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SOUTHWEST

Call's out for rummage

Gabriel Park Preschool seeks donations for its annual rummage sale fundraiser.

Items sought include furniture, household goods, electronics, children's clothes, toys, books and so on.

The nonprofit cooperative preschool is in the lower level of St. Luke Lutheran Church, across the street from the Southwest Community Center, 6835 S.W. 46th Ave.

The sale runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 and May 5 at the school.

Donations can be delivered to the school both sale mornings. Smaller items can be delivered May 3. To arrange an earlier drop-off, call 503-244-3518.

SOUTHEAST

Walk leads to lots of art

The second Mount Tabor Art Walk will open free to visitors 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 and May 20.

Maps will be posted at www.mttaborartwalk.com or several area businesses, including the Bipartisan Cafe, 7901 S.E. Stark St.; Common Ground Coffeehouse, 4321 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.; Cooper's Coffee, 6049 S.E. Stark St.; and Muse Art/Design, 4224 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

At least 36 artists are scheduled to participate at 20 different locations, showing their work in various media, such as painting, jewelry and photography.

Images of the art and event information also are posted on the Web site.

EAST

School success honored

Three outer-east side Portland Public Schools won 'excellence in education' awards from the Portland Schools Foundation last week.

Clark Elementary, 1231 S.E. 92nd Ave.; Vestal Elementary, 161 N.E. 82nd Ave.; and Woodmere Elementary, 7900 S.E. Duke St., were recognized for posting remarkable gains in reading and math scores amid large numbers of low-income students and English-language learners.

Clark has seen six years of continued achievement, as has Astor Elementary in North Portland.

Faubion Elementary in Northeast was the fifth school honored.

All winners will receive a small grant for books or materials at their schools. For information, visit www.thinkschools.org.

NORTH

Tool library plans party

The North Portland Tool Library invites city residents to its second annual Hammer Thru Humpday benefit Wednesday evening.

The event is set for 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 836 N. Russell St. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m., featuring Old Yeller and Last of the Mojitos.

There will be a raffle with gift certificates to local venues, and one golden ticket, which is good for a free tool library membership regardless of area of residence. Membership to the tool library is free only to North Portland residents.

There is no cover charge, and McMenamins will donate half of the food and beverage proceeds during the event to support library operations.

A group of young North Portlanders established the nonprofit in October 2004 and maintain it with volunteer staff, grant funding and private donations.

It's in the basement of the historic Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N. Schofield St., and is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Visit northportlandtoollibrary.org.

NORTHEAST

Cash helps rebuild church

The Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church is one step closer to being rebuilt. The church, 106 N.E. Ivy St., was destroyed by fire in February.

On Friday, the New Seasons Market food chain contributed $10,000 to the rebuilding fund.

The money was raised in one day at benefit barbecues held at all eight New Season Markets in the metropolitan area.

The March 3 event brought together hundreds of customers who purchased meals and chatted with church volunteers. It was the first time the grocery chain had partnered with a faith-based organization on such a large scale.

An additional $500 contribution also was made Friday by employees and customers of the local Home Town Buffet restaurant.

NORTHWEST

Tour helps homeless kids

Chapman Elementary School's after-school program for homeless students is safe for another year as a result of money earned by the Chapman School Foundation's recent Street of Eames fundraiser.

Chapman School serves most of the children in the central city's homeless shelters, and the Project Return program at that school has helped more than 50 this year by allowing them to stay at school an extra three hours and providing homework assistance, snacks and a bus ride home.

The Street of Eames fundraiser, named after the midcentury husband and wife design team, raised $85,000 from its April 14 tour of homes.

The proceeds provide the Project Return program's entire budget for the next school year, and organizers say they will attempt to expand the home tour next year as a means of providing assistance to other schools that serve homeless students.

DOWNTOWN

Naito's near completion

Final repaving work has begun on Southwest Naito Parkway along Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It is expected to be completed by Friday, weather permitting.

According to the Portland Office of Transportation, one lane will remain open in each direction at all times, with occasional delays. Access to some side streets will be temporarily affected.

Although the repaving project was not finished, Naito Parkway reopened earlier this year to relieve downtown congestion when Fifth and Sixth avenues were closed for the start of the transit mall reconstruction.

For information on other street closures, visit www.keepportlandmoving.org.

-Tribune staff