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COMMUNITY CENTER

Designs presented for old Washington High

The third open house to discuss the future of the planned Washington High Community Center will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Central Catholic High School, 2401 S.E. Stark St.

Portland Parks and Recreation received a federal grant to do feasibility studies and design planning to turn old Washington High School into a community center. Two design options will be presented at the meeting, and the project advisory committee will make its recommendation to Parks Director Zari Santner and City Commissioner Nick Fish. Any construction would depend on future funding.

Portland has 13 community centers (and two artists centers), but Inner Southeast has been under served.

Old Washington High School is located at Southeast Stark Street and 12th Avenue.

People can also give feedback online at www.portlandparks.org.

AUTO RACING

Racers in costumes will descend on PIR

A unique event takes place at Portland International Raceway, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. It's the 'ChumpCar Trick-or-Treat 24' - an endurance event run by the spoofy (but real) ChumpCar World Series, which plays off the defunct Champ Car World Series that entertained fans for years at PIR.

The cars cannot cost more than $500 each - clunkers, but clunkers with lights, as PIR doesn't have lights. Teams with Halloween themes will be involved, apparently, with costumes. Organizers say the event will attract many Northwest sports car racers.

The race starts at noon Oct. 31, and includes a 2 1/2-hour break for Halloween and repairs. It's set to end at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1, factoring in Daylight Saving Time.

Admission is $15 for adults (children 15 and under free); family admission after 5 p.m. Oct. 31 is free. For more information, visit www.portlandraceway.com or www.chump car.com.