by:  Jerry Fletcher, co-founder of the 20-year-old business association, presents a program offering insights on “30-second marketing”, the “proven business skill every entrepreneur needs”, at this month’s Assn. of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood.

'Networking success made easy' at AHB

The Portland area's business association for home businesspeople, the Association of Home Businesses, offers its first President of 20 years ago, Jerry Fletcher, as its speaker this month. AHB meets on the third Thursday of each month (this month, that's May 19th) - 6-9 pm, at Sellwood's SMILE Station (on S.E. 13th, a block south of Tacoma Street). Jerry Fletcher, the 'Networking Ninja', offers an interactive presentation that will allow you to 'stop lurking in elevators looking for new business, and is guaranteed to make it easier to answer that question: 'So what do you do?' You will learn how to turn what for many is a gut-wrenching experience into a pleasant conversation'. 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: .

Eastmoreland resident publishes knitting book

Linda Gaudin, an Eastmoreland resident who tells THE BEE that she has taught knitting from her home for over ten years, has self-published a knitting book titled 'Next Step Knitting: Eight Progressive Projects for the Beginning Knitter'. (Westmoreland artist Cathy Ingram did the artwork and layout for the book.) Noticing difficulty in the ability for beginning knitters to understand and navigate knitting patterns, Linda has bridged this gap with easy-to-read- and-follow knitting instructions for eight projects. The patterns start out easy, and advance a little with each one, so that learning is progressive. You may purchase her book through the Internet website: , or contact her directly through the website.

'Portland Bottle Shop' planned for Sellwood

The OLCC has received an application from owner Travis Motter for a new business called 'The Portland Bottle Shop', at 7960 S.E. 13th Avenue, for a Limited On-Premeses sales license and an Off-Premeses sales license (which allows the sale of malt beverages, wine, and cider for consumption on the premises, and beer/wine/cider to go in sealed containers). The seating capacity of the business is listed as 8, four of which are outside, until 8 pm. The planned hours of the business are 11 am-7 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 11 am-8 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Home-based international travel service in Sellwood

Sam Brier, who moved with his family to Sellwood two years ago, is building his AEA Travel business from home. Although the initial focus was academic travel in Asia, Brier now coordinates travel to destinations elsewhere in the world, and works with groups of all kinds and individuals, for 'customized group travel to Asia, Africa, and the Americas, for families, schools, and businesses needing special programs'. On June 25th at 10am at CLIMB across from OMSI, there is an info session about AEA's culinary program to Vietnam and Cambodia, offered through PCC December 28 - January 8. In April, Brier joined Metro Referrals ( and the Association of Home Businesses (, both of which meet at SMILE Station in Sellwood. He can be reached at (800) 556-7068; he is online at: .

Sellwood's 'Real Deals on Home Décor' reopens

Kelli Basso, who opened 'Real Deals' on Tacoma Street just west of 17th in Sellwood several years ago, has sold the two-days-a-week business (Thursday and Saturday, 10-5) to Mimi and Michael Aherne, who reopened it on the first weekend in April after a remodel. They pledge to continue the business' dedication to 'fabulous home décor for every style and budget, at true warehouse pricing'.

The OLCC says Southeast did well in recent underage check

In its latest undercover check for licensed dealers selling alcohol to minors, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says that of the 53 Southeast Portland venues it visited in its undercover test, 37 did not sell to a minor, and only 16 did - a compliance rate of 70%, which they rate better than average. Among those in the BEE circulation area, those who did not sell to a minor working with the OLCC were Franklin Market, Holgate Gas and Grocery, New Seasons Market (both Sellwood and Division Street locations), Papaya Thai, Pix Patesserie, Plaid Pantry #36 on S.E. 39th (Chavez), Saburo Restaurant, Sellwood Public House, Stacatto Gelato, and Walgreen's #04296 on Holgate Boulevard. Among those who were cited for selling to the minor were Ugly Mug Coffeehouse, Yummy Garden, Gino's Restaurant and Bar, and Foster's Market and Deli. The OLCC advises merchants that it offers a free training course on how to check ID's.

New Branch Manager at Windermere Westmoreland office

Steve Russell, Principal Broker, has been appointed the Westmoreland office Branch Manager for Windermere Cronin and Caplan Realty Group. Steve Russell brings over fifteen years of experience in real estate. Most recently, he was recruiting, coaching and training at Coldwell Banker Barbara Sue Seal Properties in Portland. In his free time, Russell is a musician and golfer.

Sellwood's ballet academy presents performance downtown

The Classical Ballet Academy in Sellwood presents its annual student performance - this year, 'The Princess and the Pea', showcasing in professional style over 130 student dancers - a training experience for aspiring ballet professionals. It will be at 2 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, May 21, and 2 pm on Sunday, May 22, at St. Mary's Academy Theater, 1615 S.W. 5th Avenue in Portland. Tickets are available online at . Prices are $12 for seniors 65 and over and children under 9; and $17 for youths and adults. Tickets will also be available at Classical Ballet Academy, 7970 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Remaining tickets will be available at the theater the day of the performances. For more information go online to: , or call 503/890-6101.

'Landlord Study Hall': Selling occupied rentals

The subject of this month's free 'Landlord Study Hall' in Woodstock is 'Preparing for the sale without alarming the resident'. The forum is May 11th, 6:30-8 pm, at All Saints' Episcopal Church cafeteria, S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard. Free to unlicensed individuals, but registration is required; call 503/997-9035 for information, or to RSVP. Sponsored by Kathryn King of K-J-K Properties.

Artist Christopher Bibby divides his attention

Woodstock resident and noted artist Christopher Bibby reports, 'In order to give some clarity and separate my new style of paintings from the original Bibby style, I'm excited to announce the foundation of 'Bibbyscapes'. My old friend and colleague in the printing industry Brian Bailey is taking the reins as the business manager, so from now on he'll be the go-to person for plaque and print needs. We have a booth at the Saturday Market, a Facebook page, and a newly created website: . Brian and I have been developing new products, including postcards, greeting cards, and prints, with more to come in the near future. From now on, the website will focus on my new work.'

Yoga Project in Sellwood reaches 'larger woman' milestone

In March, The Yoga Project concluded a one-year project 'Living in My Body', conducted as an adjunct to the studio's unique Yoga for the Larger Woman program. Four women committed to begin and sustain a regular home practice under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher; starting with five minutes, they worked up to a full hour of daily practice and blogged about it several times a week throughout the year. At the completion of the program they individually responded to a series of questions addressing changes in their well being that had come about during the year. One theme stands out, reports the Yoga Project: 'In each case increased self-awareness led to multidimensional changes not just in their yoga but in their lives. One learned to monitor her Type 2 diabetes without medication; another was able to get off of the antidepressants she had been using for years and to report feeling 'like a whole new me'.' For more information, go online to: .

New Woodstock school holds plant sale

The 'Homestead Schoolhouse', which is located across from Otto's at S.E. 42nd and Woodstock Boulevard, kicked off its first annual plant sale on Saturday, April 30, from 9-4 - but the sale continues each Saturday throughout the month of May, ending on May 28th. This plant sale will benefit the new private school's preschool program, and will also help with school improvements on the schoolhouse and grounds. Offered are a variety of vegetables, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, and herbs for sale. For information, call 503/970-7168.

Sellwood photographers expand offerings

Shelley and Michael Leyland of 'Artful Images - Portland' announce that they have expanded their artistic wedding photography to feature a new emphasis on 'Vintage/Retro' images - images which present wedding photography in 'an timeless, but contemporary way'. Their new Internet website is: - and their telephone number is 503/785-1550.

Free one-night class for those with food sensitivities

On May 19th, 7-8 pm, 'Nutrisense Medical Nutrition Clinic' is offering a free class on food sensitivities - advising that 'adverse reactions to foods and food-chemicals can play a role in many common illnesses'. No charge, but space is limited, so call 503/810-6120 to RSVP. The clinic is located at 1235 S.E. Division Street, #204. The Internet website, for more information, is: .

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