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Volume 11, Issue 12
December 2013


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Public Affairs Forum

The Washington County Public Affairs Forum meets from 11:45 am to 1 pm at the Peppermill Restaurant, located at 17455 SW Farmington Rd, Aloha, OR.

December 16: Brad Avakian, Commissioner at Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)

December 23 and 30: No Meeting

January 6, 2014NIWA – Northwest Independent Writers Association 

January 13-Aloha Library Presentation

Founded in 1956, the Public Affairs Forum provides a common meeting place for the interchange of ideas and to stimulate thinking 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.

Beaverton School District to offer Open Enrollment

The Beaverton School District will offer open enrollment for students living within the BSD service area for the 2014-15 school year at the schools listed below.

Applications for open enrollment are available on the district website, at each school, and at the Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Rd., and will be accepted from Tuesday, December 10, 2013 through Tuesday January 28, 2014 prior to 2 pm. Students may only apply to two schools. Completed applications should be returned to the school for which the student is applying. Applications to more than two buildings will be denied.

Elementary Schools: Bonny Slope, Rock Creek, Fir Grove,Terra Linda, Greenway, West Tualatin View, Oak Hills, William Walker, Raleigh Hills K-5, Raleigh Park, Ridgewood.

Middle Schools: Conestoga, Highland Park, Meadow Park, Whitford.

High school: Beaverton.

Approval is based on the receiving school’s capacity. Certain grade levels may be closed to open enrollment. Parents are encouraged to inquire prior to submitting an application. Additionally, a lottery system may have to be implemented if there are more applications than allocations available. Parents will be informed of the decisions by the principal of the school applied to within one week after the conclusion of the open enrollment period. Parents will need to confirm acceptance at that time.

For more information, contact Melissa Larson at 503-591-4363/503-591-4154 or at

TVF&R Firefighters Put Cooking Skills to Work during Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S. – that’s 8% of the population. What’s even more concerning is that 35% of U.S. adults have prediabetes, which can lead to type II diabetes, and most don’t even know it.


TVF&R firefighters went on 1,100 diabetic-related calls last year. They see firsthand the complications and potentially fatal outcomes that patients face as a result of this disease. In addition to using their medical skills to treat diabetic emergencies, firefighters decided to use their cooking skills to convey an important message during Diabetes Awareness Month—that small changes can yield big results in the fight against diabetes.

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, TVF&R firefighters decided to put their cooking skills to work to raise awareness in the community about prediabetes. Each day in November, a different fire station shared their favorite diabetes-friendly and heart-healthy recipe as part of the Firehouse Cooking Challenge and encouraged the public to cook these recipes at home to discover how easy it is to improve your food choices and adopt healthy cooking habits that can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

As we head into the holidays that traditionally revolve around food and family, these recipes are proof that you can enjoy delicious holiday foods like gingerbread squares, pumpkin custard, garlic ginger turkey, and mashed “potatoes” that will help you feel healthier and ready to start the new year off right. For more on the Firehouse Cooking Challenge recipes and diabetes awareness information visit

Cedar Mill Garden Club

The Annual Potluck Christmas Party, Gift Exchange and Christmas Sweater Contest of the Cedar Mill Garden Club was held Wednesday December 11 at the home of Garnet Ascher, immediate past president of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs.

The January meeting on Japanese Maples and Companion Plants with be a slide show presented by the owner of Arbutus Garden Arts, Norm Jacobs, He will also bring plants. “Do join us for an enjoyable, informational meeting,” said Barbara Cushman, Cedar Mill Garden Club President.


The Club holds their educational meetings with notable speakers at the Beaverton Activities Center, 12500 SW Allen (5th and Hall), on the third Wednesday of each month, September – May, with a Picnic in July. The Cedar Mill Garden Club also holds an annual plant sale to raise money for scholarships and community projects, and takes many field trips and tours. The last tour was at the Judges Council Flower Show in Cedar Mill. The club is also beginning a youth group at a local elementary school. They welcome all interested gardeners, novice or experienced.

For additional information, please call 503-649-7741, or e-mail, or go to and visit the Facebook page.

Award-winning lecture series comes to Portland

The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to Oak Hills again next month. From January 8 through January 28, 2014, Oak Hills Christian Reformed Church will be one of 44 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.

The January Series lectures will be video-streamed live from 9:30 to 10:30 am PST Monday-Friday. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The 27th-annual January Series features a lineup of nationally acclaimed speakers including Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, the founder of ESPN Bill Rasmussen and one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement, John M. Perkins, to name a few.

For a full list of speakers and topics, visit and for more information, contact Corrine Bosch at 503-645-2245.


Sign up for spring soccer

Milltown United Soccer Club will open registration for recreational spring soccer on January 6. With practices starting after spring break and games in April and May, the spring season is a great opportunity for kids to develop skills and have fun in a positive, friendly setting. Teams will be formed for Kindergarten through 8th grade, with K-1st graders participating in Milltown's Kick and Chase program. Visit Milltown's website for additional details:

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