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Volume 17, Issue 5
May 2019


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Sunset Transit Center elevator work scheduled

TriMet will begin making improvements to elevators at the Sunset Transit Center starting Monday, April 29. While the work is similar to the improvements made at MAX stations along I-84 in northeast Portland, it will not block access to the station for those who must use the elevators to reach the platforms. We’ve already completed major overhauls to elevators at two other MAX stations – NE 60th Ave and NE 82nd Ave – and we’re wrapping up work later this month on the one at Hollywood/NE 42nd Ave Transit Center. Like those projects, the work at the Sunset Transit Center will take about 14 weeks per elevator and ensure they remain safe and more reliable far into the future.

For more information go to: news.trimet.org/2019/04/trimets-elevator-improvement-program-moves-to-heavily-used-sunset-transit-center.

K-9 Trials

Saturday, June 9, 11 am-1 pm, Hillsboro Stadium

Join us as K-9 units from throughout the region compete for the coveted prize of "Top Dog" during the 2019 Washington County K-9 Trials at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Competition events include area search, agility course, suspect apprehension, handler protection, vehicle extraction and fastest dog. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the top three dogs of each event, based on the fastest times. The "Top Dog" designation will be awarded to the overall winner based upon a point system for each event.

In addition to the entertaining competition, spectators will enjoy a safety fair consisting of local public safety agencies, food and drinks available for purchase, and a meet-and-greet with the K-9s after the competition.

Bring the whole family, but please leave pets at home (service animals are okay). See you there!

Visit the facebook page for more information.

Future Apollo Walk + Bike Rally

Wednesday, May 22, 1:15-3 pm, Sunset High staff parking lot, 13840 NW Cornell

Drop by on foot, bike, or scooter (don’t forget your helmet!) Learn how to walk and bike like a Future Apollo and ride our bike challenge course, led by Sunset students. Fuel up on pizza and other free refreshments. Take home prizes thanks to Western Bike Works. Supported by a grant from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership PNW.

RSVP by May 15 for a special prize. Visit the facebook page here.

Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Do you live or work in east Multnomah County, or in the rural unincorporated communities of Multnomah County? Do you have a passion for policy issues that impact walking, bicycling, and accessing transit in these communities? Multnomah County is recruiting new members for its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee, which advises the county’s Transportation Division on transportation policy, planning and capital projects.

Members serve a two-year term and attend monthly meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Multnomah Building (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd).

To apply, individuals need to fill out and submit an application form no later than May 20, 2019. Applications and more information are available online at www.multco.us/bikeped. To request a hard copy of the application form or for more information, contact Kate McQuillan at 503-988-0204 or katherine.mcquillan@multco.us.

Washington County Public Affairs Forum

The forum meets over lunch every Monday, September through June, (except holidays) at Coyote’s Bar & Grill, 5301 W Baseline Rd. Following the speaker, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Asking questions of our speakers is a privilege of Forum membership

Monday, May 6

Donna Cohen, MLIS, MEd: Lifelong Civic Education is Important for Everyone.

Monday, May 13

Polo Catalani: “Families Move - The Perpetual, Natural and Beautiful Migration of Humans”.

Monday, May 20

Alexandria Goddard, Kimberly Kimble and Joshua Friedlein (Activists): Guns, Schools, Safety & Youth Activism.

Northeast Park restoration work party

Saturday, May 18, NE Park (near NE Saltzman and Laidlaw)

Come play outside with us as we improve wildlife habitat in our natural areas! We have plenty of volunteer openings to help remove invasive plants in May.

Register here. For more information on volunteering with THPRD, contact Melissa Marcum, mmarcum@thprd.org or call at: 503-619-3941

Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries

Volunteer at your library

Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries invite you to engage in your community, gain experience and have fun by becoming a volunteer!

Summer Reading Assistants

The library’s Summer Reading Program counts on the help of nearly 100 volunteers to sign up readers and award prize books.

Game Assistant for Adult Outreach

Who says games are just for kids? Adults play, too! Volunteer to be a Game Assistant for a 21+ game night at a local pub to promote the library in the community, particularly among patrons in their 20s and 30s. Help set up and play board games and video games, engage the attendees, and help clean up. One Sunday/month, 5 pm-9:30 pm.

2nd Edition – an upscale resale boutique: If you can spot a diamond in the rough, have a sense of the “going rate” for good stuff, or love to engage with customers, you will enjoy volunteering at 2nd Edition as a sorter, pricer or cashier. Weekday and weekend shifts, age 15+.

Learn more and sign up at library.cedarmill.org/volunteer. Questions? Contact CMBCL’s Head of Volunteer Services, Jen Imai, at 503-644-0043, ext. 111 or jeni@wccls.org.

Programs and events

AARP Smart Driver Class, ages 50+ – Registration Required

Friday, May 3, 9 am-4 pm, Cedar Mill Library, $20 ($15 for AARP members)

The AARP Smart Driver course is the nation’s first refresher course specifically designed for drivers age 50 and older. Course evaluations show that 97% of participants changed at least one driving habit as a result of what they learned. Registration is required. The class runs with an hour for lunch included. Note: the library does not handle registration for this class. To register, please call Layton Rosencrance, AARP District Coordinator, 503 490-6792 or email layton100@hotmail.com.

Library After Hours: Crafts and Karaoke (Ages 21+)

Sunday, May 19, 6-9 pm, Coach's Bar & Grill, ages 21 and above with a valid ID, free

Crafts and coloring activities will start at 6 pm and karaoke starts at 8 pm. Come grab a beverage and a snack, enter a raffle for prizes, create a masterpiece just for yourself or a gift for someone special, and then belt out the lyrics of your favorite popular songs!

Writers’ Mill (Bring Your Own Paragraph!)

Sunday, May 19, 1-3 pm, Cedar Mill Library, free

You know that paragraph that keeps bugging you? In May’s gathering of people who love to write, the group will read and workshop each other’s problematic paragraphs.

Voices in Verse Poetry Group

Saturday, May 25 and June 22, 10:30-12, Cedar Mill Library, free

You are invited to bring along a cup of coffee and join this poetry-loving group. Share your own poetry or just relax and listen to others read their favorites.

Owl Book Club

Friday, May 31 and June 28, 10:30-12, Cedar Mill Library, ages 18 and up, free

Join the Owl Book Club in discussing Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann on May 31st and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid on June 28th!

Science on Tap: Secrets of the afterlife: Decoding Egyptian tombs, language and culture

Thursday May 30, 5:30 pm doors open - 6 pm program begins, Golden Valley Brewery, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd., Beaverton

Come listen to Hassan Latif; a Cairo native with a passion for Egyptology and nearly 30 years of experience guiding visitors, lecturing and tutoring. Hassan recently led a tour of OSU Alumni Association travelers.

Register by May 27: $5 OSUAA member; $8 nonmember with advance online registration; $10 at the door, if space is available; FREE 12-and-under, registration required.  Price includes appetizers and nonalcoholic drinks. Attendees over 21 will receive one ticket good for beer or wine. Cash bar available. Presented by OSU Alumni in partnership with OSU Extension Service Washington County.

Viva Village

Many of our events are open to everyone. Members-only events are listed separately. For more Information or to RSVP, email vivavillageevents.org or call 503-746-5082. To see a complete list of April events, go to vivavilllage.org and click on Calendar.

nature walk
Nature Walk

Saturday, May 4, 9:30 am, Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 SW Millikan Way, free, RSVP recommended.

Women’s Coffee

Tuesday, May 7 & 21, 10 am, Jim and Patty’s Coffee, 4130 SW 117th Ave

Village 101 Presentation

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

Come to this presentation for information for prospective members and/or volunteers.

Thursday Night Social

Thursday, May 16, 6 pm. The Lodge at Cascade Brewing, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway


NW Senior Theater

Friday, May 17, 2 pm. Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., $10

Join Viva Village for the Spring Musical Review of "Raising the Standards". Those who attend must meet in the lobby. RSVP recommended.

History Interest Group

Wednesday, May 22, 10-2 pm, Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver 98661, free, RSVP for carpool information.

Visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, followed by lunch at Grant House.

Men’s Coffee Break

Tuesday, May 28, 10-11 am. Solace and Fine Espresso, 4655 SW Griffith Dr. #160

Viva Village Book Club

Tuesday, May 28, 6-8 pm. private home in West Beaverton, free, RSVP for address.

Join the Viva Village Book Club to discuss Ashes in the Snow by Ruta Sepetys.

Members-only events

Dine Around Beaverton and Beyond

Wednesday, May 8, 1 pm, Fresh Grill Burger and Fries, 8845 SW Cascade Ave.

Members, volunteers, and their guests only.

Visit the Oregon Garden and Willamette Heritage Center

Friday, May 3, 9 am-5 pm, 4905 SW Griffith Dr., $20, members and volunteers, RSVP

The bus leaves at 9 am, please be on time. The required $20 fee covers entry and transportation costs.

Quilters and Knitters Interest Group

Thursday, May 9, 1-2:30 pm, private home in Westbrook neighborhood, free

Members and volunteers only. RSVP for address.

Join us to work on personal projects while sharing ideas and expertise!

Life Stories

Tuesday, May 14, 1:30-3:30 pm. Southminster Presbyterian Church, 12250 SW Denney Road, free

Members and volunteers only. RSVP.

Get to know fellow Viva Village members and volunteers while listening to and sharing life stories.

Interest Group for Gardening Enthusiasts

Thursday, May 16, 10 am. Visit to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, 5801 SE 28th Ave., free

Members and volunteers only. RSVP for carpool information.

Experience Music Spring Series at PCC Rock Creek Continues in May

Every Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Portland Community College, Rock Creek, Building 3, 17705 NW Springville Rd., donations appreciated, parking $2.

The Portland Community College Rock Creek music program continues its diverse series of short concerts/lectures in May. The concerts are presented in conjunction with the Tuesday evening Music Appreciation class and are open to the public. A donation is appreciated but no one will be turned away. The concerts are free for PCC students. The series is sponsored by grants from the Beaverton Arts Council and the Washington County Cultural Coalition.

May 7: Oregon Renaissance Band Trio

oregon renaissance band

For more than two decades, Phil and Gayle Neuman’s Oregon Renaissance Band have performed to great acclaim in Portland and beyond. They are experts on Renaissance performance practice and play on authentic replicas of Renaissance instruments, which they build themselves.

The Trio from The Oregon Renaissance Band will include: Laura Kuhlman who performs on many instruments including recorder, shawm, and bagpipe. A freelance musician and transplant to Portland from Chicago, Laura has also enjoyed partnerships with other early music ensembles including the Burgundian Ensemble and Masqued Phoenix.

Phil Neuman, a performer on recorder, sackbutt, and numerous other wind and stringed instruments, has written and recorded music for Oregon Public Broadcasting and has played for audiences on three continents, including performances at several ancient theater sites in Greece.

Gayle Stuwe Neuman, a performer on violin, recorder, sackbutt, and many other instruments, is also a vocalist who has received international acclaim. She has performed internationally and, with Phil, teaches Renaissance music classes at Portland’s Community Music Center.

For more information, please go to: philandgayleneuman.com/performance/oregon-renaissance-band.

May 21: Randy Porter and George Colligan

The Experience Music Series is thrilled to present two of Portland’s most iconic jazz musicians, George Colligan and Randy Porter. Every performance of this duo is a highlight of the Portland music year.

George Colligan is a New York-based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher and bandleader who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. Colligan has released 24 of his own recordings and is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with performers like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron and Buster Williams. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet. Colligan was on the faculty of the Julliard School of Music and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. For more information, go to georgecolligan.com.

Randy Porter has performed internationally with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He currently performs with Charles McPherson, Madeline Eastman, the New York Voices, bassist David Friesen, Rebecca Kilgore and Nancy King. He was nominated for a Grammy for the CD Porter Plays Porter with Nancy King. Also in demand as an educator, Porter teaches master classes and teaches jazz piano and jazz theory at Lewis and Clark College. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…” For more information, go to randyporter.com.

For more information about the concerts, please contact Jason Palmer at jason.palmer@pcc.edu, 971-722-7869, or view the music program’s website and Facebook page.

Sunshine Pantry is moving

Sunshine Pantry, a community resource for the needy for over thirty years, will open its new location at the Beaverton Christian Church, 13600 SW Allen Blvd, on Monday, April 29. Andrew Hansen, Director of Operations for Beaverton Christian Church, describes the addition of Sunshine Pantry to its campus as “… a new opportunity in serving our neighbors”.

The Sunshine Pantry, which began in 1982 as a Cub Scout needy family project for founder Sharon Straus’ oldest son, has grown into an essential provider for food security in the Metro area. Currently providing food, sundries and other essentials to over 50 families a day, it assures assistance to anyone without question. The Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 11am to 2 pm and by appointment for special needs.

The move will not be a simple process, and volunteers are urgently needed to help relocate tons of canned and fresh food, equipment and storage fixtures. The biggest challenge will be dismantling and rebuilding the walk-in cooler and freezer. To volunteer or donate to support the cost of the move, please contact Sharon Straus by phone at 971-506-7827 or by email at sunshinepantrydir@gmail.com. Monetary donations can also be made at GoFundMe.com or PayPal.

Young Women Have Chance to Explore a Career as a Firefighter

Applications are now being accepted for the 11th annual Portland Metro Fire Camp for women ages 16 to 20. This camp is an all-encompassing introduction to a rewarding profession. The camp is designed to instill confidence while building leadership and team skills.

fire camp

The first camp will take place June 28-30 at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Ave., in Portland. The deadline to apply for this camp is May 22.

The second camp will be held August 2-4 at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s Training Center, 12400 SW Tonquin Road, in Sherwood. Applications will be accepted for this camp through July 3.

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, forcible entry, and emergency medical skills.

They will also receive instruction from professional female firefighters from multiple agencies across the West Coast on how to prepare for interviews and gain insight on what it is like to have a career in the fire service as well as the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness. This free fire camp will be offered twice this summer on two weekends.

Applications and more information are available online at www.portlandmetrofirecamp.com.

Folk dancing at Leedy Grange

Mondays, May 6 & 20, 7-9 pm. Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd, $6, $10 couple

Join in for exercise and fun folk dancing at Leedy Grange with Sue & Friends every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays. Enjoy Israeli and International dances with this friendly group. Everyone welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. . Never danced before? 7 to 7:30 is easy to learn dances. Free for first timers.

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.

Indivisible Cedar Mill

Monday, May 6. Doors open at 6:30 for an hour of socializing. Meeting commences at 7:30 ending promptly at 8:30, location available by emailing.

Come join Indivisible Cedar Mill for our May meeting. 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 May meeting will host guest speakers Wendy Kroger and Ali Kavianian who are running for THPRD, and Pam Treece our local county commissioner.

Please email Karyn (karyn@karynservin.com) or John (theportlandfoxes@gmail.com) for location.

Make some noise at WashCo Museum

Saturday, May 11, 10 am-1 pm, Washington County Museum, PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17677 NW Springville Rd., free parking on Saturdays

sound machine

Local sound artist Kevin Holden will share cool gadgets and new ways of making noise and silence. Visitors can use an electromagnetic microphone to listen to the inner workings of any electrical device—even your own phone! He will also teach visitors how to use a contact microphone that allows a user to hear the sound of touch.

Through this exciting technology he teaches a whole new way to experience sound. “These tools help take things that already exist—the sound of traffic at a bus stop, for example—and expand them. This helps you tune into the things around you and feel more present,” says Holden. Come experience this unique hands-on, ears-on workshop for all ages!

Free Family Mornings is an ongoing series hosted by the Washington County Museum. Each month during the school year local artists lead family games and art projects. These workshops are drop-in with no registration required. Museum entrance is free during the event and families are welcome to visit all the exhibits. The Free Family Mornings series is supported in part by the Beaverton Rotary.

Catch the final event of our exciting spring lineup of Free Family Morning workshops on June 8: Robin Cone-Murakami, cyanotype prints

About the Washington County Museum

For more than 50 years, the Washington County Museum, a private nonprofit organization, has provided community members and visitors an opportunity to experience and understand the richness of local history, heritage and culture. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.

For admission, memberships, events and more:, visit www.washingtoncountymuseum.org or call 503.645.5353.

League of Women Voters of Washington County monthly meeting

May 13, 1:30 pm, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW Fifth Street, Beaverton

Learn more about the organization on their Facebook page and website.


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