Neighborhood briefs



MAX makes more tracks

Although the transit mall renovation project has received a lot of media coverage, the Interstate-205 portion of TriMet's downtown-to-Clackamas Town Center light-rail project is well under way, as everyone who drives the east-side freeway can see.

All of the 127 girders for the seven bridges have been placed, and utility construction is nearly complete. The foundation for the parking garage in the shopping center is complete, and its columns and decks are under construction.

In coming weeks, construction crews are scheduled to do overhead work on the Southeast Crystal Springs Boulevard and 92nd Avenue bridge deck, requiring single lane shifts on 92nd.

In April, new light-rail tracks will be connected to the existing east-side line at the Gateway Transit Center. Crews also are building the substation and signal buildings east of Northeast 97th Avenue between Glisan and Burnside streets.

The new line is scheduled to open in fall 2009. The I-205 portion is budgeted at around $350 million.


Free 'Corn' in St. Johns

Portland Community Cinema hosts a free screening of 'King Corn,' a documentary made by two recent college graduates who embarked on a mission to see where America's food comes from.

The pair planted an acre of corn in rural Iowa, then set out to follow it from seed to market.

The screening runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Johns Twin Cinemas, 8704 N. Lombard St.

A panel discussion will follow with Curt Ellis, one of the filmmakers; Lisa Sedlar, president of New Seasons Market; Mike Moran, food resource manager at the Oregon Food Bank; and a representative from Sauvie Island Organics.

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Council hopefuls face off

Candidates in the May primary for two City Council seats will take part in a public forum on April 1. The candidates for Sam Adams' current council seat scheduled to appear are Jeff Bissonnette, John Branam, Amanda Fritz, Charles Lewis, Chris Smith and Mike Fahey. (Adams is not running for re-election to instead run for mayor.)

Candidates for Erik Sten's council seat who also are scheduled to appear at the forum are Nick Fish, Jim Middaugh, Ed Garren, Fred Stewart and Harold Williams Two. (Sten is resigning from his seat, effective early next month.)

The candidates' forum runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m in the gymnasium of McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. The forum is sponsored by the Kennedy School, along with the Concordia and Woodlawn neighborhood associations.

Primary election day is May 20.


Funds mean more play

Central Portland Families is moving and extending its playtime at the Pearl Court Activity Center, 1425 N.W. 16th Ave.

The indoor play group at the center's basketball court provides plenty of room for young children to run around. But instead of running around Monday afternoons, young children and their parents last week began meeting at 10 a.m. Fridays.

The Pearl District's Zimmerman Community Center funded the playtime through the winter and into March. Now, according to Nancy Davis of Central Portland Families, the activity has funding thanks to $1,800 from a recent money-raising event at the Pearl District store Perfectly Pearl.

The group is open to all parents and their young children and is free.


Come weed, not spray

Pesticide Free Parks staff and volunteers will gather at Sewallcrest Park, Southeast 31st Avenue and Market Street, for a work party April 6.

Participants may arrive between 10 a.m. and noon and are advised to bring their own drinking water.Gloves and tools are provided, but volunteers also are welcome to bring their own.

Tips for the event: Wear clothes that can get dirty and are appropriate for the weather. Boots also are recommended. To learn about other ways to get involved with the Pesticide Free Parks in Portland program, contact Portland Parks and Recreation staff during the event.


Annual sale aids seniors

The Neighborhood House Senior Center will hold its annual rummage sale at the center's offices in the back of the Multnomah Center, 6788 S.W. Capitol Highway.

It will include a traditional Russian bake sale Thursday and a plant sale on all three days. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The center provides a wide range of services to seniors in Southwest Portland, including art classes, exercise programs, food distribution, and counseling provided through Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services.

The sale will feature toys, clothing, appliances, furniture and other donated items. Call 503-244-5204 for information.

- Tribune staff