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.
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 admission. Dogs 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 »
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.
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 https://www.metfamily.org/hungerrelief/
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
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.
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 reasonably priced.
Meat and fish are pre-packaged and displayed like you might see at Costco.
The Namesake “Whole Foods” generic “365” brand can be found throughout the new store.
Shoppers select prepackaged soups and salads out of refrigerated cases.
Shelves are filled with items, but many rows are filled with duplicates.
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 “Next Level Burger” and Canteen inside the store.
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 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:
Portland, OR. Oregon Film turns 50 this year. The office was founded in 1968 by Governor Tom McCall as a way to meet the needs of the Hollywood crew filming Paint Your Wagonwhich was shooting in Baker County. Hundreds of projects have been filmed in Oregon over the past 50 years including Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s 2014 biographical adventure staring Reese Witherspoon.
TNT’s Leverage Season 4 filmed on Mount Hood.
Forest Park was one location for NBC Universal’s GRIMM where David Giuntoli, who played Nick Burckhardt, and Russell Hornsby, who played Hank Green, worked a crime scene. (Photo credit, Scott Green)
In the 50th anniversary year, the newly minted #OregonMade “umbrella” initiative strives to raise awareness, pride and creative connections between production of all types, as well as businesses, crew, the education sector, events and related services. #OregonMade promotes all sizes ofprojects, even those that do not necessarily qualify for financial incentive programs.
As part of the initiative, Oregon Film created the non-profit, Oregon Made Creative Foundation. This unique project, done in partnership with the Charitable Partnership Fund to create a stand-alone (501[c]), offers several limited edition #OregonMade products for sale.All of the net proceeds will be used for grants for low or micro-budget creative content, initiated or made by Oregonians.
Oregon’s collective production industries now generate more than $200M in tracked economic activity per year. That’s more than 20x the tracked spending for this industry in Oregon in 2005.
According an economic impact study by PSU’s Northwest Economic Research Center this industry now provides Oregon with more than 3000 jobs and $150M in annual payroll.
The crew working on the TV show Grimm, which wrapped in 2017 after six seasons, took time to record testimonials about working in the local film industry.
Here’s a video created in 2009 for the Oregon Film Office to help bring major motion picture and television series productions to the state.
Oregon Film is tasked with the following:
Market Oregon as a filming location
Recruit out-of-state productions
Liaise with producers & production groups
Help build the indigenous film, video, and multimedia industry
Sponsor industry & community events
Work with partners to build the creative community
Advise other entities on creating filming regulations
Strengthen relationships with local communities
Provide consumer protection information
Serve as a spokesperson for the industry
About Oregon Film:
Oregon Film is a semi-independent, state agency with a mission to promote, support and advance the film, video, interactive, animation and creative content industries within the state, by fostering and creating connections between production, businesses and the public, and strengthening this industry’s profile and reputation locally, nationally and internationally. It operates with a staff of four people who work to promote and strengthen the statewide industry, it answers to a board, which is overseen by Governor Kate Brown. The Board of Directors includes: Juliana Lukasik (Chair), Jason A. Atkinson, Angela Jackson, Paul Loving and Steve Oster. Oregon Film acts as the official voice of the production industry in Oregon.
We aim to try and create space for connections between the creative and business communities in Oregon – that’s where all of the exciting #OregonMade work lies! This means we support and attend more than a hundred industry and community events in any given year; festivals, screenings, film shadow programs, educational outreach and business relationships/partners. We regularly work with state agencies such as; Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Oregon State Parks, Oregon Arts Commission and Business Oregon; statewide non-profits like the OMPA, The Hollywood Theatre and The Historic Theaters Initiative; and educational programs at institutions such as PSU, SOU, PCC, CCC, U of O and even high schools across the state. (Take a look at some highlights of a High School Job Shadow program we did last summer.)
Did you know that last year we tracked more than 40 film-related festivals in Oregon? We were lucky enough to attend more than half of these (with a goal to reach them all!). All told, we traveled nearly 10,000 miles last year alone in order to make creative connections in Lakeview, Ashland, Burns, Pendleton, Estacada, Bend, Klamath Falls, Eugene and La Grande – all celebrating #OregonMade projects and locations.
Most recently, we we able to partner with Portland City Parks, Friends of Trees, Friends of Pier Park, Comcast/NBC, City of Portland, Gov. Brown and Comm. Nick Fish to plant a grove of trees in Pier Park ,North Portland, to commemorate six years of the NBC series “Grimm” calling Portland it’s photogenic home.
NONPROFIT BENEFIT TICKET GIVEAWAYS!
Sign up for our free weekly highlights for the chance to win two tickets terrific nonprofit events! If you "like" us on facebook, or sign up for our weekly news highlights, you'll be entered to win! Sign up today!
Look for another ticket giveaway soon! Are you a nonprofit looking to bolster your publicity with facebook and tweets? Email us and we'll run a contest with tickets to your event! [email protected]