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Volume 18, Issue 2
February 2020


Community News February 2020

Bonny Slope Pancake Breakfast

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Saturday, February 8, 7:30-10:30 am, Bonny Slope Elementary, 11775 NW McDaniel Rd

Find your buffalo check, flannel pajamas & lumberjack accessories to make a morning to remember! This year's Pancake Breakfast will feature special guest, Timber Joey, from 8:30-10 am.

Tickets on sale now. Families can purchase from any fifth grader or online at www.bonnyslopebsco.org/store/pancakes. Advance tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family (max 6 people). At the door, $7 per person or $25 per family.

The Pancake Breakfast is organized each year by BSE's fifth grade families. This annual event helps support the fifth grade two-day science school field trip.

Dine-out night school fundraisers

Tuesday, February 18th from 10:30 am-11pm, Five Guys on Cedar Hills Blvd

Support the Sunset High Marching Band by eating hamburgers! Just mention the fundraiser and Five Guys will donate 15% to support the Sunset Apollos marching band! The band is traveling to participate in OrlandoFest this April and are fundraising toward that goal.

Monday, February 24th from 5-9 pm, Chipotle on Cornell

Support Cedar Mill Elementary by eating at Chipotle. Just mention the fundraiser, and Chipotle will donate 33% of proceeds.

Washington County Forum

Founded in 1956, the Washington County Public Affairs 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.

All events are held at Coyote’s Bar and Grill, 5301 W Baseline Rd, and are free and open to everyone. Lunch can be ordered from the menu, beginning at 11:30 and the program starts at noon. Forum members may ask questions. Learn more at the Forum website.

Monday, February 3

Health Care in Washington County: delivery and policy perspectives from our local providers, Lori James-Nielson, CEO Tuality Healthcare; Kasi Woidyla, Virginia Garcia Clinic; Dr. John Hunter, CEO OHSU Health.

Monday, February 10

Beaverton State of the City with Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle

Monday, February 17

Tualatin State of the City with Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik

Monday, February 24

North Plains State of the City with North Plains Mayor Teri Lenahan

Sunshine Pantry Reopens!

For 37 years, the Sunshine Pantry provided food and amenities to the people of Beaverton. Owner Sharon Straus’ motto was this: no child should go to bed hungry. The Sunshine Pantry became a prominent safety net for those in the Portland Metro area.

Unfortunately, in March of 2019, the pantry’s operations ceased for the first time in its history. Many people depended on the pantry as their primary source of food and many were left hungry. However, with lots of hard work (and the help of a television spotlight from the Kelly Clarkson Show), the pantry has once again opened at a new Beaverton location!

If you need help with food or would like to volunteer please come to our new location at 13600 SW Allen Blvd. We are open to the public weekdays from 11 am-2 pm. Even though our doors reopened, financial donations are still needed in order to remain open. Help the Sunshine Pantry continue to serve those in need in your community.

Cedar Mill Garden Club hosts Small Gardens Talk

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Saturday, February 22, 10 am, Christ United Methodist Church, Colburn Chapel, 12755 NW Dogwood St, free

We all have potential small gardens. You can make pleasing small gardens anywhere, even on the bookshelf in your office or the window sill in the kitchen. You may have noticed the increasing number of apartments and condos appearing in our Cedar Mill area and you may even live in one. It is possible to enhance their architectural designs with small gardens and greenery on the balconies.

Our members can help you set up your small or larger garden. We have years of experience. The most important thing to understand is the aspect of your space, such as the direction the plant faces, the amount of sun it gets, watering requirements, and exposure to the elements.

Thankfully, technology has gifted the modern gardener with new growing techniques. There are exciting innovations that can make even the darkest corner of your apartment or porch a fresh food production space or pleasant retreat! There are plenty of handouts and information at the talk. Get that small space working for you!

Cedar Hills Ready!

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How to Communicate in a Disaster (When nothing works)

Monday, February 17, 7 pm, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, Niebuhr Room, 11695 SW Park Way, free

How do you connect with loved ones in a disaster, especially when nothing works? Communications can be nearly impossible in a disaster or an emergency because cell phone networks can get overloaded or damaged. Letting your loved ones know you are safe can bring them great peace of mind—and can be crucial in reunification. Do you have a plan for how you will connect with your family members?

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Learn from amateur radio experts and neighbors on how to face this challenge before a disaster happens. Share strategies and make a reunification plan for your family at our next Cedar Hills Ready! Neighborhood Preparedness meeting. Topics will include social media, cell phone protocols, FRS/HAM radios, services available from Red Cross, FEMA, and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), and more. If you have one, please bring your radio.

For more information, visit our website at www.cedarhillsready.org or contact Karen at info.cedarhillsready@gmail.com

Inside WashCo Radio

Former WashCo Forum President Rob Solomon has developed an interview show featuring in-depth conversations with interesting and influential people in Washington County. The original show plays Friday at 1:30 pm on KUIK 1360 AM and is repeated the following Sunday at 5 pm. In addition, we are on KBOO (90.7 FM) the first, second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays (when there is a fifth in the month) at 9 am

All programs are available through podcast subscription, or direct on the website. February topics include:

Affordable Housing/Homeless Panel (part 1): 

Affordable Housing/Homeless Panel (part 2): 

Encore Broadcast: Centro Cultural Executive Director, Maria Caballero Rubio

Governor John Kitzhaber on health care (part 1):

Governor John Kitzhaber on health care  (part 2):

Indivisible Cedar Mill

Monday, March 2, 6:30 pm for an hour of socializing, meeting 7:30-8:30, 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.

Our March 2 meeting will feature guest speaker Dick Schouten, Democratic Senate candidate for Senate District 14 (Mark Hass' old seat). Email Karyn Servin 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 we will have some to share.

Writers Mill

Sunday February 16, 1- 3 pm, upstairs meeting room at Cedar Mill Library, 12050 NW Cornell

Our guest speaker will be Maryka Biaggio, author of Parlor Games (from Doubleday, 2013) and Eden Waits (from Sunbury Press). Maryka will speak about doing research for a historical novel, and will also discuss querying agents, submitting to publishers, and how to select a publisher to query. Join us, and get ready to take your writing seriously in 2020. Find out more from our website, portlandwritersmill.org, or email admin@portlandwritersmill.org.

Misinformation, Fake News, and Political Propaganda Workshop

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-8 pm, Bethany Library Annex, 4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2,

Are you overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources and other media? Distinguish truth from fiction using real-world examples of political ads, news headlines, logical fallacies, graphs/charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data and other types of information. Learn how to find accurate information and become your own “fact-checker” in this workshop led by local librarian and teacher Donna Cohen.

Folk dancing at Leedy Grange

Mondays, Feb. 3 & 17. Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd. 7-9 pm. 7-7:30 is beginners level instruction and dancing. 7:30-9 pm is intermediate level instruction and dancing. First time free. $6 / $10 couple.

Join in for exercise and fun folk dancing with Sue & Friends. Enjoy Israeli and International dances with this friendly group. No partner necessary. Folk dancing is great for brain and body health, and for making new friends too! 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.

Cedar Mill Farmers Market

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The Cedar Mill Farmers Market crew is busy planning for the upcoming 2020 season!!! Our opening day will be May 2nd and that means it’s time to accept vendors and book musicians!

Our Vendor Application is now live. Visit cedarmillfarmersmarket.org/vendors to review our guidelines and see how to apply.

Musicians / Entertainers—In addition to our regular awesome music spots each week, we are inviting more community groups/ local school groups. Are you in a local dance group, drum line, hula hoop team, choir, etc?. We just may have a spot for you. Or maybe you are a clown and love to make balloon animals or a magician and would like to try out your latest illusions...

Contact us at ourcmfm@gmail.com if you are interested. We would love to meet you & talk about it!

PCC Experience Music

The Portland Community College Rock Creek Experience Music Series presents two concerts in February. The concerts will begin at 7:30 pm and will be held in the Forum Theater, Room 114, Building 3, at 17705 NW Springville Rd., in Portland. Admission is a donation at the door. Parking is $2 (permits are available at parking machines).

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February 18 - Come hear salsa and more with Son de Cuba, a quartet created by musicians from Cuba and the United States. The band has roots in Latin, African, and jazz rhythms and blends this vast knowledge of different beats together in classic and modern Latin songs, exuding energy and happiness. Be ready to dance!

February 25 - Jazz guitar, Spanish flamenco, Brazilian bossa nova and West African polyrhythms cross paths in Portland-based trio Caminhos Cruzados, which means "cross roads" or "paths crossed" in Portuguese. Several disparate musical traditions do just that in this band. The trio features renowned jazz guitarist Dan Balmer, guitarist Nat Hulskamp, percussionist Israel Annoh, and special guest vocalist Lamiae Naki from Morocco.

For more information about these concerts, please contact Anthony Catalan at anthony.catalan@pcc.edu or call 971-722-7866, or go to at pcc.edu/musicrc.

Choirs Perform Brahms’ Requiem Mass

Saturday, February 15, 7:30 pm, Village Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd

One of classical music’s most popular and personal works, the German Requiem Mass op. 45, by Johannes Brahms, will be performed by the Portland Community College Rock Creek Chamber Choir and the Pacific University Choirs accompanied by full orchestra and guest soloists baritone Richard Zeller and soprano Anne McKee Reed.

Dr. Samuel Barbara, director of choral and vocal studies at PCC Rock Creek, will conduct the February 15 performance. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors 62 and over) and available online (at pacificu.edu/Brahms) and at the door. The concert is free for PCC and Pacific students, faculty and staff.

For more information about the concerts, please contact Samuel Barbara at Samuel.barbara@pcc.edu or 971-722-7867 or go to pcc.edu/musicrc.

Viva Village Events

For information, or to RSVP or register where required, contact vivavillageevents.org or 503-746-5082. To see a complete list of February events, go to vivavillage.clubexpress.com and click on Calendar.

Nature Walk

Saturday, February 1, 9:30 am. Bethany Lake Park, 5061 NW 185th Street, Beaverton.

Women’s Coffee

Every Tuesday, 10 am. Jim and Patty’s Coffee, 4130 SW 117th Ave. Beaverton.

Village 101 Presentation

Saturday, February 8, 10-11:30 am. Elsie Stuhr Center, Cedar Room, 5550 SW Hall Blvd. Beaverton.

Information for prospective members and volunteers. RSVP.

Village Forum.

Monday, February 17, 2-3:30 pm. Fireside Room at First United Methodist Church, 12555 SW 4th Street, Beaverton.

Presentation on “The Joy of Storytelling” by Ken Iverson, founding member of the Portland Storytellers Guild. RSVP.

Urban Hikers

Thursday, February 20, 9:30 am. Fanno Creek Park. Meet at Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd.

Hike at a moderate pace for 2 miles along Fanno Creek. RSVP.

Thursday Night Social

Thursday, February 20, 5:30 pm. McMenamins Brew Pub, 6179 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton. RSVP.

Men’s Coffee Break

Tuesday, February 25, 10-11 am. Ki Coffee, 4655 SW Griffith Dr. #160, Beaverton.

Beaverton Historical Society

Tuesday, February 11,7 pm (Doors Open at 6:45), Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd. Suggested $3.00 donation benefits Beaverton Historical Society

Beaverton Historical Society Presents Doug Neely portraying Dr. John McLoughlin under the auspices of the McLoughlin Memorial Association, City of Oregon City, National Park Service and Fort Vancouver. He will emphasize Dr. McLoughlin’s role in the Oregon Territory through 1846.

Skyline Living Series

The Education Committee has lined up great topics for our 2020 “Skyline Living Series.” All sessions are held at Skyline Grange #894, 11275 NW Skyline Blvd. and are free and open to the public, no registration required.

Wednesday, February 12, 7-9 pm

Natural Care of Orchard & Garden: April Jamison of Garden Ecology will speak about working with nature to minimize the use of chemicals while enhancing the natural landscape and producing more abundant healthy fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday February 19, 7-9 pm

Fruit-Bearing Shrubs: Dennis Brown, OSU Master Gardener, will speak about caneberries and blueberries. Also, he will include more recently introduced exotic fruit-bearing shrub and vines, such as hardy kiwis (kiwiberries). He will review varieties best suited to our area, cultivation requirements, and basic pruning principles.

Wednesday. March 12, 7-9 pm

Moles & Holes: We are fortunate to have Chip Buhl, an experienced OSU Extension agricultural agent, speak about vertebrate landscape pests, including moles, gophers, voles, and ground squirrels, and he’ll include rats as an added bonus! The talk will cover the biology of those species, potential damage, and control options for homeowners.

Thursday, March 18, 7-9 pm

Skyline Elk: Are you curious about the elk roaming our area? Come listen to Geoff McMullen, assistant district wildlife biologist on Sauvie Island for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He will talk about our elk, their lifecycle, habits, hoof disease, hunting regulations, and elk/deer proof fencing.

Go to srnpdx.org/events.html for more details.

Ukulele group meets Mondays

Second & fourth Mondays, 2-3:30 pm, contact for Cedar Mill location

Join Cedar Mill Ukulele Group for fun, and learn to play, or share your expertise. Call 503-278-2440, or email nikkijones119@yahoo.com

Bluebird Recovery Project

Are you interested in birds? Become a citizen scientist as a bluebird nest box monitor for the Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project.

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At one time Western Bluebirds were as prevalent as robins, but by the 1970s these cavity nesters were in trouble. Loss of habitat, competition from non-native house sparrows and starlings, and reduction of insects due to pesticides took their toll. The bluebirds needed help to survive. In response, volunteer members began erecting special nest boxes and monitored those boxes to ensure that the eggs would hatch and young bluebirds would successfully fledge. Those efforts have paid off. Western bluebird numbers have been inching upward, although the bluebirds continue to be under pressure from loss of habitat.


Why would you want to help? A new study has shown that North America lost a quarter of its birds in the last fifty years—nearly 3 billion birds. Being a part of a project like ours can help you feel as though you can make a difference. Another reason is because the continued monitoring of a species can provide data that scientists can use to learn more about these birds, and draw larger conclusions about climate and ecosystem changes.

Perhaps, to be honest, the most compelling reasons to support bluebird conservation are these: That bluebirds are sweet, fluffy and blue. That taking a weekly peek into a nest box is like a continually surprising treasure hunt. That getting up close and personal with individual birds will make you feel a part of life in a whole new way.

So find joy by becoming a better scientist, conservationist, citizen—or even a better person—by becoming a bluebird nest box monitor.

You can find out more at our website: https://prescottbluebird.com. Or RSVP at info@prescottbluebird.com to join us at our spring New Monitors Workshop on February 29, at the Champoeg State Heritage Area Visitor Center, 9:30 to noon. Participation in the workshop is not mandatory but it’s a good chance to get involved.

TVF&R Heart Month

You can be a vital link in the chain of survival for cardiac patients

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue remains dedicated in its efforts to work with community groups to teach hands-only CPR, encourage law enforcement partners to respond to cardiac emergencies equipped with automated external defibrillators, and invite community members willing to perform CPR to download TVF&R’s free PulsePoint smartphone app so that they can be alerted when someone is in need of this lifesaving assistance. We believe that the strength of an entire community, fighting side by side, will ultimately prove to be more powerful than the nation’s No. 1 killer — heart disease.


During American Heart Month, TVF&R invites you to join us in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the importance of immediately calling 911 in the event you or someone nearby experiences symptoms.

Unlike Sudden Cardiac Arrest that strikes suddenly and includes a loss of consciousness, a heart attack can develop slowly enough that you are not aware you are having a medical emergency. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. Symptoms typically include:

  • Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and returns. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Upper body discomfort, such as pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath before, during, or after other discomforts.
  • Other signs, such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

The most common heart attack symptom for women and men is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to experience other symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, back or jaw pain, pressure in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, fainting, or extreme fatigue.

A heart attack can cause sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. Sudden cardiac arrest leads to death when the heart stops working properly. This can be reversed if CPR is performed and a defibrillator is used to shock the heart and restore a normal heart rhythm. Studies show that CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest patient’s chance of survival, but only 46 percent of those who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital get bystander help, according to the American Heart Association. Your assistance in performing hands-only CPR until crews arrive can make a difference. Hands-only CPR has just two easy steps: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”

For more information about PulsePoint, symptoms of cardiac emergencies, and CPR training, visit tvfr.com.


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