Buy with friends for instant community!

Coming soon — sneak peek!

Have you wished for more community in your life, and maybe even thought about living with others? But you want your own space? Here are a couple of options!

First, two 1-level 3plexes in Woodstock, next door to each other with a large garden space in between for a total of 6 units. Buy one or both properties with friends for instant, affordable community, with individual apartments for less than $200,000 each apartment for all six!

Each group of three attached cottages has a 2-bedroom apartment and two 1-bedroom apartments, all on the ground floor for great accessibility. It will be on the market by this Thursday July 6. 

Lots of options, including keeping one apartment for common shared space or an onsite support person, cook and gardener if desired. Located on a neighborhood street of single family homes, it’s only a block from a busline. 

Easy owner occupied financing. (Because the 2 triplexes are each on separate lots, they may be financed with conventional or FHA financing. If they were all on one lot they would require commercial financing because there would be more than 4 units.)

If this sort of thing interests you contact me right away for more info. I am also working on a boomer or mixed generation community to be built. The land for this other project backs up to a beautiful forested area. Tiny homes or attached cottages? Musician or artist studio space might be included.

2 triplexes for sale in Woodstock! Buy one or buy both.     









Pa’lante! Fiery Salsa and Latin Jazz

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Pa’lante Live! This Saturday, June 24, from 4 to 7 pm.

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Come out and dance! 
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Pa’lante at the Streets of Tanasbourne‘s 

Family Game Night. 
19350 NW Emma Way, in Hillsboro (Off Cornell west of 185th) at the fountain plaza. 

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More Pa’lante dates:

Friday July 21, 6:30 pm  Get out of town! Pa’lante at Dayton Friday Nights in the town square of rural Dayton, Oregon, about 45 to 60 minutes from Portland. 

They loved us last year and we’re thrilled they invited us back again this year.  Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs.

Monday July 31, 6:30  Portland Urban Parks Concert! 

Holladay Park, at NE 11th and NE Holladay Street, near Lloyd Center

Thursday, August 17, 7 pm

Ardenwald Park, 3667 SE Roswell St, in the north end of Milwaukie, a little south of Johnson Creek Blvd.The park is across the street from the new Ardenwald Elementary school in the heart of the Ardenwald Neighborhood.

Family friendly park setting.

Saturday September 16, 6 pm

Benefit for Rafiki Village Project

House concert setting in a large and wonderful space in the Hawthorne area.  Mumbo Jumbo opens. 

More to be announced. 

For details for all events, and to keep up with newly added performances, 

please like Pa’lante’s facebook page

Pa’lante at The Pink Rose for Cinco de Mayo! Please join me…

This Thursday! Please join me for Latin Jazz. Let’s hang out!

5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday May 5.

Pa’lante’s Latin Jazz Quintet will play

at the sweet outdoor patio at Pink Rose Restaurant**

1300 NW Lovejoy (the streetcar stops next door!)

There is room to dance and a special Cinco de Mayo menu.

Pa’lante is my husband Nick Gefroh’s 9 piece salsa, Afro Cuban and Latin jazz band. This is the quintet version which is also highly danceable. More at this link. And scroll down for upcoming Pa’lante gigs.

 Pa’lante Latin Jazz Quintet at Pink Rose Restaurant’s Grand Opening.  

**Pink Rose is a cause related business supporting Discoveries of Hope Foundation, which donates to work on autism and breast cancer.


Saturday June 4, 6:30-7:30, Rose Festival Rose City Stage

Friday August 5, National Night Out & Downtown Neighborhood Association in the South Park Blocks

Friday August 26, Dayton Friday Nights series finale

Sunday August 28, Hawthorne Street Fair

and more on the way!

River Rd — 986 SE River Forest Rd

$345,000 — 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths — 1066 SF

Hidden gem in River Forest paradise. Mid-century-modern! Serene view of River Forest Lake across the road. Easy 1-level living. Stunning hardwoods, vaulted ceiling, skylights, 2 baths. Updated kitchen w eco-friendly paperstone counters. Lovely yard w trees & sun. Established natural gardens, 3-room deck & fire pit. Wonderful community near Trolley Trail bikeway, Oak Grove village cafes, and new MAX.

Listed by: Laurie Sonnenfeld @ M Realty LLC

SOLD — 5 Days on Market

The River Forest neighborhood is a peaceful natural watershed paradise. Residents make up a lively and interactive community including a fine assortment of artists and musicians. Look forward to the series of neighborhood art shows, a 4th of July parade and the Valentine’s Day stroll. Several homes have been awarded certification for sustainable landscaping or backyard wildlife habitat.

River Forest Lake and the Willamette River are in close proximity, while a variety of shops and cafes in Oak Grove Village provide a place to bump into your neighbors while having coffee, lunch, or browsing for treasures. The nearby Trolley Trail bikeway and the upcoming 2015 MAX Light Rail stop offer a variety of commuter options. The Trolley Trail bikeway is a 6 mile trail from downtown Milwaukie to Gladstone. Its north end is close to the Springwater Corridor, a convenient way to bike downtown.

At night the quiet stillness underscores the occasional sounds of wildlife. The level of darkness makes the stars pop out, encouraging sky watching and peaceful sleep.  You’ll feel like you are miles outside of civilization, even though you are only a short drive from downtown Portland.

The Residence: This 1965 mid-century modern home is nestled in the River Forest neighborhood of Oak Grove. An enticing view of River Forest Lake across the road can be enjoyed from the dining room and the cozy front porch. The lovely south-facing backyard features an established natural garden, a tool shed with water and electric, and a three-room deck and firepit–a serene retreat excellent for relaxing and entertaining.

Enter the threshold into the bright and airy living room. Stunning hardwoods are illuminated by skylights and a sliding glass door to a secret courtyard retreat, open only to you, the sun and the sky.

High, vaulted ceilings open up the space and carry into the dining area. The beautifully updated kitchen boasts eco-friendly paperstone counters, stainless steel appliances, a sizable pantry and a counter depth fridge. A master suite with bath, along with second and third bedrooms and bath are tucked away down the hall for privacy.

Got books? Share with our Little Free Library

Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog it’s too dark to read. –Groucho Marx

Have you seen a Little Free Library in your neighborhood? Neighbors walk by, and who can resist checking to see what is new in their own neighborhood library?

This one is in Sunnyside, not far from Sunnyside Environmental School. My friend who started it is really enjoying watching the books come and go. She loves knowing that she has contributed something very positive to her neighborhood. Some people leave a book, others browse and then take a book. The contents changes all the time. It gets neighbors talking to each other, too.

My friend started with a big load of books collected by a voracious reader, my late husband Jim Andrews. The supply is now dwindling. To keep the library going, she needs more books. All kinds of books are welcome, as long as they are in good condition. If you have books to share, please contact me, or 503-750-1630.

The mission of Little Free Library: 

To promote Literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. To build 2,510 Libraries–as many as Andrew Carnegie–and keep going!


Progressive in Portland, December Events.

Warming December Events:

Friday, December 7, 2012: 15th annual Portland Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show!

Clowns Without Borders Benefit Dec 7

Hilarious comedy-circus variety show. Clowns Without Borders strives to relieve trauma through laughter in areas of crisis around the world. 7:30 pm, Da Vinci Middle School Theater, 2508 NE Everett, Portland 97232

Tuesday, December 11, Friends of Family Farmers

At their next InFarmation & Beer, Friends of Family Farmers is presenting a screening of the latest rough-cut of Gaining Ground, a documentary film about food justice by Elaine Velazquez and KBOO talk show host, Barbara Bernstein. 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison.

The feature length documentary shows how growing healthy food can be a catalyst for igniting hope and empowerment in rural and urban communities. Here’s a clip: 28554508

Saturday December 8, OCCUPY Portland Holiday Free Store! 1-5 pm.

Contribute and/or attend the Occupy Holiday Free Store at St. Francis Church, 1131 SE Oak just north of Stark Street (in the basement room). Bring/get anything that would make a nice holiday gift – tins of cookies, fruit cakes, knitted mittens, crocheted throws, books, DVDs, CDs, flower vases, games, puzzles, toys, stuffed animals, earrings, necklaces, frisbees.
Write a personal gift certificate for: skills, hours of work, consultation, empathy, concert tickets, whatever you want to offer for a gift. Email for more information or if you want to volunteer or have things to donate. Thanks!

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Howard Wade, Trad Blues, Folk, Live on Portland’s KBOO

Lots of live in-studio folk music performances

Coming up in April on my KBOO Folk Music Show, Movin’ On

Fridays from noon to 1:30 pm.

Tune in to KBOO 90.7 fm or listen live on the web

Friday April 1st  — I welcome Howard Wade, a guitarist of nearly half a century, who shares his traditional fingerstyle blues, folk and ragtime. His influences include Rev. Gary Davis, Misssissippi John Hurt and Jorma Kaukonen. “The music we make tells the story of America. It’s not the story we were told in school. … It carries the hope, despair, love, hate, triumphs and tragedies of us all. It’s our job as musicians to honor the story and carry it forward.” –from

Howard Wade live on KBOO. Laurie Sonnenfeld hosts.
Live on KBOO Friday April 1

Howard performs Friday night April 1st at Artichoke Music’s Friday coffeehouse. For those of you who don’t know, Artichoke is a non-profit dedicated to acoustic music. They have a store, offer workshops and lessons and have a live performance space.  Every Friday they host a coffeehouse with 5 or 6 up and coming musicians.

Friday April 15 — OMG It’s Peggy Seeger, in person, herself. Interview live by Michael O’Rourke and my co-host Don Jacobson (filling in for me that day). Friday night she’ll perform at the Folk Music Society Third Friday concert at St. Phillip Neri on SE Division. Saturday a workshop opportunity with the Folk Music Society. More later on this.

Peggy Seeger on Portland's KBOO April 15
Peggy Seeger live on KBOO April 15

Friday April 29 — Nancy Curtin and Nancy Conescu bring a riveting program of live Irish music.

Privatize Our Campgrounds and Hotsprings?


The forest service is proposing to privatize 27 remote and beautiful campgrounds in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  The proposal includes privatizing Bagby Hot Springs, the only free hot springs in the area.

Bagby has had its share of problems, but I wonder if privatizing the places we go to relax is the best idea. Listen to a story about privatizing Bagby from OPB radio:

Here’s where you can go to email a comment to be included in the public record on this proposal.
To learn more about Mt. Hood National Forest actions and issues, check out BARK.

Deadline for public comment was February 14.