Latest news items from Inner Southeast Portland businesses in THE BEE

(Image is Clickable Link) Nancy Chapin, one of the organizers of what became Venture Portland, and quarterback for local business groups, speaks at the Association of Home Businesses in May.Program from business guru Nancy Chapin at AHB: The speaker at the area-wide Association of Home Businesses May 18 meeting will be local business guru and owner of her own home business, "The Support Group", Nancy Chapin. Her talk is entitled "You want to be WHAT when you grow up?" – and, she says, it will be a local home businesswoman's "musings on a long term dream about the next phase in an already interesting life. A few stories, a few observations. Who knows? Maybe a laugh or two!!" Nancy is one of the best-known people in the Portland business world, and this will be an interesting talk! The meeting, which is 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at SMILE Station – S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood – is open to all and, in addition to the networking and mutual business support and camaraderie, also includes a buffet supper. First-time visitors pay the members' rate for the meeting, $10 at the door. RSVPs requested for meal planning – call Eric at 503/232-2326 to RSVP, or RSVP through the website at:

Windermere Stellar Real Estate recognizes two local brokers: Windermere Stellar Real Estate makes an annual practice of honoring the real estate brokers representing the company's top ten percent of 2016 production for their hard work and commitment to their clients. Of the 39 brokers on the list, two are from the Westmoreland office at S.E. Bybee at 16th. The first of the pair is Reuben Schug, who, according to the company, "is ranked in the top three percent of production among all brokers in the Portland-metro area, and ranked in the top seven percent of brokers nationally, based on customer satisfaction surveys; Reuben has been deemed a five-star professional for the past seven years." The other Linda Skeele, a Portland native, a BEE advertiser, and "a top producer for Windermere Stellar's Southeast office for the past 16 years. Linda is a director, board member and participant in the Windermere Premier Homes Program, which provides support and mentoring to brokers serving not just clients with homes of distinction, but all clients."

"Three Sisters Nixtamal" changes neighborhoods: Wendy downing of "Three Sisters Nixtamal" announces that the business has moved from Sellwood to Brentwood-Darlington, and "has opened a state-of-the-art tortilla factory at S.E. 72nd and Flavel in what used to be a Jewish temple. We will have a retail outlet opening over the summer, featuring our delicious organic yellow, white, and blue corn tortillas, fresh masa for tortillas, fresh masa for tamales, and hominy. Bulk orders available for pick-up by special order." More information online at –

Inner Southeast poets featured in new collection: Two noted poets living in Sellwood-Westmoreland – Lex Runciman and Paulann Petersen – report that their profiles and work are included in a new book from Eugene writer Erik Muller, "Durable Goods: Appreciation of Oregon Poets". Petersen is a recent Oregon Poet Laureate. Runciman previously won an Oregon Book Award. The pair observe, "As far as we know, no book like it – that is, no book offering such extended discussions of Oregon poets, with a folio of poems included – has been published in recent memory, if ever. Its publication is a unique occasion." The book was published earlier this year by Eugene's Mountains and Rivers Press.

Agents from the John L. Scott real estate office in Woodstock prepared a meal for families staying at the North Portland Ronald McDonald House in late March.Realtors cook dinner at Ronald McDonald House: On Tuesday evening, March 28, John L Scott Woodstock agents cooked dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House in North Portland next to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. The menu included chicken souvlaki , rice pilaf, Greek sales, pita, tzatziki, and cupcakes. Agents participating in the charity effort included Michelle Maida, Lisa Smillie, Alex Roy, and Donna Sellman Pilorget. The nonprofit Ronald McDonald Houses across the country provide lodging for families staying near a child undergoing medical treatment.

Vox Academy moves north: Vox Academy, until recently on S.E. 17th in Westmoreland at Mitchell Street, reports that it has moved to space it is renting from Waverly Heights United Church of Christ, 3300 S.E. Woodward Street. Vox Academy teaches a variety of classes designed to develop the voice both for singing and speaking, and is also the home of the Healing Voices Choir, a non-audition choir that studies for a 15 week term, preparing a program of music for a concert at the conclusion of the term. "Vox Academy offers free workshops and free attendance to observe performance studios (master classes). The Healing Voices Choir performs outreach concerts, usually at local care facilities. There is a sing-a-thon currently being planned in conjunction with Waverly UCC that will be free to the public." See the Vox Academy website for details: .

"Plucky Maidens" sale event at Oaks Park on May 7th: "The Plucky Maidens" announce their latest event in Portland – the "I See London, I See France!" Vintage Pop-Up Show. "This festive market will be held on Sunday, May 7th at the historic and beloved Oaks Park Dance Pavilion," says Pam Knecht, founder of Plucky Maidens, who reports that she leads small groups (no more than 12 travelers) on what she calls "junking" tours of Paris and London twice a year. Travelers visit flea markets and small shops in and around Paris and London for finding vintage and antique wares to bring back home. The new "I See London, I See Paris!" Show on May 7th will be a chance for local shoppers to get sense of what it feels like to shop the markets abroad. "And, of course," Pam adds, "to purchase antique, vintage and artisan British and French treasures of their own." The Plucky Maidens have been producing vintage shows in Portland since 2011.

"Dog Coach" class starts May 13 at Sellwood Pet Supply: Have fun with your dog and learn or refresh basic obedience skills: Audrey Charlton has the class for you. Dogs of all ages are welcome, and children are welcome to participate, but the class is limited to six dogs. Each six-week class session costs $175.00 per dog, and a deposit is needed to hold your space. This six-week rigorous, hour-long class begins Saturday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Sellwood Pet Supply, 8334 S.E. 17th Avenue. The rest of the classes will move to a 5 p.m. time, and will migrate around the community and parks to enhance the coaching experience. Covered are all basic dog life skills, common behavioral issues, and refreshing the skills necessary to have fun and rewarding experiences with your dog.

Among the volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank on April 8 were, from left, Marty Ringle, Noelwah Netusil, Cathy Murray, Eric Kinser, Michelle Maida, Fluid Movement proprietor Anne McCranie, and Marnie Frank.Sellwood business' customers volunteer at Oregon Food Bank: Clients of "Fluid Movement + Massage" in Sellwood volunteered on Saturday, April 8th, at the Oregon Food Bank. That included a tour of the northeast Portland facility: the organizers emphasized how volunteer efforts makes a difference. Anne McCranie of Fluid Movement remarks, "Along with the other volunteers that day, we bagged over 37,000 pounds of apples and potatoes!"

Two local artists in Sellwood exhibition: Alan Rose and Judy Wise will be showing their new work at the "12x16 Gallery" at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenu, #5, in Sellwood, in May – the 4th through the 28th. The First Friday Reception is May 5, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists' Reception is May 7, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.

Westmoreland charity "fun run" on April 30: "The Southeast Dash and Bash 5K", with all proceeds benefitting the Windermere Foundation – which serves local low-income children and families – took place on Sunday, April 30. It was a 5 kilometer run/walk/stroll from 9 to 11 a.m., originating at the Wilhelm's Portland Memorial parking lot at S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th, and ending up there as well – with refreshments for the participants from Otto's Sausage Kitchen and Pizza Roma in Woodstock, and Oaks Bottom Public House just down the street in Westmoreland. A "Kids' Bash" area included face-painting, an obstacle course, and corn hole. The amount raised by the event had not yet been reported, as this issue of THE BEE was going to press. Woodstock filmmaker in local premiere: Woodstock-based filmmaker Brian Padian's debut feature film "The Black Sea" will screen at the Clinton Street Theater on Saturday, May 6th, as a double feature with Andy Koontz's debut feature film "Ekimmu the Dead Lust". Both films were made independently, and took over a decade to be fully realized with minimal resources. But the films share something else in common – both directors are also brain tumor survivors. "We met online, and realized we had these things in common, and wanted to have a screening to celebrate cinema and being alive," says Padian.

Toy store touts kids' virtues, as "superpowers": On Sunday, May 21st, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sellwood toy store "Oodles 4 Kids" announces that it will be helping kids recognize and unleash their superpowers. Some superheroes are supposed to be able to leap tall buildings, bend metal, become invisible, and even shapeshift. But the kind being celebrated by the store on May 21st include being a good listener, creativity, shyness, and kindness. Parents and kids invited – to help kids recognize and celebrate their own superhero superpowers. "Free fun for the whole family." The store is situated at 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue; for information, call 503/719-7670.

New real estate agent in Woodstock: At John L. Scott Real Estate on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, word has been received from Michelle Maida, the business' Office Leader, that a new real estate agent has joined the staff – Shannon Downs.

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