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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 Tuesday, 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.

Fir Ridge to showcase accomplishments
Fir Ridge Campus, 11215 S.E. Market St., will share student accomplishments at its Fall Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Students in the Fir Ridge After School Team, part of the SUN Community School program, have been taking a variety of classes over the past eight weeks, including belly dancing and hip hop dance, freestyle rapping, media, soccer, guitar, cooking, gardening, Outdoor School preparation, weightlifting, literacy and math. They have also been volunteering in the community during early release days. Parents, families and community members are invited to come and see what students have accomplished in their after-school classes through performances and displays. Snacks will be provided. The Fir Ridge Resource Fair will be happening at the same time, and tables will be set up around the school to share information from a variety of local resources.

DDSD college information night
Students in the David Douglas School District and their parents are invited to a college information night on Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. Representatives from several local colleges will speak about admissions, housing, student life and financial aid.

Free knitting circle
Join a free, ongoing knitting class at Earl Boyles SUN School, 10822 S.E. Bush St., every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Join anytime. Make new friends as you knit beautiful pieces. All levels are welcome. For more information, please call Tracie at 503-256-6554, ext. 8105.

David Douglas elementary girls basketball
Basketball registration for girls in grades three, four and five in the David Douglas School District is now in progress at each elementary school. The last day to register is Friday, Dec. 18. Practice starts Friday, Jan. 15. Games are on Saturdays beginning Jan. 23 with the last game on March 1. The fee is $45 or $42.50 if the player already has a community sports shirt.

Volunteer coaches are needed at each building. Coach your daughter's team and receive a discount. Experience is helpful but not necessary. A coaching clinic in mid-January and a handbook will help you prepare. The district will execute a criminal history background check. To register or volunteer, please see the building coordinator at your school or call 503-261-8206.

EMSWCD board meeting
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meeting is Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in the district boardroom, 5211 N. Williams Ave. Agenda items include discussion of stream care and other staff work, a report from the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts convention and other items of business. The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conversation District serves Multnomah County east of the Willamette River. The district office is ADA accessible and served by bus lines 44, 72 and 6. For Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, call 503-222-7645, ext. 100. For information, call the executive director at ext. 114.

Pilot project community workshop
The Southeast 122nd Pilot Project is exploring ways to create a more viable, sustainable and healthy Southeast 122nd Avenue corridor. A public workshop will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gilbert Heights Elementary School, 12839 S.E. Holgate St. The study focuses on the areas along and near Southeast 122nd Avenue between Division Street and Foster Road.

The workshop agenda will include an overview of the project, information on existing conditions learned from recent neighborhood walks, group discussions focusing on existing and desired local shops and services, and how access and safety for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles might be improved. Residents, business people and other interested parties in the Southeast 122nd Avenue area are invited to join staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in this informative and interactive workshop.

For more information, contact the city of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-7700 or visit

Centerpieces will evoke holiday spirit
You are invited to the annual Villa Garden Club Christmas Potluck on Thursday, Dec. 10 following its 10:30 a.m. business meeting at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. The lovely Christmas table centerpieces will provide you with inspirations for your own holiday table. Join them to enjoy the great food and learn more about the garden club. For more information, call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517.

Potluck and giving back
The Flower Lane Garden Club annual holiday potluck is Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Club Estates Social Hall, 12260 S.E. Main St. Hostesses are Elaine Bossert and Marjorie Stetson. Alice Mitchell will present some special floral designs. Visitors are welcome. Please bring a dish to share, a gift wrapped in sustainable wrapping for Toy & Joy Makers suitable for a child between 11 and 16, and a nonperishable food item for a community food pantry. A brief business meeting will follow the festivities.

Book drive continues
The Russellville Kiwanis Club supports the Children's Book Bank by collecting old and new children's books and spending time once a month at the book bank to help refurbish the books.

The Children's Book Bank has been in existence for just over a year and with the help of hundreds of volunteers has already provided 41,500 books to 2,500 Head Start children in the Portland area. Book bags of about 15 books are prepared for each child.

You are asked to sort through your children's books to select a few to donate to Kiwanis, which will pass them on to the book bank. You may drop them at the State Farm Insurance office, 10643 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Suite C, or call Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 for pickup.

The Russellville Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Refectory Restaurant on Northeast 122nd Avenue just north of Halsey Street. You are invited to visit a meeting (they will buy lunch) to consider joining this community service club.

Start the season with Christmas plays
The Resurrection Players will usher in the holiday season with a pair of one-act Christmas plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-6 and 11-13 at Resurrection Luther Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m., Sunday performances are at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults. Call 503-255-0676 to make reservations. Tickets will be available at the door.

A pageant, a musicale and candlelight worship
Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, Southeast 139th Avenue and Mill Street, will present a traditional Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m.

On Christmas Eve, enjoy a musicale at 10 p.m. followed by candlelight worship at 11 p.m. To learn more, please call 503-256-9933 or visit

Help send PMS students to nation's capital
A group of Parkrose Middle School students has set its sights on a springtime trip to Washington, D.C. You can help these kids reach their goal at a series of returnable can and bottle drives on Saturday, Dec. 5 and 12 and Jan. 9 and 23. Drop your donation at the school, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on these mornings.

In addition, the Lloyd Center Applebee's restaurant, 1439 N.E. Halsey St., has thrown its support behind these students in the form of a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. Your $6 ticket will buy you a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Contact Mrs. Robinson at Parkrose Middle School, 503-408-2700, to purchase your tickets. They'll be selling like hotcakes.

Celebrate the holidays with Ventura Park Elementary
Christmas trees will be offered for sale on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 at Ventura Park Elementary, 145 S.E. 117th Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trees will be priced from $10 to $15. Quantities are limited. Get there early.

Also, the annual Ventura Park Holiday Breakfast is set for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Gateway Applebee's, 10004 N.E. Halsey St.

Christmas breakfast for charity
Enjoy a Christmas breakfast on Friday, Dec. 18 in support of SnowCap Community Charities. Breakfast will be served for $10 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St., in Gresham.

Scrooge Lives Holiday Festival offers handcrafted gifts and seasonal items
Shopping for the holidays? Why not peruse the handcrafted gifts and seasonal items on sale at the Mt. Hood Community College 40th annual Scrooge Lives Holiday Festival? Scrooge Lives will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College Center on the Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

At 11:30 a.m. on opening day, there will also be a performance by the Mostly Mozart Multigenerational Clarinet Ensemble.

A variety of crafts will be available, including organic care products, American Indian specialty gifts, fused glass vintage art pendants, glass tile photo pendants, pet-themed gifts, custom-made baby quilts, purses made from repurposed clothing and upholstery fabric, several jewelry styles including items made by an MHCC employee, Native American art and woven baskets.

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

Christmas alternative market
Shop for family and friends in a meaningful way as you browse offerings from nonprofit vendors at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, Southeast 139th Avenue and Mill Street, on Sunday Dec. 6 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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