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Portland computer guru Kelly Kindrick speaks this month at AHB in Sellwood.Assn. of Home Businesses hears "ups and downs of opening a storefront": AHB member and computer guru Kelly Kindrick details his personal experiences, and lessons learned, in his journey from a home business to a storefront back to a home business again. The meeting includes dinner, and will be held on the evening of May 17 – 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 members' 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:

Spring shows downtown for Sellwood's Classical Ballet Academy: Every spring, Classical Ballet Academy in Sellwood presents multiple performances of two shows in late May featuring its pre-professional students at Portland State University, in Lincoln Hall. This year, "Visions" – described as a "contemporary, modern, jazz, fusion, and hip hop showcase" – will be presented at 8 p.m. on May 25 and at 1 p.m. two days later, on May 27. "Sleeping Beauty" a ballet for the entire family, will be performed on May 26 at 2 and 6 p.m., and at 5 p.m. on May 27. All tickets are sold through the PSU ticket box office – online at or by phone at 503/725-3307 – at $25 for adults 18+, $19 for seniors (65+) and youths (age 10-17), and $14 for ages 2 through 9.

Reed neighborhood auto garage gets recognition: The Green Drop Garage car repair shop, on S.E. 28th just south of Holgate Boulevard, announces that it has achieved the "Sustainability at Work" gold certification, "and is recognized for its leadership helping make Portland one of the most sustainable cities in the country." To earn the honor, Green Drop Garage completed 45 actions to benefit our local community and our environment, which were verified during an onsite visit with a Sustainability at Work Advisor. "Being green is part of our DNA. We consider the impact of every decision we make whether it's regarding services we provide for our clients or own actions," says Farhad Ghafarzade, founder of Green Drop Garage. "That's why we offer bike or smart car loaners, and harvest rainwater for the restrooms. We also present fun events for customers like a sustainability tour at Hopworks Brewery and bike-in movie nights to further encourage our neighbors keep a sustainable mindset. We're 100 percent committed to reducing environmental impact both in the garage and in the community."

Shown, from left, are some of the John L. Scott Woodstock agents who prepared dinner on March 20 at the Legacy Emmanual Ronald McDonald house: Georgia Sohlstrom, Amanda Schueler, Michelle Maida, Angel Drinkwine, and Alex Roy.Charitable dinner prepared by Woodstock real estate agents: Agents from the Woodstock office John L Scott Real Estate volunteered to cook dinner for the families housed at the Ronald McDonald house at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital on March 20th. Lodging and meals are free to families lodged there while their children are treated at the hospital. The evening's menu included Chicken Souvlaki, rice pilaf, brown rice, Greek salad, tzatziki, hummus, pita bread, and cupcakes.

Eastmoreland Racquet Club reopens as upgraded Sports Club: What has been known as the Eastmoreland Racquet Club has been completely renovated and expanded, with facilities for more sports and activities, and a membership policy. According to its website, "The Eastmoreland Sports Club is operated by Portland City United Soccer Club, with Portland Futsal as an Anchor Tenant. We are committed to providing a quality, safe, and fun environment for all ages." Upgrades include new on-court netting, an updated snack bar, and updated lounge area, improved gym equipment, new weight and cardio room, an updated outdoor swimming pool, and an outdoor turf soccer field. The location is 3015 S.E. Berkeley Place just north of S.E. Tacoma Street, at the east end of the Tacoma overcrossing above McLoughlin Boulevard. Club hours on weekdays are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on weekends 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tours of the facilities are invited; call 503/653-0820 to arrange one. The website is:

News of past Westmoreland merchants: Inner Southeast historian Eileen G. Fitzsimons tells THE BEE she "Received a letter from Rob and Cathy Blakeslee, who had the great frame shop next to the Westmorland Ace Hardware store. Their lease was not renewed, (and the property has remained unused since they closed in December of 2016). However, all is well. They sold their house (more quickly than they anticipated) and moved to Lincoln City, where they are very happy."

Open House at Woodstock's Homestead Schoolhouse: The Cronen-family-owned Homestead Schoolhouse in Woodstock announces an Open House at both its locations on Tuesday, May 8th, 4-6 p.m., and will be registering preschool ages 2½ to 5. The primary Schoolhouse address is 4121 S.E. Woodstock (across from Otto's). The Homestead Annex is at 4033 S.E. Woodstock, in All Saints. Open to all interested in meeting the teachers and seeing the space youngsters are learning in.

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