Community News March 2015

Portland Rose Society’s 21st Annual Information  & Vendor Fair


Oaks Amusement Park Dance Pavilion,

Monday, March 16, 7:30 pm. Free admission.


• shop local garden and supply centers

• buy special PRS fertilizer and all organic fertilizer

• talk with experts on disease control and sprays

• enjoy free refreshments and door prizes

• ask questions of the consulting Rosarians

• arrange for a free in-yard rose analysis

• learn about organic gardening and soil supplements

• learn how to attract birds and butterflies

• bring a soil sample for a free phy test

• have one pair ofr you gardening shears sharpened for free


Call the Portland Rose Society message service at 503.777.4311 for more information.


Portland Open Studios: Call to Artists


The annual Portland Open Studios tour is a unique opportunity for you to open your studio to the public and educate visitors about your creative methods and materials, inspiration and enjoyment.  As a member, you’ll meet other artists, dialogue, and sell your work.

Open to all visual media, excluding film. Artists are chosen by a jury of three art professionals.

Applications are due by March 15, 2015. Applicant submissions before March 8, receive a discounted jury fee of $25. After March 8, the jury fee is $35. The participation fee is $150 plus eight hours of volunteer service. Participants may opt out of volunteering for an additional $175. This year’s tour dates are October 10, 11 and 17, 18.

See or email


“Crossover Youth” Juvenile Justice Panel Discussion


“Crossover Youth”  Who are they and how child welfare and juvenile justice systems can work together to decrease recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in both systems, is a civic education panel discussion sponsored by League of Women Voters of Portland.

Multnomah County Juvenile Services and the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) are utilizing new information including studies of family and child characteristics that affect risk of a youth’s involvement with child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Panelists include:

• Deena Corso, Senior Manager, Juvenile Services Division, Multnomah County Dept. of Community Justice

• Margaret Braun, Senior Research Analyst, Oregon Youth Authority (OYA)

• Shannon Myrick, Strategic Initiatives Manager, OYA

• Pat Chor, League member and Family and Elder Law Attorney will moderate

This public, free event is Tuesday, March 10, at 7 pm in the Multnomah County Building, Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.



The 7th Annual NW Book Festival


The 7th Annual NW Book Festival takes place Saturday, July 25, 11 am to 5 pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square  (SW Sixth Ave. and SW Morrison St.) considered to be one of the busiest, most visited sites by city dwellers as well as tourists from all over the country.

Applications are now being accepted from authors, publishers, bookstores, schools, libraries and book organizations. 2015 contract and entry fee can be downloaded from or

Technology is taking giant steps transforming our old world into a new and exciting trend for authors, publishers and anyone connected with the literary world. Start taking advantage of the times we live in by being pro-active and maintaining the enthusiasm authors deserve. Let’s be seen and let it be known where we will be next, by promoting the world of the written word.


Spring Cleaning

By Bonita Davis

Certified Master Recycler


Already spring cleaning?  Whether it is just a little clutter or a major clean-up, it can result in piles of unwanted stuff. It’s easy to see that collection of stuff as “garbage”, but with a little sorting, all of it will not have to see the inside of a dumpster or drop box.

The latest DEQ report indicate Oregonians are producing 6.8 lbs of waste per day, or 365 more lbs annually than 20 years ago!

What can we do? Start by taking full advantage of curbside recycling for cans, paper, cardboard, glass, and accepted plastics, including flower pots between 4” and 5 gallons.

Next we can sort materials that can be recycled at local depots.  This includes an expanded list of numbered plastics, metals and block Styrofoam.Some local groceries accept natural wine corks, non-curbside plastics, and plastic films.

A trip to Metro Central Hazardous Waste Facility at 6161 NW 61st Ave. can help us safely manage unused paint, aerosols, lawn, garden and household chemicals, construction compounds, CFL bulbs, and batteries.

Non-profits in SE excel in reusing or reselling donations of clothing, fabrics, household goods, construction and building material, furniture, toys, tools, bikes bike parts.

Broken electronics and any item with a plug in can be e-cycled for their reusable parts.  Use, Find A Recycler tool, or call to the Metro Recycling Hotline at 503.234.3000 for recycling, reuse and donation options.

Neighborhood Clean-ups are coming. Go to, enter your address, and the screen will pop up with the name of your neighborhood. To find out if there is a clean-up in your neighborhood, go to


New parking permit area


Parking changes in the Central Eastside Industrial District are coming in May 2015. Learnmore at the Central Eastside Industrial Council Open House

Wednesday, March 4

4 – 5 pm

525 SE Pine

Hitching a ride to Oregon


Every year the Maui Humane Society accepts over 8,000 animals. With a limited number of homes on our island, they work with rescues in Oregon to find loving families for wonderful pets. If you are flying from Maui to Portland with Alaska Airlines or Hawaiian Airlines, consider allowing one of our pets to “hitchhike” on your airline reservation to their new home in Oregon. It reduces our costs and there is no cost or inconvenience to you.

For details on the Wings of Aloha transfer program, visit

To sign up, email or call 808.877.3680, Ext. 17.

Help us give shelter pets a second chance a the life they deserve.


Promoting diversity in management


By Bryan Brumley


Corporations that promote diversity in senior management and the board room tend to perform better in the long run that those that do not advance women, non-whites and other groups, says a recently-converted advocate of Sustainable, Responsible and Impact investing.

“The research shows that companies with greater diversity in their senior ranks are associated with higher returns on capital, lower risk, lower earnings volatility, greater innovation, and a greater long-term focus,” said Sallie Krawcheck, formerly president of Global Wealth Management for Bank of America and before that chief executive officer for Citi Global Wealth Management.

Krawcheck left the traditional investment world and now owns Ellevate, a growing professional women’s network dedicated to the economic advancement of women worldwide. As part of her efforts, she has partnered with a socially responsible financial services company, Pax World Management, to launch a mutual fund specializing in investing in companies doing the most to advance women.

Her opinions are supported by a growing body of research. A global study by The Credit Suisse Research Institute looked at 2,360 companies over six years and found companies with one or more women on the board delivered higher average returns and better average growth.

Another study, by Thompson Reuters, compared companies where women hold more than 30 percent of the boards’ seats with companies where women hold fewer than 10 percent of the directorships. They found the first group of companies fared better in periods of greater economic volatility.

“Not that men or women are better than the other, but that their strengths are complimentary to each others,” Krawcheck said.

One of her Ellevate collaborators is among the scheduled speakers at an upcoming panel organized by the local office of the Progressive Asset Management Group.  Kathleen McQuiggan, leads the Women & Wealth initiative for PAX, which runs the mutual fund promoting gender equality.

Change the World: Investing in Women‚ will be held at 6 pm Thursday, March 26, at the First Unitarian Church, 1034 SW 13th Ave. For information visit:

Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing, also known as values-based investing, has expanded greatly in recent years, growing from $3.74 trillion dollars under management in 2014 to $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014, an increase of 76 percent, according to a recent report.

Much of the current SRI growth is driven by institutions and individuals concerned about environmental degradation, in particular Climate Change.

The Portland office of the Progressive Asset Management Group is holding a workshop Investing in a Fossil Free Future, at 6 pm, April 23, at the Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave.

Progressive Asset Management Group is the Socially Responsible Investment Division of Financial West Group, member FINRA/SIPC. Progressive Asset Management, Inc., and Financial West Group are unaffiliated entities.


26th Annual Tulip Sale

…to benefit the Oregon Symphony


April 2, 3, 4

$6 per bunch of 10 stems

Call today to order:

Kathy 503.257.8830

Barbara 503.252.5822


Pick them up at 5631 SE Madison in Mt. Tabor from 9 am – 6 pm. Presented by Mt Tabor Friends of the Oregon Symphony. Tulips are from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.


Got questions? Ask OSU’s experts


If you want to know when to prune roses or if a bloated can of tomatoes will make you sick, the Oregon State University Extension Service can help.

Through its Ask an Expert online question-and-answer tool, OSU experts reply to queries about health and food safety, finances, family, forestry, small-scale farming and horticulture.

To ask a question, go to the OSU Extension website,, type in a question and the county where you live. You’ll get an answer within 48 hours, usually less.

Queries come in from around the state – some from farther away — and are funneled to 159 experts, including OSU faculty and Extension-trained volunteers like Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers. When asking a question, photos for visual problems like insects or diseases are encouraged, but not necessary.

“In this age of ‘Google it,’ people are getting all kinds of often misleading information,” Hino said. “Extension gives people information that’s real science and real research. People trust us.”

The Extension Service provides a variety of community gardening information on its website at .

Resources include gardening tips, videos, podcasts, monthly calendars of outdoor chores, how-to publications, and information about the Master Gardener program.


Business Beat


SMOKE HOUSE TAVERN: B.J. Smith has been working hard to open by March 1 in his second location. His original Smoke House 21 is at 413 NW 21st and his newest place is right next to Stereotypes Audio Resources and Porteco Lighting in the Morrison Square set of shops at the corner of 14th and Morrison.


PORTLAND KNIFE HOUSE:  We have a honeymoon trip to Portland to thank for the high end culinary knife store just opened in the 2600 block of Belmont St. Eytan and Joy Zias came from Phoenix to Portland and vowed to move back here as soon as they could. The store is already crowded with curious knife aficionados.


BELMONT COLLECTIVE:  Ben and John Kirk and Mike Harris are providing medical marijuana options at 2036 SE Belmont St.  They’ve appreciated the warm welcome from surrounding medical offices that have been referring patients back and forth to each other.


3 Dots & A Dash; 3403 SE Hawthorne Blvd., was inspired by love of laid back, French country living and unique treasures. The idea of opening an eclectic furniture shop was born when the three Morrill girls (the three dots) and Mr. Gray (the dash)  decided to bring their own styles together and create a welcoming home furnishing store that embraces their love for unique décor. 503.233.4221


WHOLE BODY FITNESS PERSONAL TRAINING, 1408 E. Burnside St. – James & Tammie Dubberly, owners of a SE neighborhood personal training studio have launched a new 8-week Weight loss program, WeightSolutions. They focus on using whole foods and giving you the tools you need for optimum health. Since 2006, Whole Body Fitness has helped the community reach health and fitness goals from their Personal Training Studio. For information see or call 503.234.7253 to schedule a consultation.


Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Annual Meeting – Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 19, 7 – 8:30 pm, the Annual Meeting/Winter Program of the Friends of Mt Tabor Park. Featured speaker will be Kaitlin Lovell, who manages the Science, Fish and Wildlife Division for the Bureau of Environmental Sciences at the City of Portland. Kaitlin is a co-author of the recently-adopted Climate Change Preparation Strategy and its companion, the Climate Change Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment.  Lovell has a B.S in environmental science, a B.A in biology from Bucknell University and a J.D from Cornell Law School. As usual, the meeting will be held in the chapel of Western Seminary, SE 55th & SE Hawthorne, and doors open at 6:30 pm.  The business meeting, which includes the election of board members, begins at 7 pm followed by the presentation.


DIY Insulation Workshop – This free limited time workshop teaches participants how to weatherize a flat attic. Topics covered include safety, air sealing, baffling, blown-in insulation, and incentives to help cover the cost of your project. Sat, March 7, 10 am – 1 pm – (in English & Spanish) at  Hacienda CDC 5136 NE 42nd Ave. Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop is free and participants learn how to prevent lead exposure in their home. Great for households with children or pregnant women in housing older than 1978, or those concerned about lead exposure. Qualified participants receive a free kit of safety and testing supplies! Tues, March 24, 6 – 7:30 pm, at the Community Energy Project, 2900 SE Stark St, Suite A. Register for the workshops at or call 503.284.6827 x108.


Library Book Sale at Warner Pacific Library – $1 at 2219 SE 68th Ave. This year the Warner Pacific College Library holds its Annual Book Sale March 18 in the McGuire Auditorium Lobby from 9 am to 4 pm.

All books will be sold for $1.
Books on religion, textbooks, fiction, history, biography, reference, antique, collectible and all other types of books that were donated to the library.


Oregon Ayurvedic health fair – Portland area Ayurvedic practitioners and friends hold the third annual Portland fair, Saturday, April 4. This year’s health fair takes place at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St, from 10 am until 4 pm. This is a free event for the public. Explore the benefits of local and seasonal eating, and learn ancient secrets of health and wellness.


Complimentary Physical Therapy Running and Movement Screen: Pedal PT is offering free screening for all runners and athletes of all levels to be evaluated for deficits in mobility, stability, and strength that may be contributing to overuse injuries and pain with movement. Check out and reach out to Dr. Jake Stout at for scheduling, and physical therapy related questions!


Food For Change:The Story of Co-operation in America – Free at the Academy Theatre, 7818 SE Stark St. March 7, 4 – 6:30 pm. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with co-op workers and members from different co-ops in town. Sponsored by People’s, Alberta, and Our Table Co-operatives! RSVP at


Matthieu Ricard: How to let altruism be your guide. See a short, inspiring TED Talk video and stay for conversation after. Today’s fascinating thinkers and doers giving the talk of their lives … in 18 minutes or less. Thu, Mar 19, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Belmont Meeting Room, 1038 SE SE Cesar Chavez. What is Altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy. Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk says altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.


Buckman Elementary SUN School is seeking tutors and classroom volunteers for its after school program. Commitment is one hour a week from 3:30 – 4:30 pm or 4:30 – 5:30 pm.  Starting now and ending March 20. Then again from March 30 – June 11.  Help students develop math and or reading skills in a fun supportive environment. Contact Bobbi at for more information.


Donation to protect the reservoirS – The fight continues to protect our historic open reservoirs from destruction, grandiose visions and gross neglect. As a grass roots organization composed of citizens who volunteer their time and blur the line between you and us, the Friends of the Reservoirs depend on donations to cover essentials, such as their website and listserv fees, potential legal fees, more of which may be coming yet. Donations are tax deductible. If you would like to donate, please make checks out to “Southeast Uplift” (SEUL) with a note on the memo line for “Friends of Reservoirs.” This step is of course very important!  SEUL is our fiscal sponsor and maintains the account.  Their address is 3534 SE Main St., Portland, OR  97217.


SUMMER CAMP AT ZENGER FARM – Dig in to daily life on the farm! The non-profit Zenger Farm offers engaging week-long day camps for kids entering K through 9th grade. Sessions like “Fruitopia,” “Bugs and Slugs,” and “Chef de Cuisine” engage all five senses and include plenty of farm-to-plate snacking, building campers’ appetites for fresh, local food. Campers leave camp with recipes, garden plans, new friends and a deeper understanding about where food comes from and how to grow food with sustainable practices.  Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd. Camp sessions run June 15 – August 28, M-F, 8:45 am – 3 pm, with Extended Day available 3 – 5:30 pm. Enroll online: Need-based scholarships available.

Community News March 2015

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