Friday, July 12, 2013

2013 Playgroup?

Do you have a baby born or due in 2013?  Summer is usually the time we start compiling names and finding a coordinator for each group, with groups beginning to meet in the fall.  If you are interested in connecting with other neighborhood families with children born in 2013, send your name, baby's birthday or due date and contact info. to Kirstin and she'll put a list together.  Please also indicate if you are interested in being a coordinator or co-coordinator, which usually involves maintaining the group's calendar and listserve. See our FAQ for more info. on playgroup membership and coordination.

Update!  You can now contact our 2013 Coordinator, Crissy Shaffer, using the coordinator link to your right.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sellwood Community Center Closure?

This letter from Kevin Downing was sent out to the Friends of the Sellwood Community Center, a committee of the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League.  Because the Sellwood Community Center plays such a central role in the lives of so many of our playgroup families, we decided to post it here.  Take a few minutes to send a letter to mayor Charlie Hales in support of our community center!

Once again, the Sellwood Community Center, serving residents of Portland and the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhoods for over 90 years, is proposed for closure in the face of an unbalanced budget for the city of Portland. The proposal would shutter the Center, except for the pre-school program, volunteer run programs and building rentals. The savings: $60,000. The loss: over $300,000 in program activities. Contact the mayor now!

The Center is well managed and derives a larger source of its revenue from fees paid by the users than most other Parks facilities. The Center is popular, well used and efficiently managed. It is a poor business decision to close a well-run operation that should instead serve as a model for other Parks facilities about minimizing draws on general tax revenue.Contact the mayor now!

The decision rests now with the mayor and his staff. For a mayor who campaigned on getting back to basics, closing a facility that has served three generations just doesn’t make sense. Losing over $300,000 in community valued programs to save $60,000 doesn’t make sense. Contact the mayor now!

Budget proposals are currently in the development and review stage. The decision just now is up to the mayor and his staff. Contact the mayor now!
Phone: 503-823-4120
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Welcome, 2012 Coordinators!

We'd like to welcome our three new volunteer coordinators.  Thanks to Sara Staggs, Ali Wilkinson and Sandy Pag├ín for setting up the website and first events for the 2012 Playgroup.  If you live in the neighborhood and have a 2012 baby, check out the 2012 Playgroup Website for more information.  The first event is set for October 28th. Sara, Ali and Sandy, we're happy to have you!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Music Together in Sellwood-Moreland

at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd.

Come experience what hundreds of Portland families have been raving about: Music Together classes in your neighborhood!  The premiere early childhood music education classes are for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners and the adults who love them.  Sing up a storm in family style mixed age classes, while shaking a tambourine, floating a parachute, rolling colorful balls, clicking sticks or boogying with your child and other families to old and new musical favorites.

Fall term runs from September 24 to December 6th with classes offered in Sellwood on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

To register for a demo or for more information call 503-236-4304 or

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2012 Coordinator?

The list is growing of families interested in a 2012 Playgroup.  We are still looking for a coordinator or co-coordinators for this group.  If you are friendly and organized and would like to serve in this volunteer role, please contact Kirstin.  Thanks!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

2012 Playgroup

We are starting to get inquiries about the 2012 Playgroup! We usually start playgroups up in the early fall of the birth year--check out this post for more details on that rationale. If you'd like to be added to the list of families who want to be contacted when the group begins, please email Kirstin. And if you are organized and friendly and would like to serve as coordinator for the 2012 group, let me know that in your email. too.  I usually meet with coordinators during the summer to answer your questions and to help you plan. For more information about the structure of our playgroups, please see the FAQ Page. Thanks!

Summer Fun in the Southeast and Beyond

By Ali, Westmoreland mom to Grady (2) and Clara (2 months) and co-owner and publisher of PDX Kids Calendar.

Although you would never be able to tell now with the torrential rain currently bouncing off our windows, we did get a taste of that glorious Portland summer last week – bright blue skies, warm sun, and lots and lots and lots to do!  We are lucky to live in the Sellwood-Moreland area, which is always brimming with kid-friendly activities.   And come summer, this area ups the ante with loads of outdoor fun.  Below is a list of some of our favorites.   I’ve also included a few options outside the Southeast if you’re feeling adventurous.  For even more ideas, you can check out PDX Kids Calendar’s summer fun guide

Portland Summer Free For All – Every summer Portland rolls out movies and music in venues across the city.  This year at Sellwood Park we can look forward to The Zookeeper on July 22 and The Muppets (2011) on August 5.  The 2011 remake of Footloose will be playing at Brookyln Park on August 4 and Mars Needs Moms will be playing at Woodstock Park on August 14.  For all movies, entertainment starts at 6:30 and movies start at dusk.  On the music front, there’s a musician every Monday in July at the Sellwood Riverfront Park (over by Oaks Bottom) at 6:30.  We’ll be treated to funk, Brazilian dance music, and more.  There’s music going on somewhere in Portland every day of the week in July and August, so if you’re willing to explore you’re in for a treat!

Theater – On September 1-3, Portland Actors Ensemble performs the summer tradition of Shakespeare in the Park at a park near us – Reed College.  They are performing the comedy Twelfth Night.  Shows are at 3 and are free.  They are also performing Hamlet this season at parks a bit further away.  

Festivals – For those new to the area, the biggest summer extravaganza in our neighborhood is Sundae in the Park, held the first Sunday in August from 12 to 4.  Think cheap ice cream, kid-friendly musicians, activities, and easy access to the best playground in Portland.   But there are some other wonderful festivals around town if you’re willing to travel.  The Washington Park Summer Festival is from August 2-12 and features lots of different types of music, all for free.  Or if you’re interested in something a little… different, the Pirate Festival is Labor Day weekend in St. Helens, and is basically just what you think it is.  There are also festivals around balloons, strawberries, and of course – beer! 

Sunday Parkways – Sunday Parkways is when the city closes off traffic in a neighborhood and lets the people roam free!  In addition to car-free streets, there are lots of booths, music, and other entertainment for the family.  The Southeast parkway is August 26.

Street Fairs – It’s kind of amazing how many street fairs there are in Portland in the summer!  Unfortunately, there isn’t a Sellwood-Moreland street fair YET.  We should get on that in all our spare time.  But in the meantime, check out some of our favorites – Mississippi (July 14), Fremont (August 4), Alberta (August 11), and Hawthorne (August 26).

Hope to see you at many of these, kids in tow!