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Local news briefs for March 30

Auditions for East County talent show

East County's Got Talent will return for its second year Friday, May 20. Auditions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the East Hill Church Youth Center, 50 N.W. Fifth St., Gresham.

Auditions are on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 40 qualified applicants. Find the form at greshamchamber.org. All family friendly acts are welcome, but applicants must be 18 and older. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-665-1131.

Studded tire season extended

In light of record breaking cold temperatures this March, the state has extended its studded-tire season through Monday, April 4.

Typically, studded tires must be removed by April 1, but with weather forecasts calling for continued difficulty driving in some snow zones the upcoming weekend, the Oregon Department of Transportation extended the deadline.

If you have studded tires and are not expecting to drive in snowy conditions, officials encourage you to remove your tires before Monday, April 4.

Oregon drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be fined at least $190.

Rotary Club seeking auction items for fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Central East Portland is seeking donations of goods and services to be placed up for auction at its annual fundraiser Saturday, April 16, at the Double Tree at Lloyd Center in Portland.

The club raised more than $20,000 last year, with benefactors that included the Serendipity Center in Portland, St. Innocent Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, and Children of the Golden Triangle in Thailand.

In addition to auctions, the fundraiser includes a London broil dinner, live entertainment and a no-host bar.

To make a donation to the event, or for tickets, call Reuben Schug at 503-754-1930 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations are tax deductible.

The Rotary Club of Central East Portland meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at the Ringside Steakhouse at Glendoveer Golf Course. Visit centraleastportlandrotary.org for information.

City looks at link between built environment, health

The city of Gresham is hosting an open house for residents to share their thoughts and experiences on how the built environment - which includes everything from neighborhoods and roads to parks - can positively or negatively influence whether they can access healthy food or make physical activity a part of their everyday routines.

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Gresham City Hall, rooms 2A and 2B, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Call Stacy Humphrey, associate planner, at 503-618-2202 or visit greshamoregon.gov/HEAL for more information.

The open house is part of a bigger city project called Healthy Eating Active Living, funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This project is part of a countywide effort to promote wellness in children and adults, reduce risk factors and encourage positive, sustainable health changes in Gresham by advancing policy approaches for the built environment with a strategic focus on obesity prevention and health equity.

The Healthy Eating Active Living project will assess how well the city's policies support access to healthy foods and active living, with the built environment providing a key piece of the obesity-prevention puzzle.

Chronic conditions workshop offered

Providence ElderPlace, in partnership with Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, is offering a six-week workshop on the topic of living well with chronic health conditions.

The six-week workshop will be on Mondays, April 18-May 23, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at ElderPlace in Gresham, 17727 E. Burnside St. There is no cost for the workshop. Registration is required and priority registration will be given to adults age 55 and older. TriMet bus tickets can be provided if transportation is a barrier.

Contact Tabitha at 503-215-9808 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

County libraries add e-book collection

Multnomah County Library recently added a new streaming e-book collection that brings patrons a vast range of adult nonfiction - everything from career development to cookbooks to personal finance - from popular publishers.

These streaming e-books can be read online from any computer with a patron's library card number and PIN. All titles are included in the library catalog; patrons can go directly to the text of each e-book from its catalog entry. There is nothing to check out or download, no expiration date and no intermediary software required. Multiple users can access an e-book simultaneously.

More information is available on ebrary's help page; visit multcolib.org and follow the link.