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 April issue are due Friday, March 14. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail your editorial 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.
Help send students to prom
The Parkrose School District Gateway Homeless Project is preparing to send its 18 homeless seniors to the prom in May. Each homeless senior will be outfitted and transported to dinner and the dance. However, the project is looking for sponsors to help send these hard working youngsters in style. Most have never had the opportunity to attend a school dance and have never eaten in any place but a fast food restaurant. Please contact Judy Caruso in resource development at 503-408-2110 if you can help.
Youth baseball tryouts set
Tryouts for David Douglas district students between the ages of 10 and 14 will be held at the David Douglas High School baseball field on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Enter the field through the Horner Performing Arts parking lot at 1400 S.E. 130th Ave.
Ten-year-olds will try out at 3 p.m., 11- and 12-year-olds at 4 p.m. and 13- and 14-year-olds at 5 p.m. Registrations will still be accepted at tryouts. Proof of age will be required. Fees are $65 for ages 10-12, and $110 for ages 13-14.
Register early for preschool
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., will be accepting preschool registrations for the 2008-09 school year beginning March 3. The preschool program is for children who will be 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. Call Karla Hills at 503-256-1835 for more information or to register.
Student poets wanted
The Parkrose SUN Community School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., has launched a Poetry Studio for teen poets. This class combines writing, reciting and artwork and meets on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. Poetry Open Mic is being planned to showcase student work. To learn more, contact Site Manager Trevor Todd at 503-408-2640.
Town hall on Dingfelders calendar
State Rep. Jackie Dingfelder has announced tentative plans for a town hall dedicated to senior issues, a priority for the 2009 legislative session. Dingfelders office is working on the details. As of now, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is expected to co-host during the third week of March at the Hollywood Senior Center. To confirm details, contact Dingfelder at email@example.com or 503-986-1445.
Budget committee and board meetings upcoming
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which includes all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River, will hold its first meeting of the fiscal year 2008-09 budget committee on Monday, March 3 at 5 p.m. in the Jefferson High School Library, 5210 N. Kerby Ave.
The agenda will include appointing the volunteer Budget Advisory Group, hearing the budget message and receiving the draft budget for fiscal year July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009. Procedures for receiving public testimony will be established. The public is welcome at this meeting but no public comment on the budget will be taken until the second budget committee meeting. A copy of the budget document may be obtained on or after Tuesday, March 4 at either the district office, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St, #450 in the Montgomery Park Building in Portland or in the Gresham City Hall lobby, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, Gresham, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Immediately following the budget committee meeting will be the regular monthly board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. in the same location. The agenda will include the next steps in the strategic planning process, opportunity for public comment on district business and a staff report.
For information, please call 503-222-7645.
Kiwanis remembers Herb Tarlick
Herb Tarlick Day, in honor of a WKRP in Cincinnati character who wore leisure suits and ugly ties, will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 4 at the Russellville Kiwanis weekly luncheon meeting at the Refectory, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave. beginning at 11:45 a.m. Select the ugliest tie in your closet and join the fun. Ladies, if someone in your household has a tie that simply should not be worn in public, this is your chance to retire it.
Kiwanis meetings are open to the public. This group is on the lookout for new members and will buy you lunch if you drop in to check it out.
Other meetings this month include a board meeting on March 11, guest speaker Bruce Strade will answer the question What is a Parish nurse? on March 18 and Karen Stevens of the Portland Rescue Mission will speak on March 25 at noon. All meetings are at the Refectory. To learn more, contact Kiwanis member Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.
Green bag lunch discussion dates set
Are you interested in learning more about reducing global warming? Then mark these Green Bag Lunch presentations on your calendar. The Mt. Hood Community College Office of Sustainability and City of Gresham Department of Environmental Services are putting on a series of free sustainability presentations.
Tristan Whitehead, of Greshams Department of Environmental Services, will present Food where it comes from, where it goes, how it affects global warming on Tuesday, March 18. Hell explain how eating habits affect carbon emissions.
Jesse Engum, of Greshams Department of Environmental Services, will present Water efficient landscaping on Tuesday, April 22. Hell show gardeners how to create sustainable landscape with native plants.
All presentations will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Town and Gown Room, AC 2057, on the main Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Refreshments will be served, though participants are encouraged to bring a green bag lunch. For more information, call 503-491-7522.
Police are going to the dogs
There will be an East Precinct Block Captain Meeting on Wednesday, March 26 in the East Precinct Community Room, 737 S.E. 106th Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m.
The guest speaker will be Sergeant Bob McCormick. McCormicks canine partner, Arrow, a three-year-old German shepherd who is trained to track and catch people, will accompany him. Learn how the police and their dogs work together.
Garden club celebrates 60 years
On March 27, the Villa Garden Club will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Scrapbooks and other memorabilia will be on display. Meetings have evolved from teacup servings to brown bag lunches and have always focused on encouraging the owners of small gardens. Club members have also promoted the protection and appreciation of native flora.
The business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck luncheon and program. The guest speaker will be Peter Peterson, a writer for the Oregonian Food Day. He is a Portland produce expert.
If you would like to learn more about this garden club and its history, please join members in celebration of 60 years of gardening. The meeting will be at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. Please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517 for more information.
Cross-cultural communication workshops announced
The East Portland Neighborhoods are sponsoring a series of workshops to increase understanding of communication across cultures. The International Language Bank of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization will facilitate the workshops.
The second workshop in the series is scheduled for Monday, March 31 and will focus on Russian and Eastern European Cultures. Time and location are to be announced.
Please preregister. The workshops are free, but space is limited; call 503-823-4550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
St. Aidans announces Lenten schedule
From now until Easter, St. Aidans Episcopal Church, 17405 N.E. Glisan St., will host special services on Wednesday evenings. The Stations of the Cross will be observed at 6 p.m., followed by a simple supper at 6:30. The evenings will conclude with study of St. Francis of Assisi. The public is invited to participate.
Lenten observation will climax with an evening Mass of the Lords Supper, on Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.; a celebration of the Passion of the Lord, on Friday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m.; a Great Easter Vigil on Sunday, March 23 at 6 a.m. and a second celebration at 10 a.m.
The Grotto plans variety of events
On Saturday, March 8 The Grotto will host the Celtic Vespers Tour featuring the acclaimed American Irish duo of Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning and Bainbridge Island violist Gwen Franz. They will present a concert of sacred music, readings and silent prayer celebrating the season of Lent and the ministry of St. Patrick. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $15 can be made at the door.
Palm Sunday Mass will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 16. Weather permitting, the blessing and distribution of palms will be held outdoors followed by Mass in the Chapel of Mary.
Holy Thursday, Mass of Our Lords Supper, will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. The Grottos regularly scheduled noon Mass is not celebrated on Holy Thursday.
Good Friday, Celebration of the Lords Passion, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21. The Grottos regularly scheduled noon Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday.
On Saturday, March 22, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Grottos regularly scheduled 8 a.m. Mass is not celebrated on Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday, March 23.
Join 88.3 KBVM FM and Catholic recording artist Donna Cori Gibson on Divine Mercy Sunday for a concert, March 30 at 2 p.m. In addition to the music of Donna Cori Gibson there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with Donna Cori Gibson, time for reconciliation and Benediction with Rev. Jack Topper. There is no cost for this event, but an offering will be taken for KBVM FM to help support its radio programming. CDs will also be available for purchase. For more information about the Divine Mercy Sunday Concert at The Grotto contact KBVM FM at 503-285-5200, ext. 105, or visit www.kbvm.fm.
The Grotto is located at Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.
Homework help available
Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave., is offering free homework help for students in grades K-5 every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Assistance will be provided by a former teacher, a trained instructional assistant, and volunteer parents and grandparents. Interested families should stop by the church office to register.
For more information, please call the church office at 503-256-9933. To learn about services and activities at Savage Memorial, please visit www.savagememorial.org.
Catholic women will meet
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its fifth biennial convention on Friday and Saturday April 4 and 5 at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. 1st St., in Gresham.
Archbishop John G. Vlazny of the Archdiocese of Portland will preside at the convention Mass on Friday at 5 p.m. A banquet featuring the Rev. Richard Sirianni as guest speaker will follow. Sirianni will share his experiences while serving as military chaplain at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a US Army Hospital in Germany.
Other business will include election of officers, numerous guest speakers and the announcement of the ACCW Woman of Achievement.
Advance registration no later than March 18 is required. The convention registration fee is $25. Additional fees include $12 for Friday luncheon, $16 for Friday banquet and $12 for Saturday luncheon. Mail fees to Joan Galles, ACCW treasurer, at 109 N.E. 140th Ave., Portland, OR 97230 or e-mail email@example.com to request more information.
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