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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 editor@midcountymemo.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.

To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers' lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.

Memo Pad submissions for the November issue are due by Friday, Oct. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com. Or mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave, Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The fax number is 503-249-7672.

Shaver Elementary teacher Kelli Brill celebrates the Limeades for Learning grant award with her third grade students.
Jess Wetsel of SONIC Drive-In, right, presents Jody Tucker with a $554 grant as Tucker's fifth grade students look on.
SONIC Drive-In owners Jess and Andrea Wetsel, from left, are all smiles as they present Shaver Elementary second grade teacher with a Limeade for Learning grant. Shaver Principal Cindy Bartman looks on.
PHOTOS COURTESY SONIC DRIVE-IN
Shaver teachers receive surprise grants
SONIC Drive-In awards grants to teacher projects through its Limeades for Learning initiative in conjunction with DonorsChoose.org. Local franchise partners Andrea and Jess Wetsel paid a surprise visit to Parkrose's Shaver Elementary last month to celebrate the new school year with donations totaling $1473. Shaver Principal Cindy Bartman helped make the awards at a special assembly on Sept. 13.

Teacher Diane Burns was awarded $221 for her project called “Need for Non-Fiction.” Kelli Brill's students will benefit from a $212 donation for a project called “Super Readers Would Love Classroom Magazines.” The students in Jody Tucker's classroom are “Excited about Reading!” and received a check in the amount of $554. To better explore “News in the Classroom,” teacher Andrew Robinson received a grant in the amount of $219, and Neil Kavanaugh and his students will benefit from the $267 awarded his project: “Calculators + Smart Kids = Success!”

Kill a Watt energy monitors available at libraries for lending
You can now checkout a new tool at the library that can help you check-in to energy savings at home. Energy Trust of Oregon has joined forces with the Oregon State Library to provide Kill A Watt® energy monitors that can be borrowed, like a book, at participating public libraries across the state.

The monitors provide an easy way to measure the energy usage of household appliances and electronics. They can also reveal many surprising energy wasters - like a television that is turned “off” but still draws power. Or they can help identify older appliances that may be costing a bundle to keep around.

Using the results from the Kill a Watt, households can make adjustments that can reduce their overall energy use and lower monthly utility bills.

“Using these energy monitors can be eye opening and is a great way to learn where household energy costs can be trimmed,” said Marshall Johnson, residential sector manager, Energy Trust. “We are excited that so many library patrons throughout the state will now have an opportunity to try it out for themselves.”

The Kill a Watt is simple to use: it is plugged into an electric socket, and then the electronic device to be measured is plugged into the Kill a Watt. The monitor shows how much energy the device is using in kilowatt hours, the same measurement used on electricity bills. Those numbers can be calculated to show energy costs by hour, day, month or year. Monitors at the library are packaged with directions and tips, plus advice on how to apply the information learned to start saving energy.

“Our public libraries have always helped to provide knowledge and free resources to the communities we serve,” said Jim Scheppke, state librarian, the Oregon State Library. “Now, together with Energy Trust, we are able to help patrons gain better knowledge about their energy use as well.”

All 19 branches of the Multnomah County Library have the Kill a Watt available for check out including Midland Branch, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., and Gregory Heights, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

East Portland Action Plan grants program
Neighborhood Grants are now available for special projects through the East Portland Neighborhood Office and the City's six other neighborhood offices, albeit in limited quantities. This year, EPNO added a criteria that grantees “actively participate” with neighborhood associations. Funding for the program this year has been cut to $90,000 citywide, less than half the original allocation. Allocated by the Portland City Council through the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the funds are dispersed by the neighborhood offices in grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 each. Funds must be encumbered (financially obligated) by June 30, 2011.

Residents, neighborhood and business associations, non-profits, and community-based organizations in Mid-county are encouraged to apply. Items include improving the quality of life, fostering strong community connections, and increasing the area's regional significance. Applications are due by Monday, Oct. 25 by 5 p.m.

The selection committee is looking for applications that have a clear and defined response to action plan items; a role for the participating organization; a project timeline and budget request that is proportional to the community benefit. The cash grants are intended for projects that “increase the capacity” of grass roots organizations, encourage the involvement of “under-represented communities” such as tenants and minority groups, and encourage partnerships among grass roots organizations. Individuals or community organizations that don't have 501(c) 3 status are encouraged to partner with an East Portland Neighborhood Association, which will allow them to use East Portland Neighbors as their fiscal sponsor.
Applications must be submitted in person or by mail to East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 NE 117th Ave., Portland, OR 97220.

To learn more visit eastportlandactionplan.org/grant or contact Lore Wintergreen, grant manager, at 503-823-4035 or lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov.

Metro looks to fill seats on transportation committee
Metro's Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee is seeking citizens interested in transportation issues to serve on the panel starting in January. There are four citizen positions up for appointment: Three are two-year terms and one is a one-year position intended to fill an upcoming vacancy.

TPAC is an advisory committee that reviews regional plans and federally funded transportation projects across the three-county Portland area. It advises regional leaders on transportation spending priorities as well as policies related to transportation, such as efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. It also recommends needs and opportunities for involving citizens in transportation matters.

An essential responsibility of TPAC is to advise the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, a panel of elected officials and transportation agency executives that controls federal transportation spending in the Portland area. TPAC also advises the Metro Council, which reviews and must approve all major JPACT actions.

TPAC is comprised of 15 professional transportation staff appointed by area cities, counties and government agencies, and six at-large citizen members. Citizen member John Reinhold plans to vacate his position for personal reasons, so a new member will be appointed to serve the remaining year of his term, from January to December 2011.

Citizen members of TPAC are selected through an application, interview and appointment process. Metro council members who serve on JPACT and Metro staff will conduct interviews and recommend candidates for the Metro council president to nominate. Candidates nominated by the council president must be confirmed by the Metro council.

All applicants should be able to attend regular meetings that take place on weekdays during normal working hours. Metro seeks diverse representation on all its advisory committees. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Visit www.oregonmetro.gov to submit your application online, or download the form and mail it completed to Metro Council Office, Attn. Kelsey Newell, 600 N.E. Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232. Applications are due at Metro by 5 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2010.

For more information on the application process, call Kelsey Newell, 503-797-1916. For more information on TPAC roles and responsibilities, call Dylan Rivera, 503-797-1551. Hearing impaired may call TDD 503-797-1804.

For more information on TPAC, including bylaws, a member roster and meeting agendas, visit oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=419. To apply on line, go to oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=28550
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