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They way to the heart is through the stomach

Monday through Friday, volunteer Meals-on-Wheels drivers deliver hot noon meals to homebound seniors. For about a third of those receiving the hot meal, the volunteer driver is the only visitor that they will see all day. The meals feed their stomachs, but having someone come visit you can feed the soul. Drivers are needed Monday through Friday to provide this important service. The time commitment can be adjusted to meet the schedule of the volunteer. Volunteer every day, once a week, even once a month. Small routes are also available for those on a lunch hour. Call Hollywood Loaves & Fishes at (503) 281-8109 and talk to Mary about joining the other volunteers providing this service to homebound seniors.


Parkrose School District receives grant

Parkrose School District has come up with a new way to try and help our kid’s education - get the administrators involved in more than just paperwork. Parkrose principals will participate in a program which includes workshops led by experts in the field followed by entering the classrooms of their own teachers to apply their new skills. Through workshops, principals will learn to identify good instruction in the classroom, gain observation skills in evaluating teachers’ instructional styles, and adopt strategies to help teachers make their instruction methods more effective. “I believe that this training program will make our administrators some of the strongest educational leaders in the state.” said Michael L. Taylor, Superintendent of Parkrose School District. The support for this new program will come from the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds. They awarded a $29,000 Ventures in Leadership grant to Parkrose School District to create a training program that enhances the clinical supervision skills of administrators and establishes district-wide standards for teacher observation and evaluation. Those standards will be established working with faculty at the Boise State University School of Education. The grant to our 3,700-student district is part of the Wallace Funds’ Ventures in Leadership program, whose goal is to help nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and public schools around the country test innovative ideas for improving educational leadership.


Learn about the history of David Douglas

The David Douglas Historical Society has a museum highlighting the history of the David Douglas School District and the surrounding area. Come see old pictures and memorabilia in the Children’s Services building, 1400 S.E. 135th Ave. The museum is currently open by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Jo Curry at 503-254-5923.


Snow CAP offers free lunch for kids

Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch? Snow CAP will be providing one for anyone under the age of eighteen every Monday through Friday at noon. The lunch site includes a nearby wooded area for the kids to play in and the Rockwood library right next door. So bring your kids to Snow CAP, located behind Rockwood United Methodist Church at 17805 SE Stark St. Snow CAP, a Community Action Program, benefits many people in our area through volunteers from the community pitching in. Snow CAP runs a food and clothing program for low income residents of Mid-Multnomah County that served over 4,000 different families in the last year. This translates to over 65,000 visits for various services. These services include a shopping style food pantry, produce distribution on Tuesdays, a co-op-type program called Community Basket, a community garden, and a delivery program for low-income seniors called Food 2 You. Snow CAP also has a clothing room where they outfit 500 children for school each year. They are looking for donations for this Back To School Daze clothing room now. Snow CAP even offers a small loan program to help people through temporary difficulties. These loans are made with no fees or interest.  Volunteer to help support these programs! Snow CAP is in desperate need of volunteers. Especially needed are people to stock shelves and sort food and clothing. Also needed are crafters to help recycle Christmas cards for sale this holiday season. Call 503-674-8785 ext. 23 to volunteer.


Calling all bicyclists

Like to bike? Join fellow enthusiasts on a special off street bicycle ride on the I-205 bike path. Meet at Grant Park, NE 33rd and US Grant, and bike from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. For more information, please call 503-823-5266, or visit and click on Current News.


Win prizes at adult reading club

From now until Friday, August 24, adults can join a summer reading club at the Midland and Gregory Heights branches of the Multnomah County Library - each participant records the books they read on a reading log. The log is completed after five books are read, and each week’s completed logs are entered into a drawing for prizes including gift certificates to bookstores, the Friend’s Library Store, and McMenamins Pubs and Breweries. Weekly drawings take place each Friday. The only other requirement is to recommend a book to other club members. With the participant’s permission, these recommendations will also be published on the Adult Reading Club Website at There will also be a final grand prize drawing including all the weekly entries. The grand prize is two season tickets to the Portland Arts and Lecture Series, courtesy of Literary Arts, Inc, and the runner up prize is lodging for two for one night at the McMenamins Grand Lodge, courtesy of McMenamins Pubs and Breweries.


Seniors - help a child and earn extra cash

The Foster Grandparent program is looking for seniors sixty years and up and on a limited income to help at-risk children in Portland. These children need positive role models to help them with reading, developing social skills, and much more. Not only will the foster grandparents get to help out a child, but they will also receive two hundred dollars a month tax-free, along with other benefits, including meal and travel compensation, paid time off and sick leave. No experience is necessary, just the desire to better a child’s life. For more information, please call Randy Lucas 503-232-0007 ext. 202.


Elders in Action offer help for seniors

Elders in Action has specially trained volunteer Ombudsman available to assist seniors and people with disabilities who may be experiencing problems in the areas of healthcare, housing and elder crime and abuse. These Ombudsman can provide problem solving assistance, advocate for client’s rights, safety, dignity and well being, provide information and link clients with community services. They also provide emotional and peer support, and provide physical support in making phone calls, filling out paper work, or accompanying clients to appointments. Elders in Action volunteers are also available to speak to senior and community groups about Medicare Fraud and Abuse and to alert them to scams and fraudulent practices that may be aimed at seniors. For more information on Ombudsman Services, or to arrange for a speaking engagement call the Elders in Action Ombudsman Services Line at 503-823-5293.


Coming soon to a park near you!

The future is here - Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has unveiled a plan for managing Portland’s parks. When PP&R asked citizens what they wanted from their future park system, the people of Portland responded. What came out of this dialogue is the basis of the Parks 2020 Vision plan, which was adopted by the City Council on Thursday, July 12. The process for developing the report spanned two years and was lead by a team of 24 volunteer citizens and PP&R staff. The team’s input, along with research, trend analysis, and interviews created the basis for the Parks 2020 Vision. The Vision outlines goals and citywide issues, as well as geographic breakdowns of park and recreation needs. It covers not only things such as parks, open spaces, and natural areas, but even community centers and swimming pools. The Parks 2020 Vision is available either by calling 503-823-5594, emailing, or by visiting the website at


Introduce a local resident to a larger world

Help an adult in your area discover the world of communication. The Mt. Hood Literacy Coalition, with the support of Mt. Hood Community College and multiple local agencies, is recruiting volunteers who can help adults in Mid-Multnomah County improve their reading, writing and/or English-speaking skills. The coalition is seeking volunteers who can commit two to four hours per week to meet with adults in settings such as one-on-one tutoring, working with small groups and assisting an instructor in a class. Currently, the largest need is for volunteers to assist with life skills and basic literacy for non-readers. In addition, volunteers are needed who will tutor small English as a Second Language groups. Tutoring locations include the Mt. Hood Maywood Park Campus. For more information or to volunteer, call Christina Bright at the Mt. Hood Literacy Coalition at 503-667-1640 or the Oregon Literacy Hotline at 1-800-322-8715.  


Improve yourself this summer

This summer, gain skills at the Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Gregory Heights Library hours are Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., closed Monday, open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a special holiday on Thursday, August 9, while staff attends training. Free programs and special events for August are listed below. For more information or to pre-register for any event call 503-988-5386.

•Checkmate:  Like to play chess but have nobody to play with? Come to the Gregory Heights Library on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., and hone your chess skills. Beginning, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Bring your own set or use one from the library.

•Web Basics: Learn to use the mouse, identify important keys on the keyboard, find specific Web sites and navigate through a Web page. Come join fellow beginners on Saturday, August 4, at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is required.

•Book Discussion Group: Engage in stimulating conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Come and exchange perspectives about characters, plot and more. Read David James Duncan’s “The Brothers K”, a hilariously funny and agonizingly sad family saga that is a complex tapestry of family tensions, baseball, politics and religion.

•Cyber Sundays: One-on-one computer help is available at Gregory Heights from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Specially trained volunteers teach you how to use the online catalog, search the Internet, play educational computer games with your kids, and discover what a “mouse” can do.


Parkrose offers activities

Parkrose Cooperative Library, located at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., also offers summer activities for those looking for something to do. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Sunday, with a special holiday on Thursday, August 9, while staff attends training. Weekly activities include a family storytime. For more information on any of the events or to pre-register, please call 503-988-5383.

•Sun-catcher Bugs: Using beads, pipe cleaners and imagination, kids can create a sparkling bug to catch the sun through a window! Children younger than 7 years must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required for this class, which will be held on Saturday, August 4, at 2 p.m.

•Children’s Folksongs From the Rural South: Newel Briggs performs favorite children’s songs from the South on banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Hear the background and history of songs    such as “Hambone” and “Loop De Loop” on Saturday, August 11, at 2 p.m.

•City Spurs: Anne-Louise Sterry and the Cascade Urban Cowboys sing and spin a broad collection of range stories and yarns from “prairie opera” to “saddle jazz”. This sophisticated crew will make you wonder where you left your boots. Come enjoy yourself on Saturday, August 18 at 2 p.m.

•Can You Picture That? Create a book using your own words and pictures. This opportunity for children 6 years and older takes place on Tuesday, August 7, at 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

• Mother-Daughter Book Group: Girls (5th - 9th graders) and a special woman in their lives come together to share excellent books and learn about themselves and each other. Read Virginia Euwer Wolff’s “True Believer” in which 15-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it.  Attend the next meeting on Tuesday, August 21, at 7 p.m.



Soroptimists of Portland East

(In going Soroptimist East of Portland president Elizabeth Cramer seen here with outgoing President Lisa Ortquist at their Spring banquet, held in May.)


Soroptimist International is the world’s largest classified organization for executive and professional women. Soroptimist, from the Latin words soror and optima, meaning “the best for women”, was founded in Oakland, California in 1921 to “foster the ideal of service”. Among the eighty original members were women in professions that included medicine, laboratory technology, education, and printing.

Today, Soroptimist International has nearly 100,000 members in 119 countries throughout the world. With more than 50, 000 members in 21 countries, Soroptimist International of the Americas is the largest of the four federations of Soroptimist International. Soroptimists of Portland East, our local club, accomplish their community service goals through six programs of service: Women Against Violence, Culture of Peace, Life Long Learning, Habitat, Health Throughout the Whole Life Cycle, and Women, Science and Technology. Typical projects include: participating in literacy projects; supporting shelters for battered women; participating in environmental clean-up projects; promoting student exchange programs; and other projects as dictated by community need. Last year,

Soroptimists of Portland East donated over twelve thousand dollars to help support fifteen local organizations that focus on meeting the needs of Portland women and children. Their primary source of funds is the All-Star bingo Hall, located on the corner of S.E. 146th and Stark St. If you are a woman who wants to make a difference, call 503-255-7094 today. Soroptimists of Portland East have just elected a new president, Elizabeth Cramer, with former President Lisa Ortquist acting as vice-president.

Lisa Ortquist, the immediate past president, has been a member of Soroptimist Int’l of Portland East since January 1996. She is a partner with Gulde & Ortquist, PC Certified Public Accountants. She held the position of treasurer for 3 years before serving one year as president-elect and one year as president. During Ortquist’s presidency, the club accomplished many exciting things. In February, nine Women’s Opportunity Awards of $1,500 each were presented to women who are head of their households and are returning to college to better their futures and the lives of their children. Four Violet Richardson Awards were presented to high school girls who are actively involved in their communities. The total amount presented at that banquet in February was $18,000. In May the club held its annual Spring Funds Placement Banquet and distributed an additional $85,000 to various charities assisting women and children throughout our community, nation, and world. In addition, $50,000 was set aside for the joint project of local Soroptimists called Soroptimists Against Violent Environments.

Elizabeth Cramer is the new president for the fiscal year 2001-02. She is the owner of 101 Front and Center Interior Design and is a consultant at Classique Floors. She became a member of Soroptimist International Portland East in October 1995 and has since held the positions of secretary, treasurer, and president-elect. Her agenda for the year includes a retreat at Newport in August, increasing active membership by 50%, mentoring new members and retaining current members, focusing on committees for delegation of duties, additional public relations, and continuing to award the types of funds that were distributed in the preceding year. 


Midland offers free classes and activities

The Midland branch of the Multnomah County Library, located at 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., offers many free activities for adults and families. Library hours are: Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a special holiday on Thursday, August 9, while staff attends training. For August, weekly events include computer and Internet classes and story times. Pre-registration is required for all classes. There will also be many special events. For more information on any of the listed programs or to pre-register for a free class, please call the library at 503-988-5392.

•City Spurs: Anne-Louise Sterry and the Cascade Urban Cowboys sing and spin a broad collection of range stories and yarns from “prairie opera” to “saddle jazz”. Come enjoy yourself on Friday, August 10, at 8 p.m.

•North Portland Computer Lab: Reserve a library computer so you can write reports, letters and resumes, create presentations, design and post Web pages or use online tutorials to practice computer skills. Lab monitors are available to help you. The lab is available Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays, from noon to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration required; call 503-988-4810.

•Cyber Sundays: One-on-one computer help is available at Midland from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Specially trained volunteers teach you how to use the online catalog, search the Internet, play educational computer games with your kids, and discover what a “mouse” can do.

•Young Readers’ Club: Calling all readers ages 10 and up - join us for discussion, fun and friends. Read Philip Pullman’s “Count Karlstein”, the story of an evil uncle with plans for his innocent nieces. Attend the next meeting on Tuesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

• Urban Legends and Bone chilling Tales of True Terror: Join master storyteller Will Hornyak on a journey into the bizarre, macabre, weird and terrifying world of classic legends of terror on Tuesday, August 14, at 7 p.m.


Gateway Elks Teen of the Month

Congratulations to Jennifer Leggett as the Gateway Elk’s Teenager of the Month for July. She is going into her senior year next fall at David Douglas High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Leggett is very active: she is trying to rid her school of some of the problems facing our teenagers today. She is a volunteer in Students Against Drunk Driving at David Douglas (SADD@DD), working to make sure her fellow students can enjoy school and leisure activities drug free. Leggett has also gone to local junior high schools with Students Today Aren’t Ready For Sex (STARS). She talks to 7th graders to help prepare them for the pressure they will face to become sexually active and to teach them how to deal with that pressure. She is also a peer tutor, helping students that have trouble with their reading and writing skills. Leggett also volunteers for many services. Some of her activities include helping the Red Cross Blood Drive, nursing at the Good Samaritan Hospital Kidney Dialysis Team, raising funds for Habitat for Humanity and assisting students in the Multnomah County Library summer reading program. In addition to all of these pursuits, Leggett has been a member of the basketball team and is now on the varsity volleyball team.  To give herself and her team every chance to succeed, she has joined an off-season volleyball club and is currently their team captain. Congratulations to an active and deserving young woman.


News from North Parkrose Neighborhood Target Area

The North Parkrose Neighborhood Target Area Project is a revitalization project for the area of Parkrose between 122nd Ave. and I-205, from Sandy Blvd. to Prescott St.  They are working hard on many things designed to make Parkrose a better place.  Some of the current projects include working with Prescott School to create multi-cultural school-and-community events in the coming year, and a campaign to lessen the neighborhood impact from the new Light Rail station with speed-bumps which has been successful.  The bumps will be in place by the time the station opens in September.  North Parkrose Neighbors (NPN) has also recently re-graveled N.E. 96th Ave. and N.E. 101st Ave., which were unpaved and badly rutted.  You may also be seeing fresh gravel along Prescott St. pretty soon as part of an idea to make the walking area safer.  One of NPN’s current major projects is the new park to be located at N.E. 112th Ave. and Prescott St.  This park is being designed to include a lot of native trees and plants, which provides local wildlife with a habitat.  NPN has received funds to begin creating this habitat and expects to start work in September.  They will need cyclone fencing and posts, compost and roto-tilling, a little plumbing work and lots of enthusiastic volunteers.   This site will also serve as an environmental laboratory for Parkrose schools.    For more information about joining North Parkrose Neighbors or just to volunteer some of your time or equipment, please call Coordinator Christine Charneski at 503-287-5428, or email


Calling all artists

The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) invites artists who create quilts and/or pieced and stitched artworks to apply for a public art project.  The RACC is hoping to purchase or commission pieces for the new Children’s Receiving Center on the corner of 102nd Ave. and N.E. Burnside St.  The Children’s Receiving Center is designed to serve children who have been removed from their families due to abuse.  The Center aims to provide a safe, welcoming environment as they move to foster homes or alternate family placement.  For more information or to request the guidelines and application, call 503-823-5111.  Materials are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 17.


Bumps will  precede Airport Max

When the trains come through, and the passengers come to board them, Parkrose will be ready.

The city has pledged to have new speed bumps in place on Northeast 97th and 99th avenues and Wygant Street, near the Parkrose Transit Center, before the Airport Max line opens September 10, according to Parkrose Target Area coordinator Christine Charneski. “This is the first time Tri-Met has ever offered neighborhood traffic mitigation for a transit facility.” Charneski said. “It happened because people from the community attended Tri-Met Board meetings month after month, to make the point.”


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