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Students invited to St. Therese open house
Parents and grade-school-age students interested in learning more about St. Therese Catholic School are invited to attend an open house on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m., following the weekly 8:30 a.m. student Mass.
St. Therese is suburban East Portlands only Catholic grade school, serving 220 children from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school was dedicated in 1955.
Sister Kathy Cordes, SHCJ, school principal, will host each open house, along with members of the teaching staff and school parents.
The Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and the Western Catholic Educational Association accredit St. Therese Catholic School, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave.
The school offers full-day kindergartn and before- and after-school care.
The curriculum for each grade includes religious training, computers, Spanish and music. Drama is open to all students, culminating with a spring musical production. Students starting in first grade are eligible to participate in competitive sports sponsored by the Catholic Youth Organization.
For more information about the open house or the school, or to receive an application packet, please call 503-253-9400.
Student projects to be displayed
Sacramento Elementary School students will showcase projects they have produced over the past several weeks on the evening of Feb. 22. Families, friends and the community are invited to attend. Pizza and soda will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The classrooms will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Elementary School is located at 11400 N.E. Sacramento St. If you would like more information, call 503-408-2800.
Classes offered for all ages
Parkrose SUN Community School, located at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., offers evening classes for youth and adults. Portland Parks & Recreation, Multnomah County and the Parkrose School District sponsor these classes. They are open to everyone, so try something new this winter. Ideas for new classes are always welcome.
For those of you thinking about buying a home, Home Buying Made Simple is a free class on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in room A 1/2. You will gain knowledge and information needed for all stages of the home-buying process.
AARP Driver Safety Classes for seniors run monthly. The next class is Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 22 and 23 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm. You will receive practical tips, valuable information and learn of changes in the law, all for only $10.
Youth after-school classes are also available. Ask about Parkrose student rates.
Call Parkrose SUN Community School at 503-408-2640 for information or to register.
PDC and PSU team up to offer urban renewal and redevelopment class
A 10-week course sponsored by the Portland Development Commission and the Portland State University Urban Studies Program is scheduled for Tuesdays, April 4 to June 13 from 6:40 until 9 p.m. on the PSU campus.
This course is designed for the community activist, new or experienced, who wants to learn about and be involved in urban renewal activities in the community.
How is urban renewal performed in Portland? How is it continuing to create new community facilities, open spaces and transportation options, as well as stimulate new jobs and housing opportunities in the city? How is it funded? And how can citizens impact urban renewal policies and projects in their neighborhoods and business districts?
Explore the history of urban renewal in Oregon and Portland, and talk to the real policy-makers to discuss the basics of how it works and why it is the preferred tool for revitalizing some areas. They will talk about the costs, benefits and trade-offs of urban renewal, and PDCs continuing role in investing in the projects and programs that help shape our city.
The class brings together people to ask the tough questions with those who have to make the tough decisions about spending and project priorities and the trade-offs involved.
Speakers include elected officials, PDC commissioners and directors, neighborhood activists, housing advocates, business owners and land and building developers. Carl Talton, a former chairman of the Portland Development Commission, the citys urban renewal agency, will facilitate the class.
Space is limited. Full scholarships are available to qualified Portland residents for the non-credit course. To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must live in the city of Portland and not be a PDC employee. Deadline for scholarship application is March 17, 2006.
PSU Tuition is $147 for non-credit or one credit and $293 for graduate credit.
To register or get more course information, go to www.pdc.us/uraclass, or contact Kim McFarland at 503-823-3289 or firstname.lastname@example.org