If you haven’t heard this is the first year for the Camas based middle school, The Gryphons. It opened this fall to 120 students who are learning lessons and meeting state standards in a project based learning environment. I got to check out the campus and sit down with the principal Aaron Smith to talk about how this school is doing and what is on the horizon. What an amazing and wonderful option for our youth here in Camas. Listen in and see what you think!
I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and chat with three special individuals at Camas High School and talk about the upcoming production Chemogirl and other Plays! that will be showcased on Friday, October 7th at Camas High School Auditorium. House opens at 6:30 and the curtain goes up at 7:00. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night walk to help support research for blood cancers. What a great fundraiser for our community to rally around. Raising funds for cancer research and supporting Camas High School Theater. Please consider supporting.
Have you ever had a time in your life where you struggled with a life event happening or something from your past that kept resurfacing again and again? Have you thought of seeking out a therapist but worried about a stigma that might go with that or didn’t quite know where to start the search to find the right therapist? If you didn’t catch my interview last week, May is Mental Health Awareness month, and I am featuring some interviews this month bringing light to different aspects of mental health. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Sandra Hunt Bero who is a local therapist specializing in child, adolescent and women’s issues. Listen in as we chat about mental health and how it can be a great source of help in times of need. Please watch and share. Together we can educate, break the stigma about mental health and start the dialogue.
I can’t wait for you to meet this Camas resident, Heather Radu who is the founder and owner of Forever Changed International. Heather has a orphanage in Guatemala called Dorie’s Promise. On May 24th from 6-8 there will be a Care Concert held at Camas Meadows to help support the orphans at Dorie’s Promise. Families are encouraged to attend. There will be great music, auction items and a time to come together as a community to support this great organization. You can get tickets at the door. Let’s join in to support and bring love to communities around the world. Enjoy the pictures at the end of our interview from my service trip to Guatemala in January. See you May 24th!
Please watch this video and share it. Let’s start talking about mental illness. Did you know 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family? Take action today to help others as we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
Last week I had to wonderful opportunity to attend the 5th grade luncheon at Prune Hill Elementary. These students got to attend a Portland Youth Philharmonic concert and then come back to their school for a formal, white linen luncheon put on by the PTA and served by their parents. Weeks leading up to this luncheon these kids went over manners, etiquette and behavior in formal dining situations. What a great gift to give these young people to go out in the world with. Hoping to inspire other elementary schools to do the same. Check it out!
As I drive around town I have seen this lovely woman on her bike riding all around in all kinds of weather. I have been inspired watching her ride around town and wanted to get to know who this lovely woman is. Well, she is Connie Pappas, the wonderful librarian at Skyridge Middle School. Tune is as she shares about her love for her bike and why she rides!
Yesterday these sweet second graders from Helen Baller Elementary visited Camas Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center to sing some holiday songs and put some smiles on faces of some older people in our community. It was beautiful. I couldn’t help but be moved by the kids sweet voices and the smiles on the faces of the people listening. These second graders are spreading random acts of kindness this holiday season and it’s so inspirational. I have to admit that I didn’t have my usual camera, so excuse the low quality of audio at some parts. Enjoy, and I hope this inspires you to spread kindness!
Listen in as I chat with Erika Cox, the current President of the CEF. Their phone-a-thon is scheduled for next week and the big Gala/Auction for February. This group of amazing volunteers has some great things planned to help make our classrooms extraordinary. Check it out!
There has been some empty space for awhile in downtown Camas, but not for long. Hot Flow Yoga is opening October 5th down on 4th by the Liberty Theater. Hear all about this new studio from the owner Jackie! Breathe deeply and let the light in.