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Volume 10, Issue 11
November 2012

November 2012 Community Announcements
compiled by Kelly Miller

Arsenic and Old Lace at Sunset
by Elsie Garner, Sunset student

The fall play at Sunset High School debuts this November. This year’s cast and crew has put in an exceptional amount of work to put on “Arsenic and Old Lace,” featuring a suspenseful plot and a comedic cast of characters.

“It takes over 100 hours of individual effort to put on the fall play,” says actress Mia Vicino (Elaine Harper). “When we’re onstage, we put in tons of effort to make the show look as professional as possible.”

Enthusiasm from the community drives the high school theatre departments, so the audience means the world to these aspiring actors. “Arsenic and Old Lace” shows on November 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7:30 pm. General admission is $10, $30 for a family, and $9 for students, so show your support and enjoy a night of entertainment at Sunset High School.

Free College Planning Seminar

On Wednesday November 14 from 7-8:30 pm, college consultant Kathy Connor will be hosting a free seminar entitled, "The Nuts and Bolts of the College Application Process," for anyone in the community who is interested. Connor is a graduate of Stanford University and is currently completing her certification degree for College Counseling at UCLA. She wants to give teens and parents tools to help choose a college, how to find the best fit, how to apply and where to find the money. The seminar, part of the Parents of Teens program, will be held in Room P103 at the Cedar Mill Bible Church at 12208 NW Cornell Rd, Portland OR 97229 and is free of charge. For questions, email

Garden Club Monthly Meeting

The Cedar Mill Garden Club will be holding their monthly meeting on November 28. This month’s meeting will feature floral designer Ruby Warren as she and two other designers lead the group in a hands-on demonstration of holiday decorations. Each member will create their own design and participants are asked to bring greens and other appropriate items from their gardens and homes, as well as clippers, gloves and a container. The club will provide oasis and flowers. The meeting will be at 11:30 am at the Beaverton City Library in meeting room B. For further information about the Cedar Mill Garden Club and their activities, contact President Barbara Cushman at 503-649-7741 or visit their website and Facebook page

Education Under Fire Screening

Last month, the Education Under Fire organization announced the release of their DVD documentary about the persecution of the Baha’i faith in Iran. The goal of the film is to raise awareness and support for mistreated followers of Baha’i. The Cedar Mill Library has responded to this call for action by hosting a screening of the film on Saturday, December 1, from 2-4 pm in the upstairs Community Room. There will be a Q and A after the screening. Refreshments will be served. Those who wish to order their own free DVD today can do so at

Got shoes?

Bring unwanted shoes to the Leedy Grange Flea Market on Saturday, December 1, 10 am-4 pm. Impact Sign Company is collecting good-condition shoes in all sizes to benefit Indigo Rescue, a local volunteer animal rescue organization that assists county animal shelters by taking animals that have run out of time or are having difficulty in the shelter environment. 

The Flea Market will be packed with vendors offering everything from pre-owned housewares and clothing to collectibles, antiques, holiday decorations and LOTS more. And the Girl Scouts are still collecting hard-to-recycle clean plastics marked with the triangle/number.

AARP Driving Skills Class

The next session of the AARP Driver Safety Class will be held on Fridays, November 2 and November 9, from 9 am-12 pm, at the Cedar Mill library.

The class is designed to sharpen the skills of any drivers over age 50. Attending and completing the class may also make drivers eligible for an insurance discount. Classes are three hours long, and the cost for the two sessions is $12 -14 dollars. Payments can be made to the instructor on the first day of class.

For more information, contact Gary Standley by email at or by phone at 503-640-4404. Further details can also be found online at

Blues at Beaverton Historical Society

The Beaverton Historical Society’s monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 13 from 7-8:30 pm at the Beaverton History Center. This month’s meeting will focus around a historical blues concert with local musician Jason Thomas, the Blues in the Schools director for the Cascade Blues Association. He is a guitar teacher and plays in many top local bands, including the Stingers who will represent Portland at the IBC in Memphis in February, 2013. Jason has an entertaining and educational program that tells the history of the blues through music.

County Forum November programs

The Washington County Public Affairs Forum meets at the Tanasbourne Old Spaghetti Factory at 18925 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro. Meetings are open to the public. Attendance is free and lunch options and beverage service are charged with lower amounts for Forum members. See for more information.

Upcoming meetings with topics and speakers are listed below, as well as on the website:

  • November 5: House District 35—John Goodhouse.

  • November 12: Election wrap up and analysis—James Moore and Mike Riley.

  • November 19: Why Libraries, what is the value?—Laura Orr, Washington County Law Library, Aloha Library

    November 26: Aging Gracefully—Medicare, Social Security and Diversity with Joyce DeMonin, Oregon Outreach Director, AARP' Daniel Rodriguez, Oregon Diversity Coordinator, AARP

    December 3: Bicycles: Transportation, Fitness and Fun in Washington County— Hal Ballard, Transportation Solutions ByCycle; George Harris, America’s Wellness Sergeant; Mike Manning, Fit4Ever Wellness Studio; Dick Schouten, Washington County Commissioner

    December 10: Prisons: Can Oregon Afford Its Present Corrections System?— John Foote, District Attorney, Clackamas County; Larry Matasar, J.D. Criminal Defense Attorney

Growing Garlic

How to grow garlic and other Alliums will be the topic at a workshop with Chip Bubl, OSU Extension agent. Chip has been the Columbia County Agricultural Extension Agent since 1979. He teaches Master Gardener programs in the Metro Counties and at numerous other locations across Oregon. Always an informative and entertaining speaker, Chip brings his expertise and humor exploring growing garlic and other alliums in the home garden. Tuesday, December 4, 7:15, First Baptist Church, 5755 SW Erickson Ave., Beaverton. No registration and no cost. Find more at:

Free leaf collection

Falling leaves and heavy rain can wreak havoc on our storm drainage system and cause rising water in neighborhoods. Street sweepers are not designed to pick up yard debris, so instead of blowing or raking leaves, grass clippings and pine needles into the street, bring them to a free drop-off event sponsored by Clean Water Services.

8 am-4 pm on Saturday, November 17 and Saturday, December 8 at Home Depot, 13700 NW Science Park Drive.

We'll also collect non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank. Visit the Clean Water Services website at or call our Leaf Line at (503) 547-8116 for details.



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