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Super Palooza delivers fun in Sellwood Park

by: David F. Ashton Sellwood Community Center Director Kim Calame and recreation coordinator Patty Gaines get help cooking hot dogs and sausages from volunteers Wesley Hubbard and Terry Gaines.

The day-long party put on by the Sellwood Community Center at Sellwood Park has had different themes in different years, but, this summer's edition was called 'Super Palooza'.

'We've had pirate-themed events in the past,' said the event's organizer, Kim Calame, Supervisor at Sellwood Community Center. 'Even though this year we came up with a new name, we still have a day filled with activities and live music; and we're ending it with a 'Movie in the Park', 'The Goonies'.'

People buy tickets to play games, explained Calame. 'They win prizes from the games. And we have a full concession stand with great, inexpensive food. How can you go wrong with a freshly-grilled hot dog for just $2?'

The proceeds from this event help support the community center in Sellwood, Calame observed. 'It provides a nice boost in funding, to help us to provide kids' programs.'

Calame pointed out she had lots of help putting on the event - 60 volunteers staffed the game booths and concession stand, and helped the event run smoothly.

'The best part, for me,' Calame smiled, 'Is getting the community together,and seeing families have fun. We're in a great community; families value recreation for the right reasons. We love providing these services for them.' The Sellwood Community Center, at S.E. 15th and Spokane Street, is operated by the Portland Parks Bureau.