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Volume 16, Issue 1
January 2018


Community News

CPO 1 skips January meeting
League of Women Voters Ballot Measure 101 forum
WCCLS offers interactive online tutoring resources
Cedar Mill Historical Society seeks volunteers
Beaverton Historical Society
Washington County public affairs forum
Washington County Museum free family morning
Indivisible Cedar Mill
Viva Village events
Library news and events
Beaverton School District Budget Process Underway
Bonny Slope’s annual pancake breakfast
Six-Week Series for Caregivers Begins February 1
TVFR Safety Tips
Washington County Resistance (WCR)
Beaverton offers mediation training
Virtue of the month: peacefulness
Volunteer with THPRD to improve natural areas in your neighborhood
Wanted: volunteers to help survey for frogs and salamanders
Israeli and international folk dancing

CPO 1 skips January meeting

There will be no January meeting for Community Participation Organization 1. We invite you to attend the League of Women Voters forum below. We’ll see you again on February 13.

League of Women Voters Ballot Measure 101 forum

League of Women Voters logo

Mon., Jan. 8, 1:30-3 pm, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton, Free

The League of Women Voters explains Ballot Measure 101, Oregon Healthcare Insurance Premiums Tax for Medicaid Referendum and gives the arguments for and against. Be an informed voter. Contact: Kathleen Hersh, or Josie Koehne and visit the facebook page for more information.

WCCLS offers interactive online tutoring resources

Mon.-Sun., 2-11 pm, online, free

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse, an on-demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning platform for all ages and levels. WCCLS will provide WCCLS library card holders free access to the service.


Brainfuse HelpNow™ offers personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including the SAT preparation. WCCLS library cardholders may connect with live tutors online. While HelpNow will be particularly helpful to school-aged students, it also includes a variety of college preparatory materials.

Access to the Brainfuse interactive suite is available through the WCCLS website. Visit: HelpNow™: to get started.

Cedar Mill Historical Society seeks volunteers

Fri., Jan 19, 10 am, Cedar Mill News office, 12505 NW Cornell Ste. 4

After two great opening events for our “pop-up” history museum, we’re gearing up for more events and activities in 2018. If you enjoy learning about the history of our community, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities.

We’re planning a lecture series, more museum openings, and a collection of Tualatin Valley history documents. We want to begin to collect oral histories to capture the memories of long-term residents. And we have many more ideas waiting to be implemented.

And of course, we’re always looking for fundraising ideas. The 2018 Cedar Mill History Calendar sold out, thanks in part to The Ackerly, which purchased calendars for their “pioneer” residents.

So if any of this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you’re invited to attend our next meeting, or just get in touch by calling 503-803-1813 or emailing

Beaverton Historical Society

Tues., Jan. 9, 7 pm, Beaverton Lodge Retirement Home, 12900 SW 9th St., Beaverton, OR 97005, suggested donation of $3.00

Learn about the Lewis & Clark Chapter of the Greater Portland Area Sons of the American Revolution, from Grier R. Iingebretsen. Refreshments included. Donations encouraged.

Visit or call 503-430-0106 to learn more about BHS.

Washington County public affairs forum

Mondays, 11:30 am, Golden Valley Restaurant & Brew Pub, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd, free

Doors open at 11:30 am, and the speakers start at noon. Lunch is available to order from the menu. Following the speaker, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Asking questions of our speakers is a privilege of Forum membership. Upcoming topics include: Measure 101 from both sides; MLK and human rights today; the economic impacts of the arts in Washington County; the February legislative session and its potential impact on business; and climate change.

For detailed schedule information visit

Washington County Museum free family morning

Sat., Jan. 13, 10-1, free, 17677 NW Springville Rd. on the PCC Rock Creek campus

Join us for “International New Year,” a free family morning to learn about how people celebrate the New Year in other countries. There will be a number of hands-on activities, games, and crafts for children to enjoy and take home.

Indivisible Cedar Mill

Mon., Jan. 8, 6:30-7:30 pm socialize, 7:30-8:30 pm meeting, contact for address.

Our January meeting will feature a visit with County Commissioner Greg Malinowski. We will discuss Measure 101 and how we can activate to ensure it’s passage, including signing up for canvas events and phone banks as well as celebrations and progressive actions. Contact Karyn ( or John ( for details.

Viva Village events

Nature Walk: Jackie Husen Park/Jordan Woods

Sat., Jan. 6, 9:30 am, 10955 NW Reeves St, Portland, 97229

ADA Nature Walk in the Cedar Mill Creek area. Meet in the parking lot. RSVP recommended: or 503-746-5082. Information:

Dine Around Beaverton & Beyond

Wed., Jan. 10,12:30 pm, McGrath’s Fish House, 3211 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton

RSVP to Frieda at or 510-693-2955.

Village 101 Presentation

Sat., Jan. 13, 10-11:30 am, Elise Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton

Information for prospective members and/or volunteers. For questions or to sign up, contact or 503-746-5082.

Third Thursday Social

Thurs., Jan. 18, 6-8 pm, Thai Apsara Restaurant, 11793 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. (on Trader Joe’s side of Beaverton Town Square)

RSVP: or 503-746-5082.

Book Club

Tues., Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 pm, private home, Beaverton, 97078

Selected book: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. RSVP: or 503-644-7417.

Let’s Eat Well: a Nutrition Event

Thurs., Jan. 25, 1:30-2:30 pm, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St.

A demonstration of easy-to-make recipes for a nutritious salad and salad dressing and a healthy smoothie. Samples, plus handouts and recipes to take home. Presented by New Seasons nutritionist, Leah Kriewal, MS, RDN. RSVP: or 503-746-5082.

Library news and events

Happy New Year

The beginning of a new year is a great time to start something new or make a resolution for self-improvement. Whatever your resolution, the library has information to help you.

Librarians can help you find diet books, fitness DVDs, or financial planning information. If you would like to learn a new skill, become better informed about current events or learn more about any subject, make the library the first stop on your quest.

Youth clean up the library on MLK day

Mon., Jan. 15, 1:30-3 pm, Cedar Mill library, 12505 NW Cornell Rd

Teens and tweens can give back to the library and the community to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping to clean up the library. Special attention will be paid to computer keyboards, mice and cleaning behind the bookshelves. Kids will earn volunteer hours that they can apply towards meeting volunteer requirements. Registration required. Call 503-644- 0043 x114 to sign up. Ages 12-18.

Beaverton School District Budget Process Underway

The Beaverton School Board will ask voters to consider a renewal of the current five-year local option levy in May 2018. The current local option levy provides $30 million annually and funds 300 teachers across Beaverton schools.

BSD is estimating a $4-6 million shortfall in 2018-2019, the second year of the State's 2017-2019 biennium budget. In 2017-2018, the District also reduced its budget by $5.7 million because it did not receive an adequate state budget allocation. Statewide K-12 funding continues to be unstable.

The estimated shortfall in 2018-2019 is due to *roll-up costs, including staff salaries and benefits, and flat student enrollment due to changing demographics in the area caused by the increased cost of housing.

A significant unknown is Measure 101, slated for the January 2018 election. If passed, the measure would uphold a bill the Oregon Legislature passed in the 2017 session to protect health care coverage for working families, including 400,000 Oregon children. The election outcome could further impact school funding statewide.

District staff will convene in January 2018 to begin the process to draft a proposed budget for Superintendent Don Grotting to present to the Budget Committee in April 2018.

*The effect a wage rise has on benefits that are calculated as a percentage of the wage.

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Bonny Slope’s annual pancake breakfast

Sat., Jan. 20, 7:30-10:30 am, Bonny Slope cafeteria, 11775 NW McDaniel Rd

The tradition continues for our 5th grade class to host this fun family event. Students will sell tickets, host, cook, serve, and entertain the community to raise money for Mazamas Mountain Science School. $5/person or $20/family (max 6 people) in advance; $6/person or $22/family at the door on the day of the event. Buy your tickets here today.


Six-Week Series for Caregivers Begins February 1

Thursdays, Feb. 1-March 8,1-3:30 pm, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street

Registration is open for a six-week series called Powerful Tools for Caregivers , sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services and Tuality Healthcare.

“This educational series helps unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while they are caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness,” says instructor Deborah Letourneau. “Participants will learn how to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions.”

The class is appropriate for anyone helping a parent, spouse or friend. The person in their care may live at home, in a facility or across the country.

There is a suggested donation of $35 to help cover the cost of the book, but payment is not required to attend the class. Class size is limited, and registration is required by calling the Washington County Family Caregiver Support Program at 503-846-3089.

Nighttime lane closures start Jan. 5

Travelers can anticipate nighttime lane closures on portions of six Washington County roads for manhole and monument box adjustments starting Jan. 5.

Closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Cornell, Germantown, Dickson Mill and Gales Creek roads; Evergreen Parkway and 158th Avenue. The schedule will fluctuate as each location is completed. Work is expected to be completed in about 10 days.

The adjustments are part of the 2017 overlay work. Visit for the latest road construction information.

TVFR Winter Safety Tips

With the New Year and resolutions on everyone’s minds, now is the time to think about some personal and home safety steps that can help carry you and your family safely into and through 2018, as well as save you time and money by avoiding winter-related damage to your home or business.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters always see an increase in outdoor-related injuries around the first of the year. Keep these things in mind to minimize your risk of personal injury:

Increased slip and fall injuries are of particular concern this time of year. Be extra careful on icy surfaces around your home. Use kitty litter or sand to increase traction.

Make sure to dress appropriately for outdoor activity; dress in layers with hats, gloves and waterproof boots. Be aware of the wind chill factor, which can often lower the temperature by several degrees. Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued storm advisories.

If you must travel, make sure someone knows where you are going, what time you expect to arrive, and the route you plan to take. Pack extra water, food, blankets, and clothing in case of an unexpected emergency.

There are also steps you can take to improve the safety of your home this winter.

Have your home heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside. If you are heating with wood, inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys. Always discard ashes in a metal container away from combustible materials. Check your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies by installing a CO alarm in your home.

In addition to fires, TVF&R firefighters respond to other types of emergencies that can cause severe damage to homes and businesses. We recommend you take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the water shut off for your home/business if you haven’t done so already. For the past several winters, TVF&R firefighters have responded to hundreds of calls for frozen water pipes that burst and began flowing water. Businesses and homeowners suffered thousands of dollars in damage because they didn’t know how to stop the water from flowing.

During region-wide weather events, first responders must prioritize their response to life-safety incidents. Knowing how to shut off your water and calling a professional can prevent significant damage to your home. Also, insulate exposed water pipes in the garage and cover outdoor water spigots.

Visit for more winter safety tips.

Washington County Resistance (WCR)

Thurs., Jan. 25, 7-8:30 pm

Build community with neighbors interested in pursuing local actions to stand up for justice, equality, and environment. Join our discussion with guest speaker Matt Koehler, Vice-Chair of Washington County Democrats on the Neighborhood Leader program. Donation drive to benefit HomePlate Youth Services.

Contact for details.

Beaverton offers mediation training

Fri., Jan. 26; Sat., Jan, 27; Fri. Feb. 2; Sat., Feb. 3, 8 am-5 pm, 12725 SW Millikan Way

The City of Beaverton’s Dispute Resolution Center is offering a 32-hour Basic Mediation Training to community members. The course will cover all aspects of the mediation process including topics like conflict theories, mediation stages, active listening, and conflict-response styles.

The Basic Mediation Training is available to the public. The cost to participate is $250 and includes four eight-hour days of training. Registration is required. Visit to sign-up.

Virtue of the month: peacefulness

“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love; where there is an injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope.”—St. Frances of Assisi

The practice of Peacefulness:


I have a tranquil spirit.

I enter the peace of reflection.

I release my fears.

I move calmly without rush or hurry.

I choose justice instead of anger.

I choose unity over discord.

Affirmation: I am thankful for the gift of Peacefulness. It allows me to be an instrument of grace.

Excerpted from Virtues Reflection Cards,

Contact Delaram at 503-267-0202 for Virtues Connection Portland, Oregon.

Volunteer with THPRD to improve natural areas in your neighborhood

Join us at the park improvement projects listed below and help us protect and restore local natural areas. All projects are 9 am-noon. Please bring a re-usable water bottle to drink from throughout the event. Tools, gloves, snacks and a water cooler will be provided!

Sat., Jan. 20, NE Park (located @ NW Saltzman & Laidlaw)

Sat., Feb. 10, Jackie Husen Park

New projects will be listed periodically. Register for these events here.

Wanted: volunteers to help survey for frogs and salamanders

Sat., Jan. 27, Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97006

Join us for training and be a part of a regional effort to monitor wildlife, watershed health, and the success of our restoration projects! Participants in our amphibian survey program attend a free training session on how to identify frog and salamander eggs, then survey local ponds three to four times during February and March.

Register here to be a part of this unique experience.

For more information, contact Melissa Marcum at, 503-619-3941.

Israeli and international folk dancing

Mondays, Jan. 1; Jan. 15; Jan. 31, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd.beginner’s class 6:30-7 pm, light instruction dance at 7-9 pm

Join in for folk dancing at Leedy Grange with Sue & Friends. Beginners welcome, no experience or partner necessary. We focus on classic Israeli dances with a sprinkling of the newer, and a now dash of International. $6/$10 couple. Free for first timers. For details please visit Portland Israeli Folk Dance News at, or email Sue at


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