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By The Skanner News
Published: 22 April 2009

Community Meeting Addresses Gaps in Social Safety Net
The economic downturn and expected reduction of state funding for a range of social services has local stakeholders searching for ways to fill potential gaps.
A community discussion on the topic is set for Thursday, April 23, 6-8 p.m. at King's Way Christian High School, 3300 NE 78th St., under the direction of Marc Boldt, who chairs the Board of County Commissioners.
Invitations have been extended to representatives from faith-based organizations, non-profit service providers and other stakeholders interested in helping organizations connect with volunteers.
The meeting is sponsored by the Department of Community Services and open to the public. RSVP's are required by Monday, April 20. To RSVP please call (360) 397-2130 or send e-mail to [email protected].

U of P Sale Benefits Study Abroad Program
The University of Portland's Moreau Center for Service and Leadership will hold a giant rummage sale on campus (5000 N. Willamette Blvd.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 in support of its Nicaragua Immersion program.
The general public is welcome to the sale, which will take place just outside the Pilot House near the main entrance to campus. Items for sale include baked goods, kitchenware, desks, chairs, sofas, bicycles, home décor, televisions, fans and more.
Proceeds from the sale will support a group of 17 university students traveling to Nicaragua on a service learning immersion project. They will be working with the non-profit organizations SEEDS of Learning, and Witness for Peace, with whom they will be building a local school, volunteering in community projects and learning about fair trade agriculture.
A portion of the proceeds will also go to the University Village residence hall charity. For more information, contact Michelle Chang at (503) 943-7132 or [email protected].

Apply Now for Public Montessori School
The Ivy School — Portland's first tuition-free/public/charter Montessori school — will open this September with 60 students in two mixed-age classrooms serving grades one through three. Any child eligible for enrollment in Portland Public Schools may apply for admission to the Ivy School via an upcoming lottery.
The Ivy School will be holding an informational event in the auditorium of the Matt Dishman Community Center on Sunday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the school. Staff will be available after the presentation to discuss both Montessori methods and the Ivy School itself.
A second public meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 17 at 6:30 at the Peninsula Park Community Center. Please RSVP for either event to [email protected] theivyschool.com. 

Gardening Tips, Lead Reduction Workshop
There will be free Water to the Weather gardening workshop on May 2 and May 19. Participants will learn to maintain a healthy garden or landscape with efficient watering tips and resources. Multnomah County residents receive a free conservation kit.
Call to register at 503-284-6827 x109c or email [email protected]. The workshops take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or Shine at 13126 NE Airport Way, Portland, and Tuesday May 19th 6 to 8 p.m. at Community Energy Project, 422 NE Alberta St.
There will be a free Lead-Safe Home Projects workshop on May 21. Participants will learn how to safely conduct small lead paint disturbing projects. Qualified participants receive a free lead safety kit, and access to borrow a professional-grade dual sealed HEPA vacuum cleaner. Call to register at 503-284-6827 x107 or email [email protected]. The workshop is Thursday, May 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Community Energy Project, 422 NE Alberta St.

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