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Volume 9, Issue 4
April 2011

Community Announcements

Fire Station relocation hearing April 21

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue has proposed building a new fire station on the northwest corner of NW Evergreen St. and Thompson Rd., just southwest of Findley Elementary. A Special Use and Development Review hearing will occur on April 21, 10 am at the Washington County Public Services Building main floor auditorium, 155 NW First Avenue in Hillsboro. Many neighbors have expressed concern about fire trucks negotiating the narrow road next to the school, especially during student arrival and pickup times. TVFR has assured the public that it can be a good neighbor.

Cedar Mill Garden Club’s 8th Annual Plant Sale

Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7,  9-5 at the John Quincy Adams Young House, 119th & Cornell Rd .  Parking: Cedar Mill Bible Church

Perennials, Native Plants, Herbs. Funds raised benefit botanical gardens, youth reforestation projects, the JQA Young House Fund, and a horticultural scholarship. For more information contact 503.649-7741 or visit

Next meeting

Heirloom Vegetables will be the topic of the Wednesday, April 20 meeting of the Cedar Mill Garden Club at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 S.W. 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30p.m.  Michael Stuckey of Millenium Farms Heirloom Vegetables in Ridgefield, Washington will be the presenter.  All interested gardeners are invited to attend the free program which begins shortly before 1 pm.

Anyone wishing to donate plant divisions to be re-potted and sold at the May plant sale may bring them to the meeting or contact us at 503-649-7741 or .

The Cedar Mill Garden Club is celebrating Arbor Day and Earth Day by planting two trees at local schools, one in conjunction with the girl scouts. The girl scouts will be working toward a badge, which includes planting and care of trees; the garden club will help with the purchase price and present a short informational program about tree care at 3 pm, April 20, at West Tualatin View School.

Catlin Gabel summer programs

Summer programs return to the beautiful Catlin Gabel campus, 8825 SW Barnes Rd. from July 5 to August 5. Offerings are open to all students, even those who are not enrolled at Catlin Gabel. Most offerings are one-week courses, allowing families flexibility in their summer schedules. For more information, visit or email .

Families may choose from programs including sports camps, creative writing, outdoor education, filmmaking, wildlife biology, SAT prep, cooking, music, and theater, to name just a few. For younger children Summer Beehive, open to all in grades preschool through 2nd, includes woodshop, open-art studio, literacy, creative play, and outdoor adventures. The complete catalog can be found at

Washington County Active Transportation Forum

Wednesday, April 27, 6-8: pm, Beaverton Library Auditorium, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton

How does economic development benefit from walking, biking and transit in Washington County? Save the date of April 27th for a discussion about economic development and active transportation, featuring a stellar panel of experts and leaders, including Don Mazziotti of Beaverton's Community Development Dept. and Bryan Trotter of SolarWorld. This panel discussion is part of an ongoing bimonthly series of Forum talks organized by the WPC and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Special thanks to the Westside Transportation Alliance for their help in bringing this panel together.

Get involved with the Sheriff's Office—without getting arrested!

Our Crime Prevention Team is looking for vounteers to educate the public on community issues and crime prevention topics, and to help set up for special events, package materials, and design displays. We will teach you all that is needed!

Can you spare a few hours a week, or maybe help with specific events? We need people:

  • With a strong desire to help others
  • With public speaking skills
  • Who are outgoing and education-minded
  • Who can listen and help solve problems
  • Who can work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Available evenings and weekends

We also need people with photography skills and those who are bilingual in English and Spanish. Learn more! Call 503-846-2525 or visit

Greenlick invites team members to fight Lymphoma

Friends, as you may know I was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2005 and finished chemotherapy in March of 2006. I found that my consultant at OHSU had been funded by the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) and volunteered to start an LRF Oregon Chapter. I became the Chapter’s first president. Now I am asking you to help me fight lymphoma..

LRF is having its Inaugural Oregon Lymphomathon on Sunday, April 10. I hope you will be willing to join “Team Mitch,” walk the course, and raise money by getting pledges to support your effort.

The Lymphomathon is a non-competitive 5K Walk in which lymphoma survivors, caregivers, friends, and community and corporate teams gather to celebrate, honor and support one another while raising funds for lymphoma research and programming.

I hope you will be able to join us on April 10. Please click the following link to join “Team Mitch.” Click on the “join our team” and go for it.

Volunteers ages 12-15 needed to lead Safety Town

Responsible, enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help provide a safety education program for preschool children.

Volunteers lead a variety of activities including arts and crafts, games, songs, outdoor and other recreational activities that are designed to teach children 4-6 years of age how to be safe while still having lots of fun!

Volunteers gain valuable work experience while developing leadership skills and increasing student community service hour records! Volunteers must attend a staff-led training session held early in the summer and make a two-week volunteer commitment.

These camps are held mid-June through July. To request an information and application packet or for more information, call Cedar Hills Recreation Center at 503-629-6340 or click on

THPRD’s Green Gardening Fair

Bring nature to your backyard—join the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District for its annual Green Gardening Fair and Spring Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 30.

The free event will be at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Are you interested in attracting more birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife to your garden? Native plants are an excellent way to start. Once established, they offer greater benefits to wildlife and require less care, water, fertilizers, and pesticides than non-native, ornamental plants.

“We are lucky to have such a beautiful array of native plants in our region,” said Karen Munday, program coordinator at the Nature Park Interpretive Center. “You can easily find the right native plant for any spot in your garden. Plus you can shop, talk to plant experts, and browse information from local organizations to learn more about what you can do to improve habitat in your yard.”

A wide variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials will be available in all price ranges. Check out a detailed list.

At the Green Gardening Fair, visitors can learn about sustainable gardening techniques through a variety of activities and information booths. They’ll get tips on how to conserve water in their yard, choose native plants, and install a rain garden.

For more information about the event, call the Nature Park Interpretive Center at 503/629-6350 or send an e-mail to Karen Munday at

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Proceeds from the plant sale will support environmental education programs and future park improvements.

Milltown at Timbers’ opener

Milltown Soccer Club is excited to once again be a big part of the Portland Timbers Opening Night, Thursday, April 14. This sold-out game will be the Timbers first ever, regular season, MLS game and will be nationally televised on ESPN 2.

There will be 100 Milltown soccer players aged 5-18 years of age, holding the 18 MLS flags before and during the national anthem. Milltown has worked hard with our community to create unique experiences and relationships that benefit our members and our community. This allows our rec soccer players opportunities and experiences that they will remember for life, and hopefully help fuel the pursuit of their dreams.

Milltown Soccer Club is a recreational coed soccer club serving 5-18 year old children. Milltown is dedicated to offering the best possible soccer experience to our members. Please direct any questions to, and visit them on their website,

May 17 election candidates at Public Affairs Forum

On Monday, April 18, there will be a Candidates’ Forum at the weekly lunch meeting of the Washington County Public Affairs Forum (PAF). Candidates in contested races for the Beaverton and Hillsboro School Districts, The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, the Tualatin Valley Water District and the Washington County Fire District have been invited to appear and answer questions as voters prepare to mark their May 17 ballots.

The PAF meets from 11:45 am to 1 pm at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 18925 NW Tanasbourne Drive, across from the Evergreen movie theaters in Hillsboro. The doors open at 10:30, with a first lunch serving at 11:30 and a second at noon. The program begins at noon. The lunches are open to the public; lunch is $15, $10 for soup and salad, and $6 for iced tea or coffee only. Members pay $2 less for each option.

Founded in 1956, the Public Affairs Forum provides a common meeting place for the interchange of ideas and to stimulate thinking on civic matters. Each week the Forum brings together community leaders, members and guests who care about what happens in Washington County, the metro region and the state of Oregon. Speakers from government, business, science, the arts and education address the Forum. Members have the opportunity to question speakers – sometimes the most interesting part of the program.

Programs are replayed on TVCTV Channel 21 Thursday at 6 am; Channel 28 Thursday at 10 pm, Friday at 6 pm and Sunday at 3 pm; and Channel 11 Monday at 10 am. Learn more at



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