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Frogtown, Philip Pelletier, Heather Christie
Joined here by several of the characters from “One Night in Frogtown” are co-producer Heather Christie, and writer/composer Philip Pelletier. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Frogtown” band settles in Sellwood


“Tad the tadpole”, and all the musicians in his pond, have packed up and moved from the Oregon Coast to Sellwood, along with their creator, Philip Pelletier.

Tad is one of the characters in the book/CD combo called “One Night in Frogtown”, written by Pelletier, and illustrated by Portland artist Verne Lindner.

“I'd worked in Hollywood for 10 years, and got sick of that,” Pelletier told THE BEE, while sitting in his studio near Oaks Bottom. “I moved up to the Oregon coast in 2001.”

The idea of “Frogtown” came about through a simple thought, Pelletier said. “I was looking into a puddle, and imagining a little frog playing a horn. From there, it just grew!”

It started off with the book/CD, and has grown into a live show – a musical show that’s toured around the country.

“And, now we have a classroom curriculum supporting our multimedia live school program,” Pelletier remarked. “Through all of our programs, behind it all is teaching kids of all ages about the value of cultural diversity.”

He moved his headquarters from the coast to Portland – more specifically, Sellwood – to more easily interface with the musicians and artists supporting new programs he’s planning. “Frogtown” performed at Sundae in the Park this year, on August 2nd in Sellwood Park. 

“We are in the stage of ‘hatching new tadpoles’ on all these projects,” Pelletier said. “Our next release is called ‘Bedtime for Tadpoles’. It follows the water cycle; and in this story, we celebrate nature.”

Heather Christie, a collaborator on his projects since 2006, added, “There is a tadpole sanctuary just down the trail. It’s a place where we like to go, take some photos, listen to the frog cycle, and watch what happens, and learn from nature. It’s inspirational.”

To ramp up production, Pelletier was selected to work with Oregon Story Board, a project of the Oregon Film Board, and plans a campaign in September to help fund upcoming projects.

Find out more online:

Holgate Boulevard, Bird & Bear, Donald Kotler
Donald Kotler’s new restaurant on the northeast corner of S.E. 28th and Holgate Boulevard offers indoor and outdoor dining; this is the view on 28th. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

“Bird & Bear Restaurant” opens on Holgate Boulevard


“Toast” restaurant on S.E. 52nd just north of Steele Street is highly-regarded in the Woodstock neighborhood; it is open 8 am to 2 pm seven days a week (except for the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) for brunch.

Also well-thought-of is its companion “Yolk” food truck, at 48th and S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, which also serves breakfast.

Now, Donald Kotler, who owns both of those, has opened his third restaurant – at 2801 S.E. Holgate Boulevard. When Portland Picture Frame found it had more space than it needed on that corner, Kotler took over 1,200 square feet, and converted it to a restaurant featuring the nicknames of his two children. And this one is open for the other two major meals of the day.

“Bird & Bear” seats about thirty customers indoors, with four picnic tables outdoors on the west side for open-air dining. Kotler oversees all three eateries to assure that things are running smoothly.

“Bird & Bear”  is open five days a week for lunch and dinner, with a daily Happy Hour from 2 to 5 pm. Cheerful yellow chairs in the dining area set the tone for a lively menu of sandwiches, specialty plates, salads, and sides, along with a full bar. “We aim to provide families a variety of unique urban comfort food in a homey atmosphere, using seasonal and sustainable ingredients whenever we can,” says Kotler.

“We do offer both vegetarian and gluten-free options. So far, our most popular sandwiches are the duck with blackberry vinaigrette, hazelnuts, and ginger aioli; and the albacore with capers, shallots, lemon, and parsley,” he continues.

“Plate favorites are chicken ragu with tomato, oregano, mozzarella, and parmesan; and the pork ragu with parmesan, pickled red onion, and chives. We also serve grilled eggplant, burgers, meatball subs, and fried mortadella. And, we have a children’s menu.”

“Bird & Bear” is open Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from noon till 9 pm; Fridays and Saturdays noon till closing. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, call 503/954-2801, or go online to:  

Zach Grossman, Tofuna Fysh
Zach Grossman, a Brooklyn resident and the inventor of "Tofuna Fysh", a vegan alternative to tuna fish, sells his savory new product at the Brooklyn Farmers Market, among other local venues. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn resident develops and sells vegan “Tofuna Fysh”


There’s always something new under the sun – but in this case, not in the ocean.

This spring, Brooklynite Zach Grossman developed a new vegan alternative to tuna fish. The finely-diced spread, which he calls “Tofuna Fysh”, can be used in salads, sandwiches, and dips – and the savory seafood flavor comes from a combination of jackfruit and organic seaweeds.

Grossman explains that jackfruit is related to breadfruit, and is rich in protein, fiber and Vitamin B. It grows in South and Southeast Asia, and is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, occasionally attaining a weight over 80 pounds. It is filled with flavorful pods, each with a single seed, and is often used in meatless dishes, snacks and desserts.

“Tofuna Fysh” uses jackfruit, textured soy, vegan mayonnaise, and a mix of organic vegetables flavored with lemon juice and apple cider. A selection of organic celery, onion, carrots, and garlic, joins a trio of seaweeds that are minced finely and seasoned with other ingredients, to form a surprisingly colorful and tasty meat-free substitute for tuna salad.

After developing the recipe, Grossman financed his operation through a small Kickstarter account. Tofuna Fysh is now sold in several Oregon retail outlets, including Food Fight! Grocery, The People’s Food Co-op, Green Zebra, and the Montavilla Farmers Market. It is also offered in the new Brooklyn Farmers Market.

Grossman offers his product in 10 oz. containers made of clear plant-based packaging, similar in shape and size to cottage cheese containers. Speckles of orange, purple, and green vegetables give the product a distinctive confetti-like appearance, but he contends that the sweet and savory taste is what makes his product a “delightful seafood alternative”.


Zoe Morrison, Association of Home Businesses
Multi-talented home businessperson Zoe Morrison shares productivity secrets for those who work alone, at the September 17th Sellwood meeting of the Association of Home Businesses.
Home businessperson: “Cut your office time; be more productive”. Zoe Morrison, who can and has operated more varied businesses, involving more skills, than virtually anyone else, returns to the nonprofit Association of Home Businesses in September to share “15 ways a small business owner can cut office time & be more productive”. It’s part of the monthly supper meeting of AHB, which is open to all, and includes time to meet and network with other home businesspeople, and share a buffet meal. The date this month is Thursday evening, September 17th – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood, 6-9 pm. First-time visitors pay the members’ rate of $10 for the meeting; RSVP requested to plan the size of the meal. For information or to RSVP, call Eric at 503/232-2326. Go online to learn more about AHB or RSVP:

“Woodstock Gives Back” on Sunday, September 13. The businesses of the Woodstock neighborhood are participating in an event on Sunday, September 13th, organized by the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA), underwritten by a grant from Venture Portland. In the promotion, each merchant has identified a different nonprofit organization to benefit by their sales that day, and as part of the promotion, stores also are offering bargains, as well as coupons for further savings on future dates. Customers shopping Woodstock that day will not only be benefiting various nonprofits, but getting bargains as well. More information is available online at:

CHS Football revs up; Reverend’s BBQ on-scene. Friday September 11th is the first home game for the Cleveland Warriors Football team. “Sellwood’s own Reverend’s Barbeque will be on-site serving up their delicious fare.” Kickoff is at 7:30 pm! Support the home team! The game is at the Cleveland Field, located at S.E. 31st and Powell, vs Century High School. Partial Proceeds from Reverend’s will benefit the Cleveland Football Booster Club.

“Plonk Reading Group” gets started at Corkscrew Wine Bar. Steve Denniston tells THE BEE that the first event in a new reading series gets started on Wednesday evening, September 2nd, at 7 pm, at the Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1665 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. “Upcoming events will feature several Sellwood authors; the Plonk Reading Series: Nikki Schulak, Jackie Shannon Hollis, and Yuvi Zalkow read stories about relationships.” Attending is free; ages 21+ only please; online at

Changes at Woodstock Natural Health Clinic. After eight years of serving the residents of the Woodstock and surrounding neighborhoods, Dr. Petra Caruso, feeling the need to take some time off for herself, has sold her practice, Woodstock Natural Health Clinic, to Drs. Joanna May, ND, and Valerie Ferdinand, ND. All three doctors are described as “very excited about this transition, and how this opens up opportunities to serve an even larger patient base.” The clinic will remain in the same building and will function very similarly to how it has served its patients over the last eight years, but will now be located downstairs to better accommodate patients who have difficulty climbing stairs. The new owners add, “This also allows for an expansion of up to five useable treatment spaces so getting a prompt appointment should be a very easy task. The available treatments are expanding to include a full menu of naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage, and hydrotherapy. The new owners welcome you to call, send us an email, or drop in to see the new location and ask us any questions you have about the change. In good health!” The clinic is online at:

“Harvest Fair” in September, at Portland Homestead Supply. The Portland Homestead Supply Co. plans a Harvest Fair on the first weekend in October. The specific date is Sunday, October 4, from 1 to 6 pm. It will be a day to celebrate Harvest! It will include cider pressing, demonstrations, games, music, and more. Winners of the PHS Homecrafting Competition will be on display. Portland Homestead Supply is situated at 8012 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. For more information, call 503/233-8691, or go online to:

$6.5 million “accessible” bldg. coming to Division Street.
Community Vision, Inc., which describes itself as “Oregon's largest nonprofit organization that provides services to people with disabilities”, has announced plans to develop a multi-use building that will house CVI, as well as two other nonprofit organizations – FACT and Community Pathway – which also serve individuals with disabilities. The facility will break ground in March at 1949 S.E. Division, on the vacant lot across from “New Seasons at Seven Corners”, and is expected to be completed by October of 2016. Together, these organizations will be able to offer services to those experiencing disabilities across their lifespan. The universally accessible building will include an assistive technology demonstration lab, classrooms, and a retail space for local business. CVI’s goal is to raise $2 million of the $6.5 million total cost from private contributions. For more information about the capital campaign, visit:

“Oaks Bottom Forge” expands services in Sellwood. Oaks Bottom Forge, at 8236 S.E. 17th in Sellwood, a short distance south of Tacoma Street, advises that since their opening, just two years ago, they have opened the retail side of the forge, with new classes taught – including “basket-making, silver-casting, cigar-box slide guitar, copper smithing, and scent making.” A new set of classes are upcoming; and Alenka at the Forge reminds that “we make heirloom knives – we produce our knives using the old-world style of free-hand forging – just in time for Christmas”. For more information on the classes, on the knives, or on the Forge, call 503/477-7498, or go online to: .

“Collage” stores expand to three locations. On Tuesday, August 11th, the third “Collage” store opened its doors at 3701 S.E. Division Street. The store hours are the same as the Collage stores at 7907 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, and on Alberta Street in Northeast Portland: 10 am to 8 pm weekdays, and 10 am to 6 pm on the weekends. Owner Maria Raleigh tells THE BEE that, at the new Division Street store, “We have a BIG grand opening celebration planned for September 12 and 13!”

American Red Cross, ReMax Real Estate, Sellwood
Among the blood donors on August 10th in Sellwood at the RE/MAX location on S.E. 13th were Sue Hildreth and Megan Kavanaugh, two RE/MAX equity group Brokers. (Photo by Stephanie Wilde)

Two successful Sellwood blood drives on one day. On Monday, August 10, the Red Cross Bloodmobile spent time at two businesses – RE/MAX realtors on the Library block on S.E. 13th in the morning, and at New Seasons Market on S.E. Tacoma Street in the afternoon. Both stores report good response from customers and friends to the blood donation opportunities.

Johnson Creek Blvd’s “Precision Castparts” sold. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway announced on August 10th that it was the new owner of Precision Castparts, headquartered on S.E. Johnson Boulevard. The famous investor’s holding company will pay $235 per share in cash for all of Precision Castparts’ shares. Precision Castparts, a defense contractor, thus becomes a company co-owned with Geico Insurance and See’s Candies, among many other Berkshire Hathaway enterprises.

Sellwood artists display in Pearl. THE BEE is informed that two Sellwood-based artists – Michael Green, and Marcy Baker – will be featured in the 19th annual “Art in the Pearl” fine arts and crafts festival on Labor Day weekend, September 5-7, in the North Park Blocks downtown. Marcy Baker works in acrylics, and produces monotypes, collages, and paintings; Michael Green has been a leather designer for over 35 years. “Art in the Pearl” has reportedly been named one of the top five art festivals in the nation.

Print Arts Northwest, 12x16 Gallery
This print by Mary Farrell, “Thorax”, is 18x24 inches.

“Print Arts NW” displays at Sellwood gallery. Print Arts Northwest will be exhibiting at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood this month – September 3 through 27, but closed September 6 for Labor Day. Founded in 1981, Print Arts Northwest is a 501c3 nonprofit, whose membership includes collectors and patrons as well as practicing artists. This exhibit is a selection from the hundreds of prints that members have produced in all forms of printmaking including etching (intaglio), lithography, relief prints (woodcuts and linoleum cuts), collagraphs, serigraphs (silkscreen), monotypes and more. Sale of members’ prints help fund its mission. The First Friday Reception is September 4, 6-9 pm, and the Artists' Reception is Sunday September 13, 2-4 pm. 12x16 Gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays noon till five at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, #5. Online at .

Inner Southeast found in “Pieces of Portland”. The attention of THE BEE has been drawn to a new large-format paperback book, newly published: “Pieces of Portland – An Inside Look at America’s Weirdest City”. One of the featured “pieces” of Inner Southeast turns out to be “Trackers Earth” in the Brooklyn neighborhood, on Milwaukie Avenue a half a block south of Holgate Boulevard, so perhaps Inner Southeast may not be all that weird after all. The book was compiled by Marie Deatherage and Joyce Brekke and was published by – “Quiltlandia”! (Hm. That’s weird.)

Woodstock filmmaker gets local screenings. Brian Padian e-mails THE BEE, “I am a filmmaker currently based in Woodstock. My Oregon-made feature film “The Black Sea” (“part thriller, part existential tone-poem”) showed in August at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, and it will also be shown at the Portland Film Festival early this month – Friday, September 4th, at 7:45pm, at the downtown Portland Living Room Theater, 341 S.W. 10th Avenue, Portland , OR 97205.” The movie’s website address is:

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