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Business Consultant Jason Stein returns to AHB by request for a program called Its All in the Asking on January 18 at SMILE Station in Sellwood. Assn. of Home Businesses features Jason Stein and breakfast for dinner: The annual "Breakfast For Dinner" meeting of AHB will feature Jason Stein, Business Coach and Consultant, speaking on "It's All in the Asking – an Entrepreneur's Guide to More Collaboration, Clients, and Cash." That talk, and the usual networking and meal, are all part of the January monthly meeting of the nonprofit business association for those who work from home, the 25-year-old Portland-area "Association of Home Businesses". The meeting will be held on the evening of January 18 – it's always the third Thursday of the month – 6-9 p.m., at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, one block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Guests pay the member's door fee of $10, which includes the buffet supper. Call 503/232-2326 to RSVP, please, for meal planning; include any food restrictions. More information online at:

Wells Fargo out, and OnPoint in: The closing of the Wells Fargo branch in the Woodstock Safeway Store, at 4515 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, was seen as an opportunity by OnPoint Community Credit Union, formerly known as Portland Teachers – and, on December 8, OnPoint opened its newest branch in the same space. This branch augments the service to Inner Southeast that it has offered in Sellwood at S.E. 13th and Tacoma Street. The new Woodstock branch hosted a grand opening celebration on December 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on OnPoint, including career opportunities, go online –

Larry (left) and Ken Haynes grew up in Brooklyn and still make music recorded there; this photo was taken for their new album, Devices. Inner Southeast brothers release new album: Ken Haynes and his younger brother, Larry, grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood, attending both Sacred Heart Elementary and Cleveland High School; both still reside in Portland. Both make music and release record albums – the latest of which emerged in the first week of December. Ken tells THE BEE, "I have called Eastmoreland home since 1971. I started writing and performing folk rock in the '70s, while Larry went into rock music in the '80's. We both started to play and write together a few years ago, which led to our first album release in 2012. We hope to start performing at a few small venues in the future, and we are already working on material for the next album. Our new album is entitled 'Devices'; it carries on our acoustic folk pop tradition. Our last two albums were 'Acoustic Avenue', released in 2012, and 'It's All Relative', released in 2015. All three albums can be previewed on iTunes, CDbaby, Amazon, Spotify, Napster, and, as well as on our website,". They invite you to listen.

Last show held at "12x16 Gallery" in Sellwood: Founding members Israel Hughes and Lee Ann Slawson exhibited new works at the "12x16 Gallery" from November 30 through December 17 in Sellwood. Hughes and Slawson, an art couple, were the last artists to show, as the Gallery closed its doors on December 17 after twelve years. Founder and Director Cary Doucette announced, "On behalf of our current and former members, 12x16 Gallery has closed for good on December 17. 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 for our members in their future endeavors. It has been a pleasure. Thank you."

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