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Volume 17, Issue 12
December 2019


Community News December 2019

PCC Music

Monday, December 9, 7 pm, Portland Community College, Rock Creek, Forum Theater, Room 114, Building 3, 17705 NW Springville Rd., admission is a donation at the door, parking is $2.

The Portland Community College Rock Creek Department of Music presents their Fall ensemble concert featuring the Classical Music Ensemble and Symphonic Band.

Leaf drop

Saturday, December 7, 8 am-4 pm, Aloha High School, 18550 SW Kinnaman Rd, and Home Depot, 13700 NW Science Park Dr.

Help curb leaf-clogged storm drains! Falling leaves mixed with heavy rains can wreak havoc around your home and in your neighborhood. Instead of sending leaves, grass clippings, and pine needles into the street, bring them to a free drop off event. Find more great rain-ready tips for your home on the website: cleanwaterservices.org.

Writers’ Mill

Sunday, December 15, 1-3 pm, Cedar Mill Library

It's the end of another year for the Writers' Mill, and we'll celebrate with a gift exchange... of books! Plus, the unveiling of our very own latest anthology! Review your year of writing achievements with us, and help us make plans for the upcoming year. What would you like to learn from a writing group?

What speakers do you want to listen to? What friends will you make and what writing will you share? New members always welcome (with or without gift books for the exchange).

The 2019 Writers’ Mill Journal (volume 7) has just been released in time to place orders for Christmas giving! The collection of fiction, essays, and poetry by twelve authors is now available online for $5.99 and wherever books are sold. The Kindle version is available for $2.99.

Both Kindle and print versions of Beyond Yesterday include illustrations and photographs that appear in color in the Kindle version, black and white in the print edition. Royalties from book and Kindle sales go to the Cedar Mill Library, the group’s helpful and gracious partner.

You can find out more from our website, www.portlandwritersmill.org or our (new) Amazon author page, www.amazon.com/author/portlandwritersmill. Or email admin@portlandwritersmill.org for more information.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is Recruiting Volunteers

Tuesday, January 7, 6-9 pm, Station 50, 12617 SW Walnut St.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is holding an open house for people interested in becoming a volunteer. TVF&R is grateful for its dedicated cadre of volunteers, who aid us in our mission to create safer communities.

We are in the process of seeking more men and women who are willing to donate their time and serve their community as TVF&R volunteers. This exciting opportunity gives individuals a chance to be part of their fire district.

TVF&R offers two ways you can choose to serve your community:

Incident Support Volunteer: As an incident support volunteer, you would bring rehabilitation units to major incidents to provide TVF&R firefighters assistance with breathing apparatus, medical monitoring, and other support in a non-firefighting capacity. You would also participate in public education, attend parades, support community events and activities, and attend monthly drills.

Auxiliary Volunteer: As an auxiliary volunteer, you would play an active role in TVF&R’s public education program and attend community events. This is a non-emergency response role. You may work once or twice a week or even a few times each year, depending on your area of interest and commitment. You could also help restore and maintain TVF&R’s fleet of antique apparatus.

All volunteers must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or an equivalent certificate, pass a criminal background check, have a valid Oregon driver’s license, and live within TVF&R’s service area. All volunteers must obtain CPR and automated external defibrillator training within six months, and incident support volunteers must also obtain emergency medical responder certification within 12 months.

For more information about TVF&R’s volunteer program or to apply to become a volunteer, visit www.tvfr.com/careers. Applications will be accepted through January 12, 2020.

Indivisible Cedar Mill

Monday, January 6, Doors open at 6:30 for an hour of socializing. Meeting commences at 7:30 ending promptly at 8:30. Email for location.

We are a progressive, grass-roots organization that opposes the Trump administration and believes in furthering progressive causes as well as acting locally to keep Oregon blue.

At our January meeting, we’ll meet Serin Bussell, who is running for Oregon House District 33 (Mitch Greenlick’s seat).

Please email Karyn (karyn@karynservin.com) or John (theportlandfoxes@gmail.com) for location.

Stand On Every Corner

Third Thursday monthly, 5-6 pm, corners of NW Cornell and Murray Blvd.

We host a monthly protest to show our frustration with the Trump administration. All are welcome to join us. We gather and hold signs at the intersection in a peaceful protest. Please feel free to bring your own signs but will have reflective signs for nighttime viewing to share.

Soil School—save the date!

Saturday, April 11, Portland Community College, Rock Creek, Event Center, 17705 NW Springville Rd.

Each year West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District partners with Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District to host Soil School, a day-long workshop for farmers, gardeners, and landscape professionals with multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics—all having to do with soil.

Visit the project page to learn more: https://wmswcd.org/projects/soil-school. Registration will open early in the New Year and the session fills up fast. Contact Renee Magyar, renee@wmswcd.org or 503-238-4775 x101 with any questions.

Viva Village

Viva Village is a group of seniors determined to have fun and help one another! You can join the group to get help with chores and more, or you can attend these open events to meet friends and get out! The following events are open to the public. RSVP when indicated to make sure there is space.

To learn more, go to www.vivavillage.clubexpress.com; to see a complete list of December events click on Calendar.

Women’s Coffee

Tuesday, December 3 and 17, 10 am, Jim and Patty’s Coffee, 4130 SW 117th Ave.

Village Book Club

Tuesday, December 3, 6-8 pm. Private home in West Beaverton.

Selected Books: Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and All the Money in the World by Laura Vanderkam. RSVP: vivavillageevents.org or 503-746-5082.

Nature Walk

Saturday, December 7, 9:30 am. Trails at Dawson Creek Lakes, Meet behind the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy.

Village 101 Presentation

Saturday, December 14,10-11:30. Elsie Stuhr Center, Cedar Room, 5550 SW Hall Blvd.

Information for prospective members and volunteers. RSVP: vivavillageevents.org or 503-746-5082.

Urban Hikers

Thursday, December 19, 9:30 am, Lowami Hart Woods, 14895 SW Hart Rd.

Visit five parks while hiking for 2-3 miles at a moderate pace.

Thursday Night Social

Thursday, December 19, 6 pm. Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant, 8544 SW Apple Way. RSVP: vivavillageevents.org or 503-746-5082.

Folk Dancing at Leedy Grange

Mondays, December 16 and 30, 7-9 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., first time free, $6 per person, $10 couple.

Join in for exercise and fun folk dancing at Leedy Grange with Sue & Friends. Enjoy Israeli and International dances with this friendly group. No partner necessary. 7 to 7:30 is beginners level instruction and dancing.. 7:30 to 9 is intermediate level instruction and dancing. For details please visit Portland Israeli Folk Dance News at www.sites.google.com/site/pifdnews, and for questions please email Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com.

Washington County Public Affairs Forum

Mondays, 11:30 am, Coyote’s Bar and Grill, 5301 W Baseline Rd, free

Founded in 1956, the Forum provides a place for the interchange of ideas on civic matters. Each week the Forum brings together community leaders, members, and guests who care about what happens in Washington County, the Metro region, and our state.

Meetings are free and open to the public. You can order lunch from the menu.

Here are the exciting Forum topics for October:

The Future of Career Education

Monday, December 9

State Representative Janeen Sollman, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce School to Career Director Heather Ferrin-Myers, and representatives from the Hillsboro School District will update the forum on efforts to develop a 21st century skilled workforce by continuing the expansion of career and technical education for middle and high school students. Ferrin-Myers and school district representatives will discuss how those state efforts are impacting the local education and business communities.

THPRD Winter Registration

Registration for Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s winter programs, classes and activities begins Saturday, December 7, 8 am, for in-district residents. Find class descriptions, schedules, registration instructions and forms in THPRD’s 2019 Fall Activities Guide. The Activities Guide is available online at www.thprd.org/activities/activities–guide. Print copies can be picked up at any THPRD facility, Beaverton-area libraries, and other community locations.

On-line registration is encouraged! The fastest, easiest, and best way to register is at www.thprd.org. Make sure you have your username and password set up before the 7th so you are ready. Update your username: If you haven’t yet, please update your username. Starting in the Spring of 2020, all THPRD accounts will be required to have an updated username that does not include your name/DOB combination.

Register in person at one of our facilities Walk in registration at our facilities is allowed starting on Saturday, December 7, for in-district patrons that need extra help. The web site is still the preferred method, but if you need help, come on in. Facilities open at different hours so be sure to check the opening time on our website.

Centro de Bienvenida

Saturday, December 7, 7:30 am-12 pm, HMT Complex, 15707 SW Walker Rd.

We have a special Spanish language registration event for Spanish-speaking patrons needing assistance.

Telephone Registration Still Available You can call 503-439-9400 to register. Phone registration may have a longer wait time.

Out of District Registration opens Monday, December 9. People need a current THPRD card and class information when enrolling. Find out if you’re in district at thprd.org/activities/am-i-in-district.

New Cultural Resources Manager at County Museum

Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk

Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk joins the Washington County Museum this January to become caretaker of the museum’s vast collection of historical objects and archival materials. These incredible resources hold the power to tell the stories of the region, and Berlanga-Shevchuk brings robust skills and deep experience that will enable those stories to thrive. Joining the museum from her current role as Associate Curator at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles, Berlanga-Shevchuk also draws on her time with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum, The Scenic Route, and others working across areas of curation, education, and programs.

“As a mixed-race child growing up between Arizona and Europe, I quickly learned the value and importance of understanding local communities and engaging in cross-cultural exchanges,” says Berlanga-Shevchuk. “The Washington County Museum’s dedication to sharing the rich diversity of the region resonates with me because of my own multicultural heritage and experiences working within culturally-specific organizations.”

The Cultural Resources Manager role is new at the museum; a result of a restructuring designed to de-center the authoritative voice of the major exhibitions and present more culturally embedded narratives. The curatorial role of the museum will be filled through the museum’s new Guest Curator program, allowing the Cultural Resources Manager to focus on the well-being of the historic objects and ensure that they are accessible to the community through the museum’s exhibitions, community events, research desk and other outlets today and for generations to come.

Guest Curator Opportunities at WCM!

The Washington County Museum is now accepting proposals for two Guest Curator opportunities: The 2020 Summer Exhibit Guest Curatorship focused on fine art, and the 2020-21 School-year Exhibit Guest Curatorship focused on cultural and historical content.

Guest Curators have creative control over the design, content, and texts of a major exhibit filling the museum’s 1,200 square foot exhibit hall. Staff will support the Guest Curators in utilizing the museum’s cultural resources, developing curriculum, logistics and project management as needed.

Info Session Tuesday, January 14, 1-3 pm

Application Period Closes Monday, February 3, 5pm. Visit the WCM website for details and application materials.

County Commissioners hear from WCM

The co-directors of Washington County Museum presented an update to the Board of County Commissioners at their December 5 Work Session. They shared efforts underway to ensure its future growth and important role in preserving the history of Washington County and the Tualatin Valley, and raising the cultural profile of the area for the benefit of residents and visitors.

The county provides financial support to the museum, with $200,000 for operations, and another $25,000 for maintenance and repair of its building in fiscal year 2019-20.

GroupMuse concert with Portlandia Brass Ensemble

Saturday, December 7, 6-8 pm, RSVP for location

Portlandia Brass Ensemble returns for a neighborhood concert of your holiday favorites. Groupmuse’s goal is to bring people together around great art through these classical music house parties. In other words: everyone comes over, we’ll hang out, make friends, listen to an hour of mind-blowing music, and go home happy. RSVP here to for details.: http://l.grpm.us/m9j36g

Park & Rec volunteer opportunities

Family Volunteering at a Community Garden

Looking for a volunteer project you can do with the entire family? Our community garden projects offer even your youngest family members the chance to pull weeds and spread mulch. Most projects are on Saturdays, with some on Thursday mornings. Take a look at the schedule and sign up here.

Corporate Team Building Projects

Bring your work team together to do something great for your community with a Corporate Team Project. Nature & Trails projects range from removal of invasive species to native planting events, or you can put together a group to help out at one of our special events. Email us at volunteer@thprd.org and we'll get everything set up for your 2020 Company Service Projects.


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