The work continues
It has been a long, dry season for the new plants at Senns Dairy Park at Northeast 112th Ave and Prescott Street, but Czarnecka reports that more trees and plants will be arriving this fall. Until then, there is work to be done. Volunteers are needed to assist with site preparation, weeding and mowing. There is special need for anyone with construction skills, equipment or materials that can be used for making improvements on this community project.
If you cannot schedule time to assist on a work crew, but are willing to deliver coffee, lemonade, brownies or the like to those who can, you will be warmly welcomed. Czarnecka has instituted a reward system for ALL volunteer efforts. Shell give you the details when you show up to help.
While there is no firm calendar in place, the work is on going and takes place usually on evenings or weekends. Contact Czarnecka at 503-256-2330 ext. 26 to find out more.
Help yourself produce days
Harvest Share is an innovative, large-scale produce recovery and distribution program for people in need. Oregon Food Bank picks up fresh produce from area wholesalers, retailers and farms. The fruits and vegetables are distributed free the first Tuesday of every month at the East Portland Community Center at 740 S.E. 106th at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own bags. This program is first come, first served and is produced by Oregon Food Bank in conjunction with the YWCA, Loaves & Fishes, and the East Portland Community Center.
4th Annual Asian Home Buying Fair
The Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 N.E. Glisan St. will host daylong event on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Multi-lingual lenders, real estate, federal, state and insurance housing professionals will be on hand to discuss the advantages of buying a home versus renting. Workshops discussing steps to homeownership, developing good credit, availability and access to down payment assistance programs, state bond loan programs and homeowners insurance will be presented in different languages.
In addition to this valuable information, participants will be eligible to win prizes such as airline tickets, a Color TV, a DVD player and more.
Admission is free. To register log onto www.asianhomebuying.org or call 503-795-6037.
Fall Registration Begins
Fall term registration is now open for classes that will begin the week of Sept. 22. Continuing and returning students who have attended Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in the last year may register online or by using Touch-Tone at 503-491-6000.
New students must submit an Admissions Form prior to registration. Check out the Mt. Hood Community College web site at www.mhcc.edu for more information and forms or call the Admissions and Records Office at 503-491-7393.
Students taking six or more credits or taking reading, writing and/or mathematics must take the College Placement Test (CPT) prior to registration. Call 503-491-7638 for testing information.
Transfer students who have completed English composition AND mathematics courses, both with C or higher grades can bring a copy of their transcripts to the Academic Advising and Transfer Center or fax it to 503-491-7388 so the CPT may be waived.
Phone registration for non-credit classes is available by calling the Center for Continuing Education at 503-491-7571.
People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).
Passing inspection on residential 1 & 2 single family projects
A Lunch and Learn Community Education Brown Bag, sponsored by the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is scheduled for Friday, August 8, from Noon - 1:30 p.m. This public education, discussion, and feedback session will include:
Overview of the Residential Inspection Process
What to expect from on site visits
How to request and schedule inspections for your single family project
Everything you need to know about your orange Job Site Card
Top 10 suggestions for avoiding inspection problems before they occur
Question and answer session with BDS Combination/Residential Inspection staff
All are welcome to attend this free event - bring your lunch. No reservation is required. The meeting will be held in the 1900 S.W. 4th Avenue Building Second Floor Conference Room 2500-A.
This information and a complete library of past presentations are now available on the BDS website at www.bds.ci.portland.or.us Click on Lunch & Learn Seminars for more information, or contact Martha Shonya at 503-823-7822
Eat to aid IRCO
On Monday, August 11th and Monday, August 18th, eat at Hodas Middle Eastern Cuisine and 10% of your total bill will be donated to the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) located at 10201 N.E. Glisan St. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to make a big difference by doing what you always do. . . eating!
Hodas is located at 3401 S.E. Belmont St. and offers Middle Eastern food like hummus, baba ghanoush, shwarma, and tabouli. Hoda, the owner, will serve your meal herself with love and care.
The name Hoda is the Arabic word for enlightenment. Be enlightened by sharing a meal with others who share your desire to support the community. Come August 11th and August 18th for incredible food, wonderful service, and inviting ambiance. Help Hodas support the community. Please note that Hodas accepts only cash or checks.
For more complete information, please call IRCO at 234-1541 and ask for Konrad Reinhardt.
Behind the scenes encounters at the Zoo
Get a sneak peak of the homes of your favorite animals. Thats right. Now you can get a closer look at their humble abodes. With behind the scenes encounters, One Paw Tours, at the Oregon Zoo you travel past Keepers Only doors and talk with staff as you learn about how the animals live. But hurry-theyre only available until Labor Day.
Tickets for these half-hour tours are $10 (in addition to general admission fees) and are sold at the entrance gates and at the yellow ticket booth across from the tigers. Tours are offered seven days a week at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Elect to go on Free Tuesday, August 12 from 1-6 p.m. and save the cost of zoo admission. Tuesday afternoon tours include a chance to see birds up close at 1 p.m. Get a tour of the mews (bird holding area) and learn how birds are cared for and how theyre trained. You may see some of the stars of the Discover Birds! Show. Tuesdays at 3 p.m. you will get a chance to visit the zoo pantry and walk through the big refrigerator. If youre feeling hungry, you can sample some monkey chow.
For a list of other Behind the Scenes Encounters available, go to www.oregonzoo.org and click on Events. Or call 503-226-1561
The Oregon Zoo is located five minutes west of downtown Portland on Highway 26. Watch for the signs. The zoo is the first exit from this highway.
Water conservation workshop
Learn how to take control of your water and sewer bills. These Community Energy Project workshops provide information on how to detect and repair leaks, water conservation ideas in and around your home, plus details on Portlands water system. Each Portland household receives an instructional workbook and a free kit of materials worth $25. To register, call 503-284-6827.
Meetings will be Friday, August 15, 10:30 a.m.-Noon at Fook Lok Loaves & Fishes, 4937 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. A Vietnamese interpreter will be on hand and Monday, August 18, 10:30 a.m.-Noon at the same location. This meeting will be interpreted for attendees who only speak Chinese.
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