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Published: 05 August 2009

African Women's Coalition to Hold Summer Night Party
The African Women's Coalition will be hosting a Village Summer Night Party on Aug. 15 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party will be held at – and in celebration of – their new offices, 1125 S.E. Madison Ave. in Portland.
In addition to great company, the event will feature music from African deejays, food and dance from across the continent and raffle tickets will be sold for art work from local artists.
The party is a fundraiser for the coalition which advocates for, supports and empowers African women and their families living in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Tickets to the event are $18 per person or $35 per couple in advance or $20/$38 at the door. A patron ticket is available for $50. www.awcportland.org for tickets

Free Prosthesis Screening for Amputees
Imagine living life without a limb.  There are a very large number of people living without limbs in Portland.  Many of them have not been to see their prosthetist in years.  Many of them don't know how technology has evolved or how new prosthetic device can dramatically improve their comfort and mobility. 
Many amputees get "comfortable" after a few trips to their prosthetist and don't return unless part of their prosthesis breaks or becomes unusable. Some of them give up trying to walk because they have become "comfortable" in their wheelchair.
Hanger Prosthetics, 1627 NE Broadway, is hosting a free all day event for amputees in Portland on Monday, Aug. 31. International Prosthetic Specialist Kevin Carroll will be on hand to answer questions about fit, function and design of prostheses. During this clinic, you will receive a thorough evaluation by a highly skilled guest prosthetic expert. You will also have the opportunity to view some of the latest prosthetic technologies available, ask questions, and learn why many amputees have increased comfort. To schedule your complimentary evaluation appointment, please call Erin at (503) 653-9772.

Graffiti Art at WSU Vancouver
An exhibit of graffiti-inspired artwork is on display at Washington State University Vancouver though Sept. 10.The artwork can be seen in the Administration building gallery and in the second-floor gallery space of the Engineering Life Sciences building.
Art collector Nancy Macklin organized the exhibit of graffiti artists for WSU Vancouver. The artists she selected work in a variety of mediums: traditional spray paint, fused glass, mixed media, and pen and ink. Some of the artists used the graffiti tradition of painting words in bold colors and stylized letters. Others used a street-art sensibility in less traditional ways.
Macklin chose both professional and emerging artists to be a part of the exhibit. The artists include: Denario Jenkins, Jeremy Nichols and Josue Rodriguez, who show in Portland-area galleries. Richard Jule, Andre Simard and Stacy Smith collaborated on a glass piece and are associated with Bullseye Gallery. Paul Estrada and Jordan Guy are emerging artists from Grant High School.
At the close of the graffiti exhibit, Jenkins, Nichols and Rodriguez will be on campus to demonstrate their techniques and paint an original large-scale work of art. The demonstration will be Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the basketball court on Loop Road. The artists will answer questions and interact with anyone who stops by to watch them work. The final piece will be displayed at the WSU Vancouver community celebration Connections 2009 on Sept. 10, 4 – 6 p.m. in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

Mt. Tabor Park Centennial Celebration
 Mount Tabor Park celebrates one hundred years as east Portland's crown jewel of city parks. The celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mount Tabor Park.
Mayor Sam Adams has proclaimed Saturday Aug. 1 as Mount Tabor Park Centennial Day. Over a year of planning has gone into making the weekend a memorable and festive once-in-a-century celebration. Eighteen free events are planned, including an art show and a plein air "paint out" and exhibit, an exhibition of historic photographs of the Mount Tabor area, a "Classic Car and Truck Show," a "Green Vehicle Fair," a bicycle fair, a dog training exhibit by the Portland Police Bureau's K-9 Tracking Dog Team, a climbing wall, dog and kids parades, and an old-fashioned "Ice Cream Social." Winding up each day's events will be a free concert. Saturday's concert will feature the Pacific Crest Wind Symphony, starting at 7 p.m.  On Sunday the "Get-a-Life" Marching Band will perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Also featured on both Saturday and Sunday will be a Cultural and Natural History walking tour of the park, and a "Trees and Plants of the Park" walk. On Saturday there will be a self-guided walk through Mount Tabor Park and adjacent neighborhoods, and on Sunday an "Early Morning Bird-watching Walk." 
For more information, log on to the Centennial Web Site at http://www.mttabor100.org, or call 503-265-8310.

KMHD Launches New Studio at OPB Headquarters
To celebrate the launch of broadcasting from its new studio at Oregon Public Broadcasting, KMHD Jazz Radio (89.1-FM) has invited supporters and members of the jazz community for a ceremonial "spin of the first platter" and special live performances by renowned vocalist Shirley Nanette and trumpeter, composer and hip-hop producer Farnell Newton.
The Aug. 10, noon-time event kicks off the partnership between Mt. Hood Community College and OPB for the management and operations of KMHD.
Community-supported radio station KMHD has been a staple of the Portland jazz scene for the last 25 years showcasing the best of jazz and blues. Licensed to Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham and operated by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KMHD champions jazz performances and education to ensure that this uniquely American art form continues to thrive in our region.

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