We offer the Memo Calendar to you to publicize events open to the community at large. Share news about events of interest, meetings, fundraisers, celebrations, classes, reunions and the like. When you send submissions, please include all details that apply date, start time, finish time, address, admission fee, a brief description of the event including who it benefits if applicable, and a contact name and phone number or email address.
Send a photo if you have one. Please identify each individual from left to right (large group shots can simply be identified by the group name) and provide the name of the photographer so we can give proper credit. Calendar submissions for the March issue are due Saturday, Feb. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at email@example.com. Alternatively, mail your submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904.
ACTIVITIES AND CELEBRATIONS
Parkside Little League (formerly Parkrose and Lakeside Little Leagues) is holding in-person registration for baseball and softball players, ages 4-14, Monday, Feb. 9 at Round Table Pizza, 4141 N.E. 122nd Ave. from 5 to 8 p.m. Registration for first year players is free.
Online registration is also available for the first time this year. The new website address is www.parksidelittleleague.teampages.com. To view the boundary map for the combined leagues go to the documents link. The new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, call 503-928-2130.
All about rocks
The 64th annual Oregon Agate and Mineral Society Rock show is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb 13, 14 and 15 from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry auditorium, 1945 S.E. Water Ave.
Rock show admission is free. There will be more than 30 exhibits plus demonstrations and programs.
Take a step back in time
A Victorian Valentine Tea is planned for Saturday, Feb. 14 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Quail Hollow Clubhouse in Fairview, 21100 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Enjoy scones, sweet cream, sandwiches, fruit, desserts and, of course, tea. The East County Historical Organization hosts this event in support of the 1874 Zimmerman House and the 1893 Heslin House.
View historic Valentine’s Day greeting cards and learn about these two founding families. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children under ten.
Please reserve seating at email@example.com or 503-261-8078. Seating is limited.
Daughters and dads set for night out
For more than 50 years, the David Douglas Dads Club has supported the special relationship between a father and daughter by hosting its annual Father/Daughter Banquet. This year the tradition continues with “A Night out with Your Hero” Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the high school south cafeteria, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave.
Any family member can attend this event, in celebration of all girls enrolled in David Douglas schools and their families (all ages welcome). Enjoy dinner, dancing, entertainment, door prizes, a raffle, and a special photo opportunity to remember the evening.
Tickets, available at the DDHS front office, are $15 each or two for $25. For more information, call 503-660-3076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free spay or neuter clinics for cats
This February, in honor of Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is offering free spay or neuter services for feral and stray cats at its Portland clinic. Now is the best time to spay or neuter all cats to prevent litters of kittens in the spring, plus to curb unwanted tomcat behaviors like spraying and fighting, according to the FCCO.
Regardless of income, or where they live, people who are feeding feral or stray cats qualify for this special offer. Services include spay or neuter surgery, vaccines, flea treatment, antibiotics, pain relief medication and an ear-tip for identification. Licensed veterinarians, who are supported through donations from the community, perform surgeries.
The coalition also has humane live traps available to catch cats that are too wild for handling. Many caregivers who bring cats to FCCO’s clinics have never trapped a cat before, but with training from FCCO staff members, the majority catches every cat they are feeding.
The nonprofit’s goal is to spay or neuter at least 450 stray and feral cats in February. Since its founding in 1995, the clinic has spayed/neutered more than 72,000 cats.
Contact FCCO at 503-797-2606 or feralcats.com to complete a Caregiver Application and to schedule an appointment.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Remove danger from old lead based paints
Many homes built prior to 1978 contain surfaces painted with lead based paints. Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. Learn how to prevent lead exposure in your home. Sign up now for a free workshop Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Community Energy Project, 422 N.E. Alberta St. Qualified participants receive a free kit of safety and testing supplies. Register for the workshop at www.communityenergyproject.org or call 503-284-6827.
Do it yourself insulation workshop
Learn how to weatherize a flat attic at the this free workshop offered by Community Energy Project, Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. Topics covered include safety, air sealing, baffling, blown-in insulation, and incentives to help cover the cost of your project. Learn more and register for the workshop at www.communityenergyproject.org or call 503-284-6827 ext. 106.
What’s blooming in the garden?
View the many wonders of the winter garden at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., Saturday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. until noon with Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick. Discover blooming plants such as Witch Hazel, Honeysuckle, Hellebores, Paper Bush, and Mahonia.
This is a free guided walk. No reservation is necessary, but tour size is limited to first come, first served.
Find your inner botanist
In this seasonal class series at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., you will find out how botanists identify characteristics of related plants. Learn to recognize patterns to help you more easily distinguish both native and ornamental plants, and learn to group plants into families. The first class will start with twig identification and early spring sprouts, and move on to parts of a flower and leaf characteristics. Classes will include botanic terminology and common plant families and their characteristics as different plants bloom seasonally in the garden. Beginners and those with prior plant recognition skills will benefit from the class.
The series runs Sundays March 15, April 19 and May 31 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. The fee is $70 for Leach Garden Friends members, $75 for non-members. Space is limited to 12 students. Participants will receive a Leach Garden Friends membership with this series.
Register online at www.leachgarden.org or call 503-823-1671.
First Saturday is can and bottle day
Parkrose Bronco Boosters and an assortment of volunteers will be at the ready from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. when you pull into the Parkrose Middle School turnaround, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., Saturday, Feb. 7 with a trunk load of returnable bottles and cans. They will relieve you of the responsibility of taking them to a recycle center leaving you to choose how to spend the rest of your Saturday.
Admission is available by reservation only. Seats are $60 per person until Feb. 15, and $65 if purchased after that date. Tables of 10 people are $600 apiece. To reserve your seats, visit snowcap.org and click on “Auction.”
If you would like to donate an auction item, contact Kirsten Wageman at email@example.com or 503-674-8785, ext. 12.
Last year’s auction raised $119,000, and the annual event is SnowCap’s only major fundraiser.
Items to be auctioned include getaways to Ashland for the annual Shakespeare Festival as well as to Astoria. This year will also feature a face-to-face encounter with Portland’s Phillip Margolin, bestselling author of such book as “Woman with a Gun,” “Worthy Brown’s Daughter” and “Sleight of Hand.”
Since 1967, SnowCap volunteers have been feeding and clothing their neighbors in need in east Portland, Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Parkrose and Wood Village. More than 8,000 residents depend on SnowCap for food or clothing each month, and a multigenerational crew of volunteers helps the nonprofit organization run smoothly.
Plan now for “Escape to Paradise”
Tickets for the 12th annual Parkrose Educational Foundation dinner and auction are available now for only $50 per person at predfdn.org. (Click on 2015 Dinner and Auction) Your only opportunity to bid on get away packages to Imnaha, Newport, Pendleton, Lake Havasu, The Resort at the Mountain, the South Coast and more will be at the auction Saturday, April 11 at the Sheraton Portland Airport. Other hot items include a wine tasting and winery tour for ten, weekend passes for the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival, private tours and tastings at area distilleries, gift cards to your favorite restaurants and family outings and adventures galore.
Fill a table of eight with friends and family and make a party of it. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m.
To donate your vacation home or another auction item, please visit predfdn.org or call 503-408-2108.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Get involved at your local school
The combined Parkrose Middle School, Parkrose High School Parent Teacher Organization and Boosters meet in the Parkrose Middle School Media Center, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., Tuesday, Feb 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get updates on Athletics and Music Boosters, the pop can drive, Senior All Night Party, Parkrose Educational Foundation, the Parkrose School Board and the Tonkin Run for the Love of Schools. Meet and hear from students who are making a difference.
No children currently enrolled in Parkrose schools? Even more reason to drop in to learn what is going on and to volunteer where you can.
Middle school students whose families attend this meeting will receive front of the line lunch passes. Snacks and childcare are provided.
Is vertical gardening right for you?
The Flower Lane Garden Club meets Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. to learn about vertical gardening from Master Gardener Harry Olson. Olson is well know for creating highly productive, intensive gardening in small spaces and has created demonstration plots at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. All interested gardeners are invited to attend.
To learn more, contact Ann Dueltgen at 503-335-0385.
Plan your spring garden
As thoughts of spring begin to dance in our heads, many of us are planning our garden spaces. The Villa Garden Club guest speaker this month is Magi Treece from Living Structure Garden Design. She will address garden design for small spaces at the meeting Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave.
Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and dessert is served. Call Velda Altig at 503-252-7423 if you have questions.
Paint the wild ones
Kellee Beaudry is the guest instructor for Portland Fine Arts Guild classes Mondays Feb. 2, 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Russellville Grange Hall, 12105 N.E. Prescott St.
Beaudry is known for bold colors and brush strokes and encourages participants to work freely and loosely. Subject material will be animals; critters found either in our natural surroundings or beloved pets. She prefers acrylics, but you may choose your favorite medium.
Guild members pay $12 per class, $15 for non-members.
Homegrown talent offers night of original music
Artichoke Music, 3130 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., welcomes to its stage three local singer/songwriters Saturday, Feb. 21 for an intimate, in the round performance that begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Portland native John Bunzow is called one of the finest roots writers-musicians on the current music scene.
Jack McMahon stands out as an artist of integrity. From his formative years in New York’s Greenwich Village, through his early professional experiences opening for Bruce Springsteen and Steely Dan, Jack McMahon has always given music priority over image and antics.
Rich Waggoner is a seasoned songwriter, going back to his “Parkrose Days”—one of his often requested tunes. Growing up in this working class neighborhood on the outskirts of Portland in the 60s taught Waggoner many lessons. He shares those lessons with listeners in his very personal lyrics.
Enchanted castle comes to Parkrose
More than 100 Parkrose students have been hard at work preparing a production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” for your enjoyment. The curtain goes up in the Parkrose High Theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26, 27 and 28 as well as Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7. There is also a matinee on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults or $5 per person (regardless of age) when you go as a family.
This is the musical version of the tale of beautiful Belle and her encounter with the Beast–in reality, an enchanted young prince. In order to break the curse, the prince must learn to love another and earn her love in return or he will remain forever a beast and his servants will be destined to live on as mere household items.
The cast and crew are comprised of Parkrose High drama, choir and band students as well as athletes, student leaders and at least one foreign exchange student. Theater teacher Tom Cavanaugh leads them. A Russell Academy student plays Chip, the adorable teacup, who…no spoilers here. You have to see the show to learn if Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth and the others are able to overcome the spell cast upon the castle residents.
Tickets available at the door.
School sets open house date
Portland Lutheran School holds an open house Thursday Feb. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The fully accredited Pre-K through 12 school boasts small class sizes; high school Advanced Placement (AP) courses; a vibrant S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program; sports; fine arts and drama and licensed extended care The school, which also marks 110 years in Portland in 2015, is at 740 S.E. 182nd Ave.
Visit their website at Portland-Lutheran.org. For more information, call 503-667-3199.
An option for your preschool child
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., will begin accepting registrations for new families beginning March 1. Call 503-256-1835 to set up a tour. Preschool programs are for three and four-year-olds and meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Walk the Pearl District
Join Gresham Senior Hiking-Outdoor Group Thursday, Feb. 12 for an easy walk along the streets of Northwest Portland. Learn the historic significance of each street from Burnside to Vaughn. The group will also explore the exteriors of homes unique to the area. Lunch will be at a restaurant in the area.
The group will depart Ambleside Center, 600 N.E. 8th Ave. in Gresham at 9:30 a.m. via MAX. Roundtrip senior fare is $2 per person.
Your contact, should you have questions, is Rose Marie Gilbert, 503-762-2357.
HEALTH and WELLNESS
Learn to advocate for the elderly
If you have five hours extra each week to give back to your community and you care about the treatment of the elderly, the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program can use your help. Visit http://www.oregon.gov/ltco/pages/index.aspx, or call 1-800-522-2602 to learn about how you can become part of a great team advocating for seniors who living in long-term care.
How do volunteers advocate for residents in long-term care? The ways volunteers can advocate for residents include helping find solutions for safety issues and working with medication aides to ensure that meds are delivered on time and according to physician instructions.
Training classes begin in April. Submit your application by March 15.
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood general membership meeting is Monday, Feb. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th Ave. The agenda is likely to include discussion of a tree inventory by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, introduction of the new crime prevention coordinator for the association and discussion of structural changes to the association.
The Everybody Reads 2015 selection is “The Residue Years” by Mitchell S. Jackson. Everybody Reads is a community-reading project of Multnomah County Library. Learn more at your library.
Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., 503-988-5392
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to noon, except Feb. 16.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Mondays from 10:15 to 11 a.m., except Feb. 16, and Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Family Storytime: Storytime for children 2 to 7 years with adult. Thursdays from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Black Storytime: The African and African American experience comes alive for children newborn to 6 years (with a favorite adult and other family members). Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. except Feb. 28.
Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Sundays from 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Russian Storytime: Storytime presented in Russian for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Yarn Club: Whether your interest is knitting or crocheting, come join the fun as we learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Chess at the Library: Have fun playing chess or Chinese chess. The library provides the chess equipment. All ages welcome. Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., except Feb. 28.
Make a Folk Instrument: Make a musical instrument from common household items with musician Newel Briggs. Saturday, Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Juba This and Juba That–A Collection of African American Folktales: Chetter Galloway uses animation, sound effects, and audience participation to perform a potpourri of stories. Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Lunar New Year: The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join us to bring in the New Year with cultural performances, educational activities and traditional treats. Saturday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks, and have fun. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. Monday, Feb. 2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
So You Wanna Slam? Have you ever had an idea that you really wanted to express through poetry? Have you ever performed your poetry in front of a live audience? Learn how to write, edit and perform slam poetry in this two-session workshop with local poet and performer Turiya Autry. No experience required. For teens in grades 6–12. Mondays, Feb. 9 and 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish, as well as with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. Sundays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
English Classes: Free ESL classes. All levels welcome. No registration required. For more information, call 503-988-6318. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., except Feb. 28.
Constructive Wallowing: This lively, interactive class taught by psychotherapist and author Tina Gilbertson explains why much of what we think we know about emotions might be a myth. Sunday, Feb. 1 from 1 to 2 p.m.
The Wake of Vanport: Drop in for a screening of the multimedia works produced during the 2014 Vanport Multimedia Project dedicated to collecting and preserving Vanport survivors’ stories, followed by an opportunity for discussion with survivors and the producers; made possible by The Library Foundation. Sunday, Feb. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Health Insurance Information and Enrollment Assistance: Open enrollment for health insurance ends Feb. 15, 2015. If you have questions about the application and enrollment process, visit the library to get them answered. Interpreters are available upon request. In partnership with the Multnomah County Health Department. Registration s required; call 503-988-5392. Wednesdays, Feb. 4 and 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Citizenship Classes: Learn about the process of becoming a citizen in a six-session series of classes. Classes are in English, and are taught by library volunteers. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sundays, Feb. 8 through March 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Pageturners Book Groups: An Everybody Reads event. Read “The Residue Years” by Mitchell S. Jackson. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
TechnoHosts: Friendly volunteers can help you with basic computer issues. Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.
Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Assistance in Vietnamese is available; assistance in Russian is available from 5 to 6 p.m. Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Assistance in Chinese is available.
E-books & Audio books-Hands-on Help: Drop in for one-on-one help. Please bring your device and any other equipment you need to download and/or transfer; made possible in part by The Library Foundation. Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Gain the Upper Hand with Your iPad: Now that you know the basics of navigating your iPad, learn how to make your iPad work for you. Please bring your own iPad, fully charged; offered by OASIS Connections. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sundays, Feb. 1 and 8 from noon to 2 p.m.
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-988-5386
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Thursdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Family Storytime: Storytime for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Lunar New Year: The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join in to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities, and traditional treats. Saturday, Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Positive PlayTime: Positive PlayTime is an interactive playgroup for parents and children newborn to 3 years. With the goal of nurturing a positive parent-child relationship, learn how to make parenting more relaxed, rewarding and fun. In a supportive and empowering environment, learn how to manage stress levels, develop your unique parenting voice, and utilize proactive parenting tools. Positive PlayTime participants become calm and confident parents able to meet their children’s developmental needs and challenges through cooperation and collaboration. Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Roots, Reality and Rhyme: Roots, Reality and Rhyme are a poetic journey that bridges the personal and political, the mythic and the real. In the forthcoming stage adaptation of her book, Turiya Autry brings poetry off the page in a multi-media, theatrical production. Understanding the power of the word, Turiya uses her voice and vision to address the complications of identity and isolation, the impacts of power and privilege, the historic and current presence of resistance, as well as the struggle and joy of love. For teens in grades 6–12. Monday, Feb. 2 from 6 to 7:45 p.m.
Legos at the Library: Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. Each time, the group will build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5 to 11.
Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. Thursdays, Feb. 5 and 19 from 4 to 5 p.m.
A Good Yarn: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun as we learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish and with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. There will be time for conversation in both languages. Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. Sundays from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Creating Beautiful Drop Earrings: Learn to make your own beautiful drop earrings for pierced ears. The class focuses on terminology, selecting beads and findings that enhance simple earring designs, and wear ability. Learn basic wire bending, cutting of metal and filing to complete earring sets. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sunday, Feb. 22 from 3 to 4:15 p.m.
Pageturners Book Group: An Everybody Reads event Read “The Residue Years” by Mitchell S. Jackson. Engage in stimulating conversation about books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Monday, Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Gain the Upper Hand with Your iPad: Now that you know the basics of navigating your iPad, learn about how to make your iPad work for you. By the end of class, you will be able to navigate the App Store; read books, magazines and newspapers on your iPad; take photos with your iPad; edit, organize and share your photos; use Facetime or Skype to video chat; find and manage podcasts on your iPad; and more. Please bring your own iPad, fully charged; offered by OASIS Connections. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sundays, Feb. 1 and 8 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.