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School briefs for March 26

Mt. Hood presents cross-cultural art exhibit

The Mt. Hood Community College Visual Art Gallery, 26000 S.E. Stark St., will present an exhibit of artists that illuminate cross-cultural viewpoints from Wednesday, April 9, through Friday, May 2.

The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The artists exhibiting are either living overseas, or have done so for extended periods of time. Some of the artists are not U.S. citizens, some are and some have lived abroad as expatriates. The exhibit raises the questions: Do these artists have a unique sense of culture, of political and social realities? What are artists in Europe or in Japan most concerned with? What do they value? How do they see our world?

A reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18. Curator is Georganne Watters.

For more information, call Pat Barrett, coordinator of the Mt. Hood Visual Arts Center Gallery, at 503-491-6075 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Portland Christian hosts dinner/auction

Albina Fuel presents Portland Christian Schools' Fourth annual Dinner and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Portland Airport, 7900 N.E. 82nd Ave.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Portland Christian Schools' Annual Fund, which provides tuition assistance for Portland Christian families. Seats may be purchased by reservation only at $50 per person. To make a reservation, contact the Portland Christian Schools Development Department at 503-256-3960 or e-mail linda.swenson@pcschools.

org. For more information, visit www.pscshools.org

Discussion to address underage drinking

Springwater Trail High School students have organized a public discussion on underage drinking called 'Changing Your World Doesn't Mean Getting High,' from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Centennial High School auditorium, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave.

The free event will touch on the topics of alcohol and drug use. Area young people, ages 13 to 18, as well as their parents are encouraged to attend.

The town hall panel format will be used for the event. Youth volunteers will present information on teen brain development and the effects of drug and alcohol use.

The guest panel will include someone from law enforcement, a local physician, school counselors and social service agency representatives. Teens will be invited to ask questions and participate in the activities.

Crystal McDonald, a Springwater Trail senior who is working on the event, says, 'I think it starts with the choices you make.'

The Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership (GGAPP), a coalition of social service, law enforcement, business, education, faith and community organizations, hosts the event. The event coincides with national Alcohol Awareness Month activities and the annual prom season.

GGAPP is spearheaded by volunteers and is facilitated by the Police Activities League of Greater Portland.

For information, call PAL at 503-823-0250 or visit www.GGAPP.org