Community Features

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Sellwood Ferry, Johns Landing
A photo of The Sellwood Ferry leaving Fulton Landing for the foot of Spokane Street, sometime between 1912 and 1920. (Oregon Historical Society photo, negative #12472)

A Ferry Landing, a Park, and a Factory: What’s in a Name?


The evening of Thursday, February 25, 2016, when the old Sellwood Bridge was forever closed to traffic and the new bridge was not yet open, was pleasantly strange: Rain free; an almost balmy temperature; and an intermittent light breeze coming up the river.

Tin lantern in hand, I joined hundreds of neighbors on a walk of the dark and eerily silent old Sellwood Bridge. As Westmoreland resident and former Governor Barbara Roberts stated in her brief speech, we had gathered to bid goodbye “to a loyal and dependable old friend.”

I missed the daylight parade and celebration on the new Sellwood Bridge two days later, but the mysterious Thursday evening event was memorable.

It took about forty minutes to walk the length of the crowded bridge, pausing to greet friends as they emerged from, and then disappeared again into, the darkness. The lights of cell phones, flashlights, and camping lanterns twinkled like tiny fireflies, contrasting with the usual relentless sweep of car headlights and weekday rumble of thirty thousand vehicles.

Even in the still air, it was hard to hear Gov. Robert’s words as she spoke from the west end of the bridge, but the bagpipe music that followed was audible on both sides of the river!

It was too dark and crowded to stop at the small alcoves (technically “belvederes”, Italian for “beautiful sight”) on the new bridge, where pedestrians can pause to enjoy the views of the river and read snippets of history on newly-installed interpretive panels. But I did return in daylight to look at the photos and consider the texts, which are necessarily brief. However, one line did not ring true, and sent me to maps and reference materials in search of clarification.

Initially I was puzzled by the names used for the west-side ferry landing. A caption under a photo of the Fulton neighborhood, Sellwood’s counterpart on the west bank of the Willamette River states, “Just downriver from here was a busy area known as Fulton. A ferry shuttled passengers and vehicles across the river until the completion of the [Sellwood] bridge in 1925. The ferry dock, John’s Landing, is still a name recognized today.” It was this final sentence that I believed was not quite accurate.

The “Sellwood Ferry”, named the John Caples, made its final run on the day that the bridge opened, December 15, 1925. It ran from the foot of Spokane Street, straight across the river to a spot on the western bank called Fulton Landing.

This was named for Thomas Fulton Stephens, who had arrived in the Oregon Territory in 1844. He claimed 634 acres, the southern boundary of which is in the vicinity of the intersection of S.W. Macadam Avenue and Taylors Ferry Road. According to Eugene E. Snyder, in his 1979 book, “Portland Names and Neighborhoods”, Stephens imported a pre-cut house from New England, and settled into farming on his claim until his death in 1885. Because he failed to make a will, protracted inter-family lawsuits followed his demise, and his holdings were eventually sold and subdivided.

Continuing my research, I consulted Howard McKinley Corning’s 1947 book, “Willamette Landings”, a history of “ghost towns” on the Willamette River in the steamboat era. At the end of the book is a list of steamboat landings completed in 1940 by Captain Arthur Riggs. In addition to predictable stops in towns like Oregon City and Milwaukie, the vessels landed at wood yards, farms, and flour mills to pick up cargo. Capt. Riggs enumerated several steamboat stops for our section of the river: Ross Island (east shore), Sellwood, and Lambert’s Landing (one half mile above Sellwood). On the west side of the Willamette, he listed Fulton Landing; Stevens [sic] Point, near Fulton; and (added in the 1973 edition), “Johns Landing, just south of the B.P. John Furniture Company site on Macadam Avenue.”

Locating Stephens Point led me to a 2002 NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) navigation map for the Willamette. Stephens Point is shown on the map, but on other contemporary maps its historic name has been supplanted by that of the public space in which it is located, Willamette Park. The 26.5 acre piece of land was acquired by the city in 1929, but it is unclear when it lost its historic association (why not Stephens Park?).

Although both the steamboat landing and the west side ferry landing have lost their connection to Thomas Fulton Stephens, the NOAA map confirms the neighborhood name as Fulton. And while Fulton as a neighborhood place-name may have been overshadowed by the 1970’s development further north known as John’s Landing, that latter name has two historic levels of meaning.

It was now clear to me that the Sellwood Ferry did NOT have its western landing one mile north of the Sellwood Bridge at “John’s Landing”, and steamboats DID stop at Stephens Point. But… could there also have been a boat landing at another point on the river called John’s Landing? Corning’s book had mentioned a furniture factory, and this led to a final bit of research.

The condominiums on the river side of Macadam Avenue north of Willamette Park were part of a redevelopment launched in the 1970’s by John W. Gray, builder of the Salishan and Sunriver resorts. While the first names of Mr. Gray and his architect John Storrs might be assumed as the reason for the development’s name, it was built on the site of a more historical entity, the B.P. John Furniture Company. This was an eight-acre complex of factory buildings located on both sides of Macadam Avenue north of Willamette Park.

According to an online history of the company, the factory’s many buildings included a sawmill, a veneer plant, and dry kilns. This arrangement implies that logs for the furniture were transported by water to a dock and moved into the sawmill. After being cut into usable lengths, the lumber went to kilns where it was dried enough to be recut for furniture.

Logs might also have arrived by rail from the coast range (on at least one occasion, materials arrived at Sellwood’s East Side Lumber Mill after a sawmill in western Washington County burned), but river transportation was cheaper. In addition, rafts of lashed-together logs could be tied to pilings until they were needed. A railroad would have been convenient for shipping finished furniture, and a single rail line still passes down the west side of the river through the Johns Landing development. In addition to the riverside manufacturing plant, there were also four large brick buildings, three to four stories in height. At least one was remodeled by John Gray into the “Water Tower”, with a mix of offices, retail shops, and restaurants.

The B.P. John Furniture Company was named after its founder, Bruno Paul John. A German immigrant, he began his manufacturing career in 1891 in Chehalis, Washington, as a very young man. His mentor was John Doernbecher (who left money in his 1920 will to fund a children’s hospital, which was named in his honor). After Doernbecher’s death the company was reorganized, and Mr. John became Vice President and General Manager of the plant. In 1927 B.P. John retired, but a year later he decided to launch his own furniture manufacturing business. He purchased the property on Macadam from the Carman Manufacturing Company, which made furniture and coffins.

The B.P. John Furniture Company survived the Great Depression and World War II at its plant on Macadam Avenue, employing as many as 200 men. In 1953 Mr. John retired for the last time, selling his company to the Nyssen family. They in turn sold it in 1973, and while the Portland plant site closed and the property was purchased by John Gray, the furniture business shifted to Southern California. The B.P. John label on a piece of furniture must have promised reliable quality, as both subsequent company owners retained the original name.

Styles changed in the decades from the late 1920’s to Mid-Century Modern, but B.P. John furniture was still in demand until the factory’s permanent closure in 1991 – a very long run for an American-based manufacturing plant.

I have not yet found a citation that proves that a steamboat or tugboat pulled logs to a dock known as John’s Landing, named after a furniture factory of that name. But I will keep looking, and if any readers have information, please forward it to THE BEE. In the meantime, do pause to read the signs on our new Sellwood Bridge and enjoy the views!

Powell Garden, plots available
The Foster-Powell raised-bed Community Garden presents a bright welcome to the community and passers-by on Powell Boulevard. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Foster-Powell Community Garden has raised beds to rent


Would-be gardeners in Inner Southeast who have despaired at the long waiting list for official city Community Garden plots now have an alternative.

As THE BEE has been reporting for some time, an unofficial Foster-Powell Community Garden has been taking shape on a paved lot at S.E. 62nd and Powell Boulevard; the garden plots are raised above the pavement.

Now, Vicki Wilson, Garden Coordinator, tells THE BEE that there are raised plots for rent, on a first-come first-served basis. “You don’t have to live in the neighborhood to participate. All are welcome.” 

For the convenience of gardeners with families, there is also a new children’s play area installed near the entry gate.

A notice posted on the garden website on March 1st indicated the availability of 13 raised garden beds. These are 4'x 8' x 2-foot-tall cedar beds, lined with plastic sheeting and filled with 4-way soil. Wide flat paths between the beds make them wheelchair-accessible. Plastic sheeting in the beds helps conserve water, which is important in a garden is built over an impermeable asphalt lot owned by ODOT. 

All water at the site comes from two large rainwater cisterns. Bed renters are expected to volunteer about ten hours of garden maintenance per year, in addition to paying a plot rental fee of $25 that goes to the nonprofit Inner Southeast neighborhood coalition, Southeast Uplift.

“We also have two events – on April 17 and on June 19 – that we need help with,” adds Wilson. “We hope to bring energy and beauty to this entryway to the Foster-Powell neighborhood.” A small “leave some/take some” produce stand near the entrance offers a taste of free garden bounty during the growing season.

An orientation meeting and potluck held on March 20th discussed garden plans, native plants, cisterns, and rain gardens.

Getting your hands in the dirt to raise flowers and veggies helps build friendships and a love for the earth. Potential plot renters are encouraged to visit the garden website,, to fill out a liability waiver and learn about the project.

SMILE, Oaks Pioneer Church, painting, presentation, SMILE Board Member, and Chair of the Church Committee Nancy Walsh, Jessie Hillman, Ian Vickrey.
SMILE Board Member, and Chair of the Church Committee Nancy Walsh, left, accepts the original painting of the Oaks Pioneer Church from NGIC Director of Sales Jessie Hillman and Operations Manager Ian Vickrey. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Homecoming – for an Oaks Pioneer Church painting


For a period of 32 years, an insurance company called Integon – that became GMAC, and is now National General Insurance Company (NGIC) – commissioned local artists around the country to paint images of historic churches and buildings.

These original paintings were displayed in their offices around the nation; the company also made prints and Christmas cards from the paintings.

As the company changed names and locations, the paintings were gathered and stored – until last December, when NGIC officials finally made the decision to send the original paintings on to the caretakers of the buildings depicted.

So, on Thursday, February 25, at the Oaks Pioneer Church at the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood, SMILE Board Member Nancy Walsh, and Lorraine Fyre, who manages the church and SMILE Station, met with local NGIC representatives to receive the original painting.

The church is one of the oldest in the state of Oregon, having been built in Milwaukie in 1851.  Around 1960, when it was slated to be demolished and replaced, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood saved it, floating it down the Willamette River on a barge, and joining with Portland Parks in siting it on city parkland overlooking the river, just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge.

“This painting was commissioned and used for holiday cards in 1989,” revealed NGIC Operations Manager Ian Vickrey, as he unwrapped the framed painting.

“The company focused on different cities where they had partnerships or offices located,” Vickrey said.

What was best about the presentation, for him, Vickery said, “is the experience of actually being here in this historic church, experiencing some of the Portland area’s history.”

NGIC Vice President Rick Pierce sent along his greetings: “The collection was a meaningful part of the history of our company, but now the proper place for it is in your community.

“On behalf of all of the retirees, employees, and agents of National General Insurance, we are delighted to make this gift,” Pierce wrote.

Admiring the painting, Walsh, who is also the Chair of SMILE’s Church Committee, said she was delighted to receive the painting on behalf of the neighborhood association.

“This painting will make a pleasant addition to the church,” Walsh said.

The artist, Craig S. Holmes, still lives and works in Inner Southeast Portland, primarily doing architectural illustration.

Lorraine Fyre later told THE BEE that the company also donated a box of full color prints of the painting. “Anyone who was married at the church is welcome to a copy. Call and let’s arrange a time for you to receive a print.” (And, it’s not too late to get married there in order to qualify for a print!) You can reach her by phone: 503/233-1497. The church’s website is:

Holy Family, Science Night, invention, Margaux Johnson, Flashy Feet
Fifth-grader Margaux Johnson showed off her invention, “Flashy Feet” – slippers that light the way at night, preventing the stubbing of toes – or falling downstairs.

Young Holy Family inventors show brilliant solutions


Young inventors and scientists happily helped demonstrate experiments, and showed off their inventions, at the Holy Family Catholic School Science Family Fun Night on the evening of March 2.

Down in the Celebration Hall, the Eastmoreland school’s 7th and 8th grade students led activities, games, and science experiments.

Meantime, upstairs in the classrooms, the annual “Invention Convention” took place. “For about seven years now, the fifth-graders have been planning and executing an invention of their own, to solve a problem they see in their lives, or in the life of someone they know,” explained Holy Family Catholic School 5th Grade Teacher Vanessa Cochran

“The ‘Invention Convention’ fits into general education STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curricula,” Cochran said.

“This program integrates how we think and write about a problem,” Cochran added. “Then, the children execute their solution as they make their own invention. They get to learn about lots of things, as they make mistakes and try different ideas, creating their invention.”

With all of the creativity on display at this school Science Night, our technological future looks to be in good hands.

Tony Starlight, Studio 54, Llewellyn Elementary School, auction, party, Oaks Park
At this year’s Llewellyn Elementary School Auction and “Studio 54” dance party, Tony Starlight and his AM Gold Seventies Soft Rock Show band got folks up and dancing. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Studio 54” party boosts Llewellyn programs


Some of those going roller skating at historic Oaks Amusement Park on the evening of February 27 rubbed their eyes – as they saw carloads of “party people” dressed as if it were the 1970s heading for the Dance Pavilion.

“Welcome to our ‘Studio 54’ party,” smiled Llewellyn Elementary School Auction Co-Chair Meg Asay.

The party was well underway with Tony Starlight’s “AM Gold Seventies Soft Rock Show” filling the room with hits of the past.

“Our co-chair Karen Smith set up our party, and about 100 other volunteers helped by gathering auction items, contacting vendors and providing decorations, Asay told THE BEE.

“We are raising funds so that all of the school’s students have the same enrichment opportunities,” she explained. “For example, we help pay for Outdoor School for the kids, so they can all have that experience. We also provide money for after-school activities for kids and field trips.”

The annual party is the major fundraiser for the school’s Parent Teacher Association and its activities, she went on. “We’re also holding a ‘paddle raise’ for our Llewellyn Foundation, which provides money for teachers to help reduce crowding in the classrooms, and also helps pay for the parent-led art program.”

Helping channel more of the funds raised from the event’s ticket sales and silent auction, was that local parents – owners of FeastWorks, the Tacoma Street charcuterie – catered the party at a special price for their school.

“One of the most powerful things is to see our community come together,” remarked Llewellyn Principal Joe Galati, as he looked out over the party in full swing.

“This event is important, because we’re all here tonight to celebrate our kids,” Galati reflected. “It makes me feel – oh my gosh – humble. Seeing our parents truly rise to the occasion and do what they can to support our kids, I feel like the luckiest man in the world to be here.”

By the time the big party at Oaks Park was over, the PTA and Foundation were expected to share about $50,000 raised that evening.

Permaculture, Woodstock Community Center, Marisha Auerbach
A recent potluck at Inner Southeast Portland’s Woodstock Community Center brought together people interested in permaculture. Organizer Marisha Auerbach, standing in background) lives in Woodstock, and gives classes on the topic in Portland and Forest Grove. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

“Potluck and Permaculture” in Woodstock


On a recent Sunday evening, twenty people who were interested in permaculture gathered at the Woodstock Community Center for a potluck dinner.

One might ask, “What is permaculture?” 

Marisha Auerbach, a Woodstock resident who attended the potluck, told THE BEE that the permaculture concept emphasizes designing our homes, gardens, and lifestyles, in a way that utilizes all natural resources in the most efficient manner

Permaculture, she explained, is practiced world-wide in villages and farms, and has become a practice with increasing appeal in the United States to some urban gardeners and to those who want to preserve the resources upon which their homes and communities depend.

Marisha Auerbach and her partner Zane Ingersoll, who were organizers of the potluck, have a home at S.E. 50th and Raymond Street, where they practice permaculture principles in all areas of their lives. Their house features seven solar panels, a large water catchment tank that stores and utilizes rainwater and nourishes a rain garden, and energy-efficient heating and insulation. 

In addition, they have adapted the layout of their home to maximize the advantages of sunlight, and to provide more natural heating. They also have a year-’round vegetable garden, and raise rabbits and chickens in order to increase their food self-sufficiency.

“Those of us interested in permaculture are taking ‘sustainability’ a step further into regenerative design; designing our gardens, homes, and lifestyles in a way that makes us good stewards of this planet,” remarked Auerbach. “One example is growing food without depleting the soil.”

Attendees of the potluck were happy to network with each other.

“We [the Permaculture Guild] have a listserv, and people have talked online – and now, tonight, we have a chance to meet each other,” commented Jordan Fink, a Buckman resident who has attended Permaculture Guild get-togethers in the past. Those gatherings have been dormant for eight years, but on this Sunday evening the group expressed interest in resuming regular get-togethers for socializing and information exchange.

Auerbach teaches workshops and classes at People’s Food Coop, Portland Community College, and at Pacific University.  Upcoming workshops include opportunities for gardeners to learn how to design their own food gardens. Topics covered in one of the workshops include indoor seed-starting, early plantings, perennial crops, soil building, and attracting pollinators.

To learn more about permaculture, and related classes, go online: Questions can be addressed to:

Totem poles, Brooklyn, fairy totem pole
You may spy this mini glass “fairy” totem pole in a garden on S.E. Rhine Street. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn’s totem poles are telling stories


Totem poles are a Native American art form specific to the Pacific Northwest. These figures stacked atop one another symbolize historic events or clan figures of significance. Historically, totem poles represent myths or family heritage, and are usually carved on a western red cedar trunk. Modern totem poles vary with intent, but each tells its own story.

The Brooklyn neighborhood displays totem poles of various sizes, from about six feet tall to less than a foot high. And most bypass the western red cedar: These are made of kiln-fired clay, mosaic, glass, and even knitted yarn. While some appear mostly decorative, others show a distinct style that symbolizes place and meaning.

A stack of mosaic flattened spheres topped with an inquisitive peering face can be seen near S.E. 9th and Bush Street. Further north, a simple stack of muted blue and green balls is a counterpoint to the nearby garden. A dry-fired totem pole on S.E. 10th Avenue near Bush Street consists of layered fish and faces, topped by a simple clay house. This totem, made by potter Shane Blitch, depicts a connection with earth, fire and water.

“It represents a calming period during a hectic time of my life,” he explains. “The faces are a connection to Nature and the river, where I love to fish. The house on top represents the comforts of home. I like to watch other people's reaction to it.” Blitch makes and sells plates, but “The figurative stuff is just for me,” he says with a grin, pointing out dozens of brown clay birds he’s also made and hidden among the branches of nearby trees.

In December, two knitted “totem poles” attached to fence posts appeared near S.E. 12th and Boise Street, one topped with a small Santa hat and scarf. The rest of the pole is mostly stripes and bands of color. The wider, rectangular pole, has sections bordered in navy blue, with stars, a flag, zigzag patterns, and quilt squares – a warm symbol in the chill of winter. A miniature totem of multicolored glass beads with a metal finial stands in a garden near S.E. 9th and Rhine Street – possibly a fairy totem.

Three kiln-fired totem poles are installed in Winterhaven School’s native plant garden. Each features faces and various forms of wildlife, with references to Oaks Bottom. Turtles, fish, birds, caterpillars, frogs, butterflies, a bear, other animals, and wild plants decorate the poles, enhancing the natural garden space.

This work, generated by many student artists, celebrates the local Wildlife Refuge, honoring Nature with a variety of native images. A clock at the base of one pole indicates the time of our lives – encouraging us to enjoy the moment.

Southeast Events and Activities
“Introduction to Family History” at Woodstock Library:
Have you ever wanted to know more about your family history, but you weren't sure how to get started? By the end of the free class this evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m., you will be able to use some basic genealogy vocabulary, be familiar with some ways to get started, know some effective online communication techniques, and understand research basics and vital records. This class uses lab computers. It IS for beginners, but you must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse. Free, but registration is required – do so in the library, or call 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49thand Woodstock Boulevard.

“College Night at Cleveland High”:
The Cleveland College and Career Center will host its fourth annual “College Night” for students and families tonight, beginning 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 Naviance and other Internet Resources for Parents.

Reserved ticket sales underway for annual St. Agatha event:
The St. Agatha Altar Society’s Salad Luncheon and Fashion Show is not until May 12 at noon, but admission is by reserved ticket only, and the sale of the $10 tickets is now underway. The title of the event this year is “A Picnic of Fashions” courtesy of Christopher and Banks, and it will be in the St. Agatha Parish Hall on May 12 at noon, 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue. For advance reserved tickets, call Marie Zavada at 503/238-2139.

Puppet show for adults tonight in Sellwood: Tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m., at the nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum, Ping Pong the Panda presents what they’re calling “Silbert & Gullivan's ‘The Mikadoo’” (or something like that) in fifty minutes or less. Yes, the entire operetta is distilled down to its essentials for today's short attention-span audience! $25 admission, or $40 per couple – adults only, please. 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. For reservations or information call 503/233-7723.

Portland Public Schools “Greenthumb” plant sale:

The PPS “Greenthumb” Community Transition Program will be hosting its annual plant sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today – and also on Friday May, 6th, 9:30-2:30; Thursday, May 12th, 9:30-5:30; Friday, May 13th, 9:30-2:30; and Friday, May 20th 9:30-2:30. Both the program and the sale are located at 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue between Duke and Flavel. There is a wide assortment of ornamental plants, flowers, and organic vegetable starts for sale at bargain prices. “Greenthumb” is a transition program for young adults that emphasizes vocational experience and life skills; students in the program are responsible for starting, caring for, and maintaining the plant stock in the greenhouse. Your purchases return to the greenhouse program to support student learning. For more information call 503/916-5817.

Reed College Concert, open to the public:
This afternoon at 4 p.m. in Reed College’s Eliot Hall Chapel, Reed College chamber music ensembles are performing in concert. Admission is free, and the concert is open to the public. Reed College is situated on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard just east of S.E. 28th.

Reed College’s Spring Dance Concert, open to the public:
Tonight and tomorrow night, 7 to 10 p.m., Reed College’s Dance Department presents its Spring Dance Concert, featuring choreography by Reed students, faculty, and special guests. It takes place on the Greenwood Performance Stage. Tickets are $3 to $7, and may be purchased online at: – and the venue itself is located near the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 28th.

Cystic Fibrosis fundraising walk at Oaks Park:

“Portland Great Strides 2106”, the year’s fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Portland, is a fundraising walk taking place this morning at Oaks Amusement Park. It starts at 7 a.m., and is over at 3 p.m. Open to the public. For more information, or to inquire about participation, call the organization at 503/226-3435.

Woodstock Community Center Plant Sale:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd, just north of Woodstock Boulevard.  Perennials, house plants, native plants, small trees, tomato plants, herbs, vegetable starts, and more. Most of the plants are donated by nearby gardeners. Hyper-tufa designer Shelly Keach will display and sell her sedum planters along with a variety of Abutilons. Woodstock metal artist Jill Torberson will be offering her welded garden sculptures. Proceeds from this Plant Sale benefit the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund, part of the Partnership Agreement with Portland Parks and Recreation that is keeping the Center open for community use.

Brentwood-Darlington annual neighborhood cleanup:
The Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood association is holding its annual neighborhood cleanup today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Green Thumb Learning Garden Lab, 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue, between Duke and Flavel Streets. Also open to residents of nearby neighborhoods. Most bulky waste accepted, including scrap metal, scrap wood, furniture, yard debris, and more. Dump mattresses, $5; tires, $5 each (with rims, $6). Not accepted: all construction, remodeling, or demolition materials; anything potentially containing asbestos strictly prohibited. Loads that do not conform to these rules will be refused. Dumping fees: $20 per car per load; $30 per truck or van per load; larger loads, $40.

Eastmoreland Plant Sale:
The Eastmoreland Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, at the Eastmoreland Garden, 2425 S.E. Bybee Boulevard – offers a large variety of perennials, herbs, native plants, and organic tomato starts. Kids might enjoy the free children’s gardening corner, where they can pot-up a special free Mother’s Day gift while parents browse the plant selection. Net proceeds support local community gardens, horticultural education, and food-aid programs.

MAY 10
“The Music and Life of David Bowie” at Woodstock Library:

This program, 6-7:30 p.m. this evening, at the Woodstock Branch Library, explores the impact of David Bowie’s music on the world, through the examination of his life and musical upbringing. Music, writings, and interviews will be included in the lecture. Free, but registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Public invited to Boy Scout ceremony in Westmoreland:
Boy Scout Troop 64 will be holding its semi-annual Court of Honor at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, tonight at 7 p.m. Local scouts from the Sellwood-Moreland area will be receiving rank and merit awards. It’s a great time for interested youths and their parents to meet the Troop and its leaders, and learn more about its annual activities. The Troop meets every Monday evening at the church at 7. For information, contact Scoutmaster Tom Armstrong at:

MAY 11
Free film at Cleveland High School:

This evening at 6 p.m. a student organization called “Students Active For Ending Rape” (SAFER), a club working to educate students about sexual violence and rape prevention through an analysis of society, and Cleveland High School, will be hosting a free showing of “The Mask You Live In”, about “Navigating Masculinity in Our Society” in the Cleveland Auditorium, S.E. Powell Boulevard at 28th. “The movie follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. ‘The Mask You Live In’ ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.” The evening ends at 8:30 p.m.

Free film in Sellwood:
A nonprofit organization called “” is presenting a film called “Healthcare at the Tipping Point” at 7 p.m. this evening at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood which, according to the organization, “makes the case for universal, publicly-funded health care from a businessman’s perspective.” The showing of this one-hour film is free, and will be followed by a question and answer period.

MAY 13
Free kids’ vision screening at Woodstock Library:
This today, 11:30-12:30 noon, come to the Woodstock Branch Library for a free kids’ vision screening. The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at Oregon Health & Science University’s Casey Eye Institute is partnering the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon Lions Clubs to provide free screenings, as a part of a statewide initiative called “See to Read” – to catch vision problems that can only be treated successfully if caught before age 7. Oregon law now requires that public school students 7 or younger provide proof of vision screening or eye examination before entering school. Children who are screened for vision problems at the event will receive a certificate that can be used as proof of vision screening. Free, but time and space limited, so come early if you can. S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

MAY 14
Young author meets young readers
Rena Marthaler wrote the 128-page middle-grade fantasy novel “Magic The Crest” in fourth grade, while participating in National Novel Writing Month, a free annual competition that takes place each November, and is open to both young and adult writers. Rena, who is now in sixth grade, visits libraries and schools to read from her book to kids ages 7-12, and answer their questions about how children can write and publish their own stories. Her noon-hour appearance at the Sellwood Branch Library today is free, but space is limited, so come early to be sure of a seat. 12-12:45 p.m., at S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

MAY 15
Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Plant Sale:

Today, from 11 to 4, join the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood for a plant sale! Bring your plant list, and plant enthusiasm, and buy some lovely plants for your garden. Plants have been donated from accomplished neighborhood master gardeners, and some neighborhood HPSO gardeners. This is a fundraiser for development of a new park in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood, and is located near the future new park at 3012 S.E. Balfour Street. Please bring cash or check only, as there will not be a debit/credit machine available at the checkout. If you have questions, contact Lisa at: 503/754-1655.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop at Sellwood Library:
Get the tools and resources needed this afternoon – 3 to 4:30 p.m. – to locate lead sources within your home and occupation, stabilize or eliminate hazardous lead conditions, and find additional organizations that can help to further limit lead hazards. Participants receive a booklet and kit of lead-safe cleaning and testing materials. Free, but registration required; register in the Sellwood Branch Library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

MAY 19
Philosophical discussion about politics:

The monthly free Southeast “Breakfast Forum”, organized and moderated by Reed Neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, today presents attorney Nicholas S. Reed, who will speak on “Leo Strauss’s analysis of Plato’s noble lie, Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities theory, and G.A. Cohen’s Analytical Marxism, and how they relate to the coming presidential election.” Mr. Reed’s undergraduate major was philosophy. The Breakfast forum takes place 7:20 to 8:30 this morning at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.

MAY 21
Sellwood-Westmoreland clean-up day:
The 37th annual neighborhood clean-up is today – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. only – in the parking lot at the south end of Westmoreland Park, S.E. Nehalem at 23rd. Throw-away junk accepted include appliances, tires, yard debris, unwanted furniture, metal, aluminum, block Styrofoam and Styrofoam peanuts (no meat trays) – and e-waste from households but not businesses. Not accepted are any Metro prohibited materials, including food garbage, plaster, concrete, dirt, sheetrock, batteries, construction or demolition materials, and hazardous materials. No material accepted which could possibly contain asbestos. Cost depends on volume dumped; $7-$13 small sedan or station wagon, $13-$20 small pickup, $20-$30 large pickup, $30 and up for larger vehicles. $15 extra charge for appliances containing Freon. Up to five tires per vehicle, free; no tires over 21 inches. Curbside collection for seniors and disabled: call 503/794-8212, and pay fee to driver. Proof of Sellwood-Westmoreland residency required – driver’s license or utility bill will do.

Public information meeting about “Eastside Village PDX”:
Eastside Village PDX is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization helping people age in their home and in their community. Those interested in finding out more are invited to a meeting this morning, 10 a.m. to noon, at Woodstock Wine and Deli, 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. You can also learn more online at:

Portland Puppet Museum presents a show:
Sellwood’s nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum, and the Dragon Theater Puppets, present “The Big Bad Wolf Has a Big Bad Day” – a puppet show this afternoon at 2 p.m., and again tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m., for all ages. “Everyone keeps thinking that he’s trying to eat everybody, so the Big Bad Wolf’s three sons must find a way to bring them all together to hear the truth about what really happened. $10 per person admission; babes in arms free. The Portland Puppet Museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street.

MAY 22
Scrabble at the Sellwood Library:

Attention word lovers – have fun while exercising your brain, improving your vocabulary, and making new friends, by playing Scrabble. Beginning, intermediate and advanced players are welcome this afternoon, 2-4 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library. Bring your own set, or use one of the library’s. Free, but space is limited, to come early to be sure of a seat. The library is situated at S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

MAY 24
Sellwood Middle School parade this morning:

The annual Sellwood Middle School Community Appreciation Parade sets out from the school at 11 a.m., traveling around Sellwood and southern Westmoreland. The SMS band, dance team, and students are march through the neighborhood in celebration of all the support the school receives from the community. In addition, local businesses will be donating a portion of the day's sales to the Sellwood Middle School Foundation; look for the big “red apple” poster in the windows of participating businesses. “Please join in the fun, and support our generous local businesses.”

Annual Woodstock Community Cleanup day:

This year, with the support of SOLVE, today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the day for you to join other community volunteers to pick up litter, sweep sidewalks, and spruce up landscaping. Gather at the Community Center in the morning to sign up for clean-up duties. Coffee, water, and pastries are provided. Lunch is provided for all the volunteers at noon. This is a fun day for all. Bring your own work gloves and reusable water bottle. Children must be supervised by an adult. For more information, or to register, go online:

Sellwood Garden Tour today; benefits Sellwood Middle School:

The 2016 Sellwood Garden Tour will be held today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five beautiful gardens will be featured during the tour. The Sellwood Garden Tour is the Sellwood Middle School PTA's largest fundraiser of the year. Tickets are $25, and are available at Dennis' 7 Dees, at New Seasons Market, and online at:


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