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 October issue are due Tuesday, Sept. 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.
New student orientation at MHCC
Mt. Hood Community College will hold a new student orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for students attending fall term 2009. This half-day event is designed to teach new students how to make the most of their college experience.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and orientation events are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The orientation session will provide opportunities to meet new and current students, meet with faculty and staff, tour the campus and learn about college resources.
Door prizes will be offered, including a chance to win one term of free tuition.
Family members and friends are also invited to attend a special session designed to explain the kind of support and understanding students will need to succeed in school.
A free lunch and a light continental breakfast will be provided. Free child care will be available during orientation. Advance child care registration is required.
Orientation will be in the gymnasium on the Gresham Campus of Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St. To register, visit www.mhcc.edu/orientation or call 503-491-6965. For more information, call 503-491-7277.
Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.
A few preschool spots remain open
You are invited to check out the changes at Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., including a room dedicated to age-appropriate art and science lessons. Preschool is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for children who will be 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. An optional lunch bunch program is offered until 1 p.m. Call 503-256-1835 for more information.
About aging, by and for men
Do men and women have a different view of aging? Are there some topics that men approach in a different way than women, such as grief or changing one's driving habits? Attend a free workshop by and for men entitled The Elder Journey. Learn a seven-step model of successful aging and be part of a discussion about what changes in life as we age. This one-hour free workshop on Monday, Sept. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Woodland Park Plaza, 10373 N.E. Hancock St., is for men ages 60 and older. Call Quince Affolter at 503-261-6181 to sign up. Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors is the sponsor of this workshop.
Board of directors to meet
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meets Monday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at 5211 N. Williams Ave. The public is encouraged to attend. The agenda includes a review of partner use of space and other items of business. EMSWCD serves Multnomah County east of the Willamette River. The office is ADA accessible, served by bus lines 44, 72 and 6. For Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, call 503-222-7645, ext. 100, by Sept. 9. For information, call the executive director at ext. 114.
Sharing knowledge about plants and tools
Flower Lane Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. The program will start at 10 a.m., followed by the business meeting. Each member will bring a horticultural specimen or a favorite garden tool to share with the group. Discussion will include horticulture in the garden as well as the purpose and proper use of garden tools. Visitors are welcome.
Learn about Hostage Negotiation Team
The Portland Police Bureau Hostage Negotiation Team responds to incidents that involve barricaded subjects - with or without hostages - and suicidal subjects. Using highly skilled and trained negotiators, the team strives to resolve incidents as peacefully as possible, thereby reducing the risk of injury or loss of life for citizens and officers alike. The team works closely with the bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team, precinct personnel and the mental health community.
The Hostage Negotiation Team is on call 24 hours a day and responds to incidents citywide. All of the HNT personnel are volunteers. The negotiators are selected from among the ranks of Police Bureau detectives. When selecting negotiators, a special emphasis is placed on detectives that possess superior communication skills.
Learn about this highly skilled team of negotiators at the East Precinct Involved Citizens meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Precinct Community Center, 737 S.E. 106th Ave.
Creative flower design
Villa Garden Club will hold its next meeting at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 24. One of its own members, Carole Rapp, will give a demonstration on how to create an underwater flower design. Her design, White Swan Lake, will be a white floral arrangement submerged in water that is mirrored and continued above the bowl. Please come and see how to create one of your own. The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brown bag lunch and the demonstration. Dessert will be served. Please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517 for more information.
It's all about books at Kiwanis this month
The Russellville Kiwanis Club is selling Entertainment 2010 books for $20 each. Coupons and offers inside the book remain valid through Nov. 1, 2010.
Club members are beginning a new community outreach program by working with the Children's Book Bank. The Children's Book Bank is a nonprofit created to encourage family reading and to better prepare children for school by placing carefully selected bundles of books into the hands and homes of children in low-income households. The Children's Book Bank also collects, repairs and packages used books. Russellville Kiwanis will collect both new and used children's books for the bank and will volunteer at work parties to refurbish the used ones.
You may purchase Entertainment books and donate children's books at the State Farm office at 10643 N.E. Sandy Blvd., or by contacting Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.
As always, Russellville Kiwanis invites you to become a member. The club meets Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Refectory Restaurant, Northeast 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street. The September program is as follows:
Sept. 1 - board meeting
Sept. 8 - Karen Stelter of Providence Hospice
Sept. 15 - A Store to Door project spokesperson
Sept. 22 - Doug Porter and Jack Blevins discuss Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Sept. 29 - Cindy Bartman, principal of Shaver Elementary School in Parkrose
Russellville Kiwanis supports a number of community helping agencies, including DayBreak Family Shelter, Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Handicapped Individuals, Ronald McDonald House, SnowCap Community Charities, Shepherd's Door Shelter, Parkrose Little League and others.
Upcoming memory garden dedication
The memory garden at Cherry Park United Methodist Church, 1736 S.E. 106th Ave., is almost finished. You are invited to attend the dedication ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 13 immediately following the 10 a.m. church service. The congregation looks forward to greeting members, past and present, as well as friends and neighbors of the church community. To learn more, call 503-265-8177 or 503-254-0797.
It's time once again for sausage dinner
The Rivercrest Community Church annual Sausage Dinner is Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for youth 6 to 12; kids 5 and under eat for free. Purchase tickets at the door or by calling 503-254-4400. The church is located at 3201 N.E. 148th Ave.
Enjoy the Harvest and Christmas Bazaar, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parkview Christian Retirement Community (formerly Oregon Baptist Retirement Homes), 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. Almost all items are handcrafted. You will find scarves, birdhouses, jewelry, drawings, toys, knitted and crocheted gifts, fudge, hats, tote bags and lots of baby items. This is the perfect place to find a gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list.
If you have any questions, call 503-348-1293.
Become a pirate for a day
Big and little pirates alike are welcome to a family festival all about groundwater on Saturday, Sept. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Portland Water Bureau canoe launch at Northeast 166th Avenue and Airport Way. Play fun games and go on a canoe ride in search of hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious natural resource. Pirate costumes are highly encouraged. This free event is appropriate for children aged 4 to 12.
Sponsored by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and the Portland Water Bureau.
Learn to recognize depression and anxiety
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common feelings of sadness and worry, and at one point in our lives we're all likely to experience both. Recognizing and understanding these feelings is important to hope and healing. The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center is offering a low-cost, nine-week depression and anxiety work group beginning Thursday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Each session costs $15 and will be held at 8383 N.E. Sandy Blvd. If you are interested in attending, please contact NCCC at 503-253-0964. Space is limited so register early.
Become debt free
Are you stressed about your financial situation? You can take control. The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center is offering a financial planning workshop designed to help you do just that, no matter how much you make, and it's being offered free of charge. Become inspired to set personal financial goals, learn how to design a budget you can stick with and develop practical tools to manage your money.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8383 N.E. Sandy Blvd. The cost is free and includes lunch. Space is limited so register today at 503-253-0964.
Art classes this month
The guest instructor will be Polly Hobbs, a regular teacher at Mt. Hood Community College. She will work in watercolor, but as always you are welcome to use your favored medium. A demonstration will be part of each class discussion.
Coffee is provided during all classes, but please bring your own lunch. There are several fast food restaurants nearby as well. To find out more, please visit www.portlandfineartsguild.org.
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Madison South Neighborhood general membership meeting is Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at Banfield Center, 8100 N.E. Tillamook St.
The East Portland Land Use Committee will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 N.E. 117th Ave.
Montavilla Neighborhood Association will host a meeting on Monday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Montavilla Community Center, 8219 N.E. Glisan St.
Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors will have an open board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 N. E. Knott St.
The Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association will host a series of meetings on Saturday, Sept. 19 in the Human Solutions Community Room, 12350 S.E. Powell Blvd. The Greening of Powellhurst-Gilbert will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Powellhurst-Gilbert Outreach and Membership Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. and the Powellhurst-Gilbert Public Safety Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m.
The East Portland Action Plan Implementation Advocacy Committee will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 N.E. 117th Ave.
The Glenfair Neighborhood Association board will meet on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Open Arms Seventh Day Adventist Church, 15150 N.E. Glisan St.
Board members of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association will meet on Monday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Montavilla Community Center, 8219 N.E. Glisan St.
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.multcolib.org/agcy/grh.html, 503-988-5386
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adults. Mondays beginning Sept. 21, and Thursdays beginning Sept. 17 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Thursdays beginning Sept. 17 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays beginning Sept. 18 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays beginning Sept. 18 from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Teen Lounge Unplugged - Dance Dance Revolution: The second Thursday of the month is DDR Day. Anyone in grades 6-12 is invited to jump around like a fool to DDR. Or just hang out and eat snacks. Thursday, Sept. 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music. For teens in grades 6-12. Thursdays beginning Sept. 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish and with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. There will be time for conversation in both languages. Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Pageturners Book Group: Read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 7 to 8 p.m.
The Poetry and Music of Ancient Mexico: Join poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and musician Gerardo Calderón for a journey to the spirit of ancient Mexico. Through a live performance of Aztec-styled poetry and music, this collaborative presentation engages in a haunting dialogue with the ones who have gone before us. The presentation features a series of poems written in the mythic voices of Nahua poet-princes and princesses accompanied by Mexican indigenous music. Saturday, Sept. 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Lab: Learn how to use the library catalog, e-mail, and surf the Web, as well as word processing and other basic computer skills. Lab instruction in Vietnamese. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., except Sept. 8.
Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m.
Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., www.multcolib.org/agcy/mid.html, 503-988-5392
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Sundays beginning Sept. 13 from 1:15 to 2 p.m.
Pajama Time: Put on your pajamas and join staff for stories, songs and fun. For children 6 years and younger with adult. Mondays beginning Sept. 14 from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 15 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 16 and Fridays beginning Sept. 18 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 16 and Fridays beginning Sept. 18 from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Thursdays beginning Sept. 17 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays beginning Sept. 19 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Yoga for Youngsters: This class introduces children to the benefits of yoga through stories, music and simple movements. For ages 3 to 6 years and their caregivers; one child per adult. We encourage you to bring your own mat. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 15 from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Yarn Club: Whether your interest is knitting or crocheting, come join the fun as everyone learns together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Magic Dan: San Francisco-based artist Magic Dan is celebrating his 20th year as a professional magician. His fast-paced programs are always educational and combine a blend of great magic with a whole lot of fun. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program. Fri., Sept. 18 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Wednesdays, Sept. 2 and 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
You're Never Too Old For That: Tired of the pressure of being a teen? Go back in time for just one day. Try finger painting, play Twister and Candyland, participate in a coloring contest and build your own ice cream sundae. Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Read to the Dogs SM: Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog from the DoveLewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education Program. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392. Mondays, Sept. 14 and 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Teen Lounge Unplugged - Board Games and Wii: Come Wii with library staff and your friends. Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome. No experience necessary. Monday, Sept. 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Teen Lounge Unplugged - Board Games and Dance Dance Revolution: Anyone in grades 6-12 is invited to come play board games, try out DDR or just hang out. Monday, Sept. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music. For teens in grades 6-12. Monday, Sept. 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish, as well as with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. Sundays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for nonnative speakers to practice speaking English. This is not a class, but an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture and have fun. Only English will be spoken. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Pageturners Book Groups: Engage in stimulating conversation about books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Read No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 6:45 to 8 p.m.
Meet the Author: Read Hannah's Dream by Diane Hammond. Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Latin Dance, Music and Culture: Have fun learning to dance while learning about the origins of these musical styles, the musicians and their culture. Tuesdays, Sept. 15 and 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Simple and Quick Vietnamese Dishes: Make fresh spring rolls and other healthy authentic Vietnamese dishes. Free tasting too. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392. Saturday, Sept. 19 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Citizenship Classes: Learn about the process of becoming a citizen in a six-session series of classes. Classes are in English and are taught by library volunteers. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Mondays, Sept. 21 to October 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ten Steps to Starting a Business: This presentation is designed for individuals in the thinking stage of starting a business. Presented by the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Monday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Assistance will be available in Chinese and English Tuesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Assistance will be available in English and Russian Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Computer Basics: This class is designed for the complete beginner. Learn basic computer terms and keyboard and mouse skills. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Monday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Windows and Web for Beginners: This class combines Computer Basics with Web searching. Learn basic computer terms and functions, as well as introductory Internet skills. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Monday, Sept. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.
E-mail for Beginners: Prerequisite: Windows and Web for Beginners or Internet experience. Learn how to use free e-mail on the Web. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Monday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
MEMO Advertising | MEMO Archives | MEMO Web Neighbors | MEMO Staff | Home