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{img:5189}Southeast Portland Rotary Club ignites membership. The 52-year-old Southeast Portland Rotary Club has rejuvenated itself in the past four months, under the leadership of this year’s Club President, Woodstock attorney Bill Meyer. Membership has increased by about one third. Latest to join the club, at a late September Monday noon meeting, were Woodstock realtor Michelle Maida Hager and Danika Stochosky of the Woodstock Chase Bank. The club meets at the Eastmoreland Golf Course grill, and the third Monday of each month currently is a 5:30 pm “Happy Hour” meeting to acquaint members of the community with the club and its civic work, and anyone interested can come for a free drink and free hors d’oeuvres. Also, anyone may attend the regular Monday noon meetings there, at which buying oneself a lunch is optional. Meetings last about an hour. For more information, go online to: HYPERLINK "http://www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com" www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com

Ugly Mug celebrates ten years of coffee. Ugly Mug Coffeehouse on S.E. 13th in Sellwood celebrated its 10th year in business on October 20th, at 5 pm, for the customers who helped them reach this milestone, reports Kim Newedelman.

Woodstock author in “Sparkles 4 Kids” book series. “Sparkles 4 Kids” offers fourteen new children’s books that teach kids about the different animals in the world and the sounds they make and how to count. “They entertain children with wonderful stories that teach lessons about life in general.” Woodstock author Shannon Green, the author and illustrator of “Sparkles 4 Kids” books, “has been working diligently to share her love of animals, art, and storytelling”. The books will also be made into audible DVD’s for viewing and visual storytelling.

Taxing tips and issues for small and home businesses – from a local tax attorney. The Association of Home Businesses, the only area business association focusing especially on those who work from home (although everyone is welcome), features Mike Williams, a longtime tax attorney with Williams, Stark, Heifield downtown, with useful information and tips for small and home businesspeople, including dealing with IRS audits. AHB meets on the third Thursday evening each month – this month, that’s November 15th – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood, 6-9 pm. A buffet supper is included. First time visitors pay members’ rate of $10 door charge. RSVP requested to assist meal planning. For more information or to reserve, go online to: HYPERLINK "http://www.AHBoregon.org" www.AHBoregon.org – or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

Last “Landlord Study Hall” of the year. The final monthly “Landlord Study Hall” in Woodstock is November 14th (there are none in December). The November topic is “Maximizing profit from your investment property”. These hour and a half seminars (6:30-8 pm, held at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard) are free to “unlicensed individuals”, and are sponsored by Woodstock realtor Kathryn King and her associates. However, RSVPs are required; respond to 503/772-8825.

“Hip Happening” moves across street in Westmoreland. The regularly-advertised “Hip Happening” events – which for the last five years have been headquartered at the Sellwood Masonic Lodge in Westmoreland – announces that its Arts and Crafts Bazaar events are moving across the street to the Meyer Boys and Girls Club, at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Ogden, just south of Bybee Boulevard. “All vendors are local artists, with handmade unique items – something for everyone. Get a jump on your Holiday gift-giving.” The move is effective Saturday, November 10, when the Hip Happening Bazaar takes place 11 am to 5 pm in the gym at the Boys and Girls Club. Open to the public, as always, and admission is free. Parking is free too, and there will be face-painting, coffee, sweets, and food.

Brooklyn food market planned. Local farm-direct and bulk food buying club “Know Thy Food” has operated out of “The Warehouse” at 3434 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue for the past two years, but after a successful “Kickstarter” fund-raising campaign now nearing its end, “Know Thy Food” plans to open a neighborhood market, showcasing local and organic foods, in the Brooklyn neighborhood. “‘Know Thy Food’ started as a group of mothers around my own kitchen table over four years ago, and now has almost one thousand members supporting our amazing local family farms,” says founder Rebecca Andersson. Westmoreland author in new book. Laura Stanfill, a former editor of the Sherwood Gazette newspaper, has started a small press in Southwest Portland, and has released a new book on Oregon authors, “Brave on the Page” – in which Kate Gray, “an amazing poet who lives in Westmoreland”, is one of the featured essay writers. A second contributor, Steve Denniston, lives in Westmoreland as well. She reports that the book is available at Powell's, through the “Espresso Book Machine”.

Open house at new Woodstock acupuncture clinic. “Seven-One Acupuncture Center” in the Woodstock Shopping Center just west of Safeway is presenting an Open House on Thursday, November 8, 4-8 pm, open to the public – “featuring healthy Japanese and Chinese food, delicious autumn soup, Chinese herbal tea, classical teas, free mini-treatments for acupuncture and massage, and a drawing for local prizes and treatments.” The staff of the new clinic includes Qiyi Han, MD and AC (PRC), Shinichi Morioka, PhD, and Beth Griffing, Lac. Explaining the name of the clinic Beth Griffing explains, “Seven-One is the meaning of the Doctor’s name, Qiyi Han: ‘Qiyi’ means literally Seven-One, in Mandarin. Qiyi is pronounced ‘chee-yee’ in case you were wondering!”

“Unplugged Games” opens on Powell. “Unplugged Games”, a new game retailer located at 3606 S.E Powell Boulevard in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, celebrates its grand opening November 7-10, with a series of free events aimed at veteran gamers and newcomers alike of all ages. All event attendees will be entered in a raffle to win one of four prizes. For more, go online to: HYPERLINK "http://www.UnpluggedGamesPDX.com" www.UnpluggedGamesPDX.com

Book signing in Sellwood. On Saturday evening, November 10, at 7 pm, Sellwood author and river guide Vince Welch will appear at the Blue Kangaroo, 7901 S.E. 13th Avenue, for a presentation of and signing event for his new book, “The Last Voyageur: Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West”.

Westmoreland broker joins advisory council. Chris Dawkins, of the Windermere “Moreland” branch in Westmoreland, is one of ten Windermere brokers across the region chosen to serve on the new Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group leadership advisory council. The ten brokers will provide advice to Windermere's leadership team on matters that affect the company, clients and communities it serves as a whole. “By joining the council, the brokers are committing to service that extends beyond themselves and their branches,” said Joan Allen, Co-Owner and Vice President. In addition to selling real estate, Dawkins has owned and managed a number of his own residential investment properties, giving him an extensive background in vintage home remodel and residential investment and management.

Two artists showcased at 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood. Lee Ann Slawson and John Schupp will be showing their work at the 12x16 Gallery this month. Slawson is an Oregon fine arts photographer who has lived in Portland for 35 years. Her show is called “New Camera-New Work”. Slawson has worked with film cameras up until this year when she was given a digital camera. This is her first show of digital work. Schupp is showing two bodies of work, “Explorations in Palimpsest” and “Advertising and Sexuality”. Schupp has been exhibiting for over 15 years with shows and gallery representation throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. The First Friday Reception is November 2, 6-9 pm, and the Artists’ Reception is November 4, 2-4 pm. 12x16 Gallery is situated at 8235 S.E. 13th, #5, in Sellwood.

New pizzeria in Inner Southeast. “Opa Pizzeria” has opened at 8000 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. Co-owner Kristina Karagounis remarks to THE BEE, “What a great town to have a Pizzaria. Such a friendly-family town. We previously owned two other restaurants – one in Alaska, and one in Bend, here in Oregon. At Opa our specialty is our Hand Tossed Pizzas, Gluten Free Pizza, (Football size) Calzones, Sandwiches, Gyros, and Salads. We also offer a buttery crust pizza and a Pesto sauce pizza. We have a great selection of Beer and Wine and also offer Draft Beer. Sports fans can come in on Monday nights and watch the game on our plasma screen TV. For people who prefer to stay at home we also offer take-out!” The hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:30-9 pm (closed Sundays), the telephone number is 503/238-7255, and the website is: HYPERLINK "http://www.opapizzariaportland.com" www.opapizzariaportland.com Verses by local poets to grace walls of Hillsboro hospital. Sellwood resident Paulann Petersen and Westmoreland’s Anatoly Molotkov are among seven poets whose work will be installed at Kaiser Permanente Westside new Medical Center in Hillsboro, targeted to open in August of next year. Both writers were among 93 Northwest literary artists who sent entries to the health care organization’s call for poetry embodying the new medical center’s interior design theme of “Tranquil Relief Through Nature.” Petersen, Oregon’s current Poet Laureate, submitted four poems. Her winning entry reflects the wildflower theme on the forthcoming 126-bed hospital’s Labor & Delivery floor.

Client shares energy-saving story of BEE reader. Indow Windows shares with THE BEE that one of our readers, “Amy”, whose 1904 home evidently originally belonged to a cherry farmer at one time, had many window drafts, but was reluctant about replacing or paying to cover her historic leaded glass windows. “An energy auditor came in to do an energy assessment as part of the Clean Energy Works Oregon program, and presented a plan with an array of energy-saving options including insulation, air sealing, a tankless water heater, and Indow Windows for her lovely old windows,” which she had already read about in the paper, reports the company. Amy comments, “As soon as they installed the Indow Windows the chill disappeared.” And, with railroad tracks nearby, she also noticed decreased noise, she says. For more information, the number for Indow Windows is 503/516-5569.