Local News Briefs
Bradbury to lead
Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will appear at Portland Community College next month to give the Oregon perspective to Al Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary, 'An Inconvenient Truth.'
Bradbury's presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in the Performing Arts Center at the Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. His presentation will include a slide show and a question-and-answer session with the audience. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking is free after 6:30 p.m.
Bradbury has recently completed a training program led by the former vice president to spread the message about the threat of, and solutions to, global warming. Bradbury was part of a select group that took part in an intensive tutorial about issues surrounding global warming, led by Gore and a team of renowned scientists and environmental educators. Bradbury, as the state's second-highest-ranking constitutional officer, is auditor of public accounts, chief elections officer, and manager of the state's corporate filings and official legislative and executive records.
'Bill Bradbury is an outstanding example of the millions of Americans who have been energized by the call to action on the climate crisis,' said Gore. 'We are so pleased that he has made a serious commitment to this challenge by coming to Nashville to become part of this unprecedented grassroots effort.
For more information, visit the Web site: http://www.theclimateproject.org.
Masterson to talk
at League lunch
Fresh produce from Lake Oswego's Luscher Farm is the topic for the League of Women Voters' March 30 Lunch 'n Learn program.
Speaker will be Laura Masterson, owner of the 47th Avenue Farm, who works with the city's Parks and Recreation Department to provide fresh produce to participants in the Community Supported Agriculture program.
'The Community Supported Agriculture model offers a unique opportunity to strengthen the relationship between farmers and the consumers,' Masterson says.
Local residents pay in advance for their share of the season's harvest and then come to the farm through the growing season to pick up their seasonally and sustainably grown produce.
The luncheon, which is open to the public, begins at 11:30 a.m. March 30 at Szechuan Kitchen, 15450 Boones Ferry Road.
Cost is $11 and for reservations, which are required, call 503-638-3207 by 6 p.m. next Thursday.
focus of talk
Sudanese ministry leader, the Rev. Alexander, who leads the African Inland Church in northern Sudan, will speak about the war in that country at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.
Alexander was born and raised in war-torn southern Sudan, a country where hundreds of thousands have died and been displaced because of a 20-year civil war. In addition to providing health care, emergency relief, education and micro-enterprise opportunities to the Sudanese, AIC works in the devastated region of Darfur where up to 400,000 people have been killed.
Having recently returned from a visit to a displaced people's camp a few months ago, Alexander talks about the situation. 'We spend time with them, hear their heart-rending stories, weep with them and pray with them.'
He also has described how parents bury their children in the sand to keep them warm at night.
The public is invited to this event at the church, located at 4040 Sunset Drive.
This event is sponsored by Partners International. The Web site is www.part
for Lake Run
Organizers of the annual Lake Oswego Lake Run are looking for high school students to help staff the event, including set up the day prior, helping at the event and tearing it down when it's over.
There are many jobs and organizers can accommodate many eager volunteers. The Lake Run will be held on Saturday, May 12, and it starts and ends at Millennium Plaza Park in Lake Oswego.
Students can also reference the Lake Run at the Junior Women's Club's Web site at www.LOJWC.org.
Tax fees waived for military folks
Liberty Tax Service is celebrating Armed Forces Appreciation week March 19 through 24. The tax service business will waive the tax preparation fees for service men and women wearing official military uniforms.
'We want to give something back to honor the brave men and women who valiantly defend us and the American way of life,' said John Hewitt, CEO and president of Liberty Tax Service. 'We look forward to helping them this year. Tax advice is always free regarding military service tax issues, or any concern, just call and ask.'
Service people can go to either Liberty Tax Service location. In Canby the office is located at 923 S.W. Fourth Ave. and the phone number is 503-266-4242. The Tigard office is located at 11535 S.W. Durham Road, Suite C-3. The phone number is 503-968-2015.
Expect I-5 work
in coming days
Oregon Department of Transportation will be repaving access ramps along I-5 between Aurora and Salem beginning March 25.
The work, originally scheduled to begin March 18, was postponed a week due to weather delays.
The exit and entrance ramp closures will begin on I-5 at Aurora exit 278, proceed south to the ODOT Weigh Station, Woodburn exit 271, Brooks exit 263 and finish with the Keizer/Chemawa Road exit 260B near the north Salem city limits. At each interchange, the southbound exit and entrance ramps will close first for one night, followed by the northbound exit and entrance ramps the next.
The overnight ramp closures will occur during the next two weeks from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to minimize traffic impacts.
Ramp paving is the first step in a project to repave all of I-5 between the Baldock Rest Area (south of Charbonneau exit 282) and the Keizer/Chemawa Road exit 260B in Salem, starting in early April and lasting through the summer. The freeway paving work will happen at night to minimize traffic impacts.
More information about the I-5 paving project is available online at www.oregon.gov/ODOT.HWY/REGION2/Charbonneau.shtml.
The seventh annual 99.5 FM 'The Wolf's Hunt for a Cure Radiothon' raised a record-breaking $608,000 for Doernbecher Children's Hospital. The event was broadcast live from the Doernbecher lobby last Thursday and Friday, attracting 2,533 pledges from area callers inspired by on-air interviews with physicians, staff and patients.
More than 150 volunteers staffed the phones, handling pledges that surpassed last year's total of $595,000. Contributions support Doernbecher's mission to provide primary and specialized care to more than 56,500 young patients each year from Oregon, southwest Washington and beyond.