Southeast student named 100,000th served by "JA BizTown": Southeast Portland resident Minh-Thuy, a student at Marysville Elementary School south of Holgate Boulevard west of 82nd Avenue of Roses, was the 100,000 student to be served by Junior Achievement "BizTown" in Portland. Michelle Weisenbach, president of KeyBank of Oregon and Southwest Washington, was on hand to congratulate the "acting CEO" of KeyBank, fifth grader Minh-Thuy, who had interviewed and applied for the "CEO" role in the classroom. "BizTown" is an indoor city in the new Junior Achievement building on Foster Road. Students learn business skills in the hands-on program, and when they arrive each day, they have their choice of community workplaces in which to work: The bank, the newspaper, the television station, retail stores, a café, and even a simulated City Hall, where a Mayor elected by her or his peers governs for the day. JA BizTown in Portland sees 13,000 students come through the program each year.
Sellwood's "Meditation for Regular People" adds class: "Meditation for Regular People" opened as an all-meditation studio in August at 8236 S.E. 17th Avenue, and has been attracting people "who are looking to start a meditation practice or join group meditations". Melissa Mattern tells THE BEE, "Many of the students were intimidated by the mystery of meditation, or curious about the benefits. The studio has brought people together from all age groups and all experience levels, and formed a unique community. Many students have been asking for some light stretching classes that would incorporate movement into meditation. Dana Lawrence, a Sellwood resident, has joined the teaching staff and brings her signature class, 'Renew'. It's an hour of gentle stretching, with a 15 minute meditation incorporated. Dana has practiced yoga 15 years, and it has been her dream to bring a stretch and meditation class to the area. Her style is approachable and fun, and she takes time to work with each student individually." Cost is $10 per class. For more information, go online – www.Meditation4RegularPeople.com
Millennial entrepreneur recounts frugal path to financial stability: The speaker at January's dinner meeting of the Association of Home Businesses is Deirdre Morrison, who will describe how the path to financial independence for the millennial individual requires ingenuity and grit. After 10 years working as a massage therapist and still paying education debt, she decided to reassess career and try to stabilize her income. Come to the meeting and find out how she's done it. The Association of Home Businesses meets on the third Thursday evening of each month at SMILE Station in Sellwood at 6 p.m. for three hours of camaraderie, networking, a buffet supper, and an interesting and relevant speaker. In January, that's the 17th. The dinner in January features "Breakfast for Dinner", this year presenting the meal that's as fun and entertaining as it is tasty – Sheldon Penner and his amazing pancake machine! Whether you're a home businessperson or not, you're welcome to attend. Door fee of $10 covers it all. RSVP requested for each attendee for meal planning. Call 503/232-2326 to RSVP. More information on the group is online – www.AHBoregon.org