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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 ...

Washington, other states plan to sue over family separations

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Washington, California and at least nine other states are planning to sue the Trump administration over its separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the president's executive order halting the practice is riddled with caveats and fails to...

Oregon allows rancher to kill a wolf after calves attacked

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife managers have issued a permit that allows a rancher in Eastern Oregon to kill a wolf after three of his calves were injured by the predators last week.The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday they confirmed that the calves were hurt by wolves...

Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

SEATTLE (AP) — A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect.Seattle Police said Thursday on its blog that the child was removed in late May from an unsanctioned homeless encampment where people were reportedly using...

Washington, other states plan to sue over family separations

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Washington, California and at least nine other states are planning to sue the Trump administration over its separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the president's executive order halting the practice is riddled with caveats and fails to...


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 ...


3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A grand jury added federal civil rights and hate crimes violations to the charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis, prosecutors announced Thursday.The new five-count indictment names Michael Hari, 47, Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe...

Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company learned of what it called a past, consensual relationship with an employee.Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Spokesman...

Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete...


Koko the gorilla used smarts, empathy to help change views

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died at 46.Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific...

Directors Guild says industry is still mostly white and male

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study by the Directors Guild of America finds that despite high-profile releases like "Get Out" and "Wonder Woman," film directors remained overwhelmingly white and male among the movies released last year.The DGA examined all 651 feature films released theatrically in...

Demi Lovato sings about addiction struggles on 'Sober'

NEW YORK (AP) — Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety in March, but her new song indicates she may no longer be sober.The pop star released "Sober " on YouTube on Thursday, singing lyrics like: "Momma, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore/And daddy please forgive me for the drinks...


No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Ayton; Trae Young, Doncic swapped

NEW YORK (AP) — The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick. The Dallas Mavericks...

Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and...

ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC, which canceled its "Roseanne" revival over its star's racist tweet, said Thursday...

Suu Kyi says outside hate narratives driving Myanmar tension

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A social media account run by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi quotes...

Merkel pledges 0 million loan for troubled Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a 0 million loan to troubled...

Eurozone gets deal to pave way for end to Greece's bailout

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Eurozone nations agreed on the final elements of a plan to get Greece out of its...

Portland Parks Weddings
By The Skanner News

Portland Parks & Recreation Wedding Reservations for 2016:

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is the proud steward of more than 200 parks, gardens, and natural settings that can be reserved for weddings and/or receptions. These lovely settings are the perfect locations for ceremonies and celebrations.

Portland Parks & Recreation will begin taking wedding reservations for 2016 events on Monday, January 4, 2016, in person, via phone, and by mail and fax only. The PP&R Customer Service Center opens at 8:00am for walk-in service on weekdays, and on January 4, staff will begin answering phones at approximately 11 a.m. 

First come, first served. Walk-in customers will receive assistance before phone callers, mail or faxes are addressed. 

We provide hot beverages to those standing in line, to help customers through the early morning chill! Typically, many eager future happy couples stand in line prior to the center’s opening to ensure they get their first choices of PP&R wedding venues and their preferred dates.

Prior to January 4, please go to the PP&R online reservations system and walk through the steps to create an account. You may also call our Customer Service Center to establish your account. Creating your account ahead of time will speed up the reservation process!

We will only begin taking requests for wedding reservations online on Monday, January 11, 2016, at this site. Reservations cannot be made nor held online until Jan 11.

Future newlyweds, please note the following:

  • The Customer Service Center is located in the first floor of the Portland Building, located at 1134 SW 5th Avenue. Entry doors are on the corner of SW 5th Ave and Madison St, under the awning. Several parking lots are available nearby. Be aware that street parking directly around the Portland Building is limited to 15 minutes during certain hours.
  • Please come prepared with your first, second, and third preferences for both a wedding location and a date.
  • Be prepared to pay the Application Processing Fee required to hold your reservation. We accept payment by cash, check, and Visa/MasterCard/American Express.

A few other things to know:

  • While weddings may be scheduled at a picnic site, receptions cannot be scheduled in a wedding garden (only the ceremony portion).
  • For information on weddings at Portland Public Golf courses, please contact the course directly.
  • City Code requires that a permit be obtained for any wedding in a public park where guests are invited. Permits are issued by the PP&R Customer Service Center located on the first floor of the Portland Building at 1134 SW 5th Avenue. Office hours are 8:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Monday - Friday.
    Phone: 503-823-2525 | Fax: 503-823-2515
  • Weddings are not permitted at the Japanese Garden, Pittock Mansion and surrounding Pittock grounds, or at the Portland International Raceway.
  • Check the PP&R wedding brochure for locations, fees, policies,insurance, and other reservation information.


YWCA Clark County Begins New Volunteer Training on Jan. 7

New volunteer applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming volunteer training cycle. YWCA Clark County volunteers are partners in our mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We are able to provide vital and life changing services because of our compassionate and dedicated volunteers.

The programs of YWCA Clark County offer opportunities for volunteers to support survivors of abuse, neglect, and oppression. Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence.

YWCA is interested in expanding the number of volunteers with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Sexual Assault Program. In addition to providing comprehensive training, YWCA offers a chance to make a positive impact during a difficult time in someone's life.

"Being a CASA starts with a love of children," says volunteer Connie Finck. Connie swore in as a CASA in April of 2013, and in her first year as a CASA, served over 450 hours. The CASA program provided advocacy for 870 children during the 2013-14 year, with the support of 245 advocates.

Winter training for new volunteers will begin on January 7, 2015. To learn how to become a volunteer with either Sexual Assault Program or Clark County CASA, visit ywcaclarkcounty.org or contact Nichole Peppers at 360-906-9112 or npeppers@ywcaclarkcounty.org.


PSUSU Hosts Student Power Event

On Thursday, January 14th 2016 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union in Room 327 the Portland State University Student Union (PSUSU) will be hosting an event entitled STUDENT POWER: Capitalism, Militarism and the International Student Movement.

This dynamic event will highlight the history and evolution of the international student movement and discussion of the rise of student power in our community at Portland State. Featured will be a presentation from students who are engaged in the anti-racist and anti-corporatization of education struggle locally and across the country.


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