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Loaves and Fishes to open Rockwood dining center

Loaves and Fishes Centers will open its 36th senior dining center in the new Rockwood Building at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

Meals are available at the Rockwood Center, 124 N.E. 181st Ave., from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Diners have a daily entrée, as well as fresh salads and desserts. Meals are available to anyone age 60 and older. The suggested donation is $3.

Several other social service organizations will be located in the building, including Human Solutions, Wallace Medical Clinic and Head Start. Call 503-953-8156 for information.

Transportation grant targets division

The city of Gresham's Transportation Division received an $832,640 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make improvements on Division Street.

Components of the project - known as the Division Street Corridor 'Complete Street' project - include a new multi-use path on the north side of Division Street between the Gresham-Fairview Trail and Birdsdale Avenue; new pedestrian and bicycle facilities on both sides of Division between Birdsdale and Wallula avenues; and a new mid-block pedestrian crossing with a refuge island and rapid-flashing beacons at Division and 179th Avenue.

The total cost estimate of the project is $1.3 million.

Gresham Elks to hold charity gala

The Gresham Elks Lodge 1805, 3330 N.E. Division St., will hold its annual charity gala Saturday, Oct. 8.

This is the Elks' big fundraiser of the year, with proceeds supporting Christmas baskets for the needy and other charities. The event is open to the public. Cocktails will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a dinner of authentic Mexican food at 7 p.m. The night includes dancing and live music from the Beaver Boogie Band, a silent auction and a 50-50 drawing. 

Tickets are on sale at the Gresham Elks Lodge; pre-paid reservations are required. Call 503-666-1805, ext. 0, for information.

State flower show includes local clubs

The Multnomah District of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs will host the Small Standard Flower Show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 S.E. Belmont St., Portland.

About 137 district members, including members of the Petal Pushers Garden Club of Gresham, are expected to participate in the show, which will feature judging in dozens of categories related to horticulture and floral design. There will also be a bazaar, refreshments and a luncheon.

The show is open to the public. Call Linda Shamp at 503-760-6549 or Carolyn Elsten at 503-661-1003 for more information.

Enrollment for SAR academy open

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is seeking volunteers for its annual search and rescue (SAR) academy.

An orientation meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Hansen Building, 12240 N.E. Glisan St., Portland. The academy will accept volunteers older than 14, in good health, who are able to pass a background check. Middle and high school students must be making sufficient progress toward their diploma.

The search and rescue team is regularly called to find the lost and care for the injured in the Columbia River Gorge, throughout Multnomah County and around the state of Oregon.

The seven-month academy offers training and experience in current search and rescue techniques and culminates in Oregon state Search and Rescue certification. After the first month of training, students will be able to participate in some searches. After just a few months, students can participate in all search types.

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