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Ice Cream is an enduring theme of summertime fun in Inner Southeast; certainly it is in Brooklyn

RITA A. LEONARD - Face painter Sophia Marie (at right) finished painting a customer under an umbrella, when midafternoon sprinkles appeared in Brooklyn Park. The Brooklyn neighborhood wound up the summer on Sunday, September 8, with its 18th annual "Ice Cream Social in the Park". The event is presented by the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, with help from volunteers. The dessert in question came in various flavors of ice cream bars were offered at 25 cents each, while Sara's Tamales, billed as authentic Oxaca food, offered snacks that were a bit more substantial.

Kids lined up for balloon sculptures and the Polar Bear bouncy castle, while adults visited the various booths hosted by the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Community Garden, artisans offering homemade crafts, and a presence by various businesses. Music was again provided by the Yamhillbillies, and raffle items were provided by the B.A.C. and local businesses.

Neighbors chatted about all the new construction in the araea, coyotes, traffic, air quality, the homeless population, and crime. Residents along S.E. Pershing Street between 12th and 14th reported themselves pleased that the roadway has finally been revamped, after about half a dozen go-'rounds.

New businesses in the neighborhood with a presence included a new pizza parlor, Third Generation Herbal, and Rose City Martial Arts. It was also revealed that the US Bank branch at 3230 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue would be closing on December 3rd.

At a booth manned by the Friends of Brooklyn Park Summer Program THE BEE learned that this year's program had indeed eventually been completely financed. Chairman Ben Tarne noted that the successful returnable can and bottle program that helped finance it would continue throughout the year, to get a head start on funds for the summer of 2020. "The large blue collecting bags are being given out at both Rose City Coffee and the Brooklyn Pharmacy, if anyone needs them," he said. "We appreciate continued support."

Sophia Marie of Sacred Muse Face Painting was the face painter at the Social – but a midafternoon rain shower put a damper on her services, although she persisted for a while under an umbrella. Nearby, balloon sculptor Scott Davis created multicolored balloon figures for a steady stream of kids. The Polar Bear air bouncer was abandoned in the rain, but Portland Fire Bureau sent Fire Truck #21, commanded by Capt. Ryan Minto, to the edge of the Park for an educational "Public Park Visit".

In spite of a summer social being dampened by early fall rain showers, attendees were pleased to have attended the 19th annual end-of-summer Brooklyn celebration.


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