by: Eric Norberg, Cleveland High’s Kathy Stromvig, left, new S.E. Portland Rotary President, presents her predecessor in the post, John Ellis, a ceremonial gavel for his year of leadership.

S.E. Portland Rotary installs new President.

At its annual Installation and Awards Banquet on June 29th at the Portland Golf Club, the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, which meets at noon on Mondays at Country Bill's Restaurant on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard (visitors welcome), installed its new President for the 2006-07 Rotary year, Kathy Stromvig, a familiar sight at Cleveland High School and at various community projects. John Ellis, the previous President, conducted the installation. The club also named as its 'Rotarian of the Year' commercial realtor Doug Foley of Eastmoreland. The club is open to anyone interested in business camaraderie and community service. Its Internet website is:

Now Woodstock has its own 'neighborhood garage sale'. Following the enormous success of the Eastmoreland Garage Sale, and the recent establishment of a Westmoreland Garage Sale weekend in July, sponsored by a real estate agent there, Kathryn King of KJK Properties, and Mary Stupek of Eastbank Mortgage Company are sponsoring a 'Woodstock Garage Sale' on Saturday, August 26th. If you live in Woodstock and want to join in on that date, sign up at Miller's More Than Mail on Woodstock Boulevard, pay $5, and then pick up your sale kit anytime prior to the sale. Kit contains garage sale signs, map and addresses of the sale locations, coupons, and more. Booth for info and last minute signup at 4705 S.E. Knight during the sale hours, 8 am till 4 pm, on August 26th. For information call 503/772-8825 or 503/380-1339.

Assaggio Restaurant receives 'Wine Spectator' award. In July, Assaggio Restaurant on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood was honored with the 'Wine Spectator' award for Outstanding Wine List. The criteria for the award are: Breadth of wine list, regional classification, price range, and selection. The award is appearing in the August issue of 'Wine Spectator' magazine. Assaggio reports that it features exclusive regional wines from Italy.

'Portland Vision Project' visits Woodstock. If you have an interest in, or would like to contribute to, the developing future of Portland and of Inner Southeast Portland, you're welcome to attend the Woodstock Community Business Assn. meeting in August--on Tuesday, the 8th--when this official city visioning process will occur 7-8 pm, facilitated by David F. Ashton, award-winning contributor to THE BEE. The meeting will be at Country Bill's Restaurant, S.E. 44th and Woodstock Boulevard. All are welcome.

'Summers' Sensations' to close. Kristi Summers advises that her Antique Row gift shop, at 7912 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, cannot remain at its current location, and will be closing its doors.

'Hidden Sock' changes number, adds furniture. 'The Hidden Sock' vintage clothing store, the subject of a story in the July BEE, and located in the Brooklyn neighborhood at 3543 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, has a new phone number: 503/593-7929. Owner Liu Chen has also expanded her showroom space to include a home furnishings room that offers some furniture, vases, framed calligraphy and Chinese cut paper art, tea pot sets, and decorative stools. You can also contact Chen via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brooklyn artist included in exchange exhibition in Korea. Madeline Meza Janovec is one of 13 female Oregon artists whose work will be displayed in the new Kyungpook University Department of Art in Daegu, South Korea. The exhibition, called 'Through Women's Eyes II', will be previewed by the Oregon Women's Caucus for Art at the Janovec Studio, on the S.E. corner of Holgate Boulevard and S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, noon till 5 Friday and Saturday afternoons and by appointment. A 'First Friday' reception for the artists will be held August 4th, 6-9 pm, at the same location.

'Sellwood Spirit Feathers' announces staff additions. Sellwood Spirit Feathers announces that it has been offering Mind/Body Health assistance for over 7 years, and in July added 3 new professionals to their private offices. Julie Hanson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, offers assistance with disruptive belief patterns and relationship dynamics; Blue Dixon, Licensed Massage Therapist, offers a host of body-work modalities to ease stress in the body; Stephanic Sprangler brings 'The Vibration Method' of Weight Control thru one-on-one counseling. They join Judy Pattee, Reiki Master and Owner of Spirit Feathers, in 'offering assistance toward healing on an individual basis'. A variety of classes and workshops are continually offered at Spirit Feathers, located at 7704 S.E. 13th Avenue, 503/230-2469.

Local photographer in First Friday exhibition. Local photographer Joni Kabana will be exhibiting her portraiture at the First Friday Art Walk, August 4th, at 'Please Be Seated', 8309 S.E. 13th in Sellwood. 'Please Be Seated' also advises that they have completed an expansion in 'the lower dream level', which features 'beautiful things for Bed, Bath, and Breakfast'. The expansion is entitled 'The Idle Hours'.

New broker in Westmoreland. The Windermere Real Estate office on S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland announces the addition of Chris Dawkins to its roster of brokers. Dawkins formerly was Executive Recruiter for Fortune Personnel in Lake Oswego for seven years.