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Woodstock plant sale supports Woodstock Community Center

by: David F. Ashton Volunteers Carey Collins, Desiree Leslie and Lonnie Port, chair of Friends of Woodstock Community Center, cash out customer Lisa Hill.

As it has for the last 20 years, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association partnered with the Friends of Woodstock Community Center to offer the annual plant sale on Saturday, May 7.

'We hold this sale to help keep our Community Center open,' explained Terry Griffiths, a WNA leader. 'The Woodstock Community Center has become, I think it is fair to say, a neighborhood institution.'

Several of the volunteers on duty agreed with Griffiths when she added, 'I like plants, but I also enjoy 'the scene' that happens here - meeting people who know a lot more about gardening than I do. They're willing to share their plants, and their knowledge.'

As we watched buyers carry boxes full of plants to the checkout table, Griffiths added, 'I think it might be the smallest community center in Portland. We're lucky to have it here, and we're willing to volunteer to keep it here.'

The Woodstock building - a former fire station similar to what is now SMILE Station in Sellwood - is owned by Portland Parks and Recreation, and was threatened with closure a few years ago for budgetary reasons, until the neighborhood stepped up to donate maintenance of the building.