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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 October issue are due by Friday, Sept. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at You may also mail editorial submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To call or leave a phone message, dial 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Open house to showcase dance, music, theater
Portland Metro Performing Arts Center and School is holding an open house on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. There is a free Dance Performance Workshop from 12:30 to 3 p.m., a Preschool Art Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, and a Free Range Chix musical theater performance at 7:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to drop by and see all of the things that are going on. PMPA offers dance, music, theater and visual arts classes, camps, workshops and performances, for all ages and all levels.

Located at 9933 S.E. Pine St., PMPA is easily accessed by Stark, Burnside, freeway connections or mass transit. In addition to beautifully equipped studios, there is a theater with several wonderful performances scheduled for the coming season, including “Metro Dancers’ Dance Mosaic” Nov. 18 and the popular “Flashbacks: The Musical” beginning its run on Sept. 29.

PMPA is a nonprofit arts organization that has been providing the community with meaningful access to arts education and performance for more than twenty-five years. Drop by and find out how you can become involved in its exciting programs. To find out more, call Nancy Yeamans, at 503-408-0604 or visit the Web site at

Local agent earns distinction
Jon Turino, insurance and financial services agent for Farmers Insurance in Northeast Portland has earned the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation. The LUTCF is conferred only upon those individuals who meet or exceed the exacting qualification standards determined by the two organizations that jointly sponsor the designation, The American College and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

The designation marks an agent’s long-term commitment to professionalism on behalf of clients, establishes the agent’s competence and business experience, marks a commitment to The American College’s and NAIFA’s Code of Ethics and fosters additional professional development. In addition to the successful completion of five courses within a 13-course curriculum, LUTCF candidates must also complete an ethics course and be a member in good standing of NAIFA.

Turino is a member of the Portland Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and has been active in the profession for four years. He is a member of the Board of the Parkrose Business Association, a member of the Gateway Area Business Association, the East Portland Chamber of Commerce, Think Local First and Kiwanis International. He holds property and casualty, and life and health insurance licenses in both Oregon and Washington as well as NASD series 6 and 63 licenses for variable insurance products, retirement and college savings plans, and mutual fund sales. He provides services for both personal and business needs and has built a successful agency based on providing personal service. He participates annually in the GABA Fun-O-Rama and the Rose Festival Cruise-In and has been instrumental in generating donations to the Parkrose Business Foundation’s annual scholarship program benefiting Parkrose High School area students.

Turino can be reached at his Northeast Portland home office via telephone at 503-252-5815, fax at 503-252-4640, e-mail at or via his Web site at

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