July 2022 Business News

CMBA members share leads and tips

CMBA July meeting

Tuesday, July 12, noon-1 pm, The Ackerly at Timberland, 11795 NW Cedar Falls Drive

Come network with other business people at the Cedar Mill Business Association monthly meeting and enjoy lunch. More details to follow on this meeting will be posted on our website!

MOC Annual Music on the Patio summer concert series

Every other Friday, 6-8 pm, Market of Choice, 250 NW Lost Springs Terrace

Join us this summer at your Cedar Mill Market of Choice for the annual Music on the Patio summer concert series! We will host talented musicians performing an array of genres every other Friday.

The July 8 concert features Lisa Mann and Larry Haggin on guitar. July 22 features Evan Churchill.

Polarity Therapy with Sea Cummins

Every other Friday in August, September, and October.

Learn polarity therapy—an East-West system of bodywork, diet, exercise, and counseling—with practitioner/educator Sea Cummins in a cottage hall with garden yoga. Advance your practice, earn CEs, or continue with Sea for a 155 APP certification with the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA).

To receive a session of this unique energy-work-based bodywork, go to seacummins.as.me and schedule. To apply, click on a free clarity call appointment.

Protect your home while on vacation – some simple tricks to make your summer vacation less stressful

by Sunset Credit Union

Sunset Science Park Federal Credit Union, 1100 NW Murray Blvd #200

You’ve packed up your suitcase and booked your trip, but before you board the plane, take the time to protect your home while you’re on vacation. July and August are popular vacation months, and not surprisingly, they’re also the months when the most home burglaries are reported. To fully enjoy your trip, plan appropriate home security and maintenance with this checklist.

Set timers on interior lights. This goes a long way in deterring burglars, who often look for crimes of opportunity. Don’t allow your house to appear as if no one is home.

Power surges: You never know when a power surge may occur, so be prepared. Disconnect the computer, TV, stereo, and other electronics, or make sure they are plugged safely into a surge protector.

Don’t advertise your absence! Never broadcast your location on social media. Even if you think that it’s only your friends or colleagues viewing your online profiles, it’s safest not to leave any sort of opening for a possible burglar.

Check doors and windows. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but according to the National Police Association, 32% of burglaries are because homeowners have left their main door or windows unlocked.

Stop newspapers and mail or have them regularly picked up by a neighbor. You don’t want to easily clue in a burglar to your absence by a mounting pile of newspapers on your doorstep.

If you’re going on a month-long vacation, make sure your yard is being maintained to appear as if you are still at home. An unmaintained front yard is a red flag for your home’s security and a sign for burglars indicating that your home is empty. Also, move anything of value indoors away from being seen outside.

Sunset Science Park Federal Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Washington County. For more information or to get a pre-approved auto loan, stop by their office or visit their website at sspfcu.com.

Village Gallery of Arts News

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, and Sunday, 12-3 pm, 1060 NW Saltzman.

Please check our website for all the details.

Featured Artist for July: Laura Hopper

“I was trained to use watercolor in the traditional way, but today I enjoy ‘breaking the rules’ to experiment with different techniques and materials. It thrills me to hear people say my paintings make them feel happy.”

VGA at La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival

July 16 and 17, 10 am-6 pm, Location Hillsboro

The Festival is set to be a fun-filled weekend with street painting, live music, food, and activities for all ages! We will be handing out free Art Kits, Gallery postcards, demonstrating techniques, and leading hands-on art projects at our booth. Bring the whole family for an amazing art experience!

VGA at Cedar Mill Farmers’ Market

Saturday, July 23, 9 am-2 pm, Safeway parking lot.

Come by our booth and check out our classes, watch an art demo, pick up a free Art Kit to take home, find volunteer opportunities, ask for membership details, or just talk about art. After two years away, this is an important opportunity to renew our acquaintance with our neighbors and let you know what we have to offer you and your families. We’d love to see you there!

VGA children’s classes and workshops

Register online for all monthly classes. Please see our website for details; mask and vaccination requirements.

VGA young artists’ week at THPRD Garden Home Rec Center

Join us for a week of exceptional art adventures this summer with creative art instructors! VGA is partnering with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District to provide a summer camp art experience at the Garden Home Recreation Center. Interested parties please register on the THPRD website.

Youth art classes at VGA

A rotating team of instructors will provide a chance to explore a variety of media and approaches while building artistic concepts and skills. Featured 2D and 3D projects: Book Arts, Nature Journaling, Fabric Art, Sculpture, Gelli Printing. All supplies included.

Diwali Paper Lantern Craft

Wednesdays, July 13 or July 20, 2-4 pm, ages 8-12, minimum three students and maximum six students, in-person at the gallery.

Medha Joshi and Vanaja Mulagada, natives of India, will demonstrate how to make colorful Diwali paper lanterns with step-by-step instruction. Students will start out with a simple paper lantern design for practice. After completing the first lantern, a second more elaborate one will be created. All supplies included.

Teen/Adult Workshop – Let’s Draw Faces with Debbie Teeter

Saturday, July 9, 10 am-noon, minimum four students and maximum eight students, free.

Have you always wished you were better at drawing faces? This workshop will provide a basic understanding of facial proportion and tips for how to draw individual features. Everyone will leave with a fun practice drawing and their own self-portrait. All supplies included.

VGA regular weekly after-school classes for ages 7-11 will resume in August. Featured projects include: collage, sculptures, pyramid books, and others. Please see our website for more details.


Cedar Mill Market News: Let’s build community!

Saturdays 9 am-2 pm, May to October. Safeway parking lot.

It’s summer! Time for fresh produce, volunteering, and more! The spring weather really had an impact on our farms and orchards. The weather—all the rain and late frost—was not very cooperative and really set back local produce production. The good news is that things are finally starting to turn around. We are so excited for the abundance to come to the market and to you!

Your support of our local farmers market means so much to the community and to the small businesses that vend at markets. They bring fresh, local, and seasonal produce to you (which, in our opinion, are so awesome) and in addition, we support local arts and craft vendors, hot food vendors, and more. When you attend the Cedar Mill Farmers Market, your support of all these small businesses build community and makes a big difference in the lives of many.

Did you know our market welcomes all EBT/SNAP customers? EBT/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards can be used at the market, and we will match up to $20 every Saturday. This helps to put additional fresh fruit and vegetables into the homes of so many. If you have an EBT/SNAP card, stop by the Information Booth and we will assist you in receiving this awesome benefit.

Besides shopping at the market, another thing that builds community is volunteering, and we have opportunities for you to get involved! The Cedar Mill Farmers Market is a not-for-profit business that has two part-time staff members (a second position was finally added this year) and a volunteer board. This means we count on volunteers to help make market day happen each week. We cannot do it without volunteers. It has been tough getting volunteers this season! We are hearing this from other organizations in the neighborhood too.

Volunteering for the market is simple to do—no experience needed, and it’s fun—you get to meet your neighbors! We work with you, so you know what to do. Here are some examples of how you could fit volunteering into your daily schedule: a couple friends walk every Saturday morning–why not come to the market, help set up and then go for your walk; you come to the market every week before it open—so why not come a tad earlier and help us set up?; a family wants to volunteer together—come and help us take down/close the market. We can even let the community know you are partnering with us!

But wait! There are also non-market day volunteer opportunities: support for our food access/education efforts, planning activities for Power of Produce, writing news articles, taking photos, etc. Please contact us at ourcmfm@gmail.com to learn more about these opportunities. We have outstanding volunteers currently: thank you so much, and we need to grow our team! We know that our volunteers add so much to the market’s spirit of community!

You do not have to sign up for every Saturday—just help us a couple times during the season. The important thing is that we need you. We want you to get involved. We can’t do this 24-week Saturday market without you! Visit our website to find out more or to sign up! Thank you!

Finally, make sure to look for the Power of Produce Kids Booth, Music Booth, Community Booth, and Sponsorship Booth. Let us know if you would like to receive the weekly email newsletter here so you will know what is happening each week. Thank you for supporting the Cedar Mill Farmers Market!

Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training podcast

Tuesdays, July 12 and 26. Click here for current and past podcast episodes.

Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training has recently launched the Care Home Conversations Podcast. This is the first podcast in the state to focus on adult foster care homes. Whether it’s called adult care home, adult foster home, adult family home, or residential care, the goal is all the same: to provide high-quality, holistic care to seniors and individuals living with disabilities in a truly homelike environment.

We invite the community to join us for the Care Home Conversations Podcast, where together we have important conversations to inspire and inform the listeners, strengthen community, and raise awareness about the care home option as a viable and beneficial long-term care living option.

Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training partners with future adult care home licensees to provide the guidance, training, advocacy, and ongoing support they need to effectively navigate licensing requirements and have a successful care home business. This ultimately allows licensees to focus more time on providing excellent care to seniors and individuals with disabilities in their care homes.

Watercolor class with local artist Veronica Lake

Tuesday, July 12, 9 am-5 pm, $80, all materials provided, ages 10+,

Catch the Breeze, watercolor by Veronica Lake

Now taking registrations for an amazing day of watercolor fun right in the artist’s Cedar Mill studio! Veronica Lake is a professional, award-winning artist with over 25 years of teaching and artistic experience. Her watercolors, murals, acrylics, photography, and drawings are enjoyed all over the world. Learn how to paint beautiful landscapes using watercolor paints and pastels.

Learn about composition, atmosphere, and depth perception. Polish off your painting with pastels and you will have a winner! No experience necessary! This workshop is the perfect solution to those long summer days and is a great way to connect with your child (ages 10+) if you want to join them. This is a semi-private workshop with limited seating, so contact Veronica today to secure your seat.

For lunch, we will stretch our legs and walk or drive to a local park just two blocks away. Pack your own lunch or pay an extra $10 for a delicious and healthy lunch option. Please let me know of any food allergies.

For questions or to register, email Veronica at: artistlakeveronica@gmail.com or text 503-789-3994. For more information about Veronica Lake, please visit her website.

Wow & Flutterville Play Gardens Open House

Thursday, August 11, 5:30-6:30 pm, 800 NW 107th Ave

We invite prospective families to attend an Open House to learn more about our programs and visit our facility. We are enrolling children ages six-weeks-Kindergarten in our Waldorf and Reggio inspired childcare center in Cedar Mill. We are open from 7:30 am-5:30 pm, Monday-Friday year-round. We offer plant-based meals, daily time in nature, yoga, art, and learning through play in a beautiful environment. Nike and OHSU discounts available. Learn more here.

When is the market going to tank? Not anytime soon!

By Jan Dempsey

The interest rate just took its most significant jump in years! What will that mean if you list your home now? If you are gazing into your real estate crystal ball and it’s mud, you’re not alone. Most likely you’re terrified you are going to miss out on an all-time record-breaking price for your house. Owners have seen their neighbors, friends, and family sell their homes with multiple offers and nosebleed sales prices within days of coming on the market. Are you going to have been completely left out when the bottom falls out of the market? Take a deep breath! While the Cedar Mill market is as hot as ever, during the last week in May we saw a down shift. Was it our seasonal cool down as we transition from our HOT Spring Selling Market, the shocking rise in interest rates dropping many buyers out of the market, or lack of inventory? It was the whole package.

Compared to the Great Recession of 2008, the parameters surrounding our current market are completely different. The most remarkable part of this market is the tight credit restrictions for a loan. Second is the huge demand for houses. We all have the most amount of equity in our homes over any other time in history, and few of us are willing to trade our -3% interest rates for today’s current 6.5+%. New home construction will be unable to match the extreme demand for new homes for years. The experts say 2025, at the best. We have such an achingly low inventory that we could sell all of Cedar Mill’s active homes in less than two weeks if no other houses came on the market during that time.

So what is going to happen during the remaining part of 2022 and 2023? You won’t see as many buyers, you will see fewer multiple offers, and you may need to reduce the price before it sells. Will you make more money than your listing price? Maybe. Your house may not sell the day it goes on the market. And as always, the perfect house (updated) in the perfect neighborhood (Cedar Mill) will sell within days for top dollar as housing prices are predicted to remain high.

Sellers’ expectations will need to drop a notch or two. But your house will sell!

Feel free to contact me with questions about the Cedar Mill real estate market at jdempsey@windermere.com.

Forest Heights Pilates

Tucked into the edge of the Forest Heights neighborhood near Cedar Mill Elementary, Forest Heights Pilates is a bright and airy home Pilates studio owned and run by Michelle Lontai, a comprehensively trained and certified Pilates instructor. With four state of the art new studio reformers, and a myriad of other Pilates equipment and props, Michelle runs her Pilates studio with an energy and passion for Pilates that is infectious to all who step in the door.

Michelle utilizes both her Pilates training and her 15 years of experience in the fitness industry to put together modern, athletically focused Pilates classes. Clients with different goals have come to Forest Heights Pilates, and often walk away solving more problems than they knew they had coming in. With regular practice, Pilates can greatly improve posture, muscle tone, core strength, and body alignment, all while working on flexibility. Clients often have a reason for trying Pilates: running injuries/tightness, back problems, wanting to slim down and tone up, and recovering from specific injuries or surgery are the most common.

“Pilates gives you more in return than you anticipate. You will walk away from class feeling taller, leaner, stronger and energized. My clients return as they see their physical limitations diminish and their athletic performance increase. Most importantly, my classes are fun and upbeat, all set to music to keep the pace moving. One of the best compliments I receive after a group class is that the participants were worked hard and the time flew by,” says Michelle.

Michelle offers both small group classes (three-four participants) and private classes, which may be more appropriate if you’re recovering from a specific injury. Michelle offers different levels to nearly every exercise, so that each person can work at their ability. Beginner to advanced can be appropriately challenged and feel they got an excellent workout.

Summer is the perfect time to try Forest Heights Pilates. They are offering a summer promotion— the first group class is free for new clients! Grab a friend or come on your own. Visit our site to see the summer class schedule and pricing. Be sure to check back frequently as the schedule may change due to requests:

Questions or inquiries can be directed to MichelleLontai@gmail.com or 503-853-9934. Forest Heights Pilates takes COVID seriously and has implemented measures to mitigate risk including air ventilation and filtration, sanitization, and masks (currently at the discretion of the participant or CDC mandated). Cancellations due to Covid are never charged.

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