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Kitzhaber to talk at local forum

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber will address the Willamette Women Democrats during their monthly Speaker's Forum on April 11.

He will present the most recent information regarding the Archimedes Movement and the Oregon Better Health Act.

The forum will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Oswego Lake Country Club, 20 Iron Mountain Blvd., in Lake Oswego. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $11 for members and $13 for non-members. To make a reservation call Patricia Rovainen at 503-656-4445 by Monday, April 9.

Kick-off meal to

aid cancer group

The American Cancer Society is preparing for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Fund-raising Walk. A complimentary kick-off breakfast will be held March 29 at the Governor Hotel from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the breakfast and gather team building tools to for the walk which is scheduled for Mother's Day, May 13.

Two routes are planned, a five-mile and a two-mile route, along the Willamette river and through downtown streets.

There is no pre-registration or registration fee. Participants may register online at www.cancer.org/stridesonline.

For more information and to sign up for the Kick-Off Breakfast call 503-795-3902 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Deadline nears for

grant workshops

The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust will hold a series of free grant writing workshops in preparation for May 1 grant deadlines for the commission and a May 15 deadline for the trust. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 503-986-0088 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applications and guidelines for Oregon Arts Commission grant are available online at www.oregonartscommission.org/grants/commission_grant_programs.php and for the Oregon Cultural Trust at www.culturaltrust.org/programs/frant_opportunities.php

Shannon Planchon, assistant director of Oregon Arts Commission and Jim Cox, Trust manager will lead the workshops designed to help cultural nonprofits develop successful grant writing skills. The workshops will provide general information about the organization's grant programs and will include tips and information such as:

n Due diligence in grant writing

n Types of funding

n Elements of a successful grant narrative

n Preparing a project budget

n The application review process

n ADA accessibility requirements for funding and

n Documenting in-kind contributions

The workshop to be held in the Portland area is scheduled for April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Room of the Multnomah County Library Main Branch, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue in downtown Portland. This workshop includes a presentation by Oregon Council for the Humanities.

The workshops will be presented in other cities around the state from March 28 through April 12.

Free haircuts will be offered April 1

On Sunday, April 1, National Day of Thanks, West Linn Hairport will be giving complimentary haircuts to military men and women, their families and the families of our fallen heroes.

Appointments are now being taken at 503-635-2515 for cuts from 1 to 5 p.m. The shop is located at 19145 Willamette Drive.

Victim advocates

training to begin

The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications for victim advocates.

The Victim Assistance Program responds to victims of sexual harassment, domestic abuse or other person-to-person crimes, helps victims understand the criminal justice process and works as a liaison with the justice system while providing emotional support to victims. Office support is also needed during business hours.

The program is funded through a combination of state and federal grants and through unitary assessments paid by convicted offenders.

To apply, volunteers must be at least 21, able to work effectively with diversity, maintain confidentiality and have a clean criminal record.

Applicants are required to submit a written application, interview and submit to a background check, plus complete a required training course.

Training for volunteers begins April 3. For information or to apply, call 503-655-8616.

Homelessness for

youth study focus

An extensive League of Women Voters survey throughout Oregon found that thousands of youth between the ages of 12 and 21 are homeless and that funding problems have seriously reduced services to help them.

As a result of the report, the LWV is advocating for more services to prevent youth homelessness and to meet the needs of these young people.

During 2005-2006, more than 70 volunteers for the League of Women Voters of Oregon interviewed more than 300 government and school officials, and representatives of private and public agencies. Interviewers also surveyed and conducted group discussions with more than 150 youths who had been homeless.

The study found that homeless youth 'are living in shelters, couch surfing with friends, seeking shelter in vehicles or abandoned buildings or sleeping on the street. They often have no address or identification documents and no parental assistance in financial matters. They may have lost or severed contact with their parents or extended family.' By one estimate, as many as 24,000 Oregon youth may lack a stable residence and are living away from a parent or guardian.

In the 24-page report on the study, 'Oregon's Homeless Youth,' LWVOR focuses on who these youths are, why they are homeless, what services government and private agencies provide, funding problems and service gaps and how to improve services. Data discussed includes: Night counts in shelters, estimates of the numbers of homeless teens in Oregon, gender, education levels, reasons for homelessness, kinds of services provided, cutbacks, and services that have been shown to work well.

As a result of the study, the LWVOR board adopted a position calling for more preventive services, shelter, and housing throughout Oregon for homeless youth and their families. The state League is currently actively advocating for this position in the legislative session in Salem. Also, local Leagues in many Oregon cities will testify on their communities' specific needs before the Joint Ways and Means Committee as it travels to hold hearings throughout the state.

To obtain a copy of the report and the Homeless Youth Advocacy Position, go to www.lwvor.org or call 503-581-5722.

The League of Women Voters of Oregon is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government in order to build better communities statewide.

More information about the LWV can be found at www.lwvor.org.

Community health

panel will meet

The Clackamas County Community Health Council will meet Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clackamas County Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

The meeting will be held in Room No. 374 on the third floor.

This committee meets monthly to assist with policy direction and to advocate for excellence in health services to the community. The March agenda includes recruitment recommendations and policy and procedure updates.

For more information, contact Karen Erwin at Clackamas County Community Health, 503-742-5310.