The sixth annual event breaks a record for vendors and guests seeking information and enjoying lunch

BARBARA SHERMAN - Northwest Senior Theatre, represented here by Ralph Cox, left, Gerry Cox and King City resident and theater musical director Ray Beyer, is always a fixture at the King City Expo.
This year's King City Expo with 79 vendors was the biggest ever since it started in 2011, according to organizer Kathy Peper of To Your Door Salon & Spa.

"The total guest count was over 300," she said of the Sept. 22 event in the King City Clubhouse.

"The Retirement Connection hands out reusable bags every year with a copy of the Retirement Connection Guide, which lists senior services, both profit and non-profit," Peper said. "It is a wonderful guide to the services available for seniors.

"We gave out about 275 bags at the entrance in the King City Clubhouse, but couples usually only take one bag, and many people turned down taking a bag," she added.

{img:175349}Some of the vendors doubled up too.

"The Washington County Cooperative Library System invited the Tigard Public Library to share its table," Peper said. "Both representatives said it was a wonderful event, wanted to secure a table for next year and almost ran out of materials to give out."

District 35 state Rep. Margaret Doherty (D-Tigard) spent the day taking with vendors and Expo guests. "Rep. Doherty said that she learned of issues for seniors that were an easy fix and that she would introduce language in the Legislature to help protect them and help make them aware of services," Peper said.

Ron and Deborah Threadgill of Threadgill Memorial Services brought their 2016 custom-built Harley Davidson motorcycle hearse, and guests and vendors had a great time having their photos taken with it parked outside in front of the Clubhouse.

BARBARA SHERMAN - At the King City Expo, guests' Retirement Connection bags filled up as they went through several rooms full of vendors' tables in the King City Clubhouse and colleted pamphlets and samples."Ron got several requests to climb on the Harley but no requests to climb in the hearse," Peper reported. Deborah Threadgill added, "This was the best Senior Expo since it started six years ago. There was a steady stream of people seeking information. We believe that Kathy has put on a Senior Expo that has won the trust of the community and the vendors."

Peper explained that Cody Mitchell, the representative and sales manager of Irie Low Vision Store, sent pictures during the event on his cell phone to his office. "Cody said it was better than he had hoped, that it was an amazing event and he would not miss it next year," she said.

BARBARA SHERMAN - All the vendors at the King City Expo had big smiles on their faces as they waited for guests to come to their tables and ask questions about their products and services.Mitchell added, "Irie Low Vision Store was very impressed with the turnout at the King City Expo. Kathy did an excellent job of bringing many of the local resources together to benefit the greater Portland-area community. We are excited to come back next year and showcase our products for the blind and visually impaired."

Included in the vendor list were 11 non-profits, and Peper reported, "I spoke with several of the non-profits, and they reported to me that they were able to help a lot of people with questions about their services and were able to connect with vendors about how to work with them and serve their clients."

BARBARA SHERMAN - House District 35 Rep. Margaret Doherty (D-Tigard) chats with Ron Threadgill, sitting atop Threadgill Memorial Services' custom-built Harley Davidson motorcyce hearse parked on the lawn in front of the King City Clubhouse.The non-profits included Ride Connection; Washington County Sheriff's Office/Elder Safe; Washington County SHIBA; Alzheimer's Association - Oregon Chapter; Office of the Long-Term Ombudsman; Washington County Cooperative Library Services; Elders in Action; Washington County Elections; Pacific Northwest Hospice Foundation; Parkinson's Resources and Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services.

Local residential communities provided a "free lunch" and much more. King City Senior Village served chicken Florentine lasagna, "and they were able to send for more food because they were so close by," Peper said.

Bonaventure of Tigard served old-fashioned mac and cheese, Caprese salad with tomatoes and cheese, and a cold cream salad; and Prestige Senior Living also served mac and cheese, one of its residents' favorites.

Hearthstone at Murray Hill served Thai chicken salad; Waterhouse Ridge served a beautiful fruit salad; HomeStreet Bank provided coffee and punch; and To Your Door Spa and Salon served chicken sandwiches and chips.

Finally, Maiya Martin Burbank, activities, events and adventures director of King City Senior Village, reported, "The King City Expo is an event that I look forward to all year. It is such a great community event that allows me to connect with King City friends, old and new, all in one place.

"I love talking about the changes coming to King City Senior Village and being able to check in with other local businesses and see what is going on in our community," she added. "I can't wait for 2018's Expo!"

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