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 December issue are due Monday, Nov. 16. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at email@example.com. 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.
Autism support group meeting
The David Douglas Parents of Children with Autism Support Group meeting is open to all parents in Mid-county who want to meet and find support from other parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the David Douglas District office boardroom, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave. Child care will be provided. The group will work together to find answers to the challenges autism presents parents and families. For additional information, please contact Howard Davis, program leader, at 503-709-7214 or student services at 503-261-8210.
Keeping music in our schools
Parkrose School District Boosters has expanded its scope and formed a grassroots PSD Music Boosters group to support and retain music in the district. As school resources decline, student access to a quality education in the arts is becoming more elusive. The boosters are working to ensure that music does not become a casualty of declining school budgets. If you have a musical instrument you can donate, would like to make a tax-deductible donation or want information on how you can help, please contact Norma Johnson at 503-257-6650.
Seniors need service projects to graduate
If you have a project that needs to be completed and believe a student can help, contact Fir Ridge Campus School-to-Work Coordinator Kim Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Seniors must complete eight hours of community service hours to graduate. Your project may provide that opportunity.
Children's book collection
The Russellville Kiwanis Club continues to collect new and used children's books to donate to the Children's Book Bank of Portland. Books will be refurbished as needed at the book bank before being handed out to Head Start students. If you have books to donate, drop them off at the State Farm Insurance office, Northeast 107th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, or call Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 for pickup.
Entertainment Books are available from Kiwanis members through this month. Call Ross to make your purchase.
Russellville Kiwanis meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Refectory Restaurant, Northeast 122nd Avenue just north of Halsey. The November schedule is:
Nov. 3 - board meeting
Nov. 10 - Jerry Moss, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 17 - Rodney Page, the Pilgrims
Nov. 24 - Louis Buckley, a Thanksgiving message
You are invited to join this busy group for lunch on the house and an opportunity to get to know them. Russellville Kiwanis supports numerous helping agencies in the community, including SnowCap Community Charities, Ronald McDonald House, DayBreak Family Shelter, Shepherd's Door and others.
Quiz the master gardeners
Flower Lane Garden Club will meet at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave., on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. A panel of master gardeners will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about gardening. Visitors are welcome.
The birds in your garden
If you would like to know more about all those winter birds that come through your yard or flutter around your feeders, the Villa Garden Club November meeting is just the ticket. Don Holman of Flora and Fauna Nature Company will discuss our local, winter bird population. The business meeting is Thursday, Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. Munch your brown bag lunch while you enjoy the presentation following the meeting. Coffee and dessert will be served. Please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517 for more information.
Your cans and bottles become dollars for students
The Parkrose Bronco Boosters will be at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to collect your returnable cans and bottles.
Wreaths support choirs
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season by purchasing a wreath from the Parkrose High School choral department. They are lovely wreaths and the pine aroma sets you in the holiday spirit before you even walk in the door. Choose from traditional to candy cane to door charm. Contact Lesley Bossert at 503-408-2695 or a choir member before Wednesday, Nov. 18 to place your order.
The St. Rita Catholic Church annual Fall Festival and Bazaar is Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be two dozen vendor tables plus a boutique, bakery products, fresh produce and Santa's treasures. Lunch is served all day. The church is located at 10029 N.E. Prescott St. For additional information, please call 503-254-0305 or 503-253-8810.
The St. Therese Parish 28th annual Holiday Bazaar is Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. The event begins with the traditional sparkling punch evening on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, the bazaar hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the talents of more than 40 craftspeople as well as traditional baked goods, used books, a movies-and-music corner, and wonderful raffle items along with snacks and luncheon delights. The St. Therese multipurpose center is located at Northeast 132nd Avenue and Halsey Street.
The Gateway Elks Lodge 20th annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held at 711 N.E. 100th Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. This all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and free to children under 3.
The funds from this dinner are used to support various youth services within Multnomah County, including the Children's Eye Clinic at the Casey Eye Institute; Scout recognition awards and scholarships for high school seniors; Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp; and the annual donation of 275 Christmas food baskets.
Held the same weekend, the Gateway Elkettes Christmas Bazaar, runs Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bazaar will have unique, handmade gifts, candles and Christmas decorations, odds and ends, jewelry, jellies and baked goods and jellies. Admission is free. Homemade soups and chili will be served. Vendors are welcome. To purchase a table, call 503-253-9121.
Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a Gateway community neighbor and is reaching out to the neighborhood to join in a day of friendship and good food.
Enjoy the Wintergarden Festival on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Northeast Glisan Street and 174th Avenue. Browse through tables of homemade crafts and baked goods. Stock up on premade meals that are perfect when time is short around the holidays. Santa will be on hand for photographs with the little ones. A luncheon cafe will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving deli sandwiches and homemade soups. For more information, please call Julie Kyer at 503-661-2438.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church members are stitching, painting and cooking their way toward the 56th annual It's a Dickens of a Christmas holiday bazaar. The family event, which features handmade décor, homemade food and live music, is set for Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Matthew's is located at 11229 N.E. Prescott St. in the heart of the Parkrose community. Because the congregation handcrafts nearly all of the items offered, it has become one of the most popular bazaars throughout the Portland metro area. There are no commercial vendors, so all proceeds benefit community outreach projects and the women's group at St. Matthew's.
Bazaar visitors will find Christmas ornaments, quilted throws and hangings, knitted and crocheted items, aprons, embroidered dishtowels, handbags, greeting cards, pickles and potholders. There is also a special section featuring Thanksgiving items.
For the 21st consecutive year, a king-size quilt will be raffled. Other events include a cakewalk and free child care for children aged 3 and under.
Holiday shoppers can stock up on homemade jams, breads, Christmas cakes, mini mince pies and a variety of food mixes. They can listen to live seasonal music while dining on an assortment of sandwiches, potato-bacon chowder soup and desserts.
The Cherry Park Elementary PTA holiday bazaar will be on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym at 1930 S.E. 104th Ave. Browse vendor tables for candles, holiday wreaths, handmade jewelry and crafts, caramel and kettle corn, mini cheesecakes, homemade salsa and barbecue sauces. Refreshments will be offered as well.
The inaugural Faithful Savior Community School Christmas Holiday Bazaar is being held Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Faithful Savior Lutheran Church, 11100 N.E. Skidmore St. This bazaar began as a fundraiser for the church's small, not-for-profit community school. Enjoy wonderful crafts, great food and your neighbors. Vendors are welcome to call 503-257-9409, or e-mail email@example.com, to find out about participating.
Watercolor, pen and ink to be focus of classes
Portland Fine Arts Guild meets for instructional classes and demonstrations at Russellville Grange, Northeast 121st Avenue and Prescott Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be five classes this month to be held on Nov. 2, 9, 16, 22 and 29. Classes are $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members; however, if you would like to check it out, the class fee will be waived for first-time attendees.
The guest instructor will be Claudia Nice, a native of the Pacific Northwest and a self-taught artist who developed her realistic art style by sketching from nature. She is a multimedia artist, but prefers pen and ink and watercolor when working in the field.
Nice has authored 25 successful art instruction books. Her latest, Down by the Sea, will be autographed and available for purchase.
Nice will teach in watercolor at these sessions - with some pen and ink added when appropriate - but, as always, you are welcome to paint in your favored medium. The first picture will be an underwater scene with fish. She will let the class choose the subject for subsequent weeks.
You are encouraged to bring professional grade watercolor paper and a standard palette of colors.
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 www.portlandfineartsguild.org.
Experience high tea and live music
The Monday Musical Club of Portland fosters and encourages the understanding and development of music. It will present a Musical Sampler and High Tea on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at Rivercrest Community Church, 3201 N.E. 148th Ave.
The program will include everything from classical to bluegrass and will feature performances on the organ, violin and guitar as well as vocalists. Musicians range in age from 22 to over 80.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Proceeds support a scholarship fund for young students of music in Oregon. If you would like to purchase tickets in advance, please call 503-239-3356.
Romantic fairy tale comes to life
Experience a retelling of the classic French fairy tale The Beauty and the Beast as performed by Parkrose High Thespian Troupe 1783. Lawrence Boswell's romantic play is suitable for the whole family. Performances are Nov. 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the PHS Theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. All seats are $8. Tickets are available at www.seatyourself.biz/parkrose or at the door.
Japanese tale will delight the whole family
The Mt. Hood Community College Theater department's first production of the season, The Emperor's Dragon, is a children's production that adults will also enjoy. This tall tale takes place in ancient feudal Japan and tells the story of Torao, an orphan who is determined to return the Emperor's baby dragon to its mother on Mt. Fuji. But first, Torao must escape the clutches of his crazy uncle and the greatest Shogun in all of Japan.
The Emperor's Dragon will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.; no reservations are needed. All performances will be in the MHCC theater on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Tickets are $2 per person. For more information, call the performing arts department at 503-491-6969.
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