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Volume 9, Issue 2
February 2012

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Winning work at OCAC

From February 2-23, Oregon College of Art and Craft will showcase the 2012 Oregon Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Art and Photography Portfolio Winners. The Scholastic Art Awards are the largest source of scholarship funds for creative teens in the US, offering recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities to outstanding students in art and writing.

The Awards have a distinguished roster of alumni including Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Sue Miller, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Kay WalkingStick, Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Otterness, Robert Indiana, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, and Joyce Maynard. The works will be exhibited in the Hoffman Gallery, 8245 SW Barnes. The opening reception is Thursday, February 2, 4-7pm. Questions? Contact Leigh Radford at 971-255-4212 or

OCAC also offers lectures in many art-related subjects that are open to the public. Visit their website at for schedules and more information.

Books for local kids

Thanks to the generosity of the Cedar Mill community, The UPS Store® located at 10940 SW Barnes Rd., raised $1088.00 for the third anniversary of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. The proceeds donated locally benefit children in Portland and the surrounding communities.

Throughout November and December 2011, The UPS Store offered customers the opportunity to purchase Toys for Tots Literacy Program donation cards, which helps the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation buy a book for a deserving child.

“The community’s participation in the Toys for Tots Literacy Program was a key component to the success of this promotion,” said The UPS Store franchisee Tim Kimble, “This program provides us the unique opportunity to work with a nationally-recognized organization yet make an impact in our community, which is only possible because of thoughtful contributions from the people in Cedar Hills area.”

In addition, the UPS Store won a contest sponsored by US Bank, winning $1000.00 to provide marketing money for our charity of choice. I chose to donate it to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program for radio ads to help raise additional funding to help local children.

The UPS Store will continue additional fund-raising activities throughout the year, including a coin box program for customers to donate their spare change.

The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. network is the exclusive sponsor of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. Since launching the program in March 2008, more than $2 million has been raised, helping to deliver hundreds of thousands of books to less fortunate children across the country.

For more information, please visit

The UPS Store is open Monday to Friday, 9am-7pm and 9am-5pm on Saturdays. For more information, call 503-646-9999.

Try a terrarium!

terrariumSaturday, February 18, from 3 pm-5 pm will mark the first in a series of events celebrating Cornell Farm’s 25th Anniversary and the opening of a new venue for small to medium sized events—the renovated 1926 Dutch Colonial farmstead.

This fun workshop and happy hour will guide participants in creating miniature living gardens in hanging glass terrariums. Learn about different types of terrariums, miniature plants, air plants, mosses, lichens, decorative rocks, sands, and a myriad of other possibilities with which to create your personal naturescape. Simple care tips will be covered along with design concepts. It’s more fun with two, invite a friend and make one for a Valentine! One lucky participant will win the demonstration hanging terrarium as a door prize.

Marinda Parks, Cornell Farm horticulturist, designer and terrarium enthusiast, who has been creating beautiful containers for years and recently expanded into the world of terrariums, will teach the workshop. After scouring the world for inspirations, she is excited to share this amazing miniature world with this class.

The $35 registration fee includes a cocktail, a hanging glass terrarium, plant, sand, mosses, stones, choice of nature’s bounty and string. Class size is limited, so register early! Register by phone at 503-292-9895 during winter hours 9 am to 5 pm daily, or in person at the store, 8212 SW Barnes Road.

Cedar Mill Style

Personalize your home this February with artwork and pictures that you absolutely love. Caryl K. Hoffman, of Hoffman Design, has five rules for collecting art and creating a beautiful home:

  • It does not have to be expensive. You do not have to break the bank to put some nice art on your walls.

  • Make sure you love it! Do not buy because of the price tag. Just because a piece art is expensive, does not mean that it is good. Only buy a piece if it makes you feel good.

  • Make it personal. Buy locally, from friends, or consider framing your own pictures, mementoes, kid’s art or other treasures. Things that have meaning to you are sometimes the best art pieces and can make great family heirlooms.

  • Shop local galleries, student shows and street fairs. These are some of the best places to buy great pieces at affordable prices. The Village Gallery of Arts is a great place to start.

  • Invest in good frames and framing materials. Even with all of the above, whenever possible have your pieces professionally framed. Good frames will give your pieces a custom look. Consider archival, papers, glues and specialty glass. They will cost a bit more, but it may be worth it.

Caryl has been in the color consulting, design and home staging business for over 30 years. She specializes in the Cedar Mill area. Past clients include Bales Findley Corporation, Westside Music and Christ United Methodist Church. To contact her, please call 503-807-1348, e-mail, or check out her website at

Learn and have fun at the Wine Cellar

Erin Palmer invites you to discover some great wines and polish up your skills at her fun and informative tastings and classes at The Wine Cellar, behind Mazatlan in the Cedar Mill Place center at 13486 A NW Cornell. More information, times, pricing and complete descriptions are on the shop’s website at

  • February 10: Featured Tasting “Bubbles & Cabernet Franc” (for Valentine's Day, of course!)

  • February 14: Class “Shenanigans!” Valentines Class (past students only)

  • February 16: Class “Date Night!” a tasting and learning class for couples of any design

  • February 17: Featured Tasting “Oregon wines by Laurent Montalieu”

  • February 24: Featured Tasting “Syncline of Washington”

  • February 24: Class “Seven Things Everyone Should Know About Wine”

  • March 1: Class “Understanding Pinot Noir”

  • March 2: Featured Tasting “Gorman Brothers” (Amazing!!)

Guitar enthusiasts rejoice

Want to learn to play your favorite tunes on the guitar? Guitarist and composer Joseph Berman is now accepting new guitar students of all skill levels and ages. Joseph holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami, and is versatile in a variety of styles, including rock, folk, and jazz using both acoustic and electric guitar. For more information, call 503-336-3121, visit, or email The Hoffmann Academy is located in Bonny Slope.

Valentine dinner at The Grape Vine

Owner Irene Pavlatos and Chef Chris LaMora are planning a romantic evening for you and your sweetheart featuring a five-course meal for two for $60. Start with an apple, bleu cheese and hazelnut salad, nibble on a stuffed mushroom appetizer and then enjoy a hazelnut crusted brie with crostini. Polish off your steak and lobster entrée, and then top it off with a red velvet cake and 2 long-stemmed chocolate-covered strawberries. Accompanying your feast will be romantic acoustic live guitar music. Visit for more information, or reserve your table at 503-597-0300.

Bugging out

Locally-based Pest Solutions LLC is proud to begin the year on a good note. Having started the business with a focus on bedbug extermination, they have expanded to address the pest control issues faced by restaurants, commercial and residential customers. Some of their commercial clients include Papa Haydn, Cheerful Tortoise, Toro Bravo, and Portland Timbers’ Jeld-Wen Field.

They aim to be “Green As Can Be” as they solve their clients’ pest issues for both residential and commercial properties. For more information on Pest Solutions, call 503-895-2510 or visit


Bi-Yearly bag sale

Second Edition Resale, the primary fundraiser for the Cedar Mill Community Library, will be having their bi-yearly clearance sale this February. The bag sale is a wonderful way to get many great clothes for only $7 and support the library at the same time.

The sale begins on February 10 with 25% off everything—clothes, household, toys, EVERYTHING! From the 13-16th, everything is 50% off. On Friday, Feb. 17, Second Edition will apply a 75% discount, and on Saturday, Feb. 18, the bag sale will be in progress from 10 am-2 pm. The shop will close on Sunday, Feb. 19 in order for Second Edition to restock with Spring Fashions. The store reopens Monday, February 20, at noon. The theme will be Spring in Asia and will feature beautiful art objects from Japan and China.

Join the Art Challenge

artwork from the 2011 Art Challenge exhibit

The Village Gallery of Arts in NW Portland, Oregon is hosting its third Annual Art Challenge. This is a non-juried opportunity for artists to create and show four pieces of artwork. Paint, draw, photograph, collage, rip, stencil, sew, cut, wax, sculpt, fuse, glue and create! Last year 96 artists participated and 109 pieces of art were sold. Registration forms must be in the gallery by March 17, 2012. For more information, please contact project coordinator or phone 503-333-1215. Applications are available online at

In addition, the featured artists for February are the students of VGA instructor Liz Walker’s classes. Liz has been teaching watercolor classes almost 10 years at Multnomah Art Center and has been teaching Acrylic & Mixed Media at the Village Gallery for about three years. The student paintings in this show were created in several workshops over the past two years. There will be an Artist Reception on Saturday, February 11, from 1-4 pm.

VGA classes this month include Iris Folding with Patti Isaacs. Learn the paper crafting technique of folding strips of colored paper to form a design that is reminiscent of the iris of an eye or a camera lens. The class runs Saturday, February 4 from 9:30-12:30 pm. Participants will take home one completed card along with the knowledge and tips to create their own masterpieces. Or, experiment with Acrylics with Linda Rothchild Ollis to create traditional, realistic paintings. Subject matter will include skies, clouds, trees, rock textures, landscapes, still life and more. The class runs Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 9-11:30 am.

The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10-4 pm; Sunday noon-4 pm and is closed on Mondays. The gallery is next to the Cedar Mill Library at 12505 NW Cornell Rd., Portland, OR. 97229. Call 503-644-8001 or stop by to register for classes or inquire about the art competition.

gunnessYoga and Meditation Workshop at SAC

Sunset Athletic Club is happy to be hosting a special yoga workshop with instructor Joan Gunness, “Breathing Basics & Meditation Practice Workshop.” The practices of breath and meditation create pathways to profound inner experiences and insights, and Joan will introduce basic breathing and meditation techniques in this workshop. The workshop will take place Saturday, February 4, 12-2pm ($25) and Sundays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:15 to 6:15 pm ($10/class). Sign up for the whole series (5 weeks total) for $55. No yoga experience is necessary, but early registration is urged, as class sizes are limited. Members, non-members, and drop-ins are welcome. Sign up at the SAC service desk or call 503-645-3535.

Westside Music goes west

After 25+ years of training musicians of all ages and skill levels at Cedar Mill Place, Westside Music School has moved to 1800 NW 167th Place, Suite 110, Beaverton, just south of Cornell, west of Bethany. They continue to offer the best in private and group music instruction in piano, keyboard, guitar, voice, flute, and early childhood music and movement classes.

Two new teachers, Danielle Rosa and Andrew Becker have joined our existing staff (Aron Bernstein, Suzanne Chittick, Gay Otey, Claudia Reinsch, and Krista Tjossem).

New classes are available now. For information, call 503-533-5100 or check the website:

Give kids a smile

February is Dental Health Month! At World of Smiles, we are celebrating dental health with our community at Give Kids A Smile Day! Hosted annually by Pacific University’s School of Dental Health Sciences, Give Kids A Smile (or GKAS) partners dental hygiene students, dentists, community volunteers, and children from local schools. GKAS is a national program that is powered by volunteer dentists and assistants throughout their individual communities, and World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry is proud to participate for its fourth year on Saturday, February 4. For more information about Pacific University’s School of Dental Health Science and their sliding-scale clinic, visit or visit our website at to learn how you can participate.

Virtue of the month: Kindness

kindnessKindness is caring that springs from compassion. We have genuine concern for the welfare of others. We are warm, friendly and ready to help. We listen for the needs beneath the words. We give tender attention in simple ways that bring others happiness... We are good stewards of the earth and all living things. We remember to be kind of ourselves". Linda Kavelin Popov

Find Virtues Connection Portland, Oregon on FaceBook for inspiration and more information about local news of the Virtues Project.

NEW: would you like to participate in a free book study this Spring? We will be reading A Pace of Grace, by Linda Kavelin Popov. Contact Delaram Hakiman-Adyani today!

New classes for 2012: A Gift for team building in business; Simple family strategies for life; Cultivating a Culture of Virtues for children and adults too—$199 CMBA Special, includes a full deck of Virtues Cards. Schedule your work/playshop today. 503-267-0202.,

Classes and events at The Libertine

Melissa Benjamin continues to sponsor an eclectic mix of fun and informative sessions at the Libertine Deli in the Milltowner Shopping Mall at the NE corner of Saltzman and Cornell.

  • Thursday, February 23, 6-9 pm—join Penny of AKBD for a brief seminar on creating color flow from a Master Bedroom into the Master Bathroom.   She will lead you from contemporary wallpaper through matching textiles to coordinating paint colors, drapery, tiles, cabinetry and floor coverings. To make your reservation, contact Penny Letson, AKBD, at 503-610-3522. Includes light dinner (cost free).

  • Tuesday February 28, the Libertine will host a heartfelt yoga session coupled with Laughter Yoga. 9:30-10:45 am ($5).

  • Kid’s Cooking Class: Do you know a child who loves to help in the kitchen? This is the course for them! In this series of four classes, the student will learn how to prepare an appetizer, dinner, and dessert in the Libertine style. The class will teach the basics of cooking and exhibiting contemporary table manners. The series will conclude with a dinner party, the student will show what they have learned by preparing a final meal to share with a friend or family member. The course is $150 per student (discounts for siblings). Ages 7-9: Saturdays April 7th, 14th 21st & 28th 11am-1pm. Ages 10-12: Wednesdays February 8th, 15th, 22nd  & 29th   5-7pm.

  • Teddy Bear Picnic! In this class we will prepare lunch and a dessert then sit down at the table to enjoy the meal with our favorite doll or stuffed animal. This is a fun and interactive class that includes learning kitchen safety, hygiene, food preparation and table manners. The class is $30 per student (discounts for siblings). Ages 4-6: Saturday February 19th  11am-1pm.

  • Cooking 101, “If You Can Read, You Can Cook.” Learn the fundamentals of getting around in the kitchen. This class will cover the basic cooking methods needed in making healthy and tasty meals; planning, tools, and skills. Every class ends with a seated dinner. This class is $75 per student. Last Sunday Night of the month at 5 pm.

Contact Melissa at 503-317-3229, or email Visit the website for more information on classes and events, and to see the updated lunch menu, served 11 am-2 pm weekdays.

A Valentine to your body

Breathe, invert, nurture your knees and open your heart with Sunset Yoga Center’s February Workshops. This month, Sunset Yoga Center is offering three single-day workshops, plus a four-week series dedicated to keeping your knees healthy. The studio is located above Pars International Market at 12923 N.W. Cornell Road.

Have you experienced knee pain in your yoga practice? Are you struggling with a chronic knee problem? Join Nuvana to learn how the correct alignment of your feet with upper and lower legs can help keep your knees safe. The session runs 12:45–1:45 pm Saturdays, February. 4, 11, 18, 25. The cost is $50, or students may drop in and attend single classes. No yoga experience necessary.

Open your heart. Amy will show you how to keep your heart healthy with poses that will gently massage and strengthen the heart, prevent arterial blockage and energize the heart and lungs. The session runs 1:30-3:30pm Sunday, February 12. The cost is $20; no yoga experience necessary.

Explore Inversions. Spend an afternoon with Jen, as she explores how inversions restore mental balance and emotional stability. The session runs 2-4 pm Saturday, February 25. The cost is $20, and the workshop is open to students who have learned shoulder stand and have at least six months of regular yoga instruction.

Or, explore Pranayama, the extension of breath and its control. Jen will guide you through breath work that strengthens the respiratory system, calms the nervous system and prepares you for meditation. The session runs 1:30-3 pm Sunday, February 26. The cost is $20, and the workshop is open to participants who have completed six months of Iyengar yoga classes.

Visit for complete details on each workshop and to see a full schedule of classes.

Mikes Auto Parts now has Interstate Batteries

Mike’s owner Pat Mahoney recently visited the Canby, Oregon factory of Johnson Controls, where they manufacture about 14,000 batteries a week for the Interstate line. Now that’s local! Mechanics prefer Interstate batteries for the vehicles they service five-to-one, and now Mike’s has a great selection and will meet or beat chain-store pricing. The selection also includes batteries for other uses, including RV power, mobility vehicles, computer backup and much more. Buy local, and remember, Mike’s will always install your battery or your wipers free with purchase.

Learn to live healthy, happy

Beth Genly, RN, CNM will be presenting "Your Body & Your Brain: Prime Time Living" on Thursday February 9 at 12:30. The talk will be directed towards seniors, but all are welcome. Beth Genly earned her graduate degree at Yale University and recently retired after 13 years of teaching at Oregon Health Sciences University. She is passionate about exciting new research showing the power of nutrition throughout life. She shares simple, start-where-you-are solutions and will inspire and motivate you to take responsibility for your own health and help family members do the same. These presentations are sponsored by Juice Plus+ Health Education Seminars and are free. They will be held at Santosha Yoga in Bethany Village.

The second talk is entitled "De-Stressing Your Immune System." It will be presented Saturday February 25th at 2 pm.

Additionally, Santosha Yoga is offering a new class that is geared for the very plus size person who wants to move and feel more comfortable in their own body. The class will be held Tuesdays at 4 pm. For more information about this class and the featured talks, contact Dina or Katy at 503-372-9825.

A new face at Cedar Mill Veterinary

The doctors and staff of Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital are glad to welcome Dr. Brenda Brown to the practice beginning in February 2012! Dr. Brown will be performing acupuncture services here at CMVH. We will be having an open house on February 25, 3 pm, so come out and say hello!



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