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 July issue are due Monday, June 16. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at email@example.com. 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.
Volunteers needed to send grads into the world
Graduating seniors at Parkrose High School will make individual presentations to small groups of community members about their self-directed senior projects.
The senior project and culminating speech are an important ritual as students cross the bridge between high school and adulthood. Graduates will demonstrate that they take responsibility for their education, make positive choices and can communicate in a mature manner.
Community volunteers are needed to evaluate these 10-minute presentations. Evaluation sessions are scheduled for Thursday, June 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Training will be provided.
If you can spare a couple of hours in support of Parkrose students, contact Brendan Gill at 503-408-2739.
Tickets on sale for grad night party
Parents of Parkrose High School class of 2008 students have been working hard all year to host a senior all-night party the graduates will never forget. Tickets are available for $35 at the high school on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. The party will begin immediately following graduation ceremonies on Thursday, June 12.
Gail Volk, party committee chair, is still accepting donations from area businesses. Call her at 503-705-3057.
Register now for aquatics classes
Get your child swimming-pool proficient this summer in the Salmon Run Learn to Swim program offered at the Mt. Hood Community College aquatic center.
Swimming lessons for children ages 8 months and up are offered beginning June 16. Morning sessions are Monday through Friday for two weeks. Afternoon and evening sessions are two days a week for five weeks. All instructors are certified American Red Cross Water Safety instructors. All lessons are $40 per session per child.
The aquatic center also offers adult fitness programs such as deep-water aerobics, arthritis water exercise, Aquacise and adult swimming lessons. Classes are offered in two five-week sessions and cost $42 to $48 per session.
Online registrations for both summer childrens lessons and for adult programs are available at www.mhcc.edu/aquatics. Please note a credit card will be required to process the transaction online and there will be an additional 6 percent fee.
Telephone registration is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 503-491-6065 during this four-hour registration period. Please have your credit card number ready and your first three choices of classes.
Mail-in and walk-in registration will also be available. Registration forms are available online or in the summer brochure of classes. Please enclose a check or money order along with your first three choices of classes. If none of your choices is available, your check will be returned. Receipts will be mailed. For a summer schedule of classes, please call 503-491-7243.
Jump-start your path to a college degree
Summer will soon be here and that means Summer Fastpass is returning to Mt. Hood Community College. Summer Fastpass is a terrific way to take a series of classes either to get a jump-start on a career or to complete general education requirements.
Students taking advantage of the Career Fastpass program can get ready for a new career by developing their skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, such as Business Administration/Management, Computer Gaming, Criminal Justice or Welding.
Bundle Your Basics provides an opportunity for students to take care of their general education classes during the summer. Summer Fastpass classes, which begin June 23, can help students get their degree faster, whether they are working on a certificate, a two-year degree or a bachelors degree.
More information about Summer Fastpass is available at www.mhcc.edu/fastpass.
Budget and project updates on agenda
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which includes all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River, will hold its regular monthly board of directors meeting on Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson High School library, 5210 N. Kerby Ave. The districts annual meeting and presentation of the current annual report will precede the board meeting at 6 p.m. The regular board meeting agenda will include consideration of public testimony given at the public budget hearing, adoption of the fiscal year 2008-09 budget and project updates, along with other items of business. Enter at the Kerby Avenue door to the center hallway. The library is on the right.
Support your community, join Kiwanis
The Russellville Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Refectory, Northeast 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street. People interested in becoming involved in a service club dedicated to aiding the community are invited to join.
The June schedule is as follows: June 3, board meeting; June 10, Cathy Anderson of Ministers to the Military will speak; June 17, guest speaker will be Scott Shlaes of Portland Impact; and June 24, Marilyn Schults of Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Individuals will address the group.
To learn more, contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.
Lose weight, feel great
Summertime is almost here. Have you kept your New Years pledge to get fit and lose weight? If not, the members of TOPS #OR213 can help you work toward your goal. TOPS members strive to achieve health and fitness in a supportive, nonprofit environment. Learn to Take Off Pounds Sensibly and keep them off. Programs are available for men, women and teens.
Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Parkrose United Church of Christ, 4715 N.E. 106th Ave.
For more information, call Cristina Gwynn at 503-254-8488.
Streetcar planning meetings announced
District Working Groups have been formed to study potential streetcar corridors in east Portland and assess public support for these corridors as part of the Streetcar System Plan project.
The District Working Group process involves a series of meetings. Anyone is welcome to participate in the District Working Group for his or her district. It is recommended that participants be able to attend the majority of the meetings for their group.
To guide the District Working Groups through the process of discussing and assessing support for potential streetcar corridors, the Portland Office of Transportation is providing group members with the Portland Streetcar Workbook. The workbook addresses streetcar issues related to land use, development, circulation and public support, and it includes suggested meeting agendas and homework assignments. District Working Group members can pick up a copy of the workbook at neighborhood coalition offices.
All east Portland District Working Group meetings will be held at East Precinct, 737 S.E. 106th Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are scheduled for Thursdays, June 5, 12 and 19.
For information or to view the workbook online, visit the Streetcar System Plan Web site at www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=46137&. Click on District Working Groups under Get Involved on the left. Summaries of the April 2008 Streetcar System Plan District Workshops are also available on this page. Click on Spring 2008 District Workshops under Get Involved.
Code changes to be explained
Significant changes have been made in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code. Staff from the city of Portland Bureau of Development Services will review these changes at its monthly brown bag Lunch and Learn series on Friday, June 13 from noon until 1 p.m. downtown at 1900 S.W. 4th Ave., Room 2500-A.
Learn whats in and whats out of the administrative chapter; become familiar with new and deleted definitions; get updated on new energy efficiency requirements; find out about building planning including unit separations, egress and flood plain rules and understand new spacing requirements for wall bracing panels.
All Lunch and Learn brown bag meetings are free.
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