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Mt. Hood to hold graduation June 11

Larry Collins-Morgan, Associated Student Government president at Mt. Hood Community College, will serve as speaker at the college's 44th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Earl L. Klapstein Track and Field Stadium, located on Northeast 17th Drive off 257th Drive and Kane Road.

Stadium gates will open at 8:45 a.m.

The college's General Education Development/Adult High School graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the same location. Gates will open at 5:45 p.m. The student speaker will be William Lambert, who completed his GED recently and plans to continue his education at Mt. Hood, and then earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college.

Tickets are not required for either ceremony. Seating for people with disabilities and elderly guests will be provided upon request at the stadium gates. Due to limited space, no more than one individual may sit with a guest in this area.

Mt. Hood will also provide appropriate seating arrangements and an interpreter for those who are hearing impaired. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and chairs for overflow seating on the lawn.

For the June 11 commencement, there will be overflow seating on bleachers in the gymnasium where the ceremony may be viewed via television.

Mt. Hood is a tobacco-free campus, and folks are asked not to bring air horns.

Kiwanis club awards scholars

The Columbia River Gorge Kiwanis Club has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to 2011 Corbett High School graduates, said Michael Orelove, chairman of the Kiwanis Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship recipient Crystal Denney plans to attend Mt. Hood Community College and recipients Lauren Elliott and Erikka Vaughan both plan to attend the University of Oregon.

Scholarship candidates write a 400-word essay with an emphasis on their community service and leadership qualities and solicit two recommendation letters.

The Kiwanis club raises the scholarship money through a Fourth of July pancake breakfast every year at the Corbett Fun Festival. This year, pancakes, eggs and ham will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 4, at the Springdale Job Corps, 31224 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Cost is $6 for adults or $2.50 for children 10 and younger.

For information on the scholarship program or fundraiser breakfast, contact Orelove at 503-503-4495 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Online academy picks ­principal

Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA), the state's leading tuition-free virtual public school, has selected Todd Miller from Gates as its new principal.

'I am thrilled to begin working with the staff at ORCA to build upon this successful, cutting-edge school for the benefit of students all around the state of Oregon,' Miller said. 'I see a bright future for Oregon Connections Academy, and I am honored to lead this talented team.'

Miller has served as principal at Gates Elementary School, vice principal at Mill City Middle School in Mill City, and held other teaching positions in the Santiam Canyon School District.

Jerry Wilks, the current principal and executive director at ORCA, is retiring after 41 years in education. He has been at Oregon Connections Academy since 2007.

ORCA currently serves more than 2,500 students from all over the state. Enrollment is under way for the next school year. Families interested in free virtual school from home are encouraged to learn more at ConnectionsAcademy.com.

Zoo offers summer camps

Opportunities for summer fun and learning are going fast at the Oregon Zoo. The zoo's popular summer camps return June 20, with programs for children age 4 through eighth grade.

Camp activities, specifically planned for the interests of each age group, cover everything from learning about fur, feathers and scales to designing your own zoo. Each weeklong camp includes art projects, songs, stories, snacks, train rides, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo. The zoo's summer events and shows are also incorporated.

Most full-day camps are $287 for the week ($250 for zoo members), and half-day Penguin Camp, for age 4 through kindergarten, is $145 ($125 for zoo members).

Camps begin June 20. Early care, late care and lunches are available at an added charge.

For more information and to register for camp, visit oregonzoo.org/Classes/SummerCamp/index.htm.

The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily, and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. For more information, visit oregonzoo.org or call 503-226-1561.

School of Rock offers graduate classes

The Portland School of Rock, 1440 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., is offering graduate music classes for adults, beginning in July.

Once a week you can get a private 45-minute lesson with a staff member and also participate in a group rehearsal for three hours a week. The program ends with a performance.

The price is $275 per month for the full program and $175 for lessons only. Lessons will generally take place at 8 p.m. or later.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your instrument of choice and days of the week that will work for you.

For more information, call 503-231-2945.

Internet safety topic of forum

'Sex trafficking, gangs and the Internet: What every parent needs to know in the digital age,' is the topic of a forum from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11, at Centennial High School, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave.

Donations support education

The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $15,000 cash grant from an anonymous patron. The same anonymous donor will award an additional $15,000 cash donation if the orchestra can raise $15,000 in donations from other contributors by June 30.

Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Huw Edwards, is celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2011-12.

In addition to its downtown Portland series, the orchestra performs Sunday afternoon matinee concerts at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., and coordinates an education and accessibility program called 'MEET the BEAT' that reaches children, families and individuals served through social service agencies and schools.

For information on tickets for the 2011-2012 season or how you can support the orchestra, visit columbiasymphony.org or call 503-234-4077.

TAG will support Oregon Spellers

The Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted - which advocates for the needs of talented and gifted children - will sponsor Oregon Spellers in the running of the state spelling championship.

Oregon Spellers is an all-volunteer group formed in 2009, by Kaynor and Nick Heineck, when the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) discontinued running the state spelling contest due to budget cuts.

The spelling contests at local and county levels leading up to the state spelling championship continue to be sponsored by the ODE.

'This relationship will help Oregon Spellers expand the support base for the contest as well as help us spread the word to more school districts about the opportunities for their students to participate,' Oregon Spellers' Chairperson Kaynor Heineck said.

The state championship is open to any student who wins his/her ODE-sponsored county spelling contest in Oregon at the elementary, middle or high school level.

Students do not have to be identified as talented and gifted to participate.

This year's championship will be held at the Oregon State Fair in Salem on Saturday, Sept. 3.

For more information about Oregon Spellers and the state spelling championship, visit oregonspellers.org.

For more information about the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted, visit OATAG.org.