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Sellwood Community Center bazaar funds kids programs

'SNOWFLAKES'


by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Sellwood Community Center Director Kim Calame welcomes vendors and shoppers to their the annual Snowflakes Holiday Bazaar.Just a couple of days after Thanksgiving, on the last weekend in November, the 13th annual “Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar” drew crowds to the Sellwood Community Center, at S.E. 15th and Spokane Street.

“We have almost 70 vendors in the building,” smiled PP&R Sellwood Community Center Director Kim Calame. “They’ve brought in a wide variety of crafts, gifts, and treasures.”

Both the Center’s volunteers and the vendors were pleased to see a steady stream of shoppers check out the merchandise and food for sale, on all three levels of the center, Calame said.

“This event has become very important,” she explained, “because the vendor-table rentals go to support our youth programs.”

Some of that funding is used for scholarships for after-school programs. “We have about 65 kids in those programs,” Calame observed. “They’ve been around since 1980. The scholarships help us support families who might not otherwise be able to afford them.”

An estimated 700 shoppers came though the Sellwood Community Center during the two day bazaar this year, according to Calame.