Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Smithsonian exhibit captures a bit of Sandy Boulevard, 1949

Smithsonian exhibit captures a bit of Sandy Boulevard, 1949

By Rebecca Ragain
For the Hollywood Star, January, 2010

A car salesman sits behind his desk at the Buick dealership, talking to a husband and wife about their transportation options, while a teenager peers through the showroom window, dreaming about the day he’ll have a car of his own. Behind him, cars, buildings and commercial signs are visible; business goes on as usual on Sandy Boulevard, circa 1949.

This scene … More

Working with Ansel Adams inspired photographer Peter Schütte

Working with Ansel Adams inspired photographer Peter Schütte

By James Bash
For the Hollywood Star, January 2010

Peter Schütte is an acclaimed fine-arts photographer whose work has appeared in more than a dozen books as well as countless newspapers and magazines. Schütte, who lives in the Irvington neighborhood, is also noted for his photography workshops and teaching skills. Looking at Schütte’s photos, you might think that he was born with a camera in his hands, yet it was … More

Hollywood Hank braves the cold weather

Hollywood Hank braves the cold weather

By Hollywood Hank
For The Hollywood Star, January, 2010

Did you know more dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season? Make sure that yours always wears ID tags!

Newsflash: Not all dogs are equipped to walk in the frigid temperatures, when the wind can blow through our fur, and the snow and ice can stick to our paws. I can tolerate the cold pretty well because … More

Northeast Portland tool library expands

The Hollywood Star, January, 2010

The Northeast Portland Tool Library (NEPTL) has expanded to better support its rapidly growing membership and tool collection. The sixteen-month-old, all-volunteer-driven tool library moved its operations from a small garage on the property of its long-time host, Redeemer Lutheran Church, to a larger space in the church’s basement.

The move more than quadruples the square footage available to NEPTL for storing and repairing tools and … More

Radon information presentations in Northeast Portland

The Hollywood Star, January, 2010

January is Portland Radon Action Month. Because nearly half of Northeast Portland homes have indoor radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended action level, the American Lung Association (ALA) of Oregon and radon expert Don Francis of EcoTech are offering free presentations about radon. Learn what radon is, where it comes from, how to test for it and how to fix a home … More

Irvington revises budget

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star, January 2010

The Irvington Community Association made a second pass at its budget last month, and restored much of the money they have traditionally given to local causes. Rupert Prince’s budget committee had proposed slashing the charitable giving budget to $7,000, barely half of what they had given in past years. A revised budget developed mainly by land use chair Dean Gisvold restored … More

Annual auction benefits Beverly Cleary School Foundation

By Laura Meehan
For The Hollywood Star, January, 2010

Beverly Cleary School Foundation’s annual fundraising auction will be held on March 5 at the Bison Building in Northeast Portland. Local businesses are invited to help us “Dream Big” for our school, our kids and our community.

The Foundation is seeking businesses and community members as sponsors for the auction or to advertise in the auction catalogue. Sponsorship opportunities are available … More

A cappella singing ensembles – openings in the New Year!

The Hollywood Star, January, 2010

Do you love to sing and want to sing with others on a more regular basis? PDX Vox is a singing program for busy people who love pop music and are looking for a fun, low-pressure way to improve their singing in a friendly, supportive learning environment.

PDX Vox is a cross between a chorus and a “voice band,” performing pop songs in which many … More

Roseway Heights penny drive raises $2,500 for charity

By Christine Finlayson
For the Hollywood Star, January, 2010

Every December, students at Roseway Heights School dig into their pockets and piggy banks for coins, bringing them to the school’s penny drive. This year, students raised $2,594.82 over seven days by collecting pennies—as well as nickels, dimes, and quarters—in their classrooms. They donated the money to Habitat for Humanity and the Roseway Heights Secret Santa program, which provides needy families … More

There was no hand sanitizer in Victorian England

By Laura Simon, library assistant, Hollywood Library
For the Hollywood Star, January 2010

Now that the hectic holiday season is over, let’s take a moment to appreciate the little things in life: germs! Multnomah County Library’s eighth annual “Everybody Reads” book selection is The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, by Steven Johnson. The Ghost Map is a … More

Latino arts and culture group receives grant

Latino arts and culture group receives grant

Miracle Theatre Group recently was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Portland Development Commission to fund major repairs to the roof of its Latino arts and culture performance center.

“PDC has a strong commitment to neighborhood vitality and local business success,” says Becki Marsh of the Portland Development Commission. “We welcome the opportunity to work with community assets like the Miracle Theatre.”

El Centro Milagro, a facility that encompasses both … More

January Calendar

By Laura Meehan
For the Hollywood Star News. January, 2010

Events are listed in the order in which they take place, followed by ongoing and upcoming events. Submit calendar items to the Hollywood Star News, 2000 N.E. 42nd Ave., PMB 142, Portland, OR 97213 or moc.l1406329334oa@la1406329334iroti1406329334derat1406329334sh1406329334. Entries must be received by the 15th of the month. Include description of event, date, location, time, price (when relevant) and contact information for More

Hacienda strengthens Northeast neighborhoods, helps home buyers and families

Hacienda strengthens Northeast neighborhoods, helps home buyers and families

By James Bash
For The Hollywood Star

Hacienda, a non-profit community development corporation, provides affordable rental housing, primarily in the Cully neighborhood. Hacienda also offers several programs that help homeowners and improve the lives of families. In today’s uncertain economic climate, those programs can make a big difference.

Still, because of its name, some people might think that Hacienda, located at 5136 N.E. 42nd Ave., serves only Latino-Americans.

“Hacienda is … More

Hats, scarves provide community support at NECC

By Tom Vandel, NECC Board member
For the Hollywood Star, January, 2010

It may not be an actual scientific fact, but members of the Northeast Community Center (NECC) can attest that knitting is good for the mind and giving is good for the heart. And both are good for the community.

The NECC has been a center of community support in many ways this season. Members, staff and their families … More

Neighborhoods break for the holidays

Neighborhoods break for the holidays

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star, January 2010

Last month at least some hard-working neighborhood volunteers took at least some time off for some fun.

The Buckman, Concordia, Cully, Eliot, Kerns, Lloyd District and Irvington associations had party-type atmospheres at their meetings.

Concordia University’s Chamber Music Ensemble entertained some 150 Concordia neighbors and friends at their shindig. The Alameda Brew House, Blue Olive, Cha Cha Cha Taqueria and Red More

Whole Foods opens amid parties

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star, January 2010

The long-anticipated new Hollywood Whole Foods store will open, amid parties and giveaways, on January 12.

At 8:45 a.m. that morning, with store officials and mayor Sam Adams in attendance, those in charge will ceremoniously “break bread” and open the 38,000 square foot store at 4301 N.E. Sandy Blvd., in the ground floor of The Beverly condominium building. The first 365 … More

Friends of Trees needs you!

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star, January 2010

There is still time to purchase new street trees through Friends of Trees if you live in Alameda, Irvington or Sabin (where the deadline is January 11) or Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, Madison South, Rose City Park or Roseway (deadline January 18), and Concordia and Vernon (deadline January 25).

If not, FOT needs volunteers to put those trees in the ground. The planting … More

Thanksgiving provided for those in need

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star, January, 2010

At holiday time, people who didn’t have the family connections or resources for a conventional Thanksgiving found that there was a place at the table for them.

The Hollywood Senior Center provided such a dinner for 30 people. The food was contributed by the Wy’east Unitarian Universalist Congregation and others (“I myself cooked two turkeys,” Center director Amber Kern-Johnson says), and … More