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|Soder Brothers opened a grocery and confectionery at the corner of Miller and S.E. 7th, hoping to garner the traffic of school children after a summer afternoon swim in the Sellwood Pool. This 1922 photo shows, in the doorway, one of the Swedes who owned their own business in Inner Southeast. This store has long since been converted into a home, but is still located across the street from Sellwood Park. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Martin)
Arriving in the 1800’s: the Swedes of Portland
By DANA BECK
Special to THE BEE
Imagine you are just 16 years old again, a young girl, and are leaving your own country to live in a land where people speak another language and have different customs and values than you are used to.
Or consider the responsibility required of you, as a young man, when your parents expected you to travel with your older brother aboard a ship setting out across the Atlantic, filled with immigrants from other European countries.
For close to seventy years many Swedish fathers, brothers, sons, and daughters – young and old – left behind the country they loved, and the family members they cherished, to forge a new life in a young upstart nation called America.
During the 1860’s Sweden, like many other European countries, was facing an economic collapse. Overpopulated, and with very little in farmland available, Swedish workers looked for alternative job opportunities. Others were seeking religious or political freedom from the authoritarian Lutheran Church of Sweden.
When newspapers began to report that the United States, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, was embarking on an industrial age, a new hope presented itself for the poorest of the poor. Cities were growing in America, railroads were extending across the country, and enterprising and energetic workers were needed to build this new nation.
With the American Civil War at an end, thousands of Swedish farmers, woodsmen, craftsmen, and fishermen left to journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World, seeking a new start in life.
Between 1850 and 1925, over 1.2 million Swedes left their homeland – settling in the American Midwest: Wisconsin, the Dakotas, and parts of Nebraska and Wyoming. But many found little opportunity or productive land there, and so they continued their quest westward, intent on finding viable acreage to settle on. The Pacific Northwest, in contrast, offered a vast richness of timber, abundant fishing waterways and fertile land.
Powell Valley and parts of Gresham east of Portland became one of the first Swedish settlements. The Fishing canneries of Astoria and the flowing waters of the Columbia River offered ideal fishing opportunities for those Swedes skilled in the maritime trade they’d learned back in the Old Country.
But backbreaking manual jobs were the only positions available for most of the newcomers. The rise of the logging industry helped boost the Oregon economy in towns like Clatskanie, Coos Bay, Bend, and Medford thanks to the sweat and muscle of Swedish laborers.
Many Swedish workers and their families had to adjust to the prejudices of small town folks, who felt immigrants were taking away jobs meant for them – while Swedish children were teased in school for the funny way they talked. With work available only in the timber and maritime industry, camp town life in the logging camps and long hours gillnetting fish along the Columbia provided both hardship and challenge for the new arrivals.
In Lars Nordstrom’s book “Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives”, the author gives a glimpse into the travels and hardships that Swedish immigrants encountered during this migration to the U.S.
He tells of Johan Einar Lindstrom, an apprenticed shoemaker in Sweden, who sought his fortune in the New World. But during the Great Depression in the 1930s, he could only find work as a logger with the privately owned Bridal Veil Timber Company.
Employees of the timber companies were required to rent housing, buy groceries, pay utilities and spend any discretionary income at the company-owned store. His son Nils Lindstrom recalls, “On January 2, 1931, Dad received 25 cents in pay for 93½ hours of work – which was all that remained, after everything he owed the company had been taken out.”
As timber jobs became sparse and fish canneries started to close down, many Swedes moved to Portland, where they became proficient in the building and construction industry. They hired on as longshoremen, and applied for a variety of maritime jobs along the Portland waterfront.
Swedish neighborhoods began forming around the northeast parts of Portland in the Albina, Irvington, and Overlook districts, and the men became proficient as carpenters, painters, plasterers, cabinetmakers, and stonemasons.
Swedes were hired for the building of the Ross Island Bridge in the mid 1920s.
Shoemaker, postmaster, and later real estate agent, Oscar H. Wallberg moved to Sellwood with his wife Matilada Soderberg-Wallberg in 1888, from their home in Illinois. Their first house was built on the banks of the Willamette River on Umatilla Street, where Oscar opened up a shoe store.
Sellwood, then, was a small community of only 775 people, and the townsfolk had such confidence in this extraordinary Swede that he served seven years as Postmaster of the Sellwood Post Office on 13th Street. He not only spent the rest of his life in the community, but always had a home on his cherished Umatilla Street.
Swedish families accepted their new country quickly, mastering the English language and encouraging their children to participate in local social and sporting events. While English was always spoken outside of their homes, Swedish was still spoken in the privacy of their homes when visitors were gone.
These Scandinavian immigrants brought with them many of their cultural values and traditions to share with their new American friends. The Mid-Summer Celebration, Easter Holiday, and Christmas were just a few of the celebrations in which Swedish foods, folk dances, and lively singing and music were offered for all who attended.
Swedish festivals were held at Gladstone Park, and later at Viking Park near the Sandy River at the end of the Stark Street Bridge. However, by the 1950’s, Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood had become the favored location where visitors could take part in wrestling matches, yodeling contests, and listening to Knusel’s Orchestra.
Another person of Swedish extraction, who has become notable in his field, is Jonas G. Nordwall – born and raised in Sellwood. His father, Jonas Olaf Nordwall, had emigrated from Sweden when he was just fifteen years old. His mother, Wilda Anna Johnson Nordwall, grew up on a farm in Fisher, Washington, near present day Fourth Plain Avenue in Vancouver, Washington.
“We lived in our own Swedish compound on 8th and Nehalem in Sellwood,” Nordwall reflected. “My cousins Ivar Carlson and Greta Mantz lived on Spokane Street, and her other cousin Eric Carlson lived next door.” Influenced by the Swedish music in his youth, Jonas Nordwall is recognized throughout the United States and internationally as a renowned virtuoso organist.
Linnea Lodge, Harmoni Lodge, Nobel Lodge, and Alberta Lodge were all built by Swedish carpenters as social and learning centers for newly-arriving Swedes and already-resident Scandinavians to share the traditions they left behind .
The popular Norse Hall at 11th and N.E. Couch opened in October of 1928, and many Scandinavian dances were held there every Saturday night. The Henry Sjolins Orchestra hosted many of these social events, and countless couples admitted it was on the dance floor where they met and later married their first love.
Swedish pancakes and Swedish meat balls have now become Swedish/American food favorites, introduced by the women of the Old Country. But other traditional foods enjoyed by those of Scandinavian extraction but not as widely accepted by Americans of other heritages include rice porridge, pickled herring, lutefisk, saffron buns, potato dumplings, and cardamom rolls.
Membership in the Scandinavian lodges steadily declined as many Swedes volunteered for the military. While many halls and lodges were forced to close down, many Scandinavian-themed events still take place today.
For those who have a bit of Swedish heritage, or are just interested in Scandinavian traditions and foods, here are a few festivals to visit: The Midsummer Celebration is held annually at Oaks Park, and the Scan Faire starts the first week-end of December, taking place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Norse Hall at N.E. 11th and Couch is one of the few lodges still providing dances and festivals for those wishing to enjoy a taste of traditional Swedish music, folk dancing, and choral singing.
|Library Administrator Jenna Scott poses by an historic photo of the first Sellwood Branch Library, established in 1905. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)
Sellwood and Woodstock Libraries celebrate 150th birthday
By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE
Here’s a conundrum: Both of these Inner Southeast Libraries – Sellwood-Moreland, and Woodstock – are 150 years old, and yet the communities in which they are located are nowhere near that old! How can that be?
There’s a simple explanation. On February 15, all branches of the Multnomah County Library all over Portland celebrated the library’s 150th birthday. Each celebrated in its own way. In Sellwood, the historic branch focused on its rich history of five different locations in a little over a century.
The Sellwood-Moreland Branch’s party was called “150 Years of Library Love” – in which visitors were invited to sample cookies and crafts, write a love letter to the library, and create a goody bag for free erasers, mints, and shiny silver pencils. Historic photographs of all five sequential Sellwood Branch Library sites were posted on the classroom walls, and Administrator Jenna Scott gave visitors historic data about her branch.
“The first Sellwood Branch Library was located in a storefront at 613 Umatilla Street,” she revealed. “It opened in 1905 with just 100 books. This was the first public library branch of the Multnomah County Library, although it was initially referred to as a ‘reading room’. By 1907 it had grown to hold a thousand volumes.”
But, the library moved on. The second location of the Sellwood Library operated from 1909-1915 at 570 Tacoma Street, and in 1915 the library moved to 582 S.E. Nehalem Street, where it remained until 1967. That address eventually changed to 1406 S.E. Nehalem, and the building can still be seen next to the Thrifty Cottage, across from St. Agatha's Church.
By the middle of the 20th Century, the Sellwood Library’s book circulation rate was considered to be one of the highest in Portland.
In 1965, local support from businesses and school children resulted in a new, larger library branch built at 7904 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. This fourth site served the public until 2001, when burgeoning library resources combined with building system deterioration indicated that a new, fifth location was needed.
The current brick Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library opened as part of a mixed-use commercial site at 7860 S.E. 13th Avenue – the triumphant reclamation of a hazmat site, on which a metal plating business had been located.
With inviting ground floor windows, a bank of computers, and an automated checkout system, the current Sellwood Library offers reading and research firmly placed in the technological era, yet embracing the past.
It’s a little-known fact that the only official archive of THE BEE is located in the Sellwood Branch Library. It may not be entirely complete, but it is the most complete archive of this newspaper that there is.
|Members of the Mitchell, Kenworthy, and Bryant families pose on Captain Schuyler C. Mitchell’s vessel, in the Portland harbor in about 1917. (Photo courtesy of Sid Bryant, SMILE History collection)
Sellwood’s past reflected in historic photograph
By EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS
for THE BEE
My new year began in early January attending a memorial service for the last member of the Kenworthy family of Sellwood.
Pauline (Erikson) was one of three children of Beulah and Walter C. Kenworthy, the community’s trusted undertaker from 1913-1929. The funeral parlor that Walter built in 1913 still stands on the northeast corner of Thirteenth and Bidwell Streets, across the street from the library. The family lived in a house just east of the business – at the time separated by an empty lot where the neighborhood children played (Mr. Kenworthy’s career was summarized in the February, 2007 issue of THE BEE).
The family’s two daughters, Ella and Pauline (born in 1913), were followed by a brother named Walter. In the accompanying photograph Mr. and Mrs. Kenworthy are the fourth and fifth from the left in the back row. Family members speculate that Beulah’s position in this group photo was because her son’s arrival was imminent, and evidence of his mother’s condition was considered indelicate and not to be photographed in those days.
The two Kenworthy sisters, who inherited their mother’s deep red hair, are shown in the front. Pauline, on the far right, in a pristine white dress and large hair bow, appears restless despite her hand being firmly gripped by Novia Mitchell. Four-year-old Pauline appears ready to bolt, her high energy level being one of her lifelong personality traits.
Family members who spoke about Pauline at her service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, stated that she always had a mind of her own. At the age of five she persuaded her “boyfriend” to walk her to the Willamette River so they could dangle their feet in the water. That they reached their destination is a testament to Pauline’s determination, but it is also a reminder of the absence of traffic and apparent freedom of children to wander in the neighborhood then.
Perhaps the children were apprehended by Schuyler C. Mitchell, a steamboat captain (far left, back row) who also lived on Bidwell Street and was obviously a family friend. A few years later, Pauline appeared as the Statue of Liberty on Sellwood’s community-sponsored and fabricated float in the Portland Rose Festival Parade. She also played the piano (and her sister sang) at some of the services at the Kenworthy Funeral Parlor.
A major upheaval in the children’s lives occurred when their mother Beulah died abruptly in January, 1922, following surgery. Their father soon remarried and, according to descendents, the stepmother was unkind to the children and the household was an unhappy one. Conditions at home or the beginning of the Great Depression in October, 1929, may have been the impetus for Pauline leaving school. It was also at this time that her father had to sell the modern mortuary he had built just seven years earlier in Westmoreland (later Wilhelm’s, and now Relish Gastropub restaurant).
However, Pauline forged ahead with her life, finding employment as a ladies hosiery clerk at Lipman Wolf & Company, one of downtown Portland’s prominent department stores. In an era before self-serve shopping, women’s silk stockings were stored in shallow cardboard boxes stacked behind a sales counter. At the customer’s request, the female employee would open the tissue paper and carefully insert her hand into the stocking to display the color and sheen of the merchandise.
Pauline was later employed for many years as payroll clerk in the nursing department at the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU). Her husband Roy was a builder, and Pauline helped with sales by furnishing his completed homes to make them attractive to potential buyers. By all accounts she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, who enjoyed family gatherings at her home, where she served “a superb daiquiri”. She loved to travel and read, and this latter activity helped make her an indomitable Scrabble player.
A house with history
A different example of longevity is offered in a follow-up to previous stories on the earliest houses in Westmoreland. An e-mail was received from Joan Anderson, who with her husband Jon continues to live in the house which has been in her family since its construction in 1913. It was built by her grandfather, Dair Sproul, and was subsequently the family home of Joan’s father Robert O. Sproul.
Dair was from Ohio and worked in the Brooklyn train yard, while his son Robert was employed as business manager for the Reynolds School District. Joan and her siblings were raised there, and attended Llewellyn School and Cleveland High. When Joan was in the eighth grade her mother died, and when her father remarried the family moved to northwest Portland for some years. Her father kept the house, but rented it to college students and later to Joan and some of her women friends.
When Joan and Jon married in 1981 they initially lived at S.E. 16th and Spokane Street. After the arrival of two children they asked to purchase the family home from her father, and did. The Andersons have lived in the Craftsman-style Four Square since that time and hope to pass it along to other family members.
Except for a kitchen remodel in the 1970’s and the removal of a small back porch, the three-bedroom home retains almost all of its original features. This includes unusual gas light fixtures in the ceilings and in the dining room wall sconces. These were later electrified, but because the rooms were originally lit with gas, there were no electrical outlets in the walls.
Until the late 1950’s the house was heated with a sawdust-fueled furnace. It has coved ceilings, built-in bookshelves on either side of the living room fireplace, and a handsome staircase rising to the second floor.
This writer would enjoy hearing from any local residents whose home has remained in the same family for one hundred years, or possibly longer. Contact me through THE BEE.
|By joining together in the center of the stage, these Chinese New Year Lions spread strength, wisdom, and happiness. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Dancing lions welcome “Year of the Horse” to Southeast
By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE
Although the actual start of the Chinese New Year was on January 31 this year, many smaller celebrations were scheduled for the early in February. Sadly, many of them were cancelled due to our brief, yet intense, snow and ice storm then.
However, it’s lately been the tradition of Portland Community College Southeast Center to schedule what they called their “Asian New Year” – more specifically, the “Lunar New Year” – on President’s Day; this year that made it February 17.
Unlike those who use the Gregorian calendar to mark the start of the New Year on January 1, the Lunar New Year is set for the first day, of the first month, of the lunar calendar. In some cultures, this celebration goes on for days on end.
Again this year, the colorful PCC observance was held in McGuire Auditorium on the Warner Pacific College campus, just west of the PCC Southeast Center on Division Street at S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses.
“It’s a nice event for our community,” remarked this year’s Asian New Year Celebration Committee Chair, Naomi Barbos.
“It’s a great way to engage the students with the neighbors. It is family-friendly,” Barbos told THE BEE. “With this, we honor and promote the diversity of the Asian cultures here in East Portland.”
As participants entered the auditorium, they queued up for a lunch of teriyaki chicken, Asian vegetables, and rice.
PCC Southeast Center President Dr. Jessica Howard smiled, “We are very honored and proud to host this celebration of Asian cultures. This is an annual tradition for us. It more than underscores our support of our diverse and rich community.”
Taking to the auditorium’s stage, Dr. Howard welcomed the incoming guests and participants, and introduced politicians, dignitaries, and community leaders in the room.
According to speakers at the event, it was during the Chinese Han dynasty that animals became associated with a twelve-year cycle. 2014 is the “Year of the Horse”, a period of increased strength, independence, and good cheer.
The resonating beat of large drums and the clang of hand cymbals marked the start of the colorful “Lion Dance”. This year, the N. W. Dragon & Lion Dance Association brought three lively dancing lions to the celebration.
The three lions performed on the stage, but also pranced through the audience, spreading – according to Chinese tradition – strength, wisdom, and happiness for the New Year.
As is their custom, they gave away door prizes, donated by area businesses. The afternoon also included cultural dances performed by Woodstock Elementary School “Chinese Immersion” students.
By mid-afternoon, the celebration was over and the celebrants had left, having officially welcomed in this Asian New Year.
|Two volunteers at the annual Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Rummage Sale – Julie Wallace, of Wallace Books in Westmoreland, and Cyndi Redmond – help PTA Co-President, Gina Ballard. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Snow delays annual Lewis Elementary rummage sale
By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE
After the announced date for the annual Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Rummage Sale was cancelled by snow and ice, volunteers got the word out that their fundraiser would take place a week later, on February 15. And the crowds came.
The school’s gymnasium was transformed into a “pickers bazaar” filled with all kinds of goods, clothing, and – this year – a fresh-baked-goods table.
“This is the third largest fundraiser that we do for the school,” said the school’s PTA co-president, Gina Ballard. “We have all the families bringing goods, and we resell them to the public.”
Some thirty volunteers were working to put on the rummage sale, because it’s for a good purpose, Ballard told THE BEE. “The money goes into our PTA general fund. We use it to pay for after-school activities, and also special projects, like our ‘Learning Garden’.
“We fund these projects because schools can’t pay for everything anymore,” Ballard explained.
With that, she and other volunteers returned to cashing out customers as shoppers lined up with their newfound treasures.
“Body Recall” class for seniors starts today. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood announces “Body Recall Exercise for Seniors” classes starting this afternoon – “recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging”. Spring classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, starting today, in the gym at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 SE 15th. The cost is $50 for eight weeks of classes, and it is not necessary to register ahead of time.
Woodstock Pancake Supper this afternoon. Trinity United Methodist Church invites the community to its Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 4:30-6:30 pm this afternoon, featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Free Will Offering rather than a charge. It’s at the church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street.
“Social Security Planning for Baby Boomers.” Social Security is far more complicated than most people realize. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime. Learn the answers to your questions: Will Social Security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on in retirement? This informative seminar at the Woodstock Branch Library covers the basics of Social Security, and reveals innovative strategies for maximizing your benefits. Free. 5:30-7:30 pm this evening. The Woodstock Library is situated on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 49th.
“Bunny’s Garden” on Ladybug Theater stage. Bunny and friends begin their spring garden in this 45-minute performance of the famous Ladybug Theater for families and kids of all ages, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Doors open at 10:15, play begins at 10:30 am. Another performance in a week, on March 12, same place and time. Admission $4 for all; please leave your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay with cash or check at the door.
Stacy at Woodstock meeting. Metro Councilor Bob Stacey makes an appearance at tonight's general meeting of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, at 7 pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue. Councilor Stacey will introduce himself to the Woodstock neighborhood and provide an opportunity to discuss any of Metro’s projects that he's connected to, that people may have interest in. If you live, work or own a business in Woodstock, you are automatically a member of the neighborhood association. All are welcome. To learn more, go online to: http://www.woodstockpdx.org.
TriMet talks future bus service. At the March SMILE General Public Meeting, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, TriMet will be present to discuss plans for bus service – particularly for north Westmoreland – once the new light rail line is opened and operating. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm, and is open to the public.
Talking about ventriloquism at Sellwood museum. This evening at 7:30 and again Sunday at 4 pm, you’re invited to a session called “Ventriloquism with Dave Miller” at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. “Spend a fascinating session with Dave Miller as he does some ‘venting’, talks ‘story’, entertains you with his ventriloquism talents, and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at American ventriloquism. Call 503/233-7723 for information – or go online to: http://www.puppetmuseum.com.
Naturescaping Site Planning Workshop. Previous participants of the “Naturescaping Basics” workshop presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District should be interested in this workshop, intended to guide you through the steps of planning your project and preparing a site plan, using naturescaping techniques. The workshop is 9 am to 1 pm today at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street at 39th (Chavez). Register online at: http://www.emscwd.org. Registration is required, and space is limited.
Preschool Open House in Sellwood. At 10 am this morning at the Sellwood Community Center, 1436 S.E Spokane Street, parents and children are invited to the Preschool Open House. Classes for children ages 2-1/2 to 5. Stop in and meet the experienced teachers, and check out the cheerful classrooms. It’s a great opportunity to get all of your questions answered. Open registration starts on March 17th at 8:30 am at the Sellwood Community Center.
Brooklyn garden planning meeting. Come to the first Brooklyn Community Orchard and Garden planning meeting at Sacred Heart Villa, 3925 SE Milwaukie Avenue, 7-8:30pm. The Brooklyn Action Corps Neighborhood Association seeks public input to develop the triangular lot bounded by S.E. 16th, 17th & Pershing Streets into a community fruit orchard and raised garden bed site for the public and for people with disabilities. TriMet, the current site owner, supports the Orchard-Garden idea. Bring your dreams and visions for the proposed Brooklyn Orchard Garden!
“Underwater Adventure” puppet show is all wet. This morning at 10:30, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Theater in Sellwood presents the Dragon Theater Puppets in “The Underwater Adventure”, featuring puppets performing “under real water”! Shawnery Connery tells all about the sea creatures while a small seahorse and a sting ray escape from sharks, jellyfish, angler fish, and the most deadly thing in the sea – pollution! Their friends Manta Ray, a dolphin, puffer fish, octopus and many other sea life come together to help them as well as to celebrate life in the sea. It takes place at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Call 503/233-7723 for information – or go online to: http://www.puppetmuseum.com.
St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival at St. Agatha. Today it’s the 16th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, at St. Agatha Catholic School in Sellwood – followed by the annual St. Patrick’s Festival. A 5k Fun Run will kick-off the festival at 11 am; at noon, join hundreds of families wearing their green with children on decorated bikes, scooters and wagons as they parade through the main streets of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood beginning and ending at St. Agatha Catholic School. Then, children of all ages will enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with cakewalk. Under the heated tent festival attendees will hear live music from the Clackamas Fire Fighters Pipes & Drum; Hyatus; Other entertainment includes Irish dancers. Enjoy an authentic Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner, corned beef sandwiches, Irish sausage rolls and many more delicious foods. In the evening, Ireland’s famous Guinness beer will be flowing along with Widmer Brewing favorites. It’s at St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 S.E. 15th. For schedule and more information, visit: http://www.stagathaschoolpdx.us/stpatrick.html -- or call 503 234-5500.
“Adventures in Ventriloquism”. This afternoon at 4 pm, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum presents “Adventures in Ventriloquism with Chuck Mott” – an interactive and entertaining program exploring the how-to of ventriloquism. Featuring a live performance, Q & A, and an opportunity to try your own hand (and lips) at “venting”, yourself. Everything you ever wanted to know about ventriloquism but were afraid to ask. The featured guest speaker/performer is Chuck Mott, a local ventriloquist, puppeteer, and magician for over twenty years. It takes place at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Call 503/233-7723 for information – or go online to: http://www.puppetmuseum.com.
Ladybug Theater: “Baby Bear and the Three Pigs”. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids and families presents “Baby Bear and the Three Pigs” in a 45-minute performance of the famous Ladybug Theater for families and kids of all ages, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Doors open at 10:15, play begins at 10:30 am. Another performance in a week, on March 26, same place and time. Admission $4 for all; please leave your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay with cash or check at the door.
“Down-zoning north Westmoreland” at SMILE Board Mtg. At tonight’s SMILE Board meeting, City of Portland representatives will return to discuss their preliminary proposal for down-zoning part of northern Westmoreland in the new Portland Comprehensive Plan. All northern Westmoreland property owners are encouraged to attend this important meeting. It will be held at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino (a block south of Tacoma Street) in Sellwood, at 7:30 pm tonight.
“Breakfast Forum” meets in Mt. Tabor. This morning, 7:30-8:30 am, the monthly Southeast Breakfast Forum meets at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, Taborspace Coffeehouse, 5441 S.E. Belmont. Topic: David M. Tver offers a critique of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Members choose both topics and speakers. Free. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.
“The Cat Drum” at Sellwood Library. “The Cat Drum” is a story from the Caribbean about how the cat got its purr. “Sean’s Shadows” is a dynamic combination of storytelling, shadow puppetry, world music, and a love for reading and books. Shadow puppet theater is found all over the world, and has been performed for hundreds of generations. Sean’s mission is to entertain, educate, and help maintain this ancient art in a fun and engaging manner. Since space is limited, free tickets for seating at today’s family show will be available 30 minutes before the program, at 11:30 am, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Show starts at noon and lasts 45 minutes.
“Legos at the Sellwood Library”. “Legos at the Library” invites kids to bring your mad Lego skills to the Sellwood Branch Library, and let your imagination flow. Each month, build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. Free. For March, it’s this afternoon, 3-4 pm. The library is situated at S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
Basket Weaving for everyone, in Woodstock. The whole family is invited to join papercraft artist Sarah Fagan for “eco-friendly basket weaving”. Basket armatures will be crafted from recycled cardstock, with the woven strands coming from a variety of repurposed sources, like magazines, road maps, and old sheet music. The final products are perfect for holding eggs, wildflowers, or other spring treasures. Free, 2-3:30 pm this afternoon in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.
Early Spring Veggie-Starts Sale. The Early Spring Edibles Plant Sale returns to the Sellwood-Westmoreland community today, 9 am to 3 pm, at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue, at Tenino Street. OSU Extension Multnomah County Master Gardeners will be selling an array of local organically-grown early spring vegetable starts at very reasonable prices. You’ll find heirlooms to hybrids – Asian greens, beets, broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, leeks, lettuces, onions, peas, and more! Varieties offered are those that thrive here in our cool, sometimes soggy spring soils. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer your home gardening questions. To preview a list and descriptions of the veggie starts being offered go online: http://www.metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/plantsale
Get your veggie garden off to a smart start this spring. In conjunction with their Early Spring Edibles Plant Sale, Multnomah County Master Gardeners will be giving two mini smart-start presentations on Veggie Gardening 101 today at 10:30am and 12:30pm, at the SMILE Station, 8210 S.E 13th Avenue. Learn essential tips and tricks for successfully growing vegetables. Presentations are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual rhododendron and daffodil show. Today and tomorrow, April 5th and 6th, the Daffodil Society, and the Portland chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, join to present their annual show and sale of both types of blooms. The show is today 10-5, and tomorrow noon till 5. The sale is 9-5 both days. The location is at the Portland Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th just north of Woodstock Boulevard, on the west side of the Reed College campus, and it is open to the public.
“Mardi Gras in April” CHS fundraiser tonight. This evening, 6-9 pm, the Cleveland High School Foundation presents its annual benefit event – this year, “Mardi Gras in April” – at St. Philip Neri Church’s Carvlin Hall, 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue near Division Street. “You don’t have to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras fun, as the CHS Foundation is bringing Bourbon Street to you! You'll feast on red beans and rice (please specify either meat or vegetarian preference when purchasing ticket), salad, garlic bread, one beverage (beer or glass of wine), and dessert. Water, coffee, and tea also provided. Your ticket also enters your name in the drawing for door prizes, including: Batches of homemade frozen gumbo, CDs of New Orleans jazz, New Orleans Saints T-shirt, King’s Cake, and Popeye's gift certificates. Live music provided by CHS jazz musicians. Cost is $25.00 ($30 at door). Tickets on sale now at CHS, or e-mail Mary Kay West at: email@example.com.
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