Nifty gardening tools, plus – keep scrolling for a treat!
Viva Village Update, ed. 10

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The Viva Village Update helps keep us all connected. Watch for it bi-weekly (sometimes more often) for information about what's happening in the Governing Council, Volunteer Ideas, and Viva Village Events. It helps us stay together as a community as we move towards launch in October.

Check out previous editions of the Update on our website.

Governing Council

Resource Development:

Grants –

Viva Village has submitted applications for two different local grants – one from Southminster Presbyterian Church and the other from the City of Beaverton. We will hear back about these later this Spring. The team is also exploring other local grant possibilities.Don

Many thanks to Don Wolf and Larry Brown on the Resource Development Team for their work in making these happen.

Chamber of Commerce –
Viva Village will very soon be joining the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce. We are excited about this new way to connect with the Beaverton community. It will give us access to interested businesses. As we provide value to the community, they can be valuable to Viva Village.

We are also approaching other business alliances in the area – Raleigh Hills Business Association and Cedar Hills Business Association, as well as connecting with BESThq and BNI, both business networking groups.

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Eastside Village:
On Friday, March 25, The Oregonian carried a great column by Samantha Swindler Eastside Village Logoabout Eastside Village, our sister Village that opened for services last October. The story was on page 2!

It really captured the spirit of what a Village is all about. 

Enjoy the article here: Eastside Village

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Stay Current:

View minutes from all Governing Council meetings and from the All-Village Meeting  on our website.

You can contact members of the Governing Council anytime at,
or call 503-644-7417.


Our Website – a great way to volunteer!
Viva Village website header
Short Term – No Meetings!
Volunteers are needed to help identify the best practices in website content and style by reviewing a list of other Village websites. Your input will be valuable for our own Viva Village website.

If you can help:
email, or call 503-841-2358.
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Business Outreach
1) Business Contact Data  Are you detailed-oriented? A volunteer is needed to help maintain an Excel spreadsheet with our business contacts.

2) Business Referrals from Do you use this handy logoneighborhood means of communication? Help Viva Village by gathering business referral information from your own neighborhood's The information you provide will help our Resource Development and Marketing teams make valuable community business connections.

To volunteer for either of these opportunities:
email, or call 503-644-7417.




Garden PanelOn Saturday, March 19, we had a real treat with Evergreens Plus: A Gardening Event. The panel of four gardeners – Barbara Blossom Ashmun, Mike Snyder, Doug Barrager, and Diana Lamb – shared their extensive knowledge with us and answered the many questions posed by the audience.
Garden Gadgets

Following the main presentation, Bruna McBride demonstrated some nifty garden tools and 
gadgets that make gardening easier, and even more enjoyable.

If you'd like a list of these great tools, email vivavillage@villagesnw.orgor call 503-644-7320.

Garden Thank You's!
A big thank you to all the volunteers who made this such a special event. It couldn't have happened without you!

Also, thank you to Dennis' 7 Dees Garden Center for generously providing the beautiful plants for the raffle!

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Check out upcoming events on the
Viva Village Events Calendar

Coming This Week:

Book Club:stacked books
JUST MERCY, by Bryan Stephenson. This true story is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at a home in the Westbrook community in Beaverton

RSVP: or 503-644-7417


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Join us on this Saturday for a Special Event

Guided Viva Village Nature Walk:
Tualatin Hills Nature Park

 Tualatin Nature Park
Saturday, April 2, 2016
10-11 a.m.

Vine Maple and Trillium Loop Trails

Our guide will be Margaret Tusko, a  docent at the Nature Center there.

Park in the lot at 15655 SW Millikan Way (green arrow) and meet in the Visitor Center at 10 a.m.  

1) The red paved trail is safest for those with canes and wheelchairs – you will take the Vine Maple Trail with our guide to the Bridge at Cedar Mill Creek. Enjoy the wetlands there and turn around to retrace your steps for a fresh view on the way back to the Visitor Center for about a one mile hike.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park
2) Those that can handle a softer, narrower trail with occasional tree roots can take the blue dashed set of trails back. First take the Vine Maple Trail to the bridge with our group and then go back on the Elliot Trail to the Big Fir, to the Trillium Loop, to the Big Fir, to the Ponderosa Loop connector, to the Vine Maple for a 2 mile hike. Look for the 3-pointed white Trillium flowers that bloom in April and the "Winds of Change" vista. Sorry, no dogs this time.

For more information, or if you have questions,
email, or call 503-841-2358.

Tualatin Hill Nature Park map

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Here's a great way to learn more about Viva Village. 


Village 101 – An Informational Gathering

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
In a private home in the Viewmont Neighborhood
Near Barnes Road and Miller Road

To reserve your spot: email, or call 503-312-7675.

Looking Ahead: 
Mark these dates on your calendar.
(Watch for more information in future Updates)

April 21 – Thursday Social Time, at Giovanni's Restaurant
April 22 – Hulda Klager Lilac Garden: A Field Trip. Stay tuned for details.

April 26 – Volunteer Orientation


… and something special for all of you who have read our Update to the end!

Featured Photos – Happy Spring!

Cherry Trees

 Photos by Yongkie Hurd (above) and Pokie Lie (below)
Cherry Blossoms

Thank you, Yongkie and Pokie, for sharing your joy in the beauty of Spring with the Viva Village community!

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