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A weekly summer feature of the Sellwood Community House in 2021 was skipped this year -- except for one day

DAVID F. ASHTON - Volunteering at the Sellwood Community House Thursday Market hotdog stand were Angelina Kamaratou and Ilsu Saygimel - both of them students visiting from Cyprus, and guests of Southeast Portland Rotary Club members, as part of Rotary Internationals Cyprus Friendship Program. The weekly Sellwood Community House summer "Thursday Market" was canceled this year — due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to remodeling projects ongoing in the organization's building at S.E. 15th and Tacoma Street.

But there was one exception this summer. On that day, the Community House hosted the lone Thursday Market of the year — presented as a "kickoff to Summerville", and in support of the Southeast Portland Ukranian community. It took place in front of their building, and in their side courtyard.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Oleksii Overchuk - a recent arrived from Ukraine - and the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church pastors wife, Ginny Yavorskyi, tell guests about their planned Ukrainian Festival at the church.  Sellwood Community House Adult Programming staffer Veronica "Ronnie" Carey told THE BEE, "We have twelve vendors here. We're selling food, and running a raffle; the profits from these are going to support Ukraine. Inside the building, we have a Ukraine cultural display, brought by people from the nearby St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Peter Weymouth, and son Bennett enjoyed a hot dog supper together. Bennett started preschool at the Sellwood Community House in September. "The best things to come from this afternoon's market are helping our local vendors meet the public; listening to music; and creating a greater sense of community — particularly with our Ukrainian neighbors."

The afternoon was sponsored by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association (SMILE), and the Sellwood UPS Store.


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