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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 September issue are due Saturday, Aug. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at 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.

Get ready for high school
Believe it or not, the new school year is right around the corner. Parkrose High students and their parents will want to make note of the following:

A free event, Bronco Stampede Summer School freshman orientation, for all incoming ninth graders is Monday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the high school, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.
PHS registration dates are Thursday, Aug. 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. for students following express registration requirements and for fall athletics. Juniors and seniors may register for classes on the same day from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sophomores will register on Friday, Aug. 21 from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by freshman registration from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Preschoolers wanted
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., is offering preschool for children who turn 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. From September to May, preschool will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. An optional Lunch Bunch program is offered until 1 p.m. Call 503-256-1835 for more information or to register.

Resurrection Lutheran Preschool, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., is accepting registrations for the upcoming school year. The combined class for children 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1 meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Class size is limited to 14 students. Resurrection Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color and nationality or ethnic origin. For more information, please call 503-255-8772.

Support groups for seniors
Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors (VIEWS) offers free discussion and support groups for older adults. These weekly, confidential groups are open to adults aged 60 and older who want to talk about the challenges and successes that come with aging. Older adult volunteers receive training and supervision from professionals to ensure that VIEWS groups are a safe and comfortable place to talk about topics such as the loss of friends and family, difficulties with adult children or financial problems. There are openings in the mid-Multnomah County group. Call Quince Affolter at 503-261-6181 for information.

Public board meeting
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meeting, serving Multnomah County east of the Willamette River, is Monday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom, 5211 N. Williams Ave. The agenda includes information on funded projects, watershed council support, the proposed policy for partner use of meeting space and other items of business. For more information, call 503-222-7645, ext. 114.

Service dogs and gardening
The Flower Lane Garden Club August meeting will be a traveling affair. The first stop will be at Guide Dogs for the Blind, 32901 Kelso Road in Boring. From there the group will head to the Garden of Enchantment, 43233 S.E. Oral Hull Road in Sandy, to do a bit of gardening and enjoy a boxed lunch.

The meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 18. The box lunch will cost $8. Please call Sue Gamble at 503-287-8424 or Donna Gamble at 503-284-1553 to book your lunch.

The plan is to carpool beginning at 9 a.m. Contact Jean Johnson at 503-252-1779 or Elaine Bossert at 503-253-8270 for carpool points of departure.

Your last chance to win a 2009 Ford Mustang is fast approaching
Monday, Aug. 10 is the deadline to purchase raffle tickets from Kiwanis members for the red 2009 Ford Mustang with a V6 Pony Package and a five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive from the Russellville Kiwanis Club. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Doernbecher/Kiwanis Children's Cancer Research Program. To buy tickets from the club, contact Jason Zwick at 503-287-6122 or Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.

The car will be on display at the Kiwanis/Doernbecher booth at the Oregon State Fair, and tickets will be available there until the drawing on Labor Day. Tickets sell for $5 or you may purchase five for $20.

The Russellville Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave.

Stop in for lunch (they'll buy on your first visit) and think about joining this club that supports organizations such as SnowCap Community Charities, Parkrose Little League, DayBreak Family Shelter, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for disabled children, Ronald McDonald House, Shepherd's Door Shelter and the Doernbecher project.

Celebrate the Feast of Assumption
The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first Marian Congress in the U.S. held there in 1934. The Grotto will celebrate with “A Day with Mary” on the Feast of Assumption, Saturday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The day will include the celebration of Mass, a presentation by the Rev. Conrad Borntrager on the history of the congress, lunch and music; it will conclude with the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

To learn more, contact Jane Tokito, director of development, at 503-261-2433.

Garden will keep memories alive
A memory garden is nearing completion at Cherry Park United Methodist Church, 1736 S.E. 106th Ave. A dedication ceremony is being planned for Sunday, Sept. 13. In order to make the ceremony as meaningful as possible, the congregation is reaching out to all members, past or present, as well as friends and neighbors of the church community.

To learn more, call 503-265-8177 or 503-254-0797.

Michael Allen Harrison concert on the lawn
Portland's own Michael Allen Harrison will be performing a benefit concert on the lawn in The Grotto's upper level gardens atop the north face of Rocky Butte on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. Guests will delight in the serene setting amid towering firs and an enchanting backdrop for the special evening. Light evening hors d'oeuvres and selected wine will be served.

Purchase tickets in advance for $40 per person or $50 at the gate. Call 503-254-7371 to order tickets. The Grotto is located at Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

Award-winning artist to perform
Lauren Talley, a Southern Gospel Female Vocalist award winner in 2006, will perform a benefit concert at Crossroads Church, 2505 N.E. 102nd Ave., on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Purchase tickets at or call 503-341-4027. Proceeds will benefit Crossroads Christian School.

Golfers will play for charity
St. Therese Council of the Knights of Columbus will host a charity golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Glendoveer Golf Course, 14015 N.E. Glisan St. This four-person, scramble-format tournament will have start times throughout the morning. There will be a putting competition and lots of prizes. The tournament will be followed by a steak dinner at St. Therese Parish Center, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave.

This tournament funds annual donations to charities including St. Therese Catholic School scholarships, disaster relief, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA and Mt. Angel Seminary. Last year's tournament helped raise over $7,000 for these organizations.

The cost for golf and dinner, is $70 per player. All golfers are welcome. For more information, to register or to become a sponsor, call Ken Oliphant at 503-226-7000.

Family favorites featured at Dive-in Movie Nights
Dive into summer fun with four nights of family-friendly Dive-in Movies at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center at the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Bring your favorite flotation device to the 50-meter outdoor pool and enjoy these Friday night movies:

•Aug. 7: “Madagascar”
•Aug. 14: “High School Musical 3”
•Aug. 21: “Wall-E”
•Aug. 28: “Bolt”

The shows run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $4.50 for adults and $3.25 for children and seniors. MHCC students and employees are free with identification. For more information, call 503-491-7243.

Star Party: Perseid meteor shower watch
OMSI, Rose City Astronomers, and Oregon Parks and Recreation host free monthly Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park, east of Portland at Interstate 84, Exit 25; and L. L. Stub Stewart State Park, west of Portland and four miles north of the U.S. 26/Hwy. 47 intersection. On Tuesday, Aug. 11 beginning at 9:30 p.m., stargazers will search the night sky for the annual Perseid meteor shower show. View the planets, moon, stars and the meteor shower through telescopes and binoculars. From beginners to experts, all ages are invited. Star Parties may be cancelled due to weather; call the hotline at 503-797-4610 or visit for the latest information.

Seminars for health and longevity
The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine continues to offer seminars showcasing various aspects of traditional Chinese medicine.

All of the seminars below will be held at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St. The only cost is the price of admission to the garden: $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for those aged 62 and older, and $6.50 for students aged 6 to 18, including college students with identification. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Protecting the Emperor of the Body: Maintaining a Healthy Heart
Chinese medicine believes that the heart houses the mind and governs your ability to sleep soundly, think clearly and maintain a good memory. Learn how a healthy heart can keep your body nourished, your complexion rosy and your circulatory system sound. Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m.

•Live Long, Live Well: Traditional Chinese Medicine for Longevity (Part 1)
Learn how exercise, meditation, qigong, sleep and healthy eating can help you stay healthy and vital at any age. Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m.

•Enjoying the Journey: Traditional Chinese Medicine for Longevity (Part 2)
Learn how the therapies of traditional Chinese medicine approach some of the disorders associated with aging like pain, insomnia and fatigue. Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Think & Drink with Earl Blumenauer and Wim Wiewel
This happy-hour conversation features Oregon's Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Portland State University's new President Wim Wiewel in discussion about mind-changing moments. They will talk about mind-changing moments of their own and how change happens in our individual and collective thinking at the next Think & Drink, a happy hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas.

This Oregon Council for the Humanities event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at rontoms, 600 E. Burnside.

Blumenauer served three terms in the Oregon Legislature, eight years on the Multnomah County Commission, and 10 years on the Portland City Council. He is an innovative leader in transportation, planning, environmental programs and public participation, and has helped Portland earn an international reputation as one of America's most livable cities. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. As a current member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee, Blumenauer serves as vice chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Wiewel became president of Portland State University in August 2008 after serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and professor of public affairs at the University of Baltimore from 2004 to 2008. He was at the University of Illinois at Chicago in many capacities from 1979 to 2004. A sociologist and urban planner, Wiewel is the author of “Global Universities and Urban Development: Case Studies and Analysis” and “Partnerships for Smart Growth: University Community Collaboration for Better Public Places,” among many other works.

Think & Drink, which invites the public to think and talk together, reflects OCH's emphasis on infusing public conversations with critical thinking and fresh ideas.

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