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Local news briefs for June 4

Help clean Sandy River preserve

The Nature Conservancy is hosting a volunteer work party Saturday, June 11, to remove invasive species and maintain trails in the Sandy River Gorge Preserve. The event includes a 2-mile hike with 700 feet of elevation gain. For more information or to register, call Molly Dougherty at 503-802-8100, ext. 138, or email orvolunteers@tnc

.org. Participants should bring hiking shoes, a daypack, lunch and snacks and water and gloves. Tools and gloves will be available to borrow.

Mt. Hood nursing program/Head Start sponsor Gresham wellness fair

The Mt. Hood Community College nursing program and Head Start/Early Head Start program are co-sponsoring a wellness and safety fair for children and their parents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Bruning Center, 1484 N.W. Civic Drive, adjacent to the new Civic Drive MAX light-rail station.

Intended as a fun and safe way to kick off the summer with door prizes and a raffle drawing, the fair will feature information booths on seat belt and car seat safety, immunizations, water safety and emergency services, along with other educational and safety oriented topics.

The event is free and open to the community. The Multnomah County Health Department will provide lead testing and childhood vaccinations for $15 per injection. Gresham police and firefighters will be on hand for children to meet and greet.

For information, visit web.multco.us/events/2011/06/04/kids-family-wellness-safety-fair.

MetroEast receives grant for law project

MetroEast Community Media in Gresham received a $3,500 grant from the Multnomah Bar Foundation to assist with the project, 'The Courts and You - Legal Logic.'

MetroEast will produce two 30-minute cable programs to help educate the public about various legal issues and concerns, such as intellectual property rights and the struggle to maintain an impartial judiciary.

For more information, visit metroeast.org or call 503-667-8848.

Donate blood, win coffee

The American Red Cross and Boyds Coffee of Gresham are offering the chance for four lucky winners to win a year's worth of coffee during a blood drive campaign, Pints for Pounds, which is running until June 30.

All presenting donors can enter to win and winners will be chosen at random on Friday, July 8. Winners will be identified across the blood services region, which includes many parts of Oregon and Washington. The four winners will receive 1 pound of coffee each week from Boyds.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Bring the Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive identification when donating.

For more information, or to schedule a donation, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

Extra caution urged on rivers

The Oregon State Marine Board urges boaters to take extra caution this weekend when launching into swift-flowing waters and to be mindful of their wake during extreme high water.

A flood watch is in effect for the Columbia River, with water levels rising about a foot above the flood stage of 16 feet. Visit boatoregon.com for more information.