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  • October 11, 2017 4:03 PM | Shelley Shirley (Administrator)


    To my fellow East Portland Chamber Members:

    You know that I’ve been working on the Upper Garden project and particularly the Aerial Treewalk at Leach Garden for seven years.  I do this in the spirit of Lilla and John Leach who created their gardens and home and gave them to the residents of Portland.  They wanted to ensure that new generations of visitors would delight in discovering the plant world in a magical place of beauty and respite.

    The Garden opened to the public 34 years ago in East Portland. But the Leach estate was limited in its ability to welcome large numbers of visitors. With the future in mine, land has been acquired in anticipation of this project. Now we are ready to meet today’s challenge--We need your help to build the Aerial Treewalk, a unique feature in the region where anyone can become truly immersed in nature and the outdoors, safely and accessibly.

    So I am writing to ask that you join me—however you can—to make this dream project a reality.  We have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to give everyone in our community a chance to make this happen for all of us—Portlanders and visitors, young and old, newly-arrived or longtime residents.  The new facilities and gardens at Leach will insure that it continues to be a place like no other.

    Will you do two things on behalf of the Garden?   Will you click on the link to the crowdfunding page and make a contribution?  Leach Garden Friends has successfully raised over $ 1 million toward this project.   We are confident we will break ground and build the Treewalk and new gardens midyear in 2018.

    Secondly—and maybe most important—will you forward this email to your circle of friends and family and encourage them to take a look at the crowdfunding link?   Even if they don’t know about Leach, I think they will be intrigued because of the unique story of the Leaches and the character of this unexpected gem in the urban landscape. 

    That’s where you can make a difference—every dollar or dime you give to the crowdfund will help us achieve the new vision for Leach. 

    Join me today by visiting https://www.oregonskitchentable.org/leach-treewalk to donate.  Click on the “Fund this Project” on the bottom or right hand side of the page to give.

    Again, just as importantly, please share and post on Facebook, email or wherever you find an interested ear to help spread the word! This crowdfund is our chance to transform a one-of-a-kind garden retreat into a more accessible and enchanting community resource for all of us.

    Warm regards,

    David Porter

    dporter@leachgarden.org

    6704 SE 122nd Ave

    Portland, OR  97236

    503.823.1673

    www.leachgarden.org


  • September 26, 2017 10:30 AM | Scott Hendison (Administrator)

    If you are in charge of your companies marketing, there is going to be an all-day event in SE Portland, that you can't afford to miss.  


    What:   A round-robin workshop, giving you one on one  consultations in private, with experts in every major discipline of digital marketing.  Do you have questions? Are you confused by ANY of these things?  

    • Social Media
    • Search Engine Optimization?
    • Email Marketing
    • Website Design + Modification
    • Blogging & Content Ideas
    • Adwords (Paid Search)
    • Analytics
    • Marketing Automation
    • Branding
    • Community Outreach / PR
    • Maximizing Your Budget
    • Technical Issues
    • Strategy + Future Tactics

    Who: 

    Besides you, there will be lots of Portland business owners and marketing employees there, with questions to ask in one on one meetings. 

    I'll be there myself with my own laptop, offering you help with WordPress, Facebook Ads, Google AdWords, SEO, or whatever anyone needs. 

    There will also be at least 17 other expert digital marketers and their laptops too!  

    With over 150+ years of combined experience, there's probably nothing that you can't get help with. on the spot.  

    When:  Wednesday November 1, 2017, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Where:   Elevator Cafe & Commons - 1033 SE Main, Portland, OR

    The $59 cost of attending is less than  what any of those people would charge for an hour of their time, but EPCC members can use the code eastportlandchamber to save another $20. 

    Find out more here, or sign up for just $39


  • September 06, 2017 7:00 AM | Scott Hendison (Administrator)

    Alan Rowand of Gray Dog DigitalScott Hendison of Search Commander, Inc.  presented: 

    Digital Safety and Emergency Preparedness for your Business & Home

    Here's the Video:

    Alan and Scott have both been in the IT industry a long time, and they offered practical tips and advice, that you can use to prepare for some potentially very unpleasant scenarios. 

    Refreshments and facility were sponsored by:

  • August 25, 2017 10:05 AM | Shelley Shirley (Administrator)

    You are invited to join the SE Works Board of Directors to celebrate our 20th Anniversary on Sep 16th at 6:00pm.

    We’re excited to announce 20 years of successfully engaging multi-barriered, low income, under served populations, including: at-risk youth involved in the justice system; unemployed adults; immigrants; people experiencing disabilities; and people returning from incarceration. SE Works was founded in 1997 and with many years of experience, dedicated and experienced full-time employees and volunteers, SE Works has gained a proven track record in delivering diverse programming. We have managed a broad range of federal and non-federal contracts that support the mission of our organization. Register to attend - tickets are $45.00 each.


  • July 21, 2017 2:29 PM | Shelley Shirley (Administrator)


    Portland Public Golf’s Colwood Golf Center Grand Re-Opening Event:

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Portland Parks & Recreation’s Portland Public Golf and KemperSports will host the Colwood Golf Center’s Grand Reopening on Sunday, July 30, 2017. The free, family-friendly event at the popular City of Portland golf course and event site (7313 NE Columbia Blvd.) is free for guests of all ages. Enjoy free range balls and rounds of golf, golf lessons; meet our friendly staff, enjoy food, music, and more!

    “Colwood Golf Center is a tremendous site for relaxation and recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “And it is a real asset for both the Cully neighborhood and the City as a whole. We are excited to welcome everyone to the grand opening and invite everyone to play anytime at Colwood or any other Portland Public Golf course. We offer fun and challenging amenities and courses for everyone, whether they’re an experienced golfer or someone who’s never picked up a club. And we make golf affordable for all Portlanders.”

    Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), in partnership with the Trust for Public Lands, acquired a portion of the former Colwood National Golf Course in 2014, and began redeveloping the property into a unique golf and environmental asset for Portlanders. The driving range and the innovatively designed par-3 course were part of Colwood Golf Center’s initial improvements, and have appealed to a wide variety of guests for the past three years.

    Since the initial property redesign began, Colwood Golf Center has been continuously making facility improvements. The second phase of this improvement project was completed in the spring of 2017, and included significant investment in infrastructure upgrades: removal of existing site septic systems and construction of an approximately quarter mile sanitary sewer (which increased water quality protection of the Columbia Slough and other adjacent waterways), pedestrian enhancements to the right-of-way that increases safety through new lighting and new sidewalks, the addition of an outdoor event space featuring sweeping views of the new patio, driving range and golf course. The project expanded the Colwood driving range, adding more hitting stalls and a large patio area for outdoor dining, lights, and new grass tees. Colwood’s parking lot enjoyed a repaving, new lights for safety, and enhanced landscaping increased the site’s aesthetics.

    In addition to these recent facility improvements, Colwood Golf Center is home to the Colwood Grill and Columbia Room banquet space. Both segments of the operation feature improved menus and best in class service, as Colwood has become a popular event venue in Northeast Portland.

    Colwood Golf Center is also a host facility for the First Tee of Greater Portland, with offices, programming, and dedicated facilities on-site.

    About Portland Public Golf

    Portland Public Golf offers affordable, quality golf to Portland's residents and visitors. Our five golf courses are conveniently located around the metro area to offer unparalleled access to our nationally recognized courses: EastmorelandHeron Lakes - Great Blue, Heron Lakes - Greenback, RedTail, Rose City and newly acquired Colwood Golf Course.

    Portland Public Golf has been meeting the recreation and golf needs of the Portland community since 1917. The program has a long history of presenting successful, high-profile golf events and tournaments. Portland is the only municipality in the country to have hosted four USGA national championships, and several other notable tournaments and events.

    Every year, ~400,000 rounds are played on Portland Public Golf courses. We are proud to offer lessons by trained golf professionals, meeting and hospitality facilities, and public and private events and tournaments at each of our properties.

    Golf is a lifelong sport that benefits participants in many ways: it rewards patience, focus, deferred gratification, discipline, engages the mind and the body.  Portland Public Golf implements environmentally sustainable maintenance practices.  The program is increasing efficiency through improved equipment and changing turf management practices. We use a minimalist approach to turf maintenance, which maintains playing surface quality while reducing expenses and the needs for irrigation, fertilizer and herbicides.

    About KemperSports
    Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company’s award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF magazine; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Harbor Shores, site of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit http://www.kempersports.com.

    Join the KemperSports social media conversation at www.facebook.com/kempersports and www.twitter.com/kempersports.

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    Media contacts:

    Kylen Trevor | KemperSports

    503-254-5515; ktrevor@kempersports.com

    For inquiries, specific to Portland Parks & Recreation:

    Mark Ross - Public Information Officer

    Portland Parks & Recreation

    503-823-5300 (office); 503-823-6634 (cell)

    Mark.ross@portlandoregon.gov

    Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

    portlandparks.org

    Amanda Fritz, Commissioner | Mike Abbaté, Director

    The City of Portland complies with all non‐discrimination Civil Rights laws including Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-858-9744, TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711 with requests, or visit http://bit.ly/13EWaCg

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  • May 25, 2017 3:27 PM | Shelley Shirley (Administrator)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2017

    Artist Crystal Schenk presents I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy at the Portland Building Installation Space, June 5 – June 30

    Portland, Ore – RACC is pleased to present a new work by sculptor and installation artist Crystal Schenk in the Installation Space located adjacent to the Portland Building lobby. I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy, opens June 5 and features an arresting sculpture that asks the viewer to look beyond their common understanding into the complexities of the mother/child relationship.

    Schenk’s project is an expansive ceramic piece recently completed during her artist residency at Leland Iron Works in Oregon City. The work consists of a field of rocks—each handmade with black clay—which are smooth and satiny, as if tumbled by the sea. Over these rocks large white porcelain barnacles appear to have fastened themselves. The center of the field reveals a sculpture of her three-year-old son, also made in black clay with barnacles growing on his body.

    “I like to let one material mimic and charade as another—as the process of discovery lends to an unfolding of understanding.” Schenk says. “Although some species of barnacle are parasitic, most are so harmless their hosts may not even notice them growing to cover their bodies. My relationship to my son has been similar. Starting as an almost unnoticeable seed in my body, he soon grew to take it over—and once on the outside he has been continuously attached to me, even now at three years old. This work was inspired by a moment while we were beachcombing, when he randomly told me, ‘Momma, I’m not a barnacle. I’m just a boy.’ The sculpture exposes my mixed emotions to being a parent, and my bond with this tiny being who is both autonomous and vaguely parasitic.”

    About the Artist: Crystal Schenk has a labor-intensive and detail-oriented way of working, in which craftsmanship and material choices play a large role. Her mediums vary as she relies on a combination of material meaning and personal/cultural iconography to build concept. Her work incorporates a wide range of skills, including welding, stained glass, woodworking, crochet, beading, and casting to name a few. Woven through what may initially appear as visually disparate works are common themes of class structure, heritage, and the fluctuating perceptions of memory.

    Schenk received an MFA from Portland State University in 2007, and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon and is an adjunct professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University. She was awarded the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2006, and was selected as the recipient of ISC’s residency program at Art-st-urban in Switzerland. In 2009 Art-st-urban awarded Schenk with the institution’s first Emerging Sculptor Award, and represented her at Art Basel in 2013 and Open 18 in Venice Italy in 2015. Locally, Schenk’s work was represented at the Oregon biennial, Portland 2010, and has been exhibited at Bullseye and Linfield galleries. This All Happened More or Less, a public art commission Schenk completed with Shelby Davis in SE Portland was recently recognized by Americans for the Arts one of 2014’s top public projects nationwide. www.crystalschenk.com  

    Meet the Artist: Join us for an opportunity to discuss I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy with Crystal Schenk in person at the Portland Building Installation Space on Thursday, June 8th at 4 PM. 

    Viewing Hours & Location The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy opens Monday, June 5 and runs through Friday, June 30. For more information on the Installation Space series go to www.racc.org/installationspace.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Crystal Schenk’s new installation I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy opens at the Portland Building June 5th.


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    The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through Work for Art; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools through The Right Brain Initiative. RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and is working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts. For more information visit racc.org.

    This press release can be found online at http://bit.ly/2qkYc62.

    MEDIA CONTACT: 

    Mary Bauer, Communications Associate

    Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

    411 NW Park, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209   

    503.823.5426, mbauer@racc.org

    racc.org | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

  • April 17, 2017 10:41 AM | Shelley Shirley (Administrator)

    Please join us for our fundraising luncheon to help those with intellectual disabilities enhance the community in which they live, learn, and earn.  The luncheon is Wednesday, May 31st from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club located at 1849 SW Salmon Street, Portland.  We look forward to you attending this great event that will impact lives.  Complimentary parking in garage. 

    Please RSVP by Friday, May 19th to Josie at 503-489-6569 or josies@alsoweb.org

    Here’s the link to our website:

    http://www.alsoweb.org/event/also-fundraising-luncheon/

    You can also check out our Facebook invite, too!


  • January 13, 2017 12:15 PM | Shelley Shirley (Administrator)

    Take time to understand the fundamentals of credit with Oregonians Credit Union.

    Your credit score informs lenders of how likely you are to pay back your loans. Having no credit or poor credit makes lenders less likely to loan to you, or to charge you a higher interest rate. This seminar will provide tools and information to save you money and reduce unnecessary financial stress. Join our Certified Financial Counselor, Julia Brown, as she breaks down the fundamentals of Credit.

    All are welcome. Bring your questions! Space is limited. Registration required: https://www.oregonianscu.com/new/index.htm#credit  

    Tuesday, February 7th | 6:00 PM
    Oregonians Credit Union: NE Portland Branch
    336 NE 20th Ave
    Portland, OR 97232

    Thursday, February 23rd | 6:00 PM
    Oregonians Credit Union: Gresham Branch
    247 E Powell Blvd
    Gresham, OR 97030

  • December 11, 2016 7:52 PM | Vanessa Basil

    Portland Chef Vanessa Basil has established a new company, Custom Cuisines LLC, (Custom Cuisines) to provide personal culinary services in-home using client-provided supplies and equipment.

    “This is not catering.” says Basil. “We do not have pre-set menus and we do not have delivery charges. Instead, we cook your food in your kitchen either with you or on our own.”

    Custom Cuisines provides individualized service to people who want help with mealtimes or special occasions. Relationships with their clients revolve around the clients’ food preferences, dietary needs, and physical limitations.

    This is a new and unique service in the Portland area. It is particularly valuable for people who are busy, home-bound, or hosting a special event at home.

    Custom Cuisines offers a free phone and in-home consultation. During the home visit, the chef and client discuss food and meal goals, assess the kitchen space, and develop a working plan for the service experience.

    Custom Cuisines is licensed and insured in the city of Portland. Chef Basil has fourteen years of commercial food preparation experience including multiple high volume and client focused locations. She started Custom Cuisines to bring her love of cooking directly into Portland homes while creating a more personalized culinary experience for the community.

    Further information is available at www.CustomCuisinesPDX.com

  • November 13, 2016 2:40 PM | Josie San Diego-Bowman
    ALSO – Infusion Gallery: Art Event & Fundraising Auction

    Come and experience works of art by a local artist in collaboration with our art students. Their works of art will be up for bid. There will also be amazing baskets to bid on! 

    Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 2:00-5:00 pm
    Embassy Suites Portland Airport
    7900 NE 82nd Ave
    Portland, OR 97220
    $40 per ticket 
    (complimentary wine, and hors d’oeuvres)

    Premier tables with exclusive treats:
    10 guest for $500
    5 guests for $250

    TICKETS AND TABLES AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.alsoweb.org/event/artevent

    Organizer: Victoria Meining | 503-489-6565 | ALSO

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