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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 June issue are due Saturday, May 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at 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.

Sign up now for preschool
Resurrection Lutheran Preschool, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., is accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 school year. The combined class for children 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1 meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Class size is limited to 14 students. Early registration is urged. Resurrection Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. For more information, please call 503-255-8772.

Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 SE Market St., is accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 school year. Preschool is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., for children 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. Tuition is $125 per month, with an optional Lunch Bunch program offered until 1 p.m. for an additional fee. Call 503-256-1835 for more information or to register.

Career options in Oriental medicine
If you have considered a career in Oriental medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine has planned a couple of events to get you on your way. There will be a social on Wednesday, May 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hot Lips Pizza, 1909 S.W. 6th Ave., to introduce interested students to the OCOM master's program. Meet and mingle with admissions staff and current students, experience acupuncture and learn about OCOM's Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program.

On Friday, May 21, learn about OCOM and a career in acupuncture and Oriental medicine at an admissions seminar from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explore the master's program curriculum, clinical experience, financial aid and admissions requirements. Meet current students, observe an acupuncture demonstration and take a campus tour.

OCOM is located at 10525 S.E. Cherry Blossom Drive. More information is available at or 503-253-3443.

Spring term bargains
The Mt. Hood Community College Community Skills Center on the Maywood Park Campus, 10100 N.E. Prescott St., is offering a “2 for 1” incentive program for its self-paced, noncredit computer classes.

Registration begins May 14. Here's how it works: You and a friend enroll for a class together and pay for only one class. Or, you sign up for two classes and the second one is free.

Once you have registered, you may begin classes at any time. Course offerings include, Beginning Computers for Seniors, PC Maintenance and Security, Keyboarding, MS Office Essentials, Beginning Windows and more. You may visit the center any time to take a look around.

If you decide to participate in the “2 for 1” spring term special:
• Enrollment for both classes is required at the time of registration
• This offer is available for MHCC's Community Skills Center courses only
• Free class must be of equal or lesser value to that of purchased class
• Offer does not include the cost of required learning materials
• You must register in person at Maywood Park Campus Business Office

For more information, please call 503-491-6122.

Celebrating creativity in aging
Elders in Action and The Geezer Gallery have partnered to introduce Portland to an unprecedented, mind-blowing fundraising event, Grand Works Northwest Art Festival, on Saturday, May 22, in the Kridel Ballroom at the elegant Mark Building, 1119 S.W. Park Ave.

This event is designed to raise funds to support Elders in Action's unique programs and services for residents age 60 and older in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. It will also support The Geezer Gallery's soon-to-be art gallery in The Pearl and its programs of art and art therapy for older adults.

At the Festival, the public will learn how creative activity supports the aging process and will feature talented, emerging and accomplished artists over age 60. Have fun and learn more about the connection between creativity, civic engagement, self-worth and positive aging.

Grand Works Northwest Art Festival is going to be a full day of creative pursuits where guests will have an opportunity to invest in art, tap into their own creativity, and learn from leaders in the field of art, creativity and aging. There will be art workshops, discussion groups and live entertainment. Amy Gorman, nationally known leader in the field of creativity and aging will be sharing her documentary “Still Kicking.”

Attendees may donate $5 at the door, but admission is free.

Russellville Kiwanis supports Life Skills Program at Shaver Elementary
The Russellville Kiwanis Club is helping support the Parkrose Shaver Elementary School Life Skills Program by providing funds to purchase books for students.

According to principal Cindy Bartman, “There are 19 life skills that we focus on in a two-year cycle.” A 30-minute lesson is taught each month in every classroom about one life skill, such as cooperation, patience, responsibility, initiative, problem solving, courage and so on. Each lesson includes three parts: a real-life example, a literature link with a story, and an activity. “Near the end of each month, the classroom teachers recommend two to four students to receive the Life Skill Award for that month. At a monthly Life Skill Awards assembly, the students who were recommended receive an award and a book,” she concluded.

In addition to this Life Skills Program, Russellville Kiwanis also lends its support to SnowCap Community Charities, Parkrose Little League, DayBreak Family Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Good Shepherd Shelter, Kiwanis Camp for Disabled, and others.

Men and women who are interested in getting involved in this community are invited to join. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at The Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave., from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To learn more or to wrangle a free lunch for your first visit, contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.

Portland Plan Phase II workshops
The Portland Plan will be the city's road map for the next 25 years, guiding our direction as the city grows and changes. We face some real challenges and our response to those challenges will create the Portland of 2035 - the city of our children and grandchildren.

Eden Dabbs of the Portland Plan team says the group “understands that jobs, education, public health, equity and sustainability are important to the people of Portland. During the upcoming series of Portland Plan workshops we'll be setting direction - identifying our goals and choosing targets to help us get there.”

Whether you are new to the Portland Plan or you participated in Phase I, the city wants to hear your ideas and dig deeper into the issues that Portland faces.

There will be a workshop on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the David Douglas High School North Cafeteria, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave. Childcare will be available.

Join your neighbors and fellow Portlanders at this workshop to help sort through information, identify what is most important and chart the course for the future of Portland.

Inside the homicide investigation unit
How is the work of a Portland Police Bureau homicide detective different from what you see on TV? Attend the East Precinct Involved Citizens meeting on Wednesday, May 26, to find out.

The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Unit is tasked with the investigation of all homicides, officer-involved shootings, and suspicious deaths. There are many components that go into an investigation including defining a crime scene, crime scene protocol and evaluation, DNA evidence and possibly bloodstain pattern recognition, to name a few. Every crime scene is different. Some scenes involve the use of specialized areas of forensic science including forensic anthropology, forensic entomology and forensic psychology.

Portland homicide detectives are committed to the unrelenting pursuit of those offenders who have committed murder and the successful prosecution of those involved.

The EPIC meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Precinct Community Center, 737 S.E. 106th Ave.

Garden tour to follow meeting
Members of the Villa Garden Club will tour the garden of a club member following its Thursday, May 27, business meeting. You are invited to tag along for a delightful look at Mother Nature's work firsthand. A carpool will be set up after a brown bag lunch. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th St. Dessert will be served. Please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517 for more information.

Rummage sale
The Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group would like to attend the Lutheran Youth Gathering 2010 in New Orleans later this year. To raise funds, they are holding a rummage sale on Friday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Trinity School gymnasium, 5520 N.E. Killingsworth St.

Play golf, provide scholarships
The 5th Annual Gateway Elks Scholarship Golf Tournament is a four-person scramble at Colwood National Golf Club, 7313 N.E. Columbia Blvd. on Sunday, May 16. It is open to all comers. The entry fee is $75 per person, which covers green fees, cart, lunch at the lodge, drink ticket, logo golf balls and prizes.

Contact Gateway Elks Lodge at 503-255-6535 to register yourself or a foursome and get starting time.

Concert to benefit coach
The Parkrose High School Jazz Express and famed pianist Michael Allen Harrison will team up to perform a benefit concert on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. in support of PHS girls' basketball coach Dave Delastatious, who is fighting cancer.

The concert will be in the Parkrose High Theater. Tickets available at the door. For ticket prices, contact choir director Lesley Bossert at 503-408-2695.

PFAG May arts calendar
Portland Fine Arts Guild instructor Steve Kleier demonstrates how to add interest to a work by including people.
You are invited to attend Portland Fine Arts Guild workshops on the first, second and third Mondays of each month (except July and August) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Russellville Grange, 12100 N.E. Prescott St. First-time students enjoy a free session. The class fee is $10 for members, $12 for non-members.

Steve Kleier, a favorite teacher and professional watercolor artist, will be the guest instructor. Bring your watercolors, paper and drawing materials or feel free to work in your preferred medium. Parking is free. Some refreshments are provided.

If you have questions, please contact Beth Proppe at 503-287-1951 or

Shakespearean tragedy to be staged by students
Experience “Lear” as interpreted by Parkrose High School theater students. This is a story of greed, pride and ego. Suitable for children 12 and over. Some violence. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 students 18 and under and for seniors. Purchase tickets at or at the door the night of the performance.

The curtain rises at 7 p.m. on May 13, 14, 20 and 21.

If you need more information, contact Ms. Zena at 503-408-2621 or

Free spring concert
The Portland Metro Concert Band will offer a free concert on Friday, May 21.
The Portland Metro Concert Band will perform on Friday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the David Douglas High School Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. The program will include new arrangements of “Loch Lomond” and “Shenandoah” for the concert band, music of Aaron Copland, songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, stirring arrangements of “Amazing Grace” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” and marches by King, Sousa and Strauss.

This concert is supported by a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Admission is free.

Mother's Day brunch
Celebrate Mother's Day at an elegant buffet-style brunch in The Grotto Conference Center, Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, on Sunday, May 9. This all-you-can-eat buffet will offer selections ranging from cheese blintzes to seafood tetrazzini. Mimosas will be served as well.

There will be two seatings: one from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and a second from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Register online at or call 503-254-7371.

Leach Garden bird song walks
Discover the birds of Leach Botanical Garden with volunteers from the Audubon Society of Portland.

It is spring and the song birds are returning to Leach Garden. Stroll along the garden paths with guides from the Audubon Society of Portland and discover the variety of birds that visit this site. The walks are free and open to all. Pre-registration is not required. Just show up and dress for the weather. People with all levels of natural history experience, from beginning to expert, are welcome.

Meet leaders in the Leach Garden parking lot, across Johnson Creek from the garden's main gate, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.

Walks will be conducted from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, May 11, 18 and 25 and June 1.

Nature fair for kids
Children of all ages are invited to spend a fun day exploring Leach Botanical Garden and learning about northwest plants and animals on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cheer on a banana slug in the annual slug races, discover how worms and beetles work their magic on the land, why tiny water creatures are so important for healthy streams, and why it's tough to be a bird these days. Get creative with handmade nature craft projects. Plant and take home something for your own garden. Educational displays and hands-on activities provided by Leach Botanical Garden volunteers and several other community partners including Metro and Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. A $2 donation per child will be requested, but is not required for admission. No advance registration needed.

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