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The Memo Calendar is your vehicle to publicize community events. Let your mid-Multnomah County neighbors know about events of interest, meetings, fundraisers and the like. Calendar submissions for the May issue are due Wednesday, April 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com. Or mail your submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

SCHOOL CORNER
Earth Day celebration announced
The community is invited to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ventura Park Elementary School, 145 S.E. 117th Ave. Learn about recycling, make recycled crafts and participate in lots of free activities.

Spring classes at community school set
Alice Ott SUN/Community School, 12500 S.E. Ramona St., will offer evening classes for adults this spring. Portland Parks & Recreation, Multnomah County and the David Douglas School District sponsor the classes. These classes are open to everyone and include activities like line dance, swing dance, ballroom dance and more.

Youth classes include tae kwon do, basketball and cartooning.

To inquire about fees and registration or for a full list of offerings, call 503-823-2279.

Plan for kindergarten now
The Margaret Scott Elementary School Kindergarten Round Up is Wednesday, May 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. If your child is going to be 5 years old before Sept. 1 and you live in the Margaret Scott attendance area, please drop in to learn about the kindergarten program and enroll your child for school for next year. You may call 503 255-2031 for more information.

Preschool registrations now open
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., is accepting registrations for the 2009-10 school year. Preschool is offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for children 3 or 4 years of age by September. Tuition is $125 per month. A Lunch Bunch program is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an additional fee. Call Karla Hills, preschool director, at 503-256-1835 for more information or to register.

Skills center 2 for 1 special returns
If you need to upgrade your computer skills or if you learn better with a friend, the Mt. Hood Community College Community Skills Center, 10100 NE Prescott St., has a deal for you. During spring term, the Community Skills Center is offering two classes for the price of one. Enroll and pay for Word 2007, Level I and then take Word 2007, Level II for free; or pay for Introduction to the Internet and e-mailing, and bring a friend along for free.

The Community Skills Center at the MHCC Maywood Park Campus offers a number of credit-free self-paced computer classes. Register and begin these classes anytime during spring term; coursework can be completed at the Maywood Park Campus computer lab or at your home or office. Knowledgeable instructors are available in the computer lab to answer any questions.

To take advantage of this offer, the free class must be of equal or lesser value than the purchased class. Enrollment for both classes is required at time of registration; registration must be in person at the Maywood Park Campus, 10100 N.E. Prescott St.

For more information, call 503-491-6122. For a complete list of classes offered at the Community Skills Center, visit www.mhcc.edu/pages/466.asp.

SENIOR RESOURCES
Bunco, bingo or bridge, anyone?
Cherry Blossom Seniors sponsors activities for seniors at East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. While you must be 55 or older to become a member, activities are open to anyone over the age of 18.

A rousing bunco game takes place every Monday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. It will cost you $1 to play. On Friday, bingo is offered beginning at 12:15 p.m. The center also hosts weekly bridge games. Call Marie Roberts, president of the group, at 503-761-4165 to learn more.

MEETINGS
Garden field trip planned
The Flower Lane Garden Club April meeting will be a field trip to the Chinese Classical Garden on Tuesday, April 2. All interested parties are invited to gather at Club Estates, 12275 S.E. Main St., at 9:15 a.m. to carpool to the MAX station. You will be responsible for your own MAX fare, lunch at Mandarin House and entry to the gardens.

Call Isa Hogue at 503-253-4071 for more information.

Water quality, Johnson Creek on agenda
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meeting is Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m., 5211 N. Williams Ave. The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District serves Multnomah County east of the Willamette River. The April agenda includes a presentation on agricultural water quality, discussion of cooperative funding for restoration work in Johnson Creek, Annual Work Plan Review preparation and other items of business. The district office is ADA accessible and served by bus lines # 44, 72 and 6.

Volunteer group invites guests
Russellville Kiwanis supports area nonprofits such as SnowCap Community Charities, Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Ward, Ronald McDonald House, Shepherd’s Door, DayBreak Family Shelter, Parkrose Little League and Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Handicapped Individuals. The group is looking for members who would like to give back to the community.

Luncheon meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave. Guest speakers this month include Marcia Dennis, the graffiti abatement coordinator for the city of Portland; and Benjamin James, recruitment coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.

Drop in. The members will spring for your lunch.

Learn about recycling
Recycling is one way each of us can be a better steward of our environment. The monthly Lunch and Learn Brown Bag series hosted by the city of Portland Bureau of Development Services will address this topic. Join the discussion on Friday, April 10 at noon at 1900 S.W. 4th Ave., Room 2500-A. The event is free.

BDS staff will explain why recycling matters to the sustainability of our communities, economy and environment. They will enumerate recent efforts to increase the regional recycling rate through implementing innovative programs and will be prepared with information regarding resources and contacts.

Planning for greenspace continues
There will be an open house on Tuesday, April 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Gateway Elks Lodge, 711 N.E. 100th Ave. The open house is for area residents to learn about the proposed Gateway Green project. The recently completed Bicycle Concept Plan will be shared with the public, as well as an update on progress toward gaining final approval from ODOT for this proposed bicycle-centric recreation site. Attendees will also have an opportunity to become members of the new Friends of Gateway Green. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Linda Robinson at lrobinspdx@comcast.net or 503-261-9566.

Autism support group meeting
This meeting is open to all parents in Mid-Multnomah County who want to meet and find support from other parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the David Douglas District Office board room, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave. Child care, treats, tea and coffee will be provided. The planned topic for discussion is behavior as communication. For additional information, please contact Howard Davis, program leader, at 503-709-7214 or student services at 503-261-8210.

Learn how to live, cook, eat simply
The Villa Garden Club will meet Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. guest speaker Willow Dixon will discuss living simply, cooking from scratch, enriching garden beds naturally, and the many ways to plant and use the forest when she discusses the topic of the talk: “Incredible Edible Forest Garden.” Please call Leona Connelly 503-287-4517 for more information.

CHURCHES
Holy Week celebrations announced
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 N.E. Glisan St., will celebrate Holy Week with the following events:
Services on Palm Sunday, April 5 at 8 and 9:45 a.m.
Maundy Thursday foot-washing, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday services, April 10 at noon, 3 and 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday sunrise vigil, April 12 at 6 a.m. and Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Brunch will be served at both services.

To learn more, visit www.staidans-gresham.org, or call 503-252-6128.

Easter egg hunt and services
Join the congregation of Gateway Baptist Church, 13300 N.E. San Rafael St., on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. until noon for a free Easter egg hunt, followed by games and lunch. Children from 2 to 10 are welcome to participate.

A classic Easter service will be offered at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 12 followed by a free breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. and contemporary services at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.

To learn more, call 503-252-1435 or visit www.gatewaybaptistpdx.com.

What’s so amazing about grace?
What happens when life doesn’t go exactly as planned? How do you recover when you have been wronged? How do you go on when you have failed? Eastminster Presbyterian Church is offering a 10-week study titled, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” The DVD and study guide were produced and written by best-selling author Philip Yancey.

The course will be held every Wednesday for 10 weeks, beginning April 15 and concluding June 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Eastminster Church, 12505 N.E. Halsey St. Please register by April 5. Call 503-252-3888 or e-mail office@eastminsterpdx.org.


Joint Holy Week services set
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Open Door Fellowship and Parkrose United Methodist Church will host joint Holy Week services. Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. on April 9 and Good Friday service will be at 7 p.m. on April 10 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 12505 N.E. Halsey St.

Easter sunrise service will be at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 12 at Knott Park, Northeast 117th Avenue and Knott Street.

For more information call 503-252-3888.

Performance history celebrated, remembered
The Resurrection Players at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., will celebrate 30 years of performing at a morning-long event in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 26 from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Players in costume, videos of past performances and photo displays will fill the hall. A light continental breakfast will be served.

FUNDRAISERS
Annual rummage sale offers bargains galore
Church parishioner and volunteer rummage sale coordinator Norm Helberg reconditions and repairs a Kirby vacuum to put up for sale at the 18th annual Resurrection Lutheran Church rummage sale on April 4 and 5.
COURTESY TOM LINDBERG
The 19th annual Resurrection Lutheran Church rummage sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave.

Bargain hunters will find kitchen, household, and garage and yard items. Electronics; jewelry; toys and a large, well organized book section can also be found at this annual sale along with adult and children's clothing, books, baked goods and much more. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee. A knife sharpener will be on hand to hone your kitchen blades for 75 cents each.

Funds raised benefit a variety of local charities, including SnowCap Community Charities, Shepherd's Door, Nightwatch, Medical Teams International and Bethel Lutheran after-school and summer programs.

Leach Botanical plant sale upcoming
The annual Leach Garden Friends spring plant sale is set for Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Floyd Light Middle School, 10500 S.E. Washington St. Nearly two dozen nurseries will offer perennials, Northwest native plants and shrubs. Popular selections include fern, hosta, trillium and other bulb species.

Funds raised provide for the ongoing financial needs of Leach Botanical Garden. To learn more, contact Katie Goodwin, plant sale chair, at 503-761-4751.

Treasures offered at bargain prices
The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 1 annual rummage sale is Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bargain hunters will find household items, clothing, yard tools, dishes, linens and more.

Proceeds support veterans programs. The Legion Hall is at 1830 S.E. 122nd Ave.

Unusual perennials for sale
Villa Garden Club will hold its annual spring plant sale Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tabor Heights Methodist Church, 6160 S.E. Stark St. There will be an excellent selection of unusual perennials at affordable prices. Additionally, experts will be on hand to offer plant care advice.

Rummage sale date set
Parkrose Middle School wants your discards. Deliver gently used clothing, household items and small furniture to the school at 11800 N.E. Shaver St. on Friday, May 1 between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. They will offer all the accumulated goodies at a rummage sale on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you have questions, call 503-408-2645.

Save your cans and bottles
Support Parkrose Bronco Boosters. Swing by the front portico Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to drop off your recyclable cans and bottles. The Boosters will use the money in support of Parkrose students.

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