|Volume 9, Issue 12||
Tazza Neighborhood Cafe is offering dinner on Friday nights. The delicious fare includes grilled beef and chicken skewers, grilled vegetables, and seafood specialties all seasoned with owner Saeed Rad's special blend of herbs and spices. And you can choose from a terrific selection of local beers or wines.
The special menu is also offered on Saturdays for lunch. Call ahead for takeout, 503-533-9099. Tazza is located at 4062 NW Saltzman Rd. Hours are 6 am-6 pm Monday thru Thursday, 6 am-8:30 pm Friday, 8 am-4 pm Saturday, and 8 am-2 pm 2Sunday.
"Forgiveness is overlooking mistakes and letting go of resentments. Forgiveness frees us from the needless pain of reliving hurt. Forgiveness doesn't make a wrong choice right; it brings the generosity of spirit to release it. It brings blessed opportunity for a clean start. Forgiveness opens the door of hope."
The Practice of Forgiveness: "I overlook mistakes. I free myself from pain and resentment. I am willing to heal the past. I find it in my heart to give others another chance. I use guilt only as a signal for change. I accept Divine redemption. I have the power to change for the better." – Linda Kavelin-Popov
Join the Virtues Connection Portland, Oregon Face Book page for inspiration and more information about local news of Virtues Project, or go to virtuesconnectionportland.com. This month, Virtues Connection made 100 greeting cards and love letters to seniors living at Holly Tree apartments and Laurel Park residents at their Virtues Camp reunion.
The holiday season approaches, and in gift-giving it is good to remember that the most meaningful gifts are not bought—they are made. A wreath, the form of a circle, has no beginning and no end; and the evergreens attached to it mean ever-alive. So the next time you see a wreath, you can look at it not only as a decoration, but as a symbol of something more.
To help you with your gift giving, local independent garden center Cornell Farm has invited Robyn Pope, renowned West Coast garden designer and wreath designer for Smith & Hawken, Crate & Barrel, and Gardener's Eden, to host a workshop where she will lead you through the process of making exceptional holiday wreaths. The workshop will take place Nov. 26, noon-1:30 pm, at Cornell Farm, 8212 Barnes Rd.
The cost of the workshop is $35, which will cover everything you need to make your first wreath. Reserve your space in this limited-size class by pre-registering by phone 503-292-9895 or in person. Or, to learn more about Robyn and her child-friendly garden designs, visit her website robynpopegardens.com or her blog gardenrooms.typepad.com.
Pars Market now offers a free Gyro or Falafel sandwich with the purchase of 10 Gyros/Falafel. Get your card at your next visit and get it stamped each time you purchase a delicious sandwich. Your eleventh one will be free!
Pars Market is located at 12923 NW Cornell. Open Monday-Friday 9-7, Saturday 10-6.
Paladan Elementary, Portland's only private elementary school for TAG students, is hosting a Community Game & Craft night Friday, Nov. 18 from 5-9 pm at their location in Bethany Village. This event is free and is open to all TAG students ages five to ten. Games will include chess, Scrabble, Dixit, Go, Chinese chess, Pentago, puzzles, crafts and Zome, and they will be serving pizza from Papa John's. Space is limited, so RSVP to (503) 645-3377. You can find more details at www.paladanelementary.com
World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry is proud to be a part of the Oregon Mission of Mercy this year. The first event of its kind on the West Coast was held last November and drew in over 2,000 patients in need of immediate dental care. Thousands of donated dental supplies, and hundreds of volunteers came together to put on an amazing show of compassion to the surrounding community. The Oregon Dental Association and its partners are again asking volunteers to join the cause. While dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, and dental lab technicians are needed, community volunteers are needed as well to serve as patient escorts, help run registration, and provide translation services to those that will be waiting in line for over 24 hours for free dental care. Join World of Smiles on Nov. 21-22 at the Oregon Convention Center and prepare for your life to be changed!
In the meantime, don't forget to spread the word that their Annual Candy Exchange will be up and running November 1-7 at World of Smiles! Visit during regular business hours and kids can exchange their unopened Halloween Loot for toys and prizes. All hard candies will be sent to the troops overseas through Operation Gratitude, so feel welcome to bring a card or letter to the troops as well as a candy contribution!
World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry is located at 11790 SW Barnes Rd, Suite 280, Portland OR 97225. Visit their website at visitworldofsmiles.com!
November 15th is "America Recycles Day." This is a great reminder to think twice before dropping things in the trash. As you sort through your belongings and organize your home, you may find items that you no longer need or want. Keep an eye out for multiples or items that may be broken, outdated, or no longer serving a function. While reducing the amount of things in our homes, it is wonderful to know we have many disposal options available. It is easy to share your cast-offs with someone else who can reuse or recycle. No longer do you have to trash even the most unusual things like old paint, miscellaneous lumber pieces, or worn out sneakers.
NW Organizing Solutions' professional organizer Beth Giles helps you find places that keep your unwanted items out of the landfill. Their website, nworganizingsolutions.com is a great resource to find local sites for donation or recycle. If you would like to organize your space or get additional disposal options for a particular item, contact Beth at 503-709-0791or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month, Snap Fitness in the West Union shopping center is offering 50% off your first month's membership fee. This applies to single, joint and family memberships. Prospective members can get to know Snap Fitness by visiting snapfitness.com/westunion.
November's featured artist is Bonnie Tucker. Her bold and vibrant collage art is textured using layers of hand painted papers, acrylic paint and found objects. Having been totally deaf since infancy, Ms. Tucker's world is focused on sight and feeling. The intensity of that sight and feeling has led to the celebration of visual and tactile effects that is so forcefully expressed in her work.
Youth classes (ages 7-12) for the month of November include a general children's art class with Terri Gonzalez and a book-making class with Sarah Fagan. Adult classes include acrylic painting with instructor Kristi Roberts, glass lamp-making with Veronica Lake, book-making with Patti Isaacs, watermedia with Liz Walker, drawing with Sofia Chimaras, and watercolors with Emma Achleithner and Chris Keylock.
The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 pm, Sunday noon-4 pm, and closed on Mondays. It is located next to the Cedar Mill Library at 12305 NW Cornell Road. Call 503-644-8001 or visit their website, villagegalleryarts.org, for additional information regarding the gallery, membership, classes, and special events.
Peregrin Financial Technologies, headquartered in Cedar Mill, has announced it's latest innovation in cash logistics. Merchants who need fast and controlled access to cash for CODs, lottery payouts or any other reason, can now use the ATM machine already at their location, along with a Peregrin-provided mag-stripe card, to get cash without incurring bank charges.
Peregrin has partnered with Columbus Data Services, the leading provider of ATM processing, to offer this new service. With a SeguraCash enabled ATM, each transaction can be monitored by management in real time via a website. Eliminating the need for a time-release safe relieves employees of the time-consuming and error-prone task of loading tubes with cash, and provides more accurate withdrawals by offering amounts in $20 increments.
For more information, contact Peregrin at 503-690-1111 or visit their website, peregrin.net.
Bales' bookkeeper, Joanne, used to live in New York City, and wanted to do something this September to help with the 9/11 Memorial. Manager Vince Lucibello agreed, and they scheduled a barbecue for September 10. Assistant manager Dave Best, Vince, and Joanne manned the grill on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so they weren't able to raise much money. Then they offered employees a deal—donate $2 for each day the employee wore jeans to work. The money raised from that, plus tips donated by Starbucks employees, allowed them to raise $1000 to sponsor a paver in the Memorial Plaza. Joanne holds the plaque they received from the fund.
The work experience program "Transitions" at Sunset High School is looking for mailing jobs to complete. If you have a large mailing job that you need assembled, please call Liz Baer, 503-259-5063 at Sunset High School to discuss the details.
We are starting up a new location of Kumon Math and Reading —Kumon Math and Reading Center of Cedar Mill. The location will be up and running starting December 1.
Kumon is the world's largest after-school math and reading enrichment program. The Kumon Program unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. It allows students of all ages and abilities to build the skills necessary to have a richer, more successful education experience. It is also a place where your children will be motivated to achieve more by gaining a sense of accomplishment that fosters a desire to learn more.
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