We find ourselves in year two of a holiday season in the pandemic, but it can’t dampen the strong community spirit in St. Johns. We have some really fun things planned! Here is what is happening in September.
Mike Bennett Art Crypto-Zoo
You may have heard the buzz about artist Mike Bennett‘s latest (and biggest!) project, the Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery in St. Johns! Last year he created his Crypto-Zoo, releasing the name and lore of a different Cryptid each day. This year he will be releasing new Cryptids which you can along with the originals in a pop-up “museum” that Mike created in the currently unoccupied former bank building at 7410 N. Chicago Street (at Lombard). We are so thrilled that Mike chose St. Johns and that it’s in the heart of our downtown business district! Thank you to Debbie Thomas Real Estate for coordinating so seamlessly and generously with us and with Mike.
Hundreds of volunteers stepped up to help prepare the project, including a lot of students and staff at Wayfinding Academy (think of them when you see the crows!), and IQ Credit Union stepped in as a sponsor, so we are proud of how our community has showed up for this effort. On our part, we hired our landscaper Ernest Brown, and his team did a great job preparing the outdoor space for opening day.
Walk through the immersive Museum of Mystery, filled with 26 life-size Cryptids, Monsters and Mythical Beasts! Play games, win prizes and lookout for surprise guests!
Masks required. Admittance limited for social distancing.
Stay tuned to a fun Halloween event that we are planning to tie in to the Crypto-Zoo. Details soon!
St Johns Bites
Get ready to get a bite of St. Johns, starting September 20! 🍽 Participate in St Johns Bites and be Entered to Win a Weekly $50 Gift Card!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Visit any restaurant, cafe, bar, or food truck in St. Johns between Sept 20-Oct 20, 2021. Be sure to follow each business’s safety guidelines! 📷 Take a picture of your order. It can be consumed there, or it can be takeout or delivery. Post your photo to your Instagram account with the hashtag #stjohnsbites Be sure it’s a public photo and remember to tag and/or name the business! 3 winners will be selected on Tuesdays starting Sept 28. Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to the business in their photo. Winners will be notified via Instagram messages.
Our small business owners experienced a year of unfathomable challenges – from a global pandemic, to toxic smoke, to civil unrest, to our houseless crisis – yet though it all, they faced it with resilience, creativity, and compassion. We could not wish for a better and more supportive community than St Johns. For all of the hardship this past year, there were moments of gratitude and joy that will not be forgotten, and we will carry this strength into the coming years as we rebuild and re-emerge stronger than ever.
The theme that kept us going was “St Johns Together” #stjohnstogether
As the Boosters, we were challenged to put on our creative hats as well. In March, we shifted our monthly membership meetings to Zoom and hosted guest speakers including Prosper Portland, OSHA, PBOT, The Talented X, IRCO, and Do Good Multnomah. We created a St Johns Business Owners Forum on Facebook, a private group where business owners ask each other questions and share resources. We created a “live listing” of all businesses updated with their hours, links and special services, and sent out a mailer with a list of open businesses to remind the community to support local. We created graphics that our retail businesses could post to communicate safety measures to customers as they navigated limited opening protocols.
Thank you to all of our volunteers this past year – we could not have done all of this without you!
Starting this Friday November 20, we are launching a new interview series “I Am A Small Business” on Instagram Live. Earlier this year, Venture Portland came up with the “I Am A Small Business” social media campaign to highlight local businesses, and we thought it would be great to turn that idea into interviews, reminding everyone that by supporting our small businesses, you are supporting the people that own them.
Our President Liz Smith will host a guest each week, representing different businesses in our district. The first guest will be Annalisa from RoM Shoes. It’ll be a casual conversation and a chance for you to spend time “in” the district from the safety of your home! Tune in each Friday on Instagram.
You can start the book Moon Rope (in Spanish and in English) Monday, December 7th and the pages will be up in the business windows until January 7th so no rush to get through it. Two Rivers Bookstore and Revolutions Bookshop both have copies of the book at their location so if you’d like to purchase it please check with those stores while on your walk! Spread the word to your friends in the area so they have something fun to do with their kids!
Abajo en español
Únete a nosotros en nuestro primer StoryWalk ®!
Puede comenzar el libro Moon Rope (en español e inglés) el lunes 7 de diciembre y las páginas estarán en las ventanas comerciales hasta el 7 de enero, por lo que no hay prisa. Two Rivers Books y Revolutions Bookshop tienen copias del libro en su ubicación, así que si quieres comprarlo, por favor, compruébalo con esas tiendas mientras estás de paseo! Pasa la voz a tus amigos en el área para que tengan algo divertido que hacer con sus hijos!
Instead of passing out our local donation cans for the tree lights, we would prefer that you spend your money in the district. The most important thing you can do this season is support your local stores and businesses. For many, it will make a difference in whether they are still with us in 2021. Many offer contactless, curbside pickup, delivery, shipping, gift cards, and other options in compliance with Governor Brown’s mandated statewide Two Week Freeze (November 18-Dec 2).
Click here for our live, updated local business listing with hours, special services and links.
Every year at our Tree Lighting Event, we offer booths to community organizations. Even though we are not having the event this year, you can still get your holiday decor and support our young people!
Lunch & Learn Series *NEW*
Navigating PUA Applications
Thank you to member Carol Tricoche for a great presentation! There is a link to the slide deck in the YouTube video description. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be notified when we have new content!
Learn more about Carol and her business Carol’s Escapes Travel here.
We would like to make this a monthly series! Let us know if you have a skill or topic to share with our business community by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Lunch and Learn”.
Boo-sters Halloween in St. Johns
We always look forward to Halloween in the district, which is usually the time of year when we do our annual Trick or Treat Walk and thousands of trick-or-treaters walk through our streets and receive candy from our many street-facing businesses. Of course, drawing crowds is not what we want to do during a pandemic, but the businesses felt strongly that they still wanted to do something fun for the kids, so we came up with some interactive yet distanced activities spread over the weeks leading up to Halloween.
Pumpkin Giveaway & Decorating Contest:
Began October 19th, 2021
In the early 1990s, The Boosters used to give away pumpkins in conjunction with a carving contest put on by the Foot Patrol. We thought it would be great to bring this back, but in a new way:
Pick up a pumpkin at participating businesses between October 19-October 31st (while supplies last!)
Decorate them at home – carve, paint, decorate however you like!
Post a public photo to Instagram using the hashtag #stjohnsboo and tag the business where you got the pumpkin.
On October 31st, winners will be selected and receive prizes!
Thank you to our donors!
Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island generously donated 100 of their beautiful pumpkins to our district and we can’t thank them enough!
Oregonians Credit Union 7825 N. Lombard, hours: M-Th: 9:00a – 5:00p, Fridays: 9:00a – 6:00p Reggie Guyton State Farm Insurance 8180 N. Lombard, hours: M-F 9:00a – 5:00p IQ Credit Union 8191 N. Lombard #102, hours: M-F 9:30a – 5:30p A Nice Lady in St. Johns 7227 N. Philadelphia #102, hours: M-F 10:00a – to 6:00p, Sat 10:00a – 1:00pm
Scavenger Hunt: October 29th – November 1st
Our team of volunteers has been busy putting together a fun scavenger hunt game for the kids! It will be over 3 days to have time to get all of the clues and to visit the stores during different times to allow social distancing. Remember to wear your face masks in addition to your Halloween masks!
The contest begins at the start of business on Thursday 10/29 and goes until 11/1, or until we run out of candy! Print out as many sheets as you like, but try to limit prizes to one bag of candy per family so that everyone has a chance to participate.
Print out the scavenger hunt sheet, or pick it up at one of the participating businesses.
Look for decorations/clues in the business’s windows. They will be designated with a Boosters logo so you will know it is an official clue! (Note: since the clues will be in store windows, you can go anytime, not just during store hours!)
Answer the questions on the scavenger hunt sheet. Don’t forget to check the back for a fun puzzle!
Once you have completed the entire sheet, you can turn in your sheet to one of the businesses and receive a pre-packaged bag of candy.
We had over 90 entries and 12 winners who each got a $50 gift certificate to the business in their photo. Check our Instagram to see who won.
Shop small, support local and win gift cards! Support St. Johns businesses by participating in our 2nd Annual St. Johns Bites. Take a photo of your meal or drink from any local St. Johns restaurant, bar or café and post it to Instagram using #stjohnsbites – make sure your post is public!
Each week, 3 participants will win a $50 gift card to the business they posted a photo of. Winners will be announced every Tuesday, with the first winner announced on September 22nd.
Businesses are encouraged to promote the event by using the following marketing materials:
On Tuesday, August 25th, the St. Johns Boosters Business Association hosted a mixer for businesses to learn more about Google My Business. Click here to view the presentation slide deck.
Supporting Local Business During COVID-19
During COVID-19, it’s important for our community to support one another. The St. Johns Boosters Business Association has assembled a list of customer-facing businesses that are open in compliance with Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives executive order. This list details special procedures and new options for customers (ie curbside pickup, takeout).
Click here to find out which St. Johns businesses are open. Are you a business owner taking special precautions and offering new options for customers? Email us at email@example.com to get your information added to the list.
We also invite you to be a part of our #iamasmallbusiness campaign. Created by Venture Portland, this social media campaign reminds our community that by supporting our small businesses, you are supporting the people that own them. This campaign is open to all businesses within our boundaries. To have your business featured, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of yourself (preferably at your business), your business name, description, social media handles, and any special information that people should know.
Thank you to residents for supporting your business community during this time. We’ll get through this together, St. Johns!
The Boosters are launching a new campaign titled #stjohnstogether, encouraging businesses and residents alike to show their support for the place we love. Even in times of crisis, it’s important to remind ourselves that as a community, we stand together.
As businesses have rapidly had to shift to online platforms in order to offer customers alternative ways to shop, the Boosters have put together a team of local consultants we like to call the Boosters Virtual Marketing Squad, who are ready to guide you so that you can get your business online presence up to speed quickly and easily, for free.
Hemos reunido un equipo de profesionales y voluntarios locales, que nos gusta llamar El Escuadrón de Marketing Virtual, que están listos par guiarlo para que pueda acelerar su negocio de manera rapida y facil, gratis.
On Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Guest Speakers at the Boosters’ General Meeting were Andy Goebel and Chris Aiosa from Do Good Multnomah. They covered the St. Johns Transitional Housing Village. You can learn more about the project here.
The Good Neighbor Agreement was approved at the SJNA General Meeting on December 14, 2020, and you can find the draft below. Updates and communication will be available through St. Johns Neighborhood Association.
Thank you to Convergence Architecture
Convergence Architecture donated over $80k of services for design and project coordination. Other neighborhood businesses that provided service donations are WCL Engineering, Rachel Hill Landscape Architect, Placecraft, and Gene Darco Painting. See the Convergence website portfolio page for more details and links to local businesses that donated.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. While many forms of ID theft cannot be prevented, there are some simple things everyone can do (both in their personal lives and even at work), to mitigate the risk.
Do Not Use the Same Password Across Multiple Programs
Studies show that 55% of all people repeat their passwords, many even using the same passwords at home and at work. If a criminal were to obtain your password and combine it with your email or other pieces of personal info, they can attempt to breach many accounts at once, including credit cards and bank accounts.
Protect Against Medical Identity Theft
Credits cards are a small percentage of all identity theft. Most banks have this under control.
The #1 culprit is Medical Identity Theft at 43%. The cost of health care has sky-rocketed, making health care a luxury for many. The scariest part of this happening is that — due to HIPAA laws — one would never even know. If you were to receive medical care and were a victim…it would be your name but another’s health record. Perhaps you were allergic to a medication, had a health condition worth noting and more. This situation could literally be a case of life or death.
What’s the Price of Your Identity?
The median price to purchase someone’s identity was only $21.35 in 2015. This is a low price to gain access to stealing an individual’s identity. Couple that with the plethora of data breaches….. it is becoming harder to feel secure in this CyberAge.
How To Protect Yourself
What can you do? You cannot undo what is already out there but one can be proactive for the future. LegalShield has partnered with Kroll to provide our members 24/7 Identity Theft protection. ID Shield monitors what matters. Not only that — but should you become a victim of identity theft — your personal private investigator will do whatever it takes; as long as it takes; however much money it takes to restore your identity back to pre-theft status.
Do you love to dance? Do you love moving your body? The Aspire Project located at 8426 N. Lombard Street offers over 55 dance and fitness classes a week for students ages 3 years to 83 years old!
Affordable and Accessible Dance Classes
Since 2009, The Aspire Project has provided affordable and accessible dance programs for Portland’s youth and in 2015, The Aspire Project found their permanent home in downtown St. Johns. They currently offer classes for all ages in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, yoga, Pilates and cardio classes, as well as a youth academic lab.
No Student is Turned Away
At The Aspire Project, no student is turned away. The organization aims to provide programs for students who could otherwise not afford the opportunity. Currently, 50% of students in the studio program receive discounted tuition as based on financial need and the outreach program offers classes in five North Portland schools, Assumption Village and the Rosewood Initiative.
2nd Annual Fundraising Gala October 13th
On October 13, 2018, The Aspire Project is hosting their 2nd annual gala, Raising The Barre from 5:00-8:30 pm at the Village Ballroom. This money this gala raises helps to provide affordable and accessible programs for ALL. Will you join us and support The Aspire Project? Stop by The Aspire Project to inquire or buy tickets here.
Fall is officially here. The cooler weather means it’s finally time to turn on our ovens and start cooking again. It also means SOUPS! Not just any soup though, Ginger Squash Soup. This recipe is one of my favorites because it is so easy and delicious. I am honestly the laziest cook, so the easier the better. Plus this recipe makes a big batch, which means you can freeze some for later. Roasting the squash gives this soup a delicious flavor, the apples add a touch of sweetness, the ginger gets things spicy and the coconut milk mellows it all out with some creamy goodness. Happy cooking! I hope you love this soup as much as I do.
4 Acorn or butternut Squash (or any other variety)
2-4 T Fresh grated ginger ( The more you use, the spicier your soup!)
1 Large onion, diced
1-2 Cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 C Chicken bone broth or vegetable broth
2 C Coconut milk (I prefer this brand because it is just coconut)
2 T Coconut oil or avocado oil
Fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Cut squash and apples in half and remove seeds. Place face down on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees until soft, approximately 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Trust me these babies get HOT! Remove skins after cool and dice into small pieces. Set this aside. (This can be done a day before if you are short on time. Just refrigerate until ready to cook.)
Saute onion in a few tablespoons of avocado oil or coconut oil until almost soft. Add garlic, saute for a few moments and then add the squash, apples, ginger, broth and coconut milk. Let this all simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes to let all the flavors meld together. After 30 minutes, remove from heat and carefully use an emersion blender or regular blender to puree into a creamy consistency. Add water or more broth if it gets too thick. Add your salt, pepper and lemon juice.
Garnish with a sprig of parsley or cilantro and another squeeze of lemon juice. Then eat and enjoy!
Has this happened to you? You need a plumber, a carpenter, a mechanic, or a mortgage professional and don’t know who to call? That happens every day to thousands of people. Well, where do you find that solution? My kids barely know what a phone book is? Most people use the computer and that can is hit or miss. I have the best answer to that question – call your insurance agent for a referral!
6 Reasons you should call your insurance agent if you need help fixing anything.
1. Most agents have a referral network.
I belong to one of the largest groups in the Pacific Northwest with 35+ members. Considering this group and other groups I am involved in the connections are endless.
2. Our reputation is our name.
If I provide someone with a referral I have checked them out. I would not refer anyone to a partner that I would not let work in my house. As a matter of fact, I have some that I would let watch my kids and we’re not even related.
3. The views expressed online may not be true.
We all know about keyboard cowboys. Sometimes the things that go wrong are not the fault of the business. Having someone with personal knowledge of the company can go a lot further than an online review. Combining online information and the opinion of someone you like, know, and trust is a better way to reach a decision.
4. We deal with a wide array of customers and claims situations.
Every day, I am asked to provide my opinion on something involving homes, cars, and businesses. My background in small business, combined with 14 years in claims is living the jingle; “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.”
6. Our referral partners provide answers not further problems
In insurance, I am in the business of removing or minimizing the risk a person experiences. My referral partners enjoy solving problems. In fact, I always expect them to provide another referral if they cannot fix a problem. You should too.
I’ll give you another reason, they’re free!
So the next time you are not sure who to call try dialing 971.303.8508 or find us at www.lucascole.com
It’s a typical Friday night. My oldest is happy to be participating in his karate class, especially now that he’s bigger than his father. The youngest, well he wants a buddy to play Minecraft with and his dog is loyally handling the job.
Mom is in the kitchen getting things ready after a day at work. She likes her new job because it is flexible and lets her be there when the two boys need her time. Seeing patients in line with her schedule works. Those long hours and days in school are finally paying off.
She goes to the sliding door and lets the other dog out that saw a squirrel run across the back fence. Thankfully, the rain hasn’t started. It’s been a long summer and looking at the clouds it might be the start of the long wet northwest fall, winter, and spring!
Mom looks out the front door and sees the oldest coming back from Karate. It’s time for dinner. She is just happy that she and her family can sit and enjoy this meal together. Three years before this story was written, I died. It really doesn’t matter how.
We have 86,400 seconds in each day. That means we have 3,600 seconds every hour. The reason the above story could be true? I took the 3,600 seconds it took to make sure that my family would be able to have dinner, a dog, and the ability to have a life after the death of a loved one.
People faced with the discussion of life insurance often ask, “Where do I start?”
There are several ways to look at this and the easiest one is usually looking at it through the LIFE acronym.
L – Liabilities What debts would you want to be erased if you pass away? This can be a mortgage, loan, or credit card debt. Anything you want to be paid off would go here.
I – Income Replacement How many years of income would you want your spouse to have? This can depend on the amount indicated in liabilities. Maybe it depends on how old the kids are at the time – or a balance of both?
F – Final Expenses To pay for the arrangements you make with your family to begin the grieving process
E – Education How much will college tuition cost when your children reach that age?
It shows the projected tuition costs for the Fall of 2029 – Spring of 2030
For a 4-year public (out of state) with 5% tuition increases, the cost is $71,373
For a 4-year private (non-profit) with 5% tuition increases, the cost is $92,869
For a 4-year public in-state with 5% tuition increases, the cost is $41,228
Make the increases 7% and the costs jump to $100,239, $130,428 and $57,609 for the schools.*
Source: Campus Consultants Inc * Includes room and board
Clearly, in life and Life Insurance, there are more things to consider then would fit in this post. Please take a portion of the 86,400 seconds you have every day, about 3600 seconds, to make sure that your family gets a typical Friday night dinner if you are not there to enjoy it.