Community Features

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Paul Cook, Cleveland High School, auction
Wife Clara and Outgoing Principal Paul Cook smile and mingle, during the CHS Silent Auction. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Paul’s Party” at CHS – poignant and memorable


The March 7 event held at the Melody Ballroom was officially called was “Cleveland’s Big Night: Auction Nouveau”. But the organizers informally referred to the gala as “Paul’s Party” – in honor of retiring Cleveland High School Principal Paul Cook.

“This is our 17th annual CHS PTA auction and dinner,” remarked Co-chair Maggie Jarman. “And the CHS Foundation also participates.”

The PTA’s auction proceeds go to fund grants, computers, classroom supplies, and books; the Foundation provides funds to support teaching positions, Jarman said.

“In total, we’ve had about thirty volunteers helping to bring this event together,” reported Co-chair Corrine Lyons. “A core committee worked since the start of the year, and then others have helped us by soliciting and picking up auction items, decorating, and putting the event together today.”

They called it “Paul’s Party” because it’s that last auction he’ll attend as Cleveland’s Principal. “For the last 13 years, he has been a huge supporter of the school, the PTA and the Foundation. As a result, we’re one of the best schools in the nation,” smiled Lyons.

As most of the 250 guests came into the facility, the co-chairs excused themselves to help with the silent auction.

As the event’s Master of Ceremonies, CHS English Teacher Patrick Gonzales prepared his thoughts for the banquet and live auction – and while doing so, he paused to speak with THE BEE.

“This is a special night for me; we have the privilege to honor Paul Cook, and all he’s done,” Gonzales said. “Not only do I work here, my children attend the school. This event is a wonderful way of bringing the community together, and also to raise money to continue to have Cleveland be a great school.”

During the dinner, Principal Cook took the microphone, and thanked all those present for attending.

“We are one of the top schools in the United States,” Cook pointed out. “We’re very proud of that; but it takes a lot to keep the school running at this high level of excellence. This financial support is really important, and has been important for the past years.”

After his talk, Cook told THE BEE, “This is very humbling. It’s special seeing people I’ve known over the years; from past students, to parents who have been in the community for years, and our staff members as well. It is a celebration, for sure. I’ve always felt like the auction is a celebration of the current school year – and also part of planning for next school year.

“I'm going to miss this so much – students, teachers, and our great parents in support of the school,” Cook added.

“We were pleased with the results,” Jarman told THE BEE after the night had ended. “In the end, we raised more than $100,000. And what’s more,” Jarman added, “We hope Paul Cook will come back and join us next year, after he’s retired!”

Stage Door, Cleveland High School, drama
Cleveland High School Theater Instructor Tom Beckett directs a large scene from the upcoming production of “Stage Door”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“StageDoor” show opens at Cleveland High


During March, the cast and crew with the Cleveland High School (CHS) Theater Department began set-building and rehearsals for their mid-April presentation of the play, “Stage Door”.

“This show is an actor’s joy, and it’s challenging,” remarked CHS theater instructor, and director of the play, Tom Beckett. “It’s written by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman; Ferber created very strong, amazing female lead characters in the show, which is set during the American Depression.

“It’s about actors in live theater and film; a very important time during the history of American theater,” Beckett added. “Specifically, story is about a group of young girls who have come to New York to study acting, and to try to get on stage.”

In the cast of “Stage Door” features a cast of thirty-three, plus about a dozen stage technicians. “And, there are a whole slew of parents who volunteer to build sets, paint, and help with costumes,” Beckett said. It’s a pretty sizable community of participants we have going on here.”

“Stage Door” will be presented in the CHS Theater on April 17 at 7 pm. And, on April 18, they present a matinee show at 2 pm, as well as a 7 pm evening performance. Tickets will be available at the door: $8 Adults, and $5 for Students and Seniors.

Robert McCullough, neighborhood associations, Southeast Uplift, ONI
Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association Chair Robert McCullough, who is also Board President of the Southeast Uplift neighborhood coalition, says restoring funding for neighborhood association communications is crucial for keeping Portland’s “democratic experiment” alive. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

McCullough: “Neighborhoods need better old-fashioned communication”


Hundreds of Portlanders gathered at the Ambridge Center on February 28, for the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s “Community Summit”.

But, some attendees reportedly walked away from ONI’s day-long meeting saying it was now their understanding that city leaders were about to reduce resources to neighborhood associations, in favor of non-geographically-centered minority groups. 

One of those attending, and speaking up at the meeting, was Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association Chair Robert McCullough, who is also Board President of the Inner Southeast neighborhood coalition, Southeast Uplift. 

“I’m glad they held it, we haven’t had a ‘Neighborhood Summit’ for years.” McCullough began.

Reminded that the event was actually being called a “Community Summit”, McCullough reflected on the terms. “There has clearly been a shift in the mission of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. In 1975, Portland set up this entire ‘neighborhood association and coalition’ structure. It was very participatory; very populist. It is natural that, over time, ‘radicals’ are replaced by bureaucrats.

“Many of the ONI staff are excellent,” McCullough pointed out. “But it seems that the ‘missionary spirit’ for promoting neighborhood associations has gone out of it.  Most of all, the ‘nuts-and-bolts’ help given to the associations has gone away.”

At the Summit, McCullough said he questioned the commitment of the city of keeping in touch with the vast majority of its citizens. “City leaders are simply are not speaking, or listening, in the right places, for the citizens to hear them – or for them to hear the citizens when they speak.”

Neighbors are very worried that neighborhood associations are disappearing from the city’s literature, McCullough said. “The City’s new Comprehensive Plan would be an example – it plays down the importance of neighborhood associations.

“And while I’m sure it was a mere oversight, one of the first documents ONI sent out promoting the Summit dropped the Southeast Uplift coalition off of the listing of coalitions, even though we are the largest of the coalitions, and are very active and very effective.”

Many residents are feeling disenfranchised because a lack of traditional printed communications, McCullough reflected.

“Real communication does not involve sending an e-mail; because there are no e-mail directories. And, it certainly doesn’t involve Twitter, because nobody really follows posts on Twitter.

“I believe the most effective communication is having a printed newsletter,” McCullough posited. “It could be a broadsheet, or a flyer stuck in their door. This requires money for design, postage, translation, and printing. The city has a print shop, but it is not accessible to the neighborhood associations.

“People shouldn’t lose their citizenship because they’re not on Twitter,” he added. “But in fact, it’s like many people have lost their citizenship in this city.”

McCullough said he disagrees with framing the discussion as being a conflict of “minority groups versus neighborhood associations”.

“At the same time, so often people working at regular jobs find themselves disenfranchised, while they watch their hometown, their neighborhood, or their street, changing around them – and nobody had ‘checked in’ with them about it.”

Based on media reports, participants at the Summit pointed out that ONI is budgeting increased funding to Diversity and Civic Leadership groups – typically, ethnically-based organizations without geographic boundaries –“because neighborhood associations have poorly-promoted participation of minority populations”.

“To a degree that it is true; but this is hypocrisy,” McCullough commented.

“It’s an answer; but still, it’s the wrong answer. Many neighborhoods, with changing ethnic and cultural populations, don’t have a way to reach new residents, and to ask them to join the neighborhood association.

“This is not discrimination, it’s ineptitude,” McCullough went on. “What has been described is the city’s ideal paternalistic view of how it should happen. But the reality is the exact opposite.” 

In his professional life, McCullough told what he’s learned from years of working with, and representing, Native American tribes. “I can tell you, after working with the aboriginal groups, their negotiating skills are just fine – they are just as smart as anyone. In fact, they tell me they find it amusing when a group of bureaucrats comes to ‘help them out’.” 

Whether a person has come to live in Portland from Asia, New York City, or Idaho, “they probably don’t know that we started this populist experiment in 1975, based on participating in neighborhood associations.

“New neighbors, no matter their ethnicity, don’t get a briefing on this when they come to our fair city,” mused McCullough. “If you live in many of Portland’s 95 neighborhoods, it’s only a rumor that there may be a neighborhood association.”

That is because city leaders have reduced communications funding for the associations, and thus the ability for neighborhoods to communicate. When this happens long enough, the remaining association members have very little influence within their neighborhood.”

In Eastmoreland, everyone has a computer, McCullough said. “But still we have less than a 50% penetration to our neighbors via the Internet or other digital communications. The best buzz we get from neighborhood communications comes from our local newspaper, THE BEE.”

Asked to predict the future of neighborhood associations, McCullough pondered the question for a moment before answering.

“We’re drifting into version of democracy with deficits in communication and social interaction. We’ll end up with having officials who are elected, citywide, trying to interpret a half-million voices without any cohesion.”

Until Portland changes to a more representative form of government, such as Chicago’s aldermen – who each represent a neighborhood – the “right answer” is simple, McCullough concluded: “City Hall needs to restore neighborhood association communications budgets!”

Lane Brown, Sellwood, fish fence
Volunteer Lane Brown is about to attach another hand-painted fish onto the fence along this easement near Crystal Springs Creek. (David F. Ashton photo)

Spokane Street neighbors battle vandals with creek-side art


A tight-knit group of neighbors along S.E. Spokane Street, between 19th and 21st Avenues, got tired of graffiti that kept returning to disfigure a dark brown wooden fence bordering a walkway along Crystal Springs Creek north of Tacoma Street.

Instead of simply complaining about it, these neighbors got busy, and worked to come up with a solution for beautifying the area.

Resident Lane Brown designed and cut thirty-three wooden salmon plaques in his wood shop, a couple of blocks away. “I got medium-density overlay plywood, like the kind used for making signs. I cut out the fish shapes, and along with Robin Jenkins and Terrie Ray, coated them with primer and protective coating – donated by Sellwood’s Miller Paint.” 

Rick Bunch and Yoko Furukawa prepared the graffiti- and alga-stained fence by power-washing it clean.

Then, the group invited more neighbors over to Brown’s shop for a “fish painting party”. Soon, the salmon were ready to “swim” upon the fence, newly painted “Metro Paint Sky Blue”. Brown said he used a tag-roller to texture the lower part of the fence, making it look more like water in a stream.

Although it was raining on March 14, volunteers turned out on that Saturday anyway to pull out invasive vegetation and put in native plants.

Mary and Bob Federoff built and mounted a small box next to the path, to hold Crystal Springs Walking Tour brochures created by the City of Portland and the Crystal Springs Partnership. 

On March 17, Brown was at work, mounting the new wooden fish securely on the fence. 

As drivers make their way through that area, just north of the Crystal Springs Creek culvert on S.E. Tacoma Street, the dramatic improvement made by the determined group of neighbors might not catch their attention.

But, for those who walk the pathway, all this volunteer work now makes a bright and happy difference, as they stroll along that block.

Westmoreland Park, Watershed Wide Event
Many volunteers put up wire mesh to keep dogs and kids from straying into the fragile and newly-planted wetland area at Westmoreland Park during this year’s JCWC Watershed-Wide Event. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Watershed volunteers clean up Westmoreland Park


For the seventeeth year in a row, The Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) coordinated what they called an “epic feat of environmental restoration” on Saturday morning, March 7th, as part of its annual “Watershed-wide Event”.

Of the 400 volunteers – working in ten locations, from Inner Southeast Portland on out to Boring – some fifty of the watershed helpers came to Westmoreland Park.

“Mostly what we're doing today is helping Portland Parks & Recreation put finishing touches on the wetland restoration project,” said City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Program Coordinator Ronda Fast, who was in charge there.

“We have many volunteers installing wire fencing on the wooden split rail fencing,” Fast told THE BEE. “The purpose of doing this is to keep dogs and people out of the restoration area.

“It’s important to stay out of the restoration area now,” Fast explained, “because we have new plants just starting to grow in. It gives them a chance to survive, if we’re able to keep domestic pets and people from walking on them.

“This spring, it will be really exciting to see the plants grow and create a buffer for water going into Crystal Springs Creek,” Fast added. “And this will continue to help the salmon habitat here get functioning even better.”

Many volunteers had crossed beyond the fence that morning, and moved into the restoration area. “These volunteers were given a ‘special pass’ to walk into the restoration area to pull invasive species and do some planting,” Fast remarked.

About the overall result of the year-long project, undertaken by Portland Parks with the help of the Army Corps of Engineers and her Bureau, Fast said, “It’s beautiful! And the new ecosystem is starting to work very well.”

Having many community members come to help out does more than get fences fixed and weeds pulled, Fast said. “Having a community here to work helps create a sense of ownership for the space. It’s good for us all to know we’ve had a part in making this place healthy and functional.”

G S Newberry, Executive Director, Johnson Creek Watershed Coucil, JCWC
New JCWC Executive Director G.S. Newberry pitches in, working on a fence in Westmoreland Park. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Johnson Creek Watershed Council selects new leader


After the December departure of former Executive Director Matt Clark, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Board of Directors announced that Daniel G.S. Newberry had been selected to fill the top executive slot, starting at the end of February.

Newberry met and worked with volunteers at Westmoreland Park, during the JCWC “Watershed Wide Event”, held this year on March 7th.

“I’ve known about the JCWC for many years,” Newberry told THE BEE, as he tacked wire mesh on a fence protecting Crystal Springs Creek.

“This is because I’ve been involved with Oregon watershed councils for about twenty years, starting off as a council member at the Wood River group [in Klamath County], before being Executive Director of the Applegate Watershed Council in Jackson County, Oregon.

“So, I’ve heard about the good things that JCWC has been doing here,” Newberry said. “And I really look forward to getting to know more about our area.”

Looking ahead, Newberry said the Board’s “five year project” is focusing on fish passage in the hundreds of watershed culverts that are partially, and sometimes completely, blocking the passage of salmonids. “This is the species that we are targeting,” remarked Newberry. “We can play a big role in helping to retrofit and replace many of those culverts.”

Looking ahead, Newberry said he is eager to meet active volunteers, and encourage others to consider helping fulfill the mission of the JCWC.

“With about 186,000 people living in the watershed, almost as important as the actual restoration itself is bringing people together. Our Watershed Council serves an important educational function when people come out to volunteer.

“Any time volunteers come out for an event, they learn how it helps the salmon, and they’ll pass this information on to others they know,” Newberry said. “Restoration work, and working with volunteers, really helps to bring people together and spread the word.”

Learn more about the JCWC online: – or, you can contact Newberry directly by e-mail at:

Shakespeare, Post 5 Theater, Twelfth Night
Cast members introduce themselves at the first reading of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at Post5 Theatre. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Shakespeare steps up, at Post5 Theatre


Since it moved to Sellwood late last year, many people have gone to enjoy one or more productions by Post5 Theater of more modern plays.

“But now, we’re getting back to our roots,” smiled Artistic Director Ty Boice. “In Outer East Portland, we started out as a Shakespeare reparatory company, because we love his classic works, especially the Bard’s comedies.”

The company invited community members and supporters in for a “first reading party” in their theater on Monday, March 9.

“We’re ‘pulling back the curtain’, letting the public watch our first read-through of Shakespeare's ‘Twelfth Night’ – the first of a three-show cycle of Shakespeare's comedies. It’ll be followed up with ‘Comedy of Errors’, with the third one being ‘Much Ado about Nothing’.”

Shakespearean comedy has been their “bread and butter”, remarked the theater company’s co-founder, and the director of “Twelfth Night”, Cassandra Boice. “In college, then getting my Masters, followed up by working in professional theater, I’ve loved his works; they’re timeless. His characters are more richly drawn than most anything seen in contemporary playwriting.

“The jokes are classic; you can’t improve on Shakespeare’s jokes,” Boyce added.

Making it more accessible to modern audiences, they run an abbreviated version of the play, Boyce said. “We’ve carefully cut redundant and obscure passages and references, reducing the running time by about a third – to two hours. It keeps the story moving along quickly.”

The Post5 Theatre Company’s production of “Twelfth Night” runs from April 15 through May 16. Tickets are available online at, or at the door – at 1666 S.E. Lambert Street, in Sellwood.

Sellwood, Aidan Burns, Sellwood Middle School, National Geographic Bee
Sellwood teen Aidan Burns, a seventh grader at Sellwood Middle School, qualified for the state level competition in the annual National Geographic Bee. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Students shine at Sellwood Middle School


Students at Sellwood Middle School have been busy, the past few months, raking in kudos for outstanding achievement.

Recent successes include a stellar showing in the Project Second Wind food drive, having a local winner in the National Geographic Bee sponsored by National Geographic magazine, and various trophies won by team and individual efforts of SMS students on the PEAK (Panther Enrichment Academy of Knowledge) Chess Team. In addition, Peer Helpers and Student Council members helped with tours of the school building for incoming sixth graders.

A Sellwood Middle School newsletter in March reported, “Our Project Second Wind drive is now concluded, and we raised a grand total of 21,698 pounds of food! Our goal was 7,000 pounds, so we tripled that goal! First place was Ms Kriska’s PM class, who won a Pizza Party with 4,309 lbs., second place was Mr. Adkisson’s AM class, who raised 2,327 lbs., and third place went to King’s class, who raised 2,220 lbs. The sixth grade received a Popsicle party at the school on March 20th. Thank you to our small marching band for the amazing music and the cheers you brought to the winning classroom. We are very proud of our students.”

In further student achievements, the school congratulated seventh grader Aidan Burns for qualifying for the state level competition in the annual National Geographic Bee. Aidan and several other students met weekly for three months in Ms. Moore’s class, having a daily National Geographic quiz and practicing how to find places on a map.

“I’ve loved maps ever since I was little,” says Aidan. “I have a lot of maps in my room at home, and started looking at atlases that my mom and dad and grandpa gave me. I even read geography books in bed.

“It’s interesting to see how maps have changed over the years. My teacher, Mr. Adkisson, has about 100 old National Geographics in his room, and we can read through them every day during reading time.”

Aidan won a medal and a certificate in the geography bee, and was looking forward to the state level competition on March 27 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, near Salem.

“The top 100 students in each state move on to state finals," he says. "After that, the top 56 (including winners from U.S. territories) all go to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship. The tests ask geographical and cultural questions, as well as identifying countries’ locations, and the cities in them.

“Questions might include the types of languages, foods, religions, or clothing in a country, or where a certain landform is located. I find all that information interesting.”

Sellwood Middle School’s PEAK program, under the direction of retired Volunteer Coordinator Rose Mary Price, has been practicing chess moves and strategies through competitions within the Chess For Success program. David Harding, Chess Coach, announced: “The Chess Team tied for first place in the regionals in early February, and also won some individual trophies. They qualified for the state team championship held March 13, where they tied for third place in the state. They called themselves the ‘Sellwood Panthers’, and worked really hard.”

THE BEE congratulates these enthusiastic students, both on their efforts and for their rewards.

Kevin Godwin, Sacred Heart Church, Brooklyn, Parish Hall
Architect Kevin Godwin held up an aerial view of the church’s proposed new Fellowship Hall for THE BEE, at the Sacred Heart Parish meeting reception in Brooklyn. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn’s Sacred Heart Parish plans new Fellowship Hall


On Wednesday, March 18, Sacred Heart Parish shared their plans for building a new fellowship hall with Brooklyn neighbors.

The meeting at Sacred Heart Church was moderated by Pastor Bob Barricks, and included historical photos and information about the 120-year-old church. Adjacent Gregory Hall and Sacred Heart School were demolished in 2005, in order to build the Sacred Heart Villa housing complex.

At that time, Sacred Heart moved their gathering place to the smaller, less adequate Rectory building, just north of the church. With the need for a larger gathering place, the church has been investigating construction of a new Fellowship Hall just north of the Rectory at the former Sacred Heart School site.

Gregory Hall served for 92 years as a place for receptions, dinners, and the annual Rummage Sale, and is sorely missed by the congregation. The Rectory building has more awkward access, is crowded, and has low ceilings. Consequently, Sacred Heart has explored the option of a new hall for fifteen years.

Last fall the committee met with the city to discuss a conditional use permit to develop the site for a one-story, 5,000-square-foot Fellowship Hall. “We want to listen to neighbors’ concerns over design and parking issues,” assured committee representative Ed Hostman. “We are going through an on-going process right now, and we want to maintain transparency.”

Sutton & Godwin Architecture came up with a tentative plan for the site. Architect Kevin Godwin displayed aerial views of the proposed building, and said it’s hoped to keep the total price to under $1 million. “There will be no basement, and we plan to add more parking spaces in the back,” he said.

“Since there will be a maximum setback of ten feet from S.E. 11th Avenue, we expect one entrance to be near the southwest corner of the building, with main access on the east side, across from parking. The new hall would have the same Gothic design elements as the Rectory and Sacred Heart Church. The city was very receptive to the design and plans, but it will be a lengthy process.”

Although some parishioners say they feel that the money could be more wisely spent on rehabilitating the old Rectory building, a new Fellowship Hall as envisioned would complement the Sacred Heart complex, and would also be pleasing to neighbors. A final decision has not yet been made, and there still needs to be a vote on the plan. However, neighbors who were invited to the meeting seemed pleased with the church’s efforts at transparency, and were told that the church definitely plans to keep them in the loop about design and parking issues.

The meeting concluded with refreshments in the basement of the Rectory building, including further conversations with the architect and committee members.

Meals On Wheels, Thelma Skelton Center, fundraiser
Live music from “The Denim Wedding Band” provided live entertainment for the breakfast crowd at this year’s Meals on Wheels Flapjack fundraiser on Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

“Meals On Wheels” in Brooklyn raises funds with flapjacks

for THE BEE 

An unseasonably warm and sunny March 8th was dawning, as some two hundred diners turned out for a “Flapjack Fund Raiser” supporting the “Meals On Wheels” service in Brooklyn.

The volunteer-run nonprofit program was developed nearly fifty years ago to serve hot, nutritious lunches to seniors who might otherwise spend their days alone. Colette Livermore, Manager of the Thelma Skelton Center at 3925 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, explained, “Our mission is that no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation.”

Funds are needed to do that, and each year there’s at least one community breakfast served at the service’s headquarters at Milwaukie and Center Street. Everyone is welcome; most of the food is donated by merchants; and the modest fee charged for the meal goes directly to fund “Meals On Wheels” there.

“We thank our sponsors this year for making this a 100% fundraiser,” smiled Livermore. “Funds go directly to our Center budget that serves two hundred seniors Mondays through Fridays, through meal deliveries. This year’s sponsors included New Seasons, Kobos Coffee, Columbia Empire Meats, Childers Meats, Food Service of America, and Performance Foods. And of course, volunteers are the heart and soul of our program.”

This year, about a dozen cheerful volunteers from its staff and from New Seasons Markets assisted in cooking and serving at the breakfast. Coffee and juice accompanied a choice of pancakes or homemade biscuits and gravy – along with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and fruit.

Families and singles enjoyed the hearty meal while listening to live guitar music played in the dining room by a Meals On Wheels driver, and by members of The Denim Wedding band. The breakfasts cost $5 each, and just over $1,000 was raised that day. 

Thanks to fundraisers such as this one, over the years the Tri-County Meals On Wheels program has grown from first providing only 25 hot lunches to today’s 5,000 of them, five days a week. Menus follow the “DASH” (“Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”) diet, which includes increased fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, nuts, and whole grains.

In addition to the delivered meals, the Meals On Wheels people offer lunch on-site to seniors who make the trip – and in dining rooms such as the Thelma Skelton Center, two entree options are provided, augmented by such as salad bars and ethnic menus. No one who meets eligibility will be refused service; call 503/736-6325 for information.


Mozart concert tonight at Reed College. This evening at 7:30 pm in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, a Reed Orchestra concert will feature Reed Elkinton '16, performing “Mozart’s Concert No. 23 in A major”, plus many others. Free, and open to the public.

Last weekend for Puppet Museum ventriloquism exhibit.
Sunday marks the end of this year’s ventriloquism exhibition at the nonprofit Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood, and to start the weekend it’s ventriloquism night for adults this evening: “Adult Night at the Museum” (21 and older please) starts at 7:30 pm; $15 per person or $25 per couple. Chuck Mott and friends perform ventriloquism for adults (no, not THAT adult style). To reserve seats or for more information, call 503/233-7723. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood.

Concerto by Friends of Chamber Music, at Reed. This evening at 7:30 pm, in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, Friends of Chamber Music offer a concerto entitled “The Gypsy in My Soul”. The program includes music ranging from the Eastern European roots of the gypsy influence in music by Brahms, Bartók, and others, to the pervasive influence of gypsy rhythms in music from around the world. For tickets, call 503/224-9842, or go online to:

Fun run/walk to benefit low-income families.
A “Run Walk Stroll 5K” event takes place this morning, starting at 8:30 am, at the north end of Westmoreland Park. Open to all, with food and drinks, and entertainment, part of the fun day. It’s a benefit to help low-income children and families through the nonprofit Windermere Foundation. $25 race fee ($10 for age 12 and under) includes a T-shirt. If you want to register in advance, you can do so online:

Llewellyn School fundraising bake sale. The Llewellyn Foundation Bake Sale takes place today at Rose City Coffee Company today, 9 am to 4 pm. 7325 S,E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Portland Baroque Orchestra in Reed College concert. This afternoon at 3 pm in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, Portland Baroque Orchestra presents a concert featuring Vivaldi’s Concertos for violin: The Four Seasons; Locatelli's Lamento in F minor; plus additional works by Vivaldi and Matthew Locke. For tickets, call 503/222-6000, or go online to: There is also a free pre-concert lecture in the same hall an hour before the concert, at 2 pm.

Citizenship Classes at Woodstock Library.
Learn about the process of becoming a citizen in a six-session series of free classes, every Monday, starting today, through June 8 (except on May 25, Memorial Day). Prepare for your citizenship interview: Study United States history and government for the examination. Classes are in English, and are taught by library volunteers. For more information, call 503/988-6318. Registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street.

Cleveland High’s annual “College Night” tonight.
Cleveland High School’s College Night is this evening 7 to 9:10 pm, in the CHS auditorium (doors open at 6:45 pm), 3400 S.E. 26th Avenue. This is an essential informational meeting for juniors and sophomores and their parents, as they begin the college research and application process. The evening will be divided into several sessions so that students and their parents can learn more about researching and choosing the right school, the admissions process, how to write a compelling college essay, obtaining financial aid and scholarships, and other pertinent topics.  Speakers will be from CHS, university admissions offices, and outside admissions experts. Please call Cleveland’s College and Career Center with any questions: 503/916-5120.

Grout Elementary School PTA Plant Sale.
From 9 this morning until 2 this afternoon, it’s the annual Plant Sale of the Grout Elementary School PTA, and the day also celebrates the completion of the school’s Rain Garden Project begin three years ago. In addition to the sale of plants donated by the community, there will be baked goods, hot dogs, and snacks for sale. The event helps fund the maintenance of the Rain Garden and the Teaching Garden, helps purchase classroom supplies, and helps buy books for students.

Square dancing for funds in Woodstock.
It’s square dancing to raise funds for nonprofit “Southside Swap & Play” this afternoon, 4-6:30 pm. The featured entertainment is a concert by Caroline Oakley, 4:30-5:30 pm. There will also be a puppet theater, parachute games, a craft sale, Bro-Dogs hot dogs, wine and Migration beer on tap, as well as the square dancing. Southside Swap & Play is located on the corner of S.E. Woodstock and 52nd Avenue at Our Lady of Sorrows – 5239 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Access is through the rear parking lot on the north side. Cost for this fundraiser is $7 per person.

Having many a blast at Reed College. At approximately 9 pm this evening, as Reed College heads into commencement season, “Renn Fayre” means it’s time for celebratory fireworks. Neighbors are welcome to join Reed students and faculty for the on-campus fireworks show.

Red Cross Bloodmobile in Woodstock.
This afternoon from 2 until 7 pm, the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street.  Registration to donate blood can be done online at:, or by calling the Red Cross and mentioning the location – Woodstock Bible Church.  By registering beforehand you can guarantee a time slot of your preference. Thank you for donating.

“Hatching Your Child’s Potential with ‘Chirp!’”
 Chirp! is a family-based early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers of all abilities. The program focuses on healthy brain development, deepening bonds and the magic of creative self-expression through music, movement, and creative play explorations. At this presentation this morning, 11-11:45 am at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, expect singing and instrument play, finger-plays, movement and lap bounces, books, props, and a lot of fun. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program starts at 11 am. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell and 13th Street in Sellwood.

Legos @ the Woodstock Library this afternoon. Kids aged 5 to 11: Bring your mad Lego skills to the Woodstock Library this afternoon, 3-4 pm, and let your imagination flow. Each time, you’ll build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. No charge to participate.

SMILE annual Board election. The Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) neighborhood association’s monthly General Meeting is on the first Wednesday evening of each month. And in May, its highlight is the annual Board election. All officers and half the at-large Board seats are up for election – and if you don’t want to run for one, at least come and vote! The meeting starts at 7:30 pm this evening at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th Avenue and Tenino, and should be over by 9 pm or so. Open to all.

First of three May plant sales today at “Green Thumb”.
Today, 9 am to 2:30 pm, the Portland Public Schools Green Thumb Community Transition Program presents the first of its three May fundraising plant sales. There’s a wide assortment of ornamental plants, flowers, flower baskets, and a few organic vegetable starts for sale, at bargain prices. If  you can’t make it today, the remaining two dates in May are the 21st, 9 to 5, and the 22nd, 9 to 2:30 pm. The location is 6801 S.E. 60thAvenue, between Duke and Flavel. For more information, call 503/916-5817.

Reed College’s “Spring Dance Concert”.
Tonight and tomorrow night, at 7 pm on the Greenwood Performance Stage, the Reed College dance department invites students and the general public alike to enjoy an evening of performance by students and faculty, and by guest choreographers Alexander Dones, Laura Haney, and James Healey. Tickets are from $1 to $3, and will be available at the door beginning at 6 pm.

Woodstock Community Center plant sale.
Today from 9 am to 3 pm, it’s the annual Woodstock Community Center Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Proceeds benefit the neighborhood’s use of the Community Center, which is where the sale is – at 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue, a half block north of Woodstock Boulevard, facing the west side of Bi-Mart’s parking lot. Generous gardeners from the community donate most of the plants being sold. Plant varieties include a large assortment of perennials, ground covers, ornamental grasses, native plants, and small trees and shrubs, as well as tomato plants, herbs, and other edibles. 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 sculpture garden art. Proceeds from this Plant Sale benefit the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund.

Eastmoreland Garden Club annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Today from 10 am to 2 pm in the Eastmoreland Garden, at S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 27th, the Eastmoreland Garden Club offers a plant sale with a large variety of perennials, herbs, native plants, and organic tomato starts. Kids can pot up their own free Mother’s Day gift in the children’s gardening corner while adults browse the great plant selections. Proceeds benefit local community gardens, horticultural education, and food-aid programs.

Southeast Portland Tool Library offers sharpening today. Today from 10 am to 4 pm, as a fundraiser for this nonprofit tool-lending-library, the Southeast Portland Tool Library is offering a tool and knife sharpening event.  It’s at 2800 S.E. Harrison Street (in St. David’s Episcopal Church parking lot). Sharpening fees start at $6.25 for garden tools, and $7.50 for kitchen knives. For more details, go online to:

Mother’s Day Rhododendron Show and Sale. The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents its annual judged rhododendron show in the exhibit hall at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden today and tomorrow, and a big plant sale in the parking lot, on S.E. 28th Avenue, just north of Woodstock Boulevard and at the west edge of Reed College. You can enter your own rhododendron trusses in the show – bring them to the Exhibit Hall 6-9 pm May 8, or 7-9:30 am today. The show and sale is noon till 5 pm today and 9 to 5 tomorrow. Master Gardeners will be on hand in the sale yard to help you with answers about rhododendron care and culture.

MAY 11
Computer class: Introduction to Spreadsheets.
At the Sellwood Branch Library this evening, 5:30-7:30 pm, this free class will introduce you to Microsoft Excel 2007 and other spreadsheet products. You will learn how to create, edit, format, and save a workbook. This class is for beginners, or for anyone who has used older versions of Excel and wants to find out about new features in 2007 and later versions. To take this class, you must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse. Free, but registration is required – in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

CHS anti-rape group holds public seminar. “SAFER”, a student-founded anti-rape organization at Cleveland High School received a grant from the Multnomah County Youth Commission to hold a summit to raise awareness on dating violence. That summit is today, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at Cleveland It is open to the public and the organization also hopes to draw teens from other high schools, and adults from the community.

MAY 12
Reed Neighborhood Assn. annual election.
Tonight, the General Meeting of the Reed Neighborhood Association includes the annual Board election, and all those elected will be volunteers from the neighborhood. Perhaps that would include you? The meeting is 6:30-8:30 pm in the Tucker Maxon School Gym, 2860 S.E. Holgate Boulevard. All board positions are open for election – and if you don’t want to run, come and vote. The meeting will also include the neighborhood crime report, land use report, and a report on S.E. 28th Avenue proposed bike use and parking changes. For more information, call 503/703-1896, or go online to:

MAY 16
Annual SMILE neighborhood clean-up.
Drop-off hours today are 9 am to 2 pm; volunteers are welcome to come help out at the site, which is at the south end of Westmoreland Park – at S.E. 23rd and Nehalem Street. Proof of residency in the Sellwood or Westmoreland neighborhoods is required for accepting your debris (driver’s license or a utility bill). Mixed waste, yard debris, appliances (extra charge for Freon), and Styrofoam are accepted. Goodwill Industries will be on-site to accept good and reusable household items (furniture, clothing, etc.). E-waste accepted from households only! Prices for dumping your refuse vary according to the size of the load:

  • $7-13 small cars, sedans
  • $13-20 small trucks
  • $20-30 full-size pickup
  • $30 and up for larger loads

But, not accepted: Construction materials (plaster, sheet rock, concrete, etc.), dirt, food garbage, or any hazardous materials. Curbside collection is available for seniors and disabled individuals – call 503/794-8212 to get on that list; you will pay the volunteer driver who picks it up for your load.

At Sellwood Library: “3D Printing 101”. From prosthetics to pizza and organs – 3D printing is all over the news. How does it work? What is being done today with 3D printers? At the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library this afternoon from 1 till 2 pm, you’ll see a variety of prints, as well as a printer in action. Bring your questions and thoughts to this open-ended free session, and leave with a 3D printed reminder of what you learned. The library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

Sellwood Middle School Community Appreciation Day.
At 11 am the Sellwood Middle School Band, dance team, and students, will parade through Sellwood and Westmoreland, celebrating all the support the school receives from the community. Meantime, all day long, many local businesses will be donating a portion of their sales for the day to the Sellwood Middle School Foundation.  Participating businesses will have a poster with a big red apple in the window.

MAY 21
“Believe It Or Not” exhibit opens today at OMSI.
“Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” opens today in the Featured Hall at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. “What’s more amazing that Robert Ripley's legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies, and fantastic feats? The science that underlies them! This 6,000 sq. ft. highly interactive feature exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Go places you've never imagined, and explore the real science behind the unbelievable. Experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, real artifacts, computer interactives, and multimedia experiences.” OMSI is on S.E. Water Street, beside the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge and the McLoughlin-to-Grand Avenue viaduct.

Wooden Train Playtime at Woodstock Library. Children ages 2 and up (with a favorite adult) who enjoy trains can put together and run wooden trains in the Woodstock Branch Library this morning, for free – from 10 am till 10:45. This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities. The library is on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 49th Avenue.

MAY 23
Multnomah County Fair time at Oaks Park!
From noon till 7 pm today, tomorrow, and Monday, it’s everything a County Fair should be – and it’s free!  Plenty of parking, and no admission charge.  Bring the family and have a great time, any or all of these three days. The 109th annual nonprofit Multnomah County Fair takes place at The Oaks Amusement Park, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, just north of the Sellwood Bridge. Take Oaks Park Way north, just west of the railroad tracks. Make a day of it.

For adults: Make felted beads this afternoon! Learn the ancient craft of feltmaking by making beads using only raw wool and hot soapy water, this afternoon 2-4 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library. You will felt a “cane” of layered wool that will be cut into slices of millefiori-style beads. In this workshop, you'll get to make a nice collection of beads that can be strung into bracelets, necklaces, and garlands or used as buttons. Because the wool beads must dry overnight before being strung into jewelry, this class covers just bead-making, not jewelry creation. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Avenue.

MAY 30
Big LEGO display at Oregon Zoo today and tomorrow.
Once again, the advanced LEGO Physics students of Oregon Episcopal School are presenting their year’s worth of original constructions, highlighted by the computer-controlled LEGO Logo Board, today 9 am to 7 pm, and tomorrow 9 to 5, in the Skyline Room at the Oregon Zoo. The large exhibit is led by the students’ instructor, Westmoreland science teacher Jane Kenney-Norberg. The theme of the Logo Board this year tells the story of “Zuri the Rhino Travels the World”. Since the Skyline Room is beneath the Cascade Grill just inside the Zoo gate, which is before the Zoo ticket collection point, it is not necessary to pay Zoo admission to enjoy this exhibit.

Milk Carton Boat Races today in Westmoreland!
An officially-sanctioned Rose Festival event, and a longtime favorite in Inner Southeast Portland, the Milk Carton Boat Races take place today on the Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, starting at 11 am. It is free to attend; and with great food, giveaways, and entertainment, it again will be a fun event for all ages. The Royal Rosarians and Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassadors will be on hand, and the Oregon Food Bank will accept donations of cash and canned food to support the “Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger” campaign.


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