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Oaks Amusement Park, flood of 1964
Dallas Schenk and Robert Bradford negotiating the watery entryway of Oaks Park in the flood of 1964; the photo is taken from Oaks Park calendar in Joanne’s collection, obtained for her by Glenn La Fontaine.

Oaks park still going strong, 50 years after the 1964 flood

Special to THE BEE

Some people get to witness history; others become a part of history. JoAnne Schenk, with the help of her dad and their little motorboat became part of the story of the historic flood of 1964, when they helped saved the roller skating rink at Oaks Park.

Throughout its history, The Oaks Amusement Park has survived its share of disasters and mishaps – from the floods of 1948, 1964, and 1996, to the Columbus Day Storm that damaged many of the park’s prized Oak Trees. One of the park’s most popular rides, the wooden 2½-story Shoot the Chutes, caught on fire and burned to the ground in the late 1920’s. Even two World Wars and the Depression of the 1930’s provided a challenge to the park’s owner, Ed Bollinger, when few people could afford to attend the park’s attractions.

But through troubled and times and good ones, Oaks Park has continued as this nation’s longest continuously operated amusement park, and one of the City of Portland’s “crown jewels” attractions.

Oaks Park was built in the spring of 1905, when the owners of the Oregon Water Power and Railway Company decided to construct an amusement park along their new interurban railway line, then being constructed through the Sellwood neighborhood. The interurban ran as far east as Estacada, and even farther south to Oregon City and to Canemah Park, where thousands of people gathered for weekend outings. 

Fred Morris, President of the interurban railway, invested $100,000 to construct an Amusement Park that would draw Portlanders and out-of-state visitors via their trolley line to the new attraction. Extra money collected from admission to the park, plus the increase of ridership on the interurban, would provide new revenue for the company.

The site chosen for the amusement park was a narrow 44-acre peninsula sitting at river level – precariously close to the east bank of the Willamette River. All of the structures and amusement rides built for the park had to be constructed on pilings.

During the first few months that Oaks Park was open, 300,000 people attended events that ranged from band concerts to comedians and vaudeville acts, to viewing live animals. One of the top draws and the management’s most profitable venue was the roller skating rink, which attracted young and old.

Park Superintendent – and at one time, an electrician during construction of the park – Edward H. Bollinger bought Oaks Park in 1925. Combining his marketing skills and ingenuity, Edward added new rides yearly, and hired showbusiness agent Rudy Shaw to present fresh acts to attract fraternity and social groups, families, and visitors new to Portland, to the best place for local entertainment, Oaks Park.

Unfortunately, in 1948, one of Portland’s worst disasters – the Vanport flood – struck the park hard. Although the doomed community of Vanport was miles away near the Columbia River, when the dike broke, the high Columbia waters backed up into  the Willamette; and as Bryan Aalberg reported in his history of Oaks Amusement Park, the high waters of that flood swamped the park for thirty days. Most of the rides were warped, and water damage to the roller skating rink took five months to repair.

Once Bollinger decided to rebuild the expensive floor of the skating rink, engineers and the Park Superintendent conceived the plan to tie airtight iron barrels under the new floor. In the case of another flood, the floor could be floated above the waters, saving the expense of building another floor.

Since she entered grade school, JoAnne Schenk spent almost every minute of her free time skating, working, playing, and practically living at Oaks Park. She wouldn’t discover until years later that herself and her family would be pivotal in helping save the roller rink on which she enjoying skating for so many years.

JoAnne started skating when she was 12, taking lessons from longtime Oaks Parks icon – and lifetime employee – Dale Pritchard, who taught Joanne the basics of roller skating; and from there she was just a natural on the skating rink. Besides skating, she also worked the outdoor snack bar, and occasionally sat behind the admission counter. Even later she herself became a skating instructor at the rink.

Even when not working at the amusement park, it seemed Joanne couldn’t keep away. Waterskiing down the Willamette, with her dad Dallas manning the boat, was one of her favorite summertime activities. The dock at Oaks Park was the ideal launching platform for her water sports.  With a laugh, Joanne replied that “Dale Pritchard taught me to roller skate, and I taught him how to water ski!”

In The 1950’s and 60’s, Joanne was part of the competitive Oaks Park Skater Club. She competed in figure and freestyle skating, pairs dance team with Ron Gustafson, and speed skating. The team traveled to competitions as far away as the East Coast, and to meets in California where skating was popular. When the national skating championship was held in Cleveland Ohio in 1958, at the fabulous Rollercade, she wore number 982 on her back, and skated against some of Americas best young freestylers. “I would never have had a chance to see those parts of country without the support of the skating community,” remembers Joanne.

Shows were presented to paying audiences at the Oaks Park Skating Rink to finance competition meets, uniforms, and skating equipment. The Oaks Skater Club performed in team programs, much like the musical movie shows of the 40’s and 50’s. Performers dressed as can-can girls, Hawaiian dancers, and Arabian tribesmen performing themed skits, routines, and shows on skates to the audiences’ delight. “Mom made my costumes, and dad helped build the background scenes each year,” remembers Joanne.

All of that almost came to an end in December of 1964, when a cold snap hit the Portland area. Low temperatures, followed by an intense snowstorm, caused a buildup of ice under a heavy snow pack, forcing The Oaks maintenance crew to button down every ride and close off unused buildings for the winter.

A sudden rise in temperature caused the snow rapidly to turn to slush, and suddenly massive flooding occurred throughout the city. The Willamette River rose to a high level of 29 feet, and city officials called on all available help and city workers to save Portland’s waterfront – while little thought was given to the protection of Portland’s historic amusement park. 

News reports of the time say that “water gushed through the gates, immersing the park in eight feet of brown water”. The elegantly-carved animals of the musical carousel stood in water up to their necks. 

Part time employees who normally were hired just for the summer season were called in to help, by Bollinger. Workers with chainsaws were standing ready to save the roller rink, but couldn’t reach it due to the height of the water.  Joanne Schenk, and her father Dallas, were among of the first to arrive with a boat, so the Schenk family came to the rescue, transporting park workers by motorcraft into the roller rink, so the $40,000 treasured wooden maple floor could be saved.

Maintenance personnel worked for four anxious hours to cut the 100-by-200-foot floor from its supports, freeing the rink floor to float to safety above the rising tide. Damage to the flooded park still cost new owner Robert Bollinger over $100,000 – and, surprisingly, it was not insured, even though Robert Bollinger and his dad Edward had witnessed the same damage in the 1948 flood.

On and off during that busy day, park employees arrived, eager to help in preserving any park equipment they could, and showing owner Bollinger their support.  Workers took the valuable carousel animals apart, transferring them into a dry section at the dance pavilion. Throughout the rest of the day and late into the evening, the Schenk boat shuttled helpers in and out of the park.

When the floodwaters finally receded, helpers donned fishing waders and shoveled hundreds of pounds of mud and sludge out of the skating rink. Drying machines were brought in by Bollinger, and the skating rink was up and running in a short amount of time. The Wurlitzer organ that was purchased from the Broadway Theater in downtown Portland had been safely situated in a loft above the rink and suffered only minor damage, since the organ and its pipes were untouched by the muddy waters.

When Edward Bollinger died in 1949, his vision of preserving The Oaks Amusement Park permanently was passed on to his son Robert Bollinger, who kept the park running for future generations to enjoy. Long before he passed away in 2004, Robert ensured that Oaks Park would never turn into a residential development: In 1985, he transferred ownership of the park to a nonprofit organization that would keep Oaks Park operating perpetually.

So, it will be fifty years this December since the great flood of 1964 – but thanks to the dedication and the determination of the Bollinger family, their employees, and a young girl and her father’s boat, the skating rink, and the amusement park in which it sits, are still a treasured part of Portland today.  

Dismissing her actions as heroic, JoAnne Schenk – who, by the way, met her future husband during the flood, James Barr – summed it all up: “We just did what should have been done” – helping someone in need.

Moreland Monster March, Joe Galati, Bob Schnyder
Dozens of Llewellyn kids and parents were taken in by Bob Schnyder, whose Hallowe’en costume in the parade was to appear as Lewellyn Elementary School Principal Joe Galati! (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Hallowe’en tradition continues: Monsters March in Westmoreland


The tradition of holding an afternoon costumed “march” through Westmoreland on the Sunday before Hallowe’en continued on October 26, as countless families turned out for the Moreland Monster March.

Although the day had dawned a bit stormy, the sun had burned off the clouds by parade time, and families queued up behind the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band, at the parade’s invariable starting point, in front of Llewellyn Middle School.

So many neighbors and friends turned out, in fact, that once again some participants were just leaving the starting point when the band completed the thirteen-block route and arrived back at the Llewellyn playground.

The event is always more of a “mosey” than a “march”, and many kids and adults participated in costume, as did entire families. Some even created elaborate props to carry as they strolled the route.

Back at the school, members of the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA) – the sponsoring organization, in recent years – had tables set up with cups of apple cider and rows of cookies, provided for the fourteenth consecutive year by QFC Market, ready to enjoy.

“When I see this kind of turnout, with more adults participating than ever, it makes it a lot of fun,” grinned SWBA President Tom Brown. “It makes me feel proud of the neighborhood to see all of the participation.”

Brown broke away for a moment to shake the hand of whom he thought was Llewellyn’s Principal – only to find that he, and dozens of others, had been fooled by the costume of a look-alike dad.

“It’s so much fun,” said Bob Schnyder. “My daughter Claire, a student here, said that I look exactly like their Principal Joe Galati. With a fake ID badge, and a pad of stickers – I got to become Principal for the afternoon.”

Having the annual parade helps build community, Brown commented, “because members of our business association want to give back, and keep supporting the neighborhood and make it stronger.”

“This is an annual event that is on many neighbors’ calendars all year long,” Brown added. “And, we’re seeing more local residents inviting their friends from outside the area to participate. In so many ways, this is good for our neighborhoods.”

Originally the creation of two local moms with early support from the SMILE neighborhood association, the “Moreland Monster March” has definitely become part of the fabric of Inner Southeast Portland, rain or shine.

Reed, Creston Kenilworth, neighborhood cleanup
Creston Kenilworth Neighborhood Association Chair Rachel Davies and Reed Neighborhood Association Chair Marisha Childs pause for a BEE photo at the October 25 combined Reed and Creston-Kenilworth clean-up. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Two neighborhoods come together for a clean-up


Volunteers from the Reed Neighborhood Association and Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Association joined on October 25 to hold a “Neighborhood Clean-up” next to the Tucker-Maxon School on S.E. Holgate Boulevard.

“This is the first event held between the Reed and Creston-Kenilworth neighborhoods,” commented Reed Neighborhood Association Chair Marisha Childs.

Volunteers helped neighbors unload their refuse – from a small armload, on up to furniture and mattresses.

“Here at our clean-up, we’re accepting mixed, but non-toxic, refuse of all kinds,” said Creston Kenilworth Neighborhood Association Chair Rachel Davies.

“We’re asking for a small donation from people to get rid of things that are too big to fit in their regular trash cart,” Davies explained. “And, the money help goes to the two neighborhood associations to help us put on events, maintain our associations, and continue to do advocacy work to help make our neighborhoods more livable.” 

With today’s every-other-week garbage service, Davies said that making the drop boxes available is a real service to their communities. “Sometimes, it just builds up more quickly than neighbors can get rid of it – or, they have bulky waste too large to be taken at the curb.”

Additionally, volunteers had an area set aside for “re-use”. “We'll take usable household items to the Community Warehouse, the organization that helps vulnerable populations become self-sufficient by giving them basic household furnishings.”

Even though the clean-up was held under rain-threatening skies, it didn’t take long for the drop boxes to be filled with refuse.

Woodstock, Portland, Halloween
Volunteers gather at the Hallowe’en party from the Woodstock Neighborhood Association: Vice-Chair Elisa Edgington, Jacky Jarrahzadeh, Terry Griffiths, Nicole Craigmiles, and Ruth Williams; and, seated, Tristan Tarwater and Becky Luening. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Costumed characters galore at Woodstock Hallowe’en


Thanks to the efforts of Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) volunteers, “Hallowe’en on Woodstock” brought out costumed kids – and a few adults – to “Trick or Treat” at businesses along the boulevard.

The afternoon started off at the Woodstock Library with a “Not So Scary Stories” storytime, after which, kids made their way west along the street, gathering goodies at many of the businesses that participated in the event.

Many of the revelers eventually made their way to the Woodstock Community Center for a free family-friendly “Harvest Hallowe’en” party, featuring refreshments, activities, professional live music, and raffle prizes.

“This has become my ‘signature event’, since I got involved with the neighborhood about two years ago,” said its coordinator, WNA Vice-Chair Elisa Edgington.

“So many people said they really enjoyed having a Woodstock Hallowe’en event, but then it went away, because there wasn't anyone to plan it,” Edgington said. “I have three little kids, I wanted them to have fun here like it used to be, and have a party here at the Woodstock Community Center.”

Major sponsors New Seasons Markets and Woodstock Tax Service led the way, and with about 15 additional businesses pitching in, Edgington noted, including some that provided food and beverages. 

“Overall, most of the businesses along the boulevard are participating, by providing goodies for the kids dressed up in their costumes.”

Edgington praised WNA volunteers for pitching in. “We have a great team, who help put on such events as the Movie in the Park, and the upcoming Winter Wonderland celebration.”

The Winter Wonderland celebration of which she spoke begins at 2 pm on December 3rd. Both events are projects of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with the Woodstock Community Business Association.

Pajama Dance, Woodstock, Moe Phillips, Portland
Performer Moe Phillips rocks out at the “Southside Pajama Party Concert” in Woodstock. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock nonprofit puts on a pajama dance party for kids


They were “jammin’ in their jammies” during the late afternoon of Saturday, November 8th, in Woodstock’s Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church’s gymnasium – as another Southeast “Swap & Play” community event got underway.

“We’re calling it the ‘Southside Pajama Party Concert’,” explained Southeast Swap & Play Advisory Board Member Kyrie Kellett.

“We had so much fun with our ‘Barn Dance’ in May, we decided to have another event in the fall,” Kellett said.

When THE BEE arrived, guests were engaged in an original puppet show performed by a former Tears of Joy Theater puppeteer. Then, there was a concert by Moe Phillips, who quickly got kids and parents up dancing and singing along. The afternoon wrapped up with mask-making crafts, and a “storytime” for the kids.

In addition to the entertainment, there were a craft sale, snacks, hot food, and beer and wine for the adults.

“Tonight’s event is important to our organization, for two reasons,” Kellett told THE BEE. 

“First, it’s a fundraiser for our for 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which helps us be financially stable. And, it’s also a ‘fun-raiser’ – to build community and introduce Southeast Swap & Play to families in our area.”

About ninety families are involved in the organization, which provides a shared play space for member families – but is not a drop-off daycare center.

“We always welcome new families, as winter weather comes, they’re looking for a place to play and have a good time.”

Find out more online:

From your Library: A cure for the homework season blues

Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library
Special to THE BEE

Here’s something to cheer students up during homework season: Multnomah County Library’s Homework Center, and all of the learning resources below, are FREE with your library card number and password. Find them all online at: -- or search for them individually from the home page.

Homework Center
Created by Multnomah County librarians, Homework Center ( features booklists and websites on topics from science to social studies to language arts. It also includes magazine and encyclopedia articles. Homework Center is accessible from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Just like a traditional print encyclopedia, this database is a great homework and general research resource for kids, teens, and adults. Articles cover a wide variety of topics, from history to life sciences, geography to visual arts. Special features include historical timelines with quick links to related articles, and The Brain Jam – a monthly magazine featuring current events.

“LearningExpress” Library
Includes a collection of more than 1,000 practice tests and skills tutorials for standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GED, LSAT, ASVAB and U.S. citizenship test. LearningExpress allows users to take timed and scored practice tests, explore career information, and brush up on basic skills in math, reading, writing and social studies. Leveled material is for students from grade 4 through adult. 

Live Homework Help/
Stuck on your homework assignment? Online live tutors are available to help with more than 20 subjects, including math, science, English, social studies, and Spanish. Live one-to-one help is available to Multnomah County Library cardholders from 2 pm to 10 pm daily. Available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese for elementary student through adult.

Mango Languages
Learn more than 40 languages – including Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Italian, German, Vietnamese, Russian, and Swahili. Choose a basic course to practice your beginning language skills, or a complete course to learn more comprehensive grammar skills. English courses are available in 17 languages. Create a free account with your library card to track your progress.

After all that diligent study, take a well-deserved break with Hoopla, a Netflix-like streaming media service with no holds. Choose from thousands of movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks for all ages. Check out movies and television shows for 72 hours; music for seven days; and audiobooks for 21 days. There is a limit of eight items per month.

Questions? People at your nearest branch of the Multnomah County Library are always there to help. Stop in and ask! 

Moreland Farmers Market
Kristin Pool shops at the Gathering Together Farm booth at the Moreland Farmers Market. They’re from Philomath, near Corvallis. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Raindrops mark Moreland Farmers Market closing day


This season, vendors and shoppers at the Moreland Farmers Market – one of the few mid-week markets in Portland – enjoyed great weather just about every week.

“It's a little bit sad to see such a rainy and windy day for our last market – but it certainly is a memorable one,” remarked Moreland Farmers Market Board Chair Kristen Eberlin. “It seems like all the rain that missed us during the season has all come here in one day!”

But, the foul climatic conditions didn’t stop many intrepid shoppers from making the rounds on one more Wednesday afternoon – October 22.

“Overall it's been a great season,” Eberlin reflected. “We started with a lot of good energy – and good produce that came in early.

“One hallmark of this market has been its loyal vendors,” said Eberlin. “We're happy to see the same faces year after year. The high level of acceptance between the vendors and our community is what keeps us going.”

She and the other market board members have seen a shift from simply being a place to buy fresh foods to becoming a community marketplace, Eberlin said. “So, we have kids’ activities – and hot prepared foods that people eat here, as well as take home for dinner.”

Working a “day job” as a graphic designer, Eberlin enjoys getting out to the market. “I love seeing the farmers represent themselves in our booths and see the bounty from what they have grown.  I also like to see the connection point, when families and community members get to see from whom their produce and food actually comes.”

On a sad note for many market volunteers and vendors, its latest Manager, Adam Seidman, left the organization at the end of the season to continue his education. “We thank him for his leadership, enthusiasm, and support,” Eberlin said.

And now they’re looking for a new Manager – with an application deadline of December 1. “The Market seeks an outgoing, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and organized person that is passionate about our local food system, to serve as our Market Manager for the 2015 season and beyond.

“This is a part-time, year-round, paid position that carries out the day-to-day operations of the market while promoting the market’s goals. The position requires an on-site presence, as well as, off-site work during non-market hours. For detailed information please go online to:

Woodstock Farmers Market
In costume for the Hallowe’en theme of the final Woodstock Farmers Market of the regular weekly season, Megan Best holds “dragon” Theo, as centurions Joel and Conner stand guard. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock Farmers Market closes after brisk season


At the stroke of 10:00 am on Sunday, October 26, the Woodstock Farmers Market opened for its last regular day of the season. The rain clouds that went skittering by didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of shoppers; within five minutes of the opening bell, the market was swirling with activity.

“It is kind of bittersweet,” remarked Woodstock Farmers Market Manager Emily Murnen about the day. “It's always kind of hard knowing we’re at the end of the market season, because we get to see so many people who come to shop here every week, for five months.”

But, the day was festive, with “Hallowe’en Carnival” being the theme of the day.

“We get to interact with all the vendors and the neighbors so it's always hard when it comes to an end; we have to wait till it till June to come back,” remarked Murnen. “One of the best things about the market this year for me has been seeing the consistency of vendors and neighbors, all coming together every week.

“Seeing the sustained enthusiasm for this farmers market over last four years makes all the volunteers feel good,” Murnen added. “It's proof that the neighborhoods like seeing everyone here.”

When the market opens next spring, Murnen said, “about 90% of our vendors – especially all of our farm vendors – indicated they will return. Vendors tell me that they appreciate all of the community ‘market regulars’ who come to support them.”

There was one more special market day before the end of the season was actually final, however – on Sunday, November 23, the Woodstock Farmers Market opened one more time, 10 am to 2 pm at its usual venue on the parking lot of the Woodstock Key Bank, to invite customers to “stock up for Thanksgiving”.

Autumn colors in Portland
Golden leaves and football players at Sellwood Park. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Autumn colors sizzle in Inner Southeast neighborhoods


Autumn came late this year, waiting nearly till November to display her distinctive colors.

Heavy winds blew many leaves off early, but drenching rains made the soil perfect for mushrooms. Several white "fairy rings" sprouted up beneath Reed College trees along S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, and in yards all over Inner Southeast.

Elsewhere, multicolored maples strutted their stuff, while golden birch and ginkgo trees gleamed against the sky.

Clerodendrum berries (the leaves smell like peanut butter!) and red bushes punctuated the season with exclamation points. Outdoor wanderers enjoyed the autumn show.

Lewellyn Elementary School, Holiday market
Holiday Market Co-Chairs Marya Woldridge and Tammy Dean ran the Raffle Table at this year’s Llewellyn Holiday Market. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Llewellyn Holiday Market again kicks off the Christmas season


The Llewellyn School Holiday Market is always an early-Holiday-season highlight. This year’s Co-Chairpersons Tammy Dean and Marya Woldridge started planning in August; the funds raised by the market are slated for PTA field trips and after-school programs, although “The Kindergarteners, and fourth and fifth graders have their own fund-raising events here,” remarked Woldridge. 

The eighth annual market fell on November 14 and 15 – plenty early to plan ahead for Holiday gift-giving. This year the event included the raffle of items donated by vendors. At least sixty adults and students rented display space – the largest turnout for the popular Westmoreland market so far.

Kid craft tables were interspersed with adult sales tables, allowing a more comprehensive mix of talents. “Many of the crafters are from our own neighborhoods,” observed Dean. “Only a few are from out of town.”

Mini-marshmallow “pea-shooters” were again popular, and marshmallow catapults joined the mix. Home décor items included colorful aprons, wine bottle toppers, photo-imprinted tiles, beeswax candles, and tins for first aid and sewing supplies. Welded sculptures made from scrap metal were offered for home and garden art.

Woodstock crafter Kelly Cole of “Blue Bird Sews” displayed quilts and quilted items such as coin purses, Christmas star ornaments, and pouches for notebooks and crayons. “Modern Handmade; Vintage Inspired” is her motto.

Sellwood eighth grader Bella Roberts sold round burlap-wrapped plants. “They’re called Japanese Kokedama plants,” she explained. “I’m trying to raise money for our end-of-year East Coast trip. We’ll visit the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and also New York City, for a week. It should be really fun.”

Vendors sold clothing and accessories of all types, including some for dolls and pets. Organic handmade products included shampoo, soaps, body lotion, lip balm, flavored vinegars and syrups, and of course, desserts. The excitement and variety of the market highlighted the creative neighborhood spirit.


“Holiday Express” train rides start today – for three weeks.
The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation brings back its very popular round trip steam train excursions between Oaks Park and OMSI for three weekends starting today – Fridays through Sundays – through December 14. If you’re near the river you’ll hear the haunting steam whistle as the mighty locomotive draws the heated passenger cars through Oaks Bottom! Details online at – or get tickets at TicketsWest, 800/325-SEAT. The trips are a fundraiser for the ORHF, to help operate the new railroad museum just east of OMSI.

“Hats Off to Frosty” performed at puppet museum.
Today at 11 am, bring the family for the puppet show “Hats Off to Frosty” at the nonprofit Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Also shows tomorrow at 4 pm, and December 7th at 4 pm. “The annual North Pole Winter Holiday Snowman Hat contest will never be the same, once Rudolph is barred from the competition. What kind of reindeer games is he up to with his new snow machine as he blows away Frosty's new hat? Zany, cute, and interactive, this new show is fun for young and old alike and will help get you into the Holiday spirit. Children get to make a snowman puppet with its very own Holiday hat after the show. Admission $7.00, ages 2-99.

Visit the Woodstock Advent Wreath-making party.
A public gathering in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, S.E. 40th at Woodstock Boulevard, at 11:30 this morning invites you to join an Advent Wreath-making party, and use evergreens and candles to make a wreath to take home for your own Holiday season table centerpiece. Cost: Free, or free-will donations. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Taizé Service today at Moreland Presbyterian Church. “During this hectic time of year, treat yourself to a simple, uplifting, meditative and mostly candle-lit service, on the last Sundays of November and December. For those who have never heard of Taizé, it is a unique ecumenical monastery in France, attracting people of many faiths from around the world. Widely known for its mission of reconciliation, the community is known as a place where kindness of heart and simplicity are at the center of everything.” Services will be held at Moreland Presbyterian Church this evening, 5.30-6.30 pm, and again on December 28 at the same time. Childcare will be available. S.E. 18th and Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.


Portland Parks offers wreaths for sale.
Decorate your door with a Winter Wreath through Portland Parks & Recreation’s “City Nature Environmental Education”. This is their 25th year of raising money to give children access to nature. The main sale location (with the biggest selection) is Mt. Tabor Yard, 6437 S.E. Division, every day from today through December 15, 10 am to 3:30 pm. Wreaths will also be available at the “Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar” at the Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 15th at Spokane Street, on Saturday December 6, and Sunday December 7. If you are interested in volunteering to decorate wreaths, and/or would like to take a wreath-making class at Mt. Tabor Yard, go online to:, or call 503/823-1149.

Michel Allen Harrison benefit concert tonight. Michael Allen Harrison, with special guest Julianne Johnson, will be making his only concert appearance in THE BEE’s service area in 2014 tonight, at St. Philip Neri Church, S.E. 18th and Division. Tickets at the door – $15 general, and $25 preferred seating. Free parking. Call 503/231-4955 for more information.

Eighth graders invited to “Discover Franklin at the Marshall Campus”. Tonight, 6-8 pm, current eighth graders are invited to attend a Franklin High preview – at the Marshall High campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Avenue. That’s because Franklin students will attend the Marshall Campus while Franklin undergoes modernization starting next fall. At this annual evening preview, incoming Franklin freshmen and their families will learn about Franklin’s nationally-recognized Advanced Scholar Program, Advanced Placement options and dual-credit program (where students earn college credit); talk with teachers from all disciplines; meet with current coaches and players from a variety of athletic teams; and see the wide array of clubs available to students. Franklin High will be modernized during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. See the Marshall Campus that will serve as Franklin High School’s home until the fully modernized school reopens in the fall of 2017; more extensive tours of the Marshall Campus will be held this spring. Visitors tonight can view a sneak peek video of what the newly modernized Franklin High will look like when it opens in September of 2017. Freshmen starting at Franklin next fall will spend their first two years at the Marshall campus, then attend the newly-modernized Franklin High School for their junior and senior years. 

Willamette View Holiday Sale today.
The annual Willamette View Holiday Sale “is not a bazaar, it is a ‘classy’ garage sale”, and it takes place 9 am to 3 pm today in the main auditorium of Willamette View retirement community just south of downtown Milwaukie at 12705 S.E. River Road. Watch for signs on River Road and Park Avenue. The public is invited, and there are over twenty-five tales loaded with bargains, priced to sell. Proceeds go to the Willamette View Foundation.

“Quiet Joy” at Brooklyn’s Sacred Heart Church. This evening at 7:30, the Sacred Heart Church, 3926 S.E. 11th in Brooklyn holds its annual “Quiet Joy” Advent service. “An evening of scripture, stories, and song”. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“Homemade for the Holidays Bazaar”.
From 9 am to 3 pm today, enjoy baked goods, homemade cookies and candies, gifts, and vendor tables at the annual “Homemade for the Holidays Bazaar” at the Trinity United Methodist Church, at S.E. 39th (Chavez) and Steele Street. Soup luncheon also available – including chicken noodle or vegetarian soup, roll, pie, coffee and tea. For more information call the church at 503/777-3901.

Boy Scout Christmas Tree sale starts today. Starting today, Boy Scout Troop 351 will be having a Christmas Tree sale in the Westmoreland Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, 6646 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The sale will be all day on weekends, and 5-9pm Monday-Friday. Proceeds are slated to help 30 boys make a trip to Maui and Oahu next summer.

Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale. The annual fundraiser for the Lewis Elementary School in Woodstock, 4401 S.E. Evergreen, is 10 am to 4 pm today, and everyone is invited to “shop, eat, and be merry!” Over 40 local vendors will be selling their handmade wares. Incredible treats at the bake sale, scrumptious soup and fresh trees and swags await you at this year’s Bazaar and tree sale.

Teens: Make decorative boxes and gift cards in Woodstock.
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to a free workshop this afternoon, 2-3 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library – S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th. Dip into a treasure trove of colorful specialty papers, ribbons, stickers and sparkles to create beautiful one-of-a-kind cards and boxes to WOW the special people in your life.

Puppet museum players in SMILE Station family show. At 3 pm this afternoon, the puppeteers from the nonprofit Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum present a free puppet show at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, as part of the Decemberville festivities in Sellwood and Westmoreland today. The puppet show is “Hats Off to Frosty”, a short Holiday comedy which is also showing at various times at the Puppet Museum.

S.E. Portland Rotary annual public “triple auction”! It’s a silent auction of hand-decorated wreaths, a silent auction, and an auction of major items with a professional auctioneer in charge, to make it fun! The evening includes dinner, and admission is only $25. It’s 5-9 pm in the gym at Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. Funds raised will be used to advance Inner Southeast assistance programs, the worldwide fight against polio, and the club’s own “Families in Crisis” program done in conjunction with Southeast’s public schools.

Second Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian.
As part of this morning’s service at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, a Christmas Pageant will be presented at 9:30 am, open to all. 

“Sing Along Messiah” at Reedwood Friends Church. Tonight at 6:30 pm, in the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church – 2901 S.E. Steele – you are invited to join the crowd for the annual “Sing Along Messiah”. Scores of the work available, and light refreshments will be served.

|“Finnegan’s” on stage tonight at Cleveland High.
Poor Mr. Finnegan: His busiest season, and the incompetent employees at his toy store are destroying his business; his wife is having an affair with the Frenchman next door; and his disobedient daughter has fallen in love with a….. musician!!!! Cleveland High’s Company of Warriors presents its Holiday Special, “Finnegan’s”, an original comedy. Celebrate the season with a delightful family show filled with music, love, and laughter! Tonight at 7 pm; also 7 pm tomorrow night and Saturday night, on stage at Cleveland High School, S.E. Powell Boulevard at 26th. Tickets at the door: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors.

“The [Recycled] Gift of the Magi” at Sellwood Library.
For kids and families, at noon today, for 45 minutes, KCPuppetree presents a new musical and interactive puppet performance focusing on friendship, sharing, and selflessness. It is Trashanalia Day, and BagMan Hank (made of recycled bags) and his best friend Egger (made mostly of egg crates) are excited to exchange gifts with each other. Neither of them, however, have any money. Instead, they offer up their favorite prized possessions, Hank’s hat and Egger’s favorite egg, in exchange. This silly homage to the classic O. Henry tale “The Gift of the Magi” is full of interactive songs, lessons on friendship and sharing, and several silly puppets made out of re-used and upcycled items. This presentation has been made possible in partnership with Tears of Joy Theatre and SCRAP. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program (11:30 am); be early, since space is limited. It’s free, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E.13th at Bidwell Street. (Also Tuesday, December 30, 1-1:45 pm, at the Woodstock Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.)

Hip Hop Toy Drive at Mt. Scott Community Center. Today from noon till 2 pm, there’s a   Hip Hop Dance Workshop at the Mt. Scott Community Center Auditorium for everyone age 14 and up – for first-timers to expert dancers. (Preceded by a Meet and Greet 11:30-noon). Bring your toy donation when you come and gain FREE admission! Hosted by DJ Rayley, regional award winning & nationally recognized dancer and choreographer. Mt. Scott Community Center is partnering for this toy drive with Portland Fire & Rescue “Toy N Joy Makers”. The Center is located at 5530 S.E. 72nd, at Harold Street.

Third Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian.
As part of this morning’s service, the decorating of the Chrismon Tree and a Wassail Party are scheduled for 9:30 am, open to all. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.

“Holiday Music and Desserts” at Reedwood Friends Church. At 6:30 pm this evening, stop by the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, for “Holiday Music and Desserts”. Bring a dessert or healthy treat of your own to share. Celebrate the season, and listen to Reedwood choirs sing.

Breakfast Forum considers warming topic.
The free monthly “Breakfast Forum” developed by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson takes place 7:30-8:30 this morning at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library at 5441 S.E. Belmont Street, with the topic for today being “Global Warming As a Positive Force?” All aspects of the topic are discussed. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group, whose members meet monthly “to learn about and discuss political and educational issues in respectful ways”. Members choose both topics and speakers. Guests welcome and no registration required. Free. For information call 503/774-9621.

Wooden Train Playtime for kids this morning in Woodstock. Children ages 2 and up (with a favorite adult) who enjoy trains can put together and run wooden trains in the Woodstock Library, 10 till 10:45 this morning. This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities. The library is situated at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Fundraiser: Four course Italian dinner!
FIRST Robotics Team 1432 is holding its annual fundraiser, a four-course Italian dinner, tonight from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Reedwood Friends Church, on S.E. Steele Street one block east of 28th. Lasagna included. An auction will follow the dinner. Only $15 per person, or $35 per family (up to five people).

For teens: “DIY Hangout – Rapid Prototyper” in Sellwood.
PDX DIY is a young makers club that fosters creative minds and a “create it instead of buy it” attitude. Draw 3-D art, build 3-D objects, and design prototypes to print on a 3-D printer. The future is here. It’s 1-3 pm this afternoon and it’s free, at the Sellwood Branch Library – for teens in grades 6-12. The library is on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

Fourth Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian.
As part of this morning’s service at Moreland Presbyterian Church, S.E. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, Special Music with Strings and Continuo will be presented at 9:30 am, open to all.

Christmas Eve at Moreland Presbyterian.
The Family Service is at 5 pm, and the Candlelight Service is at 11 pm, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, S.E. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. Open to all.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in Reed Neighborhood. The Reedwood Friends Church swings wide its doors at 6:30 this evening for a candlelight Christmas Eve service, in celebration of the birth of Christ. The service will be in the church’s Worship Center, 2901 S.E. Steele Street. Open to all. The Food Barrel will also be open for contributions, as it is at all events of the church.

Bloodmobile in Westmoreland today!
If you haven’t donated blood lately, the Holiday Season is a great time to do it…there’s always a critical need, this time of year. Today, 2-7 pm, there will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmorland. Appointments are a good idea – make yours by calling 1-800/RED-CROSS, or go online to

Kids: Make your own spectacular arcade game at Sellwood Library!
From 1 to 3 pm this afternoon, for kids and families, join Tinker Camp, and imagine, design, and create your one-of-a-kind arcade game using cardboard, recycled materials, and electronic components such as LED lights and motors. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program, starting at 12:30 pm. Be early; space is limited. It’s free, and it’s at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.


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