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by: MARK HANSET - Southeast Portland Rotary presented a $5,000 grant to local nonprofit Raphael House at its February 24th meeting at Eastmoreland Golf Clubs clubhouse. Shown, at the presentation, from left, are Joel Fields, club Treasurer; David Tate, club President; Kathy Stromvig, past club President; Amanda Grebner of Raphael House; and Joe Amato, veteran club member and past President, who headed the club committee responsible for making the grant.Southeast Portland Rotary makes grant. For the second year, from the proceeds of its successful annual “Wreath Sale and Auction” in Woodstock, the Southeast Portland Rotary Club has elected to add to its grants by application to various Inner Southeast nonprofits a special major grant. Last year, such a grant bought a new stove for the “Meals On Wheels” kitchen at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Center Street; this year a $5,000 grant was made to assist in the services of 37-year-old local nonprofit Raphael House, which assists victims of domestic violence. Receiving the check at the club’s weekly Monday noon meeting at the Eastmoreland Golf Club clubhouse on February 24th was Amanda Grebner of Raphael House. Visitors are always welcome at the club’s weekly meetings; lunch is optional. How to get across what you need to say! Are people hearing what you’re saying? Accuracy in communication is not only the heart of news reporting, it is the key to successful advertising. The April speaker at the Association of Home Businesses meeting makes a business of both – BEE editor and general manager Eric Norberg – and he shares how to do it. The meeting is Thursday evening April 17, 6-9 pm, at SMILE Station, on the corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Open to all; $10 door charge covers the meeting and the buffet meal. RSVP requested for food planning; call Eric at 503/232-2326, or go online to: http://www.AHBoregon.org.

“Dick’s Kitchen” to open “paleo friendly diner” in Woodstock. The third “Dick’s Kitchen” diner is announced for the location across Woodstock Boulevard from the Woodstock Branch Library, where Green Zebra had originally planned a convenience store. When that plan was abandoned, Richard Satnik stepped up with his diner concept. Satnik also founded “Laughing Planet” restaurants, one of which is just west of that location on Woodstock Boulevard. Satnik reports that hamburgers will be on the menu – “By re-thinking the all-American favorite, the hamburger, and by using 100% grass-fed beef, we turn the tables on unhealthy fast-food and instead offer a meal that is higher in Omega 3’s, vitamins, and minerals than anything out there,” says Satnick. Also on the menu: Vegan Coconut Bliss “milkshakes” and air-baked “not-fries”, among many other things. Dick’s Kitchen purchased the site from Marc Gaudin, the founder and former owner of The Joinery. Dick’s Kitchen’s other two locations, already open, are at 704 N.W. 21st Avenue, and 3312 S.E. Belmont. A Woodstock grand opening date has not yet been announced. “Healing Hands Animal Massage” opens. Kim Schwartzenberger, CSAMP, announces, “Healing Hands Animal Massage is now accepting new clients. I am a certified Small Animal Massage Practitioner, and love working with animals. I came from a farm in North Dakota, so I have been working with animals my entire life.” As for why massage is beneficial for dogs and other animals: “Massage has many physical benefits. It can flush toxins out of the body, improve joint and muscle mobility, calm anxious and nervous animals, just to name a few things. Most animals are more comfortable in their home, so I am mobile to their needed location. I am also setting up a couple of locations where I will be available for those that want to transport their animals outside of their home; one is Pretty Paws & Claws Grooming on S.E. 13th Avenue. I combine massage and energy to help calm and heal the animals, and it has proven to be very effective.” Schwartzenberger can be reached at 503/951-7343, or via e-mail at: HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Woodstock Community Business Assn. elects Board. At its annual General Meeting on February 25th, the WCBA selected its Board for 2014. Elected were: Damon Philpot, Renee Mako, Eric Norberg, Cory Hansen, Gene Dieringer, Carol Uhte, Art Galego, Kevin Myers, Anita Carly, Ann Sanderson, and Gretchen Eichentopf. (The Woodstock Neighborhood Association has one seat on the Board as well, per the bylaws.) Then, at its first monthly meeting after that, the new Board selected its officers in a vote: Ann Sanderson of Odango Hair Design, President; Vice President, still open; Renee Mako of the Woodstock Veterinary Hospital, Treasurer; Eric Norberg of THE BEE, Secretary. These monthly meetings are open to all, and held on the second Tuesday of each month, 9:30-10:30 am, in the meeting room of the Woodstock Branch Library. Enter from the rear parking lot. WCBA is online at: http://www.woodstockbiz.com.

Southeast nonprofit thanks businesses for benefit. Nonprofit Zenger Farm’s fourth annual “Spring for Zenger” event, March 29-31, found Portland area-businesses donating a percentage of sales to Zenger Farm, and these proceeds will help grow the farm’s diverse education and food access programs. Some of the area businesses which participated included Grand Central Bakery, Pine State Biscuits, Bob’s Red Mill, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the Woodsman Tavern, and Naomi's Organic Farm Supply.

For more information and a complete list of participants, go online to: http://www.zengerfarm.org/spring-for-zenger. New alternative medicine clinic opens in Woodstock. “GreenThumb Natural Medicine, LLC” opened in March at 6542 S.E. 50th Avenue by Karen R. Peterson ND, Lac – naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist. She explains, “We utilize acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, bodywork, and functional laboratory analysis to customize treatments to the individual needs and goals of each patient.” The telephone number is 503/774-2857, and it’s online at: http://www.greenthumbnaturalmedicine.com.

Talk on “Women and Investing” in Westmoreland. The Edward Jones Financial Services office across from QFC Market and next door to Philadelphia’s and Bank of America in Westmoreland is sponsoring a free seminar on “Women and Investing” from noon until 1 pm on May 6th, at the Iron Horse Restaurant, 6024 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue,

presented by Cate M. Nied of Federated Securities Corp. Topics include: Understanding the risks for women investors – why they’re different; the basics of stock, bond, cash and mutual fund investing; and simple financial strategies that can make a difference for your future. To register for this free seminar, or for more information, call Roxanne at 503/232-1747. Call early; seating is limited. First anniversary for Sellwood’s “Forge”. Oaks Bottom Forge, a blacksmith shop on S.E. 17th in Sellwood, celebrated its anniversary on March 20th. Whitney Mount of the shop advises that they lit their “first fire on the equinox last year, when the shop still had remnants of construction and a skeleton crew. Now, display cases full of beautifully hand forged knives line the walls of the shop and blacksmithing students fill the front rooms learning the old-world crafts.” Oaks Bottom Forge was started by Pat Wojciechowski and a small group of local craftsmen, with the intention to create knives in the old-world way – with hammer, anvil, and charcoal burning forge – and also to pass along the craft to future generations. The shop is located at 8236 S.E. 17th Avenue, next door to Video Lair. Windermere Moreland office honors top Brokers. “What is inspiring about these Brokers is their ability to excel in a tough real estate market and implement creative solutions that get results for their clients,” said Joan Allen, Co-Owner of Windermere Kronin and Caplan Real Estate. There were two top 2013 brokers from the Southeast Portland office on Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. One was Linda Skeele: “She has been a top producer at the Windermere Moreland office for the past 11 years. Linda is a director, board member and participant in the Windermere Premier Homes Program, which provides support and mentoring to brokers serving not just clients with homes of distinction, but all clients.” The other was Robin Springer, who “brings 10 years of experience as a litigator. Her work as an attorney revolved around helping others, acting in a proactive manner and assisting clients through challenging issues. Today as a Broker, she brings that same skill and dedication to assist clients with buying and/or selling a home. Robin is very knowledgeable about the Portland market and all of the ins-and-outs of real estate transactions in general.”

Two local artists featured at Sellwood gallery. Maureen Herndon and Grace Sanchez will be showing at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood this month. For the exhibit, both artists have used collage as their primary medium of expression. Herndon’s pieces are typically small in scale and meticulously presented. Sanchez will be showing some large paintings in addition to her smaller works. The show runs from April 2 through 27, with a First Friday reception on April , 6-9 pm, and the Artists’ Reception two days later, 2-4 pm. 12x16 Gallery is situated at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5, and is open Thursdays through Sundays 11-5. It’s online at: http://www.12x16gallery.com

“Honest One Auto Care” reports improvement. The Stark Street location of the local chain “Honest-1 Auto Care” has been awarded the company's Award of Excellence for their contribution to improvements in customer service, operations sales growth of 28%, and a top quality level of service. According store representative Barry Cade, the key to their success in 2013 was that they added staff which allowed them to focus more on customer service and create better efficiency, while Scott Siedel joined the Stark team in early 2013, and “was instrumental in helping to turn the place around”. The group has several locations in Inner Southeast Portland and Milwaukie.

New salon on Woodstock Boulevard. Teresa Lytle advises that she has opened “Miss Teriss Nails, Spa & Hair Design” in Woodstock Tan, just west of the Fenders Moto Café and Brewpub. She observes that she is following in her mother’s footsteps as a hairdresser, and has owned several hair salons, but now is “getting behind the chair” herself, and “this time doing it all, as a fully licensed cosmetologist”. Services include haircuts, professional color services, styles, certified in hair extensions, all nail services, body waxing for both men and women, facials, eye treatments, and custom airbrush tanning. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 am to 8 pm, and Sundays and Mondays by appointment. For appointment or information, call 503/347-1733.