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Robb Hatley, veteran fee-only financial planner, has tips to help home businesspersons plan retirement.Speaker at AHB meeting tells how "yes, you CAN retire": Professional fee-only financial planner Robb Hatley, a longtime member of the Association of Home Businesses, provides tips to home businesspeople and the self-employed on what they need to know about financial planning for retirement (and, expect a lively discussion of what retirement is, as we all have different visions of our own retirement). The talk will encompass: Social Security, Investments, your home, your business, health and long-term care, and legacy planning. That's at the Association of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood on Thursday, October 19. The meeting runs 6-9 p.m., with the presentation starting after the buffet supper, at around 7:30 p.m. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome, and newcomers pay only the $10 members' door fee for the meal, the networking, and the presentation. RSVP requested for meal preparation; call 503/232-2326. Meetings are at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street. More information available online –

Sellwood's "Skybox" sold; to become "Moreland Ale House": Via an OLCC application, it's revealed that Denric, Inc., has sold the prominent Inner Southeast sports tavern "The Skybox" at 7981 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, at 17th, to B&G Hospitality, LLC, whose principals are Steven Burns and Benjamin Gilmer – and that the name of the business will be changed to "Moreland Ale House", still open seven days a week. Gilmer will also be the manager. The property is owned by Dennis Vigna, of S.E. 110th Avenue.

Massage Therapist moves from Sellwood to Westmoreland: Shea Michelle, LMT, advised friends and clients that she moved, in the first week of September, from her longtime location on S.E. 13th in Sellwood: "With all the changes occurring in our neighborhood, and after 15 years in the amazing Pilates studio on 13th Avenue, I have decided to relocate my practice by joining another massage therapist and two acupuncturists just one block south of Bybee on Milwaukie Avenue. The new address, with designated parking, is 7048 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue."

Shown are the John L. Scott Woodstock agents who volunteered to cook on August 29 at the nonprofit Ronald McDonald House. Front row, from left: Trisha Highland, Lisa Smillie, and Michelle Maida; back row, from left: Anthony Carnivale, Claudie Smith, and Alex Roy.Real estate agents serve charity Greek dinner: On Tuesday night, August 29, 2017, six agents from John L. Scott's Woodstock office volunteered to cook a Greek dinner at the Northeast Portland Ronald McDonald House. They do this twice a year to help out the families and children there. They report that they had a great time meeting the families, cooking Greek food together, and said they were happy to support such a worthy charity.

"12x16 Gallery" in Sellwood announces closure: Cary Doucette, Founder and Director of Sellwood's "12x16 Gallery" announced on September 12 that the gallery of local artists will close for good at the end of this December's exhibition. "We would like to thank the countless guest artists, loyal supporters, and "friends of the gallery" for making the past twelve years possible. We are not going away. Our members and guest artists will continue to create art, show in other venues, and create new spaces. We ask for your continued support through the end of the year and for our members and guest artists in their future endeavors." The October exhibition will feature works by Kelly Saxton and Judy Lee Vogland, October 5 through 29. The First Friday Reception will be October 6, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists' Reception will be Sunday October 8, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5. The telephone number is 503/432-3513, and the website is:

Inner Southeast author publishes second book: Local author Deni Starr has just released her second book, "Sucker Punched", in the "Sean O'Conner, Cindy Matazar" series of contemporary mystery fiction set in Portland – each of which features a boxing theme. It, and the first book, "Below the Belt", are available from Amazon – or in hardcopy at Wallace Books on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Starr tells THE BEE, "Denizens of Sellwood who patronize The Bertie Lou coffee shop will find it and other Portland landmarks featured in the series."

Sellwood Pet Supply announces dog training class: A training class, limited to six dogs, will begin on Saturday, October 14, 6:30 p.m., at Sellwood Pet Supply, 8334 S.E. 17th Avenue. The "rigorous, hour-long class" starts at the store but will migrate around the community and parks. Each six-week class session is $175 per dog, and a deposit is needed to hold your space. Children are welcome to participate.

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