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Crazy for Crafts

The weather is turning, the leaves are falling ... it's bazaar season once again
by: Carole Archer, Sandy artist Lori Galindo creates works of art with salvaged wood and hardware, like this candle sconce.

Some holiday bazaars have staying power. Among the veterans in the local bazaar scene is Sandy's Firwood Elementary School Bazaar, celebrating its 22nd year on Nov. 18.

Firwood, a regular on the bazaar calendar's of The Gresham Outlook and The Sandy Post, is always on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

'Seventy-five percent of the goods must be hand-crafted,' says Cherri Gray, who has organized the event for the Parent Teacher Club for many years. Gray started out with the project when her children went to Firwood, continued there as a teacher's aid, and is still helping though she now works at Gresham's Hollydale Elementary School.

This is her last year for the bazaar, she says, and she is willing to train a replacement to keep it going. It's not that hard, she says, because most vendors come back year after year. Firwood is an old friend.

'It has a real following,' says Sandy resident and former Firwood teacher, Ann Marie Amstad. The event has bucked the occasional early snowstorm and survives in spite of the annual Civil War game between Oregon State University and University of Oregon.

Among the regular vendors is Sandy resident Lori Galindo.

'I started out at Firwood as a single mom doing beads to feed my kids,' says Galindo. Galindo worked her way through most of the crafts crazes, but about five years ago her lust for shop tools coincided with an appetite for shabby chic.

Now no old fence, no scabby newel post, no doorknob or hot water handle is safe from her grasp. Galindo combines aged wood and antique hardware to make new potting tables, fanciful birdhouses and garden benches.

In the daytime she tracks attendance at Sandy High School but at night and on weekends, she is Shop Woman. A brother-in-law turned her on to 'man toys' - a chop saw and a nail gun. Recently she also took up welding and makes fanciful trellises. Now, she says, shaking two paint-smeared gloved fists, no guys are allowed in her shop.

'You see the guys in the neighborhood, clutching their beers and watching. It makes them crazy that I don't measure anything. But I tell them, 'Stay out of my shop.''

The exception is her husband, Steve, a heating and air conditioning expert, who marvels that his wife sees something in old wood and junked materials that nobody else does.

She once talked him into dismantling a piano in a parking lot at the coast so they could tote the pieces home in their van. They have clambered through tunnels and dug around in junkyards and recycle warehouses. People who know Lori leave discards on the driveway. On vacation, the couple is apt to ship their clothes home in a box and fill their luggage with doorknobs.

Her items, priced in the $60 range or more, are higher end than many bazaar goods, but Galindo has had no problem selling hundreds of bird houses and often has a tough time keeping stock ready for sale. She takes her work to a festival in Aurora each year. This year, production was slowed because she spent the summer caring for her first grandchild, newborn Easton.

But she will not miss the Firwood bazaar. 'We all have the same spaces every year. We get to see each other and visit a lot.' And this year she will have grandbaby pictures to share. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18.

Firwood School, at 42900 S.E. Trubel Road, is just off Highway 26 east of Sandy at Shorty's Corner. Turn south at Shorty's Corner, then left on Firwood School Road. The school was built in the 1960s and serves a large area from Welches to Eagle Creek.

The Gresham Outlook's 2006 holiday bazaar and craft show list

Oct. 12-14

Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Country Romance, 30425 S.E. Wheeler Road, Boring.

Shabby chic and cottage furniture, antiques and collectibles, holiday gifts and décor.

Oct. 13-14

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Heidi Jordan, 1807 N.W. Wonderview Ave., Gresham. Off 212th Avenue, south of Burnside. Call for directions, 503-669-1084.

Selection of decorative holiday flags for every season, flagpoles, brackets, garden flag stands and garden décor.

Oct. 21

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ascension Catholic Church, 7507 S.E. Yamhill St., Portland.

Annual holiday craft boutique, 61 tables of handmade and homemade items with lunch, snack bar and desserts.

Oct. 27-28

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harvest Delights, Suburban Mobile Estates clubhouse, 21016 S.E. Stark St. Gresham.

Needlework, baked goods and boutique items.

Oct. 28

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave., Gresham.

Christmas decorations, handmade craft items, pottery, jewelry, knitted items, scrapbooking, paper crafts, gift bags and sun catchers. To benefit church outreach programs.

Oct. 28

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kelly Creek Condominium clubhouse, 2969 N.E. 13th St., Gresham (off Kane).

Handmade crafts, homemade baked goods, seasonal decorations and refreshments.

Nov. 2-4

Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring.

More than 75 booths and food from the Harvest Café. To benefit women's ministries at Good Shepherd.

Nov. 2-4

Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Country Romance, 30425 S.E. Wheeler Road, Boring.

Shabby chic and cottage furniture, antiques and collectibles, holiday gifts and décor.

Nov. 4

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Springwater Nazarene Church, 3445 S.E. Hillyard Road (corner of Highway 26 and Hillyard Road).

Home-crafted items, silent auction, food. To benefit women's ministries and youth missions.

Nov. 4

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gresham Free Methodist Church, 3101 S.E. Orient Drive, Gresham.

Nov. 10

Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid, 29455 S.E. Burnett Road, Eagle Creek.

Ham dinner, holiday gifts and baked goods. Event benefits the Ladies Aid, which uses the money in the community for mission work.

Nov. 10-11

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sandy Rebekah Lodge No. 193, 38885 Pioneer (IOOF Hall), Sandy

Crafts, antiques, reusable treasures, soup, sandwiches and pies. Event benefits Sandy Community Action Center and Eye Bank.

Nov. 10-11

Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Therese Holiday Bazaar, 132 N.E. Halsey St. Portland.

The 25th annual bazaar featuring craft vendors, baked goods, raffle items, a children's shopping area and snack and lunch specials. Sponsored by the St. Therese Women's Association.

Nov. 10-11

Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Springdale Art Network, 32405 Historic Columbia River Highway, Springdale.

Chairs with Flair (antique, funky, painted, quirky) fine art and jewelry. Event benefits Springdale Art Network.

Nov. 11

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Portland Christian Elementary School, 11845 S.E. Market St., Portland.

Braided Christmas bread, scarves and hats, Christmas wood cut outs. Benefits children attending Portland Christian Elementary School.

Nov. 11

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sandy Home Care Services, Inc., 39630 Pleasant St., Sandy.

Harvest Boutique craft bazaar. Proceeds benefit the Sandy Senior Center.

Nov. 17-18

Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Springdale Art Network, 32405 Historic Columbia River Highway, Springdale.

Chairs with Flair (antique, funky, painted, quirky) fine art and jewelry. Event benefits Springdale Art Network.

Nov. 17-19

Friday, 1 to 7 p. m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Larch Mountain Country Artisans, Glenn Otto Community Park, Sam Cox Building, 1106 E. Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.

The 27th annual Heart of the Country Show and Sale. Arts, crafts, folk art and door prizes drawn hourly. Proceeds benefit Corbett School art classes and Vista House.

Nov. 18

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Firwood Elementary PTC, 42900 S.E. Trubel Road, Sandy.

Handmade items, Christmas and home décor and food. Event benefits Firwood School education.

Nov. 18

Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., Portland.

Scarves, purses, hats, many wooden Christmas items. Event benefits the church's 50th anniversary.

Nov. 18

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Anne Catholic Church, 1015 S.E. 182nd Ave., between Stark and Division streets.

Sixty tables featuring handcrafts, lunch with croissant sandwiches and pumpkin dessert. To benefit church activities.

Nov. 18

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boring-Damascus Grange, Grange Street in Boring, off Highway 212.

Nov. 18

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fairlawn Good Samaritan Retirement Village, 1280 N.E. Kane Dr., Gresham.

Handcrafts, baked goods, clam chowder and chili. Event benefits services for residents.

Nov. 18

Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 174th Avenue and Glisan Street.

Wintergarden bazaar, homemade crafts, Christmas items, foods, baked goods and pickles, specialty luncheon, pictures with Santa Claus and door prizes. Event benefits outreach ministries of St. Aidan's parish.

Nov. 18-19

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Country Club Estates, 1798 N.E. 19th St., Gresham.

A variety of handmade craft items.

Nov. 24-25

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seasonal Lady Design, 800 N.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Table toppers, gifts for the family, home and Christmas items.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Country Romance, 30425 S.E. Wheeler Road, Boring.

Shabby chic and cottage furniture, antiques and collectibles, holiday gifts and décor.

Dec. 1-2

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seasonal Lady Design, 800 N.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Table toppers, gifts for the family, home and Christmas items.

Dec. 1-2

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Multnomah Bible College, 8435 N.E. Glisan St.(in the A-Frame on 87th Avenue between Glisan and Pacific streets).

More than 20 tables, handmade crafts and gifts, jewelry, floral arrangements, notecards, miniature decorated Christmas trees, quilted items, calligraphy, ornaments, aprons and artwork.

Dec. 1-2

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Quail Hollow Senior Citizens, 21100 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

Handmade crafts, wood and metal home decorations and jewelry.

Event benefits senior citizens.

Dec. 1-2

Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Midway Christian Church, 2546 S.E. 131st Ave., off Division Street.

Christmas tree items, jewelry, quilts and wood. Profits go to church emergency fund.

Dec. 1-2

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Home For Christmas Holiday Boutique, 2884 S.W. Hartley Dr., Gresham.

Holiday jewelry, handcrafted gift items and floral décor.

Dec. 2

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gresham Women of the Elks, 3330 N.E. Division St. and Kane Road/Northeast 257th Avenue.

For the 30th year, with more than 35 old and new exhibitors of handcrafted items. Easy parking, and admission is a canned food donation for Elks holiday boxes for the needy. Proceeds benefit Mt. Hood Hospice, Zarephath Kitchen in Gresham, the Elks Children's Eye Clinic and Meadowood Spring speech camp.

Dec. 8-9

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seasonal Lady Design, 800 N.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Table toppers, gifts for the family, home and Christmas items.

Dec. 16

Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

Eastrose Unitarian Fellowship, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave., Gresham.

Holiday afternoon tea, live seasonal music and incredible edible gift shop. Event benefits Eastrose Unitarian fellowship programs.