35 posts categorized "Community"

Cool, Locally Made Kids' Communication & Skills Tool

October 27, 2015


Awesome tool for kids to connect the dots between how they're feeling, who's involved, and how to cope.  Great way "in" for kids and adults to talk about the important, sometimes uncomfortable stuff.  Please check it out and consider pre-ordering a deck.  Every bit of support helps get this project off the ground.  Thank you!!  Feedback welcome here or via email - ksnellryan@gmail.com

Click here to check it out:     https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/communicationcards/a-penny-for-your-thoughts-a-survival-kit-for-kids

NE Portland Toddler 2-year old playgroup and Mama Gathering

October 18, 2015

I am interested in starting a neighborhood play group for 2 year olds and moms to connect. My son is 2 this month (October 2015) and we would love to meet some new friends.

I have unsuccessfully tried other groups that are huge (hundreds of members) and it is hard to make personal connections or local smaller groups that only meet occasionally  (again hard to connect when you only see a person once every 2 months).

Here is my idea:

  • The group meets 1/week - same day/time each week - TBD but it will be a weekday morning
  • We have a monthly rotating schedule of meetings similar to this: (1) member's house play date, (2) an outing like OMSI or ???, (3) member's house play date with a music or art focus, (4) outdoor or indoor park (weather dependent).
  • Outings are around town.  The other 3 are local in NE neighborhoods. Moms expected to attend 50% of meetings and to host a play date (either at your house or you select the venue elsewhere).

Group is open to 2 year olds (give or take a couple of months on either end).  In order to get to know each other and have it manageable in our houses, this will be a small group of 10 or less. 

Email Karin at fallerk@msn.com for details and info.   I am also looking for 1-2 other moms to help me organize this. Thanks


March 12, 2012

Hello, I received a floral diaper cake for my shower. It was beautiful and really not like any that I have seen in the past, so I thought I might give them a shootout to everyone. Thanks Ray and Kathy! www.bloomingdiapers.com

From Tessy & Tab: Magazine Donations

December 09, 2008

We received the following from Tessy & Tab.  Feel free to take advantage!

We found over 1,000 of our "old" magazines - from back when we used to use "first person" text. While they are perfectly good, we would not sell them since they are no longer our very best.

So, we packaged them up as "3-book Gift Packs" in little cellophane packages, and we made a cute card for the front.

Do you know an organization or organizer that works with kids who need some little stocking stuffers? We have assembled and stamped Priority Mail Envelopes that contain 10 GIft Packs each. If you reply to this email with an organization/contact and address, I will send one out today.

Linnea Johnsson
Customer Care
(800) 921-3284

Cracked Pots: Now funding reuse/recycle projects

December 08, 2008

Cracked Pots, an environmental non-profit organization, seeks new, innovative projects in the reuse and recycling field for funding.

The Scope:

  • Projects may be small or large-one time or ongoing.
  • Projects must center on waste reduction, recycling or reuse.
  • Projects should have educational components.
  • Projects should focus on the Portland metro area.
  • Projects may be created by an individual, group or business.

Our Purpose:
We seek to seed or encourage bright new ideas, in any stage of development, which open up the recycling "box" and which provide clever ways to deepen creative reuse and waste reduction.

Our Belief:
We live in a vibrant community committed to recycling....yet we know we can do even more to reduce waste here. We know there are "fab" ideas out there which haven't seen the light of day and we want to
shine that light. We need you.

The Money:
We are open to proposals for funding ranges anywhere from $500 to $10,000. We are interested in projects occurring in 2009.

Contact Us:
Tess: 503-257-2042.

* Letter of interest is due by 12/15.*

The Learning Tower - Donation

November 24, 2008

This is an awesome opportunity to support local business, benefit a PPS K-8 school, and get your hands on a special order Learning Tower.

Here's the scoop: Ella at Queens Mab on Killingsworth (formerly Tickled Pink) donated a Learning Tower to the Astor School auction fundraiser. It didn't sell, so we decided to post on urbanMamas to a community more likely to use The Learning Tower. The proceeds will go to Astor School, the winning bidder will get a fabulous item in the color of choice, and Ella gets to show off a very cool item she carries at the store. 

What is a Learning Tower, you ask?  The website has great information as well as the 9 (!) colors you can choose from.  http://www.mylearningtower.com/

We've listed it on ebay, with local pick-up the only option.


Please contact me with any questions: Leslie 503.381.8716

shared office space available

November 19, 2008


My name is Hiromi Ogawa, owner of hiromi ogawa architects and a mom to Nico, who is almost 2.

I am looking to share our office space with other designers, artists, writers, hobbyists, anyone who wants a desk and a fun, collaborative space to work. We currently have three workstations available, and they can be rented separately ($365/month), the end pair together ($700/month), or all three ($1000/month).

Our office is located on the ground floor of the newly restored Olympic Mills Commerce Center. You can find information about the building here:


The rent includes:
- workstation
- copier, scanner, paper
- internet (DSL)
- flat file and storage space
- all utilities except your phone

Office amenities:
- a little kitchen
- lounge area with large glass garage door
- conference room
- design resource library
- coffee shop in building
- lots of restaurants and showrooms in vicinity

Space is available as soon as you want it. Please email info@hiromiogawa.com or call (503) 477-7075 with any questions.  I couldn't figure out how to post photos on this blog, but I will happily email them to you.

For more information on what we do, please refer to our website:


LAST CHANCE to sign up for Thanksgiving Rocks! 3 Day Music Camp

Only a few spots left-  Camp begins Monday!

A great way to keep both parents and kids happy over the long school holiday!

Over the course of these three days, kids will get to form a band with other students with similar musical skill levels.  The band will then come up with a name, design fliers, and learn 1-2 songs to play together.  On the final day, supported by their instructors, each band will get to showcase what they learned with a pizza party and live show for all their folks and friends at Mississippi Pizza!

Price includes all three days and pizza party at the end!  Space is very limited.  Please call 503 282 9999 for more details or to enroll.

Thanksgiving ROCKS! 3 Day Camp for Kids!

October 29, 2008

What?!  School is out for the entire week of Thanksgiving?

Yup!  But don't worry, Sound Roots School of Modern Music has got you covered!

Thanksgiving Rocks! is a three day adventure for your 1st through 7th grader in making a rock band . All skill levels welcome, including total beginners.   

Young aspiring musicians will get to form a real band with students of their same skill level, come up with a name, design fliers, and learn to play a song with their band mates, in a supportive and fun environment. On the last day, parents can join camp for the Thanksgiving Rocks! Showcase at Mississippi Pizza.

Days and Times: Monday through Wednesday, November 24-26, 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $95

Space is extremely limited-- so go to www.soundrootsmusic.com to sign up now!

Music is something that speaks to every one of us. We are all drawn to different types of music for many reasons: our culture, our family, our environment and our experiences. No matter if your kid wants to play electric guitar or the Hawaiian ukulele, we teach the fundamentals in a way that's individualized, fun and motivating.  Sound Roots' goal is to match students with teachers who most compliment their specific musical interests. By customizing  each student's experience, we can positively impact the way a student feels about music for the rest of their life. 

Beyond camps, Sound Roots offers lessons and classes in a huge variety of instruments for all ages and skill levels.  Call 503 282 9999 with questions or to enroll or visit our website for more info. www.soundrootsmusic.com

Affordable childbirth education workshop offered by experienced labor and delivery nurse

October 26, 2008

Hey there mamas and mamas-to-be!  I am an experienced labor and delivery nurse (and mama to a 1 year old little girl, Sloane :)  offering childbirth education workshops in the Portland Metro. area.  Please log onto my website at www.babyloveworkshop.com to find out more.  Let me give you the INSIDE scoop on hospital deliveries!  Thanks! Dena