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Local news briefs for Nov. 9

Hall Elementary School plays host to fundraiser

The Parent-Teacher Club at Hall Elementary School, 2505 N.E. 23rd Ave., will host the Hall-I-Day Bazaar in the gym from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, to fund school programs and activities.

In addition to more than 25 craft and gift vendors, there will be a free children's craft workshop until 1 p.m. For more information, call Diane Hadley at 503-929-8835.

Help winterize Kiwanis camp

Volunteers are needed for a Saturday, Nov. 12, work party to prepare the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for winter.

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, located on Mount Hood in Government Camp, provides recreation opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Volunteers will chop wood and perform other tasks during the work party, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 10, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 971-230-2921. Volunteers should bring work gloves, a rain jacket and dress appropriately for the weather.

Weed-watching program created

The city of Gresham is seeking volunteers for a new weed-watcher program, designed to help the city remove invasive weeds before they grow and do costly damage.

Scotch broom, bittersweet nightshade and English holly - three of the invasive weeds on the city's wanted list - will be covered at the first workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Oregon Trail Room at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

'The more eyes that are out searching for new infestations, the faster we can respond and eliminate them before they require large-scale restoration efforts and thousands of dollars to remove,' said Laura Guderyahn, watershed restoration coordinator.

Registration for the workshop is not required. For more information, call Helen Davis, AmeriCorps volunteer environmental outreach specialist, at 503-618-2383.

Community forum on development code changes

Residents and business and property owners are invited to help the city review its development code and help improve downtown at a Thursday, Nov. 10, community forum.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 3A at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

The Downtown Plan Review project seeks to remove obstacles to downtown development while retaining the vision of downtown as a center for jobs and housing; a thriving and unique entertainment, nightlife and shopping district; and a visually interesting place.

The forum will cover issues such as the floor-area ratio, streets and sidewalk design and parking.

For more information, contact Brian Martin, associate planner, at 503-618-2266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Partnership benefits vets program

Batteries Plus has teamed with USA Cares to help post-9/11 military service members, veterans and their families with basic financial needs through the 'Time to Care' campaign.

Between Saturday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 11, Batteries Plus customers can donate $5 from each regular or lifetime watch battery replacement or offer an 'in-kind' donation to the program.

This is the second time Batteries Plus and USA Cares have partnered to aid veterans through the Time to Care campaign. Following a March 2011 effort, more than $74,000 was raised and used to assist job-seeking veterans by purchasing gas so they could get to an interview or rent a moving truck.

Batteries Plus, a national battery and light-bulb franchise, is located at 2438 S.E. Burnside Road, Gresham.

For more information, call 503-328-0009.

Crews start work on pedestrian path

Construction on a new pedestrian path located on the north side of Southeast First Street between Kane Drive and Southeast Third Street in Gresham began Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The project will add sidewalks and curbs to the stretch of First, which is 'an important pedestrian connection between the nearby neighborhoods and shopping areas,' said Laura Shepard, Gresham spokeswoman.

Crews are clearing vegetation and grading the base of what will become a path paved with an environmentally sound porous asphalt product.

Residents are asked not to park vehicles or equipment along the shoulder of First Street during construction, which weather permitting, could be done by the end of the month.

Reynolds teachers observe Education Week

The Reynolds Education Association will celebrate American Education Week, Monday through Friday, Nov. 14-18, with a series of events:

• On Tuesday, Nov. 15, teachers will host guests in their classrooms. Call Andrea Watson, district spokeswoman, at 503-661-7200 if you would like to experience a day in the life of a teacher.

• On Wednesday, Nov. 16, teachers will read to children at the Fairview, Troutdale and Rockwood libraries after school.

• If you would like to have a conversation with a teacher, look for one from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at such coffee shops as Bella, 21825 N.E. Halsey St., Fairview; The 3rd Place, 1590 N.E. 172nd Ave., Portland; Coffee's On, 2517 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale; and Silk Espresso, 3030 N.E. Hogan Road.

Holiday craft sale at Boring Grange

The annual craft sale for holiday gifts will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall in downtown Boring.

The event is a fundraiser for the grange, which needs money to replace windows and a handicap access ramp at the hall, said Bev Minnear, grange chaplain, who organizes this sale.

Food will be available through the grange's kitchen. For more information, call Minnear at 503-663-0902.