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Donate cell phones for soldiers

Family Memorial Mortuary, 1304 E. Powell Blvd., is collecting old cell phones to donate to the nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers, which distributes prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. People can drop off their cell phones at Family Memorial between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during business hours until July 1. The cell phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone - enough to provide an hour of talk time. Call Family Memorial at 503-736-0102 for information.

Gresham High plays host to cruise-in

The Gresham Optimist Club and Oregon Beat the Heat are hosting a Cruise-In from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Gresham High School, 1200 N. Main Ave.

There will be food, raffles, music and a 50-50 drawing, plus trophies awarded in 23 categories. Proceeds will benefit various Gresham community projects.

Fairview resident needs assistance

Fairview resident Cassie Abney is fundraising and seeking sponsorships to help bring her yearling stud colt, Mr. C, at the Palomino Horse Breeders of America show in Tulsa, Okla., on July 27, where the best Palomino horses in the world are showcased for championship titles.

Abney, 29, and her family train and raise horses in Eagle Creek.

Abney said businesses and residents have helped her raise $2,800 out of the $4,217, which would cover entry fees and transportation. The Palomino show is broadcast online. A fundraiser dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at 4th Street Brewing Co., 77 N.E. Fourth St.

Wood Village considers chicken ordinance

The city of Wood Village is still seeking public comments on whether it should allow residents to keep backyard chickens, which other cities allow.

Wood Village prohibits domestic poultry under its nuisance code, but interest from residents on the issue perked up after Gresham enacted updated chicken codes in February 2010.

Under the city's proposed ordinance, residents in two zones can keep three chickens or fewer; the chickens must be in the rear yard, 25 feet from other residences, 10 feet from a property line; the coop must have at least 2 square feet per chicken; the run must be enclosed and secured; and no permit is needed.

The city's Planning Commission, however, did not support a chicken code at its June meeting, citing potential issues with odor and noise, the possibility that chickens will attract other wildlife and the fact that Wood Village is not a farming community. It did offer further language that should be added to the proposed chicken code.

The Wood Village City Council plans to further explore the idea at its September meeting. So far, only one resident has contacted the city in opposition to the idea.

To comment on the proposed ordinance, call Records Manager Greg Dirks at 503-489-6854 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meeting set on parenting for black children

Parents and community members can learn best practices for raising black children in a symposium offered by The Black Parent Initiative on Saturday, June 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Concordia University's Hagen Campus Center.

Entitled 'Breaking the Cycle, Releasing the Dream,' the symposium will provide cutting-edge strategies and practices to help eliminate the challenges facing black children in the Portland-metro area. Both local and national leaders will conduct sessions around various topics impacting the black family.

The Black Parent Initiative is a community-based, family focused organization committed to enhancing the lives of black youth by addressing educational and life challenges facing low-to-moderate income black families in the Portland metro region. For information, visit thebpi.org.

Road work to close section of 238th Drive

Road maintenance work will close the southbound lanes of Northeast 238th Drive between Arata Road and Glisan Street in Wood Village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 20.

The lane closures will allow a Multnomah County crew to trim vegetation along the road and clear drainage areas. Alternate routes for southbound traffic include Northeast 223rd Avenue and Southwest 257th Drive.

Presbyterian church to offer Bible school

Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 N.E. Fairview Ave., Fairview, will offer the vacation Bible school 'Son Surf Beach Bash' from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 18-22, for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Cost is $10 per child, but no one is turned away for inability to pay.

For more information, call 503-667-6800.

River of Life to host vacation Bible school

River of Life Church, 2477 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale, will host 'a wild vacation Bible school that celebrates God's unconditional love' for children ages 3 to 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, July 18-22.

At PandaMania, children will discover that God has a purpose and a plan for everyone and that He crafted each of us with His own loving hands. Each morning will include a Bible lesson, crafts, games, songs and snacks.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to pre-register, call 503-667-3141, visit rollcms.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Free gardening class at church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3600 S.E. 182nd Ave., across from Centennial High School, is offering a free gardening class at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24.

Come and be part of an interactive and highly enlightening evening full of gardening information from an experienced master. View demonstrations; learn tips and tricks of the trade specially suited for the Northwest; and have all your questions about growing fruits, vegetable and herbs answered.

Featured speaker Larinda Peterson owns Line Twenty-Five Landscape Architecture. She has been a gardening instructor with Portland Community College for more than four years and is also the recipient of awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects. No pre-registration necessary. For more information, call Linda Harmon at 503-255-4049.

Sanctuary Church offers Bible school

Sanctuary Church, 3101 S.E. Orient Drive, will offer 'Son Surf Beach Blast!' for children age 4 through fifth grade, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 22-26.

There is no charge. For information, call 503-663-7929, or visit ajesuscommunity.org/jam-kids-ministry.php.

Church offers art camp

Lynwood Friends Church, 835 S.E. 162nd Ave., is offering an art camp featuring collage, to children ages 4 to 11 from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 27-July 1.

Cost is $35 per child. For more information, call 503-252-8415.