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December 22

Miracle of a Million Lights

For most of the month of December Victorian Belle is known as “The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house and grounds. The entire 2.5 acres is filled with a million plus twinkling lights that turn this historic Portland landmark into a Christmas wonderland! Tour the richly appointed historic Victorian Belle aglow with 10 uniquely-decorated Christmas trees and decorations. View rooms filled with period antiques and vintage heirlooms. Enjoy homemade apple cider, holiday cookies, and other refreshments while being entertained with live musical performances by local choirs, groups and individual artists. Take pictures and browse our gift shop for unique decorations and stocking stuffers. ADMISSION: $6.00 for adults (18-64), $3.00 for students (4-17) and seniors (65+). Children 3 under are free.

December 23

Miracle of a Million Lights

For most of the month of December Victorian Belle is known as “The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house and grounds. The entire 2.5 acres is filled with a million plus twinkling lights that turn this historic Portland landmark into a Christmas wonderland! Tour the richly appointed historic Victorian Belle aglow with 10 uniquely-decorated Christmas trees and decorations. View rooms filled with period antiques and vintage heirlooms. Enjoy homemade apple cider, holiday cookies, and other refreshments while being entertained with live musical performances by local choirs, groups and individual artists. Take pictures and browse our gift shop for unique decorations and stocking stuffers. ADMISSION: $6.00 for adults (18-64), $3.00 for students (4-17) and seniors (65+). Children 3 under are free.

December 31

New Years Eve Gala Dinner and Dance Baby Boomers Social Club with Live Music "Kooltones"

This Year we will be bringing in the New Year with the "Kooltones" at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas Oregon. Both singles and couples always have a great time. It is located very close to the Clackamas Town Center. It is a beautiful venue with a very spacious, room for us to hold our event. The cost this year is $77.00 per person, that includes your dinner, dessert, party favors, great band, champagne toast and a midnight snack. Dinner choices will be Prime Rib or Salmon, they will also offer a vegetarian dish for those who want it and everything will be Gluten Free. Everyone will be dressed to the nines, so feel free to gussy up as much as you like, Doors Open at 6:30 PM and dinner served 7:15-7:30. The Monarch will be offering special room rates of $89.00 for Boomers who wish to spend the night so that you do not have to drive. There number is 503-652-1515 and be sure and tell them you are with Baby Boomers. Simply click on the paypal button on our calendar to get your reservations, as the reservations come in, we will send you an email to get your food choice and assign a seat. or mail check to BBSC c/o Julie Dahlman 4434 NE 64th, Portland, Oregon 97218 no later than 12/22.

New Year's Eve with Elvis

6 pm to midnight The prime rib dinner and benefit concert will include an unlimited dessert bar and beverages. 4 drink tickets and Champagne toast included with party favors. All proceeds fund the Veterans Community Garden Project. 6 pm Art Miller ~ Ragtime Piano 7 pm Ernesto Quilban ~ Classical guitar with Tom Panich 8:30 pm Eric John Kaiser ~ Parisian Americana 9:30 pm Rachel Len ~ Pop & Country 10:30 pm Mark Stevenz as Elvis $120 per couple and $75 single if purchase prior to December 25, 2014. Tickets at The Hoosegow, Beacock Music, Hazel Dell Animal Hospital & online at www.ClarkCountyVetsCourtBoard.org or call (360) 907-2391

January 01

Anti-Bully Workshop

It’s Time to get Your Kid 100% Immune to BULLIES! On the first Thursday of every month, TNT Martial Arts in Hillsboro hosts a Free Anti-Bully Workshop for families with children ages 6-11 years old. The event is from 430pm to 6pm and also includes one of our Community-Safe topics. Parents MUST attend with their child. The kids will learn the TNT anti-bully system “Get AATTMM” which will show them (and their parents) how to most effectively deal with bullies and schools that are reluctant to help. This system is not the standard hug-a-bully type program found elsewhere that makes everyone but the victim feel good---Parents who are tired of their child being repeatedly victimized will LOVE this workshop! TNT’s Community-Safe topics include: Tricks & Traps of Child Predators, Good Stranger/Bad Stranger, No Secrets/No Shame & The Internet Has a Dark Side… The classes are FREE if you register prior to your attendance. Class size is limited and fills up quickly so parents are encouraged to get their families signed up right away. Parents can call (503) 640-8400 or sign-up online at www.martialartshillsboro.com TEACH YOUR CHILD TO BE A VICTOR, NOT A VICTIM

January 07

5 Things You Need to Know About How Easy It Really Is... To Get Your GED.

American School of Success is offering a FREE informational meeting on the “5 Things You Need to Know About How Easy It Really Is... To Get Your GED.” January 7th at the Oregon Building located at 800 NE Oregon St. (at NE 7th Ave), Portland, OR 97232 from 10 till 11:30 for people seeking to get their GED. Every day in America, 8,000 students drop out of high school. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 336,000 adult Oregonians (11%), lack a high school diploma or alternative credential. As the State of Oregon has put forth the 40-40-20 plan, which the governor and lawmakers have set the ambitious goal that by 2025, at least 40 percent of Oregonians will have earned a bachelor's degree, 40 percent an associate's degree or post-secondary credential, and 20 percent will earn at least a high school diploma or alternative. American School of Success is eager to do their part in helping Oregon achieve these goals. However, achieving just a GED is not the only goal for the school. Only 12% of people who get their GED actually create traction with their achievement that will lead to higher aspirations, be it a college degree or a specific skill or craft. American School of Success Executive Director, Dennis Catmull offers this about what the service aims to be, "This is about changing the lives of others through hope and education. In providing this type of support and holistic approach, we want to not only help people achieve their GED, but more importantly, achieve a life they perhaps never dreamed was possible.” Recent GED grad, Shane Tebeck says, “I tried to this on my own, I bought the book, the big GED book, it did not work for me. The tutor was able to communicate the content into my own language. These people invested in me.” Another recent GED grad, Velvet adds this, “This program is the difference of completing the GED in a couple of years, or in a month and a half. These people aren’t just trying to get you in and out, they care about you” American School of Success helps students prepare for and pass the GED test. Building on a previous program that graduated over 4,000 students. The school is set to meet the demands for educational credentials by offering programs that enable adults to achieve their diploma or GED in a relatively short period of time. American School of Success has a team of educators and leaders who find it very rewarding to help others make those very important next steps toward a successful and fulfilling life. For more information about American School of Success and to register for this upcoming event on January 7th at 10am in the Oregon Building, please visit www.americanschoolofsuccess.com. Seats are limited for this event.

January 10

Voices Together

Join Anna Louise and many of her talented friends for a family friendly night of music from all genres: Pop, Opera, Contemporary, and Broadway. January 10th Doors Open at 6:30, Curtain at 7:00. To Donate, Make checks to Voices together for JDRF and send to 30 Da Vinci st, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

January 17

Zimmerman Heritage Farm

The historic Zimmerman House was built in 1874 and was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with nine rooms open to the public. Open the third Saturday of every month from noon-4pm at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Gresham. The adult admission is $5 and special tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.

Heslin House Museum and Historic Jail Tour

The historic Heslin House was built in circa 1890. The current exhibit is on the first floor and combines photographs, maps, and artifacts to tell the stories of the early settlers, Fairview through the years, Dairy Row, and the Heslin Family. The downstairs bedroom is completely furnished and we have historic dolls on exhibit. The Fairview City Jail, circa 1914, is also included in the tour. Open the third Saturday of every month from noon-4pm at 60 Main Street, Fairview. The suggested donation is $2 and special tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.

January 22

Washington County Arts and Culture Grants Panel

Join representatives from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Community Foundation, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and Regional Arts & Culture Council for this free panel discussion to learn about local grant opportunities specifically for arts and culture programming in Washington County. Applying for grants funding is a key part of every arts & culture organization, but it can also feel like a daunting task. Though there are many options out there, each grant has its own specific guidelines and restrictions and it can often be difficult to determine if your organization or program fits within those guidelines. Come break through all the confusion and get the answers you need to apply for local arts & culture funding. Determine which opportunities fit best with your organization and its programs, and get the chance to talk face-to-face with grant makers that can answer all of your questions.

January 31

Demystify the Publishing Process during Write To Publish!

Ooligan Press is proud to announce their seventh Write to Publish conference, slated for January 31, 2015. This conference will be held at the Smith Memorial Student Union located at 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon. This year’s conference is sponsored by PubSlush, a global crowd-funding platform for publishers and authors alike. John Mutter, founder of Shelf Awareness, will give the keynote speech. Write to Publish is a rare conference, one that devotes its entire presence to demystifying the publishing process. This year’s panel topics include: how to write about difficult subjects, straight talk about contracts and rights, and how to create a professional platform, among others. Speakers include Vinnie Kinsella, publications consultant for Indigo Editing; Nicole McArdle, marketing director for PubSlush; and Shannon Wheeler, a cartoonist for The New Yorker and Dark Horse. Workshops will feature editing and design tips. Authors will be able to sign up to pitch story ideas to both publishers and agents. Vendors will provide their own personal insight into the publishing world, as well as food and drinks, and attendees will have the chance to participate in a raffle filled with fun, local prizes. Write to Publish is hosted by Ooligan Press, a nonprofit publishing house run by graduate students within Portland State University’s Book Publishing program. Ooligan Press publishes quality titles celebrating the Pacific Northwest’s vibrant book culture and also serves as a teaching platform for students. Tickets are on sale now; early purchasers will receive a 20% discount on full-price tickets. College and high school students also eligible for discounted tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://ooligan.pdx.edu/writetopublish/.

February 04

HACC Workshop: Don't Be Afraid of Grant Writing

Claire Willett has been writing grants for Oregon arts organizations for ten years, from helping scrappy startups create their first fundraising plan to raising millions of dollars for Oregon Ballet Theatre. She's here to take the mystery and intimidation out of grant writing by arming you with tips and tools for every stage of the process, from grant research to reporting. We’ll go over the basics of writing a grant from start to finish; talk about the supporting documents you’ll need for your grants, from accurate financials to a juicy mission statement; and discuss the main numbers and statistics you’ll need to be able to lay your hands on (What’s your EIN? How many of your subscribers are donors? What’s your percentage of board giving?). We’ll also cover how to create an annual grants calendar, how to match a project to a funder, how to do prospect research on the cheap (HINT: you really don’t need an expensive subscription to that foundation research website!), and what they’re really looking for when they’re reading your grant, including some of the most common reasons your grant might be declined. This is a hands-on workshop, so please come prepared with 5 printed copies of a one-page summary of your organization's mission, history and programming (one of those standard grant attachments you'll need over and over again) for small group work.

February 05

Anti-Bully Workshop

It’s Time to get Your Kid 100% Immune to BULLIES! On the first Thursday of every month, TNT Martial Arts in Hillsboro hosts a Free Anti-Bully Workshop for families with children ages 6-11 years old. The event is from 430pm to 6pm and also includes one of our Community-Safe topics. Parents MUST attend with their child. The kids will learn the TNT anti-bully system “Get AATTMM” which will show them (and their parents) how to most effectively deal with bullies and schools that are reluctant to help. This system is not the standard hug-a-bully type program found elsewhere that makes everyone but the victim feel good---Parents who are tired of their child being repeatedly victimized will LOVE this workshop! TNT’s Community-Safe topics include: Tricks & Traps of Child Predators, Good Stranger/Bad Stranger, No Secrets/No Shame & The Internet Has a Dark Side… The classes are FREE if you register prior to your attendance. Class size is limited and fills up quickly so parents are encouraged to get their families signed up right away. Parents can call (503) 640-8400 or sign-up online at www.martialartshillsboro.com TEACH YOUR CHILD TO BE A VICTOR, NOT A VICTIM

February 19

HACC Arts and Culture Summitt

Celebrate Hillsboro's vibrant arts community and connect with people who share your passion at the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Summit! Representatives from a variety of arts and culture organizations will be in attendance, sharing information about their programs and events. The Summit will include wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music. The Arts & Culture Summit is free to attend. There is a $40 registration fee for organizations wishing to reserve an exhibit table at the Summit. At the Summit, you can: Connect with local and regional arts and culture leaders and organizations Learn about upcoming art openings, concerts and theater performances Talk face-to-face with HACC members and ask questions about upcoming program and grant opportunities Celebrate the artistic and cultural community we are creating together

February 21

Zimmerman Heritage Farm

The historic Zimmerman House was built in 1874 and was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with nine rooms open to the public. Open the third Saturday of every month from noon-4pm at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Gresham. The adult admission is $5 and special tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.

Heslin House Museum and Historic Jail Tour

The historic Heslin House was built in circa 1890. The current exhibit is on the first floor and combines photographs, maps, and artifacts to tell the stories of the early settlers, Fairview through the years, Dairy Row, and the Heslin Family. The downstairs bedroom is completely furnished and we have historic dolls on exhibit. The Fairview City Jail, circa 1914, is also included in the tour. Open the third Saturday of every month from noon-4pm at 60 Main Street, Fairview. The suggested donation is $2 and special tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.

March 05

Anti-Bully Workshop

It’s Time to get Your Kid 100% Immune to BULLIES! On the first Thursday of every month, TNT Martial Arts in Hillsboro hosts a Free Anti-Bully Workshop for families with children ages 6-11 years old. The event is from 430pm to 6pm and also includes one of our Community-Safe topics. Parents MUST attend with their child. The kids will learn the TNT anti-bully system “Get AATTMM” which will show them (and their parents) how to most effectively deal with bullies and schools that are reluctant to help. This system is not the standard hug-a-bully type program found elsewhere that makes everyone but the victim feel good---Parents who are tired of their child being repeatedly victimized will LOVE this workshop! TNT’s Community-Safe topics include: Tricks & Traps of Child Predators, Good Stranger/Bad Stranger, No Secrets/No Shame & The Internet Has a Dark Side… The classes are FREE if you register prior to your attendance. Class size is limited and fills up quickly so parents are encouraged to get their families signed up right away. Parents can call (503) 640-8400 or sign-up online at www.martialartshillsboro.com TEACH YOUR CHILD TO BE A VICTOR, NOT A VICTIM

March 18

HACC Workshop: How to Build a Successful, Audience-Specific Web Presence

In this interactive session, Tiffany Meyer returns to the HACC to share how to build a successful web presence that appeals to your unique audience segments—from millennials to seniors. Get a checklist of top considerations for different audience demographics; tips to incorporate mobile accessibility; how to get visitors to share your content; and how you can build an online community of interest around your work. She'll explore a wide range of examples that integrate do's and don'ts for web and social media. Leave with tools in hand that you can immediately implement for your own business or nonprofit.

March 20

A Classic Affair Bridal Event

A Classic Affair is a Bridal Event bringing together local innovative vendors with couples who are in search of ways to make their wedding day beautiful and uniquely their own. Join us for a classy evening as we step back into the days of Audrey Hepburn with an elegantly modern twist at the gorgeous Gray Gables Estate. Look forward to mingling with Portland area vendors while sipping on signature cocktails (or mocktails, if you prefer), creating your own jewelry, sampling scrumptious treats and the chance to win lovely prizes in a raffle throughout the night. This year, A Classic Affair has teamed up with Brides Across America. Entry will be free this year, but all proceeds from the raffle will benefit this amazing cause.

March 21

Zimmerman Heritage Farm

The historic Zimmerman House was built in 1874 and was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with nine rooms open to the public. Open the third Saturday of every month from noon-4pm at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Gresham. The adult admission is $5 and special tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.

Heslin House Museum and Historic Jail Tour

The historic Heslin House was built in circa 1890. The current exhibit is on the first floor and combines photographs, maps, and artifacts to tell the stories of the early settlers, Fairview through the years, Dairy Row, and the Heslin Family. The downstairs bedroom is completely furnished and we have historic dolls on exhibit. The Fairview City Jail, circa 1914, is also included in the tour. Open the third Saturday of every month from noon-4pm at 60 Main Street, Fairview. The suggested donation is $2 and special tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.

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