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{img:8955}“Natural Pet Food Solutions” celebrates first year. “Natural Pet Food Solutions” recently began its second year at the former location of Sellwood Bicycle, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Malden Street. Owner Kristen Larson tells THE BEE, “Our store’s focus is on education on the benefits of feeding our companion animals natural and holistic foods and treats. We have a knowledgeable staff that can help select the best foods for our companion animals; all of our products are natural without fillers, to promote all around good health.” In addition to pet food and supplies, the store also has a strong focus on partnering with local animal rescue groups, and Kristen held four in-store fundraisers for these groups last year. “We have ongoing cat adoptions, and in 2012 adopted out nearly twenty adult cats,” she says. “Young people in the community are volunteering their time after school to help with our cat adoptions. We have an amazing group of kind and compassionate kids.” The shop is open seven days a week. For more information, go online to: www.NaturalPetFoodSolutions.com – or call 971/373-8077.


“New technologies and tips to help your business”. The Association of Home Businesses, the only area business association focusing especially on those who work from home (although everyone is welcome), features this month Pat Rutan – Portland-based Senior Business Analyst with “Sites Rising”, and an AHB favorite – who will lead attendees into a self-inventory of the technologies that help your business, and “a treasure list of practical, no-cost and low-cost resources for accelerating everything you do”. AHB meets on the third Thursday evening each month – this month, that’s February 21st – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood, 6-9 pm. A buffet supper is included. RSVP requested to assist meal planning. For more information or to reserve, go online to: www.ahboregon.org – or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

New P.R. firm launches in Woodstock. “$100 Dollar PR” will open, according to its owner, Woodstock resident Laurena Marrone, this month. Marrone reports that she is an industry veteran with over 20 years of diverse experience in the field, and she promises that her company “will level the Public Relations playing field by offering high quality publicity services for small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, non-profits, and more… all for the incredibly low fee of just $100. Clients will be able to get their message out to targeted media contacts via a professionally-written press release that is distributed by one of the industry’s leading distribution services, HYPERLINK "www.vocus.com" www.vocus.com. In addition, ‘$100 Dollar PR’ will provide the critical follow up contact often overlooked by those without experience in the public relations business. One of the many great benefits of the service is that it can be used just once, or many times throughout the year, for virtually any newsworthy purpose.” To learn more about “100 Dollar PR”, go online to: 100dollarpr.com, or e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Westmoreland nature photographer in Sellwood show. Justin Miller of Mallorn Imagery, a wildlife and nature photographer based in Westmoreland, is the featured artist at Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters in Sellwood. His collection of sixteen framed prints, entitled “Wild Neighbors”, includes wild animal and plant life all taken within one mile of the display, and all within Sellwood and Westmoreland. The show includes Columbian black-tailed deer, native waterfowl, a barred owl, and even Sellwood’s very own albino raccoon, a rare example of the diverse wildlife in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood. The show is on display through the end of February. Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters is located at 7901 S.E. 13th Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6 pm; weekends 7 am to 6 pm. For more, go online to: mallornimagery.com/

Acupuncture clinic offers Qi Gong. White Phoenix Acupuncture, 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, Suite 11, in Sellwood announces that Qi Gong meditation classes will be held at there on Sundays 12 - 1:30 pm. The first class is February 3rd. “Qi Gong is an ancient healing practice for longevity which strengthens and balances body and mind. Acupuncturist Darren Brooks will share his extensive experience with meditation and breathing exercises, self-healing stretches, and self-massage techniques. We will also focus on core Taiji Chuan (Tai Chi) postures to improve strength and balance.” Class fees are on a sliding scale of $45 - $60 per month. First class is free. Please call for more information, or to register as space is limited: 503/746-9403.

Two “mixed media collage” artists exhibiting in Sellwood. Luke Dolkas and Sue Fox will be exhibiting through February 24th at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood . The “Artists’ Reception” is Sunday, February 3rd, 2-4 pm, at the 12x16 Gallery, 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5.

Class offered in Chinese medicine for allergies and asthma. Seven-One Acupuncture Center in Woodstock announces a class on Thursday afternoon, February 7, 3-6 pm, in “Tie Fu” Herbal Medicine for Allergies & Asthma. “Learn about the yearly cycles of illness, and how seasonal Tie Fu treatments take advantage of nature’s rhythm to increase immune health. This class will be presented in English, Mandarin, and Japanese. All are welcome to enjoy free herbal tea and warming soup – come in any time after 3 pm.” The clinic is in the Safeway shopping center at 4431 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For information, call 503/775-6366, or go online to: www.sevenoneacupuncture.com]

City Sanitary sold to Kahut Waste Services. Cory Hansen of Kahut Waste Services advises that, with the retirement of Joe and Sue Boitano, his company has purchased the waste hauler serving the Woodstock neighborhood, City Sanitary. Gene Dieringer of the WCBA commented that “Joe and Sue have serviced theWoodstock area for many years, and we thank them for their commitment to our community. The new business is also a family-owned and run business, and will continue to work under the name of City Sanitary. They are keeping all or most of the drivers (many of you know Charlie), and we have been told that they will continue to empty the public garbage cans along the boulevard without charge, except those being serviced by Tri Met.” The company also owns waste services in West Linn, Canby, Damascus, Boring, Pleasant Valley, Happy Valley, and Springwater, among other locations. Hansen says he plans to continue the firm’s membership in the WCBA, and attend the monthly meetings, which take place on the second Tuesday morning of each month, 9:30 am, in the rear-entrance meeting room of the Woodstock Branch Library. The telephone number of Kahut Waste Services is 503/539-8527; it’s online at: www.kahutwasteservices.com

Tilde in Sellwood offers two-month exhibition. Starting February 1, and running through the end of March, Tilde in Sellwood will host an exhibition of the latest work from Portland Papercutting artist Mrrranda L. Tarrow. Entitled “You look on, we look after”, this is her first show to focus solely on two-dimensional papercuttings. Tilde is situated at 7919 S.E. 13th Avenue. Its telephone number is 503/234-9600; its online address is: www.tildeshop.com

“Fair housing” the topic at Landlord Study Hall. The monthly Landlord Study Hall seminar, sponsored by Woodstock realtor Kathryn King and colleagues, takes place in February on the 13th at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 52nd, 6:30-8 pm. The topic this month deals with Fair Housing – testing, lawsuits, and reasonable accommodation. Free to all “unlicensed individuals”, but an RSVP is required in order to attend. Call 503/772-8825 to RSVP.

Eastmoreland brothers earn Black Belts. Cynthia Brown of Kim’s Taekwon-do in Sellwood reports that Jacob and Nelson Van de Lindt of Eastmoreland attained their First Degree Black Belt in January, after five years of training her school. Jacob is a freshman at Cleveland High, and Nelson attends Sellwood Middle school as a sixth grader. Both boys are also high scholastic achievers, routinely making honor roll, she points out. Kim’s Taekwon-do in Sellwood can be reached at 503/708-9083; and it’s online at: www.kimstkdportland.com

More acupuncture in Westmoreland. Laura Goff, a ten-year resident of Sellwood and a mother of two, announces the opening of her practice, Laura Goff Acupuncture, within the Holistic Healthcare Center in Westmoreland at 7048 S.E. Milwaukie (next to Silver Lining Consignment Shop), where she joins Patricia Owens and Freddy Calla Waiwa in practicing acupuncture. Laura reports that she incorporates shiatsu massage, qi gong, herbs and other modalities into her acupuncture treatments. She adds that she practices Five Element Acupuncture, a style that “addresses the body-mind-spirit connection and is particularly good at treating the underlying causes of numerous health and musculoskeletal issues”. She offers appointments on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30am until 2 pm, and treats people of all ages (kids are welcomed!). She accepts insurance “and off-street parking is available”. For more information, call 503/730-7749, or go online to: www.lauragoffacupuncture.com

Chinese New Year celebrated at Sellwood kids’ store. “Oodles 4 Kids” will be having a Chinese New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 10th. The activities scheduled include: Three giant dragons on posts (including one that is 11 feet long) that the children can manipulate, from The Olde World Puppet Theatre, as well as miniature dragon puppets on posts that the children can make and take home. Other dragon crafts by Keri Piehl of SCRAP; readings of Chinese tales and stories all day; temporary dragon glitter tattoos; drawings for toys all day; Chinese goodies – “hongbao” (red envelopes with gold-foil covered chocolate coins) and fortune cookies with children's fortunes – as well as 10% off all dragon-related and Chinese-themed toys and books. Oodles 4 Kids will be open from 11 to 5 on on February 10th. The store is located at 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

Windermere Real Estate makes big donations. Donations were at the top of the agenda for two local Windermere groups at the all-company meeting in mid-January. Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group, Inc., presented $100,000 to the Providence Portland Medical Foundation in Portland; and Windermere Stellar Group presented $22,600 to the Children’s Justice Center in Vancouver. The Windermere Moreland office on S.E. Bybee Boulevard came in fifth in 2012 with $10,550 raised for the foundation. “While every agent contributes a portion of their commission from the sale of every home, the majority of the fundraising for the local Windermere Foundation chapter was completed through unique campaigns and personal agent donations,” explained a spokesperson for the company.

John L Scott Woodstock announces new real estate agents. Joining John L. Scott’s Woodstock office as Brokers are Cynde Moen and Becca Lyons. The office reports that “Cynde brings with her over 20 years of active real estate experience working for some of Portland’s top builders and developers selling new home construction, condominiums, and raw land for custom built homes. Cynde prides herself in superior customer service and follow through, with her client’s interests being paramount to her success”. She is a Certified Earth Advantage broker. About Becca Lyons, the office says she is “a Broker for residential and investment real estate, which includes one-to-four family units and vacation homes. Lyons’ resourcefulness is most typically employed in financial matters, frequently fashioning creative solutions. In addition, her college-level artistic training provides a unique perspective to see any property’s potential; she routinely offers [property] ‘makeover’ advice.” Both can be reached at 503/775-4699. The office’s address is 4111 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Llewellyn School fundraising event at two Sellwood businesses. On Sunday, February 24th, the Blue Kangaroo coffee shop and Cloud Cap Games are presenting a fund-raising “Hot Cocoa Pajama Party”, with all proceeds from the hot cocoa sales going to support Llewellyn Elementary School’s fourth grade overnight trip on the Oregon Trail. “Hop over to Cloud Cap Games for more fun(d)raising. It’s Family Fun Day, and Cloud Cap will contribute 10% of the entire day’s purchases to Llewellyn. Meantime, for every adult that comes dressed in PJ’s, Blue Kangaroo will contribute an extra $1, and Cloud Cap will throw in $1 towards games they will donate to the school. Blue Kangaroo is at 7901 S.E. 13th Avenue (Sunday hours: 7 am to 6 pm), and Cloud Cap Games is at 1226 S.E. Lexington Street (Sunday hours: 12 pm to 6 pm).

New Career Counselor in Inner Southeast. Amber Weikel announces that she has opened a private practice in Career Counseling in the Woodstock neighborhood near S.E. 52nd Avenue. She assists people who want to begin a career, change careers, or use their skills to volunteer – her services include interest and skills assessments, goal setting, and decision making assistance. Guidance in the areas of occupational research, resume writing and interview preparation are also provided. She reports that she obtained her Master’s of counseling degree in 2003, and was a counseling intern at the U.C. Berkeley Counseling Center and the university’s Career Counseling Library. “All sessions are private, and completely confidential.” For more information about her services, go online to: www.changecanbegood.me – or e-mail her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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