Community Features

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Corner grocery stores, history, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Alice Griffith worked behind the counter of the “ByBee Avenue Grocery” along Milwaukie Avenue owned by her husband, Esta. Alice’s job was waiting on customers, filling the call-in orders, and managing the accounts. Her two sons Bill and Gerry helped manage the store, and delivered groceries in the neighborhood. Gerry Griffith remembers making a surprise delivery to Humphrey Bogart and his wife in Eastmoreland! The “ByBee Avenue Grocery” outlasted the Westmoreland Safeway store, and served local customers for close to forty years. (Photo courtesy of Galaxy Photos and Gerry Griffith)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Whatever happened to the corner grocery store?

By DANA BECK
Special to THE BEE 

“The corner grocery store” was a term coined in the 1920’s and 1930’s, reflecting a small shop that often sold fresh fruit and vegetables, canned goods, and staples that most housewives needed for everyday life around the house and in the kitchen. 

In major cities around the U.S., on almost every major intersection, these privately-owned stores could be found. Not a lot of people owned autos then, and most of these stores could be found within a two or three block radius – walking distance, for residents.

“Ice boxes” were the only type of refrigeration available in homes at the time – cabinets without electricity that contained a large block of ice to keep the contents cool – so a daily trip to the meat market or store was a necessity – and, if the lady of the house had to take away time from her busy schedule, a grocery or meat market needed to be close by. 

If a missing ingredient or staple was required to complete the evening’s meal, often one of the children was sent off to the store to pick it up.

Money was in short supply from the 1890’s to late 1990’s, and men and women who wanted to own such a business sometimes had to partner with personal friends or relatives to make it possible. Considerable capital was needed to cover rental space, and provide enough merchandise and goods to fill the shelves of a new store. 

Some of the early general stores in Sellwood and “Midway” included Allen and Bogart at Umatilla and 6th, Chehak and Sadilek at Milwaukie Avenue at Tolman, and Estep and Kyle at 17th and Umatilla.

The partnership would usually last until enough funds were collected from existing sales to open another store. Then the co-owners would part ways, with one running the original store, while another grocery store would appear in a different part of the city.

In 1906, the Bottemiller Brothers – Edward and Emile – established a small grocery store at the corner of 17th and S.E. Nehalem. After putting in seven years of dedicated service there, they sold out to A.T Poole, with Edward enjoying a new profession as a painter while Emil became associated with Sellwood Jewelry along 13th Avenue.  For the next 30 years, Pooles’ grocery was a favorite shopping place for residents living along the streets of Nehalem, Harney, Sherrett, and Clatsop, in Sellwood.

Common supplies found on the shelves of such a market (today we would call it a convenience store) might include canned peaches, apricots, milk, baking powder, puffed wheat or rice (“Shot from Guns”), cleansing powder, and boxes of matches. At Pooles’ grocery, besides these basic staples, additional products included hay, grain, plaster, and cement for their customers.

Since few of the working population could afford electric refrigerators or freezers, the Bybee Avenue Grocery offered outdoor freezers at their store for a nominal fee. Orders were taken by phone, and placed in the outdoor locker, waiting for a family member with a key to arrive and pick up the meat slated for the evening meal.

Perishable items not found at the local market, like fresh vegetables and fruits, were bought from horse-drawn carts driven through the neighborhood by local entrepreneurs, often Italians, who shouted out their special of the day, street by street. Friday seemed to be the expected day when the fish-wagon traveled the streets with an assortment of seafood specialties.

Bob Welch, who arrived in Sellwood in 1903, opened one of the earliest grocery stores along Tacoma Street – it was on 17th, at about the spot where the popular Mike’s Drive In closed in December. Young delivery boys and the owner’s relatives spent most of the early morning collecting orders from customers, door to door – returning with the ordered products by mid-afternoon. The wagons and horses used for these deliveries came exclusively from Welch’s own drayage and stable, just south of the Welch and Applegate store.

Roy Clifford, Oliver Applegate, and A.J. Henneman who went on be sole owners themselves in Westmoreland and Sellwood, learned the business as grocery and delivery boys at the Welch Grocery and Market.

When the town of Sellwood was established, business was conducted along Umatilla Street. Landowners, farmers, and workers who first lived here needed merchants and retailers to support the growing community. Loggers and carpenters were called upon to construct storefronts for the merchants, and soon Sellwood became a community. Two hotels were built for temporary lodging, and a blacksmith shop was added for the horseshoeing of livestock and repairing of tools. A druggist soon moved in, followed by a couple of saloons to indulge in spirits and recreation.

During the fairly brief time in the later 1800’s in which Sellwood was an incorporated town of its own, it also supported two  grocery stores, and Edwin L. Corner boasted about having bought the first lot in Sellwood, on which he operated a general store out of his home at 4th and Umatilla. Overlooking the Willamette River, Edwin’s Corner Grocery was positioned to view any approaching sternwheelers or boats landing at the Sellwood docks – and Edwin would usually be the first in line to unload his goods when they arrived. Edwin was also Sellwood’s first Postmaster, having circulated a petition to open a Post Office in the community – that was a title he held for ten years.

John W. Campbell’s store was further up the road, between 11th and 13th Avenues. Coffee and rice were sold from drawers behind the counter; dairy items – eggs, milk, and butter – were delivered to the store from local farms, and a large pickle barrel was available to customers too.

Upstairs at Campbell’s store was a space available for special events; and the City of Sellwood’s only City Council, operating from 1887 to 1893, held its meetings there. In 1893 Sellwood gave up being a separate town and became part of the City of Portland, but though the City Council was dissolved, the store continued to serve the neighborhood. Hugh Knipe purchased the grocery store in 1906 and continued servicing the neighborhood from that location for the next 25 years.

By 1912 Sellwood had over 19 grocery stores operating in the small neighborhood! As families began moving to the newly-established neighborhoods of West and East Moreland [as mentioned last month, “Midway” was the first organized settlement in what is now north Westmoreland], even more shops began opening along ByBee [the original spelling] and Milwaukie Avenue.

The start of the Roaring Twenties nationally was mirrored in the activity in Westmoreland and along Sellwood’s 13th Avenue – where business boomed with grocery stores, meat markets, bakeries, and small workingman cafés and restaurants popping up all over.

Shoppers now had many options – some of which included the City View Market, the Curtis Grocery, Evans Cash Store, and the Golden Rule Grocery, on S.E. 13th. Other little shops, such as Jos. Gillespi Market, Gillett Food Store, and B.F. Rollins, were strewn along Milwaukie Avenue with large bay windows displaying aromatic baked breads and choice meat cuts. Tabke’s and Zincks Market offered merchandise along the streetcar line near the “Midway” community.

For homeowners who lived along or near S.E. 17th Avenue, store options included Clarene Barto’s, Wanda Rettman’s, and Slavens and Shutts Grocery. Unlike the modern supermarkets of today, where shoppers wait in line to have their groceries checked out by a cashier, a trip to the local corner grocer then was like visiting a family member. 

A successful store owner like Gus Smith made sure he was on a first-name basis with family members and knew all his customers’ needs and preferences. Oliver Applegate would stop and spend considerable time chatting with customers about their children, family members, or review the daily gossip of the neighborhood.

Neighborhood youngsters were hired for small jobs like sweeping the front steps of Barto’s shop, or stacking cans in the display lobby. Proprietors of these little stores knew it was essential to show their customers that they supported the community by providing after-school jobs for their children.  While their work earned only enough money to buy a soda pop or a piece of candy, these jobs conveyed a sense of accomplishment that many young people would remember for the rest of their lives.  

When the Great Depression hit the community in late 1929, continuing into most of the 1930’s, many people lost their jobs and couldn’t pay off their line of credit that they’d established at their local market. Over half of the mom-and-pop grocers had to close their doors and sell off their inventory because of the resulting loss of revenue. Only the long-established stores, whose owners had saved enough capital during the good times, could weather the financial storm, and even provide a few handouts to those less fortunate.

Walter Jewett, proprietor for the Sellwood Grocery for over 28 years, survived the 1930’s and beyond. Woodside and Troost established their grocery store, but later Mr. Jewett purchased a building at 13th and S.E. Lexington.  Mr. Jewett upgraded his inventory, and began the unusual service of delivering merchandise in his Ford pick-up truck. He convinced Roy Rodecape, who worked for Pooles’ Grocery, to switch stores and deliver groceries to his clients using the Sellwood Ford delivery truck.

Young Roy was thrilled, since no one else his age knew how to drive a motorized vehicle back then. Roy and Mr. Jewett ended up working side by side for 28 years – until Roy purchased the Sellwood Grocery when Jewett passed away in the 1940’s.

Individually-owned grocery stores and markets were hard-pressed to keep their stores operating at the start of World War II, as workers enlisted in the armed forces en masse, leaving the shops without any help.

But it was the chain stores like Safeway, McMarr’s, Eagle Stores, and Thrift Grocers that finally contributed most to the demise of most of therse little markets.

The small corner stores couldn’t compete with the nationally-advertised brands that the chain stores could buy in bulk and sell at a cheaper price. Piggly Wiggly offered a new marketing strategy: Giving customers the opportunity to choose items off a shelf themselves, instead of waiting for the clerk behind the counter to go fill their order. Shoppers were given a small basket to carry items around in, as they continued shopping  -- after which they would pay for it all at the checkout counter.

The first national chain store was started by Clarence Saunders, who opened his Piggly Wiggly stores on the East Coast in 1916. But Ross McIntyre should be credited with introducing the first chain stores in Sellwood. His 20th Century stores opened on the West Coast, and customers were able to view store products through a house magazine that he paid to have published. McIntyre also advertised 20th Century products in newspapers on a large scale. In 1928 he opened over 100 stores nationwide – until they were merged into the McMarr Stores.

For those of you who remember shopping at Piggly Wiggly on Tacoma Street – the store was later Thriftway, and is now New Seasons – did you know that there were four Piggly Wiggly stores in Sellwood and Westmoreland?  The location of these stores were S.E. Bybee Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue (later Crantford’s Flowers, and now Nectar Frozen Yogurt); S.E. 17th and Umatilla, just north of the Sellwood Inn; S.E. 13th and Spokane (Gino’s Restaurant), and S.E. Tacoma at McLoughlin Boulevard.

When most of the corner markets had finally disappeared from the east side of Portland,  Kienow’s Grocery and Wizer’s were the stores that Westmorelanders regularly visited, and Thriftway at 13th and Tacoma replaced the last Piggly Wiggly Grocery.

As the neighborhood continues to grow, Quality Fine Foods (QFC) has replaced Kienow’s, and New Seasons Market continues the tradition in Sellwood begun at the same location by a Piggly Wiggly Store.

The corner grocery is not entirely a part of the past – there are still a few around here and there in Southeast Portland. But most of us will never be able to experience the feel of these quaint little stores as they were – where burlap sacks of flour and coffee lay on the wooden floor, and rows of brightly colored cans were stacked against the wall from floor to ceiling, and everybody knew your name!

Some of the original buildings in which such stores once were, in Inner Southeast, may still be found – they are sometimes homes, these days. A peek into the old storefronts or admiring the architecture outside may give you a feel for the era when mom-and-pop grocery stores ruled the neighborhood.

A few of these buildings, and the stores they once were, include: Ideal Cash Store at 7826 S.E. 13th, the City View Grocery – now a private residence at Malden and 11th; and Clifford’s Cash and Carry, now the Art Factors Store. If you stop at the Silver Lining Resale Shop on S.E. Milwaukie you can envision what was once the Friendly Market and Kenton’s Cash Grocery. And what is now the Puppet Museum at 9th and S.E. Umatilla Street was once the Home Market; and off the beaten trail was Sam and Toshiko Kondo’s Grocery – once found at S.E. Henry and 18th.

Bullseye Glass, employee art glass show, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland, Oregon, Dustin Sherron
Dustin Sherron was awarded Bronze for his entry, “Broken Glasses”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Glass artists display work at ‘Bullseye’

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

It was a rough year for Bullseye Glass, a foremost art glass manufacturer worldwide, located in the Brooklyn neighborhood – the state obsessed over possible toxicity near the plant (conceded to be quite minor from the beginning), and the company installed new filters – and more new filters. But the art glass kept coming, and once again towards the end of 2016 the Bullseye employees once again created art pieces for the company art competition.

As we have for years, THE BEE was there to examine the works in the 15th Annual Employee Art Exhibit at the Bullseye Glass Resource Center, on display from October 1, 2016, until the end of January this year.

The show featured 31 entries made by creative employees using a variety of glass media and methods, judged by their peers, and the company’s President, Daniel Schwoerer.

The exhibit in the mezzanine gallery included functional art (bowls, jewelry), non-functional items such as wall and display art, and also work by “First Timers” – employees who had never before entered the competition. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were given, as well as two “President's Choice” awards.

As for the pieces themselves, a scene at the entrance called “Going Green” and made from wood, moss, kiln-fired glass, and air plants, was created by Andy Sterling.

A sense of whimsy accompanied many of the entries. To one of the entry form questions, “What animal do you identify with?” responses ranged from “bear” to “hermit crab”. Todd Beaty, who said he identified with “the mischievous fox”, received a Silver award in the non-functional category for his fur and glass sculpture, “Squatchin”. Dustin Sherron, who received a Bronze award in the non-functional category, achieved a triple pun with a display he called “Broken Glasses”.

President’s Choice and Gold Award winner Ryan Sharpe produced “Untitled”, a striking half-melted rectangle in the non-functional category, using cast glass, cold-worked silver, and steel. Charlie Tellessen also received a President’s Choice award with “Araumi” – three fused-glass panels mounted on wood. Tellessen had made his mark in prior exhibits.

Among the “functional art” winners were James O'Neil, who received a Gold award for a slumped glass, wood, and acrylic bowl called “Drift”. Tom Jacobs won a Silver award for his side table, “Zacopane”, made of CNC cut, kiln-formed, and cold-worked glass. Michele Gotfredson earned a Bronze functional award for her entry “Stacked Triangle Necklace”.

“First Timer” award winners included Matt Ellis, who received Gold recognition for “Sfumato”, an arrangement of nine glass rectangles imprinted with photos. The accompanying note read, “His experience working in archives has led to an exploration of how history is constructed through photographs.”

The Silver First Timer winner was Heather Deyling, for a scene called “Invented Hybrids”, made from colorline paint, glass powders, and frits, applied to both sides of 6mmTekta. Bronze winner in the category was Jett Creiger, who displayed a shallow bowl made of fused glass and enamel paint, called “Annunaki’s Arrival”.

This annual celebration of artistic glasswork created by Bullseye employees on their own time consistently offers something new, helping to put a face on the unsung artists who work behind the scenes at Bullseye Glass Company in the Brooklyn neighborhood.



Petanque, Westmoreland Park, tournament, Portland, Oregon
Seeing players using measuring tapes was a common sight at the Rose City Open pétanque tournament, held in late September at Westmoreland Park. (David F. Ashton)

Pétanque club hosts world-class tourney in Westmoreland

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For a weekend in September, neighbors walking around the north end of Westmoreland Park saw some 150 of people studying the playing area at the Portland Pétanque Club (PPC).

The two-day pétanque extravaganza, held September 24 and 25, is known as the Rose City Open, explained PCC member Joe Cortright at the tournament.

“This is the biggest prize [pétanque] tournament in the Western United States, with a $2,200 first prize purse – and probably the second or third largest pétanque tournament in the United States this year,” Cortright told THE BEE.

At the club standing by to play were 37 teams of pétanque enthusiasts, ranging from members the club – some of them who live within walking distance of the clubhouse – to competitors traveling from Washington State, New York, Florida, California, and Utah.

Cortright, who is also a charter member of the local club and has played there for fifteen years, said he first tried the game while visiting in France. “We bought a set of balls there and brought them back. Then, we ran into people who are playing it here, got together, and founded the club.”

Pétanque is a cousin of both horseshoes and of the Italian bowling game called “bocce”, and is said to have originated in the south of France in the early 1900s.

The game is simple: Toss, or roll, a number of “boules” – hollow steel balls – as close as possible to a small wooden target ball, called “cochonnet”, or the “jack”. Players take turns, and the team that ends up nearest to the target ball when all balls have been played, wins.

“It’s easy to learn, but takes years to master,” remarked Lee Harris, who was attending from the Seattle club. “It can be a ‘game of inches’ – and often ends up being a ‘game of millimeters’.”

Anyone interested in learning about pétanque is invited to stop by their facility on any Wednesday or Sunday – rain or shine – and give it a try.

Or, learn more at their website: http://www.pdxpetanque.org.



Woodstock Christmas, tree, celebration, Portland, Oregon
The neighborhood tableau at the moment of the sixth annual Homestead Schoolhouse Woodstock tree-lighting on December 3rd. (Photo by Becky Luening)

Woodstock tree-lighting spotlights the season

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

It was a dry, crisp evening on Saturday, December 3, when more than three hundred people gathered outside the Homestead Schoolhouse on Woodstock Boulevard, across from Otto’s, for the sixth annual Woodstock tree-lighting ceremony. 

The event began at 5 p.m., with a dozen booths representing local businesses and nonprofit organizations lined up along both sides of the right-of-way of the 42nd Avenue unimproved street. The main organizers for the event were Kiley Cronen, owner of the Homestead Schoolhouse, and his wife Keli, who is director of the Homestead Preschool.

All food and drink was donated, and free. While sipping hot cocoa from El Gallo Taqueria, coffee from Papaccino’s, munching hot dogs from Otto’s, and savoring pizza (even egg nog pizza!) from Bridge City Pizza – individuals, couples, and families with young children waited for the tree lighting countdown at 6 p.m. 

At 6 p.m. precisely, Keli Cronen called the countdown – and nine-year-old Sims Cronen plugged in the tree! (The tree had over 2,200 LED lights, on strings of donated by the Woodstock John L. Scott office nearby.)  Everyone cheered and joined in to sing carols, along with a vocalist and three-piece band provided by the local Hope City Church.

There was no shortage of varieties of food. In addition to what’s been mentioned already, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) had a cookie table; New Seasons Market in Woodstock had a mini-muffin and cookie table; and the Woodstock Law Offices donated graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows for S’Mores for the large throng present. Before and after the tree lighting, many of the spectators stood, warming before a campfire, and toasting marshmallows for their S’Mores.

A ladder truck from Woodstock’s Fire Station 25 was there, partly as an attraction for children; but the firefighters had first climbed ladders to decorate the tree before the lighting ceremony. Organizer Kiley’s brother Kelby, of “Cronen Building Company”, helped build the base for the tree earlier in the week. The 25-foot-tall tree was raised into place with the help of “Scaffold Erectors”, a business owned by Colby Highland, a Woodstock resident.

This annual Woodstock Christmas event seems to make a very strong and positive memory for many young children. Kim Bui, present with her husband Justin and 3½-year-old Opal, as well as nine-month-old Jonas, said she was surprised that before the event Opal was jumping up and down, remembering the tree ceremony from last year, and asking “Will there be a fire engine again, and a big tree with lights?”  She was not disappointed.

Woodstock residents Amjith and Yoshika Ramanujam told THE BEEthey, too, look forward to the tree-lighting every year. Their four-year-old son Sempi had decorated an ornament for the firefighters to put on the tree. “We make a big event of it, and schedule naps around it [for seven-month-old Vian],” reported Amjith.

The evening ended with people eventually drifting away, still aglow from the seasonal warmth of the community tree-lighting. Kiley says that each year he involves more businesses and individuals in it, and hopes to keep this Woodstock tradition going for many years.



Christmas spider, Woodstock neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
This huge red-nosed and antlered Christmas spider was an offbeat seasonal decoration in Woodstock in December. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Huge Holiday Spider in Woodstock recalls legend, sparks reading

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

An enormous Christmas spider and its web graced a home at 4355 S.E. 42nd Avenue during the Holidays. While “Rudolf the Red-nosed Spider”, which also sported antlers, provided a striking alternative to the usual seasonal décor, there is actually a legend about Christmas spiders that originated in Germany.

According to the story, a mother was cleaning her home for Christmas, and banished all the spiders and their webs in order to focus on the tree. After nightfall, the spiders sneaked back to see the wonderful decorations, leaving their webs all over the branches. When Santa, or the Christ child, arrived, He blessed the tree, turning all the webs to silver and gold – and that legend is actually the reason why we hang tinsel on the tree.

However, we at THE BEE also noticed a “Little Free Library” posted right near the spider. We like to think that Charlotte, from E. B. White's “Charlotte's Web”, is the arachnid depicted here, inviting children to read and become tangled in a web of learning.

Although the Holiday season has passed, classic tales and nature stories can nourish a special “web of knowledge” that will last a lifetime. And that may be the lesson this particular spectacular Christmas decoration was attempting to teach.



Drug destruction, shred documents, Southeast Precinict, Portland, Oregon, Ryan Mele
PPB East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) Officer Ryan Mele drops donated goods into a Sunshine Division barrel. (Photo by David F. Ashton0

Southeast drug-turn-in and shred event returns

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Neighbor interest hasn’t waned for having a safe ways to dispose of pharmaceuticals or paperwork bearing personal information – but the federal funding for these Southeast events ended some time ago, and for a time it appeared there wouldn’t be anymore.

But now the City of Portland has stepped up, and they’re back – twice a year. At the semiannual event on October 22, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) teamed up at the same location, with both officers and staff members participating.

With two truck-mounted paper shredders whining in the background, PPB White Collar Crime Detective Brian Sitton told us that shredding document is more important now than ever.

“There’s still a large amount of crime that is facilitated by criminals going through dumpsters or garbage cans, looking for discarded documents with personal information on them, like names and accounts numbers,” Sitton told THE BEE.

Although almost every document or envelope has an individual’s name and address on it – “But certainly, anything like invoices, utility bills, bank statements, or documents showing date of birth and Social Security numbers – all of that should be shredded for sure,” Sitton added.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is still involved in the Portland event – to the extent of taking in medications as part of the program. “The DEA’s goal is to help keep prescription medications out of the hands of teenagers and criminals, and also to keep drugs out of our water system and landfills,” remarked Sitton.

The medications accepted would be safely incinerated, he said, keeping them from polluting the environment.

At the same time, neighbors were encouraged to bring in packaged food and clean usable clothing to donate to the PPB Sunshine Division, as part of the day’s event.

“This is a way that we can give back to the community,” Sitton explained. “I work with white-collar crime every day; I think that having documents shredded will make our job a little easier, and people safer. And, having the [expired] drugs removed from medicine cabinets can actually save lives.”

At day’s end, ONI Crime Prevention Program Manager Stephanie Reynolds reported:

  • 7,500 pounds of paper were shredded;
  • 480 pounds of medications were taken for incineration;
  • 587 pounds of food were donated to the Sunshine Division; and,
  • 328 pounds of clothing were donated for the needy.

By the way, in between these twice-yearly events, neighbors are now encouraged to take discarded prescription drugs and medications back to participating pharmacies – PPB Precinct Offices no longer provide public drug turn-in receptacles year ’round.



Saving Seeds, Jennie London, Woodstock Library, Portland, Oregon
During her class “Introduction to Seed Saving”, Portland urban farmer Jennie London sows the idea of stewarding, instead of buying, seeds. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Seed-saving secrets revealed in Woodstock

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For many backyard vegetable gardeners, all the seeds they plant come from colorful packets purchased from a store.

“Today in our class, ‘Introduction to Seed Saving’, we’re teaching people how seed saving preserves plant diversity, and creates plants well-suited to their environment,” began the instructor, Jennie London from “Grow Portland”, as she prepared for the two-hour workshop to follow, in the Woodstock Branch Library on Tuesday, November 1.

Before she became an educator, London told THE BEE, she was – and still is – an active farmer for eleven years in the greater Portland area.

“We also talk about seed stewardship, and seed supremacy,” London said. “It’s about stewarding, and preservation of our heritage and cultural biological diversity.”

London defined the core of the term “diversity” as “connection”. “Going out into the garden, you’re connecting with your environment; learning what your soil, weather, and plants are like.

“Learning about seeds is being able to see that full cycle of the plants,” London reflected. “It’s another ‘observation process’ in the garden, and is another way for people to connect with their food.

“And also it’s about having control, or a voice, and how your food looks and tastes, based on how you select your seed each year, and what you want to grow, and why,” this professional farmer told us.

During her class, London revealed the three most important concepts in seed saving and stewardship:

1. Know where your seed comes from. This means starting with good seed, which means selecting your best fruit or vegetable, and preserve those seeds.

2. In the Pacific Northwest, be being aware of when the seed is ready and forming. This means if it’s ready in the fall, you want to make sure that you harvest it before the rains come, so it doesn’t get mold or fungus on it that’s going to make it rot while stored all winter. Be sure to keep your seeds dry, and in a nice cool and dark storage place with low humidity during the winter.

3. Grow what you enjoy eating. For example, some people use cilantro leaves to make salsa; others use the root for Thai cooking; and still others enjoy the flowers in salads. Choose the seeds based on how you’ll use the plant.

“Overall it’s about thinking about what you want to use your garden for – in the kinds of things you enjoy eating,” London said.

More information on all this is online: http://www.growportland.org.



Southeast Events and Activities

JANUARY 27
Today and tomorrow – Chamber music at Reed College:
Chamber Music Northwest’s “Winter Festival 2017” is today and tomorrow in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 28th. There are four concerts of great Romantic works, performed with passion by some of the world’s greatest musical artists, including David Finckel and Wu Han, the Montrose Trio, and the Miró Quartet. Among the highlights, the Miró Quartet is joined by Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith of the Montrose Trio to perform Johannes Brahms’s spellbinding string sextets. For more information and tickets, please go online: http://www.cmnw.org

“Stories from MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility”, onstage in Sellwood:
At the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street, tonight and tomorrow night, “Rogue Pack” presents a dramatization of the stories of young men in the custody of Oregon Youth Authority. Ten youths, ages 18 to 24, share their personal stories written during workshops conducted by playwright Francesca Piantadosi. Performed by professional actors in an evening of one-act plays directed by Patrick Walsh. “Rogue Pack provides an open forum in which these incarcerated youth, who come from surprisingly diverse cultures and backgrounds, can reveal their challenges, hopes, and desires in these troubled times.” Showtime each night is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door; $12 for students and seniors.

JANUARY 29
Volunteers welcome for planting “Springwater Meadows”:

After years of planning, SMILE’s “SNAC” committee this morning, with the help of a Metro grant, will commence the planting of the “Springwater Meadows” block along the Springwater Corridor “gap” in Sellwood. Meet at 10 a.m. at S.E. 9th Avenue between Marion and Linn Streets, and bring your gloves, shovel, and wheelbarrow if you have them. If you don’t, just bring yourself! “With your help we will welcome birds, pollinators, and other wildlife to the neighborhoods with Oregon white oaks, huckleberry, thimbleberry, and so much more. Learn about stewardship, meet your neighbors, enjoy coffee and snacks, and make a lasting positive impact in your community!”

FEBRUARY 2
Portland Baroque Orchestra concert at Reed College:

This evening at 7:30 p.m., in Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, the Portland Baroque Orchestra presents a concert featuring the violin concertos of Chevalier Saint-Georges, who was the son of a slave who overcame adversity to be hailed at the “Black Mozart”. In addition to several of his works, the concert also includes music by Mozart and Haydn. For more information including tickets, go online to: http://pbo.org/concerts-events/black-mozart

FEBRUARY 4
Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool Open House:

This morning, the Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool holds its Open House in the Reed neighborhood, in the back of the Reedwood Friends Church, at 2901 S.E. Steele Street (across from Reed College). Prospective families may visit the school, play in the classrooms, talk with current members, and meet the teacher. Visitors are free to come and go at their convenience, between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Kids can explore activities and play in the three classrooms, while parents meet the teacher and learn more about the nonprofit school.

Dedication party for relic of old Sellwood Bridge:
This afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a dedication party at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, for the last intact piece of the railing from the original and historic Sellwood Bridge – now mounted in front of the flagpole on the front lawn of SMILE Station, where everyone can view a part of the city’s history. The railing was part of a larger neighborhood project led by Rachel Ginocchio to create art out of the old bridge, and at the same time raise money for public education. Everyone is invited to come and thank over 50 volunteers, and the local businesses who made the bridge project possible, and to see Sellwood Middle School receive a check for over $5,000 from the proceeds of the project. Friends, family, and neighbors are all invited to come to the unveiling, munch on cookies, and share Old Sellwood Bridge stories.

For teens – make your own leather cuff:

At this Sellwood Branch Library workshop 1-3 p.m. this afternoon, teens will design their own leather cuff. Puppetkabob will demonstrate how to pattern and cut various shapes; how to add snaps to fit; and how to embellish – with an industrial hole puncher, colorful cords, and specialty paints. For teens in grades 6-12. Free, but space is limited, so come early. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. Bidwell Street and 13th Avenue.

All Saints’ annual “Crab Feast” today in Woodstock:
The annual “Crackin’ Crab Feast!” at All Saints Episcopal Church, on Woodstock Boulevard take place this afternoon. Two seatings are available: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the church hall on 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Tickets make great Holiday presents and stocking stuffers! “A bargain at $37.50”, the meal comes with fresh crab, salad, and bread. A cash bar is available as well, and children 6 and under eat free with a macaroni and cheese option. All proceeds support All Saints’ outreach ministries. For tickets or more info, go online: http://www.allsaintspdx.org – or call Nancy at 1-916/202-7132.

FEBRUARY 7
Renters’ Rights Workshop at Woodstock Library:

Know the law so you can protect yourself. Understand your rights and responsibilities at all stages of the renting process: Searching for a home, filling out applications, paying deposits and fees, getting repairs made, moving out, and more. Free, but seating is limited, so come early to be assured a seat. The Woodstock Branch Library is at the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Avenue.  

FEBRUARY 9
Woodstock Library Teen Comics Book Group:

Engage in conversation about comics; exchange perspectives about characters, design and plot; and get to know other teens. It’s free this afternoon 4:30-5:30 p.m., and is free also on February 23 at the same hour. The Woodstock Branch Library is on the corner of S.E. 49th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard.

FEBRUARY 13
Homeschoolers ask the experts – “people with cool jobs”:

Everyone welcome for monthly special presentations from local community experts, at the Sellwood Branch Library. A short Q&A and time for pictures will follow each presentation. This afternoon, 1-2 p.m., meet a neighborhood police officer. Free, but seating is limited, so come early. S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street in Sellwood.

FEBRUARY 15
Free “tech help” at Woodstock Library:

Do you have technology questions? Meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with a friendly and knowledgeable Tech Helper, who will help you find answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and much more. “If you need help with a smartphone, iPad, or tablet, please bring it with you – we may or may not be able to help.” Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Avenue.

FEBRUARY 16
“Breakfast Forum”, rescheduled:

The monthly “Breakfast Forum”, organized and moderated by Reed Neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson, has rescheduled its December program on the future of the Progressive Party, featuring speaker David Delk, for this morning – 8:30 a.m. in the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont. The group meets monthly to learn about and “discuss political issues in respectful ways”. Free. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.

FEBRUARY 17
Blood Drive in Westmoreland:

The Red Cross will be taking blood donations at Moreland Presbyterian Church this afternoon, 4-7 p.m., at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Make a reservation to donate by calling 1-800/733-2767. Walk-ins accommodated as the schedule allows; help save a life with a blood donation.

FEBRUARY 19
Portland Baroque Orchestra features Bach Suites at Reed:

This afternoon at 3 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium at Reed College on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Paul Butt, director and harpsichord, will lead the Portland Baroque Orchestra in Bach’s complete Orchestral Suites in their original scoring. For more, and tickets, go online: http://pbo.org/concerts-events/bach-orchestral-suites

FEBRUARY 26
Scrabble at the Sellwood Branch Library:

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

FEBRUARY 27
Blood Drive in Sellwood:

The Red Cross will be taking blood donations at Sellwood Baptist Church this afternoon, 1-6 p.m., at 1104 S.E. Spokane Street; the blood drive is sponsored by the Sellwood New Seasons Market. Make a reservation to donate by calling 1-800/733-2767. Walk-ins accommodated as the schedule allows; help save a life with a blood donation.



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Multnomah County's official SELLWOOD BRIDGE website

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Oaks Amusement Park

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Weekly updates on area road and bridge construction

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Newspapers around the world

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Convert almost any unit of measure to almost any other

Research properties in the City of Portland

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