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2007 Portland Christian Athletics: best year ever
Shaver takes innovative ESL project to streets
Student vision exercise complete, Parkrose takes over
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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 August issue are due Monday, July 16. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at Or mail your editorial 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.

Summer will be busy at SUN School
If you have ever experienced boredom during summer break, the solution is available at the Parkrose SUN Community School, at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Take advantage of free drop-in activities for kids Monday-Friday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Kids will enjoy supervised active and quiet games, story times, outdoor adventures, and arts and crafts while parents get a break. Teens can drop in weekdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. for free basketball, ping-pong, weight room activities, kickball and board game tournaments.

Free lunch is available Monday-Friday for anyone 18 and under. Lunch will be served from noon to 12:30 p.m. from now until Sept. 1, except July 4.

The Portland Parks & Recreation climbing wall will be on-site Thursday, July 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and July 19 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Learn to climb in a safe, fun environment. This is a free event.

If you love to dance, check out the hip hop schedule. For the sports minded, don’t miss the variety of sports mini-camps. The entire Parkrose SUN Community School summer program can be seen at in the Recreation section.

To learn more, contact Site Manager Trevor Todd at 503-408-2640, or simply drop by.

Open enrollment under way at St. Therese
Parents and grade school age students interested in learning more about St. Therese Catholic School, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave., are invited to contact the school during the open enrollment period under way now.

St. Therese offers a full-day Kindergarten program and an accredited curriculum for each grade, K-8. In addition to the basics, all classes receive training in religion, computers, Spanish and music. Class size is limited to 30 students.

Beginning in first grade, students can participate in competitive sports sponsored by the Catholic Youth Organization.

St. Therese provides an enriching and reasonably priced Catholic education for all families who value faith-based learning, according to Sister Kathy Cordes, principal.

The Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and the Western Catholic Educational Association provide accreditation of the school.

Dedicated in 1955, St. Therese is the only Catholic grade school in Mid-county and currently serves 221 students.

To receive an application packet or schedule a tour, call Sister Cordes at 503-253-9400.

Sign up now for preschool
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., is accepting preschool registrations for the 2007-08 school year. The preschool program is for children who will be 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. Call Karla Hills at 503-256-1835 for more information or to register.

Juniors can volunteer this summer
If you will begin your junior year of high school at Parkrose High School this fall, it’s not too early to begin thinking about a senior project. With new requirements for community service a strong component for high school graduation, students may want to consider volunteer opportunities this summer.

Internships are available now. The Portland Children’s Museum, Free Geek and many other community programs are looking for youth to be involved.

To find out more, please contact Joanne Oleksiak, program developer at Community Connections, at 503-408-2645.

Nursing assistant training for non-native speakers
While the need for trained health care professionals continues to rise, there is also a growing need for bilingual health care workers. A new pilot project at Mt. Hood Community College is helping to fill that need by preparing non-native speakers of English for careers as Certified Nursing Assistants.

“There’s a shortage of nursing assistants in Oregon,” said Steven Storla, Career Pathways coordinator. “More and more residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have different ethnic backgrounds. They may be living in a nursing home where no one speaks their language,” Storla said. This new CNA program provides a pool of bilingual applicants trained in health care.

The first 11 students to go through the nursing assistant training program for bilingual speakers have just passed the Oregon State Board of Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant exam and are now CNAs. The Career Pathways model gives non-native speakers of English additional time with the material and language support to better prepare them for the CNA exam. Students attend theory and lab practice as well as 80 hours of practicum at a nursing facility, while participating in additional English language classes.

Because the pilot program was so successful, the training will be offered twice in the coming academic year. The next class will begin Sept. 24. For more information about the training, contact Storla at 503-491-7251 or

Career Pathways trainings are short-term, job-focused trainings leading to employment upon completion. MHCC offers a range of these trainings in the areas of welding, machine tool technology, office skills, health occupations and construction trades and are a result of the partnership between Worksystems, Inc., and Portland Community College.

Classes enhance small business growth
Do you have a business idea, or have you just opened your doors but still have questions? If so, the Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center is presenting Start Smart, a workshop designed to help you go into business and stay in business.

Start Smart: Going into Business will cover all the important business questions, such as how to decide on a business name and how to register it; how to structure your business: sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S corp., C corp; what you need to know about state and local licensing requirements and how to keep business records. The workshop will also cover business goal setting, marketing and ideas for making your business profitable. Start Smart workshops are $15 and will be offered on Thursdays, July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13. Please attend one session only.

The SBDC is also offering a QuickBooks Bootcamp(tm) on Saturday, July 14; Wednesday, July 18; Thursday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 20. The fee is $129 for the workshop and an easy-to-use resource book or $229 for QuickBooks Pro 2007 Software, the workshop and a resource book.

To register, call 503-491-7658, or e-mail

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

Scholarships available
Stand for Children Leadership Center is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides everyday people the skills and resources they need to advocate for improvements to and funding for programs and services that give children a fair chance in life.

Stand for Children has announced the availability of Beat the Odds college scholarships for Oregon public high school students who have succeeded academically despite hardships such as poverty, disability, homelessness or personal tragedy and plan to graduate in June 2008 with a goal of entering an accredited two- or four-year college.

The group will award three $10,000 scholarships. Application materials and instructions are available now at The deadline to apply is Sept. 17.

Scholarship applicants must demonstrate that they have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA showing marked effort, improvement or success; have succeeded in spite of daunting obstacles; have participated in activities that are helpful to others and have a financial need.

Scholarships are contingent on acceptance into an accredited two- or four-year college program and will be paid directly to the college. Recipients will be honored at a Beat the Odds fundraiser luncheon later this fall.

The Beat the Odds scholarship program is designed to highlight the incredible potential of Oregon’s young people as well as the challenges which prevent too many of them from succeeding. If you’ve Beat the Odds or know a young person who has, please visit the Web site to learn more about this scholarship opportunity.

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