Church showers Easter love, and lots of plastic eggs

Church showers Easter love, and lots of plastic eggs

Unlike last year, in which the Hopecity Church’s “Code Orange Easter Egg Drop” was...

Muralist creates another one, on a Woodstock wall

Muralist creates another one, on a Woodstock wall

Michael Burge Smith says he believes in “the magic of music and murals”. He paints...

Inspired Llewellyn student makes fundraising CD

Inspired Llewellyn student makes fundraising CD

To support a cause that sparks their imagination, some grade school kids will ask for donations,...

Foster-Powell's

Foster-Powell's "Red Castle Games" celebrates five years

The mood was definitely celebratory at Red Castle Games on March 7, as this independent store,...

Shakespeare steps up, at Post5 Theatre

Shakespeare steps up, at Post5 Theatre

Since it moved to Sellwood late last year, many people have gone to enjoy one or more productions...


SE Portland's Features

COURTESY OF OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Billboards lining the approach to the Milwaukie Avenue off-ramp to Westmoreland, southbound on McLoughlin Boulevard in the early 1950s. Looks like there was a little fog coming up from Oaks Bottom and the Willamette River on this particular day.
May 01, 2015

Billboards, neon signs, and painted buildings - early…

by Dana Beck
SOUTHEAST HISTORY The words “Sellwood Sweet Shop” are still faintly visible on the brick façade of the “American at Heart” store on S.E. 13th Street at Tenino. An illustration advertising Gold…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Dory Beermann learns the art - and the thrill - of collecting Easter eggs at the 2015 SMILE Easter Egg Hunt at Westmoreland Park.
May 01, 2015

SMILE Easter Egg Hunt again draws crowds of kids

by David F. Ashton
This year’s SMILE Easter Egg Hunt, held in the south end of Westmoreland Park on Saturday morning, April 4th, was an entertaining, if brief, family event again this year. This Inner Southeast…
RITA A. LEONARD - An eager crowd awaits the signal for the kids to bolt in search of the plastic eggs spread across various age-appropriate areas of Brooklyn Park on April 4th.
May 01, 2015

Brooklyn Park offers its second Easter Egg Hunt

by Rita A. Leonard
Baskets, boots and big grins were the order of the day at Brooklyn's second Easter Egg Hunt at 11 am on Saturday morning, April 4th, at Brooklyn Park. The event, sponsored for the second year by…
EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS - Built in 1906; 750 square feet.
May 01, 2015

Celebrating our historic small dwellings

by Eileen G. Fitzsimons
May is “Historic Preservation Month”, and in spite of the ongoing demolition of older houses, it is a good time to acknowledge the hundreds of historic buildings in our neighborhood that ARE…
RITA A. LEONARD - Milla Woller is opening a specialty food a wine shop this month on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. Buttercraft will feature handcrafted, flavored butters; wine and beers; and other artisan food products.
May 01, 2015

New Westmoreland shop to offer custom butter, beer, wine, and…

by Rita A. Leonard
Buttercraft, a new specialty food and wine shop, is coming to 6664 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, in the former space of a shoe repair shop. Owner Milla Woller believes the neighborhood will welcome…
RITA A. LEONARD - Until its recent repair, erosion along a lagoon walkway interrupted the gentle curvature of this path at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, just west of Reed College.
May 01, 2015

Repairs add beauty to Rhododendron Garden near Reed College

by Rita A. Leonard
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th Avenue just north of Woodstock Boulevard, has dozens of natural springs seeping from the ground. While these help irrigate the charming botanic…
RITA A. LEONARD - George Armantraut describes daffodil characteristics at this years Portland Daffodil and Early Rhododendron Show in Inner Southeast.
May 01, 2015

Daffodil and Early Rhododendron Show held in mid-April

by Rita A. Leonard
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden scheduled its annual Daffodil and Early Rhododendron Show on April 11-12 this year – the same dates as the national competition in Williamsburg, Virginia.…
April 30, 2015

MAY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

by THE BEE
MAY 2 Grout Elementary School PTA Plant Sale. From 9 this morning until 2 this afternoon, it’s the annual Plant Sale of the Grout Elementary School PTA, and the day also celebrates the…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Wife Clara and Outgoing Principal Paul Cook smile and mingle, during the CHS Silent Auction.
April 03, 2015

"Paul's Party" at CHS - poignant and memorable

by David F. Ashton
The March 7 event held at the Melody Ballroom was officially called was “Cleveland’s Big Night: Auction Nouveau”. But the organizers informally referred to the gala as “Paul’s Party” – in honor…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Cleveland High School Theater Instructor Tom Beckett directs a large scene from the upcoming production of Stage Door.
April 03, 2015

"Stage Door" show opens at Cleveland High

by David F. Ashton
During March, the cast and crew with the Cleveland High School (CHS) Theater Department began set-building and rehearsals for their mid-April presentation of the play, “Stage Door”. “This show…

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ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - The Homestead Schoolhouse on Woodstock Boulevard was recently purchased by the couple who had been renting it for their preschool, Keli and Kiley Cronen - shown here with their one-year-old twin boys, and their seven-year-old son, Sims.
Apr 03, 2015

Renters of "Homestead Schoolhouse" buy it; summer program planned

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Directly across from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen is an iconic Woodstock house. Built in 1912, it has had several lives. This house was once owned by Ole Lilleoreon, who used it as a gallery and…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association Chair Robert McCullough, who is also Board President of the Southeast Uplift neighborhood coalition, says restoring funding for neighborhood association communications is crucial for keeping Portlands democratic experiment alive.
Apr 03, 2015

McCullough: "Neighborhoods need better old-fashioned…

by David F. Ashton
Hundreds of Portlanders gathered at the Ambridge Center on February 28, for the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s “Community Summit”. But, some attendees reportedly walked…
DAVID F. ASHTON - New JCWC Executive Director G.S. Newberry pitches in, working on a fence in Westmoreland Park.
Apr 03, 2015

Johnson Creek Watershed Council selects new leader

by David F. Ashton
After the December departure of former Executive Director Matt Clark, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Board of Directors announced that Daniel G.S. Newberry had been selected to fill…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Volunteer Lane Brown is about to attach another hand-painted fish onto the fence along this easement near Crystal Springs Creek.
Apr 03, 2015

Spokane Street neighbors battle vandals with creek-side art

by David F. Ashton
A tight-knit group of neighbors along S.E. Spokane Street, between 19th and 21st Avenues, got tired of graffiti that kept returning to disfigure a dark brown wooden fence bordering a walkway…
RITA A. LEONARD - Dawn Seymour, owner of Fiber Rhythm on Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood, displays a knit hat, and a dog jacket made with reflective yarn.
Apr 03, 2015

Brooklyn's Fiber Rhythm: Yarn, classes, and fiber arts

by Rita A. Leonard
Since opening last fall in Brooklyn, “Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design” has developed a loyal following. The shop offers unique yarns – bamboo, silk, recycled, and reflective – classes, and rentals…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Many volunteers put up wire mesh to keep dogs and kids from straying into the fragile and newly-planted wetland area at Westmoreland Park during this years JCWC Watershed-Wide Event.
Apr 03, 2015

Watershed volunteers clean up Westmoreland Park

by David F. Ashton
For the seventeeth year in a row, The Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) coordinated what they called an “epic feat of environmental restoration” on Saturday morning, March 7th, as part of…
Apr 03, 2015

Brooklyn's Sacred Heart Parish plans new Fellowship Hall

by Rita A. Leonard
On Wednesday, March 18, Sacred Heart Parish shared their plans for building a new fellowship hall with Brooklyn neighbors. The meeting at Sacred Heart Church was moderated by Pastor Bob…
RITA A. LEONARD - Molly Baggao, new co-owner of Branches in Westmoreland, will add more gift items to the longtime card and curio shop on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.
Apr 03, 2015

Westmoreland's "Branches" has new owner, new look

by Rita A. Leonard
“Branches”, Westmoreland’s long-established card and gift shop at 6656 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, is branching out. Molly and Arville Baggao purchased the shop last fall from Kayleen Langfeldt, and…
RITA A. LEONARD - Sellwood teen Aidan Burns, a seventh grader at Sellwood Middle School, qualified for the state level competition in the annual National Geographic Bee.
Apr 03, 2015

Students shine at Sellwood Middle School

by Rita A. Leonard
Students at Sellwood Middle School have been busy, the past few months, raking in kudos for outstanding achievement. Recent successes include a stellar showing in the Project Second Wind food…
DAVID F. ASHTON - This old PGE building is now the home of Viewpoint Software on S.E. Water Avenue, just north of OMSI and the Ross Island Bridge.
Apr 03, 2015

Another old PGE building gets new life, near OMSI

by David F. Ashton
It’s a matter of record that the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry moved from near the Zoo in Washington Park down into a former electric generating facility just north of the Ross Island…