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Volume 16, Issue 5
May 2018


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CPO 1 in May: New development roundup; Metro update; tackling food waste

Tuesday, May 8, 7-9 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman

After our public comment period and updates from Public Safety (TVFR, Sheriff) and THPRD, Kathryn Harrington will visit one last time in her role as our Metro Councilor to give us an update on Metro programs.

Then we’ll hear about the “Waste-not Food Taxi” group. Learn about this program to turn unused food into meals for the needy.

Then we’ll find out “what’s going on around here?” including the Peterkort area proposed development; Milltowner update; and more.

CPO 1 is a volunteer-run organization that works to connect people in the Cedar Hills, Cedar Mill, and Bonny Slope areas to issues that affect us, and help citizens be effective in maintaining the quality of life in the area.

Beaverton History program

Tuesday, May 8, 7 pm, Beaverton Lodge Retirement Home, 12900 SW 9th St., Beaverton, $3 donation

Overview and history of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, and Children of the American Revolution with Patti Waitman-Ingebretson. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit or call 503) 430-0106

Terra Nova

Terra Nova plant sale and more

Saturday, May 12, 10 am-2 pm, Terra Nova School of Science and Sustainability, 10351 NW Thompson

The staff and students of the Terra Nova School of Science and Sustainability would like to invite you to our third annual Plant Sale. Come tour the farm, visit the bunnies, and pick up some homemade/grown goodies from the Terra Nova students. See you there!

Free Weed Watcher Workshops

May 8, 6-8 pm, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd. Beaverton

May 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, Sato Elementary School, 7775 NW Kaiser Rd.

May 22, 6-8pm, St. Andrews Church, 12405 SW Butner Rd.

Concerned about invasive weeds? Talk with weed experts; discover how to help; learn from live samples; and get a free field ID book.

For more information and to RSVP, visit our website at

Washington County Forum

Mondays, Doors open at 11:30 am, speakers start at noon, Golden Valley Restaurant & Brew Pub, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd

The forum meets every Monday, September through June, (except holidays). There is no charge for admission. Lunch is available to order from the menu. Following the speaker, Forum members may ask questions.

Elections provide an opportunity to hear different points of view as you select your representatives. The Washington County Public affairs Forum is proud to be able to bring the candidates and the issues before you, giving you the opportunity ask questions directly and learn about your options.

May 7: Election program: Candidates unopposed speak out! All candidates have been invited.

May 14: Douglas Koekkoek, Regional Chief Executive for Providence Health Services: Hospital & Health Care Trends 2018. The future of healthcare access in our country is, at best, unclear. Given our present healthcare situation, it's unclear now. How do healthcare providers and insurers cope with such ambiguity? How do we, as consumers, figure this all out?

May 21: Brad Avakian, former Oregon Labor Commissioner: The Bureau of Labor and Industries Administration under Commissioner Avakian – a look back and a look to the future.

May 28 - No program- Memorial Day

June 4: Todd Davidson, Director, Travel Oregon: A look at tourism in Oregon

Indivisible Cedar Mill

Monday, May 14, 6:30 pm for an hour of socializing. Meeting 7:30-8:30 pm, email for location

We are a progressive, grassroots organization that opposes the Trump administration and believes in furthering progressive causes as well as acting locally to keep Oregon blue. Our May meeting will host guest speaker, Tom Colette, Beaverton School Board member.

Please email Karyn ( or John ( for location.

Viva Village for seniors

RSVP where indicated: or 503-746-5082

Viva Colorista: Adult Coloring Group.

May 3 and 17, 1-2:30 pm, Viva Village Office, 4905 SW Griffith Dr. #104, Beaverton. RSVP.

Nature Walk: Tualatin Hills Nature Park–Vine Maple Trail.

Saturday, May 5, 9:30 am. Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, meet in the Visitor Center.

RSVP recommended. Information:, click on Calendar.

Dine Around Beaverton & Beyond

Wednesday, May 9, 1 pm. Si Señor Restaurant, 8220 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. RSVP.

Welcomed Walkers Hiking Group

Thursday, May 10, 10 am, Bethany Lake Park, 5118 NW 185th Ave., and Thursday, May 24, 10 am Fanno Creek Park, 13335 SW Hall Blvd,, Tigard.

RSVP: Kathe Fradkin (

Village 101 Presentation

Saturday, May 12,10-11:30 am, Elsie Stuhr Center, Cedar Room. 5550 SW Hall Blvd

Information for prospective members and/or volunteers. Information: or 503-746-5082.

Thursday Night Social

Thursday, May 17, 6-8 pm. Antoni’s Restaurant, 10765 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton. RSVP.

NW Senior Theater Production

Friday, May 18, 1:15 pm. Alpenrose Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd, Portland.

Play: Love Is in the Air.

Viva Village Book Club

Tuesday, May 22. 6-8 pm. Private home in West Beaverton.

RSVP for location.

Men’s Coffee Break

Tuesday, May 22. 10-11 am. Venue to be determined.

Home Safety and Fire Prevention

Wednesday, May 23, 1:30-3 pm, Beaverton Public Library, Room A, 12375 SW Fifth St, Beaverton.

Speaker: Stephanie McKee, Deputy Fire Marshal for Tualatin Fire & Rescue. RSVP.

Washington County Resistance May meeting

Thursday, May 31, 7-8:30 pm, email for location

Build community with fellow neighbors interested in pursuing local actions to stand up for justice, equality, and environment. Join our discussion with guest speaker Jillian Schoene, Executive Director of Emerge Oregon. Contact for details.

Folk dancing at Leedy Grange Hall

Mondays, May 7 & 21, 7-9 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., $6/$10 couple. Free for first timers

Join in for fun folk dancing with Sue & Friends every first, third, and fifth Mondays. Enjoy easy to intermediate level dances with this friendly group. Newcomers welcome, no partner is necessary. We focus on classic Israeli dances with a sprinkling of the newer, and now a dash of international.. For details please visit Portland Israeli Folk Dance News at, and for questions please email Sue at

Sunset Grad Party

With graduation quickly approaching, the 2018 Sunset High School Grad Party thanks our donors! Help from the community means that all students can attend the event, regardless of ability to pay, and ensures that there are activities that appeal to a wide range of student interests.

The Sunset Grad Party is an annual event planned by parents for the newest graduating class at Sunset High School. The all-night party offers graduates a drug-free, alcohol-free, safe, and fun way to celebrate the end of their high school years. We’re hoping that at least 350 graduates attend the party that is held the same day as commencement. This year’s festivities will be on Saturday, June 9.

The parent volunteers planning the 2018 Sunset High School Grad Party thank the following businesses for their support of this year’s event:

Beaverton Oral Surgeons; Bethany Family Pet Clinic; Bethany Public House; Blankiegram; Cedar Mill News; Dirk Hmura, Eleete Real Estate; Dream Dinners Beaverton; Ensley Orthodontics; Fred Meyer; Jon Goodwin, DMD; Juan Young Trust; Pacific Office Automation; Pet Barn; QFC Bethany; Sunset Lanes; Team Unis; Trader Joe’s; Winco

The Sunset Grad Party welcomes additional donors! If you are interested in supporting the event, please contact Elisa Bennett at For more information, look here: Thank you!

Crucial Conversations

Monday, June 4, 1:30-3 pm, Event Center, Building 9, PCC Rock Creek Campus, free and open to the public

Paul susi

Conversation facilitator and activist Paul Susi will lead a discussion on the question, “Does higher education matter?”

Facilitator Susi is an educator, arts administrator and a performing artist. He has worked as a youth counselor and an educator at several Portland nonprofit organizations serving homeless, recovering, post-incarcerated and adjudicated populations. He was recently named artistic director of the Portland Actors Ensemble.

Oregon Humanities states that the goal of the project is to “connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. We believe that conversation is a powerful medium to invite diverse perspectives, explore challenging questions and strive for just communities.”

Crucial Conversations will be offered once each fall, winter and spring term at Rock Creek. The event is part of the college’s new Crucial Conversation series made possible by the PCC Foundation, Oregon Humanities and PCC supporters Don and Bonnie Blish.

Parking permits are required and are available at the kiosk located close to the entrance of the Rock Creek Campus.

Young women can explore a career as a firefighter

Fire Camp

Applications are being accepted for the 10th annual Portland Metro Fire Camp for women ages 16-20. This free fire camp will be offered twice this summer on two weekends.

Participants will learn what it takes to be a firefighter while completing hands-on training in hose and ladder skills, vehicle extrication, search and rescue, ropes and knots, live-fire operations, aerial ladder climbs and other firefighting tasks. They will also receive instruction from professional firefighters on how to prepare for interviews, and gain insight on what it is like to have a career in the fire service.

The deadline to apply is June 10, and applicants can select from two camp options this year. The first camp will take place July 13, 14, and 15 at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Ave., in Portland.

A second camp will be held August 10, 11 and 12 at the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Training Center, 12400 SW Tonquin Road, in Sherwood. Applications and more information are available online at

Feral Cat spay and neuter services

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) is offering free spay/neuter services for feral and stray cats and low prices for pet cats. Typically April and May are our slowest months in terms of seeing cats coming in the clinic, and then the summer brings a huge boom of kittens being born and brought into the clinic. This year we want to try and avoid a huge kitten season by reminding people now to bring in their cats to get them spayed and neutered.

Individuals feeding feral or stray cats qualify for free services, regardless of income or where they live. Pet cat prices are on a sliding scale from $15-$60, so no need to spend your whole tax refund on making sure your kitty is healthy and kitten-free for life.

Thank you for your ongoing support! The February Special was a big success here and we saw 530 cats in our clinic during the month of February. This wouldn't have been possible without your support.

Call 503-797-2606 or visit to schedule your appointment today.

Washington County Museum Family Free day

Saturday, May 12, 10 am-1 pm, 17677 NW Springville Rd. (on the PCC Rock Creek campus)

Join us for a special storytelling event hosted by Ed Edmo as we celebrate Native American culture. Ed is a Native American with Shoshone-Bannock-Nez Perce tribal affiliation and is an acclaimed poet, performer, traditional storyteller and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture. Arts and crafts will be available for families and children of all ages.

Check Edmo out on Facebook:

Thanks to the generosity of the Oregon International Air Show and the Beaverton Bakery for supporting our Free Family days in 2018.

Girl Scout information night

Thursday, May 17, 6-7pm, Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 NW Dogwood St.

This last information meeting of the school year is for families to come and learn about Girl Scouting. Families will learn about starting a troop, joining a troop, and being part of a troop. Girl Scouts is offering a special extended membership for girls joining for the first time.

Memorial Day Celebration at Union Cemetery

Saturday, May 26, 11 am, Union Cemetery, 2035 NW 143rd Ave.

Union Cemetery

The Aloha Post 104 of the American Legion will honor those who have served in the US military with a 21-gun salute and a brief ceremony, including laying a wreath at the base of the flagpole and some words from one of their Legionnaires in Cedar Mill’s Union Cemetery. Flags will be placed on the gravesites of the 60 veterans who are buried here.

The cemetery is managed and maintained by a volunteer Board. They have been preparing the grounds including removing dead limbs from the very old oak trees on the grounds. New benches have been placed at the entrance, and near one of the oak trees. New gravel has been spread on the driveway. These projects are made possible with the support of the public and the families whose loved ones and ancestors are here.

Many of our pioneers are buried here. Attend the service and then stroll around and say hello to members of the JQA Young family and others. Burial plots are still available if you want to join them in your final resting place.

County vehicle registration fee starts July 1

Road Fee chart
How roads are funded in Washington County

People registering vehicles in Washington County through the state Driver and Motor Vehicle Services will be paying a new County fee for renewals and new registrations starting on July 1, 2018.

The Washington County vehicle registration fee (VRF) will be $30 per year ($60 for two-year renewals) for most vehicle owners. The fee for motorcycles/mopeds will be $17 per year ($34 for two-year renewals). Owners of trailers eligible for permanent registration will pay a one-time fee of $10. For more information, visit Washington County Vehicle Registration Fee page.

The County's maintenance funding, which comes primarily from state vehicle fees and state and county gas taxes, has not kept pace with increasing maintenance costs. Fuel sales per registered vehicle have been declining, due to hybrid and electric cars, and fewer miles traveled per vehicle. At the same time, maintenance costs have increased significantly.

Revenues from the VRF are expected to total $13.5 million in FY 2018-19. The County's share of VRF revenue is expected to total $8.1 million (60%). The County has committed to use its share of the funding only for local maintenance to improve the safety and condition of County roads, bridges and culverts. Cities within the County are expected to receive a total of $5.4 million (40 percent), which will be divided based on population.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the VRF in Ordinance 817 in September 2016, after public testimony from law enforcement, emergency service providers, city representatives, and members of the business community in support of the measure.

Read more about how the county funds roads here:

Library News & Events

Summer Reading 2018 for All Ages


Join us June 1st to August 31st! We have books, prizes, and events for everyone this summer.

Kids (birth-fifth grade) sign up online or in the library and keep track of reading to earn a book and other prizes, including an entry into a drawing for a Piccolo Mondo gift card! We also have some exciting summer events!

Teens (sixth-twelfth grade) also keep track of reading to earn a book and entries into a drawing for $75 worth of gift cards. Plus we have lots of events just for tweens and teens.

Adults will find concerts, lectures, prize drawings and the opportunity to engage with other readers.

Important Dates for Kids and Teens Summer Reading 2018

June 1: First Day of Summer Reading

July 16: First Day to Claim Prizes

July 31: Last Day to Sign Up/Claim Registration Prizes at either library

August 31: Last Day to Claim Prizes

Spring fundraiser underway

There are many ways to donate to your library. You can donate funds securely online, or pick up a donation envelope in the branch. Donations of funds and materials support all facets of library service in the Cedar Mill and Bethany communities. Our Book & Media Sales, Second Edition Resale Shop, and other projects help buy books, produce events and programs, and support outreach to our community. Find out more in our or contact Megan McCarthy at 503-644-0043 ext. 121 for details.

Cedar Mill Community Libraries Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing public library service in Washington County. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.

Volunteer Opportunities

Sunset High School Service Day

Sunday, May 20, 8 am-noon, sign up for location

Join Sunset High School students, parents and staff for “Apollos Give Back—Supporting Those Who Support Us.” This year projects are being organized by students in a new leadership class that focuses on making a positive impact in the community. Projects will take place primarily off the Sunset campus as our way of supporting those around us.

Sunset volunteers plan to work on the following projects on May 20:

  • Painting the bike racks at Terra Linda Elementary, s
  • prucing up the school grounds at Oak Hills Elementary,
  • cleaning up the overgrown lot between Sunset High School and Sunset Swim Center along Science Park Drive, and
  • helping local neighbors with yard work.
  • Others still being planned.

We’d love to have you join us! Sign up to help at, follow this effort on Instagram (@sunsetserviceday), or contact Tricia Buell, Sunset’s Leadership Class instructor, at with questions.

THPRD park work parties

Saturday, May 19, Lost Park, meet at the trailhead located at the end of NW 111th Avenue, just south of Rainmont Road. Please park along neighborhood streets.

Saturday, May 19, NE Park, the forested area located on the southeast corner of NW Saltzman Road & Laidlaw Road.

Volunteers will meet the crewleader on the northeastern corner of this intersection. Please park along neighborhood streets, just north of Laidlaw.

Join us as we cut, dig, and pull to improve local natural areas this spring! We recommend that participants wear long pants, old tennis shoes or hiking boots and weather appropriate clothing. Feel free to bring heavy-duty work gloves, loppers and a shovel; tools and gloves will be provided. Please bring reusable water bottles; this simple step will assist us in our efforts to reduce waste.

If you have questions about an event, contact Melissa Marcum, Nature & Trails Volunteer Coordinator, at 503-619-3941.

Register at



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