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September 2, 2017  Nature Walk: Koll Center Wetlands and Fanno Creek Trail - Five of us met for the walk over three bridges.  The water level was still high even though it hasn't rained for two months.  Some of us stayed to walk along the lake and listen to the bird calls.  We saw a huge blue heron standing way out in the middle of the lake.  Two of us walked at the meander speed and three enjoy a faster pace.

August 23, 2017 -- Dahlia Field Trip. Six of us were amazed at the seemingly endless fields of dahlias.  The flowers were awesome. The different forms, colors and varieties were wonderful.  We enjoyed lunch at a restaurant on the way back and had a great time together.  The weather was perfect.
Ted Talk Luncheon
July 26, 2017 - Ted Talk Luncheon - Ten Viva Villagers enjoyed a potluck lunch and watched Evelyn Glennie's "How to Really Listen" Ted Talk, followed by a few minutes of lively discussion.

Big Group waving
July 15, 2017 -- Viva Village Picnic  - More than 30 Villagers met for a beautiful, slightly breezy lunch at Barsotti park.  One observed how beautiful it was to see so many happy people gathered with a common purpose and goal.

July 26, 2017 Nature Walk: Summerlake Park -- a lovely walk around the lake punctuated by runners coming from the opposite direction doing a half marathon 14 times around the lake. Hello, hello again, hello again!

June 21, 2017 -- Rose Garden Fieldtrip -- the June timing was perfect for viewing the gorgeous roses.  We're really looking forward to going again next year when the ADA ramps will be finished and all of us will be able to enjoy the entire garden.  Click on the picture to enjoy.

June 14, 2017 -- Dine Around at the Chart House.  Frieda asked for the best table in the restaurant and we enjoyed a fantastic view of the Willamette river and Ross Island while our group of eight enjoyed a delicious meal.

June 3, 2017 Nature Walk:  Copper Mountain Nature Park -- Six of us split up in smaller groups to enjoy the park at our best pace.  The wildflowers are supposed to be the best in June, but this particular year the flowers are later.  It was a beautiful day and the views of the Tualatin Valley were stunning.

Group seated in the Theater
May 19, 2017 NW Senior Theater Spring Show  Our group enjoyed the spring variety show, which featured Academy Award winning music across the years.  There was much laughter during the good humored presentation.

May 11, 2017 Holocaust Memorial Tour   Eve led us with good humor and interesting details about the design of the Memorial as well as captivating stories about her family and others.

May 6, 2017 The Gift of Caring: Becoming Empowered Healthcare Advocates presented by Viva Village, Village without Walls, River West Village and the Beaverton Committee on Aging.  More than 80 people learned about advocating for themselves and others.  The three deadly D's were emphasized:  Dehydration, delirium and drugs (too many prescriptions that interact).

May 6, 2017 Nature Walk:  Six people enjoyed a delightful walk around the .8 mile Commonwealth LakeWe started together and went two by two at different paces.

April 29, 2017 Member/Volunteer Annual Meeting - This was our first annual meeting and was an enjoyable time together with good food and friendship.  There were about 50 people who shared questions and experiences of giving and receiving services.

April 28, 2017 Hulda Klager Lilac Garden Field Trip Nine of us left Beaverton at 9 am, toured the beautiful lilac garden and enjoyed lunch together.  We were back by 2:30.

March 25, 2017 Book Club:  Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

March 4, 2017
  Nature Walk:  Lowami Hart Nature Park.  Seven of us enjoyed the trails and rushing, singing creek at Lowami Hart Woods.

February 13, 2017
  Webinar with Atul Gawande - "More than 80 people gathered from the community and 3 west-side Villages for a live streaming video event hosted by Beacon Hill Village in Boston — celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Village movement.

There was disappointment when a winter storm in Boston postponed the main attraction — a talk on Community and Choice as We Grow Older, by renowned physician and writer, Dr. Atul Gawande.

, leaders from River West Village, Viva Village, and Village Without Walls rallied—presenting a program that still celebrated Villages, in particular the 4 operating and 3 developing Villages of Villages NW.   A panel of representatives from each Village responded to questions from the audience."                            by Kathy Brown

February 11, 2017 Organization Event with Beth Giles
- More than 50 people were glad they came to hear professional organizer, Beth Giles, tell us how to start Organizing and Simplifying our time and possessionsBeth specializes in working with seniors, and was able to to tell us how to get started and proceed step by step without a lot of stress.

February 4, 2017 
Six of us were thankful that the rain was light and the temperatures moderate as we spent some quality time hiking on the eastern end of the Rock Creek Trail.  We started out on TwoPonds drive, where we parked and entered the trail.  We enjoyed imagining the ducks on the pond -- the ones our trail scouts saw last summer. :-)  We then proceeded to the eastern end of the trail and enjoyed the view of the coastal hills as we returned to our cars.

January 24, 2017 
"Every time we open a book to read our expectations are high. It would not be different with An Irish Country Doctor, the book discussed by Viva Village's book club at the January gathering. Long term and new members were not disappointed, enjoying the company, Frieda's delicious snacks, and meeting the residents of Patrick Taylor's fictitious village. 
Gathering many elements and personalities, Patrick Taylor was able to write an entertaining, humorous book, much enjoyed by the Book Club members.  Coming attraction for the March 28 read:  Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  Stay tuned for further details."  Excerpted from a review by Nilze Sumner.

January 21, 2017 
Brainstorming the services we could request and getting to know each other were the two highlights of this Members Only meeting. 

January 19, 2017
This restaurant has good food, friendly staff, a quiet atmosphere, and enough tables for our Thursday night group of friends.

December 11, 2016  Tualatin Community Band Concert --  Our group, Sherrie, Frieda and Nilze shared a delightful afternoon of symphony music at the Tigard High School.    These musicians are all volunteers ranging from 18 to 80 years old.   Sandy Ruff was in the band and it was fun to see her and she said it was fun to play to an audience.  We are looking forward to next year's concert.  After the concert we went to dinner at P. F. Chang's.
December 3, 2016  Nature Walk to Jackie Husen Park "and the Jordan Woods Trail.  We walked past the park directly to the Jordan Woods Trail.  It was about .4 miles to the Overlook and we could hear the creek in the valley below as we walked.  I look forward to the Nature Walks," said June Stambaugh, "We go a different place each time and it gives me something to look forward to."
November 18, 2016  Fieldtrip Theater Event: NW Senior Theater Holiday Gala. This was a fantastic holiday variety show with humorous skits and wonderful singing. The sets and costumes were colorful and there was a large Christmas tree on the stage that was loaded with sparkling lights.  The actors came out into the audience to socialize after the production.  It was fun being in the 100 year old Alpenrose Dairy Opera House.
November 17, 2016 Thursday Social at the Thai Apsara Restaurant
November 15, 2016 Book Club, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Private home near Murray and Allen.
November 3, 2016 Vista Brook Park and the Fanno Creek Trail -- This was one of our most fun nature walks.  It was pouring rain and yet seven people showed up in their rain gear to enjoy the lake, the trail partly covered by beautirul leaves, and rushing creek. 
October 13, 2016 The Launch Celebration at Westbrook Clubhouse.  "There was some of everything — camaraderie, congratulations, dignitaries, original music, a slide show, great food, sparkling beverages, and so much more …A very special thank you to the many, many people who made this celebration a success!"  Kathy Brown


October 1, 2016  Nature Walk to Fanno Creek Park along Fanno Creek.  We split up so that small groups could walk at their preferred speed.  We enjoyed the fresh air and the fall breezes and were inspired by all the people running along the trail.


September 24, 2016  Let’s Get Moving: Staying independent with stamina, strength, balance, and mobility. This was a Viva Village fitness presentation by Jaqueline Sinke. 


September 10, 2016  General meeting for Viva Village


September 3, 2016     Nature Walk to Koll Center Wetlands, Fanno Farmhouse, and Fanno Creek Trail.  Six of us proceeded two by two at different speeds. 


August 28, 2016     Portland Light Opera’s presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic “Iolanthe.”  “A Dairy Diary,”  by Ross Miller

Ten Viva Villagers took the path to Alpenrose Dairy and its 100-plus year old theater on Sunday, August 28. We saw no cows, but rather a host of fairies in the cast of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe,” a production of Light Opera of Portland’s (LOOP). Iolanthe was one of these fairies, a naughty fairy, it seems. She married a human—a fairy “no-no”— and had a “half-and-half” son (half fairy, half human . . . nothing to do with milk and cream.) But who, we wondered, might a girl fairy marry? (Remember, this is a 19th century musical!) We saw no boy fairies. Also, we saw no girl parliamentarians. (All but two of the men in the cast were “peers,” members of the House of Lords.) Another challenge to credulity: fairies don’t age. The LOOP fairies could sing and dance, but some of their faces showed signs of wear, like ours. Great community theater fun! And though “Iolanthe” was first performed in 1892, some of the lyrics poking fun at politicians, both “liberal” and “conservative”—the last syllable “tive” always rhymed with “jive”— seemed quite contemporary.


August 10, 2016     “Beaverton and Beyond Dine Around Luncheon”  to the Chart House in Portland.  There were nine of us enjoying each other and the fantastic view of the Willamette River near the Ross Island bridge..