Save Our Community Centers!

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

Hypertufa for the Woodstock Plant Sale

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.


Hypertufa Mix


The Finished Pots


Sedums in Pots


Woodstock Needs Plants for Our May 2018 Community Plant Sale

This year’s Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue in Portland.

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.


Welcome to Our Neighborhood!

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!

Keep the Woodstock Community Center open!

The Woodstock Community Center is best known for its famous plant sale, but did you know it also offers:

  • Preschool
  • 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:

Woodstock Community Center is set to celebrate its 60th year! Don’t let them end 60 years of community connections.

Woodstock Community Center on chopping block again!

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.

WCCHistory: 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.

Spectacular Spooktacular Season

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
Spooktacular 2017

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)
Woodstock Library
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

WNA endorses proposed Multnomah County measure to tax sugary drinks

Is it healthful for children to consume sugary drinks?  A growing number of people are coming to the conclusion that it is not.  Some cities—Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, Boulder, Colorado, among others—have passed a tax on sugary drinks. The Navajo Nation also supports a tax.

At the August Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) meeting, Dante Haruna, a political organizer with Multnomah County’s “Yes for Healthy Kids and Education” campaign, made a presentation and requested WNA’s endorsement of a 2018 ballot measure.

“The point of the ballot measure is to reduce over consumption of sugary drinks. Multiple studies show a 10-20% reduction [of these harmful beverages] with an increase in water and milk consumption,” said Haruna.

Scientists throughout the world have proven that consuming too much sugar is harmful to adult and children’s health and can result in diabetes, high cholesterol and/or tooth decay.

The measure calls for a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks. Products subject to the tax include sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and sweetened teas. Not included are infant formula, milk products, natural fruit and vegetable juices. The tax is not applied at point of sale, but to distributors. For example, a distributor would pay 18 cents to the county for a twelve-ounce bottle of sugary drink.

The tax would raise an estimated $28.4 million per year in Multnomah County, half of which would expand preschool for low-income children in the county. The remainder would go toward playground improvements and school gardens that encourage exercise and healthy eating for kids.

The WNA board endorsed the Multnomah County Children’s Health and Education Act at their August 16th meeting.

Anyone interested in volunteering to collect signatures to get the measure on the ballot, or any organization that wants to host a community meeting, can contact the Coalition at or call (971) 319-4092.


WNA Meeting Postponed to August 16

Due to the extremely high temps, and the lack of A/C at the WCC, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s August meeting, scheduled for tonight, August 2nd, will instead be held on the third Wednesday, August 16th, at the regularly scheduled time and place: 7:00pm at the Woodstock Community Center. Here is a link to the meeting agenda, which has changed slightly, as reflected in the notes below.

Due to the postponement, Anthony Bencivengo, from the Portland Tenants United, will be unable to attend the August meeting, and will come in September instead to present, for our consideration, a resolution in support of renewing, expanding, and making permanent Portland’s mandatory relocation assistance ordinance.

Dante Haruna, Multnomah County Coalition for Healthy Kids and Education Campaign will be there on the 16th provide a recap on the Multnomah Children’s Health and Education Act, and we will take a straw vote for a WNA endorsement to be voted on in the WNA board meeting.

In addition, the 16th being the regularly scheduled time for WNA’s Land Use Committee meeting, we will allot a good portion of the meeting to Land Use updates and discussion, topic/s to be announced.

Looking ahead, our September 6th WNA meeting features a Red Cross presentation on Emergency Preparedness.

A Brief History of Portland Fish Market

Portland Fish Market is the dream of Mike Shirley and Ben Berkowitz. Ben explains, “Mike and I have called Oregon home for over a decade and in that time we have spent countless hours fishing the coast. Our dream was to create a sustainable supply chain of fresh retail seafood directly from the boats we fished on and around, without the use of large corporate wholesalers/middlemen. Today Portland Fish Market has done just that. We buy directly off hard-working boats that catch the freshest seafood in the Pacific Northwest.”

tuna boat display

WNA: Why choose Woodstock for your business?
Ben Berkowitz: Agnes and I have lived in Westmoreland for 13 years and have always thought of Woodstock as an extension of our neighborhood. We felt like we hit the jackpot being able to open our business in our own back yard.

WNA: We love your Fish & Chips Window! Are there any new additions to the menu or market this year?
Ben: Thanks, opening the window has been a long-term goal of ours. We have thoroughly enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm the window has brought to our shop and to our seafood. As for new additions to the menu I only have one word: Shellfish!

WNA: Top three personal favorite products that you carry?
Ben: If I had to choose three, I’d say Smoked Black Cod because it’s so rich and satiating. Next, Dungeness crab, we are so lucky to have access to this especially sweet resource. Last but not least, our fish and chips, because it’s just so darn good.

WNA: Share your most interesting product request?
Ben: At a fish market we get a lot of interesting requests; fish from far off lands, cuts we never imagined eating. I enjoy these orders the most, because they allow me access to seafood I never thought I’d see or work with.

WNA: What other businesses would you like to see pop up in the neighborhood?
Ben: As Woodstock continues to grow in leaps and bounds, I’d like to more owner-operated businesses come in to enhance the sense community.

Portland Fish Market has indeed enhanced our community! Look for Ben and Agnes at their Woodstock Farmers Market booth on Sundays this season!

Thanks to Cora Schleicher for conducting the interview and contributing photos for this post.