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 September issue are due Monday, Aug. 16. 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.
Still time to sign up for preschool
Enroll now for preschool in the fall. Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., has a few openings left for children 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. Preschool is offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with an optional Lunch Bunch program available until 1 p.m. Tuition is $125 per month. 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 www.glcportland.org.
Resurrection Lutheran Preschool, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., offers a combined class for children who will turn 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. Class size is limited to 14 children and meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Resurrection Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. For more information, please call 503-255-8772.
The Gateway Christian School, 13300 N.E. San Rafael St., offers a curriculum focused on the needs of the total child for children from 3 years through the first grade. Enrollment is open now. Call 503-253-0664 to learn more or visit gateway-christian.com.
1963 graduates of Parkrose Senior High School will kick off a reunion with a golf tournament at Glendoveer Golf Course, 14015 N.E. Glisan St., on Friday, Aug. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. Later that day they will gather in celebration of 47 years since graduation at 6 p.m. at Jim Dandy Drive-In, 9626 N.E. Sandy Blvd. If you would like to know more, please visit www.pshs63.org or contact Gary or Gail Grimes at 503-537-9431.
The Parkrose High School Class of 1990 will reunite on Friday, Aug. 13, with a grads-only event at the Rialto in downtown Portland at 7 p.m. A family potluck picnic is next on Saturday, Aug. 14, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Knott Park. This will be followed by the main reunion event at the Sheraton at the Airport at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. There is no admission fee to the grads-only event or the picnic. Admission to the main event is $57 per person. For more information visit the class Web site at www.pkwebdezign.com/Parkrose90/20yrReunion.htm, or contact Jenny (Gordon) Mason at 503-799-3601 or Kiko (Yoshida) Hightower at 360-777-8501. The reunion committee e-mail address is email@example.com.
Exploring on foot
Join the city of Portland Bureau of Transportation Senior Strolls on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Experience a new park or neighborhood each week with like minded souls.
On Aug. 4, meet at the parking lot on Northeast 148th Avenue and Halsey Street to walk the two mile course around Glendoveer Golf Course.
On Aug. 11, the 2.2 mile walk will begin at Bloomington Park, Southeast 104th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.
Your 2.2 mile stroll on Aug. 18 begins at Adventist Alley, Southeast 96th Avenue and Main Street.
Meet on the southeast corner of Northeast 122nd Avenue and San Rafael Street for a 2.2 mile walk in and around Knott Park on Aug. 25.
On Sept. 1, meet at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Shaver Street for a 2.3 mile walk that will include the Parkrose Labyrinth.
To learn more, contact Donna Green at 503-823-6114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting there, with a little help
Do you need to get to medical appointments, the grocery store or to other errands, but can't find transportation? Project Linkage, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, in partnership with Ride Connection, provides transportation to Mid-county older adults and people with disabilities. Services are free of charge, though donations are welcome.
Call 503-226-0700 to register and request rides.
Do you need a speaker at your club, church group or meeting?
Elders in Action, a local non-profit whose mission is serving older adults in Portland in partnership with Multnomah Bar Foundation's attorneys, are doing civic education awareness speaking engagements. The goal of this project is to enhances citizens' legal knowledge and educate the community on important topics that are impacting the lives of many older adults. Topics available for discussion are elder abuse prevention, consumer protection and safety, end of life planning, and financial fitness.
Please contact Elders in Action at 503-235-5474, or email@example.com for more information.
GABA looks to the future
The Gateway Area Business Association will meet on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkview Christian Retirement Community, 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. Members and the GABA board of directors will discuss a vision for the future of the Gateway area. Community members and area business owners are invited. Lunch will be served.
Uh oh last chance to buy raffle tickets
Members of the Russellville Kiwanis Club will offer raffle tickets for the 2010 For Mustang Coupe until Tuesday, Aug. 10. After that the best way to get tickets will be at the Oregon State Fair Kiwanis Booth. The drawing takes places at the fair on Labor Day.
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Buy them now from Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 or Jason Zwick at the State Farm Insurance office at Northeast 106th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.
Russellville Kiwanis invites men and women interested in serving the community to join them for lunch any Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at The Refectory Restaurant, on Northeast 122nd Avenue just north of Halsey Street. Russellville Kiwanis supports various community organizations, including SnowCap Community Charities, DayBreak Family Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Parkrose Little League, Shepherd's Door, and the Portland Book Bank, to name a few.
Drop in to check them out. They'll buy your lunch.
Skits, games and fun for kids
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., will host Kid's Summer Fun Nights on Wednesdays evenings through Aug. 25 for children ages 4 and up from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The evenings include crafts, music, games and skits. No advance registration is required. Donations accepted. Drop in to check out the fun.
Celebrating Middle Eastern tradition
The parish of St. George will host its 33rd annual Middle East Festival to be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, from noon to 7 p.m., at 2101 N.E. 162nd Ave. (just north of Halsey Street).
St. George members started the event in 1972 to celebrate the community's unique heritage and to share fun, food, and excitement with their neighbors while raising money for church projects.
This year, booths will offer à la carte dishes such as succulent barbecued shish kebabs, delicious gyros, spicy falafel, spinach and meat pies along with other finger foods, salad, wonderful Arabic sweets, and coffee. Seating will be available both outside and inside.
Entertainment will include Middle East folk dancing, music and a children's tent with games and activities for the young ones, including a bouncy house. Icons, jewelry, books and CDs, as well as baked goods, will be offered for sale inside the parish hall. A silent auction will feature donated items.
Church tours will be offered periodically throughout the afternoon. Visitors can view the beautiful icons, painted by Russian iconographer Dmitry Shkolnik, and learn about the Orthodox teaching on icons, as well as the history and faith of the Orthodox Church.
There is no charge for admission. Tokens for food items will be available at the door-cash or check only. For more information, visit www.stgeorgeportland.org or call 503-255-6055.
Mentor a student-earn extra cash
Experience Corps, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, is an innovative, award-winning national service program that connects older adult tutors and mentors to students in public schools. Experience Corps volunteers boost student academic performance, help schools become more successful and enhance the well-being of both themselves and students in the process.
If you are interested in mentoring and tutoring, are 55 or older and would like to receive a monthly stipend in exchange for 15 hours per week of service through the academic year, please contact Heather Pruess, volunteer recruiter, at 503-249-8215, ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be the difference in a child's life
When you become a big brother, big sister, or big couple, you bring hope to a child in need. And you do it simply by spending a few hours a week together doing the things you already like to do. You are a friend and mentor; not a parent. You are providing a life-changing friendship simply by spending time together.
As a volunteer, you are not alone. At Big Brothers Big Sisters you are professionally supported from day one. You will be interviewed to learn about your interests, concerns, time and geographic availability. After the match is made, professional case managers support the match and assist you with any issues that may arise. In addition, our activities department will provide fun outing and event opportunities for you and your little brother or little sister.
To help change the life of a child, contact the agency by visiting www.bbbsnorthwest.org or by calling Heath Berg at 503-249-4859.
Driving Miss Daisy, only better
Project Linkage, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, helps older adults and people with disabilities remain independent and in their own homes longer. How do they do this? They offer a number of services like transportation, friendly visiting and home repair free of charge. To keep this program going they need you. More specifically, they need you to drive in Mid-county.
Project Linkage seeks volunteer drivers to help get folks to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other points of interest in their personal vehicles. You can volunteer as frequently as you want. Better yet, you can make great connections with people in your community and positively impact the life of someone in need of transportation.
Contact Heather Pruess, volunteer recruiter, at 503-249-8215, ext. 22 or email@example.com.
Buy healthy food; support a healthy wrestling program
The David Douglas High School wrestling team will be selling fresh certified organic produce every Sunday through October at the Lents International Farmers Market, Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road.
Proceeds support a very competitive schedule of tournaments and camps. Head Coach Ron Holyoak is finding proactive and original fundraising efforts to supplement his budget.
The Lents International Farmers Market accepts cash, debit, Oregon Trail Cards, Oregon WIC Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers and Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program checks.
Donate your refundable cans and bottles
Saturday, Aug. 7 is the next day you can donate your refundable cans and bottles to the Parkrose Bronco Boosters. Drop them at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
Free jazz concert
The Gordon Lee Trio will perform a free concert as part of the Tabor Heights United Methodist Church summer concert series on Sunday, Aug. 15. The performance by this well-known Portland jazz group will begin at 4 p.m. at 6161 S.E. Stark St.
A free will offering will be taken. To learn more contact the church at 503-232-8500 or visit taborheightschurch.org.
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