PHOTO: The Portland African American Leadership Forum kicked off its community building campaign, "We are Black. We are..." with a barbecue celebration in Montavilla Park. See more pics in The Skanner's Flickr album and find out more about the campaign here.
Register Now for Portland Youth Theater Summer Workshops
In anticipation of their upcoming production of “Smoldering Fires,” March 13- April 12, 2015, PassinArt: A Theatre Company and Portland playwright, director and actor Shalanda Sims offer a series of interactive youth theatrical workshops for ages 10 - 15 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m., Aug. 4-6, and 11-13 2014 at the Ethos/IFCC 5340 N Interstate Ave.
For more information or to reserve a spot email [email protected] or call 503-235-8079. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.
Research Study Seeking Children Ages 6-11 with Autism
The Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University and Louisa Silva, M.D., M.P.H. are announcing a first-time opportunity for parents with children between the ages of 6 and 11 with autism to enroll in a research study to receive free training and treatment. Enrollment is open now through Sept. 5 for residents of Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, Polk, Marion, Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Lane counties.
Since 2000, Silva and her team of trained therapists have worked with children with autism who are under the age of six to learn a daily massage program that has been shown in research studies to be effective in reversing sensory difficulties and improving behavior. As children become more comfortable with touch, they become calmer, are better able to focus and learn, and exhibit better behavior overall.
Families enrolled in the study receive all services for free, including training, treatment and assessments. Enrollment is limited to thirty-five children; residents outside of the above-mentioned counties can enroll in the study, but they may need to travel to one of the above counties for services.
Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
“The ADA: What Does It Stand For?” is the theme for the 24th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Matt Dishman Community Center on Saturday, July 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. The free event is open to the public and being presented by the City of Portland and its community partners.
A full afternoon of activities for all the family is planned at the center, located at 77 NE Knott St. The event will include live entertainment, an open mic session, interactive activities, multi-ethnic snacks, speakers, including Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and a birthday cake for the ADA’s big 24th anniversary. Also, Kristi Jamison, a member of the Portland Commission will be an emcee and ASL interpretation will be provided.
The event’s planning committee expects a large turnout to honor the ADA on the anniversary of its 1990 signing into law. Last year’s celebration attracted over 100 persons to City Hall. For further information and updates, visit the Portland Commission on Disability’s website and the Portland Commission on Disability Facebook page.
The Portland Commission on Disability works to fulfill its mission to guide the City in ensuring that it is a more universally accessible city for all. It consists of up to 21 volunteers who have helped form a Model Employer Plan and Online Content Captioning Plan for the City.
Blood Donations Needed Now to Prevent Emergency Situation
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets - a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it's important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Lents Street Fair this Sunday
A celebration of all things Lents is this Sunday, July 27, from 1-8 p.m.
The day starts with the Lents Founders Day Parade to celebrate Lents’ history and cultural diversity. The parade will feature the famed Beat Goes on Marching Band, the Unipiper, kids on bikes, the Belmont Goats, classic cars, elected officials and so much more. If you would like to watch the parade just show up by 12:15. If you would like to participate in the parade, please visit our webpage to sign up.
The Street Fair itself will have two stages of music throughout the day with international folks music and local rock bands; a beer garden (which will be no surprise to anyone who knows me!) featuring beer from Lents’ forthcoming brewpub; nearly 80 vendors featuring arts & crafts, excellent foods, and wellness products.
Find more information at www.lentsstreetfair.com.
Basic Rights Oregon Racial Justice Alliance ‘Front and Center’
Basic Right’s Oregon presents the 2nd Annual Front and Center, a signature collaborative event between their Racial Justice and Alliance Building and Transgender Justice Programs, Thursday, July 31, doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Artist Repertory Theater 1515 SW Morrison St.
Angelica Ross is the event’s featured artist at the Queer and Trans People of Color Showcase. Angelica Ross is a trans black woman from Chicago, a talented singer, songwriter, actress, writer, and activist.
Tickets are $15-20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. For more information call 503-241-1278.
Campus Blues Fest Honors Janice Scroggins
Concordia University and The Original Halibut’s restaurant in Northeast Portland present the inaugural Campus Blues Fest, a blues music festival dedicated to the legacy of the late Grammy-nominated and beloved Portland musician, Janice Scroggins on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 12-8 p.m. at Concordia on the campus green.
The dynamic artist line-up will include performances by Portland blues icons Norman Sylvester, Linda Hornbuckle Band with Reggie Houston & Richard Arnold, Jim Mesi Band, Lloyd Jones Trio, Kevin Selfe & the Tornados, Jim Wallace, and The Strange Tones.
Entrance to this family-friendly festival is free to the public with food vendors, such as, The Original Halibut’s and Cannon’s Rib Express available.
Join the hundreds of attendees who will enjoy back-to-back music from 12-8pm in the amphitheater on the campus green at Concordia University at 2900 NE Rosa Parks Way. Concordia is an alcohol free campus. For more information, visit www.cu-portland.edu/events
Auditions for St. Helens, Oregon ‘Haunted Tours’
The ShoeString Community Players will be holding auditions for the St. Helens Haunted Tours, Aug. 6-7 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. The auditions are at Bertucci's, 2017 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens.
SSCP is looking for actors and actresses ages 16 to 99 for both speaking and non-speaking roles. Rehearsals will be held in the evenings and occasionally on weekends, beginning in late August and running through early October. The exact schedule will be posted after all roles have been cast mid August.
Haunted Tours performances will be held Oct. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and Nov. 1 from 7 to 10pm
SSCP is also looking for people to help out behind the scenes with make-up, costumes, concessions, house management, publicity, lighting, special effects, sound effects, handlers and security and crowd control.
For more information on the Haunted House Tours, visit www.sscpmusicals.com or email [email protected]
Free Youth Safety Seminar
Law Enforcement for Youth's Y.E.S.S. programs 2014 Youth Sports Safety Seminar is July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chemawa Indian School, 3700 Chemawa road NE, Salem.
This seminar is free if you pre-register at www.lawenforcementforyouth.org. Kids pre- registered and attending with an adult will participate in a free football skills session provided by The Barton Football Academy.
Topics will include concussion awareness by OHSU, general sports injury assessment by Hope Orthopedics, speed and conditioning by The Court House Performance training and concussion management using The Sideline Kit concussion management system.
If you are a parent, coach, league administrator, or athlete this is a great way to improve your knowledge and the safety of young athletes.
Coaches attending will receive an attendance card that satisfies the requirements of Oregon new Concussion law. Jenna's Law requires all youth coaches receive concussion awareness training.
For more details or to sponsor our Youth Equipment and Sports Safety program contact us at [email protected] or call 503-363-KIDS (5437)