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by: , Stan Davis reveals the latest strategies to optimize your online presence — at this month’s AHB meeting, open to all, in Sellwood.

AHB offers program on optimizing websites

At this month's meeting of the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood, open to everyone, on Thursday, June 21st, the presenter is Stan Davis, whose topic is 'optimizing your online presence'. He says, 'What does it take to get your home business to the top of the search results page? All you have to do is use your common sense, follow some basic rules, stretch a little bit, and learn a few tricks while you're at it. Just like a professional.' It takes place, open to everyone interested, on June 21 at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino (a block south of Tacoma Street) in Sellwood. $10 door charge includes a buffet supper. RSVP online at: www.AHBoregon.org - or call Eric, at 503/232-2326, to RSVP for the head count to help with food preparation.

Precision Castparts adds to its portfolio

To continue its recent string of acquisitions, Precision Castparts - the manufacturer of aerospace and other parts, based on Johnson Creek Boulevard in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood - announces it has made an agreement to acquire the 38-year-old Canadian aerospace manufacturer Centra Industries, Inc., located in Cambridge, Ontario. The acquisition is expected to close early next year. Meantime, two more acquisitions were announced in late May - of Aerocraft Heat Treating Company, and Dickson Testing Company, both of California - and Precision Castparts President, Mark Donegan, says he expects the company to continue acquisitions to broaden the product and service offerings of the company, which currently has over 2,100 exployees in the State of Oregon.

New Brooklyn acupuncture practice

Becca Seitz writes THE BEE: 'I graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2006. My practice used to be in Northeast Portland (32nd and Prescott). Now I'm at 3701 S.E. Milwaukie Ave in the Brooklyn Business Center, with Cottonwood Chiropractic. We live in Southeast, so I'm now MUCH closer to home and getting to work with people in my own neighborhood! While I can work with patients to heal from a variety of complaints, I specialize in treating dermatology, pain, auto-accident injuries, and I also treat cats and dogs. I treat patients between 4 and 7 pm, Monday through Friday. People are welcome to contact me at 971/285-4825, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or schedule appointments online at www.thriveacupuncture.org - and I accept most insurances.'

'Natural Pet Food Solutions' plans benefit event

Kristen Larson, owner of 'Natural Pet Food Solutions', 7639 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, announces a BBQ fundraiser for a no-kill dog shelter, 'Family Dogs New Life', taking place at the store on Sunday, June 10th, from noon to 5. All proceeds will be donated to the shelter. Kristen adds, 'Also, 5% of store sales that day will be donated to Family Dogs New Life no kill shelter. Dogs from the shelter will be at our event and will be available for adoption.'

New Assistant at SWBA; business mixer planned

Elise Burke was recently introduced as the new Executive Assistant to the Board of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA), announced President Tom Brown. Also announced were plans for the annual 'business mixer' reception for local businesspeople, sponsored by the SWBA and held at the Wells Fargo Bank on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. The event will be at 5:30 am on Thursday evening, June 7.

'Barre3' open on S.E. Division Street

Candace Ofcacek advises, 'I work at Barre3, a local exercise studio. Barre3 was started here in Portland, and has expanded across the country. It combines the wisdom of yoga, the strength of pilates, and the grace of ballet barre work. Every class focuses on length, strength, and alignment. We've also just recently launched an online-at home exercise program called www.mybarre3.com - our Southeast studio location is on S.E. 22nd at Division, in the Mt. Baker building.'

New acupuncturist at 'Foot Traffic' in Sellwood

Anton Selivonchick LAc., tells THE BEE that he is 'the new In-house Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture® Specialist at Foot Traffic,' at 7718 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. 'As a practitioner/clinician and lifetime student of Chinese medicine, I use a unique blend of Eastern and Western approaches to assist in the restoration of the body toward optimal health and enhancement of athletic performance.' He reports he got his Masters degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2002, and in 2010 received an 'advanced certification in Sports Medicine Acupuncture® at the New England School of Acupuncture'. He lives in Sellwood with his wife and two boys. He can be reached at 503/490-6689.

Woodstock ice cream store adds handmade products

Locally-owned Cloud City Ice Cream, on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 45th, next to Subway, has begun making its own ice cream. These hand-crafted ice creams, sorbets, and dairy-free coconut-milk 'ice creams', are made with all natural, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. The store reports that its customers have been very enthusiastic about the new offerings and are even suggesting flavors on Cloud City Ice Cream's Facebook page. So far, eight new homemade flavors can be found in the ice cream case, identified by the 'Made Here' label.

'Moreland Pediatrics' opens in Westmoreland

Dr. Christine Martin, MD MPH, an Inner Southeast native, opened her own clinic, Moreland Pediatrics, in late May at 6336-A Milwaukie Avenue, in the space that was previously occupied by Moreland Physical Therapy. Dr. Martin is an experienced pediatrician, and has been practicing in the Portland metropolitan area for over four years. Prior to becoming a physician, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, and worked for the Department of Public Health in San Francisco. Dr. Martin sees patients for routine preventive care, sick visits, physical exams (camp, sports, school), and the management of chronic conditions (i.e. asthma, allergies, ADHD). Currently, the clinic is open 9am-5pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, as well as Saturday 9am-1pm. Dr. Martin is a 'preferred provider' for most insurance plans. For more information call 503/477-9530, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brooklyn bluegrass band releases CD, plans tour

'Wayward Vessel', which describes itself as 'an alternative bluegrass band based out of the Brooklyn neighborhood', announces that it is in the process of releasing a new CD, 'Before the Grey' - and this summer will tour Colorado, and 'play several regional festivals and concert events'. For more, visit its Internet website: www.waywardvessel.com

New wellness center in Westmoreland

'Springwater Wellness Center' held an Open House on Thursday, May 17th, to introduce the community to 'a co-op of healthcare practitioners who have come together to provide Sellwood, Westmoreland, and surrounding areas, personalized and expert medical and wellness care.' Kathleen Pratt is the office manager as well as the lead naturopathic physician in the clinic. She adds, 'We also provide acupuncture, massage, Bowen Therapy, Reiki and counseling.' The new center is located in the space formerly known as 'A Better Choice'. It is located across the street from the 7-Eleven store and San Felipe Taqueria, at 6214 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The website is: www.springwaterwellnesscenter.com

'Chantiques' furniture available in new Brooklyn store

Keith Miller, former proprietor and building owner of the now-closed furniture store Chantiques, e-mails, 'I have negotiated with David Johnson, the proprietor of True Brew Coffee House, to lease our old location at 3384 S.E. Milwaukie Boulevard. It's right next to his coffee shop, and the best part is that he has opened a brand new store - The Brooklyn Furniture Company! David will be selling lots of nice new stuff, including Chantiques imports.'

Woodstock paralegal honored for civic project

The Multnomah Bar Association has chosen Woodstock resident Mary Rower to receive its 2012 Merit Award, for a project previously profiled in THE BEE - the transformation of the room housing the MBA-sponsored free childcare program, 'CourtCare'. The remodel was largely made possible through Woodstock resident Mary Rower's efforts. The original idea, a way for the Markowitz, Herbold, Glade and Mehlhaf law firm to give back to the community in celebration of their 25th anniversary in 2008, was to paint and freshen up the old jury room that has served as the space for 9,000 children to play in since late 2001 - while their parents had to be in court. But when Rower, a firm paralegal, visited the space, she thought, 'Oh, we can do a lot more than paint and freshen up!' Her vision led to a whole new design concept for the room, and the completion of a strikingly remodeled space where children love to spend time. 'Mary's enduring efforts made the dream a reality,' observed the bar association in presenting the award.

Portland artist Nicole Linde exhibits 'Interconnection' at Tilde in Sellwood

Tilde, a 'modern lifestyle shop' at 7919 S.E. 13th Avenue, features a two-month exhibition of the work of local artist Nicole Linde from now until July 31st. In this particular body of work, 'Linde explores the energetic connection between animals, humans, plants, and molecules, all inspired by potential, invisible or hidden aspects within such connections.' The paintings present shapes, intensely saturated colors, and fine repetitious details in acrylic and gouache on wood panel, varying in size and price range. The public is invited to view these works during the shop's business hours; fine art prints are also available.

New Southeast bike courier business announced

By e-mail, we are advised, 'Goods By Gear is a bicycle courier/delivery service, available 24 hours a day throughout the Southeast neighborhoods. We are dedicated to providing a fast and convenient service, where the customer tells us what they want and where they want it from and we pick it up and deliver with a smile on our face. Our rates for delivery consist of the reimbursement of purchase (whatever the customer wanted to be delivered), and a small fee (Zone A is only $7!!) We will deliver whatever you can throw at us! Check out our website for further rates and details! www.goodsbygear.com'

Woodstock artist wins first place in juried art exhibit

Christine Zachary, a Woodstock resident on S.E. 42nd, has won First Place and a $1,000 award in the Expressions West 2012 Juried showing of art submitted by artists from painters residing in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Her winning work, 'Intruders', is a landscape based on a scene on Woodstock Boulevard going past Reed College, and her work will be exhibited at the Coos Art Museum until June 30th along with 60 other pieces chosen for the exhibit.

Seniors display talent at Sellwood Landing

A 'Bring Your Talent' audition for seniors in the Portland region at took place at 'Emeritus at Sellwood Landing' on May 11. The Portland event was part of a national educational initiative touring all 50 states to raise awareness about the need for Americans to better prepare for their long-term health care needs. The Sellwood event included a variety of 'spectacular performances' by 10 local seniors - with one such performance depicted in the accompanying photograph. The winner of the national competition will receive one year of free rent at any Emeritus community, with 11 runners-up each receiving one free week. For more information, contact Sellwood Landing retirement community, on S.E. 17th, south of Tacoma Street.

Pet adoption (and training) in June, at Rose City Veterinary

Rose City Veterinary Hospital, 809 S.E. Powell Boulevard, urges, 'Adopt a Pet at Rose City Vet!' The Oregon Humane Society will have dogs and cats available for adoption at Rose City Veterinary on Saturday, June 9th, 2-5 pm; there will be games, prizes, and refreshments. Later in the month, beginning June 16th, Rose City Veterinary Hospital will begin offering Puppy Play-School classes, with instructor Jenn Fiendish, Certified Veterinary Technician and RCVH Behavior and Training Advisor, conducting classes on Saturday afternoons 3-4 pm. Fee is $150 for 5 weeks of classes. For more information and to register, go online to: www.rosecityvet.com/services/behavior-puppy-playschool - or call 503/232-3105.

'Landlord Study Hall' features 'Inspections'

The monthly 'Landlord Study Hall', sponsored by Woodstock real estate agent Kathryn King and colleagues, this month focuses on 'Inspections', and avoiding the problems by catching them early. This month's event is on June 13, 6:30 pm, at the new location: Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Center, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 52nd. These 1.5-hour seminars are free to 'unlicensed individuals', but an RSVP is required. To reserve your seat, call 503/772-8825.

Cleveland High grad selling iPhone cases

Mark Gray is an Inner Southeast native, and he attended Cleveland High School before going to, and graduating from, Gonzaga University. He advises, 'After graduation I spent close to two years working and living in Asia, before returning to the States and starting a company with some friends, called 'QT Case', which is based in Portland. While abroad I saw these iPhone cases that were incredibly popular with girls, and realized there was an opportunity to bring them to America. Our company's first product line is a bunny-ear iPhone case, and we're hoping to soon expand to a variety of animals. We wanted to give back somehow, and since these cases are becoming so popular with high school girls, college girls, and moms, we decided to donate part of our proceeds to the Susan G. Komen foundation. We are committing $2.00 for each purchase, and have a donation goal of $2,000 before Portland's Race for the Cure, September 16th.' For more, visit the Internet website: www.qtcase.com .