Good-bye September, Hello October!

I don’t know about you, but Fall kind of took me by surprise this year. Still reveling in the warmth of what many were calling Portland’s “best summer ever,” temperatures suddenly veered toward cold and then the rain set up permanent residence. My garden doesn’t mind at all, but personally, I just wasn’t prepared for all this moisture.

Despite the fact we may not be in for the “best fall ever,” I’m excited about the arrival of October, which has always been one of my favorite months. (Full disclosure: it’s my birthday month!) Below are a few of the events happening right in our neighborhood during October. If you know of others, please send them our way, and I’ll make sure they get added to this post and to our online calendar.

Happy October!
Becky Luening, WNA Chair

Southside Swap & Play Fall Open House
Saturday, Oct 12 • 10am–3pm
5239 SE Woodstock Blvd. 
A warm welcome to Southside Swap and Play, the new kid on the block! A membership supported co-op with shared indoor and outdoor play space for the whole family, now located in several classrooms at Our Lady of Sorrows.

Spaghetti Feed / All-you-can-eat Italian Dinner
Saturday, Oct 12 • 5:30–7pm

Reedwood Friends Church
2901 SE Steele St.
Fundraiser for an after-school mentoring, tutoring and workforce training program for at-risk students in SE Portland. $7.50/person or $20/family. There will be a gift basket auction after the meal at about 7:15.Come see what it’s about and help change the lives of children in need. 

Apple Tasting
Oct 11-13 and 18-20 • 10am–5pm
Portland Nursery
5050 SE Start St.
Held each fall on the second and third weekends of October, this famiy-friendly event is a great way to celebrate the harvest season and learn about different apple varieties.

Bees and Seeds Festival
Saturday, Oct 12 • 10am–2pm
Holladay Park (near the Lloyd Center)
A commemoration of World Food Day 2013. Here’s the official website.

Weatherization Workshop
Monday, Oct 14 • 7–9pm
St. David of Wales Episcopal Church
2800 SE Harrison St.
A FREE two-hour interactive workshop. Stay warmer and save energy this winter! Participants much pre-register. Find more information here.

WNA Land Use Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Oct 16, 7pm
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave.
Interested in giving input re: the built environment of Woodstock neighborhood? The LUC will look at the Working Draft Part II of Portland’s Comp Plan and continue to study topics such as Woodstock’s commercial development / enhancement, unimproved streets, and the design considerations for infill development.

Lonesomeville Halloween Open House
Saturday, Oct 26 • 5–8pm
5006 SE Long St.
Lonesomeville, a small pottery design studio located in the Woodstock Neighborhood, hosts two seasonal events each year to show off their wares. Their Halloween open house features ceramic jack-o-lanterns and skull masks. It’s well worth a visit to see all the lit-up pumpkins and the giant garden ghouls.

Woodstock Farmers Market Carnival
Sunday, Oct 27 • 10am–2pm

4600 SE Woodstock Blvd.
(Key Bank parking lot)
Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for the second annual Halloween Carnival, featuring live music from Tallulah’s Daddy, delicious food, face painting, Halloween bag decorating, trick-or-treating with vendors and neighborhood businesses, gourd lanterns and more! 35+ vendors!

Woodstock Harvest Halloween: Stay tuned for details!