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 Sunday, 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.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Fourth of July sing-a-long
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., plans an old-fashioned sing-a-long with the Portland Chamber Music trio on Wednesday, July 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. The program will feature patriotic songs, fun songs and favorites ranging from ragtime and Broadway, to the Beatles and the Foo Fighters. The program is free, but donations will be accepted, and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 503-252-5720 or send an email to email@example.com.
Swim with Tom Cruise
Dive-in Movies return to the Mt. Hood Community College swimming pool on Fridays, July 6 and 13 and Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 31 at 7:15 p.m. Bring your own flotation device and spend the evening splashing in the Olympic size pool while you enjoy Top Gun, Jaws and other classics.
The fee is $4.50 for adults, and $3.25 for children 18 and younger and seniors. Admission for MHCC students, staff and pool members is free with current ID or a punch card.
The aquatic center will also host day camps that run Monday through Friday. Online registration is now available at mhcc.edu/aquaticsregistration.
For more information about Dive-in Movies and summer camps, call the MHCC Aquatic Center at 503-491-7243 or visit mhcc.edu/aquatics.
Get some hands on experience with bugs
Meet Kristie and Jessica, the Bug Chicks, at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., on Thursday July 12 at 1 p.m. and learn about the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. The Bug Chicks' mission is to teach entomology to students all over the world and promote informal science education through some hands-on bug excitement. Each program offers a different theme and visits from the Bug Chicks' own live insect collection. Participants will leave with a greater appreciation of the bugs.
Pre-registration is required. The fee is $8 for garden members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 503-823-1671 or go to leachgarden.org.
Civil War era brought to life
The Whiskey Flats Brass Band will perform at Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 S.E. Stark St., on Sunday, July 15 at 4 p.m. The band plays music from the Civil War era and the show includes a replica of a mid-1800s American town complete with nostalgic atmosphere and historical anecdotes that will transport participants to a time nearly forgotten. Wear period costumes to join the fun.
Donations of $5 per person will be accepted, but the performance is free.
Multi day event for cycling enthusiasts
Mountain bike riders, Northwest Trail Alliance Trailfest 2012 is for you. Beginning with a twilight ride in Forest Park on Thursday, July 5 and concluding with a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new bike track at Ventura Park, this event promises something for everyone.
The Lumberyard, the regions only indoor bike park, hosts a party that includes a biking movie, raffle and cycling clinics on Friday, July 6 from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission to the party is free. Riding fees of $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 12 are charged if you want to try out the track. Lumberyard is at 2700 N.E. 82nd Ave.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be trail rides in Sandy and at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, Survivors Ridge, Cold Creek and Cascade Locks. Rides are free and include post ride barbecues. Visit nw-trail.org to learn more.
Bring your bike to the Ventura Park Bike Pump Track, Southeast 115th Avenue and Stark Street, Monday, July 9 for grand opening ceremonies from noon until 2 p.m. City of Portland leaders and NWTA members will be on hand.
Cocktails from the garden
Pharmacist John Leach grew plants for medicinal purposes. We now know many of those same plants make a great cocktail. Join mixologist Lydia Reissmueller from Tender Bar Cocktail Catering, at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. to try some fun concoctions, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. This event includes a guided stroll in the garden, music and refreshments.
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $35 for garden members, $45 for non-members. To register call 503-823-1671 or go to leachgarden.org.
Bicycling town hall upcoming
Oregon State Representative Michael Dembrow is planning the 4th Annual Bike Town Hall for Saturday, July 28. Joining him will be State Senator Jackie Dingfelder and Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer. Start time and the route are being worked on now. Send your thoughts on focal points and stops this ride should make. The focus will be on sustainability, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and community-based projects. Contact Dembrow at 503-986-1445 or firstname.lastname@example.org and watch his website repmichaeldembrow.com for final plans.
Boxing showcase returns for 2nd year
Experience live Olympic style amateur boxing on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 5 p.m. at Rossi Farm, 3839 N.E. 122nd Ave. Ringside VIP tickets for The Rumble, which include a meal, are $25. Adult general admission is $10. Kids 17 and under will be admitted for $5.
Celebrate the natural world with music
Join singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dave Orleans for a fun evening of earth-friendly, family-style music he calls earthsinging at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., on Tuesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. As he accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, ukulele, and other unique and recycled instruments, Dave presents a lively blend of original and recycled songs and stories about the natural world and our place in it. This program will be great fun for kids and adults of all ages.
This event is free, but space is limited and preregistration is required. Call 503-823-1671 or go to leachgarden.org.
Suit up with the Senators
The Madison High School Youth Football Camp for kids from kindergarten through 8th grade is Aug. 6 through 9, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at 2735 N.E. 82nd Ave. Senator Head Coach Adam Skyles and his staff will emphasize proper stretching, warm up and age appropriate drills. Our youth football camp is designed for the beginning player. It's a great opportunity for kids to learn the basic skills and proper fundamentals of our Madison football program. We want every participant to have a great time, he said.
Along with football skills, participants will enjoy a slip and slide and be provided with snacks and drinks.
The camp is $25 per student. Go to senatorfootball.com to download the registration form or contact Coach Skyles at 503-866-5612 or email@example.com for more information.
Summer fun and free lunches too
The Portland Parks & Recreation Summer Free for All will keep your family busy all summer with activities, movies and live music at area parks.
Summer Playgrounds and Free Lunch Programs offer organized sports, games, and crafts, plus a free, healthy lunch for kids up to age 18.
Argay Park, located at Northeast 141st Avenue and Failing Street will have playground activities from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Aug. 15, and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. from Aug. 16 through Aug. 24. Lunch is served at noon.
Lincoln Park, Southeast 135th Avenue and Mill Street, will have playground activities from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Aug. 15, and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. from Aug. 16 through Aug. 24. Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.
Montavilla Park, Northeast 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street will have playground activities from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Aug. 15, and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. from Aug. 16 through Aug. 24. Lunch is served at noon.
Wilkes Park, 3655 N.E. 154th Ave., will have playground activities from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Aug. 15, and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. from Aug. 16 through Aug. 24. Lunch is served at noon.
These Summer Playground Programs will have organized sports, games and crafts, but do not serve lunch:
Harold Oliver Elementary, Southeast 158th Avenue and Taylor Street, will offer playground activities daily from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 15. No lunch is provided.
Eastgate Station Apartments, 100 N.E. 120th Ave., will offer playground activities on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 13. No lunch is provided.
Melrose Apartments, 4497 N.E. 133rd Ave. at Sandy Blvd., will offer playground activities on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 14. No lunch is provided.
Mill Park, Southeast 117th Avenue and Mill Court, will offer playground activities on Tuesdays from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 14. No lunch is provided.
Ventura Park, Southeast 115th Avenue and Stark Street, will offer playground activities on Tuesdays from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 14. No lunch is provided.
Arbor Glen Apartments, 2609 S.E. 145 Ave., will offer playground activities on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 15. No lunch is provided.
Midland Park, Southeast 122nd Avenue and Morrison Street, will offer playground activities on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 15. No lunch is provided.
Raymond Park, Southeast 118th Avenue and Raymond Street, will offer playground activities on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 9. No lunch is provided.
West Powellhurst Park, Southeast 115th Avenue and Division Street, will offer playground activities on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 9. No lunch is provided.
East Holiday Park, 12999 N.E. Holladay St., will offer playground activities on Thursdays, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 9. No lunch is provided.
Parkland Park, Southeast 155th Avenue and Main Street, will offer playground activities on Thursdays, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 9. No lunch is provided.
Gilbert Heights Elementary, Southeast 130th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard, will offer playground activities on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. No lunch is provided.
Movies in the Park run throughout the summer. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. and generally includes performances by local bands. Movies begin at dusk.
Concerts in the Park begin in July and continue throughout the summer until August 30 at various parks around the city.
For the complete schedule, go to portlandonline.com/parks/.
PHS class of 1952
The Parkrose High class of 1952 60-year reunion is Thursday, August 16. An afternoon luncheon is planned on the patio of Ringside East, 14021 N.E. Glisan St. To learn more contact Sam Sorensen at 503-253-8131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHS class of 1956
The Parkrose High class of 1956 will celebrate 56 years since graduation on Friday, Sept. 14 at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road in Gresham. An afternoon luncheon is planned. Please contact Janeen Schneider Bozich at 503-254-4086 or Dick Ott at 503-666-5096 for more information.
PHS class of 1962
The Parkrose High class of 1962 50-year reunion celebration kicks off with pizza night on Sept. 14 at Abbey's Pizza, 21255 S.E. Stark St., at 5 p.m. The following evening there is a banquet at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Rd., in Gresham from 5 until 10 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 16, classmates will gather at Oaks Park from 2 until 6 p.m. The classes of 1961 and 1963 are invited to join the fun. To learn more, contact Colleen Fitzpatrick at email@example.com.
PHS class of 1963
The Parkrose High class of 1963 will remember graduation night 49 years ago on Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18. The fun begins Friday morning at 10 a.m. with golf at Glendoveer Golf Course, 14015 N.E. Glisan St. That evening, classmates will gather at Round Table Pizza, 4141 N.E. 122nd Ave., to share high school and reunion memories from 5 until 8 p.m. Everyone will come together again on Saturday at Jim Dandy Drive-In, 9626 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Reservations are not required for the pizza and drive-in events. They are no host. Contact Gary or Gail Grimes at 503-537-9431 for the time of the Jim Dandy event and if you have questions.
PHS class of 1969
The Parkrose High class of 1969 monthly Second Wednesday event will be on Saturday, July 21, beginning at 11 a.m. at Parkrose Farmer's Market in the east parking lot of the high school. How can Second Wednesday fall on a Saturday, you ask? Easy. We're old and we can do anything we want! And because Doug Henderson and his band Night Folk will be the musical guests at PFM on that day. When the music stops-at about 2 p.m.-classmates will move to Bistro 23, 5530 N.E. 122nd Ave., for lunch and libations. This is a no host event. No reservations are needed: simply show up and join the fun. Watch for postings on the Parkrose Class of 69 Facebook page and the Parkrose High Alumni Association Facebook page.
PHS class of 1972
The Parkrose High class of 1972 40-year reunion is Saturday, Aug. 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., in Troutdale. Tickets are $50 per person. Be one of the fabulous first 72 and receive a special reward.
Pat Miller, Libby Ludeke Phillips, Debbie Winfree Slayton, Robin Rudolph Bernardy, Margaret Garcia Townsend and Shannon Jordan Lusby are organizing this stroll down memory lane. Contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit parkroseclassof72reunion.com for details, updates and to reconnect with classmates.
DDHS class of 1982
The David Douglas High class of 1982 30-year reunion is Friday, Aug. 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, 808 S.E. Morrison St.
MHS class of 1982
The Madison High class of 1982 30-year reunion celebration is Saturday, Sep. 22, from 6 to 11 p.m. at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Tickets are $60 before Aug. 15th, $70 before Sept 15th and $75 cash at the door. Tickets include a dinner buffet, soft drinks, dancing and a no host bar.
Be the alumnus who provides the most contact info on other alumni and receive free admission.
For questions or to submit contact information, call or text Kay Long at 503-847-8663. Keep up to date by joining the Facebook group.
Make checks payable to Theresa Cooper-Brill or Wendy Walker Blanchard and mail to Madison Class of 1982, P.O. Box 2144, Portland, OR 97030.
PHS class of 1992
The Parkrose High class of 1992 20-year reunion is on Friday, Aug. 3 beginning at 7 p.m. at Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, Southeast 8th Avenue and Morrison Street. For more information call 503-626-3669 or email email@example.com.
FUNDRAISERS AND CHARITABLE EVENTS
Second Saturday is can and bottle day
Parkrose Bronco Boosters, Dave 'the can man' Luce and an assortment of volunteers will be at the ready from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. when you pull into the Parkrose Middle School turnaround, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., on Saturday, July 14, with a trunk load of returnable bottles and cans. The Can Man is retiring from this monthly collection event next month, so don't miss the chance to thank him for all he has done for Parkrose schools.
Because you have saved a trip to a recycle center, you will have plenty of time to visit the Parkrose Farmer's Market across the street in the PHS east parking lot.
Flea market will collect food for SnowCap
The 4th annual Cherry Park United Methodist Church Neighborhood Flea Market and Rummage Sale is Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
SnowCap Community Charities food collection barrels will be on site to accept donations of non-perishable food items to help stock pantry shelves.
Cherry Park United Methodist Church is located at 1736 S.E. 106th Ave.
'Tis the season
Celebrate Christmas in July all during the month at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St. The church will collect donations of non-perishable food items and household supplies (cleaners, paper towels, toilet paper) for the clients served by SnowCap Community Charities. Donations may be brought to the church on Sundays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Deliveries can be made Tuesday through Friday as well, but hours vary so call ahead: 503-252-5720 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to music in a grove of firs
Enjoy an evening of wonderful music as the Portland Pacific Crest Wind Symphony performs a benefit outdoor concert for The Grotto on Sunday July 15, beginning at 6 p.m. The beautiful setting of the Grotto Plaza, with its tall firs and spectacular cliffs, will make this a night to remember. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth. Children under 6 will be admitted free. Purchase tickets at thegrotto.org or at the door. The Grotto is located at Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.
Human Solutions is planning ahead
Human Solutions is getting a jump on donations for its Holiday Store for low-income and homeless children and their families.
Human Solutions' goal this year is to provide more than 500 children, ages newborn to 16, with gifts of toys, games, books, clothes, jackets and other essential items for the holidays.
To reach this goal, Human Solutions is launching a Christmas in July campaign to find 100 area businesses and individuals willing to donate $50 to the Holiday Store. Gresham Ford will match the first $1,000 in donations.
The Holiday Store is a tradition for Human Solutions, which provides services in outer East Portland and East Multnomah County. The Holiday Store is unique in that it allows parents to have the independence to choose free gifts for their children in a retail setting with the assistance of a personal shopper. Families also get to select one household item, such as dishes, a coffeemaker, or a toaster oven.
A group of volunteers has successfully organized the Holiday Store since 2005. Over the course of the year, these volunteers shop around for great deals on clothes, toys, games, hats, gloves and other essential items. Because the cost of these items can spike around the holidays, these elves like to get started early to find the best bargains. Cash donations may be sent payable to Human Solutions in care of Sara Fisher, 12350 S.E. Powell Blvd., Portland, 97236. Please write Holiday Store in the memo line. Donated items may be dropped off at the Human Solutions office by appointment. If you have any questions about this program, would like to volunteer, or are interested in holding a toy drive, please contact Sara Fisher at 503-548-0253.
Savor a summer evening and live music
Michael Allen Harrison will offer an evening of music and conversation on the lawn in The Grotto's upper level gardens on Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. The $45 admission price includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer. Purchase tickets in advance at thegrotto.org or call the office at 503-254-7371. The Grotto is located on Northeast Sandy Boulevard at 85th Avenue.
Hot rods and classic cars come to PHS
The Parkrose Cruise-In and Community Fair is Sunday, July 29 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. This event, sponsored by Northeast Portland Rotary, will have a play area for kids, live music, food and vendors galore, not to mention rows of classic cars that are sure to evoke a stroll down memory lane.
The fee to enter a vehicle in the cruise-in is $10. Contact Frank at 503-558-8899 or email@example.com to enter your ride.
Proceeds will benefit the Oregon Humane Society, Salvation Army, Loaves & Fishes and local high school Booster Clubs.
Help fight cancer in children
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. They are also available at the State Farm Insurance office of Jason Zwick on Northeast Sandy Boulevard at 106th Avenue and from Charlie Ross, 503-252-2570. The drawing will be held on Labor Day at the Oregon State Fair. You do not need to be present to win.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Kiwanis wants you
Russellville Kiwanis meets on Tuesdays from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at The Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave. Community involvement includes work with SnowCap Community Charities, Shaver Elementary School, Parkrose Little League, Ronald McDonald House, DayBreak Family Shelter, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Children and Youth, among others.
They are always on the lookout for new members, so stop in some Tuesday and let them know you want to help support the community. They will buy lunch on your first visit.
The July 3 meeting is a board meeting. Sheila Shulleeta and her service dog, Tulsa will be guests on July 10. Tara Eide of Hospice Care N.W. will speak on July 17. Learn about Ethiopia on July 24 when David Brutto shares tales of his trip there and meet Alice Brown of Multnomah County Court Appointed Special Advocates on July 31.
Community policing gets results
When the community and the police work together some surprising results can be seen. According to the Portland Police Bureau, neighborhoods become more peaceful and livable. People feel safer and more secure. An area in decline can be salvaged.
Lieutenant John Scruggs will be the speaker at the Wednesday, July 18, East Portland Involved Citizens meeting. He will share progress of the Rosewood Initiative, along with other community policing successes.
The meeting will be held in the East Precinct Community Room, 737 S.E. 106th Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.
If you have questions, please contact Dave Smith a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picnic in the park
The annual Villa Garden Club picnic is Thursday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the rose garden at Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way. Bring a chair and a potluck dish to share. Beverages will be provided. Visitors are invited to drop in, admire the roses and learn more about Villa Garden Club activities. Call Velda Altig at 503-252-7423 for more information.
Become an advocate for older adults
Elders in Action Commission acts as a volunteer advocacy group for older adults in Portland and Multnomah County. The function of the commission is to advise on relevant city, state, and county legislation and comment on other areas of interest to the older community. These community members work together to develop and implement strategies to address topics such as health care, transportation, economic security and housing. If you would like to make an impact on how older adult issues are handled in Portland contact Elders in Action at 503-235-5474.
Free summer concerts at OCC
The Oregon Convention Center has joined forces with radio station KINK 101.9-FM to offer a free summer concert series at its Center Plaza beginning July 12 and continuing every Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 30.
The concert line-up includes:
July 12-Curtis Salgado
July 19-Soul Vaccination
July 26-Pepe and the Bottle Blondes
Aug. 2-Wheel in the Sky
Aug. 9-The Stolen Sweets
Aug. 16-Sonny Hess Women in Blues Revue
Aug. 23-Bobby Torres Big Band
Located directly across Northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. from the center's main entrance at Norttheast Oregon Street, the series is anticipated to be a popular gathering place for friends and families to enjoy the fantastic Pacific Northwest summer weather, exceptional live music and a distinctive food and beverage menu.
The facility's renowned chef, Allan Wambaa, has created a special barbeque menu that offers local ingredients with an international flair on the traditional grill that will be available for purchase, as will Oregon beer, wine and distilled spirits.
Take this watercolor garden arts class
Learn to paint the garden in watercolor in a three-week, beginning class for adults at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. Students will learn to paint what they see and create beautiful watercolors. This class will concentrate on watercolor washes, mixing colors and how to add pen and ink to your paintings. Bring your own supplies. A list will be provided.
The class is on consecutive Tuesdays beginning July 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $60 for garden members, $70 for non-members. Call 503-823-1671 or go to leachgarden.org.
Glee camp for kids
Music and drama camp for kids returns to Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 N.E. Knott St., from Aug. 6 to 10. Youth entering grades 3 through 8 will take group singing and drama lessons from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and prepare a short musical theatre performance. The camp fee is $50. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch. Scholarships and family pricing are available. Please contact the church office at 503-253-7567 for more details. Space is limited. Please register by July 16.
Search for school board member is on
David Douglas School Board member Mike Price is resigning his position effective Aug. 30. The Board has begun the process of appointing a replacement to serve until an election can be held next spring. Applicants must be district residents and registered voters, and they must intend to run in the election next May. Applicants must submit a letter of interest to the superintendent's office, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave., Portland, OR 97233, or email@example.com. Please also include a resume of your involvement in the district. The deadline to submit an application is July 18.
All applicants will give a five-minute presentation to the school board during its August 9 meeting. The board is expected to appoint a replacement at its September meeting.
To learn more about the school board and its responsibilities, please visit www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/en/node/56.
It's time to think about preschool
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool is enrolling now for fall 2012. Children must be 3 or 4 by September 1 and potty trained. Choose from 3- or 4-day programs. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. There is also a special pre-kindergarten class on Monday for 4 year olds. A separate Lunch Bunch program allows children to stay until 1 p.m. Please visit glcportland.org/preschool or call 503-256-1835 for a tour.
Basic computer classes for adults
The Mt. Hood Community College Community Skills Center at 10100 N.E. Prescott St. on the Maywood Park campus is offering computer classes for adult learners. Classes include beginning computers, internet and email, Microsoft Office, and interesting online applications. The class fee is $45 and includes the textbook. These are self-paced classes. Register anytime and take up to 10 weeks to complete each course. Call 503-491-6122 to learn more.
Have a plan for hot weather
Before the temperatures soar, consider having a cooling plan. This is most critical for older adults and people with disabilities or health conditions who are at increased risk for heat-related illnesses.
Officials at Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services encourage vulnerable people to have a cooling plan.
Think about where you can go to beat the heat-does a family member or neighbor have air conditioning? Where is the closest senior center or public library, shopping mall or other air-conditioned space?
Use the buddy system-make plans with a friend or neighbor to check on each other, or travel together to a cooler location.
Shop and compare prices for fans or air conditioners, before the weather gets too hot and supplies are scarce.
If you have access to the web, bookmark the Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services website for the most current listings of air-conditioned spaces. Here is the address: multco.us.ads
Keep the number for the Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Helpline handy-503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683. It has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of Senior Centers, transportation services, and 24-hour crisis intervention.
HEALTH and WELLNESS
Gleaners sharing with the neighborhood
Urban Gleaners will partner with Gilbert Park Elementary School, 13132 S.E. Ramona St., this summer to distribute free food on Thursdays from noon until 2 p.m. Urban Gleaners collects edible food from restaurants and grocery stores that would otherwise be discarded. Foods available will vary from week to week, but typically include bread, desserts, fresh vegetables and fruit, juice, milk and yogurt.
Free summer meals for kids
Free meals for children ages 18 and younger will be served throughout the summer at three David Douglas schools: Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th Ave.; Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 S.E. Washington St.; and Alice Ott Middle School, 12500 S.E. Ramona St. Registration is not required and all children are welcome.
Breakfast will be served from 9 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday through Friday, Aug. 17. There is no meal service on July 4.
In addition, Portland Parks and Recreation will be serving free lunch to children at Lincoln Park Elementary School, 13200 S.E. Lincoln St., through Aug.17 as well.
For more information, please contact Jodi Taylor at 503-261-8233.
FAITH and VALUES
Acquire a blessing for your pet
Bring your pets to The Grotto, Northeast Sandy Boulevard at 85th Avenue, on Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. for the 28th Annual Blessing of the Animals. All faiths are welcome as are all pets, large or small and properly restrained.
Experience a contemplative evening
All are invited to experience contemplative prayer in the style of Taizé on Thursday, July 26 at 6 pm at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St. The service will include meditative singing, silence, Scripture reading, prayer, and the lighting of candles. The ecumenical Taizé community in France developed this form of worship many years ago. The service will last approximately 45 minutes. For more information, please contact Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence at 503-252-5720 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Safety, school bond, and NPI on agenda
The Parkrose Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Russellville Grange, 12105 N.E. Prescott St. Topics up for discussion include committee reports, coffee cart and Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative updates, a report on the Parkrose school bond and construction projects, a safety and crime report and other neighborhood concerns. The PNA Neighborhood Night Out will be on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Rossi Farms. Coffee and cookies will be served. Find PNA online at parkrose.eastportland.org and on Facebook.
Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., 503-988-5392
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Sundays from 1:15 to 2 p.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Wednesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. (except July 4).
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Wednesdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., except July 4. Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Black Storytime: The African and African American experience come alive for children from birth to age 6, with a favorite adult and other family member. Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Adventures with Bugs: You will not be afraid of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do. Join the Bug Chicks, two entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more. Sunday, July 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The Alphabeticians Play the ABCs: The Alphabeticians play Kindie Rock music that is fun for the whole family. They combine humor, clever songs, and interactive elements in their shows as they sing about numbers, sizes, dads, metaphors, bags, monsters, extinct fish and the alphabet. Adults will have as much fun as the kids. Friday, July 20 from 2 to 3 p.m.
The Green Bird-A Mexican Story: Join the Oregon Shadow Theatre for an entertaining shadow play based on Mexican folktales. In this tale, a boy is transformed into a fortune-telling bird by a magician. A brave girl journeys through Mexico to save him and encounters fantastic characters in her travels. Colorful and intricate shadow puppets combine with live music, voices and sound effects to create delightful family entertainment. Saturday, July 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Chess Club for Children and Teens: Have fun playing chess. Beginning, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Bring your own set or use one in the library. Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Read to the Dogs: Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog from Pet Partners, with many teams sponsored by DoveLewis. Registration is required. Please call 503-988-5392.
Saturday, July 7 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, July 10 and 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Wednesday, July 18 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Hardware Store Jewelry: How can you turn bolts, washers and springs into fantastic jewelry? Take this class and find out. Artist Dawn Grunwald will show you how to make necklaces, earrings and bracelets from hardware store treasures. For teens in grades 6-12. Thursday, July 19 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish, as well as with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. Sundays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. This is not a class, but an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture, and have fun. Only English will be spoken. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Pageturners Book Groups: Join in for a party and bring a book to share for summer reading. Engage in stimulating conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Wednesday, July 18 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Mandarin Computer Basics: Learn basic computer terms; how to use a keyboard, mouse, the library's Chinese catalog and surf the web. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392 for more information. Sunday, July 1 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Basics: Learn how to use the library catalog, email, surf the web, word processing, and other basic computer skills. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392 for more information. Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cantonese Computer Basics: Learn basic computer terms and how to use a keyboard and mouse. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392 for more information. Sunday, July 22 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-988-5386
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Thursdays, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Family Storytime: Storytime for children 6 years and younger with adult. Saturdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Adventures with Bugs: You will not be afraid of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do. Join the Bug Chicks, two entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more. Saturday, July 21 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Glassblowing Madness: Ever wondered how glass artists make the things they do? In this hands-on workshop, veteran glass artist Abby Gitlitz will show you how these artists work with molten glass. Using everyday objects found in most kitchens, participants will learn how glass is gathered, blown and fused. You can even make your own edible fused glass projects to take home. Great fun for kids ages 5 and up. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Tuesday, July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Reading Is Power: Teatro Milagro presents the bilingual play Adventuros de Don Quixote. This interactive, kid-friendly version of Cervantes' famous story follows the adventures of a young child who does not like to read, but who is unknowingly drawn into the world of Don Quixote at the library. Teatro Milagro is the bilingual touring company of the Miracle Theatre Group. Friday, July 27 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music. For teens in grades 6-12. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Just Paint It: Local portrait and landscape artist Joanne Kollman will demonstrate blocking techniques in oil painting. This workshop provides the opportunity for beginners as well as more advanced students to enhance their drawing skills with paint. Bring a picture of a friend, a pet or any other interesting subject. All materials and a variety of subject matter will be provided. Tuesday, July 31 from 3 to 5 p.m.
A Good Yarn: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun and learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish and with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. There will be time for conversation in both languages. Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Pageturners Book Group: Read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Save Your Seeds: Saving seeds encourages diversity of plant species while allowing you to share your garden legacy with your community. Join horticulturist Melissa Richmond, The Garden Lady, as she teaches this easy and satisfying process. Topics covered include edible crops, beneficial garden flowers, proper germination techniques, and how to save seeds using items found in your own kitchen. Wednesday, July 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., except July 4.
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