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SOUTHWEST

Springs spring to life

The 20th anniversary of the Salmon Street Springs Fountain will be celebrated Thursday with a series of events including a countdown as the fountain is turned on for the first time this year.

Included in the noontime celebration, organized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks and Recreation, will be remarks from its designer, noted Pacfiic Northwest landscape architect Robert Perron.

Because April is National Landscape Architecture Month, the Oregon chapter has co-sponsored events at Portland fountains for the past two years. Chapter spokesman Tim Gish said fountains were chosen because they are iconic and popular gathering sites.

The Salmon Street Springs Fountain is in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park at Southwest Salmon Street and Naito Parkway. It features different hourly displays that correspond to the morning and evening rush hours, lunch and dinner times, and midnight. Large red pinwheels will be temporarily installed for its anniversary.

The free celebration is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.

NORTHWEST

Smaller garage proposed

Developer Richard Singer has approached city officials with a new plan for a parking garage at a controversial site behind the Papa Haydn restaurant in Northwest Portland.

The proposed two-and-a-half-story garage is a scaled-down version of a garage Singer had come close to building two years ago over the objections of some neighborhood residents.

In February 2007, the neighborhood association representing the area appealed a decision by the city's landmarks commission that had granted Singer approval for the garage. By a 3-2 vote, the City Council upheld the appeal and appeared to deal a death blow to the garage.

In January, Singer demolished a vacant, single-story office building on the site and said he intended to build a surface parking lot to hold between 15 and 20 cars.

The new garage proposal would stand 28 feet high and hold 87 parking spaces. The previous proposal was for a garage with 103 spaces.

NORTH

Boise holds a cleanup

North Portland residents, get out your junk and work gloves: The Boise Neighborhood Spring Cleanup is set for Saturday.

Residents may bring loads of garbage, yard debris, unwanted electronic equipment, scrap metal and other recyclables. They also may bring clothing, appliances and other goods to be donated to local charities.

There is a small fee for dumping debris, depending on the size of the load. Proceeds will go to fund Boise Neighborhood Association events this spring and summer.

The cleanup is set for Unthank Park, at the corner of North Haight Avenue and Failing Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested volunteers should contact Tara Hieggelke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In addition to the recyclables, coffee, muffins and other refreshments for volunteers are welcome.

NORTHEAST

Team buffs up bluff

Neighborhood leaders and city parks officials will host a 'work and learn party' Saturday at the Rosemont Bluff Natural Area in Northeast Portland.

The event, in honor of Earth Day, is part of a yearlong effort to restore Rosemont Bluff to a functioning natural habitat for native species of plants and animals.

The work portion of the day, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., will include removing invasive plants; the learning portion, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will include background on the history of the greenspace and getting expert help in identifying native plants.

Volunteers from the Center Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks and Recreation's City Nature program will help lead the event.

Rosemont Bluff can be accessed from Northeast 68th Avenue and Hassalo Street.

EAST

Event gets the lead out

Parents can have toys tested for free, and nursing mothers, children and pregnant women can get free blood tests at a Thursday workshop in east Portland on the dangers of toxic lead.

While government officials have set allowable limits for minute traces of the toxic metal in the environment, scientists say no amount of lead is safe, especially for infants. Exposure can hurt development and have other biological effects.

Lead can be found in old plumbing and toys and has shown up in some Portlanders' drinking water.

Workshop participants will learn how to make their homes safer and about other community resources. Portlanders who attend the workshop can receive a free kit of cleaning and lead-testing supplies worth over $30.

The event will be hosted by east Portland groups in partnership with the Community Energy Project, the Portland Development Commission and the Josiah Hill III Clinic. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kelly SUN School, 9030 S.E. Cooper St.

Attendees are asked to register in advance by calling the Community Energy Project at 503-284-6827, ext. 107.

SOUTHEAST

Police host hate forum

Want to know how hate crimes affect Portland, and what communities can do to respond to them?

Southeast Crime Prevention is presenting a forum on hate crimes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Portland Police Bureau's Southeast Precinct community room, 4735 E. Burnside St.

Randy Blazak, a Portland State University sociologist, is a featured speaker. Blazak directs the Hate Crimes Research Network, which gathers and links academic research on bias-motivated crimes.

- Tribune staff