06-21-2018  5:17 am      •     
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AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

Ex-basketball coach sentenced to 60 days for sex abuse

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Beaverton basketball coach has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of probation for sexually abusing a teenage girl he met through work.KOIN-TV reported Wednesday 34-year-old Laurence Metz was convicted of two counts of sex abuse.Metz was a coach...

Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

Mail-order weed? You betcha!With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him.Ohio...

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on...


How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...


Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley...

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so .Throughout American history,...

The Latest: Messi gets a chance to save face against Croatia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local):12:16 a.m.Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup.Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi...


Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock '69 concert field

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes.Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or a strand of hippie beads? Or Jimi...

Behind the making of Jack-Jack, the summer's breakout star

NEW YORK (AP) — The breakout star of the summer moviegoing season isn't a dinosaur, an Avenger or anyone aboard the Millennium Falcon. It's a giggling pipsqueak in diapers."The Incredibles 2," which last weekend set a new box-office record for animated films with 2.7 million in ticket...

Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson are engaged

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's true, Pete Davidson says: He and Ariana Grande are engaged.The "Saturday Night Live" cast member confirmed their rumored engagement to Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "Tonight Show."Fallon put Davidson on the spot Wednesday, telling him he didn't have to get engaged to the pop...


New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl 'to our village'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio...

Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors have charged Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, with a series...

Military vows to recover bodies from sunken Indonesia ferry

TIGARAS, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military chief said Thursday that specialist navy equipment will be...

Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in...

Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea...

SEI Summer Music Festival
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School of African Roots Open House

A coalition of community groups has joined to launch an independent educational concept called the School of African Roots (SOAR). This concept will consist of a series of classes created with a strong dose of love, respect, patience, and inspiration, that is strongly influenced by the rich cultural traditions that have sustained African-descended people for more than years.

There will be an open house event at the school location from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Abbey Art Center at 7600 N. Hereford in Portland. This event will include an interactive presentation on the objectives and operations of the school.

Members of the community community are invited to come and meet the organizers, ask questions, give input and register children to participate in classes.

For more information: please reach out to us at our School of African Roots Facebook page @Facebook.com/SOARPDX. You can call at (707) 456-SOAR or email organizers at soar@beamvillage.org.


Six-Week Series for Caregivers Begins Sept. 8

Registration is now open for an annual six-week series called Powerful Tools for Caregivers that begins Sept. 8. Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services and Tuality Healthcare sponsor the series.

The classes take place on Thursdays, September 8 through October 13, from 1:30–4 p.m., at Forest Grove Library Rogers Room, 2114 Pacific Ave. Class size is limited, and registration is required by calling (503) 846-3089.

This educational series is designed to help unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while they are caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness. Participants will learn how to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions.

The class is appropriate for anyone helping a parent, spouse or friend. The person in their care may live at home, in a facility or across the country.

There is a suggested donation of $30 to help defray the cost of the book, but payment is not required to attend the class.

Call Washington County's Family Caregiver Support Program at 503-846-3089 to register or for more information.


Hispanic Chamber to Celebrate ¡BRAVO! Awards

The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (Hispanic Chamber) will celebrate the many contributions that Latinos make locally in Oregon and the United States during its annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Sept. 8.

During the event, the Hispanic Chamber will present the ¡BRAVO! Awards to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that are role models, and have contributed to the economic and social advancement of Latinos in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The following awards will be presented:

  • Latino Business: Rosa Martinez, President, Professional Minority Group
  • Latino Health: Gil Muñoz, CEO, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
  • Latino Justice: Monica Herranz, Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem & Referee for Multnomah County
  • Latino Community Service: John Jackley, Director of Communications and Social Equity, Portland Development Commission
  • Public Partnership: City of Beaverton
  • Community Partnership: Northwest Health Foundation

The event will also recognize our 10th Latino Leadership program graduating class, and welcome our 11th incoming class. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Ticket prices are $135 for members and $150 for non-members. Corporate tables are available for $1,500 each, which includes listing in the evening program.

Sponsors for the event include Altria, Comcast, Fred Meyer, JP Morgan & Chase Co., Multnomah County, Oregon Lottery, Portland Development Commission, Providence Health & Services, Southwest Airlines, University of Oregon and Wells Fargo.

To RSVP, call (503) 222-0280, or e-mail: info@hmccoregon.com.

More information is available at: http://www.hmccoregon.com/events.html


For more Portland and Seattle area events, see the Community Calendar.

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