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{img:10110}Keeping up with office tools – and keeping them working. 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 Kelly Kindrick, a longtime member and computer repair and home and office networking expert, who will acquaint us with the new tools – and what we need to know to keep them working right. Bring questions! AHB meets on the third Thursday evening each month – this month, that’s March 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.

MELT-master visits Sellwood. MELT is an acronym for “Myofascial Energetic Lengthen Technique”, billed as a pain-reduction method, devised by Sue Hitzmann, who has written a book called “The MELT Method: A Breakthrough Self-Treatment Ssytem to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in just 10 Minutes a Day”, and who appeared via tape on the “Dr. Oz” TV show on Friday, February 15. While she was speaking via recording on national TV, the author was actually spending an hour and a half at Springwater Pilates, 7730-7738 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, conducting a workshop in the technique, and signing her book. Mary Bradley of Springwater Pilates reports that she will be teaching a four-week series called “MELT By the Book” in March and again in April, on Saturdays, 8-9:15 am. For more information, call her at 503/267-2415.

Landlord Study Hall offers program on “Finances”. The free monthly Landlord Study Hall series in March presents “Fiannces: Best Practices for Rentals, and Tax Planning Related to Rentals”. The seminars are from 6:30-8 pm one night a month – in March, on the 13th – at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. Although the programs are free to “unlicensed individuals”, an RSVP is necessary: Call 503/772-8825. Presnted by Woodstock realtor Kathryn King and colleagues.

Creston-Kenilworth author publishes beekeeping book. News of current declines and losses of bee colonies has reminded us of the vital role this insect plays in pollinating so many of the foods we depend on daily; Creston-Kenilworth author Rosanna Mattingly, who has edited of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association’s newsletter since 2005, invites beekeepers, gardeners, educators, and the rest of the public to take a closer look at what goes on “inside the beehive – and beyond” in a new book called “Honey-Maker: How the Honey Bee Worker Does What She Does”. Richly illustrated, and containing a glossary, bibliography, and index, “Honey-Maker” is intended to serve as an introduction, guide, and reference to “both the honey bee and the millions of known and yet-to-be-described other insects on the planet today”. Released by Beargrass Press, 4207 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, Suite 517, the book is available locally at Wallace Books in Westmoreland and Ruhl Bee Supply, and also online at: www.beargrasspress.com

Artist collective “13 Hats” featured in Sellwood show. The 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood takes its hat off to “13 Hats” this month. It’s an artists’ working group that exists to facilitate the creation of new work by its members, to provide a platform for sharing that work with audiences, and to “develop models of collective strategies that might inspire or be adopted by other groups”. The collective’s show is on now through March 31, Thursdays through Sundays, at the 12x16 Gallery, 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, #5. The Artists’ Reception is on Sunday, March 3, 2-5 pm, and a Reading/Performance is featured Saturday, March 16, at 7 pm.

New therapist at Cypress Beauty & Wellness. Cypress Beauty & Wellness announces that Joanne Gatti, MS, OTR/L Occupational therapist and Craniosacral therapist, “has joined the wellness team at Cypress Beauty & Wellness”. Owners Nancy Lisac and Elie Cole report that “Joanne Gatti is our resident occupational therapist and craniosacral therapist. She comes with 12 years of acute and outpatient medical experience, and offers skill-building services for reducing pain and fatigue in daily life. She has studied and practiced biodynamic craniosacral therapy for the past seven years.” The business is located at 1616 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland; telephone 503/236-4654 – and online at: www.cypresswellbeing.com

Sellwood resident reported first in nation in new franchise. Scott Farestrand, a Sellwood resident, is reported by the TapSnap Company as being the first person to launch a “TapSnap” franchise in North America. He’s described as a part-time entrepreneur with a fulltime job as a systems analyst. “This is actually his second part-time business,” reports the company. “His first is a ‘DVDNow Kiosks’ business, which rents movies from automated kiosks.” As for TapSnap, the company informs THE BEE that “TapSnap is a ‘phototainment’ system that is instantly connected to social media, and great for entertaining guests at parties, weddings, golf tournaments, corporate events and more. Currently franchises are launching in a handful of cities across North America, but Scott is the first.” For more information on TapSnap, its Internet website is: www.tapsnap.net … and Scott Farestrand himself can be contacted either by e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) – or by phone: 503/475-8281.

Franklin High student named a winner by Cricket Wireless. Cricket Wireless, which has a showroom in the Woodstock Center, announces Julian Franco as the winner of the “Cricket Wireless and OregonLive.com Good Sport Award” for the 2012 fall season. The award symbolizes how well a student athlete represents sportsmanlike conduct, attitude, and spirit. Numerous nominations were submitted by parents, teachers, and coaches from across Oregon and Washington, and Julian Franco, a senior at Franklin High School, stood out as best exemplifying the traits of the Good Sports Award, reported Cricket. . Franco is a member of the school’s wrestling team. He also volunteers with Portland Fire and Rescue as a junior firefighter. Following graduation, he hopes to continue his passion of helping others by becoming a firefighter or paramedic in Portland. He plans to use his $1,000 scholarship toward college in pursuit of this dream. In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, Franco also received a new Samsung Galaxy S III phone with unlimited talk, text, and data, for a year through Cricket Wireless.