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Dead Mathematicians bring math to life
Can knowledge of mathematics improve your odds of winning at poker?
Find out the answer in an installment of Mt. Hood Community Colleges Infinite Enrichment lecture series sponsored by the Dead Mathematicians Society. Each lecture is a forum presented by a guest speaker about a certain topic in math, science or engineering and how it applies to real life situations. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and explore mathematical concepts. Topics in the past have included mathematic theories behind elections, the taxicab geometry and the mathematics of The Simpsons.
In November, the Dead Mathematicians Society will be offering two new presentations. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, learn the math behind your poker game by attending Schooling, Implicit Collusion and the Fundamental Theorem of Poker: What to do when the guppies are eating sharks. Steve Bleiler, mathematics professor, Portland State University, will explore the principals of mathematic game theory and how its possible for weak poker players to beat the strong players. This lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. at MHCC, 26000 S.E. Stark St., in Room 1573.
Stewart Rounds, from the United States Geological Survey, is presenting a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 14, about building useful models for scientific experiments and surveys in his lecture Neutral Networks and the Tualatin River. This presentation will begin at 3:10 p.m. also in Room 1573.
All lectures are open to the public. For additional information about any of the forums, contact Jon Spindor 503-491-7369.
District actively seeks community input
The Parkrose School District is seeking input from the community. To that end, meetings have been scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 8, and Tuesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Parkrose High Community Center Rooms L 12-14, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.
The board wants to know what you are proud about or believe the schools are doing well, what challenges the district is facing to become better, how your school can provide the high quality educational experience your children deserve, and what skills and attributes the new superintendent should have.
Get involved. Contact your local school or call the district office at 503-408-2100 and attend one of these meetings.
The fall season of the Parkrose Swim Club is in full swing, but it is never too late to join. The swim club meets at the Parkrose Community Center Pool, located at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Scheduled practices are held Monday-Friday between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. Tryouts for new swimmers are held every Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Parkrose Swim Club is a competitive USA Swimming Club. It is a year-round program, with a certified and experienced coaching staff that has been part of the community for over 50 years. The club accepts swimmers ages 5-8 that are water safe in shallow water and deep water, and swimmers ages 9 and up with knowledge of the freestyle stroke and backstroke.
If you have questions or need more information, please call John Billings, the head coach, at 503-869-9141 or 503-252-7547.
Kiwanis has coupon books
Do you need an Entertainment Book for 2007? Russellville Kiwanis has them for $30 each. Contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.
Kiwanis members also invite you to attend a lunchtime meeting. They are looking for men and women interested in serving this community and helping those who are in need. They meet each Wednesday at noon at Russellville Park on Southeast 103rd Avenue and Burnside Street. They will by your lunch the first time.
Service activities benefit the Kiwanis Mt. Hood Camp for Disabled Children and Youth, SnowCap Community Charities, DayBreak Family Shelter Network, Ronald McDonald House, Parkrose Little League, and Doernbecker Childrens Hospital.
Network with insurance professionals
East Portland Insurance Professionals will meet at JJ Norths Grand Buffet, 10520 N.E. Halsey St., on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Cathy Lamothe and Mary Hood of Liberty Northwest will make a presentation on business etiquette including meeting preparation, dressing for success, the importance of RSVPs and proper rules for passing the salt.
The program, networking opportunities and dinner will cost you $12. RSVP to Tammy Doss at 503-251-6930 or firstname.lastname@example.org so she can be properly prepared.
East Parks Coalition meeting date set
The monthly meeting for the East Parks Coalition has been set. The November meeting is on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. in the Lovejoy Room, second floor.
The East Parks Coalition is comprised of concerned residents of east Portland interested in parks, open spaces and natural area issues.
Historical society wants your story
The David Douglas Historical Society Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May, at 1:30 p.m. in the museum. Members at large and friends in the community are always welcome.
The museum is located in the Childrens Services Center, 1400 S.E. 135th Ave. Link to the Historical Societys Web site under the David Douglas home page, or directly at http://histsoc.ddouglas.k12.or.us. Your story submissions under any topic listed will be welcomed. An updated community book is now in progress.
Hazelwood HydroPark planning meeting set
A planning meeting for the new Hazelwood HydroPark will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, at the East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 N.E. 117th Avenue at 7 p.m.
The topics will include the Eagle Scout who wants to do his Eagle Scout project building horseshoe pits, where a community garden is likely to be sited if and when it gets added, a local garden clubs idea about adding a rose garden, and a discussion about the new parks scheduling priorities and policy.
Community dinner and fellowship offered
The Parkrose United Methodist Church Vine Time Fellowship invites everyone to a free community Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings at Parkrose United Methodist Church, Northeast 111th Avenue and Knott Street. Dinner will be served from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23. Join the festivities. Call 503-253-7567 to make your reservation today or e-mail email@example.com. For more information, visit www.parkroseumc.org.
Festival of Lights returns to Grotto
Expecting to welcome over 65,000 visitors, The Grottos Christmas Festival of Lights opens Friday, Nov. 24, continuing nightly through Saturday, Dec. 30. The gates for this ecumenical event are open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 3-12. Children age 2 and under are admitted free. Visitors are asked to bring a donation of canned or dry baby food to benefit SnowCap Community Charities, the east Multnomah County emergency food ministry. The Grotto is located at Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.
Tickets will be available by Nov. 20 at the Grotto gift shop, all Ticketmaster outlets and nightly at the gate. General information, nightly performance schedules and other festival details are available by calling 503-261-2400.
Deck your halls
Parkrose High School choir students are selling holiday wreaths. The wreaths are beautiful and there is a wide selection. Get your order in now, as the sale ends on Thursday, Nov. 23. For information and a price list, please contact your favorite choir member in person or Lesley Bossert at 503-408-2695.
Back Home with Michael Allen Harrison
Begin your holiday season with Back Home enjoying the genius and flair of the award-winning Michael Allen Harrison. Harrison returns to his high school alma mater for the fourth annual benefit concert, hosted by the Parkrose High School A Cappella Choir. The elementary choirs from Prescott School and Russell Academy will perform as well. Proceeds will be used for continued development of the PHS choral program.
The event takes place in the theater at PHS, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. For tickets, please call 503-408-2718.
St. Ritas Womens Guild
Shop vendors, a boutique, and white elephants. Lunch available all day at 10029 N.E. Prescott St. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Matthews Episcopal Church
Its a Dickens of a Christmas bazaar, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., features quilted items including one to be raffled, handmade holiday décor and wood items. Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Soroptimist International Portland Chapter
Gifts, chocolates, wines, designer kitchen and home décor at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way, on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday Bazaar presented by the Gateway Elkettes
On Saturday and Sunday Nov. 4 and 5, the Gateway Elks Lodge #2411, 711 N.E. 100th Ave., will host its 25th annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Featured items will include Christmas ornaments, woodcrafts, ceramics, beadwork and jewelry by local craftsmen. There is also a sweet shop on both days.
As a special treat, Sunday is also all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner day from noon until 6 p.m. Cost for adults is $6, $3 for children under 12, and children under 3 are free.
Proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar are used for youth scholarships, women and children crisis centers, Meadowood Speech Camp for Children, Casey Eye Clinic for children, veteran medical facilities, Loaves & Fishes and SnowCap Community Charities.
Enjoy a bowl of soup while shopping
Parkrose United Methodist Church invites you to attend its annual Holiday Bazaar on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 11111 N.E. Knott St.
Shoppers will find ideal gifts and holiday décor from numerous arts and crafts tables. There will be white elephants, baked goods and a Kids Korner.
Homemade vegetable beef soup, sandwiches and delicious freshly baked pies will be offered for sale all day.
To inquire about vendor tables, call Harriet Nixon at 503-254-9539.
Oregon Baptist Retirement Homes
Enjoy holiday crafts, baked goods and a white elephant sale at 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Therese Womens Association
Find handcrafted items, baked goods, raffle and deli-style food on Friday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1260 S.E. 132nd Ave.
Veterans benefit from sale
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1 annual Christmas Bazaar will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 and 12. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Many handcrafted and baked items will be offered for sale.
The American Legion Post is located at 1820 S.E. 122nd Ave. All proceeds are directed to veteran programs. For more information, call Donna Linstead at 503-252-6245.
House of Dreams Cat Shelter
Offering gifts for people and pets, holiday decorations, raffle and refreshments at the Russellville Grange Hall, 12100 N.E. Prescott St., to benefit the shelter on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rose City Church of the Nazarene
A bake sale, handmade scarves, hats, soaps and more at 7016 N.E. Sandy Blvd, on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Crafts and raffle tickets will support EPCC
The East Portland Community Center, 760 S.E. 106th Ave., announces its sixth annual Holiday Craft Bazaar & Raffle on Saturday, Nov. 18. There will be 46 tables of handcrafted items on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a big raffle. Loaves & Fishes will serve lunch. Proceeds from table rentals and the raffle will go to the childrens scholarship fund at the community center.
For more information, contact Bobbie Aden at 503-618-8506.
St. Aidans Episcopal Church
Wintergarden features handmade crafts and foods, a Santa shop and a childrens shop. Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeast Glisan Street and 174th Avenue.
Green bazaar scheduled at garden
On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Leach Garden Friends will be holding their 20th annual Holiday Bazaar. A wide variety of fresh greens will be available in bulk, along with wreaths, swags and centerpieces, cones and dried flowers, handcrafted items and baked goods. As always the gift shop will be open and nursery plants will be available for purchase. Get into the spirit of the season, stroll the winter garden and sip hot cider in the historic Leach Garden Manor. Admission is free.
Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., just south of Foster Road. All proceeds benefit the programs and maintenance of the gardens botanical collection of over 3,000 species and cultivars. Leach Botanical Garden is Portlands only public botanical garden.
For more information call Nancy Williams at 503-823-1671.
Multnomah Bible College
Select from handcrafted items, artwork, jewelry and quilted home accessories at 8435 N.E. Glisan St. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Student talents will be showcased
The 10th annual David Douglas High School Parent Teacher Student Association Holiday Bazaar featuring local crafts, decorations, baked goods and more is Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New this year is a section showcasing the artistic talents of David Douglas students.
Snacks and beverages will be served in the Jingle Bell Cafe all day.
David Douglas High is located at 1001 S.E. 135th Ave. between Stark and Division streets.
Vendors please contact Karin Britton at 503-254-7702.
Bridgeport United Church of Christ
The Mindful Gifts Bazaar features gifts and gift tokens representing services or projects from organizations including p:ear, Friends of Trees and Portland Habitat for Humanity. Enjoy live music and refreshments on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 621 N.E 76th Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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