Cherries !?!? We All Play, Resource Round-Up 6/10

Counselor Corner  /  News & Events yellow and pink cherries hanging from a branch

Y’all. There are cherries in the garden! Remember when the cherry tree bloomed, there was a branch that is different from the others? Apparently the rootstock of our cherry tries comes from a fruit-bearing, rather than ornamental variety. There are only a few and they are….ok – sweetish, but not the WOW of of a classic eating cherry. They are not, alas, pie cherries. The birds like them!

We’re winding down the year at school – it feels odd, with kids being here so briefly. These days back in the building have been such a gift. I’ve really enjoyed the slower pace and the calm that permeates the building. We were all so worried about coming back, but now the rhythms of our staggered start and the arrows in the hall feel natural and soothing. I’m looking forward to summer school, too!

This week’s story is We All Play, by Julie Flett. I’ve shared a few of her books over the years, I’ve never met one of her books that I didn’t enjoy. But can you imagine anything more universally delightful than young children and animals playing? The art is stark, yet charming, the simple text repeating and echoing universal truths about the joy of play. If you’re interested in learning more, the author includes a glossary of animals and some notes on Cree pronunciation at the end of the book. How do you play?

Resource Round-Up 6/10

  • Two food fundraisers this weekend in support of Portland’s Karen and Karenni communities.  Sat / Sun (cash only)
  • APANO Vaccine Calendar: These clinics may include BIPOC specific clinics, or clinics that offer language assistance.
  • Multnomah County vaccination calendar.  If you would like to have your event added to this calendar, please contact Tara Bowen-Biggs at
  • PRIDE Vaccines Against COVID-19 this Sunday (6/13) (flyer)
  • Oregon Rental Assistance is still taking applications (not guaranteed)
  • NRC-RIM News. New reflection videos highlighting the ways COVID-19 has affected lives (Somali, Karen, Spanish)
  • BRYCS June Newsletter,’s COVID19 Vaccine Hesitancy Panel
    • Hosted by Haika Mushi, featuring 4 African healthcare professionals, in this session AFHHO hopes to answer questions and confront misinformation and fears about the COVID-19 vaccine for the African refugee and immigrant population of Oregon. 
    • Saturday, June 12th from 1pm-3pm
    • Zoom link and Meeting ID: 749 851 9764
    • Panelists: Dr. Frank Minja, Yale School of Medicine; Tameka Brazile, Multnomah County Health Department; Dr. Burkhosi Dube, Oregon Health Authority; TK Kapurura, Multnomah County Health Department
  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest Citizenship & ESL Program will offer FREE Virtual Citizenship classes for ESL speakers AND N-400 application services with DOJ accredited immigration counselors. 
  • Brave Space upcoming trainings (scroll down a little on site)
  • Demystifying Trauma and the Brain, in English and Spanish (PDF)
  • Still Together (STIRY: Supporting Trans and Immigrant/Refugee Youth) Event July 26th. Save the date! (flyer)
  • AFHHO presents Harvesting Together on Thoughts vs. Feelings of the African Community
    • Hosted by Joy Mulumba, in this HT session, our goal is to learn to differentiate between thoughts and feelings, in order to enhance how we experience our perceptions of reality. We will explore mechanisms of feeling and reflecting, and discuss why they are essential to our survival and our systems of maintaining safety, love and warmth.
    • This session will be structured virtually with a presentation given by Joy, followed by breakout room discussion spaces. A PDF of the presentation will be available at a later date.
    • Translations will be available during the event in Swahili and French.
    • Use the Meeting ID number or the Zoom link accessible below to join on the day of the event!
    • June 19th, 1-2:30 pm 
    • Meeting ID: 818 8589 8687
  • 6.8.21Trans & Queer Youth Resilience, Affirmation, and Allyship from the perspective of AAPI Rainbow Parents (APANO, 6/9/21, 5 pm) register here.
  • Cascadia Pride/Junteenth Vaccine events 6/19 and 6/20. Register here.