3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kids, wear a costume and win ten free tickets!
That’s right try your luck at the Fishing Hole, Balloon Darts, Flying Pigs, Plinko, Good Fortune Wheel, Frog Frenzy!!!
Volunteers are needed and appreciated! Carnie tasks like running a game, decorations, snack table, muscles for set up and break down.
Donations always welcome. Special talents? Are you a magician? Balloon twister? Face painter? Palm reader? Solicitor of apple cider, tricks and treats?
Please contact Keith or click on the following link to volunteer shift!

We will try a group email this year if folks are interested. Hope to see you soon.

Keith Lewis : (503) 560-5642

Remembering Douglas Joseph Polk

Douglas “Doug” Joseph Polk

He was born in San Francisco on February 11, 1940 to Wesley & Mary Grace Polk. He died here in Portland, on February 24, 2016, at home, peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He graduated from Parkrose High School in 1957 and attended Stanford University. He served in the Army as a German translator. He spent several years running the Portway Tavern in North Portland with one of his childhood best friends. Doug also ran his own gardening and landscaping business for many years, as well as spent many daylight, twilight, and even nighttime hours working in his own garden, carefully planning and sculpting pathways and plantings. The garden at his house of over 40 years, was in constant flux, with regular new additions of trees, and plants and bulbs, and shrubs. He is survived by his significant other, Terry Daley, daughter and son-in-law, Dara & Kyle Abraham, his two grandchildren, his sister and brother-in-law, Madeline & Jim Rose (live in Pasadena, CA), and his nephews, Jimmy and Chuck Rose (and wife, Lacey), and niece, Betsy Wilson (and husband, John). Doug was a proud Linnton resident for over four decades and was very actively involved in his local community, either in an official capacity by serving on the board of the Linnton Neighborhood Association, or regularly attending neighborhood meetings or citywide meetings as a local resident and advocating for the best needs of the community. He played in, and then became the de facto leader, of a weekly, regularly running game of pick-up basketball, that occurred every ‪Tuesday evening for decades at the Linnton Commnunity Center (and advocated for and included me, his only child, to be the first female to start playing in that game); he played into his late 60s. He also worked on a project for years that involved hours of taped interviews with people involved with the Linnton Plywood Mill. He was an avid Go player (an ancient board game, originating in China). He was a voracious reader, collecting and reading books on every topic and constantly scouring newspapers for information, cutting clippings, and sharing relevant information with family & friends (his attention to detail, of remembering little facts about anyone he came across, was uncanny, and would make the effort to get those pertinent articles relating to those passions to those particular people). His love of sports was evident in his devotion to the Portland Trail Blazers (a season ticket holder since before their championship in 1976; even sticking by them through the “Jail Blazer” era), he had an incredible ability to listen to the radio for hours, cheering on the San Francisco Giants of the MLB, and in his cheering on of the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. He was unique and lived life on his own terms; if there were several already well-travelled routes to get from point A to point B, he was determined to find a new one, it may have not been the most direct or the quickest, but it was his own. There were no strangers in his life, he chatted easily with anyone he came across, be it the person next to him at a Blazer game or sitting next to him on the bus, or the person serving him his coffee. And he strove to learn about people’s passions, not what they did for a living/to earn a wage, but what fulfilled them. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Human Solutions (503-548-0200 or

LCC’s food pantry from a client’s perspective

My name is Katherine Pauley. I am a 29-year-old Portland native. This is my testament as to how the Linnton Community Center Food Bank has positively affected the lives of my little family.

Almost a year ago now, my mother in law suggested to me that I try out the food pantry on highway 30 in Linnton. That first time was overwhelming and exciting. I was immediately aware of how warm and welcoming the entire staff is. It was very apparent that everyone there puts their hears and souls into this work. I was awe struck at the quality of food the team strives to provide us. The saying “beggars can’t be choosers” does not apply at the Linnton Community Center Food Bank. I walk away from that pantry with the confidence that despite my low socio-economic status, I will no longer be forced to prepare unhealthy garbage for my family. After receiving that kind of genuine consideration, it tends to make one feel like less of a burden. The most important thing the Linnton Community Center Food Bank has given me is having eliminated my fear and shame that comes with being unable to provide my child with fresh, healthy food on a consistent basis. You can’t put a price on that sense of relief.

I have also been blessed with the opportunity of getting to know this beautiful community through volunteering. I have learned a great deal about myself and the world through this experience. My hope is to continue with volunteering as often as I can, as well as to get more involved.

I am genuinely grateful I came across this humble and inviting space. They have changed the way we see ourselves and given us hope. This place has changed my life and I can only imagine masses of people eager to say the same. To me, I see the ethos of Linnton Community Center Food Bank as being revolved around uplifting and elevating any and everyone who crosses their thresholds. I can’t think of any other place like it and hope it is around for years to come.

Thank you for your time.



Kate Pauley

Linnton Food Pantry, Volunteer Spotlight

If you have visited the Linnton Community Center Food pantry on a Monday or Tuesday lately you may have had the opportunity to meet Gloria Lillethun and Kip Waldron.

It is with great pleasure that I highlight their dedication to providing emergency food to people experiencing hunger in our area. Their hard work and leadership has ensured that every person coming to LCC for assistance received the food they needed to feed their families.

Creating a food secure community is no small feat. Last volunteers at LCC along with a partnership with the Oregon food bank and support from the Clark Foundation made it possible for the Linnton Community Center to feed 13,084 people. Volunteers provided 3,621 emergency food boxes, each with a three to five day supply of well-balanced nutritious food. It is with great respect and admiration that I thank them, our partners and all the volunteers for their efforts this past year.

A huge thanks to NW Container Services!

NW Container Services donated a 20-foot shipping container to the Linnton Community Center’s Emergency Food bank. The container will be used for storing dry goods and nonperishable items. Extra storage will pave the way for evening distribution greatly increasing access to this critical service. The container also opens up space inside the food bank allowing for a more comfortable and welcoming experience. Thank you NW Container Services for facilitating this donation and helping us to feed our areas most vulnerable families and individuals.