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Events calendar for March 26

The Gresham Outlook welcomes calendar notices for weekly public events and support group meetings in East County. To submit an item, simply send the information to Dateline, The Gresham Outlook, P.O. Box 747, Gresham, 97030; e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or fax it to 503-665-2187 at least 10 days before the event or meeting.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27

Better Living Show - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Portland Expo Center, N. Marine Drive, Portland. Free to the public, this festival at the Expo Center is designed to empower attendees to become more thoughtful consumers and lessen their impact on the environment by learning about high-performance, earth-friendly products and services. For more information, visit betterlivingshow.org. Hosted by Energy Trust.

Northwestern Music Jamboree - noon to 1 p.m., Gresham Senior Center, 600 N.E. Eighth St. This jazzy fundraiser for the Northwest Music Jamboree will include a lunch of spaghetti, meatballs and trimmings. Cost is $5.

'Water House' Open House - 1 to 4 p.m., The Water House, 1616 N.E. 140th Ave., Portland. The Water House is a sustainable demonstration house in Northeast Portland. Also learn more about green building design. Light refreshments will be served. Visit portlandonline.com/water/waterhouse for information.

MONDAY, MARCH 28

Food, Gardening and Agriculture in East Portland and East County - 6 p.m., Glenfair Church, 50 N.E. 143rd Ave., Portland. Join East Portland neighbors who are interested in sharing their food bounty and food knowledge while growing and learning from each other. Children are welcome.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29

Little Trout Play Park - 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays until June 7, Glenn Otto Park, Sam Cox Building, 223 Buxton Ave., Troutdale. Kids can make new playtime pals while they ride tricycles, catch balls and build castles. For toddlers and children up to age 5. Cost is $1.50 per visit; bring exact change. Call Troutdale Recreation at 503-665-5175 for information.

VFW Auxiliary Fundraiser for Veterans - 11 a.m. to closing, Original Roadhouse Grill, 2370 S.E. Burnside Road. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Gresham United Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 180 is raising money to support programs for local veterans. Bring in the event flyer and get 20 percent of your pre-tax sale donated to the Ladies Auxiliary's relief fund. Visit vfwaux180.us for more information and to print a flyer.

Gresham Eagles Pinochle - noon, Fraternal Order of Eagles, 117 N.E. Roberts Ave. For more information, call 503-667-3019.

Gresham Senior Writer's Club - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Gresham Senior Center, 600 N.E. Eighth St. Call 503-826-1619 for more information.

Patrick Condon Public Presentation - 6 p.m., Damascus City Hall, 19920 S.E. Highway 212. Join the Damascus City Council in discussions with Patrick Condon, professor at the University of British Columbia who led the first Damascus-Boring Concept plan in 2002. Condon will be talking about his new book, 'Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities.' Call 503-658-8545 or visit ci.damascus.or.us for information.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

Gresham Sister City Association Fundraiser and Cultural Event - 6 p.m., Caswell's Gallery, 101 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Have you ever dreamt of visiting Japan or Korea? Come learn about exchange opportunities and cultural programs. Meet dignitaries from Korean and Japanese communities and some of the Gresham exchange students. There will be traditional Japanese and Korean food, wine tasting and entertainment. Mayor Shane Bemis will discuss why Sister City exchanges are important for the city and especially for students. RSVP to Kim Ell at 503-703-6811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Metro 101 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Happy Valley City Hall, 16000 S.E. Misty Drive, Happy Valley. This orientation session will provide information about the roles and responsibilities of Metro and how the regional government works with cities and counties to plan for future growth and enhance the region's quality of life. This event will be led by Metro COO Michael Jordan and members of the Metro council and will include a question-and-answer session. RSVPs are requested; call Annierose Von Burg at 503-797-1810.

Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Jefferson Smith - 6:30 p.m., East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave., Portland. State Rep. Jefferson Smith, D-East Portland, is hosting this town hall meeting with a focus on how to make democracy more efficient, accountable and accessible. Residents are invited to share their thoughts, meet neighbors and learn about issues Smith is working on, such as increasing voter turnout and improving the website Oregon.gov/transparency to include program outcomes and tax-break recipients.

Gresham Historical Society Membership Meeting - 7 p.m., Linnemann Station on the Springwater Trail, Southeast 190th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. George Miller, a retired meteorologist, will talk about his new book - a pictorial history of Gresham - at the historical society's membership meeting. For more information, call 503-661-0347.