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Brooklyn Pharmacy, Powell Boulevard, Milwaukie Avenue, history
The Brooklyn Pharmacy is shown here on the southeast corner of Milwaukie Avenue and Powell Boulevard, in a photo taken in 1936. The Atlantic Richfield Company bought the property in 1967, demolishing the building and replacing it with an Arco Service Station. In its 118 year history, the Brooklyn Pharmacy has had to survive several moves before reaching its current location on the west side of Milwaukie, a block south of Powell. (Photo courtesy of City of Portland Archives)

The long and distinguished service of Brooklyn Pharmacy

Special to THE BEE

The headline story in the December, 2013 issue of THE BEE was “Pharmacy Smashed”. It told how the driver of a pickup truck had managed to ram into the front of the Brooklyn Pharmacy, a block south of Powell Boulevard on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue – causing considerable damage to the “museum” of historic pharmaceuticals in the store.

The damage has been repaired, and the historic pharmaceuticals display has been restored. And business continues as usual for the drug store that is the closest one to neighbors in Brooklyn, Westmoreland, and Sellwood.

But the story of this business goes further back than that. Much further back.

For the past 118 years, the Brooklyn Pharmacy has been a cornerstone of its Southeast Portland neighborhood. Brooklyn at that time was a blue-collar working district. Germans and Italians emigrated from their homeland and settled into Brooklyn, hiring on at the Inman-Poulson Lumberyards, at the Southern Pacific Railroad, or finding work on the Eastside Streetcar that traveled down Milwaukie Avenue.

As residents arrived and built their homes in Brooklyn, a new business district arose and expanded outward from the intersection of Milwaukie Avenue and Powell Boulevard. Bellarts Saloon, a country store, a French Cleaners, and a Furnishings Store all crowded the circular business district, and it was here that the Brooklyn Pharmacy was established. In 1897, Paul Brinkman and a Mr. Sieberts opened the store.

Brinkman immigrated to the United States from Erfurt, Germany, in 1872, when he was just 14 years old, and it was probably his German background that endeared him to the residents, and the pharmacy became successful. 

The Brooklyn Pharmacy stood right where the road ended at Powell and Milwaukie, and a liquid-filled glass globe was suspended outside, announcing to the people passing by that their new pharmacy was open for business.

These “Show Globes” were universally displayed by pharmacists at the time, much as a striped barber’s pole advertised (and sometimes still does) the location of the local barbershop. These wonderfully-colored glass globes were filled with brightly-colored liquids that were mixed from chemicals by the local pharmacist – the exact mixture in each case being known only to the proprietors.

It was common practice in those days for two business owners to pool their money and partner-up when opening a drug store or some other shop. So, for the first few years, Paul Brinkman operated the Brooklyn pharmacy with the help of other pharmacists, like Sieberts, Williams, Froehlich, and Forbes.

Once enough capital had been raised from sales, and additional inventory collected, one of the partners would then most likely leave to start their own pharmacy – taking their half of the inventory, and opening their own store in a different part of town. Thus it was that by 1900, Paul Brinkman had become the sole proprietor of the Brooklyn Pharmacy – a distinction he would hold for the next 57 years.

Paul and his wife Amelia were married in the first German Baptist Church on July 16th of 1899. They settled in the Brooklyn neighborhood, just a few blocks from his pharmacy, where Paul had at one time regularly slept in the back room.

Most medical remedies were then compounded in a liquid form that a trained pharmacist like Brinkman would blend in the backroom of his business, before selling it to a patron in need. And – as the current historic pharmaceutical display in the store today makes clear – some of the accepted remedies of the time would horrify us today. Drugs such as Opium and Coca leaves were included in remedies for ailing stomachs and headaches. And even the poison strychnine could be found in ingredients on patent medicine labels.

Liver Salts were available as an effective laxative. During the early years, it was common for customers to purchase Lime Water for an upset stomach. Customers could order almost anything from Brinkman's Brooklyn Pharmacy – from Aqua Ammonia, Sweet Spirit Nitre, and Linseed and Olive Oil, to Epsom Salts, Glycerin, and Rose Water to be used for chapped hands and faces. Even Muriatic Acid Poison could be had.

The Prohibition era, 1920 to 1932, proved to be a difficult time for pharmacists and drug store owners. Alcohol, a major ingredient used in the mixture and preparation of many medicinal remedies was placed under strict government regulation. Prescriptions had to be written on government-issued paper, and pharmacists were required to keep detailed records that inspectors could review at any time during unscheduled visits.

Paul Brinkman kept his tally in a huge binder under the counter, logging all of the patrons who ordered prescriptions from his store, with details of their medical histories. After many years collecting names, addresses, and telephone numbers recording how to reach his clients, he had filled three huge volumes.

According to Brooklyn Pharmacist Mike Dardis, drugstores were still issuing liquid prescriptions until after World War II, when tablets were introduced – which changed the pharmacy business for good.

As the times changed so did the Pharmacists. Drug store owners couldn't rely on selling prescription drugs as a source of income. And it did not escape their notice that small eating establishments that served flavored carbonated water, and later ice cream, called “Soda Fountains”, had become fashionable with teenagers and college-bound students. Savvy proprietors observed that when housewives stopped by their pharmacy to pick up an order they were in the mood to shop for other household items. Even young children sent to the drugstore on an errand by their parents, hung around afterwards looking for extra treats to purchase

Consequently, the old style pharmacies began to be phased out and renovated into brightly-colored soda fountains with long lunch counters, shiny chromed bar stools, picture length mirrors and checkered tiled floors.

Portland City Archives documents reveal that in 1936 there were over 250 full-service drug stores in Portland. As they began to convert to combination drug stores and soda fountains, a few also dispensed draft beer at the fountain, and the Coca Cola sold during this time had a much more generous component of the soft drink’s syrup in it than the more diluted soft drink that we consume today.

The soft drinks were allowed to stay, but it wasn't long before Oregon Liquor Control Ccommission officials stepped in and halted these fountains from profiting on alcoholic beverages.

When the Ross Island Bridge was completed in 1926, travel by auto from one side of the Willamette River became easy – and residential neighborhoods on the east side of Portland began to grow at an incredible rate – and that led the public to demand of the Portland City Council faster and more convenient roads.

Powell Boulevard was widened and completed westward to the Ross Island Bridge. Shops and houses that stood in the way of progress were removed, and Brooklyn's once-proud business district Center was dismantled – including the original Brooklyn Pharmacy structure – to make way for the Powell Boulevard extension.

A new two-story brick structure, complete with a soda fountain counter, was built on the southeast corner of Milwaukie and Powell, and the grand opening of this “new, modern” Brooklyn Pharmacy followed.

In the years afterward, a larger ceramic Coca Cola sign was installed over outside marquee, and the Brooklyn Pharmacy continued to be a convenient place for neighbors to meet, and catch up on the latest gossip and family news.

Brinkman hired his daughters Adda and Elsie to wait on customers, while son Paul Brinkman Junior was assigned other tasks. Longtime local residents may recall that old man Brinkman often shooed children away from the magazine and comic book section, when they spent more time reading the merchandise than buying. 

After serving the neighborhood as its pharmacist for nearly six decades, and waiting on numerous generations of clients, Paul Brinkman retired in 1956. Lawrence Wehrly replaced the renowned Brinkman behind the counter, while property owner Harold Rabbee continued to update the interior of the Brooklyn Pharmacy to attract new clientele. 

One of those updates included the installation of an ornate copper drinking fountain on the corner of the block, just outside the store. Most Oregonians are familiar with the twenty bronze water fountains donated by Simon Benson (“Benson Bubblers”) that are situated in downtown Portland.

The drinking fountain placed out front of the Brooklyn Pharmacy by Rabbee was one of only a few such located on the east side of the river at the time. Today, Brooklyn Pharmacist Mike Dardis recalls that the fountain was damaged when an out of control auto ran into the structure.

City officials sympathized with the loss, but informed the owner Rabbee that they wouldn’t be able to replace the popular drinking fountain. The cost was too high, and work crews didn't have the materials to match the ornate design of that particular fountain.

Refusing to take no for an answer, Rabbe later told Mike Dardis that he confronted the city leaders: “I have a contract that you'll replace the fountain, and I will sue the city if it’s not repaired.”

It is not clear whether or not he had such a contract, but it is a matter of record that within the next few weeks the shiny copper fountain was back in service, and passing pedestrians and bus stop commuters were again able to enjoy a free drink before continuing on their way.

By 1964 Pharmacist Russ Miller had become the new owner of the Brooklyn Pharmacy, but he contacted his good friend Mike Dardis, a Portland native then living in Crescent City, California, offering him 40 percent ownership in the business. Mike and his wife Sadie were waiting for an opportunity to return to Portland to be closer to family and friends. This offer provided the opportunity, and they accepted.

A graduate of Oregon State University in 1964, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Mike had begun his pharmaceutical career in Crescent City. “There was no work available in Portland at that time,” remarks Mike, and so he received his California Pharmaceutical License. Before their move back to Portland, Mike and Sadie were to witness one of the worst disasters ever to hit the Crescent City area, caused by the great Alaskan Earthquake off Prince William Sound in 1964.

On March 27th of that year, the big earthquake triggered an open-ocean tsunami that traveled down along the Oregon and California coast. “Crescent City juts out farther from the coastline than other towns along the way, and the town got hammered by three different waves,” recalls Mike “All of the people were running for safety inland, and I saw this photographer heading for the beach to take pictures. I had never seen a tsunami before, so I wanted to see what one looked like.”

Mike explains that most people assume that a tsunami is a big wave that just rolls in and destroys buildings in its path. But, watching from a cliff above the waterfront, Mike observed that the ocean waters would first recede quite a distance – perhaps two or three miles away from the mainland. The boats anchored around the harbor were left stranded on dry sand. Then, when the water reversed course, “All of the boats started blowing their horns, warning everyone of the immediate danger.”

People had ventured out in the emptied harbor, walking on the sand. “ It was like watching a huge bathtub fill with water, and just starts slowly to overflow,” recalls Mike, remembering the first of three waves rising and rolling into the tiny Northern California coastal town – until he finally realized that he, too, needed to seek safety on higher ground.

Crescent City was one of the hardest-hit towns by that tsunami event on the U.S. West Coast south of Alaska, and twelve people lost their lives in the community that day. After that, Mike says he was especially glad that he’d accepted the job at the Brooklyn Pharmacy!

Mike had been working at the Brooklyn Pharmacy for only three years when the property owner, Harold Rabbe, decided to sell the block to Atlantic Richfield Company (today, ARCO), instead of renewing the contract to Mike and his partner Russ.

Once again the Brooklyn Pharmacy was destined to be closed forever – until owner Earl Flatt allowed Mike to move the Pharmacy into a storefront residents know today as True Brew Coffee House at S.E. Pershing and Milwaukie.

When Russ Miller retired, Mike Dardis was given sole ownership of the Brooklyn Pharmacy.

Finally, in 1992, the Brooklyn Pharmacy was forced to move one last time, and owner Paul Schuback welcomed Mike Dardis to set up his shop just south of the Aladdin Theater, where it still stands today.

Those who visit the Brooklyn Pharmacy today are, as previously mentioned, treated to a museum of pharmaceuticals, where patrons waiting for their prescriptions to be filled can view a variety of bottles, labels, journals, and pharmaceutical instruments and boxes that from a great many years ago.

This display, protected in glass cases, is a project of Dardis’ fellow pharmacist and friend, John Kaegi.Those three large volumes recording minutiae about Paul Brinkman's customers, at one time assumed lost, were rediscovered by Mike and today are displayed on the bottom shelves of the three glass cases against the windows.

A certificate hangs on the south wall, presented to Mike Dardis by the Oregon Pharmaceutical Association in 2014 in appreciation of his 50 years in the Pharmacy Business – and his faithful service to the Brooklyn neighborhood and Inner Southeast Portland.

Post 5 Theater, Durang Durang
Phillip J. Berns (as Lawrence) and Pat Janowski (as Amanda) work out a scene from a Tennessee Williams parody called “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls”, in the Post5 Theatre production of DURANG DURANG. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Wacky show on stage at Sellwood’s new “Post5 Theatre”


Actors affiliated with Sellwood’s new Post5 Theatre group are well known in Portland for bringing William Shakespeare’s stories to life on stage.

But their new six-shows-in-one presentation called “DURANG DURANG”, which runs through March 28th, is an hilarious send-up of serious dramatic theater.

It’s a collection of one-act parodies, written by Christopher Durang, that seems well-suited for modern audiences with some knowledge of drama, a short attention span, and a sense of humor.

“So, instead of being a normal straightforward play with one story, it’s more like a ‘One-Act Festival’ of Durang’s short plays,” smiled the director, Sam Dinkowitz.

“Mrs. Sorken” gleefully starts off, sharing her thoughts on theater. “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” parodies “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams; “A Stye Of the Eye” sends up almost every show written by Sam Shepard.

“Nina in the Morning” explores life after plastic surgery; “Wanda’s Visit” is a story of a reunion that spins out of control.

“It’s a case of ‘art imitating life’ in ‘Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room’, in which a Hollywood author is faced with a ridiculous story from a movie director,” Dinkowitz shared.

“This show is great for me a director,” Dinkowitz told THE BEE, “because I get all these different forms to ‘play with’. And, better than this, I have the honor of working with six very talented and capable actors who rise to the challenge of developing many different characters for this show, instead of only one.”

As the rehearsal resumed, Post5 Theatre Producing and Artistic Director Ty Boice remarked he is pleased with their decision to move the company from Northeast Portland near Halsey Street over to Sellwood.

“This is wonderful, supportive community,” Boice said. “We’re looking forward to becoming a complete performing arts center for our community.” 

Post5 Theatre is to be found on the corner of S.E. Lambert Street at Milwaukie Avenue. For more information, go online:

Sellwood, Westmoreland, hoiuses, history
What lies in store for this recently-sold property, formerly the home The Shabby Nest Antiques, at the corner of 13th and Lambert Streets in Sellwood, is yet unclear. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

Development removing two vintage homes in Sellwood-Westmoreland


Changes are afoot for two vintage houses at opposite ends of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.

One, a single family house on the south side of S.E. Harold Street between Milwaukie and 17th Avenues, is boarded up and its days are numbered.

According to a presentation at the November General Meeting of SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, the new property owner, Mark Wilde, intends to replace the one-and-a half story single family residence with a two-story, fourteen-unit apartment building.

The existing house backs onto an alley, which will offer a handicapped entrance, but Wilde’s plan provides no on-site parking, since none is required by the city at present. 

Constructed in 1904, the house is one of the oldest surviving structures in the Midway Annex subdivision, registered with Multnomah County in 1902. The Midway Annex is a narrow plat of four blocks, running west to east between Milwaukie Avenue and 20th Avenue on both sides of Harold Street. The four blocks of the plat were originally divided by a single north-south street.

Later, Southeast 17th and 18th Streets were extended and eliminated at least four lots. Like most of our neighborhood, the structures that lie within Midway Annex are a mix of ages and styles.

For almost 75 years the house at 1636 S.E. Harold was occupied by members of the Henzel family. Beginning in 1906 this included Joseph, a house painter, and his wife Mary; and later sons Benjamin and Richard. By 1958, a sister or daughter Rose Henzel, now the widow Rose (Mrs. Casper) Flink, was living in the home. Her son George C. Flink remained in the house until the 1980’s.

Later it became a rental, and two years before it was sold, several nuisance complaints were filed with the city. This included bags of garbage accumulating on the porch and back yard, and an illegally-installed wood stove that emitted sparks and clouds of black smoke.

The house has been vacant for almost a year and was finally partially boarded up in late 2014. Unfenced, it sits empty and derelict. Its continuing decline is disheartening because of the structure’s architectural details, and its placement on its lot.

It perches on a high bank, and its deep setback creates a large yard facing Harold. The upper story has a narrow gambrel roof, but its most pleasing feature is a deep wrap-around front porch. The wide overhanging roof (or regular painting by the Henzels) has protected the slender porch pillars from the weather, and they appear to be in good condition. The surviving tendrils of an old wisteria still cling to the edge of the porch roof.

The second house, at 7805 S.E. 13th, is at the southwest corner of Lambert Street, may also be destined for removal and development, but its fate is not yet known.

For the past two years it has been the location of Shabby Nest Antiques. The business owner was pleased with her location, but unhappily her lease was not renewed. She told this reporter that she does not know who the owners are or to whom the property has been sold. It is unclear if the sale includes the vacant lot to the south, which in former years was the location of another house.

According to county records, the property has belonged to Jennifer and Richard Richter since 1999. The couple lives in Northeast Portland, but their listed phone number is “no longer in service”. Behind the two-story Four-Square style house several new town homes are currently under construction, replacing a much-remodeled multi-story rooming house that spanned two 50x100 foot lots.

The Shabby Nest building had been a single-family home from its construction in 1906 until the transformation of S.E. 13th Avenue into “Antique Row” in the 1970’s.

From the late 1920’s into the mid-1950’s the house was occupied by John L. Robinson and his wife Lulu. During those years Mr. Robinson held various positions with the interurban car-line, as car-man, conductor, and train operator.

By 1955 the new owners of the home were Elmer and Mabel Clem, who owned and operated the Sellwood Cycle Company at 8057 S.E. 13th (near Gino’s Restaurant). The Clems remained in their home until the mid-1970’s, and then moved to North Portland.

In 1979, a new owner applied for a zoning change to allow partial commercial use of the structure as an antique business. For a $30.00 fee the city allowed the change, as long as the business operators lived on site. Soon afterward it became “The Old House on 13th Avenue Antiques”, managed by Terri Plowman and Daniel Summers.

Later businesses in the structure were the Allen House, and most recently The Shabby Nest. The future use of the house is not yet publicly known, but updates will be forthcoming in THE BEE.

Lucas Petersen, Chess for Success, Sellwood Middle School
Sellwood Middle School Chess Club player Lucas Petersen ponders his next move. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Inner Southeast “mental athletes” again compete at chessboards


Local nonprofit “Chess for Success” held its “Athletics for the Mind” regional competition for middle school students at four locations in the greater Portland area on February 7, including Southeast Portland’s Harrison Park School.

Seated at rows of tables in the cafeteria, dozens of normally-energetic, chatty, and wiggly kids all sat still and silent. Each player studied the pieces on the chess board, made his or her move, and recorded the play on a notepad.

For 23 years, Chess for Success has started chess clubs, and funded staff for them in underperforming schools throughout Oregon, said Executive Director Julie Young, who was helping out at this tournament.

“In our pilot program, Portland Public Schools saw that, no matter where kids were in their educational standing – including having learning and attention deficits – when they joined a chess club, their behavior, grades, and social skills measurably improved,” Young told THE BEE. “It’s continued, because it’s clear that we provide a successful and very cost-effective afterschool program.”

But, all young chess players in the region – 7th and 8th graders, at this particular tournament – are invited and welcomed to the regional competitions. “We have about 100 players here today; some of them are home-schooled, and others come from public and private school chess clubs,” Young pointed out.

During regional tournaments, students can compete both in teams and as individuals, commented Young. “Tournaments consist of five rounds of chess. Students with top scores at the regional tournaments qualify to compete in the Chess for Success State Championships, which are held at the Oregon Convention Center on March 13th and 14th.”

Students from Inner Southeast Portland school chess clubs were plentiful at this tournament. “Sellwood and Winterhaven tied for first place in the Team Tournament,” Young revealed after the tournament.

One round of play ended, and different student chess players were called up to the tables. Tournament Master Clay Kelleher made sure all of the youngsters were in place, before he called for the next round of play to begin.

“I love hearing how the lives of young people have been changed for the better by their learning to play chess,” Young quietly commented to us just outside the hall. “Over the years, I’ve had many teachers tell me they are amazed to see some of the students sitting still and concentrating – something they've never seen in their own classrooms.

“It’s more than a game,” added Young. “It’s training for a better life.”

Learn more about Chess for Success, volunteer, or consider contributing to this 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, by visiting them online:

Gideons Orchard, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland
February meeting of the Brooklyn neighborhood’s “Gideon’s Orchard Design and Planning Committee” included, from left: Don Stephens, Aurora LeMieux, Mike O'Connor, Jill Williams, Celeste Ramsay, and Lee Kamrass. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

“Gideon’s Orchard” launched in Brooklyn with March 3rd party


Plans for Brooklyn's new orchard are finally coming to fruition. A February 5th meeting of the Gideon's Orchard Design and Planning Committee discussed ways to introduce the proposed orchard design at the Kick-Off party held March 3 at Sacred Heart's Loaves & Fishes Hall.

The party featured architectural drawings, catalogs, and speakers. Andrew Land from Friends of Trees coordinated the discussion of selected fruit tree varieties which were voted on from an approved list.

The committee has worked for two years to raise funds and awareness, and to make design plans to convert the triangle of land on S.E. 17th at Pershing Street into a community orchard.

Called “Gideon’s Orchard”, the plot of land will celebrate the historic roots of the neighborhood as a place to learn about, and showcase, fruit trees – at a site near the original home of pioneer orchardist Gideon Tibbets.

Tibbets settled in the area in 1847, and soon built the “Brookland Gristmill” on Brooklyn Creek, which ran where S.E. 17th Avenue is now. (Thus the appropriateness of the iron rowboat design of the public art along the new light rail line on that street.)

In 1868 he granted access to the Oregon Central Railroad, and began to divide his Donation Land Claim into $50 lots, thereby beginning to shape the Brooklyn neighborhood as it is known today.

Grafts from the last surviving fruit tree in Tibbets’ orchard, the heritage Gravenstein apple tree at S.E. 9th and Center Street, will be taken to plant in the new orchard.

Following coordination with representatives from TriMet – which owns of the land – and working with the Portland-Milwaukie MAX Light Rail team, the Committee showcased the design drawn up for the fenced site.

Neighborhood input on fruit tree selection was solicited at the March 3rd launch party, and fruit tree varieties that have been judged appropriate to the site and the climate will be supplemented with lower-growing berries. Only one type of nut tree – hazelnut – is deemed appropriate, since other species would grow too tall.

While TriMet has agreed to install a four-foot-high black chain-link fence at the site, there still needs to be discussion about a gate, a sign, and the water supply. TriMet's Jay Higgins estimates that a water meter, backflow device, and hose bibs, might cost around $7,000 to $8,000, which will be targeted by several grants.

Then, an Orchard Board will be tasked with managing Gideon’s Orchard, and volunteers are always welcome. The Design/Planning Committee suggested September as a possible date to begin planting.

There are also plans to promote Gideon’s Orchard during TriMet’s upcoming September grand opening celebration for the new Portland to Milwaukie light rail “MAX Orange Line”.

Portland Fire and Rescue, health checks, station tours
At Fire Station 20 in Westmoreland: C-Shift Firefighter-Paramedic Ryan Mathes, Firefighter/EMT Christine Pezzulo, Lt. Michael McGowan, and Firefighter/EMT Stephanie Adams are showing off their new sign – which welcomes neighbors to come in for a visit and a health check. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

InnerSoutheast Fire Stations now giving health and safety checks


When you drive by Portland Fire & Rescue Station 20 in Westmoreland on S.E. Bybee Boulevard, or past Woodstock’s Station 25 on S.E. 52nd Avenue, look for a new white-and-red A-frame “welcome” sign on the sidewalk. 

“When the sign is out, it means residents are invited to visit their neighborhood station to get their blood pressure checked, learn about safety (including smoke and carbon monoxide alarms), and find out about the fire and rescue resources that protect your neighborhood,” explained PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Damon Simmons to THE BEE.

“All our firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians, and most crews also have a Paramedic to take Advanced Life Support measures,” Simmons remarked while visiting Station 20, on Bybee Boulevard across the street from Westmoreland Park.

“Portland firefighters are experts in dealing with a wide variety of emergency situations,” Simmons pointed out. “And when you visit your fire station, you can see the equipment firefighters use, and hear about the many ways firefighters work to keep you and your family safe.”

As long as they are not out attending to an emergency – which does happen from time to time every day – Portland firefighters are available; just ring the doorbell at the station.

Sellwood Library, Picasso, art novices, Addie Boswell
Art teacher and painter Addie Boswell shows one of her sample paintings in the style of Picasso, while participants in the Sellwood Library class go on to create their own unique portraits. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Novices create “Picassos” at Sellwood Library 


Several of the dozen people who came to a unique portrait painting workshop at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library on the afternoon of February 14 admitted they were novices. Moreover, some were skeptical they’d leave the session with their own Picasso-style painting.

But, with the help of artist, muralist, author, and workshop instructor Addie Boswell, they discovered they were creating original works of art on their 12 by 16 inch canvases, after she introduced them to composition, color mixing, and layering.

“I like teaching this class, because Picasso is easy for many new artists to emulate,” Boswell said. “His lines are so free, abstract, and loose. It’s fairly easy for people who don’t do a lot of painting to pick up his style, and paint.”

Her classes usually are well attended, Boswell, said, but she was still surprised to see every seat filled at this particular workshop on a spring-like Saturday afternoon.

“The surprising to me about teaching this class, is how different they all turned out,” Boswell mused. “It's wonderful to watch the painter's ‘voices’ come out in their painting. Some people don't even know that they have a way of expressing themselves – until they start doing it.”

Learn more about teacher and painter Addie Boswell by visiting her website:


Lenten Services at Immanuel Lutheran.
At noon and at 7 pm today, you are invited to attend Lenten Services at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. In fact, Lent services are held at noon and 7 pm every Wednesday from today through March 25th. On March 29th, Palm Sunday Service is at at 10:30 am. All are welcome.

Immanuel Lutheran preschool open house today.
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood is holding its annual preschool open house today from 10 am to noon. You are welcome to visit the classroom and meet the teachers. The address is 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue. For more information, call 503/236-7823.

Ventriquilism exhibit repeats at Puppet Museum. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood has brought back its very popular ventriloquism exhibit, now through April, and as a special feature today at 2 pm offers a performance called “AdVENTures in Ventriloquism with Chuck Mott”. Mott, a local ventriloquist, puppeteer, and magician, will explain the how-to of ventriloquism, with a live performance, Q & A, and an opportunity to try your hand (and lips) at "venting" yourself. Show length is 45 minutes. Tickets are $7.00 each for ages 2 to 99. Reserve seats at 503/233-7723. The museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street.

Free “Portland Camp Fair” today at Trackers Earth.
Trackers Earth’s “Portland Camp Fair”, from 10 am to 3 pm today, is free to all, and features fourteen areas of activities, including woodcarving, homesteading projects and animals, fiber arts, knot tying, fishing and casting demonstrations, archery, blacksmithing, and a great deal more. Campers are encouraged to bring a friend. On-site registration is available, so families have an easy and guided opportunity to enroll in their favorite camps. The location is 4617 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just south of Holgate Boulevard. For more information, including fall details on the available camps, go online:

OHSU Brain Fair today at OMSI.
It’s free, today, 10 am to 5 pm, in the auditorium at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry! Learn about the amazing adaptive power of the brain at the largest brain fair in the country. The free fair is part of Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) Brain Awareness Season 2015. This year's cerebral celebration, today only, will include interactive exhibits, real human brains, crafts, demonstrations, prizes, and OHSU neuroscientists explaining their groundbreaking research. OMSI is on S.E. Water Street, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge.

St. Agatha’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. St. Agatha Catholic School once again celebrates St. Patrick’s Day today, starting with a 5K fun run at 11 am, the parade through Sellwood to Westmoreland and back starting at noon, the carnival noon to 5 pm at the school (15th and S.E. Nehalem), and food and a beer garden noon till 8 pm. For more, go online to:

Portland Rose Society Fair at Oaks Park.
The Portland Rose Society’s 21st Annual Information and Vendor Fair is this evening, 7:30 pm, in the Oaks Amusement Park Dance Pavilion. Local garden and supply centers will be there with special bargains; experts will be there to share information on organic gardening, soil supplements, disease control, and sprays. There’ll be free refreshments and door prizes, and a lot more. Bring a pair of your gardening shears for a free sharpening! For more information, call 503/777-4311. Oaks Park’s access is from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, at the Springwater Trail and the railroad tracks. 

Pageturners Book Group meets at Woodstock Library.
Read “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett; then engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free, and it’s this evening, 6:30-7:30 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Last day to reserve tickets for Lenten Seafood Festival.
St. Philip Neri Church, on S.E. Division Street, set its deadline as today to reserve tickets for its “first annual Lenten Seafood Festival”, in its own Carvlin Hall – which will be 5-8 pm on Saturday, March 21st. Adult tickets are $25; age 6 to 12 years, $15; age 5 and under, free. For information and to order tickets, call 503/231-4955, and do it today.

“Green construction” the topic of Breakfast Forum today.
The monthly Breakfast Forum, created and hosted by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, presents at its March meeting today a discussion on “Green building materials – established and cutting edge”, facilitated by Barbara Fletcher. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. It’s 7:30 to 8:30 am, free, no registration required, and guests are always welcome. For information, call 503/774-9621.


Ventriloquism today at Puppet Museum.
Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood, as part of its current exhibit on ventriloquism through April, today at 2 pm presents “Ventriloquism with Dave Miller”. Dave performs ventriloquism, tells stories, and entertains, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at American ventriloquism. Fun for the whole family; show lasts 45 minutes. Tickets are $7.00 each for ages 2 to 99. Reserve seats at 503/233-7723. The museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street.

Vegetable Gardening Tips and Tricks at Sellwood Library. Athena McElrath, a Master Gardener, will present her best tips and tricks for growing your own vegetables and small fruits. This program for beginning gardeners will include her seed list, and how to use ordinary supplies in an ordinary back or front yard garden area. Learn how to start seeds, prepare your planting beds, plant, and then enjoy the harvest. Great for the new  vegetable/small fruit gardener, as well as the gardener who is new to Portland. Free. It’s this evening, 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Sellwood-Moreland Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

“Spring Ceramics” family project today at Sellwood Library.
Celebrate spring and paint your own bug, butterfly, and more. The library will supply the ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs and mats; you come with your imagination and talent. The pieces are painted with lead-free acrylic paint, and are ready to be taken home in just a few minutes. Free. 1 to 2:30 pm this afternoon for kids and families, at the Sellwood Branch Library, on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Chemistry for kids at Woodstock Library today.
Spin! Pop! Boom! How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in a chemically-challenging “magic” trick. Move on to an assortment of experiments featuring both chemical and physical changes. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing! It’s for kids, and it’s free, this afternoon from 1 to 1:45 pm at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Maundy Thursday Services in Sellwood.
  Immanuel Lutheran Church at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue will hold Maundy Thursday Services at 12 pm and 7 pm today.  All are welcome.

Moreland Presbyterian Maundy Thursday Service. Moreland Presbyterian Church, on S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 18th in Westmoreland, invites everyone to its Maundy Thursday Service at 6 pm this evening.

“Indoor Yard Sale” at Manor.
The nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor announces its latest “Indoor Yard Sale” today and tomorrow, 9 am to 2 pm. “Huge Community Sale with low prices on thousands of items. Books, dishes and kitchen, glassware, household, electronics, small appliances, DVDs, CDs, home décor, hardware, office miscellany, games, jewelry, baskets, collectibles and antiques, furniture, and more! Refreshments and sandwiches available. 6404 S.E. 23rd Avenue, just north of the west end of the Bybee Bridge. Parking on-street only.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service in Woodstock. Trinity United Methodist Church invites everyone to its Good Friday Tenebrae Service this evening at 7 pm. The location is 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

Good Friday Service in Westmoreland. Moreland Presbyterian Church, S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 18th, offers its Good Friday Service at 7 pm. Everyone welcome.

Good Friday Service in Sellwood. Immanuel Lutheran Church at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue will hold Good Friday Service this evening at 7 pm. Open to all.

SMILE Easter Egg Hunt in Westmoreland Park.
  Rain or shine, the annual free SMILE Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 am sharp this morning, in separate age-appropriate areas, at the south end of Westmoreland Park, opposite the parking lot area. This annual free event is sponsored by the SMILE neighborhood association, and run by the Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club, with assistance from the Sellwood New Seasons Market. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos – and would like to encourage people to bring canned food for those in need. BE SURE TO BE A LITTLE EARLY, as the hunt usually is over in less than 10 minutes!

“Roots and Wings Preschool” open house. From 10 till 11 this morning, it’s an open house for “Roots and Wings”, a new nonprofit preschool opening up this fall in the Sellwood area – a play-based preschool, wherein children are given many outlets to express themselves in the ever changing dramatic play area, the artist corner, the indoor and outdoor play areas, and through daily interactions with peers. The curriculum will be enriched by field trips and special guests. Located in Moreland Presbyterian Church, at S.E. 18th and Bybee Boulevard. Open house is today from 10 to 11. Online at:

Brooklyn Easter Egg Hunt. The Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association announces its second annual neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Brooklyn Park, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue south of Powell, this morning at 11 am SHARP.  No charge, but if you’re even a couple of minutes late, most of the eggs will be gone, so be early!

Easter Services in Westmoreland.
Moreland Presbyterian Church, S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 18th, has two Easter Sunday Services this morning – at 8 am and at 10 am. Open to all.

Easter Sunday service, near Mt. Scott Park. Sanctuary Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone to its Easter Sunday service at 10 am – “for music and a message of love”. The church is situated at 5512 S.E. 73rd, next to Mt. Scott Park.

Easter Service on S.E. Steele Street. Easter Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 am this morning at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.

Easter Service in Sellwood. Immanuel Lutheran Church at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue will hold Easter Worship, with Holy Communion celebrated, at 10:30 am.  All are welcome.

“Two by Ionesco” on stage at Reed.
Tonight and tomorrow night, and again April 16-18, each time at 7:30 pm in Reed College’s Diver Studio Theater, two one-act plays by Ionesco are being performed. “The Bald Soprano” is directed by Professor Kate Bredeson, and “The Lesson” by thesis candidate Gracie Rittenberg. Both feature performances by thesis candidate Colin Trevor. Tickets are $3 to $7. For more information or tickets, go online to:

Annual Rhododendron & Daffodil Show and Sale!
The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, along with the Daffodil Society, presents the annual Rhododendron & Daffodil Show and Sale today, noon till 5 pm, and tomorrow, 9 till 5, at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden at 5801 S.E. 28th Avenue, on the west side of Reed College, just north of Woodstock Boulevard. If you would like to enter your own flowers in the show, bring them to the exhibit hall this morning 7-9:30 am. For more information, call 503/771-8386, or go online to:

“To ACT or SAT, That Is the Question”. At the Sellwood Branch Library, the Princeton Review presents an opportunity for teens to figure out the ultimate question: Which test is best for you? The Princeton Review Assessment (PRA) was created to help you decide what test will allow you to shine: the ACT or the SAT. Consider the PRA your first step on the road toward college admissions nirvana. Registration required; call 503/988-5398. It’s at noon today, till 4 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, and it’s free. Also repeats at the same place, registration required, on Saturday, May 9, noon-1:30 pm.

Fundraiser for CHS FIRST Robotics Team, “The Pigmice”.
The Pigmice FIRST Robotics Team #2733 from Cleveland High (and before that, Winterhaven) will have a Family Night Fundraiser at the McMenamins Barley Mill Pub on this evening, 5 pm until closing. The Barley Mill Pub is located at 1629 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard. 50% of all sales between 5 pm and closing will go to the Pigmice team, and will help support their program. Bring your family, friends, and strangers – to eat, drink and raise money for this “amazing STEM program”.

Immanuel Preschool Open House.
Immanuel Church’s Preschool Open House is this afternoon, 3 to 7 pm, at 810 SE 15th Avenue in Sellwood. You’re invited to visit the classroom and meet the teachers. Call 503/236-7823 for more information.\

“Breakfast Forum” presents a candidate.
The nonprofit, free, monthly “Breakfast Forum”, organized and presented by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, this morning has as its speaker Mike Rosen, Candidate for Portland Public School Board, District 7. The “Breakfast Forum” meets 7:30-8:30 am this morning in the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont Street, and is an informal group whose members meet monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.

Red Cross Bloodmobile in Westmoreland today. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteers. By donating blood, individuals can make a difference in the lives of patients in the community and throughout the nation. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will return to the parking lot of the Moreland Presbyterian Church this afternoon, 2-7 pm. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. For information or to make your appointment, call 1-800/733-2767, or visit, and enter the sponsor code: MorelandPresbyterian. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients; a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in, to make sure you are you.

Earthquake prep information in Eastmoreland. Tonight at 7:30 in the Duniway School Auditorium, the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association Emergency Preparedness Committee presents a talk by Jeremy Van Keuren of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management on the city’s plans for communications in a disaster through a new “Earthquake Emergency Communication Node” system. There are 48 of these locations throughout the city (one is in Brooklyn Park). Open to all. The school is situated at 7700 S.E. Reed College Place.

Spring Ceramics for kids and families in Woodstock.
This afternoon, 2-3:30 pm, at the Woodstock Library, celebrate spring by painting your own bug, butterfly, and more. They supply the ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs, and mats; you come with your imagination and talent. The pieces are painted with lead-free acrylic paint, and are ready to be taken home in just a few minutes. Free. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

“Basics of Residential Solar” workshop in Sellwood.
This free workshop, 2-3:30 pm this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, covers why solar might be a choice for you. Topics that will be covered include: how solar works in Oregon’s climate; available solar technologies, and how they fit into your overall energy use; assessing your site for solar; how financial incentives and tax credits can cover up to 80 percent of the cost; and ownership, leasing, power purchase and financing options. Registration required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is situated on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street in Sellwood.

Reed College Chorus & Collegium Spring Concert. This evening at 7:30 pm in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, the Reed Chorus and Collegium presents “A Royal Banquet” – two of the Coronation Anthems that Handel wrote for King George II of England in 1727; and works composed for Henry VIII and Queens Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II, along with a general prayer for good government by Heinrich Schütz.  Virginia Hancock will conduct. The Spring Concert is free and open to the public.

Mozart concert tonight at Reed College. This evening at 7:30 pm in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, a Reed Orchestra concert will feature Reed Elkinton '16, performing “Mozart’s Concert No. 23 in A major”, plus many others. Free, and open to the public.


Last weekend for Puppet Museum ventriloquism exhibit.
Sunday marks the end of this year’s ventriloquism exhibition at the nonprofit Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood, and to start the weekend it’s ventriloquism night for adults this evening: “Adult Night at the Museum” (21 and older please) starts at 7:30 pm; $15 per person or $25 per couple. Chuck Mott and friends perform ventriloquism for adults (no, not THAT adult style). To reserve seats or for more information, call 503/233-7723. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum is situated at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood.

Concerto by Friends of Chamber Music, at Reed. This evening at 7:30 pm, in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, Friends of Chamber Music offer a concerto entitled “The Gypsy in My Soul”. The program includes music ranging from the Eastern European roots of the gypsy influence in music by Brahms, Bartók, and others, to the pervasive influence of gypsy rhythms in music from around the world. For tickets, call 503/224-9842, or go online to:

Fun run/walk to benefit low-income families.
A “Run Walk Stroll 5K” event takes place this morning, starting at 8:30 am, at the north end of Westmoreland Park. Open to all, with food and drinks, and entertainment, part of the fun day. It’s a benefit to help low-income children and families through the nonprofit Windermere Foundation. $25 race fee ($10 for age 12 and under) includes a T-shirt. If you want to register in advance, you can do so online:

Llewellyn School fundraising bake sale. The Llewellyn Foundation Bake Sale takes place today at Rose City Coffee Company today, 9 am to 4 pm. 7325 S,E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Portland Baroque Orchestra in Reed College concert. This afternoon at 3 pm in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, Portland Baroque Orchestra presents a concert featuring Vivaldi’s Concertos for violin: The Four Seasons; Locatelli's Lamento in F minor; plus additional works by Vivaldi and Matthew Locke. For tickets, call 503/222-6000, or go online to: There is also a free pre-concert lecture in the same hall an hour before the concert, at 2 pm.

Citizenship Classes at Woodstock Library.
Learn about the process of becoming a citizen in a six-session series of free classes, every Monday, starting today, through June 8 (except on May 25, Memorial Day). Prepare for your citizenship interview: Study United States history and government for the examination. Classes are in English, and are taught by library volunteers. For more information, call 503/988-6318. 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.

Cleveland High’s annual “College Night” tonight.
Cleveland High School’s College Night is this evening 7 to 9:10 pm, in the CHS auditorium (doors open at 6:45 pm), 3400 S.E. 26th Avenue. This is an essential informational meeting for juniors and sophomores and their parents, as they begin the college research and application process. The evening will be divided into several sessions so that students and their parents can learn more about researching and choosing the right school, the admissions process, how to write a compelling college essay, obtaining financial aid and scholarships, and other pertinent topics.  Speakers will be from CHS, university admissions offices, and outside admissions experts. Please call Cleveland’s College and Career Center with any questions: 503/916-5120.


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