Business News June 2023

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Cedar Mill Farmers Market June highlights

Saturdays through October 14, 9 am-2 pm, NW Corner of Murray & Cornell in the Safeway parking lot.

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Last week we welcomed back a few vendors from the 2022 season: 503 Distillery; Hygge Chocolates; Merakai Pop; The Aimsir Distillery; and a new one: Good Wolf Beverage Company. Please come by and say hello to them! Find the current list of all vendors at our market here.

You have probably noticed that the produce has been a bit “slow to start.” As the weather warms up and we get more sun, you’ll see more and better variety. Eating local can require a bit of patience! We’re getting more strawberries each week, but they go fast. Get to the Market early if you want some! Asparagus (both purple and green) has been delicious and so have the white salad turnips! Did you know we have local mushrooms? They have been terrific!!! Some of our farms are bringing plant starts for sale, so if you need some for your garden, make sure to stop by. And flowers, beautiful flowers, so fresh they last a long time.

We always have fun and educational activities at the Power of Produce Kids Booth! We accept SNAP benefits and match up to $20 Come to the Information Booth to learn more.

See you at Cedar Mill Farmers Market every Saturday through October 14!. Sign up to get Market news weekly on our website.

CMBA monthly meeting

Tuesday, June 13, noon, The Ackerly at Timberland

This month, Cedar Mill Business Association will near from Michael Panhorst, spearheading the effort to preserve and renovate the historic JQA Young House. Time for networking, and as always, lunch will be provided. The first meeting is free to those interested in learning more.

Fun and great connections at the Happy Hour at Wildwood

Our first quarterly Happy Hour was a success! Thank you to Wildwood Taphouse: Cedar Mill for hosting us. It was great to catch up with members and meet guests. Please reach out to to get added to our future meeting and Happy Hour invites.

CMBA’s primary mission is to support and promote businesses in Cedar Mill and throughout the Sunset corridor. We help develop a strong and supportive presence, both economically and socially, to the community while creating an environment that maximizes community livability. Visit our website to learn more and find out how to join. And follow us on Facebook for news and more.

Kick off summer in style at Cornell Farm’s Annual Solstice Celebration

Saturday, June 24, 6-9 pm, 8212 SW Barnes Rd., free

To celebrate the start of summer, Cornell Farm Nursery & Cafe will host a block party featuring live music, food, beverages, and a benefit raffle where you can win some awesome prizes. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Backyard Habitat Certification Program and the important work they are doing to create a network of wildlife habitat in our community, one garden at a time. Learn more at

New Portland Animal Massage Studio

12700 NW Filbert St.

We are now accepting appointments for Wellness Massage & Acupressure for your companion animal provided in the comfort of our peaceful studio. As a treat for our wonderful neighbors, we are offering a $20 discount off your dog’s first bodywork session. For appointments and inquiries, please visit or call 971-361-6097.

Big Rocks Organizing presents: Ask the Organizer Series

Wednesday, June 7, 3:30-5 pm, via Zoom, free

Are you looking to right-size or declutter your home and make some extra cash? Consigning and selling your unwanted items can be a great way to accomplish both goals; however, with so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start and what is worth selling. That’s why we are offering our upcoming event, “Where to Consign + Sell Stuff.” 

Whether you’re a veteran right-sizer or just getting started, this event will help you navigate the current consignment and selling landscape. Special guests will include Juli Kirby from A Clean Slate PDX, Larry Berman from Sixty/Forty, Dave Smith from Smith Brothers China, and Jennifer Campbell from Vintage Items Bought and Sold. To sign up, see the meeting registration form. Please contact us at for more information.

Three Generations of Rose Festival Royalty at Touchmark

Royalty met royalty recently when this year’s Rose Festival Court princesses visited Touchmark in the West Hills retirement community and met former queen Georgene Ormston Koontz (1947) and former princess Lydia Terjeson (2012). 

Touchmark Rose Court

Once she was crowned queen in 1947, Georgene was flown to Los Angeles to be on the radio since TV wasn’t widely available. The Court made many appearances around Portland and were chauffeured in white convertibles with police escorts and sirens blaring as they went through town. Georgene and the girls would sit on the back of the convertibles and wave and speak to people they saw on the streets. She says it was great fun, and they had a wonderful time. Last year, she gave a speech commemorating 75 years of the Portland Rose Festival. 

Since October 2018, Georgene has lived independently at Touchmark. Her advice to this year’s Court was, “Be yourself and be willing to meet whoever approaches you. Sometimes that’s hard because they might ask questions you weren’t expecting. Because you were chosen, you can handle yourself, so be confident in what you can offer. It should be fun! And take advantage of the scholarship; go everywhere and do what you want to do.” 

Lydia Terjeson represented Metro West (Southridge High School) in the 2012 Rose Festival Court. “As a princess on the 2012 Court, I had the privilege of visiting many retirement communities in the area,” Lydia said. “Now that I work in the senior living industry, I was so excited to coordinate the Court meeting with the residents of Touchmark. And to have the oldest-living queen residing at Touchmark—what a wonderful intersection of past and present!” 

To learn more about Touchmark, call 503-954-1640 or visit

All Around Volleyball Academy

July 10-12, 10 am-3pm, The Courts in Beaverton, 14523 SW Millikan Way # 110

AAVA has become a place for young athletes in the Portland metro area to enhance their volleyball skills, meet new people, get great one-on-one instruction, and have fun. Led by knowledgeable coaches with a passion for growing the sport, your athlete will leave the sessions with a fantastic technical foundation in every skill to help guide them as they advance in their volleyball journey. 

Junior Session 3rd through 6th grade, Senior Session 7th and 8th. $160 for the session. To register or for more information visit our website.

Laurel Parc holds hiring event

Thursday, June 15, 3-7 pm and Friday, June 16, 10-2, Laurel Parc, 15850 NW Central Drive

Join us at Laurel Parc Senior Living Community for our in-person hiring event! We are currently seeking dedicated and compassionate professionals to join our team in providing exceptional care and support to our residents.

No matter your experience level, we invite you to attend our hiring event and learn more about the opportunities available. We look forward to meeting you and discussing how you can make a positive impact on the lives of our senior residents. We have a variety of full-time and part-time positions available, with a competitive pay range of $15-20 per hour, depending on the job and experience level. For more information visit the Laurel Parc website.

Village Gallery of Arts events and classes

For more information on any of our events and classes, and to register, please visit the Village Gallery of Arts website. Unless noted, all events are at the Gallery, 1060 NW Saltzman Road (just east of the library).

60th Anniversary Retrospective Show

May 30-July 2

Our featured artist, Allen Greene, passed away just prior to the pandemic. We are honored to feature his work as an alumnus and past President of VGA. Current and former members who have attained membership of 10 years or more, from 1963 to the present, are invited to show their artwork.

Art Chat and Refreshments at Retrospective Show

Sunday, June 11, 3-5 pm, free and open to all

Come celebrate 60 years with us, meet the artists, chat about art, and enjoy refreshments while taking in some local history as well!

Call to artists!

2019 People’s Choice Award to Lana Nelson
2019 People’s Choice Award to Lana Nelson

We invite all members of the community & all VGA Members to participate in the Upcycled-Recycled Community Art Show to be held July 4-27. Entries must be registered at the Gallery no later than Sunday, July 2. Participants create original artwork while incorporating a recycled item on the canvas/substrate or by upcycling an existing item and improving upon it.  The recycled item can also be from a past art project. Examples of recycled material may include paper, paint, greeting cards, shells, rocks, plastic, hardware, bottle caps, fabric, coffee beans etc. Prize categories are: Most Creative; Most Humorous; Most Colorful; Best Use of Materials; Most Thought Provoking;  People’s Choice Award. Contact Cheryl with questions at:  or 971.212.5692. 

Classes for children

These monthly classes explore a variety of art forms. A team of rotating instructors provides a chance to try a variety of media and approaches while building artistic concepts and skills. All supplies included. Children’s classes are for ages 7-11. Please note: age limits are strictly adhered to because of the wide range of students. Check the Village Gallery of Arts website regularly for up-to-date projects!

June Art

Thursdays, June 1-22, 3:45-5:15 pm, max 8 students 
A Found Art piece from a previous class

Featured projects include Watercolor Tips and Tricks, Wind Chimes, Fiber Collage, and Magic Markers.

Found Item Art

Mondays and Wednesdays, June 26 and 28, and July 3 and 5, 9-11 am, max 8 students 8-12 yrs, beginning-intermediate level

Come turn found items that would otherwise be thrown in the trash into something beautiful worth keeping forever! Learn from Carolina Barros how to make amazing found item paintings during this two-week workshop offered here at VGA. All materials included!

Find classes for all ages and more at our website. The Village Gallery of Art’s mission is: To ignite the joy of learning, creating and appreciating art in our community. We support professional and emerging artists by providing high quality affordable art education to children and adults as well as providing venues for sharing their work. We are a non-profit (501c3) organization, receive no taxpayer money, and are staffed entirely by member volunteers.

The Real Estate Market, season by season

By Jan Dempsey, broker, Windermere Realty

Continuing with last month’s Steps to Sell Your Home (May’s Cedar Mill News), and in past articles, I have said the most amount of money you will achieve, and the fastest you will sell your home is our Spring Market that starts about mid-January, and/or when the weather becomes warm and sunny! This year it was miserably cold and rainy, and the interest rates were on a roller coaster. Our selling season didn’t start until mid-March. 

Because of our lack of inventory, and the backlog of buyers wanting to purchase, this season has been very fast, with multiple offers and quick closings. April 15, tax day, is usually the highest and best day of the Spring Market to list your home! We are waiting to see if this season’s rush slows, as it usually does, just before Memorial Day or if the pent-up demand for homes extends into our summer season.

The summer season begins about mid-June to just after July 4th. Spring has been so late and so furious, we’re not going to know until we’re into it whether we’ll have our usual Summer slowdown. With vacations looming and kids’ graduations, we typically have fewer houses available as we land in summer. Fewer homes are typically on the market and because of the lack of competition, they sell at lower sales prices. This season typically ends right after everyone is back in school, just after Labor Day.

With fall, sales and prices pick up from the summer, and we’ll head into a brisk selling period just before it starts to rain. Prices are typically not as high as spring, but it is considered our second best-selling season. Once it gets dark in the early evening, usually just before Halloween, we head into our holiday season.

I love selling and buying with clients in the winter. The pace is much slower, the homes may be decorated, and the buyers and sellers are very serious. The prices are comparable to the fall, but the best part of the holiday season is there are fewer homes on the market, and fewer buyers. It’s a more leisurely period to sell or buy a home. As a seller you may not achieve the high spring prices, but you also won’t have to work with 10 offers. 

Next month, I’ll discuss what to do if your house doesn’t sell in the first 10 days it’s on the market. If you have real estate questions, it would be my pleasure to answer them. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, Jan Dempsey, Realtor at Windermere Realty Group, at 503-706-6358 or