The Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) is an all-volunteer community organization with free membership for anyone who lives, works, or owns property or a business in the Woodstock Neighborhood in SE Portland, Oregon. WNA’s purpose is to enhance community connections and livability in Woodstock and surrounding neighborhoods by promoting and supporting projects and activities that contribute to these goals, and to provide a means for citizen participation and communication in affairs that directly and indirectly affect the Woodstock neighborhood and the greater Portland area in which we reside. WNA meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month, at 7pm, at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Ave., at the corner of Knight St., just west of Bi-Mart). Please join us!
This year our beloved Community Center is celebrating 60 years as a Community Center! Built in 1928 it was a firehouse until Portland Parks and Recreation turned it into a Community Center in 1958.
The Friends of the Woodstock Community Center are throwing a family friendly Birthday party on September 9, 2018 at 2pm immediately following the Woodstock Farmer’s Market. Join us for some live music, class demonstrations and some tasty treats. The party will be on 43rd avenue between Woodstock Blvd and Knight St.
Portland Parks offers Preschool classes during the weekdays from September – May, 2 or 3 days per week. You can find out more about the preschool classes through Portland Parks here. Classes start on September 5th for the 2018/2019 school year.
There is also a variety of different recreational activities offered through Portland Parks and Recreation. Everything from fitness classes, to personal enrichment. Lots of activities for all age groups from the young to the young at heart. Check out the schedule posted by Portland Parks. The schedule gets updated quarterly so be sure to bookmark Portland Parks’ page for the Woodstock Community Center.
Bonita Davis, Master Recycler, came and did a presentation on recycling in Portland at our August Neighborhood Meeting. Our recycling program is not perfect, but the most important thing to remember is to reduce contamination of good recycling, be sure not to put things in your blue bin that does not belong there! Recycling programs will be different based on what can be sorted and taken at the centers.
Did you know all food scraps can be placed in your compost bin? Yes even meat & seafood! When recycling, it is about the shape of the item. Plastic bottles (6oz or larger), tubs (6oz or larger), plant pots (4″ or larger), buckets (5 gallon or less) can all be recycled. Keep all boxes that come from the freezer ore refrigerator section of the grocery store out of the blue bin.
When in doubt, throw it out!
**At our Board Meeting, we have decided to postpone the special meeting regarding registering the WNA as an independent 501c(3). If you were interested in attending this meeting, keep an eye out on the website and Facebook for any updates as we will update when more information is available.
Don’t forget, the WNA Land Use committee meets the 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Join Ed and Zaq to hear about upcoming Land use issues in the Woodstock Neighborhood.
TBD: The Woodstock Neighborhood Association board is considering transitioning WNA’s organizational status to a 501(c)(3), otherwise known as a non-profit organization. We are convening a special meeting to discuss these proposed changes. If you have experience starting or running a 501(c)(3) organization, please consider attending. The meeting will be held at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Ave. All Woodstock Neighborhood Association meetings are open to the public. Please stay tuned for upcoming meeting information.
August 23, 2018: Southeast Uplift will be turning 50. To celebrate they will be holding a Birthday Party a their building from 330pm – 730pm. 3534 SE Main Street
September 2018: Our Woodstock Community Center is turning 60! To celebrate the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center will be holding a Birthday Block Party. If you would like to help plan this event please contact the Friends Chair Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org The planning committee will meet on Mondays starting July 16 from 7pm – 9pm at the Woodstock Community Center.
Hello Woodstock Neighbors!
Due to Independence Day, our July meeting will be postponed. Enjoy this beautiful summer day with friends and family. And please remember, Portland Fire and Rescue are asking you to keep the big fireworks to the pros! Check out this list of Independence Day events around Portland.
July meeting will be July 11, 2018 @ 7pm
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave
Come by and meet your new neighborhood board!
Our thanks to everyone in the community who turned out for this year’s plant sale on Saturday, May 12th to benefit the Woodstock Community Center. Gross sales came to $5,300, the highest sales total in our history! We’d like to thank our generous plant donors and the 45 volunteers who helped with setup, sorting, and pricing plants, cashiering, offering plant advice, and cleanup. We couldn’t have done it without you. A special shout-out to Shelly Keach for her whimsical mini sedum gardens, which sold out in record time: just 45 minutes!
Many thanks as well for these generous company donations:
- New Seasons for their $75 donation to the Woodstock Community Center and plant trays to help carry plants
- Portland Nursery and Woodstock Ace Hardware’s garden center for sedum plants
- Flying Rabbit Productions for designing this year’s gorgeous poster
- The Reed College Print Shop for printing the posters
- Papaccino’s, Papa Murphy’s, and Safeway for coffee, pizza, donuts, and OJ for our volunteers
- Bimart for plant racks for our vegetable starts
In addition, a local plant nursery made an anonymous donation this year of over 300 bare root native plants.
Your efforts and attendance will help to maintain the community center in the year to come. We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s sale.
Join us Saturday, May 12th from 9am to 3pm
at the Woodstock Community Center
for the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale!
A splendid variety of plants at wonderful prices awaits you at this popular annual event. Come by and hang out with neighbors who love to garden just like you.
We will be selling:
- Perennials, herbs, vegetable starts, succulents
- Native plants, ornamental grasses, and trees
- Miniature sedum gardens and house plants
- Garden sculptures by Jill Torberson
- Woodstock neighborhood t-shirts
The sale starts promptly at 9AM. No early birds please. Cash or checks only.
Proceeds from the sale go into the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund and support efforts to provide routine maintenance for the Center, including custodial service and supplies, and some landscaping needs—a key part of an agreement with Portland Parks that keeps the Center open and available for community use. The fund may also be used for other neighborhood community projects.
Proceeds from this annual event go into the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund and support volunteer efforts to provide routine maintenance for the Center, including custodial service and supplies, and some landscaping needs, a key part of an agreement with Portland Parks that keeps the Center open and available for community use.
When to Volunteer
On Friday, May 11th from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, we need 12 to 24 volunteers for as much time as they can spare to bring plants into the Woodstock Community Center, and label, price, and sort plants into categories (herbs, ground covers, white perennials, etc.).
On Saturday, May 12th from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, the day of the sale, we need early morning volunteers to set up display tables, carry plants outside and arrange them on tables. From 9:00 AM to the end of the sale we need people to help customers find and transport plants, and to help with plant information. From 2:00 PM on, we will need help with putting things away and cleanup.
How to Sign Up
- Select one or more shifts using our online signup.
- Visit the Woodstock Community Center at 5905 E 43rd Ave and add your name to the signup sheet. The center is open most weekday mornings.
- Attend the Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 E 43rd Ave. May 2 at 7:00 PM and add your name to the signup sheet.
The Woodstock Community Center has been tagged for possible closure in the city’s budget process, along with several other small centers. As reported in last month’s e-news, Portland Parks and Recreation’s Requested Budget for 2018-19 recommends closing Woodstock Community Center (WCC), as part of a package of 5% budget cuts. This would be devastating to our communities. It flies in the face of the city’s touted “20-minute neighborhood” planning goal. And it would mean the end of the WCC’s preschool program, not to mention all the great recreation programs held there. Together, we say, “NO! Please don’t close our community centers!”
Friends of the Woodstock Community Center and other Woodstockians joined the “Rally to Save Our Community Centers” held at the Sellwood Community Center on the morning of March 17th, and collected 165 petition signatures as well as nearly 500 postcards to send to the City Council. The event received good KATU story and photos. [Above photo by Dawn Haecker.]
Keep the pressure on: Tell city officials to save our community centers! If you haven’t done so yet, please write a note to Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Amanda Fritz, expressing what the WCC means to you, your family, and your community!
In addition, neighbors from the affected communities are working to present a united front at two Citywide Budget Forums scheduled for April. If tyou can make it, please stand with us:
Tues., April 3, 6:30-8:30pm
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave., 97233
Tues., April 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Roosevelt High School
6941 N. Central St., 97203
We have seen many new faces at our Friends meetings—now regularly scheduled for every 4th Wednesday at 7pm at the Woodstock Community Center—but we have unlimited volunteer opportunities in the months ahead, so please join us, become a regular, and make your voice heard in our group and in our community. For more info, please contact the Friends group at email@example.com.
Seven Woodstock neighbors recently kicked off preparations for the annual Woodstock Neighborhood plant sale by holding a hypertufa work party. Drinking hot cider and sharing conversation over a couple of hours, they crafted the hypertufa plant pots that will hold Shelly Keach’s beautiful miniature sedum gardens, a popular Mother’s Day gift sold at the plant sale. This year’s sale is on May 12th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue in Portland.
What is hypertufa? It is equal parts Portland cement, perlite, and peat moss, mixed with water, then pressed into molds.
We’re looking for a variety of sedums to put in these pots. If you have some to donate, please get in touch with Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011 or Sandy Profeta at 503-771-7724.