Community Features

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Ninneman, house, historic, Sellwood, Southeast History
Scott Ninneman, deadheading azaleas in front of his house on S.E. Thirteenth in Sellwood.

Sellwood home reflects history of two families


The house at 7126 S.E Thirteenth Avenue, between Rural and Ogden Streets, recently changed hands, after being occupied for almost thirty years by Ruth and Scott Ninneman.

After raising their four children in the house, and seeing them into adulthood, the couple decided to downsize, and have moved to Gladstone. According to Scott, their new house, built in 1925, is just one year newer than the one they sold in Sellwood. It is smaller and suits their retirement lifestyle, but it’s large enough to host their three young grandsons.

As in their former neighborhood, they are still near a big public park with plenty of play equipment, a network of bike paths, and proximity to the river – the Clackamas River, in this case.  

The house they sold on Thirteenth in Sellwood, with a distinctive curved roof over the front porch, is partially hidden behind a massive native White Oak. The Ninnemans rejected an offer from an anonymous investor in Japan whose primary concern was the strength of the house foundation – and opted instead for a couple with young children.

Although Ruth and Scott are now living in Clackamas County, they have not strayed far from Southeast Portland, where they both grew up. In a way, Ruth (neé Hanchett) is reconnecting with Oak Grove, where one of her grandmothers was raised. Ruth herself grew up in her family home near 39th and S.E. Lexington Street, attending both Duniway Elementary School and then Cleveland High School. Her grandfather lived in Errol Heights in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, and operated one of the cars on the Sellwood streetcar line, on which, as a young boy, her father sold peanuts.

As for Scott – beginning at the age of six, his family lived in a house on Southeast 28th Avenue just south of Steele in the Reed neighborhood. The street was a horticultural holdover from an earlier period: The famous Lambert Gardens, which closed in the late 1960’s, were still standing on the north side of Steele. Fenced off, its shrubbery now overgrown, the garden was haunted by the eerie cries of wandering peacocks.

The Ninnemans were literally sandwiched between two households of the Rivelli family, who owned and farmed most of the land west of Reed College, along 28th Avenue. Scott recalled he could walk out the back door of his home into the Rivelli’s truck gardens.   He also had a Rivelli son on either side of him in age, and they all became playmates.

Across the street from the Ninneman home was Okamoto’s Market which, in 2016, continues operation under different management.   The business that Hisashi and Misuyo Okamoto featured fresh produce that was grown by them and the Rivellis, from whom they had purchased the property after returning from an internment camp. The Okamotos had lost their small grocery store on Hawthorne Street when they were forced to leave Portland after the United States entered World War II; their only crime was possessing a Japanese surname. After returning to Portland Mr. Okamoto, who had been a farmer in Japan, mowed lawns and washed dishes at Reed College until he saved the money to buy his new property. He built a modest house behind his market, and there he and his wife raised five children, and a nephew from Japan. The Okamoto boys were older than Scott, so were not pals, but the two sisters were his occasional babysitters.

Scott attended Sacred Heart Grade School in Woodstock, and spent a lot of free time outdoors, but Mr. Okamoto must have sensed his potential for hard work. When Scott was seven, he was offered his first paid employment: Pulling nails out of wooden boxes. Over time he advanced to unloading delivery trucks, and by the age of thirteen he was waiting on customers and running the cash register. He said that the Rivellis also sold fresh manure to gardeners in the neighborhood; one of his less pleasant jobs was shoveling it into sacks and putting the bags into the trunks of customers’ cars.

Although the Ninneman family moved to Westmoreland in 1969, Scott continued to work at the market. The Okamoto children all had university educations, funded by earnings from their parents’ market – but they chose not to assume operation of the family business. However, as Scott was graduating from La Salle High School in Milwaukie, Mr. Okamoto offered to sell his business to his apprentice, who reluctantly declined because he was heading for Oregon State University.

By the time Scott entered high school in 1969 his family had moved to a house at 7883 S.E. 15th near Lexington Street. The family had purchased the house in 1964, but did not move until they had completed a five-year-long remodel. Although Scott and Ruth lived only 25 blocks apart on Lexington Street, they did not meet until a fateful dance at Marycrest, a Catholic girls’ school in far Northeast Portland. Scott was then a junior and Ruth a freshman but their romance flourished.

The couple married at Moreland Presbyterian Church in 1974 and left for Corvallis, and settled into married student housing. Their initial plan was for Ruth to work, and put Scott through school. However, after a year Ruth realized that she, too, wanted a college degree, so she worked on hers in home economics, while her husband finished one in forestry and horticulture.

Unable to find a job in his field, and with a growing family to care for, Scott took a series of positions in related fields. His youthful experience with the Rivellis and Okamotos, and strong work ethic, proved useful as he managed several plant nurseries, and later worked for a company that ran a wholesale berry processing business. In between raising four children Ruth worked in several fabric stores and a bridal shop.

While Ruth and Scott pursued their careers and raised young children, Scott’s parents left their Lexington Street house and purchased the house on S.E. 13th. Scott’s father soon moved to California for work, and when he developed health issues his wife left Portland to care for him. In 1989, the last year she was in the house, Scott, Ruth and their two young children moved in. The young couple began making the monthly house payments, and the house became their responsibility for the next 28 years. As his children grew, Scott coached youth basketball and baseball teams in the neighborhood and assumed leadership of Cub Scout Pack 64.

The new generation of Ninnemans – Bryan, Arianna, Cary, and Brett – all attended Llewellyn Elementary School, Sellwood Middle School, and finally Cleveland High School.

At least one of them still resides in the old familiar neighborhood, so perhaps a third branch of the Ninneman family tree will take root there.

Llewellyn Elementary School, Carnival, tug of war
The tug-o-war is a simple game, but plenty of fun, at the Llewellyn Carnival. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Llewellyn Carnival” annually celebrates community


The Community Carnival, a tradition looked forward to by students and families of Llewellyn Elementary School, as well as the broader Westmoreland community, came very close to not taking place this year.

With key organizers having to step away, Llewellyn parent Eric Keyser – who is also next year's PTA President – stepped up to make sure the carnival would take place on June 3.

“Because I have two children here at Llewellyn, I know how much this carnival means to everyone,” Keyser remarked at the school that afternoon, while surveying all the kids and parents having a good time at the school. “I did take it over a little ‘late in the game’, but many of us are working together to what we can, here on this very warm day.”

The kids and their parents didn’t seem to notice any shortcomings; the schoolyard was abuzz with activities, games, and socializing. Behind the venerable elementary school local vendors were set up in a temporary food court, serving hot foods and cold treats.

“I believe it’s important to keep this tradition going,” Keyser said, “Because it’s our sendoff celebration for our fifth-graders going on to Sellwood Middle School. And, because we welcome everyone in our community to come, it’s a festival for our entire neighborhood, and beyond – regardless of where their kids go to school.”

Over the course of the year, some 80 parent volunteers played a part in putting on the carnival, with more than 50 volunteers helping on the day itself, including a couple dozen from local churches, organizations, and businesses.

Some of the activities, like the “water-balloon soak chair” attraction, helped raise funds for the Llewellyn Foundation to pay for additional teachers at the school.

Keyser asked THE BEE to publically thank “Midway Master” Chris Dolan, and Nigel Clift, both of whom came in to help set up that morning – and were still working hard during the carnival.

“The best part of this for me is seeing all the people here, and seeing all the kids being happy,” Keyser said.

Scherzinger, a century of weddings, Sacred Heart Church, Brooklyn, Portland
This is the wedding portrait from the very first wedding in this remarkable century-long series involving the Scherzinger family of Brooklyn. Here we see Bertha Scherzinger and Charles Lair, on their wedding day, July 10, 1916. (Courtesy of the Scherzinger family)

A century of Scherzingers at Brooklyn’s Sacred Heart


Julia Scherzinger and Anthony DeSimone were married at Sacred Heart Church in the Brooklyn neighborhood on May 14 of this year. Not an unusual event in itself.

But, the bride’s mother, Clair Carder, told THE BEE that this is the 24th Scherzinger wedding performed at the same church over the past 100 years. The family has kept diligent records, and observes that all the couples were from Brooklyn and Sellwood.

Bertha Scherzinger and Charles Lair, the first couple in this series, married on July 10, 1916.

Family photos show different styles of wedding dress through the years. “There was one double wedding among the couples – that was in June of 1948,” says Carder. “The grooms were Robert and Richard Scherzinger. Their brides wore suits, and carried bouquets.”

“One of the nice things about a wedding is celebrating a new couple joining the family,” she continues. “But the fun part is relatives telling old family stories. We learned that the bride’s grandfather grew up in Brooklyn speaking German. His family’s home was demolished when McLoughlin Boulevard was built.”

Sacred Heart Church held its own Centennial in 1993. Over the years, Sacred Heart School and Convent have come and gone, as have many pastors. Perhaps the most memorable was Father Gregory Robl, who joined in 1903, and guided the parish for 41 years.

The Parish Hall, built in 1912, was named for him; but Gregory Hall was demolished in 2005 to construct Sacred Heart Villa. In 1922, Father Gregory leased the Hall and adjacent lot to Kiser Studios to produce silent films! The sandlot at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue & Center Street was used as a set for four films. One of these – “Flames” –featured young actors Jean Hersholt and Boris Karloff – both in Portland to make a movie, right were Meals On Wheels are served and delivered now.

Members of the Scherzinger family have served in many positions at Sacred Heart, and many went to school there. John Scherzinger was Choirmaster; and Aly Scherzinger was Parish Accountant for over 50 years. Herbert Scherzinger, a Marine, died in the Korean War. Sacred Heart Church has been important in much of the family's history, and now the remarkable family history there is part of the public record, in THE BEE.

Share-It Square, Talyce Yemaya, Sellwood
Talyce Yemaya, who came up from Ashland, paints the sun above Mt. Hood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood’s Share-It Square renews street painting for 2016


The 20th annual repainting of Sellwood’s celebrated painted intersection on Sherrett Street at S.E. 9th, “Share-It Square”, took place on Saturday, June 11 – and combined the efforts of local and international volunteers.

Paint coordinator Sarah Heath told THE BEE that the latest design is much more detailed this year. “After we met as a community to generate design suggestions in the spring, we decided to focus on Pacific Northwest symbols, intertwined with a red ribbon, to tie us all together,” she explained. “The center of it features a nest of chicken eggs, symbolizing community and home.” 

Over the years, the annual repainting and updating has become more streamlined. “We come together from all generations, with visitors this year from Canada, California, Ashland, and Japan,” she continued. “We use traffic marking paint from Miller Paints, and this year we had a collection jar on-site to help pay for the paint. We blend the paint remainders to create the colors for the bricks.”

Pointing, Heath said, “The white chevrons heading down each street from the intersection are an homage to Mayan symbols, and they act as a visual foreshortening to welcome visitors. In case of rain, we've got tarps to stretch across the central design, but we can also finish up tomorrow.”

Neighbor Robin Kinnaird, whose whole family participated in the event, gave a rundown of activities. “The road barricades go up at 7:45 a.m., then we have a group yoga session,” he said. “Chalking of the design elements begins at 9:15, followed by painting. The event usually ends at 4 p.m. with a celebration, followed by a neighborhood potluck.

“About 50 people at a time come and go in shifts all day long,” he commented. “Meanwhile, neighbors put out all kinds of food for the workers, and we replenish paint trays from the paint station down Sherrett Street to the west.”

Kinnaird, who has helped with the painting for over 15 years now, worked on the image of Mt. Hood with a wolf howling at the base. Stars, sun, and moon flank the mountain in the style of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

An eagle with the end of a red ribbon in its beak flies north on S.E. 9th Avenue. Other design elements this year include a large fir tree and honeybee, flanked by roses and rainbows southward on S.E. 9th. The western scene, directed toward the coast, features a Coho Salmon in a stream.

By the way, there’s also a new street painting with a blue and purple snowflake design at the intersection of S.E. 11th Avenue and Clatsop Street – but that’s another story!

Rock violinist, Aaron Meyer, Llewellyn Elementary School
Rock violinist Aaron Meyer begins his June 1 concert at Llewellyn Elementary School, on S.E. 14th in Westmoreland. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Portland “rock star violinist” plays school concert


Calling Aaron Meyer a “rock star concert violinist” isn’t hyperbole; he’s one of the original musicians with world-renowned band “Pink Martini” – and he has sold more than 1 million copies of his solo album, “Sympathique”.

So, when he returned for an assembly at Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland on June 1st, his arrival was eagerly anticipated.

“As an educator, having music in our school is fantastic,” said Llewellyn Principal Joe Galati, as he helped set up for the program, held in the gym.

“He’s been here twice before, so having Aaron Meyer come is the highlight our year,” Galati told THE BEE. “The kids are so fired up to hear him because his music, with a violin, is tremendous.”

It’s not just a concert, Galati added. “Meyer gives little history and background along with the music.”

After setting up his digital electronic “band”, violinist Meyer said he appreciates the support of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, who sponsor his appearances.

“The best thing about participating in this program, for me, is providing education for the kids; keeping music in the schools,” commented Meyer. 

“It's all about the kids; sharing music, while teaching them about math and science,” Meyer explained. “The way we present it, they don't even know that they’re ‘learning’.  To them, they feel like they're just having fun with music.”

With the briefest of introductions Meyer began by playing two songs. His performance got the students’ immediate attention; he talked and played through his program.

“This is really great!” said a third-grader. “I want to play music, just like him”.

Woodstock Cleanup, Stakeholders, Angie Even, Gene Diereinger, Elisa Edgington
Woodstock Stakeholders Group members Gene Dieringer and Angie Even greet voluntreers coming to the annual Woodstock Community Clean-up along with Woodstock Neighborhood Association Chair Elisa Edgington. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Volunteer throng cleans up Woodstock Boulevard


On the morning of the annual Woodstock Community Clean-up, Saturday, June 4, its chief organizer Angie Even – of the “Woodstock Stakeholders Group” – told THE BEE that she was concerned that weather forecasts predicting near 100° temperatures would reduce volunteer turnout.

As it turned out, though, a total of 112 people showed up in front of the Woodstock Community Center, signed the SOLVE forms, were served breakfast treats and coffee, and set out to clean up the main street of the neighborhood.

“The Stakeholders Group is made up of commercial property owners on Woodstock Boulevard,” Even explained to us, between answering others’ questions and handing out breakfast treats with another member of the organization, Gene Dieringer.

“This is the fifth annual community clean-up in which we go along the boulevard and sweep, grab trash, pick up cigarette butts, wipe down garbage cans, clean up bus stops, and spiff up the entire business district.”

Not only does this “spring cleaning” make the business district more tidy, “it’s also good for the community,” Even said. “It's good to get the kids started early learning how to do community service volunteering.”

After tending to their assigned areas, the teams returned to the Woodstock Community Center for a lunch featuring Otto’s grilled sausages, and all kinds of picnic side dishes.

Many sponsors stepped up to help, including Otto's, Grand Central Bakery, New Seasons Market, Papaccino’s Coffee, Cloud City Ice Cream, Safeway, City Sanitary, Woodstock Farmers Market, Reed College, Pacesetter Athletic, Bai Mint, The Floor Store, Mae’s Barber Shop, Woodstock Law Offices, Hope City Church, The UPS Store, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, the Woodstock Community Business Association, and SOLVE.

“I just love Woodstock; I ran a business here for more than twenty years, and have owned commercial property here since the 1990s – and I lived here for a couple of decades,” Even said. “The best thing about this for me is seeing all of us take pride in our neighborhood.”

Brentwood Darlington, street mural, Japanese visitors
Two of the seven kids visiting from Japan get a taste of Portland culture by helping paint a street mural in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Japanese visitors help “Artistic Darlings” paint street mural


A group that calls itself the “Artistic Darlings of Brentwood-Darlington” came up with the idea of painting a street mural in their neighborhood’s intersection at S.E. 70th Avenue and Ogden Street.

The painting took all day on June 12, and turned into a block party – and an international exchange gathering.

“Carolyn Hauck, one of our ‘Darlings’, thought of the project, learned how to organize it from the ‘City Repair’ people, and directed our group,” explained “Gem Ginger” Martinsen, the artist who created the artistic design of the street mural.

“This project is important to the committee, because they think of art as an ‘amazing communication tool’ for positive change in our community – an historically neglected neighborhood,” Gem Ginger explained.

“We want to help people feel proud of where they live – and perhaps, slow down traffic along our neighborhood streets!” she added.

About the design, Gem Ginger told THE BEE, “We wanted it to represent the diversity of our neighborhood; the urban garden culture of our neighborhood. So, we decided on a ‘Tree of Life’ design – a symbol used in very different cultures, from early Christianity to ancient Egypt to scientific Darwinism.

“There’s a lot of symbolism in the design,” she continued. “And we also have some ivy, because it is, like us, invasive – many of us are not native Oregonians.”

The volunteer project stared at 6 a.m. on June 12; first with the cleaning of the pavement, then the chalking out of the design, and finally the painting. But, not all of the volunteers came from the neighborhood. Seventeen adults and seven kids, all vacationing from Japan, also participated in the project.

Tour guide Yuri Baxter-Neal explained that she organizes “Life Sampling” activities for visitors. “Instead of taking them to a museum or a coffee stop, they get to experience the ordinary life in Portland, is if they were living here.” In this case, by painting the street!

The Japanese visitors sampled some of the American food, snacks, and beverages provided by the organizers.

“And, our group brought a Japanese lunch and they shared it, that so Portland people could have some of theirs,” Baxter-Neal. “It’s all part of a one-on-one cultural exchange.”

The result: another intersection decorated, and a cultural exchange completed as well, on the streets of Brentwood-Darlington.

Quilt Show, Woodstock, Jolyn Buhl
Quilt designer & teacher Jolyn Buhl stands amidst a variety of quilts at the Woodstock Quilt Show. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Woodstock quilt show celebrates needlework and charities


Quilting enthusiasts flocked to Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 18, to attend Woodstock’s “first annual” Quilt Show.

Quilt designer and teacher Jolyn Buhl was on hand to oversee the event. “This is a compilation of my own and my students’ works,” she said. “Historically, pioneer women met for quilting bees as a social gathering. Quilts represent a community of women working together on a common project.

“We’re also selling quilts to help fund ‘Angel Quilters for A Cause’ charities,” she continued. “Often, quilts are made as memorials – such as the national AIDS Project quilts. The Angel Quilters benefit such organizations as the Wounded Warriors Project, Parrott Creek Boys Ranch, Clackamas Women’s Shelter and Services, and Providence Willamette Falls Hospital, among others.”

Susan Pulford began quilting after she retired from teaching in the Portland Public Schools. “Most quilters are retired women,” she commented. “Traditionally, quilts have a theme or meaning. Whoever makes them needs to have a personal ‘buy-into’ make the patterns work. Wedding and baby quilts are common, but there are also seasonal, holiday, family, and friendship quilts, which have names signed on the squares.”

Buhl has been doing needlework for over 50 years. “I started doing crochet and embroidery with my grandmother at age 5,” she recalls. “I've been teaching quilting out of my home and in community spaces for over 20 years now. When we meet, we pick a pattern from our quilt library, and then each person does their own design using that pattern. Quilts can be embellished with beads, laces, and all sorts of small meaningful items, sometimes even photographs.”

Quilts come in many sizes, from potholder-size to bed covers and wall hangings. The Woodstock show also displayed a few quilted dolls, pincushions, totes, placemats, and table runners. In a corner near the refreshment table, a workstation allowed dedicated quilters to work on their own personal projects when they weren’t describing displays and quilting techniques.

Buhl also works and teaches at Acorns & Threads, a Beaverton cross-stitch store. Plans are already being discussed for a second quilt show at the same location next year.

Scandinavian Festival, Maypole, Oaks Park, Jaedyn Lehman, Olyvia Granath
Helping to decorate the Maypole are Swedish volunteers Jaedyn Lehman and Olyvia Granath.

Scandinavian Fest returns to Oaks Park


Nordophiles flocked to historic Oaks Amusement Park by the hundreds on Saturday, June 11, for the 2016 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.

Whether of Scandinavian heritage or not, folks from all over the greater Portland area – and as far away as Eugene and Washington State – arrived to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

“It is quite a tradition of celebration; 88 continuous years!” exclaimed “Nordic Northwest” (formerly “Scandinavian Heritage Foundation”) Executive Director Gregory B. Smith, while watching the activities from under the tall oak trees.

“People come because it’s always a fun, family-friendly day filled with games, dancing, food, Nordic vendors and crafts and, of course, the raising of the Maypole,” Smith told THE BEE.

“All though this is a pan-Nordic event, representing the people and cultures from the five Nordic countries, we also have some Estonian dancing, and we hear a good deal of German being spoken here,” Smith grinned. 

On two stages, entertainers performed culturally-relevant songs and dances. The smell of sausages and Swedish pancakes filled the air.

“The best part of this for me, is the food,” Smith confessed. “Being here is like taking a restaurant tour of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Norway, right here at historic Oaks Amusement Park.”

Before the raising of the Maypole, a squall blew into the area that afternoon, bringing showers to the celebration – and sending many on their way home. But, those who stayed had a good time, even in the Oregon rain.

Thuy Nguyen, Kimberly Vu, Emily Vo, cleanup, Lane Middle School
Thuy Nguyen, Kimberly Vu, and Emily Vo, were among volunteers helping spruce up Lane Middle School in May; these three were cleaning up the tree beds. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Volunteers spruce up Lane Middle School campus


The landscaping around Lane Middle School received tender loving care on Saturday morning, May 7, as volunteers with the school’s PTA came out to do gardening and clean-up chores.

“We’re picking up trash, trimming shrubs that are overgrown, and pulling weeds out of the tree beds,” remarked Lane Middle School PTA President Betsy Miller. “Some of our volunteers are also trimming along the fences; others are clearing shrubs and overgrowth around the tennis court.”

Still other volunteers were spreading bark dust, after flowerbeds had been cleaned.

“We do this to support the school, our neighborhood, and help our teachers and the students feel more of a sense of pride in the school,” explained Miller.

“The best part of this for me is seeing the whole neighborhood getting involved,” Miller said. “It's bringing the community together; it’s all about us taking pride in our school.”

Southeast Events and Activities
Puppet show at Sellwood’s “Portland Puppet Museum”:

This afternoon at 2, and tomorrow afternoon at 4, the nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street presents a miniature Czech marionette production by Tendrak Theater called, “The Magic of Kindness & Kolaches”, which “demonstrates how the younger brother Honza, who cares about others and tries to do his best, is successful in life. His older brother Lukas, who is self-seeking and lazy, has a much more difficult time finding meaning in life. See how they both go about trying to find the magic waters to save their father's life.” Fun for all ages. All seats $10. Come early to be sure of a seat.

Portland Bridge Swim starts in Sellwood at 7:30 a.m.:

The annual Portland Bridge Swim is sold out with 80 entries, and the public is invited to be present at the start of this Willamette River race at 7:30 a.m. at Sellwood Waterfront Park, just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, off Spokane Street. They’ll be gathering and preparing from 5 to 7:30 a.m. The 11-mile downstream race ends in Northwest Portland. Proceeds from entry fees are donated to nonprofit Portland Riverkeeper.

“Summer Circus Staycation” for kids and families:

At the Woodstock Branch Library, In his hilarious routine, Charles the Clown uses clown and costume books right off the library shelves as guides, while he attempts to transform himself, and everything gets mixed up. It’s for kids and families and it’s free: 1-2 p.m. this afternoon; seating is limited to come early to be sure of a seat. At S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Woodstock Boulevard Lawn Sale:

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is holding a fund-raising Lawn Sale today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in front of the church – S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard. Household goods, vintage, collectibles, and much more.

“Eastside Village PDX” aging-in-place meeting:

This morning, 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a free informational meeting for those interested in the services of local nonprofit Eastside Village PDX – and organization dedicated to providing the services and assistance needed to help seniors “age in place” in their own homes, in Inner Southeast Portland. The meeting will be held at Woodstock Wine and Deli, 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. All are welcome.

Paper Marbling for adults, in Woodstock:
Ever wondered how to make a unique zig-zag or swirly pattern on a piece of paper? Then this workshop is for you! Join this free class 3-5 p.m. at the Woodstock Library, and end up with a portfolio of marbled paper that you can use to make books or art, write letters, wrap gifts, or frame and enjoy. In use is the traditional Japanese technique of Suminagashi – and have some fun with shaving cream and food coloring, too. Registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Free backyard habitat certification workshop:

The Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) neighborhood association’s “Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee” (SNAC) presents a free backyard habitat certification workshop this evening at 6:30 p.m. at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Tenino Street in Sellwood. This will also be useful in preparing to help with the SMILE Project along the Sellwood Gap of the Springwater Trail; for more, go online: -- and for more information or to RSVP, e-mail:

Pageturners Book Group meets in Sellwood.
The adult Pageturners Book Group meets at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library for an hour and a half, and it’s free. First, read “The Martian” by Andy Weir, then come and engage in stimulating conversation about books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The library is on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Bidwell Street.

“Exploring contradictory attitudes about race, etc.”
That’s the topic for the July “Breakfast Forum”, this morning 7:30-8:30 a.m., at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont – organized by Reed neighborhood resident Ann Clarkson. “We see in others, and ourselves, contradictory beliefs and behaviors around race, sex, religion, and other issues.  Psychologists have found ways to define, measure, and manipulate racism.” The speaker is psychologist Ann B. Clarkson, Ph.D. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group which discusses political issues in respectful ways. Free. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.


For kids and teens: “Ready, Set ... Science!
When you exercise and play, your body springs into action! How does your body do it? Try cool experiments to see how your heart beats, your lungs breathe, and your muscles move! Test your reflexes, play balancing games, and use neurons to send a message to your brain! Explore Silly Putty stretches and have fun with Bio-Squares ... then take stuff home to amaze your family and friends! It’s free, 1-2 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. Best for kids in grades 3 and up.

Scrabble at the Sellwood Library:

Attention word lovers: Have fun, 2-4 p.m. this afternoon, while exercising your brain, improving your vocabulary and making new friends by playing Scrabble. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced players are welcome. Free. Bring your own set or use one of theirs. The Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Vacation Bible School this week in Woodstock:

Trinity United Methodist Church offers Vacation Bible School, today through Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, for children ages 2 to 8. Noon lunch included, and pre-registration is NOT required. For more information contact Barbara Garrett at 503/954-6729. The church is on the northeast corner of S.E. Steele and Chavez Blvd. (39th), at 3915 S.E. Steele. Online at:

City “infill” hearing today at SMILE Station:

The City of Portland is taking a fresh look at the regulations controlling development in single-dwelling zones to ensure that new “infill” housing meets the needs of current and future residents. The project focus is on three primary topics: Size of houses, historic narrow lots, and range of housing types. Information meetings are planned for locations across the city; one will be at SMILE Station, today, from 10 a.m. to noon; 8210 S.E. 13th, at Tenino Street. Everyone in Southeast is invited to hear how the Stakeholder Advisory Group is drafting proposals for the city to consider. You’ll have the opportunity to provide input to this process in several ways. For more details, go to: – or: 

Puppet show at Sellwood’s “Portland Puppet Museum”:
This afternoon at 2, and tomorrow afternoon at 4, the nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street presents “The Swan Prince”, which “relates how friends, through spells, protect Prince Radislav from a jealous power-hungry Queen Bozena, who plots to take over the kingdom and how her ambitions backfire. Can a Queen outwit the King and his son the Prince, to rule the kingdom? How do potions and transformations work? A Prince looking for true love in a Princess – can he find one?” Fun for all ages. All seats $10. Come early to be sure of a seat.


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Portland Public Schools

Multnomah County's official SELLWOOD BRIDGE website

Click here for the official correct time!

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

Free on-line PC virus checkup

Free antivirus program for PC's; download (and regularly update it!!) by clicking here

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

Note: Since THE BEE is not the operator of any of the websites presented here, we can assume no responsibility for content or consequences of any visit to them; however we, personally, have found all of them helpful, and posted them here for your reference.


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KOIN, Channel 6 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 40)

KGW, Channel 8 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 8)

KPTV, Channel 12 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 12)

KRCW, Channel 32 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 33)

KPDX, Channel 49 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 30)

KPAM 860 News Radio