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Westmoreland Park, first Portland airfield
This is a picture of the first plane assembled and flown from what is now Westmoreland Park by the Aero Club of Oregon. Participants, from left to right: Noel B. Evans, Ralph Hedderly, Larry Hickman, Archie Roth, Danny Grecco, and Al Nehl. The photo was taken in June of 1920. (Photo courtesy of John Fyre)

Before there was a Casting Pond: Westmoreland’s airfield

Special to THE BEE

On June 8th, 1912, Silas Christofferson attempted one of the most dynamic and daring flights in Pacific Northwest history when he launched his Curtis Pusher Biplane off the rooftop of Portland’s Multnomah Hotel.

It was daring because Silas was piloting a vehicle that was basically a box kite with a gas-powered engine. And it was dynamic because his runway consisted of 20-foot planks laid down loosely on the rooftop, and Christofferson had less than 150 yards of “runway” from which to take off.

This was the beginning of air flight and the age of air exhibitions in Oregon. Awe inspiring men and women began challenging each other with aerial stunts and cross country flights that had never been attempted before. While these courageous pilots knew the danger they faced each time they stepped into the seat of an untested plane, they continued for the benefit of improving technology, the thrill of the sport, or the prestige they received from the press and the spectators that attended each exhibition.

What happened to Christofferson? Rather astoundingly, he did not crash and burn; he completed his successful trip from the rooftop, as 50,000 cheering and awestruck spectators witnessed this first-ever attempted interstate flight. His Curtis Pusher touched down twelve minutes later in the open field at the Vancouver Washington Military Barracks, now known as the Pearson Airpark.

Not to be outdone, challenger Walter Edwards was hired by local officials to pilot the U.S. Mail over interstate lines. According to the Pearson Airport Museum records, a temporary post office was set up on the grounds of the Waverley Golf Course, south of Sellwood, and Edwards flew five flights from Sellwood to Vancouver, Washington, delivering over 5,000 pieces of mail, between August 10th and 11th in 1912.

Christofferson then countered his rival, flying his newly-acquired plane underneath three different bridges along the Willamette River, and stopping a professional baseball game being played at Portland’s famous Vaughn Street ballpark, when he buzzed the crowd in the stands.

After those accomplishments, Oaks Amusement Park announced that Christofferson would make flights in his “hydroaeroplane” from its wooden boardwalk three times daily during the summer of 1912.

The editor of the Sellwood Bee newspaper at the time failed to elaborate where the aircraft landed after the flight, as curious bystanders – crowded around the boardwalk – made it impossible to return and land back on the walkway. Christofferson might have landed his aircraft on the open plain in Westmoreland, or back at the Vancouver Barracks. Once his plane was safely grounded it could be towed by his mechanic and helpers back to the Oaks for his next performance. Since the paper said the aviator was flying what was then called a “hydroaeroplane”, he might have landed on the Willamette River near Oaks Park. However he landed, such stunts attracted huge crowds, and placed pilots in almost hero status at that time.

Flying exhibitions flourished around the United States and Europe, as untrained pilots competed in long distance races, acrobatic feats, and unheard-of flights. Isolated fields such as the one at the Vancouver Barracks along the Columbia River, or the Rose City Raceway (Rose City Golf Course), provided a safe haven for pilots to land safely. The Pearson Airpark was the first of its kind to open in the Northwest, and the Pearson Airpark museum has proclaimed itself to be one of the oldest operating airports in the country – since 1910.

As the popularity of flying increased in Oregon, Portland had yet to take seriously the idea of building a major airport. City officials were kept busy installing sewers, supplying clean drinking water, and paving roads. Also, pesky businessmen were enamored of the new king of transportation, the automobile – and big money was being spent on completing the Columbia Gorge Highway (1913-1922), and other roads to Mt. Hood and Astoria, putting flying contraptions on the civic back burner.

One tract of land favored by pilots, enthusiasts, and air mechanics, was a section of open grassland between the newly developed communities of Eastmoreland and Westmoreland, north of where the town of Willsburg once resided. As early as 1913, from accounts in the Sellwood Bee, a vacant field at the end of Nehalem Street in Westmoreland (now Sckavone Baseball Stadium, and the Westmoreland Park parking lot) was used by pilots as a landing field for their aircraft.

While other makeshift landing fields existed in outer east Multnomah County and parts of Beaverton, Westmorelanders have the right to point to their own neighborhood as the site of the first municipal airfield in the Rose City.

Six years later, without a major airport in the works, newspaper articles declared 61 acres of the Ladd Estate in Westmoreland would be leased by the city for five years at $1,500 a year. A tract of land that measured over 3,000 feet long and 1,000 feet wide was already in use as a private landing field, and a mere $500 would upgrade the runway to flying standards. Members of the Aero Club of Oregon and the Sellwood Board of Trade enthusiastically supported the site, and suggested that the airfield could be used by military and mail planes besides commercial and private aircraft. Commissioner S.C. Peter, and M.R. Klepper, the President of the Aero Club, negotiated the five year lease from the Ladd Estate.

Before plans for an airport at Westmoreland were finalized, America’s attention was diverted to what became World War I, already underway in Europe. The United States joined its allies Britain and France in declaring war against Germany and the Austrian-Hungry forces in Europe on April 6th, 1917. Young men rushed to enlist in the Army, and a new fighting force – the American Aviation Corps – was established to turn boys into trained fighter pilots.

Reed College played a pivotal part in support of the war effort, as 70 upper classmen volunteered for the cause. One of the students who is still remembered was Hugh Broomfield. He was trained and accepted a commission as First Lieutenant in the American Aviation Corps. On October 21st, 1918, while on a scouting expedition over German lines near France, he lost his life when the plane he was flying was shot down during the battle of Meuse-Argonne.

President Woodrow Wilson knew that aviation would play an important role in the war effort, and he immediately ordered over 20,000 planes to be manufactured. One of the first planes ever designed by American auto engineers, the Liberty DH-4, was manufactured specifically for the Army. When an armistice was signed, signaling the war’s end on November 11th, 1918, the government had a surplus of the Liberty planes. The Liberty DH-4’s were donated to the Postal Service for the delivery of the mail, while others were sent to vocational schools or sold to ex-pilots returning from their expeditionary forces in Europe. Hobbyists and wanna-be pilots were able to snatch up these planes, and learn to fly inexpensively.

When the Westmoreland airfield became a major landing filed for pilots, American Legion leaders lobbied to have the airport named after Oregon’s only aviator killed in action, Hugh Broomfield. In the summer of 1919, the Portland city council dedicated the Westmoreland flying field in his honor, to be registered as the Broomfield Aviation Field. During the following years, the Broomfield Aviation Field became Portland’s main aircraft landing field.

The Dundrey Aircraft Company announced plans to erect a two story building and lecture hall to house the students at its school of aeronautics at the airfield. School classes included a pilot’s course, airplane mechanics, and a ground mechanics course. The Oregonian proclaimed that Miss Gradelle Leigh was the first girl from Portland to be enrolled in the aviation course. The Forestry Department was considering the possibility of using Broomfield for their firefighting patrol planes, as did the Postal Department for its airmail planes.

On October 17th, 1924, a special contingent of Army flyers who had just completed a flight around the world arrived in Portland – and landed at Vancouver’s Barracks Field, to a hero’s welcome led by then-Mayor George L. Baker. Since Portland didn’t have an airport sufficient to accommodate all the pilots in the contingent, the Mayor was embarrassed to have to travel to the Vancouver Barracks’ field to bring the pilots back to Portland for special festivities. Mayor Baker vowed to build a major airport for Portland, and on September of 1927 the Swan Island Municipal Airport was officially dedicated by Charles Lindbergh, who flew the Spirit of St. Louis onto the new airstrip.

By the end of 1927, the Broomfield Aviation Field had been abandoned. Part of the field was converted into a section of the Eastmoreland Golf Course, and the remaining acres became a grazing dairy field. Contented cows could once again roam the grasslands as they had before it became a runway. The American Legion once again urged the Port of Portland to rename Swan Island the Broomfield Aviation Field, but their request was turned down, and the hero of Reed College is only commemorated in history books.

The remaining section of what had been an airport later became part of the new Westmoreland Park, and by the 1930’s McLoughlin Boulevard (“the super highway”, as it was then touted) was built along a stretch of the land where planes once took off.

The sounds of car engines on McLoughlin is all that remains to remind of the Westmoreland airstrip, as today cars and trucks speed by as fast as did the first airplanes that once roamed the skies from Westmoreland.

Rachel Ginocchio, Sellwood Bridge Art Project, Sellwood Branch Library
Rachel Ginocchio stands with some of the curated entries from the “Sellwood Bridge Art Project”, as displayed in August at the Sellwood Branch Library. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Old Sellwood Bridge “parts art” displayed at library


The project to recycle concrete and rebar from the old Sellwood Bridge into gifts for sale, in support of Sellwood Middle School programs, took on yet another aspect in July and August.

“We’re calling it the ‘Sellwood Bridge Art Project’,” said Rachel Ginocchio of Rumpus Events.

“As a companion project to the school fundraiser, the idea of the Art Project is to get as many as people as possible, of all ages, to create art out of the remains of the old Sellwood Bridge,” Ginocchio explained.

She met THE BEE at the Sellwood Branch Library, where some of the artworks were on prominent display during the first two weeks of August.

“Some of this art came from one of the four art-making events we’ve held in which both kids and adults created hands-on art,” Ginocchio remarked. “And, we’ve also encouraged people in the community to make art on their own. On display, here, is a sampling of the art we’ve received.”

At the end of the August, representatives from Sellwood business, including Zenbu, Oodles 4 Kids, Cloud Cap Games, Portland Bottle Shop, Collage, and the Savory Spice Shop, were set to judge the artwork – with the winners to be announced in early September.

Meantime, collectible Old Sellwood Bridge artifacts are still available at Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters, on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

Ellen Whyte, Ardenwald Johnson Creek, Summer Concerts, Ardenwald Park.
Award-winning jazz and blues artist Ellen Whyte entertained at the first of the 2016 free Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Summer Concerts in Ardenwald Park. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Ardenwald again hosts an August of free concerts


The four-week Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Summer Concerts’ season began on Thursday evening August 4, at Ardenwald Park.

The Ardenwald neighborhood, although mostly part of the City of Milwaukie, is unique in being partly located in the southerly edge of the City of Portland as well. It’s just east of McLoughlin Boulevard up S.E. Tacoma Street.

Known for bringing big talent to the small park, the Ardenwald neighborhood’s first free show featured the Ellen Whyte Trio; Ellen’s a 2015 Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee, and a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter in genres ranging from blues to jazz to funk and ballads.

“The folks who provide our sound system continue to be a very good resource to help us book our performers,” confided Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association Chair Jeff Davis.

The four-week concert series has been a summer feature for about two decades every August, Davis said, thanks to the effort of “a handful of volunteers, a neighborhood grant, and underwriting from our businesses – and from Providence Milwaukie Hospital, which helps support the concerts.”

It’s by far the largest annual gathering of neighbors in Ardenwald, Davis commented. “We feel is our biggest ‘bang for the buck’, in terms of resources, because a lot of people show up, and we see people that we haven’t seen the rest of the year.” 

On the successive Thursdays in August, the free outdoor concerts this year brought in the soulful jazz group, “Moon by Night Trio”; then “Echoes of Yasgurs” – a classic rock band formerly known as the “River City Band”; and ended with a vintage swing music sextet, the “Midnight Serenaders”.

As the sun went down on August 4th, Ardenwald Park was filled with neighbors sipping on cool beverages and listening to hot music.

1891, Kuhn Home, Yukon Street, Milwaukie Avenue, Westmoreland, deconstruction
The 1891 Kuhn home, at the southwest corner of Yukon Street and Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, will be replaced with a four-story, 45-unit apartment building. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

Apartment building to replace 1891 home in Westmoreland


The late 19th Century house at the southwest corner of S.E. Yukon Street and Milwaukie Avenue is quietly dissolving from the inside out. 

In the third week of August, a two-person team using hand tools began to take apart the structure in what was known as the “Midway Area” in today’s Westmoreland – sorting materials to be reused or recycled. 

Although I had only a quick glance into the two front rooms where work was underway, there were no longer many reminders visible that the house had been built in 1891, two years before the Sellwood streetcar line opened.

In the ensuing 125 years, the house has undergone multiple alterations. The front porch was enclosed, and the interior walls and ceiling covered with sheetrock. Doorways and windows were refinished with narrow modern trim, and there were no baseboards where wall met floor. The living and dining rooms had hardwood flooring, either new or recently refinished, and a large brick fireplace had been updated with a modern surround, mantel and hearth.

If these contemporary materials were added over the originals, some evidence of the original 1891 house may yet emerge when demolition progresses into walls and ceilings.

The exterior of the house is now also sheathed with an eclectic range of siding and trims.  The first resident and probable builder, Robert Kuhn, took enough pride in his work to impress his first name initial and last name in a cement panel just outside the entry gate.  Just beyond it is an old cast-iron slab, more often seen as a threshold of a commercial building entry of the late 1800’s. Perhaps Mr. Kuhn salvaged the piece from an old building, or carried it home from one of the city’s iron works, where he worked as a carpenter and machinist between 1900 and 1910.

Mr. Kuhn  and his wife Louisa lived in the home from 1891 until 1916. After 1917, Louisa, now a widow, remained at the address until the late 1930’s. She was sometimes joined by Helena Kuhn (probably a daughter) and son, Robert Kuhn Jr.; he stayed until 1942. Judging from historic plumbing permits, the Kuhn home may have been used as a boarding house during and after World War II, when rental housing was in high demand but in short supply.  Listed in 1956 as “and old dwelling, altered”, it had at the time three toilets, tubs, and sinks.

A second nearby property, long gone, was also owned by Mr. Kuhn. In mid-January of 1893, a two-story frame structure “on the Milwaukie Road, midway between Portland and Sellwood” was destroyed by fire. According to the brief story in the Oregonian, the house was being used as a dwelling, but was originally a saloon, known as the Half-Way House – “an old landmark.” 

Since no street address was listed, it is not possible to place the building’s location on a street map, but it is likely that it was not far from the Kuhn house on the corner of Yukon. The saloon was insured for $700, but it is not known if Mr. Kuhn replaced it. 

The earliest (1908-09) fire insurance map for this area indicates that fifteen years after the fire, there was a store on the east side of Milwaukie at the corner of Knight Street. The information about the loss of the Half-Way House helps confirm the development of a small business area on the Milwaukie Road (now Milwaukie Avenue) before 1890.

The Milwaukie Road was laid out between by the early 1850’s by Benjamin Stark and William Pettygrove. It provided a route on the east side of the Willamette River between East Portland and the City of Milwaukie, which had been settled by 1847-48.

Travel was slow on the Milwaukie Road for the roughly six miles between Portland and Milwaukie. A saloon was doubtless a welcome stop, especially on a hot summer day or a miserable winter night. By the late 1860’s there were still only farms in the vicinity, but there were enough children to justify the opening of the Midway School at today’s Ellis Street. One room opened in 1867, and “a few years later” a second was added. The building and grounds were sold in 1907, just one year after Llewellyn School opened. 

In 1882 a plat was registered for the Midway Tract, located on the east side of Milwaukie Avenue between Reedway and Ellis Streets, extending 100 feet north of Ellis.  The couple who offered the fifty 50’x100’ lots for sale were Durastus Ellis, his wife Mary, and James S. and Rachel H. Morgan. Because Midway school had been named for its geographical location, repeating it in the new subdivision may have made the area appear a bit more substantial.

By the final decade of the 1800’s, when Louisa and Robert Kuhn moved into their new house, Midway had a dairy farm, a volunteer fire department, and several stores.  Westmoreland did not open until 1909, followed by its business district a few years later.  Even when the Sellwood streetcar line began in 1893, traveling on Milwaukie to Bybee, then west to Thirteenth, and then to the end of that street, Midway residents were unlikely to pay the nickel fare to shop in Sellwood – not if they could remain somewhat self-sufficient within their own small neighborhood.

The Midway district has obviously changed a great deal in the century since the Kuhn house was completed. Most of the houses that lined Milwaukie Avenue have been replaced with one and two-story apartment buildings, offices, restaurants, and a tavern.  Now more change is imminent: the Kuhn property, on two 50’x100’ lots, is to be replaced with a four-story, 47-unit apartment building. A mix of studio, one, and two bedroom units, it will be exclusively residential (no commercial or retail use on the ground floor), and will include eight on-site parking spaces, and 67 bike parking spots. 

In answer to neighbors’ questions before a July SMILE meeting, the project manager stated that a curb extension and striped crosswalk will be installed across Milwaukie Avenue at Yukon. For a sense of the scale of the new complex, the same developer has a similar apartment building underway at S.E. Seventeenth and Umatilla Streets. 

With other apartments recently-completed or in progress south of Milwaukie, plus the future redevelopment of the Boys & Girls Club block, and the building at S.E. Thirteenth and Spokane Streets, the SMILE neighborhood must already be approaching the 400-500 new apartments that has been predicted within its boundaries.

Brentwood Darlington, Art Darlings, National Night Out, Art Party
This artist, offering “slow camera” images by painting on-the-spot portraits, is Simran Gleason. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Brentwood-Darlington hosts “Art Party” for National Night Out


On the first week in August, many Portland neighborhoods host a “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO) party – which might range from street fairs to picnics to concerts.

Last year’s NNO potluck at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center was a rousing success.

“This year, we decided to ‘go big, or go home’,” said Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association Chair Lesley McKinley at the August 6 party, “And we expanded it by incorporating a ‘Southeast Portland Art Party’, to draw in artist vendors, musicians, and the creativity of people from Brentwood-Darlington, Woodstock, Mt. Scott, and Lents.”

The idea was hatched, McKinley told THE BEE, by neighbor Elle Lee, in cooperation with the “Artistic Darlings of Brentwood-Darlington”, a group led by Ginger Martinsen, as well as Rachel and Chris Guerin from the Woodstock neighborhood.

“It’s a celebration for all of us, of this being a special place to call home,” McKinley said.

“The BDNA Board thought this was a great way to ‘show some love’ toward the artistic community; we have many artists and artisans that live here, and in our surrounding neighborhoods.

“And, we like to party, here in Brentwood Darlington!” McKinley added.

So, on August 6th at the community center, artists displayed and sold their works, and kids were encouraged to make “spin art” and enter a coloring contest. This year’s potluck dinner featured loads of fresh hot tamales, side dishes, and desserts.

Despite the neighborhood’s glee at partying, McKinley said this event had even greater importance – it provided a way for the neighborhood association to bring people together. “We have more families moving in here. We’re more cohesive, and connecting with one another more than ever before.”

Sundae in the Park, Margaret Anderson, Sellwood Westmoreland, Sellwood Park, August, celebration, ice cream
The little girl taking a big bite of ice cream, at the 2016 “Sundae in the Park” in Sellwood Park, is Margaret Anderson. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

37th “Sundae in the Park” draws thousands to Sellwood Park


Longtime Sellwood and Westmoreland residents and newcomers alike once again flocked to upper Sellwood Park on S.E. 7th Avenue on the first Sunday in August, for the annual SMILE “party for the neighborhood” – Sundae in the Park.  SMILE, the party’s host, is the neighborhood association for both communities – the “Sellwood Moreland Improvement League”.

The forecast was for cooler-than-usual temperatures, with a chance of occasional sprinkles – but, as is the tradition on the first Sunday in August, it stayed dry. And the mild sunny weather made this year’s event especially enjoyable.

“This is the 37th year that we have held this event,” remarked SMILE Vice President, and current “Sundae in the Park” Committee member, Gail Hoffnagle. “The neighborhood association offers this as a ‘thank you’ to our neighbors who live here.”

The annual outdoor festival always features live musical and variety entertainment – and the headliners this year were the “Opus School of Music”, International entertainer and magician Henrik Bothe (a Sellwood resident), Coupe Duet, and the “American Coots”.

Other activities run concurrently for the kids, this year including a hands-on reptile show put on by Mr. Lizard, and craft projects like “exploding dinosaur eggs”. All of SMILE’s committees offered information and chatted with the public at tables and tents, joined by other local nonprofit organizations.

“The centerpiece of our celebration is the inexpensive double-scoop ice cream sundaes with toppings, served by members of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club,” Hoffnagle told THE BEE. “This great service organization has gotten really good at scooping ice cream over the years.”

As the neighborhood becomes more densely populated, Hoffnagle observed, events such as this one gain in importance. “We now have 10,000 people living within our boundaries, it’s only going to increase with all the construction here.

“So, it’s more important than ever to reach out to people who may be feel isolated and don’t think they belong to a community,” Hoffnagle said.

A group of about 25 volunteers work to present the day’s activities, Hoffnagle commented, as a member of the overseeing committee. “It’s important to recognize Nancy Walsh, Chair of the Sundae in the Park committee, as well as the other members, Dana Beck, Eric Norberg, and Diane Jensen.”

The event continues to be a fundraiser for Thelma Skelton Meals on Wheels People center.

More than 1,400 Umpqua Dairy chocolate and vanilla ice cream sundaes were served, and raised just under $1,000, the majority of which goes to the Meals on Wheels People at the Thelma Skelton Center on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, reported Southeast Portland Rotary Club Treasurer John Ellis.

The new Manager of that Meals on Wheels Center, Diane Jensen said, “This is wonderful. This community event is just awesome. I’m overwhelmed and very much filled with gratitude for the support.” In fact, the previous Manager there, Collette Livermore, also came on her day off to help out.

Individuals and families came and went, during the leisurely and musical afternoon, and many who left in the afternoon returned that evening for the Portland Parks’ Movie in the Park presentation, sponsored by the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA), last year’s hit movie, “Jurassic World”.

Missed it?  Look for the 38th annual “Sundae in the Park” in the same location again next year, starting at noon – on the first Sunday in August!

Far West Recycling
One Far West Recycling staffperson says he likes to think of their depot as “one stop recycling”. At 4930 S.E. 26th, between Holgate and Steele Streets, this company takes not only curbside recyclables but many things not able to be recycled at the curb. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Recycling those difficult things, in Inner Southeast


It is easy to throw old things into the garbage, but what happens when landfills reach capacity, and more land has to be found for new dump sites? 

It isn’t always convenient to recycle, but it is worth a little extra effort because the benefits of recycling outweigh the inconvenience. Recycling is better for the environment, and it spares stuffing landfills to the gills.

The city provides curbside recycling of paper, metal, and some plastics, but many people have questions about where to take other things that can’t be recycled that way.

The market for recycling is definitely not static, but currently the following locations take recyclables that cannot be placed at the curb:  

  1. Far West Recycling Inc. (formerly called Far West Fibers)
    4930 S.E. 26th Avenue (one block north of Gigantic Brewing Company)
    Phone: 503/200-5026
    Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
    They accept clean filmy plastic bags, bubble wrap, plastics #1-7, jewel cases (for DVD’s), electrical appliances, metal (tin cans, copper, aluminum and steel), and old clothing not in good enough condition for a thrift shop. Block Styrofoam is recycled only at the Beaverton and Hillsboro Far West depots. For a more complete list see their website:
  1. Green Century Electronic Recycling
    6932 S.W. Macadam Avenue
    Phone: 503/764-9963
    Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    A few of the things they take are: VHS tapes, floppy disks, cassette tapes, cell phones, computers, printers, washers, dryers, ovens and stoves, keyboards, over a dozen kinds of light bulbs and household batteries. Everything is free to drop off, with the exception of: televisions ($10), CRT monitors, light bulbs, and household sized batteries. For the latter items, there is a small charge by the pound. Go online: – for an extensive list of recyclables.
  1. Free Geek
    1731 S.E. 10th Avenue (between Market & Mill)
    Phone: 503/232-9350

    Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-6 p.m.
    They accept all computer and electronic equipment, including monitors in any condition, televisions, stereos, and DVD players.  Open Tues.-Sat. 10-6pm. There is a charge of $3.00 but it is not obligatory.
  1. The UPS Stores
    In Sellwood, 1327 S.E. Tacoma Street, 503/235-7122
    In Woodstock, 4207 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503/788-1400
    These stores accept clean Styrofoam peanuts, and bubble wrap with bubbles intact.
  1. Batteries Plus / Bulbs
    4812 S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses (Between Foster and Holgate)
    Phone: 503/771-1377
    They recycle cell phones, all batteries, rechargeable batteries, car batteries, and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  1. Sellwood Goodwill Outlet (the “bins”)
    1740 Ochoco Street, at S.E. 17th
    Phone: 503/230-2076
    Appliances – toasters, lamps, irons, televisions – anything with a cord. All are accepted, even if not in working order.
  1. Woodstock Goodwill
    6125 S.E. 52nd Avenue
    Phone: 503/774-3924
    Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Stores and donation sites such as this one depend on people to follow an “honor principle.”  If an electrical appliance doesn’t work, don’t take it there. Go instead to “the bins” donation site on Ochoco Street.
  1. New Seasons Market
    In Sellwood: 1214 S.E. Tacoma Street, 503/230-4949
    In Woodstock: 4500 S.E. Woodstock, 503/771-9963
    The Sellwood store takes clean plastic bags, and plastics #1-6, including clamshells. The Woodstock store takes clean plastic bags and clamshells. Check each store for a complete list of recyclables.

Some of the things that are not accepted at any of the above companies: Wood, painted or unpainted, and concrete.

Questions about recycling?  Call METRO recycling hotline 503/234-3000, or go online to:  METRO advises calling their hotline regarding any asbestos-related materials.

For paint, a rule of thumb is: If it is dry, the can goes into the garbage; and if it is wet, it goes to hazardous waste at a Metro depot.  The Southeast transfer station is located at 2001 Washington Street, Oregon City.

Keep an eye out for neighborhood recycling events where hazardous waste may be collected.

Southeast Events and Activities

Today and tomorrow – St. Philip Neri Church rummage sale.

The annual fund-raising rummage sale at St. Philip Neri Church Hall, accompanied by a craft fair, takes place today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is S.E. 16th and Division Street, just north of Powell.

Reed College annual “FUNd RUN/WALK” this morning.

This morning brings the annual Reed College “FUNd RUN/WALK”, 9-11:30 a.m. (Registration starts at 8.) The 5K run/walk starts at 9 from the Reed College Quad; then, 9:30-11:30 a.m., there is a free Bon Appétit pancake breakfast, campus tours, kids’ activities, and the award ceremony. One hundred percent of the registration fees and sponsorship dollars are donated by Reed College directly to Portland Public Schools, including Duniway, Grout, Lewis, Llewellyn, and Woodstock Elementary Schools. For more information or to register online, go to:

Holy Family Church “Oktoberfest” this afternoon.
Holy Family Church, at 7425 S.E. Chavez Blvd. (39th Avenue) presents a family-friendly Oktoberfest from noon until 8 p.m. today, with carnival games and crafts, music and live entertainment, food from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, and beverages from Woodstock’s new Double Mountain Brewery and Tap Room. Prizes will be awarded for the “best Oktoberfest dressed” adult and child. Admission is free, and food, beverage, and carnival tickets will be available for purchase. For more information, go online:  

Classes start for Beginning Shen Lao Style Tai Chi Chuan.

Ongoing classes start this morning at 10 a.m. in Beginning Shen Lao Style Tai Chi Chuan, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. This form of Tai Chi was designed for all levels of physical ability and ambition. The class will be ongoing, by donation, and taught by Sifu Jann E. Jasperse (503/312-4933).

Eastmoreland “Historic District” information meeting.

At 7 p.m. this evening there will be an Eastmoreland Historic District Information Session, at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Celebration Hall (Chavez/39th and S.E. Flavel). It will include speakers from Portland Planning Bureau, the City of Portland’s Design and Historic Resource Review Team, and the Irvington Historic District, to answer questions on the pros and cons of neighborhoods being designated “Historic Districts”. [This meeting is sponsored by a group of Eastmoreland neighbors.]

FREE Sustainable Landscaping workshop.
Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants. Discover Portland's most common native plant communities; learn which species do well in similar growing conditions, and get tips to help them thrive. It’s free in Southeast this evening, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Sunnyside Community House, 3534 S.E. Main Street. Register online at: – or call 503/222-7645 for more information.

“300 Family Estate Sale” today and tomorrow at the Manor.

The residents of nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor announce a “300 Family Estate Sale” today and tomorrow – 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. each day. Collectables and boutique; home décor; linens; kitchen items; Holiday ideas; crafts; jewelry; tools; electronics; furniture; books; media. Continental breakfast and lunch available. The Manor is at 5404 S.E. 23rd Avenue in Westmoreland, between Bybee and Tolman; street parking only. Possible detour required; watch for signs.

Fundraising lunch and bingo at St. Anthony’s Church.
St. Anthony Church’s Fall Luncheon is this morning at 11:30 a.m., at 3720 S.E. 79th Street, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. $7 cost includes both lunch and bingo, with the latter offering “great prizes”. For more information, call 503/504-1204.

FREE Sustainable Landscaping workshop.

Learn how rain gardens add beauty and color to your yard while helping restore the health of urban streams at the same time. You will get step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden. It’s free, and in Southeast this morning – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunnyside Community House, 3434 S.E. Main Street. Register online at: – or call 503/222-7645 for more information.

Holiday Bazaar at VFW Post.
Today and tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s the third annual Holiday Bazaar held at, and benefitting, VFW Sellwood Breakthrough Post 4248, at 7118 S.E. Fern Street. “Beautiful Fall and Hallowe’en decorations, as well as Christmas. In addition to handmade items we will have a Bake Sale as well as hot dogs and nachos.” For more information, call 503/775-4844.

Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction and concert tonight.
The tenth annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and concert take place this evening at 7 p.m. at Brooklyn’s Aladdin Theater, a half block south of Powell Boulevard on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. To be inducted tonight: Brian Berg; Duffy Bishop (who will perform); Pete Krebs, Fernando Viciconte, and Paul Brainerd (all of whom will perform), Sleater-Kinney, Tim Ellis, Dave Cutter, and Bart Day. 3 Leg Torso will also perform. Tickets are available online at – or at the Aladdin Theater Box Office. The evening is a benefit for the nonprofit Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

For adults: Becoming Your Own Publisher.

This free workshop at the Sellwood Branch Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. this evening, provides authors the tools and guidance necessary to become your own successful publisher. Includes aspects of professional editing and design, logistics and distribution, and publicity and marketing. The goal for this presentation is to offer enough details to make writers “publishing professionals” with an insider’s knowledge of the business, and unique ways of approaching the marketplace. Free, but registration is required; register in the library at S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, or by calling 503/988-5234.

For teens: “Anime, the Easy Way”.

Love anime and manga cartoons, but don't know how to draw them, or want to improve on what you already know? The Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 1-3 p.m., offers you a free opportunity to learn tricks and techniques for drawing your favorite characters and designing your own. Use professional bristol paper and ink to do line work. For teens in grades 6-12; any experience level welcome. It’s free, but registration is required; register in the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, or by calling 503/988-5234.

“Gifted Options”: Tools for schools and families.

Best-selling author Susan Winebrenner is the keynoter for today’s 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Talented and Gifted Students conference, open to all, and held at Reed College. In addition to the keynote and more than 12 different breakout options, there will be an exhibitor and vendor fair. Prices start at $59 (for members of OATAG), and include lunch. Register online, or get more information, at:

Red Cross blood drive this afternoon in Woodstock.

From 2 until 7 p.m. today at Woodstock Bible Church, the Red Cross will be on hand for blood donations from the community. The church is located at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. Sign up online at: (and type Woodstock in the blue box), or call the Red Cross (1-800/733-2767).  Walk-ins are welcome, but registering beforehand helps prevent long waits. Thank you for donating and helping to save lives.

Ladies and gentlemen, shred your documents!

Have your discarded documents shredded, free, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. Safe document shredding done professionally on-site today. Completely free, but any free will offering would be appreciated.

“Great Pumpkin” designing, for kids and families, in Woodstock.
Design a pumpkin stencil with tape on a white canvas bag, and then add some paint to make your jack-o-lantern glow! In this free workshop at the Woodstock Branch Library, 2-3 p.m. today, kids will listen to fun music by Charles Schulz as they create Great Pumpkin carriers with “Puppetkabob”.

“Scrabble at the Library” in Sellwood.

Attention word lovers of every age: Have fun while exercising your brain, improving your vocabulary, and making new friends – by playing Scrabble. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced players are all welcome. Bring your own set, or use one of the Sellwood Branch Library’s. It’s free, and it’s this afternoon, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Sellwood Library, on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Come a little early; space is limited.

For teens: Create your own “Franken-animal”.
With Hallowe’en looming, it’s time to create your own Franken-animal or creature, by hacking apart stuffed animals and reclaimed materials, then putting it all back together, using needle, thread, and hot glue. For the final touch, add in animatronics to make it one of a kind. It’s free, and it’s for teens in grades 6-12, this afternoon 1-3 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

15th Annual “Moreland Monster March”.

The yearly “Moreland Monster March” Hallowe’en Parade, started by parents in 2001 shortly after the 9-11 terrorism attacks in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania, to bring cheer back to the community, continues to be a huge draw for kids and parents, thousands of whom participate in costume in this short but fun parade. The parade forms in front of Llewellyn Elementary School on S.E. 14th at Tolman Street, and sets off east to Milwaukie Avenue promptly at 3 p.m. The parade then turns south to Bybee Boulevard, west to 14th, and then north back to Llewellyn Elementary School – where the merchants of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA) will have treats and drinks for all. The whole thing takes an hour or so. It’s fun. Come one, come all.

Hallowe’en Party in Woodstock.
The Woodstock Neighborhood Association again presents its Hallowe’en Party for families and kids at the Woodstock Community Center, on S.E. 44th just north of Woodstock Boulevard and east of BiMart, 4:30-7 p.m. First, following “Not So Scary Stories” at 4 p.m. at the Woodstock Library, kids are welcome to Trick Or Treat their way to the party down Woodstock Boulevard at participating merchants, who are denoted by the “Treats Here” signs in business windows.

Haunted House in Sellwood: “Spooky Stories from Teen Girls”.
Nonprofit youth organization Rogue Pack creates a site-specific theatre piece at the “Haunted” Sellwood Playhouse! Receive a tour around Rogue Pack's new home and find out its mysterious history. Featuring Rogue Pack girls 10-17 in the DHS / foster care system from Boys & Girls Aid. For children 10 years and older. The Sellwood Playhouse is at 901 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, and the event takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m. this evening. Tickets are $5, and include treats. Reserve tickets at: – or call 971/344 0155.

St. Anthony Church Bazaar.

Actually, it’s a Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle – an annual fundraiser for St. Anthony Church, at 3720 S.E. 79th, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. Hours today are 9 to 5; continuing tomorrow 9 to 3. Tables are available; contact 503/774-7411. 


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