Volunteers & Donations for NPES Holiday Gift Shop

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Each year the North Plains Elementary School provides holds a Holiday Gift Shop at the school for every student to pick out 2 gifts for adults in their lives (grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, anyone really special in their lives). This year we have 415 students at the school – meaning we need to have 830 gifts available!!!

We need your help! Do you have any new items you can donate? We are looking for *new* small gifts for adults with a price range of $1-$5. Some suggestions are: golf accessories, jewelry, gloves, fishing supplies, sporting accessories, calendars, coffee items, kitchen gadgets, small tools, candy, knick-knacks and small garden tools.

We also need gift bags and tissue as these a popular with the kids making transport home MUCH easier.

If time is all you have to donate, we need that too! We’ll be setting up the gift shop on Monday, December 16th and will have classes coming in at specific times throughout the day on Wednesday December 18th and 19th. Clean up help is needed in the afternoon on the 19th.  If you want to sign up, contact Arielle Scesa at Arielle.scesa@gmail.com.

The kids get so much joy out of picking out a special gift for their loved ones. 

Below is a flyer that will be circulating around town. Attached is a copy of the flyer that you can print and display in your business and on employee bulletin boards.

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Washington County Museum – Free Family Mornings



Draw your family history with illustrator Anke Gladnick

Saturday, September 14, 2019
10am – 1pm

Washington County Museum
17677 NW Springville Rd.,
Portland, OR, 97229

Washington County Museum’s Free Family Morning series continues with hands-on workshops led by local artists. This September, illustrator Anke Gladnick will lead you through the process of drawing your own family history. Gladnick created the beautiful mural in the Museum’s past exhibit, AgriCulture. The artist returns to the museum this fall after their spring Free Family Morning workshop had to be rescheduled. You will imagine your family’s symbols, share your stories with your kids, and draw a family history together! Materials are provided for this drop-in, all-ages workshop. 

Free Family Mornings is an ongoing series hosted by the Washington County Museum. Each month from March through November the museum hosts a family-friendly, no-experience-needed workshop led by a teaching artist from the community. Workshops are drop-in with no registration required. Museum entrance is free during these events, and includes access to all rotating and permanent exhibits.

Catch the rest of our exciting fall lineup of Free Family Morning workshops:

October 12: Eduardo Cruz y Maria Cortez – Dance, play traditional instruments, and coloring 

November 9Lehuauakea – Stamps, patterns, and repetition

About the Washington County Museum

For more than 50 years, the Washington County Museum, a private nonprofit organization, has provided community members and visitors an opportunity to experience and understand the richness of local history, heritage and culture. 

Museum Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays

For admission, memberships, events and more:

visit www.washingtoncountymuseum.org

email info@washingtoncountymuseum.org

call 503.645.5353

Victoria Sundell

Learning Coordinator

(503) 645-5353

(Pronouns: she, her)

Washington County Museum – Local Story

The Oregon Trail of Tears and Other Hidden Native Histories
A Local Story conversation with scholar David G. Lewis, PhD.

Saturday, October 5th, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Washington County Museum
17677 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229


$8 – museum members

$15 – non-members

Purchase tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4333108


Washington County Museum invites you to a Local Story event with David G. Lewis, PhD. Lewis is an esteemed author, Native American historian, ethnohistory consultant, anthropologist, teacher, and a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. 


Lewis and Stephanie Littlebird Fogel, guest curator of the museum’s latest exhibit This IS Kalapuyan Land, will discuss Indigenous representation in museums and the Oregon history that is often left out: the creation of reservations, the residential school system, termination, and restoration of Indigenous sovereignty. This traumatic period from the 1850s-1970s was neglected on our museum’s own original panels before Fogel addressed them. Lewis will share his research on the impact of these policies then and now and how people and institutions can address truth and healing today.


The museum’s Local Story series shares the stories of people who contribute to the living history of this region. Each presenter selects a venue which brings another layer of meaning to their message; Lewis’ Local Story will take place at the museum in conjunction with the current exhibit, This IS Kalapuyan Land, which he contributed to. The new exhibit re-tools the museum’s cornerstone historical display, called This Kalapuya Land, which was created over a decade ago. As viewers move through the space, they will encounter hand-written edits and annotations made by Littlebird Fogel to highlight errors, update language, and note important passages in the original content. The exhibit questions what information is presented as “fact” and how the museum context shapes what the audience learns. “Ultimately, I want to challenge the way we recall our shared histories,” states Littlebird Fogel, “and examine how biased narratives can be perpetuated through archeology and academic institutions like museums and universities.” Fogel also brought in contemporary artworks by 17 Native artists in order to tell the stories of Indigenous descendants who are contributing to cultural survivance today. 


This special conversation will be a chance to learn more about essential local history and culture on an intimate scale with some open discussion time at the end. Refreshments will be available.


Local Story is a nomadic public program created by Washington County Museum to raise awareness about the diversity of people who contribute to the living history of this remarkable region. The program comprises a series of individual events organized in direct collaboration with community members, all of which revolve around the theme of locality, personal history, and the pursuit of opportunity in Washington County and its environs. Presentation locations are chosen by each presenter and serve as an immersive backdrop in the telling of their story.


About the Washington County Museum

For more than 50 years, the Washington County Museum, a private nonprofit organization, has

provided community members and visitors an opportunity to experience and understand the

richness of local history, heritage and culture.


The Washington County Museum is open noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday &  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.


For admission, memberships, events and more:

visit www.washingtoncountymuseum.org

email info@washingtoncountymuseum.org

call 503.645.5353

Victoria Sundell

Learning Coordinator

(503) 645-5353


(Pronouns: she, her)


This IS Kalapuyan Land





Stride for Seniors brings together thousands of walkers to raise funds to provide nutritious meals and social connections for older adults in the greater Portland-Vancouver metro area served by Meals on Wheels People.

Go here to the web page for the Pioneers of North Plains, the Team from our community.

The Team is looking for walkers.  Click here to register and walk and fundraise with us! Or you can contact Angie Boyd at 503-647-5666.

The Team is also asking for donations to reach their personal goal.


Event Information

April 20, 2019
Portland International Raceway (PIR)
1940 N. Victory Blvd.
Portland, OR 97217

Walk Day Schedule 

Registration & Walker Village Opens:  9:30 a.m.

Opening Ceremony:  11 a.m.

Walk Begins:  11:30 a.m.

Walker Village Closes:  1:00 p.m.

A Call to Action for Volunteers-Jessie Mays Needs a Fresh Coat of Paint!

Announcement from Will Worthey, North Plains Library Director:

Dear friends and community members,

I am putting out the call to find many, many volunteers to assist with a community effort that will make a real difference in the cultural life of our town. Recently the Library installed a new sound and projection system in the Jessie Mays Community Hall, and just before this, our hard working public works department had the siding and the doors upgraded.

Now we want to finish the job and we want your help

We want to get a fresh coat of paint on the walls of our much loved community hall. Honorable Mayor Lenahan and some other selectors have chosen an excellent color scheme. The Library department will find the funds for the paint and we need many citizens with just a little painting experience to get the hall looking its best.

Please email me at willw@wccls.org, if you are available on some Fridays or Saturdays to help paint. My goal is to have the task completed in just two sessions and for that I need many volunteers.

When you contact me please provide me with the following details:

  • Your painting experience.
  • Tell me if you have any of these items:
  • A six foot ladder (and the means to get it to the building).
  • A ten foot ladder (and the means to get it to the building).
  • A painter’s pole.
  • A roller frame.
  • A drop cloth of at least 10 feet in length.

Once we have enough volunteers in the pool I will send out a poll to come up with the best times and dates to undertake this task.

Not a painter and still want to help?

Yes you can! Just pass this message along to other friends, family and associates that may be able to help.



Will Worthey

Library Director

City of North Plains



North Plains Board of Director Nominations 2019

The North Plains Chamber or Commerce is now accepting written nominations for election to the North Plains Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

NPCC 2019 Director Nomination Packet

All written nominations must be received by the Nominations Committee Chairman by 12:00 noon on the day of the Regular Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Verbal nominations will be accepted only at the Regular Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact me or Nominations Chair Wayne Holm, wayne@ocfp.com or 503-887-0727.

Spann Exhibit of Unique and Rare Crystals

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The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals announced today the public viewing schedule for the new Spann Exhibit of unique and rare crystal specimens. Starting Saturday, March 23, the Museum will put on display a noted collection of international minerals, loaned by celebrated collectors Gail Copus Spann and her husband Jim, and they will be at the Museum that day to answer questions. The minerals will be available for public viewing about one year, before returning to the Spanns, and are directly central to the Museum’s goal “To Engage, Inspire, and Educate.”

Visitors will marvel at the international flavor of the display, with prized specimens from Vietnam, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Brazil, and Uruguay, among others. The scope of represented mining districts and collecting locales is truly inspiring, and adds to the Museum’s allure.

Gail Copus Spann is currently the vice-president of the Museum’s board of directors. She said she was happy to loan her pieces to the collection for a year. “The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is a true gem for students, teachers, and visitors to learn about earth sciences, and is a key ingredient in local Science, Technology, Environment, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum,” she noted. “I hope this collection can help inspire the scientists of tomorrow and encourage them to consider a lucrative career in geological science.”

The Spanns started their collection years ago after visiting a museum in Houston. They found themselves in the Gems and Minerals Hall where they both fell in love with the idea of having something like those displays in their home. That evening Gail went online and looked up ‘Mexican Wulfenite’ after falling in love with one she had seen. After a quick search, she remembers leaning back in her chair and proclaiming loudly to Jim, “Hey Honey! You can BUY this stuff!” And they did, to the tune of 13,000 pieces in 14 years, and going strong. “The importance of museums might be more important than people think,” Gail recalls fondly. “You never know who you might inspire with just one single specimen.”

Gail and Jim will be available for questions and press interviews at the Museum on Saturday, March 23. Jim will be available from 10-3 and Gail will be available after 1:00. Video interviews can be conducted in front of the display in the Main Gallery, and office space is available as well.

The Spann Collection brings to the Museum about 100 fascinating and beautiful specimens. It includes a rare tongue-twister such as Plumbogummite, a unique lead oxide with the chemical formula PbAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6.  According to Mindat.org, this mineral was “named in 1819 by François Pierre Nicolas Gillet de Laumont from the Latin “plumbum” for lead, and “gummi” for gum, in allusion to its lead content and appearance at times as drops or coatings of gum.”

There are more interesting stories behind many of the other specimens to be on display.

Images are available in the attached document. 

Janice Crane

Executive Assistant

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

26385 NW Groveland Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124

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To engage, inspire, and educate generations on the splendor and complexity of our Earth.