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SOUTHWEST

Meeting focuses on trees

Residents are invited to attend an expert panel discussion on tree issues at the general management meeting of the Southwest Hills Residential League scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Ainsworth Elementary School, 2425 S.W. Vista Ave.

Topics to be addressed range from wildfire protection to fighting invasive ivy and maintaining view corridors as trees grow taller.

The experts include retired forester Owen Cramer, wildlife biologist Tom McAlister, city parks ecologist Mark Wilson and state forestry manager Paul Ries.

The meeting also will feature a presentation of pictures of Council Crest since 1919 that trace the development of much of the area represented by the SWHRL neighborhood association.

NORTHWEST

Parking garage plotted

Further relief from parking woes in Northwest Portland might arrive - eventually - in the form of a new parking garage to be built by Legacy Health System, which runs Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center.

Developer Richard Singer started transforming an abandoned 23rd Avenue office building into a parking lot last week, and Legacy officials have approached the planning committee for the Northwest District Association with plans for a multistory parking garage on 21st Avenue and Pettygrove Street.

The garage, which could hold as many as 300 vehicles, would be part of a larger construction project to include a new office building that would front on Pettygrove Street.

John Bradley, chairman of the neighborhood association planning committee, said that the committee asked Legacy officials to reconsider the parking structure's first floor in light of a neighborhood master plan that designates 21st Avenue as a commercial street.

Bradley said that if Legacy does not put commercial space on the first floor of the garage, 'it's going to kill that section of 21st as a commercial site.'

Legacy officials are expected to return to the neighborhood association with new plans in March.

NORTH

School's on for parents

The Beach Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association will offer free parenting classes in English and Spanish next month and has invited neighbors to attend as a way to pick up new skills as well as meet fellow Overlook residents.

The class is called 'Becoming a Love and Logic Parent,' and it's hosted by Northwest Family Services, a nonprofit that provides resources focused on issues such as marriage, youth violence, addictions and career goals.

The child-care class will teach behavior improvement strategies, gaining control through choices, training children to be responsible, adopting effective discipline habits and setting limits through 'thinking' words.

The four-part class is slated for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 in the auditorium and library at Beach, 1710 N. Humboldt St.

Child care is available by reservation. For information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NORTHEAST

University offers awards

Concordia University, the private Lutheran liberal arts university at 2811 N.E. Holman St., has announced a new Jefferson Scholar Award, which will be awarded to a Jefferson High senior who is accepted to Concordia in the fall.

The award will cover tuition and books for four years of study as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

The award is one of many Concordia has established over the past several years to attract students from North and Northeast Portland.

For example, Concordia worked this fall with the Oregon Community Foundation to award three four-year, full-ride scholarships to students from the Self Enhancement Inc. program.

Jefferson seniors interested in applying for the new award must meet Concordia's admissions standards and contact Celeste Krueger in the Office of Admission, 503-493-6218 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOUTHEAST

Garden guides wanted

Leach Botanical Garden, Portland's only public botanical garden, seeks volunteer guides to conduct public tours.

Tours take place between February and November, with tours lasting between 60 and 90 minutes. Volunteers are asked to lead tours one Saturday a month and one public tour by appointment during the week.

Training for new volunteer guides takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.

Registration is required; call Scotty Fairchild, 503-823-1671, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Training includes a garden tour, history lesson and information about garden plants.

EAST

Lents project presented

Residents of surrounding neighborhoods are invited to a Lents Neighborhood Association open house today for a presentation on the East Lents Floodplain Restoration Project.

The city's Bureau of Environmental Services is putting on the presentation about the project, south of Southeast Foster Road and east of Interstate 205, which city officials say could have an effect on urban renewal for the entire area.

'What happens in that area has a big effect on the frequency of flooding on Foster Road,' said Marie Johnson, who is spearheading the project for BES.

For information on the project, contact Johnson at marie.johnson30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lents Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8835 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., and will be followed by a regular meeting of the Lents Neighborhood Association.

- Tribune staff