Native Plant Sale returns to Nature Park

Proceeds benefit park improvements and programs

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The sambucus racemosa or red elderberry is one of the many native plants that will be sold during Saturday's event at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park.Fall is officially here, and there’s no better time to get native plants into the ground to spruce up any home garden.

Shoppers can select from a wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants for every corner of the garden at the annual Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 15655 S.W. Millikan Way. Admission is free.

“Planting now gives your trees, shrubs and plants a head start for next spring and summer,” said Karen Munday, program coordinator at the Nature Park Interpretive Center. “Winter rains will do the watering for you; while the growth isn’t noticeable on top, roots are getting established in the soil below.”

Native plants produce a landscape that needs little care, water, fertilizer or pesticides. They also provide greater benefits for wildlife than traditional landscaping.

Visitors to the Native Plant Sale can browse a broad selection of more than 100 varieties of plants available for purchase. Inquisitive gardeners can consult with knowledgeable park district staff and volunteers about native plants and their benefits; they’ll help you find the right plant for your needs.

All proceeds from the Fall Native Plant Sale support the Friends of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park and go toward future park improvements and educational programs.

For more information, call the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center at 503-629-6350.

Beaverton Leader Scoreboard Page: Thursday, Sept. 5

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The Beaverton Leader scoreboard page is now online. View the complete Beaverton Leader scoreboard page for Thursday, Sept. 5, here – BL Scoreboard 9-5-13.pdf.

Visit our scoreboard for all your latest Metro League, Lewis & Clark League and District 1 standings, scores, results and upcoming games for the fall 2013 season.

The scoreboard includes information on football, volleyball, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys cross country, girls cross country, boys water polo and girls water polo for Aloha, Beaverton, Jesuit, Southridge, Sunset, Westview and Valley Catholic high schools.

Herbs Daughter Custom Soaps

herbsdaughterRoberta with Herbs Daughter makes some of the most delightful custom soaps. You can often find her at local farmer markets and you can order her soaps on her website. Checkout her website for further details.

Business Name: Herbs Daughter Custom Soaps

Main Contact: Roberta Michaels

Web Address: www.HerbsDaughter.NET

Phone: (503) 318-1974

Q: What made you want to start Herbs Daughter?
A: Eleven years ago, a friend asked me to make her a soap that was not only hypoallergenic, but was pretty and moisturizing. I made her a few soaps who she shared with other family members and friends. I actually had 4 different soaps when someone asked me if I would be interested in selling them. I had never thought of selling them but went to a holiday fair with 4 products and the rest is history!

Q: If you had to pick one thing out of your day, what’s the most exciting / favorite?
A: Last fall, a woman came to my booth at the Farmers’ Market with a really bad itch. She had had stitches on her pinkie for which the doctor recommended Vasoline. (This actually dries the skin with petrochemicals!) I asked her if she wanted to just try a sample of my herbal salve (Salve the Planet). Reluctantly, she unwrapped her bandage and put the salve on her stitches. She left the booth but in 10 minutes, she returned, telling me that the itching that she had for over 10 days was completely gone!!! I felt good that this special product that I make in my greenhouse helps people.

Q: Who is your ideal customer?
A: Someone who cares about the quality of the products and is willing to support their health by being selective.

Q: What do you consider your biggest weakness?
A: According to my husband, I don’t toot my horn enough!

Q: How are you improving on that weakness?
A: Practice, practice, practice!

Q: What is your biggest strength?
A: I care about the quality of products that I produce and am always improving what I make.

Q: How do you like running [their business]?
A: I find making the products fun and joyful. I am still learning “the business”.

Q: If you could change one thing about your businesses day-to-day routine, what would it be?
A: I don’t have a day-to-day routine. When I am working the Farmers’ Markets, I revise what I do all the time. I am always learning and customers guide how I do my work.

Q: Any new specials you can tell your customers about? 🙂
A: I have been studying perfume-making and have made a new herbal perfume roll-on and spray. The top note is tangerine which is just yummy.

My husband asked me to make him a shaving soap (to be used with a brush) that is moisturizing, healthy and that lasts a long time. I sell the Wild Whiskers shaving soap in a mug (with an optional Italian brush) that lasts a very very long time. These have been very popular.

Q: If you had a chance to say one thing to a brand new customer, before they walk in the door, what would it be?
A: Remember that whatever you put on your skin goes into your bloodstream in 30 seconds. When you use soap, lotions, lip balms, etc. remember that you can support your health by using the highest quality products.

PRO (Premier Resource Organization) – Networking/Mastermind Group

Business name: PRO (Premier Resource Organization, Inc)

Main contacts:
Mark Vandervest – (503) 495-4973
Dave Kezziah – (503) 481-2240

Website: www.OregonPRO.com

Excerpt from website:
To succeed & exceed in business, it is necessary to develop strong, lasting professional relationships. The focus of PRO is business development by creating the opportunity for you to network, develop marketing skills, share resources, and increase referrals while expanding your personal and professional sphere of influence on a regular basis.

Q: What made you want to start PRO?

A: I started PRO because I found immense value in professional networking, masterminding, and sharing resources.

Q: If you had to pick one thing out of your day, what’s the most exciting / favorite?

A: Coming home to my beautiful, loving family.

Q: Who is your ideal customer?

A: A solopreneuer who is eager to think outside of the box and contribute to the success of others.

Q: What do you consider your biggest weakness?

A: Procrastination.

Q: How are you improving on that weakness?

A: I am trying to plan out my week, and not be weak with my plan.

Q: What is your biggest strength?

A: I am a tenacious optimist.

Q: How do you like running [their business]?

A: With energy, enthusiasm, and a mix of humor.

Q: If you could change one thing about your businesses day-to-day routine, what would it be?

A: I would be more consistent with my daily schedule.

Q: Any new specials you can tell your customers about? 🙂

A: We are offering 50% off of our intake fee (a $37.50 value) with every membership through the last day of summer.

Q: If you had a chance to say one thing to a brand new customer, before they walk in the door, what would it be?

A: If you’re not part of a weekly resource or mastermind group, you are doing yourself and your business a huge disservice. Being part of PRO for the last 7+ years has cultivated strategies that have gained me far more business than any other referral source of income. It takes a different mindset to share your knowledge (and weaknesses) with your sphere of influence. Most people think business is a competition, when in reality you are only in competition with yourself. If you have a sharing mindset, you will excel. If not, you are going to continue to struggle throughout life. Come and check us out for free and experience the value. Coffee is on us!

Heritage School of Interior Design in Beaverton Oregon

Business name: Heritage School of Interior Design

Main contact: Jan Springer

Phone: 503-292-3343

Address:
9340 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, OR 97005 – MAP

Website: www.HeritageSchoolOfInteriorDesign.com

Excerpt from website:
The foundation of Heritage School’s training is to instill the necessary guidelines, procedures and skills to enable our students to pursue an active role in the design industry, either through employment or self-employment. Our goal is to create a fun, stimulating work environment to promote each student’s success. This is accomplished through personal attention and an excellent and thorough curriculum (refer to Course Outline).

Q: What made you want to start Heritage School of Interior Design?

A: My love for interior design and the desire to share my knowledge fulfilling students career goals.

Q: If you had to pick one thing out of your day, what’s the most exciting / favorite?

A: Teaching students that share my passion. Watching them connect the dots.

Q: Who is your ideal student?

A: Career changers, late 20’s 30’s, 40’s,50’s, 60’s. Loves design for interior spaces, creative and solution oriented.

Q: What do you consider your biggest weakness?

A: This is difficult, we are so proud of Heritage and the instruction we offer. The only weakness I can think of is that it’s always challenging to find students.

Q: How are you improving on that weakness?

A: We are always open to new marketing techniques. We advertise in the newspaper, website,facebook and Angie’s list. We have graduate referrals in every class as well.

Q: What is your biggest strength?

A: We don’t just teach interior design…we teach them how to make a living at it!

Our graduates are also our biggest strength… We have an excellent reputation, just talk to them.

Q: How do you like running Heritage?

A: I love having my own business…I’m the best boss I ever had.

Q: If you could change one thing about your businesses day-to-day routine, what would it be?

A: Being licensed by the State Board of Education requires administrative paperwork which is not difficult but I’m happiest teaching.

Q: Any new specials you can tell your customers about?

A: Being licensed by the State Board of Education policies are set regarding tuition fees, we cannot offer discounts.

Q: If you had a chance to say one thing to a brand new customer, before they walk in the door, what would it be?

A: Follow your passion…if you have the desire, we have the training.