By Amber Nobe
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TNT’s Robin Hood-esque drama, Leverage, is in its fourth season filming in Portland. The Rose City stands in as Boston on the show, but you can’t miss the Sellwood sights featured in this summer’s upcoming episodes. Two full episodes were shot in Oaks Park—one about a missing Van Gogh painting, another about a heist and abduction from a carnival. (Also look for the Sellwood Bridge in scenes from last season’s finale, including a dramatic jump off the bridge onto a train.) Catch season 4, premiering June 26—then head to the waterfront to pick out your favorite set locations.
You can’t buy much with 50 cents these days—but on Sunday, Aug. 7, it will net you one ice cream sundae and an afternoon of family fun. Southeast Portland businesses and organizations gather from noon to 4pm in Upper Sellwood Park (SE Seventh and Miller) for the annual Sundae in the Park event. There will be activities for all ages, food vendors, music, information booths, and of course, that quintessential summer treat for just two quarters a pop. Stick around for more entertainment and a free screening of “Yogi Bear” as part of Portland Parks & Rec’s Movies in the Park series.
Li makes everything from scratch using the freshest local and organic ingredients whenever possible. She is best known for her mouth-watering baked goods and pastries. At the Lili Patisserie & Café (8337 SE 17th Ave.), choose your time carefully. Breakfast is Friday through Sunday, 8am-3pm, lunches are Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 3pm, while Dinner is only served Fridays, from 5pm-9pm.
The Moreland Farmers Market is going strong in its sixth year at SE Bybee Boulevard and 14th (with free parking across the street at 14th and Glenwood). Open 3:30-7:30 every Wednesday through October, it’s ideal for those strolling Antique Alley in the afternoon and those punching the clock at 5. Many of the market’s regular vendors of locally grown/prepared fresh produce, flowers, meat, cheese and baked goods return this year—plus, music, tastings and chef demonstrations. Find everything from herbs to wine to kombucha, and food carts serving on site.
Dive into Portland’s oldest pool, the Sellwood Pool, in Sellwood Park on SE 7th. This outdoor, oval-shaped swimming pool is heated to 84 degrees, with a drop slide, kiddie slide, play structure, and spray features. Water depths range from zero-depth entry to 8 feet.
AN UNCOMMON SUCCESS
Branches “An Uncommon Card, Gift and Paper Store” (6656 SE Milwaukie Ave.), is a Moreland neighborhood staple celebrating 20 years in business this season. Owner Kayleen Langfeldt—a self-described old hippy—bought the store from her friend, Carole Grandy, nine years ago and continues to bring an eclectic, funky and fun selection of greeting cards to her customers. You’ll find spiritual, humorous and naughty cards, local artists’ work, fair trade goods, handmade papers, jewelry, incense, journals, photo albums and even resale clothing and kids’ items. Stop by 11am to 6pm (5pm on weekends) or call 503-235-7124 for information.
Sellwood recently lost a few wine bars, but never fear: The Portland Bottle Shop (7960 SE 13th Ave.) comes to the rescue early this summer. Owner Travis Motter brings his knowledge from years as a tasting room manager and sommelier to this wine and beer venue where you can try a taste or a glass, or take home a bottle or growler. Motter said he’ll feature local drinks but will also draw from the vast selection of international wines available. Hours are 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Sunday, with free tastings on Saturday afternoons. Visit
www.pdxbottleshop.com for details.