New + Fun April 2019

Published as Play Room in the April 2019 issue of PDX Parent Kid to Know: Irie Page 2.0 Last year we highlighted the work of 15-year-old Irie Page as she organized a super successful community talk on consent for teens. This year the Southeast Portland teen has teamed up with six other teens to form …

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New & Fun March 2019

Published as Play Room in PDX Parent magazine Take Five: Aron Nels Steinke When it comes to the “my teacher is the coolest” contest, Aron Nels Steinke’s class of fourth and fifth graders at Woodstock Elementary School have some serious bragging rights. Their teacher is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Mr. Wolf’s Class. And the second …

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New + Fun October 2018

The Play Room Column of the PDX Parent magazine Kid to Know: The Artistic Genius Seventeen-year-old Ester Petukhova sees clearly where she’s come from and where she wants to go. And all that understanding gets translated into her astounding painting and artwork. She immigrated to America as a toddler and her status as an immigrant has shaped her art. Over …

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Play Room August 2018

Kids to Know: The Climate Change Challengers For Beaverton siblings Miko and Isaac Vergun, climate change is not some abstract idea. It’s personal and it’s a family affair. “Since I was born in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, it is very important to me to keep small islands nations like the Marshall Islands from …

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Play Room April 2018

Take Five: Martha Strawn Morris Northeast Portland’s Martha Strawn Morris is the director of the Gateway Center, which strives to prevent and reduce the impact of domestic violence. In 2017 they helped 3,223 women, 245 men and 675 children. Visit for more information. Q: What are some of the services The Gateway Center offers? …

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Play Room February 2018

Local Etsy finds for your baby’s first birthday bash, a kid to watch who’s schooling her peers on consent, and homeless student numbers are on the rise.

Play Room December 2017

Good Deeds: Planting for the Future For decades, the vacant lot at the corner of SE 87th Avenue and SE Malden Court was an eyesore in the Lents neighborhood, choked with invasive Himalayan blackberries, strewn with trash and a magnet for unsafe activity. Finally, in 2015, neighbors had had enough — they reclaimed the space, planting a …

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Play Room November 2017

Take Five: Amy Beacom Amy Beacom, an inner-Southeast mom of two, knows the difficulties working parents face, particularly when they welcome a new child to the family. She founded the Center for Parental Leave Leadership (CPLL), a company that coaches other businesses on how to shape their policies to support working parents. Additionally, CPLL spends …

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Playroom March 2017

Kid to Know: The Educator The issue of transgender-friendly bathrooms has been a flashpoint topic around the country. But that didn’t stop Lincoln High junior Leah Burian from spearheading a project to convert one of her high school’s existing lavatories into a multi-stall, gender-neutral bathroom. (According to a national survey by GLSEN, a nonprofit seeking …

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Play Room. May 2016

The best sunnies for kiddos, would-be PDX mayors  speak up on family issues, and dishing on play spots and diapers bags with a star of Grimm.

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