Reed Neighborhood artist offers exhibit in driveway: Longtime sketch and paint artist Cary Sneider is a full-time science educator, and until recently he only painted during vacations, using watercolors "since they were easy to pack". However, that changed during the pandemic, with a lot more time at home. His latest paintings, "Lost Year of Flight," were inspired by images that he's seen from "his preferred window seat during dozens of flights around the country over the past 30 years". Sneider studied with artists Ed Mayo of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Jack Jones, of Rockport, Massachusetts. His work was displayed from 2014-2016 at the 4th Street Gallery in Manzanita, Oregon.
Sneider's new oil paintings, watercolors, and pastels will be on display in Cary's driveway for safe outdoor viewing at 3834 S.E. Steele Street on Sunday, August 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is unclear whether any are for sale, but if you are particularly interested in one, you might inquire.
Advantis Credit Union breaks ground for new headquarters: Advantis Credit Union is consolidating three administrative sites into one location in Oregon City, after the nonprofit banking organization sold its previous north Milwaukie headquarters to the city for $6.5 million in June of last year. PGE's Electra Central Credit Union and PACE Employees' Credit Union merged to become Advantis Credit Union on Oct. 1, 2005. Advantis held a groundbreaking ceremony June 2 to mark the start of construction on its new corporate campus at 14405 Meyers Road in Oregon City. Advantis' headquarters will be located within a block of Clackamas Community College, the Oregon City School District's transportation facility, and the newly dedicated Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Park. Advantis has nine branches in the Portland metro area; its Inner Southeast Portland branch is situated at 4235 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. The credit union is also online at – www.advantiscu.org
Southeast children's author selected by Multnomah County Libraries: Sellwood children's author Mindy Hardwick's new middle grade book, "Some Stories Are Not Seen", has been selected by Multnomah County Libraries to be included in the "Library Writer's Project Collection". Each year the county library system places a call for local authors who would like to see their e-books added to the collection. "Some Stories Are Not Seen" is the story of an eleven-year-old girl, Lucy Lavender, who is trying to save the Sea Stars from a disease. Mindy was inspired to write the story while volunteering for the Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach. The story draws attention to the "Sea Star Wasting Syndrome", which has devastated the population of Sea Stars up and down the Pacific Coast since 2014. This is Mindy's seventh published book; her other middle grade novels include "Seymour's Secret" and "Stained Glass Summer". When Mindy is not writing, she teaches online high school English classes at Metro East Web Academy in Gresham. Local grandfather makes chairs, with grandson: Shannon Ellison advises, "My dad, Gene Scrutton, is a lifelong craftsman, and took my son Braeden under his wing during COVID. They started a business building furniture called 'Oregon Adirondack'. Specifically, what they are building are Adirondack chairs and porch swings for immediate sale. The chairs and swings are hand-built and painted in Inner Southeast, using locally sourced materials. Chairs are being sold for $150 and porch swings for $299. Having a goal and working hard, and learning alongside my father, changed my son's life! He graduated from LaSalle High School, after 11 years at St Agatha's, in June – and will be leaving to Marine boot camp in September. But the furniture is still being built and is available." For more information, and a look at the furniture, go online – www.oregonadirondack.com
Denise Stern offers new local office for in-person meetings: Denise L. Stern, practicing estate and business law in Sellwood-Moreland since 1995, has moved her public office to 1616 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. She continues to offer telephone and ZOOM consultations for those who find them more convenient, as she did throughout the pandemic. Her telephone number is 503/231-9340. Or, for more information, go online – www.denise-stern-law.com
Rhody Garden gets "small grant" from Portland Parks Foundation: The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th Avenue just west of the Reed College campus, has received a "small grant from the Portland Parks Foundation to assist in piloting a program called "Rooting Among Rhodies", with the Latino Network and SUN Community Schools, to bring youth to the famous nonprofit Gardens for "fun outdoor learning opportunities". The program aims to center the experiences of communities of color in public spaces. Students from Kelly and Bridger Elementary Schools will visit Crystal Springs for outdoor socio-emotional learning. The program "hopes to build cohesion in the children's learning community and help create a stronger sense of ownership and connection to the garden." Funds from PPF's "small grant" will ensure that the students from the two elementary schools can get to the garden, free of cost to them. Buses will bring the students to Crystal Springs to enjoy, learn, and connect with nature.
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