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Here are short news items about things going on in business, in the Inner Southeast area

Speaking at the May AHB meeting to explain credit unions, their benefits and how they work, is Tara Cunningham of OnPoint. Taras in the middle; with her are assistants Trisha at left and Jaimee at right."Advantages to home businesspeople in banking with a credit union": The presenter is Tara Cunningham, Sellwood Branch Manager of OnPoint Community Credit Union. She plans on explaining benefits credit union offers to business – account types, loan types, and online banking for businesses, and the benefits of Group Banking for businesses (discounts on loans in increased on deposit rates). If you have questions about how these nonprofit financial institutions work, bring them to the meeting! 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 May, that's the 16th. 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

Portland Memorial's Memorial Day observance is May 27: 118-year-old Wilhelm's Portland Memorial will again be hosting a public observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be free refreshments, music by the Newport Nightingales, swing dancers, speakers, and a Scottish Bag Piper. After the ceremony, a special guided tour of the historic Portland Memorial Mausoleum will be offered "to those interested in seeing a major part of Portland's history". The public is invited to this free celebration, at 6705 S.E. 14th Avenue, just north of Bybee Boulevard.

Sellwood's Classical Ballet Academy to present "Cinderella" and "Visions": Sellwood's Classical Ballet Academy, May 23rd through the 26th, presents four shows of "Cinderella" and two performance of "Visions". These full-scale productions will take the stage at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 S.W. Park Avenue, downtown. "'Cinderella' is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. 'Visions' is a contemporary, modern, jazz, and fusion showcase. It's high-energy and exciting. Dancers at CBA have gone onto professional careers and are consistently recognized in the professional and pre-professional dance world for their superior training, artistry and dedication." "Visions" plays May 23-24 at 8 p.m.; "Cinderella" is offered May 25 at 2 and 6 p.m., and May 26 at 1 and 5 p.m. All tickets sold through PSU ticket box office – www.pdx.edu/boxoffice/home – or call 503/725-3307.

PGE opens new electric-car charging station: The latest Portland General Electric electric vehicle charging station convenient to Southeast Portland opened on Saturday, April 6, on McLoughlin Boulevard in downtown Milwaukie. The opening ceremony that day lasted five hours and included opportunities, for those who had not tried it yet, of driving an electric car. The new charging station is situated at 10834 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, at the intersection of McLoughlin (Highway 99E) and S.E. Jackson Street. New "Vintage Kids" space opens at Red Fox Vintage: Moana Rogerson tells THE BEE that she is a longtime Woodstock resident and mom and has opened a "Vintage Kids" vendor space at Red Fox Vintage, on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 46th, just across the street from both Safeway and New Seasons. "And almost everything in the space is well under $20. These clothes are recycled and were made to last; the clothes are cute and well made, and your kids look unique and adorable in vintage threads." Red Fox is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

ERIC NORBERG - Past Rotary District Governor Mike Caruso, left, presented Southeast Portland Rotary its plaque officially recognizing it as a Peacebuilder Club, on April 1 in Westmoreland. Accepting for the club was its Treasurer and Past President, John Ellis.Southeast Portland Rotary joins peace initiative: There are some 23,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, in most countries of the world, and for over fifty years Southeast Portland Rotary has been one of them – and still is. But the local club has put a bit more on its plate, becoming in March one of the first 120 "Rotary Peacebuilder Clubs" in the world as well. On April 1 the local Chair of this subgroup, former District Governor for the Oregon-Washington "District 5100", Mike Caruso visited the local club to present its official recognition plaque as a "Peacebulder Club". The local business and community service club thus adds more international service. Southeast Portland Rotary meets Monday noons in the community room of Moreland Presbyterian Church, and is always open to the public – accessed from the parking lot on the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 19th Avenue. The meetings include lunch by Laurie Austin. For more, go online – www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com]

Two dancers from Southeast Portland perform in Portland Ballet show: The Portland Ballet's production of "Current/Classic", a mixed-repertoire program of contemporary and classical pieces, on May 10 and 11 at Lincoln Performance Hall at Portland State University, will showcase the academy's advanced company dancers, two of whom are residents of Inner Southeast Portland. One is Finnian Olson, a freshman at Portland Community College, who is in his third year at The Portland Ballet, where he is a pre-professional in the Career Track program. The other is Trevor Moss, an eighth grader at Riverdale Grade School, is also in his third year at The Portland Ballet. For more information about the show, for which tickets start as low as $10, go online – www.theportlandballet.org – or call 503/750-3157.

New outdoor "Urban Nursery" space at Milieu Collective: Milieu Storefront, a collective that hosts 7 shops at 8012 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, has been open for just over a year. "Roots of Joy" recently joined the collective, according to Roots of Joy owner Alison Lopakka Joy, who describes herself as an "urban flower farmer". She "grows flowers from seed in the garage" and loves floral design. While getting her floral design business off the ground, she supplements with house plants, and "has now evolved into the driveway space" where she specializes in selling mostly perennials – vines, natives, shade-loving plants, and lots of flowering beauties. "Weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly bouquet subscriptions available – as well as flowers for all your events, big and small." Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 12-5. "However, during the peak season, Roots of Joy will open the gate earlier on the weekends." Call 503/860-9402 for more information, or go online – www.rootsofjoypdx.com

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