Restoration, not demolition, for Woodstock

Restoration, not demolition, for Woodstock "gateway" home

For over forty years – until just recently – the house at the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and...

In July, eclectic concerts rocked Sellwood Riverfront Park

In July, eclectic concerts rocked Sellwood Riverfront Park

Although historic Oaks Amusement Park is silent on Monday evenings, just south of it, at Sellwood...

Hit movie

Hit movie "in the park" packs Hazeltine Park

One of the first Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) “Movies in the Park” presentations...

Brooklyn collective supports eleven artists

Brooklyn collective supports eleven artists

A rust-colored warehouse, bordered by scores of potted plants, sits at the corner of S.E. 21st...

Classes & food cart:

Classes & food cart: "Accessible food" for Southeast Portland

Although their summertime project was held in the Woodstock neighborhood, as well as some other...

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by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Linsey Haraldsen, freshman at Cleveland High School, is ready to make another cappuccino or espresso as part of the Café au Play barista job-skills training program.
August 01, 2014

Nonprofit S.E. Café lands big "Barista School" grant

by David F. Ashton
It originally was the “Drive-thru Wake-Up Deli” – until the owner was caught selling pseudoephedrine to labs making methamphetamine in 2003. But neighbors and supporters turned the building at…
by: COURTESY OF ST. AGATHAS - The new Principal at St. Agathas Catholic School is Chris Harris, a Portland native.
August 01, 2014

St. Agatha Catholic School has new Principal

by Eric Norberg
Sellwood’s venerable Catholic School, St. Agatha’s, announces that a new principal assumed that position on July 1st – Chris Harris, a native of the Portland area. Harris, who recently was with…
by: RITA A. LEONARD - Stephen Cutler has painted his canoe with images of native Pacific Northwest artistry. It often can be seen near S.E. 52nd and Steele in Woodstock.
August 01, 2014

Canoe art on view in Woodstock

by Rita A. Leonard
Pacific Northwest Native Art is distinctive in its colors, images, and style. Woodstock resident Stephen Cutler, who explores the Willamette River around Ross Island, has painted his canoe in a…
by: RITA A. LEONARD - Karl Anderson, The Bird Man, displays a collection of colorful birds, as he explains at the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library about these birds - their care and their capabilities.
August 01, 2014

Parrots parade at Sellwood-Moreland Library

by Rita A. Leonard
In the last few years, researchers have demonstrated that parrots are extremely smart. A few years ago, a parrot in Brooklyn made the front page headline in THE BEE by catching a burglar for the…
by: RITA A. LEONARD - Ten-year-old Milo measures an eleven-and-a-half-foot-tall hollyhock in front of his Brooklyn home.
August 01, 2014

Giant Hollyhock grows in Brooklyn

by Rita A. Leonard
Could it be something in this year’s rainfall…? A huge red hollyhock is blooming on a parking strip in the Brooklyn neighborhood. While Hollyhock stalks usually top out at around eight feet,…
August 01, 2014

August Events and Activities

by THE BEE
in Inner Southeast Portland AUGUST 1 Ping Pong’s Puppet Museum presents new exhibit. The nonprofit public puppet museum in Sellwood, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, presents its 12th…
by: EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS - At 20th and S.E. Harold, theres a noticeable change in scale between the original gambrel-roof house on the left (1928), and the home next to it - recently-built, with an ADU behind it, sited on the lot which formerly held the large garden of the house on the left. The one-story house at the far right will soon be replaced by a three-story condominium complex, it has been announced.
July 04, 2014

Local historian evaluates new homes

by Eileen G. Fitzsimons
SOUTHEAST HISTORY Concerns have been expressed in neighborhoods throughout the city – including Sellwood-Westmoreland, Eastmoreland, Reed, and other Inner Southeast neighborhoods – about the…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Shane Stonemetz and Nick Bowden from ProFarm Produce from Selah, Washington, pitch their fresh baby asparagus during opening day of the Woodstock Farmers Market.
July 04, 2014

Woodstock Farmers Market opens fourth season in showers

by David F. Ashton
Rain may help crops grow, but the forecast for a wet Sunday on June 1 might have made a few shoppers reluctant to venture out and shop at the first Woodstock Farmers Market of the season. But,…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - High school students Alex Stewart and Abigail Robertson appear as the Soldier and the Eldest Princess show a scene from their production, show The 12 Dancing Princesses.
July 04, 2014

Sellwood's Classical Ballet Academy celebrates its first decade

by David F. Ashton
The weekend before performing their “Spring Story Ballets” in downtown Portland, student dancers at the Classical Ballet Academy in Sellwood invited THE BEE to be there as they tried on their…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Gabby the Librarian is the host of the Library Sesquicentennial Celebration, aided by puppeteer Penny Walter, seen here at the Sellwood Branch Library.
July 04, 2014

Sesquicentennial puppet show teaches County Library history

by David F. Ashton
Teaching youngsters about the Multnomah County Library system’s “sesquicentennial” is as difficult to say as it is to explain. So, Penny Walter – of Penny’s Puppet Productions – simplified the…

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by: RITA A. LEONARD - A painted fir tree with a door to imagination commemorates the recent loss of a 150-year-old fir at the intersection.
Jul 04, 2014

Another year, another street design, at "Share-It Square"

by Rita A. Leonard
For the 18th year, neighbors around S.E. 9th Avenue and Sherrett Street in Sellwood came together to create a new street painting to celebrate “Share-It Square”. The May 31st event was…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Mrs. Debbie Munozs kindergarten class is all set to march in the end-of-school Duniway Parade.
Jul 04, 2014

Kids' parade again marks end of school at Duniway

by David F. Ashton
Hundreds of parents and neighbors came out to witness the annual end-of-school observance, as 650 kids, teachers, and staff from Duniway Elementary School in Eastmoreland marched up and down…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Shovels in hand, officials break ground for the Portland Mercado.
Jul 04, 2014

"Mercado" comes to Foster Road

by David F. Ashton
Hopes were high, on the afternoon of May 15, when about 70 people gathered in the parking lot of the former “Metro Auto Wholesale” lot on S.E. Foster Road at 72nd Avenue, situated along the…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Lisa Gunion-Rinker and Betty Fulmore have a quiet moment between buyers, at the annual Hearty Plant Sale in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood, raising funds to support the development of Balfour Park.
Jul 04, 2014

Ardenwald-Johnson Creek: Plant sale to develop park

by David F. Ashton
For the past several years, volunteers from the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association have been holding fundraisers, such as plant sales, with the objective of raising money to…
by: COURTESY OF JESSI EVEN - Enthusiastic volunteers tackled all kinds of jobs at this years Woodstock Boulevard Cleanup - including the partial weeding of this parking strip at S.E. 43rd Avenue and Woodstock.
Jul 04, 2014

Woodstock Blvd Cleanup draws lots of volunteers

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Do we take our neighborhoods for granted? By some global standards, Portland neighborhoods are “squeaky clean”, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need some pickup and sprucing up from time…
by: RITA A. LEONARD - Erica Litner, left, and Lisa Samuels, longtime staffers and now the owners of the newly renamed Brooklyn House, on the restaurants front porch.
Jul 04, 2014

Brooklyn House Restaurant prospers with its new name

by Rita A. Leonard
One of the most valuable assets of a restaurant is its name. When the two women who for years had been running the Berlin Inn in Brooklyn offered to buy it, they were confronted with a major…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Before students head over to the Franklin High School Theater for the ARTS ALIVE! performance, Franklin High School Dance Department Director Julana Torres makes a Head to Toe Inspection, to ensure the performers are properly groomed, dressed, and ready to go on stage and perform like the professionals they are becoming.
Jul 04, 2014

Arts programs flourishing at Franklin High

by David F. Ashton
In its second year, Franklin High School’s ARTS ALIVE! Festival showcased its students’ finest accomplishments in creative and performance art on Labor Day weekend, May 24 and 25. ARTS ALIVE! is…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Before her workshop Hidden Voices of Renaissance England, Reed Visiting Scholar Dr. Kerry McCarthy shows a facsimile of 16th century sheet music for Visita quaesumus.
Jul 04, 2014

"Dangerous music" played at Reed College

by David F. Ashton
During the English Renaissance, not all of the music composed was allowed to be performed in public. But this didn’t stop groups of primarily women in the Elizabethan Catholic Church from…
by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Steven Overton demonstrates how the three dragons in one of the puppet show stories swoop down and out the front of the puppet theater stage.
Jul 04, 2014

Czech puppets play Sellwood in nonprofit "museum"

by David F. Ashton
There’s been big excitement in Sellwood’s nonprofit Ping-Pong’s Pint-Size Puppet Museum since its current display and show opened last month showcasing puppetry from the Czech Republic. “One of…
Jul 01, 2014

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN JULY

by THE BEE
What's going on in Inner Southeast JULY 1 Preschool and Bible School registration open in Sellwood. Open enrollment at Immanuel Lutheran School, and Vacation Bible School (Aug. 4-8) registration…