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Volume 15, Issue 5
May 2017


Community News – May 2017

CPO 1 hears from Sheriff Garrett

Sheriff Pat Garrett

Tues., May 9, 7 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett will join us for an explanation of Ballot Measure 34-272, which renews the funding of law enforcement services in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD). Urban areas of Washington County, including Cedar Mill, receive approximately double the coverage of law enforcement compared to rural areas. We pay for this via a line item in our property taxes. This will continue the current rate.

Sheriff Garret will also bring us an update on the overall activities of the department, and also discuss skimming and other forms of fraud and identitiy theft that have become rampant in the area.

CPO 1 covers land use and other issues of concern for residents of Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, and Bonny Slope. Meetings are open to anyone. Do you have a concern about something happening in the area? Find guidance on getting information and solutions from your neighbors.

Learn how to naturescape your yard

Sat., May 13, 9-11am, Leedy Grange, 835 NW Saltzman Rd

Looking for a low-maintenance landscape? Try landscaping the natural way. Naturescaping is the practice of designing (or redesigning) a landscape so that it reduces water use, decreases stormwater runoff and pollution while saving time, money and a gardener’s energy. This introductory workshop introduces naturescaping concepts, including pollution prevention through the reduction or elimination of chemicals, how native plants help create a thriving landscape that’s attractive to native birds, butterflies and other pollinators, basic site-planning principles, and other gardening tips.

Workshop participants will get advice on native plant gardening and landscape design and will be introduced to a variety of native plants.

Even if you discover that you will need the help of a landscaper or designer with your project, you’ll have the framework to make decisions and communicate your desires to your contractor.

For more information or to register, visit:

Indivisible Cedar Mill monthly meeting

The local chapter of the national organization devoted to opposing President Trump’s agenda will host its monthly meeting, Monday May 8, from 7-8:30 pm. To learn more, join the Facebook group Indivisible Cedar Mill Oregon or visit or email Karyn Servin or John Fox at or

Health care advocacy talk tops May Viva Village calendar

Sat., May 6, 1-3 pm, Valley Catholic Elementary School, SW 148th Ave.

Marcy Houle, co-author of “The Gift of Caring,” will present a program titled “Effective Healthcare Advocacy: Tools to Skillfully Navigate Health Care Systems.” RSVP/Information: or 503-746-5082.

Nature walk: Commonwealth Lake Park. Sat., May 6, 9 am, 13005 SW Foothill Drive

(west end of lake at Dellwood Avenue), Beaverton. RSVP recommended: or 503-746-5082. Information:, click on Calendar.

Dine Around Beaverton & Beyond: Oasis Restaurant (Lebanese). Wed., May 10, 12:30 pm. Murray Scholls Town Center, 14845 SW Murray Scholls Drive, Beaverton

Please RSVP: Frieda, or 510-693-2955

Oregon Holocaust Memorial tour: Thurs., May 11, 10-11 am, 97205 SW Washington Way, Washington Park, Portland. RSVP: or 503-746-5082. Information:, click on calendar.

Village 101 presentation. Information for prospective members and/or volunteers.

Sat., May 13, 10-11:30 am, Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton.

Information: or 503-746-5082.

Movie discussion group: Thurs., May 18, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, private home in Triple Creek Neighborhood.

RSVP/Information re: movies for discussion: or 971-400-9512.

Third Thursday social: May 18, 6-8 pm, Thai Apsara Restaurant, 11793 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (On Trader Joe’s side of Beaverton Town Square).

RSVP: or 503-746-5082.

Men’s coffee break: Tues., May 23, 9:30-10:30 am, Java Lounge, Corner of NW Cornell and Dale Ave., Cedar Mill.

Information: Ross Miller, 503-713-3563.

Book club: Tues., May 23, 6:30-8:30 pm, Private home in Beaverton (near Walker Road and Hwy 217). Book: “Left Neglected,” by Lisa Genova.

RSVP: or 503-746-5082

Portland history at Beaverton Historical Society

Tues., May 9, 7 pm, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. Free

Oregon Historical Society's Sharon Thorne will present the history of Portland from its early days.

An 11-year volunteer at the Oregon Historical Society and a 40-year resident of Oregon, Sharon will present an interactive program about Portland from its early days as “the Clearing” near the confluence of the lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers to its development into a major city and chief port on the Willamette. She will explore the role of the Oregonian newspaper, the Plank road, the impact of the California Gold Rush, and the roots of the entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the city to this day. Sharon will be bringing historical artifacts for participants to look at and handle. Donations are welcome. For more information, call Beaverton Historical Society (503) 430-0106 or visit:

Sunset High School Class of ‘72 planning reunion

Fri., June 9, Sherwood Elks Club, 22770 SW Elwert Rd., Sherwood.

Reunion at 5:30 pm; dinner buffet at 6:30 pm with a no-host bar available throughout. Cost is $35 per person. Spouses and significant others are welcome. Please RSVP by May 10, and include number attending, to For more information, visit 1972 Sunset High Reunion Page on Facebook.

Hawthorn Mental Health Walk-in location.

Hawthorn Mental Health Walk-in Center opening in May

The Hawthorn Walk-in Center, Washington County’s first mental health urgent care center, will open to the public on May 23, at 1 pm. It will be a safe and welcoming place where people of any age can receive assistance for mental health and addictions concerns that do not require hospital-based help. Services include assessment, crisis counseling, education and connection to treatment providers and other social services. The center is a joint effort between Washington County Mental Health and LifeWorks Northwest.

The center will be open seven days a week, from 9 am-8:30 pm. The center is located at 5240 NE Elam Young Parkway in Hillsboro—right next to the Hawthorn Farm MAX stop. All services are confidential and provided by professionals as well as peers trained in recovery from their own mental health and/or addiction concerns.

Both walk-ins and appointments are accepted. During business hours, call 503-846-4555. The Washington County Crisis Line is answered 24/7 at 503-291-9111.

Washington County Forum

former Gov. John Kitzhaber
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber

The monthly forum meets at the Golden Valley Restaurant & Brew Pub, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd., Beaverton, with the exception of the May 24 event at the Beaverton Library, 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton

May 8: Candidates for the boards of directors of the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District and Portland Community College to speak prior to the May 16 election.

May 15: former Gov. John Kitzhaber to speak on healthcare in Oregon 1989 to present

May 22: Anna Griffin of OPB and Oregonian columnist Steve Duin to speak on “Challenges to the News Media”

May 24: Special 6 pm program at the Beaverton Library with former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who will speak on national health care “The Current Debate and What Needs To Change”

May 29: Memorial Day – no program

June 5: Erica Stock, director of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, will speak on challenges to environmental advocacy

Metro seeks input on transportation survey

The Metro Council wants to know how residents feel about plans for $1.6 billion in federal and local transportation money for the next four years. Federal money is used for roads, bridges, transit, sidewalks, transit lines (MAX), programs to help the various transit systems work better and connect people, and planning for the future.

Metro has released two draft documents for public review and comment. The first is the draft of the 2018-21 Metro Transportation Improvement Plan of all projects receiving federal funds. The second details the status and projected future of the region’s air quality, specifically related to vehicle emissions.

Comments from the public will be taken in-person, online or by phone until May 23. Note: You don't need to read the draft documents to be able to share your priorities with regional leaders. To access the two draft documents, take Metro’s survey, or otherwise comment visit:

Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club tryouts

The Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club 2004 boy’s team is now recruiting premier players for the 2017-2018 competitive Oregon Youth Soccer Association soccer season. The team is named for the birth year of the players. The goal of the program is create a team that will compete in high level local and away tournaments in the premier division during the fall and spring OYSA season. For more information on tryouts visit: or call 503-380-9522.

Construction started on new Sato Elementary School

Construction has begun on the Beaverton School District's 34th elementary school named Sato (pronounced saw-toe) Elementary School, in tribute to the Japanese-American family who came to the area in 1926 and farmed on Brugger Road. Sato Elementary School is at 7775 NW Kaiser Road.

Sato School

During World War II, the Sato family was sent to the Minidoka Internment Center for three years. Two sons, Shin and Roy, enlisted in the military. Shin died in combat in 1944. Roy was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart. The Sato family is buried in the Bethany Presbyterian Church cemetery on Kaiser Road.

Under the direction of general contractor Skanska USA, crews completed the structural steel framework and installed windows. Interior framing and sheetrocking is underway. Crews are working on mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. Curbs and paving are underway for the school's west parking lot and a new residential road north of the school is being built.

The BSD is building the school a year earlier than originally planned to respond to the rapid growth in the North Bethany area. Sato Elementary School will open its doors to nearly 500 students this fall. It will eventually serve up to 750 students.

Washington County Museum

Ladies of the Valley exhibit continues

Ongoing exhibit: Ladies of the Valley: Part I (1860 - 1910) This exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 1. Our long-anticipated display features artifacts from our collection. Included are women's clothing and accessories, sewing machines, beautiful photos and paintings of local women, old advertisements and much more. To see photos of the exhibit thus far, visit:

The museum is seeking donations of historic era clothing, particularly from the exhibit’s second period, 1910 to 1950. Ladies of the Valley: Part II (1910-1950) will open Sept. 6. Contact curator, Liza Schade, The Washington County Museum is at 120 E Main Street, Hillsboro.

Executive director leaves

After two years with the Washington County Museum, Executive Director Mark Harmon has left his position for an opportunity in central Florida. Mark guided the development of the museum’s 2017-2027 Strategic Plan, which is the institution's road map for the future. He facilitated the growth of the museum's permanent collection and the enrichment of the visitor's experience. The board of directors will soon announce the appointment of an interim executive director and the search for a permanent CEO.

Big Horn Brass presents ‘An American Portrait’

Sat., May 20, 7 pm, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton

Big Horn Brass presents ‘An American Portrait’

Big Horn Brass seventh spring concert will feature music from 19th and 20th century America including musical icons Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, John Philip Sousa and Duke Ellington. A special feature of this concert will be music from Oregon's historic Aurora Colony.

Copland's "Appalachian Spring" will be presented in a brand new arrangement for brass and percussion by Ron Babcock, professor of music at Portland State University and trombonist in the Big Horn Brass. Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and Joplin's "Original Rags" and "Acres of Clams," a Northwest folk song extolling the virtues of clam farming in Puget Sound are on tap.

In addition to the 16-member Big Horn Brass, this program will feature guest vocalists Gayle Neuman and Emily Bryan. David Bryan and Ron Babcock will conduct, and the group is under the artistic direction of Andrew Harris.

Tickets are: adults (18 and over): $20 online or $25 at the door, seniors (55 and over): $15, students (13 to 17) $10, and children (12 and under) $5. Special rates available for groups of five or more. Tickets are available online at

Survey your local parks for THPRD

Wed., May 31 and Sat., June 3, 9-11 am or 3-5 pm

The Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District is looking for a few good volunteers to perform use surveys of 10 district parks. Volunteers are needed to talk with park visitors about how and why they use district parks, programs and trails. Data will be used to make trail improvements and plan for future natural resources programming in parks.

Sites planned for surveys are AM Kennedy Park, Bethany Lake Park, Camille Park, Commonwealth Lake Park, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, Greenway Park, Hazeldale Park, Jordan Woods, Lowami Hart Woods and Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Sign up to volunteer at:

Help restore our local parks

Sat., May 20, 9 am-noon, Lost Park

Volunteers will remove English ivy and Himalayan blackberries from the forested portions of Lost Park. Please bring a reusable water bottle to drink from throughout the project. Tools, snacks and a water cooler will be provided.The park is located at the end of NW 111th Avenue, just south of Rainmont Rd. Please park along neighborhood streets.

Sat., May 27, 9 am-noon, NE Park

Ivy pull in the natural areas of the “NE Park” at the southeast corner of Saltzman and Laidlaw.

Sat., June 3, 9 am-noon, Lost Park

Ivy and blackberry removal continues!

Democratic Party of Washington County monthly meeting

Wed. May 24, social time, 6:30 pm, meeting, 7-9 pm, PCC Willow Creek Center, 241 SW Edgeway Drive, Beaverton, Room 103 (Entrance at southwest corner of bldg. across from Park & Ride lot and MAX Station).

Meet your representatives, elected officials, candidates for office, and political appointees; vote on platform resolutions; join a committee, become a precinct committee person and a neighborhood leader. Make a difference. For more information: or (503) 626-7018.

Caregivers educational series begins May 15

A six-week series to aid people caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness will begin May 15 at Tuality Health Education Center, 334 SE 8th Avenue in Hillsboro. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services and Tuality Healthcare.

The classes take place on Mondays, May 15 through June 19, from 1:30–4 p.m., at Tuality Health Education Center. Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day, so that week’s class will take place on Tuesday at the same time.

Participants will learn how to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions.

The class is appropriate for anyone helping a parent, spouse or friend. The person in their care may live at home, in a facility or across the country.

There is a suggested donation of $30 to help defray the cost of the book, but payment is not required to attend the class. Registration is required by calling the Washington County Family Caregiver Support Program at 503-846-3089.

Sheriff’s dogs to compete at K-9 trials

Sat., June 3, 9 am-2 pm, Hillsboro Stadium, 4450 NW 229th Ave., Hillsboro. Free.

Sheriff's dogs

Looking for a day of family fun? Come out to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office 12th Annual K-9 Trials and Safety Fair to see highly skilled dogs and their handlers show their stuff.

The event includes a safety fair with police vehicles, fire truck, ambulance, and Life Flight helicopter. At 10 am the dog competition begins featuring highly trained police K-9s from around the state and Fox 12 News emcee Brian McMillon. These vastly skilled police dogs will demonstrate their precision as they compete in various events such as an obstacle course, fastest dog, K-9 handler protection, and vehicle extraction, among others.

Food will be available for purchase at the concession stands along with vendor booths with free giveaways. Both before and after the competition, the dogs will be available to meet and take a picture with.

Christ United Methodist summer camps—sign up now

Registration is open for June summer camps for preschoolers and school-age children through Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 NW Dogwood Street, Portland.

Camps for preschoolers are the following: June 6-8, Games Galore; June 13-15, Wild Western; June 20-22, Water World; and June 27-29, Nature Nuts. All camps are 9-11:30 am and cost $65. Ages 3-7 (must be potty trained). Non-CUMC families are welcome. Campers should bring a snack, light jacket, and change of clothes.

Camp IWannaBe for children preschool through 5th grade will be held July 20-22. Thursday and Friday sessions will be 9 am-4pm; Saturday, 9am-noon with a family celebration and community service activity from noon-2 pm. For more information or to register, visit or email for more information.

Walk + Bike + Roll to school and beyond

Leave the car at home during May’s Walk+Bike+Roll Challenge, a friendly, month-long competition—held each May—aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk, bike, or roll to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods. The Challenge is hosted by The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) with support from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, their sponsors and other partners. Register here for the May Walk+Bike+Roll Challenge.

Why Should We Walk and Bike? For personal and community health; Less cars = less congestion; Less cars = increased traffic safety; Improved neighborhood livability for everyone.

Motorists, please watch out for increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic around your neighborhood schools!

Israeli folk dancing

Mon., May 1 and 15, 6:30-9 pm, $6 at the door, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd.

Learn and enjoy Israeli folk dances brought to you by Sue and Friends, on the first and third. Mondays of each month. No experience necessary. First timers are free. A fun and friendly group. Beginner dances 6:30 to 7 pm followed by intermediate dances 7 to 9 pm. For details please visit Portland Israeli Folk Dance News at, or email Sue at


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