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Legacy to Host Family Wellness Fair

Legacy Emanuel and Randall Children’s will host host the Family Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at 2801 N. Gantenbein. Those who attend can:

  •  Buy a bicycle helmet for everyone in your family from toddlers through adults for only $6.
  • Visit Legacy’s Car Safety Seat Check-Up. Staff will make sure that participants are using their car safety seat properly. Used or damaged car safety seats can be recycled at the event for free.
  • Watch a cooking demonstration from a local chef, learn healthy eating tips, and/or try free delicious samples from New Seasons Market.
  • Tour a LifeFlight helicopter, American Medical Response ambulances and a Portland Fire & Rescue fire engine
  • Take part in fun, interactive activities like hula hooping, surgical robot, bouncy slide, recess games, virtual reality, crafts and more.
  • Enter a free raffle to win a $100 gift card to New Seasons Market or Beats by Dre headphones.

For more information or directions to the event, visit http://www.legacyhealth.org/familyfun.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Calls for New Members and Volunteers

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports and more, Girl Scouts engages girls all year round.

This fall, Girl Scouts will offer more than 100 opportunities for local girls to learn by doing in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Event topics will include the arts (dance, textile arts and theater), self-defense, financial literacy, leadership development and science (zoology, computer science and even entomology - the scientific study of insects). The pinnacle of the season will take place Nov. 7, as GSOSW fills the Portland Expo Center with hands-on opportunities for girls at its annual GirlFest event.

While Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, anyone over the age of 18 can become a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without adult volunteers, and each adult who volunteers has the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a girl. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. Both girls and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.

Portland Prime Holds Fourth Annual Shoe and Steak Giveaway

Portland Prime’s 4th annual shoe and steak giveaway will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29, 2015.

This year again, the goal is to bring smiles to 500–1000 children’s faces as they prepare to go back to school. Each child will have their feet washed if they choose, receive a pair of new shoes and get a backpack with school supplies. Portland Prime will also serve steak sandwiches to all children and family. This year, there will also be stations for all girls to have their fingernails polished and young boys to receive a haircut. Organizers are also working with a transportation company to coordinate picking up children at certain locations so they may attend the event. For more information or to donate to this event, contact Frank Taylor, (503) 223-6200.

KGW Holds 8th Annual School Supplies Drive

KGW, in partnership with OnPoint Community Credit Union, Papa Murphy’s and local Toyota dealers, began its eighth annual school supply drive July 20 and the drive continues through August 20. The goal of the drive is to collect enough school supplies and cash to send 8,000 students back to school with the supplies needed to succeed. In Oregon nearly half of all children live in low-income families and cannot afford even the most basic school supplies. 

Through August 20, the public is encouraged to make cash and school supply donations of any amount. A $25 donation provides one student with basic supplies needed for an entire year.  All donations, benefiting local area schools, are distributed with the help of Schoolhouse Supplies, the non-profit Free Store for Teachers. 

How to give:

  • Donate cash or school supplies at any OnPoint Community Credit Union or local Toyota dealership.
  •  Donate $5 or more worth of school supplies at a participating Local Toyota Dealership and receive $10 off your parts or service visit.
  • Make a cash donation and receive a $5 off coupon for a family size pizza.
  • Donate funds online at KGW.com/school.
  • Text donations to 41444.

Neighbors Against Violence Holds Second ‘Ask Nicky’ Camp

Neighbors Against Violence will hold the second session of a camp featuring Nicole Taylor, author of the Ask Nicky children’s book, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily from Aug. 17-21 at the Community Education Center, 4625 N. Trenton.This free camp serves children between the ages of 11 and 16 and includes meals and snacks, training certificates, activities and training certificates. There will also be presentations and discussions on bullying, gangs and peer pressure with student interaction on avoiding situations. The Ask Nicky book is a direct reflection of her Taylor’s life and growing up in gangs and how she turned herself around.  The first session of the camp was held at the end of July.

Parent Union Holds Know Your Rights Clinic

The Portland Parent Union's Know Your Rights Clinics will provide attendees legal, professional, and community resources for parents to advocate for, and ensure children and youth have safe and supportive education environments, providing a foundation for access to higher education, meaningful employment, and full participation in society.

The next clinic will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 20 at Concordia University’s George R. White Library & Learning Center, 2900 NE Liberty St. Clinics are free and available to all families in the Northeast Coloaition of Neighborhoods. To learn more about the Portland Parent Union, visit http://simplysheilas.wix.com/knowyourrightsclinic#!services/c5ro.

 

 

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump's White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing. The disarray outside the president's front door, though not his fault, serves as a metaphor for the tumult still unfolding inside. Four weeks in, the man who says he inherited "a mess" at home and abroad is presiding over a White House that is widely described as itself being a mess. At a stunning pace, Trump has riled world leaders and frustrated allies. He was dealt a bruising legal blow on one of his signature policies. He lost his national security adviser and his pick for labor secretary to scandal. He's seen forces within his government push back against his policies and leak confidential information. All of this has played out amid a steady drip of revelations about an FBI investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Trump says his administration is running like a "fine-tuned machine." He points to the rising stock market and the devotion of his still-loyal supporters as evidence that all is well, although his job approval rating is much lower than that for prior presidents in their first weeks in office. Stung by the unrelenting criticism coming his way, Trump dismisses much of it as "fake news" delivered by "the enemy of the people" — aka the press. Daily denunciations of the media are just one of the new White House fixtures Americans are adjusting to. Most days start (and end) with presidential tweets riffing off of whatever's on TV talk shows or teasing coming events or hurling insults at the media. At some point in the day, count on Trump to cast back to the marvels of his upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election and quite possibly overstate his margins of support. Expect more denunciations of the "dishonest" press and its "fake news." From there, things can veer in unexpected directions as Trump offers up policy pronouncements or offhand remarks that leave even White House aides struggling to interpret them. The long-standing U.S. policy of seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Trump this past week offered this cryptic pronouncement: "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one." His U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, the next day insisted, "We absolutely support a two-state solution." Trump's days are busy. Outside groups troop in for "listening sessions." Foreign leaders call or come to visit. (Or, in the case of Mexico's president, cancel out in pique over Trump's talk about the planned border wall.) After the president signed two dozen executive actions, the White House was awaiting a rush order of more of the gold-plated Cross pens that Trump prefers to the chrome-plated ones used by his predecessor. Trump hands them out as souvenirs at the signing ceremonies that he points to as evidence of his ambitious pace. "This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action on behalf of the great citizens of our country," Trump said at a Thursday news conference. "Again, I say it. There has never been a presidency that's done so much in such a short period of time." That's all music to the ears of his followers, who sent him to Washington to upend the established order and play the role of disrupter. "I can't believe there's actually a politician doing what he says he would do," says an approving Scott Hiltgen, a 66-year-old office furniture sales broker from River Falls, Wisconsin. "That never happens." Disrupt Trump has. But there may be more sound and fury than substance to many of his early actions. Trump did select Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a nomination that has drawn strong reviews from conservatives. But the president is regrouping on immigration after federal judges blocked his order to suspend the United States' refugee program and ban visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, which had caused chaos for travelers around the globe. Some other orders on issues such as the U.S.-Mexico border wall and former President Barack Obama's health care law are of limited effect. Trump says his early actions show he means to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign. "A lot of people say, 'Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall,'" the president told a group of police chiefs recently. "I wasn't kidding. I don't kid." But the Republican-led Congress is still waiting to see specifics on how Trump wants to proceed legislatively on top initiatives such as replacing the health care law, enacting tax cuts and revising trade deals. The messy rollout of the travel ban and tumult over the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn for misrepresenting his contacts with Russia are part of a broader state of disarray as different figures in Trump's White House jockey for power and leaks reveal internal discord in the machinations of the presidency. "I thought by now you'd at least hear the outlines of domestic legislation like tax cuts," says Princeton historian Julian Zelizer. "But a lot of that has slowed. Trump shouldn't mistake the fact that some of his supporters like his style with the fact that a lot of Republicans just want the policies he promised them. He has to deliver that." Put Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the camp of those more interested in substance than style. "I'm not a great fan of daily tweets," McConnell said Friday, referring to the "extra discussion" that Trump likes to engage in. But McConnell was quick to add: "What I am a fan of is what he's been actually doing." He credits Trump with assembling a conservative Cabinet and taking steps to reduce government regulation, and promised: "We like his positions and we're going to pursue them as vigorously as we can." The challenge may be to tease out exactly what Trump wants in the way of a health care plan, tax changes and trade policy. At his long and defiant news conference on Thursday, Trump tried to dispel the impression of a White House in crisis, squarely blaming the press for keeping him from moving forward more decisively on his agenda. Pointing to his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Trump said, "You take a look at Reince, he's working so hard just putting out fires that are fake fires. I mean, they're fake. They're not true. And isn't that a shame because he'd rather be working on health care, he'd rather be working on tax reform." For all the frustrations of his early days as president, Trump still seems tickled by the trappings of his office. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited the White House last week to discuss the national opioid epidemic over lunch, the governor said Trump informed him: "Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'" Trump added: "I'm telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous." ___Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac
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