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by: File photo, Snow-CAP volunteers pack food boxes for needy people from East County. The Gresham non-profit’s annual Valentine Dinner and Auction is Saturday, Feb. 9.

Snow-CAP names Bradford auction chairwoman

Community activist and volunteer Julie Bradford has been named chairwoman of the sixth annual Valentine Dinner and Auction to benefit the Snow-CAP Community Charities.

The fund-raising event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way.

Tickets cost $50 and reservations are required.

Bradford, an insurance industry professional, has been affiliated with the auction for several years.

Snow-CAP is a volunteer non-profit faith-based agency that provides food, clothing, seasonal energy assistance, English language instruction and other advocacy services to low-income and disadvantaged families and individuals in East Multnomah County.

Bradford said the auction goal for 2008 is $50,000.

'Sponsorship interest is high,' she said.

The auction committee is currently seeking donations for both silent and oral auctions.

Persons wishing to donate items or make dinner reservations are asked to call Snow-CAP at 503-674-8785, ext. 17, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Panel entertains congregation with humor

A panel including Ariel Hand, Barbara Liles and Tim Watson will entertain with humor during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Jan. 6, at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church, 1133 N.E.181st Ave. Program leader will be Carol Knox. Discussion about different types of humor will follow.

For more information, call 503-665-2628 or visit www.east

rose.org.

St. Luke to bid farewell to pastor, welcome new one

St Luke Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave., will bid farewell to the Rev. Ann Whitfield and her husband, Jim, during a 9 a.m. service Sunday, Jan. 6, with a special coffee hour in the parish hall to follow. Whitfield has served as the church's interim minister the past four months. She has requested that if gifts are being considered, donations to her not-for-profit ministry at Redeemer Healing and Spirituality Center, 2621 N.E. 153rd St., Vancouver, Wash., 98686, be given instead.

At 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, the church will welcome the Rev. Jennifer Creswell as St. Luke's new rector. A potluck for her and her family will take place in the parish hall afterward. For more information, call 503-665-9442 or visit www.saintlukesgresham.org.

Finnish Orthodox concert is set

for Jan. 11

The professional vocal ensemble Cappella Romana presents 'Arctic Light: Orthodox Music from Finland' at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in St. Mary's Cathedral, 1716 N.W. Davis St., Portland.

The music combines the northern choral sound with Russian and Byzantine singing and has never before been heard outside Finland.

Guest director will be Father Ivan Moody, a composer and conductor who was recently named chairman of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music in Joensuu, Finland.

Seattle-based Finnish-American soprano Maria Männistö joins Cappella Romana for these performances, and Scott Tuomi will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature a cappella choral works by composers such as Pekka Attinen, Boris Jakubov, Pekka Mirola, Leonid Bashmakov, Timo Ruottinen and Mikko Sidoroff. Also, Moody's Finnish work 'Te Apostolit' will be given its world premiere.

The concert is sponsored in part by the Finlandia Foundation and the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Portland.

Single tickets are available for prices ranging from $15 to $30 through Brown Paper Tickets by calling 1-800-838-3006 or by visiting www.brownpapertickets.

com.

Eastrose sermon to address

beginnings

There is an aphorism that says: 'None of us can write new beginnings to our lives. All of us can write new endings.'

The Rev. David Maynard will deliver a sermon on this topic during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Jan. 13, at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church, 1133 N.E.181st Ave. Program leader will be Sandy Sakuri. For more information, call 503-665-2628 or visit www.eastrose.org.