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Community choir to mark 20th anniversary with June 10 concert

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The Gresham Community Choir will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in The Chapel, 27132 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale.

The concert will be dedicated to Glenn Brown, a longtime member who died of cancer recently. To help the choir enhance its shows, Brown was willing to do skits at concerts, from dressing up as a reindeer at Christmastime to donning a pumpkin costume.

'Glenn was one of those hard-to-miss kind of guys,' said Annette Steele, choir director. 'He was a big guy, long red hair, beard, and a heart of gold. So, while this is going to be one of our more fun concerts, it will be bittersweet for all the members.'

The choir will perform a repertoire of 1960s 'Flashback' music as well as songs from other eras, she adds.

The group will perform such tunes as 'Let the Sunshine In/Aquarius,' 'Scarborough Fair/The Sound of Silence,' 'Daddy Sang Bass/Momma Sang Tenor,' 'With a Little Help From My Friends,' 'Dream a Little Dream of Me,' 'Down To the River To Pray,' the Stray Cats' 'Rock this Town' and Sarah McLachlan's 'Angel.'

The community choir always ends its spring concerts with a patriotic number, Steele adds, noting this year the group will perform 'America the Beautiful.'

The concert will feature a raffle of such items as a Schwinn Cruiser bicycle, luggage, golfing equipment, and fan packages for the Oregon State Beavers and University of Oregon Ducks football teams.

Admission is free. Folks are asked to bring donations of canned goods for area food cupboards. In addition to feeding East County's hunger for music, the choir literally has been feeding East County's hungry families by collecting thousands of cans of food for local pantries at concerts for years.

For more information, call 503-784-4790.