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by: , Donn Morgan will speak at Christ Church Episcopal Parish on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

LONAC will meet

The Lake Oswego Neighborhood Association Coaltion will meet Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for its regular monthly session.

Marking the meeting will be the 15-year celebration of LONAC's existence.

The session will be held at the Heritage House, 398 Tenth St.

Agenda items include:

* Input from Joan Batten, facilitator;

* Legal land use issues for neighborhoods;

* David Powell, attorney for the cty of Lake Oswego;

* Land use and/or city update;

* LONAC birthday celebration.

LONAC's 'purpose is to act as a forum for and to take action on local, regional and state issues as they are viewed from an individual resident and/or neighborhood perspective.'

Bible workshop set

Have you ever been confused or frustrated by the way the Bible is used to prove others - even other Christians - wrong?

Have you been angered by the way the Bible is seen to explain natural catastrophes as signs of God's will? Ever been opposed to those using the Bible to justify war or peace? Too often Christians take conflicting opinions and perspectives within the Bible and use them to fight with each other.

Donn Morgan, president and dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and professor of Old Testament in Berkeley, Calif. will address these issues in a presentation Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road in Lake Oswego.

In his lecture-discussion workshop an overview will be given of the problems as well as the promise of the Bible in addressing issues of conflict, in biblical times and today, for church and society. Participants will have an opportunity to test out constructive ways to use the Bible and its very different teachings in parish and other contexts.

Morgan is the author of 'Fighting With the Bible: Why Scripture Divides Us and How It Can Bring Us Together.' Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture.

Pooch talk planned

The benefits that dogs bring to juvenile offenders is the topic for an upcoming Lunch and Learn meeting of the League of Women Voters of Clackamas County.

Barbara Coles of Project Pooch will describe the program conducted at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn at a meeting at the Market of Choice Grocery Store Community Room, 5639 Hood St. in West Linn. The session will begin at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 25.

In the Project Pooch program, begun in 1993, incarcerated youth work with dogs daily, practice positive reinforcement and behavior modification and learn to manage both the dogs and their own behavior. The Pooch dogs complete the AKC Canine Good Citizenship test and then are placed in loving 'forever homes.'

Project Pooch is a nonprofit organization. For more information or to make a tax deductible donation go to www.pooch.org.

For more information about the League's Lunch and Learn program, contact Cheryl Smith at 503-699-5250.

Relay event on tap

The Kickoff Party for the 2008 Relay for Life of Lake Oswego will be held Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Oswego High School Cafeteria.

An event of the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life is an opportunity to citizens to celebrate cancer survival, remember those with cancer and fight back by raising funds for research.

Sponsorship opportunities, survivor registration, team registration, door prizes, and activities will be all part of the event. Unveiled that night will be the theme of the 2008 relay.

For additional information contact Stephanie Barton at lakeoswegorelay@com

cast.net or Rhonda Cohen at lorelayfor

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Budget folks sought

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is seeking two citizen members to serve on the Clackamas County Budget Committee. The terms for both positions are three years.

Applicants for the position must be residents of Clackamas County and available to attend budget meetings in May to review and approve a budget for 2008-09.

Interested individuals need to complete an application form. Applications may be completed and submitted online via the county's Web site, http://web3.co.clackamas.or.us/citizenin/app.asp .

For an application form, contact Citizen Involvement, 503-655-8552, or visit the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, 4th Floor.

Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 15.

For more information, contact Diane Padilla at 503-742-5425.