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

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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.

Click here to see the complete report.

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End of the Year Gift & Cafe au Play Reopens on Jan. 2nd!

Dear Cafe au Play Friends,

Happy New Year!  2015 is almost here and we are looking forward to starting the new year with all of you!  Over the past four and a half years, Cafe au Play has grown tremendously and become an essential neighborhood gathering place for families and youth. During this time, many parents have expressed to me how important Cafe au Play was to them when they became a new parent by giving them a place to be with their children outside of their homes, offering entertaining and educational activities as well as a natural playground of rain water systems and basalt rocks. There is a movement to create spaces like Cafe au Play all over the United States because families realize how important places like Cafe au Play are to fostering social interaction and support for both caregivers and their children.

This year Night Grounds, our youth center, became a reality! We expanded our hours into the evening to offer a space for youth where they can express their creative endeavors and practice their barista skills. Our goal this year is to further expand Night Grounds and our Barista Job Skills Training Program so more students have the opportunity to participate!

As this year draws to a close, please make a donation to Cafe au Play and help set us up for success in 2015!

Thank you for your support. You make Cafe au Play possible!


Kristin Heying
Cafe au Play Director


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