Vol. 19, No. 9 • Mailed monthly to over 12, 400 homes in the Gateway & Parkrose Communities Free • JANUARY 2004
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Parkrose students ASPIRE to secondary education
Commission prescribes 75-foot height for 102nd Ave. development
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Ethnic minority leaders organize networking opportunity
Sponsors, the Russian - Speaking Community Forum, Russian language newspapers: “Dlya Vseh” (“For Everybody”), “Dlya Vseh - Plus”, “Dlya Vseh - Seattle” and the Russian-Uzbek-American restaurant Chai-Hana have organized a special event designed to bring social workers, program managers, educators, community leaders and activists, together with local ethnic minorities.

Billed as Network Cafe Northwest participants will share information about their programs, exchange printed materials and business cards, meet colleagues, identify community resources and find opportunities to reach out to ethnic minorities and other special groups.

Network Cafe Northwest will be held on Thursday, January 8 at 6 p.m. in the grand banquet hall of the Russian-Uzbek-American restaurant Chai-Hana (it means, Tea House), at 10534 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

Admission and snacks are free. Dinners are available for a moderate fee of $6.95-$9.95 per meal. For those of the Jewish, Seven-Day Adventist, and Subbotnik backgrounds the restaurant serves kosher food.

For more information or to sign up, please call 503-522-3698 to leave a message for a callback. This event is not focused on the Russian-speaking community.

Get legal
The January Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Session offered by the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services or BDS is entitled ‘No Permits for that Project? Learn How to “Get Legal."

This public education, discussion, and feedback session will explore:

• Construction permits for your project - when and why you would need them.
• How to find out if work has been permitted - before or after you buy.
• What happens to projects without permits? What about enforcement?
• Learn about the new BDS program designed to help you “Get Legal”
• Question & Answer session with the BDS “Get Legal” team of experts.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Bring your lunch and join in. No reservation is required. Meet in the 1900 SW 4th Avenue Building Second Floor Conference Room 2500-A on Friday, January 9 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Learn Community Education Brown Bags are sponsored by the Bureau of Development Services and are held on the second Friday of every month.

This information and a complete library of past presentations are now available on the website at www.bds.ci.portland.or.us. Click on “Lunch & Learn Seminars” for more information or contact Martha Shonya at 503-823-7822

Winter outdoor adventures
Metro provides a full slate of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. The following items come from Metro GreenScene. Call 503-797-1850 option 3 to get a copy or find it online at www.metro-region.org.

Powell Butte Trail Maintenance - On Saturday January 10 and February 14 from 9 a.m. to Noon help restore the trail system at Powell Butte Nature Park. Bring water, gloves and sturdy shoes. Meet in the parking lot at the top of the hill on Southeast 162nd Avenue off Powell Boulevard. To register, call 503-823-6131.
Oxbow Park Backyard Bird Walk - On Saturday January 10 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. join naturalist Elaine Murphy on a bird walk at Oxbow Regional Park, and learn about wild bird identification and bird behavior. This event is suitable for older children and adults. Meet at Gresham Backyard Bird Shop. There is a $4 entry fee per vehicle to the park. To register, call 503-661-4944.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge - On Saturday, January 17 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. see wintering waterfowl and other birds while improving your identification skills and learning about bird behavior with naturalist Laura Whittemore. Free. To register, call 503-635-2044.

Beggars-tick Wildlife Refuge Work Day - On Saturday, February 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. join Metro and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council for a planting at this vital Southeast Portland wetland. You’ll have an opportunity to see some of the birds that rely on this area in the winter while your work to improve their habitat. For more information, call 503-797-1850 option 8.

Wonders of the winter sky
Learn how to identify prominent constellations, star clusters and galaxies in the Winter Sky. Mt. Hood Community College or MHCC Planetarium Director Doug McCarty will use the Sky Theater star projector to re-create realistic sky and answer questions about upcoming celestial events.

“Wonders of the Winter Sky,” will be presented on Monday, January 12.

Also beginning in January, the planetarium will begin a series of 45-minute, live public shows on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission to all public shows is $1. Seating is on a first come- first served basis. Children are always welcome. The Sky Theater is handicapped accessible.

The Planetarium Sky Theater offers live, customized interactive one-hour programs to the public, school groups and private parties Monday through Friday, January 5 through August 27, 2004 (during daytime hours only). A $75 facility use fee is charged for each program. Maximum capacity in the Sky Theater is 70.

All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images. Call 503-491-7297 to make a reservation.

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

Loaves & Fishes to host celebration
Asian singing, dancing and a traditional dragon dance are among the festivities that will highlight a Chinese New Year celebration hosted by Loaves & Fishes Centers, The Meals-On-Wheels People.

The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. January 17 at the Fook Lok Loaves & Fishes Center, 4937 S.E. Woodstock St. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children age 6 and under.

Guests will ring in the Year of the Monkey with a seven-course, family-style, gourmet Chinese lunch accompanied by Chinese songs and Filipino, Vietnamese and Laotian dance.

For more information or to buy tickets, call Yen Bee at 503-771-3601.

Run or walk to save your life - or someone elses’
Train to End Stroke is a team marathon training program and fundraiser for the American Stroke Association.

Get fit, have fun and save lives. Train to End Stroke helps participants accomplish their goals of completing a full or half marathon while helping to save lives by raising funds for stroke research and education. The American Stroke Association provides the training. Participants that meet the fundraising goal fly to an exciting location to participate in a full or half marathon. No prior marathon experience is needed.

An information session about Train To End Stroke is scheduled for Saturday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at Tri-Sport Running and Walking, 11919 N.E. Halsey St.

Oregon has the fifth highest death rate from stroke in the nation. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of serious, long-term disability. Funds raised through Train to End Stroke support the American Stroke Association’s efforts of stroke-related research, educational programs and advocacy efforts by providing effective, credible information to prevent and treat stroke with specific emphasis on those at high risk.

For more information, please call 503-233-0100 or visit www.strokeassociation.org.


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