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My Street Grocery Comes to HPP

by Renè Swar

My Grocery Comes to HPPAn assignment at Portland State University's School of Business Administration turned into a unique, full-fledged business for students Amelia Pape, Colin Gallison, and Eric Johnson. They were tasked with identifying a market failure and developing an innovative solution. The result was My Street Grocery a mobile, pop-up grocery store which supplies nutritious, local, fresh, and affordable fruits, vegetables, milk, and other necessities to areas and people that might not otherwise have easy access to such a variety.

Instead of using traditional investment methods to make this school project a reality, My Street Grocery began an online Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $13,000 from the community. With this money they were able to buy their first grocery truck. In addition, they developed key relationships with local companies to provide them with items at a fair cost, so that their prices can remain competitive with the large, corporately owned mega-markets.

Another key to their business is that they provide healthy recipes and simple instructions on how to assemble a well-balanced meal. These "dinner kits" combined with personalized, friendly customer service really makes shopping at My Street Grocery a unique and pleasant experience.

We are very excited to introduce My Street Grocery to Holladay Park Plaza. They will be visiting our front parking lot on Monday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00pm beginning August 6th. Visit them each week to shop for staple pantry items, fresh produce and their exclusive meal kits, which include all the ingredients and the recipe card needed to cook a simple meal at home, in one bag, for one price. They accept cash, debit and credit. It is just like a farmer's market at our very own front door! Visit to learn more.

**We will be sure to leave your friends and family plenty of room for driving and parking in the front lot while the truck is visiting.

New Holladay Travel Committee Organizes Day Trips

by Ginny Robertson

Gary Lovre has responded to requests to the Residents' Council for more opportunities for organized travel. He has organized a new committee of residents called the Holladay Travel Committee. He asked a few residents if they would serve on a Travel Committee, and everyone said yes! A meeting was held where all agreed to consider only day trips for now. If those go well, longer trips may be offered later.

A list of 40 possible trips was discussed. It was decided the first trip would be to the Lan Su Chinese Garden on August 3. The signup form was placed in the mail room, and it was full to overflowing in less than a day. There is lots of enthusiasm for trips!

Where: Lan Su Chinese Garden near downtown Portland
When: Friday, August 3
Depart: 1:00pm sharp for a 1:30pm tour of the gardens
Cost: $6.00 for the HPP bus, $7.00 group admission charge that includes the tour (paid to Gary Lovre), $4 to $5 for tea (optional), more for a dessert.
Difficulty: ADA approved. The few steps can be avoided by an incline.
Return: 3:30pm bus pickup
Sign-up: In the mailroom
Questions: Ask Gary Lovre, Ext 457

If anyone has ideas for future trips please contact anyone on the committee. Members are Susan Blair, Anne Gemmell, Blanche Green, Mary Jane Hall, Jim Horel, Lois Manookian, Carlos Taylor, and Gary Lovre, chair.

Watch for more day trip opportunities in the future.

Do You Remember?

by Aunt Betsy aka Lee Forsythe

Do you remember your mother's vegetable garden? Did you help her put it in? In the early stages of preparation I was happy. As the work grew heavier I began to whine and complain that none of my friends had to work. Mother stood her ground, I worked. I don't recall everything we planted. Carrots, leaf lettuce, cabbage, kale, turnips, collards, peas, spinach, were some. Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, corn, cantaloupe, watermelon and other crops that needed space were allotted to Dad, he had the necessary equipment to plow and lay out rows.
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Words From Wellness

by Renè Swar, Wellness Director

No lazy summer for us! August is turning out to be a very busy month. We have lots of fun wellness activities planned throughout the month. Here is the rundown: Read more

Wednesday Social Hour

by Mary Jo Anderson

Would you like to spend a leisurely hour listening to music, sipping punch, and eating cookies? Then plan on attending the Social Hour each Wednesday afternoon between two and three o'clock. Music is provided by resident musicians and occasionally by "outside" guests. Join your friends, get acquainted with new ones, and relax.

If you would like to provide music or serve cookies and punch, please call Mary Jo Anderson at ext 343.

Confessions of a Political Junky

by Edward Engelberg

The 2012 presidential election is about three months away, and political pundits agree that few of us are tuned in. We're told that after the Conventions or after Labor Day, the nation will get involved. Really? Well, except for political junkies-like me. Read more


by Barbara Euler

I like words and sometimes make lists of new ones, always meaning to look them up, but usually don't. Some are so newly minted it would require a 2012 unabridged dictionary: many are high-tech connected, sports or music genres while I'm still in the last century with no Google available except through the benevolence of my friends. Read more

Health & Wellness Books

by Janet Smithwick

Perhaps you have wondered what all those notebooks are on the slanted shelf below the books in the Health and Wellness section of the library. The notebooks were assembled by Renè Swar's intern in 2011 from articles which Renè had collected. In her dual role as Wellness Director and member of the Health & Wellness Committee, Renè has kindly donated these articles to the Health & Wellness Library.

In case you haven't looked inside the notebooks, the following will serve to satisfy your curiosity and give you some information. I have numbered the notebooks - not in priority order, but the way they are displayed on the shelf. The notebooks and their contents are noted below.

  1. Information on Diabetes
  2. Emotional Wellness: Alcoholism, Caregiver, Bereavement, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), Sexuality, Stress
  3. Exercise, Wellness, and Nutrition: Balance, Breathing, Exercise, Flexibility, Massage, Nutrition, Posture, Walking, Yoga
  4. General Health Information: Knee and Hip, Osteoporosis, Parkinson's, Prostate, Shingles
  5. General Health Information: Aging, Alzheimer's, Anemia, Arthritis, Bell's Palsy, Brain, Cancer, Cholesterol, COPD, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Dementia, Ear, Vision, Plantar Fasciitis

Sycamore Society Honorees

by Betsy Cameron

Come join us on August 29th at the 2pm Social Hour for the second annual celebration of the Sycamore Society! We will joyously celebrate our past winners of this amazing award, and induct our brand new centenarians: Lola Raz and Margaret Tator!!

We are blessed to have these special people here at Holladay Park Plaza, and believe they should be honored by their neighbor residents. We will applaud their longevity, and present the Sycamore Society placques to the new members. This certificate displays a pen and ink drawing by Lois Manookian of our beautiful century old tree in the HPP patio.

Name That Craft

by Audrey Mitchell

Mark your calendars… Every Saturday, starting September 8th through November 24th, you can Create With Audrey. A mixture of crafting mediums, techniques, and skill levels for beginner or veteran crafters in our own Arts and Crafts Room. Pick up a brochure in the mailroom or call Audrey at ext 899.

Name that craft!Name that craft! Guess the craft and the tools to make it, if you can!

Food Pantry

by Ross Robson

HPP residents have been most generous in their contributions to the Food Pantry, both with food and money. The need continues to be great, especially in these summer months, when schools are closed and children are not getting the hot meals provided by the schools. Can we do more in this most needy of months? We can if we all remember our food pantry slogan: ONE ITEM OF FOOD PANTRY WITH EVERY GROCERY PURCHASE! Checks left at the front desk for the food pantry are forwarded every Monday morning.

From the Lanai: Earliest Memories

by Gloria Zeal Davis

We are drawing to a close our exploration into earliest memories from childhood. Thank you all for your interest in, and examination of, those early threads, the ties that bind us to the human beings we have become. Following are three more for you to relish and enjoy. Read more

Life Lesson

submitted by Estelle Berman

On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?" Read more

More Words From Wellness

by Susan Maselli, Assistant Wellness Director

Our August Walkabout will be on Tuesday, August 28 and take us to Portland's Laurelhurst and Laurelhurst Park area. This 3.5 mile walk loops through Laurelhurst, a residential park neighborhood from the early 1900s, where beautiful homes and heritage trees grace curving streets. The walk passes wooded Laurelhurst Park en route to the Sunnyside neighborhood with its many Queen Anne homes and lively commercial scene on SE Belmont Street.

We will begin at the Belmont Library and make our way to Peacock Lane, where Tudor style homes deck themselves out every December in a traffic stopping holiday light show! Past many numbered heritage trees, from Couch Street we will turn onto SE Cesar Chavez Avenue (formerly SE 39th) onto Glisan where a statue of the Patron Saint Joan of Arc gleams golden.

As always, bring enough TriMet bus fare for a round trip, $1.00 each way for an honored citizen, money for lunch (usually between $6-15) and possibly a stop for ice cream… we ALWAYS seem to find ice cream.

A sign-up sheet will be posted in the mail room in mid-August. We will meet in the lobby at 11:15am. I hope you will join us for our August walk that takes us past one of Portland's oldest and largest urban parks.

Employee of the Quarter

by Sarah Jones

Gabe Elias started working at the Holladay Park Plaza in June 2011 as wait staff in the dining room. I have been consistently impressed with Gabe's attitude and productivity. Gabe is very flexible with his hours and likes to pick up new challenges, such as the new breakfast shift. Read more

August Entertainment

by Jack Bishop

August 14 will mark the return of another film from "Hare in the Gate Productions." Producer/Director Sue Arbuthnot, daughter of Plaza resident Barbara Arbuthnot, has over twenty years experience in documentary film and visual art. She has produced nearly 30 short independent and commissioned documentaries. A number of her films have garnered awards and grants and several have aired on PBS and have screened at festivals across the U.S. Founder of Hare in the Gate Productions, LLC, she has partnered with Producer/Director (and husband) Richard Wilhelm since 1999. Sue teaches filmmaking to youth through the Northwest Film Center's Young Filmmaker program. She also provides freelance Directing, Cinematography, and Editing, and she manages the primary documentary theater at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah each January. Read more

Getting Your Hands Dirty

by Dr. Marian Boehr

Most of you know that I collect empty cans and bottles and use the money for mission. People ask me, with horror in their voices, "How can you reach into a filthy waste bin and take out a used bottle or can? Do you wear gloves?" I reply, "No, but I do wash my hands frequently." Read more

Make August SMART

by Ross Robson

August has come. Make it a SMART one. An orientation meeting for all HPP residents interested in learning about the SMART program will be held Thursday, August 9, at 2:00pm in the Penthouse. SMART is an acronym for Start Making A Reader Today. Lynette Yasuda, program manager of SMART, will be in attendance as well as several residents who have participated in the program in the past. Refreshments will be served. Participation in the SMART program is one way HPP residents can help children in our surrounding communities.

Understanding Heating and Cooling in the Tower

An information bulletin from the Building & Grounds Committee

An overview of the Tower heating and cooling system:
Heat and air conditioning is provided to the apartments in the Tower through convectors in the rooms. Pipes carry hot or cold water to the convectors. Convectors are like radiators. The pipes furnishing hot or cold water to the convectors are always filled with water. The water is circulated by pumps. The water is either hot, cold or neutral. When neutral, the water circulated is neither hot nor cold. Read more

Bits and Pieces

Submitted by Bob Fletcher

There is this two-letter word in English that has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP. It is listed in the dictionary as an (adv), (prep), (adj), (n), (v). When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP for now… my time is UP! Oh… one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?…UP! Read more


Vesper Services

Each service
begins at 3:55pm

All residents are invited.

August 5, 2012
The Rev. Dennis Alger
United Church
Of Christ Minister

August 12, 2012
The Rev. Helen Lewis
Presbyterian Minister

August 19, 2012
The Rev. Richard Skidmore
United Church
Of Christ Minister

August 26, 2012
The Rev. Gregg Neel
Presbyterian Minister

Bulletin Board

Beginning Sept 1st,
Tri-Met will be
eliminating fare zones
including the "free rail zone"
traveling from the
Lloyd District to Downtown.

Honored Citizen tickets
will be $1 and a
new unlimited ride Day Ticket
will be available for $2.
Monthly passes are
available for $26.

Adult Tickets will
be $2.50 each and
Youth tickets $1.65 each.

Flicks on the Bricks
Fridays at Dusk
Pioneer Courthouse Square

Free movies and popcorn
under the stars

Aug 3: Clueless
Aug 10: A League of Their Own
Aug 17: E.T.

Wise Buys Hours
Closed July 4th Mondays
Other Mondays: 1-3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesdays: 1-3:30 p.m
Thursdays: 1-3:30 p.m
Fridays: 1-3:30 p.m.
All proceeds donated to the
HPP Residents Assistance Trust

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