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 http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/.

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: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/55345
  • 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 info@woodstockpdx.org.
  • 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 info@woodstockpdx.org.

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.

WANTED: Co-creators of the best neighborhood possible!

2012-13 WNA Nominations (so far)

Nominate yourself, or a friend, for one of the following positions. You may also nominate to be an “understudy” for any of these positions, and be ready to hit the ground running in 2014. Nominations may be made as late as election night, June 5th. For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, please email info@woodstockpdx.org.

Becky Luening
Vice Chair:
Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Michael Chacon
Coalition Rep:
Moshe Lenske
What’s Up E-News Editor:
OPEN (training available)
Web Administrator:
KD Henderson

Area 1 – OPEN
Area 2 – Ann Crowder
Area 3 – Jan Elliott
Area 4 – Virginia Petersen
Area 5 – OPEN

Land Use:
Terry Griffiths
Friends of the Woodstock Community Center:
Lonnie Port
Kenny Heggem
Becky Luening

(Whether or not you are ready to take on a leadership position, all of these committees warmly welcome your participation.) 

Land Use Committee meets Wednesday, May 15

WNA Land Use Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Upstairs at the Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland

Tentative Agenda

  1. Introductions
  2. Vic Remmers of Everett Custom Homes will present a project update on the development of the “gateway” block at the southeast corner of 39th (Cesar Chavez) and Woodstock.*
  3. Comprehensive Plan update on timeline (pending information from Matt Wickstrom, SE District Liaison at BPS).
  4. Woodstock as Neighborhood Center: Do we already have the capacity for 3,500 households w/in half-mile radius of the neighborhood “core,” as per 55.22.e of the Working Draft of the Comp Plan? Michael Cerbone will present his research on the number of households that currently exist, and how many can be accommodated, within a half-mile radius of the Woodstock Village Center.
  5. Determine neighborhood representation at City of Portland District Mapping Conversation and Discussion. This is a two-part discussion scheduled for Saturday, June 1 AND Saturday June 22. Both meetings are scheduled to take place at SE Uplift from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
  6. Discussion of WNA Land Use Committee’s comments on the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft. Terry Griffiths and Michael Cerbone will present draft comments based on past LUC discussions and backed up with feedback obtained from the April 3rd Woodstock Visioning session.
  7. Set June meeting date.

*As most of you have probably already noticed, there are “For Sale” signs on the two historic houses in the Gateway Block facing Woodstock Boulevard. I called Vic Remmers last week to inquire about that. He said that he would prefer to sell those houses to someone with an interest in restoring or remodeling them, since his company “isn’t really in the business of remodeling.” The current line is that if the houses don’t sell w/in 30 days, Everett Homes NW will remodel or restore them themselves. This is notably different from what we were told in December. Remmers will have no more 20-30 minutes on our agenda, but for those who are interested in continuing a conversation with him, they can break out to do that downstairs or in the front entry area.

Terry Griffiths, Land Use Committee Chair

Plant Sale Coming Soon!

Woodstock Neighborhood Association


a benefit for Friends of the

Woodstock Community Center



at the 

Woodstock Community Center

5905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland

{the day BEFORE Mother’s Day}

FWCC Volunteers: We appreciate you!

I want to take a moment to acknowledge the four volunteers who have been faithfully holding up our end of the Woodstock Community Center’s partnership agreement with Portland Parks and Recreation—the agreement that ensures our small neighborhood center is maintained and keeps its doors open for our community’s use.

Lonnie Port, Terry Griffiths, Ann Crowder and Elizabeth Groff have carried out our part of this agreement, including fundraising to cover cleaning and maintenance costs, for at least ten years, as the core members of the committee known as Friends of the Woodstock Community Center or simply FWCC. They have established a great working relationship with city staff and figuring out how best to manage the center, and are now looking to recruit new volunteers to the committee to continue and build on that groundwork.

This blog post was spurred by my discovery that our WCC “Friends” received special recognition this past week when Southeast Uplift featured an article about FWCC’s annual plant sale as part of their 2013 Seeds of SE Uplift volunteer appreciation program. The attention and appreciation is very much deserved!

You can help celebrate the work of these star volunteers and support the FWCC by coming out for the May 11th plant sale, 9am to 3pm at the Woodstock Community Center. Be sure to tell your neighbors about it too, and share the announcement via your social networks. The “Friends” and I look forward to seeing you there!

—Becky Luening, WNA Co-chair