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Free produce
Harvest Share is an innovative, large-scale produce recovery and distribution program for people in need. Oregon Food Bank picks up fresh produce from area wholesalers, retailers and farms. The fruits and vegetables are distributed free the first Tuesday of every month at the East Portland Community Center at 740 S.E. 106th at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own bags. This program is first come, first served and is produced by Oregon Food Bank in conjunction with the YWCA, Loaves & Fishes, and the East Portland Community Center.

Free Tuesday
Tuesday, July 8 from 1-6 p.m. is Free Tuesday at the Oregon Zoo. One animal you will see when you tour the Amazon Exhibit is Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth. This nocturnal creature has poor hearing, but makes up for it with excellent eye-sight and a keen sense of smell. A vegetarian, the sloth cannot walk because of weak legs and long claws but is a strong swimmer. You will likely find the sloth snoozing as 15 hours of sleep per day is the norm.

The zoo is located five minutes west of downtown Portland on Highway 26. Watch for the signs. The zoo is the first exit from this highway.

Water recreation in our own backyard
The Columbia Slough is a 60-mile long remnant of lakes, wetlands and slow-moving channels in the southern floodplain of the Columbia River. This area was once home to American Indians. The Lewis and Clark Expedition noted an abundance of wildlife, particularly geese, brandts, ducks, and otter in the Slough. The mission of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council is to foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed. To that end, the following events are offered in July.

Soup on the Slough: Slough stories, and a tour of Whitaker Ponds, the junkyard turned environmental education center located on the Columbia Slough. This casual event is open to everyone interested in learning more about the Columbia Slough watershed. Thursday, July 10 from 6-7 p.m. at Whitaker Ponds Environmental Learning Center, 7040 NE 47th Ave. -1/4 mile North of Columbia Blvd. RSVP required. Contact: Joe Annett at 503-223-3331 or e-mail: jannett@ci.portland.or.us

Ninth Annual Columbia Slough Small Craft Regatta: This family-focused free event attracts hundreds of canoeists and kayakers each year to the banks of the Columbia Slough, a waterway with a unique history, abundant wildlife, and many recreational opportunities. Participants receive a free tee-shirt, refreshments, and maps of the Slough. Sunday July 27 from 9 a.m - 1 p.m. at the Multnomah County Drainage District #1 Headquarters at 1880 N.E. Elrod Drive. Contact: The Columbia Slough Watershed Council at 503-281-1132 or e-mail info@columbiaslough.org

20th Annual Wooden Chicken Cruise-In
Hosted by the Rose City Classics Chevrolet Club, this family oriented event returns to the Wooden Chicken’s Pub & Take Out and Uncle Vinny’s Eatery & Pizza at Northeast 125th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard on Saturday, July 19. The action begins at noon with music provided by DJ Do Ron and plenty of raffle prizes for both adults and children. Both restaurants will serve food inside and out. A beer garden will be available for those over 21. Spectators get in free. The judging entry fee for vehicles is $10.

Rose City Classics was established for the purpose of encouraging the restoration and/or preservation of the 1955-57 Chevy auto, including pickups and Corvettes. All classics are welcomed, both original and modified. Members do not have to own a ‘55-’57 Chevy to join, but a sincere interest of these cars is necessary. The club was founded in 1982 and current membership is over 50 families. Participation in the Cruise-In is not limited to Chevrolets.

For more information, contact Debbie Rudisill at Uncle Vinny’s 503-254-7930.

Community outreach celebration
The beautiful 32-acre campus of the City Bible Church Community Center on Rocky Butte is the site for City Summer Celebration on Sunday, July 20.

This year’s Celebration is packed with family fun featuring live bands and entertainment, games, prizes, food and a children’s carnival. There will also be a huge inflatable fun zone, Portland fire trucks, dozens of game booths and a tour of nations area featuring ethnic foods, costumes, music and people representing the continents of the world. Single moms, widows and needy families will be offered car washes and groceries.

For more information call 503-382-1870.

Vacation Bible School
It’s that time of year again at Our Savior Lutheran Church on 11100 N.E. Skidmore Street. The movie “Jonah” with the Vegetales will be shown during the week. Songs, crafts, story time, snacks, games will all center around Jonah and his adventures. Go to Bible camp from July 21-25, 9-11:30 a.m. Round out the week with the parents enjoying a performance of the children singing the songs they’ve learned and an ice cream social afterwards. All campers will receive a Vegetales t-shirt, too. All of this is FREE. Please register by Monday, July 14. Call Arleene at 503-257-9407 for a registration form.

Fourth Annual East Portland Nibble
The East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave, is pleased to host the Fourth Annual East Portland Nibble, “Sharing culture through music, art and food” on Saturday, July 26 from 1-7p.m.

Don’t miss this family oriented, summertime event featuring a day of music and dance performances, craft activities, artists and craftspeople, the Oregon Zoo ZAP Program insect exhibit, rock climbing wall, giant slide, jumping castle, inflated obstacle course, face painting, Portland Parks and Recreations’s Rec ‘N’ Roll bus and more.

Taqueria Ochoa fires up the grill again this year for delectable Mexican cuisine in addition to hot dogs and ice cream treats for those with tamer palates. Spend some quality time with your neighbors - rain or shine.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of new pencils, crayons, or glue sticks for Schoolhouse Supplies, or a non-perishable donation for the Oregon Food Bank.

For more information call 503-823-3454


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