The Mid-county Memo is a newspaper dedicated to serving the community. One of the best ways to do this is by informing Memo readers of upcoming events of interest and meetings of groups they might like to join. Help connect our community! If you are part of a group that you enjoy, let your neighbors know about it. Publicize your special event or fundraiser here in the Mid-county Memo Calendar section.
Submissions for each month are due by the 15th of the previous month. Please have Calendar submissions for January in by Monday, Dec. 16. We prefer e-mailed submissions sent to Dawn Widler, Department Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also mail complete information to 4052 N.E. 22nd Ave., Portland, OR, 97212-1503, phone 503-287-8904 or fax 503-249-7672.
A holiday treat
Enjoy this non-fattening holiday treat - a treat for your ears. The East County Community Orchestra will present its winter concert on Friday, Dec. 20. This musical buffet will include light classical and popular music selections. Admission is free, but donations of any amount are accepted at the door. These donations make it possible to buy sheet music for future performances. The concert will be held in the Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. For more information, please call Clement Norton at 503-253-6180.
Take a breather
As the Christmas season rushes at you with its incessant drive to shop and celebrate the holidays, Parkrose United Methodist Church invites you to consider something quite different. They invite you to slow down. Join church members on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for Prayers of Advent, a Celebration of Hope. You will hear stories, both historical and contemporary, of the season leading up to Christmas. Seasonal music will abound. There will even be a simple craft that everyone can make and take.
Children and adults of all ages will experience joy and hope from this time of reflection. Come by yourself or bring the whole family. All are welcome at this event, held at the Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 N.E. Knott St. For more information, please call the Parkrose United Methodist Church at 503-253-7567.
Not a bookstore signing...
Join fellow business owners and community members for a different type of signing event. The City of Portland Development Services Center is offering a free community education Brown Bag session. These free sessions are held every month on different topics. Participants are asked to bring a lunch to the session, which runs from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The topic for December will be Signs for Businesses. The session will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, and all community members are invited to attend.
The session will include presentations and discussion on:
What kinds of business signs are allowed and where
How To: case studies of typical business sign projects
New signs, changes to existing signs, permits & registration
Special signs: Banners, A-Boards, Awning signs
Questions & answers with Portland sign experts
The December meeting will be held at 1900 S.W. 4th Ave. in the Second Floor Conference Room 2500-A. For more information, please call Martha Shonya at 503-823-7822.
Lead poisoning prevention workshop
Lead poisoning can cause brain and organ damage, learning disabilities and other serious heath problems for young children. The most common sources of lead poisoning are found in and around homes. The Community Energy Project is offering a free workshop to educate the community on this potential danger. Come and learn about the effects and sources of lead poisoning; how to test for lead; and prevention tips. Qualified participants receive a free kit of materials worth $45.
The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the Park Vista Apartments, 10918 S.E. Stark St. This workshop will be bilingual in English and Russian. To register, please call 503-284-4962.
More trees coming to Parkrose
Residents of the Parkrose Neighborhood have the chance to plant a street tree or yard tree at an exceptional price. With funding from the Bureau of Environmental Services, Friends of Trees is providing large trees valued from $150 to $400, planting and help with follow-up maintenance, all for only $20. Homes with curbstrips will receive a tree approved for street-tree planting. Homes without curbs or sidewalks are eligible to receive a tree for the front yard. Renters should contact their landlord about taking advantage of this opportunity.
Trees provide many benefits to your home. They intercept and store rainwater, provide shade in the summer and protection from harsh weather, create a more serene environment and significantly add to your resale value.
The planting date for Parkrose is scheduled for Saturday, April 12. All orders for trees need to be in by Wednesday, Jan. 15. To order a tree, volunteer to help with planting or maintenance, or to get more information, contact the Parkrose Target Area Coordinator, Krystyn Czarnecka at FamilyWorks, 503-256-2330 ext. 26, or email email@example.com.
Our Savior Lutheran Church is planning a Happy Birthday Jesus carnival to be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.
There will be games, tattoo booth, bake walk, raffle, prizes and candy, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. All booths and activities are free. Hot dogs with soda will be available for 50 cents.
The Happy Birthday Jesus Carnival will be held at the church on 11100 N.E. Skidmore St., just off of 112th Ave. and Shaver St. For more information, please call Our Savior Lutheran Church at 503-257-9409.
Christmas Eve at Eastminster
All are welcome to the traditional Christmas Eve Service, held at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 12505 N.E. Halsey St. All will receive the blessings of candlelight, carols with a soloist, and Communion on this holy night.
For more information, please call the Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 503-252-3888.
Save money this winter
Dont let your heating bills take you hostage. Take action! Weatherize! Come to a Community Energy Project workshop and learn how to save energy through material installation, behavioral changes and simple maintenance around your home. Both homeowners and renters are welcome. Qualified participants receive a free kit of materials worth $150. To register, please call 503-284-6827.
Two free workshops will be held in December. One will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. The other workshop will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.
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