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 Tuesday, June 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Summer reading program
Parkrose Prescott Elementary and St. Rita parish will partner to give students an opportunity to improve and maintain their reading skills over the summer break. From June 21 to 24, and June 28 to July 1, between 9 a.m. and noon, young readers will be welcomed by volunteer tutors at St. Rita Catholic Church, 10029 N.E. Prescott St. All elementary students are invited to participate. Pick up an application at Prescott Elementary, 10410 N.E. Prescott St., or call the school at 503-408-2150.
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., has openings in its preschool program for the 2010-2011 school year. Preschool is offered for children 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. The program operates Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with an optional Lunch Bunch program available until 1 p.m. Tuition is $125 per month. Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. For information or to register, call 503-256-1835.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Bloodmobile coming to Gateway
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Gateway Elks Lodge, 711 N.E. 100th Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15.
Your donation of one pint of blood can be used to save as many as three lives. Call 1-800-GIVELIFE to make your appointment. Please report to the Lodge at your donation time. You will then be escorted to the bloodmobile in turn.
Free breastfeeding workshop
SnowCap Community Charities will offer a breastfeeding class for new mothers and mothers-to-be in east Portland. Building Blocks of Breastfeeding is set for Monday, June 21 from 10 a.m. until noon at the SnowCap community garden location behind the Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St. The class is free and refreshments will be provided.
Lea Lipscomb, vice president and class coordinator for Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon, will lead the session. This is a supportive and interactive workshop for women interested in breastfeeding, said Kari James, special projects coordinator for SnowCap. We hope to answer concerns, challenges and questions of women who may be considering breastfeeding.
If you need more information, contact James at 503-674-8785 or email@example.com.
SnowCap Community Charities has announced a continuation of its popular gardening workshops through the summer months.
The garden classes are designed to help families and individuals offset high food prices and improve their diets with nutritious food, according to Kari James, special projects coordinator for SnowCap. This is especially timely for families struggling to make ends meet. Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the SnowCap community garden, 17805 S.E. Stark St., unless otherwise noted.
Here is the schedule:
o July 8-Companion planting taught by Jolie Grindstaff of Portland Nursery
o July 15-Morning tour of Kennedy School community garden (TBA)
o Aug. 5-Raising herbs with Amanda Karam of Tony's Garden
o Aug. 19-Canning tips from Mary Kay Gehring of the Oregon Food Bank
o Aug. 26-Morning tour of Oregon Food Bank Learning Garden (TBA)
o Sept. 2-Fall planting with Rodney Bender of Growing Gardens
This is an opportunity for people to learn to grow produce even if they don't have a garden plot. We will show them how to raise tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and other vegetables in a five-gallon bucket with good soil. Our participants find it's fun too," James added.
To learn more or to sign up, contact James 503-674-8785 ext. 37 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area businesses to learn about sustainability
The Gateway Area Business Association invites it members, guests, and other interested parties to its monthly business meeting on Thursday, June 10. Rosemary DiCandilo of Zero Waste Alliance will talk about local resources available for local business to improve profitability through environmental performance as well as ZWA programs that can assist in this effort. The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Parkview Christian Retirement Community, 1825 N.E. 108th Ave.
PBA monthly meeting
The Parkrose Business Association general membership will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 17 at The Grotto, Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. Lunch will be served.
Villa Garden Club members invite you to join their monthly meeting Thursday, June 24, at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. A 10:30 a.m. business meeting will be followed by a brown bag lunch, dessert, and a tour of a nearby garden. Car pools will be arranged. Gardens are full of fresh, new plants right now so drop in and enjoy. Please call Leona Connelly for more information 503-287-4517.
Rock your world vacation bible school
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., will host SonRock Kids camp the week of July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. At SonRock Kids camp, kids will experience an adventure camp like no other. Children will have a great time singing songs, watching skits, creating crafts, and playing games. They'll learn how their lives can be transformed by God's great love for them. For children ages 3 through 12.
The camp will include VBS Express: On the Road with Jesus traveling Pastor Bruce Meier who brings with him a fabulous mobile rock-climbing wall.
For information, call 503-255-8772 or go to www.rlcpdx.org.
Activists and social changers
Get involved in the movement to end violence against women and children. Home Free, a program of Volunteers of America for women and children surviving domestic violence, has openings for compassionate people to assist in its restraining order advocacy program. You will provide emotional support, safety planning and resource referrals. Training is provided in early June and covers dynamics of domestic violence, with an emphasis on legal issues. Last year, advocates assisted over 2,400 petitioners.
Contact Jen McKenzie, VOA Home Free transitional services advocate and volunteer coordinator, at 503-802-0494 or email@example.com to get more information and to take action.
Donate returnable cans and bottles
Monthly collection of your returnable cans and bottles continues Saturday, June 6 at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. Parkrose Bronco Boosters and a contingent of eager students will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to offload your donation and quickly send you on your way, perhaps to the Parkrose Farmers Market directly across the street.
Win a brand new Ford Mustang
The Russellville Kiwanis Club is selling raffle tickets for a 2010 Mustang Coupe. It's candy apple red with gold trim and custom tires and wheels from The Tire Factory. This car is a 4.0 liter, 210 horsepower slice of Americana. Equipped with an automatic transmission, it's fun to drive around town and easy on gas.
All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Kiwanis Children's Cancer Unit at Doernbecher Hospital. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. You may purchase tickets at the Jason Zwick State Farm Insurance office at 10643 N.E. Sandy Blvd. or by contacting Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 by Aug. 10. The drawing will be held at the Oregon State Fair on Labor Day.
Russellville Kiwanis invites men and women interested in serving their community to join them every Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Refectory Restaurant on Northeast 122nd Avenue, just north of Halsey. The club supports DayBreak Family Shelter, Parkrose Little League, Shaver Elementary School Life Skills program, SnowCap Community Charities and others.
If you drop in for a meeting at the Refectory on a Tuesday, they'll buy your lunch on your first visit. Kiwanis is looking for folks who want to give back to their community.
Human Solutions' Hometown Country Jamboree at Gresham's Club Paesano
Don't miss this chance to catch the next big country star while she is still a hometown honey. Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters will steal your heart with original songs and your country favorites. Wear your boots. Come on out and kick up a little dust.
Dance to raise the roof for families without one on Sunday, June 27, at Club Paesano, 3800 West Powell Loop, in Gresham.
Gates open at 2:30 p.m. for country line dance lessons, bocce ball demonstrations and lessons, Frisbee golf, face painting, kid's crafts, as well as a silent auction and raffles. The dance will begin at 4 p.m. No-host food carts will serve up a variety of options, plus beer and wine.
Admission is $12 per person or $25 per family. Bike out to the Springwater Corridor Trail or carpool, park and ride the free shuttle to the site. $2 off admission for bike and shuttle riders. $2 off coupons available to everyone at www.humansolutions.org. $5 limited car parking on site. Call 503-548-0221 for shuttle and parking details. Bring your friends and family for a great afternoon of music and fun. Funds raised will benefit Human Solutions programs.
Celebrate with a bang
What would Independence Day be without fireworks? Okay, it would still be a fun celebration with friends, family and great food, but fireworks are one of the best things about the day.
To help you celebrate in style, the Parkrose Athletic Boosters will offer a vast selection of legal fireworks for sale from June 23 through July 3. The fireworks stand will be located at 4401 N.E. 122nd Ave. in the lot between Wendy's and The International Fellowship Family Church and will be open from noon to 9 p.m. each day.
Boosters, coaches and athletes from sports programs throughout the district will staff the booth, so make sure to stop by multiple times in support of your favorite Bronco teams.
Your used books mean bucks for local charity
Read any good books lately? Donated any old books lately? SnowCap Community Charities is hoping you will toss some books its way.
Books 4 Giving is providing SnowCap with 64-gallon book barrels that will be disbursed throughout the east Portland area.
When the book bins are full, Books 4 Giving picks them up, sells some and shares the funds with nonprofit agencies.
Every time a book bin is filled, SnowCap receives a check for $25, according to Kellee Rosales, a partner in Books 4 Giving. We also give the agency as many books as they need for their clients. At least 90 percent of the books go back to readers in the community.
You will find SnowCap book bins at the Gateway and Wood Village branches of Riverview Community Bank. SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley said, We hope to work with the bank and Books 4 Giving and place the bins in several locations.
SnowCap also accepts book donations at its office, 17805 S.E. Stark St., daily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
First Cut Digital Film Festival
The Mt. Hood Community College 9th Annual First Cut Digital Film Festival is always an exciting event that features the best work from MHCC's Integrated Media video students. The festival will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, June 4, in the Visual Arts Theater at the Gresham Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
This year's film festival is going to be unlike all previous festivals, said event organizer and MHCC video student Nathanael Sams, with the quality of the films raising the bar for the video program. Attendees can expect a behind-the-scenes experience and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite films in several categories including best picture, best editor and more.
For more information, contact Integrated Media Video Program Director Jack Schommer at 503-491-7611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pianist offers recital
Popular Portland entertainer and pianist Jim Fischer will perform at 6 p.m., Sunday, June 6, at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. The program will be varied to showcase Fischer's versatility. A voluntary offering of $10 is suggested.
The Parkrose High School Choir Department will celebrate the end of the school year with its annual Choral Awards Concert on Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the high school, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Admission is free.
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