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Volume 15, Issue 9
September 2017


Community News September 2017

New THPRD Board member visits CPO 1

Tues., Sep. 12, 7 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman

holly thompson

Holly Thompson, newly elected board member for Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, will visit to give us a view into what the Board is working on now and for the future. She’ll also welcome input from our members on how the Park District can better serve CPO 1. And we’ll learn about the plans for the renovation of Cedar Hills Park, our largest local park. Bring your ideas!

Superintendent of Security Mike Janin will also visit to give us an update on park security issues.

If we have time after her visit, we’ll brainstorm ideas for future CPO 1 topics. What programs/people would you like us to bring to you?

The Community Participation Program is administered by Washington County to encourage and empower public involvement. Learn more and sign up for the newsletter here:


Washington County Forum

The monthly forum meets at the Golden Valley Restaurant & Brew Pub, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd., Beaverton. Doors open at 11:30 am, and the speakers start at noon. Lunch is available to order from the menu. Following the speaker, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Asking questions of our speakers is a privilege of Forum membership.

Dr. James Moore
Dr. James Moore

Mon., Sept. 11: Dr. James Moore, Pacific University, to speak on “Political Update—Local, State & National.”

Mon., Sept. 18: Donald Benham, Senior Public Affairs Advisor, Winnipeg Harvest, to speak on “Innovative Ideas About Poverty In Canada – Can They Work Here?”

Mon., Sept. 25: Lee Mercer, Mobilization Director, HCAO will speak on “History and Progress of Health Care for All Oregonians.”

Mon., Oct. 2: Robert Harris, of Harris Law Firm, to speak on “The Two Party Stalemate – What Can Be Done?”

Learn more about the Forum and join online (one year for only $50) on their website: and find and like us on Facebook!


Viva Village celebrates 15 years!

Mon., Sept. 25, 1:45-3:30 pm, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 2250 SW Denney Rd, Beaverton

Join us in celebrating 15 years of the Village Movement with Atul Gawande, renowned surgeon, public health researcher, writer, and author of the bestselling book, Being Mortal.

Live Videocast: The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older. Discussion and reception will follow. Presented by Beacon Hill Village; facilitated locally by Viva Village and River West Village. Admission $5; free to Village members and volunteers. RSVP: or 503-746-5082.

Viva Village September opportunities

Sat., Sept. 2, 9 am, 8405 Creekside Pl.

Nature Walk: Koll Center Wetlands, Fanno Farmhouse and Fanno Creek Trail. . RSVP recommended:, or 503-746-6082.

Village 101 Presentation: Information for prospective members and volunteers will be presented in various venues this month. For information, contact: or 503-746-5082. Please note: No presentation at Elsie Stuhr in September, due to Elsie Stuhr Harvest Bazaar. (Regular 2nd Saturday sessions at Elsie Stuhr will resume in October.)

Wed., Sept. 13, 12:30 pm, McCormick’s Fish House, 9945 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.

Dine Around Beaverton & Beyond: RSVP: Frieda, or 510-693-2955.

Tues., Sept. 19, 9:30 am

Senior Safari/Oregon Zoo: Annual free day for seniors. Meet Village friends outside MAX station in parking are. RSVP: or 503-746-5082.

Thurs., Sept. 21, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Movie Discussion Group: Private home in Triple Creek Neighborhood. RSVP for the address and list of movies for discussion: or 9791-400-9512.

Thurs., Sept. 21, 6-8 pm. Thai Apsara Restaurant, 11793 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy

Thursday Night Social: RSVP: or 503-746-5082.

Tues., Sept. 26, 9:30-10:30 am. Java Lounge, Cedar Mill (corner of NW Cornell and Dale Ave.)

Men’s Coffee Break: For information: contact Ross Miller (503-713-3563.


Library news and events

Citizen Advocacy 101 - Making Change Happen

Mon., Sept. 25, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Cedar Mill Library.

Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change, and more with librarian activist Donna Cohen. This session, the second in her popular series “Civics for Adults”, includes learning about successful tools for advocacy, plus understanding the what, where, who, and how of getting heard . We expect this will be a lively session with lots of ideas and resources to inspire you to act for your community. For more information about this and related sessions in the series, see and

Brain Fitness Workshops

Sat., Sept. 30, 10:30 am - 12; Tues., Oct. 24, 1 - 2:30 pm; Sun., Nov. 12, 1 - 2:30 pm; Thurs., Dec. 21, 6:30 - 8 pm,  Cedar Mill Library

Keeping your brain fit by learning new skills, exercising your memories and challenging your brain to adapt and change can help delay or prevent the onset of memory challenges. No matter what your age, you can change and strengthen your brain! Come get your brain loose and limber with fun brain training games and exercises led by Certified Brain Fitness Trainer Dawn Anderson.

This fall, four workshops will be offered at the Cedar Mill Library—with different activities at each session. Registration required. Sign-up for one (or more) workshops begins on Tues., Sept. 5. Stop by the reference desk or call (503)644-0043 ext. 114.

Songwriters in the Round

Wed., Sept. 27, 6:30pm, Cedar Mill Library.

3 artists perform and reveal the personal stories that inspired each composition.

Banned Book Week

Banned Book Week

Sept. 24-30.

Be sure to check out a book that has proudly remained on library shelves despite challenges elsewhere.



Alpaca Open Farm & Boutique

Sat., Sept. 23, 10-4, Sunset Accoyo Alpacas, 13805 NW Thompson Rd., Free

Sunset Accoyo Alpacas has been around for 20 years. You’ve probably driven past their farm and seen alpacas grazing in the pasture. Ever wonder what they’re up to? Go find out!

Meet the alpacas, enjoy refreshments, and shop at the Crescent Moon Ranch Boutique featuring luxurious alpaca garments and accessories made from alpaca fiber.

There will be a special raffle. Free event benefiting the library. Donations for the library are greatly appreciated.


Go to school in 1893!

Tues., Sept. 12, 7 pm, Beaverton Lodge Retirement Residence, 12900 SW 9th St., Beaverton. Free.

One room 1863 schoolhouse

Ellen Crauthers, a former homeschool teacher, portrays a pioneer teacher (Miss Elliott) for the Butteville Academy. Donations are welcome and benefit the Beaverton Historical Society.

More information can be found at:


THPRD archery range at Rock Creek

Through a partnership with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has established an archery range at the PCC Rock Creek Campus (17705 NW Springville Road) for archers to hone their skills. The range is now open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no cost to use the site, which includes 10 targets ranging from 10-60 yards away.

ODFW provided a large rules sign that is posted at the entrance, and fencing was added so there is a single point of entry. There are also caution signs around the perimeter. “We are confident the site will be safe,” Keith Watson, THPRD Superintendent of Sports, said. A grand opening event will be scheduled after a short “soft launch” period.


Oak Hills boy scouts

Sun., Sept. 17, 2 pm, Oak Hills Church. Free.

Please join our Oak Hills Troop 728 for a 50th Anniversary Party! Scouting has been part of the fabric of our community from the beginning when Oak Hill founders mandated the church to sponsor a troop. The troop is inviting past Scouts, Scoutmasters and friends of Troop 728 to join them as they reminisce about the last 50 years. If you were a part of the troop we would love to hear from you!

Please RSVP for this free event with this eventbrite link. For more information please contact Ellen Bradley at or 503-629-8554.


Symphonic Band for all at PCC

 Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Dec. 13, 5:30-8:20 pm, PCC Rock Creek.

The music program at Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus will offer a new Symphonic Band class for winds, brass and percussion. This an opportunity for community members, band leaders, or high school students to meet other musicians and play great music. The class is ideal for those who want to study music at PCC, add one extra night of playing each week, or for community members who want to dust off their instruments and start playing again.

PCC Band

Noelle Freshner, who earned her degree in music education from the University of Oregon, will lead the class. She has been the director of bands for the St. Helens School District since the spring of 2007. At St. Helens, she conducts all of the district's bands, grades 6-12, and oversees the Winter Guard and Winter Percussion programs.

The one-credit class may be taken for grade or for audit. Please visit for enrollment specifics. For more information please contact Noelle Freshner at or Jason Palmer at or 971-722-7869. This class will be held in Building 3 at the Rock Creek Campus on Springville Road, Portland.


Washington County Resistance (WCR) monthly meeting

Thurs., Sept. 28, 7-8:30 pm, Cedar Mill area 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 Washington County Commissioner Greg Malinowski at this month’s meeting. Contact for location and details.


“Everything but the Kitchen Sink” Garage Sale at Skyline Grange

Fri., Oct. 6, 9 am-7 pm,  Sat., Oct. 7, 9 am-5 pm, Skyline Grange Hall, 11275 NW Skyline Blvd (0.1 miles west of Newberry Rd or 1.5 miles east of NW Cornelius Pass Rd)

With a unique Skyline flavor, this sale includes zany to practical donations from over 30 local residences.  There are items for all sections of a household and items useful for semi-rural living.  We strive to offer clean, functioning items at great prices. Plus good coffee and homemade baked goods for sale while you browse! All funds go to maintain the hall.


Indivisible monthly meeting

Mon., Sept. 11, 7-8:30pm, contact for address.

Come meet and organize with fellow progressives who oppose the Trump administration. Socialize for the first half hour, and join the meeting during the hour after that. Guest speakers: Washington County Community Participation Organization, and Lexie Weaver from Organizing for Action.

Please contact Karyn Servin ( or John Fox ( for address and details.


Learn to write about local history

Sat., Sept. 23, 11-12:30, Hillsboro Civic Center (2nd floor above Starbucks), 120 E Main Street

Learn about writing local history from author and historian, June A. Reynolds. Thinking and writing with a sense of time and place, June will lead the audience through her journey writing three books on Sherwood history from pre-history into the 1950s, as well as her experience writing historical fiction set in Oregon. June will also lead a workshop on writing local history, so bring your journals and favorite pens and mechanical pencils!

June’s talk and workshop launches the Washington County Museum’s new program, LOCAL STORY, which brings together authors, storytellers, artists, and community members to speak about what it means to live in Washington County, Oregon. Stay tuned to find out how you can share your story at the museum, too!

Cost: Free for Members; $8 for Non-Members (includes Admission to Museum after the presentation). RSVP today! On facebook:


Red Cross drive

Mon., Sept. 11, 1:30-7, Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 NW Cornell Rd.

Feel good, do good and look good this month by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

Those who come out to give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2017, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

Donors are urged to make an appointment to donate using the free Blood Donor App, online at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross and Sport Clips encourage donors to use the hashtag #SavingLivesLooksGood to share their new looks and invite others to give.


CUE Sustainability Fair

Sat., Sept. 23, 9-2, Cedar Mill Farmers Market, on the corner of NW Murray and NW Cornell in the Safeway parking lot.

Learn about ways that individuals and families can celebrate and promote sustainability. Participating organizations include the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Master Recyclers, and Terra Linda Neighborhood’s environmental conservation group, CUE. An all-electric Chevy Volt will be on display and CUE will raffle off a worm bin. For more information, contact


Dog rescue needs donations

Donate your new or gently used dog supplies to help the foster dogs at Match Made In Heaven Rescue. They need collars and leashes for all sizes of dogs, puppy pads, bedding (blankets, dog beds), toys, food and water dishes, crates, and food, but will accept most dog items. Financial donations, which can be tax deductible, are very welcome, as well as people who can give time for medical/ ambulation assistance.

These dogs are rescued from high kill shelters and arrive to us with nothing, so donate now. Items can be used, but in good enough shape to go to the foster families, who often have no dog equipment or supplies.

Email to arrange supply pick up. For more info about the group, visit


Help Sunshine Pantry help others

Sunshine Pantry began as a Cub Scout project to help feed families and children around the holidays. It has expanded over the course of 35 years to help feed 500-1400 families each month. Now, they are asking for financial donations from this community that they have selflessly served for many years.

Founder Sharon Straus says, “ We need to ask for money donations so we can buy food. We also need to be able to buy gas for our vans and truck that we use to pick up from 15 stores that help us with perishables.  We also need help obtaining a new van or truck—ours are from 2002 to 2008 and are showing their age.”

Does your church, school, or other group need a project? Raise funds for this program that has reached families in Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Sherwood, Gresham, and even Vancouver. Stuffing backpacks to feed hungry children, and providing rays of hope, they have built a stronger community. Donate now to help this program continue.


Washington County photo contest

Submission deadline: Sun., Sept. 30, 5 pm

Calling all photographers! Tualatin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District is holding a photo contest for anyone who would like to submit Washington County photos. Photos can be anything that represents Washington County culture (e.g. landscapes, animals, nature, farms, barns, plants, forests, and businesses).

If photos have people in them they must fill out the Photo Release Form. Photo contest participants must sign the Permission to Reprint Form allowing the TVSWCD to have the full rights to use your photo in print, on the web, and in any other outreach materials. All photos will be judged by our staff. We will choose the final four photos to be hung in our new office. The top four winners will also receive a $50 VISA Gift Card. We will announce the winners via social media and e-mail on October 6. 

For more information visit:


Caregiver series

Thursdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 12, 1:30-4, Tuality Health Education Center, 334 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro.

Registration is open for a six-week series called Powerful Tools for Caregivers, sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services and Tuality Healthcare. This educational series is designed to help unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while they are caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness. Participants will learn how to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions.

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


BSD Clothes Closet reopening

The Beaverton School District Clothes Closet has reopened for the 2017-2018 school year. The program provides free clothing to low-income students in the District, operating in a portable building located on the west side parking lot at the Administration Center.

BSD Clothes Closet Logo

Donations of clean, new or gently used, school-type clothing are always needed. The Clothes Closet especially needs jeans, sweatshirts, T-shirts and new underwear and socks. Two bins located in front of the Clothes Closet are available Monday through Thursday during regular District business hours for clothing donations. The Clothes Closet is also looking for adult volunteers to help families shop at the program.

The Clothes Closet is open from 10-7 every Wednesday during the school year. Parents must have an Admit Slip for their child to visit the Clothes Closet. Admit slips are available from the school secretary, principal, or counselor.

For information, contact Johanna Shrout, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 503-356-4443.


Medicare 101

Second Edition and Cedar Mill Library staff, volunteers, and their families gathered in the parking lot for an eclipse viewing party on Monday, August 21. Research provided several ideas for experimentation throughout the event, including cereal box viewers, shadows through a colander and a Ritz cracker! It was an epic event, enjoyed by all.

Mondays, Oct. 16-Dec. 4, 10-11 am, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St. Free.

Every Monday, volunteers from SHIBA will provide confidential and objective health insurance/Medicare assistance in the library. These sessions will be held on a first-come, first-served, one-on-one basis at a table outside the library administrative offices on the second floor of the main library.

For more info visit or call 503-644-2197.


Join the League!

Wed., Sep. 27, noon-1 pm, Beaverton Community Center Vose Room, 12350 SW 5th St.

League of Women Voters Washington County is excited to announce the reactivation of the local League! We invite county residents (both men and women are welcome!) to join as we encourage informed and active participation in local government in order to build a better community. Help influence public policy locally through education and advocacy.

You must be a paid member to participate in the local programs such as Lunch & Learn, Observer Corps, Think Before You Ink, and candidate forums, and also to receive newsletters, alerts, and access to the full website. Dues to join the League are $65 a year for an individual, an additional $32.50 per person at the same address, and also $32.50 for student members. All are welcome. The League is a nonpartisan organization.

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