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Art and uses of paper taught in two MHCC classes
Multi-talented artist Kelly Kerwick will be bringing her expertise to the classroom in two new classes offered this summer through the Community Education department of Mt. Hood Community College.

Projects using paper will be taught in “Collage” (ART4C). Kerwick instructs the class in creative collage on glass objects to make paper votives and decorative glass platters or bowls. Students are invited to bring a variety of materials such as decorative papers, fabrics and color copies of favorite images. Classes will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. For a list of materials call 503-491-7571

Learn the ancient art of making paper in “Papermaking” (ART4P), and create your own beautiful, handmade paper. This one-evening class will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Not only is it a fun experience, it is a good way to recycle waste into useful items like journals, photo albums, invitations or a special gift.

Kerwick is an experienced visual artist and has a Master in Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in New York. She teaches a variety of paper craft classes including papermaking, mixed media collage and three-dimensional paper sculpture.

People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).

Free senior health fair upcoming
Firwood Gardens Residential Care Facility, 819 N.E. 122nd Ave., will host a health fair for seniors on Friday, Aug. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Representatives offering discounted medical and prescription insurance, elder mediation services, mobility and transportation services, health and respite care, hearing aids, pharmaceuticals, footwear, and those from referral agencies and the American Diabetes Association will be on hand to offer advice and information. Seniors will be able to try acupuncture and get blood pressure, hearing and oxygen checks. Elder law attorney Cynthia Barrett will speak about advance directives, learn about memory gardens for Alzheimer’s and win door prizes.

To find out more, call Becca Letourneau at 503-252-0085.

More free health information available to seniors
Oregon Baptist Retirement Homes will present a senior health fair on Monday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the activity room. In addition to campus tours, visitors can gather information from a variety of health vendors.

ORBH is located at 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. For more information please contact activities director Genna Fissel at 503-255-7160.

Seniors are eligible for a federal nutrition program
Low-income seniors are being offered the opportunity to take advantage of the state’s agricultural bounty this summer and fall through the Senior Food Direct Nutrition Program.

Now in its fourth year, the program is a partnership of the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon and U.S. Departments of Agriculture. Eligible participants can buy fresh produce from authorized farmers at both farmers markets and farm stands through Oct. 31. Each participant receives twenty $2 coupons, for a total of $40 in purchase power

“I am pleased to report that more and more Oregon seniors are taking advantage of this nutrition program and that they are able to access fresh produce from Oregon farmers,” said Governor Ted Kulongoski. “It is a relationship that is grounded firmly in the Oregon tradition of helping those who are most in need with our own resources and products.”

Seniors who meet the following guidelines are eligible for the nutrition program:
• 60 years or older.
• Enrolled in food stamps and/or Medicaid as of April 1, 2005.
• Living at home or with family, not in a facility where meals are provided.
• Monthly income does not exceed $1,077 for a single person or $1,443 for a couple.

DHS program coordinator Lauren Mitchell said that four years ago the program had limited participation and minimal interest. “Now the demand has exceeded our capacity,” she said.

This year, out of 40,000 eligible low-income seniors, federal funds covered only 21,184 of them. Mitchell attributes this year’s record participation not only to outreach and education, but also to word-of-mouth. “The basis of most of the inquiries we get are from folks that learned about the program from their neighbors,” she said.

The program not only benefits at-risk families and low-income seniors, but also supports local farmers markets and farmers. Oregon has more than 70 participating farmers markets and 412 farm stands located throughout the state. To locate a farmers market, go to http://egov.oregon.gov/ODA/ADMD/farmers_markets.shtml. For additional information, contact Lauren Mitchell at 503-945-6479.

Volunteer reading tutors needed
The OASIS Intergenerational Tutor Program is looking for adults, age 50 and over to help children learn to read in the upcoming school year. No experience is necessary. Training, materials and monthly support meetings are provided. Volunteers work once a week with a first through fourth grade student for an hour in a participating elementary school. For more information call Colleen Shannon at 503-833-3636.

Take part in design of new park
Located at Northeast 128th Avenue and Holladay Street, East Holladay Park is a 5.7 acre undeveloped parcel in the Hazelwood Neighborhood. Residents are invited to help develop a master plan for the site. A fenced off-leash area is one of the proposals being recommended. Attend a workshop to help determine the park’s design scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 3.

The workshop will be in the St. Therese Social Center, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave. Please register in advance to receive a background packet. Call 503-823-5588 or visit www.portlandparks.org to do so.

Women offering support to women
Soroptimist International of Portland East is a part of the world’s largest classified service organization for business and professional women. The club meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. at Sayler’s Old Country Kitchen, Southeast 105th Avenue and Stark St. August is an exception.

This month, the group meets only on Monday, Aug.15. Dinner is free to first time guests. Call Lisa Ortquist at 503-261-9608 for more information.

Foundation can use your help
The Parkrose Educational Foundation is hosting a community meeting on Monday, Aug. 15 in the Parkrose High School Community Room, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., to plan for its annual auction. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

The Foundation is seeking volunteers to help coordinate activities leading to next year’s auction, scheduled for May 2006. The event will be moving to a new venue, yet will continue to feature both a silent and oral auction with Pat ‘n’ Pat Brothers Auctioneers adding their professional flair and style.

Stop in for refreshments and learn how you can help plan for fun a great fundraiser with proceeds dedicated to benefiting all students in the Parkrose School District.

This year’s auction raised over $15,000 resulting in a major contribution to the Parkrose Middle School for repair and replacement of much needed band instruments.

To learn more, call 403-408-2108 or visit www.parkroseedfdn.org.

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