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Westmoreland Park
Aerial view of the construction of Westmoreland Park by the WPA workers in 1935. The McLoughlin “Super Highway” can be seen in the background. (Photo courtesy of SMILE History Committee)

The origins of Westmoreland Park

Special to THE BEE

From Archery to baseball, lawn bowling to milk carton boat races – since its inception in 1935, Westmoreland Park has been a paradise of activity for adults and children. The opening ceremonies for the renovated Westmoreland Park on October 25th might have interested BEE readers in just how this historic park came to be.

In the early years, around 1848, before there was a Westmoreland Park, Oregon Pioneers William Meek and Alfred Luelling were the first to settle on over 320 acres of agricultural land in the general area where today there is a park.

While the Luellings were famous for starting the first grafted fruit trees in the Northwest, and made a fortune operating a nursery, most of the nursery stock was planted and maintained on grounds where the Waverley Golf Club is now located. With little evidence of apple or cherry trees being planted in the area, the land was mainly isolated, with occasional lumberjacks felling trees for the Willsburg sawmills along Johnson Creek. 

Willsburg, platted by George and his son Jacob Wills in 1849, and lying south of Meek’s land claim, was the only town within miles. The Oregon and California railroad was the only other sign of activity – it began laying tracks in 1869 just east of where Westmoreland Park is today.

By about 1899, the establishment of the Crystal Springs Farm was beginning to stir things up. William Ladd purchased close to 721 acres from the Meek and Luelling heirs, with the intention of breeding premiere Jersey cows on the open range. Few farms knew how to raise Jersey cattle, but within the next ten years Ladd’s Crystal Springs farm acreage would be home to some of the finest cows in the Pacific Northwest.

In the first decade or so of the Twentieth Century, flying enthusiasts discovered the flat and open fields of the yet-to-be-named park, and considered them an ideal landing site for the novel form of transportation introduced to the world by the Wright Brothers in Ohio. The sound and sight of even a single airplane flying around the city attracted thousands of spectators – and the curious, who followed the aircraft wherever it flew.

Pilots low on gas and desperate to land their planes had to find vacant fields away from the hordes of people who gathered on would-be runways. The pastures of Crystal Springs Stock Farm provided an answer, and Portland’s first municipal airport was formed in Westmoreland. The airfield was later dedicated in the honor of Lieutenant Hugh Bloomfield, a Reed College graduate who had lost his life in 1918, flying over German lines in World War I.

The level grounds of Bloomfield Airfield continued as a major landing spot for aircraft through the late 1920’s, until aircraft were redirected to Swan Island in 1927 – when a new airport opened there.

However, the U.S. Postal Department was looking for an inexpensive airfield for its airmail service between Seattle and Portland, and began negotiation with the Ladd Trust Company to make use of Broomfield Airfield in 1923. 

Meantime, with the housing boom of 1908 in the neighboring Sellwood district and the outer reaches of Portland, land developers began to looking along “ByBee Boulevard”. The Columbia Trust Company, a subsidy company backed by Ladd Estate Company, decided to cultivate the fields of Crystal Springs Farmland into a new and modern residential area. 

A small business district had already gotten established around the intersection of Bybee and Milwaukie Avenue, and the eastside streetcar provided transportation for residents between the community of Sellwood and downtown Portland. A.E. Doyle was commissioned by the Real Estate Co. to construct a metal archway at ByBee with the inscribed words “Westmoreland” across it, to welcome new homebuyers. 

Over 700 lots and proposed houses were offered for sale by the Columbia Trust Company situated where residents could view the majestic Mt. Hood from their new home. The newly- crowned West Moreland development, named after prominent judge and real estate investor J.C. Moreland, was now official.

The upscale Eastmoreland neighborhood was formed the following year, but it would be another decade, or longer, before a greenway park would be considered. The Eastmoreland Golf Club was built in 1918 as an added amenity to attract more affluent residents to settle in the East and West Moreland neighborhoods.

Before he died in 1893, William S. Ladd agreed to donate part of his land to the establishment of Reed College, and in 1911 the Crystal Springs farmhouse was torn down to make way for one of Portland’s top institutions of education. Critters and college students couldn’t co-exist, so Ladd’s prized Jersey cows were rounded up and driven over the hillside to his new farmland and cow pastures at Lake Oswego – then called simply “Oswego”.

As the Westmoreland residential and business community began to grow, the area still lacked a park and playground for families to enjoy during the summertime. The old Bloomfield Aviation field was gone, replaced by a brick factory and more meandering cows – this time from the Wilson Dairy.

The Westmoreland Park that we know today was then merely unkempt ground punctuated by brambles and wild blackberry bushes, mired on occasion by overflowing water from the Crystal Springs Creek – which regularly flooded during the rainy winter season.

The land was also a haven for little children who liked to fish for crawdads and make pathways, or to build crude forts through the thickets on the land. But local residents were tiring of vacant unoccupied grounds nearby, and demand action. 

With support from the Westmoreland Community Club, members of the Portland Fly Casters Club, and with assistance from the Portland Planning Commission, funds were collected and a movement towards a new park was begun.

In the early 1920’s, officials in Portland had acquired portions of the property along a tract of land located southeast of ByBee and 22nd Avenue, bordering Crystal Springs Creek. Eight lots were forfeited for unpaid back taxes, while other acreage was accumulated from the Oregon Iron and Steel Company in the hopes of creating a community park between the West and Eastmoreland residential communities. 

The City Planning Commission finally began the development of Westmoreland Park in 1935.

From historical information collected on Portland Parks and Recreation’s website, we learn that the Federal government planned on using workers from the WPA program to begin grading the fields and creating the park structure. The Commission hired Architect Francis B. Jacobberger to draw up a plan that would rechannel meandering Crystal Springs Creek, and mould the grounds into a model park featuring tennis courts, bowling lawns, horseshoe pits, handball courts, and a baseball diamond and field.

Meanwhile, city officials envisioned employing 750 men to build a park containing three football fields, a lacrosse field, twelve tennis courts, a dozen horseshoes pits, and an open air roller rink, among many other amenities. But like most high-expectation projects, the funds available were insufficient for such dreams, and park planners were forced towards more realistic goals – especially inasmuch as the nation was then in the depths of the Great Depression. 

The construction of a cement casting pond was done for the opening of the International Casting Tournament in August of 1936. Bait and flycasters from around the world attended Portland’s first-ever surf-casting exhibition, hosted by the Portland Casting Club. Residents were inundated with the whizzing sound of flying fishing lines from contestants, who vigorously whipped their casting rods from as early as four in the morning until late into the evening hours.

Casting was far from its only offered recreation, however. It also served as a model yacht lagoon for young wanna-be sailors to practice their sailing skills during the summer and fall. Youngsters spent endless hours of enjoyment there with handmade miniature ships and boats.

And the pond’s calm waters offered an excellent opportunity for the students enrolled in the Manuel Training Class at Sellwood School to showcase their newly-built model powerboats and sailboats. 

During the frigid winter week-ends, young and old used any freezing spell for ice skating on the frozen waters of the casting pond. 

At various times all year, many social events centered around Westmoreland Park, and it was also a favorite gathering place where teenage boys and girls met on a first date.

When a lack of funds at the city level and in the Park Bureau prevented the completion of the additional projects that were on Francis Jacobberger’s blueprint for Westmoreland Park, help arrived in an unusual way. An Italian druggist who owned an ice soda fountain store on the corner of Southeast 41st and Division stepped forward to propose the construction of a baseball field. Nick Sckavone was his name, and while he wasn’t well known as a professional baseball or local hero, he was a man dedicated to the preservation of amateur baseball, and promoting sports as an opportunity for boys.

In 1939 Sckavone convinced city officials to raise the funds needed to build a baseball diamond and by 1940 baseball began in Westmoreland Park. For the next 55 years Nick Sckavone organized and promoted amateur baseball; he was a member of the Portland Boxing Commission and was instrumental in having a wooden baseball stadium constructed in Westmoreland.

Money collected from a charity baseball game at the famous Vaughn Street Ball Park contributed to the installation of outside lighting at the night games. In honor of his accomplishments and support, Sckavone Field, Westmoreland’s baseball stadium, was named in honor of this man. It still carries his name, at the south end of Westmoreland Park.

A number of new features and events were added to the new park, including space for archery and lawn bowling. Archery was fast becoming a popular sport, and in 1948 Westmoreland Park was part of a semifinal match of the Oregon State Archery Tournament. Teams competing in the tournament included the Portland Bushels, Montavilla Kiwanis, Oregon City Merchants, and St. Johns Merchants. 

Portland Parks and Recreation’s records reveal that lawn bowling facilities were constructed by 1945. Bowling teams gathered on the north entrance of the park near McLoughlin Boulevard, to compete for the Dickerson Trophy, presented by the Portland Lawn Bowling Club.

Well into the 1960’s basketball courts were slated to be added to the park along with soccer fields. Another exciting event was the milk carton boat races, in which amateurs and fraternity groups constructed funky-looking boats out of milk cartons to race one another across the shallow waters of the pond built by the WPA in the Great Depression.

In the following decades periodic flooding, deteriorating buildings and equipment, and the invasion of aggressive geese and ducks led park officials to conclude that drastic improvements were needed to revitalize Westmoreland Park. At the end of this October residents were able to examine the final touches of the renovation of Westmoreland Park, with the removal of the duck pond and the return of Crystal Springs Creek to its natural course.

The waterfowl have not been as easy to dislodge, however, so it is still wise to watch your step on the grass. The geese are always with us.

Oaks Bottom Overlook, pocket park
Nanci Champlin, Co-Chair of SMILE’s “SNAC” committee stands with Boy Scouts Cristiano Coleman and Max Erlandson at an October work party at the Oaks Bottom Overlook Pocket Park. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Tiny “Oaks Bottom Overlook” park completed on Bybee Curve

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Early October work completed a new “pocket park” under the SMILE Christmas Tree, on the curve where Bybee Boulevard turns to become S.E. 13th Avenue in Westmoreland.

The SMILE neighborhood association project brought together community volunteers and members of Boy Scout Troop 351, and was supported by a grant from the Hardy Plant Society. The park creates a pedestrian-and-wildlife-friendly rest area overlooking the Oaks Bottom wilderness, just south of Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial.

Nanci Champlin, Co-Chair of SMILE’s “Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee” (SNAC), revealed that the wayside now has additional cedar fencing, a native plant pollinator garden, and two handcrafted round cedar picnic tables, with benches attached.

The tables were built by Sellwood Pool Lifeguard Cristiano Coleman from Boy Scout Troop 351 for his Eagle Scout project. Coleman subsequently received his Eagle Scout award in a ceremony on October 26th.

Champlin advised that additional fencing has improved safety at the site. This was donated by Collin Murphy and the Kelly Luzania family in Sellwood. Heiberg Garbage & Recycling has donated a trash receptacle and pick-up service for the site, and Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial has donated water for it.

Community involvement helped showcase the enhanced-view spot, which now features a Backyard Habitat Certified pollinator garden, a wood chip pathway, and a restored memorial bench. On October 11th, volunteers and Boy Scouts spread cardboard, soil, and wood chips, to prepare the site for plantings.

On October 18, following a “meadow-scaping” class led by Sellwood ecologist Mark G. Wilson, volunteers planted native plant species, and promised to maintain the garden for a year.

SNAC hopes the rest spot will promote appreciation of the native plants and wildlife of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Already, visitors have been seen enjoying the peace and quiet offered by this new Westmoreland natural area.

Ladds Addition, roses, deadheading roses
Volunteers Phyllis Johnstone and Dennis Puetz help with the annual deadheading of the roses, in Ladd’s Addition’s rose test gardens just north of the Brooklyn neighborhood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Volunteers deadhead roses for winter in Ladd’s Addition 


Although the original William Ladd holdings in Southeast Portland included what is now Eastmoreland and much of today’s Westmoreland, the Ladd name lives on mainly in the quirky, diagonally-arranged district just north of S.E. Division Street – Ladd’s Addition.

Ladd’s Addition is distinguished by streets which run at 45-degree angle to those in the rest of Inner Southeast, as well as by its noted rose gardens, which require end-of-season trimming each year. 

A notice from the Friends of Ladd’s Addition Gardens invited volunteers to come help on a series of Saturday mornings, to deadhead roses and clean up the area. Gloves, clippers and instructions were provided by staff from Portland Parks & Recreation, which rotates volunteers through the test gardens 9-11 am on these mornings.

The historic garden plots were designed by businessman William Sargent Ladd, Mayor of Portland in 1854. The area is Portland’s oldest planned community, and was inspired by the design of Washington, D.C. Built during the early 1900’s, it has remained basically unchanged since 1939. The diamond-shaped rose gardens, located at the four main points of the compass, have continued to beautify the area for residents and visitors alike.

Phyllis Johnstone and Dennis Puetz are two of the volunteers who showed up on the day THE BEE was there. This was Johnstone’s second year on duty, but Puetz’s eleventh. Both live in Ladd’s Addition, but Puetz is formerly from Sellwood. Scanning the rainbow of colors in the West Garden, Puetz observed, “The roses will keep blooming until nearly November, if you keep deadheading them.” 

The Portland International Rose Test Gardens, founded in 1917 at Washington Park, are more famous for their floral displays, but the Ladd's Addition gardens have also provided an enduring show of roses for those who appreciate this classic floral symbol of Portland.

JCWC, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, art show
Alanna Risse says her work, “Riffle at Tideman”, conveys the feeling of water motion. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

JCWC presents Johnson Creek art show


Friends and supporters of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) gathered at their offices on an evening at the start of autumn to see entries in their 2014 art show entitled, “This is the Land the Sunset Washes”.

“We happy to see so many people come to our annual Johnson Creek Art Show,” smiled JCWC Executive Director Matt Clark, for whom it turned out to be one of his last public events for the organization. More on that in a moment.

“This annual event is important to our mission, because it helps people see our watershed in a new and different way,” Clark told THE BEE. “It helps people see and admire Johnson Creek in a way that they perhaps didn’t, twenty years ago. 

“And, this enables us to see things in the watershed with new eyes, and a new appreciation for nature, even though it’s in an urban setting.” 

The work of five artists were on display for guests to view while they enjoyed live music, a glass of wine, and light hors d'oeuvres. 

One of the artists, Kailyn Bowen Marcus, talked about her pen-and-ink-with-gold-leaf work which she calls “Seed”.

“It’s the image of a mustard seed,” Bowen Marcus said. “It’s like the mustard seed parable from the Bible; to my mind it’s about ‘paying it forward’. I consider this kind of a meditation piece about doing good works for the earth and others.” 

Another of the artists, Alanna Risse, spoke about her work entitled “Riffle at Tideman”. The acrylic on panel image was inspired by photos she took along the creek in Johnson Tideman Park, Risse explained. “As you know, a riffle is like a ‘mini rapid’. I really get into the motion of water, and wanted to do a painting that illustrated that motion.”

The casual show appeared to be enjoyed by all who attended, and it supports the work of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

A few days later, Matt Clark announced his plans to depart from his seven-year position heading the JCWC: “In January, my wife, Abby, our two boys, Rowan and Quillan, and I will be moving to Loja, Ecuador where I have accepted a position with a tropical conservation organization (Nature and Culture International). 

“Abby and I both have lived previously in Latin America, and it’s been a dream of ours to return there to share that experience with our sons.”

A search for his successor has begun.

Ping Pongs Pint Size Puppet Museum
Marty Richmond helps Doyle Sekora finish his new marionette. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Puppet workshop at Sellwood museum makes for creative play 

for THE BEE 

Instead of coming to look at figures or watch a show, families have also been coming to Sellwood’s Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum to learn the art of puppet building.

During these “Build-a-Puppet” sessions, kids and adults learn how to make – and then take home – a real marionette, or a rod puppet, or a “hopper” puppet.

“Over the summer, we’ve had twenty-five kids and adults come to the sessions, and spend three hours picking through stuffed animals and creatures to find the one they want to customize,” said Steven Overton. They have an incredibly fun time, because they get to accessorize the puppets, adding ‘bling’ like hats, feathers, beads and jewels. 

“Some of the stuffed animals or figures – they can choose from 75 of them – are a little stiff to be puppets,” Overton said. “So we have to do a little ‘surgery’ on those, taking out some of the stuffing so we can turn them into a marionette or rod-operated puppet.” 

He and partner Marty Richmond help participants with the technical aspects, such as putting the strings on the marionette, and installing rods on the rod puppets. 

“What’s been so fun about the workshops is that we never know what they're going to build,” Overton smiled. “And, while many adults are afraid to try doing marionettes, when children start working with them, they find out how fun and easy it is to bring them to life.” 

See what’s new at the museum by visiting their website at, or drop by Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood.

St Agatha Catholic School
Donna Deering, VP of Catering for Elephant’s Catering and Events, checks the table settings for the St. Agatha Catholic School Benefit Dinner along with event organizer April Lough. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

St. Agatha School builds trust fund with annual dinner

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The gymnasium of Sellwood’s St. Agatha Catholic School was decked out, including mood lighting and live “cocktail hour” music, on the evening of October 5. The school’s third annual Benefit Dinner was getting underway. 

“The banquet is put on by ‘Friends of St. Agatha’ to raise money for our trust fund,” explained this year’s Chair, April Lough. 

Beyond fundraising, Lough said that the evening also highlights the school’s emphasis on “service learning”. “It’s about the importance of Catholic education, and how it impacts the community at large, as well as the children in school. 

“The children can take what they learn here and, as they go out into the world, they will hopefully continue to provide service to their community, and help people in other ways,” Lough said. 

Five volunteers worked with Lough to coordinate the dinner; the food was prepared by Elephant’s Delicatessen. Heading the menu was Asian chicken breasts – and rainbow quinoa-stuffed Portobello mushrooms for vegetarians.

The new school administrator, Principal Chris Harris, said, “This is fantastic! It's very unique to have a trust fund that supports the school, providing financial aid.

“And to have a dinner like this, shows the support both of our parents, and of the community at large,” Harris told THE BEE. “Supporting the endowment helps us so we can continue to provide financial aid, year after year.”

Errol Heights Park
JCWC restoration volunteer Paul Ciri hoists a bag of debris, with the help of PP&R worker Scott Matthews and volunteer Randall Magahay. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Volunteers give Errol Heights Park some TLC

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It was a cheerful Saturday morning towards the end of summer when volunteers converged on S.E. 52nd Avenue and Tenino Drive – at Errol Heights Nature Park, just south of the Community Garden.

“We meet here about once a month to do what we can to remove invasive growth, and to replant native species,” explained Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Restoration Volunteer Paul Ciri, as the volunteers took a mid-morning break.

“I’ve been volunteering with JCWC for about eight years now,” Ciri told THE BEE.  “And, I’ve been working at this park for about four years.

“About five years ago, it was pretty much all trash around here,” Ciri recalled. “Volunteers have hauled out an old broken-down bus, took down the remains of houses and lean-tos, and made this a beautiful Nature Park.”

Randall Magahay, a nearby S.E. Tolman Street resident, said he’d been working to help restore Errol Heights Nature Park for about twelve years. “We have seen the park grow about two-thirds larger than it was. 

“There used to be lots of blackberry bushes, trash, and abandoned buildings,” Magahay confirmed. “But now, down on the creek, we see that ‘Errol the Beaver’ has moved back in. After we took out some barriers, the wildlife has come back.”

Their break over, the volunteers headed back into the park, adding mulch to some of the new plantings, and ripping out weeds.

Johnson Creek, Johnson Creek Park, cleanup
Volunteer Mason Parker picks up trash in Johnson Creek Park. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Johnson Creek gets a cleaning, to prepare for winter

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Along six miles of Johnson Creek, from the confluence of Crystal Springs Creek out to the Brookside area in Lents, dozens of volunteers showed up ready to get wet and dirty in late summer. They were there to clean debris out of the waterway. 

At least three teams arrived at Johnson Creek Park in Sellwood, before fanning out to pick up trash and remove obstructions from the creek during the annual “Johnson Creek Cleanup”.

“This is important to the mission of the organization, because we're trying to improve the fish habitat in the creek,” remarked Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Board Member Dick Schubert, who was also serving as one of the three team leaders for the morning’s activity. 

“Some of the things that people leave or throw into the creek are toxic to the fish,” Schubert told THE BEE. “We like to get as much as we can out of the creek to improve the habitat.  Plus, a lot of people come use the creek for recreation.  It’s a lot more peaceful and pleasant place, if it is trash-free.” 

JCWC volunteers choose late summer for the annual cleanup because of the creek’s low water level at that time of year. “We have to walk in the creek to do this,” explained Schubert. “Most of the things that we pick up are going to be in the creek, not so much along the bank. Because of the low water and good weather, we should be able to clean up our assigned segment quickly.” 

Clean-up Team Captain Scott Kelly led another group of volunteers at the park. “New this year is that we’re also going to be sorting out recyclables – like deposit-return bottles and cans – from the trash. This year’s effort will be even ‘greener’.” 

It didn’t take long for bags to be filled with trash, and recyclables. Along the lower and middle reaches of the creek, volunteers removed about three tons of trash. 

When you notice how clean Johnson Creek is next time you visit, consider helping out the JCWC at their next creek cleanup.

Learn more about the mission and efforts of the JCWC by visiting their website: 

Mid Autumn Fest, Woodstock Library
Woodstock librarian Amber Houston presents “Chinese Storytime” with accompaniment by guzheng musician Hai Bi. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock Library hosts annual Mid-Autumn Fest 

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The Woodstock Branch Library was teeming with “Zhōngqiū Festival” celebrants.

In this country, this celebration is better known as the “Mid-Autumn Festival”, as it is observed around the world by ethnic Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese peoples – usually within 15 days of the Autumnal Equinox, on the night of the full moon, between early September and early October of the Gregorian calendar.

“Today we are welcoming everyone in our community to join us to celebrate what we also call the ‘Chinese Moon Festival’,” welcomed Multnomah County Library Chinese Regional Librarian Rosalind Wang.

“This is the second most important of the major celebrations in the Chinese community, after Chinese New Year,” Wang explained.

It started off with Woodstock Librarian Amber Houston telling the story, and renowned guzheng (Chinese harp) musician Hai Bi musically accompanying it. 

The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another, Wang observed:

  • Gathering – family and friends coming together or harvesting crops
  • Thanksgiving – giving thanks for the harvest or for harmonious joining together
  • Praying – for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

“Indeed, it is a very happy time when people can relax. All of the family members get together and have a merry, happy time, and enjoy the feast.

“And also they try to catch up with each other, about what is new in the families,” Wang said. “And it’s a time when people talk about the future.”

In addition to crafts for the kids, participants were serenaded by traditional Chinese music performed by the “Portland Orchid & Bamboo Chinese Music Ensemble”. They also enjoyed dance numbers by young students from Woodstock’s “Yu Maio Chinese Immersion School”. 

And, it wouldn’t be a Mid-Autumn Festival without traditional “moon cakes” – tasty round pastry rolls that taste like almonds.

Happy faces abounded, as the celebration continued into the afternoon.


Hallowe’en in Woodstock. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) is hosting its annual neighborhood Hallowe’en celebration today, geared toward families with young children.  The fun kicks off at the Woodstock Library with their “Not So Scary Stories” at 4 pm, after which children in costume – accompanied by adults – will be encouraged to trick-or-treat at Woodstock Boulevard businesses before coming to the Woodstock Community Center (WCC) for a free family-friendly “Harvest Hallowe’en” party from 4:30 to 8 pm, featuring refreshments, children’s activities, professional photos, acoustic music, and raffle prizes. Free and open to all.

Hallowe’en party in Sellwood. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 SE 15th Avenue, presents its annual Harvest Carnival, 6-8 pm. Bring the kids over for games and prizes. “A not-to-be-missed fun stop on your trick-or-treat route.”

Naturescaping workshop in Woodstock. A site planning workshop for previous participants of the “Naturescaping Basics” class presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District., takes place today 9 am-1 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street. The workshop guides you through the steps of planning your project and preparing a site plan using naturescaping techniques. Registration is required, and space is limited. Register online at:

Recycling and public “shred” event today. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood, is holding a free electronic-recycling and document-shred event today. Bring all your old, broken, and unused electronics; safe document shredding on-site. Call the church for the time of the event, not yet set at press-time. 503/236-7823.

Fund raiser at Puppet Museum today. A Holiday Fund-Raising Bazaar takes place today, tomorrow, and on November 13 through 16, at the nonprofit Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. “Who knows what magical Holiday goodies we’ll be offering up for sale? We don't know yet either, but don't worry, there'll be enough good stuff to make it worth a stop at the museum.” Web presence:

“Legos @ the Library” in Woodstock this afternoon.
Kids age 5 to 11 are invited to a free workshop this afternoon, 3-4 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. “Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. Each time, we’ll build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided.” Free, but donations welcome.

Book Fair in Woodstock today and tomorrow. All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, is having its annual fundraising Book Fair today and tomorrow from 10 am until 3 pm. There will home-made pies and coffee on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to purchase both hard-back and paper-back books at bargain pricing.

Westmoreland school’s Holiday Market. Llewellyn Elementary School’s 8th Annual Holiday Market is today and tomorrow at 6301 S.E. 14th Aveniue. The Market runs today 2pm-6pm, and tomorrow, Saturday, 10am-4pm. More than fifty artists will be on hand selling unique gifts and crafts, raffle prizes, baked goods and more!

Celebrate fall with an Oregon story of apples. Today at the Sellwood Branch Library, it’s a special presentation by award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson in honor of the 10th anniversary of her book, “Apples to Oregon” – a lively retelling of the true story of the Luelling family, Oregon's first orchardists. “Apples to Oregon” was named the children’s selection for the State's Oregon Reads Sesquicentennial commemoration in 2009. The book was also an ALA Notable selection, and winner of the Spur Storytelling Award, an Oregon Book Award finalist, and winner of the Golden Kite award for picture book text. Join Deborah Hopkinson during this special presentation followed by a Q&A, book signing and family activity, today at 11 am until 12:15 pm at the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Free.

“Breakfast Forum” touches on global warming.
The monthly free, informal, respectful “Breakfast Forum” founded and run by Woodstock resident Ann B. Clarkson, today meets 6:30-7:30 am at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont, to discuss “Is Global Warming Real? If So, What Can We Do?” The speaker is David Tver, a former researcher in the Environmental Science Department at Tel Aviv University. He will discuss evidence and different ways of interpreting it. He will also raise the question of how many problems can be resolved by engineering. No registration required. Free. For information call 503/774-9621.

American Indian Storytelling and Drumming at Sellwood Library. Traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley are presented this morning, 10:30-noon, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation, and drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program. Made possible by The Library Foundation through support from The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Fund. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program, starting at 10 am until they are gone. Seating is limited so come early. Free.

New show at Puppet Museum. This afternoon at 2 pm, and again tomorrow at 4 pm, you can be among the first to see a brand new puppet show, “Hocus, Pocus...Wholeness!” Britt & the Wily Wayfarers present an interactive Muppet-style hand and rod puppet adventure. “Meet Hendrick, who has mastered spell making, potion crafting, and magical incantations, but still feels something is missing in his life... The answer may surprise you! Learn the science behind how active games and fitness strengthen the brain as well as the body.” Fun for the whole family; tickets are $7.00 for ages 3-99. Ping Pong’s Pint-Size Puppet Museum is at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Call 503/233-7723. 

Boy Scout Christmas Tree sale starts today. Starting today, Boy Scout Troop 351 will be having a Christmas Tree sale in the Westmoreland Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, 6646 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The sale will be all day on weekends, and 5-9pm Monday-Friday. Proceeds are slated to help 30 boys make a trip to Maui and Oahu next summer.

Teens: Make decorative boxes and gift cards in Woodstock. Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to a free workshop this afternoon, 2-3 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library – S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th. Dip into a treasure trove of colorful specialty papers, ribbons, stickers and sparkles to create beautiful one-of-a-kind cards and boxes to WOW the special people in your life.

Fall Taizé Service today at Moreland Presbyterian Church. “During this hectic time of year, treat yourself to a simple, uplifting, meditative and mostly candle-lit service, on the last Sundays of November and December. For those who have never heard of Taizé, it is a unique ecumenical monastery in France, attracting people of many faiths from around the world. Widely known for its mission of reconciliation, the community is known as a place where kindness of heart and simplicity are at the center of everything.” Services will be held at Moreland Presbyterian Church this evening, 5.30-6.30 pm, and again on December 28 at the same time. Childcare will be available. S.E. 18th and Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.


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Portland area freeway and highway traffic cameras

Portland Police


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Portland Public Schools

Multnomah County's official SELLWOOD BRIDGE website

Click here for the official correct time!

Click here to draw a map of anywhere in the United States!

Oaks Amusement Park

Association of Home Business (meets in Sellwood)

Local, established, unaffiliated leads and referrals group for businesspeople; some categories open

Weekly updates on area road and bridge construction

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Check for Internet hoaxes, scams, etc.

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Convert almost any unit of measure to almost any other

Research properties in the City of Portland

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KPAM 860 News Radio

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SMILE -- The Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League  and  its blog

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Woodstock Neighborhood Association website

Woodstock Business Assn. business directory

Southeast Portland Rotary Club website

Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance website

Eastmoreland neighborhood website

Brooklyn Action Corps Neighborhood Association

Alternate Brooklyn Action Corps website

Reed Neighbors

Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association  and  its blog

From SMILE and Portland Parks: Historic Oaks Pioneer Church--available for weddings and events in Sellwood