Community Features

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SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Hold your hat: The millineries of Southeast Portland

hats
This 1926 photo taken at the Eastside Lumber Mill shows the unique character and the different styles of hats chosen by the men of millwork. (Photo courtesy of SMILE History Committee collection)

By DANA BECK
Special to THE BEE

As early as the 1800’s, the Oregon country has played a major role in contributing to the fashion and style of hats and clothing of Western Europeans. 

Matten, fox, otter, and mink hides were used in the manufacturing of English gentlemen’s coats and vests – while the top hat makers of France, Spain, and Italy were in need of the rich pelts for the latest style of men’s top hats.

When the woolier mammals were depleted from over-trapping and hunting in Russia’s sub arctic regions, the Northwest and Canada became the ideal spots for filling the needs of empty European warehouses.

Englishman George Simpson, Governor of the Hudson Bay Company, set about establishing a trading post in the Northwest. On March 19th, 1825, the flags of Fort Vancouver where raised, proclaiming to the nation that British sovereignty on the West Coast should not be challenged.

Native Americans, American mountain men, and French Canadian trappers were hired to hunt and provide an ample supply of pelts and hides. The beaver proved to be one of the most desirable of furs requested by the fashion designers and their clients.

The Hudson Bay Company controlled nearly 78% of the world’s fur trade, and the Oregon beaver was on the brink of becoming extinct. In one year alone, nearly 160,000 beaver skins were shipped to various markets and distributors. But thanks to a Chinese hatmaker, a visiting British dignitary, and a teenie weenie worm, the fate of the beaver and the history of hat manufacturing were completely changed.

According to Alyce Cornyn-Selby, curator at the nation’s largest Hat Museum, it was then that Englishman M. Bota, on a trip to China, was looking for a shop to repair his expensive but well-worn fur felt top hat. Upon entering a local hattery, he glimpsed a newer hat than his that the Chinese hatmaker said was made from the silk of worms. When he returned to his homeland, the silkworm top hat became the latest craze: Hat manufacturers had found a cheaper product to use, and the beaver was saved, later to be named the Oregon State Mammal.

Between 1840 and 1890 the fur trade drastically declined and the Hudson Bay Company was forced to close down, pack up, and move on further north into Canada. As the British exited, the Americans arrived, settling in communities on the south side of the Columbia River. Portland, Oregon City, and Milwaukie were still mere frontier towns vying for the merchant trade, and jockeying to see which one would become the major river port city in the northwest.

Hats here were few and far between. Pioneer women arriving from the Midwest wore homespun prairie bonnets made of fabric or straw, for convenience and ease instead of for fashion. The male Farmers and homesteaders desired hats made of leather, fur, felt, and straw, to keep the sun out of their eyes and the dust off the top of their foreheads.

Only the very successful merchants, prominent businessmen, politicians, and high society couples wore hats of any distinction – and they resided and conducted business only on the west side of the Willamette.  

“A lot of who you were and what you did was communicated by what you wore on your head,” explains Mrs. Cornyn-Selby, who gives regular tours in the National Hat Museum, which is filled with over 160 years of women’s hats. “From fireman to soldier, from postal worker to prominent businessman, everyone knew by the look and style of your hat your classification in society or what you did, and if you couldn’t afford a hat you were considered the lowest of the low in society.”

At the start of the 20th Century, fashion was gaining ground in Portland. As the middle class began to emerge, and people had more time for leisure and more discretionary income, hats and glamorous dresses began appearing on the streets of Portland. Mrs. Cornyn-Selby comments that “A woman didn’t step outside without wearing a hat.”  

It seemed that everyone wanted to be as fashionable and stylish as couples back on the east coast, and abroad in London and Paris. Portland wasn’t just a frontier town anymore, thanks especially to the Lewis and Clark World Exposition in 1905 – responsible for changing the reputation of Portland from a small bumpkin town to an elite destination for socialites.  

With over one million visitors arriving from around the world for the Expo, the Rose City’s townspeople were about to witness fashion designs from every point on the globe. Hats, gloves, and gowns that they’d only seen in the Ladies Home Journal would be on display at every event in the city, including at the newly opened Oaks Amusement Park on the eastern shore of the Willamette River.

One of the hat hallmarks of this time was a wild variety of ladies’ hats that imitated birds. Feathers were an adornment typically used in the decorative theme of each hat, and over 400 feather shops were open in Paris alone, as revealed in the National Hat Museum’s guide.

In the following few years after the closure of the Portland’s 1905 World Exposition, the city had over twenty new millineries lining the avenues downtown, and the big Meier and Frank department store had a separate section where ladies could buy over a thousand different beads, feathers, pearls, shells, and other assorted objects with which to decorate their hats.

The wearing of a hat in that era was as important part of Portland’s everyday life. You didn’t leave your house without a hat on your head, and there was a good reason why. Mrs. Cornyn-Selby states that “It was considered poor hygiene to appear outside in public bare-headed.”

That’s because lye soap, or a combination of egg whites and borax, were the only ways to wash your hair. Shampoo and easy hair cleaning products weren’t available until the 1930’s. You still had to visit a beauty shop to have your hair professionally washed and dried, since hand-held hair blowers were still decades away – only becoming available by the 1970’s.

Women in the Inner Southeast Portland area had few working opportunities outside the home in 1910. Single ladies could apply to become a teacher, while other occupations might include becoming a nurse or working on the assembly line of the Oregon Worsted Wool Company at Tacoma and 22nd Avenue. The majority of women still did not work outside the home.

However, now, the millinery business (the making of women’s hats) was beginning to provide women with the ability of becoming independent business owners. Mesdames Ballou and Holland announced in THE BEE the manufacturing of forms for ladies wishing to sew their own clothes.

Many ladies started making and selling hats and women’s clothing from the convenience of their own homes. Stay-at-home mothers, or ladies less-skilled in sewing, could save time and the cost of shopping downtown by ordering a dress locally on 13th Avenue. Miss Florence Harmon’s Millinery, the Needlecraft, the Sellwood Millinery, and the Bishop Brothers, offered a variety of scarves, hats, waistcoats, dress patterns, jabots, and corsets equal to the big department stores and specialty shops elsewhere.

The Bonnette Millinery advertised the M and K corset and the Labella corset made to order for portly women – satisfaction guaranteed!

Until the 1930’s, the design and size of new cars was predicated on the style of hats. Large-brimmed frilly hats adorned with feathers and decorations were a hazard when riding in open cars in the early 1910’s. Riding hats, gear, and accessories, were available but not very fashionable or popular for very long. Autos needed sufficient space inside the car for a man and his lady passenger to wear a hat without its being crushed.
 
The hat industry suffered severely during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Few jobs, less money, and many unemployed people, led to a population that couldn’t afford the luxury of a fashionable hat. That outdated hat hanging in the hall closet had to suffice.

Work hats for men and children were being mass-produced by machines, and hat makers and millenaries were no longer in great demand. Citizens could buy a cheap no-frills hat at Brills Haberdashery in Sellwood or Klappers, the corner store at Powell Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue.

Additionally, during the Great Depression, the country was in the mode of saving and recycling to support the war. Wearing expensive fashion was looked upon with disdain among the public (except for private socialite engagements).

The movie industry in Hollywood in the 1940’s revitalized fashion, and young ladies and debonair college men wanted to dress like, imitate, and resemble the latest popular actress or actor.

Humphrey Bogart in his classic Fedora hat, or Frank Sinatra pictured in his Trilby worn at an angle, were fashionable among men. For the ladies, Lucille Ball (a popular character actress in the movies before her huge TV success) or Marlene Dietrich were seen on the screen or in tabloids wearing the latest design by Lilly Dache.

The turban hat full of fruit and leaves that Carmen Miranda was famous for wearing never became quite an acceptable style for women, however.

The Top hat is probably the most recognizable hat that people today have never worn. Abraham Lincoln is probably the most famous President associated with the top hat, and how many of us have seen the top hat worn on the heads of a coachman or carriage drivers in depiction of galas and gatherings of the rich and famous in the 1920’s!

Other noteworthy top hat icons are all fictional: Uncle Sam, Mr. Peanut, and Frosty the Snowman. On the other hand, what movie star of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s performing in topcoat, cane, and tap shoes – like Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, or Gene Kelly – wouldn’t include the debonair black top hat?

With the 1950’s, teenagers and college students lost interest in wearing hats. Hair styles, make-up, and the newest hair products and perfumes were the in thing, and the latest fads in hats never reached their former popularity. It wouldn’t be until the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in England that hats have started an apparent resurgence.

Hats are becoming a common fashion today, and no matter what style or type of hat you prefer to wear - from Pork Pies to Bowlers, from Trilbys to Homburgs - you can enrich your knowledge of hats or just enjoy the historical background of over 1,000 hats at The Hat Museum. Sounds like it should be in the nation's capitol, but it isn’t – it’s right here in Inner Southeast, just north of Powell Boulevard, in Ladd's Addition!

However, you might want to save up a bit if you want to visit, and perhaps put together a group! The Hat Museum is located at 1928 S.E. Ladd Avenue at the Ladd-Reingold House; the phone number is 503/232-0433; and you can visit it online at: http://www.thehatmuseum.com.

The catch is that the Hat Museum is not open to the general public – but private tours can be arranged, at $75.00 per tour, for a group of up to 6 – and reservations ARE required!



Franklin High School, The Sound of Music
Franklin High student actors gather before they rehearse a group dance number from their early April musical, “The Sound of Music”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Sound of Music” comes alive at Franklin High

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

The Franklin High School (FHS) performing arts departments are more robust than ever, training students in music, dance, and drama.

The community is invited to enjoy the results of the instruction, when the musical play “The Sound of Music” opens in the FHS Theater on April 4.

So talented are the student actors who tried out for lead roles, for example, that the key part of “Maria” will be played, in alternating performances, by both Tina Albright and Haley McKinnon, instead of one of them being relegated to the role of understudy.

Franklin High Theater Instructor and the show's director Josh Forsythe told THE BEE, “We chose to present ‘The Sound of Music’ for a couple of different reasons.  One is that we really like the songs. We think the songs provide beautiful music.

“And the other is the story line,” Forsythe continued. “This story embodies a sense of how important art and music is in people’s lives. It shows how healing music and arts are, demonstrated over and over when it ‘goes away’; and then returns.”

First staged in 1959, this show, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and based on the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp.

It features the story of the von Trapp Family Singers, and features musical “standards”, such the title song “The Sound of Music”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “My Favorite Things”, and “Climb Ev'ry Mountain”.

So plan now to see Quaker student actors in “The Sound of Music” when it opens at 7 p.m on April 4. It also plays in the evening on April 5, and April 11 and 12. And, there’s a special Family Matinee performance on April 6 at 2 pm.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and can be obtained at the FHS Student Store, and at the FHS Theater Box Office in the lobby, which opens a half hour before the curtain rises.



Junior Lego League, FIRST
Dad Dan Bryan watches with pride as his kindergartener son, Max Bryan, demonstrates the effect of a tsunami to Cathy Swider of the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Junior Lego League for little learners takes over OMSI

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

Kindergarten through third grade students came in droves to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), on the east bank of the Willamette River just north of the Ross Island Bridge, on March 8 and 9 to participate in the Junior FIRST Lego League Expo.

“This is the newest program of the FIRST [that’s an acronym: “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”] programs, to introduce the youngest students to the exciting worlds of science and technology,” said Cathy Swider of the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program.

Just like the original FIRST Lego League, this program features a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination, Swider told THE BEE. “Young participants are guided by adult coaches, as they work with LEGO elements and moving parts to create solutions, and then present solutions for the challenge.”

Over that March weekend, 100 teams of kids came to OMSI, toting their devices, and the display boards illustrating the science their project represents.

“This year’s theme is ‘Disaster Blaster’,” Swider explained. “All of the teams are building models to show something about how a natural disaster would look before, during, or after it occurs. This includes topics like tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and wildfires.”

After the first 25 teams left, and the second teams came into OMSI’s auditorium, Swider observed, “Tornadoes seem to be very popular this year.”

In addition to building a model, and creating a graphic display board, the youngsters also must answer questions put to them by reviewers, all whom are high school First Tech Challenge Team members.

“At the end of the day, this is not a competition, it is a showcase,” Swider said. “This is usually their initial opportunity to participate in one of the FIRST programs. Everyone goes home with the medallion and a certificate, and a good ‘elbow bump’ to say they did a good job.”

Find out more the Junior FIRST Lego League at the Oregon website: http://www.ortop.org.



Nancie Mann, SE Art Walk
From large objects to tiny ones, artist Nancie Mann produces colorful fused glass art. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Southeast artists shine, on blustery weekend

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

The weather could have been less blustery for the annual Southeast Area ARTwalk on March 1st and 2nd this year – but four of the artists visited by THE BEE that weekend said that those squalls of near-freezing wind-blown rain didn’t dampen the spirits of many folks who braved the weather to meet the local artists and see their work.

Meet three artists, and the event’s originator, on THE BEE’s tour of the 2014 Southeast Area ARTwalk....


Artist: Nancie Mann
Location: S.E. Franklin Street
Medium: Fused Glass
Company: Red Thread Functional Fused Glass
Contact: nanciem3@peoplepc.com

Now retired from a career as a Special Education teacher, Nancie Mann continues her life-long enjoyment of creative pursuits. “I’ve done art projects since I was a little bitty kid. I’ve always loved art.” 

Describing her style as “pretty eclectic, with a lot of whimsy thrown in”, Mann told THE BEE she loves best the medium of glass. “I like the way light works with it; and I also like that one can create many different things with it. It’s magic!”

All of her works start out with a sheet of glass, Mann explained. “I cut it up pieces to make the design, and then fire it in a kiln.”

Thus, in her hands, pieces of glass become artwork, ranging in size from jewelry to serving trays. 


Artist: Matthew Reineck
Location: S.E. Tibbetts Street
Medium: Wood
Company: Half Iron Design
Contact: www.halfirondesign.com

It seems that craftsman Matthew Reineck simply can’t spend enough time designing and creating items made of wood.

When he was in high school Reineck learned woodworking from his grandfather, he said. “I enjoyed it a lot; and it led to getting a degree in Industrial Design. I love continuing to work in wood.”

By day, Reineck works at OMSI’s Exhibit Shop, performing Computer Aided Design of new exhibits, and operating a computer-driven precision woodcutting machine.

“But, when I come home, I create furniture, and electric guitars and ukuleles.”

The beautifully crafted furniture Reineck designs and builds has clean modern lines, and is as functional as it is handsome.

I'm not a musician,” Reineck admitted. “But what I really like about creating guitars is that each one is a piece of art, in and of itself. And, it gives other artists the ability to create art through music. I really enjoy building a ‘tool’ for another artist.”


Artist: Adrienne Stacey
Location: S.E. Brooklyn Street
Medium: High Fired Pottery
Company: Adrienne Stacey Pottery
Contact: www.AdrienneStaceyPottery.com

Unlike some people who come to fine arts as an adult, for Adrienne Stacey her journey started much earlier. “I decided that I would be a potter when I was 12 years old, in junior high. Now, as an adult, I see how important arts in the school truly are.”

Not only is Stacey a potter, specializing in high-fired stoneware and porcelain, but she also creates her own designs, and make her own glazes. Her home’s patio is filled with a large kiln for firing pottery.

Although she works at it full time, “It's almost impossible to earn a living with this type of thing. Before an art show, it’s more than a full-time job,” Stacey said.

“I also teach classes here at my studio, and have seven students,” she added.  “It ‘takes a community’ to do pottery – to run this place. On days we fire the big kiln outside, we also clean the studio, have a big potluck, and a little bit of wine – it’s been a wonderful exchange of skills and support.”

Artist: Rin Carroll Jackson
Location: S.E. Brooklyn Street
Media: Locally made batik, mixed media, prints and illustrations
Company: Art Endeavors and Sleeping Bee Studio
Contact: www.rinzart.com

Some people call Rin Carroll Jackson the “Mother of the Southeasst Area ARTwalk”.

“I initiated a group of people who I’d hoped would be interested in showing off artists in the area,” Jackson told THE BEE at her home studio. “I never expected that it would grow into the event it’s become. So yes, I was kind of a founder that way – but it definitely took a community of people to get off the ground.”

It kicked off with a bang in 2004 with more than 50 artists, and continued every year on the first weekend of March, and this year featured more than 70 artists showing their work in the ARTwalk.

“I felt like artists really need to be represented in their own creative zone – not necessarily in a gallery or in a public exhibition,” she said. “I wanted it to be in a space where the artists can totally express themselves, not necessarily be in a juried show. I wanted an event that showed a creative aspect of the community which, many times, gets overlooked.”

About her own art, Jackson was also an “early bloomer”, she said. “About seven years old, I began drawing, and I seemed to have an eye for it, a knack for it. I kept developing it.”

Currently Jackson produces wearable textile art using the batik process. Unlike silk screening, the images saturate completely through the cloth. She also has a line of hand-drawn greeting and social cards, printed on recycled paper, using soy ink.

Jackson thanked her 2014 Southeast Area ARTWalk Board members Terry Batte and Kim Brown, and the dozen artists and supporters who helped this year’s event be successful.



Meals On Wheels
Meals on Wheels Manager Colette Livermore chats about the March breakfast fundraiser with diners. From left: Shanti, Patrick, Gelsey, Ben, Corinna – and Colette. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Flapjack fundraiser helps support Meals on Wheels

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Hungry diners dug in at a March 1st Flapjack fundraiser at the Thelma Skelton Center, 3925 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Center Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood, to help support the Meals on Wheels program.

The breakfast event, coordinated by Manager Colette Livermore and assisted by some 15 volunteers in kitchen and dining room, served over 150 people.

A steady stream of neighbors arrived throughout the morning to enjoy a menu of whole grain flapjacks or biscuits & gravy with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice, and coffee.

A cheery kitchen crew bustled about creating the substantial meals – served at dining tables decked out with colorful spring bouquets donated by Trader Joe's. Other sponsors included Safeway, New Seasons, Bob's Red Mill, Kobos Coffee, Alpenrose, Columbia Empire, Childer Meat, Abernethy School PTA, Duck Produce, and Pacific Coast. Kitchen crew coordinator Linda noted, “People had a lot of fun here; it was a big success."

Shanti, a volunteer server from Snap Fitness, heard about the event at a Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA) meeting, and decided to help out.

Meals on Wheels helps feed senior citizens in the community, both in its own dining room, and as delivered to homes by volunteer drivers. It’s always on the lookout for volunteers. If you know of a senior who could use their services, or if you want to volunteer delivering meals or helping at the Center, contact Colette via e-mail: colette.livermore@mealsonwheelspeople.org.

It's an important and heart-warming way to bring cheer and food to those who have difficulty getting out of their homes.



BOOKMARK
Sunday Craft Circle at Sellwood-Moreland Library

By JENNA SCOTT
Sellwood-Moreland Library Administrator
Special to THE BEE

A wide variety of activities, generally free, are offered each month at each branch of the Multnomah County Library. However, not all activities are presented at all the branches, and those that are usually occur at different times and on different days from other branches.

And not all of them relate to books! At the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, crafting has been a very popular activity!  Do you like crafting in the company of other crafters?

If the answer is yes, there is a place for you at the Sellwood-Moreland Library Craft Circle. From 2 until 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, crafters are encouraged to bring their projects to the Sellwood Library conference room. Any crafter over the age of 12 is welcome – as are all crafts, including crochet, knitting, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, rubber band bracelets, and just about anything else that can be brought to the library. Tables and chairs are provided, making it easy for crafters to sit together and talk while working.

Although no instruction is given, crafters can benefit from the support and camaraderie of others in the group. You can tell by the laughter that time spent at Craft Circle is not just productive, but also fun.

For more information about Craft Circle, contact Sellwood-Moreland Library, 7860 S.E. 13th Avenue – telephone 503/988-5398.

Other April events at Sellwood-Moreland Library

You read in the March BEE about some special events at both the Woodstock and the Sellwood Branch Libraries in honor of Multnomah County Library’s turning 150 years old, and here are two more upcoming this month in Sellwood:

“The Sesquicentennial Library Celebration Puppet Show”. Join Librarian Gabby as she transports herself back in time to unfold the stories of the library’s humble beginnings. Singing, dancing and laughter are included in this original Penny’s Puppet Show. Free. Saturday, April 5, 2-2:45 pm

“The Story Unfolds: Accordion Adventure Book”. Come build an accordion book that has fold-out pages, a signature of graph paper for note taking, two pages of heavy watercolor paper for sketching or painting on, and a reclaimed map hard cover. Learn the basic skills of bookmaking, and leave with a handmade book of your very own. Sunday, April 6, 1-3 pm.



Dave Miller, Herkimer, ventriloquism, Ping Pongs Pint Size Puppet Museum
During the show, Herkimer taunts, teases, and sasses ventriloquist Dave Miller. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Portland ventriloquist no dummy in Inner Southeast show

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

Kicking off its current exhibit, “Ventriloquism – A New Dawn”, Ping Pong's Pint Sized Puppet Museum of Portland proudly presented well-known ventriloquist Dave Miller in live shows on March 8th.

In addition to the famous historical ventriloquist figures (popularly called “dummies”) he regularly uses, Miller loaned the museum 24 of his other figures. “They’ve never been in a museum before. If I were to ask them, they’d probably complain about being strung up, hung up, and put on stands. Most of these characters are not easy to please!”

To him, each dummy seems to have a life of his own, Miller told THE BEE. “I’m not crazy, I know that it’s not a real person. But when I pick it up, I think of it as a real person – one who can skillfully adlib and be funny.”

Since it had been a while since he’d done a show, Miller took out one of his favorite figures, named Herkimer, to practice. “When I took Herkimer out of a suitcase, the first thing he ‘said’ was, ‘My God, Miller, I thought you’d died!’. He always comes up with funny comments like that.”

His fascination with ventriloquism began in grade school when an entertainer performed at his school. “I was very impressed, and decided I wanted to that. In 1953, I walked by a Goodwill store in Southeast Portland, went in, and noticed a “Charlie McCarthy” doll on the shelf. I bought him for five bucks.”

Although Miller has performed all over the west coast, and as far east as Kentucky, he’s always considered himself a “semi-professional” entertainer. “My ‘day job’ was working as a graphic illustrator. I worked for Tektronix for 27 years, and for Columbia Helicopters 10 years, providing technical drawings. I did some cartooning, also.”

It’s less about not moving lips when they speak than having a funny, well-written routine, Miller said. “I try to be entertaining most of all.  Entertaining first, and then working with my lip movements so they are not obvious.”

The best part of performing for him, he said, was interacting with his figures. “I get away with saying a lot of things that you wouldn't normally say. Within reason, the dummy can be very insulting to people. When the dummy says it, it comes out very funny. If I were to say some of these things I would probably get punched in the nose!”

While performers like Jeff Dunham have become famous enough to fill an arena – Dunham appeared at the Moda Center on March 26 – all ventriloquists share a common bond, Miller said. “It’s fun to put life into something that is otherwise inanimate.”

“Ventriloquism – A New Dawn”, is on display at Ping Pong's Pint Sized Puppet Museum of Portland through April 27, Thursdays through Sundays from 2:00 until 8:00 pm. It’s located in Sellwood at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. Learn more by visiting their website:  http://www.puppetmuseum.com/.



               
 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


APRIL 1
Registration underway for summer Bike Camp in Sellwood. This summer, the nonprofit Community Cycling Center will expand their Bike Camp program by offering more camps at a new location – on S.E. 13th Avenue, at Sellwood Cycle Repair. Registration is underway now. At Bike Camp, kids build confidence, knowledge, and skills in a safe, creative, and supportive environment. Activities focus on developing safe riding techniques, hands-on bike lessons, and games. Each daycamp is one week long and costs $290 (exceptions for specialty camps). The first week of Bike Camp is June 16-20; the last week is August 25-29. All camps are taught by the Community Cycling Center. For more information, visit http://www.CommunityCyclingCenter.org – or call 503/288-8864, ext. 321.

APRIL 2
Ladybug Theater: “Little Red, with Puppets”. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids and families presents “Little Red, with Puppets”, featuring Baby Bear, today, and on the next two Wednesdays (9th and 16th), at 10:30 am in SMILE Station, S.E. Corner of 13th Avenue at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. The show lasts about 45 minutes, and is appropriate for all ages. Admission is $4; leave your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay cash or check at the door, which opens at 10:15 am.

Easter-related services start today at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood invites everyone to its Easter-related services, starting today with Lent Services at noon and 7 pm today, and also a week from today, April 9th. April 17, Maundy Thursday Service at noon and 7 pm.; April 18, Good Friday Service at 7 pm. April 20th, Easter Worship with Holy Communion celebrated at 10:30 am. All are welcome.

APRIL 4
Rummage sale for co-op school. Brooklyn Cooperative preschool holds its annual rummage sale today, 9 am to 3 pm, and tomorrow, Saturday, 9 till 2, at 2901 S.E. Steele Street. Rummage items include electronics, clothes, toys, and children’s items.

APRIL 5
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 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, just west of the Reed College campus, and it is open to the public. $4 admission refunded on purchase of a rhododendron. (To enter your own flowers in the show, bring them to the exhibit hall 6-8 pm Friday night, April 4, or this morning, 7-9:30 am.) For more information, to online to: http://www.rhodies.org – or call 503/771-8386.

“Table Top Game Day” today in Sellwood. 1-4 pm this afternoon, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue, it’s “Table Top Game Day”. Everyone is welcome! Bring your favorite tabletop game, and friends to play it with. Call if you have questions: 503/236-7823.

Get Ready for Anything: Make a Plan & Build a Kit. Come to this free workshop at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 S.E. 62nd Avenue, from 2 to 5 pm, showing you how to stay safe in any disaster. Learn how to create a family emergency plan, including communications, getting everybody back together, and planning for children, pets, and household members with special needs. Also discover how to assemble an affordable emergency kit, including simple solutions for emergency sanitation. Hear from experts from the American Red Cross and Multnomah County Emergency Management, browse exhibits, pick up handouts, and maybe win a door prize! This is the first of a series of workshops, to be repeated April 13 in Sellwood-Westmoreland, and May 3 in Woodstock. For more information, go online to: http://GetReadySEPDX.wordpress.com – or call 503/754-0479.

Sesquicentennial Library Celebration Puppet Show in Sellwood.
Multnomah County Library is celebrating 150 years of library service – it’s the oldest public library west of the Mississippi! Join Librarian Gabby as she transports herself back in time to unfold the stories of the library’s humble beginnings. For kids and families. Singing, dancing and laughter are included in this original Penny’s Puppet Show. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program, which runs from 2 to 2:45 pm this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
 

“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: mwest1962@comcast.net.

APRIL 8
Gender talk at PCC on Water Avenue. “Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives” is the title of a free public talk at the PCC CLIMB Center, across the street from OMSI, at 1626 S.E. Water Avenue, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. It’s part of the “Oregon Humanities Conversation Project”, and the discussion is slated for 6:30-8 pm, in the second floor lounge.

APRIL 12
Puppet Museum presents “Peter Pan”.
This morning at 10:30 am, Ping Pong’s Pint-Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood presents for the whole family, “Peter Pan & Tinker Bell Story Time” by Dragon Theater Puppets & Princesses. This Live Action presentation is their story about Neverland, pirates, Wendy and the lost boys, and Captain Hook. Hook is out to stop the boy who never wants to grow up, while Tinker Bell faces losing her best friend! Only their friendship can save their friends and each other. A highly interactive show for all ages, at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Call 503/233-7723 for information or reservations  – or go online to: http://www.puppetmuseum.com.


APRIL13
Get Ready for Anything: Make a Plan & Build a Kit.
Come to this free workshop at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, from 2 to 5 pm, showing you how to stay safe in any disaster. Learn how to create a family emergency plan, including communications, getting everybody back together, and planning for children, pets, and household members with special needs. Also discover how to assemble an affordable emergency kit, including simple solutions for emergency sanitation. Hear from experts from the American Red Cross and Multnomah County Emergency Management, browse exhibits, pick up handouts, and maybe win a door prize! This is the first of a series of workshops, and will be repeated May 3 in Woodstock. For more information, go online to: http://GetReadySEPDX.wordpress.com – or call 503/360-3916.


APRIL 14
Teens Make Terrariums at Sellwood Library. What is a terrarium? It is a miniature garden that you can grow inside of a glass container. Join professional gardener Melissa Richmond in building your own terrarium at the Sellwood-Moreland Library, 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. You will learn all about taking care of your plants and watching them grown inside. Teens will have their own terrarium to take home after class. Space is limited, so come early to be sure of a seat. The Sellwood Branch Library is situated at S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

APRIL 15
Pageturners Book Group at Woodstock Library. Read “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World” by Eric Weiner. Then come to the Pageturneers Book Group at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th this evening 6:30-7:30 pm, and engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

APRIL 17
“Southeast Breakfast Forum”. Woodstock resident Ann B. Clarkson leads a free and open monthly “Breakfast Forum” for the respectful discussion of political issues. At today’s forum, held at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church’s Taborspace Coffeehouse, 5441 S.E. Belmont, topics include the May ballot, including the question of who will manage the Portland Water Bureau., the Portland City Council or an elected board. Members will also share information on state, county, and Portland City Council candidates. No registration required to attend. For information, call 503/774-9621.

APRIL 19
SMILE’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, Westmoreland Park. Rain or shine, 10-11 am this morning, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association SMILE, and the Oaks Bottom Lions Club, will present the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the south end of Westmoreland park. The Easter Bunny will be there to hand out carrots (thank you, New Seasons), and for photo opportunities. The event is free, but donations of non-perishable food are encouraged. The hunt is organized into age groups to give all children a fair chance at the candy eggs. Important: Be there BEFORE 10 am; the hunt starts at 10 sharp, and by 10:05 most of the eggs will be gathered up!

APRIL 22
“Blind Tasting Bingo” at OMSI tonight. In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will host “Blind Tasting Bingo” 6-9 pm this evening – a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In this quarterly program, each night will feature 10 small plates prepared by Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. The players/guests – eyes covered – will try to identify what they taste, on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize! OMSI is on S.E. Water Street, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower under the Marquam Bridge.

Open House on new public space, Bybee & 13th. The SMILE Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (SNAC) invites neighbors to attend a public forum at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue, 6:30-8 pm this evening, to learn about the Oaks Bottom Overlook Project. This Westmoreland greenspace development is sited on the unused apron of land beneath the “SMILE Christmas Tree” fir, at the curve where S.E. 13th and Bybee Boulevard meet. Picnic tables and benches, an informational kiosk, and a fence along the bluff, will enhance the site. For more information, call SNAC Co-Chair Nanci Champlin at 503/821-9843, or check: http://www.sellwoodmoreland.org/OaksBottomOverlook.

APRIL 23
Wooden Train Playtime for kids, in Woodstock. Children ages 2 and up (with a favorite adult) who enjoy trains can put together and run wooden trains in the Woodstock Branch Library this morning, 10-10:45 am. This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities. Free. The Woodstock Library is situated on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

Ladybug Theater: “Baby Bear and 7 Kids”. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids and families presents “Baby Bear and the 7 Kids from the Audience”, featuring Baby Bear, today, and also next Wednesday (30th), at 10:30 am in SMILE Station, S.E. Corner of 13th Avenue at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. The show lasts about 45 minutes, and is appropriate for all ages. Admission is $4; leave your reservation at 503/232-2346, and then pay cash or check at the door, which opens at 10:15 am.

Duniway School’s annual student art show. Today and tomorrow mark the celebration of Duniway Elementary school’s 15th annual student art show, showcasing artwork created by talented K-5 students and in engaging classes taught by parent volunteers. Duniway’s Applied Arts Program is made possible through the generous support of the Duniway PTA, Rhino Digital Printing, Chrisman Picture Frame and Gallery, and countless parent volunteers. The Duniway Art Show is open to the public today and tomorrow 5-8 pm at Duniway Elementary School, 7700 S.E. Reed College Place, in Eastmoreland. A suggested $2 donation helps support Duniway’s Applied Arts Program.

APRIL 26
Preschool open house at Immanuel Lutheran this morning.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Preschool is holding an open house this morning, 10-11:30 am, open to all – at the church, 7810 SE 15th Avenue. Centers, crafts, sensory table, snacks, all for your child to enjoy. The preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Call 503/236-7823, or e-mail: ilcpdxpreschool@gmail.com, for more information.


APRIL 27
Moreland Farmers Market “Volunteer Info Session”.
At 3 pm this afternoon, The Moreland Farmers Market kicks off its ninth season by looking for a few good volunteers! There are many ways to get involved: You can help move and lift things with market set-up or tear-down, you can talk with and help people at the information booth, you can write an article or a post to the website, and you can help us organize fun events.  To find out more, and meet the crew, come to the volunteer information session this afternoon at 3 pm at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue, at Tenino.  If you can't make the meeting but are still interested in being a volunteer, or if you have any questions, e-mail to: adam@morelandfarmersmarket.org.

APRIL 30
Get Ready for Anything: Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared. In a major disaster, you and your neighbors will be each other’s closest source of help. This workshop at the Service Employees International Union, 6401 S.E. Foster Road, from 6:30 to 9 pm, will show you how to engage neighbors in getting their households ready, and how to organize to help each other after a disaster. Also, you’ll learn about Neighborhood Emergency Teams and how to become a NET member or Ham Radio operator, if these responsibilities interest you. You can get handouts to share with neighbors, browse exhibits, and maybe win a door prize! This is the second of a series of free workshops, to be repeated May 13 in Sellwood-Westmoreland, and May 20 in the Reed neighborhood. For more information, go online to http://GetReadySEPDX.wordpress.com – or call 503/754-0479.

Cleveland High “College Night” this evening. 7 - 9 pm tonight, in CHS Auditorium, Cleveland High School's College & Career Center is hosting a College Night – an event geared for parents of Sophomores and Juniors and their students. If you are wondering how to navigate the college admissions process, this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered! Workshops topics include: Paying for College; Parenting through the Admissions Process; Considering Selective Colleges; Inside the Admissions Office; and Writing Your Application Essay. A student panel is included. Open to all, at Cleveland High – S.E. Powell Boulevard at 26th.

MAY 3
Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood cleanup & plant sale. Residents of the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood area, including Woodstock, are invited to bring their junk to the neighborhood cleanup today, 9 am to 2 pm, at the Learning Gardens Lab, 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue. Accepted are some bulky waste, scrap metal, mattresses, furniture, yard debris, and more – but concrete, paint, refrigerators, hazardous materials, and commercial debris are not accepted. Unload your car full of junk for $20 per load; empty your truck or van for $30 a load; unpack your car, truck, or van, AND TRAILER, for $40 a load. Also, you can buy vegetable starts (lettuce, kale, herbs, etc.) for $2-$4 apiece while you’re there.

Walk to raise funds to fight bladder cancer. The “Walk for Bladder Cancer” is today in Sellwood, with same-day registration starting at 9 am this morning at the Sellwood Medical Clinic, 8332 S.E. 13th Avenue, and with the two-mile walk starting at 10 am at the clinic. Participation is $20 for adults and $5 for those age 12 and younger, with all proceeds going to fight bladder cancer. For more information, call 971/998-8867.

Lewis Garden and Art Fair. Lewis Elementary School’s 6th Annual Garden and Art Fair takes place today – from 10 am until 4 pm at the Woodstock school. Free admission! Music, food, plant sale, vendors, face painting, and more.

MAY 10
Woodstock Neighborhood Assn. Plant Sale. This annual Woodstock fundraiser is held today, 9 am-3 pm, at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue. Proceeds are slated for the Community Center Maintenance Fund, which provides the neighborhood's portion of an agreement with Portland Parks to keep the Center open. Plants at the sale are donated by local gardeners who raise seedlings, herbs, houseplants, tomato and veggie starts. There are also many perennials, native plants and shrubs, sedums, and small trees. Plants for the sale were to be dropped off at the Community Center on May 9 between noon and 7 pm, or call Terry Griffiths at 503/771-0011 for help in transportation.



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

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

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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

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