Community Features

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Velocipede, bicycle, history
Here it is: The storied “Velocipede” – here shown in a catalog from the Pope Manufacturing Company, which sold a “Columbia Bicycle” that they insisted a cyclist could use to pedal ten miles in 7 hours and 18 minutes! Most of their models could be ordered by mail and shipped to a consumer on the West Coast, back in the 1880’s.

Bicycling: What goes around, comes around – on wheels

Special to THE BEE

Bicycling enthusiasts in Inner Southeast have been pedaling around on bicycles from the beginnings of the city here on the east bank of the Willamette River. 

Portland is considered a bike-friendly town these days, owing to the recent creation of bike paths and bike boulevards, as well as the recent opening of the Tillikum Crossing transit bridge, on which bicycles are welcome though private vehicles are not.

But, bicycling in the Northwest isn’t a new phenomenon at all. As early as the 1880’s the Rose City – and Southeast Portland – were a hotbed of enthusiasm for these two-wheeled devices, twenty years before the public began to turn its attention to the automobile.

Even earlier, on April 17, 1869, just after the Civil War, the “Vancouver Register” announced the sighting of a Mr. Ainsworth and a Mr. Wadhams, both of whom had pedaled their Velocipedes through city streets north of the Columbia River. The report went on to say that “the city of Vancouver turned out en masse to see the sight.” The editor of that broadsheet declared the Velocipede to be a two wheeled monster, but complimented these “pedalists” as having considerable skill and confidence in their riding ability.

The only untoward incident in this particular display of pedal power involved a small dog that got in the way; otherwise the townsfolk of Vancouver were smitten by the event.

The Velocipede, or the “high grader” as it has been called, attracted considerable attention because of its height. With a six foot wheel in front, and a very small wheel in the rear, the rider stood head and shoulders above his or her surroundings, and required acrobatic skills to mount. (Langlitz Leather Shop on S.E. Division Street has a Velocipede on display in their store, if you would like to see one in person.) 

A small kerosene lamp, located between the forks of the front wheel, was used on gloomy days or dark nights. Unfortunately, because of the placement of this lantern, if the driver were to lose control of the bike, a careless fall might send him or her tumbling into a flaming ball of fire. This possibility was not highlighted in the promotional literature for this distinctive bicycle.

Two bicycling clubs – the United Wheelman’s Association organized in 1896, and the Oregon Good Roads club – led regular jaunts from downtown Portland to Vancouver, Washington, and back. Manufacturers and new patents soon were making bicycles faster, safer, and more durable, and over 100 companies around the U.S. began competing with each other to produce new makes and models.

The nation at that time was so enthralled with these two-wheelers that piano sheet music, and songs about bicycle racing and romantic bike rides for two, were composed and sold. Bicycling was also included as an event in the 1896 Olympics.

Meantime, the Oregon United Wheelman’s Association and Oregon Good Roads Club, hoping to promote long distance treks into the countryside, were calling for better bike paths in and around Southeast Portland. Residents also backed this idea, believing that designated paths for cyclists would keep “speed demons and speedsters” off the sidewalks, and away from children and pedestrians. Apparently unable to collect donations from bike riders for this purpose, however, the Oregon Good Roads Club agreed to having a city tax the bicyclists, as proposed by city officials in the 1890’s.

Author Percy Maddux, in his book “City on the Willamette”, reported that by 1899 all bike riders were required to buy a license tag for their vehicles, and “After May 1st, 1899, all bicycles in Multnomah County without license tags were to be seized and held until payment of the $1 tax was paid.” This was serious business, and this regulation also “applied to out-of-state bicyclists as well”.

As more bicyclists took to the streets and sidewalks on their two-wheelers, the accidents between pedestrians and speeding cyclists became more frequent, and an ordinance was passed at City Hall for cyclists to install bells and lights on their bikes.

Cycling was so popular, at that long-ago time, that professional tracks were set up for serious competitors. Multnomah Athletic Club at 18th and S.W. Morrison, Mechanics Pavilion at S.E. 2nd and Clay, and Cycle Park in Sullivan’s Gulch hosted just a few of the many tracks available for bike racing. A riding path, established from Portland south to the White House Racetrack on today’s S.W. Macadam Avenue, opened in 1896.

On numerous occasions during this time period, outings involving over 3,000 bicyclists traveled north to Vancouver from as far south as Inner Southeast on a Sunday morning, and back – an impressive gathering long before the naked bike ride recently began drawing even larger crowds of participants (and spectators).

Traveling on bike trails, during the early years, was both exhilarating and dangerous, since the only bike paths available were unpaved dirt roads with small divots and deep grooved gouges caused by constant cycling. Not to mention the mud, in rainy weather.

In Sellwood, residents helped support the local bike club, eagerly raising money for the construction of a dirt bike path. Though primitive by today’s standards, the path – according to newspaper reports – started near the west side of Midway School, which was then located at Milwaukie Avenue and Ellis Street, in today’s Westmoreland.

A bicyclist traveling south on Milwaukie from Ellis from there wound his or her way along the Sellwood Bluff to City View Park (today’s Sellwood Park), then followed a steep route downward, forcing the bicyclist to skirt past overgrown bushes and annoyed birds nested along Oaks Bottom, to the railroad tracks along which the Springwater Corridor Trail now winds.

Following the railway tracks south, riders would would continue their journey, exiting at Harney Street; then pedaling uphill through the neighborhood back to Milwaukie Avenue, where the return loop would be completed by traveling north back to the Midway district.

Fred T. Merrill boasted about opening Downtown Portland’s first bicycle shop in 1885 – with “the largest salesroom in the nation, and one of the largest bike operations in the Northwest.” Over 5,000 bikes were reportedly bought there in 1899; and, while Merrill’s Bike Shop was the most well-known store – as you might expect, given Fred’s spectacular success, other vendors in the area opened their own shops, and began selling and repairing bicycles as well.

On the east side of the Willamette River, few businesses that sold or repaired bikes could yet be found, but in 1909 Alfred M. Osgood started the first Inner Southeast repair and maintenance store along 13th Avenue in the Sellwood neighborhood. Osgood opened the Sellwood Cycle Company, and when that business got slow, he sold guns and ammunition too.

William and Ray Waldren bought and continued running the shop in the 1920’s, by then relocated to just north of Spokane Street, until the building was torn down. Fred Ross became the new owner of the Sellwood Cycle store, and moved his bicycles and tools to the corner of 13th and Harney. While the business still had the original name, locals often referred to the shop then as “Ross Cycle”.

Various proprietors owned the Sellwood Cycle Shop during the ensuing years, including C.G. Danielson, and E. H. Clem, with the location of the store changing as it went through different ownerships. It was still on S.E. 13th Avenue in the late 1950’s, before it finally closed.

Once big department stores began selling bicycles to children, teenagers, and families, from their showrooms, the pro bikes and expert repairs were relegated to small independent shops like Pats Cycle in Brooklyn, Beckwith’s Cycle Shop in Woodstock, the Moreland Bike Shop on Milwaukie Avenue, and R&R Bicycles at Tacoma Street.

What exactly happened to the big bicycle craze of the late 1890’s? Views differ on why the decline of the bicycling era happened as the start of the 1910’s approached.

Fred T. Merrill is reported to have blamed the decline of bicycling on “loose women who decided to pedal their trade riding bicycles about town with a smile, a wink, and colorful stockings that guide one’s eye up to the split skirts that they wore.” Sounds like sour grapes to us, but such thoughts must have been taken seriously, because well-respected ladies of society refused to be mistaken as women of questionable character, so bike sales tanked. But Merrill didn’t have a ready explanation as to why the men who relied on bikes for travel to work, or for use in sporting events, had stopped purchasing new models too.

Actually, as you probably have already guessed, it was not questioned morals but rather the advent of the automobile that turned public attention away from bicycles. Henry Ford had introduced the Model T Ford in 1908 as an affordable means of transportation for the average workingman, and the automobile era had arrived.

That, however, is hardly the end of the story of bicycling enthusiasm in Inner Southeast, and you probably are well aware of that, too.

84 years after the introduction of the Model T, in 1992, Steve Landon started a small business by which he tuned up and fixed broken bikes out of the basement of his house on S.E. Tacoma Street.

When a stucco building at the corner of Milwaukie and S.E. Malden became available, Steven moved his cache of bicycles and equipment over there, and set about buying, selling, and mainly repairing, bicycles. He hired additional workers; one of them was a 19 year old kid, Eric Tonken, who moved here from Minnesota and was taking courses at Lewis and Clark College.

Working part-time alongside Steven, within the next few years Eric became a co-owner of the new business, and together they both brought back to the community what had been missing the last 30 years: “Sellwood Cycle Repair” – though technically it was now in Westmoreland; and neither one really knew about the prominence of the old shop that had once carried the name in the area.

Eric was the perfect fit for the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood and, as he points out, he has now spent his entire adult life working, biking, and living among the residents of Inner Southeast. He has donated his time, and items from his shop, to numerous charities and school fund-raisers every year.

Eric reminisces, “Residents and commuters that passed by our store every day knew where we were located. You couldn’t miss the 80 bicycles lined up on the sidewalk.” By far, he says, that was the best form of advertisement. 

When Steven decided to retire to Mexico in 2007, Eric Tonken took over sole ownership of the Sellwood Cycle Shop, and in 2011 – after its 15 years on Milwaukie Avenue – he bought the building where the Furbish Chemical Supply Company had been, along 13th Avenue, returning Sellwood Cycle Repair to Sellwood.

Bicycle sales have changed drastically in the past few decades, and Eric has kept pace with his competitors – he offered the first website-based bicycle sales, just as it was becoming popular to shop online. The Sellwood Cycle Shop today offers everything from Mountain Bikes to competitive sporting speedsters, chariot trailers, travel cases, helmets, and even stationary training cycles. Last year, Eric reports, his shop sold over 1,500 consignment bicycles from the showroom floor.

The adage “what goes around comes around” appears very true, as far as Sellwood Bicycle Repair goes. In 1904, cycling was the craze when the Sellwood Cycle Company first opened; in 2016, cycling is back, as popular as ever – and Eric Tonken’s Sellwood Cycle Repair again stands proudly along S.E. 13th Avenue where the first business by that name began.

Rachel Ginocchio, Sellwood Bridge, souvenirs, Sellwood Middle School
Rachel Ginocchio displays a Sellwood Bridge keepsake box, assembled by students of Sellwood Middle School, to be sold – with proceeds benefiting the school. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood Bridge debris raises money for school


Now that everything but the “detour bridge” piers have been removed, the old Sellwood Bridge is quickly becoming a fading memory.

But, before all of the rubble was hauled away, Sellwood’s Rachel Ginocchio of Rumpus Events decided to turn some of it into art – and a fundraiser for Sellwood Middle School.

While sitting down in Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters with its co-owner Cindy Wallace, Ginocchio told us about their ambitious idea.

“Two years ago, I read in THE BEE about Multnomah County putting the old bridge up for sale – and there were no offers,” Ginocchio said.

She contacted the contractor, Slayden-Sundt, asking if they’d consider helping with a school fundraiser. “They were game, and said, ‘Sure, let’s do it’. They provided a bunch of rebar and chunks of cement, both from the foundation and the railing of the old bridge – but nothing that had lead paint on it.”

Wallace interjected, “Rachel had a hard time getting the Sellwood Middle School (SMS) PTA and Foundation on board with the project. This is not being sponsored by the school, the PTA, or by their foundation. This is just being done by Rachel, for them.”

Ginocchio added, “But now, both the PTA and the Foundation groups are elated that we are doing this project.”

Starting out, Ginocchio said she got together with Wallace, and the two of them brainstormed about souvenir products they could create from the demolished bridge materials.

“We took the rebar up to Oaks Bottom Forge; they’re using it to make bottle openers, coat hooks, and maybe more new products – like fireplace pokers,” said Ginocchio. “But our classic product is a chunk of bridge [concrete], mounted in a classy keepsake box.

“We got a team of students from Sellwood Middle School together, and Blue Kangaroo hosted a ‘work party’. The kids chopped down the chunks to sizes that fit in the boxes, and assembled them. They also bagged the small pieces of rock and the rebar, and put ‘authentication seals’ on everything.

“Cindy and I always emphasize how the kids have been involved in raising funds for their own education!”

Because the two have done fundraising projects together in the past, Wallace quickly agreed to have Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters become the “retail outlet” for the souvenir items.

With low raw material costs, and a bit of volunteer labor, the pair said they’ve already realized more than $2,000 in sales, and are hoping for more.

“We have bags of rubble and bags of rebar for $10,” Ginocchio pitched. “The beautiful keepsake boxes are $25; and the hand-forged bottle openers and coat hooks are $30.”

The products are also available online through her website at  

“By the way,” Ginocchio added, “we’re hosting an art contest through August. Come down and buy some raw materials, and create an art project. In the last half of August, the art pieces will be on display at the Sellwood Branch Library.”

Eastmoreland, Fourth of July, Independence Day, parade, Ottos
Following the parade precursor of classic cars, the marchers set out on the route of the 23rd annual Eastmoreland Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Eastmoreland Fourth of July Parade continues tradition


Under the direction of coordinator Steve Baker, the 23rd annual Eastmoreland Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade and Sausage Fest again started at the Duniway Elementary School grounds.

Participants filtered into the area as the 11 a.m. parade time drew near. Some were dressed in costumes, others had decorated wagons and bicycles.

Led off by Westmoreland Fire Station 20’s engine company, the parade traveled north three blocks along Reed College Place, and turned around at S.E. Claybourne Street and went back to the school.

During the parade, the 1,500 hot dogs that the Eichentopf family brought along weren’t enough to feed the swelling crowd; they sent back to Otto’s Sausage Kitchen to fetch another 500 hot dogs.

Helping slake the thirst brought on by parading six blocks and then enjoying hot dogs, New Seasons Market on Woodstock was there with soft drinks for the celebration.

Brentwood Darlington, Fourth of July, Independence Day, parade
More than simply neighbors out for a Saturday morning stroll: it’s the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Independence Day Parade on July 2nd! (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Brentwood-Darlington Independence Day parade again flourishes


On and off, over the last few years, the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association has hosted Independence Day celebrations and parades. “Many neighborhood families are celebrating with a parade today,” smiled event spokesperson Kendall Palmer on the morning of July 2.

“We had a smaller parade last year; so this year, Xeandra Westcott said that she wanted to make it happen; she’s really behind it this year – bringing this back to life,” Palmer told THE BEE.

By 10 a.m., the parking lot of the Brentwood Darlington Community Center was filling with families. Many of the participants were in costume; the kids were decorating bicycles and wagons to make them ready for the parade.

 “I wanted to bring back the parade, because it’s fun to get the neighbors together,” affirmed Xeandra “Xea” Westcott. “When we come together, the neighborhood feels safer, it makes it a more fun place to be and a better place to live.”

With a boom-box in a wagon leading the procession, the parade stepped off in the community center driveway. It jogged north to S.E. Knapp Street, and then traveled up to the newly-painted intersection at S.E. 70th Avenue before returning to its point of origin.

“Next year, it will be even bigger and better,” promised Westcott.

Sellwood Riverfront Park, Riverfront Concerts, July
“Keegan Smith and The Fam” begin their set at the first Sellwood Riverfront Park “Concerts in the Park” show of the season. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Summer concerts enliven Riverfront Park through August 8


Taking advantage of lovely summer weather, hundreds of music lovers came to Sellwood Riverfront Park for the Portland Parks & Recreation “Concerts in the Park” series, starting this year on July 11.

About an hour before the first concert began, Pamela and Scrafford Orser patrolled the park on “poop patrol” – it’s an off-leash dog park on non-concert days – and filled in any ankle-twisting divots in the lawn.

“We’ve been on the Concert Committee for about 12 years now,” said Scrafford Orser. “We volunteer because we believe in building a sense of community where everyone comes down to the park to listen to music, have dinner, and enjoy the evening,” Scrafford.

“Another part of is that we also have community tables where people can learn more about nonprofit organizations and businesses in our area,” Pam added. “Providing this connection is important, because there are a lot of young families coming here. We’re hoping that some of them will ‘get the spirit’ and volunteer to help keep this going.”

Music helps “feed the creative aspect” of people, Scrafford remarked. “If you can build a community event with wonderful entertainment in our parks which incorporates the neighbors and greater community, I think this builds a stronger community.”

Recalling how they brought their own kids to the concerts starting years ago, Pam reflected, “It’s a real family event. I can’t wait to see which neighbors are going to show up. We all have busy lives, and it’s fun to see who comes.”

Food vendors served hot dinners and icy treats, and community organizations provided information and creative play areas.

After the welcoming announcements, “Keegan Smith and The Fam” began their music show, entertaining from their repertoire of original urban Americana tunes.

On successive Monday evenings, Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys offered their western swing and honky-tonk music; Edna Vazquez and her band performed Latin pop with folkloric roots; and award-winning contemporary blues artist Karen Lovely and her band entertained.

This year’s Monday summer series concludes on August 8 with Sellwood’s own internationally-renowned band, Quarterflash. If you plan on parking, be sure to arrive early!

Myrtle Bloomfield, Dahlias, Dahlia Queen
Portland’s “Dahlia Queen” Myrtle Bloomfield shows two of her husband’s hybridized varieties, “Half A” and “Myrtle’s Folly”.

Centenarian “Dahlia Queen” reigns over annual show


At the end of August, 100-year-old Myrtle Bloomfield will be leaving her “castle” in the Foster-Powell neighborhood temporarily, to become Portland’s “Dahlia Queen” at the American Dahlia Society show taking place in historic Oaks Amusement Park.

Myrtle isn’t treated like royalty solely because of her age. She helped her husband Bob Bloomfield, who passed away six years ago, to grow and breed these flowers starting in 1953.

By 1963, 1,000 dahlias grew in their back yard, and even though they kept cutting them back, the garden now features about 1,500 plants.

She considers herself a true “local”, having been raised just three streets away from what is now her long-time home. “Back then, they called this ‘the country’ – two stumps this side of Mount Hood! The streets weren’t paved back then. I went to Kellogg Elementary School, then on to Franklin High School, and then to Portland Polytechnic,” Myrtle recalled for THE BEE.

“What got my interest in dahlias started was my husband,” Myrtle confessed. “We were married for 67 years. You either join him in his interests, or lose your man; that’s the way I always felt about it.”

They married after a seven-year courtship, and then their mutual obsession with dahlias began. “When we got home for work, we tilled the ground with shovels.”

But, they did more than grow flowers from seeds, they became well-known for their hybridizing of the plants. “You can plant 1,000 seeds, and might get two or three worth hybridizing and keeping,” Myrtle explained. “Then you hope that they make tubers, so you can do it again next year, and get the same thing from the tubers. It can be a three or four year process.”

For years, Bob was connected with Swan Island Dahlias, the largest grower in the United States, because of the beautiful and unusual varieties he created.

When he died, Myrtle explored the potting shed in the back yard, and discovered some 50 journals Bob had written, in which he kept track of his hybridizing experiments.

“One of the best things about being with the local club is that it keeps everyone interested,” Myrtle mused. “In addition to swapping plant cuttings, it’s social time for those who go.”

Bob made and distributed thousands of cuttings of a variety he named “Myrtle’s Folly”. Introduced in 1998, and now sold to gardeners everywhere by Swan Island Dahlias, it has a fuzzy bloom with the unusual coloring of mauve purple blending to orange.

You can meet Myrtle, view “Myrtles Folly”, and look at hundreds of other dahlias August 27-28 at the Portland Chapter of American Dahlia Society’s 88th annual show, starting at 10 a.m. each day at Oaks Park’s Dance Pavilion. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about dahlia growing. It’s free to the public.

The Oaks Amusement Park is accessed northward from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, at 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way.

Woodstock and Sellwood Branch Libraries primed for your summer reading

Sellwood Branch Library
Special to THE BEE

The Multnomah County Library Woodstock and Sellwood branches in Inner Southeast Portland have many ways to help you to enjoy the rest of summer.

The Summer Reading Program continues through the end of August; babies, kids, and teens all enjoy winning prizes for the reading they do this summer.  Even if they sign up as late as this month, participants get to count all the reading they’ve done since June 17. The last day to come in for prizes and to enter the Grand Prize drawing is Wednesday, August 31.  Summer Reading is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.

We also have “Read 4 Life”, our adult summer reading game, for readers 18 and older. Winners of this game receive custom gift packages from the Friends Library Store at Central Library. “Read 4 Life” is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

And, if you are planning a late summer vacation, the library has a great selection of e-books that you can download to your tablet or e-reader. Keep reading as you’re roaming without having to carry a stack of books! Plus, there is a wide variety of electronic audiobooks – the perfect thing to listen to on long car trips. All you need is your library card to download titles; they’re free, and there’s never a late fee. If you need help, just bring your device into the library and we’ll show you how!

All set for your late summer vacation and yet not sure where to go?  Your library branch has many travel guides to help you plan your trip, from hiking in the Northwest to voyages across the globe. Stop in your local library and check it all out!

Southeast Events and Activities

Ardenwald National Night Out concert.

The Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association presents its annual National Night Out party and concert, free, in Ardenwald Park, 3667 S.E. Roswell Street in Milwaukie, across from Ardenwald School, with the party 6-7 p.m., and the concert – featuring the Ellen Whyte Trio – from 7 p.m. until dusk.

Puppet Museum presents “A Devil Meets Kate” play.

The nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum in Sellwood presents “A Devil Meets Kate”, a story from Tendrak Theatre featuring classic miniature Czech Marionettes, a beautiful stage and sets, with period music – making this production fun for the whole family (age 7 and up). The show is 2 p.m. today and 4 p.m. tomorrow, at the museum – 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. Admission is $9 at the door; $8 in advance – and reservations can be made at 503/233-7723. While you’re there, check out other puppet shows to be presented during the month.

“Southeast Art Party” today in Brentwood-Darlington.
This afternoon from 5 till 9 p.m., the “Artistic Darlings” of the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood are throwing an “Art Party”. There’s music, dancing, hula-hoopers, art vendors, a community art project, and more. The party is being held at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 S.E. 62nd Avenue, in association with the neighborhood association and National Night Out, and free and donated food is being provided. “We hope to have lots of visitors come meet and mingle with our artist residents.”

Sundae in the Park celebration in Sellwood Park.

SMILE, the neighborhood association for Sellwood and Westmoreland, presents its annual thank-you to the residents it serves, today starting at noon – “Sundae in the Park”, in upper Sellwood Park on S.E. 6th Avenue, on the bluff overlooking Oaks Bottom. The day starts with the signature 75-cent ice cream sundaes, available in vanilla or chocolate with toppings, scooped until they run out around 5 p.m. by the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, with proceeds benefiting “The Meals On Wheels People” – and the afternoon includes other food, live music and entertainment, community information and fun tables, neighborhood history, and games. After 5 p.m. the Portland Parks Department takes over with more live entertainment, followed by a movie on the big outdoor screen at dusk – last year’s hit movie “Jurassic World”, sponsored by the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA). For more details, go online:

For teens: Make an animated film.

Make your own animated short film! Claymation is a popular form of stop-motion animation. This Sellwood Library series – starting today, and running daily through Friday, noon till 1:30 p.m. each day – will guide teens through the process of creating a complete Claymation short film. Students will learn concepts such as scriptwriting, character design, set design, stop-motion animation, and video editing. If you are interested in animation, cartooning, filmmaking and storytelling, this is the series for you! For teens in grades 6-12. Free, but registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The Sellwood Branch Library is on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

“Quarterflash” headlines in free concert tonight.
The final Sellwood Riverfront Concert of the year, at the foot of S.E. Spokane Street beside the Willamette River, is tonight at 6:30 p.m., presented by Portland Parks and Recreation and by SMILE, and tonight by Windermere Stellar, among other sponsors. The featured band is Sellwood’s own world-famous rock band Quarterflash, and it’s free.

For kids: All-You-Can-Make Art Bar in Woodstock.

Art ala Carte turns restaurant salad bars into art bars for an "all you can make" art experience. It happens at the Woodstock Branch Library this afternoon 1-3 p.m. Kids of all ages and skill levels fill up trays of seemingly endless supplies: Everything from pom-poms, feathers, and glitter, to bottle caps, CDs, and army men. Kids create at their own pace, as imaginative ideas are transformed into masterpieces. Free, but come a bit early, since space and resources are limited. It’s at the Woodstock Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

Ardenwald “Concert in the Park”.

The Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association presents the band “Moon By Night” in a free concert from 7 p.m. until dusk this evening, in Ardenwald Park – 3667 S.E. Roswell Street in Milwaukie, across from Ardenwald School.

Movie in the Park in Brooklyn at dusk.
The Portland Parks Bureau and the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association join to offer a free “Movie in the Park” in Brooklyn Park, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. The original “Toy Story” is slated to be on the big outdoor screen starting at dusk. Free.

Rare free “Al Andalus” concert in Portland at 7 p.m.

“The Al-Andalus Ensemble pursues a singular artistic vision that reminds us that the intricate interplay of diverse voices are the geography of cultural harmony.” Julia and Tarik Banzi write THE BEE, “We are longtime Sellwood residents but only rarely perform in Portland. Al Andalus was a time when Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived in peaceful co-existence (Spain 711-1492). Recent awards include the VOX Pop Award for ‘Best Contemporary Classical Album’ and the Peoples Grammy Award for ‘Best World Music Song’ (selected from 560,000 entries from 163 countries).” Their concert is 7 p.m. this evening at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 N.W. 19th Avenue. Tickets are free at the Door.

“Breakfast Forum” details ancient Egyptian math & tech.

The monthly free “Breakfast Forum”, an informal group chaired by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, gathers this morning at 7:30 a.m. for an hour in the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library at 5441 S.E. Belmont, to hear about and discuss this month “Ancient Egyptian Mathematics and Technology”. The presenter is David Tver, mathematician, former head of the local chapter of the Biblical Archaeological Society and of the local astronomy club. He worked on the optical design for the first satellite for imaging Earth resources in the infrared. The group meets monthly to learn about and discuss political and other issues in respectful ways. Free, and no registration required.  For information call 503/774-9621.

Ardenwald “Concert in the Park”.

The Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association presents the popular rock band “Echoes of Yasgurs” in a free concert from 7 p.m. until dusk this evening, in Ardenwald Park – 3667 S.E. Roswell Street in Milwaukie, across from Ardenwald School.

American Legion annual Parking Lot Picnic.
Milwaukie American Legion Family Post 180, just south of downtown Milwaukie off McLoughlin Boulevard at 2146 S.E. Monroe Street, presents their annual Parking Lot Family Picnic today, noon till 4 p.m., with food and beverages, adult and kid games, music, a cakewalk, and more. All Legion members, veterans, and their families, welcome! Ages 5 and under, free; Ages 6-10, $3; and age 11 and up, $6. Since the picnic is on the parking lot, parking is available instead at Waldorf School and Chase Bank.

"Kids' Day" at Woodstock Farmers Market.
At today's nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it's Kids Day, with special features and activities, and that's all free. As always, the market takes place, open to all, on the KeyBank parking lot, 4600 S.E. Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot). For more information, go online: -- or call 971/208-5522.

Red Cross blood drive in Woodstock.
This afternoon, from 2 to 7 p.m., the Red Cross will be at Woodstock Bible Church for a blood drive. Walk-ins accepted. The church is located at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street.

Earthquake preparedness workshop in Woodstock.
This evening, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, how to build an emergency kit, what items should be included, and the proper way to store it. It’s free, but registration is required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Library is on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit on your property.
Interested in adding separate living quarters to your backyard, garage or basement for your family or a renter? This evening, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, local ADU expert Kol Peterson will lead a workshop to provide a brief overview of ADU information, including zoning, costs, financing, current events, and more resources. Free, but Registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street in Sellwood.

Season’s last Ardenwald “Concert in the Park”.

The Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association presents the band “Midight Serenaders” in the final free August concert for 2016, from 7 p.m. until dusk this evening, in Ardenwald Park – 3667 S.E. Roswell Street in Milwaukie, across from Ardenwald School.



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Charles Schulz's "PEANUTS" comic strip daily!

Portland area freeway and highway traffic cameras

Portland Police

Latest Portland region radar weather map

Portland Public Schools

Multnomah County's official SELLWOOD BRIDGE website

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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

Translate text into another language

Look up a ZIP code to any U.S. address anywhere

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Computer virus and worm information, and removal tools

PC acting odd, redirecting your home page, calling up pages you didn't want--but you can't find a virus? You may have SPYWARE on your computer; especially if you go to game or music sites. Click here to download the FREE LavaSoft AdAware program, and run it regularly!

What AdAware doesn't catch, "Malwarebytes" may! PC's--particularly those used for music downloads and online game playing--MUST download these free programs and run them often, to avoid major spyware problems with your computer!

Check for Internet hoaxes, scams, etc.

Here's more on the latest scams!

ADOBE ACROBAT is one of the most useful Internet document reading tools. Download it here, free; save to your computer, click to open, and forget about it! (But decline the "optional offers" -- they are just adware

Encyclopedia Britannica online

Newspapers around the world

Stain removal directions

Convert almost any unit of measure to almost any other

Research properties in the City of Portland

Local source for high-quality Shaklee nutritionals

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