Community Features

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Moreland Theater, Westmoreland History
The Moreland Theater opened in 1925. The couple shown on the left in this photo might be Ken and Geneva Cockerline, but that is not confirmed. The Cockerlines purchased the Moreland Theater in 1927; when Ken died in 1946 Geneva and her sister ran the Moreland Theater until about 1976. Chuck Nakvasil is the theater’s current owner. (Photo courtesy of Don Nelson)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Going to the theater: Entertainment in early Portland

By DANA BECK
for THE BEE

When the year 1910 opened, Sellwood was enjoying a time of abundant jobs and bright prospects. Lumbermen earned good wages at the Eastside Sawmill; and at the Sellwood carbarns, the streetcar and interurban railway offered a host of openings for mechanics, conductors, and engineers. For the ladies, The Oregon Worsted Wool Mills and Peerless Laundry offered unique opportunities as wage earners. 

In 1910, the first public swimming pool opened in Sellwood Park, the Sellwood commercial club was sponsoring its first entry in the relatively new Rose Festival Parade, and real estate was booming in the newly constructed neighborhoods of West and East Moreland.

But, in 1910, it was the emergence of movie theaters, and a thirst for entertainment, that was most anticipated by the residents. 

Sellwood’s first theater arrived on the scene in 1909 when Alfred Griessen opened the doors of The Alpha Theater. Located on the west side of 13th Avenue north of Spokane street, Griessen leased space in the William Strahlman Building.

By the following year, Griessen figured it would be more profitable if he built his own theater instead of renting one. He closed the Alpha, and constructed a two story building of concrete blocks on the southwest corner of Spokane and 13th, where the Griessen family residence once stood.

Newly christened the Griessen building, Alfred’s new structure housed a moving picture show, a stage at the rear for theatrical performances, and a retail store front with large picture windows. He also fitted the upper floor to specifications for a Fraternal Organization, adding a large lodge room, banquet hall, kitchen, and anterooms. 

The Sellwood Masons, whose Lodge meetings were being temporarily held in the attic of an old barn at W.H. Killbucks Cabinet and Carpentry shop just across the street, agreed to rent a section of the Griessen Building. Their stay there was brief, however, because not long afterward the Mason’s built a new lodge hall in Westmoreland. Alfred Griessen then converted the second floor of his building into apartments, and office rental space for doctors and dentists.

In 1911, Griessen announced to the public the opening of his new single-screen show-house, the Star Theater. With its 250 seats, the silent films shown at the Star were sold out every weekend. The stage at the Star Theater held fundraisers for the Sellwood School, and was home of “good pictures and Vaudeville”. The Star also presented Traveling Revivals, and became a forum for political speeches.

William Schultz’s pharmacy and drug store on the corner sold candies and drinks to moviegoers after the show. When William Schultz retired, Frank Leipzig moved his confectionary and lunch café, The Leipzig, into the corner spot in what is now recognized by local residents as one of the neighborhood’s oldest existing businesses.

Alfred Griessen died in May of 1911, and his son R.H Griessen took over the reins of the family, but after a short run of nine years, the Star Theater closed. Morgan’s Dry Goods store replaced the Star Theater for the next five years.

Enthralled by the movie and entertainment industry, and the silent films showing at Griessen’s Alpha Theater, William Strahlman had aspirations of one day owning his own movie theater. His opportunity arrived when Griessen closed the Alpha Theater. German born, Strahlman had immigrated to the U. S in 1880, and operated a store in Portland for 13 years before he met and married Julia White in 1893.

Using the proceeds earned from his store, William ordered a two-story wooden commercial building to be built on the northwest corner of 13th and Spokane. By 1915, William was selling tickets to the opening of his new venture, the Isis Theater. His son William Jr. ran the film projector, swept the floors, and ushered the aisles, while his daughter Lillian ran the ticket booth. The Isis Theater became the talk of the neighborhood, and Julia took care of the financial records.

The Stralhman family were all premier entertainers throughout the neighborhood, showcasing their talents at many gala events and celebrations in the community – as noted in several articles at the time in THE BEE. Alice and Lillian Strahlman were available to sing and played current songs on the piano, while William delighted in singing his favorite solos. 

Meantime, Strahlman’s Hall on the upper floor offered every sort of event from special St. Patrick Days celebrations to fraternal gatherings, dances, and community events, including the performances of the Sellwood Orchestra.

The Strahlmans purchased a ten-room craftsman house from A.C. Mowrey directly behind the movie theater, and continued showing first class films at the Isis until 1925, when husband and wife retired to the Oregon coast. Daughter Lillian married John Eichenlaub, and she continued her popularity among local residents as the ticket counter girl, when she hired on with the Moreland Theater when it first opened on Milwaukie Avenue north of Bybee Boulevard.

But getting back to The Isis and The Star, the first movies shown were silent films, with the accompaniment of a live pianist or pipe organist. Sound on film wouldn’t be available until about 1927. To add excitement and a sense of action to the films, actors were hired for realism. An actor standing off stage would sing, laugh, or scream to enhance dramatic scenes, while the pipe organ became a standard at most Portland area theaters.

Later, theater owners opted to order movie reel serials that could be ordered via mail-order for a fraction of the cost of hiring part time performers. In 1915, serial films like “The Iron Claw” and “The Perils of Pauline” enticed audiences to return to the theaters weekly, curious to see if their swashbuckling heroes like Douglas Fairbanks or comedian Harold Lloyd could find their way out of terrible predicaments. Meanwhile, in serials intended for lady viewers, audiences rooted for their own favorite, Pearl White – returning regularly to the theater to see if she could outwit or withstand the dastardly laugh and evil desires of moustache-twirling villains.

The community’s third movie theater, and the most grand for its time, was The Sellwood – which began construction on the southeast corner of Spokane Street at 13th. Local residents began referring to this busy section of Sellwood on 13th Avenue as Movie Row.  

As observed by local movie historian and film archivist Gary Lacher, before new owner William C. Roach could began construction of the Sellwood Theater, strict fire and building codes now had to be followed and the opening of a theater had to be approved by city officials. Numerous inspections included every last detail of the building, from lamp rooms to the broiler. “Air conditioning wasn’t available in earlier theaters,” reported Lacher, “And many movie houses had to shut down in the hot summer days because of the stifling heat.” 

When theater houses first arrived on the scene in 1907, all of Portland had only three moving picture shows available. But, as Lacher revealed, silent films were so profitable that “By 1915 there were 72 movie theaters available for audiences.”

Opening attractions in 1922, on the Saturday of the opening of the New Sellwood Theater, included Norma Talmadge in “Smilin’ Through” and the classic silent film “The Boat”, with Hollywood funnyman and producer Buster Keaton. The show usually included a newsreel, two cartoons for the young kids, and a main feature that lasted about 50 minutes.   

The owners of the Isis and the Sellwood soon faced fierce competition when the Moreland Theater announced its own grand opening on September 10th, 1925. West Moreland residents lined the streets of Milwaukie and ByBee for the dedication service, and to hear the magical music of the theater’s new Robert Morton pipe organ. 

Built in a Moorish style of architecture, the Moreland Theater had intricate wood carvings and stained glass and arches throughout the theater. Gary Lacher, in his book, stated that “The Moreland Theater is one of the last movie venues in Portland that still contains the original interior from when it first opened – visitors can even view the pipe organ grills,” where live music once livened the silent films shown. Kenneth and Geneva Cockerline became the premier owners of the 641-seated theater in 1927.

To drum up business, and to attract more moviegoers to their theater, the Cockerlines hosted special promotions and giveaways. One of the contests consisted of a drawing for a special “Shaw Sport Speedster” soap box derby racer that was on display of the foyer of the theater. Those who bought a ticket to the shows were given a coupon for the drawing, and the winning number was announced the following week with the prize to be won for a lucky girl or boy.

The movie theater provided business opportunities for neighboring young boys who were hired to drop off “stills” of the coming attractions on neighborhood doorsteps and deliver them to local merchants to dispense to their customers.

Unable to compete against the new palace-style theaters, the Isis Theater showed its last movie in 1924, leaving for the next fifteen years the motion pictures to the Moreland and Sellwood Theaters.

On April 15th, 1938, Tom Moyer – at one time a projectionist at the local theaters – opened the first of his many movie theaters at 14th and S.E. Tacoma. The “new Sellwood”, as Tom named it, became a favorite with for teenagers and high schoolers in the neighborhood. 

The old Sellwood Theater on Spokane Street was by then showing film flicks as the “Firefly Theater”, but by 1941 it had closed, and the Moreland and the new Sellwood were the only two remaining theaters in the area.

The Moyer family continued to build and own many successful theaters throughout Portland and nearby towns during the next forty years, but with the popularization of VCR’s, and later, computers, tablets, and advanced phones, movie theaters were considered outdated by the younger generation.

The new Sellwood Theater closed in the 1980’s, and was replaced by the Columba Sportswear store – and only those who remember being in the old theater will see today, in the building, the remnants of a movie hall.

For those wishing to visit one of the very few remaining single-screen movies houses left in Portland, and yet still watch first-run films, a stop at the Moreland Theater is a must. The Moreland Theater continues to be a step back in time – to when owner Geneva Cockerline once patrolled the aisles with her flashlight to make sure that young couples weren’t being too intimate, and ensuring that talking was held to a minimum. 

Continue your own research on this subject by buying a copy of “Theaters of Portland” by Gary Lacher and Steve Stone. It’s available at local book stores.



Westmoreland Park, Nature Play Area
Having climbed to the top of the “Rock Mountain”, Clair Kennedy-Wong, Eden Gittler, and Luci Kennedy-Wong survey – and enjoy – Westmoreland’s Nature Play Area. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

October 25 is new date for Westmoreland Park Grand Opening

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

The “Grand Re-Opening Celebration” for Westmoreland Park has been moved back to October 25, according to Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Community Engagement and Public Involvement Manager Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong.

“From 11 am until 4 pm, we’re planning lots of fun and interesting activities,” said Kennedy-Wong, “including a Native American blessing ceremony, native foods tasting, a salmon-baked tasting, and lots of family-friendly activities.”

But in the meantime, the innovative new children’s play area, described in a previous BEE report, has officially passed its “kids’ test”! 

It was on the morning of September 13, with sunlight filtering through the trees, when Kennedy-Wong’s children, and other kids whose parents worked on the Nature Play Area project, ran in to “test play” the unique new “Nature Play Area” playground’s features.

It was clear that even the toddlers didn't need instructions to learn how to use the Nature Play Area; they ran immediately to the features that interested them most. Some took to climbing stacks of logs; others to playing in the water and sand in the “creek”.

“I wish I’d had something like this when I was a kid!” exclaimed Mike Faha of GreenWorks, the landscape architect who worked with PP&R to design the project.

“Seeing it now, we are thrilled,” Faha told THE BEE. “It's exceeding what we first imagined – even from the very beginning.  The scale feels great; it fits into a city park with sequoias. 

“Looking around, I love all of the pieces that were designed,” Faha said. “And, it looks like kids know what to do, and how to play in it, because it’s not something complex or difficult to understand.”

He’s done similar projects, he said, but not on this scale. “We’ve done smaller versions of this around the state of Oregon, but not one of this size.” 

Faha added that the approximately one-third acre project is much larger than any other similar projects within the city. “The location, and in such a high-profile neighborhood context – it’s going to get a lot of use!”

When the fences come down, and the October 25th “park opening” celebration is underway, the “nature play” can begin in Westmoreland Park!


Woodstock “Charrette” contracts signed; new dates set 

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
for THE BEE

Last month’s BEE described a four-day workshop on neighborhood planning (“Charrette visioning planned to refine Woodstock’s growth”) that will take place in Woodstock in October.

The Woodstock Community Business Association and its partners and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association have signed contracts for the event, but the planned dates have changed – and now the Charrette will take place October 23, 24, 25 and 27.

What exactly is a charrette? One online source (“The Town Paper”) describes it this way:  “A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers, and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas, and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers.  More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.” 

This four-day Woodstock Charrette will focus on the “Woodstock Village Center”, a phrase used in 1994 by a city urban planner, and adopted by the writers of the 1995 neighborhood plan, to describe the Woodstock commercial district and the residential areas closest to S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

Some of the issues the Charrette will focus on are: Parking; the scale of multi-story buildings; traffic flow; the interface of commercial and residential properties; and the “identity” of the Woodstock commercial district.

The sessions are open to the entire community and are free, but required a hefty sum from the sponsors: the Woodstock Community Business Association, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, Woodstock Stakeholders group (commercial property owners), and Reed College.

At the time September’s BEE was published, the status of the Charrette was tentative, depending on whether or not the sponsors would be able to raise sufficient funds. But in the meantime, sponsors and individual contributors have raised enough to secure the Charrette, and the event is set to take place at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, starting at 6:30 pm on the 23rd, and concluding at 9 pm on the 27th. 

A detailed time schedule is listed in the BEE’s Events & Activities calendar, and will be posted on the WNA website, www.woodstockpdx.org, and on “Nextdoor Woodstock”.



Dive In Movie
All swimmers’ heads turn toward the big screen, as “The Lego Movie” begins. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

AFTER 20 YEARS
“Dive-in Movies” still make end-of-summer splash

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE 

As Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) begins to button up their outdoor swimming pools for the season, several of them provide a special event during their last week of operation – a “Dive-in Movie”. 

“We’ve been holding Dive-In Movies during the last week of August for the last twenty years,” said PP&R’s Aquatic Coordinator for Southeast Portland Pools, Adam McGowan.

The night before, on August 20, they held their first Dive-in Movie at the Montavilla Pool in Outer East Portland, McGowan commented. “Tonight, we’re showing ‘The Lego Movie’ here at the Creston Pool, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.” That was the movie chosen for all five citywide Dive-in Movie events this year, and it showed two days later at the Sellwood Pool.

When they first came up with the novel idea of showing a movie for folks soaking in an outdoor pool, the set-up was primitive, he recalled. “We were using a first-generation video projector, and showing VHS tapes on bed sheets we’d sewn together. Now, we have a rear-projection screen, with great stereo sound, to show movies off digital DVDs!” 

At the pool, dozens of float rings and “water noodles” abounded. “And, we turn up the temperature of the water by a few degrees, so it’s a bit more cozy,” McGowan told THE BEE. “Toward the end of the evening it can get a little chilly.”

Different from typical swim sessions is the abundance of lifeguards on duty – including two SCUBA divers trolling the pool’s floor. “Safety is always our top priority – but especially at an event like this, when it starts getting dark. We have about twice as many lifeguards on duty as usual.”

Because it’s been a tradition, patrons are asking if the pool will again host a Dive-In Movie, starting early in the season. “So, it’s become important. It’s become something that many families look forward to every year,” remarked McGowan. “To be able to offer the movie, and have people look forward to it all year – and then seeing the kids having fun – makes for a really good time. We all love it.”

Some kids watched the movie; others played tag, splashed their parents and friends, and some floated in the warm water, apparently looking up at the late-summer evening sky. 

McGowan observed, “Whether or not they’re actually paying attention to the movie doesn’t make a lot of difference, does it?”



Brooklyn Ice Cream Social, Marie Phillippi
Brooklyn’s “Ice Cream Social” organizer, Marie Phillippi, helped hand out the ice cream treats which – thanks to an anonymous benefactor who showed up just before the event began, and paid for all the ice cream – was free to all attendees this year. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn’s 12th “Ice Cream Social” provides cool coda to hot summer

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

This year’s run of 90-degree days made the Brooklyn neighborhood’s twelfth “Ice Cream Social at Brooklyn Park” on September 7th an especially happy occasion. 

Families and excited youngsters plunged into colorful events and activities, pausing to enjoy picnic food and chats with neighbors. Visitors came from far and near to take a chance on a free raffle prize, and to attend the annual end-of-summer event hosted by the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association.

This year, the BAC invited neighbors to set up information and sales booths at the Social. The free space provided an opportunity to sell handmade jewelry, photo postcards, and fresh-picked farm vegetables, or to advertise local organizations. 

Raffle calls offered chances on prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses. Booths were manned by an acupuncturist, Salvador Molly's new Roadhouse Cafe, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Brooklyn Community Garden. 

Live music was offered by The Yamhillbillies, with face painting by clown “Lee Loona”, and balloon animals made by clown “Gentle Biff”. Activities included the Polar Bear Bouncer, an impromptu basketball game, and impromptu fun on playground equipment up on the hill. Sacred Heart Catholic Church gave out free helium balloons to delighted youngsters, although several escaped to the sky during the afternoon. 

Marie Phillippi, the event’s organizer, told THE BEE, “We were astounded during set-up when a man came over and gave us $200 so we could offer the ice cream free to everybody. He wouldn't give his name, but we were impressed by his generosity. Many customers who would have paid for their ice cream gave us donations also.”

The Meals On Wheels People from Milwaukie Avenue at Center Street were back this year with a cook tent to sell hot dogs and Polish dogs, chips, and drinks. Brooklyn neighborhood T-shirts were also available. It was cool family celebration to end a hot summer.

St Agatha School, Chris Harris, Sellwood
In the front lobby of St. Agatha Catholic School, new Principal Chris Harris told THE BEE that he’s excited about the new year. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

First day of school, for St. Agatha’s new Principal

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

Clearly, kids coming to St. Agatha Catholic School for the first day of the school year were excited, and perhaps a bit anxious, minutes before the first “class bell” sounded. 

And so was Chris Harris, the school’s new Principal, who had gotten caught in morning rush hour traffic on his way to school. 

“It's great to be here, and it’s exciting,” Harris said, as he greeted students, as well as the parents stopping by a reception table just outside the main entrance, for a scone and cup of coffee.

“It's always exciting to be in a new place and meet new people,” Harris told THE BEE.

“You can see the positive way the students interact with the teachers and the parishioners and the staff. It's really nice to be a part of it.”

This year, Harris and his staff will be going through their accreditation process. “It’s really fun to take a look at your organization, and see where you’re headed, how you’re going to get there, and make a plan moving forward to get there.

“I think there is renewed energy and spirit and energy here,” Harris smiled.

Something new that will delight both students and staff, Harris told us, was the upgraded technology. “This means we are making sure that we have reliable and consistent Internet connections. We’re also upgrading equipment for our teachers. And, our students are getting a variety of new devices on which to work. Plus, we’re upgrading our software programs to help leverage and enhance our instructional program.”

A challenge for him, he said, will be getting to know the church and school community members. “Many of the students’ parents and even grandparents attended the school. Hearing the stories from the parish parents, and getting to see the teachers excited about coming here every day to teach the students, is really great.”

At that point, the school bell rang, and classes began for another year.



Reed neighborhood picnic
Former Reed Neighborhood Association Chair Gabe Headrick receives a sizzling cheeseburger from chef Mark Gossage at this year’s neighborhood picnic. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Reed neighbors have sizzling street party 

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

Families gathered together under the shade of the big tree in “Cody Park”, which is actually just a neighbor’s yard at S.E. 34th Avenue and Raymond Street, on September 6 for the 2014 Reed Neighborhood Picnic.

The chosen day was one of the hottest of the summer – 94 degrees in Inner Southeast Portland, and officially also 94 at the Portland Airport, where weather records are kept. 

Reed Neighborhood Association Chair and Secretary Marisha Childs said that, as a group, their Board had decided to again have the summertime event.

“We like to get our neighbors out of their houses, so we can get together and ‘build community’,” Childs said. “This is what every neighborhood needs; getting people getting out and coming together.”

One benefit from the picnic, Childs remarked, is that neighbors get to put faces to the names of their Neighborhood Association Board members, making it easier for them to express concerns they would like to see addressed. 

“And, when people get to know each other in a neighborhood, we feel safer in our community, certainly. That's important.”

Almost all participants were volunteers who also had helped out with the picnic, in one way or another, Childs told THE BEE. Gabe Headrick and Mark Gossage each had grills going with hamburgers, fish patties, hot dogs, and sausages. Neighbors brought chips, salads, and other side dishes.

“My favorite part of the afternoon is seeing people together, and having a good time here in our neighborhood,” Childs said.

Neighbors brought their lawn chairs and talked, while children played in this ideal summer setting. It looked like a lovely way to spend a sizzling summertime Saturday afternoon.



               
 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


OCTOBER 1
Cleveland High volleyball fundraiser.
To benefit the Cleveland High volleyball program, the Burgerville diner at S.E. 26th and Powell is donating 10% of all its sales this evening from 5 till 8 pm to that program.

OCTOBER 2
Opening day at Southeast Indoor Park.
Southeast Indoor Park for kids starts its 36th year today – as a nonprofit indoor park for children age 0 to 5. The cooperative playgroup provides opportunities for children to socialize and for parents and caregivers to form connections with other Southeast-area families. There’s a large activity area, riding toys, balls, an infant play area, play house, train table, play kitchen and more. Southeast Indoor Park is located in the daylight basement of the Trinity Methodist Church, corner of S.E. Steele and 39th (Chavez Bl.). For more information, call Barb at 503/775-1634, or go online to: http://www.playinside.org.

OCTOBER 3
MOPS group meets today.
The Moreland Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group meets this morning, 9:15-11:15. Special guest is Leigh Littles, who will demonstrate fun fitness techniques using hula hoops. Moreland MOPS welcomes moms from their time of pregnancy until their child graduates from kindergarten. Meetings take place at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. E-mail: morelandmops2@gmail.com, to reserve your spot. Meets again October 17 at same place and hours, when the guest speaker will be Kelly Dean from the Tummy Team.

OCTOBER 4
Annual “Blessing of Animals” in Woodstock. This afternoon at 2 pm, everyone is invited to bring their pets for blessing, in the spirit of St. Francis, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 40th at S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Free. For information, call 503/777-3829, or go online to http://www.allsaintspdx.org

Ping Pong’s Pint-sized Puppet Museum offers classes. Puppet-building classes at this nonprofit museum in Sellwood occur this month today, from 2 till 4 pm, and again at the same time tomorrow, and October 25. Each afternoon session costs $15.00 ($20.00 for marionettes) per student, and each student will go home with a puppet they built themselves. 906 S.E. Umatilla Street; for information call 503/233-7723.

Annual induction ceremony for Oregon Music Hall of Fame, at the Aladdin.
The concert and auction associated with this year’s inductions into the (nonprofit) Oregon Music Hall of Fame occurs at 7 pm tonight at the Aladdin Theater, a half block south of Powell Boulevard on S.E. 13th in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Featured artists will include Nu Shooz, Tracy Grammer, and the infamous Dr. Demento, who was known as Barry Hansen when he was a Reed College undergraduate. Funds raised are used for charitable purposes. For details, or to buy tickets, go online to: http://www.omhof.org.

OCTOBER 5
3rd Annual “Friends of St. Agatha” Benefit Dinner. The “Friends of St. Agatha” host a benefit dinner, 4-7 pm this evening in the St. Agatha Catholic School gymnasium, to raise funds and awareness for St. Agatha Catholic School. Tickets are $80 and are required to get into the event. They can be purchased at the school. All proceeds from the dinner will go directly to benefit St. Agatha Catholic School, its students, school programs, and families qualifying for financial aid. Open to all! Sponsorship opportunities are available. 7960 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. For more information, call 503/234-5500, or go online to: http://www.friendsofstagatha.org

OCTOBER 7
“Introduction to Computers” starts this morning at Sellwood Library. In this fun, hands-on, four-session course, you will learn basic computer skills, including using the mouse and keyboard, working in Microsoft Windows, using Microsoft Word, surfing the Internet, and using e-mail. This course is ideal for someone who has a little experience with the computer, but wants to know more. Offered by OASIS Connections. Free, but registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. 10 am to 12:30 pm every Tuesday this month, starting this morning. Plan to attend all four sessions. The Sellwood Branch Library is situated on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

OCTOBER 11
Learn “Flip Book Animation” at Woodstock Library. This free workshop, 2-4 pm today, is designed to introduce teens to the idea of time-based cartooning. Learn simple techniques and methods to make your cartoon characters move and show expressions for your flip book animation. Both beginners and experienced artists are welcome. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street.

Free estate planning talk in Woodstock. All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, is offering a free presentation on important estate planning issues this afternoon 2-4 pm. Attorney Mark Eves will cover why it is important for every adult, especially those with dependents, to have things in place before you actually need them and it is too late: If you have minor children, who would you want raising them? If you are seriously injured and in a coma, what procedures would you want doctors to follow as regards life-sustaining measures? Who at that time would be able to act for you legally to take care of business or personal matters? Do you want to be buried or cremated? There will be opportunities for your questions during the program. 

CHS Class of 1984 reunion tonight. This evening, at Grand Central Bowl, 808 S.E. Morrison Street, 7 pm -10pm, it’s the Cleveland High School Class of 1984 Reunion. Price is $30 per person, or $50 a couple – pay at the door. Price includes appetizers, one drink, bowling shoes, and the priceless opportunity to catch up with old friends! Look for us on Facebook at “Cleveland High School Class of 1984 Reunion” – Go Indians. For any further information contact Dana McKillop at 503/348-1808, or via e-mail: danamckillop@windermere.com.

OCTOBER 12
“The Ensemble” in concert at Reed College. “The Ensemble”, an Oregon professional vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble, presents a concert entitled “Chansons Françaises” at 8 pm this evening in Reed College Chapel, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. A quintet of voices plus piano present a concert of a-cappella works from the Franco-Flemish Masters in addition to French solo works from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Adult tickets $20 at the door – except seniors $15, and students $10.

OCTOBER 15
Red Cross bloodmobile in Westmoreland.
The Red Cross will be taking blood donations this afternoon, from 1:30 - 6:30 pm, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. Blood donation appointments are recommended, and can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org -- and using the sponsor code: MorelandPresbyterian

Llewellyn Holiday Market vendor registration begins today. Registration starts today for Llewellyn Elementary School’s 8th Annual Holiday Market. This neighborhood favorite is scheduled for Friday, November 14th, 2 pm-6 pm – and Saturday, November 15th 10 am-4 pm. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or have any questions, please e-mail Tammy Dean at: tdlindell@gmail.com – or Marya Woldridge at: maryapublic@gmail.com.

OCTOBER 16
“Breakfast Forum” examines courts, Constitution. The monthly “Breakfast Forum” organized by Woodstock resident Ann B. Clarkson meets in October this morning, 7:30-8:30 am, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. Speaker David Delk, President of the Alliance for Democracy, will discuss “Repairing the Supreme Court and/or the Constitution”. The Breakfast Forum is an informal, nonprofit group whose members meet monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Members choose both topics and speakers. No registration required. Free. For information call 503/774-9621.

OCTOBER 17
“Fall and Holiday Bazaar” today and tomorrow. This early Holiday Bazaar is presented by the Sellwood Breakthrough VFW Post 4248, and is held at 7118 S.E. Fern in Portland, 11 am to 5 pm both today and tomorrow. Beautiful fall items, as well as decorations and gift items for Christmas. Food available. Photo ops in “the little pumpkin patch”. For more information call 503/775-4844.

OCTOBER 18
Lady of Sorrows’ Fall Bazaar today and tomorrow. Today, and again tomorrow, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, it’s the Fall Bazaar, open to all, at Our Lady of Sorrows. Many items for sale, including a large variety of jams and jellies. It will be in the gym at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. A number of outside vendors will be selling also. “Come for lunch, or whatever pleases you.”

“Going Batty” today at the Sellwood Library. Explore the intriguing world of bats and learn the truth about one of the most misunderstood and beneficial creatures on earth. Learn about bat diversity, echolocation and diet. Practice using a mist nest, the tool that field biologists use to capture and study live bats before releasing them back into the night sky. Topics include adaptations, bat biology and physics of sound. Free. For kids and teens. This afternoon 1-2 pm and again 2-3 pm at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

Introduction to the NCI Charrette System at Woodstock Library. This lecture, 2-3:30 pm this afternoon at the Woodstock Library, will explain the charrette, or multiple-day collaborative design process, planned to be used to benefit the Woodstock neighborhood this fall. The presentation will cover the pre-charrette and charrette process that will engage the entire Woodstock community in the creation of a vision for the central Woodstock area. Case studies similar to Woodstock will be used to explain how the charrette process works, and how people will be involved before and during the charrette. Free, but 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.

OCTOBER 19
Sellwood Middle School’s annual 5K Run/Walk this morning.
The annual Sellwood 5K is a fun community event which benefits the Sellwood Middle School Foundation. All proceeds go to funding staff for the school. “Whether you want to run, walk, take the kiddies 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 on this fun filled day!” The event starts and ends at Sellwood Middle School, looping through the Springwater Corridor. The Kids’ Fun 1K Run/Walk starts at 9:30; 10 am is the start time for the main event. Register online: https://Sellwoodmiddle.ejoinme.org/sellwood5K.
To donate or volunteer, contact Monica Harding: Monicalynnharding@msn.com.

OCTOBER 23
OMSI offers “Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing” this afternoon. Today, 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, you’re invited to a free and safe viewing of this afternoon’s partial solar eclipse – wherein the center of the moon’s shadow misses the Earth. OMSI and the Rose City Astronomers will host a viewing party in OMSI's south parking lot during those hours; filtered solar telescopes will be available for SAFE viewing of the Sun (never look at the sun directly!). Learn about the eclipse from the expert speakers, and be a part of this live viewing experience at OMSI!

Woodstock Charrette: First Visioning Meeting of four day “Charrette”. Public welcome in this meeting to plan and design for the future of the area on and around S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. 6:30 to 9:00 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Attendees will be broken into small groups, which will be working with aerial maps. The National Charrette Institute will be the facilitator. The Charrette is a work in progress over four days; each day presents a refinement of the previous day’s work. It is optimal, therefore, to attend more than one meeting – all four, if possible.

OCTOBER 24
Woodstock Charrette: All-day public open house. Everyone is welcome to stop in and review the work in progress for the “Woodstock Charrette” held held today and on October 25th and 27th. Open house is from 10 am to 6 pm at All Saints Episcopal Parish Hall, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Come and look over ideas and design concepts being generated through a collaborative process facilitated by the National Charrette Institute.

OCTOBER 25
Woodstock Charrette: Another Public Open House. Today’s open house is for the presentation of alternative design concepts for future development on and around the Woodstock Boulevard, and will be held from 4 to 6 pm in the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. These concepts will be based on the series of meetings with various groups from the community on October 23rd, 24th, and 25th.

OCTOBER 26
Free Woodstock Farmers Market’s Hallowe’en Carnival. For its third annual Hallowe’en Carnival, the Woodstock Farmers Market invites the whole family for live music from Tallulah's Daddy, delicious food, face painting, trick-or-treating with vendors and neighborhood crafts, toddler playground and more – 10 am to 2 pm today, at 4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard – in the KeyBank parking lot. As usual, there will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more, from the 35+ vendors. Free and open to everyone. Online at: http://www.woodstockmarketpdx.com.

“Moreland Monster March”, 3 pm, Llewellyn School! The 14th annual Moreland Monster March starts and ends this afternoon at S.E. 14th and Tolman Street in Westmoreland, at Llewellyn Elementary School. Start time is 3 pm sharp, as the community parade sponsored by the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance then proceeds east to Milwaukie Avenue, south to Bybee, west to 14th, and then back to Llewellyn. Everybody of any age is welcome to march in the parade in costume; if no costume, enjoy watching the fun from a spot along the parade route! Treats at the finish line provided by local businesses.

Spooky concert for Hallowe’en in Woodstock. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, is hosting a special Hallowe’en organ concert this afternoon at 4 pm. James Denman and Tamara Still are offering a family-friendly 45 minutes of fun and spooky and music on the church’s pipe organ. Come in costume! A children’s costume parade and party follows, with games and prizes. Cost: Simply a free-will offering, or a donation of food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Ping Pong’s Pint Sized Puppet Museum presents “Dracula Revamped”. The Dragon Theatre Puppets act out the story of how Dracula’s wife gets eaten by King Kong and her head gets donated to Dr. Frankenstein. But the new bride created does not want to marry Frankenstein's Monster; instead she runs off. Dracula, the Mummy, the Creature, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolf Man, and others, chase after her to try and win her heart. All that in 45 action-packed family-friendly minutes. Showtime is 4 pm this afternoon at the Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Tickets are $7 for all. Reservation number: 503/233-7723.

OCTOBER 27
Woodstock Charrette: Concluding Public Meeting.
The final meeting of the four-day Woodstock Charrette is from 6:30 to 9:00 pm this evening, in the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. This public meeting will be for review of preferred proposed plans for areas on and around S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Open to everyone interested in this neighborhood planning process.

OCTOBER 30
Toastmasters Club celebrates Hallowe’en tonight at St. Philip Neri.
The “Portland Progressives Toastmasters Club” is meeting at 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue this evening at 6:15 pm, and every Thursday except holidays at the same hour, in the Paulist Center at St. Philip Neri Church, with the stated purpose of promoting leadership and public speaking. Everyone is welcome to attend, as it is non-denominational. Special event today: a Hallowe’en celebration, with spooky stories and treats – wear a costume if you like! Adults may bring their children. Hallowe’en costumes are optional.. For more information, go online to: http://www.progressivestoastmasters.org.

OCTOBER 31
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.”

NOVEMBER 1
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: http://www.emscwd.org.

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.



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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

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