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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 July issue are due Monday, June 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at 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.

Summer lessons at local pool
Red Cross swimming lessons will be offered at the David Douglas High School pool. Register Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon at the pool, Southeast 130th Avenue and Taylor Court, or call 503-261-8378. Numerous sessions and skill level classes are available.

Children must be four feet in height or have completed first grade. Lesson fee is $30 for each two-week session. The fee is to be paid upon registration and is not refundable. Late signups will be permitted if room is available.

Vacation activities at Alice Ott
Portland Parks and Recreation will provide activities at Alice Ott Middle School for grades first through eighth this summer. Keep the kids active and engaged with nature camp, music classes, sports, dancing, art and more. The school library will offer limited summer hours as well. To learn more, call 503-823-2279.

Fall soccer signups
The David Douglas Soccer Club is registering students in grades kindergarten through eighth for fall soccer. Register online at, or in person at Pizza Baron on Southeast 122nd Avenue and Division Street on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. For returning players that have a jersey, the fee is $60; for new players who need a jersey, the fee is $80. Practices start in August. The season runs through the second week of November. For additional information, please call 503-672-9264, ext. 446, or e-mail

SAT exam preparation
All David Douglas students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2009-10 school year are invited to participate in an SAT exam preparation and college preparedness course offered at the high school, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave., on Wednesday, June 17 through Tuesday, June 30. Classes will take place from 8 to11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Transportation to and from the high school is available through the DDHS Summer School Program. The cost for this class is only $10. Students will be expected to adhere to summer school rules, including attendance policies. Registration forms are available in the counseling offices. If you need additional information, please contact Amy McQueen at 503-262-4442.

Business leaders to meet
Jason Zwick of State Farm Insurance will be a speaker at the June 18 general membership meeting of the Parkrose Business Association at the Holiday Inn-Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd., at 11:30 a.m. The PBA board will meet on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 a.m. at the Pony Soldier Inn, 9901 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

Enhance your garden pathways
You can make your own garden stepping-stones. Learn how at the Villa Garden Club meeting on Thursday, June 25.

This will be a hands-on session following the 10:30 a.m. business meeting. Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert will be served. The meeting is at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. Please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517 for more information.

Win a 2009 Ford Mustang
How, you ask? Simply purchase one or more raffle tickets from any member of the Russellville Kiwanis Club and cross your fingers. This annual fundraiser is a benefit for the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Research Program at Doernbecher Hospital. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held on Labor Day at the Oregon State Fair. You need not be present to win. The prize is a 2009 Ford Mustang with a V6 Pony Package and a five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

Every Tuesday, Russellville Kiwanis meets at the Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave., at 11:45 a.m. Join them to become part of a group of civic-minded individuals whose efforts support area nonprofits like SnowCap Community Charities, DayBreak Family Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Shepherd’s Door, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Children and Parkrose Little League. Contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 to learn more or to buy raffle tickets.

Huge rummage sale
Rivercrest Community Church, 3201 N.E. 148th Ave., will offer gently used goods and fresh baked goods for sale on Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit church ministries for youth and for the homeless and hungry.

Donate your returnable bottles and cans
The Parkrose Bronco Boosters collect returnable bottles and cans at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., on the first Saturday of each month to support PHS students. They will be there Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Avoid the lines at grocery store return stations. Swing by the middle school, and volunteers will unload the bottles and cans for you.

Their castoffs, your treasures
It’s time to redecorate with that perfect gently used item from your friends and neighbors at Parkrose United Church of Christ at Northeast 105th Avenue and Wygant Street. There will be lots of great household items, dishes, furniture, books, toys and games, and many other wonderful bargains. Bring your friends to this special sale on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be lots of items for every member of the family, so don’t miss this great sale.

Parkrose High class of 1969
Your reunion committee has selected the date, Friday, Aug. 14, and booked a venue, Columbia Edgewater. Now they need a head count. Send an e-mail to to let them know you plan to attend. Then send your check ($50 per person) to Parkrose 69 Reunion, c/o Vonn Luby, 535 N.E. 24th St., Gresham, OR 97030 to make it official.

For details, go to Classmates are gathering on Facebook as well. Search for Parkrose class of 1969. Columbia Edgewater is located at 2220 N.E. Marine Drive.

PHS choirs celebrate year with awards
In their final performances of the school year, the choirs at Parkrose High School will present a free concert on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. in the theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

This is the annual choral awards concert and will feature performances by the concert choir, treble choir, A-choir and the Debonaires. Bring the whole family.

Spring concert upcoming
The East County Community Orchestra spring concert is Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the David Douglas High Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. They will perform a selection of popular and light classical pieces. Donations are appreciated, but admission is free.

Celebrate Flag Day with music
The Portland Metro Concert Band will present a Flag Day concert on Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m. In celebration of the holiday, the program will include a variety of music with patriotic themes: the Carmen Dragon arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” a medley of George M. Cohan tunes entitled “Star Spangled Salute,” a collection of World War II songs called “The Homefront” and a medley of service songs entitled “Armed Forces Salute.” Broadway musicals will also be featured and selections from “Evita” and “Les Misérables” will be performed as well.

The public is invited, and there is no admission charge. Donations to defray concert expenses are gratefully accepted.

The concert will be at the David Douglas High School Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave.

Artist shares limited palette technique
Portland Fine Arts Guild meets for instructional classes and demonstrations on the first three Mondays of the month at the Russellville Grange, Northeast 121st Avenue and Prescott Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes are $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members; however if you would like to check it out, the class fee will be waived one time for first-time attendees.

Classes on June 1, 8 and 15 will be taught by Garve Beckham, who started teaching transparent watercolor in 1972. He taught at Portland Community College for over 20 years, at Oregon Society of Artists, and has had workshops both domestically and internationally.

He is well-known for his use of a limited palette of only eight colors. He doesn’t use black, white or green paint and chooses to mix all his greens from Prussian blue mixed with yellow, raw sienna or burnt sienna.

He will be demonstrating one seascape, one landscape and one barn. You are welcome to bring your own photos of these subjects or to paint from the ones that he will supply.

Beckham is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Oregon Society of Artists, and has served as president of both organizations. His goal is to have fun painting in a realistic style.

Coffee is provided during all classes, but please bring your own lunch. There are several fast food restaurants nearby as well. To find out more, please visit

An evening with OCOM
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine will be demonstrating various Chinese medicinal therapies including acupuncture, herbs, massage and medicinal cooking in the beautiful Portland Classical Chinese Garden, 127 N.W. 3rd Ave., on Thursday, June 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admissions representatives, practitioners and staff members will be on hand to answer questions about all that OCOM has to offer.

OCOM also plans a series of seminars on Saturdays throughout the month of June. Topics include treating children with traditional Chinese medicine, the history of traditional Chinese medicine, eating healthy with seasonal foods, an introduction to acupuncture and an introduction to Oriental therapeutic massage.

For information regarding class location and time, go to

Birdsong at Whitaker Ponds
Friday, June 12 will be the last opportunity of the season to learn to identify birdsong with the assistance of Dave Helzer, Audubon Society educator, at Whitaker Ponds hosted by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Bring your binoculars and guidebooks. This tour is appropriate for adults and kids over 14.

Register in advance at or call Melissa Sandoz, outreach director, at 503-281-1132.

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park is at 7040 N.E. 47th Ave. The tour will run from 7 to 9 a.m.

Base to Butte walk and cultural fair
Base to Butte is a family-friendly walk from the Asian-American Plaza, Northeast 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street, up to the top of Rocky Butte on Saturday, June 13. The Asian-American Plaza will be the site of a cultural fair featuring entertainment and crafts by local artists and will serve as the starting and finishing points of the event. This event is being planned as outreach to the community and in celebration of our city. For more information, call 971-222-8590 or e-mail

An unpretentious book fair
Book enthusiasts browse vendor selections at the 2007 Rose City Used Book Fair.
Organizers of the Rose City Used Book Fair don’t want you to miss their event June 12 and 13. Rachelle Markely of Second Glance Books promises booksellers will offer a broad selection of books from old to new, rare and collectible, out of print and bargain books, fiction and nonfiction, as well as ephemera, maps and prints. Vendors will offer specialties such as American, Pacific Northwest, small press fiction, children’s books, limited edition mystery and science fiction, metaphysical texts, autographed editions, radical publications and much more. Local experts will provide book appraisals and seminars. There will be hourly door prize drawings for gift certificates that can be used at the fair.

The book fair is Friday, June 12 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Friendship Masonic Lodge, 5626 N.E. Alameda St. Admission is $2 or $1 plus a can of food for the Oregon Food Bank. Get more information at

Tour the city’s groundwater system by bike
Cycle the Well Field, the annual bicycle tour of Portland’s groundwater system, pedals off on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Staff from the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead this free trip to educate the public about Portland’s backup water supply system.

Located in the Columbia Slough Watershed, the city’s groundwater well field is capable of producing up to 100 million gallons of drinking water per day. The well field is sometimes used to augment Portland’s water supply during the summer when demand for water is at its highest. It is also used as an emergency backup supply for Bull Run, the city’s primary surface water supply.

Participants will discover the ins and outs of Portland’s groundwater system on this fun and informative ride. Groundwater Specialist Randy Albright will share his knowledge of local hydro-geology, discuss how groundwater provides flexibility and reliability to the city’s water supply and explain how the public can play a part in protecting this important resource.

The course is about 16 miles long over relatively flat terrain. The ride is at a slow to moderate pace, with several stops along the way, and is suitable for all levels of riders. Children should be over 12 years old. Participants need to bring a bike, helmet, water and lunch as well as weather-appropriate clothing. Helmets and preregistration are required.
The start/finish location is the Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station, 9920 N.E. Cascade Parkway.

Registration is available online at or by calling Melissa Sandoz, outreach director, at 503-281-1132.

Neighborhood garage sale set for June 26-28
The 22nd annual Maywood Park multi-family garage sale is set for Friday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Typically 50 to 60 homes in Maywood Park participate by selling clothes, furniture, toys, books and antiques. Maywood Park, a city within the city of Portland, is located west of Northeast 102nd Avenue between Prescott and Fremont streets.

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