|Volume 14, Issue 4||
Washington County Forum schedule
Mondays at 11:30 am, September through June, (except holidays), Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd. in Aloha
There is no charge for the meetings! The speakers start at noon and lunch is available to order from the menu. Following the speaker, there will be an opportunity for Forum members to ask questions.
April 11: Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation—“Another Look at the Gun Issue”
April 18: Brad Avakian, Richard Devlin, Val Hoyle—“A look at the race for the Democratic Party Nomination for Secretary of State”
April 25: Bud Pierce, Bob Niemeyer, Allen Alley—“A look at the race for the Republican Nomination for Governor of Oregon
May 2: TBA – Primary Election Races
For more information, visit washingtoncountyforum.org/.
Join the Band!
John Wickham and his friends are putting together a community band. This band is about having fun and making music. It’s a Concert Band—brass, woodwinds, percussion—not really an orchestral thing...strings will most likely be out of place in this group...but it's all new and experimental...so they are open to whatever.
Age requirement: 21 and over. If you have kids who want to be involved, they can only be involved if you, the parent or legal guardian, are also in the band and present for the practice, event or gig.
Practices are on the first Saturday of the month, 6-7:30 pm, at 12830 NW Laidlaw Road (Blueberry Hollow) Portland. The next practice will be on Saturday, May 7. Contact John Wickham Sr. at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. Include what instrument you play.
Plan now for summer park activities
The official start of summer may still be a couple months away, but if you’re within the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, planning for it begins now. Online and phone registration for THPRD summer classes, camps and activities will be open to in-district residents starting April 16 from 8 am to 6 pm. It will continue April 17 from noon to 4 pm and April 18-22 from 8:30 am to 6 pm.
Class descriptions and schedules, along with registration instructions and forms, are in THPRD’s 2016 summer activities guide. The book was mailed in late March to each household within park district boundaries, and is also available online at www.thprd.org. Extra printed copies are at THPRD centers, the Administration Office, and certain community sites, including Beaverton-area libraries.
“We offer hundreds of classes and camps during the summer, and we serve everyone from toddlers to seniors,” said Sharon Hoffmeister, THPRD superintendent of Aquatics and registration coordinator. “Whether you’re interested in aquatics, sports, nature or recreation, we have something fun for you or your family.”
Patrons registering by computer for the first time must establish an online account in advance at www.thprd.org/activities. Those registering by phone should call 503-439-9400 April 16-22 (after April 22, call any park district center or the Administration Office at 503-645-6433). Registrants should have class information, a valid THPRD residency card, and a credit or debit card when they enroll. Questions can be directed in advance to 503-645-6433.
THPRD will again offer, on a limited basis, Spanish language assistance during phone-in registration for classes and programs. The service will be available April 16. For residents living outside the Tualatin Hills district, online and phone registration will begin April 18 at 8:30 am; registration in person or by mail begins the following day.
And mark your calendar now for the Party in the Park on Saturday, July 30, 11-5; and Groovin’ on the Grass, Saturday, August 20. The Cedar Mill Park Concert will rock our park on Thursday, August 11, 6-8 pm.
Advising the Sheriffs
ESPD provides enhanced patrol response to over 210,000 residents of the urban areasof the county, outside the cities. There are 130 Sheriff's Deputies serving the citizens in the district.
The Sheriff's Office of Washington County is accepting applications for citizens to serve on the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) Citizens' Advisory Committee. The Committee works with the Sheriff and other officials from the Sheriff's Office to review and offer recommendations regarding the level and type of police service in ESPD. The Committee advises the Sheriff on strategic goals and direction for the law enforcement district. Future considerations of the Committee will be to review other long-range opportunities for enhanced law enforcement and community collaboration.
Committee members serve a three-year term. Applicants must pass a criminal background check and must live in the district. Applications can be obtained online at www.WCSheriff-OR.com, in person at the Washington County Sheriff's Office Executive Administration Office, by phone by contacting Lori Larson at (503) 846-2694, or by e-mail at lori_larson @co.washington.or.us. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 20, at 5 pm.
Art of the Story
The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) will host the Twelfth Annual Storytelling Festival: Art of the Story. This year the festival will feature five professional storytellers: Kevin Kling (Minneapolis, MN), Patrick Ball (San Francisco, CA), Tom Swearingen (Tualatin, OR), Amy Theberge (Portland, OR), and Val Mallinson (Beaverton, OR) and four Story Slam contestants: Steve Taylor, Warren McPherson, Frances Hunter, Chuck McConnell.
Admission is free and all festival performances are designed for the enjoyment of adults. Several shows, where noted, will also welcome children ages six and up. The week-long storytelling extravaganza features twelve performances at the WCCLS member libraries, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Sherwood Center for the Arts, and Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
On Saturday, April 2 the festival kicks-off with the second annual festival Story Slam Contest hosted by the Beaverton City Library. Audience members will be invited to cast their vote to determine which Slam teller proceeds to tell at the Festival Finale showcase of storytellers.
The Finale, on Saturday, April 9, will be hosted by the Garden Home Community Library in the THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center. The showcase will feature performances by Theberge, Swearingen, Ball, Kling, plus the winner of the Story Slam Contest. A reception precedes the showcase performance offering complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Directions to the performance venues and additional festival details are available on the festival webpage at wccls.org/festival or pick up a festival newsletter at a local WCCLS member library.
Events in or near Cedar Mill:
Saturday, April 2, Beaverton Library: 7-8:30 pm
Story Slam Contest: a competition within a set time limit placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance. Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. This Slam is judged by the audience. The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale.
Monday, April 4, Raleigh Park Elementary School, 3670 SW 78th Avenue, 6:30 pm
It Happened Out West: Tom Swearingen (Adults & ages 6+): A cowboy poet’s reflections and observations (and maybe a fabrication or two) spurred by people, places, and ponies encountered in the American West.
Friday, April 8, Cedar Mill Library: 6:30 pm
The Wit and Wonder of Irish Storytelling: Patrick Ball (Adults & ages 6+): With his legendary, brass strung Celtic harp Patrick tells the tales that made the Irish oral tradition celebrated throughout the ages.Saturday, April 9 (Adult focus), Aloha Library Annex, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Suite 26A: 11 am
Amy Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Amy Theberge (Adult focus): Curious tales about how I survived childhood, summer camp, college and everything in between with a large cheerleading section of lunatics.
Daring Dachshund Adventure Tales!: Val Mallinson (Adult focus): Val tells totally true stories about living and traveling with her silly little ‘hot dog’ dogs. Happy Tails and Happy Trails!
Tuesday, April 19, 7-8 pm, Market of Choice in Cedar Mill
The official “office hour” of the Awesome Beaverton & Beyond Chapter of the Awesome Foundation will be held soon! Interested in applying for a grant? Meet the Trustees, network with other “doers of good” in your community and congratulate the spring $1000 Awesome grant winner, and learn how YOU can help their project be realized!
Our spring Awesome grant winner is Alisa Stewart, artistic director of the Experience Theatre Project , and her “The Magic of Immersive Summer Theatre Project.” (Click to read her project idea.)
You can even come early (6-7 pm) and attend the free Awesome Proposal Workshop and get help organizing YOUR idea into an Awesome proposal. For more information, visit awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/Beaverton.
History of Multnomah
Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., free
The Beaverton Historical Society presents “Aloha Library Annex, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Suite 26A” (it’s NOT a village!). This presentation explores the history of Multnomah, from the Native Americans to the present, with an emphasis on early development. Historian Tim Lyma, the president of the Multnomah Historical Association, will present. He specializes in early twentieth century automobile travel and tourism. For more information on the event visit HistoricBeaverton.org or call 503-430-0106. Donations will be accepted!
Bicycle Adventure Summer Camp
Registration is open for the Bicycle Adventure Summer Camp! There will be four one-week camps for youth ages 9-14 in the Hillsboro, Tigard and Beaverton area.
July 11- 15, Ages 9-11 in Hillsboro; July 18- 22, Ages 9-11 in Tigard; July 25-29, Ages 9-11 in Beaverton; August 1-5, Ages 12-14 in Hillsboro
To register or find out more information visit: washcobtc.org/home/camp.
Boards and Commissions Vacancies—Summer 2016
Application deadline: April 26, 2016 or open until filled
Applications may be obtained by visiting the Boards and Commissions website. Boards, committees and commissions advise the Board of Commissioners on matters of interest to people who live and work in Washington County. Committees themselves do not pass ordinances to establish policy; their purpose is to study issues and make recommendations. Commission members are volunteers appointed by the County Board of Commissioners. In many cases, members must be residents of Washington County. Serving on an appointed board or commission is a great way for Washington County residents to participate in decisions that affect them and to learn more about how local government works.
The Board of Property Tax Appeals—five terms expiring 06/30/16
Civil Service Commission – two terms expiring 05/31/16
EMS Advisory Council – current vacancy for a Municipal Representative
Farm Board of Review – one term expiring 06/30/16
Housing Advisory Committee –one current vacancy from Agricultural/Farm Worker/Community representative
Homeless Plan Advisory Committee (HPAC) – two current vacancies for a Business Representative and a Non Profit Housing Provider
Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) – six: three terms expiring 06/30/16; three current vacancies
Public Health Advisory Council –three current vacancies for a Business Community Representative, a Regulated Service Industry Representative, and an Underserved Minority Community Representative
Per Board of Commissioners procedures, the County Administrative Office solicits applications from individuals for a six-week period. Staff will keep the Commissioners apprised of applications received and of approaching deadlines. There will be an opportunity for the Board to discuss appointments at a work session prior to scheduling any formal action.
Cedar Mill Community Garden plots available!
123rd Ave, just south of the Cedar Mill Bible Church
The Cedar Mill Community Garden serves the community by providing plots for local residents to rent for growing their own organic produce. The garden is now in its sixth year! With 44 raised beds, plus a flexible “community area” for growing extra produce, the garden provides not only a productive area for growing vegetables, but also an opportunity for socializing and for relaxing in a pleasant and peaceful environment.
The garden is on church property. One of its goals is to foster community and to help people connect. Gardeners work together to help maintain the property and to organize picnics or other events. Many donate their extra produce to the needy. Previous gardeners have built a greenhouse, and a sandbox for kids. They have also added a grapevine, raspberries, strawberries, and flowering plants to the community area.
Several gardening plots are available for this year. The rent is $10 for the season, the plots are 4 x 8 feet, and the fee includes water, hoses, mulch, and the use of gardening tools. If you’d like a plot or more information, please contact the garden manager, Joanna Curran, at email@example.com.
Future Palooza! predicts the Cedar Mill of 2026!
Saturday, April 9, 9:45 am-12 pm, Leedy Grange Hall 835 NW Saltzman Road
Terra Linda Conservation, Us and the Environment (CUE) and Leedy Grange will host a workshop on the future of Cedar Mill. This Future Palooza! workshop predicts how the Cedar Mill area will function in ten years. Participants will learn about the future of local transportation systems, water supply, waste management and urban growth. Participants are encouraged to bring questions as well as ideas for how to make Cedar Mill a more livable and sustainable community.
Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington will deliver a keynote address, followed by a panel of experts who will dive into details about that future. Speakers include Chris Deffebach (Washington County Land Use and Transportation), Marlys Mock (Willamette Water Supply), Thomas Eggleston (Washington County Waste and Recycling), and Beth St. Amand (Citizen Participation Organization). Jen Nelson, Outreach Coordinator with the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, will facilitate the discussion.
“CUE is a neighborhood volunteer group dedicated to making the Terra Linda neighborhood more livable, healthy and environmentally friendly,” explained Dean Moberg, CUE co-chair. “And the Future Palooza! is a great partnership, with Leedy Grange and many other local organizations and agencies.”
The first 50 participants in Future Palooza! will receive a free native tree or shrub, courtesy of the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. New Seasons Market will provide snacks. For more information, contact Dean Moberg at Terra Linda CUE, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israeli folk dancing at Leedy Grange Hall
Monday April 11, 7:30 - 9:30 pm and Monday April 18, 7 -9 pm, Leedy Grange, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., $6
Learn and enjoy beginning and intermediate level dances now twice a month, brought to you by Sue and Friends the third Monday of each month, plus an extra Monday as announced for just $6 at the door. Beginner dances during the first hour, and intermediate dances the second hour.
Eat Smart! Movie Series
Saturday, April 16, 7 pm at Leedy Grange Hall
Join Leedy Grange for their monthly Eat Smart! movie series. This month we are screening short films that contrast large “corporate” pig farms with new young farmers starting sustainable farms. Altogether, these films total about one hour. Join us for this film series which you are unlikely to experience anywhere else. Seed swap after the films, so bring your garden seed. The films are free! Donations accepted.
Recycling web tool
Washington County residents now have access to a NEW Garbage and Recycling Day tool for keeping track of garbage and recycling pick-up schedules. With the free tool you can: Receive collection-day reminders by phone, email or text, look up your garbage and recycling schedule, print your collection calendar at home, sync your collection schedule with your digital calendar, get notified about winter weather and holiday schedule changes, look up how to recycle or dispose items, and get information on your mobile devices through the Garbage and Recycling Day app (Apple and Android).
Learn more online or by calling 503-846-3605.
Saturday April 9th, 11am – 2pm, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St, Room B
Repair Fair is having a free community repair event near Cedar Mill! Repair Fairs are FREE, volunteer-driven events where people can get help fixing broken household items like small appliances, toys, bicycles, electronics or lamps.
Ridgewood View Park wins award
Tualatin Valley Water District’s (TVWD) Ridgewood View Park Reservoir and Pump Station, nearing completion in West Slope, recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision rating system’s Gold Award. In partnership with Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD), the Ridgewood View Park project is the first joint water storage reservoir and park facility to receive an ISI Envision award, and is also the first Envision award for Oregon. It is the 11th project in North America to be recognized by the Envision rating system.
“This project has been a ‘win-win-win’ for all parties concerned, especially the public,” said Doug Menke, THPRD general manager. “The community gets a more stable potable water supply for the long term, as well as significant improvements to Ridgewood View Park. It’s a pleasure to partner with TVWD for the public good. We offer our warmest congratulations to the Water District on attainment of this award.”
The multi-disciplinary nature of the Ridgewood View Park project allowed for creativity in the sustainable design. The project included the demolition of an existing 5 million gallon (MG) reservoir, the design and construction of a new 8 MG reservoir, an 11 MG per day pump station, as well as 6,700 feet of new water pipelines and extensive improvements to Ridgewood View Park, located in the West Slope neighborhood of Washington County.
Park upgrades include new tennis court facilities, a bocce ball court, a nature-themed play area, landscaping and additional walking trails, and site pedestrian connections. Scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016, the Ridgewood View Park project will help improve water reliability and community recreation in the West Hills area.
Car Seat installation and checkup
Saturday April 23rd , 9 -11:30 am, St. Vincent Hospital, East parking structure
Deputies and other personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office who are certified Child Passenger Safety technicians will be doing car seat check ups for your child’s car seat. Check-up events are hosted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each car seat check takes about 45 minutes—multiple seats require additional time. Expect a wait when cars are lined up. It is helpful to install your car seat to the best of your ability BEFORE the event. Please bring car seat instructions and vehicle owner’s manual. Know your child’s height and weight, and bring them if possible. You may want to bring another adult along to help watch your child. Be prepared to learn, not just watch the CPS technician install the car seat. They are trained to teach you.
Sunset Service Day
Saturday April 23, 8 am-noon, Sunset High School
The community is invited to help at Sunset High School’s annual Service Day! Major projects include painting the upper gym, some interior school doors and railings inside the school, and building shelves and organizing the “pole barn,” an outside storage area. Plus, we’ll be sprucing up the school grounds.
The baseball team will also hold their annual baseball pancake breakfast. If you can help in any way, from providing painting supplies and expertise, or lumber and shelf construction materials, to volunteering on service day itself, contact Jackie Garg at email@example.com.
THPRD plant sale
Saturday April 6, 10 am-2 pm, Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton
The Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District will have more than 150 species of Native Plant available at its Spring Native Plant Sale and Resource Fair. This is the 16th annual event and entry is free!!
At the plant sale, gardeners of all ages can select from dozens of trees, shrubs, ground covers and perennials. And thanks to the variety of information booths that will be set up around the site, they’ll have plenty of knowledgeable resources to talk to.
Viva Village welcomes the public to participate in a field trip on April 22, to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, Washington. In addition to the outstanding lilac displays, this National Historic Site includes many exotic trees and shrubs, as well as providing an outstanding example of turn-of-the-century Victorian-era gardens. There is a $3 entrance fee. For more information, including transportation arrangements, RSVP to Bonnie, VivaVillageEvents@gmail.com.
Vision Fun Run
Saturday, May 7 from 10-1 at Bonny Slope Elementary
You were first introduced to Ella Osborne in the September 2014 issue, when she held the National American Miss Oregon Princess Queen title. In an interview, Ella was asked if she was going to continue advocacy for children’s vision and that was answered emphatically, “yes!” Now she’s making good on that promise.
Through volunteering to provide free eye tests to children, she learned that, on average, about 20% of kids screened have an undiagnosed vision problem. Most often, these families don’t have insurance or the financial means to support eye care, so they never go in for that appointment. “That made me very sad, and I wanted to do something to help.” Ella shared.
Her mom did some research and found the KEX Kids Fund, which is a non-profit organization that for twenty years has provided everything from screenings to glasses and hearing aids for kids across the state. But how would she raise awareness and funds for these kids?
As an active seven year old with a lot of energy and a love for running, she came up with the Vision Fun Run. The money raised at the Vision Fun Run could help over 1000 kids in Oregon! This family friendly event will include music and lots of fun things to do. Special guest and master of ceremonies, Paul Linnman, will be cheering runners to the finish line.
You can register to participate or volunteer at www.visionfunrun.com. You can also follow the event on Facebook. Another important piece is local businesses that would like to sponsor this fantastic event by way of donations or raffle items. For more information, please contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weed Watcher workshops
All sessions 6-8 pm:
Tuesday April 26, City of Tigard Auditorium
Thursday April 28, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Wednesday May 4, West Hills Unitarian Universalist church, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland
Wednesday May 11, Tualatin Valley Water District, 1850 SW 170th Ave, Beaverton
Worried about invasive plants and other weeds? Our FREE Weed Watcher workshops will train you to identify the species of most concern now and report them. Meet these plants up close and personal in our Speed Dating round, and take home a free Weed ID guide. All workshops run from 6-8 pm and include a light snack. Please RSVP at swcd.net/workshops-education/weed-watchers/ or via Facebook.
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