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Business briefs for Dec. 14

Gresham chamber calendar

Connect with Success AM Meeting, 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, SnowCap Community Charities Christmas Breakfast, held at the Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St. Tickets available at the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center or by calling Dolores at 503-674-8785, ext. 17.

Brown Bag with the Resource Team, noon, Chamber Board Room, 701 N.E. Hood Ave., Gresham. Featured speaker will be Alison Hart, chamber CEO.

In observance of the Christmas holidays, there will be no AM Meetings on Friday, Dec. 23, or Friday, Dec. 30.

Chamber hosts holiday potluck

Families are invited to enjoy a holiday potluck and live music during a community Christmas potluck, sponsored by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Troutdale House by the Sandy, 411 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Attendees should bring a favorite main dish or dessert to share.

Live music will be provided by classical guitarist Richard Rios-Stevens and a quartet from the Grotto Carolers. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also be there.

For more information, contact Marcia Chiaudano at 503-669-7473.

Hospital cafe goes green

Adventist Medical Center has unveiled a new, plant-based menu in the Living Well Bistro located in the hospital's lobby, 10000 S.E. Main St., Portland.

New offerings include garden wrapped sandwiches, daily prepared soups, woodstone pizza and fresh salads, all made with local, organic and sustainable foods.

'The Living Well Bistro is offering fresh new and tantalizing choices on a delicious and hearty plant-based menu,' said Bo Rinadli, restaurateur and collaborator on the Living Well Bistro and co-founder of Vegan Fusion Cuisine. '(New offerings are) filled with the best produce of the season, including many gluten free options and farm-to-table selections.'

To see the Living Well Bistro's full menu, visit livingwellbistro.com.

Local bank receives award

Lake Oswego-based West Coast Bank was honored as the recipient of the 2011 Community Spirit Award from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, during a luncheon Dec. 8 in Salem.

The award is presented to a member of the Seattle Bank cooperative and recognizes the spirit of community partnerships in creating affordable housing and economic development by members within their communities. By utilizing Seattle Bank's housing and community investment programs, West Coast Bank was able to provide more than $24 million in grants and reduced-rate loans to create 380 units of affordable housing in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The Gresham branch of West Coast Bank is located at 473 N.W. Burnside Road.

Taekwondo studio hosts food drive

U.S. West Coast Taekwondo, 2332 E. Powell Blvd., is hosting a food drive through Friday, Dec. 16, for the Oregon Food Bank.

As an incentive, people who bring in a bag of non-perishable food items can receive two weeks of free lessons and a uniform. Existing students will receive 10 percent off a purchase from the pro shop.

Visit blackbeltfamily.com or call 503-674-4800 for more information.

Nominate supportive employers of military

Oregon National Guardsmen and reservists can nominate their supportive employers for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest award for civilian employers supporting Guard and Reserve members.

All employers - large, small and public - are eligible for nomination. More than 1,700 service members have submitted nominations since Nov. 1; 13 of those nominations came from Oregon National Guardsmen and reservists. Past recipients from Oregon include Tektronix, Fred Meyer and the Portland Police Bureau.

Service members, or a family member acting on their behalf, may submit nominations through FreedomAward.mil through Jan. 16, 2012.

The 2012 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C., during a special ceremony next fall.