BIG Night for Big Brothers Big Sisters Breaks Fundraising Record

BIG Night for Big Brothers Big Sisters Breaks Fundraising Record

Portland, OR. Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest held its fourth annual Big Hero Gala at Leftbank Annex which featured a live auction with auctioneer Johnna Wells, Timber Joey Webber and Emcee Cathey Armillas. The gala supports the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters to match kids facing adversity in our community with a caring adult mentor. The January 27th benefit raised over $302,000 – an all-time high for the agency – through live and silent auctions, paddle raises and sponsorship.

Kris Wigger and Mimi Lettunich, Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Chair

Big Brothers Big Sisters CFO and Miss Oregon Harley Emery

Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Beach Pace and Ken Beattie of Cale America

Kukatonon African Dance Troupe

Former Little Brother Gerardo Morales and his Former Big Brother Adam Hulme deliver a keynote speech

Auctioneer Johnna Wells

Event guests were treated to cocktails and an art exhibit following two current pairings titled, “My Match,” a performance by African Dance troupe Kukatonon, dinner, dessert and an after party. The live portion of the event unveiled a recruitment video for the agency’s new Bigs in Blue program, which matches youth with a mentor in law enforcement. Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw was in attendance and pledged to become a Big Sister through the program.

Here’s a video about the program:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest serves just shy of 500 kids in the Portland Metro area and Vancouver. The estimated cost of connecting a child with a mentor and offering match support for one year is $1,500. The agency serves youth in our community through its community, site based and school based programs.

Lan Su Chinese Garden Celebrates Year of the Dog

Lan Su Chinese Garden Celebrates Year of the Dog

Portland, OR. In celebration of the Year of the Dog, Lan Su Chinese Garden is partnering with local non-profit animal rescue organizations to bring you the Year of the Dog Fair on February 17th & 24th. If you visit the garden, LexiDog Boutique & Social Club will be offering free onsite pet sitting. In accordance with the Chinese lunar calendar, you are a “Dog” if you were born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, or 2018.

On the first day of Chinese New Year, families & businesses roll oranges and coins over the threshold of their front door, ensuring that prosperity will flow all year long!

You can learn more about Chinese New Year during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and more.

Festivities will take place February 16th, through March 4th.

PLEASE NOTE: The Year of the Dog Fair is located in the parking lot at NW 3rd Avenue and Flanders Street, one block north of the garden. The Year of The Dog Fair is free and open to the public, however entry to the garden requires membership or admissionDogs are not allowed inside Lan Su Chinese Garden. Only service animals are permitted. Onsite pet sitting, provided by LexiDog Boutique & Social Club, is available during the Year of the Dog Fair (February 17 & 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) only and is based upon availability. Learn more about Lan Su’s Year of the Dog Fair »

For the first time in Chinatown History, visitors can tour the private “Sacred Auditorium” and interiors of some of the most historic buildings of Chinese Tong and Chinese Association owned facilities in Old Town/Chinatown while also experiencing cultural activities, performances and a parade.  Learn more about this special opportunity to tour the interiors of historic buildings and community gathering spaces of Portland’s Chinatown »

Weekends during Chinese New Year feature:

Weekdays offer a sneak peek at Lan Su’s events and activities throughout the year, including Lan Su in BloomAsian Pacific American Heritage MonthFun & Games, and moreCheck the event calendar for a full schedule of events »

Please note: For the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, entry may be limited at peak times of visitation to meet fire code regulations. Expect lines at times on opening day and weekend days. Plan for the most auspicious visit by purchasing admission tickets ahead of time and arriving early for your favorite activities.

Here’s more information about the Chinese Zodiac – 2018 Year of the Dog

Occupying the 11th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dog symbolizes character traits such as loyalty, compatibility and kindness. Dogs frequently offer kind words and useful advice, always listening and lending a shoulder when necessary. Ensuring others are happy is more important to the Dog than wealth, money or success.

The Dog’s Strengths

Dogs are determined individuals; always wanting to master a new subject before moving on and always finishing what they start. Dogs value friendships; they’re loyal, honest, trustworthy and reliable and have strong morals and ethics.

A well-kept, organized home is very important. Keeping a clean home and helping at work stems from the Dog’s need to be active and involved. Dogs spend money wisely, passing on luxury goods in favor of practical items. Dogs also prefer saving money to cover future expenses.

Coworkers can always count on Dogs to help out, especially if it means the Dog will learn something new or alleviate the workload of others. Dogs are seen as valuable employees. Good career choices for Dogs include: police officer, scientist, counselor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk or judge.

Cooking and Nutrition Education Enhances Metropolitan Family Service Work

Cooking and Nutrition Education Enhances Metropolitan Family Service Work

Portland, OR. Last year, Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) served nearly 1 million pounds of food to over 20,000 people through its school-based food distributions, and over 400 students and adults were enrolled in its cooking and nutrition education classes. (Photo credit, Annie Dang)

MFS Hunger Relief programs held a Vietnamese cooking class at West Powellhurst earlier this month, led by MFS Hunger Relief AmeriCorps member Thu Le. 

Thu Le taught parents, students and volunteers how to make Vietnamese salad rolls and peanut sauce, sticky coconut rice, and a Vietnamese chicken and vegetable soup.

Each family took home a bag of healthy groceries and recipes.

The class was one of thirty healthy cooking workshops being held by the MFS Hunger Relief team at the nonprofit’s SUN Schools. For more information about MFS Hunger Relief Programs, visit

From the MFS Hunger Relief Program:

MFS Hunger Relief programs are becoming increasingly important as more families continue to turn to MFS for food support.

We strive to improve the health of the communities we serve through steady access to safe and nutritious food. We continue to form critical partnerships with other agencies and with community members to fight for food security and stability, and our staff and many volunteers work tirelessly to advocate for and lift up those experiencing hunger in our communities.

We currently operate Food Pantries and “Open Markets” (smaller, perishable food distributions) at 8 schools in East Multnomah County. We also run cooking and nutrition classes for youth and families at 6 of these school sites, run Summer Lunch programs at all of our SUN school sites, and have built and maintained multiple school gardens in partnership with the MFS AmeriCorps members.

Here’s a video about the food pantries:

Metropolitan Family Service partners with Oregon Food Bank to operate 5 school-based food pantry sites. We provide a 3-5 days’ supply of perishable and non-perishable pantry staples at these sites, including beans, rice, cereal, oatmeal, pasta and canned and frozen vegetables, milk, bread, eggs and meat.

Food Pantry Sites 

Locations and Times

Alder Elementary School Tuesdays 8:30am-10:00am
17200 SE Alder St., Portland

Cherry Park (NEW!)* Mondays, 9:30am-11:00am
1930 SE 104th Avenue, Portland
*Restricted for use to Cherry Park school family members

Glenfair Elementary School Tuesdays 3:00pm-4:30pm
15300 NE Glisan St, Portland

Earl Boyles Elementary School* Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:00pm
10822 SE Bush St, Portland

*Restricted for use to Earl Boyles and Ron Russel school family members

David Douglas High School Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:30pm
1500 SE 130th Avenue, Portland (South Building cafeteria)
This is a different address from the main campus.

Open Market Sites

MFS has 3 supplemental hunger relief sites that provide 1-2 days’ worth of fresh and perishable foods, including fruits and vegetables, milk, yogurt, bread, pre-made sandwiches and salads.

West Powelhurst Elementary School Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:00pm
2921 SE 116th Ave, Portland

Oliver Elementary School Thursdays 4:00pm-5:00pm
15840 SE Taylor St, Portland

Parklane Elementary School Thursdays 4:00pm-5:00pm
15811 SE Main St, Portland

Tuality Healthcare Foundation Raises $486,295 For State-of-the-Art Mammography Van

Tuality Healthcare Foundation Raises $486,295 For State-of-the-Art Mammography Van

Portland, OR. Over 240 guests, volunteers and community members helped raise $486,295 at the Tuality Healthcare Foundation’s Gatsby Gala. In celebration and recognition of Tuality Healthcare’s 100th anniversary, the OHSU Foundation helped secure a $100,000 match. Board Members Mike and Marilyn Egans, Paul Coussens and Amy Sherwood were pleased with the event. The funds will go toward the purchase of a new mobile mammography van with 3D imaging. Tuality Healthcare’s current van is at the end of its useful life and travels to limited areas only. It is the only mammography van in Oregon. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Gary and Dixie Baker with Katie Eyre at NW Events & Environments

Tuality Helathcare Foundation Board President Marilynn Helzerman and Gwynne-Anne Pitts

Board Member Ralph Brown with wife Carol Bown

Jerralynn Ness and Leda Garside

Mammograms save lives because they detect cancer when it is small, increasing the chance of survival. Underserved women from here to the coast can face barriers to obtaining mammograms including geographic isolation and transportation. The new van will be able to travel to an expanded area including rural Oregon, and it’s a key component of the Foundation’s On the Road to Prevention Campaign. The campaign will also fund an outreach/patient navigator position for three years to help educate women about the importance and availability of mammograms and assist them during their journey of care. In addition, the campaign will create a cancer care fund for underserved women needing mammograms, as well as travel and accommodations assistance when receiving treatment at Tuality Healthcare.

Tuality Healthcare Foundation Director Marykay Morelli told guests at the gala January 27th gala, “You did life-saving work tonight. Your extraordinary generosity will help bring mammograms and cancer support to underserved women from Washington County to the coast.”

About Tuality Healthcare Foundation:

The Tuality Healthcare Foundation supports Tuality Healthcare by funding projects and programs that enrich the patient experience and wellness of our community. The Foundation envisions a region—from Washington County to the coast—where there is access to consistent, patient-focused, high-quality care.

“365 by Whole Foods Market” in Lake Oswego Draws Shoppers

“365 by Whole Foods Market” in Lake Oswego Draws Shoppers

Lake Oswego, OR. It has been a year and a half since “365 by Whole Foods Market” opened in Lake Oswego and locals keep streaming in. The store, located at 11 S State Street, is a pared down version of a Whole Foods market with roughly a quarter of the inventory. It’s also self-serve without a full service deli, meat department or bakery. Still, lots of shoppers like the concept and the lower prices. It was the second such store opened by Whole Foods in the U.S.

Produce is fresh and reasonable.

Produce is fresh and reasonably priced.

Meats are pre-packaged like a Costco.

Meat and fish are pre-packaged and displayed like you might see at Costco.

The Namesake Whole Food generic brand can be found throughout.

The Namesake “Whole Foods” generic “365” brand can be found throughout the new store.

Prepackaged soups and salads are self-serve.

Shoppers select prepackaged soups and salads out of refrigerated cases.


Shelves are filled with items, but many rows are filled with duplicates.

Items like

Items like zucchini noodles are popular.

There's a self service hot buffet with items to go and a salad bar as well.

There’s a self service hot buffet with items to go and a salad bar as well.

There's a "Next Level Burger" and Canteen inside the store.

There’s a “Next Level Burger” and Canteen inside the store.

Many are enthusiastic about the lower prices with a three bags of groceries ringing up to under $90.00.

Many are enthusiastic about the lower prices with three bags of groceries ringing up to under $90.00.

The store is located in the former Albertsons on 11 S State St, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034 8:00am - 10:00pm Seven days a week Phone503.782.4672 Featured Friend: Next Level Burger

The store is located in the former Albertsons at 11 S State St, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034. It’s open from 8:00am – 10:00pm seven days a week. Phone 503.782.4672

When it first opened, the President of 365 by Whole Foods Market, Jeff Turnas, explained, “The name celebrates our belief that fresh healthy foods can be readily available to more people in an affordable way every day…365 days a year. It also tips our hat to our popular 365 Everyday Value brand, which our shoppers seek out for quality, transparency and great value — the same attributes to come with our smaller-store format.

The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store opened in May 25, 2016, in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Then came Lake Oswego on July 14th. Bellevue, Washington is scheduled to open in 2016. An additional 10 stores are expected to open in 2017.

Here’s a list of 365 by Whole Foods Market stores in development:


  • Santa Monica – opening date TBA
  • San Francisco – opening date TBA
  • Concord– opening date TBA
  • Claremont – opening date TBA
  • Los Alamitos – opening date TBA
  • Long Beach – opening date TBA
  • North Hollywood – opening date TBA



  • Bellevue – opening fall 2016


  • Houston – opening date TBA
  • Cedar Park – opening date TBA


  • Cincinnati – opening date TBA
  • Akron – opening date TBA
  • Toledo – opening date TBA


  • Evergreen Park – opening date TBA


  • Bloomington – opening date TBA


  • Decatur – opening date TBA


  • Gainesville – opening date TBA
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