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Children’s health fair coming Feb. 9

The Multnomah Dental Society will hold its annual Free Children’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Lynch View Elementary School, 1546 S.E. 169th Place, Portland.

Services will include:

• Dental, vision and hearing screenings

• Dental treatment

• Proper dental hygiene instructions

• Immunizations

• Information on healthcare topics for the entire family

• Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids sign-up and resources

• Lead poison screenings

• Nutrition and diabetes information

• Fire safety

• Bicycle safety

• Head Start information

Food will be provided, and each child attending will receive a goodie bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste and information about taking care of their teeth. There also will be entertainment and prize drawings, including the grand prize of a Playstation gaming set; children do not need to be present at the time of the drawing to win.

The fair is held as part of the American Dental Association’s nationwide program Give Kids A Smile, which mobilizes the nation’s dentists during February to provide free oral health care services to thousands of low-income children.

For more information, call the Dental Society at 503-513-5010.

Chess tournament benefits research fund

For the fourth year, Corbett High School student Benjamin Morrison is organizing the Chess for Fanconi Anemia Benefit Tournament, with proceeds benefiting the Eugene-based Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.

Morrison started the benefit in 2010 as a tribute to his sister, Nina Morrison, who died of the life-threatening genetic disease in 2006. Each year, the benefit is held at Corbett School, with prize donations from local businesses.

This year’s benefit will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Corbett School multi-purpose building, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in the Northwest Scholastic Rating System-ranked, Oregon Chess Federation State Qualifier benefit.

Suggested donations are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, with pizza and other concessions available for sale at the tournament.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fuel Your School benefits Multnomah County

In its inaugural year, the Fuel Your School program run by Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and DonorsChoose.org raised $165,413 for 79 public school classrooms in Multnomah County.

The purpose of the program is to help support and improve education programming and resources, particularly in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, to prepare students for the growing number of technical jobs in the modern economy.

From Oct. 1-31, Chevron contributed $1 for purchases of 8 or more gallons at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Multnomah County to benefit public school classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose.org.

Springdale Job Corps graduates 20

After spending months developing skills in culinary arts, health occupations, auto body collision and repair, protective services and office administration, 20 students graduated from Springdale Job Corps on Jan. 18 with high school diplomas or GEDs.

Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust, the guest speaker, told students their determination that helped them succeed at Job Corps would help them move forward in their careers, and he encouraged them to be a part of their community through civic involvement.

Since July, Job Corps students have contributed more than 2,000 hours of community service to the community.

One of 125 Job Corps centers across the country, Springdale offers career and technical training to people between the ages of 16 and 24. In 2012, Springdale graduated 145 students.

Gresham High student raises funds for trip

With her eye on attending the Heritage Festival in San Diego as a member of the Gresham High School Overtones, Arianne Melton is selling One Dollar Bars and cookie dough.

“I have been babysitting all summer to help pay my own way,” Melton wrote on her fliers. “Now I have a couple of ‘sweet’ offers for you and your family.”

Fifty percent of the One Dollar Bars proceeds go toward Melton’s fundraising account. The cookie dough is $15 for 2.7 pounds, with 40 percent of each order going to her account.

Melton also is collecting cans and bottles to help pay for her trip. For more information, call her at 503-674-8855.

Volunteers needed for mock funeral exercises

Each year, the Town and Gown room of Mt. Hood Community College fills with caskets and urns for the college’s Funeral Arrangements Exercise.

The 17th annual exercise will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and second-year students from the Funeral Service Education program are looking for volunteers from the college and community to pose as bereaved family members to help them make funeral arrangements.

Students will answer questions and discuss funeral service options, such as cremation versus burial, urn and casket selections and environmentally friendly burials.

The Mt. Hood Funeral Service Education program is the only program of its kind in Oregon and one of only three in the Pacific Northwest. Graduates of the two-year program typically find careers in embalming, funeral direction and management. For more information, visit mhcc.edu/funeralserviceeducation.

To volunteer during a one-hour appointment, call student Alicia Montoya at 971-227-7274 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The exercise will be held at the Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Get help with FAFSA

Mt. Hood Community College is offering FAFSA Fridays from 1-2:30 p.m. each Friday from Feb. 1 through June in Room AC 2554 at the college, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Staff will help students access and complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid, with one-on-one assistance available.

Students should bring their 2012 IRS tax returns, 2012 end-of-year pay stubs, current value of assets, Social Security number (and those of their parents if a student is a dependent), driver’s license and alien registration care (if applicable).

Support Gresham senior all-night party

A dinner and auction benefit for the Gresham High School senior all-night party will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Club Paesano/Cedarville Park.

The event, themed “a touch of class,” includes a silent auction, no-host bar, dinner buffet and oral auction.

Along with attending the dinner, community members may help by offering tax-deductible cash donations, making donations for the March 9 auction (gift baskets, rental homes and certificates for goods or services) or purchase advertising space in the auction booklet for $50.

The senior all-night party follows graduation and provides students an evening of fun activities, food and games in a safe, chaperoned and drug- and alcohol-free environment.

Tickets for the auction are $30 per person or $210 per table. For more information, email Barbara Haide and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-661-1738.

Students learn about healthy eating

Through Oregon State University Extension Service’s Food Hero campaign, grade school students across Oregon are learning about healthy eating.

Extension educators will hold events at 58 elementary schools in 27 of the state’s 36 counties as part of the initiative, encouraging Oregonians to eat more fruits and vegetables using inexpensive, easy-to-make recipes from its website, foodhero.org. The site offers tips on food safety, meal planning and eating on a budget.

Food Hero’s electronic publication may be found at foodhero.org/monthly-magazine.

The program was developed by OSU Extension Service and is funded by the Extension Service, the Oregon Department of Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.




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