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HAGGEN STORES OFFER SMILES IN SUPPORT OF MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION

Grocery shoppers can generate plenty of smiles in August while supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Haggen Food and Pharmacy stores are participating in the MDA's Aisles of Smiles fund-raising program now through Aug. 15.

For a donation of $1 at a checkstand, shoppers will receive a paper smile that will be posted to show their support for more than 1 million Americans afflicted by neuromuscular diseases.

The MDA funds worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and fair-reaching professional and public-health education. It takes $25 to pay for an annual flu shot (recommended for children with neuromuscular diseases), $600 to send one child with muscular dystrophy to a summer camp and $2,000 to purchase a wheelchair, leg braces or communicative device.

'The MDA does wonderful work in supporting those with muscular dystrophy, as well as the scientists trying to help them,' said Becky Skaggs, spokesperson for Haggen Food and Pharmacy stores. 'We enthusiastically encourage the public to join us in our fifth year of raising funds for the MDA.'

For more information about the MDA, visit www.mda.org. Haggen, Inc. operates 32 supermarkets in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Food and Pharmacy and TOP Food and Drug names.

Headquartered in Bellingham, it is the largest independent grocer and ninth-largest private company based in the State of Washington. For more information, visit www.Haggen.com.

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2006 TO BE BROADCAST LOCALLY

More than 70,000 leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world are expected to attend the Leadership Summit 2006, an annual gathering of church and business leaders. The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 12.

The Leadership Summit, which originates from Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., will be beamed live via satellite and videocast to 160 locations throughout the world. The local site of the broadcast is Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland.

The Summit provides inspiration and motivation for those with leadership, or potential leadership, abilities or responsibilities. Speakers will present motivation and innovative principles on topics that are applicable in both the boardroom and church settings.

Topics will include conflict management, team building and avoiding burnout. Leadership experts will include Bill Hybels, Bono, James Meeks, Jim Collins, Andy Stanley, Peg Neuhauser and Patrick Lencioni. For information about all local satellite sites visit www.willowcreek.com/summit or call 800-570-9812.

The Willow Creek Association, host of the annual Leadership Summit, is a multi-denominational worldwide network of more than 12,000 churches. The WSC equips churches and church leaders with strategic vision, training and resources.

TOASTMASTERS OFFER OPEN HOUSE FOR ESL SPEAKERS

Daylighters Toastmasters Club will host a free open house August 16 focused on speaking English as a second language at work.

The open house is 6:40 a.m. in room 8, Cedar Hills Recreation Center, 11640 S.W. Park Way and Cedar Hills Boulevard. Refreshments will be served.

Club members recognize that speaking up is particularly challenging when a person knows English but is not thoroughly comfortable in using it. The club's objective is to help members of the community improve their public speaking skills and gain confidence through weekly practice.

Several Daylighters members speak English as their second language and have chosen Daylighters Toastmasters for its friendly, helpful and affordable association with others sharing those goals. The club meets early in the morning to avoid workday conflicts.

Toastmasters is the world's largest non-profit organization. Daylighters Toastmasters has been meeting at the Cedar Hills center for more than a decade. Members live and work in Beaverton, Hillsboro, Southwest Portland and Aloha.

ARTS COMMISSION HOSTS ARTIST RICHARD STEINER

The Beaverton Arts Commission, in partnership with Print Arts Northwest and McClain's Printmaking Supplies, will present a discussion with artist and teacher Richard Steiner.

Steiner will talk about the traditional Japanese water-based printmaking technique and answer questions from the audience. The discussion will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Steiner, who was born in Michigan in 1939, teaches traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking in Japan. He came to Hiroshima after leaving a career in fashion photography in New York in 1970; he then accepted a job teaching English for a private school until moving to Kyoto in 1972, where he still resides.

Steiner first became interested in the Moku Hanga, or traditional Japanese water-based printmaking, soon after he arrived in Japan.

He began studying under Masahiko Tokumitsu, with an emphasis on realistic renderings and pure self-expression. After 10 years of apprenticeship, he received his artist's name, Tosai, and his teaching license. He has been printmaking for over 30 years, and since 1980 he has been teaching Moku Hanga privately and at Kyoto Seika University.

Steiner is the founder of KIWA (Kyoto International Woodprint Association), the first association dedication solely to collecting and exhibiting contemporary woodblock prints. His work can be seen in many national and international museums, collections and galleries, including Bank of America, Tokyo; Metropolitan Museum, New York; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

For more information, contact the Beaverton Arts Commission at 503-526-2288.