Riley Report: November, 2015 Edition

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November, 2015

Now that we’re settling into the fall season there are a lot of fun, seasonal events happening in and around Washington County. In addition to these holiday happenings, there is also another set of upcoming legislative days: November 16, 17, and 18. On those days legislators will meet down in Salem to hold informational hearings, to get updated on implementation of past legislation, and to hear reports from state agencies and task forces. These meetings are all open to the public, and you are welcome to join us. If you can’t make it in November, there will be another set of Legislative Days from January 13th to the 15th. 

Community News & Announcements

Congratulations to Robert and Kristina Bragdon of Next Dimension Bakery. This husband and wife team have been running a cottage bakery out of their home, but recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their first storefront in Forest Grove! Kristina is a member of my Small Business Advisory Council, and she and her husband are both veterans.

The Rotary Club of Forest Grove has named two students from the Forest Grove School District as their Youth Citizens of the Month for October. Congratulations to Abigail Aguirre and Elamny Hernandez-Guarema for being selected for this honor! Abigail is a member of the Forest Grove High School's Associated Student Body, and she has helped with the club's annual blood drive and served as president of the Youth Ending Slavery group. Elamny is involved in Neil Armstrong Middle School’s Leadership Advisory Class, where she has helped organize school dances, assemblies, and other all-school events such as the Block Out Bullying campaign. She also participates in school sports such as volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Thank you Abigail and Elamny for your contributions to our community!

Trimet is currently developing a new eFare system that will be implemented in 2017, and that system officially has a name: The Hop Fastpass. The new system will allow riders to use Hop by simply tapping a smartcard on a reader to pay for the ride. The system will support customers paying with Apple Pay, Google Wallet and contactless bank cards. C-TRAN buses, the Portland Streetcar, and all TriMet buses and trains will accept Hop.

Community Events

There are a lot of Halloween Events happening in Washington County this year:

On Friday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. (that’s tonight!) you can watch “House of Last Things," by local filmmaker Michael Bartlett at West Slope Community Library, 3678 S.W. 78th Ave., Portland. A parent must accompany youth under age 17.

If you prefer your theatre to be live action, then tonight and tomorrow night you can head over to the Theatre in the Grove to experience the “Haunted Theatre” at 7:30! You can also catch a matinee at 2:30 on Sunday November 1st.

If you want to go for a stroll through a cemetery, then head to Tigard tomorrow morning! Two pioneer cemeteries in Tigard will be the focus of this year's cemetery walk, set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Crescent Grove Cemetery, 9925 S.W. Greenburg Road, Tigard (next to JC Penney at Washington Square). Walkers will then proceed up a steep hill along Southwest 115th Avenue to St. Anthony's cemetery at the corner of Southwest 115th and Gaarde Street.

Potso Dog Park in Tigard is hosting a canine costume contest Saturday morning. Registration opens at 10:30, and the judging begins at 11. Human escorts are encouraged to dress up too!

The Murray Scholl’s branch of the Beaverton Library will be having a “Spooky Storytime and Costume Parade” from 1-2 on October 31st. Stop by to hear a spooky story, and start your trick-or-treating early!

New Seasons Market (located at 14805 SW Barrows Road, Beaverton) will be hosting a Halloween party from 1-4 p.m. Festivities include a balloon artist, face painting, cotton candy and popcorn machines, and a kid’s costume parade at 2:30.

The Tualatin Public Library is celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday. Día de los Muertos is a festive occasion set aside to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Bring your friends and family to celebrate this holiday with special crafts, games, and food.

Downtown Hillsboro is hosting their annual “Safe and Sane Halloween” from 3-6 p.m. on Halloween. Downtown businesses will be passing out candy and offering promotions to trick-or-treaters. This year’s activities include live music, a photo booth, pumpkin carving, costume contests, and more! Please be advised that streets will be closed near Main St. and 2nd Ave. for the duration of the event.

Another option for Saturday afternoon is to attend “Trick-or-Treat Orenco.” Fancy That Celebration Shoppe, 1336 N.E. Orenco Station Parkway, will host "Meet Queen Elsa" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. A photo shoot will be included, followed by kid-safe, fun trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. at participating businesses (marked with balloons).

Starting at 3:00 p.m. you can go trick-or-treating through Old Town Sherwood. Stop by the Sherwood Library and participating businesses in costume to get free treats!

McMenamin’s Grand Lodge will be hosting trick-or-treaters from 4:30 to 6:30 on Halloween. This event is free and open to the public!

In Forest Grove downtown businesses, as well as merchants at the Forest Grove Shopping Center, Ballad Towne Shopping Center, and other locations (Ace Hardware, Doherty Ford, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Wynwood of Forest Grove) are inviting trick-or-treaters to stop by between 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, for festive fun. In addition, activities will be held in the University Center at Pacific University between 5 and 8 p.m.

Cedar Hills Crossing will be hosting Mall-o-ween from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday October 31st. Participating stores are marked with orange signs in their windows.

His Church in Forest Grove will be hosting their annual Halloween carnival from 6-8 on Halloween. This year’s festivities include Wheel of Fortune, airsoft, toddler games, Nerf guns, bottle toss, skeet ball, hoops, as well as prizes and food.

HART Theater in Hillsboro will be screening the cult classic silent German Horror film “The Golem” (1920) at 7:30 on Saturday night. Admission is $11.

Now that you’re past all of that Halloween news, here’s another important reminder: In order for your vote to count, you must turn in your ballot by 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd. But there’s no need to wait until then – if you’ve filled out your ballot simply take it to the ballot drop box location nearest to you.

Do you have a bunch of confidential documents that need shredding? If so, stop by Hillsboro PD’s free document shredding event at the downtown Post Office on November 7th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. There is a three banker box limit per person, and suggested donation of $5 to benefit a local non-profit.

If you worked up an appetite shredding all those documents, then here is some good news: the 80th annual Verboort Sausage Festival will take place on November 7th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Be sure to show up early if you want to buy sausage in bulk!

On November 10th from noon until 2 p.m. in Salem the Oregon Capitol will be hosting a Tribute to Veterans Celebration. You can honor veterans, enjoy performances, look at uniform and flag displays, partake in refreshments, attend an author signing, and more. Free stick flags will be provided while supplies last.

The Ross Hollywood Chapel is organizing a Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11th at 9:45 a.m. You can submit your entry, view the parade route, and see which local businesses are offering parking for parade viewing by clicking here.

As mentioned above, Legislative Days will run from November 16th to the 18th here in Salem. You can come down to watch committee meetings, or to meet your state representative or senator in person. I always prioritize meeting with constituents, but to ensure there is not a schedule conflict please contact my office in advance if you would like to meet with me during Legislative Days. 

On November 24th the 20th Annual Turkey Trot will be held at Hare Field in Hillsboro. This free event is open to all kids through the 8th grade. Winners in each category take home a free Thanksgiving turkey!

On Saturday, November 28th head to downtown Hillsboro to celebrate Holly Days! Festivities begin at 1 pm with a special winter marketplace featuring artists, crafts, local food and drinks and fresh winter produce. Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza will be bustling with holiday cheer and excitement leading up to the awe-inspiring tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 pm. From 2 to 4 pm, visit with Santa where he will be taking Christmas wish lists and have his picture taken with kids (bring your own camera). While visiting with Santa enjoy arts and crafts and holiday music. When the visit ends at 4 pm, jolly Santa will roam the plaza greeting all the girls and boys. Take an indoor break at Outdoors In park @ the plaza from 1-4 pm for a free chance to explore this unique full-size indoor playground system. Get a cup of cocoa, and then stroll through the market and downtown merchants who are ready to service your holiday shopping needs. Check out stores for special sales and promotions.


Sen. Riley at the Next Dimension Bakery Grand Opening

Here I am at the Next Dimension Bakery grand opening celebration with owners Robert and Kristina Bragdon. They are open Thursday through Sunday, and their bakery is located at 2311 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

Here I am at the food pantry at McKinney Elementary School learning what we can do to end hunger!

Sen. Riley at the school pantry at McKinney Elementary School


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Senator Chuck Riley

Senate District 15

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