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Published: 01 April 2009

Racial Profiling Public Meeting

The Portland Police Bureau has scheduled two public meetings to give citizens an opportunity to address their concerns about racial profiling.  Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Maria Lisa Johnson, the Director of Human Relations for the City of Portland will attend these meetings.

The first public meeting will be held on April 2, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the East Precinct Community Center located at 740 Southeast 106th Avenue, Portland, Oregon.  The second public meeting will be held on April 8, 2009 at King Elementary School located at 4906 Northeast 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Anyone planning to attend these meetings is asked to go to www.portlandolice.com to review the Portland Police Bureau's Racial Profiling Plan. 

Sen. Wyden Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host a town hall meeting in Gresham on Sunday, April 5 at 1 p.m. at the Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Ave. Residents of Multnomah County are invited to attend the open forum to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. The event in Gresham is town hall number 508.

Become a YMCA Volunteer in Clark County

Unemployed? Hours recently cut back? Or maybe you are not affected by these hard economic times but want to help…you just don't know how. Becoming a YWCA Clark County volunteer is one way to help your community. YWCA volunteers learn new skills for their resumes, meet and network with a diverse group of community members, as well as become actively involved in improving the lives of Clark County residents. 

YWCA Clark County invites everyone interested in learning about volunteer opportunities to attend the Introduction to Volunteer Service on Tuesday, April 7, 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the agency's community room at 3609 Main Street, Vancouver. This event is free to the public, and no reservation is needed.
This spring there is a strong need for adult volunteers to:

• Advocate for adult and youth victims of sexual assault.

• Represent the best interest of an abused or neglected child by becoming a CASA (Court • Appointed Special Advocate).

• Assist youth who are aging out of foster care.

Other ongoing volunteer needs include providing resources and encouragement to inmates at the Clark County Jail, helping out in the Y's Care preschool classroom, assisting with special events, and working behind the scenes to keep the agency running smoothly.

Several programs will offer free training for new volunteers in April and May.

For more information, call Al Flory at 360-696-0167 or visit www.ywcaclarkcounty.org.

Artist damali ayo Discusses Sustainability, Fashion, Eco-Living

damali ayo, author, artist, and creator of CROW, the first sliding scale, eco-friendly clothing company, will discuss sustainability, fashion and eco-living. Leila Wice, Japanese textile historian and creator of DekoBoko Design will make introductory remarks.

The talk is the second in the FOOD CLOTHING SHELTER sequence of public dialogues on the meaning and practice of sustainability in daily life. The series is sponsored by the Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University.

It takes place Tuesday, April 7 at 7p.m. at PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 327/8/9 (1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland)

Humboldt Speaks

Humboldt Speaks, a series of discussions about the Humboldt neighborhood, will take place on April 7 and April 11 at the community room in Humboldt Gardens. The purpose of these events is to identify shared concerns about the future of the Humboldt neighborhood. The events are hosted by Mosaic Planning, a group of five volunteer graduate students from Portland State University's School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Two "listening sessions" were hosted in March, at which 22 community members discussed their concerns for the neighborhood. These conversations explored issues like crime, safety, education, changing demographics, environmental concerns, economic development, and opportunities for youth. The goal of the upcoming April workshops is to build off these initial conversations and involve a very large and diverse group of neighbors.

Community Workshop Dates:

• Tuesday, April 7 at 7pm. Humboldt Gardens, 5033 N Vancouver Ave.;

• Saturday, April 11 at 3:30pm. Humboldt Gardens, 5033 N Vancouver Ave.

Job Resource Fair for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Free Fair scheduled for Thursday, April 9 from 2 – 6 p.m.

The YWCA of East Multnomah County is collaborating with dozens of area partners to present an employment resource fair for adults age 55+ and for people with disabilities.  The fair will be held at the YWCA East location, 600 NE 8th St. Gresham.

Representatives from each organization will be available to provide attendees with information on how to receive assistance with finding employment, stipend jobs and job skills training.

Agencies include: AARP, Life by Design, Elders in Action, Multnomah County Library, Goodwill Industries Jobs Program, Easter Seals, Metropolitan Family Services, Worksource Portland Metro, Portland Habilitative Center, Job Development Network, Ride Connection, Loaves & Fishes, Multnomah County ADS, Community Energy Project, Oregon Commission for the Blind, Work Incentives Network, and many more.

Parenting, ESL Classes

Linwood Elementary School is offering a number of free and low-cost classes for parents from across the community. All classes are free and open to walk-ins. The school is located at 11909 SE Linwood Ave. in Milwaukie. Free childcare is provided for all classes.

English Classes: For adults who are learning English as a second language. The class is offered on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning April 8th.

Spanish Classes: For adults who are learning Spanish as a second language. The class is offered Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning April 8th.

Lasting Relationships/Amor Para Toda La Vida: Offered in partnership with Northwest Family Services, this nine-week workshop focuses on creating strong families by supporting healthy relationships. The class is offered on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning April 7th. There are two classes simultaneously, one in English and one in Spanish. The meetings in April will focus on couples, and the meetings in May will focus on single parents. The cost is $10 per family, and scholarships are available.

Make Parenting a Pleasure: This six-week workshop for parents of children from infancy to 8 years old will touch on effective communication strategies, stress management, discipline, and many other topics to help parents be successful. This workshop is on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning April 21st.

Self Defense: This is a self-defense class that will teach adults some basic techniques to defend against personal attacks. Topics will include defenses against punches, headlocks and "choke holds," as well as grip breaking. Students will also learn some mindset changes to help keep them avoid conflict altogether, or to help overcome an attacker if necessary. This class is offered on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., beginning April 7th.

Clackamas Business Seminar

Clackamas Community College and Customized Training & Development Services present a lean business seminar on Monday, April 13, from 8-10 a.m. in the Gregory Forum at CCC's Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Avenue. "Turning Troubled Times into Long-Term Sustainability" is presented by Mike Martyn, the founder of SISU Consulting Group.

Martyn will lead a discussion about what small businesses can do today to survive the current economic mess and how they can lead the industry as the recovery begins. Topics include: simplifying your financial position and stabilizing cash flow, identifying high-impact improvement activities, choosing lean tools that improve your bottom line, and taking action now – what to do in the next 90 days. Martyn will share his secrets to turning "panic into productivity."

This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Seating is limited to the first 150 respondents. Reservations may be made by contacting Dianna Fine at 503-657-6958, ext. 3137.

"Coveted: The David & Bathsheba Story"

David, a powerful religious leader; Bathsheba, another man's wife. Their paths cross and the history of religion is changed forever.
This modern rendition Kings Solomon's parents: David & Bathsheba is brought to life on stage at the Victory Outreach SE Campus, 16022 SE Stark St Portland on Saturday, April 17 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

For more info visit www.coveted2009.webs.com and www.victoryoutreachportland.com.

Small Business Help

Does your small business need Internet resources that can help you advertise and organize? The Clackamas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is conducting a series of four workshops that introduce small businesses to Google services. Classes are taught by Rob Patton and are held at the Harmony Community Campus at 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, Milwaukie in the OIT building, room 157. The series covers:

• Google Analytics for Small Business, Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 1-4 p.m.

• Google Adwords (PPC) for Small Business, Tuesday, April 14, 1-4 p.m.

• iGoogle for Small Business, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 1-4 p.m.

• Google Calendar for Small Business, Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 1-4 p.m.

Regular price is $30 per workshop. A special price of $90 for the four-workshop series is offered for chamber members. To find out more or to register, call the SBDC at 503-594-0738 or visit the website www.BizCenter.org.

Free Lead-Safe Home Projects Workshop

Learn how to safely perform small projects that may involve exposure to lead paint. Qualified participants receive free safety and testing supplies.

April 14 6-7:30 p.m. Community Energy Project, 422 NE Alberta St. RSVP 503-284-6827 x107 or [email protected]

Water Conservation Workshop

Water to the Weather for Watershed Health Workshop. Learn the basics of water conservation - evapotranspiration, water-wise irrigation, and reducing nonpoint source pollution. Qualified participants receive a free kit of conservation materials.

April 29 6-8 p.m. Community Energy Project, 422 NE Alberta St RSVP 503.284.6827 x109 or [email protected]

Attention Employers: Register for MHCC Career Fair Now

Gresham, Ore. — Employer registration is now available for the annual Career Fair at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), sponsored by the Career Planning and Counseling Center. This year's Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the College Center's Fireside Lounge on the Gresham Campus.

At the Career Fair, employers will have the opportunity to showcase their companies; meet and network with potential employees; talk with students and community members about full-time career positions, part-time and seasonal jobs and internships; explain hiring procedures to students; and network with faculty.

Employers can register for the Career Fair at www.mhcc.edu/careercenter or by calling the Career Planning and Counseling Center at 503-491-7432.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).  Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

Banquet of HOPE

The Banquet of HOPE is an opportunity for you to come to hear inspiring messages from community leaders such as Retired City Commissioner Charles Jordan, and Kris Persson, the Current Principal of Helensview High School. Entertainment for the evening will include Cary Simms-Jazz Saxophonist, and the Victory Outreach Inspirational Choir. Come enjoy a catered meal and participate in our silent auction as well. Tickets are $30 with all profits towards the Victory Outreach Building fund.

The event takes place Saturday, April 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Victory Outreach SE Campus, 16022 SE Stark St. For more info: www.banquetofhope.webs.com

Elders in Action Benefit

Elders in Action, is having their 8th bi-annual benefit, Timeless Treasures, in support of their Personal Advocate program. It will be held at The Oregon Zoo, Cascade Banquet Room on April 30 from 3 -- 7 p.m. Guests are invited to bring an antique or any item they think might have more than sentimental value for a free appraisal. Gary Germer of Germer & Associates and Karen Stockton of Antique Appraisal Associates will be providing on-the-spot appraisals. 

Local radio personality Roger Hart will be the emcee. Tickets are $35 for people 60 and older, and $50 for non-seniors. Raffle tickets are also available for the chance to win $1,500. Raffle tickets are $10 each. All tickets can be purchased through the website: www.eldersinaction.org or call our office: 503-595-7531.

Kidney Center Health Fest for African Americans

Northwest Kidney Centers will hold its 7th annual Kidney Health Fest for African American Families on Saturday, May 2. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the African American Academy, 8311 Beacon Ave. S., in Seattle. It features free health screenings and healthy food samples made by local celebrity chefs. Participants also will enjoy a panel discussion on kidney health and healthy living on a shoestring, with Jesse Jones of KING 5 television as the emcee. The day includes entertainment, music, exhibits, a fitness demonstration and obstacle course for all ages, a fun, interactive Kids' Korner, and the chance to win prize drawings for iPods and an Xbox 360. For more information about the event and Northwest Kidney Centers - founded in Seattle in 1962 and now the nation's fourth-largest nonprofit independent dialysis organization - go to www.nwkidney.org.

Bike-to-Work Commute Day Celebration

More than 160 Lloyd bicyclists will kick off the summer cycling season at the annual Bike-to-Work Celebration. The party takes place on Friday, May 15th from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Oregon Square (south of NE Holladay Street between 7th & 9th Avenues) in conjunction with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike-to-Work Week (May 11-15). This year's featured speaker will be Joe Kurmaskie. Best known as the "Metal Cowboy" and described as "Mark Twain on two wheels" by USA Today, Joe is a bestselling author, journalist, educator and enthused bicyclist. After pedaling over 110,000 miles across the world, Joe has collected a lifetime of stories and inspiration to share. There will also be a complimentary continental breakfast and door prizes. Learn how easy it is to take your bike on TriMet, get a free bike safety check courtesy of Cycology Mobile Bike Repair, and if thoughts of the climate crisis, peaking oil production, and gas prices are stressing you out, get a free chair massage compliments of East West College, a professional school of massage and spa training. 

Any bicyclist who brings one or more new rider/s to the party will receive a free City Coffee gift card; every new rider will receive one as well.

With the economy at the forefront of everyone's mind, biking is an effective way to save money each month.  Bicycling to work is good for your pocket book, good for your health, and good for the planet.   It can also be relaxing and invigorating.  Connect with other bicylists and learn more about bike commuting at our Bike Commute Day party!   

Humane Society Holds Photo Contest

The Oregon Humane Society is looking for great pictures of cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, horses and other pets for its 18th annual Fuzzy, Furry and Feathered Friends Photo Contest. The contest opens today and will accept entries until May 29, 2009. 

Winners will see photos of their pets published in the full-color OHS Magazine and will also receive great prizes from Pro Photo Supply and Canon. Prizes will be awarded for the best pictures in the following categories: Top Dog, Top Cat, Top Other Animal (rabbit, bird, etc.), Funniest photo, Child with Pet, Me & My Pet, Editor's Choice, and Grand Prize. 

"We're looking for photos of all types -- beautiful pets; pets doing funny things; but most of all, photos that make us feel the connection between pets and people," said David Lytle, editor of OHS Magazine.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Canon Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm lens. The winners of the best dog, best cat and best other animal category each get a $100 gift card from Pro Photo Supply. Winners of the remaining categories receive a $50 gift card.

All winning photos will be published in the summer issue of the OHS Magazine. Entries must be postmarked or delivered to OHS  or Pro Photo Supply by May 29, 2009. Winners will be announced by the end of June, 2009. The contest is sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Canon. 

Visit www.oregonhumane.org/news/photo_contest.asp for contest details and tips on taking great photos. 

Entry fee: There is a $5 entry fee for the first five photos, and all entry fees go directly to help animals at the Oregon Humane Society, the largest and oldest animal shelter in the Northwest.  

Contest rules :

Send any size photograph up to 8x10 (no slides, negatives, photocopies, or e-mails).

• Label each photograph with submitter's name, address, telephone number, and the pet's name.  

• Pictures of dogs and cats should include a collar and ID tag. 

• Include a $5 entry donation per household with your photo(s). The $5 fee covers the first five photos submitted; there is a $1 fee for each additional photo after the first five entries. There is no limit to the number of photos that can be entered. 
• Checks should be written to "Oregon Humane Society."  Proceeds go directly to helping find homes for animals at the OHS shelter.

Send or deliver to: Photo Contest, Oregon Humane Society, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR  97211. Postmark or deliver by 7 p.m., May 29, 2009. Entries can also be hand delivered to Pro Photo, 1112 NW 19th, Portland, by May 29, 2009.  

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