Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Clean Up 2015 – April 25 @ 9am to 1pm

Sat. April 25, 9am to 1pm. – Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Clean Up 2015!
Location:  Mt. Tabor Middle School Parking Lot (Entrance at SE 57th and Oak, just north of Stark St.)

Start gathering your junk! Our annual neighborhood cleanup is fast approaching.

The Mt. Tabor and N. Tabor Neighborhood Associations are working together again this year to host our joint cleanup event. In addition to being a very convenient way to get rid of your junk, this event also is a major fundraiser for the two neighborhood associations.

Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends! Anyone can bring stuff to the cleanup.

We’ll take bulky waste and some yard debris; we’ll recycle lots of materials, and have a reuse area for treasures that someone might want to rescue from the land fill. (See below for details on what we will and won’t take.)

Mount Tabor Middle School is holding its annual PTA sponsored rummage sale on Sat. April 25—the same say as the MTNA/NTNA neighborhood cleanup Come shop our fabulous sale for great bargains, while supporting our Mt Tabor Students! If you would like to donate to our sale, we will be accepting gently used donations at the school on Friday April 24 from 4pm to 7pm, if they are smaller items, there is a box labeled Rummage Sale near the office at Mt Tabor Middle School, or you can contact Nicole at for drop off information. We cannot accept computers, large appliances/furniture or mattresses. Any questions about the sale or donations, please contact Nicole at Tabor Middle School PTA Rummage Sale Location: Mt. Tabor Middle School Cafeteria, 5800 SE Ash Date: Saturday April 25, 2014 Time: 9am-2pm

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$10-$15 average load
$25 large loads
$30 and up for oversize loads
Tires: $5 per tire off the rim; $10 per tire on the rim

Volunteer!: Bring a friend. It’s fun!
Help direct traffic and unload cars and trucks, and sort recyclables.
Shifts: 8 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We also need people with pickup trucks to drive recyclable materials collected to Far West Fibers (now “Far West Recycling”).
Bring your tools and help in our “deconstruction area”—this allows us to recycle more—especially valuable metal!
To volunteer, contact Amy Chomowicz, or 503-232-3888.
Host a yard sign—help advertize the cleanup: contact Paul Leistner (; 503-232-3888) with your address in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood (Paul will drop off the sign and retrieve it after the cleanup).

General bulky waste (pretty much anything not listed in “WHAT WE WON’T TAKE”—see below)
Yard Debris (Limited quantity–WE ONLY HAVE TWO DROP BOXES FOR YARD DEBRIS THIS YEAR—generously donated by McFarlane’s Bark)

Yard debris–will be composted by McFarlane’s Bark
Scrap wood/lumber–paint and with small nails is o.k.
White block Styrofoam (no other types of Styrofoam)
Packing peanuts
Furniture/household items—Community Warehouse will collect these to give to families and individuals who can use them
Useable building materials
Appliances (except those with Freon)
Rigid plastics
Electronics (Computers and Peripherals, cell phones, and much more)—Green Century will be at the event again this year and will accept a wide range of electronic devices. Check out their website ; and Facebook page

No household hazardous waste (e.g. paint, pesticides, solvents, asbestos, gasoline, chemicals, motor oil, tar, paint, batteries, animal waste, liquids, pool chemicals, wood stain, antifreeze, thinners, aerosol spray products, syringes, medications, poisons, toxic chemicals, herbicides, household cleaning products, fluorescent tubes and ballasts, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL))
No large quantities of construction or landscape materials (concrete, asphalt, dirt, sod, brick, sand, gravel or composition roofing.)
No commercial or industrial garbage
No air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators, compressors or other items containing Freon.
No regular household garbage or food waste (things that should go in your curbside pickup)
We retain the right to refuse any item.

Reuse Area: Every year we get lots of things that could be used by someone else. Volunteers will rescue reusable items from the dumpsters and display them in the “Reuse Area.” Take home an unexpected treasure for a small donation. In past year’s people have gone home with yard care tools and equipment, glasses and dishes, books, and even an antique steamer trunk!

Metro donates the cost of dumping the drop boxes at the transfer station.
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability provides financial and logistical support to participating neighborhood associations.
Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition provides administrative support and technical assistance to the neighborhood associations and cleanup coordinators.

Laurelhurst Café is donating coffee and snacks for the volunteers.
McFarlane’s Bark is donating two drop boxes for yard debris and scrap wood.
New Seasons on Hawthorne is donating fruit, brownies, and cookies.

For more information about the cleanup, contact: Paul Leistner,, 503-232-3888.

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March & April Artist of the Month – Christina Carnoy

Come check out Christina Carnoy’s whimsical mixed media artwork at Cafe au Play in March & April!

Artist Statement: I have been a self-taught artist for many years and in the past few years have been delving into fine art mediums. I learned to combine painting with all of my previous arts and crafts into this wonderful world called “Mixed Media”. I fell in love from day one and have continually experienced joy as I explore the many facets of this art style.

As an artist, I work hard to develop paintings that speak both to me and to others about the beauty that exists in the midst of the troubled world we live in. I try with every finished work to impart hope, joy, faith, love, courage, and other positive, inspirational emotions

For this series, “Fairy Tales”, I used bright, saturated, transparent colors for my palette as these reflect my soul. I gave each subject a dreamy, sweet face, faintly hopeful.

I am married to a Frenchman and we have a 2 ½ year old French-American son, William Jean Patrice Carnoy. I live in Portland 11 months out of the year and France the other 1. I can be reached at 503-847-8128 or

I have a blog:, an Etsy shop at, a Society 6 shop at, and a Zazzle shop at

Artwork 3Artwork 1

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Pointed Man Band Kickstarter Campaign – 14 Days To Go!

14 Days To Go!! Pointed Man Band, one of Cafe au Play’s favorite children’s music performers, has a Kickstarter campaign in progress to produce his second album – Flight of the Blue Whale!

Please donate to Pointed Man Band’s campaign in the next 14 days!

Pointed Man Band has 14 days to go to reach his “extended goal of $6,000 with the hope of really geeking out on our hours in the studio… VINYL. That’s right, the extended goal would allow there to be a short run of Vinyl Records to be put into circulation for those of us who love everything about this format. Not to mention, the album already has a copy mastered specifically for it!”

“Any and all support is appreciated! Even if this isn’t the right time to be able to to give, just simply passing this along to a few friends who might themselves or know someone who is in the position to help is HUGE!

Now let’s make this Whale take flight! Love, Dan”

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March 14th @ 10am – Cafe au Play Sandbox Re-opening & Work Party!

Saturday, March 14 @ 10am to 1pm – Cafe au Play Sandbox Re-opening and Clean Up Work Party “Fun”!

Dear Friends of Cafe au Play,

All this great weather we’ve had means its time to re-open the sandbox and do some site clean up to get the Tabor Commons/Cafe au Play site ready for what seems like an early spring or even summer.

So please join us on Saturday, March 14th from 10am to 1pm for a family-friendly work party to re-fill the sand box and do various site clean up work like raking leaves, weeding and spreading mulch. CAP will provide a special lunch selection for all the hard workers!

And if you haven’t already, please consider donating to our sand box (bucket) fund at the front register. We’d like to order a a couple yards of beach sand so we can refill it when the sand migrates to other places throughout the summer! Please help us reach our goal of raising $350 by March 14th!


Josh Lighthipe
Cafe au Play Board President

Sandbox Photo

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SPECIAL PROMOTION – $25 off (5) Session Teen Yoga Class!

SPECIAL PROMOTION from Elissa Cirignotta, Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor and Cafe au Play Program Volunteer!

Teen Yoga @ Gem-Studio in NE Portland
1110 NE Glisan, Portland

Sundays in March! 2 to 3pm
March 1, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th

Come to all 5 sessions for $75 or drop in at $16 a session.

Mention you saw this at Cafe au Play and get a special price of $10 a session (a $25 deal!)

Community Yoga Poster for Cafe Au Play

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SPECIAL CLASS: Jan. 14 @ 11am – Chirp! Early Childhood Music Class

Wednesday, January 14th @ 11am to 12pm – Chirp! Early Childhood Music Class!
$5 suggested donation.

Join us at Cafe au Play as we sing, move and play to grow! Chirp is a fun, interactive developmental early childhood music program focused on growing your child’s skills through music. Our classes are facilitated by board certified Music Therapists with extensive early childhood experience. We’ll be back on Dec. 10th and Jan. 14th at 11am! Visit us at for more information. Contact your Music Therapist for any questions –

2015.1 Chirp Cafe au Play Flyer

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2014 in Review by WordPress

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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