Community News January 2024

Drone photo of the 2023 Tree Lighting, by David Brown

Community Club news

Monday, January 8, 5-6 pm, Insomnia Coffee, Milltowner Center

The Tree Lighting Committee is meeting to go over what worked, and what we can do better next year. All are welcome! If you’re interested in helping plan the 2024 Holiday Tree Lighting please attend.

Coming up likely in March, we’re organizing teams to patrol our downtown area streets to keep them free of trash. “Adopt One Block” provides guidance, equipment, and supplies. Watch for a meeting announcement next month if you’re interested, and contact Jan Dempsey with questions.

Deli area in 2009

Bales Cedar Mill Memories meetup

Wednesday, January 10, 7:30 pm, Wildwood Tap House, Milltowner Center

Some of us have created a group on Facebook to share memories of the store and the people who made it a central feature of life in Cedar Mill from 1961-2019 We want to be sure to include those who are interested but don’t use Facebook or who haven’t discovered the group. No host beverages, and if Pop Pizza is open by then, we’ll probably order a few pies. Questions? Contact Virginia Bruce,

Telehealth service for free COVID-19 antiviral medication extended to March 31

To help Oregonians during the respiratory virus season, the telehealth service for receiving COVID-19 oral antiviral medication (Paxlovid or Lagevrio/molnupiravir) will be available through March 31. The Color Health service offers free online or telephone support for eligible people ages 12 and older to get the medication within 24-48 hours. Parental or adult caregiver consent is required for patients under 18.

Marie Conser Real Estate

COVID-19 oral antiviral medication must be taken within five days of symptom onset. This makes it very important to get them quickly, and not wait for an appointment with your regular provider. It is not necessary to test positive for COVID-19 to be eligible.

The telehealth appointment, medication, and home delivery are free for everyone, regardless of insurance status. People who carry private insurance, however, may be asked for a co-pay if they receive the medication from their provider or pharmacy. For more information, check out our blog. You can also call833-273-6330 or start your telehealth consult online.

MAX Service Disruptions will affect airport transit

Sunday, January 14-Sunday, February 25

If you were planning to use TriMet to get to the Portland Airport during this time, parts of the MAX Red Line will be suspended for construction. Shuttle buses will be running about every 7-15 minutes, replacing the MAX Red Line between Gateway and PDX. Some trips may take longer than usual. Riders may want to consider using other forms of transportation during the disruption. If you plan on taking MAX during that time, plan your trip on the Trimet website. The disruption is part of A Better Red, which will improve reliability across the entire MAX system when it opens in 2024.

TVWD Fluoridation pausing for construction

December 2023 to early April 2024

Tualatin Valley Water District water will not be fluoridated starting in December through early April due to construction. TVWD will resume fluoridating water once construction is completed. Construction timelines are subject to change. For the latest information and regular updates, please visit the TVWD website. Please contact your dentist or medical professional about supplemental fluoride, as desired.

Why is this happening? TVWD’s investment in a new water supply, the Willamette Water Supply System, includes building over 30 miles of large diameter transmission mains across the region. As part of the system, a contractor for TVWD will be installing a new, 48-inch steel transmission water main under Western Avenue to connect to the existing 54-inch transmission main on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. The construction process on this large-scale infrastructure requires temporary operational changes to the water system. During this time, water is supplied to TVWD customers through alternative points of entry. As a result, TVWD must pause fluoridation until routine operations are restored.

PGE rates going up

Portland General Electric customers are set to see an 18% increase on their bills starting Monday.

From an OPB article, “The rate increase reflects the need to invest in the reliability and resiliency of PGE’s system, advance policy objectives like equity and clean energy, and the reality that PGE faces inflationary pressures and high market power prices,” Megan Decker, the Public Utility Commission chairperson, said in a press release Thursday. “We recognize how significant this rate increase will be for families and businesses.”

Customers should do what they can to prepare for the rate hike next month to avoid being surprised when they open their bills, Jenks said.

The increases are due to upgrades to the power grid and transmission lines, tree and vegetation maintenance, and an increase to power costs. It’s the company’s largest rate increase in more than 20 years. PGE said the price hike is also due to the company’s investment in renewable energy to phase out fossil fuel use.

Is Your Go Bag Ready to Go? Free seminar from Neighbors Ready!

smiling woman with backpack carrying dog

Sunday, January 28, 3-4:30 pm, Cedar Hills UCC 11695 SW Park Way, Portland, free

When you have to leave in a hurry, a go bag can be a life saver. Get prepared and have fun doing it in this seminar. You’ll learn about under-bed kits, car/work/school packs, and go bags from experienced Neighbors Ready! & QuakeUp! volunteers. We’ll provide lists with suggestions and talk about how to pack your bags efficiently. Even if you’ve already packed your go bags, it’s a good time to rotate supplies and share your knowledge. We will do scenario-based sharing with neighbors, so come ready with your ideas, tips, and tricks. Everyone is welcome. Invite all your important people. If the weather is bad, we’ll set up a Zoom link and meet virtually. Space is limited, so register early. Questions? Visit the Neighbors Ready! website or contact us at

The mission of Neighbors Ready! (formerly Cedar Hills Ready) is to create caring, connected, and resilient neighborhoods. We are committed to making sure every neighbor is prepared and has the best chance of survival in the event of a disaster.

Neighbors Ready Preparedness Progress Survey

The end of another year means it’s time for our third annual Preparedness Progress Survey. We need your help in reviewing where we’ve been, so we can see what lies ahead – not unlike January’s dual-faced namesake. Your feedback will help inform our focal topics in 2024, so we want to hear from you whether you’ve started none of these projects or completed many of them. We hope the survey will also help YOU outline your achievable preparedness goals for the new year. As a thank you, those who complete the survey by January 15 will be entered to win a preparedness tool of their choice. We have two-bucket water filters, fire blankets, and more available to win.

lisa reynolds
Lisa Reynolds

Virtual Town Hall

Tuesday, January 16, 7 pm, via zoom, register here
NOTE date was changed

Our State Representative Lisa Reynolds will give an update from the January legislative days and a preview of what to expect in the upcoming 2024 legislative session. She would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback—all from the comfort of your own home. Click here to RSVP! Visit her legislative page to sign up for the newsletter.

Her newsletter includes some important dates to keep in mind:

January Legislative Days: January 10-12 at the Capitol in Salem (and livestreamed). Committees will be holding hearings on topics that will be before the legislature in the 2024 short session. This is a great opportunity to get a preview of what’s ahead.

2024 Short Legislative Session: February 5-March 8. This is where we’ll actually get down to business and pass legislation, update our budget, and do the work of the people… all in only five short weeks!

Public Affairs Forum

Monday, January 8, 11:30 lunch, noon program, Old Spaghetti Factory, 10425 Northeast Tanasbourne Dr, Hillsboro, free to attend. Also via zoom

The Washington County Public Affairs Forum will hear from Ian May, the Washington County Behavioral Health Program Supervisor, on the County’s Mental Health crisis, the County’s Center for Addictions Treatment and Triage, and other plans the Behavioral Health Department has for helping people in need. 

Afterschool is Cool poster contest

afterschool poster example
One of the winners from last year

Enter by January 31, details on website

Washington County Kids advocates for and supports afterschool programs in the area. The contest’s purpose is to invite youth to creatively share what they like best about their afterschool program, which in turn helps us engage the community in our efforts to best support providers. The contest is open to all kindergarten through 12th-grade students participating in an afterschool program in Washington County.

Judges for the contest include Washington County Commissioner Jerry Willey and local well-known artists, Elizabeth Higgins, and Ed Labadie. Artwork will be displayed and winners will be announced at the Afterschool is Cool! Showcase at the Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro in February. Winning posters in two categories, K + Elementary and Middle + High will receive gift card prizes, and their artwork and the provider organization will be featured on Tri-Met buses and benches!

Prepare for Winter Driving

Washington County Sheriff’s Office reminds us that it’s never too early to prepare for winter weather. ‘Tis the season for stormy weather, power outages, and messy commutes. Watch for winter weather updates and double-check the forecast and driving conditions before heading out. Taking time to prepare now can keep you safe, no matter the weather.

Consider these safety tips: Build your emergency kit and make sure it is stocked and, in the car, to include jumper cables, flashlights, flares, or other emergency markers, an ice scraper, cell phone and cell phone charger, blankets, water, and any other supplies you may need. If winter weather is in the forecast, make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.

For your commute—plan your route, including alternatives should you encounter road closures. Check your tires and vehicle to ensure they are winter-ready. Take it slow and allow extra room between vehicles. Watch your local news for winter weather updates.

For more information about winter driving, visit the NHTSA website.

Rabbit Rescue


Saturday, January 6, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room D Cedar Hills Rec Center 11640 SW Park Way, Beaverton

Are you thinking of adding somebun(s) to your family? Please join us to meet adoptable rabbits from Rose City Rabbit Rescue. There will be plenty of friendly rabbit experts on hand to answer all of your questions. All of our adoptable rabbits are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and cute as all get out. Note that this event will happen again (same time and place) on 2/3, 3/2, 3/30, 5/4, and 6/1. For more information about Rose City, please visit us on Facebook.

HERO Kids Registry

In an emergency, every moment counts. HERO Kids Registry is a voluntary, no-cost system that lets any Oregon family record critical health information about their child before an emergency. Registry information can be accessed quickly by EMS and hospital emergency departments at the moment they need it. “As a parent of a young child myself, knowing that my child’s health details and emergency contacts are accessible to medical providers in seconds helps me feel more prepared for an emergency,” said Brittany Tagliaferro-Lucas, HERO Kids Registry program manager. “And what’s great about this system is that families get to choose what information to share.” HERO Kids Registry was designed by parents and medical professionals and can securely hold health information for any Oregon child or young adult up through age 26. To learn more or to register visit the HERO Kids Registry website.

Domestic partnerships for all Oregon couples

As of January 1, 2024, new state legislation will allow all non-married couples, regardless of sex, to register as domestic partners and receive the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as married couples. Learn more about Oregon Registered Domestic Partnerships here.

Viva Village January news

Viva Village is a Beaverton grassroots organization of members and volunteers who focus on enhancing and expanding the ways we can age well. We provide connections, programs, volunteer services, and referrals so members can lead engaged, healthy lives. Please RSVP for all events by contacting or 503-746-5082, and learn more on the website.

Events Open to the Public

Events for members and volunteers are listed only in the online version of Cedar Mill News.

Women’s Coffee

Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 10-11 am, New Seasons Cedar Hills, 3495 SW Cedar Hills Blvd

Meet for some coffee and a conversation with other women.

Online Viva Village 101

Saturday, January 13, 10-11:30 am, Zoom, free

An informational session for prospective members, volunteers, or anyone interested in Viva Village. Register on the website or contact the office for the Zoom link.

Viva Village Forum: The Beaverton Library: Our Valuable Community

Monday, January 15, 2-3:30 pm. United Methodist Church, Wesley Room, 12555 SW 4th Street, free

Addie Mathis, Beaverton Library’s Outreach Specialist, will talk about the wide variety of services offered, events relevant to seniors, and the challenges the library faces. RSVP recommended. Register on the website calendar or contact the Viva Village office.

Men’s Coffee Break

Monday, January 22, 10-11:30 am, Ki Coffee, 4655 SW Griffith Dr. #160

Conversation and coffee. RSVP recommended.

Online Viva Village Book Club

Tuesday, January 23, 1-2:30 pm, free

Selected book: “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy,” by Jamie Ford. This is the Beaverton City Library selected book for the “One Book, One Beaverton” program. Pick up a free copy at the library while supplies last. Participate in free events that explore themes from the book. Discuss the book with Viva Village friends. RSVP for the Zoom link.

Members Only

Online Women’s Coffee

Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10 am, online

Join members and volunteers for a morning of coffee and conversation. RSVP for the Zoom link.

Viva Village Nature Walk

Saturday, January 6, 9:30 am, Vista Brook Park, 6697 SW 88th Avenue, Portland

Enjoy a morning walk with fellow Viva Villagers.

Online Mindfulness Meditation Classes

Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 11-11:45 am

Mindful Meditation, a series of six classes guided by Martha McJacobs. RSVP for the Zoom link.

Online Travel Talk

Monday, January 8, 7-8 pm

Explore Toronto through the eyes of Viva Villager, Barbara Walker. One of the most popular destinations in Canada, Toronto is a lively, cosmopolitan city. RSVP for the Zoom link. Login to register on our website or contact the office.

Life Stories

Tuesday, January 9, 2 pm, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 12250 SW Denney Road, Beaverton.

Viva Villager Pearl Paulson will share experiences from her life. Please RSVP so we have enough refreshments.

Dine Around Beaverton and Beyond

Wednesday, January 10, 1 pm, Tom’s Pancake House, 12925 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton

Join members and volunteers for lunch and conversation. Wear your Viva Village name badge. Space limited to 15 people. Please notify the office if you need to cancel. RSVP required by 1 pm the day before. Register on the website or contact the office.

SNAP 101

Thursday, January 11, 10:30 am-12 pm. Private home in the Beaverton Highland Neighborhood.

For Viva Village members to learn the basics about the new SNAP life planning tool. Let us know if you need a binder. If you’ve already received your binder, bring it with you.

Online Tai Chi Classes

Mondays, January 15, 22, 29, 10-10:45 am

Practice Tai Chi technique with certified instructor, Richard Chew. RSVP for Zoom link.

Living Solo (In person)

Wednesday, January 17, 12-1:30 pm. Beaverton City Library, Cathy Stanton Room, 12375 SW 5th Street

Meet in person to share experiences, tips, and strategies for living on your own. Bring your own lunch or snack. RSVP appreciated.

Mystery Book Club

Thursday, January 18, 1-2 pm. Viva Village Office, 4905 SW Griffith Drive #104, Beaverton

Selected book: “Payment in Blood,” by Elizabeth George. Space limited to 10. RSVP required to participate. Login to register on the website or contact the office. Please notify the office if you need to cancel.

Online Living Solo

Thursday, January 18, 4-5:30 pm.

A time to share experiences, tips, and strategies for living on your own. RSVP if you need the Zoom link.

Viva Village Volunteer Meeting (volunteers only)

Friday, January 19, 1-3 pm. Beaverton City Library, Room B, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton

Update on Village volunteer programs. Ask your questions. Share your stories. RSVP recommended. Register on the website calendar.

Thursday Evening Social Group

Thursday, January 25, 5:30-7:30 pm, Outback Steakhouse, 11146 SW Barnes Road

Enjoy an evening of conversation and dinner with Viva Village friends. RSVP required. Limited to 15 people. Login to register on the website or contact the office. Please notify the office if you need to cancel.