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17 February 2009 @ 03:06 pm
This may be of interest to those of you that are...

Coming up: March 12 my good friend Dr.Jennifer Gaddy (ND) is having an "Open House" at her office in Beaverton and presenting a workshop about Cranky Kids!

It's normally $15 for the public- but if you tell her you saw this on LJ- admission is FREE!

Just send Jennifer an email and let her know you're coming so she can save you a space. DrGaddy@westhillswellness.com
31 October 2008 @ 02:12 pm

VFS upcoming events: 

-One more week of summer day camp left. Camp open to kids 4-18. The theme of the last week is Fairy School, July 28 to August 1, the entire week is dedicated to our fairy friends. Fairy wings, fairy stories, fairy houses, and a fairy ball on the last day. The tuition is $125 per week per student. However, many other activities will be happening around campus, including a video game making group.

-open house: Aug 9. Open house will begin with a free cookie making class in the school’s new commercial kitchen. Cookie making is from 9-10, parents encouraged to stay on campus. Supplies provided. Open house runs from 10-1, and cookies will be served.

I wanted to share the following programs and news about VFS:

- An open campus program so students homeschooling/unschooling can attend some programs

- A teen scene: “Minors” is a place for kids 11-19 to gather and hang out in a safe and welcoming environment. There is not much nightlife/gathering space for teens in SE, so a few of the teen students at VFS are starting this group. First hangout is Aug 9, 7pm-1am, and features a “Mock-tale” Party- alcohol free drinks served by a real bartender, music, place to hang out, eat pizza, tell stories. This event is free & sponsored- there may be a small charge for future events, which will hopefully happen monthly if interest is there. Although this is open to a wide age range, most confirmed guests are around 15 years old. There will be (loose) supervision by friends of the school in their early 20’s. Goal is to keep event safe, but not to lay down the law.

- A new huge building located on the campus of St. Peter’s Church at SE 87th and Foster. (We are not affiliated with the church, just leasing the space.) New building includes lots of rooms, a music center, a computer/gaming room, a huge kitchen, a sewing/arts room, a teen lounge, a living room and so on. Come check it out on open house night.

The Village Free School is a small private non-profit school for students ages 4-18. (Four-year-olds must be 5 by December.) The school will admit up to 60 students for the Fall; there are currently about a dozen spots. The school is run democratically together by the students and staff. Tuition plans start at about $300 a month. Learning is child led; all students participate in the classes they choose, and there are no mandatory lessons. Age mixing is encouraged, and the following activities are just a few of those facilitated by advisors: student-led classes, adventures outside of campus (accompanied by staff or with parental permission), volunteer work/internships, cooking, theater, literature, science, reading, math, computer game building, history of war, drumming and electric guitar, role playing games (mostly D&D), light saber fighting, sewing and lots of other arts, deep philosophical discussions. This is not a school geared to children with any particular label; kids come from backgrounds in TAG programs, with IEP plans, having always been homeschooled or unschooled, and lots of stuff in between. Families are encouraged to participate in the education of their children- we see learning as something that happens constantly through living and breathing, not just an activity that happens at school.

Get more info at www.villagefreeschool.org

And add us as a friend at http://www.myspace.com/villagefreeschool 

29 May 2008 @ 06:01 pm
Hi girls. ...

I just started a forum webiste with a great directory of mom-friendly places. It's for the Portland Metro area and it's basically a social networking site for moms. I would love for you fellow portland moms to join. It's by invitiation only...so it grows only with new members. 

I run it, so come and check it out.


Registration Code: portlandmommys

Please contact me with any questions. I find it's a great way to get questions answered from other moms that are local, and maybe we'll set up a big playdate soon.

Jen Van RIper
Director of Operations
City Mommy, Portland
15 May 2008 @ 09:41 pm
Hi Everyone,
We're looking at a new daycare for our 14 month old daughter. She's currently enrolled in a Kindercare facility that we love but we're moving to the Beaverton area (Murray/Scholls Ferry area) and need something either in that area or close to work near the 217/I5 intersection. We're looking at Learning Tree on Bonita. Have you heard anything about them? Do you know of any other good daycares? We're open to in-home if it were well established, licensed, and pretty structured.
I appreciate any feedback - positive and negative. Thanks!!
26 March 2008 @ 12:27 am
Hello, please vote for my hoopdancing video "Gemini Hoops" and help me to win $10,000 to fund the creation of a healing arts center!



My intention is to win this contest in order to have the funds to create a Family Healing Arts Center in Eugene, OR with craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, midwifery, and classes for fertility, pregnancy, babies, children, and families. I already have the space and practitioners lined up. I just need the money to remodel the space, buy furniture, signs, insurance, and the start-up costs. Your vote can help make this family healing space into a beautiful community center!

Thank you! Every vote counts! Feel free to pass this along!

Blessings, Kara

P.S. Voting continues until April 30th. You will need to register to vote, however when you register you can choose not to receive any other emails from this company or others, so your privacy is insured. THANK YOU!!!

P.P.S. If you are interested in HoopDance in Eugene check out www.mandalahoops.com :)
My grandma, Eva Rutland will be signing copies of her memoir "When We Were Colored, a Mother's Story." Originally published in 1964, it tells the story of a black woman who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia before the Second World War, moved West after the War and raised her children in Sacramento, California in the 1950s and 1960s during the early days of integration. Despite the struggles, the book is funny. Upbeat and funny, it is not the story of lynchings and sit-ins, it's the story of the smaller struggles of being the first black man in a position of power in a previously all-white workplace, the first black mother in the Parent Teacher Association, the only black child in an all-white classroom. She always tries to connect her struggles to the struggles of all mothers. She begins her story with

"The trouble with being a mama is you worry too much. You worry about why Tommy spits up his milk and smells so sour, why Archie sucks his thumb ... why that 'absolute doll' won't ask Doris to the patter-hop, why Patty has so many boyfriends, how on earth to keep eight wriggling Cub Scouts still enough to make eight sparkling pairs of earrings for eight sparkling mamas' sparkling Christmas presents (well, seven---you're willing to forgo yours) ..... And if you're a Negro mother you have a few extra worries. Will Sarah be accepted at Mr. Diddlywhat's Dancing School and can the kids swim in the public swimming pool? How adequate is Joey's segregated school or how integrated is his integrated school? And what to do when somebody calls him a 'nigger'?"

I think it's interesting that my grandma worried about her children the same way my mother worries about me. Eva Rutland is now 91-years-old, blind but continues to write and has published over 20 novels. She remembers everything and is a fascinating person. Please come I'm sure you will enjoy it. She will be signing books on:
Saturday March 15th, 1:00 PM
Central Library - Multnomah County
801 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
28 February 2008 @ 02:00 am
Hi Everyone, 

Not sure how many people actually use this blog or not. I wish I could find a good and active Portland mommy blog. Anyone with suggestions?

I also want to offer my photography services to mommies out there. I'm just starting out...and always learning... but I feel I'm affordable and have decent pictures. I would love to do some more kids, maternity, newborns, even some High School Seniors. Right now I give all images to my clients with the agreement that I can use their images for advertisement and they can print them for their own personal use. 

you can visit my blog...prices are on the left hand side..and are actually negotable if you are broke. I understand what it's like to be broke and am willing to work with people. www.jenvanriperphotography.com you can also see most of my images in my gallery www.jenvanriper.zenfolio.com 

Sorry if I'm not supposed to post this here. You can take it down if you like. 

26 February 2008 @ 07:39 am

this is a great idea and one made by a local mama! she gets 10,000 bucks if her idea is number one!
15 January 2008 @ 12:24 am
I want to make this happen in Eugene, please vote!

Your vote can help me to create a free infant AquaCranial clinic in a therapeutic, eco-pool to provide CranioSacral Therapy for babies ages 0-3 with gentle aquatic bodywork.


Please help me to make my dream a reality and support hundreds of babies and families with gentle preventative therapies.