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NORTH

Auction items sought

The parent-teacher association at Beach School, 1710 N. Humboldt St., seeks creative donations of goods and services for its third-annual auction April 12.

Parents are encouraged to offer services like delivering a home-cooked meal a few times a year, crafting handmade items, donating a few hours of yardwork or handyman services, or pitching in an item or service from a personal business.

At least half of the proceeds from the auction support the startup of an after-school program that will benefit the school's high population of homeless students.

The school offers a Spanish immersion program that draws students from across the city.

Parents say that with the boost in enrollment and increased diversity, the need for outside funding grows every year.

To donate, call event Chairwoman Terra Goodman, 503-281-3753.

NORTHWEST

Couplet open house set

The Portland Office of Transportation hosts an open house for discussion about the planned Burnside/Couch couplet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Ace Hotel, 403 S.W. 10th Ave.

Transportation officials have begun preliminary engineering of the project, which is to include a new streetcar line in addition to making West Burnside and Northwest Couch Streets one-way between Northwest 15th and Second avenues.

Burnside is to carry cars eastbound, and traffic on an enlarged Couch will head westbound.

City engineers will be on hand to answer questions from the public, and to take testimony.

Project information is at www.portlandonline.com, under the keyword search 'Burnside Couch.'

NORTHEAST

Event focuses on kids

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, which kicks off locally March 29 with the fourth annual 'Roots and Wings' event at the Lloyd Center.

The Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families and Community hosts the event, which will showcase resources from more than 50 organizations such as the Portland Children's Investment Fund, the Oregon State Police and a medically based child abuse assessment and intervention program in North Portland.

More than 20 sponsors and 100 volunteers participate.

The day also features a children's parade, hula hoop lessons, story times in English and Spanish, and opportunities to meet local sports mascots.

Lindsey McBride, an organizer with the county, said the event is called Roots and Wings because 'children need roots to grow, and wings to fly. It's really true for everybody and every kid. … It's really about equity, potential and access.'

The free event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower level of the mall, 2201 Lloyd Center. For information, visit ourcommission.org, or call 503-988-4032.

EAST

Portland Plan presented

Portland Planning Director Gil Kelley will speak with east Portland neighborhood leaders at a Wednesday meeting of the East Portland Neighborhood Office Land Use Committee.

Kelley will give a presentation on the Portland Plan, a new effort to update Portland's Comprehensive Plan as well as the Central City Plan.

Essentially, the plan will try to implement some of the feedback that Mayor Tom Potter received during his visioning process.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 N.E. 117th Ave. For information on the plan, see www.portlandonline.com/portlandplan, or call Christine Appleberry, 503-823-9907.

SOUTHEAST

5-unit project proposed

Neighbors have until March 25 to comment on a proposed housing development at 8038 S.E. Ogden St., proposed by Habitat for Humanity.

The agency aims to develop five single-family houses on an existing lot. The proposal includes parking spaces for three cars and an outdoor recreation area. All trees would be removed.

Anyone interested in learning more can call Paul Cathcart, 503-823-7300, or attend a hearing on the proposal 1:30 p.m. March 25 at 1900 S.E. Fourth Ave., Suite 3000.

To comment, or if you plan to testify at the hearing, write to the Land Use Hearings officer at the address above or fax remarks to 503-823-4347.

SOUTHWEST

Village marks milestone

The Multnomah Historical Association asks all former and current residents and businesses of the Multnomah Village area to participate in an event called the Grand Celebration for Our Community, set for Aug. 8 through Aug. 17.

It will mark the 100th anniversary of the village, originally known as Multnomah.

Activities will include a grand parade, an all-class reunion of students who attended school in the building that's now home to the Multnomah Arts Center, the dedication of a historical marker at the Multnomah Bridge, a showing of historical photos, a survey of historic homes and buildings, and more.

Check www.multnomahhistorical.com for a schedule and information.

- Tribune staff