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Millers give $100,000 to support affordable housing

Rick and Erika Miller of Lake Oswego have donated $100,000 to REACH Community Development, which builds innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the Portland metropolitan area. It's the largest individual gift in REACH's history.

The money will be used to provide emergency rental assistance, enhance summer programs for children and plan future service options for the growing number of senior citizens living in REACH's 1,892 homes.

Erika Miller has been a long-time volunteer and supporter of REACH. Rick Miller is the founder of the Avamere health care companies and co-founder of the equity firm Rogue Venture Partners. In 2013, they received the prestigious Simon Benson Award on behalf of Portland State University, recognizing their philanthropic work.

LO’s Ken West wins motorcycle safety award

Lake Oswego resident Ken West has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Team Oregon Motorcycle Safety Program.

The award, which was presented Nov. 8 at the group’s annual luncheon in Corvallis, honors a veteran motorcycle safety instructor who has shown outstanding energy, dedication and excellence in service to the motorcyclists of Oregon, according to Team Oregon Director Steve Garets.

“Ken is a standout example of a steward of safe motorcycling — one who teaches, mentors and inspires," Garets said. "It’s not enough to just talk the talk. You’ve got to walk it. Ken walks it.”

West, who has been an instructor for 15 years, has taught 216 motorcycle safety courses to more than 2,000 motorcycle riders. He provides all levels of classroom and on-cycle training to new, experienced and expert motorcyclists in Oregon.

Team Oregon is a cooperative partnership between the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State University. More than 1,000 rider training courses are offered at 24 locations statewide from February to November. For more information, visit www.team-oregon.org or call 800-545-9944.

Senior housing options to be discussed

The Health Ministries Team at Lake Oswego’s United Methodist Church invites the public to attend a presentation on senior housing issues at 11:20 a.m. Nov. 16 in the church’s choir room. Presenters Nancy Raske and Julie Ouellette of NW Senior Resources will discuss “Options for Senior Housing: What’s Available and How do I Pay for it?”

The women provide free adult placement and referral services and offer a broad range of experience and knowledge, including in-home care agencies, retirement communities, memory care settings, rehabilitation centers, estate sales, moving, elder law attorneys and long-term care insurance brokers. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

LOUMC is located at 1855 Southshore Blvd. in Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Pam Pearson at the LOUMC office, 503-636-8423.

Art event to benefit human rights worldwide

Mothers Legacy Project will host An Evening of the Arts, a unique blend of service and entertainment, on Friday, Nov. 21, at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. in Portland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the musical performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/890230.

MLP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping marginalized people worldwide improve basic human rights and conditions, address violence, ensure participation in education and promote growth and prosperity. The organization sponsors the Global Education Opportunity Program at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland, which has hosted students, graduates and mid-level professionals since 2004.

In support of MLP, Lake Oswego children’s book author Rosemary Evans will donate 50 percent of of the proceeds from purchases made on her website, www.tinatoothfairy.com, through Dec. 31 to the organization. Use the code MothersLegacy at checkout.

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