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Volume 11, Issue 11
November 2013


Holiday Happenings

greenbagHappy Low-Waste Holidays!

Thursday, November 21, noon to 1 pm. in the Washington Street Conference Center, Room 103, 225 S. First Avenue, Hillsboro.

Bring your lunch and join us for the green bag series featuring local waste prevention and recycling specialist Betty Shelley. Decorations, food, packaging, presents… Can you really reduce waste during the holidays? Betty’s household produces only one can of garbage annually and she’ll tell you how. Come to this engaging and informative waste prevention workshop with a holiday twist.

For questions, contact Janna Allgood, 503-846-8825 or

Christmas Unplugged

doanSaturday, November 30, 7 pm, at Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 NW Dogwood.

Reconnect with the joy of the season and come experience “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit,” as John Doan transforms Christ United Methodist Church into a time machine. The audience will be transported back to a parlor of a century ago, with thoughtful and sometimes zany performances that include audience sing- and whistle-alongs.

This festive program, in its 27th year, is a live version of his Emmy-Nominated special “A Victorian Christmas,” (seen nationally on PBS), featuring dozens of authentic instruments—harp guitar, classical banjo, ukelin, an early roller organ, an Edison phonograph—and a multi-media presentation of rare archival photos of people caught in the act of making their own music while spending time together.

Doan is an international touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country. He is an Associate Professor of Music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. For more information on his recordings and concert schedule go to:

General admission is a suggested donation of $15/Adult, $10/Senior or Students. and $30/Family. For more information, call 503-646-1598.

Leedy Grange Santa Party

santaThe members of Leedy Grange are hosting a “Santa Party” for the low-income members of our community and the surrounding area. We’re asking our neighbors to bring “gently-used” toys, art supplies (gathered in boxes or bags), coats and other winter wear, and non-perishable food to the hall during the next Flea Market, Saturday, December 7, 10-4.

Santa will give out the toys and art supplies during the party on Sunday, December 15, 1-4 pm. The other items will be donated to Sunshine Pantry for their many needy clients.

In addition to Santa’s visit, there will be entertainment, food, and crafts for the kids. Community members are invited to get involved—you don’t have to be a Grange member to help others this season. If you’re part of a singing group, come and sing carols! If you’d like to bring food to serve, or help with the kids’ crafts, let us know!

sunshine We’ll also be accepting donations any time the hall is open. There will be barrels in the dining area. Feel free to stop by and drop off your donations during your ballroom dance lessons, during one of the martial arts classes, or anytime our doors are open (please don’t disturb classes.)

If you know families who would enjoy the party, be sure to tell them—or better yet—bring them to the hall on December 15. Open to all, no proof of income or other requirements!

For more information, contact Rosalea Peters, Leedy Grange Secretary, at or 503-593-0110.

Holiday Open House at Second Edition

Saturday, November 16, from 1-3:30 pm

Everyone is invited to Second Edition’s Annual Holiday Open House. The shop will be magically transformed for the holidays and will feature beautiful holiday décor, household items and dazzling seasonal clothing.

Glamorous holiday fashions and jewelry will be informally modeled by volunteers and available for purchase almost immediately. Guests will find holiday wear for the entire family. Light refreshments will be served.

Second Edition is an upscale resale shop benefitting Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries.  We’re located at 12505 NW Cornell Road, on the east end of the Cedar Mill Library.

One Warm Coat Drive

Have any gently-used clean coats you and your family don’t need? Come donate them to Dufresne Auto Services’ coat drive at 10690 NW Cornell Road! They are partnering with the Washington County Sheriff’s office to sponsor a coat drive the entire month of November. Coats must be gently-used and clean, and can be dropped off everyday this month from 8 am to 5 pm.

For every coat donated, Dufresne’s will offer a $10 coupon towards their Auto Services. To get rid of a coat you don’t use and gain a service in return seems like a pretty great deal! For more information, visit or contact Nancy Scheewe at 503-646-2940 or

Flower Show for Holiday Décor

Friday and Saturday, November 15-16 at the Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 N.W. Dogwood; 1-4 pm Friday, 10 am-3:30 pm on Saturday.

Cedar Mill residents will find inspiration for their décor at the Holiday Standard Flower "Celebrations" on. Sponsored by the Portland Council of Accredited Judges, the show runs. Refreshments, Music, Demonstrations and a Plant Sale are also to be offered.

Floral categories include: Holiday Elegance—a table for two; Swirling Snowflakes—miniature hanging creations; and Under the Kissing Ball— free-hanging holiday designs. Horticulture entries including Fall Perennials, Ornamental Grasses and Container Plants.

Educational Demonstrations will offer tips and ideas on floral techniques for effective arrangements, including binding, pruning, tufting and clustering, as well as pave'— a technique for creating an arrangement using a very low container, often rectangular.

There will also be a demonstration on Bromeliads and information on Flower Show School, a three-day course offered twice a year by the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs. Both dried and fresh plant material will be offered for sale as well as care instructions for the fresh material. Admission is free.

Don't let grease cost you a wing & a leg

turkeyThe Holidays are right around the corner. That means extra guests, extra food and extra cleanup. Avoid extra costs by keeping leftover gravy, pan drippings and grease out of the sink drain. Otherwise, you may end up with an extra guest that charges by the hour. According to Roto-Rooter, incoming calls for service on the day after Thanksgiving will increase almost 50 percent.

To help combat the fat, Clean Water Services is offering a free "Freeze the Grease, Save the Drain Kit" to residents. Call (503) 681-3678 or email to get your kit including a pan scraper, lid and easy-to-follow instructions to:

  • Scrape grease and food scraps into a can.
  • Freeze it.
  • Toss it into the trash.

Tips for the Holidays – Package Delivery

With the holidays just around the corner, online shopping and the associated package deliveries to residences is on the rise. As we approach the busy holiday season there is typically an increase in crimes such as robberies, burglaries, and thefts. These activities can be attributed to many factors including an increase in travel which leaves homes unattended. There is also a huge increase in package delivery to residences at this time of year. With all of the online shopping that people are doing, it is no wonder that this is the case. The United Parcel Service (UPS) expects a peak delivery rate of 300 packages per second!

Sometimes it’s a crime of opportunity. Sometimes it’s a planned event. There are many cases where people follow a delivery vehicle to target drop-offs. Please remember that you can report a suspicious vehicle or individual following a delivery truck using our non-emergency number: 503-629-0111.

There are many things that you can do to prevent theft of a delivery from your home: ·

  • Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.
  • Track the status of a package online so that you can know approximately when it will arrive.
  • Contact the delivery service or leave a note asking that your package be left with a neighbor or have it shipped to another location where someone can receive it. For example, your workplace or home of a trusted neighbor or friend.
  • Make arrangements for your package to be held for customer pick up.

Unfortunately, some deliveries will fall into the wrong hands. If you think that a package was stolen from you, file a theft report immediately. Some companies offer a purchase-protection service that might reimburse you for stolen purchases. Check with your chosen delivery provider for a list of options regarding the best types of services for your needs. Putting into practice these simple tips can help improve the chances that the smiling face looking at the gift you sent or receive will be someone you know and not a stranger.

From the November issue of Neighborhood Watch News, a publication of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. To subscribe, visit and click on Sheriff’s Office News.

OCAC Holiday Sale

ocacFriday November 29: Pre-event 5-6 pm—First 100 guests get an OCAC shopping bag. Raffle Prizes, Live Music and Hors d’oeuvres, $10 suggested donation.
Sale continues 6-9 pm

Saturday November 30, Sale 10 am-5 pm.

Oregon College of Art and Craft’s Annual Student & Alumni Holiday Sale offers over 70 outstanding craft makers and artists from around the Pacific Northwest to sell their works at this very popular and anticipated event. Proceeds from the Holiday Sale benefit OCAC programs and scholarships.

The sale is held in the Jean Vollum building on the OCAC campus at 8245 SW Barnes Road. Parking on the campus is somewhat limited, so gather up your friends and carpool!



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