April 2017 Tualatin Life

Stories From Our Latest Publication:

America’s Best Community: Tualatin Team Heads to Denver for the Finals!

America's Best Communities

BY SARA SINGER, TUALATIN ABC PROJECT MANAGER The Tualatin America’s Best Communities (ABC) Team is heading to Denver this month to compete in the final round of the competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, Co Bank, Dish, and The Weather Channel for a chance to win $3 million! Starting this process more than two years ago […]

Aging in Place

aging in place

BY SUSAN NOACK, CHAIR, TUALATIN AREA AGING TASK FORCE Part of the mission and goals of the Tualatin Area Aging Task Force is to ensure the highest quality of life for the over 50 population, be a resource to support health, independence and wellbeing, and promote safety and social services. We all know aging is […]

Celebrating Tualatin!

celebrating Tualatin

BY LIZ HATCHER, TUALATIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Each spring, communities across America celebrate the volunteers – individuals, businesses, and organizations – who give their time, talents and resources to help those in need. Tualatin is one of those lucky communities with a wealth of good Samaritans who seem to have an insatiable spirit for giving […]

What’s Your Why?

why

BY BIJANA KADAKIA, ND, TRUE HEALTH MEDICINE PC I was very inspired recently while watching a video about minimalism that the first step recommended by the speaker was to establish your WHY. Aside from her other tips and discussion on minimalism which were very interesting, this concept of really identifying your WHY has really stuck […]

Willowbrook Receives Grant – Celebrates 36 Years of Creativity

Willowbrook Arts Camp

BY REBECCA PRATT Willowbrook Arts Camp is preparing to open its gates at Brown’s Ferry Park for a 36th summer in Tualatin providing hands-on experiences in the arts for children ages 3-18. Each day, campers freely choose their activities from a smorgasbord of offerings, led by their own muses to sample something new or focus […]

James Boyd – Tualatin Veteran

James Boyd

BY DALE POTTS Tualatin broadcast engineer James Boyd did not have any idea he was going to be drafted when he dropped out of college to take his dream job, working full time for a radio station. He wanted a career in broadcasting since 13 years old. After high school, he studied electronics technology at […]

Tualatin Students Eligible for Scholarship

Sabina Wahed

Future scientists are invited to apply for the Tualatin Science and Technology Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes high-achieving local graduates who plan to pursue a career in science, technology, or a related field. One $500 scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-18 academic year. The goal of the scholarship trust is to promote higher education in […]

Tualatin: 95 Acres, From Ice Age to Agriculture to Industry

Tualatin: 95 Acres

BY LOYCE MARTINAZZI What I know as the Community of Tualatin is not confined by the map lines that limit its official boundaries as an incorporated municipality. Never was! When I was growing up as a rural child in the ‘30s and ‘40s my sisters and I attended Tualatin Elementary and our family communicated with […]

The Best Four Letter Word in Parenting – WAIT

parenting wait

BY KIM DEMARCHI Give yourself and your young child a gift… the gift of waiting. It will foster trust in their natural abilities. It respects the child’s unique developmental time table and their need for mastery. It will help enable them to be a creative problem solver and express themselves. 1 – Wait for them […]

Meals on Wheels and Winona Grange Plan Double-Header Gardening Weekend

Plant sale

BY LARRY MCCLURE Mark May 5-6 on your gardening to-do list for an opportunity buy plants, pick up free seeds, learn how to grow them while also getting in the spring spirit with a free ukelele concert. A traditional plant sale held by the Meals on Wheels folks each May at Van Raden Community Center […]

Tualatin’s Mobile Makerspace Makes a Visit to the Rotary Club

Tualatin Mobile Makerspace

BY DIANE BONICA, TUALATIN ROTARY It is not often that you get to see “the power of a pen” yet Rotary members witnessed this and much more during a presentation for Tualatin’s Mobile Makerspace. A demonstration of a new 3-d pen had everyone interested in scientifically artistic creations. Knowing that true scientists “tinker” as they […]

Lunch with the Chief

Bill Steele

BY CATHY HOLLAND, TUALATIN COMMUNITY POLICE FOUNDATION Join Us For Our Favorite Fundraiser of the Year! We are excited to announce that on April 25th, K. L. Wombacher, President & General Manager for the Hillsboro Hops SS-A Professional Baseball team will present the keynote address at the TUCPF annual Lunch with the Chief fundraiser. Funds […]

Tualatin Life Interview: Jonathan Crane

Jonathan Crane

BY JORDAN BERRIER JB: How did you get the idea to start Tualatin Life? JC: It was a combination of reasons. For starters, once the major recession began in late 2008, the staffing business became very depressing. People were frustrated looking for jobs when so few were being offered. People literally cried in my lobby […]

Spring, a Balloon, and Cherry Blossoms

Balloon

BY JONN KARSSEBOOM We were huddled at the outdoor coffee bar on an early spring morning shivering while it rained and rained. The three of us were grateful it wasn’t the winter cold but because spring for gardeners tends to bring with it rising expectations of sun and warmth, we looked to the sky for […]

From the Cockpit to Commissary School

Trazza Fine Foods, Tualatin

BY KIM BEELER, BEELER MARKETING Claude Karam, owner of Trazza™ Fine Lebanese Food, held a Grand Opening at his new Tualatin production facility on Wednesday, March 15. He treated more than 50 attendees to a tour of the 7,500-square-foot facility. Open House guests also enjoyed Lebanese fare, including an assortment of Trazza’s hummus, falafel, baba […]

Everyday Heroes – Kim Kroeger, TuHS Teacher Extraordinaire

Kim Kroeger, Tualatin High School

By Jenny Lind Conlee Kim Kroeger is in her twenty-first year of teaching choir at Tualatin High School, and her impact on our community is now multi-generational. Saying she’s a choir teacher truly doesn’t do this amazing woman justice; it barely scratches the surface of this woman’s role. Mrs. Kroeger creates opportunities for her students […]

The Easter Bunny Hops Into Tualatin Park On April 15th

Easter Bunny

BY BRAD KING, SECRETARY, TUALATIN LIONS CLUB The Easter Bunny will making his 41st annual visit to Tualatin Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Rd., at 2:00PM on Saturday, April 15th, with the help of the Tualatin Lions Club and Boy Scout Troop 530. The boys and girls of Tualatin always have the best rated Easter […]

Dréos to Perform at Winona Grange

Dreos

S&A Irish Entertainment is proud to announce Dréos, a Celtic ensemble of performing composers who create new music and reimagine old music using a traditional vocabulary, to the Winona Grange for as part of their 2nd Saturday Community Concert on April 8th Dréos combines the blazing piping of Eliot Grasso, virtuosic fiddling of Brandon Vance, […]

Choices

Elemar Oregon Inc

BY DARREL BOYD, ELEMAR OREGON INC. Sharing a ride in a carpool for just over 3 hours a day ultimately means you share more than just the ride. Over time the conversations layer up and the relationships deepen. For Jay and I the drive became more than the economic convenience it started out to be. […]

Cracker Barrel, Old-time Southern flavor with a Tualatin twist

Cracker Barrel, Tualatin Life

BY REID IFORD, TUALATIN LIFE If Cracker Barrel Old Country Store had a fan club, Danny O’Neal would be the president. The Tennessee-based restaurant chain is opening its first of three Oregon stores in Tualatin at the Nyberg Rivers shopping center on April 17th. This won’t be any too soon for Danny, who is chomping […]

 

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