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Local news briefs for Aug. 17

Theater holding auditions Sept. 9-10

Nutz-n-Boltz Theater will hold auditions for all roles in upcoming performances of 'Halloween Scenes,' 'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol' and 'The Odd Couple.'

Auditions take place in the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, off Highway 212 in Boring, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10.

Roles for both men and women are available, and the auditions require cold readings from the script. Résumés and headshots will be accepted, but are not required.

For more information, visit nnbtheater.com, or call 503-593-1295.

Home fire displaces Portland family

A kitchen fire caused $85,000 worth of damage to a home and displaced three adults, four teenagers and one infant at 8:19 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.

The house fire in the 1000 block of Southeast 172nd Avenue began on the stove and spread, extending to the attic, said Paul Corah, Portland Fire Bureau spokesman.

One firefighter was injured extinguishing the fire. The Oregon Trail chapter of the American Red Cross is helping the family with lodging, food and infant formula.

Senior school volunteers needed

Multnomah County is recruiting volunteers, 55 and older, to volunteer 15 hours a week tutoring children in schools in Gresham, Boring, Portland and other locations for the 2011-12 school year.

The Foster Grandparents program seeks mentors to support learning and social skills in kids from pre-school through elementary grades.

Volunteers living on a modest income will receive training, a tax-free hourly stipend that does not affect other income-based benefits, a meal or meal allowance while volunteering and help with transportation costs.

Multnomah County's Aging and Disability Services, through the Corporation for National and Community Services, is sponsoring the program. For information, contact Lynn Schemmer-Valleau at 503-988-3620, ext. 29463, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Veterans job fair in September

Military veterans and their families can get access to dozens of employers and agencies at the Veterans Stand Down and Job Fair from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Oregon Convention Center.

Call Central City Concern at 503-226-7387 or visit portlandstanddown.org for more event details.