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On October 20, Angel Carroll, General Mills Bakeries & Foodservice Territory Manager (Pacific Northwest), presented the $2,500 Make a Cake Face grand prize check to Jack Robeson, owner of His Bakery. Carroll and Robeson are joined by the bakery's grand-prize-winning customer Dean Aldinger, who also received a $2,500 prize.

“His Bakery” in Southeast wins recognition. General Mills Bakeries & Foodservice tells THE BEE that this .year’s grand prize winner of its annual “Make a Cake Face sweepstakes” was His Bakery, just south of the intersection of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 72nd in Inner Southeast Portland, and Dean Aldinger, the bakery’s customer who submitted the entry. Each received a $2,500 cash prize. To qualify for the grand prize, consumers were asked to share a photo from a special “cake face” moment and name their favorite neighborhood bakery, through the Make a Cake Face Facebook page. The winning photo showed customer Aldinger blowing out the candles, with the help of his family, on a “Cloud 9” mousse-filled chocolate birthday cake from His Bakery.

Sellwood and Westmoreland shops in citywide sale. Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24, over 125 of Portland’s independent boutiques and shops will participate in “HYPERLINK "WWW.littleboxespdx.com" Little Boxes”, a “Black Friday” weekend event designed to encourage shoppers to explore Portland’s many independent, one-of-kind boutiques and businesses. Among the participants in Inner Southeast Portland:

· www.tildeshop.com/ Tilde (7919 S.E. 13th Avenue)

· www.collagepdx.com/ collage (7907 S.E. 13th Avenue)

· www.starsantique.com/ Stars Antiques Malls (S.E. Milwaukie Avenue a block south of Bybee)

· sockdreams.com/"Sock Dreams (8005 S.E. 13th Avenue)

· www.shopfuchsia.com/ Fuchsia (6658 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue)

· www.cloudcapgames.com/ Cloud Cap Games (1226 S.E. Lexington Street)

· www.elevationtrade.com/ Elevation Trade (1520 S.E. Bybee Boulevard)

· www.framedartstudios.com/ Framed Art Studios (8237 SE 17th Avenue)

New financial advisor in Westmoreland “Edward Jones” office. Colton Seiler has been named the new Financial Advisor at the Edward Jones office across the street from the QFC Market, behind Philadelphia’s and next to Bank of America, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, and he has announced plans to get to know the residents and business owners here. To begin, he and the staff of the office “invite one and all to join us for our Holiday open house – a thank-you to our clients, friends, and the community, and as an opportunity to meet Colton – on Thursday, December 13th, from 3 until 6 pm.”

“Decemberville” returns! On Saturday, December 1st, 11 am to 6 pm, the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhoods invite everyone to celebrate, as businesses open their doors for the annual “Decemberville” event. This Holiday community event is a great way to kick off the Holiday season, with activities for revelers of all ages. Activities include:

11:30-5:30 – Move about the neighborhood in style with free stretch limo service

11:30-5:30 – Enjoy the Holiday atmosphere in free pedi-cabs for easy travel between shops

11 am – Catch a free family movie at the Moreland Theatre

1 pm – Set the beat with Sellwood Middle School’s Marimba Band, and enjoy free pizza from Papa Murphy’s at the Boys and Girls Club Open House

3 pm – Get in the spirit of the Holidays with carolers, cocoa, cookies, and hot cider at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino

Three roving elves – juggling, cavorting around, being happy

Paws and Claws – at Windermere Moreland office, photo with Santa and your pet

Merchants will offer individual special attractions

Sellwood Christmas Bizarre

Not sure where all these great events are taking place? Ambassadors in red “Decemberville” aprons will be on the streets to help guide the way. “Decemberville” is presented by the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA), its members, and its Partners and Sponsors. Decemberville is supported by a grant from Venture Portland (formerly APNBA), and is also supported by KINK radio. More information available at: www.SellwoodWestmoreland.com

Home business and small business owners tell hopes and plans for 2013. The Association of Home Businesses, the only area business association focusing especially on those who work from home (although everyone is welcome), features this month a panel of all attending, moderated by former AHB President Ron Miller, recounting the highs and lows of 2012, and the plans and expectations for 2013. AHB meets on the third Thursday evening each month – this month, that’s December 20th – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood, 6-9 pm. This month, a potluck buffet supper is included. RSVP requested to assist meal planning. If you bring something for the potluck, there is no charge to attend. For more information or to reserve, go online to: www.AHBoregon.org – or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

Moreland Farmers Market vendor opens storefront on Macadam. “Finales – Fine Cakes & Desserts”, a regular vendor at the Moreland Farmers Market, announces the opening of their new retail location just north of the west end of the Sellwood Bridge at 0614 S.W. Dakota Street, on the corner of Dakota Street and Macadam Avenue, behind Camera Solutions and a short distance from Pet Loft. The new bakery features many of the desserts that Finales has become known for throughout Portland including their “signature Blackberry Cobbler Tarts & Salted Caramel Brownies”. With this expansion, Finales is also expanding their production line to include morning pastries, such as Peach Passionfruit Scones and Ham & Cheddar Croissants. Catering to the many businesses at each end of the Sellwood Bridge, they offer light lunch items such as fresh house-made soups and savory pastries, including Chicken Curry Empanadas & Roasted Butternut Squash Tarts. Finales is partnering with local roaster Mudd Works Coffee to bring fresh brewed coffee and espresso, and will also feature fine Steven Smith Teas. “Stop in for a Sunday Tea, After School Milk & Cookies special, or the fresh-baked Cinnamon Rolls which will be available on both Saturdays and Sundays”.

Inner Southeast dairy structures in Historical Society show. The Oregon Historical Society is showing paintings of the historic Dairy Cooperative Association site in Southeast Portland [just north of the east end of the Ross Island Bridge] by artist Lisa Caballero, in an exhibit entitled “History as Muse, Art as Record”. The exhibit tells the story of the Dairy Cooperative Association through art, history and material culture. The DCA structures were neighborhood icons, a favorite of photographers, and an important part of Oregon history. Also displayed are dairy memorabilia from Mark Moore's: PDXHistory.com collection. TriMet’s new Milwaukie-Portland MAX line, which will run one block from the DCA site, has driven much recent real estate activity in this part of town. Indeed, the DCA structures depicted in the exhibit were demolished last year. The show runs through December 31st.

Reed College gets energy-efficient. Ameresco Quantum, Inc., announced on November 7th its partnership with Reed College to help the college make critical energy and infrastructure upgrades campus-wide to save over $2.7 million in energy and operational costs through the term of this 10-year contract. “After recently celebrating its 100th anniversary, Reed College recognized the value of a thorough evaluation of the 960,446 square feet of campus buildings.” Ameresco Quantum reports that it was able to identify and prioritize major improvements to eight buildings, plus campus-wide lighting and water measures, to support operational and sustainability goals. Ameresco Quantum says that it “will make energy efficiency upgrades to campus buildings, significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and improve the living and learning environments for the entire Reed College community,” adding that, “Reed College will not carry the burden of any up-front costs, but will instead pay the cost of the upgrades with a portion of their energy savings, as well as through a $300,000 Energy Trust of Oregon incentive secured by Ameresco Quantum.”

Windermere charity project underway. In partnership with local nonprofit organizations, Windermere Real Estate offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are hosting their annual “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive, and community members are invited to take part to help their neighbors in need this winter by donating coats and blankets. In the Portland area, Transition Projects, Inc. will distribute the coats and blankets to men and women living on the streets of Portland and in local shelters. Now through December 19th, community members can bring new or gently used and laundered adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets to Windermere’s Westmoreland office at 1610 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, or any other Portland-area Windermere offices, weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Community members should call the Westmoreland office directly for weekend drop-off hours: 503/233-7777.

Brooklyn artist mounts an art sale. Brooklyn artist Jeanne Schulze announces an Art Sale on the weekend of December 1 & 2, 10 am-6 pm both days. She promises “Handmade Greeting Cards, Sumptuous Oil Paintings and Amazing Vintage Clothing.” Look for signs at S.E. 9th and Bush (about halfway between Holgate and Powell). For information, and to see Jeanne Schulze’s artwork, go online to: www.jeanneschulzedesigns.com www.jeanneschulzedesigns.com

Dog wash announces Holiday promotion. Springtyme and Shawn of Sellwood Grooming & U-Wash tell THE BEE of a plan “to give everyone a gift for the Holidays. For the month of December all U-Wash canine clients will receive a free nail trim and all other nail trims will be only $5. U-Wash and nail trim walk-ins are always welcome. In addition, U-Wash and Grooming clients have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a free groom for the Holiday season.” To make a grooming appointment, call 503/234-7989. The shop’s address is 7302 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.