The Business Briefs -- news items about what's going on in the Southeast business community

The speaker at the July AHB meeting is personal time-management expert Florence Gerber, wholl show how you can make more time for yourself while still taking care of business."Get a life, as well as a business!" Time Management, at AHB meeting: The speaker at the July meeting of "The Association of Home Businesses" is Florence Gerber, MBA, of Organizers Northwest. "Want more time during your day to do other things than business? If so, this is the workshop for you. Attendees will identify time-consuming tasks in their lives, learn improvement opportunities, and create a plan to reduce the time to do them." Take time to attend AHB this month! The nonprofit association 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 July, 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 –

Rose City Coffee announces meeting of HOCUS, with readings: Brooklyn's Rose City Coffee, at 3370 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, will be hosting a meeting of the local HOCUS writers group – with readings on the theme of "Rites and Rituals" 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening, July 17. Open to the public. "Expect some mingling with fellow readers and writers, some revelatory readings, and a ceremonial Burning of the Rejection Slip." Learn more about HOCUS online –

A broker from the Windermere Moreland office on S.E. Bybee Boulevard volunteers at Gilbert Park School.Windermere brokers in school cleanup project: Brokers from Windermere Realty Trust's Westmoreland office took the day off from showing houses on Friday, June 7, to spend the day volunteering at Gilbert Park SUN Community School – helping organize, and assisting with onsite gardening. It was part of the 35th annual companywide Community Service Day.

Ardenwald gets a farm stand: Thompson Farms, based in Damascus, Oregon, is selling a seasonal selection of local and organic produce two days a week in the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek neighborhood starting on June 18th, continuing through September. The farm stand is located at 32nd Avenue and Wake Street, in the "Lisac's Fireplaces" parking lot, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Westmoreland Dairy Queen to be replaced by a bank: Many in Westmoreland have been disappointed to learn that the owner of the property on which the community's only family fast food restaurant sits, the venerable the Dairy Queen at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Tolman Street, has filed for permits to convert the property into a Chase Bank branch. No date has yet been announced for the closing of the Dairy Queen. Foster Area Tasting Tour hosted by FABA on July 20: From 2 until 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, it's a "family-friendly Tasting Tour", hosted by the Foster Area Business Association (FABA). During the tour you can try everything from booze to board games. Start out at any of the participating businesses, pick up your passport book, and start tasting! Go to the Tasting Tour event webpage for details – – Not only will you get a raffle entry for collecting your secret letter, you can also win prizes by filling up your Tasting Tour passport! Various Locations on S.E. Foster Road, between Powell Boulevard and 82nd Avenue.

New book by a Sellwood resident. "Vintage Trailer Guide" published by Sellwood author: Bob Thompson is a 27-year Sellwood resident, describes himself as "a longtime BEE reader", and he reports he has recently completed a book five years in the making entitled "The Illustrated Field Guide to Vintage Trailers" with co-author Carl Jameson. He reports that research for the book included multiple trips to Elkhart, Indiana, as well as visits to vintage trailer rallies up and down the West Coast. "The book is an A-to-Z compendium of the most information on manufacturers and models, which tips on how to identify them and detailed history and factoids. The publisher immediately loved the idea and we were off to the races to produce the 320-page field guide. It was officially released in February this year, and has been so well-received that it is already in a second printing, plus we've been getting great reviews from trailer lovers who have been waiting for something complete and informative." Available at bookstores; and on Amazon –

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