Celebrate 15 years of Villages …
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In this Update: Recent Events; OPB Interview; Viva Village out and about in the community; Village ongoing monthly events; Seasonal photos; contact information
Recent Events

A lot has been going on in the Viva Village community!
Nature Walk
on February 4Kaiser Woods Nature Walk

Kaiser Woods Trail

Viva Villagers didn't let the chilly, wet weather deter them from a morning of fun, friendship, and exercise.

Dine Around Feb. 8Dine Around Beaverton and Beyond
on February 8

Meeting for lunch at the China Delight restaurant was fun for all!

Organizing Solutions WorkshopOrganizing Event
on February 11

It was a good turnout for this lively presentation of useful and practical skills and techniques to bring order to our homes and peace of mind to our lives.

Celebrating 15 years of the Village MovementVNW Sign
on February 13

More than 80 people gathered from the the community and 3 west-side Villages for a live streaming video event hosted by Beacon Hill Village in Boston — celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Village movement.

There was disappointment when a winter storm in Boston postponed the main attraction — a talk on Community and Choice as We Grow Older, by renowned physician and writer, Dr. Atul Gawande.

15 Village anniversary eventHowever… leaders from River West Village, Viva Village, and Village Without Walls rallied—presenting a program that still celebrated Villages, in particular the 4 operating and 3 developing Villages of Villages NW.

A panel of representatives from each Village responded to questions from the audience.

(We'll let you know when Dr. Gawande's talk is rescheduled.)
Volunteer Gathering
on February 15

Viva Village volunteers met to share experiences and brainstorm new ways to connect with members.

Volunteer providing a serviceA member, who is also a volunteer, values the friendships that develop by having volunteer come to their home.

A direct service volunteer spoke about the satisfaction of making a difference in someone's life by being able to do what was needed.

The common thread for ideas going forward was more personal contact between members and volunteers — joint gatherings, neighborhood potlucks, and more. 
A Portland Village on the airwaves!Eastside Village Logo
OPB Interview with Eastside Village
on February 15

OPB's Dave Miller, host of the radio show Think Out Loud, interviewed Joanne Herrigel and Ellen Howard of Eastside Village.

A great boost for Viva, and all the Villages of Villages NW.

Viva Village—Out and About in the Community
Health Fair
Annual "Re-Health" Fair
February 19
9:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

All things health related, plus an opportunity to talk about the benefits of Viva Village with the community

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(You are invited to volunteer and/or visit the Viva Village table at the following venues. Contact, or 503-746-5082 if you would like to help.)

*Book of Business:
New Partners Showcase –
City of Beaverton

February 22
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Beaverton Library

An opportunity to share our mission and connect with over 40 other Beaverton area businesses

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Receiving services
*Viva Village Membership Information

February 23
11:00 – noon
Elsie Stuhr Center, Cedar Room

One-on-one discussions about membership options, including membership fee assistance

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*Resource Forum on Active Aging —logo
Beaverton Committee on Aging

March 11
11:45 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

A public event to educate and empower Beaverton's aging population, with a focus on housing, transportation, and community
Men's Coffee Break coffee cup
Tuesday, February 28
9:30–10:30 am

Java Lounge
Corner of NW Cornell and Dale Ave.
For information:
Contact Ross Miller, 503-713-3563
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Movie and Discussion Group
Organization Meeting

Friday, March 3
7:00 p.m.

movie projectorPrivate home in Triple Creek neighborhood
Beaverton 97006

This initial meeting is to develop the format of the discussion group — day, time, frequency, etc. Bring ideas for movies to watch and discuss.

RSVP: or
Rosemary at 971-400-9512

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Nature Walk —Lowami Hart Woods
Lowami Hart Woods
Johnson Creek Trail

Saturday, March 4
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
14895 SW Hart Road, just west of Murray

Meet in the parking lot at 10:00 and join other Viva Villagers for a pleasant walk with friends along a lovely forested trail accompanied by the sound of a rushing brook.

Information:; click on Calendar or call 503-841-2358

Red arrow is our starting point.
Blue arrow is the bridge over Johnson Creek.
Green arrow indicates the extent of the trail. There and back is less than a mile.

Lowami Hart Woods

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Village 101 – An Information-Sharing Time

WelcomeNeighbors helping Neighbors Stay Neighbors

Learn how Viva Village benefits you and our community by offering 
an affordable option for people who want to stay in the homes they love.

Find out about membership and ways to volunteer.

Monday, March 6
2:00–3:30 pm

In the Triple Creek neighborhood

For the address and to reserve your spot:
or call 503-746-5082
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Dine Around Beaverton & BeyondSeasons and Regions Restaurant

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
12:30–2:00 pm
Seasons and Regions Restaurant
6660 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, 97219

Join in for a good meal and great conversation the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

RSVP: Frieda,
Seating limited to first 8 people to sign up.
A Presentation:
Memories of Life in the Shanghai Ghetto

Shanghai ghettoWednesday, March 15, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Ernie Culman
Meet at the Multnomah Village
Neighborhood House
7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland 97219
Questions: contact Frieda at 510-693-2955
Viva Village Thursday Social Time
Thursday, March 16Thursday Night Social
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thai Apsara Restaurant
Beaverton Town Square (near Trader Joe's)
11793 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.

Dinner and lively conversation with friends and new acquaintances

RSVP: or 503-746-5082
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Men's Coffee Break coffee cup
Tuesday, March 28
9:30–10:30 am

Java Lounge
Corner of NW Cornell and Dale Ave.
For information:
Contact Ross Miller, 503-713-3563

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Book ClubHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Tuesday, March 28
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location to be determined

This month's book:
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford

This beautifully written book is a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war—not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people.

This book selection particularly timely given that February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Executive Order issued by President Roosevelt that led to the internment of Japanese in the United States.

RSVP: or 503-644-7417
A review of the most recent Book Club selection …
by Nilze Sumner

Irish Country DoctorAn Irish Country Doctor, by Patrick Taylor

Every time we open a book to read, our expectations are high. It would not be different with An Irish Country Doctor, the book discussed by Viva Village's book club at the January gathering. Long term and new members were not disappointed, enjoying  the company, Frieda's delicious snacks, and meeting the residents of Patrick Taylor's fictional village.

About the author: Patrick Taylor is an Irishman and a doctor as well. He is currently living in Canada. The subject was close to his heart because of his own experience. The Village in northern Ireland, Ballybucklebo, was fictitious as well as the word.

Main characters:
  • Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly: an influential and important person in the Village. Caring, gregarious, compassionate, and unconventional in how he conducts his practice but willing and knowledgeable in sharing his medical knowledge.
  • Dr. Barry Laverty MD: young, recently graduated, eager to learn and succeed on his first job. A bit judgmental of Dr. Fingal’s choices of diagnoses. However, time took care of Dr. Barry’s change of his first impressions and  made him an admirer after all.
  • The Village residents: colorful, eccentric, religious, peculiar with their habits and dialects. They were respectful and admirers of their living in doctors.
  • Important female characters: the warm and loving housekeeper, Mrs. Kincaid and naturally, Patricia, who won Dr. Barry’s heart.
Gathering all these elements and personalities, Patrick Taylor was able to write an entertaining, humorous book, much enjoyed by the book club members.
The snow and ice receded, so Yongkie Hurd once again ventured out to capture some lovely photos to share with us.
These are along the Fanno Creek Greenway Trail.

Click on the image to enjoy more photos.
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10:00 am – 4:00 pm

After hours, you may leave a voicemail message. Your call will be returned on the next Viva Village business day.
If your call is urgent, call the number provided.


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Beaverton OR 97005
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