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The Woodstock Community Center is maintained as a local resource by volunteers, and is funded by a plant sale

DAVID F. ASHTON - Standing by to check out plant buyers at the annual sale were volunteers Becky Luening, Kellye Bruce, and Elisa EdgingtonFor many years, residents have looked forward to the "Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale" in early May, which raises money to support the maintenance of the Woodstock Community Center. That was the agreement made by the nonprofit Friends of the Woodstock Community Center with Portland Parks and Recreation to keep the Center open, as the city was closing smaller Community Centers all over the city.

However, due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, for the past two years it has been a low-key, largely online, by-appointment-only affair situated in the back yard of event organizer Sandy Profeta's Woodstock home.

On May 7 of this year, the plant sale returned to being a "live" community event, held at the Community Center. "We have about 1,300 plants this year, coming from the gardens and yards of about 60 donors, here and across the city," remarked Profeta."We also had plant donations from Woodstock Ace Hardware, Tony's Garden Center, and Westwind Organics."

In one way or another, about 40 volunteers pitched in before, during, and after this year's plant sale. By its conclusion, almost every plant, bush, and flower available was taken to a new home.

"We're also grateful for Diane Sykes, Attorney at Law, who not only loaned us the use of her business' parking lot, but who also made a generous monetary contribution to our effort," said Profeta. "And, our volunteers were energized by coffee from Papaccino's, and were kept fed by doughnuts from Safeway, and by Papa Murphy's pizza we baked in the kitchen."

DAVID F. ASHTON - Starting off with about 1,300 plants, vegetables, and flowers, there was something for almost everyone at the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale this year - and everything was sold. All the effort paid off -- for gardeners, and for Friends of the Woodstock Community Center. The sale brought in $6,000 to help keep the doors open at the Community Center. Stroll with THE BEE through the plant sale in this brief exclusive video: youtu.be/n3_aEEtdgwE


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