Community News June 2022

Mr. James cutting hair.

Celebration of Life for Mr. James

Sunday, June 26, 3-5 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman

Everyone who knew Mr. James, long-time hair stylist in the old Milltowner Center, is invited to gather for a celebration of his life. He was a prolific artist, and his daughter Zoann Newcomer is bringing many pieces for friends to take home to remember him by. No RSVP necessary.

Join us “virtually” at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum!

Mondays, June 6 and June 13, 12 pm, Zoom link available

In June, the Forum will wrap up its 2021-22 season online, with engaging speakers and the annual meeting! We are taking steps with the intention of resuming in-person gatherings in September for the start of the next Forum season.

June 6: Cornelius City Manager Rob Drake, on his decades in public service. Join the Zoom Meeting here.

June 13: The Forum’s Annual Meeting + the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, with a focus on the County jail. Join the Zoom Meeting here.

Founded in 1956, the Forum provides a place for the interchange of ideas on civic matters. Each week the Forum brings together community leaders, members, and guests who care about what happens in Washington County, the Metro region, and our state.

Western Oregon Dispensary
Concept drawing of cyclists approaching the bridge from the south. Pacific Office Automation building is on the right.
Concept drawing of cyclists approaching the bridge from the south. Pacific Office Automation building is on the left.

Metro funding for Westside Trail? Take the survey

From safer sidewalks and bikeways to trails and road crossings, you can help decision-makers choose the projects that will receive Regional Flexible Funds and 2019 Parks and Nature Bond Trails Grant funding. Cities, counties, and other transportation providers across the greater Portland region have submitted applications to compete for this limited supply of funding—$67.3 million available—and that isn’t enough to fund all projects.

Out of 29 proposed projects, there is only one that is local to Cedar Mill: #24. THPRD—Westside Trail Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge. Take the survey by June 21 to let Metro know what you want to prioritize. Also available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Korean.

Civics for Adults

Tuesday, June 21, 3- 4:30 pm, via Zoom, free

“The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise?—Democracy, The Constitution and Representation in Congress” is sponsored by Schenectady, New York, Public Library. Please check the website to register. We’ll look at the Constitution’s creation, trace major changes to its interpretation, and examine its current structural limitations. Topics will include the status of democracy, early America, forming a country, the Bill of Rights, structural issues and representation, interpreting the Constitution, and changes to the Constitution.

Selected Civics for Adults Facebook posts:

The Boston Globe provides a very good article that gives a broad perspective of the racist hate crimes we see—such as historical perspective, current context, and why the last thing we need in this country is to erase this history from our education systems. The article is titled “The politics of white backlash and the endless cycle of racial violence, division, and anger” and can be found here.

Scavenger Hunt and Food Drive to support DVRC

Tuesday, June 21, 11 am-3 pm, Summa Real Estate office, 11830 NW Cedar Falls Drive Suite 120

NW Restart invites you to bring a non-perishable food donation to support children having access to food this summer, and pick up your map and clue sheet for the hunt. Then bring back your clue answers to win a prize (while supplies last).

Adam Peña and his colleague Bethany Marsh are using their office space in the Timberland Center for community events and to provide support and resources to the Domestic Violence Resource Center. They held a pop-up “Night Market” with craft vendors in April, and plan another one in August, and they’re looking for more creators to participate. Download the Creator Application here. Visit the NW Restart site to learn more about their mission and their upcoming events. Check the Wish List to find out about donating to DVRC.

watershed navigator

Meet Your Watershed Navigator

Tuesday, June 14, 10-11 am (Join live webinar)

Tuesday, June 21, 12-1 pm (Join live webinar)

Join a live Zoom presentation to learn more about the website. To attend, use the links above at the scheduled time, no registration required.

Have you ever wondered where your drinking water comes from? Or which plants attract birds and bees? Find tools for your home and community, and where to get help, all in one place at

Developed in partnership by Clean Water Services and the Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District specifically to serve people in Washington County, the Watershed Navigator includes place-based tools and resources for folks who live and play here.

Features include interactive maps, classes, tips for gardening, and information about where to access neighborhood parks, trails, and the Tualatin River.

After you find what you need, feel free to poke around. Find a farmers market or learn how to help keep our community clean and healthy for people, wildlife and water.

It’s prep time. Let’s get ready for the wildfire season together.

PGE reminds us that Oregon’s climate is getting hotter and drier, leading to more wildfires, which can happen suddenly and grow quickly.

If extreme weather hits, we may turn off the power as a last-resort safety measure, which could last several hours or multiple days.

You’re not in a high-risk area for a Public Safety Power Shutoff, or PSPS. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to be prepared in case an outage occurs. By taking the following steps to prepare now, you can be ready to make the most of your summer. First, stay in the know and update your email address with us online or on the PGE app so we can keep in touch. Second, make a summer outage kit. For instance, gather what you’ll need to keep your family and pets cool, fed, and hydrated. Third, have a plan and think about how you’ll care for a family member with a medical condition or your animals, especially if you rely on an electric pump for your water well.

With a little planning, we can all be ready for the wildfire season together. More information can be found at our website.

Legislative Town Hall

Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 pm via zoom

Join State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward MD, Representative Lisa Reynolds, and Representative Maxine Dexter for a virtual town hall. Learn about the recent session and their priorities for the future. Registration is required for this event. For questions regarding registration please contact Representative Dexter:


Tualatin Valley Creates: Kaleidoscope from the Sea

Thursday, June 9, 6-8 pm, Tualatin Valley Creates, 12470 SW 1st St., Suite 203, Beaverton, 97005, $20

The host of the workshop will be Shelby Silver, an ecological artist and educator. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Salt of The Earth LLC Sea Studio to help save our Oregon beaches from plastic debris. Please register at the TVC website.

Tualatin Valley Creates (TVC) offers workshops as a way for artists to connect while learning about important and interesting topics. In June, our presenter is a multidisciplinary ecological artist, educator, and cold-water diver. Shelby’s work focuses on marine conservation and ecological restoration through the removal of plastic debris from our oceans, and then the artistic application of these materials to her sculptures. She will be bringing us Kaleidoscope from the Sea, an intimate invitation into creative conservation, non-judgmental practices, and open-hearted mindfulness. Her work is inspired by the many pieces of plastic floating in the ocean that when collected and observed appear as if we are looking through a kaleidoscope.

Fourth of July concert with Britnee Kellogg

britnee kellogg concert

Monday, July 4, 11 am-2 pm, Veterans Memorial Park, intersection of Washington, Watson, and 7th streets in Beaverton

Bring your family & friends to enjoy a night of music and kid’s activities. Concert-goers are welcome to bring a picnic supper to enjoy, as well as lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Sponsored by Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and the City of Beaverton.

The Cedar Mill Park Concert with Pa’Lante is set for July 14. We’ll bring you more information in the July issue.

Museo Ambulante—Walking Museum

Through July 30, all day, various parks (see below)

The Museo Ambulante or Walking Museum brings community history to life through an interactive outdoor museum experience by exploring Latinx youth activism in the Willamette Valley through the historic 2016 walkout that sparked a state-wide movement for equity and racial justice in education.


The Museo Ambulante uses designed yard signs to visually mark the route of the walkout. Visitors will be able to interact by walking and using their mobile devices to scan QR codes printed on the signs. Those QR codes, in turn, will route visitors to photographs, videos, art, poetry, chants, slogans, and other ephemera created by youth in support of the walkout.

Visitors will also be invited to engage with the project by contributing their own memories, reflections, or experiences of activism, advocacy, and civic engagement in the local community.

Cedar Hills Park – Start is close to the bocce ball area

Recuerdo Park—Start close to the playground

Greenway Park—Found on the tennis court fence on the corner of SW Greenway Blvd and SW Parkview Loop

Howard M. Terpenning Complex—Start on trail behind the Tennis Center

Ask WCSO: My kids are good swimmers; is there still an expectation for them to wear life jackets?

While it’s valid that parents should take extra safety precautions to supervise and protect children who have not had swim lessons, there are still inherent dangers for everyone in open waters. According to Safe Kids Oregon, teenage boys are at the most significant risk of drowning, and they are most likely to drown in natural water.

open water safety

Swimming in natural water is different from swimming in a pool. The water is colder, there are drop-offs, debris that can cause entrapment, other swimmers, boats, and fishing lines which can be hazardous. The currents and environment can also change daily, and “familiar” swim areas can have new hazards that weren’t there before.

The Sheriff’s Office urges parents to protect themselves and their children by insisting on life jackets while on floating devices and in open and natural waters. There are resources to help educate community members about water safety; the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the American Red Cross have various drowning prevention materials for parents and caregivers. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to Safe Kids Oregon State Coordinator Betsy Hartner at

Ask the WCSO is produced by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Retirement 101

community action logo

Thursday, June 16, 6-8 pm via zoom

Community Action presents the final session of their Free Financial Education Classes. Learn how to assess different types of retirement accounts, and create a plan for retirement based on your needs.
Learn more and register here.

City of Beaverton events

Signature community events are coming back in-person after a two-year hiatus. Community favorites like Volunteer Fair, Flicks by the Fountain, National Night Out, and Beaverton Celebration Parade, will all be making a comeback, along with other signature events, such as the Beaverton Night Market, Ten Tiny Dances,® and the Beaverton Arts Mix!

Check out our impressive events line-up and make sure to stay up to date on all the latest at

Volunteer Fair

Saturday, June 11, 10 am-1 pm, Beaverton City Library Main.

A chance for the community to learn about opportunities to get involved.

PRIDE Beaverton

Sunday, June 26, 11 am-6 pm, Beaverton City Park.

PRIDE parade and celebration. City supported event.

June 22-August 13, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm, 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton

In addition to the performing arts presentations, The Reser Gallery provides an exciting venue for relevant and stimulating art. Make a point to visit this beautiful new building and its gallery next time you’re heading to the Beaverton Round.

Invisibilia: Examining Asian/American identities through photographic journals, mixed media, multimedia and performances, three Oregon artists—Sandra Honda, Mei-ling Lee, and Jefferson Goolsby—share insights and perceptions of historical and contemporary experiences. Weaving together personal and imagined stories of daily life, family, trauma, and generational grief from mass incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry, the works portray beautiful and haunting details of loss and displacement. Exploring how people navigate identity in an ever-shifting cultural landscape, the creative works question beliefs, and assumptions while offering opportunities to view the world differently.

1,000 Moons: Emily Miller – emerging artist. In the months after her grandparents’ deaths, Emily Miller struggled to stay grounded, and the understanding of time became distorted and unreal. As a connection to both grandparents, and to the natural cycles of time, Miller hand-formed 40 oversize sheets of paper with kelp, sheet music, and other materials linked to their history. Cutting the sheets to create a total of 1,175 collaged ‘moons’, Miller represented each full moon in her grandmother’s 94 years of life. Stringing the moons together to form a meditative corridor of time, the installation creates a physical pathway of memories, allowing viewers a visual and physical path or remembrance for all we have lost, and recall how many moons we saw together.

Access to the arts: Cultural Coalition survey

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) is seeking input from county residents on issues such as what types of access residents have to the arts, what is important to them, and what barriers there may be to enjoying the arts in Washington County. Responses will be used to update the current Cultural Plan. Take the survey here.

To help us make fair, equitable, and informed decisions, CCWC has developed a Cultural Plan for the county as a guide in addressing the needs and priorities of the community in disbursing the funds we are allocated. To encourage participation in the survey, we are giving away 20 Tualatin Valley Creates ArtsPasses to randomly drawn responses. Please include your email address in the survey for a chance to win a pass. The email address will not be used for any other purpose.

If you have any questions about the CCWC or the survey, please feel free to contact CCWC at, or visit our website. Thank you!

Beaverton Community Band Spring Concert

Sunday, June 26, 3 pm, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 SW Crescent St. Beaverton

beaverton community band logo

The Beaverton Community Band with conductor Martin Sobelman proudly presents “A Salute to the National Pastime,” live in concert at the newly constructed Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. Music lovers and baseball fans alike will rejoice in a musical journey through the history of America’s favorite pastime. The concert includes notable musical selections such as “The National Game March” by John Phillip Sousa, “Movie theme from Field of Dreams” by James Horner and, “Take me out to the Ball Game” by Albert von Tilzer, performed by guest vocalist Lisa Neher. The concert will also include a musical and narrative setting of the Ernest Thayer poem, Casey at the Bat (1888), narrated by Hale Thornburgh.

Tickets are available for sale online here. and at the Reser Box Office. To place a ticket phone order with the box office, please call (971)-501-7722.

For over 40 years, the Beaverton Community Band has shared its music, making it the oldest standing community band in Washington County, Oregon. The Beaverton Community Band keeps the long-standing community wind band tradition alive through diverse local performances, and fostering the next generation of musicians through music education. Visit for more information. Get your tickets now!

Sunset HS Marching Band Bottle & Can Drive

Saturday, June 11, 10 am-1 pm, Sunset Church, 14986 NW Cornell Rd., Portland

Drop off your redeemable bottles and cans every 2nd Saturday to help us raise funds for marching band and music programs at Sunset HS. Bring them in any container (or use bags we provided), and we’ll give you a new bag for next time. You can reach us at with any questions.

Our next three events are on Saturdays, July 9, August 13, and September 10.

Free market swap—find outdoor adventure gear and/or donate yours

PlanetCon Fair offers recycling, gear swap, learning, and more

Saturday, June 25, 11 am-2 pm, Century High School North Parking Lot, 2000 SE Century Blvd, Hillsboro

PlanetCon is a free community reuse, recycling and sustainability fair that includes recycling of specific types of plastic, electronics, small appliances and batteries; a free market swap area for outdoor adventure, sporting equipment and games; a repair fair, bike donations to WashCo Bikes, and more! For complete details check out our website.

This event is brought to you by the Westside Planet Alliance and Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling. Thanks to the Hillsboro School District, Computer Drive Connection, and Metro for additional event support. Volunteers are welcome! Please sign up here.

Become a Master Recycler

Wednesdays, September-November, 6-9 pm; Saturdays, September-October, 8 am-2 pm, Washington Street Conference Center, 102 SW Washington St.

Become a Certified Master Recycler volunteer. Learn from the experts. Take an eight-week course with the latest information on repair, reuse, compost, toxics, food waste, equity, climate, and of course recycling. Then, volunteer 30 hours to inspire action in your community. Apply today! Deadline to apply is Thursday, July 28 at noon.

Cedar Hills Ready! presents: Emergency Water Filter Workshop

Saturday, June 25, start times between 10:30 am and 1 pm, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, 11695 Southwest Park Way, Portland, register in advance.

water filter

What’s your plan for staying hydrated and clean, if the water stops flowing for weeks during a disaster or major storm? Do you have your supplies ready? In this in-person event, you’ll make an emergency water plan for your family and learn about water storage options and purification methods. Our Cedar Hills Ready! and QuakeUp! volunteers will answer your questions and demonstrate how to create potable water from a local stream.

If you buy the kit materials (cost $55), you can build a two-bucket water filtration system to take home with you. Join us and prepare smartly. Everyone is welcome. Share and invite all your important people.

Questions? Visit us at visit our website or email

The mission of 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.

Viva Village

Viva Village is a Beaverton-area 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. For more information visit our website. Please RSVP for all events by contacting or 503-746-5082. Links for zoom meetings will be sent to those who RSVP.

Events open to the public

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimers

Monday, June 20, 2-3:30 pm, First United Methodist Church, 12555 SW 4th, Beaverton, registration requested by calling 503-746-5082 or emailing

Viva Village is the co-sponsor of a program from the Alzheimer’s Association. You will learn about: The difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s; Common warning signs; The importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis; Next steps and expectations for the diagnostic process’ Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Visit to explore additional educational programs online and in your area.

Age Café
Friday, June 3, 11–noon. Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street

Small group conversations exploring topics of interest to older adults. Co-sponsored by Viva Village, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton Committee on Aging, and Wash. Co. DAVS. Contact Viva Village for registration information and monthly topic.

Online Viva Village 101
Saturday, June 11, 10–11:30 am

A fun and informational session about Village life for prospective members and/or volunteers.

Village Forum
Monday, June 20, 2–3:30 pm. United Methodist Church, Wesley Room, 12555 SW 4th Street, Beaverton, 97005.

Topic: Age Related Memory Changes. Maurie Salenger, community educator from the Alzheimer’s Association, will talk about the Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. RSVP recommended.

Men’s Coffee Break
Monday, June 27, 10–11 am. Ki Coffee, 4655 SW Griffith Dr. #160, Beaverton 97005.

Conversation and coffee.

Online Viva Village Book Club
Tuesday, June 28, 1–2:30 pm.

Selected book: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

Events open to Members and Volunteers

Women’s Coffee In-Person
Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 am, Jim & Patty’s Coffee, 4130 SW 117th, Beaverton 97005.

RSVP recommended.

Online Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 10–11:30 am.

Learn Tai Chi technique with certified instructor, Richard Chew.

Writers Group
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1:30–3 pm.

Join other Village writers at a member’s home in South Beaverton.

Viva Village Nature Walk
Saturday, June 4, 9:30 am. Trails at Dawson Creek Lakes, behind the Hillsboro Brookwood Library.

Meet in the north parking lot of the library. If not vaccinated, walkers should wear a mask. RSVP recommended.

Bricks for Better Brains for Good
Tuesdays, June 7, 21, 28 and July 5, 19, 26, 1:30 pm, Viva Village Office, 4905 SW Griffith Drive #104, 97005.

Join volunteer Natalia Kasperovich and explore your creativity as you build a cognitive reserve by leveraging the wellness benefits of Natalia’s new program “Bricks for Better Brains for Good.” The classes build on each other. Participants must attend the first session for essential instructions. Please notify the office if unable to attend any subsequent class. RSVP required. Registration limited.

Online Women’s Coffee
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10 am.

Coffee and conversation.

Dine Around Beaverton and Beyond
Wednesday, June 8, 1 pm. Oasis Lebanese Cuisine, 14845 SW Murray Scholls Drive, Beaverton

Lunch and conversation. Participants must be vaccinated. RSVP required. Space limited to 12 people.

Online Working Mindfully with Stress
Mondays, June 13, 20, 27, and July 11, 18, 25, 2 pm.

Participants use meditation techniques to reduce stress.

Life Stories
Tuesday, June 14, 2 pm, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 12250 SW Denney Road, Beaverton

Roger Jensen will speak about his experiences and adventures while bicycling in Europe. RSVP recommended.

Online Living Solo
Thursday, June 16, 4 pm.

Share ideas and insights about solo living.

Patio Picnics
Friday, June 17, 12 pm. Viva Village member’s home.

Enjoy small group conversation and lunch on outdoor decks and patio. Bring your own lunch. RSVP required by Wednesday, June 15.

Online Movie Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 22, 5 pm.

June movies will be available in late April on the Viva Village calendar. Movies are available for free on Kanopy streaming service offered by the Washington County Library.

Volunteer Happy Hour
Friday, June 24, 2–3 pm.

Join fellow Viva Village volunteers for fun conversation. RSVP for location.

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