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Volume 8, Issue 10


October 2010

CMBA Member News

New Member Spotlight: Tutor Doctor

tutWe began the business in July of this year. We serve anyone who would like support in their learning, all ages, all subjects, in the west Portland, Beaverton, and Sunset corridor. Our service provides a free assessment where we identify the student's objectives, any special needs and preferences, and then match them with a tutor who has been screened and evaluated to ensure we have an effective match.

The tutoring is done one-on-one, in the home, and uses the student's classroom curriculum and homework to facilitate the meeting. This customized approach results in both a good educational match, and also greater convenience for the student and family, while eliminating many of the frustrations parents have today dealing with homework and student motivation.

For more information about Tutor Doctor, contact Gil Wiseman at 503-406-2006, by email at, or visit the website at

Carbon-neutral shipping option

The UPS Store located at 10940 SW Barnes Rd., along with The UPS Store locations across the U.S., is now offering its customers the option to neutralize the climate impact of their packages when shipping with UPS. When customers select the carbon neutral option, UPS calculates the carbon emissions associated with their shipments and purchases and retires carbon offsets to mitigate the effects. UPS will target offsets certified to the "Gold Standard," "Voluntary Carbon Standard," or "Climate Action Reserve."

In October 2009, UPS became the first small package carrier in the U.S. to offer shippers the option of paying a small fee to offset the climate impact of their shipments. This summer, UPS expanded this option to include The UPS Store locations. This initiative provides options to the environmentally conscious consumer.

In the United States, the small fee ranges from $0.05 for a ground package, $0.20 for an air package to $0.75 for an international package. In 2010, UPS will match offset purchases up to $1 million.

"We are excited that UPS has incorporated The UPS Store in its extension of the carbon neutral program," said Tim Kimble, The UPS Store owner. "It allows us to provide our customers a convenient, cost-effective way to address climate change."

In addition to carbon neutral shipping, The UPS Store encourages consumers to help protect the environment by bringing in clean, foam packaging peanuts of all sizes, shapes and colors, bubble wrap, and air pouches for reuse.

The UPS Store network comprises the nation's largest system of retail shipping, postal, document and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the U.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS subsidiary. For additional information, please visit

Time to clean out the garage

Do you let your valuable car sit out in the rain and harsh winter weather, while you keep a broken TV and those rollerblades you'll never use again stored in your warm and safe garage? Consider sorting through your garage before the weather gets ugly. Donate your extra items to one of the many local charities. They will put them to good use. Places like Habitat for Humanity and Community Warehouse will gladly accept many of them. Don't forget that left over paint can be recycled at Metro. If you'd like more information on various places to donate or recycle, check out or call Beth at NW Organizing Solutions about their "Garage Clean Out" special to see how they can help you get the car back inside your garage.

Village Gallery News

"Trees, trees, trees. For the past year I have been obsessed with them. It all began with the collage quilt and continued from there… What is it about trees? Well, just about everything. They all have bark, leaves of some sort and sinuous shapes. They are large, small, gnarled, straight, colorful and fun to draw. No two are alike, so the source of material is endless." Our featured artist Cyndie Christiansen has many media as an artist; quilts, watercolor, acrylics and a book to view. All will be featured in her October showing at The Village Gallery of Arts.

In addition to our featured artist, October is our Awards show at Village Gallery. Our artist members will showcase their best work. Come in to view our juror's choice for the First Place ribbon!

In case you haven't been paying attention in recent years, our class coordinator Shelley Lebel, has scheduled many craft workshops that are offered on weekends and evenings to accommodate requests for classes for the working person. Call to sign up for painting a silk scarf, creating a felted hat, learning to do mosaic or making your own Aspiration Booklet.

Ongoing weekly classes are available in Color Design, Drawing, Soft Pastel, Watercolor and Acrylic Monotyping.

For more information please stop by the Village Gallery, call or visit our website. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from noon until 4 pm. We are easy to find next to the Cedar Mill Library at 12505 NW Cornell Rd. Our phone number is 503-644-8001. Our website is

Keep your smiles past Halloween!

Many of you may already be visiting fabric or thrift stores, gathering supplies for your child's Halloween costume and planning their special night out. If you're staying in that night, you may be researching free-trade chocolate and candy to hand out to the kids that plead "trick or treat!"at your door. Dr. Michelle Stafford at World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry offers the following advice for parents and treat-givers:

After your child indulges in any candy Halloween night, spend a little extra time brushing and flossing, with parent supervision for children under age 8.

Try to avoid keeping sticky & gummy candies in the cupboard, such as Skittles, taffy, or caramels. Sticky candy stays in the grooves of your child's teeth and can cause cavities much more quickly.

Keep remaining Halloween sweets in a special bowl or jar to only have with mealtimes, or bring it to World of Smiles for our annual candy exchange!

If you are giving out treats, stick to small amounts and maybe include a pencil or stickers along with a small treat in lieu of giant candy bars. Limit trick-or-treaters to one "prize" instead of a handful of sugar.

Chocolate candies are better than sticky candies—keep this in mind when buying bulk bags for treat-seekers.

Bring your candy treats to World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry from November 1-12 for their ANNUAL CANDY EXCHANGE! Children can bring in their loot, place it on our scale, and exchange for toys and prizes. Support our troops and healthy smiles! Hard candies will be donated along with other items to a military unit via

World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry is located at 11790 SW Barnes Rd, Suite 280. For more information, call 503-626-9700, or email You can find them on Facebook or visit their website at Please call for more details about their two-and-under complimentary visits.

What's French for gifts?

Les Couleurs De Provence, French imports for fabric, tablecloths, matching napkins, runners, aprons and much more will be at the French American School Holiday Market on December 3rd and 4th at 8500 NW Johnson St.. So if you are thinking about gifts for the holidays....write this date down on your calendar and come to the school to enjoy a unique experience of shopping French !!!!

Les Couleurs owner Mireille Nett says, "I will have new jacquard Teflon tablecloths, perfect for the holidays. If you cannot wait until December I will be happy to see you at my place. Call me for an appointment, 503-679-1681."

Miller Paint Co. wins top award for Innovation in Sustainability

Last spring, Sustainable Business Oregon awarded Miller Paint the top honor for a medium-sized company in Oregon for it's innovative products and practices.

Michael Coats, manager of the Murray store, says, "From 100% recycled paint cans, to our Acro and Devine Breathable, zero VOC paint lines, Miller Paint is very proud of our accomplishments in reducing our carbon footprint and looking for better, greener ways to build on our current level of success."

Miller Paint Murray Road is set up as a pickup point for homeowners to drop off their waste paint for recycling and Miller carries the Metro coatings in its stores. When asked by other manufacturers how they can conceivably sell something that competes with their virgin products, Steve Dearborn, CEO of Miller Paint replied, "We do it because it's the right thing to do."

Dearborn points to several areas—including paint recycling, low energy retail operations, and zero-waste manufacturing areas—where Miller Paint outpaces its building supply rivals. We, the 250 employee-owners, understand the need for stewardship of our environment and, as a Portland based company, we are especially proud of this award!

blanketWin a collector's item

Don't miss your once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a commemorative-edition Pendleton woolen blanket. Tickets will be on sale during the November 6 and December 4 Flea Market at Leedy Grange. You'll also have a chance to win a hand-made quilt on display for raffle.

Theresa Thorud, Leedy and Pomona Lecturer, says, "If you'd like to learn more about your community Grange, take a look at a copy of Washington/Yamhill County Pomona Grange Di-Lites 70th Anniversary Commemorative Edition in the reference section at your local library. Production of this book was made possible in large part by a donation from Leedy Grange."

coffeeGelato Lounge now open for breakfast

A full coffee house is now opening in the Gelato and Yogurt Lounge. Owner Patricia Barnett says, "We will have fresh breakfast waffles and yogurt, too, as well as morning baked goods to go with your Latte and Cappuccino. WiFi always, come on in and read your email while you get your coffee and breakfast!"

Giftique goes global

Exciting news from Giftique!  We have won four awards in four categories from the Gift Basket Association for our basket designs:  two First Place awards and two Second Place awards.  Our First Place winning designs will be featured in the Trends & Tips Magazine, a quarterly publication of the Gift Basket Association, a global community of gift basket companies. 

Giftique is now featuring a new logo with a blue ribbon to commemorate this award-winning distinction.  You will see the new logo starting with our October newsletter coming to you this week.

Giftique ships their award-winning baskets nationwide, as well as having local pickup and delivery options. Visit them online at to see all their basket designs and place your orders.

Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Company offers 10% off

During the month of October your local Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. distributor will take 10% off any order purchased in October. Shipment to just about anywhere or personal delivery can be made between now and Dec. 31. Mt. Man Nut & Fruit Co. offers the best nuts, dried fruits, chocolates, caramels, fresh candies and cracker mixes to be found. You may order gift baskets, filled novelty tins, boxes and holiday bags that are ready to go and make perfect gifts for your clients, families and friends. You may also create a gift using your personal favorites. Please call Joanne Hollister at 503-701-4005. This special is for October, but orders will be accepted through December 19 for guaranteed holiday delivery.

And be sure to visit our stall at the Cider Festival on October 17!

Cedar Mill Bible Church serving up a Cedar Mill Combo

That's a hot meal and a hot author. On October 16, best-selling writer and public speaker Donald Miller will be in attendance at a breakfast at Cedar Mill Bible Church located at 12208 NW Cornell Road.  The Portland-based author of Blue Like Jazz and four other acclaimed novels will talk about his new mentoring project for fatherless boys at the men's breakfast which starts at 7 am.

All men are welcome. Suggested donation of $5. Please call the church office to RSVP at 503 644 3156.

Santosha Yoga gets greener

At Santosha Yoga in Bethany we are trying to employ green practices wherever we can. We provide water from "Primo" recycled 5 gallon bottles to people coming to the studio, and have opted to use ceramic mugs over paper cups for water and tea. We don't sell water in plastic bottles or plastic containers because we don't want to contribute to more plastic use or more garbage. We want to create a culture of using our mugs or bring-your-own water bottle/mug to fill. And it is succeeding.

We use soy wax candles, rather than petroleum-based products. We use 'friendly' washes for cleaning yoga mats and mopping the studio floor. We were able to use 'recycled' light fixtures for both the studio and reception area. The yoga mats we sell are also 'earth friendly.' Yes, we do use paper—for schedules, etc.—but we are encouraging people to consult the website as much as possible for schedule changes and other information.

We'd love to hear from other CMBA members what they're doing to be more environmentally friendly, so we can all do better.

Big changes at Tilly's

Visit Tilly's Gelato and More on Tuesday, October 12 for their Open House to introduce their transition to Illy (the REAL Italian) Coffee, their new internet WiFi accessibility, and new opening hours at 7 am. Free coffee all day, prize raffle, discounts on Panini sandwiches and more.

Tilly's is located in the Milltowner Center just west of Walgreen's. Plenty of parking in the lot south of the library.

UMW cookbookMethodist Women offer cookbook

United Methodist Women at Christ United Methodist Church are now selling a beautiful new cookbook for just $12. Proceeds from the volume, Let's Get Cooking With U.M.W., will go toward the local, national, and international mission work that our unit supports, says Marge Morgan, who is spearheading sales at CUMC. Contact her at 503-297-7190 or just stop by the church office Monday-Friday 9:30-5, at 12755 NW Dogwood Street, just north of Thriftway.

Virtue of the Month: Empathy

The Practice of Empathy: I seek to understand others' experience. I listen with compassion. I refrain from judging and blaming. I think about how my choices impact others. I care about people's rights. I feel my connection to all people.

See more information about the Virtues Project at



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