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Volume 8, Issue 5


May 2010

CMBA Member News

Sunset CU offers QuickBooks help

Need help with QuickBooks? Sunset staff member Denise McBride is a wizard when it comes to QuickBooks. If you or someone you know needs some assistance with this business accounting software, contact her at CU members only please, but it’s just another reason to switch your banking to your very local CU!

Radio Disney at Bales

disneyRadio Disney will be at Bales Thriftway on Saturday, May 15th, from 10:00 - 11:30am. USA Pears and Radio Disney will be rockin’ to the latest hits, handing out tasty samples, dancing, playing games, and giving out sweet prizes! Even the USA Pears mascot will be there! Be there to join in on all the fun! Weather permitting it will be out in front of the store, if not it will be indoors.

Virtue of the Month: Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” The Dalai Lama

The Virtues Cards are still available in French, Spanish and English. Look for the Virtues decorative Tree at the Cedar Mill and Bethany Saturday Markets this Spring and Summer! Find out more at

parsExpanded International Market and Coffee Shop/Deli now open

Pars Market, with their wonderful variety of international foods, cooking and serving equipment and much more, has moved to the front of the building at 12923 NW Cornell and opened their coffee shop and deli. Come in and enjoy a cup of Caffe Umbria espresso, one of their specialty teas or some juice and a sandwich or pastry from their selection. And browse the aisles of exotic and familiar foods including the bulk grain and bean section, frozen specialty meats, and fresh vegetables for your Mediterranean meals. Be sure to try the Mango Pickles – they’re amazing!

allegraNew Account Manager at Impact Sign

Allegra Gordon has joined the terrific staff at Impact Sign Company as an Account Manager. She’ll be working with customers from start-to-finish on their projects: taking the initial order, working with them to determine needs and solve problems, and following up to make sure that projects are done right.

Allegra graduated from Oregon State University in 2008 with a BA in French and a BA in Anthropology. She grew up in nearby Waterhouse—where her parents still reside—and graduated from Westview High School in 2004.

She spent a year studying abroad in Lyon, France where she reveled in the culture and daily life of the French, including frequenting the daily markets. While she was in France, she seized every opportunity to visit the surrounding countries including Italy, Greece, Spain, and the Czech Republic, to name a few.

Since graduation she has been breaking into corporate America! Be sure to say hi the next time you stop in at Impact Sign Co., located next to Goodwill near the corner of NW Bethany and Cornell, or call them at 503-439-8347.

Burnt Ends at Rose Festival!

Burnt Ends BBQ will hit the competition trail for the first time this season at the NW BBQ Championship, a KCBS event in Bellevue, WA. May 22-23.

Our first local competition will be at the Pacific Northwest BBQ Championship at the Rose Festival, June 4-6. The competition will take place in Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

Burnt Ends also has been named as a BBQ vendor for this year’s Rose Festival event and will be onsite, serving BBQ to the public from Wednesday June 2 through Sunday June 6 from 11 am to 11 pm each day. Watch our blog for additional information as it becomes available:

Older Americans and Moving

May is both “National Moving Month” and “Older Americans Month”. It is a month to recognize America’s mobile roots as well as to acknowledge our older citizens and their contribution to our community. NW Organizing Solutions appreciates the senior population and their needs as they go through the stressful process of downsizing a household or moving. Family and friends often want to help but there may be barriers that prevent them from doing so and the seniors are left to handle it alone.

NW Organizing Solutions comes along to help them through the various steps of this physical and emotional process. To honor our seniors and their contributions to our community, NW Organizing Solutions is offering 20% off all services provided in May. For more information contact Beth at 503-709-0791,, or on the web at

US Bank promotes Watson

Sarah Watson has been promoted to Personal Banker at the Cedar Mill Branch of US Bank. Sarah has been a member of the Cedar Mill Branch team for the past three years, most-recently in the position of Teller Coordinator. Please join US Bank in congratulating Sarah on her promotion and feel free to stop by the branch or call her at (503)643-9795 for your personal banking or borrowing needs.

Rock climbing at SAC

As summer draws near and the weather warms up, the rock climbing staff at Sunset Athletic Club gets excited for all of the fun that comes with summer. Indoor rock climbing can be a great way for people of all ages to challenge themselves both physically and mentally, and the summer climbing programs at Sunset Athletic Club offer especially positive experiences for kids.

Kids who climb build strength and endurance, as would be expected from ascending a 40-foot climbing wall while hanging on a rope, but they also build something more unexpected, a sense of accomplishment. There seems to be a correlation between using synthetic rocks for handholds, working to the top of the climbing wall, ringing the bell and increased confidence.

This summer, the rock-climbing wall at Sunset Athletic Club will host climbing camps for ten weeks, beginning June 21st and continuing through August 27th. Camps will be held each week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. Space is limited to ten climbers per camp and membership at Sunset Athletic Club is not required for participation.

For kids who get hooked and want to experience the high of climbing as a seasonal sport, competitive rock climbing may be the answer. The climbers compete on select Saturdays throughout the school year, and summer camps are a great way to get the initial experience needed. Sunset Athletic Club also offers a competitive training team for kids ages 10-18. For more information on these and all of the other programs at the climbing wall at Sunset Athletic Club, please visit

Musical field trips for preschools

Westside Music School is now pre-scheduling fall and winter 2010 field trips for preschool and early elementary-age classes from local schools. The students receive a 45-60 minute class, consisting of singing, rhythm instruments, playing the keyboards or pianos, large and small muscle movement activities and an introduction to music reading concepts.

Many preschools use this to support a unit they may be covering on music and movement. Additionally, the parents and teachers accompanying the students may get some great ideas for music and movement activities to use at school or at home. These field trips are completely free of charge.

Several local preschools have recently visited Westside Music School, including Portland, Kinderschule, Metzger Community Preschool, Circle of Friends Preschool, Mustard Seed Christian Preschool & Kindergarten, and Little Apollos Preschool.

Westside Music School has been providing families in the area with quality music classes based on the Harmony Road Music Course for over 30 years. For more information about field trips, summer or fall classes, or piano lessons, contact the school at (503) 626-7181 or check the website

Spring gift-giving season pack-and-ship tips

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and weddings can quickly fill up the spring calendar, also making this a busy time of year for gift giving and shipping. The UPS Store ® located at 10940 SW Barnes Rd., Peterkort Towne Square, can help make sure gifts are properly packed and shipped with care so your loved ones receive their gifts intact and on time.

“For those do-it-yourselfers, we have the expertise and materials to help them get the job done right,” said Tim Kimble, The UPS Store owner.

  • Begin with the proper materials, including a new cardboard box designed for shipping (no gift or moving boxes), professional-grade packaging tape (no cellophane, masking or duct tape), and packaging material like foam peanuts or bubble cushioning (no newspapers or real popcorn).
  • Include a label on the inside of the package with both the destination and return addresses.
  • Use a shipping option, like UPS, which provides a package-tracking number.
  • Take batteries out of toys, electronics, etc., before shipping.
  • Ship wrapped gifts ahead to your destination, especially if traveling by air.

“Of course, if you’re in doubt, it’s always good to turn to the professionals. That’s why we’re here,” said Tim. “Our assistance is particularly important if you’re shipping fragile or unusually shaped items.”



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