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New Bus, MAX and Streetcar Fares Start Sept. 1
by Dave Brook, Sullivan's Gulch Neighborhood Association
TriMet tells us we can "say good bye to complicated fares" with the advent of their new "Go Anywhere" pricing on September 1st. While some may appreciate that TriMet is ending the zone fare system, they may not like the new higher price of $2.50 to go anywhere, whether downtown or Hillsboro.
TriMet tickets will continue to be valid for two hours and will be accepted on the Portland Streetcar. Honored Citizens will continue to pay the low price of $1.00 for Go Anywhere two-hour tickets. The all-day ticket Honored Citizen fare will be $2.00 (valid for unlimited ridee over one calendar day). Regular prices will be $2.50 for two hours or $5.00 all day.
Another major change will be the ending of Free Rail Zone, ending our free trips downtown from Lloyd Center MAX station. Nevertheless, $5.00 is less than what you'd pay for three hours of parking downtown and you don't have to hunt for parking space. Closer to home, SGNA and neighbors will be watching to see what impact the end of Free Rail Zone has on commuter parking clogging our neighborhood between 15th & 21st Ave.
Speaking of the Streetcar, the eastside loop across the Broadway Bridge to NE 7th and along MLK and Grand Avenues starts Sept. 22 with free rides that weekend. The streetcar will have its own streetcar-only fares ($1.00 for two hours) in addition to accepting TriMet transfers. They also offer a $150.00 annual pass for unlimited riding of the streetcar network, which includes the aerial tram from South Waterfront to OHSU (but does NOT include transfers to TriMet).
TriMet is struggling to maintain service while closing a $12 million budget shortfall.
Riders should also note some changes in bus routes for #8, 9, 73, and 77, although not where they pass near the Gulch. See trimet.org
In our neighborhood, tickets can be purchased at MAX vending machines, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Whole Foods, New Seasons, QFC and the Alberta Food Coop as well as the Holladay Park Plaza Reception Desk.
Bible Study Resumes
Submitted by Bob Fletcher
The bimonthly Bible Study will meet Friday, September 14th at 2:00 PM in the Club Room. The group meets on the second and the fourth Fridays of September, October and November.
Rev. Marian Boehr, who leads the study, will start with a series:
"The Joys of Knowing God! A study on the Attributes of God."
Do You Remember?
by Aunt Betsy aka Lee Forsythe
Do you remember your first teacher? I do, in fact she is one of the few whose name I can recall. Perhaps it was because I was so anxious to go to school. I had no playmates. My family's dairy farm was somewhat isolated. I drove my folks crazy with the exaggerated tales I told about things I saw on my meanderings up and down the long lane that led to our place. Once I said I had seen an elephant. That was a bit too much and mother challenged me. I stuck to my story. Later when a large shaggy stray dog came into our yard I confessed that was my elephant. Read more
Health & Wellness Books
by Janet Smithwick
Instead of books this month, you attention is directed toward material on Hospice. This material is in a folder-envelope on the Reference shelf of the Health & Wellness Library. During September, these materials, published by the Legacy Hospice Service, will be on the round table near the Health & Wellness Library. Please feel free to take what you need.
The first folder deals with a general overview of Hospice. It defines it as "a program of supportive care for persons with terminal illness."
Sections deal with the following questions: When should Legacy Hospice be considered? What services are provided? How is Legacy Hospice paid for? What is the role of the patient's physician? Volunteer Opportunities; Our Service Area; Gift Opportunities; and If You Have Questions. "Transition—Hospice, A Special Way of Caring" gives a more detailed picture of what Hospice is.
They give signs to look for when a person is dying and assure caregivers that these are normal steps. They also deal with emotional and spiritual needs of the dying.
The last folder is a more complete picture of what Hospice is and does. Beginning on page 4 of this folder and extending to page 6 are twenty commonly asked questions and their answers. It covers the role of Medicare and what it includes. This folder stresses the importance of learning about Hospice before a life-limiting illness occurs.
We can't know enough about this important topic.
by Barbara Euler
Although we deplore the money and the adulation inherent to the motion picture industry, we have all contributed to it and will forever be influenced by it. There are even some lines from movie scripts that have entered our language. Can you remember the movie and/or the actor who said this?
- 1. You've got trouble my friends, right here in River City.
- 2. I'll be back.
- 3. Come up and see me sometime.
- 4. We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.
- 5. Play it again, Sam.
- 6. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
- 7. Fasten your seat belt; it's going to be a bumpy ride.
- 8. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
- 9. I 'vant' to be alone.
This is a trip down memory lane.
From the Lanai: Wisest Advice I Ever Received
by Gloria Zeal Davis
A recently submitted list of suggestions for worthwhile topics to pursue in our monthly reverie included one subject area that especially piqued my interest. There it is, in the title just above.
Naturally, for a worthy answer I looked first within my memory bank. Who has guided my judgment over the years? My first husband's sage suggestion was to "either hang your certificate on the wall or desist with the medical advice." That took care of that, in short order. My second husband, many years later, was prone to suggest that I should "act more ladylike." Nice thought, but unlikely that I would concur! I KNEW how to act like a lady; being one just didn't represent my life achievement goal. I wanted to be a DO-er.
So what DO I believe has been the most important advice by which to pilot my little bobbing craft on its lifetime journey? What, for instance, grow…to bloom, to burgeon, to develop new tendrils…in the garden and in the brain!
Someone has said (and I can't recall which school of psychology produced that voice) "Life is not static. Grow or die; that is nature's law." We see it everywhere, in our own lives, in the nurturing of our children or students within the class-rooms over which we preside; we feel it in our close relationships and in the areas where we fail to build them. So THAT is where I have placed, do place, and always will place my strength and my efforts.
Promoting GROWTH…in everything I touch, whether human, creature, or plant.
How about you? Will you share some of the sage suggestions you have received over the years? Offer a sentence or a paragraph, whatever it takes to make your point clearly. We'll present as many of these as we have space. Leave for Gloria Z. Davis your signed note or finished paragraph in mail slot #911 by September 15. Let's help each other to grow in wisdom and in depth.
Arts & Crafts
by Lois Manookian
A marvelous new show has just opened in The Gallery - photographs by Forrest Romig. He has a great eye, earned through years of taking pictures. A short biographical statement on a wall in The Gallery will tell you more about his journey.
Our Lounge showcase currently offers a delightful glimpse into the thoughts of our resident cats. Each essay is worth reading, along with the treasured objects on view.
The Gallery has some fine shows being prepared. Lucy Rieben and Lee Forsythe are scheduled for this fall. Joyce Olson, a future resident, will lead off in October.
And don't forget the craft classes planned by Audrey Mitchell for September through November.
Words of Wellness
by Renè Swar, Wellness Director
In the middle of August we showed a very good movie entitled "Age of Champions." Everyone that saw it loved it, and I'm sure that those of you who missed it heard what a great movie it was. If there is enough interest, we will be doing a second showing this month. Look for a signup sheet in the mailroom to voice your interest.
I am very excited to announce a new class to our current roster. Taught by Laura Lou, "Fall Prep" will begin on Thursday, September 6th at 11:15am in the Fitness Studio. This will replace the current Ab Lab class on Thursday that has had very few attendees in the last year. Prepare! Strengthen! Learn New Habits! Be ready in your mind and in your body for the ups and downs of the aging process. We are very aware that falling is the number one concern among our aging population, and this is the class that will address that concern and teach you new techniques. Please come and give it a try!
Lastly, the Health & Wellness Committee will be sponsoring a talk given by Natalie Gustafson from Lloyd Center Pharmacy on Thursday, September 20 at 2:00pm in the Penthouse. She will talk about medication and how to juggle multiple medication and prescription interactions. Join us for the informative talk.
Northeast Emergency Food Pantry (NEFP)
by Ross Robson
The old song says, "Once I was blind but now I can see." Recently my eyes were opened wide. Billy Marx took me to the NEFP center at 4800 NE 72nd Avenue in Portland. What I saw was a clean, efficiently run center, a 1000 square-foot pantry garden, caring volunteers, and the downcast eyes of hungry people. There were at least 40 people waiting for food. The program, serving one of every 53 Portlanders, distributes over half a million pounds of food annually.
Each person visiting the pantry is assigned a volunteer. Together they walk through aisles of groceries, each person choosing what his or her family needs most. People are limited to what they get depending on the size of the family. The good news is that each family gets a 3-5 day supply of food. The bad news is there is only enough for a family to get a food supply every two months. (I keep asking in my head, "What do they do in the nearly seven weeks between food orders?")
The NEFP focuses on the working poor, people with special needs, the elderly, the homeless, and children. 40% of the food recipients are children. I learned the program has two special needs: peanut butter and money. Peanut butter is a good, nutritional food, especially for chil- dren. Howard Kenyon, Director of NEFP, said, "We can’t get too much peanut butter; there is never enough on hand." When the food program buys, they buy wholesale, and the money goes
In this month of September, HPP residents are encouraged to fill the food basket with peanut butter (One jar of peanut butter for every visit to the store). The basket is located outside the library door. For those giving money, checks made out to NEFP can be left at the front desk. Ted Beland forwards them every Monday to the Food Program. $25 will provide a family of four their 3-5 days supply of food and supply a young student a backpack of food each weekend.
To My Awesome Unknown Friend in the Plaza
by Dr. Marian Boehr
I am writing this to someone I cannot identify who lives here in the Plaza. So I am having to let all the Plaza residents in on this mystery which has deeply blessed me, because I want to thank my unknown friend. Read more
Gazer to Geezer
by Edward Engelberg
It all began the first morning after I had my cataract removed from eye number one. My patch off, standing in front of my bathroom mirror, I began the routine of daily shaving. Wash the face, put on shaving cream, lift blade and look into mirror. Read more
Lloyd Center Movie Theater Parking Lot Undergoing $1 Million Makeover
by Larry Bingham/The Oregonian
Original Oregonian publish date August 10, 2012
Wondered what's happening to the four-block Lloyd Center parking lot between the movie theater and Holladay Park?
The lot is in the process of being upgraded to meet city zoning codes, said senior city planner Tim Heron at the Portland Bureau of Development Services. The Lloyd Center had hoped to develop the property but since that hasn't worked out, the mall has to go forward with the up- grades, Heron said.
The $1 million project will retain the same number of parking spaces but redirect the traffic flow inside the lot. It will add 80 trees and 20,000 square feet of landscaping along the perimeter. The northwest corner will feature a landscaped entrance that reflects Holladay Park across 13th.
Avenue, according to Heather Munro, marketing assistant at the Lloyd Center. The project will include a pedestrian walkway that will run diagonally through the lot, connecting the MAX stop and the theater's main entrance. Two 4,500-square-foot stormwater planters are also part of the plan. The project will bring more handicapped-accessible parking spaces, new signs with energy-efficient lighting, and bike racks.
"It's going to be a great improvement," Heron said. "It's going to be better for vehicles, better for pedestrians, better shading, everything." The work should be completed in early November, Munro said.
More Words From Wellness
by Susan Maselli, Assistant Wellness Director
Don't Fall Too Far Behind!
Just because it is shortly turning to fall, don't believe for one minute that there will be a lack of activities, indoors and out, for residents to enjoy. With the leaves starting to turn it's a wonderful time to get out and explore our city. September's Walkabout will take us to the Willamette waterfront, along the East Bank Esplanade between the Hawthorne and Steel bridges and Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the west side. Our lunch spot has yet to be determined.
This walk is not quite as far in distance as previous walkabouts; just a little over 2.5 miles. You will need money for public transportation and lunch.
Who knows, it may just be a hot enough day to dip our toes in the Salmon Street Spring Fountain!
I can't believe it is already time to start gearing up for our HPP Holladay Bazaar. This year the bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 10th from 10am-4pm. We'll have lots of fun vendors including residents and families, staff and outside vendors. Offerings include fabric crafts, jewelry, art, photography, confections from Bruttles Candy, wine tasting and much more. You won’t want to miss it!
Please look in early September for information in your mailboxes.
by Jack Bishop
The entertainers for the month of September are outstanding professional musicians from the Portland area.
September 11 is guitarist Allan Mathews. Special- izing in classical, Spanish, and Brazilian music, he has been welcomed as a performer in six coun- tries and throughout the US.
Mr. Mathews teaches guitar at Reed College and Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, and maintains a private teaching studio in southeast Portland. He also offers online lessons via Skype. For three years he headed the classical guitar department at Lewis and Clark College. He has been a guest instructor and clinician at colleges and universities around the country. Mr. Mathews has a B.A. in Guitar Performance from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and has studied with many fine musicians in the US and Brazil, where he lived for a time.
Sally Harmon, who with her husband will be playing a return engagement on September, enjoys life, and people feel that when they hear her music. She creates a rush of warmth and joy between the piano, herself and the public. That may be why Sally has climbed quickly to bestseller status, selling close to a third of a million recordings in recent years.
Sally's playing reflects a lifetime of musical study. The piano came naturally. She amazed her family, playing songs by ear at age three. A year later, her classical training began. She also improvised, composed and played everything she liked. At age twenty-three, she earned a Masters of Music degree in piano performance.
Her husband, Frank Gruner, is a professional bass player, who augments the enjoyment of Sally's music.
CD's will be available to buy at both concerts. Concerts begin at 7:15 pm.