by: RITA A. LEONARD - The Love Bomb wall mural by Tim Janchar provides a Valentine scene every day of the year at the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 82nd Avenue of Roses. There have been some community enhancements made, on the last block of Woodstock Boulevard before S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses.

One of them is a cheerful mural created by Tim Janchar, painted on the back wall of McCollum Automotive at the corner of 82nd and Woodstock. The mural, entitled “Love Bomb”, fantasizes a bomber airplane dropping a fleet of Valentines, with and without parachutes, over the foothills of Mt. Hood.

The painting is part of a neighborhood volunteer project called “Our Happy Block”, on which major work was done in 2010.

That was when neighborhood volunteers and business partners created a community project that de-paved 4,300 square feet of an asphalt parking lot at a church on the block, and improved watershed health with four new rain gardens.

Volunteers restored wildlife habitat by planting 1,300 native plants and trees, added lighting, and provided forage for birds and other wildlife.

“Our Happy Block” has also planted thirty street trees with the assistance both of Friends of Trees and of the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association. Other partners in the ongoing project include the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, “Depave”, Southeast Uplift, the Portland Development Commission, Terah Beth of TBBVdesign, Calvary Church, Sacred Roots, K. Zittenfield, C. Walden, A. Masters, Lion’s Eye tavern, Pesznecker Brothers, Inc. – and now McCollum Automotive, as well.

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