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Volume 18, Issue 3
March 2020


Community News March 2020

“Don’t Freak Out” parenting advice program

Thursday, March 19, 7-9 pm, Sunset High Auditorium, 13840 NW Cornell Rd

David Kozlowski and Heidi Swapp

The community is invited to join David Kozlowski and Heidi Swapp to learn how to partner with children, help them combat anxiety and depression, and build high-quality relationships for life.

Come learn the secret to staying calm and how to best help when those you care about need your support. Presented by David Kozlowski, TED talk presenter and Child and Family Therapist, and Heidi Swapp, mom and entrepreneur from the "Light the Fight" podcast.

This event is free, but you will need a ticket to attend. Families may pick up tickets in the Sunset High School main office. Office hours are 7 am-3 pm.

West Haven Nature Trail Planning Community Meeting

Trail project location
Trail project location

Thursday, March 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, Cedar Mill Library upstairs meeting room

The public is invited to join Neighbors for Smart Growth (NFSG) and trail planning consultants for a community meeting on the planning of a nature trail along North Johnson Creek between SW 90th and 95th Avenues.

The project, located behind Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Campus, is funded by a grant awarded to NFSG through Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program. The meeting will include a brief update and encourage public feedback on trail route alternatives.

For more information, please contact Jake Mintz with NFSG at mintzpdx@gmail.com.

All Ears Elephant Foundation Trunk ‘n Groove Concert

Sunday, April 5, 3 pm, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14175 NW Cornell Rd., $10 entry fee.

all ears elephant foundation logo

Join the All Ears Elephant Foundation, a charity and educational nonprofit founded by Rachel Carson eighth grader Katelyn Haslebacher, for a benefit concert dedicated to protecting endangered elephants. Trunk ‘n Groove features a performance by award-winning local concert rock violinist and former Pink Martini member Aaron Meyer, as well as a performance by Katelyn herself. There will be a raffle for attendees to enter and win prizes, along with All Ears merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit the All Ears Elephant Foundation.

Katelyn founded the All Ears Elephant Foundation after visiting Thailand last summer and learning about the plights that tourism, poaching, and other harmful human practices have wrought upon wild elephants in Thailand and other south Asian countries.

 “Before we went [to Thailand], I researched a ton about elephants. I researched their body language to be completely ready,” Katelyn said. “While we were there I learned a lot about elephants at the sanctuaries we visited. Since then, I decided to start the foundation and got everything going. It’s a lot of work, and it’s hard for me because you don’t find people who are as passionate about elephants as I am.”

Katelyn’s foundation’s goals are twofold: to raise money for existing sanctuaries that are dedicated to providing security for former working elephants abroad; and to educate the public on the current dangers imperiling elephants, including tourism and the EEHV virus. According to All Ears’s website, all elephants genetically carry the EEHV virus, and only some are physically affected by it. If affected at a young age, an elephant will often die within a few hours or days, making finding a vaccine critical for protecting wild and zoo elephants.

Katelyn hopes her fundraiser will allow her to expand her educational outreach and ability to fund critical elephant sanctuaries. Most importantly, the concert will help increase local awareness about the global challenges elephants face.

 “I’m trying to get people to really see how big of a problem [elephant endangerment] is,” Katelyn said. “With all these people coming, I can tell them the problems, they can have a really fun time with all the music, and all the money we raise is going to those places that I’m helping out.”

How to Win Friends and Survive a Disaster: 9 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness

Imagine the possibility of feeling connected and cared for by your neighbors. We’re all in this together! If your power goes out, mine probably does too. If an earthquake hits, we want to be able to help each other as neighbors because emergency services will be overwhelmed in a natural disaster; they won't be able to help us for weeks, if not months. says FEMA and our local government. Your best chance of survival is to be surrounded by people who are knowledgeable and prepared — people who have your back and know what to do. Let’s get prepared together and have some fun, before a disaster strikes.

We invite you to two educational events where you, your family, and friends can connect, learn, prepare, and have fun. Sponsored by Cedar Hills Ready! and Quake Up!, volunteer organizations created by your neighbors, these events are held at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, 11695 SW Park Way. Bring family and friends. They are free and open to the public.

Map Your Neighborhood Training

Monday, March 16, 7 pm

Learn the magic nine steps for surviving a disaster and how to organize your neighborhood. Statistics show that 70 percent of all survivors of disasters are rescued by other survivors. Your neighbors are your first responders.

Cedar Hills Ready! Quake Up!

Saturday, April 18, 10 am-4 pm

A family-friendly event featuring safety demonstrations, tips and resources, vendor booths, and expert speakers. Topics include go bags, sanitation, water and food storage, fire safety, and more.

For more information, please contact Karen at info.cedarhillsready@gmail.com or visit us at www.cedarhillsready.org. Let’s get prepared together.

Process Art

Every Thursday in March (except March 19), 6:30-8:30 pm , The Studio at Cedar Mill Bible Church

This group is all about paying attention to what is happening within you as you create. Process art is a journey of discovery that invites you into a fuller awareness of what your body and senses are saying. It's not about creating a product but rather about discovering more about yourself, the world and your spiritual journey which leads to deeper understanding, healing, growth and peace. No experience necessary. This class is designed for adults. Space is limited to 10 people, so please RSVP.

Led by April Near. For more information or to RSVP, contact anear@cmbc.org.

across the pacific

Beaverton Community Band

Sunday, March 22, 3 pm, Village Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd.

Beaverton Community Band presents “Music From Across The Pacific,” and features a variety of pieces written or influenced by Asian, Australian, and other Pacific cultures and composers.

From Korea to Japan to New Zealand, marches to medleys, the Winter Concert showcases a wide variety of music sure to please all listeners. Whether written by composers from Pacific nations or inspired by Pacific cultures, the pieces performed at the Winter Concert all pay homage to the great historic and artistic traditions from those regions which have contributed to the repertoire of American concert bands.

Inside WashCo Radio

Former WashCo Forum President Rob Solomon has developed an interview show featuring in-depth conversations with interesting and influential people in Washington County. All programs are available through podcast subscription, or direct on the website. The original show plays Friday at 1:30 pm on KUIK 1360 AM and is repeated the following Sunday at 5 pm. In addition, the show is on KBOO (90.7 FM) each Wednesday (except third) at 9 am.

March topics include:
  • Governor John Kitzhaber on health care (part 2)
  • The Changing Face of Local Journalism
  • Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
  • Discussion on Philanthropy
  • Beach Pace discussing LGBTQ issues and resources

For more information, go to insidewashco.org.

Five Oaks Museum

Free Family Mornings: Reclaimed art with Emily Miller

Saturday, March 14, 10 am-1 pm, Five Oaks Museum, 17677 NW Springville Rd.

ghost net landscape fish

Transform reclaimed fishing rope debris into beautiful art with Emily Miller! Miller rescues mountains of colorful plastics from the sea off the Oregon coast, and turns them into huge art installations and beautiful creations. Join her at Five Oaks Museum to create your own unique fish out of reclaimed rope! Little ones, grandparents and everyone in between will have a chance to add to a growing school of fishes displayed in the museum’s Welcome Gallery for the rest of the month.

This event marks the launch of Free Family Morning for 2020. On second Saturdays from March through November bring the whole family for free admission and a hands-on, all-ages workshop led by local artists. Each month you can see the teaching artist’s work all month long in the Welcome Gallery, too!

Forest Grove Indian School

Saturday, March 7, 11 am, Chemawa Indian School, 3700 Chemawa Rd NE, Salem, OR


Until a few decades ago, it was the U.S. federal policy to take children away from Native American families and place them in boarding school. These schools punished students for any expression of their Native cultures or languages.

One of the earliest such boarding schools opened in Forest Grove in 1880 and operated there until 1885. Its descendant, Chemawa Indian School, is still open today in Salem. The school has had profound and lasting effects on the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. This talk will include images and maps of the school, and will speak of the forces that drove its founding. It will also describe the daily life of students and how we can confront the boarding school systems legacy of trauma.

Ticket proceeds will support the creation of an after-school art program for students at Chemawa Indian School.

Five Oaks Museum is open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from 12-4 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm.

Folk dancing at Leedy Grange

Mondays, March 16, and 30, 7-9 pm, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., $6 for singles or $10 per couple.

Join in for exercise and fun folk dancing at Leedy Grange with Sue & Friends. Enjoy Israeli and International dances with this friendly group. No partner is necessary. 7:00 to 7:30 is beginners’ level instruction and dancing. 7:30 to 9:00 pm is intermediate level instruction and dancing. First time free. Folk dancing is great for brain and body health, and for making new friends too! For details please visit Portland Israeli Folk Dance News at www.sites.google.com/site/pifdnews, and for questions please email Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com.

Viva Village Events

All listed events are open to members and non-members. For more information, and to see a complete list of March events, go to vivavilllage.org and click on Calendar. RSVP where indicated: vivavillageevents@gmail.com or 503-746-5082

Women’s Coffee

Tuesdays, 10 am, Jim and Patty’s Coffee, 4130 SW 117 Ave.

Nature Walk

Saturday, March 7, 9:30 am, Summer Lake Park, 11450 SW Winter Lake Dr.

Village 101 Presentation

Saturday, March 14, 10-11:30 am, Elsie Stuhr Center, Cedar Room, 5550 SW Hall Blvd.

Information for prospective members and volunteers. RSVP.

Urban Hikers

Thursday, March 19, 10 am, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18895 SW Kemmer Road.

Hike at a moderate pace for 2 miles on gravel path. RSVP.

Thursday Night Social

Thursday, March 19, 5:30 pm, McMenamins Brew Pub, 6179 SW Murray Blvd. RSVP.

Men’s Coffee Break

Tuesday, March 24, 10-11 am. Ki Coffee, 4655 SW Griffith Dr, #160.

Village Book Club

Tuesday, March 24, 4 pm. Private home in Westbrook Neighborhood.

Selected Book: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. RSVP for address.

Cedar Mill Library

Find event calendars, storytime schedules, printable event brochures and more at Library.CedarMill.org

Writers' Mill

Sunday March 15, 1-3 pm, Ages 18+

Whether you're hoping for publication, planning to self-publish, or writing just for fun, join us for this hands-on inspiring monthly gathering of people who love to write. Newcomers welcome! For more details on Writer’s Mill activities, contact group facilitator SheilaD@portlandwritersmill.org

Owl Book Group

Friday March 27, 10:30 am-12 pm, Ages 18+

You are invited to join the Owl Book Group for a great book discussion held monthly in the library's second floor Lewis Community Room. In March, the Owls will discuss Warlight by Michael Ondaatje.

Unless otherwise noted, the group meets on the last Friday of each month. Newcomers are always welcome! For a complete list of titles, past and present, go to library.cedarmill.org/services/book-clubs.

Indivisible Cedar Mill

Come join Indivisible Cedar Mill for our April meeting. We are a progressive, grass-roots organization that opposes the Trump administration and believes in furthering progressive causes as well as acting locally to keep Oregon blue.

Meet Steven Burke

April 6, 7:30-8:30 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm

The meeting will host guest speaker Steven Burke, candidate for Washington County Judge.

Please email Karyn (karyn@karynservin.com) or John (theportlandfoxes@gmail.com) for location.

Stand On Every Corner

Third Thursday monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm, corners of NW Cornell and Murray Blvd.

We host a monthly protest to show our frustration with the Trump administration. All are welcome to join us. We gather and hold signs at the intersection in a peaceful protest. Please feel free to bring your own signs but will have some to share.

Library Volunteer Opportunities

When you volunteer, everyone wins. Help promote the joy of reading and lifelong learning as a volunteer for the Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries. To apply, please visit: www.library.cedarmill.org/volunteer.

Book Processor

Tuesdays, 9-11 am, Cedar Mill

Get a first look at the newest books as you sticker, stamp and label books, readying them for circulation.

Bookshare driver

Third Thursday of every month, 9:30-11:30 am

Deliver books to our youngest patrons. BookShare, our children’s outreach program supplying books to kids in care, needs a delivery driver.


Thursdays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Sundays 2:30-4:45pm

Process payments at the register, help and welcome customers, tidy and restock merchandise at 2nd Edition, the library’s ongoing fundraiser.


Weekdays, 8:30 am, Bethany; Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 am, Cedar Mill

Sort and shelve library materials, pull and process holds. What books are hot? You’ll see them in Circulation! Positions now open at both library locations.

PCC Music

The Portland Community College Rock Creek Music Department will present exciting student concerts in March. For more information about these concerts, please contact Anthony Catalan at anthony.catalan@pcc.edu or call 971-722-7866, or go to at pcc.edu/musicrc.

The concerts begin at 7 pm (unless otherwise noted), in the Forum Theater, Room 114, Building 3, 17705 NW Springville Rd, Admission is a donation at the door, parking is $2 (permits are available at parking machines).

March 10

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jason Palmer, and the Jazz Combos, directed by Christopher Woitach, will perform standards and modern jazz/rock arrangements.

March 11

The Rock Creek Symphonic Band, directed by Travis Freshener, and the Sylvania Symphonic Band will perform rousing band music on brass, woodwinds and percussion.

March 13, 12 pm

Rock Creek music students will perform on voice, piano and other instruments.

March 18

Rock Creek music majors will perform in the Student Honors recital.

March 19

The Rock Creek Chorus, Chamber Choir, and Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Jason Sabino, will perform music from around the world.

Washington County Forum

Join us at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum! 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.

The forum meets every Monday, 12 pm, doors open at 11:30 am, at Coyote’s Bar and Grill, 5301 W Baseline Rd., free to attend (lunch can be ordered from the menu)

Washington County Library Levy

Monday, March 2

County officials will answer questions about this measure that, if approved by voters on May 19, will continue funding library services by renewing the existing property tax levy that expires in 2021.

Washington County Public Safety Levy

Monday, March 9

County officials will answer questions about this measure that if approved by voters on May 19 would enhance funding for public safety services by replacing the existing property tax levy that expires in 2021.

Oregon House and Senate Candidate Forum

Monday, March 16

The county’s Republican and Democratic candidates for the legislature will be at the forum to personally visit with attendees and give their vision for their district and the state.

County Commissioner, Circuit Court Judge and Sheriff Candidate Forum

Monday, March 23

Local candidates for County Commission, circuit court judge and sheriff will be at the forum to personally visit with attendees and speak to their plans for the offices they seek.

Debate for Washington County Sheriff

Monday, March 30

Sheriff Pat Garrett and Red Wortham debate for the county’s top law enforcement position.

Mountain Men

Beaverton Historical Society

Tuesday, March 10, 7 pm, doors open at 6:45 pm, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., suggested $3 donation benefits Beaverton Historical Society

Beaverton Historical Society Presents Early Willamette Valley Settlers and Settlements, with Sherry Johnston, Docent of the Oregon Historical Society.

French Canadians, Scots, Irish, English, their mixed race families, and a sprinkling of American fur traders made the initial claims on formerly native land in the Willamette Valley. Seasoned outdoorsmen, they knew that its terrain, climate, and soil held critical aspects for a good life.

Later, Oregon Trail emigrants came, expecting to find a second Eden dripping with milk and honey. The 2,100 mile, four-to-six-month trek tested all the courage and strength they could muster. Their grit, and the help of neighbors and strangers, sustained them those first years in the Willamette Valley.

Skyline Living Series

Skyline Grange presents a variety of interesting and useful classes and workshops, open to all, and held at the Grange Hall, 11275 NW Skyline Blvd

Moles and Holes

Thursday, March 12, 7-9 pm

We are fortunate to have Chip Buhl, an experienced OSU Extension agricultural agent, talk about vertebrate landscape pests, including moles, gophers, voles, and ground squirrels, and he will add rats as an added bonus! The talk will cover the biology of those species, potential damage, and control options for homeowners.

Skyline Elk

Wednesday, March 19, 7-9 pm

Come listen to Geoff McMullen, assistant district wildlife biologist on Sauvie Island for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He will talk about our elk, their lifecycle, habits, hoof disease, hunting regulations, and elk/deer proof fencing.


Saturday, April 18, 11 am-2 pm, King City Civic Center Clubhouse, 15245 SW 116th Ave.

The Washington County Democrats Annual Spring Fundraiser includes luncheon, gift basket raffle, silent auction, door prizes, and a panel discussion with Democratic candidates for Secretary of State.

For tickets and more information: washcodems.org/2020/02/18/april-18-2020-springfest-go-forward-go-together/.

Career and Technical Education Fair

Wednesday, March 11, 6-7:30 pm, Merlo Station High School, 1841 SW Merlo Dr.

bsd career fair

Beaverton School District invites students and families to the Career & Technical Education Fair. This is an opportunity to explore career-specific post high school education and training options for high-wage, high-demand careers in the areas of Health, Information Technology (IT), Construction, and Manufacturing. Apprenticeship programs, community colleges, volunteer, travel, and direct workforce opportunities will also be represented.

Pop-in sessions will include:

  • Understanding apprenticeship programs
  • Short-term career opportunities of study
  • Resume writing
  • Interview techniques, and more…

For more information, please contact Merlo Station High School at 503-356-3650.

Beaver Chapter DAR Honors Vietnam Veterans

Saturday, March 28, 10 am-12 pm, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd.

Beaver Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be honoring Vietnam War era veterans and surviving spouses. The Vietnam War Commemoration was enacted by presidential proclamation in 2012 and seeks to honor any US veteran of any theater who served our country from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 7 million veterans of that period are living today.

The main focus is to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the Nation. Knowing that these men and women may not have received the welcome home that they deserved we are reaching out to find and bring to them an acknowledgement that they are not forgotten and will forever be appreciated. For additional information and personalized recognition please RSVP to Lynn Pittman llpitt@aol.com.

Bathing Without a Battle Workshop

Saturday, March 7, 10-11:30 am, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St.

Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services (DAVS) Family Caregiver Support Program is teaming up with Beaverton City Library to offer a four-part series for caregivers this spring. “Practical Skills for Family and Friend Caregivers” workshops are free and open to anyone caring for a loved one. Participants may attend one, some or all sessions.

In a study conducted by the Center for Advanced Palliative Care and the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, family caretakers identified refusal to bathe as one of the most challenging behaviors of their loved ones living with dementia. Attendees will learn about special techniques, proper preparation, and helpful products and supplies to help those with dementia bathe without the fear and fighting.

Future workshops:

April 6, 10-11:30 am: Focus on caregiving safely

April 26, 4:30-6 pm: Legal keys to health care

May 4, 6-7:30 pm: Occupational therapy approaches to caregiving

Registration is not required. Call 503-846-3099 for more information.

Metro Parks and Nature Sponsorships for Community-led activities

Metro’s Parks and Nature Community Partnerships program provides sponsorships of up to $3,500 for activities at Metro parks and natural areas led by and for people of color. Community-based organizations and groups—including community groups, non-profits, neighborhood groups, faith groups and service groups—can apply for a sponsorship. Apply from Tuesday, March 10, through March 25.

Optional Workshop to learn more:

Tuesday, March 10, 6-7:30 pm, Metro (600 NE Grand Ave., room 270)

Or visit our website or oregonmetro.gov/grants for more information.

TVF&R invites you to explore a career in the fire service

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel will participate in several recruitment events in the months ahead, offering unique experiences that give people an inside look at what it’s like to be a firefighter. For more information about career opportunities with TVF&R, visit www.tvfr.com.

NW Youth Careers Expo

March 10, Oregon Convention Center

TVF&R will have an exhibit booth and crew ready to answer questions and meet with high school students at the NW Youth Careers Expo. Nearly 7,000 students from about 70 high schools across Oregon and Southwest Washington are expected to attend and participate in hands-on learning, demonstrations, mock interviews, and career workshops.

Career Day

April 18, 8 am-5:30 pm, TVF&R Training Center in Sherwood

career day ladder climb

Career Day offers an opportunity for adults who may be interested in a career in the fire service to learn more about job requirements and TVF&R. It includes hands-on experiences in primary firefighter responsibilities as well as presentations about station life, career and volunteer opportunities, the hiring process, emergency medical services, fire prevention, public safety education, and more. Participants will rotate through activity stations and have a chance to talk with education partners from several colleges and universities about their respective emergency medical services and fire science programs.

“One of the things I’m most passionate about is education,” said TVF&R Fire Chief Deric Weiss. “I want young people to understand how the fire service works and how they can help create safer communities. I also want our ranks to better reflect the community we serve. Career Day is a great opportunity to learn about firefighting, emergency medical care, fire safety, and stewardship.”

The application period opened February 7, and TVF&R will select 35 participants for Career Day. The deadline to apply is March 22 but may close prior to that date if the district receives enough applications for consideration. Candidates interested in applying for TVF&R’s Career Day must be 18 or older and can apply online at www.tvfr.com/careers under “Outreach.”

The Oregon Tradeswomen Career Fair

May 15, NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center in Portland

Girls in high school are invited to participate in a recruitment event tailored for them. The Oregon Tradeswomen Career Fair promotes success for women in the trades through education, leadership, and mentorship.

2020 Saddle Up Bicycle Summer Camps

bicycle camp

June 29-July 3, 9 am-3 pm, Beaverton location (other locations on different days)

Day camps for kids 8-13. Adventure on two wheels in 2-5 mile increments: short, easy, and fun. Activities include splash parks, blueberry picking, creek walks, bowling, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, drama, music, hiking, and Jell-O wars! Learn bicycle skills, safety and basic mechanical knowledge—all woven into a week of active fun. Campers only need to know how to ride a bike. No need to be able to cover long distances fast. Geared bikes required. Loaners are available

Scholarships are available. Learn more at washcobikes.org or contact camps@washcobikes.org.


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