See what happened when Parkrose High School students put on their first-ever outdoor performances …

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The final performances for the Thespians of Parkrose High School offered a triple-show production the first days of June – outdoors!

Two evening shows and one afternoon performance attracted hundreds of community members, parents, and friends, who appeared to be thoroughly entertained.

Play Days of the Imagination – Just A Reminder
The Advanced Theater Class students wrote and produced this program. They shared their imaginative presentation with Prescott and Shaver Elementary schoolchildren.

Dog Lady
The Advanced Class produced and group-directed this piece, performed at the MHC One Act Festival. They also went on to present it at the State Acting Competition in Salem.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A unique adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play ‚Äì complete with love stories, battles against Amazons, trouble-making fairies, and so much more!

Next year, watch for the musical comedy, “Bye Bye Birdie”, the comedy farce “Arsenic & Old Lace”, and Shakespeare’s romantic drama, “Romeo & Juliet”.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

See how groups are working together to turn renters into homeowners – and why …

Mary Taylor, Bank of America, teaches prospective homeowners how to arrange their finances so they’ll qualify for a loan.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
One way to improve a neighborhood is to turn renters into homeowners, says Amie Diffenauer, of the Lents Homeownership Initiative in the Lents neighborhood.

To this end, the organization has developed a coalition of governmental and commercial interests to increase home ownership. Banks, mortgage companies, utilities, and a church are showing families how they can start putting their lodging budget into owning a home, instead of just paying rent.

On May 20, the group put on a successful “Home Buying Fair” that introduced attendees to lenders, real estate brokers, and governmental agencies.

Good credit a key to homeownership
But, part of their ongoing effort is to provide free classes that teach people more about consumer credit, so they can obtain a favorable mortgage.

In one class we audited, Bank of America’s Mary Taylor shared the “Four Cs of Credit”.

“The first ‘C‘ is for capital,” Taylor began. “What can you bring to the deal? You need to plan for a down payment, closing fees, closing costs, escrow impounds, and moving expenses.”

The next “C” stands for capacity, she continued. “Lenders look at your current income, income history, and future earning potential. They also look at your debts — like installment accounts, revolving charge accounts, and other monthly payments.”

Moving to the third “C“, the banker stressed the importance of having good credit. “It means, in a nutshell, that you have a history of paying your bills as agreed — regularly, and on time.”

The last “C” stands for collateral. “The lender looks at what they can use to reduce their liability in case a borrower doesn’t pay. The larger a down payment the homebuyer makes, the more collateral they give the lender, making them feel more secure — and potentially reducing your loan costs and interest rates.”

Learn how to become a home buyer!
You can learn more by contacting the Lents Homeownership Initiative by calling Amie Diffenauer at (503) 788-8052 x105.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

t’s true; Jon Turino isn’t a crop farmer, he’s an insurance Farmer. Confused? You won’t be if you take a look at how he’s helping making going to college easier for a student ‚Ķ

Farmer Jon Turino ‚Äì that’s not right! Farmer’s Insurance agent Jon Turino, seen here out meeting and greeting folks at a community event, added $250 to the pot of scholarship funds provided by the Parkrose Business Foundation.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
Some business organizations exist only to further their own agenda. Others, like the Parkrose Business Association (PBA), founded a non-profit organization, called the Parkrose Business Foundation, to help area students continue their education after high school.

The foundation grants several $1,000 scholarships each year to deserving Parkrose Area High School students to help further their college education.

The PBA’s big annual event ‚Äì the 5th Annual Parkrose Festival Cruise-in on June 24 (the ONLY official Rose Festival event east of the 82nd Avenue of Roses) ‚Äì is the group’s main fund raising activity.

And, for the second year in a row, Jon Turino, a Farmers Insurance and Financial Services Agent serving the greater NE Portland Area, has supported the program with a $250 check as part of the company’s community involvement grant program.

See our other story posted this week showing this year’s four Parkrose Scholarship winners!

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

Join us at Beal St. NW on June 29 for a fund raising event featuring a full BBQ buffet, great blues music and fun …

Bob Hodges and Margaret Erikson watching an all-star band last fall at the blues music benefit at their Parkrose barbeque restaurant,Beal St. NW. This event helped NW Medical Teams raise $144,000 in donations and in-kind support for hurricane Katrina victims. Now, their friends are doing their best to help this giving couple cover major medical bills.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Folks around here love good barbecue, and enjoy great blues music know about the great tastes and sounds at Beale Street NW, 10721 NE Sandy Blvd. (just east of Parkrose Hardware).

Through hard work, Bob Hodges and Margaret Erikson took this ex-bank, ex-teen club, and turned it into a first-class BBQ joint that swings out.

But more than that, they’ve been responsible for organizing one of the most-successful-ever hurricane Katrina relief efforts, benefiting NW Medical teams.

Then, Bob became ill, and was in the hospital for weeks, undergoing major surgery. Now, it’s their friends turn to come to their aid.

Richard Kiely, Home Run Graphics, is sponsoring the East Portland Blues Benefit on behalf of Bob and Margaret. He’s showing off a Fender Stratocaster guitar they’re raffling off. Richard says, “For just $20 bucks, you, too, might be able to play like a star!”

“They don’t want to talk about it,” said benefit organizer Richard Kiley, owner of Home Run Graphics, a local, full-service printing company. “But Bob and Margaret have done so much for the community; I thought it would be good if their friends and business acquaintances did a good turn for them.”

While the benefit has been organized under the auspices of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce, other Chambers, blues music groups and members of the Parkrose Business Association are lending their support to the June 29 event.

Come and hear some great blues music, enjoy a complete barbecue buffet dinner and have a great time. We’ll be there. Will you?

East Portland Chamber of Commerce Presents
EAST PORTLAND BLUES BBQ BENEFIT
Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Beale Street NW, 10721 NE Sandy Blvd.
(just east of Parkrose Hardware)

6:00 pm to Close
(no kids after 9:00 pm please)

Raffle Prize
FENDER STRATOCASTER ELECTRIC GUITAR

Raffle tickets are $20.00 each – Limited to 100 tickets

Silent Auction prizes include
+ Gourmet Dinner for 4  +  Vacation Getaways  +  Gift Baskets  +  Golf Gear
And much, much more!

Sponsors Include
Home Run Graphics, Kevin Minkoff, CPA; Labor Ready, Stewart & Tuno Insurance and Business Builders International.

Advance Tickets
$15.00 per person
($25.00 per couple. $35.00 per family)

At the door
$20.00 per person
($35.00 per couple. $45.00 per family)
KIDS UNDER 10 are FREE

Contact the chamber office
at (503) 788-8589 to purchase advance tickets.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

Read how neighbors joined with businesspeople in a unique campaign to fight crime along Portland’s Avenue of Roses ‚Ķ

82nd Avenue of Roses Association board member Mark Schmidt (far right) organizes volunteers for their crime reduction information and window-cling distribution event.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Earlier than you’d expect on a Saturday morning, a small crowd started assembling outside the Bank of the West at SE 82nd Ave. of Roses and Division St. on June 3.

Soon, two dozen neighbors, business people and other volunteers had gathered on a beautiful morning to take on an ugly issue – crime along the avenue.

People from neighborhood associations, businesspeople, and Portland Police Cadets volunteered for the event.

“This is the culmination of a collaborative effort between neighbors and businesses along the Ave of Roses,” is how 82nd Avenue of Roses Association president Ken Turner put it to us. “We started the Avenue of Roses Project, which includes planting roses as a symbol of our desire to improve our street. The idea is to celebrate the history of 82nd Avenue, and all of the good we’ve brought to East Portland. And, we’re shaping the future profile of our street.”

“The Eastside Guy” and former City Council Candidate Dave Lister, and 82nd Avenue of Roses Association president Ken Turner, present to Doug Weidman of Banner Furniture Outlet a window cling, aimed at reducing crime along the avenue.

Turner said reducing crime was the focus of this event. “We’re distributing window clings, featuring our logo, and the statement, ‘We Report All Crimes’. We’re going from business to business, asking them to display it in their windows. We’re hoping to get 150 businesses involved with us today. This is another step toward the recognition of 82nd Avenue as a good place to be, work, and give.”

Then, still early on a Saturday morning in early June, off they went, with the slogan in mind: “We’ll enhance the best, and weed out the rest.”

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

Read how neighbors joined with businesspeople in a unique campaign to fight crime along Portland’s Avenue of Roses ‚Ķ

82nd Avenue of Roses Association board member Mark Schmidt (far right) organizes volunteers for their crime reduction information and window-cling distribution event.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Earlier than you’d expect on a Saturday morning, a small crowd started assembling outside the Bank of the West at SE 82nd Ave. of Roses and Division St. on June 3.

Soon, two dozen neighbors, business people and other volunteers had gathered on a beautiful morning to take on an ugly issue – crime along the avenue.

People from neighborhood associations, businesspeople, and Portland Police Cadets volunteered for the event.

“This is the culmination of a collaborative effort between neighbors and businesses along the Ave of Roses,” is how 82nd Avenue of Roses Association president Ken Turner put it to us. “We started the Avenue of Roses Project, which includes planting roses as a symbol of our desire to improve our street. The idea is to celebrate the history of 82nd Avenue, and all of the good we’ve brought to East Portland. And, we’re shaping the future profile of our street.”

“The Eastside Guy” and former City Council Candidate Dave Lister, and 82nd Avenue of Roses Association president Ken Turner, present to Doug Weidman of Banner Furniture Outlet a window cling, aimed at reducing crime along the avenue.

Turner said reducing crime was the focus of this event. “We’re distributing window clings, featuring our logo, and the statement, ‘We Report All Crimes’. We’re going from business to business, asking them to display it in their windows. We’re hoping to get 150 businesses involved with us today. This is another step toward the recognition of 82nd Avenue as a good place to be, work, and give.”

Then, still early on a Saturday morning in early June, off they went, with the slogan in mind: “We’ll enhance the best, and weed out the rest.”

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

See how ‚Äì and why ‚Äì the Leach Botanical Garden’s Children’s Nature Fair “hooks” kids on learning about nature ‚Ķ

David Christenson with little Marcella and Vincent being checked in by volunteer Ann Kracke. “It is a beautiful day,” David told us. “This is our first time coming out to the Botanical Garden. It is nearby, so we thought we’d come to see the Children’s Nature Fair. They’ll see insects, bugs and animals. It is good for them to learn more about our world ‚Äì this gives them a hand-on experience.”

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
How can Mother Nature possibly compete with cable-TV and X-Box?

“We doing it by holding an annual Children’s Nature Fair,” said Katie Goodwin, spokesperson for Leach Botanical Garden.

Captivating the kids by spinning a tale about a spider is Ann Found, a professional storyteller, and Leach’s volunteer coordinator.

“We’ve been doing this for several years,” she added, “We have crafts of all kinds; making bookmarks using pressed flowers, leaf rubbings, and sun prints, and making necklaces and planting plants. We have slug races. And, our volunteer coordinator is a professional storyteller. Kids say she’s better than movies!”

Using the “rubbing” technique to make a greeting card with a dog on it is third-grader Tori Phillips, with a little help from her mom, Vickie.

150 attend this growing fair
This event has grown over the years, Goodwin remarked. More than 20 volunteers help with the crafts, and take families on tours around the garden property.

Why do this?

“Children are the future,” Goodwin extolled. “The future depends on how we take care of our environment; that which is around us. We hope we help the young generation gain an appreciation for what is here now, so they’ll maintain this garden, and the planet, in the future.”

Her hopes are already being met. While visiting the fair, we talked with parents, who, as children, attended their first Nature Fairs years ago – and are now returning to Leach Gardens with their own kids.

Leach Botanical Garden is located on SE 122nd Avenue just south of Foster Road, and is open most days.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

See how his brother ‚Äì one of the original Portland rock group, The Kingsmen —  follows his passion, and turns it into a rockin’ good time ‚Ķ

Sorry we don’t have a PodCast running here on our website yet, but if we did you could hear the great sounds as they were laid down by the Dennis Mitchell Band, photographed here at the New Copper Penny in Lents a few weeks ago.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
When he was young, Dennis Mitchell was known has the “little brother” of Mike Mitchell, lead guitar player of The Kingsmen (of Louie, Louie fame).

“We’ve been playing together, on and off for years,” Dennis told us before a gig at the Pantheon Ballroom at Lent’s NCP in late April. “I guess rock rhythms run in the family.”

Folks into the local music scene will perhaps remember that Dennis had a band called “No Ties” in the 1980s. He took time off music to invest in and manage real estate, but “music just calls to me.”

The band also rocked out on May 21 at the Crystal Ballroom as part of a successful benefit for ’60s and ’70s light show guru Gary Ewing.

Check ’em out at www.dennismetichellband.com.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

Hey, look! If you missed the Gateway Fun-O-Rama Parade and Fair – this article is short – but boy-o-boy, do we have the photos …

Photo Story by David F. Ashton

Portland Police Officer Mike Gallagher pulling in with the Cadet trailer loaded with bike helmets.

On the Fun-O-Rama Parade reviewing stand, ready to announce the passing parade, are Bianca Gille, St. Therese; James Luu, Parkrose High School; Michael Taylor, Superintendent, Parkrose School District; Fred Sanchez, GABA and Realty Brokers at 111th Square; Barbara Rommel, Superintendent, David Douglas Schools; Barbara Ho, David Douglas high school.

The Woodland Wonders unicyclists always are a hit on the parade route.

The Parkrose Broncos Marching band gets everyone’s feet tapping.

It wouldn’t be a Fun-O-Rama Parade without the antics of the Keystone Cops.

Multnomah County Commissioner Lonnie Roberts rides in the parade.

Rose Festival Queens are part of the Fun-O-Rama Parade Festivities.  [Use Parkrose and DDHS Queens, create side/side image in PS]

Portland Police Bureau Training Division Officer Garth Edwards, Portland Police Bureau, pipes while the Color Guard raises the flag that signals the start of the Fun-O-Rama Fair at Realty Brokers’ 111th Square.

Callie Rousch, LMT, NCTMB gave us a really GREAT chair massage at the Fun-O-Rama Fair! Contact her at (503) 860-4175 for more information.

Krysia Woods getting a balloon sculpture made by Steevie Weevie, the Clown Prince of Gateway. “He’s really nice, and funny,” she commented.

Jeffrey Kamper is getting fitted for a new bike helmet by Portland Police Cadets Leanna Heasley and Keeden Mollenhour.

To help support the activities of their program, East Precinct Portland Police Cadets served up hot dog lunches at the Fun-O-Rama Fair.

Making crafts are Traci and Nicholas Shaffer, at the Portland Parks and Recreation booth.

“Arresting” Ashley Fox is Portland Police Cadet Heather Deibert. Ashley’s dad, Bill, told us, “We come every year! For the last 23 years, it’s something we look forward to!”

Perennial Gateway booster, Fred Sanchez, standing next to Dave Manning, said of Gateway’s Citizen of the Year, “Father Jack Mosbrucker has been instrumental in bringing together all parts of our community.”

Oregon State Representative Jeff Merkley presents awards to for entries into the Fun-O-Rama parade.

As part of the entertainment, Bianca Gille, student body president of St. Therese, beautifully sang a couple of songs.

Demonstrating the lively art of street break dancing is Melissa Spivally.

Both businesses and community groups exhibited at the Fair. Here’s Jason Goodwill, telling people about his Kiwanis group.

Lexie and JJ, of Choi’s Martial Arts Academy, demonstrate how to break a solid board with just your hand.

Ronald McDonald shows up for some silly fun.

Perhaps we’ll see you at the 2007 Gateway Fun-O-Rama Parade and Fair next May!

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

See volunteers work, so others may have good, family housing they can afford …

Helping with the planting project are Mike Schmidt, Stanley Tools; Dave Winterling, Stanley Tools; Kris Cowan, Joe Kelley, volunteer on the site; and Todd Cleek, volunteer and member of the board of directors of the Kivel & Howard Law Firm.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
East on SE Stark, near the Gresham city border, another Habitat for Humanity development is about ready for happy families who got the opportunity to buy new, reduced-priced housing in outer East Portland.

At the site, Kris Cowan, construction supervisor for Mt. Hood Habitat for Humanity, told us, “We’re finishing a planting bed in the back of the development. We’re planting trees, bushes and installing retaining walls.”

Cowan explained that families work on their own development, and that of others, as a way of earning “sweat equity” in their new homes.

The new development is called Lillian’s Place, he said, a 16 unit development. The new owners decided to make one of the units a community center. “Intel donated a bunch of computers, so it will be a library/study for people here.”

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

Watch ’em blow up cars ‚Äì just for the fun of it! See RC race cars blast around the track at 100 mph! View hundreds of the best classic, special interest and hot rod vehicles assembled in one place.  Beeeee there ‚Ķ

Hundreds of all kinds of specialty vehicles are on display at the Parkrose Rose Festival Cruise-in on June 24.

Story and archive photos by David F. Ashton
What’s the ONLY officially-sanctioned Portland Rose Festival event located east of the 82nd Avenue of Roses?

It’s the 5th Annual Rose Festival Cruise-in, on June 24. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Parkrose High School Community Center, 12003 NE Shaver, just west of NE 122nd Avenue.

Gail Bash’s “Blow Up” car competition is always a gas! They run ’em without coolant until they ‚Ķ blow up!

Come see the Parkrose High grassy lawn filled with:
Hotrods – Classic Import Cars
Motorcycles – Special Interest Vehicles
Trucks – Low Riders
… And much more

Wait! There’s more ‚Ķ
In addition to the hundreds of cars on display, vying for trophies in over fifty categories, you’ll find food booths (including wonderful offerings from Chef Edgar of Steamers Restaurant), booths showcasing community services and PBA members’ wares and services.

You’ll find great food, like dishes served up by Chef Edgar of Steamers Restaurant.

Remote Control cars race at speeds of up to 100 mph throughout the day. And, you don’t need a Pit Pass to talk with the drivers and see their cars!

Back again this year is the high performance Remote Car Races. You’ll be amazed to see these cars tear around the track at actual speeds of over 100 mph. Also, there’s an area especially for kids, making this a great family event.

Event provides for scholarships
Each year, the Parkrose Business Association (PBA) uses the Rose Festival Cruise-in to help fund scholarships given by the Parkrose Business Foundation to help area students continue their education after high school.

The foundation grants several $1,000 scholarships each year to deserving Parkrose Area High School students, to help further their college education.

Rex Hollingsworth, Rex Heating and Air Conditioning, is the Event Sponsor. Beyond his financial assistance, he and his team help set up the Cruise-in, run it, and have given the association a trailer to store the event’s supplies!

The Cruise-in receives major financial and logistical support from many PBA members, including the Official Event Sponsor, Rex Heating and Air Conditioning, and major sponsors Bank of America, Parkrose True-Value Hardware, and West Coast Bank. And, Craig Mendenhall of American Sani-Can makes sure there are plenty of their spotless special blue booths, when duty calls.

For more information about the Rose Festival Cruise-in, contact Marsha Lee at (503) 257-3229.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News ~ with help from Jon Turino

Learn the secrets of mediation they learned at their “Chamber After Hours” and see how they helped with the grand reopening of the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel ‚Ķ

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Chamber After Hours
“After Hours” allow members and guests to gather, network and learn at an evening event once every quarter, in addition to the groups weekly Wednesday morning meetings.

Everyone who came to the East Portland Chamber’s “Chamber After Hours” event at Bill Dayton’s (on the right) Pizza Baron was greeted by the savory smell of pizza, served by event sponsor (left) Nancy Chapin, The Support Group on May 18.

Bridget Bayer, guest speaker at “Chamber After Hours”, explains why and how a professional mediator can help them save big bucks on lawyer and court fees.

This After Hours topic was on how the mediation process can help business people in their every-day lives. “Mediation is,” Bridget Bayer, professional mediator, explained to the group, “a simply way of resolving a dispute without going to court.”

Bayer said mediators are impartial, have no authority to make decisions, don’t give legal advice and guide a discussion maintaining a safe, open environment ‚Äì while being optimistic that the process brings progress.

“The benefits of going to mediation,” Bayer continued, “are many. The parties involved have control of the outcome. Sessions allow for candor and are usually fast and informal. Moreover, the process often leads to building a better relationship as parties find creative solutions to their disputes.”

After hearing how mediation works, those gathered broke into small groups and used role-playing and practiced using some of the concepts they’d learned.

To learn more about mediation, contact Bayer at (503) 752-8517.

While most of our East Portland Chamber of Commerce members were hidden behind dignitaries, EPCC supplied ceremonial ribbon and giant scissors as they do for grand openings across East Portland.

Chamber members provide ribbon cutting at Portland Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Hard to believe it was 30 years ago when this, the first “airport hotel” in Portland, opened its doors in 1974. The owners completely remodeled the hotel over the last year.

“This is the first major renovation and upgrade,” the hotel owner, Harold Pollin, told us. “The $5.5 million [renovation] project gives the property the feel of an elegant, brand-new hotel.”

The gala event on May 23 was attended by Chamber president Greg Zuffera, and Ambassadors JoLynn Walker, Lisa Upshaw and (holding camera) David F. Ashton. The East Portland Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors provided the ribbon and ceremonial scissors. With a snip, the hotel was officially reopened.

Celebrating the “grand re-opening” of the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel are Greg Zuffera, BC Graphics; hotel owner, Harold Pollin, Lisa Upshaw, Bay Bank.

After brief remarks, about 100 dignitaries were led into Mt. Adams banquet hall for a lunch of Endive and field greens, wild salmon served over a crisp potato cake, tomato caper vinaigrette and asparagus bundle. To top off a delicious meal, the guests were served a decadent ganache cake with cr?®me anglaise. No wonder this hotel caters many East Portland banquets and events.

Parkrose own Michael Allen Harrison  played for the event

After lunch, we reminisced with Pollin, with the owner, about their first advertising campaigns. Your author took the photos used in their first advertisements some 30 years ago!

For more information about the East Portland Chamber of Commerce, check their web site at www.eastportlandchamber.com.

¬©  2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

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