Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Omasake and Sake for 16 at Yakuza

Omasake and Sake for 16 at Yakuza
Sunday July 10th, 2011, 6pm
16 seats available

Inspired by the Japanese izakaya concept, NE Portland's famous Yakuza serves exceptional food and drinks and is a staff favorite at p:ear!  Chef David Gaspar de Alba's multi-course omakase tasting menu is devised around organic, local ingredients, incorporating menu favorites and daily specials like Kale Salad, Scallops Tempura, Seared Hamachi, Duck Won Ton, Skirt Steak and more… All paired with exquisite sakes!  A fabulous summer night out!

Tickets:  email pippa@pearmentor.org


The Trim/Vojdani Gallery presents:

Wesley Younie with p:ear Youth Artists

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 2nd, 6-9pm

On Display: June 2nd - June 30th, 2011

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-2pm, or by appointment

Wesley Younie, a Portland native has explored plants and animals throughout his life. The whimsical nature of his lines give life to not just the animals potrayed, but the environment as a whole. Creating motion, life, and personality, Younie gives depth to his illustrations in a unique assemblage of styles. From bold color to layering landscapes, join p:ear for First Thursday as we explore the world through the paintings of Wesley Younie.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Exciting Results from p:earblossoms 2011 - ALCHEMY

And you?

When will you begin that long journey into yourself?

And become a ruby mine, open to the gifts of the sun.

By a journey of that sort earth became a place where you find gold.

(rumi, edited)

p:earblossoms ‘11: AlCHEMY

Ancient alchemists bent over boiling crucibles, squeezed bellows before mesmerizing flames and scoured obscure formulas hoping to transmute base metals into gold. If truly lucky, determination and serendipity would lead them to the discovery of a universal elixir that created a reaction of magical transformation.

And Saturday night, May 14th, was one of those STUNNING alchemic transformations.

It is in these moments that we remember the magnitude of the power of relationships and community, the potency of love, and the healing kindness of believing in and taking care of each other.

Thanks to all of you, that believed in the magic of your bidder number and the gold of your generosity; p:earblossoms ’11 was the most successful event in our 9 year history, infusing our program with over $210,000! (eclipsing last year by almost 50%).

Thank you for being an integral and immensely valued part of this community, from donor, board member, cheerleader, creator, volunteer, to transformer.

The critical alchemic ingredient to powerful transformation and real change in a young person’s life is unconditional support and love in a trusting and sustained relationship with at least one healthy adult – a mentor.

p:ear transforms lives by mentoring these young people on their journeys - by giving them language, a voice, and support to form new stories beyond the limiting beliefs of themselves into more expansive truths.

Thank you for having such compassionate hearts to support us on this journey to ensure that as many kids as possible walk out our doors more confident, more vibrant, more complete and prepared to live their lives with integrity, passion, foresight and courage.

Thank you for transforming lives.

With gratitude,

Beth & p:ear

Monday, May 23, 2011

A short note

A note from a p:ear supporter arrived last week:
Hey Beth, I just wanted to tell you how marvelous we thought p:ear's event was last evening. You get pretty jaded going to these events, but yours, every year, manages to distinguish itself, with a fun and edgy atmosphere. I know how much work goes into making these events a success. And you and your staff should relish in the work you do for some many young people, as well as the effective and meaningful way you communicate your message to our community. I'd really like to volunteer.
Yes, events are a lot of work. But the real work happens inside of p:ear, and that will always be our focus. And we're always grateful to those who can give their time and themselves to be part of that "alchemy," that change that is transformative for p:ear youth. So, thank YOU!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

p:earblossoms photos

If you haven't already, head over to Byron Beck's blog for p:earblossoms photos. And we're posting photos on our Facebook page, too!

Thank you again to everyone who made p:earblossoms 2011 - ALCHEMY an amazing evening and one of p:ear's most successful events! We're still finishing up and tallying final receipts, but will have a full report soon.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rejuventation presents a conversation with Robert Rummer

p:ear is excited to the beneficiary of Rejuvenation's "A Conversation with Robert Rummer!" Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards summer arts, education and recreation programs for p:ear youth.

Iconic Northwest builder Robert Rummer is so well-known that his 700+ homes are simply called Rummers.

Join Rejuventation for a slideshow presentation of his work, Q & A, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and mingling with mid-century modern enthusiasts. This event will follow the Historic Preservation League of Oregon's tour of eight Rummer homes in the threatened Oak Hills neighborhood.

Thank you, Rejuvenation for your outstanding support of p:ear!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

p:earblossoms details

p:earblossoms is just a few days away. Prepare for the transformation!
Dress Code: Dark, metallic, clothing.
Check-in: You will be asked to swipe your credit card upon entry (if you didn't pre-register your card online when you purchase tickets) for expedited check out.
No paper tickets have been issued; your reservation is at the door.
Getting there: We encourage carpooling, buses or biking.
Entrance: We are using the downstairs entrance on the westside of the Leftbank Annex (101 N Weidler).
By bike: Ample bike parking is available on the west side of the Annex.
By car: There is free parking for first 80 people at the NW Cancer at the NW Cancer Specialists at 265 N Broadway (about 1 1/2 blocks from venue), and paid parking is available at the East Garage of the Rose Quarter, at the corner of N Flint and Weidler (about 2 blocks from venue).
By bus: #44 or #4 to N Williams and Wheeler, walk .1 mile northwest. By train: get off at the Rose Quarter TC, walk .3 mi north.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

p:earblossoms 2011: Alchemy Silent Auction

We are proud to announce silent auction items for p:earblossoms 2011: ALCHEMY from the following fine donors:

The 100th Monkey Studio
220 Salon
3 Leg Torso/ 3 LT Music
Abby's Table
Accanto Restaurant
Ace Hotel
Akemi Salon
Alaska Airlines
Alaska Zipline Adventures
Alder & Co.
Allena Baker
Allium Designs
Ampersand-Gallery & Bookshop
Pippa Arend
Aquila Glass School
Argyle Winery
Art Media
Art Media Custom Framing
Artemesia Garden Nursery
Artist Repertory Theatre
Atlas Tattoo (Dave Gilsdorf)
A-WOL Dance Collective
Bag & Baggage Productions
bambu USA
Bank of America
The Bar Method
Bella Norte
Bellissimo, American Barista & Coffee School
Jonathan Berg
Biwa Restaurant
Blush Beauty Bar
Brian Bradford
Buffalo Gardens
Builders & Butchers
Bunches & Bunches Ltd.
Michael Buonocore
Beth Burns
Burnside Brewing Co.
Caprial & John-The Kitchen
Carli Davidson Photography
The Chef Studio
The Circuit Bouldering Gym
Benjamin Alexander Clark
Close Knit
Clyde Common
Corepower Yoga
Courtyard Marriott Denver Downtown
CrossFit Portland
Cypress Wellness Spa
D.J. DeAustria, LMT 15940
Darcelle XV & Co.
The Davenport Hotel & Tower
The Decemberists
Deseret Wind Winery
Devils Food Catering
Divine Cafe Catering
Dobbes Family Estate
DOC Restaurant
Domaine Serene
Doug Fir
DJ Outbox/ Sarah Dougher
Downtown Therapeutic Massage
Dr. Patrick Sherrard, DMD
Duck Pond Cellars
EarthQuake Tech
El Lou Spa
Elephants Delicatessen
Emerald Petals
esque. studio
Everett Street Autoworks
Eyes on Broadway
Paul Finlay
Caroline Fitchett
Flower of Life Massage & Bodywork
Foster Burger
Framing Resource
Full Sail Brewing Company
Fyberworks Boutique
Gary Santos Design
Gastineau Guiding Co.
Genoa Restaurant
The Glass Hive
Golden Rule
Grendel's Coffee House
Guardino Gallery
Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Inc.
Heart Coffee Roasters
The Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport - Mall of America
Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
Hilton Vancouver Washington/ Gray's at the Park Restaurant
Hotel deLuxe
Hotel Monaco-Seattle
Hotel Vintage Park - A Kimpton Hotel
Indow Windows
Melissa Ingraca
Jane's Vanity
JE Salon
Jeffrey Woolworth
Johnny Sole
Justin Oswald
Katayama Framing
Kiehl's since 1851
Kimpton Hotels
Sara Kirshenbaum
Kitchen Cru
Kristi Brokaw
KUSH Hand-Knotted Carpets
Laurelhurst Market
Le Pigeon
Lincoln Restaurant
Literary Arts
Live Wire Radio
Lois Gold & Richard Forester
Lounge Lizard
M&D Designs - Vicki Branch and Friends
Mario Messina Massage
Mayor Sam Adams
meat for cats & dogs
Miracle Theatre Group
Mirador Community Store
Monqui Presents, Chris Monlux
Mother Nature's Earth Friendly Baby Products
Mother's Bistro & Bar
Mr. Green Beans
Muddy's Coffeehouse
Kim Namanny
Ned Ludd
New Seasons Market
Nia Technique
Night Light Lounge
The Nines
NW Film Center
Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink
Oblation Papers & Press
Old Wives' Tales Restaurant
Olympic Provisions
Open Mind Unlimited
Oregon Athletic Clubs
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Oregon Rowing Unlimited
Oregon Symphony
Oregon Wines on Broadway
Oregon Zoo
The Oswald Family
Paley's Place Bistro & Bar
Palm Springs Rendezvous
Patricia Green Cellars
Patti Smith West
Paul McKean/Amy Donohue
Paul Nelson of Sonic Media Studios
Paxton Gate
PDX Pop Now!
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Pie Footwear
Piece of Cake Bakery
PING Restaurant
Pinkham Millinery
Pistil's Nursery
Pix Patisserie
Portland Center Stage
Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Marriott City Center
Portland Nursery
Portland Opera
Portland Rose Festival Foundation
Portland's Culinary Workshop
Publication Studio
Red Horseshoe
Red Lion Hotel on the River-Jantzen Beach
Red Star Tavern & Roast House
Mike Reinmuth
ReRun - a neighborhood resale store
Residence Inn by Marriott Riverplace
Reskala Photography
Rialto Cafe
Ristretto Roasters
Robert G. Dolton
Rosa Designs
Rosepedals Pedicab
Royal Dandies
Ruby Jewel Treats
Russell Street Bar-B-Que
Salty's on the Columbia River
Schoolhouse Electric Co.
SCi 3.2
Seattle Airport Marriott
Serenity Now
Seres Restaurant & Bar
Small Vineyards
Judy Smitke
Sock Dreams
Southwest Airlines
Gary Sparks
Spielwerk Toys
Spirit of 77 Bar
Stefan Straka Fine Furniture
Stone Pie Joe's
Strut Salon
Sub Rosa
Taste Unique
Tasty n Sons
Tom Manley & Susanne Hashim
Toro Bravo
Truce Designs
Turtle Totems
Virginia Woof (A Division of Outside In)
Voicebox Karaoke
Leslie Trim & Iraj Vojdani
Wendy Flory at Envy Hair Studio
Westmark Baranof Hotel
White Bird
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
Wild Abandon
Wine by Joe
Wings Airways & The Taku Glacier Lodge
World Affairs Council of Oregon
Yoga Shala of Portland
Yoga Shala Wellness
Yoga Union
Zama Massage

Monday, May 9, 2011

Gathering around the kitchen table

The 2010 Cenus results are starting to come out and providing insight Portland's neighborhoods, people and its future. Of particular interest to us at p:ear is the information on the city's "food deserts," areas that lack access to grocery stores with in a mile radius. The Oregonian has broken down that definition to .5 and .75 miles, showing more residents farther and farther away from stores, shops, farmers markets and other places to buy fresh food.

How do food deserts effect us? How does this effect the kids we serve? Just adding megamarts to these areas isn't enough to address all issues that come along with food deserts. And that's where the work at p:ear becomes crucial. One of our cornerstones is our kitchen and nutrition program which recreates that "kitchen table" atmosphere and conversations about healthy eating and food preparation. Fresh delicious food becomes the conversation piece between p:ear's volunteer cooks and youth. We firmly believe that what you put in your body is a sign of the respect you have for your body. Think back to when you were a kid and your mom told you to eat your beets because they were good for you. And maybe at first you thought they tasted like dirt, but after a while (and a few different recipes) you started to think, "hey, beets aren't so bad." For many of our youth who lack these role models, our meals are examples of a way to care for and nurture the self.

While many people may associate "community" with their Facebook page, a physical strong community is crucial to helping these young people be successful. Having access to fresh food and being able to use the knowledge they've picked up around the p:ear kitchen table can only be truly effective when they are surrounded by the proper resources.

Interested in being part of the kitchen table conversation at p:ear? Contact joy@pearmentor.org

Friday, May 6, 2011

Naked Ladies Cloth p:ear kids!

Thanks to Golden Rule and its first Naked Lady party for the clothing donation to p:ear! Be sure to check out the Golden Rule to see their unique art and clothing.
Thanks, all the (non) naked ladies for your generous donation!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Message on tolerance and acceptance

Though Minnesota will be voting in 2012 to add a ban on gay marriage, the debate sparked some of the most thoughtful dialogue from Rep. Steve Simon. He posed simple questions to the lawmakers, but they were poignant, powerful. And while the debate is in Minnesota, the topics are relevant inside p:ear where nearly a third of the youth we serve identify as LGBTQ. Here's hoping Rep. Simon is able to spark a larger conversation about making the world a more accepting place for everyone. Watch Rep. Simon's remarks here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Did you know that...

  • Oregon non-profits employ over 160,000 people or 12% of all private sector jobs in the state.
  • Over 33% of all Oregonians volunteer, which is one of the highest rates of civic engagement in the U.S. (all stats are from The Nonprofit Association of Oregon)

Read about long-time p:ear volunteer Scrantz in the Oregonian's profile. We're lucky to have such great volunteers!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

We can't do it without you: Thanks to p:ear volunteers!

p:ear wants to extend a special thanks to Kathryn Martensen a fantastic p:ear volunteer, who recently took a job up in Seattle. We are always so appreciative of volunteers like Kathryn who have given so much time, dedication and energy into making p:ear run. We really couldn't do this without such a fantastic group of people!
Interested in volunteering at p:ear like Kathryn? Contact joy@pearmentor.org.

Monday, May 2, 2011

p:earblossoms Live Auction

Royal Dandie Extreme™ Miniature Piglet

If you have always wanted a pot-bellied pig but wanted one that would stay small enough to keep in your house or apartment, this pig is for you! Royal Dandies are the product of a 27 year breeding program designed to create consistently small, intelligent, social, and affectionate miniature pigs. At 12-25 pounds, the Dandie Extremes™ are available only through this local breeder. They are not only wonderful pets but are also perfect for truffle hunting.

The piglet comes with a custom animal photography session and Royal Dandie Starter Kit, a one-month supply of feed, vitamin supplement, skin care and shampoo, plus training harness and video.

Private Party for 80 at The Cleaners

Instant party time, just add people! Gather at The Cleaners, an elegant and modern venue adjacent to the Ace Hotel, with a party package for 80 that includes hors d’ouevres for 80 from Clyde Common, a couple of kegs from Burnside Brewing Co, a DJ Mix from DJ Outbox, and a standard room upstairs at the Ace Hotel! Perfect for an office party, the next birthday bash, that special anniversary or graduation!

Weeklong Vacation to Cabo for 8

November 28th – December 5th - A Weeklong Stay in a Presidential Suite in the luxurious Hacienda Del Mar Resort in Cabo! Master Bedroom has King-size bed and Jacuzzi, 2nd bedroom has two Queen-size beds. Fit two more guests in the spacious living area, and enjoy the ocean views from your full kitchen or balcony at the world famous vacation destination, Hacienda Del Mar! Your date with a sapphire sea awaits!

Gold and Ruby Pear Necklace

As the poet, Rumi, say, “…go into yourself, and become a ruby mine, open to the gifts of the sun.” This first-edition “gold and ruby p:ear necklace” was lovingly handcrafted the old-fashioned way, with skill and patience by David Iler of Alchemy Jewelers, Portland’s premier custom jewelry boutique. Created specially for this event, this 18karat recycled gold design is pave` set with over 2 ¼ carats of passionate red rubies.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Alaska Adventure Package, with Airfare for Two

Enjoy an amazing summer vacation, based from the historic Baranof Hotel in downtown Juneau, Alaska! Two of you will fly in a classic floatplane over majestic glaciers then touch down at a remote lodge to feast on Salmon -- if you get lucky, the resident black bear, Scarface, will make an appearance (don't worry, he's just there to eat the salmon off the grill). If you aren't tired of being up in the air -- you’ll be zip-lining through the tree-tops of the Tongass National Forest. And then, come back to sea level and enjoy an unforgettable Photo-Safari by boat, with whales, bears, wildflowers and migrating birds! Includes Roundtrip Airfare for Two on Alaska Airlines

Cooking Class for 10 in Your Home with Caprial and John

In the comfort of your own home, ten of you will enjoy a very special evening of cooking and eating with Caprial and John, the brains behind the OPB TV series, Caprial and John’s Kitchen, as well as over 9 best-selling cookbooks! They provide the food, class and recipes, and you provide your friends!

Low Class on the High Seas for 4

An Afternoon of Fishing with The Builders and The Butchers and Chris Funk from The Decemberists - an adventure of fishing and low quality beer on high seas of the North Fork Reservoir (only rivaled in story by John Lurie and Dennis Hopper)! You’ll:

Marvel at Chris cleaning a Blue Gill with his bare mouth.

Faint as Harvey 'noodles' for 20 ft Channel Catfish.

Swoon as Ryan removes the venom from the deadly Fugu with his razor sharp incisors.

Fly Away! 6 Day Lake Tahoe Getaway, with Airfare for Two

Spend six adventure-filled days and five luxurious and relaxing nights at the amazing Lakefront House on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe! Sleeps 10 (or a cozy 15!), private beach access, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a hot tub - what more do you need? Ideally situated between shopping, gaming, and outdoor recreation, this retreat is perfect for a family get-away, class trip, Just the Girls or Just the Boys! Includes 2 Roundtrip Tickets on Southwest Airlines.

French Cooking Class and Wine Feast for 6 with Chef Robert Reynolds

Famous for his generous spirit and artistic sensibility in the kitchen, Chef Robert Reynolds will guide you and seven of your friends through an exciting day of cooking and eating! On any mutually agreeable Sunday, guests will arrive around 2:00, and enjoy a Wine Dinner at 6:00pm! This is a fabulous Birthday or Anniversary idea! Share the food, share the love.

Reynolds’ own culinary roots are deeply associated with France, where he studied and taught cooking for 20 years. He currently runs the Chef Studio in Portland, offering Classic Culinary training in French and Italian cooking, with a focus on regional foods and producers.

5 Course Sparkling and Wine Dinner for 12 at Pazzo Ristorante

Twelve lucky people will enjoy a fabulous Italian Sparkling and Wine Feast prepared by Chef John Eisenhart in the exclusive Wine Room of Pazzo Ristorante. Enjoy the company of your guests and then send them home while you stay in the romantic room upstairs in the Vintage Plaza Hotel!

Magical 4 Night Getaway for 4 (or 40) on Lopez Island

Wake up to the unobstructed views of Lopez Sound and Mount Baker with four nights in a magical and romantic cabin on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands. After catching the ferry in Anacortes, you’ll find yourself on 10 wooded acres in a cedar-shingled, copper-roofed, one-room house - constructed with Japanese Joinery (no nails!). With two queen-sized wall beds, you can decide if this is a romantic journey for 2, or if you’ll bring the whole family (dogs, too!).

Magic Carpet

A gorgeous 4x6 Turkoman Rug from Kush Hand-knotted Carpets, one of the leaders in sustainable, fair trade practices; this rug was crafted by an adult artisan paid a living wage working in a safe environment.

Blood Red Board Wine Package

Pursuing reds from around the region, our fabulous board has put together a signature package of 20 amazing wines for the discerning palate.

Brewskis and Pizza with Sam!

Mayor Sam Adams will open his home to two lucky guests and serve home-made brew and pizza from his favorite Kenton hotspot, Pizza Fino! Thank you, Sam!