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 October issue are due Saturday, Sept. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at email@example.com. Or mail your submissions to 3510 NE 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.
EVENTS and ACTIVITIES
Vaux's Swifts-the inside story
In September, large numbers of Vaux's Swifts pass through Portland as they head south to Central America for the winter. During that time, Chapman School in northwest Portland houses the largest known roost of migrating Vaux's Swifts in the world. At dusk, thousands of the tiny birds can be seen spiraling down into the school's chimney- a sight not to be missed. Join Steve Engel from the Audubon Society of Portland Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., to learn about the swifts' biology, habits and things to keep in mind when viewing them. This is a free event. Registration is not required.
Tour Wilkes Headwater property
Friends of Wilkes Park and Wilkes Creek Natural Area will lead tours of the recently acquired Portland Parks & Recreation Wilkes Headwaters property near Northeast 154th Avenue and Fremont Street Thursday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. There will be a potluck at Wilkes Park, 3655 NE 154th Ave., at 11:30 a.m. following the Saturday tour.
Become a pirate for treasure hunt
Support the Senators
The Madison Athletics Boosters and Parent Teacher Student Association host Madison Festival in the Park, Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon until 5 p.m. at Glenhaven Park, Northeast 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street. This family friendly event includes a book swap, concert, craft fair, farmers' market, games, rides, and concessions. Though this is its first year, organizers plan to make it an annual event.
Funds raised will benefit clubs, organizations, departments, and team sports at Madison. Bring donations of non-perishable foods for the Madison Pantry. Become an active participant in the Senator community.
Spaces are available for craft fair and farmers' market vendors. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Do si do and swing your partner round and round
Square dance to your heart's delight Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rockwood Grange, 18303 SE Stark St., with the Country Capers Square Dance Club. Wear leather soled shoes and comfortable clothes-crinolines not required. Your first class is free. Subsequent classes are $6 each or purchase a package of eight classes for $32. For more information, contact lesson coordinator Cary Fuller at 503-408-0680 or email@example.com.
East Portland Sunday Parkways coming
The Sunday Parkways edition called East Portland Sunday Parkways this year will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Held in outer southeast Portland, the route includes the I-205 bicycle and pedestrian lane, Southeast 128th and 130th Avenues, and the Springwater Corridor. As before, auto traffic on local streets will be prohibited during the event, allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to tour the neighborhood in a leisurely way. There will be organized physical activities at Ed Benedict Park, and booths by businesses, public and private agencies and community groups along the route.
This will be the third year that the event has been held in outer southeast Portland. To make it work, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking volunteers for a variety of jobs, including Intersection Superheroes who will manage barricades to allow local residents to drive to and from their homes. For more information, visit portlandsundayparkways.com.
Expose your child to nature
Wednesday Honeybee Hikes are weekly nature-related activities for young children and their adult caregivers at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave. Discover the secrets of the garden and its critters. Dress for the weather. Participants will be outside walking on the paths, looking for wildlife, visiting the bees, listening to a story or making a craft item. Wednesdays from 10 to 11a.m. for children ages 2 to 6 years accompanied by an adult. The fee is $2 per child. Non-walkers are free. Visit leachgarden.org or call 503-823-1671 with your questions.
Free Saturday garden tours
Join Leach Botanical Garden gardener and curator Courtney Vengarick on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. until noon for a seasonal exploration of the garden. All other Saturdays join a volunteer guide for an informative guided tour. Tours continue Saturdays through November. Maximum tour group size is 15. First come, first served. Meet in front of the Leach Manor House, 6704 SE 122nd Ave.
PHS class of 1962
The Parkrose High class of 1962 50-year reunion celebration kicks off with pizza night on Sept. 14 at Abbey's Pizza, 21255 S.E. Stark St., at 5 p.m. The following evening there is a banquet at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Rd., in Gresham from 5 until 10 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 16, classmates will gather at Oaks Park from 2 until 6 p.m. The classes of 1961 and 1963 are invited to join the fun. To learn more, contact Colleen Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHS class of 1969
The Parkrose High class of 1969 meets for lunch on the second Wednesday of each month. A new location is chosen monthly. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the group will meet at The Deck, Northeast 33rd Avenue and Marine Drive, at McCuddy's Marina from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. This is a no host event. No reservations are needed, simply show up and join the fun. All PHS alumni are welcome. Watch for postings on the Parkrose Class of 69 Facebook page and the Parkrose High Alumni Association Facebook page.
Save your bottles and cans for Boosters
Parkrose Bronco Boosters will be at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 NE Shaver St., Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take possession of the refundable cans and bottles from your Labor Day parties and back to school celebrations. Your donation supports student activities.
Golf and raffle to end homelessness
Teams will compete to win cash prizes for first, second and third place, longest drive, and closest to the pin. The event also includes drawings to win exciting prizes, including a one-night stay for two and two rounds of golf at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
Golfers and the general public may purchase $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win $1,000. At 7 a.m. the day of the tournament, a helicopter will drop up to 1,000 golf balls numbered from 1 to 1,000. The lucky person whose ball is first to enter the designated hole or is the closest to the hole will win $1,000. You need not be present to win, but tickets must be purchased prior to the tournament. Golfers will tee off after the raffle.
The cost is $600 per foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, awards barbeque luncheon and more.
Human Solutions promotes self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income families and individuals in outer east Portland and east Multnomah County. The agency's four key program areas are homelessness prevention, affordable housing, employment and economic development, and safety net services such as rent and utility assistance. For more information, visit humansolutions.org.
To register for the tournament or to purchase a golf ball drop raffle ticket, go to humansolutions.org or call 503-768-4299.
Bronco tailgate party
The annual Parkrose Bronco Football Tailgate Party is Friday, Sept. 14 at Bronco Stadium, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. This event is hosted by the district administrative team and supports the Parkrose Educational Foundation. The $25 per person ticket price includes a pre-game dinner, entertainment by the band and cheerleaders as well as admission to the game.
Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now and support the team at its conference home opener against Wilsonville. Meal service begins at 5 p.m. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Mail checks payable to the Parkrose Educational Foundation. Note 'Tailgate Party' on the memo line of your check and send to Parkrose Educational Foundation, Attn: Tailgate-Treasurer, 10636 N.E. Prescott St., Portland, OR 97220. Tickets are also available at the information booth at the Parkrose Farmers' Market. Go Broncos!
Fashion show and luncheon in support of cancer research
Join members of the Gateway Elks Lodge Saturday, Sept. 15 for a fall fashion show and open house in support of the Betty Hise Trust for Cancer. The trust was established in remembrance of Betty Hise who succumbed to breast cancer in 1987. Contributions from the trust are directed to the Oregon Health Science University Cancer Institute and the St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute in Idaho.
The fashion show, featuring fall fashions from local stores, begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Spa lunches will be available beginning at noon and starting at $5.
The lodge is located at 711 NE 100th Ave. To learn more, call 503-255-6535 or visit gatewayelks.com.
Walk for the poor in our community
Sign up now for the 4th annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk Saturday, Sept. 22 at St. Rita Catholic Church, 10029 NE Prescott St. Choose the 5K route, a one mile route or the parking lot romp. All events begin at 10 a.m. Walkers are encouraged to donate and to collect pledges from supporters. Local organizers have set a goal of $2500 for this event. The money will be used in support of the St. Rita pantry, which currently serves about 250 families per month.
To register, contact event organizer Georgie Woods at 503-449-5989 or email@example.com.
Keeping tradition alive
Tickets are $11 for adults and $5 for kids from 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are served free. Tickets will be available at the door, but those in the know will call ahead: 503-254-4400 or visit www.rivercrestcommunitychurch.org.
Expanding the Circle of Strength
Walk a Mile in her Shoes is the theme of the 11th annual Circle of Strength Fundraising Brunch. The Oct. 6 benefit for The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center brings together more than 200 women to raise money to help pay for mental health services for low-income women and children in greater Portland and Vancouver. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Riverside Golf and Country Club, 8105 NE 33rd Drive. Tickets are $35 and tables of eight are $250. All donations to NCC are tax-deductible.
The Circle of Strength is a women-only event bringing focus to the shortage of professional, affordable counseling and psychiatric medication management available to the most vulnerable in our community. By sharing the stories of low-income women and children helped at NCC, the event promotes understanding about the barriers to care created by poverty and the life-changing help provided by accessible mental health services.
For 26 years, the independent nonprofit NCC has provided therapy, medication management and educational classes to everyone, regardless of faith or finances. Nearly half of NCC's clients are uninsured and most services are subsidized through donations, grants or fees. NCC is one of the few mental health centers in the area with a sliding fee for services. The center serves more than 1,000 people each year coming from a 50-mile radius around Portland.
To purchase tickets to the Circle of Strength Fundraising Brunch or to make a tax-deductible donation, go to nwcounseling.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-253-0964.
CLUBS and ORGANIZATIONS
Join Kiwanis to serve your community
Russellville Kiwanis meets Tuesdays from 11:45 am to 1 p.m. at The Refectory, 1618 NE 122nd Ave. The club is looking for new members to participate in community activities and fundraisers. Drop in any Tuesday to meet the members and enjoy a free lunch on your first visit. Contact Charlie Ross with your questions at 503-252-1570 or email@example.com.
Show off your green thumb
The Flower Lane Garden Club Blossoms and Berries Horticulture Show is Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave.
Community members are invited to bring a potted plant, tree branch or a prized stem from your garden to display at this show. Share garden stories, enjoy the botanical displays and get to know club members.
Upcoming topics at garden club meetings will include how to revitalize your garden, dealing with invasive species, backyard wildlife and water conservation. New members and visitors are welcome at all meetings.
Gang violence: Is there a solution?
Gang violence has become so common that that hardly a week goes by that we don't hear news about it and its often-lethal consequences. Most gang violence is directed at other gang members; however, it is not uncommon for innocent bystanders to be victimized as well.
A recent example of indiscriminant gang violence was the shooting at Peninsula Park in North Portland. Gang members exchanged gunfire in broad daylight with children playing nearby.
The Portland Police Bureau enacted Operation Safe Summer, a program that supplied the Gang Enforcement Team with extra labor to combat increased gang violence that was predicted for the summer months. Officers from each precinct were temporarily assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team to help keep a lid on gang activities.
Is there anything that can be done about gang violence? Was Operation Safe Summer a success? Has there been a reduction of gang activity in Portland this summer? Join East Portland Involved Citizens Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the East Precinct Community Room, 737 SE 106th Ave., to find out. Lieutenant Art Nakamura, the head of the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team will be the speaker. To learn more, contact Dave Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soak up facts about sedums, succulents
Villa Garden Club kicks off the fall season with an informative program on sedums and succulents. Amanda Karam from Tony's Garden Center will be the guest speaker and will give a hands-on demonstration on how to create charming sedum containers. The meeting is Thursday, Sept. 27, at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 SE 139th Ave., beginning at 10:30 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be served. Please call Velda Altig at 503-252-7423 for more information. The public is invited.
Discover the arts open house
Enjoy a day of free arts workshops, classes and performances at Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St., Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. PMA provides meaningful access to quality arts education and performance for all ages and all levels. Drop in to embrace your creative side.
Botanical illustration for adults
Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave. offers botanical illustration classes on Tuesdays through Oct. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the meadow tent in the upper garden. Students in these one-day classes begin by making a detailed sketch of a favorite flower or plant and then transforming it into a finished 12 x 18 botanical illustration that is ready to frame. Students work in colored pencil. Supplies are provided. The instructor is Jane Nash and the class is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $15 for garden members, $20 for non-members. Register online at leachgarden.org or call 503-823-1671.
Orientation Day: great way to discover all that MHCC offers
Mt. Hood Community College welcomes all new students, friends and family members to New Student Orientation Thursday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym.
This annual event is designed to inform, entertain and welcome new students to MHCC before the fall term begins Sept. 24. Students may familiarize themselves with the campus and meet other new and current students, faculty and other college employees.
Following check-in at the gym (check-in begins at 8 a.m.), participants are encouraged to browse the Student Activities Fair in the gym, highlighting student clubs and organizations.
Students will then tour the Gresham Campus, and take part in a question and answer session. An Academic and Student Services Fair in the main mall during lunch will give students an idea of the range of educational tools MHCC has to offer, and where to find them. There will be door prizes.
Family and friends are invited to New Student Orientation. This part of the program offers a variety of ways to help family and friends support their student as they attend college. Afterward, participants may choose to tour the campus or visit the academic and student services fair.
Those in attendance will be treated to a light breakfast and lunch. All students in attendance will receive a 2GB flash drive, a drawstring backpack and a chance to win door prizes including a Kindle Fire, an iPod Touch, a TI-84 Plus Calculator and free tuition for winter term.
To register for New Student Orientation, please visit mhcc.edu/orientation. For more information, call 503-491-7277.
Take short course on college admissions
Portland Lutheran School, 740 SE 182nd Ave., is hosting a college admission and financial aid workshop Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the East Multnomah Thrivent Chapter, this educational workshop is designed to clarify the often complex and overwhelming process of college admission and financial assistance. The information presented will help high school students and their parents better understand what colleges look for in their applicants, maximize the potential for acceptance to each student's college of choice, discover how to save money, learn to navigate the admissions maze, and learn basic financial aid principles.
Presenters include Bobi Swan, dean of admissions at Concordia University; Breana Sylwester, Director of financial aid, also at Concordia; and Petr Maucy, financial consultant, from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
To reserve a spot, call Paige Leith at 503-297-0999 or email email@example.com
A desk for your child
A few slots remain in Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool classrooms, 11560 SE Market St., for the upcoming school year. Bring your 3 and 4 year olds to check out the program. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. A new program with a pre-kindergarten emphasis will begin this fall. Children enrolled in the 4-year-old program can also attend this program on Mondays from 9 to 11:30. A popular Lunch Bunch program allows children to stay until 1 p.m. Visit glcportland.org/preschool or call 503-256-1835 for a tour.
Learn English, gain confidence
Free English for Speakers of Other Languages classes return to Multnomah University, 8435 NE Glisan St., with the new school year.
Classes are held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Mitchell Library. Registration for new students is Sept. 5. Classes begin Sept. 12. New students can begin at any time. All materials are provided. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Program students teach the classes.
For questions or directions, contact Kristen Hubert, TESOL program director, at 503-251-6412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALTH and WELLNESS
Parkrose neighborhood walking tours
Susan Federici of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 NE Prescott St., will lead weekly walks in and around the Parkrose neighborhood Wednesday mornings beginning Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the church. These Parkrose Rambles will last about an hour and cover two to two and half miles on average and are suitable for all ages. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Walks are free, coffee will be provided. To learn more call 503-252-5720 or email Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence at email@example.com.
FAITH and VALUES
Go back to class with a blessing
All students preparing for the new school year are invited to stop by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 NE Prescott St., Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon for a blessing, a glass of lemonade and best wishes for a successful school year.
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-988-5386
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Make Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces: Join artist Maria Alvarado in learning how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Participants will be able to create their own unique designs using a variety of beads and wires. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, Sept. 15, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., 503-988-5392
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Financial Empowerment Clinic: Need help managing your money issues? Get your questions answered on a range of topics including setting and keeping to a budget, saving for retirement, getting ready for taxes, paying off debt and student loans and any other financial concern you may have. Meet one-on-one with a budget doctor to discuss your money questions or attend one of the educational workshops presented throughout the afternoon. Innovative Changes, Metropolitan Family Service, Financial Planning Association of Oregon & S.W. Washington and Multnomah County Library bring this family-friendly event to you, Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon to 4 p.m.
Extend Your Growing Season: In the Pacific Northwest, all it takes is a little extra planning and care and you could be harvesting crops every season of the year. This interactive workshop will cover the basics of cloches, row covers, cold frames, continual cropping, seasonal crop varieties and more. Led by horticulturalist Melissa Richmond, aka the Garden Lady, participants will learn extending methods for every season. Sunday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
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