Also: Mediation training open to the public; Garden Home Library hosts a maker's lab.

COURTESY: FIDO'S - Fido's, a tap house that will help shelter dogs find homes, will open in Tigard next month.Mediation training open to the public

The City of Beaverton's Dispute Resolution Center is offering a 32-hour Basic Mediation Training to community members. The course will cover all aspects of the mediation process, including topics like conflict theories, mediation stages, active listening, and conflict-response styles.

The cost to participate is $250 and includes four eight-hour days of training that will be held on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26; Saturday, Jan. 27; Friday, Feb. 2; and Saturday, Feb. 3. Each class will occur at The Beaverton Building, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way.

The Basic Mediation Training is available to the public. Registration is required; visit to sign up.

Tigard tap house seeks dog shelters

Fido's, billed as the world's first dog tap house, is set to open in Tigard next month. Patrons will be able to drink craft beer while playing with shelter dogs, with the goal of rehoming these dogs to loving owners.

"I got the idea after visiting Purrington's Cat Café," said owner Scott Porter in a statement. "Cats and coffee are cool, but shelter dogs in a tap room! That would be incredible."

In addition to serving beer and helping to house shelter dogs, Fido's will donate a portion of profits to local rescue charities to help them tackle the national shelter dog challenge. According to the SPCA, about 670,000 dogs are euthanized annually due to overpopulation — over 12,000 per week.

Porter's goal is to make Fido's the premier corporate rescue charities donor in the United States. 501c3 god shelters are welcome to contact Porter about being on the roster for charitable giving. He can be reached 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., or 503-516-3144.

Fido's is located at 7700 S.E. Dartmouth St., No. 110, Tigard. Its grand opening celebration is planned for Monday, Feb. 12.

Garden Home library to host maker's lab

Families are invited to visit the Garden Home Community Library Annex from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, for the library's new monthly open maker's lab. There will be snap circuits, paper circuits, art supplies, and a button maker available for participants to play with and use.

If you are interested in having something printed on the 3D printer please contact the library at 503-245-9932 before the event. The library is creating a queue for print jobs so that they can be picked up at the open maker lab each month.

Blair Stenvick
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