Community Features

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Woodstock, gateway home
No demolition here! Vic Remmers of Everett Custom Homes promised to find someone who would buy and restore the historic house at the corner of Woodstock and S.E. 39th (Chavez Blvd.), and Amy Charbonneau and Steve Niemi are the ones who stepped up. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Restoration, not demolition, for Woodstock “gateway” home


For over forty years – until just recently – the house at the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 39th (Chavez Boulevard) was, under various owners, a Reed student house.

During those years, some Woodstock and Eastmoreland residents bemoaned the fact that a prominent house sitting high on the hill at the “gateway” to the Woodstock and Eastmoreland neighborhoods should have been well-loved by students, but remained for decades in a state of neglect and disrepair.

The concern for 3908 S.E. Woodstock reached a state of tension a year ago, when neighbors thought it might be demolished. This concern was compounded when Whitney Menzel, a neighbor to 3908 S.E. Woodstock, discovered through online research that the house had once been a source of neighborhood pride, when owned by Capt. George Pope, a prominent Portland citizen.

Menzel found that Pope had built the house in 1909, and had lived there for nearly two decades.  During that time he became well-known for his civic involvement, his propagation of sweet pea flowers, and his efforts to improve the Woodstock neighborhood. 

Wouldn’t it be great, the neighbors thought, if someone would restore the old home to its original early Twentieth Century status and splendor?

In an era when older houses seem destined for demolition and replacement, in this case that wish is now coming true.  In December of last year this Vic Remmers, President of Everett Custom Homes, which is developing the block, sold the historic Craftsman house to Steve Niemi and Amy Charbonneau.

“For the past ten years Amy has driven by this house on her way to work, and admired it for its potential and its historic nature,” commented Niemi. He further explained that both he and Charbonneau love old houses, and are committed to “restoring” – not just renovating – this one.

“I love historical architecture,” says Charbonneau, who is a big fan of television programs that provide DIY information on how to fix up old houses.  Her favorites are “This Old House” and “Rehab Addict”.

A walk through the historic home makes it clear that the couple is dedicated to restoring it as closely as possible to the period of early 1900’s.  While it is still a work in progress, they and their contractor, Russ Bartels, have already accomplished a lot.

Four layers of brown paint have been removed from the fir flooring, and they have been sanded and refinished with an eco-finish. Porch railings have been dipped and stripped, ready for painting. Original windows are being restored with the help of East Portland Sash & Carpentry. Original bead board is being reused to make a tongue and groove exterior for a kitchen island. An old chimney was removed, and the brick salvaged.

“Everything we’ve taken out, we’ll re-use,” promised Charbonneau.

Niemi and Charbonneau are doing some of the work themselves – including boiling the windows pulleys, door hinges, and door knobs, in preparation for having them buffed by Timby’s Dip Strip, a company that specializes in restoring old furniture.

“It’s a lot of work, but a labor of love,” Niemi told THE BEE.  “When you walk in, it will be authentic,” promised Charbonneau.

In a case in which demolition was once a possibility, Woodstock neighbors are relieved that this “gateway” home is finally getting the care and attention it deserves.

Sellwood Riverfront Concerts, the Quick and Easy Boys
The Quick and Easy Boys’ singer Sean Badders rocks the crowd at the first of the July Monday evening Sellwood Riverfront Park Concert series this year. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

InJuly, eclectic concerts rocked Sellwood Riverfront Park

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Although historic Oaks Amusement Park is silent on Monday evenings, just south of it, at Sellwood Riverfront Park, every July music of many different genres attracts music lovers from all over Portland, and it was no different this year. 

By 5:45 pm on July 7 – the evening of the first of the shows in 2014 – all of the parking lots were full, vehicles were competing for street parking places, and those who live nearby in Sellwood were sensibly leaving their cars at home and walking down S.E. Spokane Street toting blankets and coolers.

Sellwood Riverfront Concerts’ committee member of a dozen seasons, Jim Friscia, spoke with THE BEE about this year’s musical series, which this newspaper was happy again to co-sponsor.

“I stay with it because it's fun,” Friscia said. “It's a really good opportunity to put on a true neighborhood event, to which people look forward every year. And, it’s a great community-building kind of thing.” 

The concert series illustrates to people from Inner Southeast, as well as to folks who travel across the city, that “this is a real community,” commented Friscia. “It’s more than a ‘main street’ or shopping district – what we have here is a special and unique place in Portland.” 

Because the Concert Committee members are presented with a long list of potential performers, Friscia said they enjoy drawing on the diversity of musicians Portland has to offer. “We try to pick different groups from unique genres. 

“This year, none of our shows is like anything else that we’ve ever presented in the past. Hopefully people are going to enjoy each one of them, for what they are,” Friscia continued. “For example, tonight’s band, ‘The Quick and Easy Boys’ is a fun and high-energy group.”

Unlike other large summertime events, Friscia pointed out, this annual concert series is organized, promoted, and sponsored by, both residents and area businesses.

“More than 30 sponsors help make these concerts happen. We are again so thrilled by the support that we get from neighborhood businesses – including the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA) business association that came in as a major sponsor, as well as many of their members.” 

Concerts then followed on successive Monday evenings, with these performers:

  • Pilon D’Azucar - Incendiary Havana Salsa;
  • Love Gigantic - Nimble, Anthemic Folk Rock; and,
  • Robert Moore & The Wildcats - Original Jazz & Blues.

And, the last concert of the series, to be held on Monday night August 4, will feature The Wanderlust Orchestra presenting their “vaudevillian, Bohemian style of cabaret music”. The show starts at 6:30 pm; if you’re planning on driving down Spokane Street to the park, plan on arriving an hour early – or else simply walk down to the river.

Cafe au Play
Linsey Haraldsen, freshman at Cleveland High School, is ready to make another cappuccino or espresso as part of the Café au Play barista job-skills training program. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Nonprofit S.E. Café lands big “Barista School” grant


It originally was the “Drive-thru Wake-Up Deli” – until the owner was caught selling pseudoephedrine to labs making methamphetamine in 2003. 

But neighbors and supporters turned the building at 5633 S.E. Division Street, across the street from Atkinson Elementary School, into “Tabor Commons” in 2006; and opened “Café au Play” in 2010. There are ambitious goals for the small community center. 

Over the last four years, Café au Play Executive Director Kristin Heying told THE BEE, one of the programs they’ve begun is coffee barista job-skills training. And now, there is a $10,000 community grant in hand to develop it. 

The idea for the program was suggested when Franklin High School students came in for a bagel or a smoothie, recalled Heying. “We wanted to incorporate them into Café au Play, and so this is was our first step in doing that. As the training program expanded, it needed to have its own dedicated programming.”

Students accepted into this free apprenticeship program range in age from 14 to about 22 years old, Heying said, although some adults are accepted into the program, too.

However, up till now, because of the limited hours of the Café, students have limited opportunity to serve coffee, until they've been training for six months. “The idea of the expansion [which the grant will fund] is that they get to have more responsibilities in the Café, and be able to serve their drinks within one to two months of the time they started training.” 

The $10,000 “Grow Community Fund Grant” just received from Advantis Credit Union will help them expand their training, by funding a new “Night Grounds” program, Heying revealed. “We thank all the people who ‘voted’ for us. Word about our campaign to get this grant [from Advantis] spread far and wide – across the United States.” 

The community was invited to vote for one of the 12 semi-finalists of this year’s Grow Community Fund grants, explained Advantis Credit Union Community Relations Manager Kyleigh Gill.

“Grow Community is a $50,000 annual fund that supports nonprofit organizations, to help them start or maintain educational and human services oriented programs,” Gill added. “The ‘Night Grounds’ program at Café au Play was one of our six finalists.” And, in the end, it was the winner of the $10,000 grant this year.

St Agatha Catholic School, Chris Harris
The new Principal at St. Agatha’s Catholic School is Chris Harris, a Portland native. (Photo courtesy of St. Agatha’s)

St. Agatha Catholic School has new Principal

 Sellwood’s venerable Catholic School, St. Agatha’s, announces that a new principal assumed that position on July 1st – Chris Harris, a native of the Portland area. Harris, who recently was with St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Seattle, and previously tought at St. Elisabeth Catholic School in Los Angeles. 

Harris himself attended St. Anthony’s in Tigard and graduated from high school at La Salle in Milwaukie. He earned his Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. His mother, Sue Harris, is the Principal at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Beaverton.

Harris is moving back to Portland with his wife Siobhan, and their 9-month-old son. “I am grateful for the opportunity to return to my roots and be closer to my family,” he remarked.

He replaces Jeff Delegato, the school’s principal for eight years, who announced earlier this year that he had decided to move on.

St. Agatha is a preschool-through-eighth-grade Catholic School at S.E. 14th and Nehalem in Sellwood, and has some 220 students. It was founded over a century ago.

Painted canoe, Woodstock
Stephen Cutler has painted his canoe with images of native Pacific Northwest artistry. It often can be seen near S.E. 52nd and Steele in Woodstock. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Canoe art on view in Woodstock

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Pacific Northwest Native Art is distinctive in its colors, images, and style. 

Woodstock resident Stephen Cutler, who explores the Willamette River around Ross Island, has painted his canoe in a similar style, celebrating the unique Native Art that he admires. 

The moss-green canoe that he paddles quietly around the nearby island in the Willamette River blends in well with the wildlife habitat. “There's so much to see down there,” he muses; “Beaver, river otters, deer, and eagles.”

To honor the wildlife that has sustained this area for generations, Cutler painted pictures of an orca, lizard, raven, and other Pacific Northwest tribal images, all over the outside of his canoe. When the craft is secured atop his truck, the display is a cultural reminder of the First People who settled the land.

Cutler recently began painting other Tlingit/Haida images on the seats of his canoe, and he plans to add more figures later on as he develops them. The traditional colors of black, white, muted turquoise, and red are most often seen on Pacific Northwest totem poles, artwork, and ceremonial items.

The Portland Art Museum has an impressive collection of native Pacific Northwest artistry, but Cutler’s canoe designs serve as an Inner Southeast reminder of the distinct images that once greeted the first European settlers to the area. You can often catch a glimpse of his canoe atop his truck near S.E. Steele and 52nd Avenue.

Frozen, Portland Parks and Recreation, Movie in the Park, Hazeltine Park
As the sun goes sets, the animated feature “Frozen” rolls in front of some 1,200 in small Hazeltine Park. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Hit movie “in the park” packs Hazeltine Park

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One of the first Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) “Movies in the Park” presentations of the summer – held in Brentwood-Darlington’s Hazeltine Park on the evening of Wednesday, July 9 – was almost too successful.

The terrain of the acre-sized park, built out with the help of neighbors for about $26,000 in October of  2006, makes it an ideal Movie in the Park venue – for a few hundred neighbors. But the hit Walt Disney animation “Frozen” drew a much larger crowd. 

PP&R Southeast and East Services Manager Jeff Milkes, the person crediting with leading the park-building effort on behalf of his Bureau, smiled as he looked out at the gathering crowd. “Now that we bring the movies back every year, it’s kind of a reunion,” he said.

As the audience continued to fill in, Milkes, who is also the coordinator of PP&R’s “Summer Free for All” program, wondered if the film selected for the evening’s entertainment, the animated feature “Frozen”, was an appropriate choice for this smaller setting. “This is one of the only four times we’ll be showing this feature this year; and it’s a very popular movie.”

By the time the Portland Teen Idol Music Show concluded at about dusk, all of the side streets were lined with vehicles; and ever more neighbors were walking in to the event. 

Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association Board Member Gail Kiely said she’d helped select the evening’s feature. “I'm looking forward to this movie because I haven’t seen it, and I hear it is delightful.” 

Folks acted neighborly, allowing new audience members space to set up their blankets for the outdoor picture show.

“This is important because we need to get the neighbors together to talk to each other, so they know their neighbors,” Kiely said. “This way, kids can get to know each other, and get to be friends; childhood friendships last forever.

“And, it’s good to be out on a beautiful summer evening, share some fresh popcorn and a good movie,” Kiely reflected.

As the sun set, and the movie started, more neighbors kept drifting in – until about 1,200 people turned small Hazeltine Park into a standing-room-only outdoor movie theater for the night.

Cooking class, teaching food, food cart
Kathleen Randall from Lents, and Alfredo Zavala from Mt. Scott-Arleta, cut vegetables during a “Dishing up Portland” cooking class held in Woodstock’s All Saints Episcopal Church kitchen. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Classes & food cart: “Accessible food” for Southeast Portland 

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Although their summertime project was held in the Woodstock neighborhood, as well as some other Southeast Portland locations, the idea originated some time back – in New London, Connecticut, with two Connecticut College students.

“It started two years ago, when I was in a philosophy class,” recalled college junior Azul Tellez, who grew up in Southeast Portland.

“I was thinking about ‘food deserts’, and how to combat them.  I thought that cooking was really important, but the most important thing is access to food.

“As college students, my partner in this project and I feel that teaching cooking is something that we can tangibly do in the community to help alleviate the problem.  So, we wanted to hold cooking classes,” Tellez told THE BEE. “We also thought that a ‘food cart’ would help us get food into the community.”

They obtained a $10,000 grant from Davis 100 Projects for Peace, said Tellez. “As a junior in college I need to do a summer internship or project; so this fulfills that educational obligation. And, I couldn’t think of a better place to have this project than here in Southeast Portland this summer.”

Her partner, Connecticut College senior Emily MacGibey, who is from Baltimore, Maryland, chimed in that when the pair arrived in Portland, they purchased a food cart. “We repainted it, and are calling ourselves ‘Dishing Up Portland’.

“We take the cart to different places every week, to different community events,” MacGibey said. “This is so we reach a large audience of people, offering food on a ‘pay-what-you-can’ basis.”

Because they were planning the project while still in Connecticut, they were looking for a church – with a certified commercial kitchen – large enough in which to hold the class. “And, having a certified kitchen was also important for qualificating to have the food cart,” Tellez said. “We’re very happy to be here at Woodstock’s All Saints Episcopal Church.” 

At their July 2nd cooking class they were demonstrating preparing “Soul Food” for their students. 

“We’re making vegan cornbread with blue cornmeal,” MacGibey explained. “We’re also making ‘Hoppin' John’, a dish of black-eyed peas and greens. Tonight we’re using kale from Adelante Mujeres Farms.”

Their project ended with a cooking class on July 30.  Although they’ve faced some obstacles during the project, it was well worth doing, Tellez and MacGibeny agreed.

“One of the most important things that I’ve learned is that educating people about healthy and sustainable food choices is not as easy as ‘telling them what’s right’," MacGibeny said.  “I have been surprised at how difficult it is to get people who would really benefit from becoming interested in cooking, eating local, and sustainability, actually interested in doing it.” 

Although they had a hard time “getting the ball rolling”, MacGibeny remarked that they already see the snowball effect that a project like this can have, as more and more people become interested in and aware of it.

They leave a legacy of education, outreach – and their website – behind, as they head back to school. Check it out at

Parrots, bird man, Sellwood Library
Karl Anderson, “The Bird Man”, displays a collection of colorful birds, as he explains at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library about these birds – their care and their capabilities. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Parrots parade at Sellwood-Moreland Library

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In the last few years, researchers have demonstrated that parrots are extremely smart. A few years ago, a parrot in Brooklyn made the front page headline in THE BEE by catching a burglar for the police – or rather, by tricking him into reporting himself to 9-1-1.

There’s more to learn about them, and wildlife educator Karl Anderson provided it, as he brought his lively show, “Colors of the Jungle”, to the Sellwood-Moreland Library on S.E. 13th Avenue at Bidwell, on Wednesday, July 2.

“The Oregon Bird Man”, as he is called, brought fifteen fascinating parrot species to his presentation, billed “the most comprehensive and colorful show on Psittacines in the Pacific Northwest”.

Anderson is an experienced animal behaviorist and former keynote speaker for Animal Planet. He promotes responsible pet ownership, showing that each bird needs daily individual attention, exercise, and proper nutrition, to thrive. They are not just pretty collectibles to display in a cage, and each has its own personality. 

The program’s “Psittacines” – or parrot-like birds – represent species from four different continents: Africa, Australia, South America, and Asia. Anderson described the differences of each breed. While many refer to all these creatures as “parrots”, there are actually conures, parakeets, caiques, parrots, cockatoos, and macaws – each with its own special coloring. Sometimes the male and female of a breed have different colors as well.

“Before you decide to choose a bird for a pet,” he said, “You need to be aware that they are messy, noisy, have sharp beaks and claws, and poop about every 25 minutes. Birds that are ‘breeders’ do not make good pets either, since they are protective of their young, and will not bond with you.”

He explained that bird poop is colored green and white. “The green is from solid food, the white is from liquid. If your bird doesn’t have much white in its poop, it is probably dehydrated,” he warned. 

The Bird Man's show covered the natural history, specific behaviors, and responsible care of these birds in captivity. They can be trained to do various tricks or to talk, and can imitate both human and mechanical noises, such as a telephone, microwave, or even a police siren.

Anderson cautions against providing the birds any sort of plastic toys – not only because the material is not ‘natural’ to them, but because it can be harmful if ingested. Parrots have thick, seed-crushing beaks, and can easily pulverize plastic.

Anderson’s birds (he owns 26) have all been raised in captivity, since they are now no longer allowed to be collected from the wild. “Many of them are going extinct in their native habitats, because the trees they need to survive are disappearing,” he reports. “They eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and need a combination of nuts, seeds, and grains to stay healthy.”

The Bird Man also provides each of his birds a lot of individual attention outside cages. “Their mental health is just as important as their physical health,” he remarks. The birds can live for up to 100 years, and can be good companions. He gives them stimulating earth-friendly toys and daily attention, and devotes much of his home to their living space.

For more information, go online to: .

Ten-year-old Milo measures an eleven-and-a-half-foot-tall hollyhock in front of his Brooklyn home. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Giant Hollyhock grows in Brooklyn


Could it be something in this year’s rainfall…?

A huge red hollyhock is blooming on a parking strip in the Brooklyn neighborhood. While Hollyhock stalks usually top out at around eight feet, this one – on S.E. 13th Street – is nearly half again that size.

The accompanying photo shows 10-year-old Milo, about 5' tall, holding a yardstick up next to the giant stalk that grows in front of his home. The hollyhock has not been fertilized, and in fact grew up out of a rock pile 

Milo's Mom says, “It didn’t even come up at all last year, so this year’s growth is extra impressive.”

While she discussed the history of hollyhocks (“They used to be a subtle symbol indicating the path toward the outhouse”), Milo’s Dad measured the stalk with a retractable metal tape measure. “It’s eleven and a half feet, and still growing,” he exclaimed.

The bright red flowers march upward, blooming from the buds that still sprout overhead. It’s quite a sight against the horizon. Historically, hollyhocks have been used for both ornamental and medicinal purposes. This one could be used as a landmark. 


Ping Pong’s Puppet Museum presents new exhibit. The nonprofit public puppet museum in Sellwood, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, presents its 12th exhibit – “Gepetto’s Workshop”, on the art of puppet building – from now through November 2nd, open Thursday through Sunday, 2 to 8 pm, at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Included are puppets of all styles built for clients including Disney, Nike, Barq’s Root Beer, and many more. This month, the museum will also open up its outdoor garden theater for two of the most elaborate and enjoyable marionette shows they have created over the years: “No, No, No Pinocchio”, and “The Baby Dragon Finds a Job”. Visit online, for show dates and times.

“Sundae in the Park” today in Sellwood Park! The third-of-a-century-old neighborhood get-together “Sundae in the Park”, sponsored by SMILE – the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, with proceeds benefiting Meals On Wheels – starts at noon today with live entertainment and 75-cent ice cream sundaes, and continues all afternoon till 5 pm, with various live entertainers, in upper Sellwood Park on the bluff overlooking Oaks Park (on S.E. 7th). Then, after 5 pm, Portland Parks takes over with more live entertainment, ending the evening at dusk with an outdoor showing of the classic science fiction comedy movie, “Back to the Future”, starring Michael Fox, and rated PG. Bring everyone and make a full day of it! .

Whiz, Bang, Boom! Professor Gabby’s at Woodstock Library. “Come and discover the many different sides of science with the very excitable Professor Gabby. From animals to dinosaurs, to what you eat and drink, Professor Gabby will take you on a science adventure you won’t soon forget. Get inspired to learn more from this musical whiz, bang of a puppet production!” For kids and families; free. 2 till 2:45 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

Sellwood “National Night Out” party. Among the local participating organizations in this national event, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood – 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue – will hold its party tonight 5:30-9 pm. It’s free, and all are welcome. For more information, call 503/236-7823.

“Music and More from the Land Down Under” at Sellwood Library. “Didgeridoo Down Under” is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, science (biology, ecology, physics), puppetry, comedy, character building, reading motivation, and audience participation. The didgeridoo, usually a hollowed-out tree trunk or branch, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its mesmerizing sound. But DDU is much more than music – it’s interactive, educational, motivational, and highly entertaining. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program (which runs from 1 to 2 pm), at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Space is limited, so come early.

“Name the Chicken” at the Moreland Farmers Market. A “Name the Chicken” campaign kicks off today at the nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market. Throughout the month of August customers are asked to help name the (currently unnamed) market chicken. Also make sure to stop by the Info Booth to get your first entry into the August monthly raffle (no purchase required, win up to $50). The Moreland Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 pm each Wednesday afternoon through October, and is located at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue, on the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial parking lot. More information online at:

Ardenwald: Concert in the Park. The August Thursdays “Concerts in Ardenwald Park” begin this evening, 7 pm till dusk, with a blues performance by Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes. All these August concerts are free, and suitable for all ages. This one is also a “National Night Out” party, and those festivities begin at 6 pm. Ardenwald Park is at 3637 S.E. Roswell Street, across from Ardenwald Elementary School.

“William Byrd Festival” series of concerts start tonight in Southeast. The annual nineteen-day “William Byrd Festival”, celebrating the music of the Renaissance composer William Byrd (1540-1623), and his teacher Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), starts today at St. Stephen’s Church, 1112 S.E. 41st in Southeast Portland, where many of the concerts will be held through August 24th. Tickets available at the door or in advance for tonight’s concert at 7:30 pm: $20, general; $15 seniors and students. Order by phone at 1-800/838-3006. For information, go online to:

“Legends of Mexico” at noon, at Sellwood Library. Mexico is well known for its legends, myths, and tales. We have legends since the time of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, Huicholes, as well as legends after the arrival of the Europeans to the American Continent. We have legends that talk about love, nature and everyday life. “Legends of Mexico” is an original bilingual performance with masks, movement, dance, songs, and music. During the program, participants will learn about geography, history, traditional ancestral music, and the different languages still spoken in Mexico. Free. Come early for limited seating. Noon till 12:50 pm, at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. 

Blood drive in Westmoreland today.
The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, from 2 until 5 pm. Blood donation appointments are recommended, and can be made by calling 1-800/733-2767, or by going online to:, and using the sponsor code: MorelandPresbyterian. For questions on eligibility, call 1-866/236-3276.

Celtic folk music in Ardenwald Park.
Ardenwald’s August Thursdays “Concerts in the Park” continue tonight, 7 pm till dusk, with a performance by “Whispering Roses” – “Celtic Sacred Folk music”. Food and beverages are for sale at all these free concerts.

“The Fascinating World of Reptiles” at Woodstock Library. Join the Reptile Man, a/k/a Richard Ritchey, in meeting his outstanding crew of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises! Richard has been winning the rapt attention of audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years and has assembled a traveling collection of scaled predators that is unrivaled in quality and reputation. Free. It’s 2 to 3 pm today at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. (Also appearing on August 23, noon till 1 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell.)

Sidewalk Sale at All Saints’ today in Woodstock. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 40th and Woodstock Boulevard, presents a sidewalk sale today only – from 9 am to 3 pm. Books, antiques, and collectables on sale.

Oboe recital tonight in Woodstock. Following a day of the 21st annual Northwest Oboe Seminar today (Victoria Racz, director), there will be an oboe recital this evening open to the public – at 7:30 pm, at All Saints’ Episcopal /Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Admission is $10, and tickets will be available at the door.

Kids' Day at Woodstock Farmers Market.
At the weekly Woodstock Farmers Market, 10 am- 2pm each Sunday during the season, today is Kids' Day: Bring the whole family for delicious food, kids music, and free kids activities, including crafts, live animals, balloon twisters "Olive Rootbeer and Dingo", face painting, and Mr. Lizard at 11 am! That's all in addition to the fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more from the 35+ vendors. The market is held each week on the Key Bank parking lot,
4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. All Kids' Activities today are free. For more information, go online to:

Cleveland/Commerce ’48-’51 High Class Reunion. Today, graduates and friends from the CHS classes of 1948, 1949, 1950, and 1951 are invited to the annual picnic at Oaks Amusement Park, Area 1 Shelter. Registration begins at 11 am; catered chicken meal served at 12 noon. $15.00 per person. For more information telephone 503/492-0772.

|“Breakfast Forum” on ballot measures. Woodstock resident Ann B. Clarkson, creator of the “Breakfast Forum” political discussion series, announces the topic of the August forum: “Initiatives on the November Ballot”; the speaker is David Delk, President of the “Alliance for Democracy”. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly – 7:30-8:30 am today, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont – “to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways.” Members choose both topics and speakers. No registration required. Free. For information call 503/774-9621.

“Acoustic folk” concert in Ardenwald Park. Ardenwald’s August Thursdays “Concerts in the Park” continue tonight, 7 pm till dusk, with a performance by Ian McFeron – “acoustic folk music”, accompanied by five instruments. Food and beverages are for sale at all these free concerts. 

“Legos @ the Library” for kids, at Sellwood Library. “Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. Each month we’ll build a new structure to put on display.” Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. Free. 3-4 pm, at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. 

End of Summer Party at Moreland Farmers Market. The nonprofit Moreland Farmers Market celebrates the end of summer this afternoon; bring a blanket and have a picnic on the grass, as you enjoy music, samples from New Seasons, and kid’s crafts from Collage. The market will also be unveiling the new name of its market chicken as chosen by customers during the past month. And one last time, stop by the Info Booth to enter the August monthly raffle (no purchase required, win up to $50). The Moreland Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 pm each Wednesday afternoon through October, and is located at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th Avenue, on the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial parking lot. More information online at:

“Folk rock” concert in Ardenwald Park.
Ardenwald’s August Thursdays “Concerts in the Park” come to a close tonight, 7 pm till dusk, with a performance by “Lincoln’s Beard” – “folk rock music”, accompanied by three instruments. Appropriate for all ages. Free, but food and beverages are for sale.

Brooklyn “Ice Cream Social” today. The 12th annual Brooklyn neighborhood “Ice Cream Social”, presented by the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, is 1-4 pm at Brooklyn Park on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue south of Powell. Music by the Yamhillbillies, and Ice Cream Bars for 25 cents! Everyone welcome.


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Your Personal "Internet Toolkit"!

Charles Schulz's "PEANUTS" comic strip daily!

Portland area freeway and highway traffic cameras

Portland Police


Latest Portland region radar weather map

Portland Public Schools

Multnomah County's official SELLWOOD BRIDGE website

Click here for the official correct time!

Click here to draw a map of anywhere in the United States!

Oaks Amusement Park

Association of Home Business (meets in Sellwood)

Local, established, unaffiliated leads and referrals group for businesspeople; some categories open

Weekly updates on area road and bridge construction

Translate text into another language

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

Free on-line PC virus checkup

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

Computer virus and worm information, and removal tools

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

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

Check for Internet hoaxes, scams, etc.

Here's more on the latest scams!

ADOBE ACROBAT is one of the most useful Internet document reading tools. Download it here, free; save to your computer, click to open, and forget about it!

Encyclopedia Britannica online

Newspapers around the world

Stain removal directions

Convert almost any unit of measure to almost any other

Research properties in the City of Portland

Free marketing ideas for businesspeople from a Southeast Portland expert

Local source for high-quality Shaklee nutritionals

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


Local News websites:
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Local News

KATU, Channel 2 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 43)

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

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

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

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

KPAM 860 News Radio

Your neighborhood online!

SMILE -- The Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League  and  its blog

"THE NEIGHBOR", the official monthly newsletter of SMILE, The Sellwood Moreland Improvement League, appears on page 3 of THE BEE each month. For the very latest version of this newsletter, click here!

Woodstock Neighborhood Association website

Woodstock Business Assn. business directory

Southeast Portland Rotary Club website

Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance website

Eastmoreland neighborhood website

Brooklyn Action Corps Neighborhood Association

Alternate Brooklyn Action Corps website

Reed Neighbors

Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association  and  its blog

From SMILE and Portland Parks: Historic Oaks Pioneer Church--available for weddings and events in Sellwood