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by:  Sellwood Taekwon-Do students, as they marched in a previous Junior Rose Parade.

Students from Kim's Taekwon-do, Sellwood, in Jr. Parade

Twenty students from the Sellwood studio of Kim's Taekwon-do will once again join other Kim's martial arts students to march in the Junior Rose Festival Parade on Sandy Boulevard in the Hollwood District on June 8th.

'Find your own selling style' at AHB

The Portland area's business association for home businesspeople, the Association of Home Businesses, offers a panel of experts on 'Sales Styles - 3 women, 3 men - How They Succeed'. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to tell a story or describe their sales style, from personal experience. 'A cross-section of selling styles and lively discussion to motivate your sales modality. Don't miss it!' The presenters: Diane Plesset, Mary Eastwood, Clarice Kruschwitz, Sam Brier, Danny Crossman, Harry Blythe; facilitated by Neal Lubow. AHB meets on the third Thursday of each month (this month, that's June 16th) - 6-9 pm, at Sellwood's SMILE Station (on S.E. 13th, a block south of Tacoma Street). Buffet supper included. Cost is $10 at the door (members' and first-time visitors' rate). RSVP requested to assist in meal preparation! For information or to RSVP, call Eric at 503/232-2326, or visit: www.AHBoregon.org .

Lo-Lo's Westmoreland Barber celebrates anniversary

It's been five years this month since Laura Mesplay purchased Sandy's Westmoreland Barber Shop, serving men and women Monday through Saturday as Lo-Lo's, just north of the Moreland Theater and Johnson Jewelers, on Milwaukie Avenue near Bybee. Laura ('Lo-Lo') tells THE BEE, 'I got my cosmetology license in 1982 when I was living in California, where I grew up. I had a few starter jobs before I moved to Oregon permanently in 1988. My first job in Oregon was at a Barber Shop. Well that worked out well, and I got to meet the girls that I'm currently working with today, three shops later. The second Barber Shop I worked at, long-term, was in Northwest Portland. It had been around since the 20's. When I found out Sandy was selling her shop, I sent her a note. I only had two weeks to leave my old job, and start my new business. A little scary, but it all worked out, and here I am, five quick years later!'

Free seminar at John L. Scott, Woodstock

On the evening of June 8th, 6:30-8 pm, The Woodstock office of John L. Scott Real Estate is offering a free public seminar on real estate investing. 'For those interested in buying distressed properties, single and multi-family units for short term or long-term investments.' Guest speakers from Wells Fargo Bank and First American Title. Wine and cheese will be served. 4111 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

Westmoreland State Farm agency moves to Sellwood

The State Farm Insurance agency previously located across from Wallace Books on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland has relocated to 1224 S.E. Malden Street, just west of S.E. 13th. The new agent in the office is Phil Mestas. The new telephone number for the agency is 503/925-3600.

Business owned by Reed Neighborhood resident wins BBB award

Willoughby Hearing Aid Centers was voted the Oregon winner of the Better Business Bureau's 2011 'Business of the Year' Torch Awards. Owner Scott Austin, who lives with his family on S.E. Steele west of 39th (Chavez), told THE BEE, 'We are in the people business. Our focus is, and will always be, about helping, serving, and caring for our patients.' The businesses locations have been open since 1949; Austin adds, 'Paul H. Willoughby, founder of Willoughby Hearing Aid Centers, moved into the home on the corner of 35th and S.E. Steele Street in 1963 and lived there until his death in 2001. In 2004, I purchased his widow's stock in the business, and took over the day-to-day operations as President/CEO.' Austin today lives two blocks away from where his business' founder lived.

'Certified Legal Nurse Consultant' opens practice in Woodstock

Wendy L. Votroubek, RN, MPH, CLNC, is a home-based Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with Integrity Legal Nurse Consulting PDX. She is based in Woodstock, but works with attorneys across the United States (she recently spent time in Hawai'i for a client) making sense out of medical records. She tells THE BEE that her services include, 'Finding the perfect testifying expert; screening medical related cases for merit; reviewing and analyzing medical records for deviations from medical and nursing standards of care; assessing injuries and identifying causation issues and contributing factors; and developing reports and chronologies to highlight significant medical events and clarify how they fit into the case analysis.' She has over 25 years of hospital, clinic, and homecare experience, and is still clinically active. She recently joined Metro Referrals, the low-key, local, relationship-based leads and referrals group in Sellwood (www.MetroReferrals.org). She can be reached via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call her at 503/830-8373.

Sellwood resident publishes gardening book

Dr.Charles E. Majuri, a Sellwood resident, recently published his new book, 'Growing Up Green: A Simple Gardening Book for Children and Adults'. Dr. Majuri, a nationally-certified horticulture therapist, psychologist, and gardener, reports that he has been using gardening to work with children and families since the 1980's, and feels that gardening and nature-based activities are some of the best that children and adults can engage in together, because of the educational and health benefits. He adds that his biggest garden program for children just celebrated its tenth anniversary locally, at Trillium Family Services. His book is available online at www.perfscipress.com or at www.amazon.com .

Mental health clinic held in Westmoreland

Mental health is how people think, feel and act as they cope with life, and it determines how they handle stress, relate to others and make choices. As of January, 2010, state statistics indicated that137,000 adults live with a serious mental illness in Oregon. Jacki Abbott, Dr PH, RD, LD of NW Primary Care hosted a class on the subject on June 2, at 12:30 pm at the NW Primary Care Westmoreland, free to the public. The discussion included current research, the most effective treatments to promote recovery, 'learning how to gain empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness', and more. 'Seasoned Citizen Events' are held monthly at the clinic, at 6327 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. They're always free and feature health and wellness information, along with special guests, such as Dave from Dave's Killer Bread, and Moreland Vision Source.

Sellwood residents expand catering business

Last month, Ashley Brown Bisagna and Ethan Bisagna - a Sellwood family - expanded their 'Feastworks Catering and Charcuterie' from one to three Portland-area Farmers Markets, increasing their retail presence providing smoked and prepared meats. The Bisagnas' two-year-old custom catering firm specializes in on-site pig and lamb roasts, crab boils, charcuterie, and scratch cookery. In order to handle the growing catering and retail needs at Feastworks, Ethan is leaving his post as Head Butcher at Laurelhurst Market, which he has held for two years. Feastworks' will appear this year at Beaverton's Saturday Farmers Market, Portland's N.W. 19th and Everett Thursday Market, and - starting June 26 - at the new Woodstock Sunday Market (beginning 6/26). In addition, Feastworks will serve hot links, frankfurters, chistorra sausages, and breakfast sandwiches at the Woodstock market.

Closed 'adult' store on McLoughlin to become 'Casa Diablo'

At 8445 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, just south of 'The Acropolis', is a building originally constructed as a now-closed Wendy's. It reopened as a pornography emporium, but a year ago closed and was offered for sale. The new owner of the property is listed by OLCC as Carol Lee, with a Los Angeles area telephone number, and it is to reopen as 'Casa Diablo', with a 'vegan' menu, and entertainment described as 'live music, recorded music, DJ music, dancing, nude entertainers, karaoke, video lottery machines, pool tables'. The OLCC adds that the business has applied for a 'Full On-premises sales license (which allows the sale of liquor, malt beverages, wine and cider for consumption on the premises)'. Seating for 72, with outside seating for 26 until 2:30 am. The hours are to be 11 am to 2:30 am, seven days a week. The business would reportedly be co-owned with another on Highway 30 in Northwest Portland with the same name, for which neighborhood problems have been reported. The opening date has not yet been announced.

'Experiencing Fine Art' closes

The storefront on the S.E. 17th off-ramp from eastbound Powell Boulevard, in the Brooklyn neighborhood, called 'Experiencing Fine Art', closed in mid-May. The fine art store was likened by some as amounting to a small but remarkable annex to the Portland Art Museum, although it was actually unconnected with it. The store displayed original fine art from the owner's collection, reflecting a variety of artists and periods. The lack of customers may simply have reflected a disbelief by the public that a store of such quality and depth could possibly be found in a small strip mall on S.E. Powell Boulevard.

Windermere Realty salutes its best

The Brokers who represented the top percentage of production with Windermere Cronin and Caplan Realty Group, Inc. were honored in April for their 'perseverance during another challenging year in the real estate market' with a celebratory luncheon at Waverley Country Club just south of Sellwood. Brian and Joan Allen, co-owners of the local real estate company, also congratulated the top Brokers for a year of generous philanthropic giving through the Windermere Foundation. Together, all nine offices of Windermere Cronin and Caplan Realty Group raised nearly $86,000 in 2010 for local charities supporting homeless and low-income families; the top producers of the company's Brokers donated 31% of that amount. The listed top Brokers in the Westmoreland office on Bybee Boulevard were Patty Brockman, Chris Dawkins, and Linda Skeele.

Reed resident opens medical supply business

Greg Mowery, who lives on Holgate Boulevard, reports that he has launched a new medical retail business - Integrity Medical Supplies, at 8001 S.E. Powell Boulevard, Suite F. It sells wheelchairs, walkers, canes, compression garments, lift chairs, wound care bandaging, incontinence briefs, orthopedic support, braces, orthotics, diabetic food care, and other medical solutions related to recovering quickly from surgery, managing illness, and chronic health issues. The telephone number is 503/719-7061.

'Curbside Grill' celebrates first anniversary in Sellwood

The 'Curbside Grill' food cart celebrates its first anniversary on June 11th, on which date it will celebrate with food specials from noon to 2 pm. The regular business hours are Tues-Fri, 11:30-6, and weekends 11:30-5. Owners Ray Koernig and Melanie Sandoval are Sellwood residents, and tell THE BEE, 'We want to celebrate with the folks who made it all possible - our neighbors. We couldn't be happier that we can live and work in this community'. They add that their business has been reviewed by publications such as Willamette Week and the Seattle Times; it specializes in flame-broiled chicken sandwiches, chicken wings, salads, and vegetarian options. It's located next to the Antique Mall at 7875 S.E. 13th Avenue. The telephone number is 503/442-0922 (call-in orders welcome), and the Internet website is: www.curbsidegrillpdx.com .

'Landlord Study Hall': Leases, security deposits, tenant issues

This free monthly forum occurs on June 8th this month, with the subjects being 'lease renewals and incentives, adding or removing tenants, and security deposits'. 6:30-8 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Woodstock (41st at Woodstock Boulevard). Free to unlicensed individuals, but preregistration is required - call 503/997-9035 to RSVP. Sponsored by Woodstock realtor Kathryn King.

'Green Gym' to open in Sellwood

Shannon Gramm, Manager of the forthcoming The 'Green Microgym' in Sellwood, at 7703 S.E. 13th Avenue, Suite #3, advises that what is billed as 'the World's first electricity-generating gym' is expected to be open by August 1st. 'The most unique thing about our gym,' Shannon reveals, 'is that the actual energy of the members helps power the building. It makes pretty good sense. You don't need energy-sucking machines to get a good workout. We are machines. You power your workout. The energy bar one member just ate powers the ceiling fan for the next three hours. Another member's morning coffee is doing its part to keep the lights on. Every revolution on the 'elliptical' is churning pure electricity back to the grid. Lowly calories are converted into precious watts. You power your gym.'

'Thai Mango', on S.E. 17th, sold

Thai Mango, next to the Twin Paradox Coffee Shop at 8601 S.E. 17th in Sellwood, has been sold and is being renamed 'Our Thai Place'. The new owner is reported to be Praderm Indratula. The restaurant seats 60, with outside seating for 20 until 9 pm. The hours are: Monday through Thursday, 11 am-9:30 pm, Friday, 11-10; Saturday, noon till 10 pm; and Sunday, noon till 9 pm.

TriMet honors two Southeast MAX operators

Three Operators of the Year have been selected by TriMet, and reports that two of them have logged 1 million miles of safe driving. Southeast Portland resident Gail Hanks was selected as the MAX Operator of the Year, only the 2nd time a woman has received that honor in the 25-year history of MAX. Southeast Portland resident Abigail Lyman was selected as the Part-time Operator of the Year, following in her sister's footsteps. Her sister won the same honor in 2009. Beaverton resident Rolynd Puckett was selected as Bus Operator of the Year, and has driven since 1974.

'Corkscrew Wine Bar' announces entertainment

The 'Corkscrew Wine Bar', on S.E. Bybee between Milwaukie and 17th, next to Saburo's, has announced the entertainment it is presenting in June. Appearing at 7 pm Sundays until further notice is the Michelle Medler Trio. And at 8:30 pm Thursdays, the June lineup is: June 2, Bass and Mandolin; June 9, the Clifford Koufman Trio; June 16, Wicky Pickers; June 23, Boy and Bean; June 30, Redray Frazier.