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Volume 16, Issue 4
April 2018


Business News April 2018

Village Gallery of Arts April Events

Annual art challenge

Submit your canvas: Sat., Apr. 21 - Sat., Apr. 28

Show: Mon., Apr. 30.

There’s still time to create art for our annual fundraiser. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can register now at VGA or through our website and pick up your blank canvas ($5 each) at the gallery. Our May show will feature hundreds of 6” by 6” canvases all priced at $40 each.

Painting by Sandy Reeves
Painting by Sandy Reeves

Turn in your finished canvases between Apr. 21 and Apr. 28. Artist’s will receive a 60% commission on sold work with 40% slated to help cover VGA’s operating expenses, such as heating and lighting. The Art Challenge show opens on Apr. 30.

April show

Sun., Apr. 8, 2-4 pm, 12505 NW Cornell Rd, free.

Join us for refreshments and meet our featured artists: Sandy Reeves, who has studied with many wonderful artists over the years in acrylic abstract painting, and Natasha Ramras, featured fine crafter, who loves both painting, jewelry, and creating designs using beautiful stones and silver.

April is also an Awards Show. Our juror is Liz Walker, an acrylic marbling artist who works and teaches in the Portland area. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, International Society of Experimental Artists, and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. A big thank you to Blick Art Supplies for providing gift certificates for our Award Show winners!

Evening presentation: tangle doodling

Tues., Apr. 17, 7-9 pm, 12505 NW Cornell Rd, free.

You are invited to join us for Nancy Spaulding’s presentation on Drawing as Meditation or Tangle Doodling. It is sure to spark your imagination. Take your mind off taxes and join us for fun and relaxation. Music and light snacks will be provided.


We offer classes for both children and adult students, including a travel photography and farmer’s market class. Please see our website for information on our complete spring class lineup: To register, visit or call the gallery.

Village Gallery is a non-profit educational art gallery in operation since 1963.

12505 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97229, next to the Cedar Mill Library

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-4; Sun. 12-4.


Pharmaca event: Sleep Well, Be Well

Sat., Arp. 7, 1-5 pm, Beaverton Pharmaca, 240 NW Lost Springs Terrace, free.

Explore ways to inspire calm and a good night's sleep! Get advice and great savings on supplements for better sleep and stress relief from Gaia Herbs, Natural Factors, Pharmaca, Natural Vitality, WishGarden Herbs and more! Take home a FREE Pharmaca Melatonin (90ct) with $75 purchase (while supplies last!) Get up to $20 in coupons and take home great product samples!

Contact Patrick Healey at 503-596-3552 with questions or concerns.

Summit Dental’s new dentist

Dr. Brad Hagedorn is moving his family back to his home in eastern Oregon. Dr. Jeff Dewey took over as owner and dentist in March. He looks forward to serving Summit’s patients.

Dr. Cleary events

Walk with the Doc

Sat., Apr. 14.

Dr. Cleary will be starting up his “Walk with the Doc” series Apr. 14, which will run throughout the spring and summer. These walks take place at different locations throughout the area. Interested persons should contact the office at 503-526-0994.

Monthly patient education night

Thurs., Apr. 26, 6-8pm, Souther Auditorium on the Providence-St. Vincent Medical Center campus, 9205 SW Barnes Rd.

The seminar for April is titled “What About Blood Thinners.” Please call the office at 503-526-0994 to reserve a place. Open to the public.

Doggie Dash with Bethany Vet

Get ready to join us on Sat., May 12th at Oregon Humane Society‘s 2018 Doggie Dash! We will have a VIP booth for our clients and their team members who are participating this year. Our booth will have tables and chairs so bring your pancake breakfast over and eat with us. You can also join us there before the race for coffee and treats, then visit again after the race for more treats.

If you haven’t already joined a team, consider being part of Bethany Family Pet Clinic’s “Go Dog, Go!” Team. Registration is currently FREE until Apr. 15th, so sign up now at Members will be gifted with a special prize. If you can’t attend, we hope you’ll make a donation at the same link to support our efforts to help the Oregon Humane Society.

Fear Free at Bethany Vet

Over the last few months, our doctors and staff have focused their attention on becoming a “Fear Free” clinic. Fear Free is not only a tactic, it is a certified program for veterinary facilities. This program teaches veterinarians and staff to uphold a level of care that promotes trust between veterinary staff, patients (your pets), and clients (you!).

The goal of the Fear Free model is to understand how fear, anxiety, and stress are being presented by patients, and how to structure veterinary visits so stressors are alleviated as much as possible. This allows patients and clients to have positive experiences and less anxiety about future visits. We are proud to say that 100% of our doctors and 75% of our staff are now Fear Free certified!

Around the clinic, you may notice some of the Fear Free techniques, such as a larger variety of treats, the use of pheromones, and the addition of medications or supplements to help keep your pet’s visit as calm and happy as possible. Bring your pet hungry! We will be sharing information about pet behavior, Fear Free techniques, and things that you can do at home to help keep your pet’s veterinary visits as happy, safe, and friendly as possible. Want to know more? Call Bethany Family Veterinary clinic at 503-828-9177.

Stash cash in this tax-free account

The deadline is approaching to lower your 2017 tax bill by putting money into one of the best types of tax-sheltered accounts available to Americans: Health Savings Accounts or HSA’s.

April 17, the deadline to file your 2017 tax return, is also the last chance to contribute money to an HSA for tax year 2017. HSAs offer a combination of tax- reducing features that is unrivaled, even by retirement plans.

An HSA is an account in which you can deposit a certain amount of money each year that you can use to reimburse yourself for eligible medical expenses.

Contributions can be deducted from your taxes for the tax year during which contributions are made.(Depending on your tax situation). Any gains on your contributions are tax-free. Withdrawals are tax-free when used to pay for qualifying health care expenses. There are no minimum required distributions at 701⁄2 like other retirement accounts.

If the contribution goes into your HSA via payroll deduction, it is not subject to FICA. FICA, short for Federal Insurance Contributions Act, is the federal income tax that goes toward Social Security and Medicare.

The bad news about HSAs is that not everyone is eligible for one. They’re designed for folks with high-deductible health insurance plans. For the 2017 tax year, the IRS defines such plans as having annual deductibles of at least: $1,300 for coverage of yourself only (rising to $1,350 for 2018), and $2,600 for family coverage (rising to $2,700 for 2018).

To learn more about HSA’s or to open an HSA for yourself, contact Debbie at Sunset Credit Union at 503-643-1335.

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