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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S BUSINESS NEWS!


Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance, SWBA, Post 5 Theater
Guests applaud the SWBA Board members, before the show by the “Post5 Players” begins. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New Sellwood theater hosts annual business soirée

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

“Post5 Theatre” was filled to capacity on the early evening of May 12 – but this time, not by patrons coming to enjoy the actors’ latest Shakespearean comedy.

“This is our annual Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance ‘meet-and-greet’,” said the association’s president, Tom Brown. “Pretty cool place to hold our event, isn’t it?”

The SWBA Annual Meeting is a social “business mixer”, Brown explained. “Steve Moore from Westmoreland’s “13 Virtues Brewing” [formerly “Philadelphia’s”] came up with the idea years ago, shortly after SWBA became an association, and we’ve been holding them yearly ever since.”

When businesspeople come together, Brown said, good things come from it. “Getting to know one another better is one of the most important things we can do.”

Every one of the approximately 400 businesses in the greater Sellwood and Westmoreland area is considered a member of the organization. “We do have a voluntary dues system to help support our work,” Brown noted. “Right now we have 125 dues-paying members.”

After members and guests dined on food and libations, supplied by some of the area’s finest establishments, the SWBA Board members introduced themselves. Then, Ty Boice, founding Artistic Director of “Post5 Theatre”, and some of the organization’s actors, gave a short but memorable performance for the gathered businesspeople.

Food and beverages were donated by 13 Virtues Brewing Company, a Cena Ristorante, Iron Horse Restaurant, Jade Bistro & Patisserie, Moreland Farmers Pantry, Opa Pizzaria, Papa Haydn’s, Reverend’s BBQ, and Stickers Asian Café; flowers were contributed by the QFC Market.

The SWBA began as the Westmoreland Business Alliance, organized to mitigate the negative effect on local businesses when the Bybee Bridge between Westmoreland and Eastmoreland was closed for rebuilding several years ago. The group remained cohesive even after the bridge was completed and reopened, and later Sellwood merchants joined the association as well.

To learn more about this SWBA, go online: http://www.sellwoodwestmoreland.com



Moreland Farmers Market
Here, at the new Dinner Prep tent, are Kristen Eberlin (President of the Moreland Farmers Market Board), volunteer Jessica Johnson, and Market Manager Lannie Kali. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Moreland Farmers Market opens for 10th year

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

With merchandise from chocolate to chickens, vendors at the tenth annual nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market set up their wares on Wednesday, May 6th, for eager visitors.

New Market Manager Lannie Kali, and her assistant Camilla Muldrow, both former vendors themselves, have many new ideas for the season – all of them focused on families and nutrition. “It’s great weather today, too,” exclaimed Muldrow. “We’re really stoked!”

Kali explained, “This year we’re aiming to keep people here longer with their families. There are more seating and tables, a Do-It-Yourself dinner prep station, and several hot food and grab-and-go vendors. The kid craft tent is located next to the dining area, so parents can keep an eye on their kids, and families don't have to rush right home to make dinner.

“All crafts are food- and farm-related, to get kids interested in where their food comes from. Today the kids are planting bean and marigold seeds, under the direction of Master Gardener Tracy Sand.”

There used to be 35 vendors at the popular Westmoreland market, but this year an average of 40 will arrive each week. “We wanted to select the best of the best for our shoppers,” remarks Kali. “It’s such a popular venue, we had to turn down six vendors for every one available space.

“New vendors this year include the ‘Russian Horse’ food cart (pierogies, borscht, and more)’ and ‘Petal Heads’, a former plant collector who now sells herbs, perennials, and native and unusual plants.”

As Opening Day progressed in the midafternoon, still on the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial parking lot at S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th, volunteers in lime green T-shirts roamed the area with smiles and information. Satisfied customers with babies in buggies and pets on leashes sampled new tastes, greeted old friends, and simply enjoyed the day.

Berries, bouquets, cheese and honey complemented an array of fresh farm fruits and vegetables. An educational demonstration at Creo Chocolate showed how chocolate is processed from cacao bean to candy bar. Free Pet Care gift bags from Natural Pet Food Solutions were given out to the first 100 attendees – and at 4 pm, the mellow guitar strains of Dan McCoy floated across the crowd.

For more information, recipes, and news, e-mail: Lannie@morelandfarmersmarket.org – or write to Moreland Farmers Market, P.O. Box 820122, Portland, OR 97282-1122.



Kelly Kindrick, Sunset Computer
Computer expert Kelly Kindrick gave computer security tips at the April meeting of the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Computer expert tells Sellwood audience how to keep data safe

It isn’t just huge businesses like Target or Home Depot who experience breaches of confidential customer data; many small businesses have been victimized too. And only a month or so ago the White House itself revealed that one of its networks had been compromised for months. (Fortunately only Presidential appointment data had been at risk.) If it can happen to the White House, it can happen to you.

At the April 16 monthly meeting of the Association of Home Businesses (AHB) at SMILE Station in Sellwood, local computer expect Kelly Kindrick, owner of Sunset Computer and a longtime member of AHB, gave tips to help small and home businesses protect sensitive data.

One key, he said, is simply to use your head! Most such data theft starts by clicking on a malicious e-mail or attachment. People do that without thinking, he commented, but if the e-mail looks suspicious – it’s from someone you know, but the subject line is worded oddly, or the body of the message is just a hotlink, or the e-mail address it comes from does not match the familiar name it says sent it, don’t open anything.

You should have up to date strong antivirus/anti-malware software, and you should be able to have it scan any attachment before opening it. If you have doubts a person or business familiar to you actually sent the message, contact them and ask – and DON’T use a phone number from them that might be in the message! If it’s malware, and you call the number in it, you’re calling the wrong people to check it.

And, the thieves who used to just steal the data from your computer when you clicked on the wrong thing have now often moved to malicious encryption – when you click on the malware it encrypts all the data on your computer and demands you pay a substantial ransom to get the decryption key.

Since you cannot be sure the ransom will actually result in a valid decryption key, Kindrick commented, if this happens to you – and if you don’t have a recent backup you can use to rebuild your computer – you may be better off wiping the hard drive and restarting from scratch.

Because people are getting a bit savvier about these hacker tricks – although not as fast or as much as you might think – Kindrick said that a new danger has emerged, and it’s one you may not have to do anything to be victimized by.  The legitimate online ad companies that serve up ads on legitimate websites are sometimes innocently selling ads to hackers who hide malicious code in these ads, and if you just visit such a website you may be infected without doing anything at all.

Although such ads are pulled down as soon as they are discovered, they often have at least a day or two to infect website visitors, and sometimes longer than that. Infected websites have included some of the most respected names on the Internet.

It can help avoid such infections to use “anti-exploit” software, such as offered by Malwarebyes.org. But in use it in addition to, and not in place of, robust and regularly updated antivirus and anti-malware software, cautioned Kindrick.

Kindrick provides professional assistance to individuals and small businesses as an independent IT consultant on special projects. He can be reached through his e-mail address: Kelly@KindrickIT.com.

The nonprofit Association of Home Businesses meets monthly at Sellwood’s SMILE Station on the third Thursday of each month (except August, when a member’s picnic is held elsewhere).

Each meeting has a speaker on a topic suggested by the membership, includes a meal and networking, and is open to anyone interested – one need not have a home business to attend. For more information, go online to: http://www.ahboregon.org



Star Wars Party, Oodles For Kids
Konner, age 7, meets a Star Wars Storm Trooper, while a parent captures the moment, and “Oodles 4 Kids” owner Carolyn Miye looks on in the background. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

“Oodles 4 Kids” hosts Star Wars party in Sellwood

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Sellwood’s colorful toy and book store, “Oodles 4 Kids”, held a free day-long “Star Wars Party” May 2nd, themed as “May the 4th Be With You” -- and featuring a host of intergalactic crafts and activities for kids.

Owner Carolyn Miye joined other nearby merchants on S.E. 13th Avenue – Reverend’s BBQ, Foot Traffic, and Savory Spice Shoppe – to offer deals and discounts related to the festival. Miye commented, “We like to regularly give back to the community. Ten percent of the profits from this party will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

Miye also described winning support from the local Wells Fargo Bank branch to help expand her showroom. “Last summer I wrote an essay for a contest about small businesses,” she says. “I was one of 25 finalists out of a field of 3,600 to be featured in a short video trailer about small business needs.

“In the midst of the filming,” she says, “Wells Fargo surprised me with a $10,000 award toward bookkeeping and accounting, to ensure that this little toy shop can be financially sound, and continue to serve the community. I'm in awe of their concern and helpfulness.”

The star-studded celebration at 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue provided opportunities to have photos taken with a Star Wars character, to decorate Chewie Wookiee Cookies, and drink Yoda Soda.

Kids could also make mini light-up light sabers and Star Wars masks, fold paper cube characters, have their faces painted, and march along the “Wookiee Walk” for prizes. The store's newly expanded showroom provided an array of interactive toys and activity kits to foster creativity and interactive play.

Some children arrived wearing Star Wars costumes; others purchased them on site. Six-year-old Ian, in an R2D2 costume, posed with his friend Jackson, who held a Yoda Soda. Both are Kindergarteners at Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland.

Several girls dressed as Princess Leia roamed the shop, coveting Star Wars toys and books such as “How to Speak Wookiee” and “Darth Paper Strikes Back – An Origami Yoda Book”. A youngster dressed as Darth Vader shook hands with a costumed Storm Trooper, while a tall Chewbacca, in furry costume, roamed the area, uttering Wookiee cries.

The all-day event rotated activities every two hours, so kids of all ages could enjoy the fun. Balloons, tents and tables were set up along the sidewalk, and volunteers helped kids with crafts and snacks. Costumed characters and excited crowds made the colorful scene a rousing success.



Treevia, Woodstock Wine and Deli
The winning team at this Woodstock evening of trivia was the “UF Tree Nuts” – former and current staff of Portland Urban Forestry. Seated, from left: Natasha Lipai, Elizabeth Specht, Jim Gersbach, and Emily Wilson. And, standing, Ruth Williams; and at far right, Taylor Meek, wearing a tree hat created by Williams. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Evening of “Treevia” held at Woodstock Wine and Deli

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
for THE BEE

What is the state tree of Oregon? Of California? Of Washington State? The answers: Douglas Fir, California redwood, and Western hemlock, respectively.

That was just one of the questions asked at a recent “treevia” game held to honor Arbor Month.

The evening was April 16th;  the venue was Woodstock Wine and Deli, on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.  It was the first trivia evening to take place in the neighborhood, and organizers say it may not be the last, as they envision future evenings of trivia quizzing.

Seated at tables in the deli, eighteen people divided into five teams to answer the questions posed by Ruth Williams, the evening’s organizer, an arborist, and a Woodstock resident.

The tree trivia was fun, but also educational. (The education part occurred when participants didn’t know the answers, but then learned the facts in a debriefing session.)

The first question was to name five states and their trees – and then participants were asked twenty-two other questions, such as: “Sugar maple is the state tree of four states. Name them.” (Answer: New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vermont); and “What tree, native in the continental United States, has the largest seed?” (Answer: Coconut palm).

Some of the questions were in the form of charades (acting out a specific tree), and some in the format of “name that tune”. Participants did not need to be an “expert” to play the game, but some participants had more tree experience than others. The winning team, “U.F. Tree Nuts”, consisted not surprisingly of past and current employees of Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry.

Williams says she had fun creating the quiz, since she too is a tree nut. Both she and her husband, Taylor Meek, are members of the Woodstock Tree Inventory Team that took a comprehensive inventory of Woodstock’s street trees two years ago. Each year different neighborhoods are chosen city-wide for tree inventories. This year the only one near the BEE readership area is Mt. Scott Arleta.

No one yet knows what the next trivia topic will be at the next such evening at Wine and Deli, but the organizers wager that it, too, will be fun.

“People like the game spirit, and being on a team,” says Williams. “It builds community!” adds Meek.

Anyone interested in organizing a night of trivia – flowers? Birds? Other subjects? Should contact Ruth Williams via e-mail: ruth.williams@davey.com.



Lisa Holmes, John Clark Vincent, Yulan Studio
Westmorelander Lisa D. Holmes, left, recently published “I Heart Oregon (& Washington): 25 of the Portland Area’s Best Hikes”. Husband John Clark Vincent, at right, has just published “Planting a Future: Profiles from Oregon’s New Farm Movement”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Westmoreland duo writes books about farming, hiking

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Westmoreland residents John Clark Vincent and his wife, Lisa D. Holmes have each recently published books about what they love in the Pacific Northwest: Organic farming and local hiking.

Vincent's book, “Planting a Future: Profiles from Oregon’s New Farm Movement”, features an entire chapter on Naomi's Organic Farm Supply, at 2615 S.E. Schiller Street. Holmes’ book, “I Heart Oregon (& Washington)” describes what she considers to be 25 of the Portland area’s best hikes. Both books were published in 2014 by Yulan Studio, Inc.

Vincent has always been a writer, winning recognition for his poetry, screen-writing, and a book entitled “Winemakers of the Willamette Valley”. His latest book, “Planting a Future”, focuses on Oregon farmers who are reshaping the food system to reflect healing the earth, while humanely raising animals and wholesome, organic crops for humans.

“This is a remarkable group of people,” he says. “I hope you enjoy reading this collection of interviews, and enjoy getting to know these folks. They’re good people.

“America's new farm movement is driven by a desire to do good and somehow make a living at the same time...not an easy path for small farmers,” he continues. “As a reader, you will learn about their world. As an eater, you can choose to help them continue their work. As a gardener or future farmer, you can hear their stories and join them in making our world a better place to live.”

Vincent has interviewed small idealistic farmers up and down the Willamette Valley. He focuses on the history of the movement, the challenges and journeys of small farmers, and sustainable farming methods. He also touches on education and legislation to support small farmers, and even describes organic seed ecology.

His passion is to reintroduce the concept of family farming (both urban and suburban) as a way to create healthy produce, to connect with natural rhythms of the seasons, and to enrich the earth. “Planting a Future” is both an adventure and a guidebook for those who wish to honor the planet through appropriate farming practices.

His wife, Lisa D. Holmes, a multi-talented designer and graphic artist originally from the Midwest, contributed photography and design to both his books. Her experience with various arts and crafts is highly eclectic, and she is charmed by the beautiful environments of the Pacific Northwest. Her book, “I Heart Oregon (& Washington)”, celebrates 25 hiking trips from the coast to Mt Hood, including a few journeys into southwest Washington.

This highly visual full-color book has over 400 photos and customized maps that include topography, distances, elevation, marked trails, and highlights.

“I Heart Oregon (& Washington)” is divided into five regional sections: The Columbia River Gorge, the Mt. Hood area, the Oregon Coast, Southwest Washington, and the Willamette-Santiam region. The book also includes a geological history of the area, which Holmes points out is the reason for much of the natural beauty to be seen. Each hike lists directions, distance, special features to look for, elevation gain, permits and fees, and the best time of year to travel.

Lavish photos detail everything from distant peaks to rugged terrain, cascading waterfalls, and delicate wildflowers. Accompanying maps and historical data give a brief overview of trail highlights, and photos of bridges and trails give a sense of “just being there”.

The guide concludes with a list of related hiking resources: Blogs, tide tables, recreational passes, and environmental and hiking organizations. Just paging through the 128-page paperback gives one a sense of wanting to get up and go appreciate the area’s natural wonders.

Most of the hikes she describes are ranked “easy” to “moderate”, although readers are cautioned to check current weather and area conditions before proceeding. “My desire to share my journey with others has led me to a new career of creating books about the landscape I love,” smiles Holmes, who is also the owner of their publisher, Yulan Studio, Inc.




BUSINESS BRIEFS


Tina Rea, Tina Ray, Association of Home Busineses, AHB
Tina Rea, a home business person herself, gives tips on avoiding the sedentary problems that running a home or small business can bring.

Staying fit – while working at home all day – this month, at AHB. The June meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, which meets in Sellwood, brings Tina Rea – whose specialty is Shiatsu, traditional Japanese Massage – with useful tips on “Building Movement and Energy into Your Business Day”. This program is part of the monthly meeting of AHB, a business association with a home-business emphasis (but everyone is welcome), on Thursday evening, June 18, 6-9 pm at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. First-time guests pay members’ rates for the dinner meeting – $10. Your RSVP is requested for meal planning; call Eric at 503/232-2326, or e-mail from the website: http://www.ahboregon.org.

Ruby and Ted of “Love Art! Gallery” check in. In a letter to THE BEE, Ruby and Ted write: “It has been nearly a year since we closed our Love Art! Gallery on the corner of 17th and Spokane. We constantly meet people, out and about, who recognize us and ask about what we are up to nowadays. We closed our gallery in August of 2014 in order to pursue another passion of ours – building small houses: “Smouses”, as we have named and trademarked them. Our personal small house (that we will be moving into within a few weeks) is about 220 sq. ft. It features awesome artwork from 15 Portland artists. This is a way in which we could keep supporting the local art community. We have a number of plans/designs and are hoping to conduct gatherings on how people my move forward in building their own Small House. We'll be having an ‘Open Smouse-Warming’ party at our house on Saturday, June 13th, 11 am - 4 pm. We'll have our own small house available for tours and welcome anyone who is interested in this different lifestyle! In mid-June, we will be moving to the banks of the Little Nestucca River in Cloverdale, close to the ocean, and pursuing other dreams from there. All of our dreams incorporate art! Our address for our “Smouse Warming” is 8433 S.E. 21st Avenue, on the corner of 21st and Sherrett, across from Johnson Creek Park. Our contacts: passion4animals@comcast.net – or 1-360/513-2221 or 1-360/977-8524. We welcome inquiries and curious people.”

Sellwood resident opens massage business. John Paisley reports he has graduated from the Oregon School of Massage, trained in Swedish and Shiatsu massage techniques, as well as neuromuscular manual therapy. He has opened his own massage business, “Paisley Manual Therapy and Massage”, explaining that clients wear their own comfortable clothing during their appointments and can choose from a variety of background music. He is offering “Buy one Massage Therapy Session and get one free” to new clients. Somewhat of a renaissance man, he reveals that “in addition to my massage therapy business, I am an owner’s representative for construction projects, a bread baker, and I do sustainable development advocacy in Borneo, Southeast Asia”. He promises not to get these skills mixed up during your massage. His website is: http://www.paisleytherapy.com, and his telephone number is 503/380-1376.

Reed College to return to FM band. It was only a couple of years ago that Reed College in Eastmoreland disposed of its longtime student-operated FM station, KRRC, to a California nonprofit, which moved the frequency to the Salem area but at last report had not yet put it on the air there. Meantime, the college has apparently had second thoughts, and applied for a “low power FM” facility – and in May learned it had received one. The new station, call letters not announced, will operate with a power level of 100 watts or less at 105.5 MHz on the FM dial, as will another station in Portland licensed to Portland Russian Media Center. It is not clear whether the stations are to share time on the frequency, or if – due to the low power and geographical separation – both will be permitted to operate simultaneously. As it did before, the Reed College station will operate noncommercially.

Sellwood photographer offers classes. Photographer Jim Miller announces classes in “Light and Intent”, to be held at SMILE Station in Sellwood. Miller is a retired advertising photographer and a Sellwood resident, and is offering a session of two classes focusing on how light is the tool of photography, and how photographing with intent will create meaningful images. Sessions are for beginners and people of any age, and will not be a how-to class concerning use of cameras, technologies, or other issues with equipment. “All you need is an image recording device of any kind and an inquisitive mind.” For information or to register, e-mail Miller at: jmmil2@comcast.net

Atlas Scoops
This rejuvenated antique ice cream wagon has returned for the summer just west of “Sock Dreams” in Sellwood.

Ice cream wagon returns for the summer. A letter from Randy Schulman, owner of the “Atlas Scoops” ice cream wagon: “Atlas Scoops has opened its second season in Sellwood, behind Sock Dreams. We have also expanded with a bike unit at Westmoreland Park and will be there all Summer! Come join the fun — and try our new flavors: Peanut Butter Fudge and Cookies and Cream!”

Eugene painter Mark Clarke displays at Sellwood gallery. The 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood announces that from June 4 through 28, Eugene artist Mark Clarke will exhibit there. “Drawn from a lifetime of living in and painting this region, Clarke’s vision of the landscape is soft and luminous, almost dream-like.” The First Friday Reception will be June 5, 6-9 pm, and the Artists’ Reception will be June 7, 1-4 pm. The 12x16 Gallery is situated at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5, and is open Thursday through Sunday from noon till 5 pm. Call 503/432-3513 for information. Online at: http://www.12x16gallery.com

Further expansion at Moreland Farmers Pantry. Elise Burke at Moreland Farmers Pantry reports that the store’s “non-GMO deli” is expanding, with new deli hours from 10 am to 3 pm daily. “Due to customer demand there are more options in the grab and go section of the grocery from quiche, fresh sandwiches, soups made from scratch, and side dishes. Brunch is now offered on the weekends from quiche to French toast plates. Take out platters from the catering department are available. Root Beer Floats and Banana Splits are available at our back counter too.” The store is across the street from the Moreland Theater on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.

Former Sellwood resident writes play about Sellwood. A staged reading of the final draft of a new work by Portland playwright Donna Barrow-Green was presented on Friday, May 29, at the Hipbone Theatre, 1847 E. Burnside Street, Portland. Barrow-Green, who lived on S.E. Spokane Street until four years ago, when she moved to the Mt. Tabor area, has entitled her play “If There Are Any Heavens”, and bills it as a romantic drama set in 1940s Sellwood. “Rose Miller (Nikki Flinn), a war widow, has withdrawn into grief and loneliness, throwing her young son (Will Marsh) into rebellion. When Rose meets Jeff Lambert (David Loftus), her friend Carmen (Beth Ricketson) encourages a little flirting to help lift Rose out of her depression, but she doesn't intend for Rose to seriously consider an affair with a married man. Ultimately, Rose must choose between her painful past and the possibility of coming back to life through Jeff’s promise of love”. Ms. Barrow-Green tells THE BEE, “Sellwood is a magical place, so full of history and community. I loved it there, and really enjoyed finding out more about its history.”

Boys and Girls Club, KeyBank
KeyBank employees contributed time in May to benefit the Meyer Boys and Girls Club in Westmoreland.

KeyBank community event boosts Boys and Girls Club. The bright sunshine was a boon for KeyBank’s 25th “Neighbors Make the Difference Day” on May 13th, as KeyBank employees and kids from the Portland Boys and Girls Club trekked around Sellwood and Westmoreland, delivering paper flowers they’d made to say thank you to the local neighbors who support the Club. In the past 25 years, KeyBank employees have given more than half a million volunteer hours through “Neighbors Day”.





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