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Local news briefs for Nov. 19

County closes Upper Larch Mountain Road for winter

Multnomah County Transportation closed the upper section of Larch Mountain Road in Corbett on Wednesday, Nov. 16, for the winter season. The county's closure of the snow gate near milepost 10 is meant to protect the public from adverse weather conditions and to reduce the maintenance costs associated with snow removal. The gate is opened each spring. Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County, reaching an altitude of 4,055 feet.

Cities plan holiday tree lightings

The cities of Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village are scheduled to light up their Christmas trees Friday, Dec. 2, and Gresham and Fairview plan their events on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Gresham

On Friday, Nov. 18, the city of Gresham began stringing 2,400 LED lights on its Christmas tree in preparation for the annual tree lighting that is part of the Spirit of Christmas event.

It is the first time that the 60-foot Ponderosa pine, located on the Center for the Arts Plaza at Second Street and Hood Avenue, will be lit. The tree is being lit in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Spirit of Christmas.

The lighting of the tree at 6:15 p.m. will be the culmination of the daylong Spirit of Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit greshamoregon.gov to see a schedule for the day's events.

Troutdale

Troutdale's Christmas tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m. at Mayors Square, with the Vivace Fireside Carolers performing. The Reynolds High School Expressions singers will usher in Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who will hand out candy canes.

Visitors are encouraged to bring food and cash donations for SnowCap Community Charities, which provides food assistance for families in East County.

Wood Village

Wood Village's 85-foot fir will be lit up at 6 p.m. sharp at City Hall, 2055 N.E. 238th Drive. The Reynolds High School Expressions Choir will perform in City Hall. Refreshments will be provided, and Santa Claus also is expected to make a special appearance.

Fairview

The city of Fairview's fifth annual Christmas event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at City Hall and Fairview Community Park on Village Street.

In addition to the countdown and tree lighting, which is at 5 p.m., the popular horse-drawn wagon rides will return. Santa will visit with children and listen to their wish lists.

There will also be holiday music and holiday crafts will be ready for the making. There will be free hot cocoa for the kids, and Bella Café will sell treats and drinks.

The event is free and all are welcome. Call Devree Leymaster at 503-674-6202 for information.

Free breast cancer screening offered

Gresham Ford, Fight with Elegance and the Ford Motor Company Fund are teaming with Hope Now International and mobile health provider Health Fair to provide free breast cancer detection through a mobile breast imaging tour.

Walgreens, 1950 N.E. Burnside Road, in Gresham is hosting one of the breast cancer detection events with Gresham Ford and Fight with Elegance on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The mobile testing unit is equipped with the latest in 3-D ultrasound technology, according to a news release.

People who have no insurance or are underinsured can call 1-855-380-8378 or visit FordWomensHealth.com to set up an appointment as soon as possible, since it is on a first-come, first-served basis.