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A day in east Portland's LIFE

These little princesses from Grace Lutheran Church preceded the first public appearance of the 2010 Rose Festival Court at the 3rd Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade presented by the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association. Other entries included the One More Time Around Again Marching Band, Kell's Irish Pipe and Drums, the Rose City Corvette Club, and the Royal Rosarians. The parade is a Rose Festival-sanctioned event.
Portland Fire & Rescue's Glen Eisner (center) accepts the Firefighter of the Year award at the 25th Annual American Legion Portland Post #1 Russ Lemmon Awards Friendship Dinner. Awards are given to one police officer and one firefighter for outstanding service and excellence in the performance of duty.
Sunisa Thilavah shows off her vibrant traditional dress donned for the Lao New Year Festival, which showcases traditional Lao culture and promotes Lao music, art and customs. The formal celebration, an annual gathering of over 600 citizens and business leaders of the ethnic Lao community, was held this year at Legin Restaurant in east Portland. Various outfits were displayed in a Lao fashion show.
The David Douglas Educational Foundation's annual dinner/auction celebrated the 50th anniversary of the David Douglas School District at Persimmon Country Club. The festivities included a serenading by the Clan MacLeay Pipe Band.
The Parkrose Educational Foundation held its annual auction/dinner. Event chair Allison Newman-Woods raises her bid number for an item during the live auction portion of the event. To her left is Parkrose School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Fischer Gray. To Newman-Woods' right are Diane and Gary Pow and PSD Board Chair James Woods (with his back to the camera).
At the volunteer work party for the Prescott Elementary School garden, retired teacher Debbie Ingamells (left) shows where to do the planting for a giant, 10-foot-tall sunflower playhouse with four walls and four doors for kids and birds. Prescott sixth-grader Stephanie Medina left, and fourth-grader Jessica Gillen do the planting under the direction of Stephanie McCain, who took over Ingamells' class five years ago. Ingamells was on the Regional Garden Committee when it began seven years ago and returns to her former school to “help out when I can.”
Saturday, April 24, was just another typical spring day in Portland that began cloudy and threatened rain, but turned sunny and pleasant later in the day. The weather belied the fact that on this typical spring day, there were a remarkable number and variety of events occurring in east Portland; so many, we decided to give the front page over to images reflecting something of them. A parade began the day, garden work parties convened in the afternoon, and fundraising events and honor ceremonies took place that night. Of course, we couldn't cover everything that happened that day, so these photos provide only a snapshot of a spring day in the life of some of the people of east Portland, and how they live that life.

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