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Women's heart health programs set for April

Two women's heart health programs will be held in April for people to learn how the symptoms of women's heart attacks are differ from those of men. The Center for Women's Health is providing a DVD presentation of this topic by Diana Rinkevich, M.D., director of OHSU's Heart Disease in Women in Program for women to learn how to save their lives. The first session will be held in the King City Civic Association Town Hall on Tuesday, April 22, at 10 a.m. The second presentation will be at Summerfield Estates on Wednesday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Take fun trips to Oregon Zoo and Saturday Market

Local residents will have the opportunity to take trips in April to the Oregon Zoo and to Portland's Saturday Market through TriMet's Ride Wise program. On Thursday, April 10, there will be a trip to the Oregon Zoo, and people are asked to meet at the King City bus stop on Pacific Highway at 9:55 a.m. Participants may eat lunch at the zoo restaurant or bring their own sack lunch. The entrance fee for seniors riding MAX, which the group will do after transferring in Beaverton, is $7.50. People will return to King City around 2 p.m. On Saturday, April 26, the group will visit Portland's Saturday Market, meeting at 10:05 a.m. at the King City bus stop and returning by 2 p.m. People may have lunch at the market. Bus tickets for the Saturday Market are provided by Peter Wilhelm and Ride Wise. For more information, call Wilhelm at 503-620-4916.

Tigard library offers program on in-home care

The Tigard Public Library will host a program on in-home care for seniors on Wednesday, April 9, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Laura Trenholme of Signature Home Health and Home Care will talk about personal, organizational and medical services for seniors to help them stay in their homes and maintain their independence and quality of life. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 503-684-6537.

Tigard library hosts three book discussion groups

The Tigard Public Library's various book discussion groups are meeting in April, and new members are always welcome. The Morning Book Group will meet Tuesday, April 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon to discuss Mary Higgins Clark's 'I Heard That Song Before.' On Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Mystery Book Group will discuss 'Mineral Spirits' by Heather Sharfeddin. On Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Evening Book Group will discuss Jodi Picoult's novel, 'My Sister's Keeper.' Registration is not required, and all the groups meet in the Houghton Room. For more information, call the library at 503-684-6537.

Estate-planning workshop set for April 15

A workshop will be held on estate planning for traditional and non-traditional families Tuesday, April 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton. Participants will receive practical estate planning information from attorney and author Richard B. Schneider to safeguard your finances and healthcare wishes during and after your lifetime. Common myths, wills, living trusts, health care directives and powers of attorney will be discussed. Questions will sbe answered afterwards. The workshop will be held in Meeting Room B. For more information, call 503-241-1215.

Tigard library offers storytelling, history workshop

In celebration of National Library Week, people will be 'hearing voices' of inspiration, mystery and adventure during the various Washington County libraries' storytelling festival. The Tigard Public Library will kick off its 'Hearing Voices' event with a program Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Later that day, from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a Family Oral History Workshop in the Community Room, where participants can learn how to create family oral histories or develop their own storytelling kits to pass on stories for future generations. Nationally recognized storytelller Alton Chung will present the workshop, which is designed for adults and children 10 and older.

Programs set at Tualatin River wildlife refuge

Various activities will take place at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in April, starting on the 12th with a free plant identification walk from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. People are asked to sign up by e-mailing Janice Jenkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All walks start outside the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center, located on Pacific Highway between King City and Sherwood. On Saturday, April 19, from 9 to 11 a.m., there will be a free presentation at the Visitors Center on reptiles and amphibians in the Tualatin River refuge. Following the program, there will be a short walk to the pond area. RSVP is required by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Line dancing classes come to King City

Line dancing is coming to King City, with a new class starting Thursday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to noon in King City Town Hall. The second class will be held Thursday, April 24. Due to previous commitments for the Town Hall space, only two classes will be held in April, and classes will not be held the first week of the month. Starting in May and in the following months, classes will be held on the second, third and fourth Thursdays, plus on the fifth Thursday if applicable. As for shoes, athletic shoes are usually not good unless they've been fitted with a soft suede sole. Leather is good, and some synthetics work. The cost is $3 per class. For more information, call Lori Vidoni at 503-624-6006.

Tigard library offers free computer classes

The Tigard Public Library offers free computer classes and open computer labs throughout the month of April: Word Processing II for Beginners, April 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Computer Skills for Beginners, April 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Introduction to Windows XP Operating System, April 5, 12:30 to 2 p.m., and Using the Library Catalog, April 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Other classes are E-mail for Beginners, April 9, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Doing Research on the Web, April 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Using Library Databases, April 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Excel for Beginners, April 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Intermediate Excel, April 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Classes later in the month include PowerPoint for Beginners, April 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Searching the Web for Beginners, April 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Word Processing I for Beginners, April 25, 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Popular Uses of the Web, April 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m. All computer classes and labs are in the Technology Room. For more information, call 503-684-6537.

Sheriff's office sets citizen academy

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Citizen Academy provides an educational opportunity for citizens of Washington County to gain a first-hand understanding of how the sheriff's office conducts its law enforcement operations and how citizens can increase the effectiveness of law enforcement within their communities. It also gives participants a greater understanding of the sheriff's office role as 'conservators of the peace' and a chance to bring the information back to their community

The academy is a 50-hour training program that combines classroom and hands-on instruction. The classes give citizens an opportunity to observe the inner workings of their sheriff's office. Students use police equipment, participate in jail activities and interact with trainers who are among the best in the state.

Sheriff's office personnel from many departments explain and demonstrate the duties and responsibilities of their jobs. Participants tour the sheriff's office and other criminal justice facilities as part of the academy. The academy is based on a collaborative approach; questions and comments are encouraged throughout.

Topics covered in the academy include deputy selection and training, specialized duties and units, jail operations, patrol operations, security, investigations, tactical operations, use of force and deadly force, vice and narcotics, crime scene investigations and crime prevention. Emphasized throughout the academy are the opportunities for citizens, the community and the sheriff's office to develop partnerships that foster effective policing.

The next academy begins Tuesday, April 1, and concludes with a graduation on May 27. Classes are held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with two weekend classes during each academy. Classes are typically held at the sheriff's office, which is at 215 S.W. Adams Ave. in Hillsboro.

To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years of age and live in Washington County. They must also attend at least nine of the 11 classes offered to qualify for graduation. Each academy is limited to 35 students.

Graduates of the Sheriff's Office Citizen Academy are not deputies or reserve deputies and have no powers of arrest.

For additional information or to apply online, please visit the citizen academy Web site located at www.co.washington.or.us/sheriff/citizens/academy.htm

For any additional information, please contact Darlene Schnoor at 503-846-2694 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Al's Garden Center offers free class on baskets

Al's Garden Center in Sherwood will offer a class on the basics of hanging baskets Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at 16920 S.W. Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood. People are invited to join Mark and Amy Bigej as they show gardeners or would-be gardeners how to create stunning hanging baskets. Attend this class, and learn the tips and tricks to creating your own gorgeous hanging baskets. Registration is not required to attend the event, which is free and is open to the public.