little bit, is a good thing.” 

The FABA Board spent time pondering what has been the organization’s signature event, “Fun on Foster”, over the past year, Mičetić remarked. “We’ve had to face it; the street fair wasn’t a hit. So, we’ve been working on other ideas to try get more people out into the district.”

Following the success of the Foster Road Tree Lighting in December, they’re working on a new summertime feature, perhaps in late July, which they’re calling the “Foster Pub Crawl”.

“We wanted to do something little more oriented to businesses catering to adults on Foster Road,” explained Mičetić. “If we do this well, it can still have a touch of family friendliness to it.”

After the brief meeting, an election by secret ballot was held. The results:

Reelected to their respective offices were President Matthew Mičetić, VP Steve Woolard of Carts on Foster, and Secretary/Treasurer Laura Kropf of Steve Tremmel Design. Jamie Melton was elected as Portland Mecardo representative, and David Priestap of Ikon Merchant Consultants was elected Board Member at Large.

To learn more about FABA, go online:

Reed neighborhood, Shari Lane, middle-grade novel, The Unfairy Tale: Audrey’s Turn
Reed neighborhood resident Shari Lane has just published her second middle-grade novel, “The Unfairy Tale: Audrey’s Turn”.

Reed neighborhood author Shari Lane: New youth novel


Four years ago when Reed neighborhood author Shari Lane published her first novel for middle grade readers, “TheUnFairy Tale [THE BEE, March, 2012], she was already working on the sequel.

Now, that book – “The Unfairy Tale: Audrey’s Turn” – has appeared in bookstores. The new novel follows the three main characters from the first book as they enter middle school, widen their interests and friendships, and develop some maturity along the way.

The premise of “Audrey’s Turn” continues the original theme of three girls reading installments of a written fairy tale by the mother of one of them. During installments, they find that their own adventures mirror those of the book’s characters – leading toward some insights into their own adolescent development.

The “fearsome threesome” widen their circle to include a new boy at school, and they consider many ramifications of self-image and growing up. Details address a school bombing incident, introspective character building, and attending a School Board meeting in support of a former teacher.

The characters in the fairy tale they are reading exhibit many of the concerns faced by the middle schoolers themselves, led by 12-year-old Audrey. The theme of comparing literature to real life situations offers a compelling way to examine one’s own life – by studying the trials and tribulation of characters in books. “I didn't want to ‘write down’ to kids,” remarks Lane. “I just wanted to create a fun and escapist read for them.”

The interactive aspect of the sequel promotes a growing awareness of both moral development and character examination. “The Unfairy Tale: Audrey’s Turn” continues the theme of growing up in different milieus and cultures – setting the scene for reflection of personal values and social considerations.

While writing the sequel, Lane appreciated the input she’d received from the parents of young readers who had responded to chapters she’d posted on her website:

Lane plans to write a third book to complete the trilogy, which she hopes will continue to appeal to young readers, helping them to understand themselves through comparative literature.


Mark Herdering, Hanging Out for a Living, Association of Home Businesses, AHB
Mark Herdering, Portland author and an expert on “Hanging Out for a Living” will reveal how it’s done, at AHB in Sellwood this month.

Portland’s Mark Herdering: “Hanging Out for a Living”, at AHB. Mark Herdering, Portland author of the book “Hanging Out for a Living”, will speak on “Time for a NAP (Networking Action Plan)” – with specific details, for anyone now in business, or anyone hoping to be – at this month’s meeting of the Sellwood-based Association of Home Businesses. It’s the business association for those who work at home. A promise: This talk could make the difference between succeeding and failing, if you’re thinking of starting a home business! The 6-9 p.m. meeting on Thursday, April 21, includes networking time and a buffet dinner. First-time guests pay the members’ rate to attend – $10 – which includes the supper. RSVP requested for meal planning to 503/232-2326; mention any food restrictions. The meeting takes place at SMILE Station, on S.E. 13th, one block south of Tacoma Street, on Tenino, in Sellwood. For more, go online:  

New weekend brunch in Inner Southeast. Mezza Restaurant in Woodstock, now themed with French cuisine, announces it is open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu includes classics such as Eggs Benedict, pancakes, and brioche French toast, as well as specialties including mushrooms ragu over herbed polenta, French ratatouille on toast with poached eggs, toast and homemade Tarte au pommes with whipped cream. Bread is sourced from Grand Central Bakery. A choice of Brunch cocktail or mocktail, and a children’s menu, complete the new midday weekend offering. Bookings for brunch can be made online:

Classes at Sassafrassity in Sellwood. Having just celebrated its first anniversary, Sassafrassity Furnish and Flora at 8326 S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood announces classes open to the public in April. On Saturday, April 2, learn to mount the unusual, but easy to care for, Staghorn Fern to a piece of bark or reclaimed wood plank. On Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, “Get ready for summer, with the Outdoor Patio Planter event. Bring your own pot and fill it with herbs, vegetables, and perennials.” And on Saturday, April 16, build a mixed knobs coat hook: easy and handy. For more information, call the store at 503/327-8321.

Ann Sanderson, Portland City Council, Amanda Fritz, Woodstock Community Business Association, WCBA
Woodstock Community Business Association 2016 President Ann Sanderson announced she had just filed for a Portland City Council seat in this year’s elections, at the March 8 monthly meeting of the organization. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

WCBA President announces run for City Council. Ann Sanderson, owner and operator of Odango Salon and the “” photographic business, announced at the monthly Woodstock Community Business Association meeting that she had just filed to run for the Portland City Council seat currently occupied by Amanda Fritz – explaining, “We need a City Council that doesn’t just listen, but actually hears us.” Since she is also now in her second year as President of WCBA, she asked the Board if they wanted her to resign. Since she plans to keep her campaign out of these meetings and the business of WCBA, the Board expressed no objection, and she will continue as 2016 President of the business association. WCBA publicly meets monthly on the second Tuesday morning of each month, at 9:30 am, in the Woodstock Library meeting room, accessed from the parking lot on the south side of the library. WCBA is online at:

OnPoint Community Credit Union’s 2016 Prize for Excellence in Education. OnPoint Credit Union, formerly Portland Teacher’s, with an office in Sellwood at S.E. Tacoma at 13th, announces that it is accepting nominations through April 8, 2016, in its seventh annual contest to award nearly $50,000 to local educators and their schools, including paying the mortgages of two winners for one school year. The 2016 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education will recognize one K-8 teacher and one 9-12 teacher as Educators of the Year, paying their respective mortgages for one school year and donating $2,500 to their schools. In addition, one K-8 teacher and one 9-12 teacher will be Finalists and will each receive $2,500 for themselves and $1,000 for their schools. As a new prize component for 2016, four schools will win $500 for a special project of their choice as Community Choice winners. Winners will be announced May 24, 2016. Nomination forms, qualifications, and contest rules are now available online at: – and will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on April 8. Anyone can nominate an educator, and educators may also nominate themselves. Applicants must be a full-time or job-share classroom teacher, counselor or librarian of grades K-12 in an accredited public, private, or charter school located within any county that OnPoint serves.

New “home economy” class series presented. Portland Homestead Supply Company presents a new class, “Returning Home: the Practice, Principles and Art of the New Home Economy”. Join Harriet Fasenfest, author of “The Householder's Guide to the Universe”, and the DVD “Preserving With Friends” in an exploration of topics included in her upcoming book. This class is most appropriate for those who want to further their understanding of what living in a home economy might mean. Taught once a month for six months on Sundays, starting in April, through September. Go to the class page on the store’s website for details, and to register: Or call the store at 503/233-8691. Classes held at the store, 8012 S.E. 13th Street in Sellwood.

Philadelphia’s – now “13 Virtues” – names new Head Brewer. Steve Moore opened “Philadelphia’s Steaks & Hoagies” in 1987, which in 1994 became the 14th licensed brewery in the state of Oregon. In September of 2014 the newly-expanded Westmoreland restaurant and pub was rebranded “13 Virtues Brewing Company”, and in October of that year won a Silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival for “Woozy Weizenbock”. On St. Patrick’s Day of this year, the pub, which still serves its Philadelphia Cheesesteak sandwiches, announced that Cameron Fisher had been appointed head brewer, replacing the departed David Vohden. “Fisher is inspired by hoppy, West Coast-style beers, as well as traditional Belgian styles. He cites Stone, Allagash, and Ommegang as some of his influences,” remarked Moore.

New Orleans cook offers class on Jambalaya and Crawfish Pie. Born and trained as a cook in New Orleans, Bonnie Ward Strauss has moved to Woodstock and is offering cooking classes as “Oh Honey Cookery”. She teaches in the professional kitchen at All Saints Episcopal Church at S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard, and will teach a class on the preparation of authentic Jambalaya and Crawfish Pie on Sunday evening, April 24, 4-7 p.m. She plans other classes on other dishes as well; call Bonnie at 503/432-1021 to inquire, or to register for this one (pre-registration is required). Each class costs $45.

New “lifestyle boutique” opens in Westmoreland. “Perican Bing” has opened under the direction of mother-daughter duo Lynne Nerenbaum and Dominga Ramirez at 1620 S.E. Claybourne Street, Suite 106A: “We are in the new black steel building off Milwaukie Avenue.” The shop is announced as stocking “a thoughtful selection of merchandise from emerging and established designers, both from the U.S. and abroad.” The two owners cite Scandinavian and Japanese design as influencing their aesthetic choices. Dominga adds, “Please stop by our Design Week Portland open house on April 20!” The stores website is:, and the telephone number for more information is: 503/206-6757.

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