Summer 2019 Newsletter: Oregon Children’s Theatre

We hope you are enjoying your summer so far! The summer months are keeping us busy but not too busy to get outside and take in our beautiful Portland summers and to start planning activities for the coming year. One of the things we are looking forward to is the 2019-2020 season of the Oregon Children’s Theatre, another wonderful non-profit organization that was introduced to us by clients. We thought we would share some information with you about what this local organization does to support our community and provide a creative outlet for our youth.


OCT was created by Sondra Pearlman as the “Theatre for Young People” under the auspices of the Portland Civic Theatre in 1988.  When Portland Civic Theatre closed its doors in 1990, Pearlman formed Oregon Children’s Theatre with the goal of providing children their first exposure to theater and the performing arts through field trip performances.  Since that start, we evolved by adding family performances and robust arts education programs.

What We Do
Since 1988, Oregon Children’s Theatre has been creating extraordinary theater for young audiences. We bring great stories to life on stage, with productions distinguished by their professional polish and awe-inspiring staging. For many children, attending an OCT production is their first experience with professional performing arts.

Our work is grounded in the belief that theater and storytelling can educate, inspire, empower, and entertain in remarkable ways. Each season, we reach more than 120,000 children and families through:

  • Unforgettable theater productions that delight and inspire families and school groups.
  • Acting Academy programs that teach the craft of theater while fostering life skills.
  • Dynamic performances, classes, workshops, and residencies in schools and in the community that use theater and storytelling to teach and inspire.

Equity and Inclusion
OCT’s mission and vision compel us to serve not only as a valued arts organization, but as a change agent advancing social justice in our community. We recognize the urgent need to address inequities on an institutional level, and we embrace our responsibility to mitigate real and perceived barriers to participation. Reaching out and engaging with all parts of our community will lead to a fuller understanding of the cultures that surround us, and provide us with insight into how we tell meaningful and relevant stories. That’s how we build trust and credibility, build audiences, provide positive impacts on children, remain sustainable and relevant, and help grow the spirit and soul of OCT.

This season at Oregon Children’s Theatre, we will see the world through different eyes and learn that everyone has a story to tell, no matter how big or how small. Best of all, we’ll have fun together, creating memories we’ll carry with us the rest of our lives. Whether based in reality or completely imaginary, the journeys we take this season will be unforgettable.

To learn more about the Oregon Children’s Theater, you can visit their website or reach out to:

from Kathy MacNaughton

We are experiencing a slow but consistent move towards a balanced real estate market where supply and demand are close to equal. It’s been over 8 years since homes started to appreciate again and now we are seeing a recalibration toward a more evened market.

Three factors indicate this recalibration: flattening prices, longer market times, and higher supply. Flattening prices means appreciation rates anywhere from -3% to +2% per annum per market segment. Longer market times means that it may take a home 90-120 days to sell as opposed to under 60 days. Growing inventory means a 4 month supply of homes as opposed to 1.5 months.

While this may be exciting news if you are a buyer, don’t forget that flattening prices don’t mean that you are going to get a screaming deal. Home buyers are still moving to Oregon and, if not more importantly, people are not moving out of Oregon and the supply of available homes to purchase still remains modest. A 6 month inventory is considered normal in most real estate markets and in the greater Portland metro area, there currently is less than 4 months of inventory to purchase. Affordability still remains a big challenge even with low interest rates given that most homes still require many buyers to really stretch their budget to purchase the one that they love. The fact is home prices have increased at a higher rate than income in the past several years.

It’s going to be a bumpy road ahead, one that may be equally frustrating to buyers and sellers. Overall, I predict a continuing flat market for the next 2 years with even some potentially modest price declines in certain segments but looking further out, I see nothing but strong appreciation.

Following is a summary of real estate statistics for June 2019 versus June 2018 in the greater Portland metro area:

Monty and Henry and Breylan, Oh My!

Meet the newest members of our team, Monty and Henry! Of course their owner is Breylan Deal-Eriksen who joined our team at the beginning of this year as a Partner and Principal Broker with The MacNaughton Group.

Monty is a seasoned pro in the real estate market and serves as Breylan’s Director of “Barketing” and the latest addition to their family, Henry, is the Life Coach. They are also known to tag along on buyer tours and have been good luck charms for several of Breylan’s buyers.

About Breylan
My mission as a Realtor is to inspire my clients to live with purpose in a home they’re proud to call their own. I do this by creating a safe and fun atmosphere where my clients can open up and talk about what matters most.

I am emotionally invested in helping my clients dream up where they want to live and how we’re going to get there, then stay by their side to navigate the course. It is important to climb the mountain with my clients, not preach from it.

I value and appreciate the trust and openness required to create a viable plan that makes deep-seeded personal dreams + goals come true.

Should you sell? Should you buy? Selling before buying? Information is free and empowering. Please call or email if I can assist in making a real estate transaction of any type a great experience.


We hope your summer has started out on the right foot! If you are anything like us, we often forget that there are a number of beautiful areas to explore just steps outside our front doors. Here are a few nearby hikes to check out this summer with friends and family:

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.0 miles
Elevation gain: 350 feet
Start point: Lincoln Street Trailhead

Mount Tabor is an extinct volcano, one of many that dot the landscape east of Portland. This loop gives a variety of scenery including reservoirs and views of Mt. Hood and Portland.

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 3.3 miles
Elevation gain: 820 feet
Start point: Marquam Nature Park shelter

The quiet woods of Portland’s Marquam Nature Park are a lovely place to get lost, and offer a nice hike up to Council Crest, which on a clear day has great mountain views.

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 5.7 miles
Elevation gain: 950 feet
Start point: Lower Macleay Park

The hike up to Pittock Mansion is one of Portland’s very best. Follow the Lower Macleay and Wildwood trails through the forest and past small waterfalls up to the historic mansion, where you can soak in sweeping views of the city.

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 4.9 miles
Elevation gain: 1,600 feet
Start point: Multnomah Falls

Hike above and beyond Multnomah Falls on the Multnomah-Wahkeena loop hike, which runs through forests and canyons, and past several waterfalls before hooking up with Wahkeena Falls on the other side.

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 4.8 miles
Elevation gain: 1,475 feet
Start point: Angel’s Rest trailhead

Newly reopened and still scarred from the Eagle Creek fire, Angel’s Rest remains one of the best hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, thanks to its superb views and moderate trail.

Visit for more information and other great hikes!


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