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Published: 03 June 2009

Lecture on Health
Are you concerned about your health or the health of a loved one? Fresh Start Restorative Health Services is presenting the next workshop in a year long series of health and wellness workshops. Dr. Steven Bailey (nationally renowned author and lecturer on health) and Tyrone Sampson will be presenting on "Myths and Facts about Calories," on Saturday, June 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. The lecture will be at Celebration Tabernacle, 8131 N. Denver at Kilpatrick, in the Mahalia Jackson Hall. It can also be reached by Trimet lines 4, 6 and yellow Line Max to Kenton). Admission is free and so are the snacks. For more information contact Robin Gordon at 503-890-5393 or Michael Hunter at 503-936-3704. Or, check out our website at www.freshstarthealth.org

Diversity Fest Seeks Vendors
Diversity Fest is coming up in June and is calling out to vendors for international flavors and flair! Diversity Fest is an event designed to celebrate Portland's vibrant multicultural communities. The Fest will feature food, art, entertainment and community resource tables. It will be held at Oaks Amusement Park on Sunday, June 28 from noon to 7 p.m. Vendor prices include: Tabling booth: $50 shared table for non-profits; $150 for companies with 1-5 employees. Space is limited  For more information, please contact Dan Bell 503-810-4354. Deadline for sponsorship and booth reservations is June 15. Call Mr. Bell for a list of sponsors, underwriters, and vendors committed to date.

Digital TV Transition June 12
There is less than a week left until the digital television transition. DTV Assistance Centers and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) are urging unprepared households to apply for a converter box coupon as soon as possible. Households that fail to apply now risk receiving a coupon after June 12 and will likely be without television for weeks. You can still receive emergency information over the radio.
To apply for a coupon, households must call 1-888-DTV-2009 or visit www.DTV2009.gov today before it is too late. For further help, please call or visit your DTV Assistance Center today:
• Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St. in Portland; 503-445-1438
• Urban League of Portland, 10 N. Russell St. Portland; 503-280-2600.
Additionally, people with unused and unneeded coupons can mail them to: Portland DTV Coupon Exchange Program
SW Morrison St, Suite 910, Portland, OR 97025

Forum: Housing Options for Felons
Do you have a history with the legal system? Having trouble finding or maintaining housing because of it? Join the Better People organization for a panel discussion on the subject. While the talk will be crafted more for organizations helping ex-offenders, the public is welcome to attend. The forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 9 at the Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.
A reservation for the free forum should be made by June 5. Please call Tanisha Wells at Better People at 503-281-2663.

Miracle Theatre Group  Holds Auditions
Miracle Theatre Group, the Northwest's premier Latino arts and culture organization, will hold its general auditions on Thursday, June 11 at the Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St. Olga Sanchez, one of the company's two artistic directors, says the theatre this year is particularly interested in seeing actors who sing and who can speak some Spanish, since most of the work in the nonprofit theatre's 2009-2010 season taps those talents. Performers should prepare two contrasting monologues, totaling no more than four minutes, plus a song. Appointments are required; contact Olga Sanchez at olga@milagro.org or 503-236-7253.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. Sundays at the Milagro Theatre (525 S.E. Stark St., Portland). For more information about Miracle Theatre visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.

Become a Volunteer Emergency Responder
Anyone interested in taking part in the Portland Office of Emergency Management's Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) classes, community emergency response teams, registration will open in July for the 2009 Fall Neighborhood Emergency Team training. Basic NET Training classes are free.
The in-class sessions for the 2009 Fall semester will be held Wednesday evenings 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday mornings 9 a.m. to Noon at Portland Fire & Rescue Training Facility, 4800 NE 122 Ave., Portland.
On-line registration will begin July 5. Online registration closes on Sept. 10, unless the class is maxed out before that date.
The first Wednesday class is September 16 through Wednesday October 28.The first Saturday class is September 19 through September October 31.The Final Field Exercise for both class sessions is Saturday, Nov 7.
Classroom trainings are at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Facility, 4800 NE 122 Ave. in Portland. Please visit www.portlandonline.com/oem for more informtion.

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