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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 January issue are due Monday, Dec. 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.

College information night
The David Douglas High School counseling department is sponsoring a district college-information night for parents of students at all grade levels. This event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the DDHS Performing Arts Center. Representatives from Oregon public and private colleges and universities will present information on admissions, financial aid, scholarships, housing and other areas related to higher education. Get your questions answered about the best post-high school options for your student.

Basketball shooting clinic
Girls and boys in grades three through eight can have fun and improve their shooting fundamentals at the David Douglas Basketball Shooting Clinic. It is held on Monday, Dec. 22 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the North Gym at David Douglas High School, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave. The cost is only $10. Register at the door. Contact Chad Reeves at 503-261-4481 or Tim Hurley at 503-261-8328 for more information.

Handwriting volunteers needed
The occupational therapy department in the David Douglas School District is seeking volunteers to support children with handwriting practice. Materials and training are provided. Commitment involves working with elementary students for a minimum of 30 minutes per week. Volunteers should be familiar with printing and cursive writing, enjoy children and be able to sit for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. This is a great opportunity to bond with a child and help promote their future successes. If interested, please call Sheryl Riley or Beth Arntson at 503-256-6500, ext. 5207.

Club plans to pack, deliver holiday baskets
Russellville Kiwanis continues to seek new members to aid in the support of local nonprofits like SnowCap Community Charities, DayBreak Family Shelter, Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Center and Ronald McDonald House.

The club meets Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. at the Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave., to enjoy lunch, share ideas and learn from guest speakers. They will spring for lunch on your first visit.

This month, members will help pack and deliver Christmas baskets for SnowCap clients. To join the fun, contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.

There will be no meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Potluck luncheon to include discussion of winter gardens
The annual Villa Garden Club Christmas Potluck is Thursday, Dec. 11 following the regular monthly business meeting. You are invited to enjoy great food and learn more about the club’s function and purpose. There will be a horticultural presentation during the meeting with a focus on winter blooming plants. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.; the potluck will follow at noon at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. To learn more, please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517.

Bring a toy to potluck
On Tuesday, Dec. 16, you are invited to the annual Flower Lane Garden Club Christmas potluck at Club Estates, 12260 S.E. Main St. Bring a gift suitable for a child aged 9 to 13. The club will deliver your donations to the Toy & Joy Makers.

The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and a look at the donated gifts, followed by the business meeting. Call Isa Hogue at 503-253-4071 if you have questions.

Begin the new year right: Get involved
East Precinct Involved Citizens is a program for citizens working in cooperation with the officers and command staff of Portland Police East Precinct to promote crime-free, livable neighborhoods.

EPIC is a colaboration between the police and the community, intended to create bonds of trust and reliance between the police and the public. It works to identify and solve community problems to enhance the safety and quality of neighborhoods.

Beginning in January, the group will meet in odd numbered months for two hours from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Precinct Community Room, 737 S.E. 106th Ave. Each meeting will feature a keynote address that will enhance the understanding of the role of the community and the police working together. There will be time to meet and interact with community members and police officers at the conclusion of each meeting.

To learn more or to get involved, contact EPIC Coordinator Dave Smith at

Production underway for Festival of Lights
The Grotto’s lower level is being transformed into a magical wonderland of lights and family fun for its 21st Annual Christmas Festival of Lights. Production on this community favorite began nearly a month ago. The production crews have hung nearly 250,000 lights to date. Setup and production will continue for the next month with the installation of tents, fencing and the hanging of the Christmas star and angels on the 110-foot cliff.

The Festival of Lights opened Friday, Nov. 28 and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 30. The hours of this event are 5 to 9:30 p.m. each evening except Christmas. The cost is $7.50 for general admission and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids two and under are admitted free.

Seminar to deal with loss
Some days are especially painful after the death of a loved one. The free public workshop Get Me Through the Holidays: 10 Strategies for Coping with Loss on Days that Hold Special Meaning, will be presented on Saturday morning, Dec. 6. at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ.

Professionals from Providence Hospice and Palliative Care will share coping strategies for the holiday season along with ideas for celebrating personal holidays throughout the year.
A remembrance program will immediately follow the seminar.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the presentation and remembrance programs will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For information or advance signup, call 503-253-5457 or e-mail The church is located at Northeast 105th Avenue and Wygant Street.

Celebrate at a sing-along
Reminisce and be blessed at a Christmas sing-along featuring organist Paul Quarino on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Rivercrest Community Church, 3201 N.E. 148th Ave.

Carols and poetry celebrate Advent
You are invited to St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 N.E. Glisan St., on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. for carols, poetry and recitations of the wonders of Advent. Eucharist will follow this musical celebration. While admission is free, organ fund donations will be accepted. To learn more, call 503-252-6128.

A Christmas invitation
If you have been away from the Catholic Church for any reason or find yourself drifting away, you are invited to come home for Christmas at St. Rita Catholic Church, 10029 N.E. Prescott St. Masses are at 5:30 p.m. and midnight on Christmas Eve, and 10 a.m. on Christmas day. All are welcome.

After Christmas, you are invited back for casual conversation and educational sessions on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 13. Sessions are free and will be held in the Religious Education Center building behind the church. Contact Chris Kresek at 503-252-3403, ext.101, or for more information.

Christmas Eve services
Take time with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Christ. Crossroads Church, 2505 N.E. 102nd Ave. offers Christmas Eve services at 5 and 6:30 p.m.

If you would like to learn more, contact Matina Hunnell at or 503-445-9979.

Church has vision for the future
The Eastminster Presbyterian Church community is beginning a redevelopment of its site and ministry. The board just completed a two-year vision process that included community meetings, a congregational survey, demographic studies and lots of prayer and reflection. Eastminster now seeks to reimagine its ministry by establishing a short term eight-person task force. Its purpose is to better reflect what it means to be a 21st-century Christian in a pluralistic world of many religions and spiritual expressions. If you share this vision and are interested in serving on the task force, please contact the Rev. Brian Heron at 503-252-3888 or Eastminster is located at 12505 N.E. Halsey St.

Christmas tree fundraiser
Let the David Douglas High School Parent Teacher Student Association make your holiday a little less stressful. Hand-selected Douglas, Grand and Nobel fir trees from Friendly Farms in Colton will be cut, shaken and wrapped and delivered to the parking lot at the DDHS south building, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6 and 13. Douglas fir trees will sell for $3 per foot; Grand and Nobel will be priced at $5 per foot. If you need a tree in excess of nine feet, contact Kari Deardorff for pricing or other questions at 503-250-2413 or Please use the subject line TREE in all e-mails. Funds from the sale of trees will support the reader board project.

After selecting a tree, sign up for the David Douglas Dads Club tree recycling program. For $5 per tree, Dads Club will come to you to pick up your tree after the holidays.

Celebrate with the PBA
The Parkrose Business Association invites everyone in the Parkrose community to its annual holiday event on Saturday, Dec. 13. The evening will include entertainment, a buffet dinner, door prizes, special awards and a silent auction to raise funds for scholarships for Parkrose students.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport; 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd. Tickets are $45 at the door. Call 503-257-3229 to RSVP.

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