Reserve booth for Florence Festival of Books
The Florence Festival of Books planning committee is gearing up for the festival to be held Sept. 29 at Florence Events Center in Florence, Oregon. Authors and publishers are invited to apply for the 75 booth spaces available.
Though the deadline is Sept. 1, in past years it has taken only about one month to fill; applications have been accepted since June 11.
New York Times best-selling author Amy Stewart will be the keynote speaker at 7 p.m. , Friday Sept. 28. She is author of "Girl Waits With Gun" (a novel based on the true story of one of the first female deputy sheriffs in the country) and the non-fiction book, "The Drunken Botanist."
The festival's book fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. To learn more and apply visit florencefestivalofbooks.org or call 541-997-1994.
Irving Street Kitchen partners with p:ear
Irving Street Kitchen, located in Portland's Pearl District, led by Chef Sarah Schafer, has embarked on a new partnership with p:ear, a Portland-based mentorship program focusing on building positive relationships with 15 to 25 year old homeless and transitional youth through education, arts and recreation.
Since 2002, p:ear has mentored more than 5,000 youth and provided over 308,000 hours of healthy, engaging and nurturing programs including individualized mentorship, educational programs that support youth in pursuing their GED and high school diplomas, and fundamental performative and visual art workshops. In addition to these, p:ear has found another way to keep homeless youth in their safe space while fostering a nurturing community — a Kitchen and Food Program which offers two fresh, nutritious meals per day for youth and provides them the opportunity to create and share food with other students, staff and volunteers.
Under the direction of p:ear Founder Joy Cartier, Chef Schafer and her team are joining the initiative's lunch program where two to five of Irving Street Kitchen's staff will prepare and deliver lunches for 60 of p:ear's students every day.
Nicoletta + Beppes closes
Nicoletta + Beppes, an offshoot of Nicoletta's Table in Lake Oswego, closed July 18 due to lease negotiations, according to a press release. The restaurant opened a little more than a year ago in the Pearl District, following the closure of Bellino Trattoria.
Nicoletta's Table and Nicoletta's Caffe at the Oregon College of Art and Craft remain open.
Palisades Marketplace announces promotions
Palisades Marketplace in Lake Oswego promoted several employees earlier this summer. Peter Sollom is now the store director; Justin Brice is the grocery manager; Mejra Jusupovic is the new deli manager and Holly Goble has been named the floral manager.
The store is located at 1377 McVey Blvd. in Lake Oswego.
Rudnick joins Cascade Behavioral Healthcare
Jim Rudnick of West Linn has been named information officer for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. He will oversee the nonprofit's information technology and administrative support departments.
Rudnick's career includes more than 20 years as an information technology executive and management consultant with both start-ups and agent-of-change leadership within established organizations. Prior to joining Cascadia he served as CIO of Navos, a community behavioral health nonprofit serving the King County, Wash. area.
He also worked as IT Infrastructure Services Director at Standard Financial Group, a HIPPA regulated mid-cap insurance and financial services company.
Zoo welcomes new board members
Five new members have joined the Oregon Zoo Foundation's board of directors. Attorney and animal advocate Michaell Bragg, president of Portland Community College's North Portland Campus Dr. Karin Edwards, disability insurance executive Jeremy Horner, development expert and animal enthusiast Nancy Jo Visenberg and retired hospital administrator and zoo volunter Barbara Wegner were elected to the OZF board in June and are ready to jump into the foundation's many projects in support of the Oregon Zoo.