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by: Eric Norberg Southeast Portland Rotary honored Sellwood UPS Store Owner Joel Fields, the club Rotarian of the Year for 2011. The honor was presented by Woodstock Attorney Bill Meyer, left, the previous year's recipient of the honor – at its annual Installation and Awards Banquet on June 28th. Inaugurated as its new president for the year was Woodstock resident Patricia Nichols.

Southeast Rotary inaugurates president, honors member

At its annual Installation Banquet on June 28th, Southeast Portland Rotary inaugurated its new president for the 2011-2012 Rotary year, Patricia Nichols, and honored as 'Rotarian of the Year' Joel Fields, owner and operator of the UPS Store in Sellwood. Master of Ceremonies Joe Amato was honored for having the longest record of 'perfect attendance' in the club, at 37 years. The club has been meeting Mondays, except on national holidays, in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, from noon until 1 pm. Guests are always welcome to visit the club to hear the speaker or to learn more about Rotary. The club Internet website is: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com - check it before attending a meeting to establish the current meeting location.

SWBA presents 'Passport' promotion August 6th

The popular 'Passport' contest, involving most businesses in Sellwood and Westmoreland, takes place starting at 10 am on Saturday, August 6th, and continues all day. Participating businesses stamp the 'Passport' booklet of each visitor (booklets can be picked up at these same merchants), with no purchase necessary. Those receiving the minimum number of stamps are entered in a drawing for several appealing prizes. Businesses in homes or in other less-accessible location will have tables in the parking lot of 'Designing Women' on S.E. 17th just south of Tacoma Street. Sponsored by the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance (details at: www.SellwoodWestmoreland.com). Also part of the event is a 'Health Fair' at the Meyer Boys and Girls Club, a block south of Bybee Boulevard on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, with various health and fitness opportunities, sponsored by Providence Milwaukie Hospital and Northwest Primary Care. A farmers market is also planned for that location on that day, courtesy of Moreland Farmers Market.

Sellwood Cycle moves west to 13th

After 15 years of serving the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood at 7639 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, Sellwood Cycle Repair, a full-service bike repair shop, recently moved to a roomier site at 7953 S.E. 13th Avenue - in space formerly occupied by Furbish Cleaning Supplies, which moved out of the area. In addition to customized bike repair service, Sellwood Cycle Repair is an authorized Kona and Scott bicycle dealer, and the store also carries Yuba utility bicycles, and accepts good-quality used bikes for sale on consignment. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Call 503/233-9392, or visit online: www.sellwoodcycle.com .

Eastmoreland visual artist receives recognition

Betsy Bustamonte, a visual artist living in Eastmoreland, recently participated in the Festival of the Arts in Lake Oswego, part of the Lakewood Center for The Arts. She received an Honorable Mention award for one of her encaustic paintings. She has been active in Inner Southeast and Portland art circles for years. Her Internet website is: www.betsybustamonte.com .

Portland U-Brew and Pub finally opens its doors

After many months of remodeling its space and preparation, Portland U-Brew and Pub holds its Grand Opening on Friday, August 5th, on S.E. Milwaukie in Westmoreland - just north of Northwest Primary Care, south of San Felipe Taqueria and 7-Eleven, and across the street from Dairy Queen. Live entertainment for the Grand Opening will be provided by Warren Floyd starting at 7 pm. Owner Cliff Webb promises there will be 'great beers brewed on the premises, great Panini's, and great music.'

Landlord decision: Rent or lease your property?

At the monthly Landlord Study Hall in Woodstock, 6:30-8 pm on August 10th, sponsored by Woodstock real estate broker Katherine King of KJK Properties, the topic for the seminar is 'Choosing Your Tenancy: Fixed-Term Lease, or Month-To-Month?' The seminars are free to 'unlicensed' individuals, but RSVP's are required - call 503/997-9035. These events are held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, in the cafeteria.

Woodstock merchant takes part in 'Junk Fest'

On Thursday, August 18, 'Collage' (4429 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard), a shop featuring creative classes and supplies for artists of all ages, will participate in a booth at 'Plucky Maidens Junk Fest', 1 pm-dusk at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale. A smorgasbord of vintage wares are offered by over 50 vendors, rain or shine, free to public of all ages. For details, go online to: www.pluckymaidens.blogspot.com .

'Passport' event includes free neighborhood walks

As part of the August 8th Sellwood and Westmoreland 'Passport' SWBA promotion, Sam Brier announces that he's arranging free neighborhood walks by his 'Walk Oregon' throughout the day. Tours will leave from their table in Sellwood each hour, and will last about 30 minutes each. For more details, go online to: www.WalkOregon.com . Walk Oregon is also looking for guides familiar with Portland's neighborhoods. Sam can be contacted via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

7-Eleven opens in Woodstock with cash donation

Although the new store had been open for business for several days previous, the new 7-Eleven store on the southeast corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 52nd, replacing an abandoned Arby's, held its grand opening with free food and prizes starting at 10 am on Friday, July 15. A central part of the opening was a fund-raising effort for the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, a volunteer organization which cleans and maintains the Center as part of an arrangement with the Portland Parks Department which keeps the Center open. A ceremonial check for $500 was presented at the outset, and the sale of special coffee mugs all day raised further funds for the Center. The new store is open 24 hours a day.

'Cartlandia' opens in Brentwood-Darlington

'Cartlandia', a 'bike-centric food cart super pod', is a new business started in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. Its stated goal is to have affordable space and opportunities for local business and vendors that support the community. Organizers explain that they have taken over an abandoned used car lot on S.E. 8145 82nd Avenue, at the junction of the Springwater Corridor bike trail, and transformed it into a location for startup small businesses. They have started with food carts, and recently added a bike repair business, The Bike Rack, and announce that they have space available for carts for other small businesses such as those offering used clothing, books, flowers, etc., and they also have office space. The site also features an outdoor big screen TV to show Timbers Games and other sporting events; there's a Beer and Wine Garden for all Timbers Road Games. Plenty of bike and car parking, covered seating. The site is children and dog friendly, with a 'barking lot', kids' basketball game, and indoor bathrooms.

Love Art! Gallery helps launch a book

The Love Art! Gallery, S.E. 13th at Spokane in Sellwood, announces it will host a 'book launch artist reception' for Coleen P. McIntyre, local artist who illustrated the new book by Sameena Bachmeier, 'Old Mother Hubbard's Mixed Up Cupboard, a collection of Tangled Tales'. The reception, to which the public is welcome, will be on Saturday, August 6th, from noon till 5 pm. A storytime will be presented for kids at 2 pm.

New fitness business opens in Brooklyn

Laurie Fish and Nick Horton announce that they have just opened up a small gym, 'Primal Energy (P.E.)' at 3111 S.E. 13th (Suite 100),at Powell Boulevard. 'We offer small group boot-camps, yoga and Olympic Lifting.' For details of the business visit its Internet website - www.portlandprimalenergy.com - or call 503/754-4378.

Best Sushi adds to Woodstock cuisines

A Japanese Restaurant, Best Sushi Teriyaki, recently opened at 4310 SE Woodstock Boulevard in the space formerly occupied by Pace Setter Athletic, which moved across the street. The menu at Best Sushi includes teriyaki, yakisoba noodles, fried rice, tempura, and roll combo specials with a variety of vegetable and meat entrees. The new Japanese restaurant is open Monday-Saturday 11-9, and Sunday 12-8. The telephone number is 503/808-9094.

Open house and BBQ at Edward Jones, Westmoreland

John Molesworth, Westmoreland financial advisor for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invites the community to attend an open house from 11:30 am to 7 pm for a BBQ lunch or dinner on Wednesday, August 17th, at 6434 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, tucked back behind Philadelphia's, and adjacent to the Bank of America parking lot. Molesworth says he would simply like to express his appreciation for the confidence and support he receives year-'round.

'Tao Nails' opens in Westmoreland

Tao Nails and Spa, at 7206 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, next to Plaid Pantry, celebrated their Grand Opening on July 1. Offered are manicures and pedicures, artificial nails, waxing, eyelash extensions, facials, body wraps, and more, in 'a peaceful, serene and professional setting for men and women to unwind from daily stress'. Founder Bill Ton reports that he has 10 years experience working to pamper and re-energize the health- and style-conscious consumer. Tao Nails is open weekdays 10-7, Saturdays 9-6, and Sundays 11-5. Call 503/236-8893 for information.

Precision Castparts buys a company

Precision Castparts, which has a major facility in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood on Johnson Creek Boulevard just east of S.E. 45th and its headquarters on S.W. Macadam Avenue, announced in July it planned to buy Primus International Inc. of Bellevue, WA, to assist its relationship with Boeing. Castparts employs some 18,000 worldwide and is one of only two Oregon companies included in the Fortune 500. The other one is Nike.

Hodge leaves Sellwood Country Financial office

Roger H. Hodge, II, CLU, LUTCF, a local resident, announces that he has left the Country Financial office he has headed on S.E. 13th in Sellwood to join VALIC Financial Advisors at 1800 S.W. First Avenue, Suite 420, in downtown Portland. The 14-year veteran of the financial services industry, and member of SWBA, will serve as a 'Financial Advisor, providing solutions for Groups and Individuals for Retirement, College Savings, and other Goals in Life, along with providing Life, Long Term Care, and Disability Insurance coverage'. His e-mail address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and his telephone number is 503/997-9251.

Sellwood gallery features two artists in August

At the 12x16 Gallery, 8235 S.E. 13th in Sellwood (Suite 5), in August two artists are featured: Christopher St. John, 'Studies From Eden Corridor' (paintings), and Mark Reid, 'Details' (photography). The First Friday public reception is August 5th, 6-9 pm; an Artists' Reception will follow on Sunday, August 7th, 2-4 pm. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, noon till 6 pm.

Carlson celebrates 75 years of Lukas/FIX Auto Body

Laurie Carlson, former Rotary District 5100 Governor and annual benefactor of the local Southeast Portland Rotary Club at its annual auction on the first weekend each December, celebrated with her staff the 75th anniversary of Lucas Auto Body at 17th and East Burnside - owned by her family the entire time, and recently rebranded 'FIX Auto Portland' - with a free barbeque on July 20th.

Sellwood gallery features two artists in August

At the 12x16 Gallery, 8235 S.E. 13th in Sellwood (Suite 5), in August two artists are featured: Christopher St. John, 'Studies From Eden Corridor' (paintings), and Mark Reid, 'Details' (photography). The First Friday public reception is August 5th, 6-9 pm; an Artists' Reception will follow on Sunday, August 7th, 2-4 pm. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, noon till 6 pm.