by: Eric Norberg,


'Tribune' rep joins Southeast Portland Rotary Club. Claudia Stewart, advertising representative for the Portland Tribune (at right in the photo; she's with Kathy Stromvig, club President), has become a member of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, which meets Monday noons at Country Bill's Restaurant, S.E. 45th and Woodstock Boulevard. The community and international service club, of which the Southeast club is part, is in a major membership drive to bring more business and community members into the organization. Guests are always welcome at the Monday noon meetings, and there is usually a speaker of community interest at each meeting. Visit for more information.

Local artists repeat one-day holiday sale. The fourth annual 'Merry Marketplace of gifts and goodies' will take place on Friday, November 17th, 11-8 pm at SMILE Station, on S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. The 'Merry Marketplace' is a group of artistic women who hold this sale each holiday season. Shoppers may choose from a variety of styles in gifts and décor created by artists and crafters. The annual event, say the organizers, promotes local talent, and offers distinctive handmade originals for gift giving.

No flu shot shortage in Sellwood. Although smaller clinics have had unexpected difficulty getting flu shots for their patients this fall, with some reporting as few as three shots received per location, Sellwood Medical Clinic advises that it has received several hundred doses, with enough for all patients and any walk-ins (no lines). The cost is $22, and they continue to offer an additional $2 discount to BEE readers who mention the offer. Sellwood Medical Clinic is located at 8332 S.E. 13th Avenue, just south of Tacoma Street.

Author signing Nov. 4 in Sellwood at 'G. R. Scrub'. 'G.R. Scrub', a new boutique and Earth-friendly cleaning product store, opened last spring by proprietor Glenn Recchia, will be offering a public book-signing by Portland author Kristina Detjen of her new book 'The Earthwise Home Manual' on Saturday, November 4th, 1:30-2:30 pm. The store is located on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, two blocks south of Tacoma Street, on the northwest corner of Umatilla Street. The store's telephone number is 503/236-8986.

Portland artist in Brooklyn show. The featured artist in the month of November at Janovec Gallery and Studio is Harriet Kaufman Levi, showing her recent paintings in acrylic and water media. The artist's reception is 6-9 pm at the gallery on 'First Friday', November 3rd, at the gallery, 4504 S.E. Milwaukie at Holgate. The exhibition will be open on Fridays and Saturdays all month, 12-6 pm, and by appointment.

'San Felipe Taqueria' celebrates 6th anniversary. The widely praised and well-reviewed taqueria in Westmoreland, San Felipe Taqueria, begun by Greg Weed and his wife Shamady, using family recipes from the village of San Felipe in Baja California, celebrated its 6th anniversary with entertainment and special food items on Saturday, October 21st. Since its inception it has more than doubled in size, increasing inside seating and sidewalk seating. The restaurant is located at 6221 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, next to the Seven Eleven store.

Westmoreland stockbroker ties the knot. Corey Raths, who offers financial services from his Edward Jones office on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, across from QFC Market and behind Philadelphia's, took time off from his business in June to journey to the courtyard of the Museum of Northern Arizona to wed Trisha Kirkland. The happy couple returned after a honeymoon in the Bahamas to live in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood at their new home, 'with our Labrador puppy, Cutter'.

FISH benefit continues at 'Grandma's'. Although Grandma's Restaurant, at S.E. 42nd and Holgate Boulevard, was sold in July, the new owners, described by former owner Tena Shaffer as 'wonderful people', are continuing her year-'round policy of giving free coffee, pop, or iced tea, in exchange for a can of food or a box of nonperishable food brought in by customers, for the benefit of nonprofit FISH Services.

'Papa Haydn' upgrade in progress. Jeff Van Dyke advises THE BEE on the renovation progress at Westmoreland's Papa Haydn restaurant on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue: 'We'll be giving the building, inside and out, a much-needed facelift. New light fixtures have been installed, and we'll have new tables and chairs, new carpeting, and new paint inside and out. The facade of the building will be repaired and dressed up a bit with shutters and window boxes. As soon as the permits are ready, we'll be gutting the work areas of the ground floor restaurant, which will allow us to install handicapped-accessible restrooms and an expanded kitchen. The espresso bar will move, and will dispense cocktails as well as beer and wine. By the way, we have an incredibly gifted team in our kitchen now, led by Robert B.J. Smith who came to us from Olea in the Pearl. I've never been more excited about what's coming out of the kitchen.'

Got a laptop? Get wireless; get networked, get secure. The featured speaker at the November meeting of the area-wide nonprofit Association of Home Businesses, which meets monthly at SMILE Station in Sellwood, is Brooklyn neighborhood computer expert Kip Larson, of Larson Computer, who will touch on wireless computer connectivity, security issues (especially when connected wirelessly), home and business computer networking, and offer computer tricks and techniques. The November meeting is on Thursday the 16th, 6-9 pm, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street. $10 admission includes a buffet supper. Reservations requested for food planning: Online at, or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

Sellwood insurance agent raises money for cancer research. American Family Insurance agent Lee Cannon reports he is selling limited edition 'University of Oregon LiveStrong' baseball caps to benefit cancer research. The caps sell for $20. Proceeds will be divided equally among the Lance Armstrong Foundation, OHSU Cancer Institute's Adolescent and Young Adult cancer program, and the University of Oregon Institute of Molecular Biology. The agency recently relocated to the northwest corner of S.E. 16th and Tacoma, and is open from 9 am to 5:30 pm weekdays.

Antique store opens, nowhere near 'Antique Row'. The doors have opened at 'Mon Ami Antiques', S.E. 30th and Belmont. Owner Andrea Woodland says, 'The idea is to have a laid back, kid and dog friendly place for people to hang out and browse for treasures. I purchase antiques locally and abroad. My husband is an upholsterer, so he reupholsters antique and vintage furniture I find that have tattered fabric. We have 'Free Wine Fridays' every Friday, in the later afternoon.'

'Hidden Sock' has new phone number. 'The Hidden Sock', a home business dealing in vintage clothing and furniture profiled in the July BEE, located on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn, now has an updated telephone number, according to owner Jenny Chen: 503/236-7536.

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