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April

Informational meeting and pie tasting for new pieandjam shop

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2011
Contact: Judy Smith
pieandjam@gmail.com

PIE SHOP - MUSIC VENUE TO OPEN ON HISTORIC TROLLEY TRAIL AT OAK GROVE; ALL PROFITS GO TO LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS

Fresh on the heels of the March 22 groundbreaking for the restoration of the Trolley Trail comes news of an innovative business to open this June at the intersection of Oak Grove Blvd. and the Trolley Trail.

The name of the business is pieandjam.

Pies by the slice, baked fresh every day from scratch. Old school peach, custard, raisin, apple, coconut cream, triple cherry, pecan and more; made with fresh ingredients.

Jam -- musical jam. A place for music students and local musicians to play with each other and for the community. Bluegrass, jazz, gospel, vocal, acoustic, a capella and more. Vintage, heritage music.

The a la mode of this pieandjam is the purpose: All profits will be donated to music programs of local public schools in Oak Grove, Oregon City and Gladstone. And there's free pie for musicians on the day they perform and free pie for teachers and uniformed public servants weekly.

Pieandjam is the brainchild of Oak Grove resident Judy Smith, who says that impetus for giving to music programs in schools comes from her grandfather's lifelong zealous support for community music.

"I can't teach music and I can't really play music" Smith says, "But I can make pie and support those who teach and play. My motto: 'Without music, life would be a mistake.'"

Smith believes her combination of skills and experiences will bring about a festive stopping place on the Trolley Trail. She's an experienced pie baker, using her Aunt Dorothy's secret crust recipe. And she has managed many vintage music festivals and events.

"My family has been in Oak Grove since the end of WW2. Two uncles built their homes on River Forest Road in the 1950s and then lived at Willamette View Manor for many years. My other uncles and aunts retired to Rose Villa just a few blocks away from the Trolley Trail. I hope pieandjam will serve Oak Grove well."

The Oak Grove community and interested others are invited to an informational meeting and pie tasting (while supplies last) at Oak Grove United Methodist Church on April 9 from 3 o'clock to 4:30. To be on the guest list, send an e-mail to pieandjam@gmail.com.

Saturday
April 9, 2011
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Oak Grove United Methodist Church
14700 SE Rupert Dr. (map)
Oak Grove

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