To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers' lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.
Memo Pad submissions for the September issue are due by Saturday, Aug. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at email@example.com. Or mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave, Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The fax number is 503-249-7672.
Reynolds student honored at SkillsUSA Championships
Laura Woo, a Reynolds High School student, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in nurse assisting at the recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
The SkillsUSA Championships are the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
The philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs.
Over 5,400 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships, said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students, instructors and industries are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities.
Toys needed for pool time
Michele Wilcox, the aquatic director at Parkrose High, has a need for pool toys. District swimming lessons have been serving up to 200 kids daily this summer. When the kids return to the pool for recreational time, she wants to be able to give them a full experience by providing poolside basketball hoops, noodles, dive toys and the like. If you can help, contact Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-408-2129. You may also donate to the Parkrose Athletic Boosters; make sure to designate your donation to aquatics.
Enhance the value of your home
What cools your home on summer days, cleans the air, makes your neighborhood quiet and safe, and protects the value of your home? A single tree does this and more. This year you can buy trees for your yard or parking strip, have them delivered to your home, have holes dug for them, plant them with expert guidance, and receive follow-up maintenance checks - all for less than most people pay for trees at a nursery. The cost per tree through Friends of Trees, which includes all of these services, ranges from $25 to $70.
Beginning in August, residents in the Argay, Hazelwood, Madison South, Montavilla, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell, Sumner and Wilkes neighborhoods can sign up to order trees. Just visit www.friendsoftrees.org, click on Order Street and Yard Trees, and create an account.
As you create your account, you'll see a list of neighborhoods that have already scheduled a tree planting this fall and winter. If your neighborhood is on the list, you can review a list of yard trees to order, or you can request an inspection by the city to approve a tree planting in your parking strip - or both! There's no limit to the number of trees you can order.
If you don't see your neighborhood on the list but you'd like to order a tree, please send an e-mail to Teri Ruch, email@example.com, asking to be notified if a planting is scheduled in your neighborhood later this summer. Friends of Trees often add more neighborhoods to its planting schedule during August and September.
The East Portland Action Plan, created by east Portland community members and elected officials, has identified tree loss in east Portland as a significant livability issue. Now the city of Portland is partnering with Friends of Trees in the city's Grey to Green Initiative to plant as many trees as possible in east Portland. You have an opportunity to join this community effort to improve east Portland by joining your neighbors to plant trees in your neighborhood.
For more information, visit www.friendsoftrees.org or call Friends of Trees Neighborhood Trees Manager Whitney Dorer at 503-282-8846, ext. 21.
T-shirt design contest for youth
Break the Chain Apparel and the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force are jointly sponsoring a project called Roots of Change in which they seek design concepts and slogan ideas related to sexual consent. Oregon residents between the ages of 14 and 21 are eligible to participate. The purpose of this project is to get people talking about the importance of consent and to encourage healthy relationships.
Our goal is to curb sexual violence, says SATF Prevention Specialist Ethan Young. By getting a message out that emphasizes the importance of consent, we hope to provoke discussion about the issue. Break the Chain Apparel's model of using T-shirts as a billboard for social issues is the perfect means in which to promote our message of sexual consent.
Break the Chain Apparel creates clothing with a voice, T-shirts that speak out against social issues such as violence, abuse and addiction, relaying messages of strength and hope. In Roots of Change, contestants are using their creativity to spread a visual message promoting sexual violence prevention.
Roots of Change is a two-part contest in which young Oregonians may submit slogans, designs or both that promote consent and healthy relationships.
Sample slogans and images of Break the Chain shirts can be seen at www.breakthechainapparel.com. Entries may be submitted by mail to Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force, 859 Liberty St. N.E., Salem, OR 97301; by fax to 503-990-6547 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, Sept. 14.
Once the final design concept is selected, Break the Chain's professional graphic designer will use the winner's concept to develop an edgy, eye-catching image that will be screen-printed on T-shirts to be sold around the country. The winning design will be selected based on concept, not artistic talent. The winner will receive a free hooded sweatshirt with the final slogan and design.
The shirt will be unveiled at the Roots of Change: Men, Sex and Justice conference Oct. 28-30 at Portland State University. This conference will address a broad range of issues pertaining to men and masculinity and the prevention of sexual violence.
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