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1927 ad in The Bee, music advertisement
No need to travel to Portland’s downtown department stores, when you could shop at the Sellwood Furniture Company. Music enthusiasts in the 1920’s could pick up records, sheet music, or a fancy record player there. (Ad from THE BEE, 1927)

Women’s liberation, and the music of the Roaring 1920’s

Special to THE BEE

When the 1920’s arrived, the nation was prepared for change.

Rapid growth was occurring in industry, and new forms of entertainment were attracting Americans – particularly the younger ones.

As wages doubled, young people flocked to the cities, applying for the new jobs, leaving the drudgery of farm life behind.

Many new opportunities for women became available, as the traditional roles of “stay at home housewife”, teacher, or domestic worker, became passé. Many women were needed as stenographers, typists, secretaries, and office workers – and in the textile industry. There were breakthroughs for women also in sports, music, the arts, and the movie industry.

In Inner Southeast “Oregon Worsted”, a knitting and yarn manufacturing company, specifically hired women to work the spinning and weaving machines in the factory built in the vacant fields east of where Tacoma Street ended, in “Willsburg”. The factory was located within easy walking distance of the Sellwood or emerging Westmoreland areas.

Many other young ladies found their first jobs at the Peerless Laundry Company or at the Wassell Helgren Canning and Preserves Co, both located along 13th Avenue. A 1920 ad in THE BEE announced open jobs for 100 women to “peel pears for the Wassell Helgren Company”.

At the same time, young Americans were experiencing a dramatic change in the music they were listening to, the clothes they were wearing, and even the style of their hair. Ladies wore their hair short and their dresses looser, and enjoyed new-found freedom in dancing, smoking, and sports. Men wore baggy slacks, raccoon coats, and black patent leather shoes.

The days of neighborhood get-togethers in which parents played fiddles, guitars, and harmonicas, and sang “Danny Boy” or “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”, were disappearing. Up and coming now was music created by the younger generation. Young people of the 1920’s wanted music that made them feel happy, snappy, and fast, and motivate them to get up and dance instead of just sitting and watching. Big bands, ragtime, blues, and a fast upbeat tempo style called Jazz were emerging.

Young and old were now hearing and playing such instruments as clarinet, saxophone, drums, trumpets, and trombones – with singers performing together in groups backed up jazzy upbeat tempos. With the increasing income of the “jazz age ’20’s”, a new and exciting life style was emerging.

The new businesses centered around music and dance provided new opportunities for ladies in the entertainment field. Norma Holzgraf emerged as one of Oaks Park’s first female musical directors, in a field usually dominated by men. She established an all-girls band made up of seven lovely and talented ladies who played an assortment of instruments from ukulele, banjo, trumpet, drums and mandolin.

Widely known as the Normandy Girls, each band member was required to play at least two instruments to qualify for the ensemble. These lady musicians performed during many shows in the summertime, playing such unusual instruments as the sousaphone, fish horn, and bass horn. The Normandy Girls were noted for playing something new called “Broadway Symphonic Jazz”, which was upbeat and appealing to young audiences – while still playing older “standard” songs requested by senior members of the audience.

Admission to these Oaks Park evening concerts cost only 10 cents for adults and 5 cents for children, and often the Normandy Girls preformed for close to 3,000 spectators who filled the outdoor stage at The Oaks.

Norma Holzgraf, a Texas native, accompanied the band on the piano, and the Normandy Girls usually appeared twice daily from May to September. Norma also piloted the Harmony Girls and Orpheus Girls groups, and was able to book engagements as far away as California and Canada until the crash of the stock market in 1929 ended many of the park’s bands and concerts. When the Normandy Girls folded, the musically-talented Norma Holzgraf spent the rest of her life first driving a bookmobile, and later being a taxi cab driver.

However, the Crash in 1929 and the Great Depression did not stop the music; indeed its escape became even more important than ever. As music enthusiasts filled dance halls to listen to their favorite groups and musicians, pianos were purchased for in-home use, and consumer interest in sheet music increased. Hundreds of thousands of sheets were sold at department or music stores or by mail order.

Two new inventions had been grabbing the public’s attention since years before 1929 – the radio, and the phonograph.

The phonograph made popular music available for people to listen to in their own homes, or to share with friends and family whenever they wanted. Young adults no longer needed to wait for their favorite singer to show up at a musical venue, or pay admission to hear them. Over 190,000 phonographs were sold nationwide in 1923, and within six years sales reached 5 million.

While orchestral and marching music originally sold the most records and sheet music, soon jazz, blues, and hillbilly music was on the rise. The Sellwood Furniture Company offered free demonstrations of the new Orthophonic Victrola record player for potential buyers -- or you could stop by to hear the latest records, which they were selling. If you needed a piano delivered to your home, who better to call than the Sellwood Transfer Company – for reliable and fast delivery!

While owning a phonograph was originally quite expensive, limited to the upper classes, radios proved a cheaper method of entertainment and reached a larger listening audience. The longest continuous broadcasting station started in 1909 in San Jose, California, with KQW, today known as KCBS in San Francisco. In 1920, the first government license for radio broadcasting was issued to KDKA in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

By 1923, close to 500 radio stations were on the air across the country; in Portland, the oldest continuous radio broadcast is that of KBPS, the Portland Public Schools station, which started in 1921 – and in 1922 was purchased by students holding bake sales and the like, for $2,000, from the radio repair shop that had put it on the air. The students presented the station to the Portland Public Schools, which still operates it today from a studio and tower at Benson High School. KGW and KEX soon followed on the Portland dial.

The earliest local radio broadcasts were sing-along musical shows, along with just a little national news and weather reports, and networked radio soon followed, featuring comedy and variety shows and mystery serials. Six years later radios could be found in more than half of the homes in America, and this “furniture that talked” became a major part of everyday life.

The new music that emerged in the 1920’s encouraged youngsters to join their local school band, and caused parents to enroll their children with private instructors who taught piano, violin, and trumpets, or who taught popular styles of singing.

In Sellwood, musical coaches included Mrs. Eugenie M. Brown, piano, and Mrs. Lambert A. Beard, voice and piano, who taught from private studios or their homes. For many years the Sellwood band which practiced at the Sellwood Community Center was hired to perform for many special occasions or by fraternal organizations which didn’t have their own band.

Carl A. Hohmann was a musician and onetime leader of the Sellwood band; and a kindergarten orchestra was organized at the Sellwood School, to the delight of parents and teachers. Bands were in such high demand that the Postal Workers and the Streetcar CarMen had their own bands, available for patriotic speeches, sporting events, and holidays.

The neighborhood’s most prolific instructor was Professor Albert Schuff who opened the Progressive School of Music in his house across from the Sellwood Community Center. Born in Mergeln, Austria in 1889, Albert learned how to play the piano when he was just seven years old, taught by his father. Albert emigrated to America (presumably with other members of his family) in 1909, when he was only nine years old.

Among his many accomplishments were being a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, where he played the violin for twenty three years; being a lifetime member of the musicians’ union; and being a lifetime member the Trinity Church of God. Besides being a music teacher at the Sellwood School, and serving as a private instructor throughout the Portland area, Albert created and shared many musical compositions for local high society in the Rose City.

During the 1920’s and well into the next decade, dances with live bands were held every weekend in the Westmoreland-Sellwood neighborhood. In particular, musicians and bands were needed for shindigs at Strahlman’s Hall, above the Isis Theater, at the corner of 13th and Spokane. Dances and fundraisers were on going at Union Hall upstairs over the Sellwood Volunteer Fire Station at 13th and Tenino, too. Meantime, a dance and card party was held regularly at St Agatha’s Hall during the 1920’s – a five-piece ladies orchestra was hired, and attendees paid only 50 cents for the evening’s performance.

The Westmoreland Community Club even went so far as organizing an annual “boat dance”. For 50 cents patrons could enjoy refreshments and glamorous music aboard the ship “The Swan”, which traveled from the East Morrison Street Docks down the Willamette River and back. A seven piece orchestra, the Francis Bliss Group, furnished the entertainment for the evening guests.

Dancing was a really big deal for young people in the 1920’s and 1930’s; you never went to a dance alone. If you didn’t have a date, you felt left out. It was a great time for young people to socialize and mingle, and dances were where many couples met, and later married.

Frequently referred to as the “Golden Times”, “The Roaring Twenties”, or the “Jazz Era”, the 1920’s are still remembered by Portland locals old enough to recall them as an exciting time of change – until the arrival of the Great Depression in the 1930’s cast a deep cloud over Inner Southeast Portland. But, that is another story.

Torah, Aron Kodesh, Rabbi Dov Bialo. Southeast Portland Chabad House
Rabbi Dov Bialo of the Southeast Portland Chabad House, left, is clearly pleased with the unique Aron Kodesh fashioned by Westmoreland resident Lenny Hoffman, at right, which will soon hold the schul’s Torah scroll. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Westmoreland artist fashions “ark” from recycled wood for Reed Shul 


When not working at his vocation – as a motion picture lighting director – Leonard “Lenny” Hoffman can often be found in his garage/workshop/studio at his Westmoreland home playing jazz music, building fanciful bicycles, and making furniture from reclaimed wood.

Throughout this past summer, Hoffman has been building a cabinet with religious significance – a Torah ark for the Southeast Portland Chabad House Jewish Student & Community Center, on S.E. Steele in the Reed neighborhood.

“I am very much part of my culture,” Hoffman told THE BEE. “I can’t separate myself from it. I argue with God all the time; because that’s what we do! I love the Rabbi and his people; they are wonderful people. Since I moved here they've been my ‘family’.

“I am the shammes [caretaker] of this schul [Jewish synagogue or temple],” Hoffman continued. “I was commissioned to build an Aron Kodesh [Torah ark, or cabinet] for the schul.”

Being the creative craftsman that he is, Hoffman said he wanted it to be unique. So, in keeping with the Portland spirit, he sourced out old-growth, locally-harvested Douglas fir, black walnut, maple, and oak wood, reclaimed from deconstructed homes in the area.

“I studied furniture-making in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I lived as a teenager and early adult life,” Hoffman explained. “This tradition of furniture-making combines crudeness and elegance. For decades, I’ve built hand-carved doors for mansions, pie safes, hoosier cabinets, tables, and benches.

“So, for this Torah ark, I’ve chosen to leave the wood as I found it, nail holes and all,” Hoffman said. “Instead of hiding them, I featured the imperfections. I think that’s where the beauty lies in the wood – in the imperfections.”

The carpenter who nailed the reclaimed wood in place 100 years ago thought his work was over, and no one would ever see it again, he added. “I've chosen to make it part of this, so his work becomes part of the blessing in this ark.”

The design of the cabinet, including a cupola, is a design reminiscent of the architecture seen in his father’s shtetl [a small town with large Jewish population], called Apshitsa, in Ukraine, Hoffman remarked.

Coming to see the progress of the project was Rabbi Dov Bialo of the Southeast Portland Chabad House. He smiled broadly as he looked over the cabinet that would soon hold their Torah scroll.

“We have programs at our schul for students in the area from age of 18 months to the age of over 100 years,” Bialo said. “In any schul, you'll find the Aron Kodesh, right in the front, on the east wall, to hold the Torah scroll. The Torah has the five books of Moses – every word, from beginning to end. If there is even one cracked letter, it needs to be fixed before it can be used again.

“And, when the Torah has a proper ‘home’, it imparts an unbelievably good feeling for everyone participating, because it creates a certain space – where you feel that you’re in a place that you need to be, just like the Torah is in a place that it needs to be,” Bialo explained.

This is also a story about how Hoffman is giving back to his community, Bialo commented. “He’s using the talents that he was given. The idea of ‘making a donation’ is one thing; but the giving of his sweat and creativity is something exceptionally good.”

Learn more about Hoffman’s many interests online:

And, more information about Southeast Portland Chabad House Jewish Student & Community Center is available online at:

Woodstock, movie night, Portland Parks and Recreation, Woodstock Neighborhood Association
People sprawled out in Woodstock Park on that midsummer evening, waiting for dusk – and the start of this year’s Movie in the Park, “The Never Ending Story”. The turnout this year was acclaimed as the biggest yet. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock “Movie Night Out” declared a success


This year’s summertime “Movie in Woodstock Park”, hosted by the Woodstock Neighborhood Association in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation, had a record attendance, even exceeding last year’s large crowd. Organizers estimated the turnout this year may have been over three thousand adults and children, with a pet dog here and there.

The crowd came to the park to see the popular family movie “The Never Ending Story”, an epic 1984 fantasy film – and, for the fun of sprawling on the grass on a beautiful summer evening. Everyone there seemed to be enjoying themselves, according to the neighborhood association.

Before the movie started, live music by “Manimalhouse” kept the large crowd entertained, and then Portland Parks and Recreation’s Southeast Service Manager, Jeff Milkes, stepped up to express his appreciation to all those present for their attendance. 

He went on to thank the “Friends of the Woodstock Community Center” for all that they do to help keep the center open and in “great shape” for classes, special events, and meetings.

The principal organizer of the Movie Night for the neighborhood association was Aaron Edgington, husband of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s Vice Chairperson Elisa Edgington. The couple took care of organizing details and logistics, such as getting sponsors, and making sure there was entertainment for every age.

Before the movie started at dusk on July 24th, there was a long line of parents and children waiting to receive a creatively-twisted balloon from the balloon artist – and there were jugglers, too.

Aaron Edgington reported the top sponsors of the Movie Night this year were Dieringer Properties Inc. (owner of the Woodstock Shopping Center), Portland Family Health, the Missing Link Bicycle Shop, Woodstock Veterinary Clinic, and THE BEE, which contributed a large ad in its July issue. The total cash raised was $2,500 and, after expenses, that left $350 to put toward next year’s Movie in Woodstock Park.

For more information on the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, and community events, go online:  

Brooklyn, Ice Cream Social, Brooklyn Park, Kathy Orton
Kathy Orton handed out information on Brooklyn's Adopt-A-Block Program along with free tomatoes. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn celebrates 13th “Ice Cream Social in the Park”


Sunday, September 13th, was a warm and mellow day to celebrate the thirteenth annual “Ice Cream Social at Brooklyn Park”. Neighbors and volunteers assisted the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, the sponsor of the event. Some twenty local businesses provided support, with donations and gift certificates for the free raffle.

Fred Meyer, the regional stores whose headquarters are in the Brooklyn neighborhood, supplied funds for ice cream and fruit bars; Portland Parks and Recreation brought their portable rock climbing wall; and the Portland Fire Bureau arranged for the appearance of Engine 21 and its staff for on-site tours.

The Thelma Skelton “Meals On Wheels People” kitchen at Milwaukie Avenue and S.E. Center Street set up a cook tent to sell hot dogs, Polish dogs, hamburgers, chips, and soda. A sign invited volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program to call 503/953-8209 if interested in participating.

Volunteers from Sacred Heart Catholic Church handed out free balloons weighted with bubble stuff, and jolly “Biff the Clown” returned to make free balloon sculptures for the kids. This year, Sarah Pearce from Earth Fairy Entertainment came dressed as a woodland fairy to do her face painting. 

Brooklyn neighborhood families enjoyed chatting with neighbors in Brooklyn Park, while their kids played in the Inflatable Jungle Bouncer, topped by a palm tree and an elephant. Vendors and information booths offered products and data for interested browsers.

Don Stephens of the Brooklyn Historical Society said the group is still seeking an Historical District designation for the neighborhood. Kathy Orton provided information on the Adopt-A-Block Program along with free tomatoes; and nearby, Country music by the “Yamhillbillies” wafted over the scene.

The Brooklyn Community Garden sold T-shirts and Garden mural art. Mike O'Connor, former BAC Chair, revealed that plans for Gideon’s Orchard on a small TriMet property at S.E. 17th & Pershing Street had been shelved. “In spite of two years of neighborhood planning and design, Gideon's Orchard was unable to secure required support from Southeast Uplift or the Portland Fruit Tree Project,” he said.

“However, the City of Portland is currently evaluating sponsorship of the site as a possible location for a Community Garden with ADA-accessible raised garden beds. Plans are still in the works for developing the fenced triangle that now stands empty, adjacent to TriMet’s Orange Line. We'll just have to see what happens.”

As for the business displays at the festive neighborhood Ice Cream Social – the “Fiber Rhythm” table demonstrated two wool hand looms, and a dog model sporting a knit reflective sweater and leash. Brooklyn residents Mark and Kim Junker sold handmade felted items, jewelry, and a variety of antique bottles. 

Cherry Tree, tree falls, Woodstock
This one-hundred-year old cherry tree, a neighborhood icon from the days of cherry orchards in Woodstock, suffered “sudden limb drop” due to high temperatures and its advanced age. Now, what once was a tree is just a twisted art object. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

First Person: Woodstock hundred-year cherry tree collapses


As a time when retaining old trees has become a hot issue in Inner Southeast, it is worth reflecting that everything ages, and trees do die – sometimes all by themselves.

It was a hot, windless, late summer morning, and this writer was working at her computer. Suddenly, the house shook with the force of a small earthquake. The jolt was so strong, I was frozen in place for a moment. Then I looked outside and saw a cloud of reddish brown dust with large particles falling to the ground. That can never be good.

After going downstairs and looking outside I saw that a large part of our hundred-year-old Queen Anne cherry tree had separated from the main trunk. We had employed an arborist only two months earlier to take out dead wood, and the remaining branches all had appeared to have green leaves.

A neighbor who had been using a leaf blower seventy-five yards away came over to say she had felt the ground shake.

A neighborhood friend of our letter carrier came over within an hour to cut up, at no charge, the part of the limb that was over the sidewalk. We gave him a gift of fire wood.

Our tree had a large, twisted trunk, and attracted people from all over the neighborhood who’d commented on its size and beauty. Twenty-two years earlier, it had been selected for mention in Phyllis Reynold’s book, “Greater Trees of Portland.”

Reynolds, a true tree aficionado, had stopped by one afternoon in 1992 and measured the trunk, saying she had chosen it as one of 132 local trees that were “exceptional for their size, beauty, rarity, or history”. But the end of days comes for all living things, and it now had for our cherry tree – or most of it.

With recent high winds, various locations in the neighborhoods had limbs and leaves falling all over the sidewalk or ground. But in this case, there there’d been no wind. The tree was old, well cared for, and pruned – but obviously, decaying…and hot. Half the tree hit the ground in one fell swoop. The largest limb was five feet in circumference.                       

Chad Honl, owner of Honl Tree Care, says that even a well-kept tree can have what is called “sudden limb drop”. When the weather is very hot, the pores of the leaves shut down, leading to extra weight in the limbs.

Rick Faber, Woodstock resident and City of Portland forester, concurs with Honl. In hot weather, “instead of having water continually pumped through the branches and leaves, all the water is stationary within the limb. This extra weight, plus the expansion of the water, can lead to brittle limbs and failure.” Faber adds that this is especially common in what he described as brittle trees, such as sweet gum or cottonwood – or the ubiquitous “Tree of Heaven”, ailanthus.

Honl says that, simply stated, there are three ways trees fail: Decay; sudden limb drop; and neglect. As one might expect, if a tree is already damaged or decayed and you add extreme heat with a strong east wind, the possibility for limb failure increases. Watering the tree might help alleviate some of the tree’s “heat exhaustion” advises Faber.

For safety (we were fortunate the limb did not fall on anyone), and tree preservation, tree owners should have their trees checked every three years or so. Every tree has its own needs that can be determined by a certified arborist, who, as most people know, will usually come out for no charge to do an assessment and give advice, and an estimate if pruning or feeding is necessary.

For now, we have decided to leave what’s left of the mammoth twisted tree trunk and limb, as a kind of sculpture. Some have asked if the remaining wood, some very crumbly, has any bothersome or destructive insects. Fortunately, so far it is insect free.

Knock on wood.

Powell Boulevard, Foster Powell, Community Garden
A new second cistern and ten raised garden beds were installed this summer near this meeting shed, at the developing Foster-Powell Community Garden of Powell Boulevard. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Foster-Powell Community Garden grows in summer sun


We’ve been chronicling the development of an unusual community garden in Inner Southeast for two years now. What makes it unusual is that instead of de-paving the lot on which the garden is located, the garden is built upon the pavement!

This past summer, work parties at the Foster-Powell Community Garden put finishing touches on their colorful gateway to that neighborhood. In July, work parties cleaned up the site, weeding and removing debris, and moving wood, chip, and dirt piles. A ramp was added to the meeting shack, and volunteers watered native plants on the hillside.

After clearing space throughout the site, a second 2,500-gallon water cistern and ten new raised beds were installed on August 28th and 29th, along with a small “Free Produce” kiosk at the corner of S.E. 62nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

The new cistern was hooked up adjacent to the meeting shed on the south side of the garden. Although the two cisterns are huge, they were relatively easy to roll into place on the site. Community Garden founder Vicki Wilson told THE BEE, “After the both cisterns are filled with rainwater, garden beds will be available for rental next February, making the garden plan completely functional.”

Over the past two years, the Foster-Powell Community Garden has beaten the odds to become a source of pride for neighborhood gardeners. The problem of an adequate water source was complicated initially by the nature of the lot – a former paved business site that the property owner did not want removed.

After much planning, fundraising, and hard work, the garden is now producing a good crop of tomatoes and sunflowers. It features an attractive elliptical gate and entry fence topped with painted wooden flowers.

A “Fall Fest” at the garden is planned for Saturday, October 24. Those interested in helping with that can send an e-mail to:

Library Writers Project, Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library wants to read your novel!

Sellwood-Moreland Library Administrator
Special to THE BEE

Starting back on September 1, and continuing through December 31, the Multnomah County Library will be accepting submissions from local authors who would like to see their novels added to the library’s e-book collection.

Here’s how it works: Submit your e-book to the “Smashwords self-publishing portal”, online at: hosted for the Multnomah County Library – for free. (You must own all rights to the work.)

Fill out a submission form on the Multnomah County Library website – at: – telling the library about your work. You’ll need to have a Multnomah County library card to do that, so if you don’t have one, visit your local branch library to get one.

Library staff members will review the submissions.

After the library staff reviews submissions, they will add the best ones to the library’s e-book collection on the OverDrive platform, visited by over 1,500 MCL patrons every single day.

The library will host a series of programs this fall designed to help you become the writer you want to be. There will be sessions on writing within genres, kickstarting the creative process, and writing for kids; and a day of self-publishing workshops with keynote speaker Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. (For dates and times, go online to:

For this round of submissions, the library will accept only works of adult fiction. This may change for future submission windows. Due to the agreement between OverDrive and Smashwords, the library will NOT consider submissions of erotica, however.

Work submitted after the December 31st deadline will not be reviewed during this round of submissions. The library may consider additional local e-books in the future.

Your work will be reviewed by library staff with a wide range of reading interests. Each work will be reviewed independently by two staff members.

And now for the fine print: Multnomah County Library has no direct relationship with Smashwords. The library is not party to any agreement between the author and Smashwords. The library will buy the selected titles that are published on Smashwords through its e-book vendor, OverDrive. Good luck, local authors!

Events and Activities

“Indoor Yard Sale” at Manor, today and tomorrow.
The nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor holds its semi-annual “Indoor Yard Sale” both today and tomorrow from 9 am to 2 pm: “Huge Community Sale, with low prices on 1,000s of items!! Books, Dishes and Kitchen miscellany, Glassware, Household, Electronics, Small Appliances, DVDs, CDs, Home Décor, Hardware, Office miscellany, Games, Jewelry, Baskets, Collectibles and Antiques, Furniture, and more!” Refreshments and sandwiches are available for purchase. 6404 S.E. 23rd Avenue, just north of the Bybee Bridge. Parking on-street only.

“Beginning Botanical Contour Illustration” for adults.
Learn the basics of “seeing” botanical specimens and capturing their likeness with simple contour lines, this afternoon at the Woodstock Library. This is a great class for folks who want to learn to draw, but have been afraid to start. Work from both 2-D drawings and 3-D specimens and leave class with a few completed drawings ready to frame! Free, but registration required; register in the Woodstock Branch Library or by calling 503/988-5234. It’s 2-4 pm this afternoon; the library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Blessing of the Animals, in Woodstock.
The annual Blessing of Animals, open to all, will be at 2 pm this afternoon, on the lawn at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Free.

Tai Chi starts at Woodstock church.
Starting today at 10 am, Sifu Jann E. Jesperse will begin a class in “Beginning Shen Lao Style Tai Chi Chuan” at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. This form was designed for all levels of physical ability and ambition. The class will be ongoing, by donation. Practice class will follow at 11 am. For more information, contact Sifu Jasperse at 503/312-4933, or e-mail:

Choral concert at Reed College.
Tonight at 8 pm, in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, the Choral Arts Ensemble performs “Encore: The Music of Ola Gjeilo”. Tickets are from $5 to $17, and are available online at:

Second annual “Lung Cancer 5K Walk and 1-Mile Walk”. This morning at Oaks Amusement Park, you can help double lung cancer survival! “By participating, you’re helping raise awareness and fund vital research programs dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.” Form a Free to Breathe team and ask friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers to join you. Registration, check-in, and the start of the silent auction is at 8 am today at Oaks Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, just north of the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. The opening rally is at 9:30 am, and both the 5K and 1 mile walks start at 10. The closing rally, prizes, and silent auction winner announcements begin at 11 am this morning. Those participating in the 5K or 1-mile walks receive a 2015 branded Free to Breathe event T-shirt while supplies last, refreshments, and entertainment.

Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction, concert, auction, at Aladdin. The 9th Annual “Oregon Music Hall of Fame” induction, concert, and auction, is tonight at 7 pm at the Aladdin Theater, a half block south of Powell Boulevard on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Tickets are $30 at the door; proceeds benefit music education in Oregon. Storm Large is among the performers; a tribute to the late Jack Ely of the Kingsmen is included. There will be nine inductions into the nonprofit Oregon Music Hall of Fame. The auction items include 15 autographed guitars from The B-52’s, the Doobie Brothers, The Indigo Girls, Alabama Shakes, Robert Cray, and Emmylou Harris, among others. For information:

“Your Neighborhood Storytelling Show” at Sellwood Library.
Today, and every second Sunday, Sellwood Library presents stories, songs, and fun, led by the “Oregon Tellers” – Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Featuring a new theme each month, the series kicks off with “stories of home and harvest, where things can go happily haywire. Come listen, learn, laugh, and leave with a story to tell!” Free. For kids and families, 1 to 1:45 pm. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13that Bidwell Street.

Westmoreland Red Cross blood drive.
The latest American Red Cross Blood Drive in Westmoreland is this afternoon, 2-7 pm, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee. Stop by, or make your appointment to give blood by calling 1-800/733-2767. Or, go online:, and enter sponsor code: MorelandPresby


Breakfast Forum: “Women in Criminal Justice System”.
The monthly Breakfast Forum, created and hosted by Reed Neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, is free, informal, and open to all. For October, it meets this morning, 7:30-8:30 am, at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. The presenters on the subject this month, “Women in the Criminal Justice System”, are Bob Zimmer, formerly of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department, and Ann B. Clarkson.

Concert at Reed College this evening.
Tonight at 7:30 pm in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, the Friends of Chamber Music present the Shanghai Quartet and Wu Man, performing “A Night in Ancient and New China”. Tickets, priced from $5 to $30, are available online at: – or call 503/224-9842.

Free “Naturescaping Basics Workshop” in Woodstock.
A one-day class in “Naturescaping” takes place today, 9 am to 1 pm, at the Trinity United Methodist Church 3915 S.E. Steele Street, at Chavez Blvd. (39th). Learn the basics of designing and maintaining a landscape that is beautiful and diverse while also conserving water, building soil, and creating habitat for birds and pollinators. “Make a positive impact on your watershed with your landscaping decisions – and save time, money and energy doing it!” The workshop includes a field trip to a nearby Naturescaping project. Workshop is FREE but registration is required. Register online at: .

Sellwood Middle School annual 5K Run/Walk.
Today’s annual Sellwood 5K benefits the Sellwood Middle School Foundation. All proceeds go to funding staff for the school. Whether you want to run, walk, take the kids on a super fun 1K fun run (free for ages 8 and under), volunteer, donate or just come and listen to amazing music, there is something for everyone today. The Run/Walk starts and ends at Sellwood Middle School, looping through the Springwater Corridor. 9:30 am start for the Kids Fun 1K Run/Walk, and 10:00 am start for the 5K Run/Walk. To register online go to:

Baroque concert today at Reed College. This afternoon at 3 pm in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College campus, the Portland Baroque Orchestra presents a concert entitled, “High Baroque Winds”. Tickets are available online at: – or call 503/222-6000.

Red Cross Bloodmobile is in Woodstock today.
The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive this afternoon 2 to 7 pm. Donate blood at Woodstock Bible Church – inside the building – at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street, a block west of 52nd Street, in Woodstock. Your donation helps to save lives!

“Masters of Illusion” for families, at Woodstock Library.
Can you make it look like pictures are moving around, changing places or jumping out at you? You can if you're a “Master of Illusion”! Come for an hour of 3-D glasses, flip sticks, and fun animation games – then take your creations home to fool your friends! Free; it’s this afternoon, 2-3 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

“Digital Costume Creation” for Hallowe’en at Sellwood Library.
Every hero or heroine needs a great costume: Create your own costume out of unexpected materials like plastic, cardboard, wire, felt, LEDs, switches, and even electric buzzers. “Come prepared with your imagination and a tinkering spirit and leave with a hat, mask or arm band that you can use on your next adventure.” Free. For teens in grades 6-12. This afternoon, 2-4 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Woodstock Farmers Market’s Hallowe’en Carnival.
At the regular Sunday midday nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market today, 10 am to 2 pm, it’s the fourth annual Hallowe’en Carnival. Bring the whole family for live music from “Tallulah’s Daddy”, face painting, trick-or-treating with vendors and neighborhood businesses, crafts, and more – in addition to the usual fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more. The activities are free. The location is 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, in the parking lot behind the Key Bank. More info online:

15th annual Moreland Monster March at 3 pm. The annual Moreland Monster March in Westmoreland starts at 3 pm sharp at Llewellyn Elementary School, S.E. 14th and Tolman, proceeding west to Milwaukie Avenue, south to Bybee Boulevard, west to 14th, and then back to the school. It’s sponsored by the merchant members of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance and QFC Market, and is open to all. In costume? March in the parade, regardless of age or species! Not in costume? Gather on the sidewalks to watch the parade go by! Treats at the finish! It’s on, rain or shine, so if there are clouds, bring your umbrella.

St. Agatha Benefit Dinner this afternoon. The third annual Friends of St. Agatha Benefit Dinner, themed this year “Wings to Fly”, is this afternoon, 4-7 pm, at St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 S.E. 15th in Sellwood. For information or to reserve a seat, call April Lough at 503/234-5500. All proceeds to directly to benefit the school, its students, programs, and families who qualify for financial aid.

Hallowe’en Organ Concert.
At 6:30 pm this evening, Dr. James Denman and Dr. Tamara Still present a Hallowe’en Organ Concert at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Open to all. Free.


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