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Senior resource fair and holiday bazaar

Several organizations for seniors are joining forces to present a senior resource fair and holiday bazaar from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Trillium Hall, Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. Eighth St., Gresham.

The event features activities, refreshments, handcrafted gifts for sale, raffle prizes and an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Representatives from Powell Valley, Kairos Senior Referral, Paladin Social Services, Gresham Adult Day Center, Elite Care, Friendly House, To Your Door Spa and Salon, Mountain Man Fruit & Nut Company, The Village Health Care and Signature Home Health and Hospice will be available.

For information, call 503-988-4870.

Winner declared, recount planned

After neck-and-neck races for Fairview City Council positions 2 and 6, Ken Quinby and Tamie Tlustos-Arnold have ousted incumbents Barbara Jones and Brian Cooper.

Multnomah County results for the Nov. 6 election became certified Monday, Nov. 26. In the race for Position 2, Quinby received 49.76 percent of votes, or 1,344 votes, with Jones taking 49.17 percent of votes, or 1,328 votes.

Tlustos-Arnold received 49.83 percent of the vote — 1,299 votes — and Cooper received 48.91 percent of votes — 1,275 votes.

The race for Position 6 on Troutdale City Council, also closely contested, goes into an automatic recount Friday, Nov. 30, as four votes separate candidates John Wilson and Zach Hudson.

Wilson received 40.20 percent of the vote — 1,897 votes — and Hudson received 40.11 percent of the vote — 1,893 votes. A third candidate, Tom Slyter, received 18.8 percent of the votes, or 867, and is out of contention.

Business to match donations for food bank

Coastal Farm and Ranch is kicking off the season of giving, by matching donations to the Oregon Food Bank through 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

Coastal will match each donation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,000, which will provide the Oregon Food Bank with $6,000 to purchase approximately 12,000 pounds of food for needy families in the Portland-metro area.

“Our stores in Gresham, Oregon City and Cornelius are fortunate to be part of such terrific communities,” said Buzz Wheeler, owner of Coastal Farm and Ranch. “This is our opportunity to give back and support the less fortunate families and hard working people in need of a good meal.”

Donations can be made online at community.oregonfoodbank.org/coastal or in the store at 2865 N.E. 242nd Drive, Gresham.

For more information, call 503-674-5337.

Chamber to honor local businesses, volunteers

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center will recognize the contributions of local businesses and volunteers at the Business Excellence Awards Luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St.

Formerly known as the Golden Note Awards, the new event includes honors for Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Small Business and Large Business.

“Gresham has a long history of great businesses — from mom and pop stores to a large employer with hundreds of employees,” said Lori Stegmann, Gresham city councilor. “This event will recognize the contributions businesses make to our community.

Gresham is well known for its generosity and volunteerism. We need to honor those who do so much for our community.”

Nominees for Business Excellence Awards are:

Large Company: Adventist Health and Gresham Ford.

Small Company: All About Automotive; The Center for Men’s and Women’s Urology; KeyBank, Troutdale; Landmark Tax and Investment Services; Riverview Community Bank; and U.S. West Coast Taekwondo.

Nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year:

John Cartissser, Best Burger; Sharon Lamvik, Thirty-One Gifts; and Sue Piazza, Take Shape for Life.

Golden Note Volunteer nominees are:

Ed Hoover, Adventist Health; Margie McCormick, Gresham Senior Center; Nancy Robrecht, Johnson Creek Watershed Council; Patty Brost, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center; Doris Sauer, My Father’s House; Ronald Glanville, Portland Rescue Mission; Merlin Aufdengarten, SnowCap Community Charities; Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) Volunteers; David Hill, Boeing; and the Rev. Dennis Alger, Zion United Church of Christ.

Nominees were evaluated by a panel of judges that included Mike McLaran, CEO, Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, Travis Stovall, East Metro Economic Alliance, and Erik Pozzo, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and Angel investor.

Winners in each category will be announced at the luncheon.

Tickets are $35 per person or $300 for a corporate table of eight. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 4.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the chamber at 503-665-1131.

Choosing the right e-reader

Multnomah County libraries are offering classes for holiday shoppers about how to select the right e-reader.

The classes cover what devices are available, which ones support downloadable library books and what you should consider before making a decision.

“Public education about these evolving technologies helps ensure equal access to information, supporting the health and vitality of our community,” said Vailey Oehlke, director of libraries.

All year long, patrons may set up appointments for one-on-one assistance with e-books or visit the library website for guides and tutorials.

There also is a class — “Is This Thing On? Get Help with Library2Go” — that guides patrons through the process of using the Library2Go service to download books and audiobooks for free.

For information, visit multcolib.org.

Conchords Chorale performs Dec. 9

A little Elvis, a little country, a little classical, a little smooth Christmas jazz.

The Conchords Chorale will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 N.E. Fairview, Fairview.

The chorale, directed by Don Anderson, has a mission of brining music to the senior community and performs concerts at various retirement center and venues during the holiday season.

The performance is free, but donations are welcome. For information, call 503-667-6800 or visit conchordschorale.org.