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Thursday April 30
POWERFUL OR POLARIZED? NE Coalition of Neighborhoods will host the 3rd annual gathering in our series. Join your neighbors for dinner and conversation about how you feel about this economic situation. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. St. Andrews Community Center 806 NE Alberta and 8th. For more info call 503-823-4113

PAPER SHREDDING EVENT.  Up to 5 boxes of paper shredded with an unopened toy to benefit the Shriner's Children's Hospital. 1 – 5 p.m. The Heights at Columbia Knoll 8320 NE Sandy Blvd.

Friday May 1
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER. Come show your support for your NE Community Center Mallory Avenue Community Center Enrichment Center. (M.A.C.E.) Car wash $8 donation 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 5520 NE MLK

Saturday May 2
11TH ANNUAL SAFE KIDS DAY EVENT. Visitors to the Oregon Zoo will take part in fun, hands on activities during "Safe Kids Day at the Zoo." This event is free with paid admission to the Zoo. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Oregon Zoo.
ROOSEVELT'S SENIOR CLASS GRAD PARTY FUNDRAISER. Fundraiser car wash to support the senior class party. Car wash is free however, donations will be gratefully accepted. There will be hot dogs, chips, and drinks. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Les Schwab on North Lombard and VanHouten.

Monday May 4
REINVENTING THE WORLD -- WORK AND TIME. This is Jefferson High School's last free multicultural film festival presentation. 6 p.m. Jefferson High School. Room C-39

Tuesday May 5
JUST IN TIME FOR HARD TIMES. Cascade Job Fair. More than 40 employers will be featured at the Portland Community Colleges 12th annual Cascade job fair. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Physical Education Building gym, Cascade Campus. 705 N. Killingsworth St. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes. For more info call 503-977-4421

Thursday May 7
47TH ANNUAL ST. JOHNS PARADE. This year's theme is "Great Moments in History." Also planned is an outdoor market in downtown St. Johns. Parade starts at noon. Parade route is west on Lombard between Buchanan and St. Louis. Ends at St. Johns Community Center.

Friday May 8
BRUNCH WITH THE BIRDS. Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for brunch and a birding tour of Whitaker Ponds. Advanced Registration 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. 7040 NE 47th Ave. for registration call 503-281-1132.

Saturday May 9
"UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY." The public is invited to come share, and help develop.  11 a.m. PCC Cascade Campus, Terrell Hall Room 107.
Saturday May 16
DOZER DAYS ARE COMING. Where kids drive real construction equipment. Plus many fun activities for the kid in all of us. Advance tickets available at Riverview Comm. Bank, IQ Credit Unions, and First Independent Banks. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cemex- Fisher Quarry North of SR-14 on Exit 10. Vancouver Washington




Friday May 1
FREE MARINERS GAME FOR TEENS. Join us for a free Marniers game against Oakland. Bus leaves Hiawatha Community Center at 6 p.m. For more info and to sign up call 206-684-7441.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Join us for a night of madcap adventure as we present Shakespeare's "The Comedy Of Errors." 7 p.m. Bellevue Youth Center 16661 Northup Way. $9 per seat. For more info call 425-452-7155.

Saturday May 2
CINCO DE MAYO PARTY. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo early. We'll eat traditional Mexican fare, smash a piñata, sing songs and much more. 3 – 5 p.m. Ravenna- Erickstein. 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE Admission is $3 per person. For more info call 206-684-7534.
"GREEKS IN THE PARK." Greek letter organizations in the Seattle area will participate in a day of Restoration Service in honor of Earth Day at Seward Park. Noon – 2 p.m. 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S. For more info call 206-652-2444 Ext 101
KIDNEY HEALTH FEST FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES. Free health screening and healthy food samples made by celebrity chefs. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. African American Academy 8311 Beacon S.

Tuesday May 5
FAMILY MOVIE TIME. Come and enjoy the movie "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." Movie times are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free and open to the public Alki Community Center SW Stevens St.
HEALTHY AGING FAIR. Calling all seniors and baby boomers. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Central Building 810 3rd Ave. (between Columbia & Marion) For more details call 206-684-0500.

Thursday May 7
TRACES OF THE TRADE. A screening of the documentary followed by a community discussion with one of the family members in the film. The event is free and open to the public 7 – 10 p.m. Columbia City Cinema 4816 Rainier S. A $5 donation is suggested.

Saturday May 9
SPRING SWAP MEET. This fun neighborhood event is sure to be fun for everyone. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. High Point Community Center 6920 34th Ave. SW For more info call 206-684-7422.

Sunday May 10
MOTHER'S DAY SOCIAL. Open house featuring light refreshments, music and a celebration of the opening of the rhododendron glen at the garden. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main St. For more details call 425-451-3755.

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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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