Friday, December 28, 2012

THAT'S SO CUEGLY...: 75 Kid Activities

THAT'S SO CUEGLY...: 75 Kid Activities

There are some great ideas and boredom busters for winter break here!

Low Cost Internet for Low Income Families with Children on FREE lunch.

News Release from October 2012

Comcast has a resource for low-income families who may not otherwise be able to afford Internet.
Internet Essentials is a Comcast-sponsored program that makes Internet access available to low-income households with children who receive free or reduced fee school lunches under the National School Lunch Program.

If you are interested in Internet Essentials just call (855) 846-8376.

While participating in the program, customers may receive a low-cost Internet connection and computer, with free Internet training. Internet connection is $9.95 per month plus tax. Computer is $149 plus tax. It is not necessary to purchase the low-cost computer to obtain the low-cost Internet connection.

Family must have children who receive free school lunches under the National School Lunch Program. Must live in an area where Comcast Internet service is offered. Cannot have received Comcast Internet service within last 90 days, and may not have a past due bill or unreturned equipment with Comcast. Call for more information about eligibility requirements.

Tammie Jones
Domestic Violence
Court Case Manager
Multnomah County
Fourth Judicial District
1021 SW Fourth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
503-988-4419 Office / 503-988-4002 Fax

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Holidays! I hope yours were fantastic!

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Holiday season together.  And I know it's time to start thinking about what else to do with the kids until school is back in.  Remember that there are lots of ideas on the - Calendar of Events - Ideas for Anytime and - Ongoing Events pages.
A few weeks ago I was invited to attend the Magic Show at Mall 205.  The show appeared to be a sell out, with lots of smiling little faces.  Kids were enchanted by the magic and excited to get the chance to come on stage and be an assistant.  What a fun family event!  I would suggest going early to get good seats.  We arrived just before show time and had to sit in the back row.  Concessions are inexpensive and the two hour show is a hoot!
At $45 for a family 5 pack.  It's a pretty good deal for 2 hours of entertainment.  They also give you various mall coupons at the door.  The entire show we could smell the tasty aromas of the Gyros and Pizza places near by.
The next show is this weekend. They are doing two shows on  December 28th and 29th at 2pm.

Monday, December 17, 2012

News Release from Alpenrose Dairyville

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Christmas In Dairyville opens once again to welcome the Holiday Season.   

Portland, Ore. — Get your family in the holiday spirit with a stroll down Storybook Lane. Alpenrose Dairy and the Cadonau family, along with the 4-H Discovery Farm at Alpenrose open the grounds to Dairyville for this holiday tradition that has been around for decades.

Christmas in Dairyville is a winter wonderland filled with 300+ flocked trees, live animals that make up the various scenes in Storybook Lane, old holiday movie screenings in the iconic Opera House, carolers and choirs signing the nostalgic sounds of the Christmas Season and holiday dance performances. You can stroll the vintage storefronts of Dairyville, stop by the holiday gift shop, enjoy a cup of cocoa or hot apple cider as well as treat yourself to homemade goodies from the bakery. And last, but certainly not least, stop by and say hi to Santa and have a professional photo taken with your family.

“We are excited to bring this holiday tradition back again this year to the community,” said Tracey Cadonau McKinnon fifth generation Alpenrose dairy farmer. “This is one of my favorite times of the year as you can really feel the holiday magic come to life as visitors stroll through Dairyville.”

Christmas in Dairyville will be open Fridays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

· December 7th-9th
· December 14th-16th
· December 21st-23rd

Proceeds from various sales at Storybook Lane will benefit several charities throughout Oregon including local 4-H programs.
Storybook Lane is free admission and located at 6149 SW Shattuck Road in Portland at Alpenrose Dairy. For more information visit

About Alpenrose Dairy: Alpenrose Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1916. For over 95 years, the Cadonau family has been committed to bringing customers the finest milk nature can provide. Dairy products get to the market the same day they left the farm and products have no added rBST hormones and lower homogenized temperatures to keep natural vitamins and minerals intact. Alpenrose is commitment to sustainable agriculture and bringing fresh, wholesome products to their customers.
The photos mixed in are some of our fond family memories or Dairyville through the years. It's a fantastic place to start a holiday tradition. -Jody

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holiday Events Guide 2012

I know, I know.  This is SUPER late, but there are still so many fun events for the holiday season.  It's tough to try to fit a vacation into Christmas time.  Nothing gets done.


Friday, December 7, 2012

FREE swim lessons over winter break.

This message from
Take a winter swim with Portland Parks & Recreation -

Swimming isn't just for summer. Head over to the pool during your child's winter break!

Portland Parks & Recreation is offering free swim lessons to children and adults from December 17 - 20.

Instructors will teach and improve your child’s swimming and water safety skills. All of PP&R lifeguards are certified by Ellis & Associates.

Registration is required for all classes which begin at 9 am, 9:35 am, 10:10 am, and 10:45 am.

Also during the winter break, five of the PP&R pools will be offering extended Open Play Swim Monday through Friday.

For registration, more information and a complete schedule, call PP&R’s East Portland Community Center at (503) 823-3450.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Trees for Poppy

I just saw this great story on the Channel 8 News.  This sweet little baby girl was born with fused fingers and toes, along with other skeletal problems.  The family is trying to raise $60,000 for a surgery that is not covered by insurance.  They are selling Christmas Trees outside their Milwaukie home.  Get your tree and help a family, it doesn't get much better than that at Christmas time!

Poppy Seeds Blog with more info