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Volume 17, Issue 9
September 2019


Community News September 2019

Oak Hills Community Garage Sale

Friday & Saturday, September 6 and 7

Residents are encouraged to clear out garages, closets and spare bedrooms to get ready for the Oak Hills Community Garage Sale. Sales will be throughout the Oak Hills neighborhood, in garages and yards, and also at the Rec Center.

City of Beaverton events

Beaverton has community events all summer long, and September has some of our best yet. Join us for what’s sure to be an active month as we welcome a parade, half marathon and more! All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a full listing of upcoming happenings, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/events.

Welcoming Week

Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 22

The weekend starts Friday, September 13, with the Celebrating Indian Culture event hosted by THPRD, from 6-8:30 pm. Then continue the festivities on Saturday, September 14, 12:30-4 pm, with the Beaverton International Celebration! This is a free, fun, family-friendly event showcasing our many cultures in Beaverton through music, dance, storytelling, craft workshops, and more! Both events will be at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center 9985 SW 125th Ave.

For more information visit: BeavertonOregon.gov/BIC.

Beaverton Half Marathon

Sunday, September 22, 8-10:30 am, Portland Running Company, 800 SE Grand Ave, free

Join your neighbors and community members for the Beaverton Half Marathon! Now in its second year, the course takes runners and walkers along Beaverton’s streets and trails in half marathon, 10K and 5K races. The race will start and end at Portland Running Company in Beaverton. Registration is $79 for the Half Marathon, $55 for the 10K and $45 for the 5K. To register and for more information, visit runwithpaula.com/beaverton-half-marathon.

The Immigrant Story Live

Wednesday, September 18, 7-9 pm, Beaverton City Library Auditorium, 12375 S.W. 5th St., free

This live event will celebrate our storytellers as well as the broader Welcoming Week, which is designed to bring together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone to our communities.

The Immigrant Story Live kicks off with a musical performance featuring a collaboration between Masumi Timson, a renowned musician of the koto, one of Japan’s most treasured instruments, and Fumino Ando, a reputed Oregon Symphony violinist from Japan. Afterward, from 8 to 9 o’clock, four different storytellers from across the globe will share unique stories about the arduous and frequently dangerous journeys that brought them to the United States.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, seating is limited.

Free family weekend

Draw Your Family History with Illustrator Anke Gladnick

Saturday, September 14, 10 am-1 pm, Washington County Museum, 17677 NW Springville Rd, free

This September, illustrator Anke Gladnick will lead you through the process of drawing your own family history. Gladnick created the beautiful mural in the Museum’s past exhibit, AgriCulture. You will imagine your family’s symbols, share your stories with your kids, and draw a family history together! Materials are provided for this drop-in, all-ages workshop.

The Oregon Trail of Tears and Other Hidden Native Histories

Saturday, October 5, 11 am-1 pm, Washington County Museum: 17677 NW Springville Rd. $8 museum members; $15 non-members, tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/4333108

Washington County Museum invites you to a Local Story event with David G. Lewis, PhD, and Stephanie Littlebird Fogel. Lewis is an esteemed author, Native American historian, ethnohistory consultant, anthropologist, teacher, and a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Fogel is guest curator of the museum’s latest exhibit This IS Kalapuyan Land. Together they will discuss Indigenous representation in museums and the Oregon history that is often left out: the creation of reservations, the residential school system, termination, and restoration of Indigenous sovereignty. This traumatic period from the 1850s-1970s was neglected on our museum's own original panels before Fogel addressed them. Lewis will share his research on the impact of these policies then and now and how people and institutions can address truth and healing today.

The museum’s Local Story series shares the stories of people who contribute to the living history of this region. Each presenter selects a venue that brings another layer of meaning to their message; Lewis’ Local Story will take place at the museum in conjunction with the current exhibit, This IS Kalapuyan Land, which he contributed to.

The new exhibit re-tools the museum’s cornerstone historical display, called This Kalapuya Land, which was created over a decade ago. As viewers move through the space, they will encounter hand-written edits and annotations made by Littlebird Fogel to highlight errors, update language, and note important passages in the original content. The exhibit questions what information is presented as “fact” and how the museum context shapes what the audience learns. “Ultimately, I want to challenge the way we recall our shared histories,” states Littlebird Fogel, “and examine how biased narratives can be perpetuated through archeology and academic institutions like museums and universities.” Fogel also brought in contemporary artworks by 17 Native artists in order to tell the stories of Indigenous descendants who are contributing to cultural survivance today.

This special conversation will be a chance to learn more about essential local history and culture on an intimate scale with some open discussion time at the end. Refreshments will be available.

The Museum is open noon- 4 pm Wednesday-Fridays;10 am-4 pm Saturdays. For admission, memberships, events and more: visit washingtoncountymuseum.org; email info@washingtoncountymuseum.org; call 503.645.5353

Oregon campaign finance reform forum

September 9, 7-8:30 pm, Shute Park Library, 775 SE 10th Ave, Hillsboro

What state do you think ranks highest on the amount corporations donate to political candidates, per resident? New Jersey? California? Florida? Nope. It’s Oregon. We are #1 for corporations influencing who represents us. Timber companies, in particular, spend big money, giving more to Oregon lawmakers than to lawmakers in any other state. Why do our laws fall short of what Oregonians want?

Oregon is one of just five states without campaign contribution limits, and we have some of the weakest campaign finance laws in the country. Here’s a sneak preview of the three bills that passed this session and will be discussed:

House Bill 2716 will require political advertisements to disclose who has paid for the ad and their top five donors

House Bill 2983 exposes “dark money” groups by requiring more transparency in reporting from organizations that contribute to partisan political activity

Senate Joint Resolution 18 will give voters a chance to decide in November 2020 whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow for campaign contribution limits.

State Representative Dan Rayfield (D, Corvallis) is holding a series of campaign finance forums around the state. Each forum will include a panel of election reform experts, a presentation explaining the reform bills passed, and a community discussion to hear what Oregonians think next steps should be. What kind of campaign contribution limits would you like to see?

Learn more here: danrayfield.com/news/statewide-campaign-finance-reform-tour-kick-september.

Silent Hike

Wednesday, September 11, 6-8 pm, Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial , 4000 Southwest Canyon Road, free

People from all over the Portland area will be taking a SilentHike — a musical journey into mindfulness at Forest Park! SilentHikes are a new concept from MindTravel—an immersive music and meditation experience company created by composer and concert pianist Murray Hidary (you can check him out here on his Tedx talk here). During the SilentHike session, MindTravelers will wear wireless headphones and embark on a hike with music, guidance and thoughtful commentary from Hidary. All the components—music, words, silence, visual cues—work synergistically to help participants connect with themselves and the world around them.

Daughters of the American Revolution join the Parade

Saturday, September 7, 10 am, Griffith Park, free

Participate in the Beaverton Celebration Parade at Griffith Park in Beaverton! In keeping with the theme "Superheroes Walk Among Us" the entry will include women veterans from World War II as well as promoting Constitution Week, September 17-23, which commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. Women 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background are eligible to join once documentation is supplied to prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

Washington County Public Affairs Forum

Mondays, September -June

The Forum meets every Monday at noon at Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro. Attendance is free, but only paid members may ask questions of speakers during the designated time. Lunch is available for purchase starting at 11:30 a.m.

September 9: State Representative Ken Helm of Washington County, who represents House District 34, and chairs the House Committee on Energy and Environment, is going discuss recent efforts to address climate change with a statewide Cap and Trade policy and the future of Oregon’s environment.

Visit washingtoncountyforum.org to learn more and purchase your membership.

Burnside Road Closure

Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14, Burnside Road

The closure of Burnside Road for installation of the new pedestrian bridge is shifting from September 13-16 to October 11-14. The temporary closure of West Burnside Road between NW Hermosa Blvd and NW Barnes Road is now scheduled to take place from 7 pm on Friday, October 11, to 4 am on Monday, October 14. They will not be blocking any local access to the streets along Burnside.

Viva Village September Events

These events are open to all. Viva Village offers more events for members only, to learn more visit their website. For information or to RSVP where indicated, contact vivavillageevents@gmail.com or 503-746-5982.

Women’s Coffee

Tuesday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 17, 10 am, Jim and Patty’s Coffee, 4130 SW 117th Ave, free

Nature Walk

Saturday, September 7, 9:30 am, Willow Creek Nature Pond, 1069 NW Waterhouse Ave, free,

RSVP recommended.

Village 101 Presentation

Saturday, September 14, 10-11:30 am, Cedar Room, Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd, free

Information for prospective members and volunteers. Call for information.

Village Forum

Monday, September 16, 2-3:30 pm, Fireside Room, First United Methodist Church, 12555 SW 4th Street, free

Enjoy stories from Family, Convent, and Beyond. Antoinette Kennedy, native Oregonian and author, will read from her memoir, Far from Home, and discuss the background for the book. There will be time for questions and answers. RSVP recommended.

Thursday Night Social

Thursday, September 19, 6 pm, La Sen Bistro Vietnamese Grill, 2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd Ste 105, free, RSVP required.

Portland Light Opera

Sunday, September 22, 2 pm, Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd,$10 per person

Meet in the lobby at 1:30. RSVP recommended.

Men’s Coffee Break

Tuesday, September 24, 10-11 am, Ki Coffee, 4655 SW Griffith Dr. #160, free

Viva Village Book Club

Tuesday, September 24, 6-8 pm, Private home in West Beaverton, free

Selected Books: The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. RSVP for address.

Aging with Grace: Navigating the Personal Journey of Aging

Saturday, September 28, 1:30-4 pm, Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd, $10 for non-Village members and volunteers

Session 1: Relating to Others. Presented by Amy Friday, PhD. RSVP Required.

Leedy Grange Ice Cream Social

Saturday, September 14, 12-2 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Road.

Come see what Leedy Grange is all about. In addition to ice cream and assorted toppings, several of our members will present short workshops about classes held at Leedy every week. Come to any or all of these brief sessions to learn: Self-Defense Techniques, Israeli Folk Dance, Basic Sign Language Skills, Swing Dancing.

District Seeks Applicants for Middle School Boundary Adjustment Advisory Committee

Join the Advisory Committee for Middle School Boundary Adjustment

Submit application online before Friday, September 27, 4 pm on the website.

Attend the first meeting on Thursday, October 24

Parents and community members in the Beaverton School District are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District Middle School Boundary Adjustment Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee meetings are public meetings where stakeholders will be invited to testify to the Committee and observe the Committee’s work.

The District will open a new middle school to students in August 2021. The new middle school is located on NW 118th Avenue in the Timberland neighborhood. Opening the new middle school will require the creation of a new middle school attendance boundary which will necessitate a comprehensive review of all existing middle school attendance boundaries by the Advisory Committee.

The Committee work will begin in October 2019 and will conclude by March 2020. The committee will meet two times per month, typically on Thursday evenings. The first Advisory Committee meeting will be on October 24, 2019 and will be a project orientation meeting. Meetings will be held at middle schools throughout the District.

Membership on the Middle School Boundary Adjustment Advisory Committee will include up to two parent/community members from each current middle school. Beaverton School District staff are not eligible to be members of the Advisory Committee.

The Boundary Adjustment Advisory Committee will use School Board Policy JC to study and recommend attendance boundary changes to: Create an attendance boundary for the Timberland-area middle school; alleviate student crowding at Stoller MS; and review and adjust the attendance boundaries of other middle schools.

For more information, please contact the Communications & Community Involvement Department at 503-356-4360.

BSD Special Education Department meets

Wednesday, September 11, 4:15-5:45 pm, Special Education Department Office at 17880 SW Blanton St.,

Parents and guardians of students eligible for Special Education Services are encouraged to attend meetings of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council, which meets once a month on the following days: 9/11/19, 10/9/19, 11/6/19, 12/11/19, 1/8/20, 2/12/20, 3/11/20, 4/8/20.

The Special Education Staff Advisory Council will review and provide input regarding the instruction of Students with Disabilities. The following representative positions are currently open to a parent/guardian(s) with students placed in one of the following Special Education programs: ACE (1), Community Transition Program (1), High School Resource Room (1), Structured Learning Center (1), Structured Routines Center (1)

Town Hall Meeting With State Representatives

Sunday, September 8, 2-3:30 pm, TVF&R Station, 13545 NW Evergreen Street.

One of the two State Representatives who each represent part of our neighborhood, Brad Witt (he represents roughly the area north of NW Cornell Road) is holding a Town Hall meeting in Bethany. Attend with your questions about the past session and upcoming Oregon Legislature issues.

Sauvie Island Jubilee

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Saturday, September 28, 10 am-5 pm, Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island, free

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting the Sauvie Island Jubilee! The event celebrates Sauvie Island history and culture, and West Multnomah’s 75th anniversary. It will be a fun-filled day of activities for all ages with heirloom apple tastings, tours of the historic Bybee-Howell House, a traditional canoe display of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, a harvest scavenger hunt for kids and families, local musicians, food trucks, conservation exhibits, and much more.

We hope to celebrate our anniversary with all of our partners and residents of our District, and expect people from across the Metro area to attend. Learn more about the event at sauvieislandjubilee.org/main. Send questions to questions@sauvieislandjubilee.org.

American Sign Language classes offered at the Leedy Grange

Wednesdays, September 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 6:30-8 pm, Leedy Grange, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., $120

Join Anne Gray Liversidge, Ph.D., an experienced college and high school ASL instructor and licensed Oregon teacher in learning the basics of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. The goal of completing this non-credit course is to have each student be able to carry a basic conversation in ASL and have a basic knowledge of Deaf culture and how to interact with the Deaf/HH community.

Payment is due by the second class. Includes a self-created bound notebook. See website at www.signclass.org. Contact: anne@signclass.org or text 503-926-2836.

The Parent Trip

Saturday, October 5, 10 am-2 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd, free

Have you been meaning to find a family photographer you love? A chiropractor who specializes in pregnant bodies, postpartum bodies, or infants? Looking for a great parent-focused exercise class? We've brought all these professionals together for you, under one roof, for one afternoon! This is a free event where expecting parents and families of young children can come and meet 19 different local practitioners in a low-stakes atmosphere. We will have a small play area and a nursing nook to help you enjoy your time with us. We can't wait to meet you!

Visit our Facebook event page for more information about each provider.

Beaverton Historical Society

Tuesday, September 10, 7 pm, Esie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., suggested $3 donation

Bob Hill will discuss what motivated pioneers to travel the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail, the harsh realities faced along the way and the conditions they discovered upon arrival in Oregon. Learn why Oregon City is the official end of the Oregon Trail, and the important role that town played in organizing pioneer land claims, early Oregon government, and even Portland’s name.

Andy Saultz for House District 33 Campaign Kick-Off!

Saturday, September 21, 3-5 pm, 105 NW 86th Ave, free

Join Andy, his family, and fellow supporters as we kick off our campaign for House District 33! This is the seat formerly held by Mitch Greenlick, who is retiring.

Please feel free to drop in any time from 3-5, but official program begins at 3:30 pm. All ages, families welcome. Learn more about Andy and his campaign here: andyfororegon.org.

Oregon State Science on Tap

Thursday, September 12, 5:30 pm, Bethany Public House, 4840 NW Bethany Blvd., $5 members, $8 nonmembers

How smoke changes clouds: Climate change in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. David Noone is a professor at Oregon State’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Folk dancing at Leedy Grange

Mondays, Sept. 2, 16, and 30, 7-9 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., $6 for one person, $10 for a couple, or free for first-timers.

Join in for exercise and fun folk dancing at Leedy Grange with Sue & Friends. Enjoy Israeli and International dances with this friendly group. Everyone welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. 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.

Treating Chronic Pain with Cannabis

Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30 pm, Fieldstone Cornell Landing, 9860 NW Cornell Rd.

Join Kim Dupree Jones, PhD, for an in-depth discussion of the uses of cannabis to treat and manage chronic pain and other medical conditions. Dr. Dupree speaks nationally on this topic and has received numerous awards, including being recognized as a Fellow in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Call 503-292-9222 by September 13 to reserve your place.

park run

Rock Creek Trail Parkrun

Weekly on Saturdays, 9 am, Rock Creek Trail, NW West Union Rd (at NW Kahneeta Drive), Bethany

A free 5km walk or run in the park along the Rock Creek Trail. All ages, all abilities are welcome. Walk or run at your own pace in a supportive community-led environment. The event starts at the trailhead from NW West Union Rd.

Register online on their website at parkrun.us/rockcreektrail/ and follow them on Facebook.

Talk to Your Kids About Fire and Life Safety

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue encourages parents and caregivers to review fire and life safety tips with them. For example, how and when to call 911 for police, fire, or medical assistance in the event of an emergency. Children should know their address, phone number, and your contact information so that they can provide the information to an emergency dispatcher. It’s also a good idea to have phone numbers for family and neighbors posted on the refrigerator, near the phone, or on a designated bulletin board in the event kids need assistance but it’s not an emergency.

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This is also a good time to set house rules on using the stove, oven, or microwave. The following tips may help your child avoid a fire:

  • Allow cooking privileges based on age and maturity. Consider allowing younger children to only use a microwave or oven to heat food. However, use caution when heating food due to the potential for burn injuries.
  • If allowed to use the stovetop, never leave food unattended. Pre-teens and teenagers enjoy many activities that can cause them to be distracted and/or forget they’re cooking. Remind them to stay by the stovetop when cooking.
  • Keep things that can burn or catch on fire such as potholders, dish towels, and food boxes away from the stovetop.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire or try to move the flaming pan.
  • If a fire occurs, leave the home and call 911 from a cellphone or a neighbor’s home.

Other safety tips to share include:

  • Keep matches, lighters, or candles away from children.
  • Know two escape routes from every room in the house. Create and practice a home fire escape plan.
  • Do not place items that can burn such as clothes, blankets, or scarves over a lamp or near a heater.
  • Do not play with or overload electrical cords, and do not insert anything other than a plug into an electrical socket.
  • Never mix cleaning products together. Each product has a job to do but together they could cause harm, off-gassing, or an explosion.
  • Know where first-aid supplies are located. Consider signing up older children for a first-aid, home alone, babysitting, and/or CPR class.

For additional fire and life safety information, visit www.tvfr.com.

Reach for the Stars!

Thursday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, Montinore Estate, 3663 SW Dilley Rd, Forest Grove

Join us for an evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres at Washington County Kids’ annual fundraiser as we dream big and Reach for the Stars!

Washington County Kids (WCK) is a coalition of community partners working together to increase awareness of the need for sustainable sources of funding to increase out-of-school-time programs and identify solutions that support long term success for all youth in Washington County.

Many of Washington County’s kids face large barriers to success; poverty, lack of school preparedness, and food insecurity create conditions that make it difficult to compete in school and in society.

Tickets: $65 each or $100 for a couple Purchase tickets or make donations at: washingtoncountykids.com/events.

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