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Published: 12 August 2009

Portland Peace and Unity Fest Aug. 15
The 2nd Annual Peace and Unity Fest,"Building Our Community" is Saturday Aug. 15, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Mallory Avenue Community Enrichment Center (M.A.C.E) parking lot located at 126 N.E. Alberta Street.
The event is sponsored by In association with the 4th Annual Youth Summit and the Millions More Movement, The Traveling Pillar, 45th Parallel Zulu, OPAL (Organizing People Activating Leaders, and NECN (Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods).
The Peace and Unity Festival serves as a fundraiser for the upcoming 4th Annual Youth Summit (February 2010) and features celebrated local and national musicians and spoken word artist as well as community activist and faith leaders.
Invited speakers include: Host Pastor Fred D Woods (Calvary Christian Church), Rev. Renee Ward (Chrysalis Ministries), Representative of the Nation of Islam, DJ Grimrock (Universal Zulu Nation) and more. Guest speakers will address, Economic Development, Farming, Health, Youth and Elder relations, Education, and Religious conflict.
Featured artists include Seattle's own Hip Hop Legend Silver Shadow D, Portland artist Toni Hill, Luck-One, DLUXTHELIGHT, Ro Deezy, Blacque Butterfly and DJ's from all over the Northwest.
Aztec and Native Dancers will perform traditional native dance, as well as a libations, a ceremony to call on our ancestors for blessing and guidance for a successful event.
Vendors will include small businesses and individuals who provide a service and need exposure and support from their community.  The organizers of the event hope the Peace and Unity Fest serves as a magnet to assist in "Building Our Community."
A donation of $5 per person with School Supplies (Backpacks, Pens, Pencils, Paper, Rulers, etc)  All supplies will be given to families in need before the first day of school.  Proceeds benefit the 4th Annual Youth Summit.

For more information on how to volunteer or financially support the 4th Annual Youth Summit contact Imani Muhammad at 503-781-5313 or via email at info@travelingpillar.com.  Visit their website at www.youthsummit09.blogspot.com.

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.

Law Enforcement Jobs in Vancouver
The Vancouver Police Department holds two informational meetings this month to discuss the hiring process for Entry Level Police Officer. These meetings are open to the public and no RSVP is required to attend one of the sessions. Refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to please bring note-taking material.
The meetings are Friday, Aug. 28, 6 —8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 —11 a.m. at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Avenue, Vancouver.
For additional information contact a Vancouver Police Department Recruiter at 360-487-7400, or by email at: Richard.Rich@ci.vancouver.wa.us; or Laura.Andersen@ci.vancouver.wa.us

Drag Racing at PIR
Big time drag racing comes to Portland International Raceway Aug. 28-30 with the National Hot Rod Assn Northwest National Open Series. More than 350 of the region's top drag racers will compete on Portland International Raceway's 1/8 mile fast drag strip for cash awards and trophies.  
Friday offers testing and tuning; Saturday and Sunday are a competition for National Open Series points.  
There's a junior division, with kids ages 8 to 17 pitted against one another –  it's the Little Leagues of drag racing.  
Fans can watch the dragsters on the track, then bring their street car the next week and race for only $25. PIR offers Late Night Drags every Friday and Saturday with time-runs and grudge racing – even a suburban mom in a minivan can take a run down the track.
At Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd., 9 am to 5 pm daily, $10 adults, $5 children 6 to 12 (free for children under age 6 with paying adult). For information go to www.portlandraceway.com or 503- 823-RACE.

Bike Sharing Demonstration
Portlanders can try four different bike sharing systems at the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Aug. 14 -16 Bike Sharing Demonstration, free and open to all.
Bike sharing systems are automated, self-service bicycle rental systems that allow people to rent bikes, usually for a short period of time. Bike sharing bikes are placed at various locations in the city for use and drop-off.  Paris and Barcelona instituted large-scale bike sharing systems that have proven very popular and dramatically increased bicycle ridership.
The August 14th event will occur at Ankeny Pavilion at Waterfront Park from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The August 16th event is part of Sunday Parkways and will be adjacent to Laurelhurst Park on SE Oak at SE 37th Avenue from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday Parkways is a PBOT event that creates an eight mile car-free route on neighborhood streets connected by public parks and greenspaces..
Although over 100 bike sharing systems are in use internationally, Washington DC and Montreal, Quebec are the only North American cities that have installed the latest iteration of bike sharing systems. Bikes are usually checked out by a credit card or Smart Card at an un-staffed kiosk adjacent to the parked bicycles.
More information is available at: www.portlandonline.com/transportation/bikesharing

"Mind-Body Health" Class
Why it matters: Your thoughts, feelings, and habits have a tremendous impact on your physical and mental health. Mind-body medicine offers powerful tools to help you thrive. Learn and practice techniques to help you improve your mood, health, and well-being—including relaxation skills, cognitive and behavioral coping strategies, and effective ways to manage difficult emotions and chronic stress or illness.
The class is held at North Interstate Bldg., 7201 N Interstate Avenue Wednesdays, from Sept. 9 – 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration is required. Call 503-286-6816 or 1-866-301-3866 toll free. Fee is $70 for Kaiser Permanente members and $95 for non-members.

Gender and Aging Workshop
Do men and women have a different view of aging? Are there some topics that men approach in a different way than women…such as grief or changing one's driving habits? 
Attend a free workshop by and for men entitled: The Elder Journey.  Learn a 7-step model of successful aging and be part of a discussion about what changes in life as we age.  This 1 ½ hour free workshop is for men ages 60 and older. 
The event is Monday, Sept. 21, 10:30-noon at the Woodland Park Plaza,
10373 NE Hancock, 2nd floor. Call Quince at 503-261-6181 for free registration
Hosted by the NE Multicultural Senior Center.

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