Gotta love a good sale for a good cause!


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If you ever went to Outdoor School, you never forgot it (especially those pancakes off the stoves made out of tin cans that were burnt black on the outside and runny on the inside. I probably did it wrong.).


Save the date and save your stuff!

YARD SALE July 12,13 and 14th at the Corbett Grade School Cafeteria from 9AM to 5PM.

Please help us raise the funds to ensure Corbett School District’s kids can attend a full week of Outdoor School! Download the flier here ( PDF ) with all the information!

Donate Your Stuff!

You can bring items to the Grade School Cafeteria on the following dates:
Donations to the sale are tax-deductible.

Monday, July 8th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 9th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 10th from 10:00 AM – Noon

All those who donate their items or their time, are warmly invited to a “Pre-Sale night” on Thursday, July 11th. Thanks for supporting our kids and Outdoor School!

Snapshot 6


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huckleberry red

I have to tell you a funny story about red huckleberries.

You didn’t even know there was a funny story about red huckleberries, did you?

Well, anyway.

Back in the days when I was married, my husband and I went on a trip.  We must have been somewhere out in The Woods, because we were on a dirt road in a much-loved F150, and I spotted red berries on a bush and said Stop! I Want Some Of Those Berries!

My husband, being a good and sensible man, said, Are You Sure Those Berries Are Edible?

I said, Yes, of course they are.  I remember those berries from my childhood.  Dad said they were edible and we ate them and we didn’t die and so, Yes.  Of Course They Are.

My husband, being a both good and reasonable man, stopped the much-loved F150, and I debarked and ate several handfuls of the berries.

A mile or so down the dirt road, my logic superceded my enthusiasm, and I wasn’t Quite as sure those were the berries of my childhood, and I said, I Think those were the same berries we ate and didn’t die.

I could see him, being a good man, and also an ex- Eagle Scout, making a Plan for how to get me to a hospital without breaking the much-loved F150, and, really, I was being silly (probably) so I said, I’m sure those were the berries of my childhood, and we both pretended to relax while waiting for me not to die.


The point is.

Last week there were no huckleberries.
This week there are huckleberries.
The moral of the story is there are cycles in life.
Or the moral of the story is there are huckleberries in life.
[Both red and blue.]


One of those.

Larch Mountain is as much information as you get because, really, there ain’t enough for both of us.

It’s the 5th of July. Now what?


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Now…The FIRST FRIDAY Art Walk!… is what…

Troutdale’s First Friday is one of our favorite things… art and food, shopping and coffee, music and the occasional warming (or refreshing, as the season dictates) adult beverage. Don’t forget your Passport for a chance at taking home the abundant plethora of goodies (including two nights at our favorite hotel and a 16×24 Limited Edition print from our favorite artist) [<< shameless self promotion by the site administrator] that is the drawing winner’s basket!

This month’s lineup…

July lineup

July lineup 2

Phyllis was the winner of the March First Friday gift basket - grab your Passport and go!

Phyllis was the winner of the March First Friday gift basket – grab your Passport and go!

You’ve probably already worked out that the next one is August 5th.

Because, coincidentally, that would be the first Friday.

Corbett 4th Of July!


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Corbett’s 4th of July celebration is billed as “A Hometown 4th”, and it most certainly is. Corbett always has a bit of a Brigadoon feel, but on the 4th, I always feel I’ve stepped beyond the veil into an earlier, friendlier time.


The parade is completely charming, the Fun Fest grounds is hopping all day and evening with music and food, artisans and ample amusements for the kids, topped off by the best fireworks display this side of the bridge (I might be slightly prejudiced, but it’s a good one).


Visit their site for links, history, and more information, and we’ll see you there!

Corbett 4th lineup

Corbett 4th roads

All pictures from Fun Fest site, copyright Mindy Schmidt, excepting the banner, which is Loree Harrell; 2011

Could there possibly be a better time of year?


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I love this time of year.  Not because my house often reaches an inside temperature in the mid- to upper-80s, not because it’s high season at the hotel and a bit crazy at times (okay, it’s a bit crazy often), not because it’s a good excuse to buy another slew of $4.00 tank tops…

Berries.  Cherries (cherrrrrrriessss!).  Rhubarb.  U-Pick.  Roadside stands.  I could live on fresh fruit with frequent yogurt and occasional ice cream.  Fresh lavender in big beautiful delicious purple bundles.

If you drive the Historic highway, without pulling over at least (at least) once for something straight out of the field, you’re missing a smile.  So grab a container big enough to sustain you through the summer traffic at the Falls. Here’s a sampling along the Historic Highway…

Troutdale main drag
The Fruit Stop… great selection of local fruit and veggies, plus beautiful hanging baskets.

Market on Saturdays at the old train Depot…

(and don’t miss the First Friday art walk this week!!)


Kerslake Farms (also the Mirror at the top of the page)

George Knierem’s place… u-pick raspberries.  Just past Dabney State Park on your right, Woodard (to your left) goes up and over the hill to drop into Springdale.  Watch for the signs!

Kerslake Farms:  u-pick and picked raspberries and blueberries.
Past the Stark Street bridge, through the curves and past the dragon, first right on Northway and follow the signs.

Watch for bouquets of fresh dahlias in little huts with a jar to leave a couple bucks in along the way!

To get to Wills Farm: [“tons of different fruit all summer” according to an inside source], bear right on Hurlburt (just past the Springdale Pub and catty-corner from the Springdale School), and turn right on Christensen Road.

After you pass the Corbett Market (yes, stop), and the fire station (hats off to the magnificent volunteer Corbett Fire Dept), keep an eye out to your left (I’m speaking to the passenger-side person here, of course).  You will pass a stand in front of Kirby’s blueberry field with (oddly) blueberries, cherries, rhubarb (whatever is fresh and lovely) for sale, or grab a bucket and pick your own blues.

Still looking to the left, watch for the lavender signs… there’s no better way to scent your car or your room, and the best thing about lavender is you can skip the vase and just let the stalks look and smell pretty as they dry.

Larch Mountain
Right after Women’s Forum, follow Larch Mountain Road to the right, and take a quick right onto Salzman to get to Klock’s blueberries – u-pick.  The field is a bit higher, so berries are on a bit later and the fields are huge!  U-pick starting soon, check their site.

If you eat half a pound (each) while driving the 14 miles up to the top of Larch, you won’t even notice that the steps up to Sherrard Point are steep.  Promise.

Enjoy : ).

Strawberry Short Course Festival!


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Strawberry short course

The Strawberry Short Course Festival is back this Saturday at MHCC!  Great fun with a lot of 45 minute courses, free strawberry shortcakes and local vendors and artists. All information below from MHCCs site.  See you there!

Strawberry Short Course Festival

The Strawberry Short Course Festival at Mt. Hood Community College returns! This great community event welcomes kids, adults and families to celebrate the strawberry season by sampling short courses on fun and interesting topics. Come and enjoy a variety of vendors and booths from local organizations. FREE organic strawberry shortcake will be available on a first come, first served basis 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark Street. Each hour will be jam packed with entertainment!

A Sampling of Strawberry Short Course Offerings….

No Registration Necessary!

Courses are on a drop-in basis until filled. Some courses will accept a limited number of participants.

All sessions are 45 minutes unless noted on the class.

Click here for a map of the campus.

To The Edge of Space
Come send your own satellite to the age of space. Join MHCC’s Science club in launching a “space balloon”. There will be 288 pong sats to be launched. Come claim yours and decorate it any way you want! Be sure to stick around for the big launch at 1:00 pm in the main mall area. Participants will receive a certificate that certifies their pong sat did go to the edge of space and back successfully.
Location: Main Mall Area
Time 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Decorating
Time: 1 p.m. Space Balloon Launch
Sponsored by MHCC’s Science Club

Strawberry Ice Cream Churn Off
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Have you ever tried this creamy treat made with dry ice or liquid nitrogen? Stop by and watch and cheer on master churners as they compete for the fastest, creamiest, tastiest, or most creative ice cream!
Location: Main Mall
Time: 1 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Sherpa

Dream Outdoors: The Latest Hot Designs in Outdoor Living Spaces
Learn what the latest trends are in year round outdoor living spaces. I will show you how to create a beautiful living space with the latest fabrics, furniture, lighting and so much more. Let’s have fun while we learn together!
Room: AC2509
Time: 12 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Wheeler

Jammin’ with Fresh Oregon Berries
Join OSU Master Food Preservers to learn delicious and easy ways to preserve Oregon’s fresh berries, with a focus on jams and jellies. Samples, of course!
Room: AC2707
Time: 10 a.m.and 12 p.m.
Instructor: Jeanne Brant

Zumba Gold
Get ready for a fun, low intensity work out! Zumba Gold utilizes a wide variety of music & dance styles but at a lower level of intensity designed for seniors. Dress to exercise and have fun!
Room: Jazz Cafe
Time: 9 a.m.
Instructor: Peggy Latshaw

An Introduction to Melodrama Theatre
Melodrama is a classic theatre style that delivers social commentary with high comedy, music, local lore and audience fun-interaction. Come immerse yourself in the drama, characters and absolute enjoyment of Melodrama.
Room: Studio Theater AC1118
Time: 11 a.m.
Instructor: Michele Brouse Peoples

Nutrition on Budget
It is possible to eat healthy food cheaply! This workshop offers insight into nutritious shopping that won’t break the bank. Learn basic recipes and how to eat healthy food, which can be easily prepared and stays within your budget. Includes handouts.
Room: Town and Gown
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Greg Malby

Wilderness First Aid
What do you do when an EMT isn’t available? Leave this workshop with a foundation of first aid principles and skills that enable you to identify and respond to emergencies in the wilderness and/or remote areas.
Room: AC1776
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Mike Allen

Basic Card Making
Get ready for some paper crafting fun! Create a basic card and learn techniques to create more on your own. This class is designed for participants 12 and over. Limited to 8 students per session.
Room: AC1767
(Please attend only one session)
Time: 10 a.m.- birthday theme (child)
11 a.m.- thank you theme
Instructor: Shannon Montgomery and Jerri Ellis, MHCC staffers

Basic Russian Culture told through Russian Folk Songs
Russian folk songs will acquaint you with many aspects of Russian life, history and traditions. Guided by a native Russian speaker, folk singer and guitar player. Learn through music!
Room: AC1608
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Natalia Hougen

Moving from Idea to Story: How to Build a Riveting Plot
This two-hour workshop introduces the basics of story plots. Discover how to use conflict, motivation and other elements to build a satisfying story, whether for novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, film or the stage.
Room: AC1267
Time: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. (2 hrs)
Instructor: Zach Hudson

How to Empower Children to Stay Safe in Unsafe Situations
Participants learn how to empower children to identify scary or unsafe feelings and take action until the children feel safe again. Learn strategies to open the door to greater communication and teach children about personal safety in a fun, easy-to-understand way. Ideal for parents and/or people who work with children.
Room: AC1251
Time: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11a.m., 12 p.m.and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Rob Seeman

Individual Education Plan (IEP) 101
This informational workshop will break down each section of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in easy to understand terms. Anyone interested in this process can leave with the knowledge of the purpose of each portion/section of an IEP. Come get a head start down the right educational path.
Room: AC1705
Time: 10 and 11 a.m.
Instructor: Emma Kappers

An Introduction to the Insurance Industry
What does it take to make it in the insurance business? Learn how to get started, what you can achieve and what to expect. Includes an overview of the different types of licenses. Taught by an independent agent who has experience in most insurance arenas and the knowledge to share life lessons and the do’s and don’ts of insurance. Bring a notebook or laptop to take notes.
Room: AC1608
Time: 9 a.m.
Instructor: Geoffrey Kenway

Beginning Mandolin
Learn about the history of the mandolin and how it’s used in today’s music. A simple song or two will be introduced as well as how to play chords and a basic melody. Bring your instrument & a pick so you can play single notes written down in a method called Tablature. Singing is a plus, no experience necessary.
Room: AC1608
Time: 11 a.m.
Instructor: Lew Jones

Appreciating Theater
What is theatre and why has it survived for thousands of years as a vital art form in society? Let’s discuss together the roles of actors, audience members, and stage spaces. In this quick introduction to theatre we’ll explore how theatre becomes a way for us to better understand our human experience.
Room: AC1653
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Alishia Christiansen

Bookbinding: Two Easy Stab Bindings
The stab binding technique of bookbinding is ideal for binding single sheets of paper in soft covers and can be used for diaries, class notes, phone messages, recipes and school or business reports. This short course will teach the traditional Japanese stab binding and a variation. Additional samples will be available for viewing. Materials are provided by the instructor. Limit of 10 students, age 12 and older.
Room: AC1571
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Eliza Lane

Making Macaroons Like a Master
Macaroons are sweet mounds of miniature merriment. They also have a reputation for being difficult to create, and there are lots of myths associated with them. Lindsay Yousey, owner of Serious Business Pastries in Portland, has been making macaroons for years, and wants to share her time tested, foolproof tips with lovers of these petite sweets. Lindsay will instruct a short course from mise en place to right before freshly piped macaroon batter goes into the oven. Come to class with a note pad and pen/pencil and an interest in macaroon making.
Room: AC1266
Time: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Instructor: Lindsay Yousey

Coaching: A Deeper Listening to Life
This is a short course to introduce basic coaching skills. Coaching involves learning to listen at a very deep level not only to what is said but also to what is unsaid. Coaching offers feedback, support and gentle accountability. It uses various tools and exercises to create a shift of perspective and move people past “stuck.” It “deepens the learning and forwards the action.” Coaching is an amazing tool to get clarity, set goals, deepen relationships and call forth yours and others’ authenticity and personal power. Come explore ways to use basic coaching skills with those around you and even yourself.
Room: AC1252
Time: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11a.m. 12 p.m.and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Abigail Bruce

Letterboxing 101
Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming “treasure hunt” style outdoor. Come find out what Letterboxing is all about and how to participate in this fun and inexpensive outdoor activity with your family. Enjoy an experiential based workshop that is part informational, part creative and part adventure. Leave with some tools and resources that will empower you to get outside and share Letterboxing with others.
Room: AC1608
Time: 1 p.m.
Instructor: Janelle Thomas

Appreciation Marketing
Learn a simple, time saving and affordable way to show appreciation and gratitude for your customers, clients, prospects, family and friends. Be remembered as the person who cares.
Room: AC1508
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Julia LeBrun

Whiz Bang Chemistry for Kids of All Ages!
MHCC science instructors would like to share the joy of chemistry and science with you! Using demos and science, you’ll be educated and entertained, proving that science really can be fun!
Room: AC1303
Time: 9 a.m.
Instructor: Michael Russell and Shane Pearson

Free Online Tools in the Cloud
Join MHCC library staff for a guided online tour of the best free websites for storage, productivity (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation), music, graphics, and more!
Room: Library – AC2307
Time: 12 p.m.
Instructor: Lance Lannigan

Create a Free Website with Weebly
Through demonstration and hands-on activities learn how you can use Weebly to easily create your own personal website. Workshop includes working with beautiful pre-made designs, multiple pages, pictures, text, quotes, photo galleries, Google maps, YouTube videos and more.
Room: Library – AC2307
Time: 1 p.m.
Instructor: Lance Lannigan

Stop Spinning Your Wheels: How to Organize Your Time and Keep it That Way
A fresh look at what we can do daily, weekly, and monthly to enjoy modern life’s busy span.
Room: Library – AC2307
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Tim Bradley

Where Did I Put My Keys? How to Remember the Stuff You Always Forget
How is it that the powerful human brain can forget such simple stuff? Principles of memory and recall will be connected with practical approaches for keeping track of it all!
Room: Library – AC2307
Time: 11 a.m.
Instructor: Tim Bradley

Marketing with a Vision
Stop the “Spaghetti against the Wall” marketing and discover how to draw in your perfect prospects, gain clients who value you, and create raving fans. In this presentation you will learn how to simplify all of the “Marketing Voodoo” into an easy to follow, step-by-step roadmap for you & your team to explode your sales and build the business you dreamed about when you started. In this program you will discover: *the one question which lays the foundation for all of your marketing? *The Three “E’s” to creating raving fans *How to create “Infectious Drive” and create an army of motivated sales people and *How speed creates momentum in your marketing.
Room: AC1609
Time: 9 a.m.and 12 p.m.
Instructor: Ely Delaney

Create Unlimited Content & Spread Your Message Like Wildfire!
Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Articles, Podcasts, Video, Audio, Streaming… Content creation is critical to online marketing. But how do you create all that content to keep it going and keep it fresh? How do you keep coming up with new ideas and topics to share? In this session you’ll discover: *Why Content Creation Is Critical To Your Online Marketing *How To Create Articles In 15 Minutes or Less * The Easiest Ways To Bank Enough Ideas To Last All Year * Re-purposing – The Key To Making Your Life Easy! Be prepared to learn!
Room: AC1609
Time: 10 a.m.and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Ely Delaney

Botany for Gardeners
Discover general plant physiology and ecology, with an emphasis in horticulture. Topics that will be discussed are: Gardening techniques, organic pest control, composting, edible landscaping, and flower/vegetable gardening. Maximum of 15 students per session.
Room: AC1656
Time: 11 a.m., 12 p.m.and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Daniel Thompson

Organizing Family Emergency Information
A detailed crash course on the “what, why, when and how’s” for organizing family emergency information in the 21st century. Includes; “Having Important Family Conversations” “Passwords and Internet Data” “Generational Preparedness” and the “Costs of Not Organizing”.
Room: TBD
Times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11a.m., 12 p.m.and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Jon & Terrie Hull

Can You 24? Health & Fitness Course
Discover the basis of Nutrition and fitness. Includes a short cardio workout!
Room: AC1571
Time: 12 and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Jean Crawford

Introduction to CrossFit
Join Coach Dave Berry to learn about the benefits of CrossFit training. CrossFit is a general physical preparedness program of constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements that is scalable from the Olympic athlete to the elderly. With a foundation built on nutrition, CrossFit utilizes gymnastic and plyometric movements alongside Olympic weightlifting to forge the highest expression of fitness and health for everyone.
Room: AC1573
Time: 9a.m., 10a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Coach Dave Berry

Learn to Fly – Get your Private Pilot’s License at Troutdale Airport
This class is an introduction to general aviation flying opportunities at the Troutdale Airport through Gorge Winds Aviation. Learn what’s required, how much, how long it takes, why you would choose a local small flight school versus a large mill school, and how to become a Commercial Pilot or Flight Instructor. Will cover information on civilian and military careers.
Room: AC1610
Time: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11a.m., 12 p.m.and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Delcy Palk

What is “Cloud Computing” and how might it help me.
The term “Cloud Services” has been written about and talked about a lot lately but it is really not new. This course will show you what it is, why it is called “Cloud” and how it could help you in your personal and professional life. There are many free and low cost resources available on the Internet that anyone can use from your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Class will discuss how to use hosted “cloud” services safely and how to protect your data and computer. You can bring a tablet or laptop but it’s not necessary. A handout of links and other resources will be available.
Room: AC1575
Time: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Instructor: Tom Rich

Gluten-Free 101: What is Gluten and Why Do I Care?
According to the NDP Group, one third of all Americans are avoiding or reducing the amount of gluten in their diet. One percent of Americans have Celiac disease but 10% have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Find out if you are one of those, and what gluten is anyway. Dr Lisa Shaver is the branch manager of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland and is a primary care physician who specializes in digestive disorders, celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and food sensitivities.
Room: Town and Gown
Time: 11 a.m.
Instructor: Dr. Lisa Shaver

The Power of Play
Learn about the amazing benefits of unstructured playtime for children and why it is disappearing across the nation. Parents will hear about the importance of play, why play is not the opposite of work, and gets lots of ideas to help provide more authentic play opportunities. Geared towards parents with children of all ages, with an emphasis on ages 3-8. This course will be co-taught by Laurie Gift Harris and Heather Humphrey from Tucker-Maxon Oral School.
Room: AC1583
Time: 11 a.m.and 12 p.m.
Instructor: Laurie GiftHarris

Origami: The Art of Paper Folding
Learn the history of the Japanese art of origami, where art is simply made by folding a square piece of paper! It’s more than a thousand years old! Discover how models are created, and then make your own origami creations with instructions! For beginners to advanced. Materials provided.
Room: AC1582
Time: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.and 12 p.m.
Instructor: Sergio Sanchez

Wonderful Wandering Water
Water is everywhere, but what do you really know about this most marvelous molecule on the planet? Come explore surface tension of water from bubbles to floating paper clips (it’s harder than it looks!).
Room: AC2507
Time: 9 a.m., 11a.m. and 12 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Sherpa, MHCC Chemistry Instructor

Incredible Inevitable Inertia
Bring the kids and come explore Sir Isaac Newton’s second law of motion! Learn from stacking pennies to whacking a golf ball to packing the magician’s table cloth!
Room: AC2507
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Joyce Sherpa, MHCC Chemistry Instructor

Okinawan Karate
This introductory course will show you some basic self defense fighting techniques including; hold escapes, punching and kicking. Please wear clothing that allows you to move freely in but fits well enough to be pulled on and not come off!
Room: AC1519/1520
Time: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Instructor: Karl Davis

Zumba – Dance Party!
Zumba is a dance party that features zesty high energy Latin and International music. Salsa, Merengue , Cumbia and Reggaeton. It’s easy to do, effective, and totally exhilarating. Wear clothes to exercise in and have fun!!
Room: AC2059
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Myra Wecker

Beyond Recycling; Waste Prevention to Save Food and Money!
2 staff members from the City of Gresham Recycling Division will present on easy ways to prevent food waste, ideas for reuse and waste prevention in the home; all to make your life easier and save money. Attendees will get practical tips to apply in their homes and tools for going further to prevent waste and save food.
Room: AC2501
Time: 10 and 11 a.m.
Instructor: City of Gresham Recycling Division

You Can YouTube Too!
Do you love to create short videos for your friends and family on your smartphone? Are you a business that wants to gain more exposure using multimedia tools and the Internet? Now you can YouTube too! This workshop will teach people of all skill levels how to upload, edit, and share content on YouTube. No prior video production experience is necessary! Peter Gudmunson is a media trainer at MetroEast Community Media in Gresham.
Room: AC1506
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Peter Gudmunson

Making Your Brain Brilliant!
This class will include fascinating brain facts and what you can do from pregnancy into old age to have a healthy brain. Learn what environmental factors may be brain toxic.
Room: AC1253
Time: 9 – 10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Sylvia Rogers B.S.N.

Building a First Response Kit for Home Emergencies Using Natural Remedies, Herbs, and Essential Oils
This class will also include sharing some unique simple energetic techniques medically endorsed that may be used for burns, bleeding, choking, heart attack, and much more until professional help arrives.
Room: AC1253
Time: 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Sylvia Rogers B.S.N.

Got Pain, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Arthritis, Poor Immunity and more? Learn the Latest Technology Of Far-Infrared Combined with Amethyst for Superior Healing and Health
This amazing technology is being used all over the world but is relatively new to the United States. It has history of use as a primary therapy for cancer in certain clinics in Japan. You cannot afford to NOT be informed on this technology when making personal health decisions.
Room: AC1253
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Sylvia Rogers B.S.N.

The 5 Pillars Of Influential Leadership
The 5 Pillars are Awareness, Environment, Growth, Communication and Leadership. This content focuses on the importance of understanding how these impact your personal and business life. The focus is understanding the progression and connection required to become an influential leader.
Room: AC1504
Instructor: Barry Smith
Times: 9 a.m., 10a.m., 11a.m., 12 p.m.& 1 p.m.

Blackberry Solar Cell
Participants will learn about solar energy and a new solar cell design called the dye-sensitized solar cell. Each person will generate a dye-sensitized solar cell from blackberry juice and titanium dioxide (a white substance in paint) and test its performance using simulated sunlight.
Room: AC2501
Time: 12 p.m.
Instructor: Alex Rudine

Oregon Rock Of Ages!!!
Taught by MHCC faculty member Daina Hardisty. Make your very own Oregon Rock of Ages identifier. Students will be learning about the different rocks they can find in Oregon and the geologic time line. How old are the oldest rocks in Oregon? Where are the youngest rocks of Oregon found? What kind of fossils and minerals can we find here?
Room AC2509
Times 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Instructor: Daina Hardisty

Whiz Bang Chemistry – Classic!
Taught by MHCC Faculty Rick Bolesta and Gil Albelo. Using demos and science, Rick & Gil hope to educate and entertain, showing that science can be really fun!
Room: AC1303
Time: 11 a.m.
Instructors: Rick Bolesta and Gil Albelo

Makeover Your Medicine Cabinet with Natural Solutions
Replace synthetic medicines with natural solutions that are safer, cheaper and more effective. True health starts with whole food nutrition and is synergistically improved with plant-based medicine. Also, with a green smoothie demo and tasting (with strawberries of course!), learn an easy formula that always tastes great and start a daily habit that will change your health. Maximum class size 20 students.
Room: AC1773
Time: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Lucinda Foster

The Colors of Chemistry: An Acid-Base Lab
Taught by MHCC Chemistry Instructor, Elizabeth Cohen. This is an interactive lab where the students will get to do the experiment themselves. We will start with a brief discussion of what is an acid and what is a base. Then the students will get to use color changes to determine what liquids are acidic and what liquids are basic. Although this lab can be fun for people of all ages, it is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 10.
Room: AC1303
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Elizabeth Cohen

5 Tips to Kick Allergy Symptoms
Are you tired of blowing your nose, wiping your eyes, taking allergy pills and feeling miserable? In this class you will learn 5 effective and natural ways to reduce your allergic response, clear symptoms and feel better.
Room : AC1775
Time: 9 and 10 a.m.
Instructor: Heather Michet

Menopause: Natural Remedies to Relieve and Revive
Menopause is not a disease to be ‘fixed’ by drugs and chemicals. Discover how you can reduce hot flashes, sleep better, feel less frazzled, and boost your energy levels with natural solutions provided in this class. You’ll learn ways to work with your body’s changes during this empowering phase of life and enjoy the process!
Room: AC1775
Time: 12 and 1 p.m.
Instructor: Heather Michet

And more to come!

Snapshot No. 5


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Sometimes it’s all gray and green, cottonwood fluff…

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and sweet sweet blue.

Sweet sweet blue

I love the living smell of spring –  the pungencies of cottonwood and warming damp earth, of scotch broom and wet dog. 

Almost a match for the abundance of green.

[cellphone pics, dusk, and drizzle… ]

Columbia Gorge Arts Festival on NOW!


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15th Annual Art Festival
May 18-19, 2013 at the Corbett Grade School
10a – 5p

The Corbett Education Foundation will host its 15th annual Columbia Gorge Art Festival the third weekend in May 18-19, 2013.  We invite everyone to stop by and take in the art, food, and entertainment.  Artists and Craftspeople offer all types of items from paintings to sculptures, soaps to jewelry – and much more.  We still have room for a few more Artists and Craftspeople, so give us a call or email if you are interested in being part of our fine event.

This yearly festival provides our operating funds for raising scholarship money for Corbett youth continuing their education, thereby allowing Corbett Education Foundation to pass along 100% of all scholarship donations received from community individuals, families, and businesses to the students.

Each year, we attract folks from all around the Portland Metro area who venture out to Corbett to see what our talented artists have to offer.  If you are someone who loves art, we have watercolor and oil paintings, glass art, wood sculpture, ceramic and fabric art, jewelry, and so much more.  Stop by for our 15th Show and join the thousands of people who grace our town during the Art Festival in support of the artisans and volunteers.

Please join us and see for yourself.  Come out and grab a free hamburger or coffee and pastry from our food booth.  We’ll take care of you while you are in our lovely community of Corbett.

Help us celebrate 15 years of Success for the Corbett Students!


Sun Drops Garden Tour!… now with free tickets!


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May 18th & 19th, 2013

Thundering torrents of water, ice, and earth roared across the Northwest, carving new canyons, sculpting monstrous waterfalls, instantly transforming the face of the land. Then, almost as suddenly as they had come, the floods were gone”….leaving behind the deep, rich soils in which we peacefully plant our gardens.( Ice Age Floods Institute,

Come explore the rain-blessed river communities of the West Columbia Gorge as you hop from artistic gardens past inspiring natural views to the next gardener’s pride. Leave the hectic pace of the surrounding world and stroll through the lush landscape along the Historic Columbia River Highway, once known as “The King of the Roads.” Follow the Historic Highway as it winds gently past the tree-lined banks of the Sandy River, farms, pastures and upland forests. At Portland Woman’s Forum State Park, Mt. Hood towers behind as you scan the vast expanse of the Columbia River below. Walk the perimeter of the “King’s” crown at Crown Point. Then gradually descend to the floor of the Gorge, meandering past falling curtains of crystalline water. And another glorious garden is always just around the next bend!

Tickets for this self-guided tour are $20 per adult and children are free. To purchase tickets online and get further details, please go to Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the following locations- Nancy’s Floral (620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham), Burns Feed Store (29215 SE Orient Drive, Gresham), and Deep Creek Garden Center (2330 NE Hogan Drive, Gresham).

Pick up tour maps and purchase tickets at the Harlow House (726 East Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale) the day of the tour.

We welcome you to our community and invite you to experience our exceptional quality of life! Proceeds will benefit the programs of the West Columbia Gorge Consortium. The Consortium’s mission is the advancement of the quality of life of the communities in and adjacent to the West Columbia Gorge. Art, Culture and Heritage are major components in the pursuit of this goal.

Sun Drops Package