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A professional web and video game designer, Ben Martinez-Bateman helps you understand what to ask for - or to do - on the web, and will answer your web questions, at the AHB meeting in Sellwood on April 18."Web Development and You" – Terminology, Concepts, Best Practices: The presenter is Ben Martinez-Bateman – born and raised in Oregon, to which he has returned after taking a detour to Southern California to get a degree in Film Production and work in video game localization. This presentation will help you develop the language and understanding needed to communicate with and evaluate contractors for web work – or, to help you jump-start your own journey into hands-on web development. Questions about anything web-related will be welcome during the Q&A session. AHB 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 April, that's the 18th. 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 –

Big grant made to Southeast's Warner Pacific University: Warner Pacific University, on S.E. Division Street west of 82nd Avenue, reports that its Nursing Program has received a $350,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to furnish the University's new simulation-based learning labs. The purpose of the learning labs is to simulate complex and nuanced health care scenarios using state of the art equipment in a way that allows students to practice realistic patient care in a controlled environment. In pre-licensure nursing programs, simulated learning can substitute for up to 50 percent of traditional clinical experience. A "high fidelity" simulation decreases the fears many new nursing students have of failing with live patients, according to Dr. Linda Campbell, Dean of Nursing at Warner Pacific University. Warner Pacific received this grant, in part, due to the University's success in serving students from diverse backgrounds.

Professional college counselor offers free info: On Sunday, April 14, 3-4 p.m., college counselor Jody Bothe presents a free local talk – "8 Mistakes to Avoid when Navigating the College Admissions Process". She bills it as "an interactive workshop to start students and parents along the path of college discovery and general navigation of this exciting and often overwhelming phase in a student's life." Q&A follows. If you'd like to attend, RSVP, and request details, at – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or, call 503/679-2777.

April Sellwood exhibition honors "Photo Month": Roll-Up Gallery, 1715 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, announces its April exhibition, "Quadraphotique", presenting the work of four women photographers: Heidi Kirkpatrick, Anna Daedalus, Jayna Conkey, and Jan Cook. In conjunction with Portland Photo Month, the exhibit features Heidi Kirkpatrick's deep Prussian blue cyantypes on vintage clothing; Jan Cook's photograms of distinctive lightbulbs, altered with chromoskedasic painting; Jayna Conkey's Withdrawn series, embodying the twin responses of censorship and voyeurism; and Anna Daedalus's Enfolded series, mimicking the sheltering concavity of riparian wetlands." The showing runs from April 5 through the 27th, with the opening reception on Friday, April 5, 5-9 p.m. Otherwise, the gallery is open for viewing Fridays and Saturdays noon until five each week (and by appointment). For information, call 503/267-5835; online at –

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