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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Proceeds from this annual event support volunteer efforts to provide routine maintenance for the Woodstock Community 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.
This sale depends primarily on donations from generous gardeners in the community. We encourage you to contribute by potting (in late March or early April) divided perennials or seedlings from previous years’ plantings. You can also contribute healthy plants that you plan to replace. In addition, we are looking for vegetable starts, herbs, ground covers, native plants, ornamental grasses, houseplants, and small trees and shrubs.
Contributions for the plant sale can be dropped at the Woodstock Community Center on May 11, between Noon and 7 PM. If you need empty pots or an alternate drop-off time, call Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011 or Sandy Profeta at 503-771-7724.
The Woodstock Community Center is best known for its famous plant sale, but did you know it also offers:
- Art and Music
- Exercise and Movement classes
- Tae Kwon Do
- much, much more
The Center is in danger of being closed due to City budget cuts.
Here’s how you can help keep it open. Contact:
- Mayor Ted Wheeler at 503-823- 4120 or MayorWheeler@portlandoregon.
- Commissioner Amanda Fritz at 503-823-3008 or Amanda@portlandoregon.gov
- Portland Parks Community Engagement Program Manager Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong at 503-823-5113 or elizabeth.kennedy-wong@
Woodstock Community Center is set to celebrate its 60th year! Don’t let them end 60 years of community connections.
Proposed Closure part of the PP&R FY 2018-19 Budget Proposal
The Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation (PP&R) has just released its proposed budget cuts for fiscal year 2018-19. Included in the package is a proposal to close the Woodstock Community Center at an alleged savings of $35,000. We have been through this before.
History: As part of the budget process for fiscal year 2003/2004, the PP&R proposed closing the Woodstock Community Center due to budget shortfalls. After a year of investigating strategies with PP&R to save the building, a Partnership Agreement between the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) and PP&R was signed in June of 2004.
The agreement assigned WNA and the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center responsibility for specified routine maintenance such as custodial tasks and landscape maintenance. The idea was that by off-loading such expenses, the building could be run in a manner that was “cost neutral” and would not require a subsidy from the City’s general fund. This agreement proved to be very successful, and it has been renewed several times. It is set to either expire or be renewed in July of 2018.
A city budget meeting was held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at IRCO on NE Glisan, and some our neighborhood reps did attend in order to learn more and to voice their concerns.
But we need to keep the pressure on! Voice YOUR concerns about closing our Community Center. Click HERE to proceed to Parks’ online comment form.
The southernmost section of Southeast Portland offers numerous Halloween events for children and families this year. Here is a chronological listing:
Sun, Oct 22, 4pm-7pm
Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association’s 3rd Annual
Spooktacular and Trunk-or-Treat event! Refreshments provided.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of neighborhood!
Brentwood-Darlington Community Center
7211 SE 62nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206
Fri, Oct 27, 6pm-8pm
Family Fun Night:
A Haunting on Harold Street
Ages 2-18; Parents welcome!
$3 if you pre-register (PPR course #1081504); $5 at the door
Portland Parks & Recreation
Mt. Scott Community Center
5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206
Sun, Oct 29, 10am-2pm
Farmer’s Market Halloween Carnival
Woodstock Farmers Market’s sixth annual Halloween Carnival.
Bring the whole family for trick-or-treating, kid’s music,
delicious food, and kids crafts.
KeyBank Parking Lot
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Mon, Oct 30, 6:30pm
Halloween Spooktacular Carnival & Cafe
A fun-filled evening for all ages! Costumes welcome!
For the kids there is a carnival with lots of games, activities and prizes.
For all, enjoy spooky snacks and more.
Bring 2 cans of food and receive 4 free game tickets – 2 cans of food per person limit.
Additional tickets may be purchased at 4 for $1. Proceeds benefit local youth and families.
Portland Parks & Recreation
Sellwood Community Center
1436 SE Spokane St., Portland, OR 97202
Tues, Oct 31, 4pm-4:45pm
Not So Spooky Stories
Enjoy stories and songs and make something fun. Wear your costume, if you like.
(first come, first serve)
6008 SE 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97206
Tues, Oct 31, 4pm-7pm
Woodstock Neighborhood Halloween Costume Party
Free family friendly gathering with popcorn and other treats,
music, craft and game activities for the young ones.
All ages welcome!
Woodstock Community Center
5209 SE 43rd Ave, Portland, OR 97206