Eastmoreland author publishes biography: Author Jeffrey Levy of Eastmoreland advises that he will be publishing in July a biography of Joyce Cohen, whom he describes as, "a major legislative force in Oregon once known fondly as 'the smiling barracuda'." Her district covered a number of communities in western Oregon. He continues, "What is extraordinary in her story is her strength and courage in overcoming obstacles. I, along with everyone interviewed for the book, have called her 'the strongest person I have ever met'. Yet, Joyce's story is about using her energy to serve others, and her memoir is about developing a larger purpose, learning how to focus intently, and putting in the practice to make an effective lift. When I met Joyce, who is paralyzed on the left side, practicing TaiChi, I knew there was a life story worth sharing in these challenging times." Levy's book is entitled, "Purpose, Focus, and Practice: The Lessons and Legislation of Joyce Cohen". The book is scheduled for release on July 5, distributed through Ingram, available through local bookstores, including Wallace Books on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, as well as online through Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.
BEE correspondent wins Multnomah County Fair "Spirit" Award: BEE news correspondent David F. Ashton has many skills and talents: Radio broadcaster, TV producer, award-winning photographer, trademark research expert, newsman, and professional magician, among them – as a magician, David has performed at the renowned Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Larry Smith, President of the nonprofit Friends of the Multnomah County Fair Board, announces that a ten-minute video of an old-time magic act which David performed for the Multnomah County Fair Virtual Talent Show in late May has received the fair's 2021 Spirit Award, and is now posted on the fair's website, http://www.multcofair.org. It may also be viewed directly at this YouTube link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65N3FVvxQ-g
Noted photographer moves to Sellwood: Tonita Cervantes, an experienced documentary photographer formerly based in the San Francisco area, moved to Sellwood last December – coming here, she says, because of our immediate access to nature and the mountains and countryside, because of elements of Portland's lifestyle, and because "Portland is more affordable to live in than the Bay Area". She tells THE BEE that she is part of an "indigenous photographers" exhibition at the renowned Griffin Museum of Photography in Winston, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. (Learn more about that online at – http://www.lenscratch.com/2021/06/spirit). You can view the work of Toni herself, on her own website – http://www.cervantesnomad.photography
Portland Bottle Shop in Sellwood celebrates ten years: On June 14, Sellwood's Portland Bottle Shop celebrated its 10th anniversary – and for owners Emily and Travis Motter, life looks much different now than it did on opening day in June 2011. For one thing, the Motters now have two children. In addition, the Bottle Shop has doubled in size, with a supportive and creative staff. And the business has weathered a global pandemic while planning to add a new location, in collaboration with Upright Brewing, in North Portland. "It's been a wild ten years," Travis Motter reflects. "It's always been a dream of mine to open a shop that serves easy eating food and great wine in an approachable way, but I could never have imagined the overwhelming support we have received from our community." Emily Motter chimes in, "This business has been more than just a job for us. Over the last ten years, our customers have become family. There have been proposals and weddings. Babies born, kids growing up, folks moving away, and others moving in. It has been an amazing ride, and we look forward to the next ten years." The Portland Bottle Shop is open seven days a week at 7960 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. For menu and more information, go online – http://www.pdxbottleshop.com
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