Local News Briefs
'3 Rabbis' author will talk
Featured speaker at the Lake Oswego Women's Coalition March luncheon will be Gloria Feeves Hammer, who will bring film clips of her local documentary, 'The Three Rabbis.' The luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Oswego Lake Country Club.
Hammer, a resident of Lake Oswego, made 'The Three Rabbis' as a history of Judaism in the Portland area seen through the eyes of three well known and longtime Portland rabbis, Emanuel Rose, Joshua Stampfer and Yonah Geller. The film was nominated for an Emmy and won the Silver Telly and Golden Eagle Award.
For reservations, call the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce at 503-636-3634. If after hours, leave a message that you will be attending. Cost is $13 for members and $15 for guests.
Blood drive set March 22
March is Red Cross Month, a time designated by the President of the United States to recognize the life-saving differences the American Red Cross makes for people in our communities and around the world everyday.
The Red Cross saves lives each day by managing nearly half of the nation's blood supply. Blood is needed every day, not just in emergencies or after a national tragedy. In the United States, every two seconds someone needs blood. It must be readily available for accident victims, routine surgeries, people with rare blood disorders and other needs.
The next area blood drive will be held March 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin. Donors may call Marion Ohrtman at 503-692-2270 to make an appointment to donate blood.
How prepared is county?
With snow storms, tornadoes and hurricanes hitting other parts of the country, how prepared is Clackamas County for disasters?
Dana Robinson, director of Clackamas County Emergency Management, will explain the county's comprehensive all-hazards program at a League of Women Voters meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Goal of the program is to minimize the impact of incidents or disasters that threaten Clackamas County.
According to Robinson, the Clackamas County Emergency Management Team County works closely with the cities and special districts on emergency planning, response and recovery.
'Every person who lives or works in Clackamas County shares responsibility for minimizing the impact of disaster on our community,' she said.
The March 21 meeting, which is open to the public, is at the West Linn Library, 1595 Burns St.
For more information, contact Ardis Stevenson 503-620-2265.
Five-member board eyed
Clackamas County is seeking 15 volunteers to serve on a task force that will develop criteria for a possible new five-member board of county of commissioners.
'There are complex issues ahead in Clackamas County and we believe it is time to see if the public supports an expansion in the Board of Commissioners,' said Chair Martha Schrader. 'We are asking citizens interested in this important question to step forward and help us develop a measure for voter consideration.'
'While campaigning last year, the No. 1 question I heard from voters was not whether we should move to a five-member board but when,' said Commissioner Lynn Peterson of Lake Oswego. 'We owe it to voters to ask the question. Those same voters also asked if a three-member board was as effective as it could be when dealing with the increasing population and diversity in the county.'
The 'Board of County Commissioners Task Force' will focus on whether a five-member board would be partisan or non-partisan, length and number of terms, elected by district versus at-large, full or part-time among other things.
Volunteers must live in Clackamas County. The deadline for application is March 9. Interested residents may call 503-655-8751 or go online to http://www.co.clackamas.or.us/citizenin/app.asp to apply.
For further information, call Jon Mantay at 503-655-8581.
Doernbecher is beneficiary
The seventh annual 99.5 FM The Wolf's Hunt for a Cure Radiothon will be held today and Friday to benefit Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
The radiothon, which will be broadcast live from the Doernbecher lobby from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, will include on-air interviews with young patients and their families. More than 80 percent of Oregon kids with cancer come to Doernbecher for their care.
Donations may be made by calling 503-418-KIDS or online at www.ohsuhealth.com/dch/support/donation_form.asp.
Lions offer a Thai treat
The Lake Grove Lions Club, with the support of the Thai Association of Oregon, is presenting 'Evening in Thailand,' an event featuring international understanding.
The event will occur April 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Blvd., Lake Oswego.
The program features a silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by an authentic Thai dinner catered by Singha Thai Restaurant, entertainment by Thai dancers, and fellowship.
Proceeds from this fundraising activity will benefit the Lions Clubs International Foundation Campaign SightFirst II program, which addresses world needs. Campaign SightFirst raised $143 million during the years 1991 to 1994. The goal of Campaign SightFirst II, which was launched in July 2005, is $150 million. So far, Lions groups have raised about $71 million in this the second drive.
Anticipated honored guests include the Thai Association of Oregon members and the Poonyagariyagorn family, including Surapee 'Cindy' Poonyagariyagorn, president of the Thai Association of Oregon, and Manus Poonyagariyagorn, her husband.
During the program and between dances, successful auction bidders will be announced. They will be asked to pay by check or cash on the event night.
Deadline for purchasing tickets for 'Evening in Thailand' is April 20.
For further information, contact Don Potter at 503-670-7667.
Water Day forum offered
According to a United Nations Human Development Report in 2006, 1.1 billion people around the world do not have access to safe water and 2.6 billion people are without adequate sanitation.
In the developing world, water-related problems are responsible for 80 percent of all illnesses and deaths. It is also estimated that every 14 seconds a child dies from a preventable water-related disease.
It is the goal of the United Nations to reduce the number of individuals without access to safe drinking water by half. As part of that goal, the UN declared that March 22 be World Water Day from 2005-2015 to promote efforts and commitments made on water-related issues.
Lake Grove Presbyterian Church will host a World Water Day Forum on March 22 at 7 p.m. Emmanuel Opong, from Ghana, and Lutangu Lubasi, from Zambia, will speak at the church in an effort to raise awareness of the issue.
Lake Grove Presbyterian has a long-standing commitment to improving water quality in Africa, raising money for and instilling wells in Zambia.
Opong is currently the World Vision International Program Officer for Mali, Niger, Ghana, South Africa and Zambia. Lubasi is currently the manager of the World Vision Area Development Project in Sinazongwe, Zambia.
Lake Grove Presbyterian is located at 4040 Upper Drive. For more information, contact Bill or Diane Savage at 503-635-5228.