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 August issue are due Thursday, July 15. 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.
Parkrose Bronco football fans should know that their team is working hard this summer to prep for next season. A full slate of passing-only games has been scheduled against local competitors over the next several weeks. These will be hour-long skirmishes beginning at 6 p.m. on July 6 at Reynolds, July 7 at Jefferson, July 8 at Grant and July 13 brings Reynolds to Parkrose.
A passing tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at PHS and there will be a youth training session for Parkrose kids, grades 3-8, on Tuesday, July 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., also on the high school field.
Elementary music and drama camp
Parkrose United Methodist Church will host a music and drama class for third- through eighth-grade students on Aug. 2-6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In its fourth summer, the camp will offer group lessons in singing and drama in the morning and use the afternoons to prepare a short musical theater performance that will include music from Seussical. Molly Fazio from Floyd Light Middle School and Lesley Bossert from Parkrose High School will direct.
The camp fee is $50, which includes a T-shirt, daily snacks, recreation and a family barbecue. For more information, please call the church office at 503-253-7567 or visit the Web site at parkroseumc.org.
Three- and four-year-olds wanted
Now is the time to enroll your child for preschool in the fall. Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., has openings for children 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. The program 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 glcportland.org.
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 pkwebdezign.com/Parkrose90/20yrReunion, 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.
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 pshs63.org or contact Gary or Gail Grimes at 503-537-9431.
Senior Strolls welcomes new walkers
The city of Portland Bureau of Transportation is bringing its free SmartTrips programs to Mid-county this summer. One of those programs, Senior Strolls, is specifically developed to offer seniors an easy, pleasant walking experience and to give them the confidence to consider walking as a transportation option.
Now in its sixth year, Senior Strolls are offered every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. through Oct. 6. There is no pre-registration required and participants are encouraged to attend as many strolls as they can. The strolls start out around 1 mile and progressively increase in distance as participants build their endurance; by the end of the season strolls are around 2.5 miles.
Strolls can be easily accessed by TriMet and a complete schedule can be found online at GettingAroundPortland.org under the Greenline SmartTrips logo. A hard copy of the schedule can be obtained by contacting Donna Green with Transportation Options at 503-823-6114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You still have time to win new a Mustang
Kiwanis clubs throughout the area, including the Russellville Kiwanis Club, are selling raffle tickets for a 2010 Ford Mustang Coupe to help support the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Buy tickets now at the Jason Zwick State Farm Insurance office at Northeast 106th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard or from Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570. The drawing will be held at the Oregon State Fair on Labor Day.
Russellville Kiwanis also extends an invitation to join them at a weekly meeting and a free lunch at The Refectory Restaurant on Northeast 122nd Avenue, just north of Halsey Street. They meet every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Look them over and then consider their invitation to get involved in a variety of community service projects. Russellville Kiwanis supports Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Individuals, SnowCap Community Charities, DayBreak Family Shelter, Parkrose Little League, Ronald McDonald House, Shepherd's Door Shelter, and others.
Guest speakers announced
Northeast Portland Rotary brings local business and professional leaders together on a weekly basis to do good works in the community. Its meetings are on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave. The weekly programs include a guest speaker. On July 6, Danea Horn will talk about breaking free of old habits. Terry Dean, a veteran radio marketing specialist, will address customer service on July 13. July 20 is reserved for committee meetings, introducing the incoming board of directors and goal setting. Darla Sturdy will speak to safety concerns on the MAX line on July 27. You are invited to drop in on any Tuesday to learn more about Northeast Portland Rotary.
Garden club plans a picnic
The annual Villa Garden Club summer potluck picnic is Thursday, July 22, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A brief business meeting will precede the fun. You are invited to enjoy some delicious food and to learn more about the club. Call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517 for car pool and location information.
Weekly crafts, music and games
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., will host free Kid's Summer Fun Nights on Wednesdays evenings through the summer 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. Drop in to check out the fun.
Kids expand knowledge of verses in a rainforest environment
Explore SonQuest Rainforest vacation bible school at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., July 12-16, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Appropriate for children from 4 years to those who will enter sixth grade in the fall, this experience incorporates Bible stories, creative art projects, music and friendship to create a week of fun and learning. Registration forms may be downloaded at glcportland.org. For more information, call the church office at 503-256-1835.
Jazz and worship alfresco
Enjoy the White Salmon Jazz group on Sunday, July 18 at the 10 a.m. outdoor service at Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 S.E. Stark St. A potluck lunch will follow this community event. Bring a chair and dish to share. To learn more call 503-232-8500 or visit taborheightschurch.org/.
Become a garden guide, receptionist or staff the gift shop
Join the Leach Botanical Garden volunteer guide team and have the pleasure of helping others discover the magic of this special place. Guides are needed for Saturday Weekend Walks and other special tours as well as for the popular Wednesday morning Honeybee Hikes for preschoolers. Training will be scheduled in July. The date will be determined by availability of new volunteers. If you are interested, contact Sarah Kelsey at email@example.com or call 503-823-1671.
You'll meet visitors from all over the world when you volunteer to help staff the reception desk or gift shop at Leach Botanical Garden. If you enjoy people and like making them feel welcome, this is the perfect volunteer position for you. And you can do it in a lovely garden setting. Volunteers are scheduled in three-hour shifts Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. If you are interested, call 503-823-1671 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.
Members of the Parkrose Bronco Boosters and a contingent of Parkrose High students will be at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., Saturday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to collect your refundable cans and bottles. Funds support sports, music and activities in Parkrose schools. The Boosters are at the middle school the first Saturday of each month.
Enjoy live music, a cruise-in, bounce castle, dunk tank and food vendors galore at this year's Gateway Fun-O-Rama celebration at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., on Sunday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This community event is a fundraiser for the Gateway Area Business Association, Rotary Club of Northeast Portland, Parkview Retirement Community, Parkrose High Booster Clubs and David Douglas High Booster Clubs. To find out more contact Lou Fontana at 503-309-1444 or AJ Prasad at 503-729-7136.
Free college level humanities course
Adults living on low incomes in the Portland area who want to explore challenging ideas about power, justice, knowledge and community will have a chance to participate in Humanity in Perspective, a free two-semester college-credit course in the humanities. HIP, a program of Oregon Humanities, is offered in partnership with Reed College. Applications should be submitted by Thursday, July 15.
Applications are available for download at oregonhumanities.org or by request from course director Sarah Van Winkle at email@example.com or 503-241-0543, ext. 112.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, able to speak and write fluently in English, and willing to commit to attending class two evenings per week during the seven-month program. Applicants are not required to have a high school diploma or GED. Those who already have a college degree are not eligible. Applicants with an income of less than $20,000 for a household of one or less than $40,000 for a household of four are eligible for HIP.
The course begins Sept. 16. Classes meet twice weekly, from September to March, in downtown Portland. HIP students receive free tuition, books, and other course materials; reimbursement for childcare during class; free bus tickets for transportation to and from class; and transferable college credit from Reed College.
HIP aims to promote the intellectual and personal growth of students, spark their interest in civic and community life, and encourage them to continue their education. Since its inception in 2001, HIP has provided more than 350 economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals across the state the opportunity to study the humanities in a college-credit course. Subjects of study include philosophy, literature, ancient Greek and American history, politics, and theater.
Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that transform communities. More information about programs and publications, including the Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Teacher Institutes, Happy Camp, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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