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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 February issue are due Friday, Jan. 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.

Swim lessons at David Douglas pool
Swim lessons for ages 5-18 will start on Monday, Jan. 4 at the David Douglas Swim Pool, Southeast 130th Avenue and Taylor Street, and run on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. No registration is necessary. Just drop by the pool. Cost is $6 per lesson or $10 for two lessons. For more information, please call 503-261-8378.

The boys and girls of summer
Believe it or not, it's time to sign up for the 2010 season of David Douglas Community and Junior Baseball. Students ages 5 through 14 are welcome to participate. Signups will be held at Pizza Baron Restaurant, Southeast 122nd Avenue and Division Street on Tuesday, Jan. 12 and Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. and at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional information about the program can be found at

The Community Sports program would not be possible without adults willing to volunteer as coaches. Coaches are needed for baseball and basketball. Each coach must pass a criminal history background check and attend a free coaching clinic. A registration fee discount is offered to the coach's player; conditions apply. Contact the building coordinator at your child's school or call 503-261-8206 for more information.

David Douglas Softball Association softball registrations will start in February, but girls can register early online at For more information, please call 503-253-1431.

Free glaucoma screenings
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. More than 2.25 million people over the age of 45 have glaucoma, and half of these are undiagnosed. Devers Eye Institute at Legacy Health will conduct free visual field screenings in January as part of National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The screenings will test for glaucoma and other serious diseases of the eye. The process is painless and takes only a few minutes to complete.

“Although there is no cure for glaucoma, early detection leads to earlier treatment, which can significantly delay or stop further vision loss,” said Dr. Jack Cioffi, Chenoweth chair of Ophthalmology at Legacy Good Samaritan Devers Eye Institute. “We strongly urge anyone interested and especially those in high-risk groups such as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, people older than 60 and people with diabetes to take advantage of this free screening service.”

Screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, 24800 S.E. Stark St. in Gresham.

To signup for the free screening, please call 503-335-3500.

Water, soil stewards will meet
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which serves all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River, will hold its regular monthly board of directors meeting on Monday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. at its headquarters, 5211 N. Williams Ave. The agenda will include planning for the upcoming fiscal year, discussion of funding for small farm classes and other items of business. For information, please call 503-222-7645, ext. 114.

Autism support group will help you prepare your child for adulthood
The David Douglas Parents of Children with Autism Support Group meeting is open to all parents in mid-Multnomah County who want to meet and find support from other parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the David Douglas district office board room, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave. Child care will be provided. The group will talk about how to help your autistic child be ready for adult life. Whether your child is in kindergarten or 12th grade, there are things you can do to improve your child's life. For additional information, please contact Howard Davis, program leader, at 503-709-7214 or student services at 503-261-8210.

A big start for the Book Bank
The Russellville Kiwanis Club has taken on another helping project in the Portland area. The Children's Book Bank recycles used children's books (they accept new books as well) and gives them to Head Start children throughout the Portland area. In the two months that Russellville Kiwanis has been collecting books, the group has donated almost 300 books to the cause and had two work parties at the Book Bank to help refurbish those older ones.

Kiwanis is continuing to collect books for the Book Bank. If you would like to help, you may donate books at the State Farm Insurance office at Northeast 106th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard or call Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 for pickup service.

Russellville Kiwanis meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Refectory Restaurant 1620 N.E. 122nd Ave. You are invited to drop in some Tuesday - they will pay for your first lunch - to check them out to see if you would like to become a member.

The meeting schedule for January is:
Jan. 5, board meeting
Jan. 12, Craig Harvath, the Gideons
Jan. 19, TBA
Jan 26, Warren Fleischmann, Released Time in school

Russellville Kiwanis supports SnowCap Community Charities, DayBreak Family Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Individuals, Shepherd's Door and others.

The voices of drug addiction
On Wednesday, Jan. 27 the East Precinct Involved Citizens meeting will include a video presentation by police Sgt. John Scruggs. Scruggs has interviewed area drug addicts to gain insight into how drug use begins and what addicts must do to maintain their additions. Those interviewed also offer preventative advice for anyone who may be considering drug use as a lifestyle option.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the East Precinct Community Center, 737 S.E. 106th Ave.

Join EPIC in its commitment to keep our neighborhoods safe and livable. For more information contact Dave Smith at

Pokorny to share plant list
Villa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 28. Garden writer and blogger Kym Pokorny will talk about her favorite plants. Come and get plant ideas to carry you through the frigid winter months. The business meeting will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brown bag lunch and Pokorny's program. Dessert will be served. Please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517 for more information.

Shelter will benefit from season-ending choir festival at Gesthemane
The eighth annual Epiphany Choir Fest is set for Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St. Finish the holiday season on a high note while enjoying holiday anthems and carols of the season one more time as several local church choirs gather to sing some of their favorite songs. The afternoon will conclude with a combined performance. Refreshments will be served.

While this event is free, a goodwill offering will be accepted on behalf of the Human Solutions' Daybreak Shelter Network. Human Solutions' Daybreak Shelter in east Portland provides a safe and empowering place for homeless families to stay while they look for permanent housing. Visit to find out more.

Cans for cash
The monthly Parkrose High School Bronco Boosters can collection, is Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. Donations of refundable cans and bottles support the PHS Scholarship Program. Call Dave Luce at 503-255-3745.

Recycle your Christmas tree
The David Douglas Dads Club annual Christmas tree recycling event will be held Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 2, 3, 9 and 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the David Douglas High School parking lot at Southeast 130th Avenue and Market Street. The cost is $5 per tree. Pickup service is available. Proceeds will be used for student activities and scholarships. For tree pickup and information, please call 971-998-8536, or e-mail

Enjoy coffee and live talent
For one evening this month, the Parkrose High theater classroom will become a lively coffee house complete with student performances that will range from standup comedy and improv to singing, dancing and short dramatic pieces.

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, head down to the high school, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., pony up for at least one beverage (minimum $.75) and support student efforts to fund participation in state competitions in April.

Donate now for spring rummage sale
The David Douglas Senior All Night Party Committee is gearing up for its annual rummage sale which be held in March. Donations will be accepted every Saturday from Jan. 9 to March 6, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the DDHS south parking lot, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave. A tax-deductible receipt will be available when you leave your donation. All items in good condition are appreciated, with the exception of mattresses and computers. For rummage sale questions, please call Peter Busby at 503-250-4195.

Slough celebration to honor 2009 award winners this month
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, a Portland-based nonprofit, is hosting the 11th annual Slough Celebration on Friday, Jan. 29. This evening fundraiser recognizes the 2009 Slough Award winners at 6:30 p.m. at the Acadian Ballroom, 1829 N.E. Alberta St.

Award categories include leadership and achievement, which respectively honor long-term individual commitments and one-year projects that support the Columbia Slough Watershed. The 2009 Leadership Award recipients are Aloft Portland Airport Hotel and Ken Finney of the city of Portland Watershed Revegetation Program. Achievement Award winners are Lee Dayfield with Friends of Nadaka Park, and three separate Baseline Wildlife Research studies conducted by young scientists Katie Holzer, David Kennedy and Julian Lawrence.

The public is invited to help recognize the 2009 award winners at this year's Slough Celebration. The crowd of 200 is typically made up of government officials, environmental professionals, slough enthusiasts and watershed residents. The evening will include an hors d'oeuvre buffet, champagne toast, award presentations, raffle prizes and a live swing band. Tickets are $40 and are available on the council's Web site at

“It's not your typical award celebration,” said Jane Van Dyke, executive director for the council. “We're a lighthearted group, so we like to honor our award winners in a special way. The Slough Celebration is about having fun while we celebrate all the good work in the watershed that took place in 2009.”

Terry Robb performance to benefit Parkrose schools Music Boosters
Buko Magazine and Guitar Centers have teamed up to present a musical event dedicated to showcasing the unique stylings of three Northwest guitar masters in support of music education programs in Parkrose schools. On Saturday, Jan. 30, Terry Robb, Jennifer Batten and Geoff Metts will perform in the inaugural Portland Guitar Three Electric Guitar Showcase in Peter's Room at the Roseland, 10 N.W. 6th Ave. Tickets are $15.50 in advance, $20 at the door. PG3 is a benefit for Parkrose K-12 Music Boosters.

Terry Robb, know as a musician's musician, is a gifted guitar player, recent inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and a Parkrose High grad.

Jennifer Batten has toured with Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. Geoff Metts is known for his talents on both rhythm and lead guitar. Each artist will perform a solo set at PG3. The show will conclude with all three converging for a grand finale.

Buy tickets now at to support music in Parkrose schools. This is a 21 and over event.

Earl Boyles pancake fundraiser
Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause. You are invited to an Applebee's Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to support Earl Boyles SUN Community School on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Applebee's Restaurant, 10004 N.E. Halsey St., from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost for breakfast is $5. Tickets are available at Earl Boyles Elementary School, 10822 S.E. Bush St., or you may call 503-256-6554, ext. 8105, to reserve a ticket or get more information.

Winter dance recital
David Douglas High School, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave., will present a winter dance recital on Wednesday, Jan. 13 in the south gym. The show will start at 7 p.m. and feature over 200 David Douglas dance students. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens; children 5 and under admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a winter concert by local musicians
The East County Community Orchestra will present its winter concert of popular and light classical music on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the David Douglas Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. The concert is free. A donation is requested.

Award-winning painter to share techniques
Art instructor Paul Clendenin with student Melody Firebaugh at one of his many demonstration classes. Clendenin will be the guest teacher at the Portland Fine Arts Guild this month.
Portland Fine Arts Guild meets for instructional classes and demonstrations at Russellville Grange, Northeast 121st Avenue and Prescott Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes this month will be held on Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and are $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members.

The guest teacher will be Paul Clendenin, a versatile artist in many types of media and an award winner in oils, watercolors and colored pencils. He has been a guild member for 25 years and also teaches for the Portland Parks & Recreation Senior Recreation program. His demonstrations will be in oils, but attendees may work along in any medium of their choice, as is the custom of the guild. He will be demonstrating an ocean scene on an 18" by 24" canvas, but any size that you are comfortable with is just fine. Bring your own supplies.

Coffee is provided. Please bring your own lunch or plan to visit one of several fast-food restaurants nearby. To find out more, please visit

Painting with Paper exhibit brings collage to MHCC
Painting with Paper, an exhibit by collage artist Susan B. Schenk, will be on display at Mt. Hood Community College in the Fireplace Gallery from Monday, Jan. 4 to Thursday, Jan. 28.

“I enjoy making something attractive from discards, appropriating images and putting them together in intriguing ways,” said Schenk. “While my pictorial collages are best viewed from a distance, a close-up inspection can reveal a very different piece of art.”

The Fireplace Gallery is located in the College Center Lounge on the Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St., and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on the Fireplace Gallery, contact Pam Kuretich at 503-491-7260.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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