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by: File photo The Teddy Bear Parade will run through downtown Gresham on Sept. 24.

Teddy Bear Parade set for Sept. 24

The annual Teddy Bear Parade will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24, in historic downtown Gresham.

The parade will begin at East Hill Church on the corner of Fifth Street and Main Avenue, and feature floats from local merchants, service organizations, schools, neighborhood groups and individuals. Participants will be carrying teddy bears or will be dressed in bear costumes.

The Soroptimists began the parade in 1982, and it has grown into a community tradition with more than a hundred festive entries, from marching bands and colorful floats to civic and cultural organizations along with the Wells Fargo wagon pulled by horses.

For more information, or to learn how you can march in the parade, visit sigresham.org; call Ginger Abbs at 503-669-0812 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; call Kathy Grimes at 503-674-3156 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

People and groups wishing to march in the parade must contact organizers no later than Friday, Sept. 16.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge organize hikes

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge Fall Hiking Program offers hikes, bike rides, stewardship work parties and auto tours from Thursday, Sept.15, through Sunday, Oct. 30. Experts in botany, animal wildlife, geology and gorge history lead the activities.

Hikers can hike trails as part of Friends' Fall Hiking season, or just head out on their own. The Friends' website at gorgefriends.org/hikes offers a list of 25 hikes with descriptions and directions on how to get there.

For more information, call Friends of the Columbia Gorge office at 503-241-3762, ext. 103.

Orchestra to hold auditions

The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra will hold cello core position and viola sub player auditions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Central Lutheran Church, 1820 N.E. 21st Ave., Portland.

For more information, visit columbiasymphony.org, call Marya Kazmierski at 503-784-2636 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..