Community News October 2022

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Skyline Grange Garage Sale

Friday, October 7, 9 am-7 pm, Saturday, October 8, 9 am-5 pm, Skyline Grange, 11275 NW Skyline Blvd.

Our sales have a uniquely Skyline flavor with items donated by folks from our colorful Skyline neighborhood. Huge. Great prices. Clean functioning items including tools, kids’ toys/games, books, home décor, clothing, and equipment/supplies for landscaping/garden, kitchen, exercise/sports, pets, emergency preparedness, and the office. 

Proceeds go to our ambitious Capital Improvement Campaign to better serve our community. Yes, of course, we will have baked goods straight out of the oven and freshly brewed coffee.

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Treekeepers’ Fall Color photo contest

Washington County is beginning to explode with autumn color. Capture photos of the fall season and enter them into the Treekeepers of Washington County Fall Photo Contest. Winning photos will be eligible for cash prizes from $25-$100, and may be featured on the organization’s webpage and social media sites. This year, when you see that fiery maple or bright yellow ash, snap a shot of the beauty around you and submit your best work. Learn more and enter here.

Sign up for the Treekeepers’ informative newsletter to learn where to find fall colors, the science behind color change, lichens, actions you can take for trees, and much more. 

Specialty bikes at the ReStore

Washcobikes and Free Bikes 4 Kids has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to sell specialty bikes online at the Habitat for Humanity Portland virtual store. Tandems, cargo bikes, and specialty BMX bikes that have been donated and refurbished need a wider audience and this venue will benefit all the partners. A portion of the proceeds benefits both organizations. Check the sale page frequently as the inventory will change often.

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Indigenous Peoples Day

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The Washington County Master Gardeners Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee invites you to join us in observing Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 10.

In 2021, Oregon formally designated Indigenous Peoples Day as a state holiday to be celebrated on the second Monday in October each year. This year we encourage everyone to learn about the original inhabitants of the land on which we garden.

Washington County is the homeland of the Tualatin band of the Kalapuya. You can find a map of indigenous territories at https://native-land.ca/.

Five Oaks Museum, the Education Garden’s neighbors on PCC Rock Creek campus, has an excellent online exhibit called “This Is Kalapuyan Land” that you can explore on your own device. Spend some time scrolling down the page and clicking on the different links to find information on tribal history, language, art, trade, and the ways in which the Kalapuyan people continue to preserve their heritage and practice ecological stewardship based on thousands of years of tradition.

If you would like to visit an exhibit in person, please consider the beautiful Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center on the land of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

And for more information about all of Oregon’s native peoples, we recommend the book The First Oregonians. This comprehensive volume includes chapters written by members of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes as well as essays by prominent Northwest scholars.

We hope that after learning about the people who have lived in the Tualatin Valley for thousands of years, each of us will take a moment to pause and honor them whenever we put our hands into the soil of our gardens.

Clean Water Services leaf disposal and food drive 

Saturdays, October 29-December 10, Washington County various locations

Mark your calendars now for our 30th Annual Leaf Disposal & Food Drive for people who live in Washington County. Leaves must be in paper bags, and each bag must not exceed 50 pounds. CWS will also collect food and monetary donations for local food banks at the events as well. 

October 29, Aloha High School, Meadow Park Middle School, and Oak Hills Elementary 

For more information, please visit the CWS webpage.

Emergency Preparedness Fair

Saturday, October 8, 12:30-3:30 pm, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St., free

You’re invited to attend a family-friendly emergency preparedness event including informational booths about: pets in a disaster, managing utilities, disaster sanitation, emergency food storage, mitigating damage to property, and hands-on CPR demonstrations. Speakers will present useful, ready-to-implement ideas and tools for families in Beaverton to prepare for an emergency. All are welcome to attend. Organized and sponsored by the Sexton Mountain, West Beaverton, and Highland Neighborhood Association Committees (NACs), this event is made possible by the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program. For details, please click here.

Booverton Halloween Festival

Sunday, October 30, 1-3 pm, Old Town Beaverton, free

It’s the most spooky time of the year! BOOverton Halloween Festival is back for another free, fun-packed trick-or-treat shindig. After 3 pm, join the Beaverton Downtown Association and friends for the Spooktacular Booverton After Party hosted by Syndicate Wine Bar in their parking lot. Both events are family and adult friendly. Show up in your costumes and creep it real! Sponsored by the Beaverton Downtown Association.

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101 Extraordinarily Awful & Truly Terrible Ways to Die (In One Night)

Thursday-Saturday, October 21-29, 6 pm, Beaverton Masonic Lodge, tickets start at $35.

Experience Theatre Project presents a dark sketch comedy show based on entirely true stories of dreadful ways people have shuffled off the mortal coil and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. Monty Python meets Game Show meets Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged).

See dates and purchase tickets on Eventbrite here.

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Who’s ready for Halloween?!

Monday, October 31, 3-5pm, Bethany Village

Bethany Village will host our annual Halloween Hunt! Stay tuned and find updated information on the details and participating merchants on our website.

A Spooktacular Blood Drive

Tuesday, October 13, noon-5 pm, Si Señor, 11525 SW Choban Dr.

Start the spooky season off by giving the gift of life and enjoying some yummy tacos from Si Señor in Cedar Mill! Grab your blood donation spot today, surprisingly they fill up fast! To get your donation time click here

SHS Grad Party Holiday Pie Sale

Pie orders are due by October 20. 

Get all your holiday pies and support Sunset High School’s 2023 Graduation Party at the same time. Choose from 9” Dutch Caramel Apple, Cherry Crunch, Marionberry, Pumpkin, and/or Triple Chocolate Cream. $18/pie or 4-pack 5” mini pie variety packs for $25/pack. To order your pies, please click here. Pick-up date for your frozen pies is Saturday, November 5, at Sunset High School. Pies must be kept frozen until baking. 

These pies are a great idea for holiday potlucks, hostess and neighbor gifts, and client gifts among other lucky recipients. Or for just keeping in the freezer for a night when you have a hankering for pie! So, enjoy delicious Willamette Valley Pie Company’s handmade pies, as you support the 2023 Sunset High School Graduating class as well.

SHS Climate Change Club Recycling Drive

Saturday, October 29, 10 am-2 pm, Sunset High School, 13840 NW Cornell Rd

Come recycle the items your garbage pickup won’t take! At the Climate Change Club Recycling Drive, you can get rid of your styrofoam, #6 plastics, and terracycle items. For more info on all the recyclables, please visit our website.

Bottle & Can Drive

Saturday, October 8, 10 am-1 pm, Sunset Church, 14986 NW Cornell Rd 

Drop off your redeemable bottles and cans to help us raise funds for marching band & 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 samba@sambanote.org with any questions. 

Brought to you by the Sunset Apollos Marching Band & Auxiliary (SAMBA), this fundraiser helps pay for travel expenses, entry fees, uniforms, specialized performance instruction, show design, instrument purchase and repair, purchase of new music and arrangements, and scholarships for students who otherwise would be unable to afford to participate. SAMBA is a 501(c)(3) public charity and supports all the comprehensive Band and Color Guard programs available at Sunset High School. 

Sunset Classic Marching Band Competition 

Saturday, October 15, Sunset High School 

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The 2022-2023 Sunset High Band and Color Guard

Sunset High School will again be filled with the sound and spectacle of marching bands from around the Pacific Northwest during the 33rd annual Sunset Classic, hosted by SHS’s competitive marching band, Sunset Apollo Marching Band and Auxiliary (SAMBA), along with the SAMBA volunteers, and the Northwest Association for Performing Arts (NWAPA). 

Bands from Oregon and Washington, including SAMBA, will perform and compete for trophies in categories such as music, visual, and general effect. The tentative lineup includes Grants Pass, Skyview (Vancouver), Kelso, Kamiak (Seattle), Hermiston, Glencoe, Beaverton, Sheldon, McMinnvile, Sherwood, and Liberty. 

Opening Ceremonies and preliminary performances start around noon, and Finals performances begin around 5 pm. Updated schedules and ticket prices will be available soon—check for details at sambanote.org

The Sunset Classic is the primary event to raise money that supports all band programs at SHS throughout the year. Under the direction of Greg Hall, Director of Bands, Sunset enjoys one of the premier band programs in the Pacific Northwest. Students are offered a wide variety of musical alternatives including marching band and color guard, jazz band, funk band, and symphonic band. 

SAMBA strives to keep the programs accessible to all interested students, regardless of their ability to pay. It takes over $100,000 a year to support the Sunset High School band and color guard programs. The school district cannot fund these activities. Without community support these opportunities for participation and leadership would disappear. SAMBA could not exist without community support, volunteers, and brilliant students. The band and color guard thanks all the volunteers, guests, and bands that will be going to the Sunset Classic. SAMBA also thanks those who donate their cans and bottles, the poster sponsors, and all other supporters of the band and color guard. If you can’t attend but want to donate, visit the donation page on the SAMBA website. For questions, email samba@sambanote.org.

Ask WCSO

How can I keep my trick-or-treater safe this Halloween?

As we prepare for the excitement of Halloween, we also want to remind the community about the potential dangers when trick-or-treating. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year. We encourage families to #BeSafeBeSeen by ensuring your little ghosts, goblins, and ghouls follow these safety tips:

  • LIGHT UP your costume with reflective tape or carry a flashlight or glowstick.
  • TRAVEL IN GROUPS and stay within familiar neighborhoods.
  • STAY ON SIDEWALKS and be aware of surrounding vehicles.
  • DRIVE SLOW and obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • STAY ALERT on the road, especially when entering and exiting driveways and alleys.
  • PUT THE PHONE AWAY and eliminate distractions behind the wheel and when walking.

Visit https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips for more Halloween safety tips.

As always, call 9-1-1 for emergencies and non-emergency dispatch to report any suspicious activity: 503-629-0111. We hope these tips keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween!

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

Metro transportation online survey

Survey closes October 17. Take the survey online here.

Metro wants to hear about the types of transportation improvements that could help you get where you need to go more safely and reliably. Tell us by taking the survey offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Russian. You can also request language accommodations by emailing transportation@oregonmetro.gov. Feedback will be shared with the Metro Council and other regional leaders to help inform the 2023 Regional Transportation Plan.

By 2045, more than 2 million people will be living in the greater Portland area. It is time to update the region’s vision for the many ways people and businesses will move now and for the next 25 years—by motor vehicle, bus, rail, biking, walking, and more. Metro updates the Regional Transportation Plan every five years to address the needs of greater Portland’s growing and changing communities. Learn more about the 2023 Regional Transportation Plan and sign up to stay involved at oregonmetro.gov/rtp.

TriMet survey and open house

Thursday, October 20, 5-7 pm, Shute Park Library, 775 SE 10th Ave., Hillsboro

Saturday, October 22, 1:30-3 pm, (in Spanish via Zoom)

Thursday, October 27, 5:30-7 pm, (via Zoom)

Click here to learn about TriMet’s service plan and to take the survey due by October 31.

Lots of things have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how and where people ride TriMet. As we restore our bus operator workforce, we anticipate growing our bus service by more than 30% over current levels in the coming years. Working with the community, we’re looking into changes and improvements to our bus service that would help more people get to more places and ensure that TriMet is meeting current and future riders’ needs. We hope to hear from you, and to see you at an open house. Out of six sessions, one is local, in person, and two are via Zoom.

Here are some proposed changes for lines in our area. 

  • 48-Cornell: Line 48 would be upgraded to Frequent Service. Its route would change in Cedar Mill to stay on Barnes, and move off Cedar Hills Boulevard, for faster trips.
  • 62-Murray Blvd: Line 62 service on SW Barnes Road would be discontinued, and there would be new service on Cedar Hills Boulevard and Cornell. Service on Scholls Ferry Road would be discontinued due to new service from Progress Ridge to Tigard via SW Walnut. Line 56 would provide coverage on Scholls Ferry Road.
  • 67-Bethany/158th: Line 67’s route would be extended to Beaverton via 170th, Davis and Erickson.

October events by Viva Village

Via 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. We also invite the public to some events. Members-only events are listed on the website and in the web version of The News. For more information visit our website. Unless otherwise noted, please RSVP for all events by contacting vivavillageeveents@gmail.com or call 503-746-5082. Links for Zoom meetings will be sent to those who RSVP. 

Viva Village events open to the public:

Age Café
Friday, October 7, 11 am-noon, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Small group conversations exploring new topics each month of interest to older adults. Co-sponsored by Viva Village, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton Committee on Aging, and Wash. Co. DAVS. Registration optional.

Online Viva Village 101
Saturday, October 8, 10-11:30 am via Zoom

A fun and informational session about Village life for prospective members and/or volunteers. Viva Village Forum (in-person)

Monday, October 17, 2-3:30 pm, United Methodist Church, Wesley Room, 12555 SW 4th St., RSVP recommended, free

Topic: The Rose Haven Story by Megan Owen, Development & Marketing Coordinator of Rose Haven. Learn about the inspiring story of this nonprofit organization, the only day shelter in the Portland area for women, children, and those marginalized by their gender. Lots of time for questions! Refreshments served. 

Men’s Coffee Break 
Monday, October 24, 10-11 am, Ki Coffee, 4655 SW Griffith Dr. #160

Conversation and coffee. RSVP recommended.

Online Viva Village Book Club
Tuesday, October 25, 1-2:30 pm. RSVP for the address

Meet in person in a member’s home in central Beaverton. Selected book: Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende.

Viva Village events for members and volunteers:

Viva Village Nature Walk
Saturday, October 1, 9:30 am, Willow Creek Greenway and Moshofsky Woods Natural Area, 1069 NW Waterhouse Ave., RSVP recommended.
Online Women’s Coffee
Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 10 am, via Zoom. RSVP for Zoom link

Join members and volunteers for a morning of coffee and conversation. 

Women’s Coffee
Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 10 am, in person. Jim & Patty’s Coffee, 4130 SW 117th, RSVP recommended.
Online Tai Chi Classes 
Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 10-11 am

Practice Tai Chi technique with certified instructor Richard Chew.

Online Writers Group
Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:30-3 pm, RSVP recommended

Join other Village writers for sharing and inspiration. 

Life Stories
Tuesday, October 11, 2 pm. Southminster Presbyterian Church, 12250 SW Denney Rd., RSVP recommended

Viva Village member Bill Zawacki will talk about A Life of Adventure Driving Buses, Motorcycles, and Scooters. 

Dine Around Beaverton and Beyond 
Wednesday, October 12, 1 pm. Tom’s Pancake House, 12925 SW Canyon Rd.

Join in for lunch and conversation. Participants must be vaccinated. RSVP required. Space limited to 12 people.

Online Living Solo 
Thursday, October 20, 4 pm, via Zoom

Share ideas and insights about solo living. RSVP for Zoom link.

Online Movie Discussion Group 
Wednesday, October 26, 5 pm

Bring ideas for movies to discuss and plan the direction this group will take going forward. RSVP recommended.

Thursday Evening Social Group 
Thursday, October 27, 5:30-7:30 pm. Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, 11650 SW Canyon Rd.

Dinner and conversation with Viva Village friends. RSVP required. Limited seating.

Volunteer Halloween Hour (volunteers only)
October 28, 2-3:30 pm. Location TBD

Get together with fellow Viva Village volunteers for a Volunteer Hour with a Halloween theme. RSVP required.

October happenings at The Reser 

The inaugural 2022-23 Reser season includes an eclectic international mix of artists and performances. The Reser continues to be a vibrant cultural hub in the heart of Beaverton. Season highlights include performances by DakhaBrakha, Amythyst Kiah, Gina Chavez, The Heart of Afghanistan, Mark O’Connor, and many more. A sampling of October events include:

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 pm, $30-$40

Amythyst Kiah

Kiah combines “two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion, and the roots/old-time-music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years.

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Big Horn Brass presents West Side Story

Friday, October 14, 7 pm, $10-$30

Big Horn Brass is excited to announce our Fall Concert featuring Bernstein’s West Side Story. The first part of the program features Fall and Cinematic Halloween selections from Beetlejuice and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.  This showcases the depth and diversity of musical styles that is a continuing hallmark of the Big Horn Brass repertoire.

Please visit The Reser website for the above events and for the full season of offerings.

Public Affairs Forum

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Join us virtually at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum! The Forum continues with the 2022-23 season online, providing another engaging month of speakers! Get the Zoom link to join these free events by visiting the Forum website at washingtoncountyforum.org. Find updated meeting info on the “Speakers” tab.

All programs are on Mondays at noon. 

October 3

Veronica Vasquez of Elemento Latino will speak about the Spanish-language television network: Telemundo.

October 10

Reviewing Statewide Ballot Measures on the November Ballot. Forum co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters/ Part 1.

October 17

Reviewing Statewide Ballot Measures on the November Ballot. Forum co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters. Part 2.

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.

Cedar Mill Scouts, Troop 207

Regular weekly meetings every Tuesday, 7:15 pm at Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 NW Dogwood Street. NO meeting October 18.

Email for more information: scouts.ortroop207@gmail.com.

Your organization could receive up to a $5,000 grant!

Monday, October 17, application deadline

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County’s 2023 grant cycle opened applications for its grants on September 19 for programs/projects taking place between January 15-December 31, 2023. Organizations can apply for one of three levels of funding ($1,000, $2,000 or $5,000) for an organization’s activities or opportunities. Open to arts, heritage and humanities nonprofit organizations based in and/or directly serving Washington County. Apply online here.

Organizing for Caregivers with Whitney Zeigler

Thursday, October 20, 4 pm-5 pm, via Zoom, free, registration required

The next topic in our “Curiosity + Courage” series is “Organizing for Caregivers” with Whitney Zeigler of Big Rocks Organizing.

As a caregiver, are you feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to keep track of and all of the tasks you need to manage? Join us for some great tips and a lively discussion about setting up organizing systems that can make your role as a caregiver easier. Mutual, non-judgmental support found here! Register for the Zoom link. For more information, email whitney@bigrocksorganizing.com.

The Jesus Table

Cedar Mill Bible Church provides a hot meal every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm that is open to everyone. Learn more here.