Community input invited on Chinese Immersion expansion at Woodstock Elementary

A community input opportunity hosted by Portland Public Schools
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:00 PM
Woodstock Elementary School Cafeteria, 5601 SE 50th Ave.

PPS is interested in expanding many of its dual language immersion programs as a way to close the achievement gap for students where English isn’t their primary language.

Several options being looked at involve Woodstock Elementary School’s Mandarin Immersion program.  These run the gamut from just admitting more native Mandarin speakers to the existing program, to eliminating the neighborhood program altogether and giving neighborhood children preference in admission to a school-wide Mandarin immersion program.  You can read more about the existing proposals staring on page 9 of this PDF.

This is the first opportunity for community input on the many possibilities being discussed.  Translation services for Cantonese and Mandarin will be available.  If other languages are needed, please contact Rosanne Powell at or 503.916.3151.

Download the English version of the flyer that was sent home with students.

October Meeting Highlights

Thanks to all who turned out to WNA’s October meeting on Wednesday the 2nd. Terry Griffiths (filling in for WNA Secretary Elizabeth Ussher-Groff) has submitted the draft meeting minutes. Here are some highlights:

Woodstock Librarian Carol Uhte reminded us that Halloween festivities will kick off with a reading of “Not So Spooky Stories” by the very popular former children’s librarian Joan Smith from 4:00-4:45pm on October 31. Click here to download the Woodstock Library’s latest events flyer.

Kevin Myers expressed gratitude for the all the volunteers who turned out to help with Reed College’s Community Day on September 21. Over 200 runners participated in the 5K run, a benefit for all neighborhood elementary schools. More great events coming up at Reed this fall, many of them free. Click here to visit Reed College events page.

Southside Swap and Play, a member-supported co-op for local families, is now up and running space at Our Lady of Sorrows, located at SE 52nd Ave. and Woodstock. Learn more and check out the indoor and outdoor play spaces and the swapping opportunities at an open house on Saturday, October 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Michael Thomas and Berenice Kolber-Thomas have begun remodeling and renovating the former Mickey Finn’s location, and look forward to opening their brand new Fenders Moto Café and Brew Pub by the end of the month. Fenders’ kitchen will be overseen by an award-winning Oregon chef formerly employed by the Lake Oswego Country Club.

Terry Griffiths reminded WNA members that weekend volunteers will be needed for leaf raking at the community center in November, December, and the first part of January.

On the local development front, Land Use Chair Terry Griffiths reported that he application for a four-house subdivision with an additional four accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on SE 45th across from Lewis School has been withdrawn. At the LUC’s September meeting, developer Vic Remmers of Everett Custom Homes provided a progress report on the Gateway Block (southwest corner of SE Woodstock and SE Cesar Chavez) and touched on other developments in the neighborhood, including a planned, three-way lot-split that will require a zoning change for the property located at 3936 SE Reedway (at SE 40th). A pre-application conference on this project is slated for October 15, 2013.

Terry’s report also anticipated the imminent release of Working Draft Part 2 of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee intends to focus on three main issues that could be addressed by the Comp Plan: (a) development of Woodstock’s Main Street, (b) an overall plan for Woodstock’s unimproved streets, and (c) the design and impact of future infill housing development. WNA’s next Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Community Center.

Virginia Petersen gave a heads up on plans to schedule a series of emergency preparedness events, in collaboration with the area Neighborhood Emergency Team (or NET), and surrounding Southeast neighborhoods.

Woodstock Neighborhood’s Street Tree Inventory has now been completed. An October celebration for inventory volunteers will be followed by a Tree Inventory Summit on November 9th in St. Johns, the next step toward creating a Woodstock Neighborhood Tree Plan. For more information about future Woodstock Tree Team activities, contact WNA’s Tree Team leader Rick Faber at (To find out about upcoming Friends of Trees plantings, click here.)

Kids and parents are invited to trick-or-treat their way along Woodstock’s business district on their way to WNA’s “Halloween Harvest” celebration on October 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center. Highlights include munchies donated by local restaurants, free professional photo prints thanks to Michael Gary, simple games and activities for all ages, and a “Dutch raffle.” A local acoustic ensemble called “Status Crow” has been pulled together by Woodstock neighbor Les Szigethy especially for the occasion. Fiscal sponsorship has been granted by Southeast Uplift for the event, and the WNA Board voted to contribute $100 toward expenses. Flyer coming soon!

Becky Luening and Nicole Craigmiles are looking into the cost and logistics of distributing a print newsletter and will submit a proposal after more information has been collected.

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!

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