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Janice Scroggins at Oregon Music Hall of Fame awards
The Skanner News
Published: 19 September 2014

A special tribute to beloved Northwest artist Janice Scroggins will highlight the 8th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction, Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. The event features live performances by Norman Sylvester, Nu Shooz and Dr. Demento. Nine Oregon artists will be named to the Hall of Fame, and Album of the Year as well as Artist of the Year will be announced. Find more information and ticket prices at www.omhof.org. Photo by Paul Brown

A Time to Heal: Promoting Community Health in the Face of Racism and Inequality
PAALF holds its next event on personal and community health, Saturday, Sept.20, from  10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark, Portland.

This month's breakfast will include: A free warm meal; free youth programming; free natural healing and other health services; discussion on how to fight against the devaluation of Black life in the wake of police brutality, state sanctioned violence, gentrification and the many other systems of oppression operating against us; and discussion on how racism is impacting our health and tools for collective healing from oppression.   For more information go to www.aalfnw.org/portland, and www.weareblackweare.com .

The Ebola Crisis: A Vigil for Liberia and West Africa

There will be “A Vigil for Liberia and West Africa – The Ebola Crisis” on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Ave. in Portland.

The vigil will offer a time to pray, to learn and to act on this growing health crisis effecting thousands. It is the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon will join with Grace in sponsoring the vigil. Speaking will be Charlene McGee, executive director of EQUIP Liberia, who has recently returned from Liberia. She will address the human impact of this crisis.

Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. The disease  was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically.

An offering will be taken as part of the Vigil for Ebola relief in West Africa. More information is available on the Grace website: www.grace-memorial.org.


FILM: Black Girl in Suburbia

North Portland Library will screen Black Girl in Suburbia, 2p.m. Sunday Sept. 21 at the library,512 N. Killingsworth St., Portland. Produced by local filmmaker Melissa Lowery the film explores the experiences of African American girls growing up in mostly-White suburbia. Free and open to the public. Check out The Skanner News story about the filmmaker.


Veterans Town Hall

Portland VA Medical Center is hosting a Veterans Town Hall  

When: 23 Sept. 2014 at 9:30--11:00 a.m. & 30 Sept. 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Where: PVAMC main campus auditorium in building 101, 2nd floor at 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd. Portland

Who: ALL Veterans & family members are invited. Media interested in attending - please contact PVAMC Public Affairs Officer, Daniel Herrigstad, Daniel.herrigstad@va.gov, 971-221-4920 Why: To share information, answer questions, and address concerns of the Veterans PVAMC serves The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Office will have a separate Town Hall at 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.at the same location

Teen Athlete Cardiac Screening 

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in partnership with The David Heller Foundation, with generous support from adidas and Health Net of Oregon present the eighth annual Teen Athlete Cardiac Screening Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Teen Athlete Cardiac Screening will provide 500 students athletes ages 13-19 a full cardiac screening at $10 per student, at the adidas Village from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preregistration is required at www.legacyhealth.org/TACS.  Scholarships for the cardiac screening are available.

The Teen Athlete Cardiac Screening provides heart health and risk assessments that help identify whether a teen has a potential heart problem; 10 percent of teen athletes screened at the 2013 event were not cleared for physical activity. The primary care providers of these athletes were notified for further examination and diagnosis.

The value of the cardiac screening provided by Randall Children’s Hospital is nearly $300 per screening. The screening does not take the place of the medical examination required for all student athletes participating in a school sport.


Vancouver City Council Conducts Mobile Streets Workshop

The Vancouver City Council will hold an informational mobile workshop on Vancouver's street system from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, traveling by C-TRAN bus for a first-hand look at transportation successes and challenges throughout the city.
The workshop will convene at 8 a.m. in the Aspen Room on the first floor of Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth Street. The Council will then board the bus and begin an approximately 50-mile trip that will take them from the most western boundaries of Vancouver to its most eastern vistas, covering a variety of neighborhoods and major arterial streets in between. The Council will return to City Hall's Aspen Room about noon, continuing the workshop with further discussions until adjourning at 1 p.m.
Accommodations are available to the public with advance notice due to limited seating on the bus for this mobile workshop. Please contact Amanda Delapena, Council Assistant, at 360-487-8605, to RSVP. The route map and other information related to the Mobile Workshop will be posted on the City's webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/betterstreets.


RACC Seeks Applications for New Public Art Murals

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is now accepting applications for mural funding through its Public Art Murals Program. Applications are due the first Wednesday of every month through June 2015.

Applications and guidelines are available at racc.org/public-art/mural-program. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. RACC’s review and approval process takes 4-6 weeks, and all proposals are reviewed by the Public Art Murals Program Committee, whose members include artists, arts advocates and other creative professionals. For more information, contact Peggy Kendellen, public art manager, at 503-823-4196 or kendellen@racc.org.

On Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 am to noon, RACC will offer a free workshop to help artists understand the mural application process at the Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St. For more information and to RSVP, contact Peggy Kendellen, public art manager, at 503.823.4196 or kendellen@racc.org.   Another route for painting a mural in the City of Portland is through the city’s Original Art Mural Permit, which has different requirements and a fee of $50. Funding is not available through the City’s permitting process. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/50737  for more information.

Father Nicolaus Marandu PHOTO: The Archdiocese of Portland has reassigned a number of clergy, including Father Nicolaus Marandu (pictured)  and  Father Paulinus Mangesho. Father Marandu, born in Moshi, Tanzania, is now the pastor at St. Frederic Parish in St. Helensand the administrator of St. Wenceslaus in Scappoose.  He previously spent 20 years as pastor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Portland. Father Mangesho, also born in Moshi, Tanzania,  will be the administrator at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Portland. Father Mangesho spent six years as a pastor in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, but his last assignment was at the Apostolic Life Community of Priests in the Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania, where he was director of the Bomang’ombe Vocational Training Center.

Public Alert: Scammers Calling Portland Residents Claiming To Be IRS

The Portland Police Bureau has received two recent reports where victims stated that someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) called them and demanded money for back taxes.
Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:
*Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
*Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
*Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.
*Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.
*Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.
MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.
For more information, please visit https://www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx for MoneyPak/Green Dot and https://www.vanillareload.com/index.php/refund for Vanilla Reload.
If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at 503-823-3333.


Free Child Safety Seat Clinic

The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Washington County will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Kuni Collision Center located at 3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used child safety seat will greatly decrease the chance of your child sustaining a serious or life threating injury during a motor vehicle crash.
A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes.
Find out more at www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-washington-county-0


Science On Tap - Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide To Medical Marijuana

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world.

The series presents a talk on the book, “Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide To Medical Marijuana,” Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, doors open at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.

The author, Michael Backes, talks about the evidence-based research that led to his comprehensive guide to medical cannabis. He will examine helpful and harmful uses of cannabis for medical purposes, including how to have fewer unwanted side effects and how to avoid the buildup of tolerance to the effects of cannabis over time.
Location: http://cstpdx.com
Cost: $8 online advance tickets https://viaproductions.seatengine.com/shows/19493, $10 suggested cover at the door


Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Presents Play about Black Experience
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. presents the staged production, “My Walk Has Never Been Average,” Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 pm at the Alberta Rose Theatre located at 3000 NE Alberta Street in Portland..

The show is part of the annual Tradeswomen Leadership Institute an educational event that facilitates leadership development, advocacy skills, and unity among all women (union, open shop, self-employed and otherwise) working in the building, construction, mechanical and utility trades.

My Walk Has Never Been Average weaves together stories of African American women’s entry into trades careers and touches on the recurring themes of exclusion from opportunities, sexual harassment, and lack of institutional support for career and professional development.

A limited quantity of tickets are available to the general public from The Alberta Rose Theatre box office for $10. Get tickets at www.albertarosetheatre.com.


Police Bureau Seeking Public Input on Discipline Process Directives

The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all its directives. At the beginning of every month, the Bureau will post directives for public review and ask for comments.
Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding its directives pertaining to discipline process. Because the discipline process is a serious matter, a process which directly impacts members, reflects upon the Bureau, and is of interest to diverse, external parties, the Bureau is routing this series through its public process for a second time. The Bureau will be looking at national best practices and the public's comments in order to update these policies this fall:
* 330.00, Internal Affairs Compliant Investigation Process
* 331.00, Service Improvement Opportunity
* 332.00, Administrative Investigations
* 333.00, Criminal Investigations of Police Bureau Employees
* 334.00, Performance Deficiencies
* 335.00, Discipline Process
* 336.00, Police Review Board
* 337.00, Police Review Board Personnel Selection
* 338.00, Discipline Guide
Community members are encouraged to read the directives and provide drafting comments at:
This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new directives are posted.
The discipline process directives will remain posted and comments collected for thirty days (30), Sept. 1, 2014 through Tuesday, Sept. 30.


AARP Voter Guide Available On Oregon Candidates Website

Want to know where your candidates for Oregon Governor, US Senate, and the US House of Representatives stand on the issues?

Now you can read their positions at http://aarp.org/yourvote regarding issues such as Social Security, Medicare, financial security, family caregiving, retirement, and transportation. The AARP Voter Guide allows you to compare the candidates and create a personal ballot you can keep or share with others.

Race The Wave 5K Fun Run/Walk to Practice Tsunami Evacuation Routes

September is National Preparedness Month and Pacific Northwest coastal communities are leading by example. Cannon Beach will host Race the Wave, their first hazard-themed fun run designed to blend awareness and action into a single activity.

Race the Wave is a 5k tsunami fun run/walk that follows an actual tsunami evacuation route in Cannon Beach.  On Sept. 28, participants will learn about earthquake and tsunami hazards so they can make informed decisions and take actions to be better prepared, creating a more resilient community.

The race route begins on the beach and finishes at the higher ground of one of the community’s evacuation meeting points, where Cannon Beach will host a preparedness fair with interactive booths for all to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

Race the Wave: Natural warnings are the best sign of a tsunami. If you feel the ground shaking, move quickly inland or to a higher elevation. Listen to the radio to learn of tsunami warnings originating from non-local causes.

For more information and to participate in Race the Wave visit the community Facebook page.


The 4th Aging & Memory in the African American Community: The Heart-Brain Connection

At this FREE educational conference for midlife and older African Americans, learn from African American heart and brain experts how a healthy heart helps sustain a healthy brain. Discover ways you can improve both. Enjoy interactive resource information plus a healthy soul food lunch.

Tuesday September 30, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Legacy Emanuel Lorenzen Conference Center, 2801 N. Gantenbein, Portland.


Find more Portland and Seattle events on The Skanner News Community Calendar



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