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by: , Ancil Nance speaks to the Assn. of Home Businesses in Sellwood about optimizing Websites to market your business, on April 17th.

Internet Websites - making them work for you.

April's speaker at the monthly Assn. of Home Businesses meeting is Ancil Nance, Portland photographer and web designer, who will discuss 'Marketing considerations in designing websites - including how small businesses can make their Web pages targets for searches.' He will also discuss AHB's plans for improving its own website. The meeting, 6-9 pm on Thursday, April 17th, is open to the public ($10), and will include a buffet supper. It takes place at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood, one block south of Tacoma Street. RSVP's requested to help in meal planning: Visit: www.ahboregon.org, or call Eric at 503/232-9787, ext. 6.

Woodstock's 'The Flower Shop' sold.

Tim and Angie Even report that they are retiring from their 'The Flower Shop' on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, directly across the street from Country Bill's Restaurant, after 22 years, and have sold it to Laura and Perry Law. They point out that Laura grew up in Eastmoreland and also a Senior Vice President for U.S. Bank, and took over the business on March 15th. Angie reports, 'Tim and I will remain the property owners of the building. I plan on staying involved in the neighborhood and remaining on the Woodstock Community Business Association Board for now'. The new owners also plan to be actively involved in the neighborhood, she adds, supporting both the WCBA and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association.

Eastmorelander launches family menu service.

Although some have offered a 'personal chef' service, in which a cook prepares you a meal in your home, an Eastmoreland resident, Eric Johnson, on February 1st inaugurated something slightly different - a meal planning service to assist you in cooking tasty meals of your own. Called 'Your Home Café', the online service invites subscribers to enjoy the benefits of its personal dinner planning service for $5.95 per month. Each week, members will receive a new personal menu, including quick and healthy recipes and complete shopping lists. The service is designed to appeal to the family who find themselves either rushing to the store on the way home from work and errands, or falling into the pattern of pick-up and take out for most meals. Visit: www.yourhomecafe.com, for information.

First tenant announced for Rose Manor site.

In early March, Urban Works Development posted both For Lease signs, and a notice of a '24 Hour Fitness' facility having taken a lease, at the retail development to be built on the former Rose Manor site at S.E. Holgate and McLoughlin Boulevard - an indication that plans are getting underway to clear the rest of the rubble on the site and get started building the new shopping center there.

'Landlord Study Hall' in Woodstock April 9th.

The monthly 'Landlord Study Hall' free meeting series for landlords, will focus on 'Screening and Forms' this month, on Wednesday evening, April 9th, 6:30-8 pm, sponsored by Kathryn King, Amy Barnhouse, and Pam Olson. RSVP required to attend this free meeting - call 503/772-8825, extension 6. For more information visit online: www.landlordstudyhall.com.

Spring sale craftily planned in Westmoreland.

A newly-formed Sellwood-Westmoreland group, 'The Crafty Betties', is hosting its first Spring Sale on Saturday, April 26, noon till 9 pm at 6323 S.E. 22nd Avenue in Westmoreland. They invite, 'come by to check out the newest creations from 7 very local artists and crafters - lots of great gift ideas for Mother's Day! Handmade jewelry, skirts, accessories, aprons, stationery, ponchos, tote bags, dresses, and more, all made especially for you!' For information call Lynn Van Horn at 503/869-3191.

Agent honored for 20 years.

The Allstate Insurance Company recognized its agent Charles Bee of Inner Southeast Portland for twenty years of service at Allstate. Bee is one of more than 700 Allstate agents throughout the Northwest Region; his agency is located at 1818 S.E. Division Street. His telephone number is 503/233-9545.

Glass tile business opens in Southeast.

Megan Coleman, a Woodstock resident, announces that her business, Stardust Glass, held its open house on Thursday, March 27th, at S.E. 50th and Tibbetts. Stardust Glass is a producer of recycled glass tiles. To learn more about the business, call 503-928-3076, or visit the Internet website: www.stardustglasstile.com.

Southeast artists in 'Ceramic Showcase' this month.

What is billed as 'the largest all-clay exhibit in the United States', the 26th annual 'Ceramic Showcase' at the Oregon Convention Center, will be open to the public April 25-27 - and will feature several Inner Southeast potters: Nao T. Tajiri, Dorothy Steele, Maria Simon, and Adrienne Stacey, among them. Hours for the show are 10-9 Friday and Saturday, and 10-5 Sunday. Admission is free.

First Friday art event in Brooklyn.

Janovec Studio and Gallery announces that the First Friday featured artist in April will be Kathleen Simpson, whose 'This Horizon' collection of new paintings will be on display April 4th through the 26th at the gallery, noon till six Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment. These abstract land/city/seascapes focus on the horizon line as the factor that draws many views on earth together. The artist will be feted at a reception April 4th, 6-9 pm. The gallery is on the southeast corner of Milwaukie Avenue and S.E. Holgate Boulevard.

'Yoga Project' celebrates anniversary.

The 'Yoga Project' in Sellwood, in celebrating its fourth anniversary this month, announces that all its yoga classes will be free during the week of Sunday, April 27 through Saturday, May 3. Bringing your own yoga mat is suggested. For more information, visit online: www.theyogaproject.org. The location is just behind Grand Central Bakery, and Looking Glass Bookstore in the red caboose, on S.E. 13th in Sellwood. 'Yoga Project' offers a variety of levels of yoga classes - mornings, afternoons, and evenings, seven days a week.

'History Image' joins 'First Friday' art trend.

The new 'History Image Gallery' at 1730 S.E. Holgate Boulevard announces that it will have an open public reception on 'First Friday', April 4th, 6-9 pm, to introduce its photo show during the month of April featuring the 'Child Labor' photographs of Lewis Hine. These photos feature 'newsies', delivery boys, child coal miners, and agricultural workers from 1906-1918. The show runs April 4th to May 1st; normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9-6, Sunday 12-6.

New nonprofit founded in 'Spirit Feathers'.

Judy Pattee, owner of Spirit Feathers on Antique Row in Sellwood, announces the incorporation of 'Northwest Reiki Center', a new nonprofit organization which holds its General Meeting the 3rd Monday of every month at 7 pm, open to the public. Judy, herself a Reiki Master, says she is convinced that 'World Peace is immediately possible thru the healing energy of this Japanese technique called Reiki ['ray-key']'. A Board of Directors is currently being put together for the organization. For more information, contact Judy at 'Spirit Feathers Healing Center and Boutique', 7704 S.E. 13th Avenue, 503/240-2469, www.SpiritFeathers.net.

Windermere offices raise money for charity.

The area real estate offices of Windermere Cronin and Caplan Realty Group raised $111,621 for homeless charities, in their 2007 annual fund-raising efforts. Of the money raised, $62,500 will go toward a $250,000 pledge to Portland Hope Meadows, a planned intergenerational project to benefit Oregon foster children; $15,000 to the Street of Eames, a fundraiser for Project Return, an after-school program for homeless students; and $34,121 will be given to community organizations. The Westmoreland office on S.E. Bybee at 16th organized a big garage sale as its part of this fundraising effort.

New pet shop open, north of Brooklyn.

Staciy Morrison reports that she recently opened 'Dog Town Pet Supply' in the Ford building, 11th and S.E. Division, 'carrying products that support the health and happiness of cats and dogs'. The telephone number is 503/235-4700. The official grand opening celebration will be April 4th.

Woodstock coffee roasting company opens café.

Jeremy Adams and Andrea Pastor, who met as apprentices in the sustainable farming and gardening program at the University of California at Santa Cruz, shared passion for coffee, and eventually formed a unique family roasting company - 'Cellar Door Coffee' - operating from the basement of their Woodstock home. They started an online business in 2007 and, after remodeling the space with the help of friends and family, opened the doors of their Cellar Door Café this February at 2001 SE 11th Street at Harrison, between Hawthorne and Division. It's open Tuesday through Friday 7 am till 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 till 2, and closed on Mondays. For more information visit their Internet website: www.cellardoorcoffee.com, or call 503/234-7155.

'First Friday' in Westmoreland offers window artist.

Elemental Arts on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across from the Iron Horse Restaurant, offers an exhibition and sale entitled 'Guided by the Light' in April, which opens with a public reception for the featured artist, Linda Owens, on April 4th, 6-9 pm, and runs through April 30th. Owens creates Stained Glass Art which she has been perfecting for the last 30 years - creating and building custom windows and projects for clients comprising of individuals, designers, door and window companies, restaurants, and churches.