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News briefs for June 15

Summer camp offered

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area is offering a summer camp for children ages 6 and older, starting at noon Monday, June 20.

There will be a kick-off event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 N.E. Arata Road. Parents can meet the camp staff, learn more about the program and register their children. There is no cost for the camp to families who register.

For more information, visit bgcportland.org or call 503-232-0077.

Donate used cell phones to help soldiers

Gresham Ford is collecting used cell phones to support Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit national movement that aims to collect more than 1 million old cell phones this year to help keep troops connected with their families.

Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their phones at Gresham Ford, 1940 E. Powell Blvd., or at Red Robin restaurant, 789 N.W. Division St. Red Robin gift certificates will be provided for phones donated at Gresham Ford, while coupons to Gresham Ford's service department, where they work on all makes and models, are available at Red Robin.

Cell Phones for Soldiers (cellphonesforsoldiers.com) sells the donated phones to a third-party company. Each donated phone raises enough money to provide an hour of phone time to soldiers serving overseas.

Raffle set up to help Dr. Hale

Four local massage therapists are raffling 12 hours of massage gift certificates to benefit a local chiropractor fighting cancer.

Jennifer Boom, Tana Cahill, Afton Kendell (voted Best Massage Therapist by Outlook readers) and Bridgette Wilkison - all Oregon licensed massage therapists - are donating services for the raffle to benefit Dr. Catherine Hale. Hale, who for 10 years has operated Hale Chiropractic in downtown Gresham, will be unable to work for at least two months due to a cancer diagnosis.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Hale Chiropractic at 101 N.E. Roberts Ave. in downtown Gresham. Ticket holders need not be present to win and only 2,000 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are available at Hale Chiropractic, Clark's Barber Shop, Jazzy Bagels, Silk Espresso and Stamp Connection.

Donations for 'Cat's Medical Fund' are also being accepted at any Wells Fargo Branch. For more information, call Tana Cahill at 503-319-2055 or Jennifer Boom at 503-310-2622.

USS Ranger topic of meetings

The USS Ranger Foundation will hold two meetings to update community members on the effort to dock the retired aircraft carrier on the Columbia River at Chinook Landing Marine Park in Fairview and to create a community heritage center.

The meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 16, and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18. Both meetings will be held at Fairview City Hall, 1300 N.E. Village St.

Each meeting will begin with a one-hour update on the project. Those interested in volunteering are asked to stay for the second hour where they will receive more in-depth information, training, plans for the summer and have the opportunity to sign-up for events.

Plans for Ranger include a museum for all branches of the military, a memorial site to honor all veterans, a community and civic meeting space, an emergency preparedness center and an educational training facility. For more information, visit USSRanger.org.

Artistic work sought for Vista House Gift Gallery

The Friends of Vista House reminds regional artists, authors, designers and cultural professionals that they can submit items to be put on display and for sale in the gift gallery at Vista House.

The last jury of the season will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Rooster Rock State Park in the park office. Artists can download an application at vistahouse.com/pdfs/juryapp_2010 and bring it completed along with the items to be reviewed.

Items selected for display and sale in the gift gallery must adhere to the mission statement: 'To provide to the visitors of the Vista House items that are interpretive of the Vista House, the Columbia River Gorge, the state of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The items selected for display and sale in the Gift Gallery may include Gorge history, flora, fauna, geology and geography, Northwest Native American culture and visitor services. Vista House was dedicated to Oregon pioneers, so items relating to pioneer crafts and skills are also appropriate. Exceptional quality is a requirement for sales items.'

For more information, contact Friends of Vista House by calling 503-695-2230 or by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Donate used cell phones to help soldiers

Gresham Ford is collecting used cell phones to support Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit national movement that aims to collect more than 1 million old cell phones this year to help keep troops connected with their families.

Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their phones at Gresham Ford, 1940 E. Powell Blvd., or at Red Robin restaurant, 789 N.W. Division St. Red Robin gift certificates will be provided for phones donated at Gresham Ford, while coupons to Gresham Ford's service department, where they work on all makes and models, are available at Red Robin.

Cell Phones for Soldiers (cellphonesforsoldiers.com) sells the donated phones to a third-party company. Each donated phone raises enough money to provide an hour of phone time to soldiers serving overseas.