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Housing Forum Set for Thursday
Oregon Opportunity Network holds a public forum on the housing provisions in the American Recovery and Revinvestment Act of 2009, Thursday, March 19, from noon – 1:30 p.m. at New Genesis Community Church, 5425 NE 27th Ave.
Join us for a housing discussion on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (a.k.a The Stimulus Bill).  We will discuss how this federal money will impact our neighborhoods and examine the best strategies for making the most of these federal dollars. Together we will pose questions and seek answers.
Oregon ON's Public Forum is a brown-bag lunch open to the public at no charge.  Genesis Community Church is on the corner of NE 27th and Killingsworth. Please enter through the south door.  Off street parking is available.

Schools Transfer Deadline is Friday
Families wishing to send their children to a non-neighborhood elementary, middle or K-8 school must submit applications by 5 p.m. Friday, March 12. Applications are available online, and in print at any PPS school, the Enrollment & Transfer Center (in the BESC, 501 N. Dixon St.) and at Family Support Centers. (The deadline for high school transfers was Feb. 27.)
To assist families, the Enrollment & Transfer Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; this week, it is open until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Alternative and charter schools have their own application processes and deadlines; contact these schools for more information. For general questions, call the Enrollment & Transfer Center at 503-916-3205.

Legislative Town Hall Saturday
Reps. Chip Shields and Tina Kotek, and Sen. Margaret Carter will host a town hall meeting to discuss legislative issues with constituents Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, at PCC Cascade Campus - Terrell Hall, Room 112.
Come discuss the issues that concern you this weekend, as state economists project an even greater shortfall in 2009-2011 budget, unemployment figures continue to rise, and there are a number of significant environmental initiatives that have yet to move through the legislative process.

Elder Care Advocates Needed
Volunteer advocates and investigators are needed to serve as ombudsmen for residents of nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes. The Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman will train the volunteers on the aging process, communication skills, problem-solving skills, investigation and other ombudsman skills.
The certification training will begin on Thursday, May 14, in Portland.
For information about the program or to learn how to get involved, contact Kathy Walter at 1-800-522-2602.

Environmental Fair at Jefferson
Jefferson High School hosts a Carbon Footprint Fair Wednesday, March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. in the gym. Jefferson students will be on hand to help attendees calculate their "carbon footprint," and pass out information about recycling, hybrid vehicles and more. For more information call the Rebuilding center at 503-517-2510.

College Night March 19
Portland Public Schools will hold a free college-prep event—with food, beverages and transportation to and from some schools—for all juniors and their families from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Madison High School, 2735 N.E. 82nd Ave.
At the College Symposium for the Class of 2010, students and families can meet representatives from a variety of colleges including many community colleges, and attend workshops on financial aid, essay writing, athletics, campus visits, interviews, early action and early decision, learning disabilities and more.
Free bus transportation will be provided from and back to the Franklin, Jefferson, Marshall and Roosevelt campuses; school counselors have more information on bus schedules. For more information call 503-916-5220.

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