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Events calendar for June 8

The Gresham Outlook welcomes calendar notices for weekly public events and support group meetings in East County. To submit an item, simply send the information to Dateline, The Gresham Outlook, P.O. Box 747, Gresham, 97030; email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or fax it to 503-665-2187 at least 10 days before the event or meeting.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Water Wonders at Blue Lake Park - 1 to 5 p.m., Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview. Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, water cycle card making or fishy potato stamp printing. Suitable for ages 3 and up; adult supervision is required. Meet next to the water spray ground inside Blue Lake Regional Park. Free. Parking is $5 for cars, $7 for buses and free for bicycles and pedestrians. For more information, call 503-234-3000. Hosted by Metro.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

Family Walk - 9 to 10:30 a.m., Gresham City Hall Plaza, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Family Walks start at 9 a.m. sharp on the Gresham City Hall Plaza next to the MAX station. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. These family walks will cover a couple of miles at a pace suitable for families. The walks will take about 1.5 hours and return to the same starting location. Contact Sandra Doubleday at 503-618-2816.

Powell Butte Nature Park Work Party - 9 a.m. to noon, Powell Butte Nature Park, Powell Boulevard and Southeast 162nd Avenue, Portland. Join Portland Parks and Recreation and NW Trail Alliance in rebuilding and restoring the trail system at Powell Butte. Meet in the parking lot. For more information, call 503-823-6131.

Sandy River Gorge Preserve Work Party - 9 a.m. The Nature Conservancy invites volunteers to help remove invasive species and maintain trails in the Sandy River Gorge Preserve. The event includes a 2-mile strenuous hike and 700 feet of elevation gain. Participants should bring hiking shoes, lunch and snacks, water, appropriate clothing and gloves; gloves and tools will be provided if needed. To register or for more information, contact Molly Dougherty at 503-802-8100, ext. 138, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Family Bicycle Ride - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main City Park, 219 S. Main Ave. These are slower-paced group rides of about 8 to 10 miles around Gresham that pass by parks, schools and other public facilities. The route is mostly on bike paths, bike lanes, and low traffic residential streets. Riders are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early; the group leaves at 10 a.m. sharp from Gresham's Main City Park. For more information, call Bud Rice at 503-667-0683.

Sandy River Delta Bird Walk - 10 a.m. to noon, Backyard Bird Shop, 22741 N.E. Park Lane, Wood Village. Join an expert-guided bird walk of the Sandy River Delta, part of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, with naturalist Elaine Murphy. Meet at the Wood Village Backyard Bird Shop to carpool. Free. Advance registration is required; call 503-661-4944.

Soil Science: How to Amend Your Soil - 10 a.m., Al's Garden Center, 7505 S.E. Hogan Road. Learn how to amend your soil so your plants perform to their best. Free and registration is not required. Call 503-491-0771.

Water Wonders at Blue Lake Park - 1 to 5 p.m., Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview. Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, water cycle card making or fishy potato stamp printing. Suitable for ages 3 and up; adult supervision is required. Meet next to the water spray ground inside Blue Lake Regional Park. Free. Parking is $5 for cars, $7 for buses and free for bicycles and pedestrians. For more information, call 503-234-3000. Hosted by Metro.