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Festival of fun benefits Children’s Heart Foundation Brian Young
Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 16, when the Oregon chap-
ter of the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) will hold its second an-
nual fundraiser and festival of fun. Dubbed “Lion Heart in
Laurelhurst” by CHF Oregon chapter president Aimee Mooney, the
event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the northeast quadrant of
Laurelhurst Park near Southeast 39th Avenue and Ankeny Street. The
event will include activities for adults and children.
The Oregon chapter of the Children’s Heart Foundation was es-
tablished in September 2004 by Aimee and Joe Mooney shortly after
their son Finnegan was born with a severe congenital heart defect. Al-
though their son seemed normal at birth, it soon was discovered that
the left side of his heart was underdeveloped, causing difficulties in
breathing and eating.
Finn had his first open-heart surgery when he was just three days
old. Two additional surgeries followed when he was five months old.
He spent the first eight months of his life at the pediatric center of
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. In just a little over three years of
life, Finn has experienced eight major surgeries.
“Finn is living proof that research matters,” says his mother,
Aimee. “If people had not given time and money to congenital heart
defect research fifteen to twenty years ago, Finn would not be alive to-
day.” Today Finn uses a feeding tube and takes approximately fifteen
daily medications to maintain proper cardiac function. But his parents
are excited that he is eating and taking part in all the daily activities any
other “three-year-old rascal” would. “He’s laughing, talking, and run-
• There’s dirt ready to move all over Hollywood, as half a dozen projects are in various states of readiness.
• At long last the Irving Park water feature is a reality, thanks to many people.
• This summer offers opportunities to shop, run, parade and listen.
• Community groups find the funds to reward some worthy causes - and people.
For more information on these
and other Northeast Portland
issues, turn to N.E Neighbor-
MIDLIFE AND BEYOND - Malling co-authors book about second half of life. See page 18.
continued on page 10
LIVING TWO LIVES - Accountant by day, opera singer by night. See page 31.
Amy Nowatzki (left) and Finn Mooney enjoy
bubbles at Lion Heart in Laurelhurst, a fundraiser for the Children’s Heart
Foundation - Oregon Chapter. This year’s
event will take place on Saturday, July 16th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the northeast quadrant of
Mississippi Avenue becomes Mecca for music fans Larry Peters
Any serious music fan knows them: Sixth Street in Austin. Beale
Street in Memphis. Most anywhere in New Orleans. Amble down
those byways and you’re likely to hear everything from blues and
bluegrass toheavymetal andasolo folksinger. Insongwriters’words,
it’s music, music, music, and you know that can’t be bad. But unless
you’re leaving on a jet plane, those places are distant paradises, wist-
fully mentioned in hushed tones so as to not get one’s hopes up.
Well, music fans, whisper no more. There is a Mecca for musi-
cians and music fans alike right here in Portland. On the second
Thursday of each month, Mississippi Avenue between Fremont and
Skidmore streets comes alive with music. Already an area burgeon-
ing with restaurants and shops, on that one evening each month, it’s
the music that takes center stage.
On the second Thursday of last month, I strolled down Missis-
sippi. My trek started at 8:30 p.m. at the Bold Sky Café where I was
greeted with the following, courtesy of singer/guitarist
And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking
Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away
- From “Paradise” by John Prine
Vance, a solo singer, accompanied himself on lap slide. He
held the acoustic six-string guitar on his lap, sometimes fin-
ger-picking, other times playing with a slide while patrons en-
joyed drinks and dinner. He was drinking Jameson’s neat and
sang an original tune titled “Coming Home to My Hot Toddy”
and Paul Simon’s “Gone at Last”. Vance was singing “You’re
Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” by Bob Dylan
when I decided to go, thanking him and heading back onto the
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12 � The Star � July 2005
*SEUL BUDGET. The Southeast
Uplift Neighborhood Program is taking a
giant leap forward, a bigger one than some
of its members are comfortable with, in its
current budget. The draft budget calls for
more than $85,000 in grants and $39,000
in fundraising, far larger figures than the
non-profit has ever achieved.
Godarz Eghtedari of Laurelhurst was
one of the doubters. “I don’t know your
history of raising money or getting grants,
but it doesn’t seem to make sense to go so
far into the hole.” He suggested adopting a
six-month budget that could be reviewed
and adjusted if necessary.
Others said such a move would show a
lack of confidence that would be self-de-
feating. Kim Hill of the Belmont Area
Business Association said, “How long can
we have a viable organization when the
phone system completely shuts down?”
Another board member, Scott Yelton,
said, “We need to set the bar high. You
don’t leave computers out of your budget
and say you’ll buy them if you have the
Cece Noel, the non-profit’s new exec-
utive director, added, “It looks like a lot
because we’re starting from zero, but it’s
really not so much given how long we’ve
been around, how well connected we are,
the role we play in the community. We
just need to give ourselves permission to
* N E I G H B O R H O O D E L E C-
TIONS. Several community groups in
Star Land held their annual elections last
month, resulting in votes of confidence
and a few new leaders.
Susan Lindsay, John Rusoff, G.T.
Meili and Gary Naylor were re-elected
as the heads of the Buckman, Center,
Kerns and Laurelhurst associations, re-
spectively. Stephen Doubleday replaced
Scott Plager as chair of the Irvington
Community Association, and Michelle
Martin took over for Wade Lange as head
of the Lloyd District Community Asso-
ciation. In both these last cases, the in-
cumbents stepped down after two years on
the job. Hearty congratulations to all.
*JOAN OF ARC. In the case of the
Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association,
they had reason to celebrate. Specially
decorated cakes paid tribute to Joan of
Arc, whose statue in Coe Circle was re-
stored this spring after being vandalized
last winter. �
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I slipped into Mississippi Studios where
two guys were playing guitar and singing to a
small audience in a