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Local briefs for Aug. 3

Hospital offers Kids Fair

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center will host the 26th Annual Healthy Kids' Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at 24800 S.E. Stark St.

The fair will include low-cost immunizations, public safety vehicle tours, a bike helmet fitting and sale, a car safety check, information about healthy habits and eating, field games and a teddy bear clinic, where children can bring in their stuffed animals to be repaired. Call 503-335-3500 or visit legacyhealth.org for more information.

Help capture Gresham's essential character

Over a six-week period that began Tuesday, Aug. 2, Gresham is inviting the community to share its insider perspective on Gresham's essential character by submitting photos and video that capture the city's look, feel and personality.

The 'Gresham is…' public-engagement campaign runs through Sept. 16 on the city's Facebook page, kicking off with a short video designed to inspire participants' own multimedia contributions. The campaign is part of a larger effort by the City Council to understand and respond to the community's core values and to effectively promote Gresham within the region.

Gradient Productions, an East County-based multimedia production company, will use the submitted images as actual or conceptual material for a series of short, professional videos highlighting the unique character and attributes of Oregon's fourth-largest city. The city will unveil the final product later this year.

Annual cruise-in event canceled

The annual Troutdale Cruise-In, when hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles visit Historic Columbia River Highway in downtown Troutdale, has been canceled this year.

The cruise-in was scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7, and would have been in its ninth year.

Terry Smoke, owner of the Troutdale General Store and an organizer of the event, said a miscommunication with the city over the event insurance required by Multnomah County led to the cancelation. He said he is working with the city to put the event on for next year.

Last year, the cruise-in raised about $2,500 to help Troutdale resident Breona Lesage, 6, and her mother, who also had medical problems, pay their costly medical bills. Breona was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Smoke said Breona is in remission and that both her and her mother are doing well, adding that they regularly visit the store for ice cream.

Year-round health insurance offered to Oregon's children

As of Aug. 1, all Oregon children younger than 19 may again sign up for health insurance throughout the year.

The 2011 Legislature established a Children's Reinsurance Program that spreads the cost of insuring high-risk children among all companies that provide health insurance coverage to Oregonians.

Oregon's seven largest health insurers all plan to offer child-only coverage. Children from families of all income levels also have coverage options through Oregon's Healthy Kids program.

Consumers who have questions about health insurance or other types of insurance can call 1-888-877-4894.

Workshop addresses historic preservation

The Historic Preservation League of Oregon is hosting a community workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, in Corbett to discuss ideas and tools available to honor, preserve and revitalize individual buildings and their larger communities.

The workshop will be held at the Corbett Grange Hall, 37493 Grange Hall Road.

Participants will learn about the basic principles of historic preservation and its practical applications to local resources, learn about funding opportunities for historic places and explore preservation strategies for local properties that may be endangered or in need of rehabilitation or adaptive reuse.

A discussion of National Scenic Area regulations and the View Point Inn will follow the presentation portion of the program.

There is a $5 suggested donation. Visit historicpreservationleague.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Virtual school hosts meeting

For families interested in online education, Oregon Connections Academy will host a parent-to-parent meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Borders Cafe, 687 N.W. 12th St., Gresham.

At the meeting, new parents can learn from current parents about the experience of online learning.

Oregon Connections Academy touts itself as the state's largest virtual public school, and provides public K-12 education online to students anywhere in Oregon. The school recommends virtual schooling for students who are ahead or behind, who need a flexible schedule or who learn at a different pace.