Business News September 2023

Bethany Village’s Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 9, 1-6 pm, 4720 NW Bethany Blvd, free

Get ready to raise your steins and embrace the Oktoberfest spirit at Bethany Village Centre!

Join us for an unforgettable celebration filled with German-inspired live music, exciting intermission acts, a carnival ride, local vendors, a stein-holding competition that’ll test your strength, and more! Plus, quench your thirst at the Oktoberfest beer tent! Invite your friends and come enjoy live music from Z Musikmakers, a local Oktoberfest band made up of family members that have been performing for over 40 years, right in the heart of Bethany Village!

Oak Hills Concert featuring Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band

Saturday, September 9, 5:30-10 pm, Oak Hills green space at NW 153rd & NW Oak Hills Drive, $20 pre-sale and $25 day-of

Music in the Greenspace Series presents Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits played by Taken by the Sky and Classic Rock band Probable Cause. There will be food carts and other concessions provided by Cascadia Taphouse. Use Venmo or Square to purchase wristbands and pick them up at the gate. Purchase pre-sale wristbands online on the Oak Hills website.

CMBA September Meeting

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

Cedar Mill Business Association will meet at The Ackerly at Timberland to continue our monthly networking meetings. As always, lunch will be provided. Learn more at

Anthology Fall Open House

Wednesday, September 13, 11-6, Anthology of Beaverton, 910 NW 185th Ave

You won’t want to miss the Fall Open House at our Welcome Center. While you enjoy spiced cider, you can view the plans for the most luxurious senior living community to open in Beaverton in 2024. RSVP required at 971-251-2166. Visit the Anthology of Beaverton website.

Skewed in Portland, 24″x 32″, photography on canvas, by Pam Broadhurst

Village Gallery of Arts news

Art Chat and Refreshments

Sunday, September 10, 3-5 pm, free

Come meet the artists and enjoy refreshments while taking in the new show!

Featured Artists: Our New Members! See new media and artwork of members who’ve joined us this year.

Big and Bold: Pam Broadhurst: . “Photos are my canvas; edit tools the brushes; photo art the goal.”

See you at Cedar Mill Farmer’s Market on September 23. Stop by the Community booth for free demos or Art Kits! Sign up for fun classes or become a member!

Children’s classes from the VGA Instructional Team

Thursdays, September 7-28, 3:45-5:15 pm, max 8 students, ages 7-11

Join an exciting class learning a variety of art forms! A team of rotating instructors provides a chance to explore a variety of media and approaches while building artistic concepts and skills. All supplies included. Featured projects for September include: Crepe Paper Flowers, Weaving, Rock Painting, Watercolor Resist Fall Leaf Paintings.

Adults’ classes

Introduction to Watercolor Painting II
Tuesdays, September 5-26, 6:30-9:30 pm, max 8 students

Beginner level, led by Susan Pfahl. Builds on learning from Watercolor I. Each class, we experiment with how the paint, paper, and water react, then paint a simple subject incorporating this “experiment” into our work. Skills will increase.

Gothic Calligraphy
Thursdays, September 14-28, 6:30-8:30 pm, max 6 students.

Introductory class, led by Susan Pfahl, covering how to create Gothic letter forms. No prior experience with calligraphy needed. Left-handed individuals are welcome.

Our 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.” Village Gallery of Arts is a non-profit (501c3) organization, receives no taxpayer money, and is staffed entirely by member volunteers.

Back to School Savings Strategies by Sunset Credit Union

Back-to-school is the second-biggest shopping season of the year! Parents will spend almost $720 to get one child ready for school this year. This is a great time to teach budgeting basics to your children. Partner with another family or two to buy supplies in bulk. Then, split the cost and the supplies. Host an annual clothes swap. Trade toys and books, too! You’ll save a bundle.

Article provided by Sunset Credit Union. Sunset Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution serving anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Washington County. Visit the Sunset Credit Union website or stop by their office at 1100 NW Murray Blvd to learn more.

Learn to support your liver and gallbladder

Tuesday, September 12, 11 am, zoom or in-person at the Bonny Slope cottage

Polarity Therapy Educator Sea Cummins leads a demo and provides a sample liver flush drink and tea with full detailed instructions and a lecture. You do the actual flush on Thursday, September 15 at home before bed (the night before new moon) but it can be used for the rest of your life. $40 includes a follow-up phone consultation. Kits available at additional cost. The address for the in-person meeting will be provided on the confirmation page upon signing up.

Healing Green Soup and Flaxseed Crackers class and demo

Tuesday, September 26, 11 am, Bonny Slope cottage

See the soup made and enjoy some at the event. You will leave with the recipe and instructions and a small serving of soup and crackers to go. $45 for additional quarts, $25 to-go. The address for the Bonny Slope cottage will be provided on the confirmation page upon signing up.

Polarity Therapy sessions

Wednesday, September 20, 3 pm, Bonny Slope cottage

Student clinic 60 minutes for sliding scale donation (suggested $40-60). The address for the Bonny Slope cottage will be provided on the confirmation page upon signing up. Visit the Polarity Therapy website for more information.

Cedar Mill Farmers Market

Saturdays through October 14, 9-2, Corner of NW Cornell & Murray Roads

Look up “farmers’ market” on the internet and you will see that a farmers’ market is a place where local farmers sell fruit and vegetables and sometimes meat, cheese, and other products directly to consumers. Your local Cedar Mill Farmers Market is all that and more! It’s Community. It is a place for families and friends to come experience fun, music, arts, crafts, food and produce.

Visit our various programs:

The Power of Produce Program (POP) is a nationwide program that began right here in Portland, with the goal of introducing kids to the fun of trying new foods, especially new fruits and vegetables. Each week, kids participate in a project or activity such as bingo, scavenger hunts, guessing games, and so much more. We go on market scavenger hunts, learn to “eat from the rainbow,” and plant and watch things grow. Once the project is complete, the kids are given $2 in tokens that they can use to buy whatever fruit or vegetable they want. The produce vendors love seeing the kids come in with the excitement they have to pick out their own produce. The POP booth services 50-75 kids each week. It is a truly busy place.

Working with the Adelante Mujeres Program helps new vendors who are in this program begin their own businesses. One of our favorite vendors, La Popular (awesome tamales), began as an Adelante Mujeres vendor. They now operate successfully on their own. Booth fees are waived for the first year for these special vendors to give them a solid boost. We have had a number of vendors come to us over the years and we value the partnership the market has with them. This year our new vendors to this program are Baja Snacks and El Goloso. Please make sure to visit them!

SNAP & the Double Up Food Bucks Program assists people who have SNAP cards to “double up” on their produce. If you have a SNAP card, just come to the information booth, we will run your SNAP card for the amount you would like to deduct, and then we match that amount (up to $20 each week) with Double Up FoodBucks. It is a great way to help you get more fresh produce than you might otherwise get. Thank you, Farmers Market Fund! Our market has $5000 to support this program—please come out if you have SNAP benefits (or CASH benefits)!

From vendors who have been with the market from the beginning, like The Olive Branch and Les Couleurs de Provence to brand new vendors like Pahlow Meats and Mai Bakes, you are sure to find something to your liking. Our size allows us to have a lot of variety but doesn’t seem overwhelming. Indulge in mouthwatering tamales, tacos, and baked goods. Find the freshest produce around. Pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a treat for your puppy or kitty, and taste test amazing olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and fudge. Check out our wonderful artisans and listen to some great local musicians.

Make sure to check in with Manager Karen Carroll or Assistant Emelia Carson at the information booth with any questions! There is so much more happening at the market– just ask us! To see what is going on each week, visit the Cedar Mill Farmers Market website, sign up for our weekly email, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Contact us at

Cedar Mill’s real estate market: prepping your home to sell in 2024

By Jan Dempsey, Realtor, Windermere Realty Group

Last month I asked if you were thinking of selling your home in 2024. Our Spring Market is our highest and fastest-selling market. If you plan on getting top dollar for your house, you need to be ready to sell somewhere between mid-January and the week before Memorial Day (May 24, 2024). The optimum sales price achieved in our Spring market is around April 15.

Many experts are predicting mortgage rates will drop by year’s end to around 6%. If so, we may see another seller’s market like the Spring of 2022. Will you and your house be market-ready? To be prepared to sell, you’ll need to do two things: prepare your house for sale and prepare yourself financially. I’ll cover preparing your house in this article, as knowing your home value will guide your financial worth, and the purchase of your next home. This is where an experienced realtor (ME!) can be of inestimable help in valuing your home.

Sellers always have the right to sell as-is. You will have capital gains from the day you purchased your house to the day you sell, minus improvements. If you have done none or just a few, updates (windows, roof, furnace, a/c, hot water heater, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, etc), your house will be seen by buyers as a ‘fixer,’ or of less value than it would if it has current updates. Because of our huge gains in property values, you may be content with your proceeds if you have chosen not to update.

I might suggest exterior and interior paint, or to re-carpet or refinish floors, but to do those would always be a choice you would make. Some contractors may be willing to be paid at closing. If you want to maximize the value of your house and receive multiple bids, then you will want your house to look like a magazine.

Many homeowners do more than they need to, costing them more than they should spend. I can identify areas that need to be addressed, and those that don’t, possibly saving you thousands of dollars. I often suggest that we have a pre-inspection, identifying major repairs, if any, which may need to be taken care of before our buyer has their own full-house inspection. If you have real estate questions, it would be my pleasure to answer them. I have 38 years of real estate experience and would love to learn your plans and to help guide you through this complicated process. Don’t hesitate to contact me at 503-706-6358 or

Potters’ Fall Fair

Friday, September 29-Sunday, October 1, Friday-Saturday 9-6, Sunday 9-4, Cornell Farm, 8212 SW Barnes Rd, free

We will host over 30 Oregon Potters Association-affiliated ceramic artists in our onsite greenhouses for this market-style event. You can meet local makers and shop their wares, ranging from kiln-fired plates, bowls, and mugs to one-of-a-kind sculptures and many other handmade pieces. There will also be a food truck stationed nearby with an assortment of fresh autumnal pastries from the cafe. Up the hill, you’ll also be able to explore our photo-worthy pumpkin patch featuring hay bales, local pumpkins, and scarecrows from our annual community scarecrow contest! Learn more on the Cornell Farms website.