Seed Exchange event Nov. 24

By Lisa Gunion-Rinker

Attention:Ardenwald Gardeners, Seed Savers, & Curious Neighbors alike: Please come to the Milwaukie Grind (SE 32nd & SE Olsen)

on November 24, 2013 from

noon – 3pm to participate in a Seed Exchange.

What is a seed exchange you ask?  It is a fun event where people who garden and collect seed from their plants get together, talk about gardening, and exchange plant seeds they have collected from their gardens with their neighbors.

It is a good way to:

  1. meet new neighbors with similar interests
  2. try new varieties of vegetables & other plants
  3. discover solutions to plant growing problems
  4. make your significant other happy because you are creating free space in the refrigerator crisper

Anyone interested in gardening is welcome to come to the Ardenwald Seed Exchange.  Please bring any seeds you want to trade, a marker, and your fun-loving self.

 Hope to see you there!

Neighborhood meetings to move to fourth Monday of month

With a unanimous “yea” vote at the November 12, 2013, regular neighborhood meeting, the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association approved to make a permanent change to the meeting date.

Starting in January 2014, the Neighborhood Association will meet on the fourth Monday of the month. The location at Milwaukie Grind (9401 SE 32nd. Ave., Milwaukie) and the starting time at 6:30 p.m. have not changed.

The discussion to move the meeting date began at the October 8, 2013, meeting so the neighborhood meeting dates did not conflict with the Planning Commission’s meeting on the same Tuesday night and time. Planning Commission meetings are on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Milwaukie City Council meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

The initial plan was to move the meeting to the third Monday of the month, but at the November meeting, the day and time now conflicts with Moving Forward Milwaukie meetings.

Moving Forward Milwaukie’s plans for SE 32nd Ave. and the Murphy and McFarland sites are an interest to Ardenwald as these sites are within the neighborhood boundaries.

A representative from Ardenwald has been appointed to attend the MFM meetings.

January 27, 2014, will be Ardenwald’s first regular meeting on the fourth Monday of the month.

2013 Milwaukie Holiday Events: Umbrella Parade & Tree Lighting and Christmas Ships & Bonfire

Milwaukie Bonfire 2011

From City of Milwaukie

The Umbrella Parade & Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday Dec. 7th.

The Winter Solstice Bonfire & Christmas Ships will be held on Saturday Dec. 14th.

Milwaukie Umbrella Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 7th

Decorate an umbrella in the theme of your choice and join us for the Milwaukie Umbrella Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7th, 2013!

  • Convene in the Waldorf School School parking lot by 3:30 p.m. (21st and Monroe).
  • Parade will march at 4:00pm–heading up 21st Ave, turning at Washington then back down Main
  • Tree Lighting will follow at City Hall around 4:30pm

The Milwaukie High School Marching band will lead the procession up Main Street and back to City Hall where the festivities will be capped with carols from the MHS choir, the Tree Lighting and refreshments. City Hall is located a 10722 SE Main Street.

Santa Claus will join the festivities and free treats will be served!

Winter Solstice Bonfire and Christmas Ships
Saturday, December 14th

Our bonfire event, including entertainment and concessions (for purchase), will be held from 4:30pm-6:30pm. According to the Christmas Ship scheduleboth fleets will leave RiverPlace Marina (downtown Portland) headed to Lake Oswegoat 5:00pm. They will pass by Milwaukie around 5:45pm, subject to weather and river conditions.

• View The Christmas Ships around 5:45 p.m.
• Purchase Hot Cocoa, Coffee, Hot Dogs & Desserts
• Listen To the Dickens Carolers & MHS band performances
• Warm By the Bonfire

Due to parking restraints, please park on the east side of McLoughlin and walk to the event.


For more information about either event please call Beth Ragel at (503) 786-7568.