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 May issue are due Friday, April 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at email@example.com. 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.
If you are 3 or 4 years old
Okay, if that's the case, you can't read this, but Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., is accepting registrations for the coming school year. Preschool is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with an optional lunch bunch program offered until 1 p.m. Tuition is $140 per month. Children 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 information or to register, call 503-256-1835 or go to glcportland.org.
Resurrection Lutheran Preschool, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., is also accepting registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. The combined class for children 3 and 4 years of age meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Class size is limited to 14 students, so early registration is encouraged. Resurrection Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. For more information, please call 503-255-8772 or visit rlcpdx.org.
David Douglas School District elementary schools will host a spring kindergarten roundup for all upcoming 2011-2012 kindergarten students. This fun event will be held on Friday, May 13 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at your neighborhood school. If you do not know your neighborhood school, please call 503-256-6526.
Parents and children will be able to meet the kindergarten teachers and the school principal, tour the school, view the classrooms, take a bus ride to learn about the school transportation system, receive kindergarten readiness activities and turn in completed registration forms. When parents register their children they must show the child's birth certificate, immunization form and card and proof of residence.
Childcare will be provided for younger siblings. Spanish and Russian translators will be available.
The district strongly encourages all upcoming kindergarten parents and students to attend this informational event. Not only will you be helping the district project enrollment for kindergarten classes, but also your child may become more excited and comfortable about starting school.
Learning English is fun and free
Free English for Speakers of Other Languages classes are offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Multnomah University, 8435 N.E. Glisan St. Classes are taught by advanced students in the teachers of ESOL program. To learn more, contact Kristen Hubert, TESOL program director, at 503-251-6412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be your own advocate: consumer protection and safety
The Multnomah Bar Foundation and Elders in Action will host a community forum on Friday, April 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., to discuss how in any situation, for someone young or old, good planning before a crisis occurs will avoid many problems. Educating yourself and seeking counsel from family, friends or professionals before making any significant commitment will go a long way toward ensuring that you remain in charge of the factors that affect your safety and well being. According to the Oregon State Department of Justice, 90 percent of scams and frauds are first tried out on older adults to see if they will work for the general public. Areas to be discussed are identity theft, door-to-door scams, high-pressure sales tactics and mail fraud. For more information, please contact Mark at Elders in Action at 503-595-7533 or Marla at St. Matthew's at 503-252-5720.
Russellville extends invitation
The Russellville Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Refectory Restaurant. The group welcomes guests and visitors. It supports community programs such as SnowCap Community Charities, Ronald McDonald House, Parkrose Little League, DayBreak Family Shelter, Portland Children's Book Bank, Doernbecher Kiwanis Children's Cancer Unit, and the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Children and Youth, to name a few.
Programs for the month of April include a board meeting, open to all, on April 5, naturopathic physician, Martin Milner will be the guest on April 12 and Rob Ensign of Option Counseling will speak on April 19.
Stop by on any Tuesday to see what goes on at meetings and to get a sense of the kind of community work being done. First time visitors are treated to lunch.
Contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 to learn more and to get involved.
Learn to display garden blooms
On Tuesday, April 19 the Flower Lane Garden club will meet at 10 a.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 160th Ave. The meeting will focus on creating floral arrangements from garden flowers. Saundra Rassi, a flower arrangement judge, will offer design tips.
Also available at this meeting will be information from the March meeting about the Great Backyard Bird Count.
To learn more, contact Ann Dueltgen at 503-335-0385.
Coming up roses
The Thursday, April 28 meeting of the Villa Garden Club will focus on the care and maintenance of roses. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S. E. 139th Ave. Dessert and coffee will be served. Please call Lyn Farris at 503-255-5355, for more information.
FAITH and VALUES
Mother's Day brunch
Get your reservations now for the annual Mother's Day brunch at The Grotto, Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. This all-you-can-eat buffet set in the beautiful 62-acre sanctuary and botanical garden is Sunday, May 8. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person.
Register online at thegrotto.org or call 503-254-7471.
Lao New Year celebration
The celebration of Lao New Year 2554/2011 will commemorate the 36th anniversary of the fall of the royal Lao government. Because of that event, over 500,000 Laotians fled their home country to resettle in other countries throughout the world. Currently, it is estimated that there are about 6000 lowland Lao, 3500 Hmong, 2500 Mien, and about 100 Tai Dam-Tai Lu in Oregon.
The celebration allows all Laotians to come together in a show of solidarity, to share successes and appreciate new opportunities while reminding themselves of their original national identity by wearing traditional native dress.
As part of festivities, a community Buddhist ceremony at Wat Buddhatham-aram, 4350 N.E. 133rd Ave. at Sandy Blvd., on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is held. A baci ceremony (a ritual of tying strings on wrists to preserve good luck) will take place, and stupas (sand mounds used to pay homage to Buddha) are built. There will be food and craft vendors, ethnic music and activities throughout the day.
The following Saturday, April 24, there will be a formal celebration at Legin Restaurant, 8001 S.E. Division St., from 6 p.m. to midnight. In addition to six-course family-style Chinese dinner, the celebration will include a fashion show, traditional dance performances, and live music.
For more information, please contact Olom Philavanh, 503-442-3686; Vanhlang Khamsouk, 503-469-2078; or Khamsouk Chanthavong, 503-724-5595.
If you like good music
and you know you do hustle on down to Parkrose Middle School on Saturday, April 2 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with your refundable bottles and cans. Members of the Parkrose High Band will unload them for you and use the money from the refunds in support of their musical efforts. Win-win, right?
Hanging baskets in time for Mother's Day
The David Douglas High School Senior All Night Party committee is selling beautiful hanging baskets in a variety of arrangements just in time for Mother's Day. Orders will be accepted April 1 through April 22. All baskets will be available for pick up on Saturday, April 30 at DDHS. For additional information please contact Kari Deardorff at email@example.com or visit daviddouglashighschool.my-pta.org.
Rummage for great deals
To support a variety of veteran's programs, the American Legion Auxiliary Portland Post #1, 1830 S.E. 122nd Ave., will hold a rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 from noon to 9 p.m. To learn more, contact Donna Linstead, rummage sale chair, at 503-252-6245.
Find just what you need
If you have questions or need more information, contact Cathy Holmlund, rummage sale head honcho, 503-256-9933.
It's a gamble
Get your tickets now for a Casino Night in support of the Parkrose High Senior All Night Party at the Gateway Elks Lodge, 711 N.E. 100th Ave., on Saturday, April 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for two. Play Texas Hold'em, Blackjack, Roulette and Craps to win prizes like a 42-inch television, a Blue Ray DVD player, kayak classes or a trip to Reno.
Guests must be 18 years or older. Contact Mary Davidson at 503-253-2381 to buy tickets or to find out more.
Nonprofit celebrating a quarter century of service
It has been 25 years since three Catholic sisters responded to a call from the community to provide mental health care for those living in poverty or without health insurance. On April 9, the community gives back, presenting Servite Sisters Barbara Kennedy, Sarah Deeby and Lisa Sheridan the Compassionate Heart Award, as part of the 25th anniversary celebration for The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center.
Under the founders' careful stewardship, and with much community support, the small, part-time operation which started in 1986 in borrowed space has grown into a respected and state-certified counseling agency, employing a staff of 16. Always true to its mission of providing quality and professional behavioral health services to all regardless of faith or finances, 40 percent of clients have no health insurance and 97 percent receive some subsidization of fees.
NCC sees more than 1,000 clients a year, and offers not only counseling to clients ages six to 95, but psychiatric medication management, graduate training to four interns, pre-marriage counseling and workshops. NCC receives no government support and operates on a combination of fees, donations and grants.
On April 9 at 7 p.m., friends and supporters of NCC will gather at Riverside Golf and Country Club for the Compassionate Heart Award, a celebration and fundraiser. The evening gala will highlight the sisters' extraordinary commitment to our community. In the early days, they accepted payment from clients in firewood, giving it to other clients who lacked heat, and saw one client who counted out 62 cents for a session, all she could afford. The event also raises money to continue these good works.
Find more information on NCC, the Compassionate Heart Awards, or to support mental health care at NCC, please visit nwcounseling.org or call 503-253-0964.
Sip and nibble for Outdoor School
Mark your calendar for the Parkrose Middle School Family and Friends Night at McMenamins Mall 205, 9710 S.E. Washington St., Wednesday, April 13 from 5 p.m. to close. Fifty percent of the proceeds from food and drink purchases will support Outdoor School for Parkrose Middle School students.
Trees, shrubs and perennials for northwest gardens
The Leach Botanical Garden spring plant sale is Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 S.E. Washington St. Browse a choice selection of trees, shrubs and northwest perennials from specialty nurseries and the Leach Garden collection.
All proceeds support the maintenance of Leach Botanical Garden. Admission and parking are free.
Book lovers, make note
The Friends of the Multnomah County Library spring used book and music sale is Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17 at 2483 S.W. Cherry Park Road in Troutdale. Thousands of books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, sheet music, pamphlets and maps will be offered for sale.
Friends of the Library will be admitted from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday - memberships will be sold at the door. The doors open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Items that do not sell on Saturday will be offered at 50 percent off on Sunday.
Proceeds provide for programs and materials in all library branches that are not funded by the library system's operating budget. For more information, go to friends-library.org or call 503-224-9176.
It's going to be one heck of a party
While sipping champagne and browsing through the fabulous silent auction items guests will be entertained by the smooth sounds of Parkrose High School Jazz Band and Debonaires. A live auction and more entertainment will follow as students present the PHS choir On Broadway Revue and guests enjoy a wonderful dinner served with wine and dessert.
During the live auction and dinner, guests are invited to play Heads & Tails with the opportunity to win 50 percent of the Heads & Tails pot. The Dessert Dash is another new addition to this year's fun. Each table will have the opportunity to be the first to dash for the dessert of choice. Bidding will be furious, as the desserts will be yummy.
Here is a small sampling of auction items offered; bid strategically, and they could be yours.
The Roadhouse Dinner - $50 a ticket buys a delectable fried chicken dinner, the opportunity to ride in a vintage roadster and dine at the first and only remaining Roadhouse in the Columbia Gorge. Dinner prepared by School Board Member James Woods and Alumni Parent Kieren Casey.
Annual Tailgate Party - $25 a ticket entitles you the opportunity to join this private party and enjoy dinner served by Parkrose School District Administrators.
Four Park Hopper Passes to Disneyland
Dining gift certificates at Pazzo, Elmer's, Full Sail Brewing, McCormick & Schmick's Harborside, Applebee's and more!
Mr. Lizard Reptile Program: Invite Mr. Lizard to your favorite students' next party and they will get to learn about and even touch a variety of reptiles.
Tickets to Portland State University Football
Tickets to University of Oregon Baseball
Portland Spirit Early Escape Cruise for Two
Beautiful Jewelry - filled with Karats (they are good for you!)
Private Guided Fishing Trip for Four
oGift Certificates for Naturopathic and Chiropractic Care
Buy your tickets now at parkroseedfdn.org.
Garden party to benefit Human Solutions
Tea & Treasures, a Garden Party to benefit programs for homeless families in mid- and east Multnomah County will be held on Sunday, May 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, on Southeast 28th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard.
At present, Human Solutions houses or shelters 190 homeless families - about 500 homeless children, women and men - every night. After the Homeless Family Warming Center closes on April 30, Human Solutions will still shelter or house more than 400 people every night in over 150 homeless households. Families are homeless for a wide variety of reasons including unemployment, illness or injury and domestic violence.
At the Tea, Human Solutions will present its Jane Addams Social Activist Award to Chiquita Rollins, domestic violence coordinator for Multnomah County. Rollins is retiring this spring after more than 30 years working to end domestic violence.
Admission to Tea & Treasures is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Guests are invited to bring a treasure to place into a silent auction, where other guests may bid on it. Please arrive by 2 p.m. to enter an item in the silent auction. Free parking is available nearby. A shuttle will carry guests to the garden entrance. For reservations and more information, please visit humansolutions.org or call 503-548-0282.
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