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Langlitz Leathers, Ross Langlitz
Ross Langlitz is shown astride his motorcycle, wearing his own leather jacket, posing for the camera in front of where it was made and sold. The photo probably dates to the 1940’s. (Photo courtesy of Langlitz Leathers)

Langlitz Leathers on Division – a long tradition in the Rose City

Special to THE BEE

For some motorcycle enthusiasts, it’s all about the ride – the thrill of the open road, and the wind blowing in your face.

For others it’s all about if the motorbike is not fast enough, if it doesn’t sound quite right, or just doesn’t feel right. Those are “changers”.  They want to make it better.

Ross Langlitz was a one of the latter. A “changer”. And he knew he could make anything better.

Ross loved riding motorcycles; he loved to ride fast, and he loved to race against other competitors – but at that time, in the 1940’s, there were few places offering riding gear and clothes for the motor biking community. Using his craftsman skills acquired while working at a glove factory in Carlton, Oregon, Ross created a line of leather riding gear that would eventually become renowned as the “Worlds’ Finest Motorcycle Leathers” – at Langlitz Leathers here in Inner Southeast Portland. Today the business is on S.E. Division Street, just north of the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Long before he became an expert in the leather craft trade, when he was a boy, Ross Langlitz was faced with challenges. As revealed by his granddaughter, Judy Langlitz, on the Langlitz Leathers website, Ross was raised by his grandmother from a very early age.

But in 1928, just one year before the great stock market crash, when he was only nine years old, Ross was required to take his ailing grandmother to a local hospital, where she passed away. Faced with few options after her death, he returned to live with his mother Bernice, and her husband Dan Langlitz.

Times were tough for any young man during the Great Depression, and Ross often clashed with his stepdad over rules and regulations set down for him. When he was just fifteen he worked as a mechanic at the Portland Motor Sport Company, and it was there that he first became infatuated with repairing and riding motorcycles. A ride aboard one of his favorite Harley Davidson bikes or his beloved Velocette relieved Ross of the pent-up anger he held inside.

Ross encountered a dramatic change in his life on a cool October day in 1936 while he and his best friend Roy Wilson were cycling through the bucolic countryside near Vernonia, northwest of Banks. According to his biography, their bikes collided with a truck backing out of a driveway, and both of the young men were seriously injured.

They were rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland, where it was determined that Roy and Ross had received identical compound fractures to their right legs. Ross received even more demoralizing information when doctors told him his right leg could not be saved, and would have to be amputated.

Ross would spend six long and excruciating months recuperating from this ordeal, but with a lot of hard work and his strong constitution he learned to walk and accept the artificial leg that the hospital provided. Doctors also informed the courageous youngster that he would never be able to ride a motorbike again.

But Ross Langlitz was a “changer” and a fighter, and not long after his release from the hospital he amazed his doctors and hospital staff members by roaring in across the parking lot astride one of his Harley Davidson motorcycles!

Ross continued his passion for motorcycle riding, and once he built up his strength and stamina, he became a regular on the riding circuit, competing in numerous racing events throughout the Northwest. When the military came looking for young men to join in the battle against German and Japanese forces in the second World War, Ross wasn’t able to join his classmates and friends because of his injury, so he continued his motorcycle competition, and concentrated on his work at a leather glove factory in Carlton, Oregon, working his way up to Store Manager.

In 1944 his disappointment of not being able to join the war effort overseas was lightened considerably when he met and married the girl of his dreams, Mavis (Pinky) Edwards. Mavis’ first impression of this wild leather coated biker wasn’t positive, but his personality eventual won her over.

The devoted couple began regular jaunts on the road on their duo cycles. And, together, they raised three daughters – Nicki, Jackie, and Judy. In the summers, Ross partnered with his longtime friend Roy Wilson as a commercial fisherman on the Oregon Coast, to supplement the family income.

When he was not fishing, or participating on the racing circuit, Ross continued working in his basement perfecting a leather coat that could withstand the rigors of motor biking, yet make the rider look cool at the same time. Nothing was custom fit for motorcyclists at that time, and Ross Langlitz set out to change that.

A jacket bought from Sears Department Store served as a makeshift pattern, and he continued to add modifications to his jacket until his personal requirements were met. Many heads turned when Ross arrived at the race track with this new look.

In fact, fellow riders, friends, and spectators, were so enamored of his hip riding gear that they requested Ross make a leather jacket for themselves. Soon Ross Langlitz was creating his own unique line of custom leather goods and making a considerable income from his state of the art creations.

In 1947 he rented a section of the Culbertson Glove Company at 6th and Morrison, and hired two seamstresses who had previously worked with him at the Portland Glove Company. Together they began manufacturing and selling jackets under the label “Speedway Togs” from his business, the “Leather Garment Shop”. Within a couple of years, Ross changed the name of his garment shop to “Langlitz Leathers”, and orders from around the United States and overseas kept the sewing machines humming.

During the weekdays Ross and his Langlitz Leathers employees kept busy with new orders, but for Ross, sunny weekends were consumed with the thrill and excitement of racing all day long. The “Sidewinder” dirt race track in Clackamas was one of his many favorite places to race. During the heat of one intense competition, spectators were shocked when Ross ran into another bike and his artificial leg went flying onto the track.

Gasps and cries could be heard from the stands as people feared someone had severed a leg in the accident. But the gritty and determined Ross Langlitz continued on to the finish line. Spectators and competitors were so unnerved that it was not recorded how or where Ross and his disconnected limb finished the race.

The 1960’s offered a new challenge for the Langlitz Leather Company. A new generation of bikers had arrived on the racing scene, and these young rebels wanted riding gear that was more exciting. They were bored and unimpressed with the traditional blacks and browns usually worn by most bikers. The teenagers of the ’60’s wanted flashy and colorful leathers that would make them stand out in a crowd from other racers.

As he had done before, Ross accepted the “challenge of change” that customers required, and Langlitz Leathers began manufacturing custom jackets and pants with snappy yellows, fire engine reds, and brightly colored oranges. Bikers went so far as to request Ross design matching leather outfits to coordinate with the color of their motorbikes so they could look cool while tooling around the race track.

This rather surprising trend toward color coordination for riders in motorcycle races was an instant success, and spectators were able to distinguish between the riders – and cheer for their favorites – in the distinctive colored outfits that they chose to wear while racing.

When the Langlitz Leather Company moved into their current building at 24th and S.E. Division in 1972, Ross and Mavis decided it was time to retire, and they called upon family members to continue the business. Daughter Jackie took the challenge, later convincing her husband Dave to become a partner. Eventually they passed the torch to sister Nicki’s two children Tom and Jenny, who became office managers of Langlitz Leather.

Today, visitors to the store can glimpse the 305 Super Hawk Honda that Ross Langlitz once drove throughout the Northwest, and examine the hundreds of richly-made leather garments hanging about the walls. Patrons from as far away as Japan and Europe occasionally schedule trips to Portland, specifically to order custom leather goods from Langlitz. In the fall of 2012, Mike Wolfe, of “American Picker” fame, made a surprise visit to Langlitz Leather, along with his film crew.

Assistant Manager Bennie Goodson, an avid bike rider and Langlitz Leather connoisseur, recalls that “the semi bi-swing style was created by Ross Langlitz in the 1940’s, so that bikers could maneuver their shoulders when bent over a bike”. Nothing was custom-fit for motorcyclists during the 1940’s when Ross was designing his first jackets; most leather jackets were created for aviators during those times.

Office manager Scott Smith points out that all custom-order garments are still cut and sewn by an individual cutter and seamstress using some of the original German-designed industrial sewing machines that Ross Langlitz and his employees have used since the 1950’s.

And close to a dozen employees still account today for the topnotch customized leather goods that continue the trade mark signature line of Langlitz Leather Company here, and throughout the world.

SMILE, Open House, Emily Pinkstaff, Corinne Stefanick
New SWBA business association President Emily Pinkstaff, left, joins forces with SMILE President Corinne Stefanick, to round up door prizes for SMILE’S first Open House. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

SMILE’s first Open House lures volunteers


Most Portland neighborhood Associations face the same challenge: Very few volunteers step up to help out on their many committees.

So, on Sunday, January 10, the “Sellwood Moreland Improvement League” (SMILE) held a “Volunteer Open House” at their SMILE Station.

“I got the inspiration for this, from the neighborhood survey designed and conducted by our former President, and current Vice President, Gail Hoffnagle,” explained SMILE President Corinne Stefanick.

“Out of 11,621 apparent residents of the Sellwood and Westmoreland area, 705 people responded to an extensive and detailed online survey,” Stefanick said. “We were very impressed the people took that much time to actually tell us what they thought, and to give us some direction as to how we can best represent them.”

Longtime resident and volunteer Hoffnagle compiled the survey results, parsing out people who said they would volunteer with the various committees.

But, instead of simply inviting potential volunteers to the monthly General Meeting on the first Wednesday night of each month at 7:30 pm, the SMILE Board decided to present the organization’s first Open House, in which neighbors could drift in, learn more about the neighborhood, and also about the nonprofit organization that represents them to the city leadership.

In the process, Stefanick said she met the incoming Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA) President Emily Pinkstaff, who is also the Community Coordinator at Sellwood New Seasons market.

With the blessing of the SWBA, Stefanick recruited about 25 businesses to supply door prizes for the Open House, including gift certificates, physical prizes such as dog treats, and a decorated cake.

Perhaps it was the promotion of the event that led to the surprisingly large attendance by members of the community, but the sunshine and blue skies on Sunday, January 10th, no doubt also helped boost the turnout.

“It’s easy to check off a box on a form,” Stefanick said. “But by coming here, and meeting the leaders of our several committees who work to improve our community, it is our hope that many of those who came here today will actually volunteer some of their time for the neighborhood.

“At the same time, this Open House is our way to say ‘thank you’ for supporting us, for filling out the survey, and for patronizing the businesses in the area,” Stefanick added. “And. we’re having some fun!”

As for those who didn't come, she said, “They can come, any month, to our General Meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino Street. They can sign up at that time, if they choose to.  That meeting is a good place to ask questions or get involved in any way that they wish.  They can also visit, and get involved with us in that way.  By the way, we’d love to have some help in upgrading our website! – That’s another volunteer opportunity.”

Stanley Jewett, Sellwood, naturalist, Malheur Wildlife Refuge
This house, at 1404 S.E. Bidwell Street in Sellwood, was the home for fifty years of esteemed naturalist Stanley Jewett and his wife Edna. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

A Sellwood connection to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge


With the recent retirement of the other member of my household, our initial camping trip in April was to be to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. It had been decades since our initial journey to the Steens Mountains, and this time we planned to add bird watching to our hiking itinerary.

Hopefully in the next three months, having experienced winter at the Refuge, the current human occupiers will have returned to their roosts to allow feathered species to arrive, and we will be able to make our trek.

On this trip I intend to confirm the existence of a commemorative plaque at the Refuge. Unveiled in October of 1958, it bears the names of two notable naturalists – William L. Finley and Stanley G. Jewett.

Finley’s name may be familiar because of the national wildlife refuge named for him near Corvallis, while Jewett’s may resonate with hikers of the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Wallowa County, where a high mountain lake carries his name.

These two friends and colleagues share the Malheur plaque because of their contributions to the establishment (Finley) and the development (Jewett) of the Malheur refuge, just 49 years after Oregon became a state. The visible connection in Sellwood to that memorial in Harney County is Jewett’s home of fifty years on S.E. Bidwell Street, just east of the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library on 13th Avenue.

It was just over a century ago that the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established – on August 18, 1908 – by proclamation of President Theodore Roosevelt. As now, it was a Presidential election year, and Roosevelt had reached his term limits. But, a few months before his departure, he created the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, which was then composed of 81,786 acres.

A century earlier, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were the first Americans to document plants and animals in the Pacific Northwest. But their records were far from a comprehensive enumeration of species.  As English and American fur trappers began their unrelenting harvest, botanists were sent from those same two countries to begin more methodical survey work. Their underwriters were of two minds: Wealthy connoisseurs who were excited by the prospect of scientific discovery, and those with more commercial interests in the natural resources of the mysterious Northwest. 

In the following seventy-five years, furs were harvested, followed by the harvest of gold and silver, salmon and timber. Native Americans were shoved aside for farmers, land was fenced, dams were installed to capture and control water, and marshes were converted to pastureland.

But as this celebrated growth and development occurred, questions were raised, especially in the East, about the country’s dwindling natural resources.  Even local capitalists who had benefitted from their harvest expressed concern; by the late 1870’s there was already a fish hatchery on the Clackamas River – an early attempt at increasing salmon stocks. 

But, as conservation organizations began to form and lobby for federal protections, it was clear that not enough scientific information had been collected in a methodical and objective manner. Finally, in 1896, the federal Bureau of Biological Survey was established by Congress, its purpose to collect and record data on plants and animals in the United States. 

At a time when there were few such experts with college or university training, the Survey relied on and hired individuals with keen, practical knowledge of the natural world. They were looking for men who could make observations, maintain precise records, collect and prepare specimens, and endure physically rigorous conditions year ’round. Sellwood resident Stanley Jewett was an individual well suited for this work.

Stanley was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1885 – that was where his father was in the lumber and sawmill business. When Stanley was ten, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and finally onto a fruit ranch in Sonoma County. Many years later Stanley recalled that his interest in birds was triggered when he found the egg-filled nest of a California Brown Towhee while pruning grapevines. He purchased two guides on birds of North America, their nests and eggs, and practically memorized the contents.

Two years later Stanley’s father died, and his mother returned with the children to New Brunswick. Instead of entering high school, Stanley completed a bookkeeping course, and at age seventeen returned to the Pacific coast. 

After working for a year on a ranch on Government Island near Vancouver, Washington, he went back to Canada for two years, working in lumber camps. In 1904 he returned permanently to the Northwest, spending his first year working a placer mine in the Blue Mountains. He used much of his free time exploring and studying the wildlife, especially the birds, in that remote area of Eastern Oregon. 

Arriving in Portland, Stanley engaged in many kinds of manual labor, including a stint as a carpenter in Sellwood. It may have been at this time that he met Edna Myers, whose father was a local building contractor. By the time of their marriage in August of 1907, Edna doubtless understood that Stanley was happiest out of doors, exploring the natural world. This was confirmed during their ten-day honeymoon, when in the company of three of Edna’s family members they enjoyed “exploring caves near Goldendale, Washington.”

In 1911 they completed their home at 1404 S.E. Bidwell Street, where they raised their two children, Leslie and Stanley Jr. Fortunately Edna had a comfortable nest in which to raise the Jewett chicks, as well as many family members in the neighborhood for support, for her husband was to spend much of next thirty-five years away “in the field.”

She, and later the children, enjoyed going with Stanley on many of his trips, but they often became too remote and lasted too long to include his young family.

A year after their marriage. Stanley was hired as a state deputy game warden. In 1910 he became a permanent employee of the Biological Survey, and except for an occasional sabbatical with other institutions, remained with that institution for three and a half decades.  An April, 1911, issue of THE BEE announced his return after four months in “South America, Porto Rico [sic] and Guinea” for the Field Museum in Chicago. On an earlier trip he had hunted and collected birds in Colombia and Venezuela.

While he was familiar with plants and trees, his early efforts focused on rodents, small mammals (a tiny alpine mountain hare, known as a pika, was named in his honor), and especially birds. Because the Survey was originally done under the Department of Agriculture, it was the impact of these animals, positive or negative, on crops that made the surveys economically viable. 

THE BEE reported on Stanley’s treks into all areas of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well as parts of Utah and Nevada. His abilities to identify birds by sight or through their calls, his methodical and thorough field notes (perhaps a product of his training as a bookkeeper), and his stamina, made him a highly-valued Survey employee. 

It seems a contradiction in an era of endangered species, but a large part of the contribution to scientific knowledge at the time required trapping and killing wild animals. These carefully-preserved specimens, accompanied by detailed notes about location, time of year, weather, and other conditions, remain in the collections of federal and state institutions where they are accessible for scientific study.  

Between 1912 and 1916 Stanley and fellow naturalist William Finley built a state collection of 2,000 birds and 1,000 mammal specimens for use by the Oregon Game Commission.

Although lacking computers and Internet connections, Survey employees nevertheless freely shared their information at conferences, meetings of the Audubon Society (Jewett had joined in 1905), and other conservation organizations. They submitted written articles (Jewett was credited with 150), drawings and photographs to scientific journals, and made field trips together, including family vacation trips.

William Finley, R. Bruce Horsfall (a scientific illustrator who lived in Westmoreland, and whose story was shared in the January 2007 BEE) and Stanley accompanied each other on endless field trips, as they held various positions in the Survey. Between 1911 and 1919 Finley served under Governor Oswald West as Oregon’s Fish and Game commissioner.

In 1908 Finley’s photographs had been part of what persuaded President Roosevelt to establish the refuge at Malheur, by using a law that permitted him to declare game preserves on federal land. But not much had been done to enhance the wildlife refuges at either Malheur or Klamath Lakes, which Finley, Jewett, and other Survey employees had documented as resting and nesting places for many species of wild birds.

However, there was ongoing pressure to drain the land to make it more economically productive as cattle range, or for growing potatoes and hay. Between 1908 and 1937 the Refuge was “managed” from an office in Portland; by 1933 Malheur Lake was dry, and the bird population had dwindled.

Then, In 1935, Jewett was named manager of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. In that same year the Refuge expanded from its original 81,000 acres to almost 147,000 acres, when a failed meat packing operation was purchased. After securing water rights to the Blitzen River, Stanley directed laborers employed by the Civil Conservation Corps to build a dike so water would replenish the marsh. Fences were erected, simple living quarters were constructed, and grain was planted to attract waterfowl. By 1937 the first on-site manager was living at the Refuge.

In the meantime, Jewett and fellow naturalist Ira Gabrielson had been collaborating on a book on ornithology; and finally, in 1940, “Birds of Oregon” was published. Stanley became a regional biologist when the Biological Survey became the Fish and Wildlife Service, serving under his friend and fellow author Gabrielson, who was now its Chief. Jewett’s third honor that year was being named a Fellow of the American Ornithologists Union.

In November, 1948, Stanley Jewett finally retired after 37 years of “being paid for what he enjoyed doing.” Although he was no longer as physically nimble as in his younger years, his interest in the natural world never slowed. He wrote and published “Birds of Washington”, and he was available to answer questions from Sellwood neighbors as well as graduate students.

In 1950 he received recognition from the Oregon Academy of Sciences in Corvallis, and a citation for his professional contributions from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Finally in 1953 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Oregon State College (now University). He and Edna managed to travel to favorite spots in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and made a memorable journey to northern Hudson Bay.

Stanley G. Jewett died in October, 1955, after a brief stay in the hospital, within a few days of his 70th birthday. Sellwood had been a family refuge for the Jewett family for fifty years. His daughter Leslie had returned from Los Angeles to a home at 1144 S.E. Flavel Street. His unmarried sister Martha lived at 1331 S.E. Knapp, while his sister-in-law, fondly remembered BEE reporter and local author Evangeline Nyden, had settled at S.E. 15th and Miller Street. His son Stanley Jr. was nearby, on S.E. 27th Street in Eastmoreland. Edna Jewett, Stanley’s wife of almost fifty years, remained in their Bidwell Street house until her death in 1961.

Today the Jewett house, which acquired a second story addition in the early 1920’s, is well maintained, its front yard containing many native plants – including Oregon Grape and rhododendrons.

Woodstock, Christmas tree
The Homestead Schoolhouse owners’ son, 8-year-old Sims Cronen, was elated to be the person chosen this year to plug in the lights for this season’s tree lighting ceremony on Woodstock Boulevard. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock again celebrates with tree lighting on the boulevard


It was a perfect night. No rain, not too cold. The lighting of the Holiday Tree at the Homestead Schoolhouse across from Otto’s has started to become a community event looked forward to every year, and attendees were not disappointed this year on December 5th, a relatively mild evening.    

Otto’s Sausage Kitchen grilled 300 wieners to the delight of attendees of all ages. “And they are free!” exclaimed one appreciative woman, who was waiting for the six o’clock tree lighting.

Children put decorations on the tree and firemen from Woodstock Fire Station 25 were on hand with their tall ladder to place ornaments at “neck bending” height – and otherwise way out of reach. The tree, donated by the Homestead Schoolhouse, was twenty-one feet tall.

Alice Thomas, a Walla Walla resident visiting relatives in Portland, remarked, “We had a hot dog and hot chocolate, and stood by the fire and watched kids making crafts.” The Homestead School provided three fire pits; Christmas songs were sung and led by the local Hope City choir. A raffle included gift certificates contributed by local businesses.

The DiGiorgio family expressed appreciation for the sense of community represented by the gathering; they recently moved to Woodstock from Philadelphia. Soren, age 8, Lemy, 6, and Cedar, 4, were waiting for the tree lighting with their mother Rebecca, and father Josh DiGiorgio. “This is really special for the kids to feel a part of the community. We did not have that same sense of community in Philadelphia.”

This was the fifth annual tree-lighting celebration. Kiley and Keli Cronen of the Homestead Schoolhouse again led the effort, and offered thanks to Otto’s, Papaccino’s Coffee, Toast Restaurant, Woodstock New Seasons Market, Cronen Building Company, Scaffold Erectors, and the Woodstock UPS Store, for in-kind contributions. Muralist Michael Burge Smith painted the sign.

Bullseye Glass, art show, Film Strip, Carl Hand, Amy McFarland, Joey Bock
“Film Strip” is by Carl Hand, with Amy McFarland and Joey Bock. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Local art: Bullseye Glass employees exhibit in 14th company show


The 14th annual “Working Glass Art Show” ran from December 7th to January 31th this year, in the Brooklyn gallery at the Bullseye Glass Resource Center.

Nearly forty entries, ranging from small tiles to wall art seven feet long, lined the mezzanine gallery at 3610 S.E. 21st Avenue. Displays in the company glass art show are accepted only from Bullseye employees who use the company's colored glass products in their entries. That restriction does not diminish the art.

Kiln-formed glass is the most common medium, although other employees used cast and fused glass, billet, frit, sheet and rod glass, and stringers. Some entries were solely made of glass; others added motors, paint, metal, found objects, and even plants to their glass.

Many displays were three-dimensional, incorporating creative use of space and function. A smooth olive-colored container by John Santellano held a succulent garden; a four-tiered fountain by Andy Sterling had running water; and a side table titled “Grainy Day” by Carson Cole was made of black walnut wood, steel, glass, and copper strips.

Artist profiles and method descriptions were brief this year, although several entries were accompanied by poetry and witticisms. A collection of nine framed portraits of screen-printed stencils on fused glass by Spencer Silva was entitled “My Glassy Family”. While there were fewer jewelry items this year, there were a substantial number of containers and 3-D objects, including a representational pumping heart called “Oscar” – made of kiln-formed glass and steel – a collaborative effort by Todd Beatty and Andy Bixler.

Some entries were obviously decorative, such as the warm golden “Night & Day” piece by Michele Gotfredson, and a large glass and enamel paint portrait of Bullseye’s Sales Supervisor Janet Bartholomew, created by Dustin Sherron. The largest piece – an enlarged glass filmstrip measuring two by seven feet, was made by Carl Hand, in collaboration with Amy McFarland and Joey Bock.

Shelf and wall art on display included ceramic glaze couplet figures in “Tooth Fairy” by Kimberley Hylton; a wood-framed image, “Bicycle”, by Amy Machesic, made of glass and reclaimed parts; and a delicate black-and-white glass sketch, “Cricket” by Mary Kay Nitchie. There were functional pieces – bowls of slumped blue and mixed-color glass –and a stand-alone image of the Tilikum Transit Bridge made collaboratively by John Santellano and Jake Hogan.

Entries are judged each year by fellow employees, and prizes are awarded in four categories – functional, non-functional, first-timer, and President’s choice. The show displays the talents of Bullseye Glass employees, highlighting the many artistic uses of colored glass – many of which can be learned through classes given at the site (shown online at:

During the January Artists Reception, Lewis Elementary School, First Cup Coffee, Jill Brenan, Enzo Luperini
During the January Artists Reception, Lewis Elementary first/second grade teacher Jill Brenan stands with student Enzo Luperini, who started the whole idea of holding shows and making sales to support the school’s arts programs. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Children’s Woodstock art show gets big response


One might wonder what kind of art first and second grade students would produce.

But, the adults at the “Artist Reception” opening of the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School art show seemed delightfully amazed as they viewed the 24 artistic photos on display at the “First Cup Coffeehouse”, S.E. 41st and Woodstock Boulevard, on the afternoon of January 7.

“This project was inspired by a 6-year-old Enzo Luperini, who decided – for a summer project – to have an art show, and donate the money to his school, Lewis Elementary,” beamed his proud grandmother, Christina Reyes. This in turn led to an opportunity for other students to join in.

“The show was quite a success; his principal, teachers, and classmates were so excited by this,” Reyes said.

At the reception, Lewis Elementary first and second grade teacher Jill Brenan served as the spokesperson. “We have done a month-long study of photography,” Brenan told THE BEE. “This included a brief study of the history of photography.”

She brought in her collection of antique cameras, Brenan said, and asked the students do observational drawings of them, and then discussed how image-capture technology has changed over the years.

“All of these photographs on display have all been taken on our students’ Asus Nexus tablets; every student in my classroom has one of these,” explained Brenan. “Our Technology Coordinator, Cyndi Redmond, worked with the kids helping them take learn to use the photo application on their tablet.

“And then, our Garden Coordinator Kathleen Witter worked with our kids – we have a wonderful garden program here at our school – and helped them explore the Lewis Garden, looking for interesting photographs,” Brenan went on.

With the money that Enzo donated to the school’s arts program, they purchased materials to put on the winter exhibit and sale. “All proceeds from this sale will go back into the Lewis Art Fund,” assured Brenan.

As this was written, the sale was not yet over at the coffee shop, and won’t be until the photos are all gone. Go take a look! Chances are, you’ll buy an original photograph you’ll proudly display in your home.

Cleveland High School, Improv, lunch, entertainment
One of these actors is about to be “voted off the island”, as a CHS improv game continues. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Cleveland High Theater serves up weekly “Improv Luncheon”


To help lighten the mood of serious and studious Cleveland High School (CHS) students, the theater department presents a freewheeling laugh-fest on Fridays at noon – when Cleveland’s own improvisational comedy troupe, “The Improvables”, perform.

“We started holding these shows sporadically, about three years ago,” remarked CHS theater instructor Thomas Beckett. “For the last couple of years, we’ve held them every Friday.”

As with most comedy improvisation shows, the actors perform in one or more sets of “games” that provide guidelines for how a scene will begin, and then play out.

“One of the benefits of the shows is that they bring many students here to laugh, and be part of our school community,” Beckett said. “And these also help hone the skill of the actors. It gives us a place for people to come and enjoy themselves.”

The shows are free, and open to the public, on Fridays in Room 268 – the school’s “black box” theater.

Like all forms of improvisational comedy, it’s best to have an open mind – the actors are creating their routines as they go, and some of the language may be a bit uncensored.

Southeast Events and Activities

“Pajamas and Popcorn Service” for all at All Saints. Everyone is invited to an intergenerational “Pajamas and Popcorn Service” at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Woodstock on Wednesday afternoon, February 3, at 5 p.m. There will be a service in the chapel followed by hot chocolate and popcorn, with a simple craft. Kids can come in their pajamas; PJs optional for adults, and you can change at the church if you want. For details, contact the church.

Hari Kondabolu peforms at Reed College.
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the New York Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today”. In March of 2014 he released his debut stand-up comedy album, “Waiting for 2042”. He is currently NYU’s APA Institute’s Artist in Residence for the 2014-2015 academic year. He performs at 7 p.m. this evening in Kaul Auditorium, on the Reed College Campus north of Woodstock Boulevard.

Free Concert at Reed College: “Friday at Four”.
This concert features Reed music students Max Boddy, violin, and Alex Pan, piano. Admission is free, and the concert is open to the public. It’s in the college’s Eliot Hall chapel, at 4 p.m.

Weatherization Workshop comes to Sellwood.
Today, free, from noon till 2 p.m. at the Sellwood Library, learn how to implement simple measures to lower home energy use and install effective weatherization materials using basic tools such as scissors and a screwdriver. Open to all, but each participating income-qualified Portland household will receive a free kit of materials. Register online with the Community Energy Project – at The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
This afternoon, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church invites everyone to a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Free Will offering. (Tomorrow, February 10, is the beginning of Lent, and the church invites all to Ash Wednesday worship tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m.) Trinity United Methodist Church is on the corner of S.E. 39th and Steele in Woodstock.  Online at:

“Becoming Your Own Publisher” workshop. This free workshop for adults at the Sellwood Library provides authors with the tools and guidance necessary to become their own successful publishers, including aspects of professional editing and design, logistics, and distribution, and publicity and marketing. Registration required; register for a 30-minute session in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. Two half-hour sessions, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

For families: Make and take a Luminaria!
At the Sellwood Branch Library this morning, join artist Kathy Karbo as she leads workshop participants in transforming simple materials into stunning Luminarias for your home or garden. Take yours home to enjoy! It’s all free, but come early to be sure of a seat, because space is limited. The two-hour workshop starts at 10:30 am at the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

81st Annual St. Ignatius Italian Dinner.
This afternoon, noon till 6 p.m., a Southeast Portland neighborhood tradition, since 1935! St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Dillon Hall, at 3400 S.E. 43rd Avenue at Powell Boulevard offers its annual Italian Dinner, featuring spaghetti, ravioli, homemade meatballs, green salad, Delphina’s Italian Pugliese bread, beverages and dessert. Adults, $11.50; Seniors, $10; Kids under 12, $6; Kids under 5 with parents, FREE. Credit cards now accepted.

“Asian New Year” celebrated in Woodstock. The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures celebrating life, good health, and prosperity. Come to the Woodstock Branch Library to help bring in the New Year with cultural performances, educational activities, and light refreshments. Free; 3-4:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Pageturners Book Group for adults at Woodstock Library.
Come to the Woodstock Branch Library 6:30-7:30 p.m. this evening for “Everybody Reads”, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project. First read “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henríquez – then 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.

Three-day “Festival of New Works” at Reed.
Five thesis candidates developing new works will present these world premieres in a festival format today through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. each day, in the Massee Pereformance Lab, in the Reed College Performing Arts Building, on the west side of the campus off S.E. 28th. Collectively, these five performances explore identity and the ways that performance is made. For tickets, go online:   

Red Cross Bloodmobile in Woodstock this afternoon.
The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive 2 to 7 p.m. this afternoon at Woodstock Bible Church.  The church is located at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. Everyone invited to donate blood. If you would like to schedule a specific time, go online at: Thank you for donating. Your blood helps to save lives.

Llewellyn “Connect to Kindergarten”. Llewellyn Elementary School welcomes parents of incoming Llewellyn kindergartners to its “Connect to Kindergarten” event this evening, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Parents, please join the Principal and staff in an introduction to the school. Childcare will be provided. The school’s address is 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland.

Registration underway for Naturescaping Workshop. The required preregistration is now open for a March 5 “Naturescaping Basics” workshop in Woodstock – in which you will learn how to design your landscape to reduce water use, decrease stormwater runoff, and improve habitat for local birds, wildlife, and yourself! This workshop will explore the core concepts of naturescaping, pollution prevention, native plant identification, and siteplanning principles. Get native gardening and design tips and more. Presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Sat., March 5, 9 a.m. to 1 Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street. Register by calling 503/935-5368, or go online: Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

Pianist Paul Roberts: Master class and then concert, at Reed.
Reed College presents Paul Roberts in a special chamber music workshop featuring three Debussy sonatas, all written between 1915 and 1916: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp. Musicians will include advanced student instrumentalists from the area, with Paul Roberts at the piano. The workshop will be a cross between a master class and an open rehearsal, engaging the audience in the process and at the same time providing insight into the nature and structure of the music in the manner of a lecture recital. You are invited for the working sessions, 2:30-5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building, Room 320, at Reed College ($20), or the culminating concert performance at 7 p.m. in Eliot Hall Chapel ($15). SAVE by buying tickets for both for $30, and then also join Paul Roberts and the musicians for a no-host supper in the Reed Commons before the concert. All full-time students admitted free to the workshop and/or concert. Buy tickets online at – or call 503/224-9842.


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