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  • July 21, 2017 2:29 PM | Deleted user

    Portland Public Golf’s Colwood Golf Center Grand Re-Opening Event:

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Portland Parks & Recreation’s Portland Public Golf and KemperSports will host the Colwood Golf Center’s Grand Reopening on Sunday, July 30, 2017. The free, family-friendly event at the popular City of Portland golf course and event site (7313 NE Columbia Blvd.) is free for guests of all ages. Enjoy free range balls and rounds of golf, golf lessons; meet our friendly staff, enjoy food, music, and more!

    “Colwood Golf Center is a tremendous site for relaxation and recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “And it is a real asset for both the Cully neighborhood and the City as a whole. We are excited to welcome everyone to the grand opening and invite everyone to play anytime at Colwood or any other Portland Public Golf course. We offer fun and challenging amenities and courses for everyone, whether they’re an experienced golfer or someone who’s never picked up a club. And we make golf affordable for all Portlanders.”

    Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), in partnership with the Trust for Public Lands, acquired a portion of the former Colwood National Golf Course in 2014, and began redeveloping the property into a unique golf and environmental asset for Portlanders. The driving range and the innovatively designed par-3 course were part of Colwood Golf Center’s initial improvements, and have appealed to a wide variety of guests for the past three years.

    Since the initial property redesign began, Colwood Golf Center has been continuously making facility improvements. The second phase of this improvement project was completed in the spring of 2017, and included significant investment in infrastructure upgrades: removal of existing site septic systems and construction of an approximately quarter mile sanitary sewer (which increased water quality protection of the Columbia Slough and other adjacent waterways), pedestrian enhancements to the right-of-way that increases safety through new lighting and new sidewalks, the addition of an outdoor event space featuring sweeping views of the new patio, driving range and golf course. The project expanded the Colwood driving range, adding more hitting stalls and a large patio area for outdoor dining, lights, and new grass tees. Colwood’s parking lot enjoyed a repaving, new lights for safety, and enhanced landscaping increased the site’s aesthetics.

    In addition to these recent facility improvements, Colwood Golf Center is home to the Colwood Grill and Columbia Room banquet space. Both segments of the operation feature improved menus and best in class service, as Colwood has become a popular event venue in Northeast Portland.

    Colwood Golf Center is also a host facility for the First Tee of Greater Portland, with offices, programming, and dedicated facilities on-site.

    About Portland Public Golf

    Portland Public Golf offers affordable, quality golf to Portland's residents and visitors. Our five golf courses are conveniently located around the metro area to offer unparalleled access to our nationally recognized courses: EastmorelandHeron Lakes - Great Blue, Heron Lakes - Greenback, RedTail, Rose City and newly acquired Colwood Golf Course.

    Portland Public Golf has been meeting the recreation and golf needs of the Portland community since 1917. The program has a long history of presenting successful, high-profile golf events and tournaments. Portland is the only municipality in the country to have hosted four USGA national championships, and several other notable tournaments and events.

    Every year, ~400,000 rounds are played on Portland Public Golf courses. We are proud to offer lessons by trained golf professionals, meeting and hospitality facilities, and public and private events and tournaments at each of our properties.

    Golf is a lifelong sport that benefits participants in many ways: it rewards patience, focus, deferred gratification, discipline, engages the mind and the body.  Portland Public Golf implements environmentally sustainable maintenance practices.  The program is increasing efficiency through improved equipment and changing turf management practices. We use a minimalist approach to turf maintenance, which maintains playing surface quality while reducing expenses and the needs for irrigation, fertilizer and herbicides.

    About KemperSports
    Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company’s award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF magazine; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Harbor Shores, site of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit

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    Media contacts:

    Kylen Trevor | KemperSports


    For inquiries, specific to Portland Parks & Recreation:

    Mark Ross - Public Information Officer

    Portland Parks & Recreation

    503-823-5300 (office); 503-823-6634 (cell)

    Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

    Amanda Fritz, Commissioner | Mike Abbaté, Director

    The City of Portland complies with all non‐discrimination Civil Rights laws including Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-858-9744, TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711 with requests, or visit

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  • May 25, 2017 3:27 PM | Deleted user


    Artist Crystal Schenk presents I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy at the Portland Building Installation Space, June 5 – June 30

    Portland, Ore – RACC is pleased to present a new work by sculptor and installation artist Crystal Schenk in the Installation Space located adjacent to the Portland Building lobby. I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy, opens June 5 and features an arresting sculpture that asks the viewer to look beyond their common understanding into the complexities of the mother/child relationship.

    Schenk’s project is an expansive ceramic piece recently completed during her artist residency at Leland Iron Works in Oregon City. The work consists of a field of rocks—each handmade with black clay—which are smooth and satiny, as if tumbled by the sea. Over these rocks large white porcelain barnacles appear to have fastened themselves. The center of the field reveals a sculpture of her three-year-old son, also made in black clay with barnacles growing on his body.

    “I like to let one material mimic and charade as another—as the process of discovery lends to an unfolding of understanding.” Schenk says. “Although some species of barnacle are parasitic, most are so harmless their hosts may not even notice them growing to cover their bodies. My relationship to my son has been similar. Starting as an almost unnoticeable seed in my body, he soon grew to take it over—and once on the outside he has been continuously attached to me, even now at three years old. This work was inspired by a moment while we were beachcombing, when he randomly told me, ‘Momma, I’m not a barnacle. I’m just a boy.’ The sculpture exposes my mixed emotions to being a parent, and my bond with this tiny being who is both autonomous and vaguely parasitic.”

    About the Artist: Crystal Schenk has a labor-intensive and detail-oriented way of working, in which craftsmanship and material choices play a large role. Her mediums vary as she relies on a combination of material meaning and personal/cultural iconography to build concept. Her work incorporates a wide range of skills, including welding, stained glass, woodworking, crochet, beading, and casting to name a few. Woven through what may initially appear as visually disparate works are common themes of class structure, heritage, and the fluctuating perceptions of memory.

    Schenk received an MFA from Portland State University in 2007, and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon and is an adjunct professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University. She was awarded the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2006, and was selected as the recipient of ISC’s residency program at Art-st-urban in Switzerland. In 2009 Art-st-urban awarded Schenk with the institution’s first Emerging Sculptor Award, and represented her at Art Basel in 2013 and Open 18 in Venice Italy in 2015. Locally, Schenk’s work was represented at the Oregon biennial, Portland 2010, and has been exhibited at Bullseye and Linfield galleries. This All Happened More or Less, a public art commission Schenk completed with Shelby Davis in SE Portland was recently recognized by Americans for the Arts one of 2014’s top public projects nationwide.  

    Meet the Artist: Join us for an opportunity to discuss I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy with Crystal Schenk in person at the Portland Building Installation Space on Thursday, June 8th at 4 PM. 

    Viewing Hours & Location The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy opens Monday, June 5 and runs through Friday, June 30. For more information on the Installation Space series go to

    PHOTO CAPTION: Crystal Schenk’s new installation I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy opens at the Portland Building June 5th.


    The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through Work for Art; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools through The Right Brain Initiative. RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and is working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts. For more information visit

    This press release can be found online at


    Mary Bauer, Communications Associate

    Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

    411 NW Park, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209   

    503.823.5426, | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

  • April 17, 2017 10:41 AM | Deleted user

    Please join us for our fundraising luncheon to help those with intellectual disabilities enhance the community in which they live, learn, and earn.  The luncheon is Wednesday, May 31st from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club located at 1849 SW Salmon Street, Portland.  We look forward to you attending this great event that will impact lives.  Complimentary parking in garage. 

    Please RSVP by Friday, May 19th to Josie at 503-489-6569 or

    Here’s the link to our website:

    You can also check out our Facebook invite, too!

  • January 13, 2017 12:15 PM | Deleted user

    Take time to understand the fundamentals of credit with Oregonians Credit Union.

    Your credit score informs lenders of how likely you are to pay back your loans. Having no credit or poor credit makes lenders less likely to loan to you, or to charge you a higher interest rate. This seminar will provide tools and information to save you money and reduce unnecessary financial stress. Join our Certified Financial Counselor, Julia Brown, as she breaks down the fundamentals of Credit.

    All are welcome. Bring your questions! Space is limited. Registration required:  

    Tuesday, February 7th | 6:00 PM
    Oregonians Credit Union: NE Portland Branch
    336 NE 20th Ave
    Portland, OR 97232

    Thursday, February 23rd | 6:00 PM
    Oregonians Credit Union: Gresham Branch
    247 E Powell Blvd
    Gresham, OR 97030

  • December 11, 2016 7:52 PM | Deleted user

    Portland Chef Vanessa Basil has established a new company, Custom Cuisines LLC, (Custom Cuisines) to provide personal culinary services in-home using client-provided supplies and equipment.

    “This is not catering.” says Basil. “We do not have pre-set menus and we do not have delivery charges. Instead, we cook your food in your kitchen either with you or on our own.”

    Custom Cuisines provides individualized service to people who want help with mealtimes or special occasions. Relationships with their clients revolve around the clients’ food preferences, dietary needs, and physical limitations.

    This is a new and unique service in the Portland area. It is particularly valuable for people who are busy, home-bound, or hosting a special event at home.

    Custom Cuisines offers a free phone and in-home consultation. During the home visit, the chef and client discuss food and meal goals, assess the kitchen space, and develop a working plan for the service experience.

    Custom Cuisines is licensed and insured in the city of Portland. Chef Basil has fourteen years of commercial food preparation experience including multiple high volume and client focused locations. She started Custom Cuisines to bring her love of cooking directly into Portland homes while creating a more personalized culinary experience for the community.

    Further information is available at

  • November 13, 2016 2:40 PM | Deleted user
    ALSO – Infusion Gallery: Art Event & Fundraising Auction

    Come and experience works of art by a local artist in collaboration with our art students. Their works of art will be up for bid. There will also be amazing baskets to bid on! 

    Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 2:00-5:00 pm
    Embassy Suites Portland Airport
    7900 NE 82nd Ave
    Portland, OR 97220
    $40 per ticket 
    (complimentary wine, and hors d’oeuvres)

    Premier tables with exclusive treats:
    10 guest for $500
    5 guests for $250


    Organizer: Victoria Meining | 503-489-6565 | ALSO

  • September 11, 2016 6:30 PM | Deleted user

    Portland, Ore – Beginning September 19th the artists known as Benz and Chang will present a site-specific art installation in the Portland Building lobby. The project, titled The Bridge, 1910, is a visual homage to the work crews that built the Hawthorne Bridge, Portland’s oldest existing river crossing.

    Inspired by a historical photo Benz discovered in the City of Portland Archives, the installation recreates a bridge work crew scene through a series of four large paper screens hung in the exhibition space. Each individual screen has been crafted into a hand-cut silhouette which offers a different layer of visual information. When viewed together—looking through all four at once—the silhouettes complete the scene and mythologize our idea of building of a bridge. By adjusting position in front of or alongside the silhouettes, viewers can alter their angle of view and manipulate the degree of abstraction or representation they take in.

    “To dream of a bridge may signify making a connection, crossing a transition, or overcoming an obstacle. When we were contemplating the project, I came across this photo from the City of Portland Archives and was struck by the poses and faces. I wanted to bring these figures and bridge building into a more dream-like, archetypal representation. Here are the agents of change and here is their means of transport over this obstacle."  — Benz

    About the Artists: Benz and Chang live and work in Portland and have shown in both Oregon and Colorado. Benz has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Benz and Chang use popular subject matter from early 20th Century photography to explore the topics of spirituality, shifting identity, and transformative experiences. Chang is a fictional creative partner to Benz. You can visit their website at

    Viewing Hours & Location: The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in down-town Portland and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The Bridge, 1910 opens September 19 and runs through October 14, 2016.

    Meet the Artists: Join us for a chance to meet the artists and discuss the installation in person on Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m..

    The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) manages the 13’ x 8’ installation space in the lobby of the Portland Building and presents installation based art there year round. For more information, including images, proposals, and statements for projects dating back to 1994, go to


    The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through Work for Art; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools through The Right Brain Initiative. RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and is working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts. For more information visit

    PHOTO CAPTION: The Portland Archives photo of the 1910 Hawthorne Bridge work crew that inspired the installation by Benz and Chang at the Portland Building.

    This press release can be found online at


    Mary Bauer, Communications Associate
    Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)
    411 NW Park, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209   
    503.823.5426 | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

  • September 07, 2016 12:37 PM | Deleted user

    Making Strides of Portland is seeking candidates and nominations for our new “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign!

    Are you a dedicated and distinguished community leader, determined to raise awareness and funds to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to end breast cancer? If not, do you know someone who is?

    Then volunteer or nominate a “Real Man” to help save lives and have some fun while doing it.

    “Real Men” candidates will strive to raise funds from September to October, to support the Society’s life-saving mission. While fundraising, each candidate will wear as much pink as possible and post messages to his personal and professional networks and social media channels. The goal is to have 40 candidates who challenge one another in this friendly fundraising competition.

    Throughout the duration of this meaningfully fun campaign, each candidate will have one on one support provided by Event Manager, Neah Jackson, who will guide them on their fundraising journey.

    Again, if you know anyone who would be a great “Real Men Wear Pink” candidate, please fill out the nomination form and submit to Neah Jackson. Candidates being selected now.

    Thank you in advance for your commitment to Making Strides,

    Neah Jackson, Making Strides Event Manager

    503-795-3958  |

  • September 02, 2016 2:06 PM | Deleted user

    Throughout the month of September, our eight Portland locations are raising money to fight obesity and promote nutrition in Portland schools and beyond. At Whole Foods Market, we know that the more kids feel connected to their food – and the more curious they become about how things grow and taste – the more willing they are to try new and healthy foods. That’s why we created the Whole Kids Foundation® to support kids, families and schools in making more empowered, nutritious food choices.

    To date, the Whole Kids Foundation has provided 68 school garden grants – a total of $136,000 – to public and private schools in Oregon. Across all stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., our impact includes:

    • Over 4,000,000 kids choosing vegetables and fruits to nourish their bodies and minds
    • 4,442 salad bars installed in schools
    • 3,625 school gardens built
    • 10,000+ teachers trained through the Healthy Teachers Program
    • $18,300,916 raised through Team Members, customers, suppliers and sales

    Why School Gardens

    Edible gardens are powerful, multi-faceted learning spaces that engage every sense and are effective for all learning styles. Not only do learning gardens get kids eating more vegetables, they have been shown to boost memory and increase school attendance and academic performance. By investing in gardens, we’re transforming the next generation’s eating habits.

    How to Get Involved

    • Contribute to the Whole Kids Foundation throughout September by making a donation at one of our store registers
    • Purchase products from our supporting vendors, and a percentage of sales will benefit the Whole Kids Foundation
    • Encourage your local school to apply for one of the following Whole Kids Foundation programs:
        • School Garden grant
        • Extended Learning grant
        • Honey Bee grant
        • Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools grant
        • Healthy Teachers classes

    How to Apply

    The 2016 application period runs September 1 through October 31, and notifications will be sent on February 15, 2017. Contact your school administrator to suggest they apply. For more information visit:

    About the Whole Kids Foundation

    The Whole Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Whole Foods Market, with both sharing the same values, principles, expertise and standards for quality ingredients and nutrition. 

  • August 23, 2016 1:42 PM | Deleted user

    Adventist Health signs letter of intent to join OHSU Partners

    Portland, Ore. – August 9, 2016 – Adventist Health, OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) and OHSU Partners have signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to pursue an affiliation.  If a final agreement is reached, the affiliation would integrate Adventist Health’s Portland-area clinical enterprise with OHSU’s clinical enterprise, under the direction of OHSU Partners. The parties to the LOI will now conduct due diligence with the intention of reaching a final agreement by the end of the year.

    OHSU Partners is a management company that oversees and directs the clinical programs and services of Salem Health, OHSU Healthcare and Tuality Healthcare as an integrated system. Salem Health and OHSU created the company and affiliation model in 2015. As a founding member of OHSU Partners, Salem Health was integral to affiliation discussions and approved this LOI.

    “Our approach is attractive because it retains each organization’s strengths, while improving our collective ability to improve outcomes and value for patients,” said OHSU President Dr. Joe Robertson. “Adventist Health is known for its commitment to total patient wellness and would add great value to our growing system.”

    Adventist Health Portland brings a health care network consisting of a 302-bed medical center, 34 medical clinics and home care and hospice services in the Portland/Vancouver metro area.

    “We are excited to partner with innovative and respected organizations that are committed to quality care in our community. The fact that this affiliation enhances the complementary mission and focus of each partner hospital ensures that the highest quality medical and lifestyle approaches to health care are available to everyone,” said Joyce Newmyer, president of the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health and Adventist Medical Center. “Our medical staff is thrilled to strengthen their relationships with the team at OHSU, bringing their research and best practices to patients in our local communities.”

    Under the LOI, Adventist Health in Portland would become a part of the OHSU Partners system. A local site executive, selected by Adventist Health and OHSU Partners, will manage the Adventist Health Portland operations.

    “Having a common vision for serving Oregonians and a shared bottom line that incentivizes collaboration over competition distinguishes OHSU Partners from other models,” said Peter Rapp, CEO of OHSU Partners. “The affiliates continue to own their separate assets, but the goal is to create an integrated delivery system with scale, resources, coordination and expertise, to exceed what the separate organizations could accomplish independently.”


    About OHSU Partners
    OHSU Partners is a company that strategically manages the clinical enterprises of Salem Health, OHSU and Tuality Healthcare. In 2015, Salem Health and OHSU created an integrated system managed by OHSU Partners, governed by the boards of Salem Health and OHSU, and intended to grow with new affiliations. The shared vision is to support a world-class, value-based healthcare system that combines the strengths of an academic health center with the best of community-based care. Under the strategic direction of OHSU Partners, the integrated system will expand access to care, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes for Oregonians.

    About Adventist Health
    Adventist Health—Portland is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care network consisting of a 302-bed medical center, 34 medical clinics and home care and hospice services in the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Adventist Medical Center is ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient safety.  We are part of the Adventist Health enterprise, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,700 includes more than 23,400 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,300 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015.

    About Salem Health
    Salem Health — an OHSU Partner — offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, placing it among the nation’s highest performing hospitals. “Like” us on; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at

    About OHSU
    Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only public academic health center. As one of Oregon’s largest employers with more than 15,000 employees, OHSU’s size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients throughout the region. It operates two hospitals. OHSU Hospital is a Level 1 trauma center that is a key provider of complex medical care in Oregon. OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is nationally recognized across multiple pediatric specialties. OHSU is a conduit for learning for more than 4,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.

    For more information, please contact:
    Kristi Spurgeon Johnson
    Director of Marketing
    Adventist Health – Portland
    (o) 503-251-6162  (m) 509-540-4727

    Beth Heinrich
    AVP, Strategic Communications
    (o) 503-494-0193 (m) 503-501-6619


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