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CHURCHES
The Grotto in March
A monthly Mass and blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine will be offered in the Chapel of Mary on Saturday, March 6 at noon. St. Peregrine is the patron saint of victims of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Join Spiritual Director Patricia Flynn and the Rev. Ignatius Kissel for a Lenten retreat and desert experience on Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $45 registration fee includes lunch, a snack and free admission to The Grotto's Upper Level Gardens. Preregistration is required. E-mail spirituality@thegrotto.org or call 503-254-7371.

A special Lenten service featuring music, readings and silent prayer in the tradition of St. Patrick will be held on Sunday, March 21. This concert led by Jeff Johnson with Irish flutist Brian Dunning and violinist Wendy Goodwin begins at 4 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested.

The Grotto is located at Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

FUNDRAISERS
Third Annual IES 5K Walk/Run
The David Douglas High School industrial engineering systems department will host its third annual IES 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, March 6 at 9 a.m. at Palermini Field, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave. The 5K Walk/Run is open to all. Participants may register in advance with students in the IES department, or on the day of the event.

This event raises funds to provide scholarships for deserving seniors in the IES department. Greg Carradine, department head and football coach, observed that “kids in our school often find the higher and higher costs of college a huge challenge. The scholarships, though not large, show the kids that we support their pursuit of further education.”

Three $500 scholarships were awarded each of the last two years using funds from the walk/run event. The teacher-organizers hope to earn enough to double the scholarship awards this year.

Donate returnable bottles and cans
The Parkrose Bronco Boosters raise funds by collecting returnable bottles and cans on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. Bag up the ones rattling around in your garage and drop them off on Saturday, March 6. Students and boosters will thank you.

Celebrate with corned beef and cabbage dinner
Join the St. Therese School Parents Club for a pre-St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage on Saturday, March 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Green beer and Celtic music will also be on the menu for this special event.

“We welcome all families and friends of the school to enjoy great fare and fellowship during this time of the year when we celebrate all things Irish,” said Stephanie Solomon-Lopez, president of the St. Therese School Parents Club.

An experienced kitchen crew, led by Parkrose resident Tom Byington and well-known for its annual spaghetti dinner in the fall, will cook this traditional Irish meal.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $5 for kids. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting the school at 503-253-9400.

St. Therese School is located at Northeast 132nd Avenue and Halsey Street. It serves 264 students from 17 public school districts, from preschool through eighth grade. Established in 1955, St. Therese offers a challenging curriculum plus courses in PE, music, technology, Spanish, middle school electives, Title I reading, Outdoor School, and extracurricular band and orchestra. Sports programs are run through the Catholic Youth Organization.

Historic dinner continues at local parish
The 73rd Annual Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner at St. Rita Catholic Church, 10029 N.E. Prescott St., is Sunday, March 28, from noon to 6 p.m. Parishioners make the meatballs and sauce from recipes handed down over the years. Take-out will be available. Meals are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

Call 503-252-3403 to secure a spot, order take-out or learn more about this event.

Wanted: Parkrose High alumni
Dave “The Can Man” Luce and Sue Kunz get caught up at last year's Parkrose Educational Foundation Auction and Dinner. This year's soirée is Saturday, April 24, at the John Q. Hammons Conference Center at the Holiday Inn-Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd.
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A challenge has been issued to all Parkrose High School alumni to show support for current students, teachers and staff at the upcoming Parkrose Educational Foundation auction. The class that earns the most points by virtue of the number of alumni in attendance and a multiplier based on the decade of graduation will earn bragging rights until the auction next year.

The theme is “Three Cheers for Parkrose Students,” so dig out your old football jersey or Bronco T-shirt and join the fun on Saturday, April 24 at the John Q. Hammons Conference Center at the Holiday Inn-Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd.

The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. with live entertainment, champagne and appetizers followed by dinner, complete with wine and dessert, and the live auction.

Area residents and all supporters of Parkrose schools are cordially invited to attend. Tickets are $45 per person. Alumni-sponsored tables seating eight are $320. Corporate-sponsored tables seating eight are $400. Purchase tickets now at www.parkroseedfdn.org.

The Holiday Inn has offered a special $89 room rate for this event.

THE ARTS
Enjoy live theater in a relaxed atmosphere
The Parkrose High School Theatre Coffee House will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3 and Wednesday, Apr. 7 in the theater classroom. You are invited to perform or simply to enjoy a dessert and coffee while you enjoy the performances of others. Admission is free. Sales of coffee and dessert support students going to the state competition.

If you would like to know more, contact Ms. Zena, theater arts instructor, at 503-408-2621.

Students will have you rolling in the aisles
If you enjoy comedy, the David Douglas High School Theatre Arts Department has just the ticket-$5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults-when they present the George Kaufman and Moss Hart play “George Washington Slept Here.”

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, March 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. The box office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on school days and an hour before showtime.

Spring choral festival
The David Douglas District Secondary Choral Festival will be held on Tuesday, March 16. Choir students from Alice Ott Middle School, Floyd Light Middle School, Ron Russell Middle School and David Douglas High School will perform at the Howard Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. The concert is free.

Watercolor workshops
The Portland Fine Arts Guild will offer instructional workshops the first three Mondays in March at the Russellville Grange, 12105 N.E. Prescott St., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The instructors will work in their preferred medium, you may do the same.

Coffee is provided. Bring your lunch or plan to visit one of the area restaurants. The class fee is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. First time visitors can sit in on a session for free.

Watercolorist Bea Greening will lead the session on March 1. Bring your own watercolor supplies and photos from which to work. Greening's paper of choice is Arches 140 lb cold press. If you have unfinished works that would benefit from her guidance, bring those as well.

On March 8 and 15 Terry Street will teach Asian techniques. Bring watercolor supplies, paper for painting and paper for mounting. Street will have Asian brushes on hand for you to try.

To learn more, visit www.portlandfineartsguild.org.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
A great time to explore Mount Hood
Lawson Reif of the Zigzag Ranger District reports that weather on Mount Hood has been glorious and invites flatlanders to participate in a slate of free activities with rangers as guides.

From Thursday through Sunday of each week, join a U.S. Forest Service ranger for a 25-minute tour of historic Timberline Lodge. Explore the rich history of the lodge and all it has to offer. Tours are free and available to everyone. Meet at the U.S. Forest Service desk inside Timberline Lodge. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and again at 1 and 2 p.m.

For the more adventurous, rangers will lead skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing outings on the mountain as well. You must provide your own skis, snowboards and snowshoes.

Explore the mountain from Timberline Lodge on skis or snowboard on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 11 a.m. You will learn about winter ecology and Timberline history. Free to intermediate-level skiers and riders. Meet rangers outside the Wy'East Day Lodge ticket windows.

Ski with a ranger at Ski Bowl on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Free to intermediate-level skiers and riders. Meet outside the Ski Bowl West ticket office.

Snowshoe the old route of the Skiway Tram on the Glade Trail in Government Camp. The trip is approximately 3.5 miles round trip and travels though a pristine-forested setting and eventually the tree line. Topics discussed include Government Camp history, winter ecology, geology, Mount Hood history, the Barlow Road and more. Meet outside the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum, 88900 E. Government Camp Loop, in Government Camp. This trek is offered on Fridays and Sundays at 10 a.m.

You may also choose a guided 3-mile snowshoe walk to Trillium Lake on Fridays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Enjoy wonderful views of Mount Hood while learning winter ecology, geology and local history. Meet at Trillium Lake Sno-Park, 2.5 miles east of Timberline Road off of Highway 26. A sno-park pass is required to park at Trillium Lake Sno-Park. Permits are sold at all DMV offices and by permit agents in resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.

If you have questions, contact Reif at the Zigzag Ranger District at 503-622-3191, ext. 610.

Slough 101 workshop
Have you ever wondered about that slow-moving channel of water between Fairview and North Portland? Learn about the history, ecology and hydrology of the Columbia Slough at Slough 101, a free workshop hosted by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Slough experts will lead hands-on activities including a tour of a pump station and macro invertebrate discovery at the Multnomah County Drainage District site at 1880 N.E. Elrod Dr. on Saturday, March 13, from 8:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Preregistration is required, and light refreshments will be provided. Call 503-282-1132 to sign up.

What's in your medicine cabinet?
With prescription drug abuse on the rise in Oregon and across the country, some two dozen Oregon cities are taking part in a drug turn-in program to collect unwanted and expired drugs.

While individual communities have sponsored similar turn-in events, this is the first statewide effort of its kind, hoping to attract thousands of people and increase awareness about the disposal of potentially dangerous and addictive drugs.

The March 13 turn-in is coordinated by the Oregon Medical Association Alliance, Community Action to Reduce Substance Abuse and Oregon Partnership.

“The whole idea is to prevent drug abuse by keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and to discard them safely,” said Leanna Lindquist, president of Oregon Medical Association Alliance. “We're hoping that this event will shed light on the public safety and environmental aspects of discarding prescription drugs that are no longer needed.”

Oregon Partnership's alcohol and drug crisis line, HelpLine (1-800-923-HELP), now receives more calls about prescription drug abuse than any other drug, with the exception of alcohol.

In Portland, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Program will partner with the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct to take back unused prescription medications at the parking lot of the Fred Meyer store at 7404 N. Interstate Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For Fairview, Troutdale and surrounding areas, the collection site is the Fairview Community Center, 300 Harrison St. Times are yet to be announced. Go to www.orpartnership.org for updated information.

Turn-in sites will collect-in original containers, if possible-expired or unwanted prescription drugs, drugs no longer needed by the recipient, and unknown tablets and capsules.

The U.S. Geological Survey and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality water quality samplings have found trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in Oregon's surface water, and focused studies have found pharmaceuticals in groundwater. Flushing unwanted drugs down the toilet is one way drugs reach wastewater treatment plants.

Oregon ranks among the top states for non-medical use of pain relievers among 12- to 17-year-olds. Teens say prescription drugs are widely available from an array of sources, including their homes, friends and relatives. Locking your meds is a household strategy that is gaining more popularity, as parents realize that most teens who abuse prescription drugs acquire them from medicine cabinets at the homes of parents, relatives or friends. Young people often perceive prescription drugs to be safer than illicit drugs to get high, leading them to casually share these drugs with friends. These include painkillers, depressants and stimulants. More teens abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drug abuse is higher among 18- to 25-year-olds than in any other age group.

I-205 greening project will wrap on first day of spring
Volunteers spread out along the I-205 Multi-Use Path near Northeast 106th Avenue and Holman Street in January to plant trees and shrubs as part of Friends of Trees' Green Space Initiative program. Additional plantings are planned for this month.
COURTESY KIM DINWIDDIE, OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
On the first day of spring, Saturday, March 20, Friends of Trees will host its fifth community planting of the year along the I-205 Multi-Use Path. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and 95th Avenue. From there they will break into small groups to plant trees throughout the morning.

The Multi-Use Path parallels I-205 for 15 miles from the Columbia River in Northeast Portland south to the city of Gladstone and is used by pedestrians, bicyclists and area residents who travel by TriMet. Over the three years of the project, Friends of Trees will plant thousands of trees and shrubs along the path to reduce air pollution, increase neighborhood livability, provide habitat for wildlife and songbirds, and beautify the well-traveled transportation corridor. The three-year greening project is the result of a partnership between Friends of Trees, ODOT and Metro.

In addition to financial support from area businesses and agencies, a partnership between Portland Development Commission, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center and Worksystems, Inc., has led to Urban Renewal Area funding of 16 green jobs for young men and women from under-served and minority communities. Ten Assistant Leadership Corps members are guiding community volunteers at weekend plantings, and six field crew technicians are planting trees and shrubs along the path during weekdays.

During the summer, project partner Verde will care for the newly planted trees and shrubs. More community plantings will be scheduled along the I-205 Multi-Use Path next fall and winter.

The I-205 greening project is a part of Friends of Trees' Green Space Initiative program. Through the Green Space Initiative, volunteer leaders guide planting volunteers at weekend events to restore green spaces in public areas and along right-of-ways in the Portland-Vancouver metro area. Friends of Trees' Neighborhood Trees program offers low-cost, high-quality street and yard trees to residents in more than 80 neighborhoods in Portland, Gresham, Beaverton and Vancouver.

To learn more about the I-205 Greening Project or Friends of Trees, or to buy Gift Trees, visit www.friendsoftrees.org.

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