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Libraries serve as ballot drop-off sites
For the November general election, all Multnomah County Library locations will serve as ballot drop-off sites during regular library hours, from now through 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Ballot boxes will be stationed at the circulation desks of all neighborhood libraries. Voters may also deposit their ballots 24 hours a day, until 8 p.m. on Election Day, into the outdoor ballot drop box at Midland library.
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., is open Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The outdoor ballot box is located in the southern parking median.
SnowCap prepares for winter
The weather has turned cooler and SnowCap Community Charities is preparing several significant programs to help keep needy families warm and well fed this winter.
SnowCap is accepting immediate donations of blankets, partnering with the Community Energy Project to provide energy-use education, and has renewed an important agreement to distribute heating assistance funds.
With the approach of cooler temperatures, we are seeing the need for blankets, especially for use by children, said Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director.
Blankets do not have to be new, she stressed.
Gently used blankets will meet our needs perfectly. We would like them clean and not stained, Alley added.
Blanket donations will be accepted weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the SnowCap donation door at 17788 S.E. Pine St. Special arrangements can be made by calling 503-674-8785, ext. 12, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Alley also announced that Oregon Heat has renewed a contract that will enable SnowCap to distribute heating assistance funds to qualified low-income families. Last year, SnowCap gave out more than $250,000 in heating assistance.
These funds are vital for families whose careful budgeting still doesnt stretch far enough to include both heating and eating, Alley said. This program helps with energy and leaves a family with food on the table.
The assistance program is a morale booster in the interview room too, she added. The dollars from Oregon Heat keep the volunteers optimistic that there are some solutions for some of the problems they face.
SnowCap, working with the Community Energy Project, soon will launch an education program to help families understand energy costs and control heat consumption. Classes will begin in January. Call 503-674-8785, ext. 17, to register.
These comprehensive classes will empower attendees to understand their utility bill and show how to reduce nonessential usage, thereby reducing their cost, while still staying warm, she added. The classes arent so much as telling them what to do, but us showing them how to do it. Very liberating lessons, really.
Contact Lorie Wageman for information on energy use classes or heating assistance funds, at SnowCap at 503-674-8785, ext. 12.
MHCC community education shines
The Community Education department of Mt. Hood Community College has earned a Silver Star for outstanding enrollment increases.
Education to Go, the worlds single largest provider of online adult continuing education has recognized the MHCC Community Education department for becoming a top gainer for the second quarter of 2006. Enrollment for online courses through MHCC has increased 189 percent over last years second quarter enrollment.
Through the MHCC partnership with ed2go, students can choose from over 1,500 online courses in a variety of subjects including allied health, computer applications, writing, law and criminal justice, and small business development.
For more information or to enroll, visit www.ed2go.com/mhcc or call the MHCC Community Education department at 503-491-7572.
Construction on track for Glenhaven Skatepark
Construction for the new Glenhaven Skatepark development project on Northeast 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street begins this month. Dreamland Skateparks, LLC breaks ground for Glenhaven skatepark, the second of 19 planned in Portland.
The St. Johns Neighborhood Association, the City of Portland, Nike, Skaters for Portland Skateparks, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council opened the first skatepark at Pier Park in North Portland recently.
At 11,000 square feet the Glenhaven Skatepark will have both transitional and street skating areas. The park will be roughly the size of two tennis courts.
The new skatepark will also have a drinking fountain, trashcans and a bench installed. Additionally, fencing will be installed on the south and east sides to alert park users of the skatepark edge.
It is anticipated the project will take approximately six months to build and will open in Spring 2007. As the opening day approaches, Portland Parks and Recreation will announce the community celebration. For more information on The Glenhaven Skatepark project contact Rod Wojtanik at 503-823-6191.
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