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Volume 9, Issue 4
April 2011

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paintingVillage Gallery of Arts

The Village Gallery of Arts is proud to present our featured artist for April, Darla Boljat. Darla became a professional artist after selling her first painting in 2005. Her favorite medium is oil and she also enjoys working in acrylic.

The Gallery has a new children's instructor. Her name is Sarah Fagan and she will be teaching "After-School Bookmaking" on Fridays. Terry Gonzalez has an art class for ages 7-12 Mondays and Wednesdays after school, and Elizabeth Massa McLeod offers a Tuesday evening art history class.

The Village Gallery of Arts is next to the Cedar Mill Library at 12505 NW Cornell Rd. Their hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday from noon to 4, and they are closed Mondays. For more information, visit their website at

Stafford Joins Quality Dental Plan

As many as one in five children here in the Portland Metro Area may now be going without very basic dental care, according to Dr. Michelle Stafford DDS. "As the economy suffers, many families can no longer afford the very basics, including dental care. This means that common childhood dental problems go undiagnosed, which then only makes that dental problem much worse down the road. Our problem here is not as bad as in some places around the country, but way too many local families just cannot afford dental insurance or dental checkups for their kids."

Dr. Stafford's answer to the problem was to join a new national network of reduced fee dental services called Quality Dental Plan (QDP). The plan includes free basic dental checkups for children when they first join. "We saw that we could significantly reduce our treatment rates if we saw patients early in the process and encouraged the whole family to take part in ongoing care. When a kid is in pain, they miss school. Even worse, the cost to treat a painful situation can be a three or four times more expensive than it would have been if the problem had been diagnosed a few months earlier."

For more information about World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry, and their partnership with Quality Dental Plan go to

Pre-natal yoga

"Santosha finally can offer a pre-natal class at a time moms-to-be can come!!" says owner Katy Nadal. "It begins in April and will be every Tuesday night at 7 pm. This is a great way for a mom to connect with her body and her baby. At the same time it promotes better sleep, reduced anxiety and stress, increased strength and flexibility and endurance for childbirth. It's also been associated with a decreased risk of pre-term labor and pregnancy-induced hypertension."

Santosha Yoga is in the Bethany Center at 4876 NW Bethany Blvd. Find out about all their classes and programs at or call 503-372-9825.

Every day is Earth Day

Earth Day, April 22, is a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth's natural environment. At NW Organizing Solutions we do our best every day to protect the earth as we de-clutter and organize homes and offices. Professional Organizer Beth Giles explains, "Often while working in homes we find people will hold onto items that are no longer desired or useable because they want to protect the earth by not throwing it out and adding to our landfills. This is great; however holding on to these items takes up their valuable space and often creates a feeling of chaos and stress."

NW Organizing Solutions not only helps the client get organized by sorting through their space and possessions but will also help by providing resources where many items can be reused or recycled. Whether you have a professional organizer to help you get your space in order or you do it yourself, here are some great places to know about.

Donate reusable household items to Community Warehouse or list them on; Recycle paints with Metro by dropping them off at Miller Paint (Murray/Cornell); Take wood and building supplies to Habitat for Humanity ReStore; Recycle old sneakers with Nike Reuse-A -Shoe

Contact NW Organizing Solutions to schedule your organizing session at 503-709-0791, or visit for more information about recycling and donation places.

Tint Hair Studio

Owner April Herzog has just opened Tint Salon upstairs in the commercial space at 12923 NW Cornell. She says, "We chose Cedar Mill because we wanted a smaller, more welcoming community. We loved what all of the surrounding businesses offered for ourselves as well as our clientele. (The center now includes businesses that offer acupuncture, massage and skin care, and yoga instruction.)

"We have all worked together for at least five years and as much as ten-plus years for some. We have a wide range of clientele including about one-third men. I can honestly say that everyone I work with is amazing at what they do, and brings their own unique feel to the salon."

The salon provides all types of hair care Tuesday-Saturday. Visit their website at or call 503-627-0606 for more information. April is now taking online bookings.

Sunset Yoga Center opens in Cedar Mill

After seven years in Cedar Hills, Sunset Yoga Center is hopping over the Sunset Highway to a brand-new space in Cedar Mill. The 11-year-old business is returning to its roots on Cornell Road, where the studio got its start—and the inspiration for its name—from its original location near Sunset High School. The new location shares space with a variety of complementary service businesses in the bustling, vibrant Cedar Mill community. The move follows a recent website redesign ( and logo update for the studio. Classes at the new location at 12923 N.W. Cornell Road #203 begin Monday, March 28, 2011.

To celebrate the move and the center's 11th year in business, Sunset Yoga Center is hosting an open house on Sunday, April 17. Come and tour the new space. We'll have birthday cake, prizes and more! Also, throughout the month of April, we'll be hosting a variety of free classes as a thank you to our current students and a way for new folks to discover what Iyengar yoga is all about. Visit the website for a complete schedule.

Balance Massage & Skin Care

Molly Brown brings her skills to the community at her new location in Cedar Mill. She has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for nine years, and three years ago added Esthetician to her skill-set. She uses the product line Dermalogica. She says, "My massage is therapeutic and relaxing. I do treatment massage if you have been in a car accident, and we can bill your insurance." Stop in to find out more at 12923 NW Cornell, Suite 104, or call 503-502-2694.

Sunset Credit Union Donates Trees

cuThis year, Arbor Day—when individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees—will be held on April 29th. Founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, it's estimated that on the first Arbor Day, one million trees were planted.

In keeping with the spirit of Arbor Day, Sunset Credit Union donated 125 Douglas fir trees to the Springville Elementary Fourth Grade, who will plant them as part of the Fourth Grade Forester Project.

"We've been in the community for more than 50 years," said Rhonda Baggarley, Vice President of Sunset Credit Union, "and we're always looking for unique ways to give back to the people who live and work here. We implement a lot of green practices at our office and offer many 'green services' for our members. We felt that giving students these trees to plant supports our goal of helping the environment while educating them on the importance of caring for the planet."

In addition to providing the trees, the credit union will also be collecting photos of the students who plant the trees to display in their lobby. Sunset Credit Union is located at 1100 NW Murray Blvd. You can learn more about them at, or by calling 503-643-1335.

Spring gift-giving season tips

Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations and weddings can quickly fill up the spring calendar, also making this a busy time of year for gift giving and shipping. The UPS Store ® can help make sure gifts are properly packed and shipped with care so your loved ones receive their gifts intact and on time.

"For do-it-yourselfers, we have the expertise and materials to help them get the job done right," said Tim Kimble, The UPS Store owner. Begin with the proper materials, including a new cardboard box designed for shipping (no gift or moving boxes), professional-grade packaging tape (no cellophane, masking or duct tape), and packaging material like foam peanuts or bubble cushioning (no newspapers or real popcorn).

"Of course, if you're in doubt, it's always good to turn to the professionals," said Tim. "Our assistance is particularly important if you're shipping fragile or unusually shaped items." The UPS Store offers the Pack & Ship Promise, which reimburses customers the cost of packaging materials and service as well as shipping costs in the event a center-packed item shipped via UPS is lost or damaged (subject to the lesser of actual value, replacement or repair cost).

The UPS Store has convenient hours: Monday–Friday 9 am to 7 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. For additional information, visit or call 503-646-9999.

Rave in the Nave

Eric Hull & Vox: A Spoken Word Chorus: Saturday, April 9, 2011

Christ United Methodist Church continues their series of affordable and local entertainment. A coterie of some of Portland's finest actors joins founder Eric Hull for one of the most unusual presentations Rave in the Nave has offered over three seasons, an evening of spoken poetry in a dramatically staged performance.

Tickets are available in the church office, after worship or at the door.

Virtue of the Month: Creativity

"Creativity is the power of imagination. We are open to inspiration, which ignites our originality. With creativity, we are resourceful and intuitive. We solve problems in new and surprising ways."

The practice of Creativity: "I treasure my imagination. I am innovative in solving problems. I entertain my dreams. I take time for inspiration. I remember to play. I am thankful for the gift of Creativity. It allows my talents to flower."

Virtues Reflection Cards, Written by Linda Kavelin Popov. For more information on the Virtues Project, please see Or call Delaram 503-267-0202 to reserve your Virtues Card. Book your Special Virtues DVD presentation in April and receive 20% off all products.

Native Plants Save the Day at Cornell Farm

April 11, noon. We often don't realize that some of the most troubled areas in our garden could be our most prized. In this lecture, with Cornell Farm native plant guru Angela Jones, you'll learn what native plants can be used in which difficult types of situations. We'll introduce our top favorite native plants and all the benefits they can provide to your landscape. Bring a friend and both take 10% off any purchases day of seminar, just notify us at pre-registration.

Pre-registration required, class size limited. $10 class fee applied to purchases made day of class. Win a native plant! Cornell Farm Inc. is open daily, 9 am – 6 pm at 8212 SW Barnes Rd. For more information, visit them at or call 503-292-9895 to register.

New elementary school seeks gifted students

Paladan Elementary School is accepting applications for the Fall of 2011. The school, which will be located in the Hillsdale area, is based on "a shared hope and dream for a school where our children can feel belonging, experience school fully as an educational environment, play with intellectual peers, discover themselves, and express their dreams through an award-winning curriculum specifically designed for gifted students."

Students are assigned a homeroom with their chronological peers as follows: Level 1 (K/1st grade), Level 2 (2nd/3rd), Level 3 (4th/5th). With the aid of initial placement testing and ongoing observations/assessments, students are assigned a level for math, language arts, science, Chinese, music and technology. This flexibility will be extended to our teachers, allowing those who are stronger in a subject to teach the higher levels for that subject. For our founding year, 30 students will be selected. Our teacher to student ratio will be no larger than 1:12.

Find out more at or call 503-617-6469.



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