Land Use Committee Meets Wed., Sept. 18

The next Woodstock Land Use Committee Meeting is this coming Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Ave. at Knight).

Developer Vic Remmers will be on hand to give a progress report on his company’s subdivision of the “gateway block” located at the southeast corner of SE Cesar Chavez and Woodstock Blvd. The historic house on the northeast corner of that block has been sold and is now owner occupied. The historic house on the southwest corner has a sale “pending.”

The other main agenda item is to lay out a strategy for reviewing the working draft of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Part II, which is to be released at the end of September. Public comments will be due at year’s end.

LUC Chair Terry Griffiths’ suggestion is to focus attention on three main topic areas, and divide into subgroups to accomplish the fair amount of work represented here:

  1. Define a vision and framework for future development of the Woodstock Village Center;
  2. Create an overarching plan for the future development of unimproved streets;
  3. Address the question of compatibility of infill housing design.

If you have question or suggestions about any of the above, Terry Griffiths may be reached at 503-771-0011.

Woodstock Farmers Market’s Autumn’s Arrival

September 22nd

10:00am – 2:00pm

Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for Autumn‘s Arrival. Bring the whole family for live music from Anna Antonia Giedwoyn & Friends, delicious food, free kids activities, and face painting. There will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more from the 35+ vendors.

Where: 4600 SE Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot)
Cost: Free
Ages: All

FREE Naturescaping Basics Workshop in Woodstock on Saturday, October 26th.

Learn how to design a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves you time, money and energy! Explore how gardening with native plants makes your outdoor space a vibrant & healthy place for people, pets and wildlife. You’ll pick up a plethora of fresh ideas, tips & resources for your yard.

Saturday, Oct. 26 9am – 1pm

Trinity United Methodist Church
3915 SE Steele St.

Hosted by:
Trinity United Methodist Church

Advanced registration is required and space is limited.

Information: 503-222-7645

Come to Woodstock Movies in the Park: An 80s Celebration!

It’s a Friday night in Woodstock, so come celebrate the 80s at the Woodstock Movie in the Park!

The movie this year is the 80s classes Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick!

Free Music starts at 6:30pm with 80s DJ Kenny of The Vortex followed by a special performace by theXplodingboys, Portland’s tribute to the 80s band The Cure!

Free popcorn!
Food and drinks by Bridge City Pizza and Voodoo Donuts!

We will be selling Woodstock t-shirts and there will be give-aways!

This movie is PG-13
for adult language. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. 

Woodstock Farmers Market’s Fruit Festival, July 21st

Woodstock Farmers Market’s Fruit Festival
July 21st
10:00am – 2:00pm
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot)
Cost: Free!!
Ages: All
Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for a Fruit Festival. Bring the whole family for live music, delicious food, a cooking demonstration, free kids’ activities, and a fruit pie contest. There will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more from the 35+ vendors.

Block Party in the USA!

This year SE Tolman is having its first annual 4th of July Block Party between 52nd and 57th. I have lived on this block since 2000, since then there has never been a block party, and greeting neighbors was little to none.

This all changed when a new family moved to the block last June and reached across borders to introduce themselves. Their outward friendliness became the catalyst for homeowners that have lived on this block for multiple years to finally meet and become dear friends. 

In the past year this block has become a community of neighbors and friends helping each other with gardening, providing meals, babysitting, dog sitting and much more. In the last few months I have met a massage therapist, a writer, a school teacher and counselor, a yoga instructor, avid gardeners, multiple musicians and many other interesting and friendly people. This 4th of July we hope to meet more neighbors and make more friends to enjoy this great neighborhood with.

Excitement for this block party has sparked some great ideas including a neighborhood BBQ and potluck, face painting, balloon tossing, pinatas  playing instruments and so much more. Ideas for next year include a battle of neighborhood bands which we are very excited about.

Although the block party will not be barricaded this year due to lack of timing, we are hoping next year to do so. In lieu of officially closing the block, most of the party will be on homeowners properties as a roaming potluck with arts and crafts tables. Children at Play safety signs will be posted on both ends of the streets.

Block parties are a great way to meet your neighbors by having small events such as a luau, BBQ and even repair projects. A block party can be any event that that is no larger than 1-4 blocks for local residents and does not go past the 10pm hour.  Amplified music is allowed but does require a permit from the City of Portland Noise Control Office. More information on block parties and permits can be found at

Happy 4th of July everyone, Happy Block Partying . . . and Stay Safe!

Red, White and YOU

Please join us!
Woodstock Neighborhood Association Meeting
& Summer Berry Fest!
Wednesday, July 3rd, 7:00 P.M.
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave.

For many Oregonians, July is the height of summer berry season, and I’m betting there are at least a few Woodstockians who have been harvesting bumper crops of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or blueberries these past weeks. Here’s a chance to share your bounty, or, if you don’t grow but you love to bake, to show off your culinary talents by sharing a homemade pie, crisp, or other berry dessert.

Cloud City Ice Cream has generously agreed to donate a couple quarts of vanilla ice cream and two pints of sorbet (marionberry-line and  Thai coconut) to complement the berry goodness. If you are active on Facebook, please thank them by liking their page.

So. We’ll kick off the July meeting with a berry potluck / social. After dessert, stick around for our briefs: neighbor introductions, committee reports, and special announcements. We’ll wind up by revisiting some key questions raised at our April visioning session. Namely: What’s unique about our neighborhood? How can we strengthen our neighborhood identity and sense of community? and What should be our neighborhood’s short-term priorities in terms of projects, events, or focus issues? This doesn’t have to be figured out all at once—it’s an ongoing conversation…but an important one!

Hope to see you Wednesday night!

—Becky Luening, WNA Chair

WNA Board Welcomes New Members

Thirty neighbors total turned out for WNA’s annual election night, June 5th. A handful dropped by during the first hour to socialize a bit and enjoy the delicious Chicago-style pizza generously donated by Bridge City along with a bountiful salad made with freshly harvested lettuce and radishes from 47th Avenue Farms. Twenty-four folks stayed on for the meeting, and of these, six were voted in as first-time WNA board members! A warm welcome to Elisa Edgington, Ben Ierien, Nicole Craigmiles, Jacky Jarrahzedah, Scott Smith and Dan Chin. In addition, it was noted that Trina Marmarelli has stepped down as Woodstock What’s Up e-news editor (thank you, Trina!), with Ruthann Bedenkop picking up the reins. (See the full board roster on our Contact page.)

Click here to download a PDF of our June Meeting Minutes. Announcements include:

  • National Night Out falls on August 6  this year (first Tuesday of August), but any block party scheduled between Aug. 2 and 11 will qualify as an official NNO event, with the benefit of having certain permits and fees waived by the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Registration deadline is June 23. See the National Night Out website for more info and to register:
  • Woodstock Librarian Carol Uhte noted that Joan Smith, a “rock star of a children’s librarian” is retiring after 33 years. Also, the Summer Reading Program kicks off Friday, June 14th. Colorful t-shirts are available for $12 in all sizes.
  • Volunteers Wanted! for the annual Woodstock Community Cleanup taking place this coming Saturday, June 22 from 8 to 10 am. Meet in front of the Woodstock Community Center. Muffins, coffee and water will be provided. Bring gloves. The boulevard cleanup will include sweeping, litter pick-up, and replanting flower pots. WNA Chair Becky Luening is organizing a “No Butts Brigade.” Click to view flyer.
  • Ann Crowder, financial manager for the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, reported a net profit $3295.85 for the annual Plant Sale benefit for WCC. Way to go!
  • Sustainability member Elisa Edgington reported at least ten neighbors have stepped forward to participate in this summer’s Urban Forestry Woodstock Tree Inventory to help identify and assess the health of all street trees in the Neighborhood. More help is needed; volunteers are not obligated to work all four of the work days which are listed on the Sustainable Woodstock website
  • Media Committee Chair Kenny Heggem announced Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the feature film for this summer’s Movie in the Park event at Woodstock Park. This city-sponsored event, slated for Friday, August 16 includes live music before dusk, plus free popcorn and several other snack options for sale by local vendors. The committee plans to meet with Portland Parks & Recreation staff on July 9 at 7pm at the WCC to discuss fundraising and logistics. If event planning is your cup of tea, please feel free to join in. Ads will be available in the event program; for more information please call Kenny at 408-603-6252 or email
  • Tabling anyone? Woodstock Neighborhood Association will have a table at the Woodstock Farmer’s Market on Sunday, August 4 and again at the Woodstock Community Business Association Sidewalk Sale on Sunday, August 11, to sell t-shirts, hand out literature, and collect email signups. Volunteers interested in helping out on either of these days are encouraged to email

WNA Bylaws Changes

It has been brought to the attention of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, and announced at our last three or four general meetings, that certain changes need to be made to the wording of specific sections of our association’s bylaws in order to come into compliance on voting and decision-making criteria per the district coalition, SE Uplift and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Click here to review the proposed changes [doc format].

The General Membership will vote on these changes at our June 1, 2013 meeting.