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Meals on Wheels People Hold Summer in September Fundraiser

The Meals on Wheels People will again hold their Summer in September fundraiser Sept. 12 at Dawson Park in Portland.

The event will raise money to help feed seniors in the Portland metro area. This event is being managed by the staff and volunteers from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on MLK Blvd. and Killingsworth.

SIS offers a meal of Jambalaya, Ribs, Cornbread, Salad and more, for $15 per person or $45 for a family of four or more. SIS will have more than 15 concessions, live entertainment, games and activities all day long for kids and much more.

For more information, call David Lomax, Center Manager at (503) 953-8207.


Multnomah County Library Seeks Local authors’ Submissions

Multnomah County Library is accepting submissions of adult fiction by local authors to be considered for inclusion in the library’s e-book collection and promoted to library patrons.

The Library Writers Project showcases and supports local writers and bolsters the library’s collection of self-published e-book titles. Beginning today and continuing through Dec. 31, authors who hold a Multnomah County Library card may submit original works of adult fiction (no children's or young adult fiction, please) for consideration by panels of library staff readers. The library will accept submissions through Smashwords, a popular electronic self-publishing platform.

Panels will review submissions and select a limited number of titles to add to Multnomah County Library’s Overdrive e-book portal in early 2016. Authors will receive standard compensation for titles the library purchases to add it its collection.

The Library Writers Project will also include classes and training opportunities for aspiring writers. Areas of focus include romance novels, children’s literature, women in the military and writing best practices. Smashwords CEO Mark Coker will offer a talk at Central Library about the basics of self-publishing on Nov. 14.

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Over 30,000 people use the library each day, either online or in person. To read more about Multnomah County Library, please visit multcolib.org.


Nurse of the Year Awards Nominations Close Sept. 11

The call for nominations for the Fifth Annual Nurse of the Year Awards ends Sept. 11. 200 nurses from across the Oregon and SW Washington have been nominated. Awards honoring outstanding nurses for their constant care and compassion toward patients will be given in 16 categories.

Nominations may be submitted online at marchofdimes.org/oregon through September 11th. There is no fee to submit a nomination and you may submit multiple nominations. Award recipients will be determined by a selection committee comprised of healthcare professionals. Winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Awards breakfast on November 13, 2015, at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.

Nurse of the Year Awards is sponsored by Adventist Health, Legacy Health, Moda Health and PeaceHealth.

The nominating categories are as follows:

  • Adult Acute Care
  • Advance Practice
  • Ambulatory/Clinic Care
  • Case Management, Occupational Health & Utilization Review
  • Community Health
  • Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal)
  • Emergency
  • Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Leader
  • Nurse Specialty
  • Pediatric Acute Care
  • Rising Star
  • Small Hospital
  • Surgical Services
  • Women's Health

For more information visit marchofdimes.org/oregon.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.


Trimet, C-TRAN Announce Hop Fastpass in 2017

Before the end of 2017, riders will be able to hop on board transit in the greater Portland-Vancouver area using Hop Fastpass. Hop is an electronic fare system that will make paying for transit fast and easy – riders will be able to tap a smartcard on a reader to pay for the ride. It will be valid on C-TRAN buses, Portland Streetcar and all TriMet buses and trains.

The electronic readers will be available on all C-TRAN and TriMet buses, onboard all Streetcars and at all MAX and WES stations.

• Hassle-free – no need to carry cash, have exact change or keep track of a paper ticket.
• Convenient – load value by phone, web, at retail outlets, or set up automatic reloads.
• No bank account, no problem – load value at one of more than 500 retail outlets (grocery/convenience stores and pharmacies), including TriMet’s Ticket Office.
• Lost-card protection – value is stored in your account, so a lost card doesn’t mean lost money, as long as your card is registered.

With Hop, riders can pay as they go. Once a rider reaches the cost of a day pass, currently $5 (the same amount as two two-and-a-half-hour hour tickets), the rest of the rides that day are free. The same is true on a monthly basis: once a rider reaches the cost of a monthly pass, remaining rides that month are free. For someone who rides every day, after day 20 the rides would be free. This feature is perfect for riders who want the benefits of a monthly pass but without the upfront cost. To learn more about Hop and sign up for email updates, go to myhopcard.com.


Work for Art Launches Million Dollar Campaign

The Regional Arts & Culture Council has announced plans to raise $1 million during Work for Art’s 10th anniversary campaign benefitting local arts and culture organizations. Mike Golub, President of Business Operations for the Portland Timbers, announced the goal on Thursday evening in front of 100 business and arts leaders at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.

Nearly 2,000 employees at 76 companies currently participate in Work for Art. The Standard, NW Natural, state employees, ZGF Architects, OHSU, KeyBank, the City of Portland, and Stoel Rives were among the largest workplace giving campaigns for the arts in 2014-15, and Golub and Lofland extended special recognition to the following:

• Portland General Electric was the #1 campaign, raising a total of $98,730 from employees and the company’s matching gift program.
• Burgerville had the most employees participate in the campaign – 403.
• The Oregon Cultural Trust was named outstanding community partner for providing several grants that have funded critical program expenses since 2007.

The 2014-15 campaign raised a total of $750,396, and all proceeds will be awarded to arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties through RACC’s established grants process. For the 10th anniversary milestone, Golub and Lofland reiterated the importance of renewing last year’s donors while developing new strategies and revenue streams for 2015-16:

  • $342,500 has been secured thus far for a Matching Challenge Fund that will double all individuals’ gifts up to $5,000. Participating donors to date include the City of Portland; Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties; KeyBank, Portland General Electric, the Portland Timbers and The Standard; and several individual donors.
  • Securing new participating companies will continue to be a priority. Century Link, Daimler Trucks North America, Providence Health & Services, The Commerce Bank of Oregon and Washington Trust Bank are examples of companies that have recently joined the ranks of Work for Art.

Although Work for Art is primarily a workplace giving program, anyone can participate by making a donation online at workforart.org. Donors who pledge $60 or more receive an Arts Card, which provides a full year of two-for-one tickets at hundreds of local arts events.


Computer Classes Offered at North Portland Library

The North Portland branch of the Multnomah County Library will offer the following classes in September:

iPad Part 2  - Learn how to make your iPad work for you.
Sat, September 5, 10:05 am-1:30 pm

Exploring Google - Want to learn about Google? Join us to learn about better ways to search, create a Google account, and learn about Google news, maps and more. You must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse to take this class.
Sun, September 6, 2-4:30 pm

Intro to Organizing Photos w/ Picasa - Do you have hundreds of photos you need to get organized online? Picasa is a free tool you can use to organize your digital photos. Sun, September 13 & 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
* See online description for individual class requirements.

Computer Basics - Learn the basics of using a computer, keyboard and mouse.
Mon, September 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Android Tablet Essentials - Do you have a new Android tablet? This class will help you learn to use it. You will learn the basic layout of your tablet, settings, apps and more. Please bring your own tablet, fully charged. You must have a Google or Gmail account before coming to class in order to participate. 
Tues, September 15 and 22, 1-3 p.m. 

Exploring the Internet - You're online, but do you need some help now that you're there?
Mon, Sept 28 & Oct 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Computer Help Lab For one-on-one assistance with computer/technology questions, help with resumes and other projects we have the Computer Lab. The lab has a scanner and color printer, and options for free faxing through the internet. The Lab is open during the following hours:

Monday/Tuesday 1-5pm
Wednesday/Friday 1-3:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Sign up in the library, online at www.multcolib.org or by calling (503) 988-5394. The library is located at 512 N. Killingsworth St.


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