Eighth-grader wins poster contest

Sammy Reyes-Johnson, an eighth-grade student at Reynolds Middle School, has won the Troutdale Lions Club peace poster contest, a program that emphasizes the importance of world peace for young people.

The poster will advance to the district level and compete with posters throughout the Lions Club 36-O District. If chosen at the district level, the poster will advance to the next district level and the international level.

Reyes-Johnson’s poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “imagine peace.”

SnowCap plans Christmas dinner

SnowCap Community Charities will provide a free Christmas dinner for low-income individuals and families from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.

“More people are out of work this year,” said Judy Alley, executive director. “Others are now employed in low-paying jobs and many others have experienced misfortune caused by the current economic turndown. If we bring in one family or person from the winter rain and chill for a hot and nourishing dinner, the event is worth the effort.”

Food donations for the sixth annual yule feast can be delivered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays at the SnowCap warehouse facility at 17788 S.E. Pine St. Turkeys and hams in particular are needed. Alley and her staff of volunteers expect more than 300 for the Christmas celebration.

For more information, call SnowCap at 503-674-8785, ext. 17 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Zoo seeks help in naming elephant

Oregon Zoo elephant keepers are asking the community to help them choose a name for the week-old female elephant calf.

The Asian elephant calf, born at 2:17 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, weighed 300 pounds at birth and has been described by zoo animal-care staff as a “spitfire.”

Keepers have come up with five names and are asking people to vote for their favorite on the zoo’s website,

Keepers are considering the following five names:

• Jaidee (Thai for “good-hearted”).

• Sirikit (name for Thai royalty, literal meaning is “glorious”).

• Rakhi (Sanskrit for “love/bond between siblings”).

• Lily (following the flower theme of Mom’s name, Rose-Tu, or Rose for short).

• Siddhi (Sanskrit for “perfection”; wife of Ganesha).

Votes will be accepted through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The zoo will announce the winning name on Monday, Dec. 10.

Burger Kings donate to Doernbecher

Burger Kings in the Portland area will donate 20 percent of gross sales to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

The event is being held in conjunction with the 99.5 The Wolf Hunt for a Cure radio-thon benefiting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Dec. 13-14.

Personalities from 99.5 The Wolf will be on hand at Burger King restaurants at various times during the day to encourage listeners to drop by and contribute.

Organizers hope to raise $50,00 to add to the Hunt for Cure campaign goal.

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