|Volume 15, Issue 7||
On nearly every day of the month, there’s something to do in Cedar Mill. Did you know that you can play board games at the Cedar Mill Library every Wednesday this summer? And Bales Thriftway has a wellness fair three Thursdays in July and two in August? You will know about those events and scads of others by reading this newspaper (print or online). But you could also have a complete listing by clicking on the link for the Cedar Mill Event Calendar. (Most personal calendar apps will let you subscribe to the CMN calendar and view all these local activities that way.)
Each month Cedar Mill resident Mindie Mosiman pulls news items from the Cedar Mill News, the library and other sources to give area residents a one-stop shop for things to do and wasys to be involved in our community. That includes weekly farmers markets, board meetings, Toastmasters meetings, open computer labs, and dancing, among many others.
Mindie took on the unpaid task about six years ago when Cedar Mill News Editor Virginia Bruce put out a call for a volunteer to take over updating the Google-based community calendar. The job had become too much with her many other duties and she needed to offload it. Mindie offered to help and has been “diligent and responsive ever since,” said Virginia.
Giving of her time and talent is not surprising that if you note how Mindie spends her free time. She and her husband, Marc Mosiman, make regular appearances in Star Wars costume through 501st Legion, a worldwide organization of movie-quality Star Wars costumers. They are on the administration team for the local group, serving all of Oregon and southwest Washington. “All of our appearances are made on the basis of optional donations to charity, with a focus on children's charities like Make-A-Wish and Doernbecher Foundation,” she said.
Blood is also in Mindie’s volunteering. A training program manager at software company Synopsys in Hillsboro, she volunteers to coordinate the American Red Cross blood drives at the company.
She is a relative newcomer to Cedar Mill, but Marc grew up in Cedar Mill and is the grandson of the late Jackie and Carl Husen, whose family home on NW Reeves Street became Jackie Husen Park when it was sold to Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District.
“Even though I moved here from Kentucky, I feel a strong connection to this area through my husband, and I like doing what I can to support and enhance our community,” she said.
Mindie and Marc moved from the Bethany area to the Cedar Mill/Peterkort area in late 2010. Taking on the calendar was a way, she thought, “to help me feel more connected with our community while providing a nice service for others.”
Mindie’s generosity means she reads a lot—the Cedar Mill News cover to cover, with a special emphasis on Community and Business News, and the Cedar Mill Library newsletter. It takes her one to two hours to update the calendar each month.
The calendar is just one way she wants to help her Cedar Mill neighbors and honor Marc’s family. “This family I married into has quite a history of connection with this community,” she said. “I'm happy to do little things like this to help carry that on.”
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