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Budget will be on EMSWCD agenda
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which includes all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, will hold a combined board and budget committee meeting on Monday, March 19 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Oregon Trail Room at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. This public meeting will begin with the board agenda that includes discussion of possible new positions, appropriations for resource advisory committee money and a water quality primer, among other topics. At 6 p.m. the budget committee will begin its second meeting to review the revised budget for fiscal year 2007-08 and revision requests. Public questions and comments will be taken at this meeting, per procedures developed at the first budget committee meeting and available in writing at this meeting. Copies of the revised budget will be made available to the public at the meeting. At the conclusion of the budget committee agenda, the board meeting will resume. For information, please call District Manager Jean Fike at 503-222-7645, ext. 114.

Attract birds to your garden
Scott Lukens of the Backyard Bird Shop will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, March 20 meeting of the Flower Land Garden Club. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the clubhouse at Club Estates, 12275 S.E. Main St.

To learn more, call Isa Hogue at 503 253-4071.

Grotto announces schedule for Lent
The Grotto, the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, located at Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard will offer the following schedule of Lenten liturgies.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be performed on Fridays in March from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Way of Our Sorrowful Mother, or Via Matris, a traditional Servite devotion that follows the pattern of the Stations of the Cross, will be at 3 p.m. on Fridays in March as well as Friday, April 6.

Palm Sunday Mass will be served at 10 a.m. on April 1. Weather permitting, the blessing and distribution of palms will be held outdoors, followed by Mass in the Chapel of Mary.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on Holy Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The Grotto’s regularly scheduled noon mass is not celebrated on Holy Thursday.

The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6. The Grotto’s regularly scheduled noon Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday.

Easter Vigil is on Holy Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Grotto’s regularly scheduled 8 a.m. Mass is not celebrated on Holy Saturday.

Easter Sunday Masses are scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday, April 8.

For more information, please call 503-254-7371.

Christ in the Passover
Passover is one of the most significant of all the Jewish holidays, and it was celebrated by the most significant Jew of all time-Jesus. Come see and hear Jews for Jesus unfold the story of redemption from the Exodus to Calvary in Christ in the Passover.

Eastside Foursquare Church, 9727 N.E. Sandy Blvd., welcomes a Christ in the Passover presentation on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

To learn more, call 503-226-4900, ext. 428, or visit

Free bible school offered for kids
Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 N.E. Knott St., will hold a one-day Spring Break Bible School on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free program will teach kids ages 3 to 12 about Palm Sunday and Easter through fun crafts, games, songs, stories, cooking and drama. Lunch will be included. Please call or e-mail to reserve your child’s space. The phone number is 503-253-756. The e-mail address is You can also visit PUMC on the Web at

Boosters turn cans into scholarships
The Parkrose Bronco Boosters want you to know that they will be on hand to collect your returnable cans and bottles on Saturday, March 3 at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., as they are the first Saturday of each month. Money raised by the Boosters provides support to athletic teams and scholarships for college-bound students.

Also on tap is a carnival set for Friday, May 25. The carnival will include student artwork for sale. To get involved with the Boosters, contact Gail Volk at 503-705-3057.

Laugh it up, bid it up
The Mt. Hood Community College Foundation presents the annual auction and dinner A Night of Comedy and Bidding at the Oregon Convention Center. Come laugh with Dave Anderson from 1190 KEX, dance to the MHCC Jazz Band, and bid on some exciting auction items to support students at MHCC. Proceeds from the auction go toward scholarships and teaching enhancements to benefit MHCC students.

Some of the items up for bid include a six-day South African Photo Safari in Zululand, South Africa; a shopping spree at Bridgeport Village; a week in Mexico; a raft trip on the Deschutes River; a flight simulator package and many more live and silent auction items. Join other MHCC supporters for A Night of Comedy and Bidding on Saturday, March 31.

The foundation is still accepting items to offer for bid at the auction. To inquire about sponsorship, to donate, to make reservations or for more information, please visit or call 503-491-7206.

People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).

It’s spaghetti and meatball time once again
The 70th annual St. Rita Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner, a Northeast Portland tradition, will be Sunday, April 1 from noon to 6 p.m. in the parish hall at 10029 N.E. Prescott St.

Begun as a special event and fundraiser in 1937 by nine Italian women, the dinner remains a classic, successful beyond the dreams of those early ladies. Today their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as current and past church members, volunteer for the annual event. Parishioners make approximately 10,000 meatballs and 560 gallons of sauce each year from recipes handed down over the years. Some 2,000 plus guests enjoy their dinners in the dining room that seats 400. Take-out is available as well. The Italian spaghetti dinner with meat sauce, meatballs, tossed green salad, bread, beverage and desserts is priced at $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for children aged 5-10 years. Children 4 and under are served free. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

To find out more, call 503-252-3403.

Build it and they will play
The Portland Christian High School varsity baseball team is collecting pop cans and plastic pop containers now through March 18 to raise funds for construction of a new baseball field. Pop containers can be dropped off at the school, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St., anytime. On Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the team will be on the campus collecting cans. Pick-ups at your residence can be scheduled by calling 503-465-1170.

South of the Border is auction theme
The David Douglas Educational Foundation annual dinner and auction is set for Saturday, April 21 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8325 N.E. Airport Way, at 6 p.m. The event with a South of the Border flavor brings together the entire David Douglas community for an evening of fun and fundraising. Auction items for the silent and oral auctions include trips, dinners at gourmet restaurants and much more.

You can purchase individual tickets for $40 or sponsor a table of eight for $320.

Contact Leah Hadley at 503-261-8204 or to purchase tickets or to donate auction items.

Halt winter blahs with PHS comedic production
The winter offering by the Parkrose High School Theatre is “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring. Performances will be held on March 1, 2, and 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under.

Join in the laughter as this story of two little old ladies and their favorite hobby of helping older gentlemen unfolds in a household that includes their three nephews — one who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, one who is obsessed with revenge and one who thinks he is losing his mind. Please call 503-408-2621 for more information.

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