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Local news briefs for June 25

Kiwanis serving up pancakes

The Columbia River Gorge Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a pancake breakfast Monday, July 4, with proceeds benefiting Corbett High School scholarships and service leadership programs.

The breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Springdale Job Corps Center, 31224 Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Tickets are $6 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 10 and younger.

For more information, call Chairman Ken Carneiro at 503-631-2456.

TOPS host open house at Highland church

The Gresham chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, is hosting a free open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Highland Community Church, 4100 S.E. 182nd Ave.

The guest will be TOPS Oregon State Queen Dione Housden of Gladstone, who lost 228 pounds over three years. Attendees can meet her and hear her story. Call 503-666-0923 or visit tops.org for information.

Golf tournament benefits family shelter

My Father's House, a Gresham-based nonprofit shelter ministry for homeless families, is hosting its annual Golf-2-Give Tournament on Monday, July 18, at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby.

Featured events for the day will include hole-in-one prizes on each Par 3, a long-drive contest, gifts, a silent auction, raffle and more.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. The auction opens at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. The cost to register before July 1 is $150 for an individual and $600 for a team. After July 1 it is $175 for an individual and $700 for a team.

The price includes green fees, a cart, the use of driving range and practice greens, gift package, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and dinner buffet. People who don't golf can enjoy dinner at $25 per person.

Visit familyshelter.org or call 503-492-3046.

Oregon selects official state soil

Jory soil was recently recognized by the Oregon Legislature as the official state soil, formally highlighting the significant role it plays in Oregon's diverse landscape.

The Jory soil is recognizable by its red coloring and can be found in western Oregon on more than 300,000 acres.

Jory soil is found in Clackamas, Washington, Benton, Yamhill, Polk, Marion, Linn, Douglas and Lane counties. Although the Jory soil is found only in western Oregon, the soil developed mainly on Columbia River Basalt bedrock, originating from eastern Oregon lava flows.

The weathering of these basalt uplands produced the deep, well-drained, rich and red characteristics of the Jory soil.

No single soil type is universally found throughout the state; more than 2,000 types of soils have been identified within the state.

Healthy eating, living topic of Gresham forum

The city of Gresham's Healthy Eating Active Living initiative will host its second public forum Tuesday, June 28, to share information about how communities are encouraging physical activity and health through planning and neighborhood development, and to learn what could improve Gresham residents' access to sidewalks, parks and other amenities including a greater range of food choices.

It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. Public input will be encouraged.

The city's effort is part of a broader Multnomah County-led program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to promote wellness in children and adults, reduce risk factors and encourage positive, sustainable health changes. Gresham's effort will evaluate policy choices for the built environment, which includes everything from neighborhoods and roads to parks and other spaces.

For further information, visit greshamoregon.gov/HEAL.