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Lecture on Health
Are you concerned about your health or the health of a loved one? Fresh Start Restorative Health Services is presenting the next workshop in a year long series of health and wellness workshops. Dr. Steven Bailey (nationally renowned author and lecturer on health) and Tyrone Sampson will be presenting on "Myths and Facts about Calories," on Saturday, June 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. The lecture will be at Celebration Tabernacle, 8131 N. Denver at Kilpatrick, in the Mahalia Jackson Hall. It can also be reached by Trimet lines 4, 6 and yellow Line Max to Kenton). Admission is free and so are the snacks. For more information contact Robin Gordon at 503-890-5393 or Michael Hunter at 503-936-3704. Or, check out our website at www.freshstarthealth.org

Diversity Fest Seeks Vendors
Diversity Fest is coming up in June and is calling out to vendors for international flavors and flair! Diversity Fest is an event designed to celebrate Portland's vibrant multicultural communities. The Fest will feature food, art, entertainment and community resource tables. It will be held at Oaks Amusement Park on Sunday, June 28 from noon to 7 p.m. Vendor prices include: Tabling booth: $50 shared table for non-profits; $150 for companies with 1-5 employees. Space is limited  For more information, please contact Dan Bell 503-810-4354. Deadline for sponsorship and booth reservations is June 15. Call Mr. Bell for a list of sponsors, underwriters, and vendors committed to date.

Digital TV Transition June 12
There is less than a week left until the digital television transition. DTV Assistance Centers and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) are urging unprepared households to apply for a converter box coupon as soon as possible. Households that fail to apply now risk receiving a coupon after June 12 and will likely be without television for weeks. You can still receive emergency information over the radio.
To apply for a coupon, households must call 1-888-DTV-2009 or visit www.DTV2009.gov today before it is too late. For further help, please call or visit your DTV Assistance Center today:
• Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St. in Portland; 503-445-1438
• Urban League of Portland, 10 N. Russell St. Portland; 503-280-2600.
Additionally, people with unused and unneeded coupons can mail them to: Portland DTV Coupon Exchange Program
SW Morrison St, Suite 910, Portland, OR 97025

Forum: Housing Options for Felons
Do you have a history with the legal system? Having trouble finding or maintaining housing because of it? Join the Better People organization for a panel discussion on the subject. While the talk will be crafted more for organizations helping ex-offenders, the public is welcome to attend. The forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 9 at the Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.
A reservation for the free forum should be made by June 5. Please call Tanisha Wells at Better People at 503-281-2663.

Miracle Theatre Group  Holds Auditions
Miracle Theatre Group, the Northwest's premier Latino arts and culture organization, will hold its general auditions on Thursday, June 11 at the Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St. Olga Sanchez, one of the company's two artistic directors, says the theatre this year is particularly interested in seeing actors who sing and who can speak some Spanish, since most of the work in the nonprofit theatre's 2009-2010 season taps those talents. Performers should prepare two contrasting monologues, totaling no more than four minutes, plus a song. Appointments are required; contact Olga Sanchez at olga@milagro.org or 503-236-7253.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. Sundays at the Milagro Theatre (525 S.E. Stark St., Portland). For more information about Miracle Theatre visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.

Become a Volunteer Emergency Responder
Anyone interested in taking part in the Portland Office of Emergency Management's Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) classes, community emergency response teams, registration will open in July for the 2009 Fall Neighborhood Emergency Team training. Basic NET Training classes are free.
The in-class sessions for the 2009 Fall semester will be held Wednesday evenings 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday mornings 9 a.m. to Noon at Portland Fire & Rescue Training Facility, 4800 NE 122 Ave., Portland.
On-line registration will begin July 5. Online registration closes on Sept. 10, unless the class is maxed out before that date.
The first Wednesday class is September 16 through Wednesday October 28.The first Saturday class is September 19 through September October 31.The Final Field Exercise for both class sessions is Saturday, Nov 7.
Classroom trainings are at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Facility, 4800 NE 122 Ave. in Portland. Please visit www.portlandonline.com/oem for more informtion.

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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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