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Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community. The Mid-county Memo offers this section to our business neighbors for news, advancements, promotions, expansions and other noteworthy events to be shared with the community at large. Business Memo submissions for the June issue are due by Sunday, May 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at You may also mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, dial 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Belly dancing and a vegan menu
The Ravenz Roost Café, 11121 S.E. Division St., is carving out an interesting niche in our community. With an eye on providing delicious food, good service and great coffee, the café serves breakfast and lunch and prides itself on using fresh local ingredients. Featured are Dave's Killer Bread, Zenner's Meats, Marsee Bakery, Grower's Outlet produce, Bob's Red Mill flours and grains and Stumptown Coffee. The from-scratch menu includes vegan and gluten free selections and homemade jams.

The Ravenz Roost hosts a needlework circle the first Saturday of each month, occasional belly dancing shows and regular music events. It is also a great place to relax, surf the Web and meet up with neighbors.

Meeting and party space is available. Call 503-473-8013 to learn more.

New venture supports urban gardening
Thinking of starting a garden or improving an existing one but don't know where to start? NW Garden Academy can help. NWGA at Rossi Farms, 3839 N.E. 122nd Ave., began offering gardening courses in April. Participants will work beside a master gardener and a commercial farmer to learn everything there is to learn about preparing, planting and harvesting vegetables - all organically. The 11-week courses are $220.

Ninety minute workshops on garden related subjects will be offered on Wednesday evenings and occasional weekends for $20. Food preservation workshops are $40.

Garden courses include instruction, hands on application, starter seeds and a share of the produce grown. Workshops will cover a variety of subjects pertaining to the season and preserving what's fresh in the garden that day.

NW Garden Academy is a project of Parkrose Community Foundation, a non-profit corporation; its startup was made possible by a grant from the East Portland Action Plan. NWGA's mission is to teach people how to garden so they can convert open spaces at churches, schools, businesses and homes into gardens that can provide access to healthy food for themselves and their community and to create more sustainable neighborhoods.

St. Rita Catholic Church served as a test garden last year with great success. St. Rita's first year garden provided fresh picked vegetables for its free community supper which then served 150-160 people each month. The supper is now being hosted twice per month, and NWGA's produce will be donated for use at these suppers. Any surplus will go to a food bank.

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