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Published: 11 March 2009

March 23-27, the Police Activities League of Portland will be hosting weeklong Safe Haven Spring Break activities at all its centers in the metro area for youth ages 8-17 in Portland/Gresham, Beaverton or Molalla. 
Activities will include basketball tournaments, sports clinics, art projects, field trips and a closing picnics.  Several sponsors are supporting the camps including the Trail Blazers, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation, Boy Scouts, Sunshine Division, Safeway Foundation, Molalla Weed & Seed, and Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership.
Registration forms are available at the PAL Centers, or PAL's main office at 449 NE Emerson.  Permission slips for field trips will be made available on Monday, March 16. 
"We will have additional support at all our sites from police officers working directly with youth, and several new volunteers," said Maura White, PAL President/CEO. "We encourage kids to come to PAL during Spring Break to learn more about our programs before the summer programs fill up."
The PAL of Greater Portland Youth Center, 424 NE 172nd,  accepts new youth members year round. PAL is open Monday-Friday, 2:30-7 p.m., after school, with extended time during school holidays. Spring Break hours are March 23-27, 10:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday, with some earlier start times for field trips. Youth membership fees are $50 for the year or $25 for families that qualify for school reduced lunch. There is a one-time cost of $5 for Spring Break only. For more info, contact PAL Youth Center Program Director Mike Jezewski at 503-256-3479 or [email protected]
The Beaverton PAL program, located at 12500 S.W. Allen Blvd, is also offering a Spring Break camp, March 23-27, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for the week. Special activities may include field trips to the Beaverton Swimming Pool, and Library. Drop in activities will also be available to Center members in the afternoon including movies, pool tournaments, ping pong, foosball, art, and video games. The Intel Computer Clubhouse also offers exciting projects including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and flash video game creation. For more info, contact Jocelyn Taylor at 503-469-9137 or [email protected].
Molalla PAL, located at 209 Kennel, will offer daily Spring Break activities, March 23-27, 10 a.m. –5 p.m. Activities will include arts and craft projects, video game tournaments, movies, outdoor games, board game tournaments, and much more.  Cost for non-PAL members is $5 for the week.  For more information, contact Nick Itami, 503-759-3300 or [email protected]
PAL recruits for volunteers year-round, and is looking for college interns to be based in all Oregon locations. Call 503-823-0250 for an internship or volunteer packet or email PAL, [email protected].

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