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Volume 9, Issue 9
September 2011

Community Announcements

Restoration in The Bluffs Park
9 am-1 pm, September 17

Bluffs Park is an upland forested park in the Cedar Mill area. The portion we are currently restoring was recently acquired in order to preserve additional upland habitat. Help us improve these areas by coming out to remove Himalayan blackberry and English ivy from the natural areas. Info & Registration: contact Melissa Marcum at, or 503-629-6305 x2953

Butterflies at Cedar Mill Garden Club

Glen Andresen of Metro will speak on native plants that attract butterflies to the garden at the Wednesday, September 21 meeting of the Cedar Mill Garden Club. The meeting begins at 11:30 am at the Beaverton Community Center, across from the Beaverton City Library on 5th and Hall (12350 SW 5th).

The Cedar Mill Garden Club is open to anyone at any level interested in gardening and wildlife. There is no charge for visiting. For additional information about the Cedar Mill Garden Club, contact Barbara Cushman, president at 503-649-7741 or visit our website

St. Pius “garage sale”—donations welcome

The St. Pius Knights of Columbus Third Annual Garage Sale will be held on Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18 in the lower parking lot next to the Youth Center off of Saltzman Road.

Donations of household items, including furniture, small appliances and tools, are welcome. No clothes, please, but if you have items to donate that you would like picked up, please call (503) 213-1467.

'Free advice on caring for oak trees

Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) trees and the habitats they thrive in are becoming increasingly rare. If you have Oregon oaks on your property, contact West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District so they can catalog your trees and offer free technical advice on care and maintenance.

Invasive species, such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry in particular, are plants to watch out for when it comes to the care of Oregon oaks. Contact for help regarding invasive species or for general care of Oregon oaks.

Open house for Bethany Blvd. Overcrossing project

On Thursday, September 22, from 5-7 pm, an open house for the Bethany Blvd. Overcrossing project will be held at The Phoenix Inn, 15402 NW Cornell Rd. All are welcome to attend.

Autumn Affair raises funds for violence victims

The Domestic Violence Resource Center's biggest fundraiser of the year, the Autum

Affair, will be held Friday, September 23, from 6-10 pm at the Lanphere showroom (4000 SW Hocken Ave.).
Hosted by celebrity emcee Amy Roloff (Little People, Big World), Autumn Affair offers wine tastings from multiple vineyards, and features live French American Jazz music from the Heather Keizur trio, heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts, as well as a silent auction and raffle prizes.

All proceeds will go directly to Domestic Violence Resource Center's programs and clients. Tickets are available online at for $75.

Help domestic violence victims with donations at the Flea Market

Monika's House, a shelter residence for victims of domestic violence, often welcomes families (primarily women and their children) who have left everything behind to escape the danger of abusive relationships.

Each month, we’ll highlight a different request for items they need. Donations can be brought to Leedy Grange Hall during the monthly Flea Market on the first Saturday (October 1 is the next one).

Currently needed: NEW socks and underwear, for men, women and children in all sizes. Also needed: new towels and washcloths. For more information, visit the DVRC website or contact Christie Costello at (503) 926-3245.

Oak Hills Mega-Sale

There will be a community-wide Garage Sale (at least twenty families) in Oak Hills September 9-10. Maps of all Garage Sale participants will be available so shoppers don't miss out on a single bargain. Organizers hope this is the first of what will become an annual event. The Oak Hills neighborhood is bordered by Cornell Road, Bethany Boulevard, West Union Road, and NW 143rd. It can be entered at NW 153rd and Cornell.

Free self-defense class for women

This free two-day course is designed to empower women with tools to maintain personal safety and to successfully confront and survive potentially dangerous situations. Classes are held in downtown Hillsboro. Registration for the session beginning October 11 begins on September 11. Contact Christine Rouches at 503-846-2579 to sign up, or visit the Sheriff's web site at

Reverse 9-1-1 calls now available

Washington County's central dispatch center, Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency, has implemented a new emergency notification system, known as Reverse 911.

Reverse 911 allows dispatch to send emergency messages to people within a given area or radius of an emergency. The messages will provide information or instructions to help you know how to react. You can receive the messages via your landline telephone, cellular phone, email, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone. Sign up for this service at

Sheriffs office offers free car seat safety checks

On Saturday, September 10, from 9-11 am, Washington County Crime Prevention Specialists and Deputies invite you to come in and have your child's car seat or booster checked for proper installation. This event happens the second Saturday of every month at Tuality Hospital parking structure, 335 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro. For more information contact Doreen Rivera at (503) 846-5930 or

“Aging Well” series

The Primetimers Adult Sunday School Class of Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) is presenting "The Mastery of Aging Well" this fall. The series was developed by AARP and Oregon State University and will be led by CUMC members with expertise in each subject.

This class is not only for those that may be considered "seniors". The emphasis is on habits and practices that we can begin at any age that will allow us to proactively deal with aging in a graceful manner. Many of us also have loved ones who are dealing with aging issues and this class will help prepare us to assist them.

The series will begin on Sunday, September 18, and continue until approximately Thanksgiving, at 9 am in the Wesley Room, CUMC, 12755 NW Dogwood. Contact Elaine Ledbetter for more information at or 503-646-1598.

Cedar Mill Creek invasive plant removal

On Saturday, September 17, from 9 am-noon, the Go Green committee, in collaboration with West Multnomah Soil & Water District and SOLV, is hosting an invasive removal event to enhance watershed health at the Cedar Mill Creek headwaters in Forest Heights.

This SOLV project is one of over 100 projects taking place across the state of Oregon on that day. The cleanup event is part of an effort in which Oregonians will join with thousands of volunteers in all 50 states and over 100 countries to clean up our waterways and remove invasive species.

Gloves, tools, coffee and snacks will be supplied, and free t-shirts will be distributed at the event to commemorate this project.

To register, go to and scroll down to Portland events and click on "Forest Heights Weeding Event." For more information, contact WMSWCD Urban Conservationist Mary Logalbo at 503/238-4775, ext. 103 or

Museum Day features the Minidoka Swing Band

The Minidoka Swing Band performs Saturday, September 24 at the Washington County Museum in celebration of National Museum Day, organized by Smithsonian Magazine.

Bring the family, lawn chairs, and a picnic lunch, and take in the toe-tapping music of the Minidoka Swing Band, view current exhibits, see a Japanese woodblock printing demonstration by Print Arts Northwest artist Barbara Mason, and enjoy the grounds—all for free, between 10 am and 4 pm. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Cedar Mill News Minidoka SwingThe locally-based swing band plays from noon to 2:30 pm. The band's tunes serve as a tribute to Japanese Americans interned during World War II, and highlights the music that was popular in 1940s America and in the internment camps.

Two exhibits are on display in the Museum gallery. The traveling version of “Taken: FBI” is organized by the Oregon Nikkei Endowment in Portland. It shares stories, artifacts, diaries and experiences of some of the Portland-area Japanese Americans who were interned during the War. “The Day We Left” is a complementary exhibit of large-scale paintings by Cedar Mill artist Sharon Inahara, using words as art, to depict the emotions of WWII and the internment experience of Japanese Americans.

A third exhibit at the Museum is in the Print Arts Northwest gallery and features Little Things Add Up - selected prints by artist Gordon Sherman. The Museum is located on the PCC-Rock Creek Campus, 17677 NW Springville Road. For more information, visit the Museum website at or call 503-645-5353.

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, October 1, 10 am to 2 pm,
Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center
15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton

Fall is a great time to plant natives. Experts will be on hand to help you choose the perfect plants for you space. Select from a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants in all price ranges for every spot in your garden. Once established, native plants need little water and are easy to care for. All proceeds go toward future THPRD education programs and facility and park improvements.

More information: Call (503) 629-6350 or visit the THPRD website.

'CUMC offers Estate Planning workshop

Sunday, October 8, 11:30 am -1:30 pm, Christ United Methodist Church,12755 NW Dogwood. Light refreshments and child care available. RSVP to the church office—503-646-1598

One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is to have your financial house in order. Come learn what to do to give this valuable gift to those you love!

Do you have a will? … An Advanced Directive? … A Durable Power of Attorney? Laws change…have you updated your plan in the last five years?

Do your current documents specify the amount you will want your children to receive? Can your children handle the form and amount of assets they will be receiving?

Are you taking advantage of currently available estate planning techniques to minimize your potential estate tax? Do your executor or personal representative, trustee, and children's guardian have the same value system as you and your spouse? Have you held a family conference to discuss estate planning issues with your children?

Are you giving as much as you would like to give to charitable organizations? Could estate planning techniques allow you to give more?

Presenters: Leanne Bowker, Esq.-Estate Planning Attorney, Karen Bolin-Financial Planner, David Noyes-CUMC Endowment Committee



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