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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 November issue are due Friday, Oct. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at 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.

Eating on a budget
Gilbert Park SUN will host a free Eating on a Budget workshop for adults on Thursday, Oct. 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gilbert Park Elementary, 13132 S.E. Ramona St. Food experts from Zenger Farm will teach you how to stretch your food dollars and still eat healthily. Enrollment is required and childcare provided. For more information, contact Mandy Hurley, GP SUN supervisor at 503-577-2159.

Fall evening classes for adults and youth
Portland Parks & Recreation will offer evening classes for youth and adults this fall at Alice Ott Middle School, 12500 S.E. Ramona St. The classes are sponsored by Portland Parks, Multnomah County and David Douglas School District, cover a broad range of interests and are open to everyone.

Offerings include conversational Spanish, Tai Chi, line dance, swing dance, ballroom dance, guitar and a GED workshop in Spanish for adults. Kids can select from Tae Kwon Do, basketball, cartooning, clay sculpture and more. For dates, times and fees or to receive a flyer, call 503-823-2279.

Parent conference supports students, schools
The 10th annual Parent Leadership Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, beginning at 8:45 a.m., at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

Participants at the conference will gain skills to help all Portland's students succeed as well as learn how to be actively engaged in local, state and national issues impacting education. The event helps parents, families, and community members learn effective strategies for supporting their students, school, and district.

The PLC, presented in cooperation with the city of Portland and Multnomah County's Education Cabinet as well as the public school districts in Portland, offers a wide range of workshops that provide tools, dialogue, and inspiration to help parents engage in their children's education, at home and at school, as well as at the district and state level. The PLC supports participants at their current level of involvement, and provides training and tools for those who want to increase their leadership roles.

The event is free of charge and includes childcare, a light breakfast, and lunch. Interpreters will be available and workshops will be offered in languages other than English.

To register or to learn more about the conference, please visit

Improve your English for free
The fall term of free Community English for Speakers of Other Languages classes is underway at the Multnomah University campus, 8435 N.E. Glisan St. Multiple levels are offered to accommodate the varying needs of English learners in our east side Portland community. Those who have recently moved to the United States and know very little English as well as those who have lived in America for many years but want to gain confidence in pronunciation or conversations will find a class to fit their needs.

The classes focus on English vocabulary and grammar, as well enabling students to use their English in practical-life settings, such as applying for jobs or going shopping.

The classes are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. New students are welcome to join classes at any point throughout the term. The classes are free, and all materials are provided.

For questions or directions, contact Kristen Hubert, TESOL program director, at 503-251-6412 or

Take care of yourself and your loved one
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week educational series offered by Legacy Caregiver Services. It is designed to help unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness. Caregivers will learn a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

The class will be presented at Mt Hood Community College, Room 2728, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 13. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Call 503-491-7572 or register online at

While there is a suggested donation of $25 to help defray cost of the book, it is not required in order to attend class.

For the full schedule of caregiver classes being offered, call 503-413-8018, 877-701-4999 or e-mail

Autism support group meeting
The David Douglas Parents of Children with Autism Support Group meeting is open to all parents in east Multnomah County who want to meet and find support from other parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. The next meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 12th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the David Douglas district office board room, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave. Childcare will be provided. For additional information, please contact Howard Davis, program leader at 503-709-7214 or student services at 503-261-8210.

Kiwanis ready to entertain you
“Entertainment 2011” books are available from the Russellville Kiwanis through November. Buy yours now and start saving right away. Offers are good now through Nov. 1, 2011.

This is a fund raising project for the Kiwanis Club, in support of a wide variety of helping groups in our community. These include SnowCap Community Charities, Doernbecher Children's Hospital Cancer program, Ronald McDonald House, DayBreak Family Shelter Network, the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Children and Youth, Parkrose Little League, Shepherd's Door Family Shelter and others.

“Entertainment 2011” books sell for $25 each and are available from Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570 or Jason Zwick at the State Farm Insurance office at Northeast 106th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, 503-287-6122.

Russellville Kiwanis meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave. Drop in and look the group over. They are always looking for new members, and they will buy your lunch on your first visit.

Programs for October include, Natasha Tjaarda, LIFT program; Corrina Patzer, communications director from the Eye Bank; and Denny Virnig, speaking on veterans and VFW benefits.

Join Rotary
Northeast Rotary meets weekly on Tuesdays from 12:15 until 1:30 p.m. at the Refectory Restaurant, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave. You are invited to be their guest and enjoy a free lunch on your first visit. Each meeting features a guest speaker.

On Oct. 5, Bill Swanson will be introduced during the new member spotlight portion of the meeting. Janis Alder from Multnomah County Libraries will also be there to discuss a measure on the November ballot designed to create a library district and a more stable source of funding.

Vivienne Lewis, a polio victim who now suffers from post polio syndrome, will address the group about the long term effects of polio at the Oct. 12 meeting.

Oct. 19 is reserved for committee meetings.

On Oct. 26, Dennis Marrow of Janus Youth Programs, Inc will speak.

Right plant combinations can ward off pests
The Flower Lane Garden Club will meet at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave., at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Learn about companion planting. This technique teaches how to garden organically by mixing plants together to ward of diseases and pests. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited. For more information, contact Karin Irwin at 503-255-3245.

Craft projects and Halloween decor
The Thursday, Oct. 28, meeting of the Villa Garden Club will be held at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S. E. 139th Ave., starting at 10:30 a.m. As part of the program, various members will share their plant and craft projects. Tables will be artfully decorated with Halloween in mind. Please plan to come and bring a brown bag lunch to join in the fun. Coffee and dessert will be served. Please call Lyn Farris at 503-255-5355, for more information.

A little history with your lunch
Gateway Area Business Association will meet on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 11:45 a.m. at Parkview Christian Retirement Community, 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. Join GABA members to hear from historian, Chet Orloff, who will be discussing the relationship between the Oregon Historical Society and Portland's business community. OHS has been encouraging business innovation as well as preserving and protecting the history of Oregon's industries and businesses since its founding in 1898. Orloff is the co-manager of the Pamplin Collection, adjunct professor at Portland State University and University of Oregon, principal owner of Oregon History Works, president of Museum of the City, and Director Emeritus, Oregon Historical Society.

Catholic women to explore humor in Christ's kingdom at retreat
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women's annual retreat is Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House, 3600 S.W. 170th Ave in Beaverton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The Rev. Charles Zach will offer his view of “Humor on the way to the Kingdom” in his address. In keeping with this theme, you are invited to bring your best holy jokes for display on a bulletin board.

Send your $30 registration fee, which includes lunch, to Sue Anker, 13000 N.E. Pacific Ct., Portland, OR 97230.

Donate the deposit
The Parkrose Bronco Boosters will recycle your refundable cans and bottles for you. Bag 'em up and drop 'em by Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., on the first Saturday of each month. Smiling students will be happy to unload your vehicle and send you on your way. They will use the money earned to support a variety of Parkrose High School groups.

Author visit to benefit Earl Boyles students
There will be a book fair and book signing to profit Earl Boyles Elementary School at Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center on Monday, Oct. 4th at 6:30 p.m. Caldecott Medal Winner, Mo Willems will read from his book, “Knuffle Bunny Free” and the latest in the Elephant and Piggie series, “We are in a Book."

Coffee house offers live performance with your cuppa and dessert
The Parkrose High School Theatre Coffee House will be open Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 7-9 p.m. in the theatre classroom. Admission is free. Students, friends and family members are invited to perform or drop in to watch the performances of others. Proceeds from coffee and dessert sales will help fund a trip to the state competition later this year.

David Douglas High School homecoming dinner precedes game
The annual Homecoming Spaghetti Dinner will be held in the DDHS south cafeteria on Friday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. before the homecoming football game against Barlow. The Old Spaghetti Factory is providing the spaghetti and sauce; The Olive Garden has donated bread sticks.

The hospitality career class puts on the dinner as a business experience with proceeds supporting class activities and supplies. Tickets are $6 for 12 and older; $4.50 for those under 12 and over 65. The price includes spaghetti, salad, bread stick, and drink; desserts and smoothies will be available at additional cost. For questions, please contact

Women helping women
There's good news for women weighed down with the dual burdens of poverty and mental health issues. The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center is holding the ninth annual Circle of Strength Fundraising Luncheon in October to help defray the cost of counseling care for the most vulnerable in our community.
Nearly 250 women will come together at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Riverside Golf & Country Club to enjoy lunch and speakers while raising money to provide professional mental health counseling to low-income women and children. The nonprofit NCCC provides individual therapy, educational classes, and medication management services to everyone, regardless of faith or finances.

The need is great. Depression is the leading cause of disability in women, and nearly 40 percent of families headed by single mothers live in poverty. NCCC makes mental health treatment available to all, no matter what their resources. NCCC is one of the few organizations offering a sliding scale for vital mental health services - for as little as $10 a session. Nearly 40 percent of clients are uninsured and close to 97 percent of everyone at the center receives some subsidization of counseling fees. Without the money raised at the Circle of Strength event, many of the nearly thousand clients helped each year would have no access to mental health care services. For almost 25 years, NCC has offered behavioral health care to people in greater Portland and Vancouver.

To attend the Circle of Strength fundraising luncheon or make a tax-deductible donation to further the center's work, e-mail or call 503-253-0964.

Pizza night for Parkrose students
Wednesday, Nov. 3 is pizza night in Parkrose. Head on down to Harry's Fresh Deli and Pizzeria, 5530 NE 122nd Ave., anytime between 5 and 9 p.m. and Harry's will send a percent of the profits to the Parkrose Educational Foundation.

Your choices will not be limited to pizza; however, Harry's offers soups, sandwiches, pasta and calzones as well. You don't need a flyer or coupon, just be sure to include Harry's in your dinner plans for the evening. Offer good on dine-in or take out. Place your order on line ( or call 503-262-5200.

The Parkrose Educational Foundation supports all students enrolled in the Parkrose school district.

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