Thursday, October 2, 2014

2014 Group Forming

A group is forming for families of children born in 2014.  For more information, please contact coordinator Barb Wright. Thanks, Barb, for volunteering to launch this group!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Upcoming Fun!

Our local toystore, Oodles for Kids, recently sent us information about some kid-friendly events happening at their store in honor of their 2 year birthday!
Oodles 4 Kids Turns 2
Come celebrate our 2nd birthday in our newly expanded space!
On September 27th, from 10am to 5pm, we invite neighbors, friends and family to celebrate our second year of operation and store expansion. We’ll have arts and crafts, face painting, games, music, puppet shows, treats and prizes! For more information, please stop by the store at 7727 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202, call (503) 719-7670, or visit us at
10-3 Arts and Crafts for All Ages
11-12 Play-Along on Steel Drums
11-3 Photos with Bell Hopscotch Rabbit from Calico Critters
12-2 Birthday Cake
1-1:30 Old World Puppet Theatre's Interactive Show
2-3 Spidmonsters Speedy Card Game
3-3:30 Old World Puppet Theatre's Interactive Show
All Day
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Glitter Tattoos 
Face Painting
Lots of Prizes!
Thank you to Blue Kangaroo, Cloud Cap Games, Foot Traffic, Nectar Frozen Yogurt, Reverend's BBQ, and Savory Spice for helping us celebrate!

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!