Lake Oswego, OR. The Oregon Nurses Foundation board chair, RN Kathleen Sims, helped honor Teri Mills as Oregon Nurse of the Year. The nurse activist and public health advocate was honored on April 28th at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Osewego. The Oregon Nurses Foundation brunch drew over 75 people. It celebrated nurses and raised $26,000 to help advance the nursing profession and open nursing careers to underserved populations.
Caitlin Reed, RN, Oregon Nurses Association board treasurer
Guest speaker Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, the Executive Director of Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare at Columbia University
Elizabeth McPhee, RN, nominated Teri Mills for the Oregon Nurse of the Year award
Teri Mills, the 2019 Oregon Nurse of the Year, has had a career that spans more than four decades, demonstrating nursing excellence in teaching, mentoring and advocacy. Foundation members say she consistently works to increase the visibility of the nursing profession from testifying in front of lawmakers to writing op-eds for national publications.
“Our work is not finished,” said Mills, “there is a great need for a National Nurse for Public Health. America is our patient. Nurses are and have always been the trusted credible messengers.”
The Oregon Nurses Foundation’s Oregon Nurse of the Year Award recognizes an Oregon registered nurse who is a trailblazer in the care of patients and families and who advances the profession through their practice and community involvement. “Nursing means so much to me. I knew at four years old that this was my calling. I’m humbled by this special recognition, especially since it comes from my peers.”
The United States has four million registered nurses. Every year National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Oregon’s growing and aging population is increasing the need for health care services. While demand for services is increasing, the supply of nurses is shrinking. “The Oregon Nurses Foundation wants to make a significant impact in the lives of students,” said the Foundation’s Development Director Judith Woodruff. “We are kicking off a campaign to raise $100,000, which will allow us to award larger scholarships in 2020.” Special thanks to event sponsors OHSU School of Nursing, Jonas Philanthropies, University of Portland School of Nursing, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon, Constituent Association 1, Portland Nursery and California Casualty.
For more information: https://www.oregonrn.org
Portland, OR. Special Olympics Oregon organizers are thanking participants, including law enforcement officials, who took part in the 2019 Polar Plunge. The Special Olympics Oregon team is still totaling donations from all 5 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon events. (So far the Portland Plunge alone has raised $198,116.) The organization is still working to get back on sound financial footing after overspending on events left the group $2.5 million in debt. That debt prompted some hard decisions. Summer, fall and winter statewide games were canceled. Well-known fundraisers, like Bite of Oregon and the Governors’ Gold Awards, were called off as well. However, at the 2019 Portland Polar Plunge, spirits were high. Organizers are hoping fundraisers like the Plunge can help turn things around. Here are some of the photos from the event: (Photos credit Peter Van Houten Peter Van Houten Photography)
The heart and soul of Special Olympics Oregon begins in the hometowns of our athletes. While SOOR is rebuilding a sustainable organization that will provide Olympic-type year-round sports and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities for decades to come, we had to make the difficult, but responsible decision to temporarily suspend regional and state competitions.
However, our mission continues to live in communities across the state as our athletes train and engage with their friends and teammates, which is being funded through locally-raised dollars. Your participation and fundraising for Polar Plunge directly impacts athlete experiences at this local level, as $25 from every plunger goes directly to the Local Program in the plunger’s community!
The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Oregon waters. The event is open to the public, and all spectators are welcome free of charge.
For more information about the 2020 event, please contact Special Olympics Oregon at 503-248-0600, [email protected].
Portland, OR. The Milagro Latino Theatre company is featuring The North American Premiere of La Segua, a cautionary tale by playwright Alberto Cañas Escalante. La Segua transports audience members to 17th Century Costa Rica where ambition, narcissism, and madness abound. Inspired by the legend of la Segua, Cañas crafts a story of two young lovers who are haunted by a ghost standing in the way of their happiness and sanity. The play runs through March 2nd at the Milagro Theatre, at 525 SE Stark Street, in Portland.
NOTE: La Segua is a Spanish Language Show with English supertitles
(Photo credit, Russell J Young)
Here’s more information about the show:
Performances are through March 2nd, 2019
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 2 PM
TICKETS: Adult tickets are $27 in advance, $32 at the door.
Senior tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Student/ Veteran tickets are $20 in Advance, $25 at the door.
Special Pricing: Preview tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door
Opening night pricing: $40 for all general admission tickets
Additional discounts for groups 15+, and welcomes Arts for All pricing.
Buy tickets: 503-236-7253 or milagro.org or https://milagro.org/event/la-segua/
At Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland
ABOUT THE PLAY
In the city of Cartago in colonial Costa Rica, a beautiful woman, Encarnación Sancho, is haunted by the spectre of La Segua, who appeared to her former suitor, driving him mad. Blaming herself, Encarnación resists starting a new relationship with a new suitor, Camilo de Aguilar, a fortune-seeking adventurer who has fallen in love with her. In La Segua, Cañas takes a hard look at Costa Rican values, including ambition, hypocrisy, and follows themes of machismo, vanity, and narcissism. A cautionary tale for all to heed.
ABOUT THE LA SEGUA LEGEND
La Segua is a Costa Rican legend designed to scare men into being loyal and staying close to home at night. As men wander home, often drunk, a patch of fog appears, and in it stands a beautiful woman, with porcelain skin, long black hair, and big dark eyes.
Charmed by her beauty and forgetful of their relationships, the men offer to accompany her home. But when they turn to look at her, their dream is really a nightmare. The beautiful woman has disappeared and has been replaced by a monster with a horse’s head, accompanied by burning red eyes and big yellow teeth, terrifying the men (sometimes to the point of killing them) and in some cases making them lose their minds.
La Segua has a variety of origin stories in Costa Rica. One version says that in colonial Cartago, a young woman fell in love with a Spanish officer who eventually left her, prompting her to wander the streets of the city forever, on the lookout for men to torment as revenge. Another version relates that also in Cartago, the town’s most beautiful young woman was invited to a dance by a wealthy Spaniard. However, her family refused to let her attend due to his “don Juan” (term for a man who seduces women) reputation. The young woman lashed out at her mother and was punished by an otherworldly force who made it so that men would always be drawn to her because of her body but would flee when they saw her horse face.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Alberto Cañas Escalante (16 March 1920 – 14 June 2014) was Costa Rican politician, writer, intellectual, public servant, and journalist. He is considered one of the most important figures in the cultural, political, and social life of Costa Rica during the latter half of the twentieth century. Among his many achievements, he was Vice Minister of International Relations (1955–1956) and was the first Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports (1970). In 1971, he founded the National Theatre Company (Compañía Nacional de Teatro.)
He wrote La Segua in the late 1960s in an effort to reconnect and modernize myths and legends, especially his own. The play premiered as the closing performance of the First Central American Festival of Collegiate Theatre in 1971, and was revived by the National Theatre Company in 2015 in his honor after his death in 2014.
In La Segua, Cañas draws on Costa Rican folklore to criticize the country’s attitudes toward beauty, a message impactful far beyond Costa Rica and long after the play’s 1971 debut. In an epilogue to the play, Cañas explains that he wanted to play with mythology, and he found his chance while glancing through a history book. He stumbled upon the story of two women who were accused of being witches in colonial Costa Rica. In the account, Cañas saw the perfect moment for la Segua to appear. In the play, she doesn’t actually make an appearance, but her presence is alluded to and feared.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Carlos Escalante Macaya was born in Barcelona, Spain of Costa Rican parents. He studied at the University of Costa Rica in the School of Musical Arts. During his studies, in 1992, he won the “September 15” Permanent Central American Contest for his piece “Violin and Piano Sonata”. In 1995 his opera “The Two of Us”, book by Carlos Tapia, was produced at the National Lyric Company. He has written music for orchestras as well as chamber music, film scores, choral music, music for dance, and a large variety of incidental music for theatre. He moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 2000, where he completed his post-graduate studies with Maestro Peter Klatzow, a former student of famed French composer Nadia Boulanger. He currently teaches at the National Music Institute and the University of Costa in the School of Musical Arts.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Roy Antonio Arauz is a Costa Rican-American director, choreographer, and Milagro’s Producing Creative Director since 2016. Select directing credits: Anna in the Tropics (Latino Theatre Projects); The Gene Pool, The Temperamentals, The Hen Night Epiphany (Arouet); La Mariposa (Book-It, touring); My Mañana Comes(Associate Director, ArtsWest); Annie, The Music Man (Driftwood Players); The Humans (Assistant, Artists Rep); Éxodo (Co-director, Milagro). Choreography credits include: Female Hitchhikers(Consenting Adults, Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography); Annie, The Wizard of Oz (Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre.) He founded and was artistic director of Arouet in Seattle from 2011–2015, and is a founding member of Theatre9/12, where he was mentored by Charles Waxberg. He is a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, the 2015 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and the 2016 Directors Lab West.
By Alberto Cañas Escalante
Original music by Carlos Escalante Macaya
Directed by Roy Antonio Arauz
Johanna Echavarría | Encarnación Sancho
David Cabassa | Camilo De Aguilar
Patricia Alvitez | Manuela/Petronila
Laura Di Mare | Baltasara/María Francisca
Enrique Andrade | José Manuel Sancho
Carlos Adrián Manzano | Ensemble
Marian Mendez | Ensemble
Elizabeth Vizcaíno | Ensemble
The Milagro MainStage theatre company produces a full season of regional or world premieres, including one Spanish language play each year, as well as its long-running Día de Muertos signature production.
Teatro Milagro, Milagro’s touring and arts education program, presents its original bilingual plays and educational residencies to diverse and underserved communities across the nation. Milagro provides a home for Latino arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches the local community with a variety of community engagement projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture.
Portland, OR. Edison High School welcomed 350 guests to the Oregon Zoo for its annual Partner with Edison Breakfast. Guests heard from senior JP Mulligan and former student Danielle Gross about the importance of Edison High School. Board Member, Pat Becker, posed with friends Steven Klein and Kevin Kelly who supported the event. The benefit on November 2nd generated $150,000 to help support financial aid, technology, and professional development at the school. Edison, the only high school in Oregon and southwest Washington dedicated to students with learning differences. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus Photography)
Tricia Sipowicz and Kristin Collins, who shared her “Edison Story” about the positive impact the school has had on her entire family.
Edison parents Linda Pollack, Cathrine and Stefan Olander, and Eileen Day.
Edison students wake up extra early to help at the breakfast
Edison Board Member, Ann Brayfield, with Edison President, Sean Preston.
Friends Shiree Ferguson, Emily Shields, Kathi Austin, and Deedee Dolp enjoy their first Partner with Edison Breakfast.
Student speaker, JP Mulligan, jokes with his parents during his moving speech.
Rose Kilpatrick and Jesuit Counselor and Head Football Coach, Ken Potter.
From Edison High School:
“Some kids have learning differences. All kids have dreams.”
Welcome to Edison High School, the only high school in Oregon and Southwest Washington dedicated to serving students with complex learning differences. Our work here is powerful and profound: helping every student reach his or her full potential.
As a small, private school, Edison High School offers an individualized curriculum that meets each student’s special needs, and maximizes the ability to learn. We also provide the emotional support that builds confidence and maturity. By empowering students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, Edison does more than prepare teens for the future. We change lives.
Portland, OR. Fright Night might be fun for humans, but it can be scary for pets. Excited trick-or-treaters, tempting candy and spooky costumes can all pose threats to furry friends resulting in serious health issues. Doctors at DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital offer helpful advice for keeping pets safe during Halloween celebrations.
“Problems can arise for pets when their environments and routines change suddenly,” said Dr. Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DoveLewis critical care specialist. “Around Halloween, we’ve seen everything from gastrointestinal issues caused by pets ingesting dangerous items, injuries from costumes, and lost pets who escaped during trick-or-treating festivities.”
Animals in costume should be supervised at all times. Some pets may chew pieces of their outfit and ingest them, causing intestinal obstruction. Also, if a costumed pet escapes or is frightened away, the outfit could get caught on trees, fences or bushes, and pets can get hurt or stuck in the process. Keep an eye on your pet and snap a few photos like the ones below, then remove.
Pet owners can also avoid a trip to the emergency room by following these helpful tips:
- Monitor candy and treats at all times, and keep them out of reach. Chocolate is highly toxic to pets, and other candy can cause significant gastrointestinal upset. Additionally, lollipop sticks, plastic parts and wrappers can cause intestinal obstruction and potentially rupture a pet’s intestines. Be sure to remind children that exposing pets to these treats can be dangerous.
- Keep pets secured indoors and away from trick-or-treaters. Visitors can cause pets to feel that their territory is being invaded. Even typically calm dogs may get spooked by loud, shrill voices and strange costumes. Stress can result in unsafe reactions – like growling, biting or running away – or even serious health issues, such as vomiting and gastrointestinal problems. Secure pets in a secluded area of the house to help them remain calm and prevent them from darting outdoors. Do not take dogs trick-or-treating, and make sure they are always wearing proper identification and have an updated microchip. (Learn how to update your microchip information.)
- When leaving the house, don’t leave candles lit – even if they’re inside pumpkins.
When the house is occupied and candles are lit, be sure they are clearly out of reach and monitor pets at all times.
- Keep decorative lights out of reach, especially from curious puppies and kittens.
One chewing session can be dangerous and even deadly.
If pets are injured or become ill due to any of these holiday hazards, owners should seek medical treatment for them immediately.
About DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, established in 1973 and based in Portland, Oregon, is the only nonprofit, 24-hour emergency and intensive care unit in the region. With 45 years of service to the community, DoveLewis has treated more than 500,000 animals. DoveLewis also has seven donor-supported community programs that serve animals in need and the animal-loving community. For more information, please visit dovelewis.org.
West Linn, OR. Over 300 people gathered at a West Linn country estate in support of Albertina Kerr. It was the third year for the one-of-a-kind experience combining a unique country gala and a Mercedes-Benz Amateur National qualifying golf tournament. Hostess Carilyn Alexendar, welcomed Event Chair David Manougian, his daughter Emma, wife Lori, and Justin Berry to the benefit. The fundraiser on September 15th was expected to raise over $300,000.
Mark and Mary Stevenson
Albertina Kerr CEO Jeff Car and Wendy Car
Rich and Christiane Andersen, Pat and Gary Keaveny
Carilyn Alexander and her daughter Whitney
Part of the evening included a silent auction.
There was time for cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner, music, dancing, and more.
The Country Gala is followed by a golf tournament at Columbia Edgewater Country Club where the two winning twosomes will receive all-expense paid entry to play in the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Amateur National Tournament at the Four Seasons near Dallas, Texas.
From Albertina Kerr:
Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. 24 Hours of Kerr raises funds for essential services including crisis psychiatric care for kids in imminent danger of harming themselves or others, and crucial support for people with developmental disabilities. Join us today and earn your wings.