“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
Autism Society of Oregon Ready for 2018

Autism Society of Oregon Ready for 2018

Portland, OR. 2017 was a big year for the Autism Society of Oregon. The holidays brought festive parties and throughout the year thousands of people attended community events like the following: Autism Walks in 5 locations around Oregon and a Bowl-A-Thon in Southern Oregon, plus swimming, bowling, picnics, Free Access Days at the Portland Children’s Museums, Harvest Fests, Easter Egg Hunts and 7 Autism Friendly Santa events throughout Oregon. These events allow individuals on spectrum and their families to participate more fully in their communities and to build family memories.

From Autism Society of Oregon:

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in Oregon – and the world. If you haven’t already, you will meet someone with autism.

The Autism Society of Oregon is Oregon’s leading organization providing resources, education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with autism.

We are committed to these core principles:

• We provide services without regard to a person’s age, race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, income level or level of need on the autism spectrum
• We strongly encourage and welcome families, professionals and individuals living with autism with opportunities to participate in our governance, on our committees, and as staff members
• We partner with others to advance the well-being of all living with autism
• We promote individual choice and self-determination of individuals living with autism, aided by parental and guardian advocacy
• We recognize a person living with autism can and should be able to maximize his/her quality of life and oppose any denial of their opportunities
• We oppose any discrimination and harm directed towards individuals living with autism and their families

Coming in 2018:

Autism Walks are scheduled for: 

Sunday, April 22: PORTLAND

Saturday, April 7: Color the Coast in Astoria

Saturday, June 16: Central Oregon in Redmond

Saturday, June 23: Color the Blues in LaGrande

Saturday, July 14: South Coast Walk in Coos Bay

and the Southern Oregon Bowl-A-Thon in Medford on Saturday, July 28

On January 11, we are co-hosting a presentation on Understanding Oregon ABLE Act Accounts. From 6:00-7:30 pm at the ASO office, 5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, OR 97239. For information or to RSVP, call Alisha at the Palladio Group at 503-928-4081 or click here to email.

Thanks to support from RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council) and City of Portland Special Appropriations Grant, we will continue our Free Expressions Art Workshops for adults on spectrum on the 3rd Sunday of each month, with an art show planned soon.

In March 2018, the “SHUT UP SISTERS” will be presenting in Seaside and in Portland. Come hear sisters Patty and Gina celebrate the humor, joy and triumphs of raising “imperfect kids” in a perfection-obsessed world. Join their Movement of Imperfection! Presented in collaboration with Swindell’s Resource Center.

Workshops on Autism and Puberty (for parents!) are planned in Gresham (Feb. 17), in Coos Bay (March 10), in Florence (March 11), in Redmond, OR (April 27) and in Roseburg (June 23). More dates and locations to be announced. Presenters are ASO Board members Marci Hammel and Lauren Corder.

and much more….

More information on these events will be on our Events Calendar (click here), or contact the ASO office at 503-636-1676 (toll-free: 888-288-4761) or click here to e-mail. 

Thank you for your support of the autism community in 2017!

If you haven’t had a chance to make a year-end tax-deductible donation, there’s still time! Please consider donating to help fund these great programs in 2017

 All of the money we raise stays in Oregon and SW Wash, with over 80% spent   directly on programs.

Click HERE to make an on-line donation, or mail a check to:

ASO, P.O. Box 69635, Portland, OR 97239. 

Federal Tax ID#: 93-0771249

KairosPDX Makes Big Strides in Community

KairosPDX Makes Big Strides in Community

Sponsored: Portland, OR. KairosPDX is an education non-profit whose mission to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps in our city. The KairosPDX Learning Academy opened in fall 2014 and is located in North Portland in the Humbolt building. Its belief is that the most impactful vision of equity creates a system in which every child develops as fully as possible socially, emotionally, culturally and academically. Every child is viewed as uniquely capable, innately curious and inherently creative and with that they work actively to support their children and families.

KairosPDX is now in its year-end fund drive. Leaders say, “Year-end time prompts a great deal of reflection about our community’s successes, challenges, and goals. We’ve had our share of obstacles along with plenty of triumphs. While the advocacy to stay in our space was a very visible one, we also made steps to improve Early Childhood Learning and Family engagement which are very important components of our vision. As we continue to work toward cultivating our community through the development of young leaders, we want to thank you for standing with us.” CLICK HERE to donate.

In addition to the year-end push for funding, KairosPDX’s annual fundraising event called Spread the Love is set for Tuesday, February, 13th 2018 at Castaway Portland. It is an event celebrating the transformative educational impact of Kairos. With small bites from local celebrity chefs and musical performances by Kairos students, Spread the Love will be an inspiring night showcasing the organization’s work and the creative, curious, compassionate young leaders they serve.

Here’s a video about the program:

The parent of a student explains, “As we look back we know our daughter wouldn’t be the happiest 3rd grader in the world without Kairos. What we have heard from her teachers and principal is that the commitment she has to making the right decisions and the happiness she has in trying again and again is not something you often see in children her age…There were times she was struggling academically and socially, but it was the Kairos LOVE she held onto. She has let out her wings and she is flying.”


Wind & Oar Boat School Keeps Kids in School and on Track for Success

Wind & Oar Boat School Keeps Kids in School and on Track for Success

Sponsored: Portland, OR. When Donovan arrived at the Wind & Oar Boat classroom at Merlo Station High School in the fall of 2016, he was under fed, exhausted, and stressed from family care-taking responsibilities. He was carrying a full-time class load, working full-time at night, and trying to stay on track to graduate. He admits, “It was one of the hardest times of my life.”

Realizing that he was on an unsustainable track, he worked with his school counselors to adjust his priorities, allowing him to reduce in-school time, work the full-time job, and get rested. Fortunately, the school permitted him to attend the Wind & Oar “Boat Geometry” class, which meets two and a half hours a day, Monday through Friday. Donovan’s attendance was nearly perfect and as he says, “Being able to come to class every day and work on building something with my hands, and create something really helped me get through it, to make me want to come to school more…”

Wind & Oar Boat School engages students in learning by connecting hands and mind in relevant exercise of academic subjects. Math, science, and engineering are all integrated into crafting a wooden boat.

Finding relevance in math, creating with one’s hands, discovering inner resources like: critical thinking, collaborating, and communicating, are all a result of building a boat in a team setting. This is what Wind & Oar accomplishes with students in 5th grade through high school.

Getting students to actually come to school is a huge hurdle, and one that profoundly affects success in the classroom. It may seem obvious that attendance is critical. What is not so obvious is that absenteeism starts early, as does the track to dropping out. By 5th grade, many students destined to drop out 4 or 5 years later can already be identified. It is essential to engage these students and convince them that they can learn, and that they can become good learners.

Wind & Oar regularly runs a program for 5th graders at a Hillsboro elementary school. Roger Will, the former principal there, related that attendance on Fridays, boat-building day, was 100%. In fact, on a particular Thursday, with a snow day looming for the next day, the 5th graders were begging that school not get cancelled because they would miss a boat-building day.

Wind & Oar successfully engages students in learning not only because the learning activity involves using one’s hands, making the topics relevant, but also because the teacher/student ratio is very low. At the high school level, we often have three instructors in the shop and classroom, and in elementary and middle school, four instructors for a class of 20 plus is common. These low ratios are important because students can connect with an interested adult with nearly individual attention, thereby reducing the tendency to disengage. This benefit, however, comes at a cost.

Staffing multiple, concurrent classes with instructors qualified to ask essential questions, operate from a growth mindset, and build a boat, is a steep hill to climb. Wind & Oar’s success is profound but the training and personality required of each instructor to achieve that success demands that we invest in unique individuals willing to take a risk on a growing nonprofit. We also need to invest in comprehensive professional development. Both require time and money.

With recent investments in Wind & Oar by a generous family foundation, we have significantly grown our infrastructure, thereby positioning ourselves to potentially offer more quality classes to metro area schools, as well as offering classes to the community at large. This growth in physical capacity, however, places immense strain on our human capacity, so if Wind & Oar is to deliver on its potential, and bring high quality, engaging classes to underserved students, we need support from our community.

Here’s how you can help!

Wind & Oar Boat School helps over 300 kids a year like Donovan. The nonprofit is working hard on fundraising as 2017 draws to a close. CLICK HERE for a link to the Wind & Oar Boat School donation page.

About Wind & Oar Boat School: Wind & Oar Boat School is an Oregon nonprofit, 501c3, youth development organization that engages young people and inspires learning through the art, science, and craft of building wooden boats. Our purpose is to promote self-confidence and perseverance in students’ approach to learning while increasing their ability to solve problems and apply conceptual knowledge to unique situations. Building wooden boats is an innovative and unique platform for developing an array of academic, practical, and social skills. Our projects provide space to develop critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity, essential skills for success in school and career. Through the integrated curriculum linking math, science, and design skills to wooden boat construction students gain practical woodworking skills and understand the application and relevance of academic skills. Most importantly, students gain confidence and embrace their own potential to learn, now and into the future.

Children’s Cancer Association Doubles Outreach to Kids and Teens in 2017

Children’s Cancer Association Doubles Outreach to Kids and Teens in 2017

Sponsored: Portland, OR. This year, the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) was able to serve over 9,000 kids and teens—49% more than last year. The CCA delivers JOY to kids, teens, and their families who are fighting a serious illness. The nonprofit knows that for seriously ill children and their families every moment is precious so it uses music, friendship, play, and resources to create transformative moments of joy. Unlike many organizations dedicated to the worthy goal of someday finding a cure for cancer, CCA is all about creating joy today. CCA is now in the middle of its year-end fundraising drive, CLICK HERE for more information on how to give. 

It was all smiles this week as kids gathered around the tree at the CCA family holiday party.

Founder and Chief Joy Officer, Regina Ellis, is sharing inspiring stories about special kids that CCA has served over the past year. She explains, “One incredible kid we had the privilege to serve in his time of need is six-year-old Otto, who after a nearly two year battle, recently completed treatment for neuroblastoma. Otto, also known as “Otto-bot”, is a huge fan of superheroes, and has displayed many heroic qualities himself. His incredible perseverance and determination throughout his journey with cancer even got him recognized as a 2017 CCA Hero.”

“Otto has had to put up with a lot of terrible things, but he never gives up,” his mom, Emily, said proudly.

Regina Ellis says Otto had a lot of support from his Chemo Pal®, Jerry, along the way. Together they spent lots of time playing video games and building LEGO sets, which allowed his mother, Emily the time and space to speak with doctors without isolating Otto.

Donations help keep the CCA program going strong. Gifts of $50 help Chemo Pals fill their activity bag with fun new toys and supplies, and a gift of $2,500 funds activities for an entire year.

Donations that support essential needs and resources through CCA’s Link Program make it possible to cover the cost of things like the airline tickets Otto and his mom needed to go to San Francisco for specialized treatment.

And when Otto was stuck in the hospital and needed to blow off some steam, CCA’s MyMusicRx® team was there with guitars, keyboards, and drums to jam with him at his bedside. Donors can help provide music as medicine for kids going through treatment with a gift of $250 to purchase instruments the CCA in-hospital music carts that help reduce stress, anxiety, and the perception of pain.

“During our toughest times, CCA was there to bring our family the friendship, music, resources, and JOY we needed most,” explained Otto’s mom, Emily.

All of CCA’s programs are free-of-charge to families thanks to the kindness and the generosity of friends in the community who believe that JOY matters.

This video shows how CCA brings moments of joy to kids.

CCA is in the middle of its year-end fundraising drive, CLICK HERE for more information.

From CCA:

Please CLICK HERE and join us by investing in the healing power of joy today to support deserving kids like Otto and the thousands of other children, teens, and family members who need a dose of JoyRx this holiday season. We believe kids deserve long, wonderful lives. Or, at the very least, short, wonderful lives. We believe cancer sucks. We’ve had it, or loved someone who did. We prescribe moments of joy for kids who are in the fight against all serious illness. We believe joy grows exponentially when it’s used collectively. We are music medicine pioneers. We believe in purple. We know joy comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes – just like the kids we help. We love to laugh. We are not afraid to cry. We spend every dollar wisely. We give hugs freely. We believe in today. We respect our history as a grassroots organization. We embrace our destiny as a global source of JoyRx. We believe these things matter.

Contact info:

Fax: (503) 892-1922
PlayWrite Boosts Empathy & Confidence for Youth at the Edge

PlayWrite Boosts Empathy & Confidence for Youth at the Edge

Sponsored: Portland, OR. PlayWrite is a theatre-based program that builds resilience, creativity and success. Nearly a thousand young people have benefited from the program. During one of the groundbreaking workshops, eight students form an attuned working alliance with eight coaches, engaging in exercises involving movement, sound, scent and memory. Students create a play with unique non-human characters from the authentic emotions of their own life experiences, directing professional actors on the final day. The nonprofit is working hard during its year-end fundraising campaign so it can work with more students, CLICK HERE to learn more. 

High school junior JT explains how PlayWrite has changed his life, “PlayWrite is my favorite program. The workshop provided me with a blank canvas; a chance to step back, to not take myself so seriously, and to be goofy and creative. I think every kid deserves that opportunity.”

Here’s a video to get a feel for what  PlayWrite is all about.

PlayWrite coaches are deep listeners. They ask questions, and wait for answers. As long as it takes. PlayWrite coaches never offer suggestions for words or themes or ways of phrasing ideas.

Creating meaningful characters demands that the writer fully inhabit each character. Placing those characters into true emotional conflict builds awareness and empathy.

PlayWrite creates a safe space for participants to explore themselves in a new way – to build a story that’s never been written before.

Nothing matches the power of face-to-face engagement.

Executive Director, Bruce Livingston, explains how the story of high school student, JT is one of many success stories from the program.

From PlayWrite:

PlayWrite is a safe space in which teens grow—a place to explore and express themselves through creativity—is scarce for many of the youth we meet. More than 75% of PlayWrite participants have been exposed to childhood trauma, abuse, or neglect, and face barriers to success. Our workshop offers a place for “youth at the edge” to process their difficult experiences through creative expression.

Over the course of a 10-day PlayWrite workshop, young writers receive over 27 hours of one-on-one interaction with a highly trained coach. Coaches guide them through exercises involving movement, sound, scent, and memory. In this profound, attuned working relationship, youth are challenged and supported every step of the way. With their coach providing trust and acceptance, they tap into their emotions and creativity. And at the end of the process, they direct professional actors in the world premiere of their unique theatrical works.

For JT, the PlayWrite experience allowed him to find his “true self.” After working with his coach for two weeks, and then seeing his characters come to life onstage, his interactions with others changed:

“I understand the people I encounter a little bit better because I now know we all have unique strengths and weaknesses.”

Empathy, vulnerability, and a freeing sense of play: these are just a few of the skills JT developed through PlayWrite that will serve him in years to come.

Every kid deserves the opportunity to step back. To not take themselves so seriously, and to be goofy and creative. To find their true self.

We’re asking you to help us give more youth a chance. The PlayWrite workshop costs $1,200 per student, which allows us to provide each student like JT the one-on-one coaching they deserve. Will you help us provide this transformative opportunity to as many youth as possible in 2018?

JT’s play is about a young flower who wants to cross a river to find his family, and an old bear who wants to keep his friend safe. It’s about accepting others as they are. And it’s about facing fears. As JT explains:

“The last line of my play is “The rapids never stop.” By that I mean that the struggles in life are never going to stop. But we’ll overcome our challenges; we’ll ride the rapids just like my characters did in my play.”

In the PlayWrite workshop, youth at the edge learn to dive headlong into the rapids, emerging with a work of art that is uniquely their own.

The rapids never stop. We can’t eliminate barriers and obstacles, but with your support, we can give youth at the edge the tools they need to navigate the waters of life. The nonprofit is working hard during its year-end fundraising campaign to help more students, CLICK HERE to learn more.

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