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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 Sunday, 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.

Head start in mid-county
Mt. Hood Community College Head Start is accepting applications for the 2011-12 program year.

To be eligible for the program, the parent must be pregnant or have a child who was born on or after Sept. 2, 2006. The family must meet one of the following criteria: receive TANF, SSI or ERDC; be homeless; have income below federal poverty guidelines; or child is in foster care. Families must live in mid-or east Multnomah County outside of Portland Public Schools.

Interested families should talk to one of the program's family workers or contact the Maywood office at 503-491-6111 from more information.

It all starts with preschool
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., is accepting registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. School days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with an optional lunch bunch program until 1 p.m. Students need to be 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1, 2011. Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. For more information, or to register, call 503-256-1835 or go to

Kindergarten roundup
Parkrose School District elementary schools have scheduled a kindergarten roundup for incoming kindergarten students this month for the 2011-12 school year. Eligible students will be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2011.

Parents will meet teachers and support staff and learn about curriculum while children are introduced to their elementary school and staff.

Parkrose teachers and staff work hard to ensure that families feel welcome in neighborhood elementary schools and students experience academic, social and emotional growth. Parental help and cooperation will provide an excellent beginning for each child.
Please bring a copy of your child's immunization records, birth certificate and proof of address.

Kindergarten roundup dates and times:
•Shaver Elementary (503-408-2850); Friday, May 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
•Sacramento Elementary (503-408-2800); Wednesday, May 25 from 3 to 4 p.m.
•Russell Elementary (503-408-2750); Thursday, May 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
•Prescott Elementary (503-408-2150); Friday, May 27 from 2 to 3 p.m.

College bound? Here's some help
If you are interested in studying visual arts, business, fisheries or any number of other academic programs next fall at Mt. Hood Community College, you should know there are more than 50 MHCC Foundation and other scholarships available.

Applications are due May 11. Scholarship applications and descriptions are located on the financial aid page of the MHCC Web site, aid. Students must return the entire application form to financial aid, even if they are only applying for one scholarship. For more information, please contact the financial aid office at 503-491-7262.

Readin', writin' and more
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization offers regular events and activities in support of seniors.

The first and third Mondays of each month are devoted to a diabetes support group from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

On Tuesdays beginning on May 9, participate in a senior writing group from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Work on your life story or create your own fiction or non-fiction masterpiece.

The IRCO senior book discussion group, is the first Wednesday of the month at 1p.m. “Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm during the Great Depression” by Mildred Armstrong Kalish will be discussed at the May 4 meeting.

All of these activities are at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. To learn more call IRCO senior services at 503-988-6073.

Discuss the elder journey with peers
Join other adults for a Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors conversation on the elder journey on Friday, May 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St. Share your thoughts on life's changes and how you view those changes. Aging can bring gifts and wisdom but can also presents challenges. This conversation will help you learn a seven-step model of successful aging. You will be part of a discussion about finding joy and meaning, talk about some of your concerns and receive resources and ideas.

This workshop is free but is limited to 15 participants so please pre-register by calling Jillian at 503-261-6175.

Health and wellness fair
The Earl Boyles Sun Program and community partners will host a family health and wellness fair on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Earl Boyles Elementary School, 10822 S.E. Bush St. This event is open to all families. There will be resources, games, food, giveaways and services, plus music by the Earl Boyles and district marimba band.

Club gets down and dirty
Russellville Kiwanis members were busy last month working on service projects. Included were a work session at the Portland Children's Book Bank refurbishing books to give to Head Start students; a work party at SnowCap helping to sort and pack food for distribution; a stint at the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled children and youth washing windows and painting walls in anticipation of summer camp sessions and assembling a garden cart for the Kiwanis Camp auction that was held on April 16.

This is a small but busy group. They want you to join them. They meet on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. at the Refectory Restaurant at 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave. Call Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 with your questions or to let him know you plan to take Russellville Kiwanis up on its offer of a free lunch.

Gardeners trek to native plant nursery
On Tuesday, May 17, Flower Lane Garden Club members will go on a field trip to Boskey Dell Native Plant Nursery. The event begins at 9:15 a.m. at one of two car pool meeting places: the Club Estates, 12260 S.E. Main St., or 11212 N.E. Sacramento St. There will be a brief business meeting and a group luncheon. Visitors are invited to join the fun.

If you have questions about the Club Estates meeting site, contact Elaine Bossert at 503-253-8270. To find out more about the Sacramento location call Debra Pulioff-Bingham at 503-254-2098.

Criminal intelligence, or not?
Criminal intelligence. Is that a contradiction in terms? Perhaps, but the Portland Police Bureau has a Criminal Intelligence Unit that is designed to provide information on organized criminal activity and more. Lt. Larry Baird, the head of the unit, will be the guest speaker at the East Precinct Involved Citizens meeting on Wednesday, May 25. The meeting is from 6 to 8 pm at the East Precinct Community Center, 737 S.E. 106th Ave.

You will learn how this unit keeps the bureau informed and up to date on criminal activities. Bring a friend. To learn more, contact Dave Smith, EPIC coordinator at

Tour a local garden
The Villa Garden Club monthly meeting will begin at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S. E. 139th Ave., on Thursday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m. The lineup includes a business meeting, brown bag lunch and dessert after which the group will hit the road for a tour of a member's garden. It is a lovely setting with many unusual plants, vines, and shrubs. You are invited to participate and draw inspirations from it for your own spring garden. Car pools will be arranged. Please call Lyn Farris at 503-255-5355 for more information.

Crossroads celebrates century mark
A special worship service, golf tournament, reunion and pancake breakfast are among the events that will mark the 100th anniversary of Crossroads Christian Church this month.
Crossroads Church, 2505 N.E. 102nd Ave., will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a series of special events and activities on the weekend of May 13 through 15.

The Crossroads Christian School will kick things off with a reunion in celebration of its 35th anniversary. Alumni and the community are invited to performance of a musical by the current CCS choir on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. A dessert fellowship will follow.

On Saturday, May 14, there will be a CCS reunion pancake breakfast at the nearby Applebee's Restaurant from 8 to 10 a.m., a golf tournament on that afternoon and a celebration dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special musical tribute.

Sunday, May 15 begins with an 8:30 a.m. brunch, followed at 10:30 a.m. by the 100th Anniversary Worship Celebration. This service will feature former pastors and worship leaders, musical guests and a video tribute.

Crossroads Church, formerly known as Montavilla Christian Church, has a rich heritage of ministry in this community. The congregation is currently constructing a 20,000 square foot Family Life Center that will complete the master plan they established when they relocated from the Montavilla area. This new addition will feature two smaller auditoriums, a nursery and preschool area, classrooms, a science lab, library, a conference room and Youth Ministry offices. Like all the other buildings on the property, this new addition is being built debt free.

For more information on Crossroads Church or its 100th Anniversary Celebration, please contact the church office at 503-257-9193.

Inspirational book study group
A spring book study group in forming now at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St. Pick up a copy of “Made for Goodness: And why this makes all the Difference” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, the Rev. Mpho Tutu. Study will begin on Tuesday, May 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and will continue weekly through June 7.

If you have questions, contact Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence at 503-252-5720.

Free community dinner and food pantry
How about having someone else make dinner...and do the dishes? You're invited to join other Parkrose families for a free dinner the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Parkrose United Methodist Church. This month the dinner will be on May 25. The church is located at 11111 N.E. Knott St.

Parkrose United Methodist Church also offers a free food pantry that is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. and during community dinner hours.

Dine out in support of Ventura Park
Pictured here with son Kalib, former Marine Scot King launches his cross-country bicycle trek at the Gateway Elks Lodge Friday, May 6.
Join the Ventura Park Elementary School community on Tuesday, May 3 at the Mall 205 McMenamin's for a great family event. From 5 p.m. until closing, 50 percent of all purchases (excluding gift certificates) will be donated to Ventura Park Parent Teachers Organization.

Marine will bike across country in support of wounded vets
Cpl. Scot King, USMC 1986-1990, will undertake an 8165-mile bike ride across the U.S. in support of wounded veterans. He will raise funds on this Remember the Wounded Ride at stops across the country. His kick-off event is Friday, May 6 at the Gateway Elks Lodge, 711 N.E. 100th Ave., at 6 p.m. Festivities will include presentation of the colors, speakers and music.

On Saturday, May 7, the Outer Rim Bike Shop, 10625 N.E. Halsey St., will host a launch party complete with live music, a raffle and food. Combat wounded veterans, supporters and friends of the ride will accompany King.

Lend your support on Friday, Saturday or both days.

Or, if you cannot attend, but want to help or learn more, visit King's website at

Monthly can and bottle collection
Remember the refundable bottle and can drive on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. District music students and members of Parkrose Music Boosters will be on hand to off load your donations.

Party at the Rose Garden
David Douglas Performing Arts will be beneficiaries of the David Douglas Educational Foundation annual fund raising event on Saturday, May 21 in the Rose Room at the Rose Garden Arena. There will be a reception, auction, student performances and guest appearances by The Kingsmen and Michael Allen Harrison. General admission tickets are $35. VIP tickets are $75. Tickets are limited. Contact the special projects office at 503-261-8204, or to reserve today.

Raise money for PE equipment
Support Ron Russell Middle School when you dine at La Isla Bonita, 302 N.E. 122nd Ave. on Saturday, May 28, from 11a.m. until 11 p.m. Let your server know that you are there for the fundraiser when you place your order. Funds raised will be used to purchase PE equipment.

Handcrafted heaven
You will find handcrafted books, toys, baby items and hand propagated plants at the Parkview Christian Retirement Community Craft Fair on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parkview is located at 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. Admission is free.

If you have any questions, contact Richard Johnston, event coordinator, at 503-348-1293.

Down the yellow brick road
In the most extravagant production in recent history, the Parkrose High School Theatre department presents the classic L. Frank Baum tale, “The Wizard of Oz” on May 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and May 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. in the PHS theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. General admission tickets at $10, children under 12 pay $8.

Audiences will recognize music and characters from the 1939 movie version of this story as a cast of about 100 students from all Parkrose schools bring the story of Dorothy's adventure to life. To showcase the talents of the students, new songs and characters will be introduced. A crew of students will see to the technical aspects of the production while an all student pit orchestra provides accompaniment. Nearly 200 students in all will contribute.

Ms. Zena of the PHS theater department will direct the production. Mike Tolon will conduct the orchestra and Mark Steering will serve as vocal director. Taylor Ballard, a PHS senior, Elizabeth Brown, Clara Hiller, Kathryn Wissler and Shannon Nguyen will provide choreography. ZFX Flying Effects will bring its world-renowned skills to the PHS stage as well.

Tickets are available online at For more information, please contact Ms. Zena at

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