By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star
Writing classes start April 17, 18
Whether you’re working on a novel or interested in short stories, memoir, essays, articles or other forms of fiction or nonfiction, the 10-week Kickstart Your Writing class offers a supportive environment in which you can work on specific writing projects. During the class, students set weekly goals; read their work aloud; and receive positive, helpful feedback from the instructor and other students.
Two April sessions are offered. The Wednesday class runs April 17 through June 19. The Thursday class runs April 18 through June 20. Both classes are held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Hollywood neighborhood of Northeast Portland. Exact location is provided upon publication. Cost is $200 for the 10-week class. To register, mail payment to Nancy Woods, P.O. Box 18032, Portland, OR 97218. To pay by credit card call (503) 288-2469. For more information:moc.t1503216177encar1503216177a@sci1503216177pdrow1503216177, nancy-woods.com, (503) 288-2469.
Top brokers announced
Forty-three brokers representing Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group, Inc.’s (CCRGI) top ten percent of production in 2012 were recently honored for their hard work, professional achievements and charitable generosity during another challenging year in the real estate market.
Those brokers consistently play a large role in Windermere CCRGI’s culture of charitable giving. Last year, the company’s eleven offices combined to donate a total of $103,427 to local charities supporting homeless and low-income families through the Windermere Foundation — with the top brokers accounting for 37 percent of that giving. Dispersed among twenty-eight charities, the beneficiaries spread throughout the communities served by offices in the Portland metro-area, Vancouver, Washington and the northern Oregon Coast.
“While the real estate market has started to gain momentum, careers in this industry — especially in an economy that is less than ideal — will always be challenging,” said Joan Allen, co-owner of Windermere CCRGI. “The brokers that have continued to persevere through the tough times provide inspiration to us all. We commend these professionals for their commitment to their clients and the communities in which they live and work.”
The top 2012 brokers for the Northeast Portland offices were Jim Arnal, Patrick Gourley, Dana Griggs, Billy Grippo, Susie Hunt Moran, Lenore LaTour, Joyce Morrelli and Aimee Virnig.
Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group, Inc. handles residential and commercial real estate transactions from eleven offices in Portland, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, West Linn and the northern Oregon coast. It is an affiliate of Windermere Real Estate, the leading residential real-estate network in the West with more than 7,000 associates in more than 300 offices.
Workers now manage Alberta Co-op
The Alberta Cooperative Grocery, 1500 N.E. Alberta St., has become a worker-run collective and remains community owned, according to Theresa Calabrese, the co-op’s marketing and outreach coordinator.
The co-op had been run with a traditional management structure. The switch is a management style with equity and inclusion, Calabrese said. The membership voted in November 2010 to move to a collective management, Calabrese said. It took about 15 months to complete the change.
“With this switch to a collective structure, we hope we, along with other collectives throughout the world, can be an example of how the community can provide for itself and create empowering jobs,” she said.
Bacchi’s deli opens in Hollywood
Joan and Mark Caso have opened Bacchi’s Italian Delicatessen, 6633 N.E. Sandy Blvd., to serve a variety of sliced meats, salads, cheeses and house-made soups.
Bacchi’s also is a coffee cafe featuring Ristretto Roasters and Fleur De Lis pastries, said the Casos. In addition, the shop serves seven flavors of gelato.
The deli has indoor and outdoor seating.The hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Customers may dine in, take out and arrange catering.
Mutt Strut named top pet sitter
Spot Magazine has named Portland Mutt Strut, in the Rose City Park neighborhood, as the metro area’s top pet sitter for the third year in a row.
Patricia McKinney followed her passion — animals — to start the business in 2009 after 30 years in advertising. She learned animal handling skills during 10 years as a volunteer with the Oregon Humane Society.
McKinney has hired six additional animal care companions to provide feeding, walking and even sleep-over services when owners are out of town but don’t want to board their pets.
“Although we primarily focus on dogs and cats, we love and care for all creatures, whether furry, feathery or leathery,” McKinney said.
Aviary chef gains recognition
Aviary, an award winning restaurant at 1733 N.E. Alberta St., has a chef who was nominated for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef.
Sarah Pliner, known for her clean flavors and disciplined technique, didn’t take the title this year. Instead, it went to Brendan McGill of Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
However, Pliner continues as part of the trio of chefs helping the restaurant make a comeback after a fireworks accident on July 4, 2011, destroyed the building. In less than a year, the restaurant reopened with an added bar. The other chefs are Jasper Shen and Kat Whitehead.
Pliner attended Reed College before beginning her culinary career. Over 20 years, she has cooked at Aquavit and Aldea in New York City, the Heathman in Portland and other fine restaurants.
Madeleine plans alumni lunch
The Madeleine School will host the annual Alumni and Friends Reunion Luncheon on May 1, said principal Susan Steele.
“Our alumni enrich our school and the entire Portland community and beyond with their talents and commitment to service,” Steele said.
A social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. inthe parish hall, and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The Madeleine School M.U.S.E. band and kindergarten class will perform for the guests.
Tickets are $30 per person. An eight-person table sponsorship is $150. Proceeds will benefit The Madeleine School Endowment or the tuition assistance fund.
Additional information and reservations are available with Lynn Robinson, development director, at (503) 288-9197 or ude.e1503216177niele1503216177dameh1503216177t@nos1503216177nibor1503216177l1503216177.
Grant to add plants at Beverly Cleary School
The Beverly Cleary School, which began gardens in 2009, has received a $500 Elaine Jones Memorial Grant from the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.
The school will use the grant on its Fernwood campus, 1915 N.E. 33rd Ave., to add blueberry beds and more native plants to the school’s bioswale, which filters storm water runoff to keep pollution from local waterways.
The garden includes eight raised beds with edible plants sown and tended by students through the year. The new plants will diversify the plantings, attract beneficial insects and help reduce weeds.
Parent volunteers and a part-time garden tutor, Aliesje King, lead the garden program. The school’s Parent-Teacher Association funds King’s position.
With the coordination of classroom instructors, she teaches a curriculum for second- to eighth-graders. She uses math at all grade levels while planning, planting and harvesting. Literature is linked to plants through poetry, creative writing and historical writing. Learning how native plants have been used by other cultures is a social studies unit.
The Hardy Plant Society promotes education of herbaceous perennial plants. It supports special gardens, including school and community gardens.
Project Linkage seeks volunteer drivers
Project Linkage, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, is seeking volunteers to drive older people and those with disabilities to medical appointments, grocery stores and other appointments.
The service enables people to stay in their own homes and maintain links with the community, said Deborah Shimkus, volunteer recruitment coordinator for the agency’s older adult programs.
Although the agency provided 32,861 rides in 2012 in its vans, buses and in privately owned vehicles, it couldn’t fill all the needs.
“We have to turn down 20 to 40 ride requests a day,” said Molly Hanson, program coordinator. “It is heartbreaking.”
Ideally, volunteers are able to commit to several hours each week that they are available, said Shimkus. The drivers come from diverse backgrounds and many ages. While medical appointments take priority when fulfilling ride requests, the agency also helps people get to yoga classes to maintain health and to other volunteer opportunities. One gentleman rider plays the piano at a Loaves and Fishes lunch program, Shimkus said; and a woman rider is a weekly volunteer at the Hollywood Senior Center. Each needs a ride to complete those volunteer opportunities.
Those interested in becoming a volunteer driver may contact Shimkus at (503) 232-0007 ext. 222 or gro.y1503216177limaf1503216177tem@r1503216177eetnu1503216177lov1503216177.
Bike Month events include doughnut stops
To celebrate National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is planning more than a dozen rides, clinics and other events.
The bureau also will stock refreshment stations with coffee and doughnuts for people biking at several locations throughout the city. The May 13 refreshments will be on the multi-use path at East Burnside Street and I-205. On May 23, refreshments will be at Northeast 67th Avenue and Sacramento Street.
Riders may vote for a favorite location, where the bureau will serve eggs-in-a-basket and coffee from Trailhead Roasters’ cargo bike cafe.
A list of events and a ballot for voting for a favorite place is at www.pdxbikemonth.com.
Boomers club dances into 10th year
The Baby Boomers Social Club has celebrated its 10th anniversary and continues to offer a variety of activities for mature adults.
Once a month, the club schedules dancing to music from the ‘50s to the ‘80s whether rock, funk, soul, blues or a little country. The group meets three times a month at the Red Lion Hotel across from the Convention Center, 1021 N.E. Grand Ave. Annual dues are $50 per person from April 1 to the following March 31.
A dance for singles and couples, with music by “Thrill Ride Band,” is planned from 7-11 p.m. on April 5. Tickets are $8 for members and $12 for non-members.
In addition to social events, the club donates to the Oregon Food Bank and the Meals on Wheels program. Each year, members collect teddy bears for the Multnomah County sheriff’s Buddy Bear Program. Additional information is at www.babyboomerssocialclub.com. Contact information is moc.n1503216177sm@1s1503216177remoo1503216177bbb1503216177and voice mail at (503) 546-5898.
Coach Fagan plans summer soccer camps
Bernie Fagan, celebrating his 30th year of coaching soccer, has announced the dates for youth summer camps throughout the city.
Fagan, a former Portland Timber, is the soccer coach at Warner Pacific College in Southeast Portland. During the summer, professional players, local coaches and players from his Warner Pacific program assist him in working with the young soccer campers.
One set of camps is for boys and girls, ages 5 to 12, who are beginning to intermediate recreational players. More competitive players, ages 10 to 14, attend sessions for individual skill development and tactical awareness.
The recreational camps begin June 17 at Grant Park, with eight weekly sessions scheduled for several parks through mid-August. The four competitive camps, scheduled in June, July and August, are all at Grant Park.
Recreational camps meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and cost $185 per week. The competitive camps meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and cost $165 per week.
Families may receive additional information at (503) 284-4951 or Bernie@BernieFaganSoccer.com.
Middle schoolers gain track and field program
Four Portland high school track teams, the Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation and Foot Traffic running and walking stores are partners in a track and field program for middle-schoolers.
Practices start April 1 with Grant, Franklin, Jefferson and Wilson high schools coordinating practices for middle school students in their areas.
Athletes will have an opportunity to compete in eight all-comer meets and the Hershey Championship meet. The cost is $30 per person with scholarships available. More information is at www.foottraffic.us.
Kenton seeks volunteers for fair
The Kenton Neighborhood Association is seeking volunteers to help with the annual street fair, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19. Positions are available for setting up, cleaning up and day-of-fair tasks.
The fair, centered along North Denver Avenue, includes children’s activities, music and specialty foods. Volunteers may e-mail moc.l1503216177iamg@1503216177riahc1503216177ank1503216177.
Host families needed for Japanese students
Host families are needed for Japanese students (ages 18-20) from Nagoya Future Cultural College who are coming to study English at Portland State University for ten nights from September 6-16, 2013.
The total stipend to a host family is $200 for one student, $400 for two students. Students can share one room with two beds. The second bed can be an airbed. While in town, the students travel by bus or MAX.
This is an opportunity for Portland families to treat these Japanese students to American and Portland culture while experiencing Japanese culture themselves. Host families can donate a portion of their stipend to a specific school, neighborhood project, group or church, creating a fundraising event.
For more information: Sylvia Groce at (503) 260-8569 or moc.o1503216177namuz1503216177a@eco1503216177rgs1503216177.
Alameda teacher wins award, check for school
Ann Eldredge-Burns, a kindergarten teacher at Alameda Elementary School, has received an Education Celebration Award from the Oregon College Savings Plan.
She received a $1,500 award for herself and a $5,000 check for the school.
The savings plan presents awards yearly to three Oregon K-12 educators – one per term – who have inspired children to become better students.
Eldredge-Burns has been teaching kindergarten for 24 years, but she originally planned to go to law school. However, she volunteered at her own daughter’s kindergarten class and realized it was, she said, “the center of the universe.”
“What a surprise and delight to receive this award, and how terrific of the Oregon College Savings Plan folks to choose to celebrate our profession,” said Eldredge-Burns. “I am inspired by my kids and by my colleagues every day, and I am so lucky to get to do the work I love. Knitting those unique individuals into a community of learners and then facilitating, guiding and directing their learning is an arduous and deeply engaging job.”
Eldredge-Burns brings a passion for teaching, said Amy Doan, one of four parents who nominated her for the teaching award.
Doan cited the teacher’s annual owl unit. Students read non-fiction stories about owls, watch a cam of live owls, dissect owl pellets, create an owl puppet, write about the puppet’s experiences and learn about owl biology with a Portland Audubon Society expert.
The project, said the teacher, helps students develop skills in science, small motor skills, reading, recall and art.
Nominations for a spring term Education Celebration teacher will be accepted until April 15. Information is available at www.oregoncollegesavings.com.