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Volume 15, Issue 12
December 2017


Community News December 2017

Washington County Forum Schedule:

Learn about the issues and meet the people who affect our lives in Washington County. Meetings held at Golden Valley Restaurant & Brew Pub in Beaverton 1520 NW Bethany Blvd Beaverton, OR 97006. All events are free. Doors open at 11:30 am, and speakers start at noon. Lunch is available to order from the menu. Forum programs are streamed live on Facebook if you can’t attend the meetings.

Dec. 11: Jan Elfers and Yahya Kane from the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon will speak on the SOAR program – legal assistance for immigrants.

Jan. 8: Speaker TBA to speak on “Both Sides of Measure 101”

Jan 15: Peg Pfab, Secretary of the Human Rights Council of Washington County, to speak on MLK and Human Rights today.

Bugs, flooding, and the State Legislature: CPO 1 keeps you informed!

Tues., Dec. 12, 7 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman

We'll hear from our State Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward about the 2017 session; then Oregon Dept. of Agriculture will give us a report on this year's effort to eradicate the Japanese Beetle; then we have a panel of folks with advice about dealing with Cedar Mill Creek flooding this season, from Washington County, Clean Water Services, and possibly visitors from other concerned agencies.

CPO 1 meetings are free and open to anyone who wants to know what’s going on in the community. Find us on Facebook and signup for the newsletter at the county website.

Washington County Museum Family Morning


Sat., Dec. 9, 10-1pm, PCC Rock Creek 17677 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229. Free.

Come sit in a logging cookhouse, learn logger lingo, practice rolling logs across the museum floor, and make some forest-inspired paper crafts that you can take home. You are encouraged to bring used paper from home to recycle into paper crafts!

Indivisible Cedar Mill Monthly Meeting

Mon., Dec. 9, 6:30-7:30 pm socialize, 7:30-8:30 pm meeting, contact for address.

We will have two guest speakers at this month’s meeting, State Representative Mitch Greenlick and Ethan Krow of Yes for Health. We will be discussing Measure 101 and how we can participate to ensure its passage.

Indivisible Cedar Mill is a progressive, grassroots organization. Contact Karyn ( or John ( for details.

PCC Rock Creek Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band concert

PCC Chamber Ensemble

Mon., Dec. 11, 7 pm, Forum Theater, Room 114, Building 3, at 17705 NW Springville Road, Free.

The Chamber Ensemble, directed by Jason Palmer, will perform classical repertoire from Bach to Piazzolla in a small chamber music format. The Jazz Ensemble will perform a wide variety of jazz, Brazilian and popular music including works by Joe Zawinul, Josh Deutsch, Horace Silver, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and student composers. The Symphonic Band, directed by Noelle Freshner, will perform Amparito Roca by Spanish Composer Jaime Texidor, Cajun Folk Songs by Frank Tichelli and Symphony No. 4 by Andrew Boysen Jr. The concert will also feature the animated piece Autobahn by Ryan George.

The PCC Rock Creek Choirs concert

Tues., Dec. 12, 7 pm, Forum Theater, Room 114, Building 3, at 17705 NW Springville Road, Free.

The Rock Creek Choirs, directed by Dr. Samuel Barbara, will present an array of outstanding choral music including excerpts from Robert Ray's Gospel Mass and a variety of holiday selections.

The two concerts are free but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information about the concerts, please contact Jason Palmer at, 971-722-7869, or view the music department’s events page at and Facebook page at

Viva Village Holiday Party

Thurs., Dec. 14, 3-5pm, Westbrook Clubhouse, 14255 SW 6th St, Beaverton

Viva Village is celebrating its first anniversary with a holiday party. Members, volunteers, friends, and supporters of Viva Village are all invited. Since the Village opened on October 1, 2016, the number of members has more than doubled, from 35 to 72. 62 Viva Village volunteers have contributed more than 10,400 hours of service, managing the day-to-day running of the Village, facilitating member and public events, and providing member services.

Viva Village, which serves the Beaverton area, is one of six Villages in the Portland area that help older adults remain in their homes as they age by providing services, support, and community.

Village 101 Presentation

Sat., Dec. 9, 10-11:30 am, Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton.

Information for prospective members and/or volunteers. Information: or 503-746-5082.

Visit the website for more opportunities to socialize and explore the community.

Library News and Events
By Dawn Anderson

Star Wars Day

Sat., Dec. 9, Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries

Are you excited about the new Star Wars film? Come celebrate all things Star Wars. Costumes are encouraged, so dig out your Princess Leia wig and Han Solo vest and join in the fun.

Santa Claus Visit

Sat., Dec. 9, 2-4 pm, Second Edition Resale Shop

We have just received word from Santa Claus, delivered by one of his hand-picked elves. He will see children of all ages on the mezzanine and have a small toy for each child. Photos are encouraged - bring a camera if you would like to capture the moment!

Annual Holiday Library Book Sale

Books make the perfect holiday gift – they are easy to wrap and come in all subjects and sizes for everyone on your list! Browse and shop our selection of gently-used holiday books, DVDs and CDs and help support the library with your purchase.

Dec. 1-23: Cedar Mill Library in the lobby

Dec. 9-23: Bethany Library

Ongoing Book Sales:

Both libraries have ongoing book sales during library hours. We also sell books in our Amazon store, which has more than 2,500 items - visit today! We feature a constantly rotating book collection for adults and children. The quality is high. The prices are low. Items include some library discards, but mostly donated books.


We welcome your Book, DVD, and CD donations anytime the library is open at both locations. For more information on donating and our guidelines, visit the library’s website at - All proceeds go to support your library. Thanks!

Winter Village is Here!

Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station, 943 NE Orenco Station Loop, Hillsboro, OR 97124, adjacent to Orenco Station MAX stop.

Winter Village

Winter Village, the region's only open-air ice skating rink, is now open through Monday, January 1. Get unlimited skating with regular admission at Jerry Willey Plaza! Weekday specials through Dec. 15 include free skating with $2 skate rental from 3-4:30 pm and from 5-8:30 pm. On the weekends and during winter vacation Winter Village operates 90-minute skate sessions at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm (half day Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day).

Save time and fill out your waiver now! Find detailed Winter Village information, hours, and prices at:

Boy Scout Dog Toy Project Needs Donations

Hello! My name is Zachary Jarvis with Troop 685 and I am currently working on my Eagle Scout Project. I am collecting gently used t-shirts and jeans to make dog toys for Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. In addition, I am collecting wet canned cat and dog food. I can pick up your donations.

Dec. 15: deadline for clothing donations; Dec. 31: deadline for pet food donations.

For more info please call: 503-848-9191.

Registration for THPRD's winter classes begins Dec. 9


Winter classes will start in early January. THPRD’s activities guide offers class descriptions, registration forms, instructions and other helpful information for enrollees. In addition to being accessible online, the activities guide is available in print at any THPRD recreation or aquatic center or the Administration Office at 158th and Walker Road. It can also be picked up at several community locations, including all area libraries.

Online and phone registration will be open to in-district residents starting at 8 am on Dec. 9 and continue until 6 pm that day. It will resume Dec. 10 from noon-4 pm and Dec. 11-12 from 8 am-6 pm. For out-of-district residents, online and phone registration for winter term will begin Monday, Dec. 11, at 8 am.

To register by phone, call 503-439-9400 starting Dec. 9. Beginning Dec. 13, call or visit any THPRD center. Have class information, credit card or debit information (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or THPRD gift card), and a valid THPRD residency card available when you call. You can sign up only members of your immediate family. Questions in advance can be directed to 503-645-6433. Patrons registering by computer for the first time must establish an online account in advance at

The park district will again offer, on a limited basis, Spanish language assistance during phone-in registration on Dec. 9. Those living outside the Tualatin Hills district must pay an assessment fee ($86 quarterly or $344 annually) to enroll. Or they can pay a 25% premium for each class attended.

Tualatin Valley Water District Lead Results Well Below EPA Action Levels

Lead in drinking water is a local and national health concern. Tualatin Valley Water District’s (TVWD’s) October 2017 round of testing showed that the water our customers receive has lead test results below the federal standard. This follows TVWD’s testing in May, which also showed results well below the federal standard.

TVWD tested for lead from 112 samples collected from high-risk homes, which includes those built between 1983 and 1985 when lead solder and copper pipes were commonly used. The federal standard for this monitoring is based on having 90% of the homes tested with a lead level of no greater than 15 parts per billion. Based on TVWD’s latest monitoring, 90% of the homes tested had a lead level of nine parts per billion or less, which is about 60% of the standard. 40% of the homes had no detectable lead at all.

Lead is rarely found in TVWD’s water sources, and there are no known lead service lines in the distribution system. The main sources of lead in water are from plumbing fixtures, which may contain lead-based solder and brass or chrome-plated plumbing fixtures and components. For more information about lead and TVWD’s drinking water, visit

Lead can cause serious health problems, especially to pregnant women and young children. For more information on reducing lead exposure and the health effects of lead, contact the Leadline at 503-988-4000 or; visit the EPA’s web site at; call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD (800-424-5323); or contact a healthcare provider.

TVWD provides high quality drinking water and excellent customer service to 222,000 people in Washington County, Oregon. The service area covers more than 44 square miles and includes portions of the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard. More information about TVWD can be found at

Raising Awareness for the Off-road Cycling Master Plan

The project team in the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has created a set of recommendations to plan where in Portland new, off-road cycling trails and bicycle parks should be located. The recommendations include new and revised trails in Forest Park, even though a majority of respondents to their previous online open house were opposed to new trails in this park.

The off-road cycling plan recommendations and information are available to the public on the city of Portland’s website and the project team is accepting input through Dec. 17 (online or in-person). The proposal will then go to the Parks Board, and then to City Council. You can participate in the online open house, which allows you to review the recommendations and provide comments to the project team here:

This online open house can be complicated – you need to open the map, then click on part of the map that you are interested in (for example, the Central Unit of Forest Park, or the South Unit), then scroll down in the box on the right side of the screen to see what is proposed and then scroll further down to provide comments on that one area. Submit those comments, and then if you want to comment on another area, you click on that new part of the map and repeat the process. You can also see the proposals as a whole by opening the discussion draft document before you go to the map. The discussion draft is here

If you want to attend an open house to learn more about the proposals, talk to staff, and submit your comments, there are several opportunities:

Thurs., Dec. 7, 5-8 pm, East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave, Portland 97216.

TriMet Bus Routes #15, 20

Wed., Dec. 13, 5-7:30 pm, Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott St, Portland 97212.

TriMet Bus Routes #4, 6, 24, 44

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Second Edition Volunteer Donates Tree Skirt

Katharine Byerley made this fantastic tree skirt entirely out of men’s neckties for Second Edition in order to support the Cedar Mill Community Library. Byerley has volunteered at Second Edition for three years as a clothing pricer,  and she loves to sew. What’s your special skill? If you don’t have time to volunteer on a regular basis, perhaps you have talents like this that you could share. To join us:

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