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 April issue are due Monday, March 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.
Callboard, children for high school production
An open audition will be held for area students grades 3 through 5 for the Parkrose High School music department revue On Broadway. Auditions for children will be Wednesday, March 3 at 4 p.m. in the PHS Theater. Students must live within Parkrose School District boundaries but may be enrolled in other area schools. Participants will be asked to sing Happy Birthday. No prior acting experience is necessary. On Broadway will run two consecutive evenings, Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17. The revue will feature the PHS jazz band, plus student singers and dancers. Songs from The Music Man, The King and I, Seussical and Wicked will be performed.
To learn more, contact Lesley Bossert, PHS choral director, at 503-408-2695.
Lunch-and-learn nutrition series
In celebration of National Nutrition Month, Adventist Medical Center will host a free lunch-and-learn series on eating well. The three-part community event is open to the public; however, reservations are recommended. Each Eating Well session will include a short video presentation followed by a question and answer session with an Adventist Health registered dietitian. Nutritional handouts and recipes will be provided. Topics of discussion will include the power of fiber in diet, replacements for meat and dairy, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays, March 3, 10 and 17 with two sessions each day beginning at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
The Portland Adventist Medical Center's Education Center is located at 10123 S.E. Market St. To RSVP, call 503-256-4000.
Free ESOL classes
Multnomah University offers free Community English for Speakers of Other Languages classes every Tuesday night. Multiple levels are offered to accommodate the varying needs of English learners in the Northeast Portland community. For those who have recently moved to the United States and know very little English, as well as those who have lived in America for many years but want to gain confidence in pronunciation or conversations. The classes focus on English vocabulary and grammar as well as enabling students to use their English in practical-life settings, such as applying for jobs or going shopping. The teachers are students from the undergraduate and graduate TESOL program at Multnomah University. According to Kristen Hubert, TESOL program director, Our goal is to give adult students increased confidence in the English skills needed for daily living. Of course, we also enjoy the fact that we get to meet people and learn about their home cultures in the process.
The classes are held in the lower classrooms of Multnomah University's Bradley Hall, 8435 N.E. Glisan St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The spring term, which runs through May 4, has just started and students are welcome to join at any time. All materials are provided.
If you have questions or need directions, contact Hubert at 503-251-6412 or email@example.com.
Community garden to open
The opening celebration of Vestal School Community Garden, the 33rd of its kind established by Portland Parks & Recreation, is Friday, March 12 at 9:45 a.m. There will be activities for children and garden tours.
This new community garden is a partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Public Schools and Friends of Community Gardens.
The Vestal project has turned a former parking lot into a vibrant community garden and connects the culturally diverse Vestal Elementary School student body with residents of the Montavilla neighborhood. The garden will offer both shared garden plots for the community and an educational garden used by the school.
The new educational garden will give Vestal schoolchildren the chance to learn the fundamentals of organic gardening, nutrition and food preparation as well as the experience of growing, harvesting and eating their own food.
For information on how to sign up for a plot at the garden, contact PP&R's Community Gardens Program at 503-823-1612 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vestal School is located at 161 N.E. 82nd Ave.
TAG identification in David Douglas schools
The procedure for identifying David Douglas Talented and Gifted students will begin this month. The TAG identification procedure identifies students who are intellectually gifted or academically talented based on a variety of tests.
Students identified as talented and gifted have certain unique characteristics and educational needs that distinguish them from other students. These characteristics include an intense intellectual curiosity; an ability to conceptualize broad issues, themes and concepts; demonstration of higher-level thinking skills; independence in thought and work; and a strong sense of truth and justice.
Teachers, parents and students may nominate. For complete procedure and dates, contact your home school.
Budgets and farmland protection on agendas
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District has two meetings of interest this month. The regular monthly board meeting is Monday, March 1 at 6 p.m. SOLV will make a presentation. A budget committee meeting to review the budget and take comments from the public will follow at 7 p.m. Budget documents are available at www.emswcd.org. Click on About EMSWCD, Our Budget.
The EMSWCD Land Conservation Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 3 at 4 p.m. A succession planning workshop will be considered and the farmland protection coalition will report.
Both meetings will be held at the district office, 5211 N. Williams Ave. To learn more, call 503-222-7645, ext. 114.
Add your voice to city budget discussions
The Portland City Council is inviting citizen input at an upcoming interactive Citywide Budget Forum to share your budget priorities. City Council will participate in the discussions. A community fair will be held during the first 30 minutes of each forum.
In Mid-county, forums are scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center, Southeast 72nd Avenue and Harold Street; and Saturday, March 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at IRCO Community Space, 10301 N.E. Glisan St.
For more information visit www.portlandonline.com/communitybudget or call 503-823-6806.
Parents of children with autism meet
Learn how to evaluate your autistic child, how to write an effective Individualized Education Program and access occupational therapy services for your child in the secure environment of a support group.
The David Douglas Parents of Children with Autism Support Group meeting is open to all parents in East 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, March 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the David Douglas District Office Board Room, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave.
Child care will be provided. District staff will be at the meeting.
For additional information, please contact Howard Davis, program leader, at 503-709-7214 or student services at 503-261-8210.
Ugly tie qualifies you for membership
They're at it again. The Russellville Kiwanis will honor Herb Tarlek, the wardrobe-challenged sales manager at WKRP in Cincinnati, at its annual Ugly Tie Auction. Known for leisure suits and ugly ties, Tarlek provides the inspiration for this annual fundraiser. The fun begins at 11:45 a.m. at The Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave., on Tuesday, March 9.
Participants bid on the ties and announce for whom they are buying the tie. The person who gets the tie is required to wear it at all Kiwanis functions for a month. Failure to do so results in fines. Members of other area Kiwanis clubs do attend and participate.
This is a great event for folks who have considered joining Kiwanis. Bring a tie and join the fun. Kiwanis will buy your lunch. (You will not be required to bid on a tie.)
There will also be a board meeting on Tuesday, March 2 and because March is Get to know your members month in Kiwanis, three members will give presentations at the other weekly meetings. They are Judy Alley of SnowCap Community Charities on March 16; Charlie Ross, retired pastor and active community volunteer, on March 23; and Marilyn Biancardi, current club president and retired mortgage agent, on March 30.
The Flower Lane Garden Club will take the mystery out of plant propagation at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. at Parkview Christian Retirement Community, 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. The business meeting will follow the propagation presentation.
Residents encouraged to participate in Citywide Tree Project
After extensive analysis and discussion of complex tree-related issues, and developing and sharing potential solutions with multiple commissions and neighborhood groups, the Citywide Tree Project is publishing a comprehensive draft proposal for public review. The Portland Planning Commission and Urban Forestry Commission will invite public testimony on the proposal at a joint hearing on Tuesday, March 23.
An open house will be held on Tuesday, March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 S.E. Washington St., so members of the public can meet with project staff and learn more about the project and draft proposal.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has worked with other city bureaus and community stakeholders on the tree project because the city's tree codes are confusing and out of date. With input from community stakeholders, city staff has developed a proposal intended to clarify, simplify and improve the effectiveness of the codes; advance city goals and canopy targets for Portland's urban forest, neighborhood livability and development; update city tree preservation and planting requirements that apply when development is proposed; standardize and streamline the existing tree removal permit system to apply consistently throughout the city; create a new comprehensive tree code to house most tree rules; elevate the role of trees and the city's urban forestry program; and enhance customer service for residents and builders looking for information about trees and permits.
The draft proposal is available for review at http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=46921. Residents can comment via e-mail to email@example.com.
Good bugs, bad bugs
The Villa Garden Club will celebrate its 62nd anniversary on Thursday, March 25 at its regular monthly potluck luncheon meeting. Greg Hulbert of Portland Nursery will talk about insects in the garden, those that are beneficial and those that are not. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. To learn more, call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517.
Make professional improvement your goal
It's the new year, and you've made your annual list of resolutions. Perhaps you're trying to eat healthier. Or spend less time in front of the TV. Or maybe you'd like to boost your career. Toastmasters International, a thriving organization with 250,000 members in 106 countries, may be able to help you develop the communication and leadership skills needed to reach this goal.
Jammin' Toastmasters club meets at Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 N.E. Knott St., Thursdays from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Membership may be an investment that can pay off in career advancement. International dues are $39 per year. The local club charges an additional $10 per month. To learn more, contact Jean Hogan at 503-267-8483.
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