Welcome spring’s arrival with luncheon

Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church will host its annual Spring Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the church, 2420 N.E. Fairview Ave., Fairview.

In addition to lunch, the event will include a bake, plant and craft sale to benefit local charities and the church’s outreach programs.

Tickets are an $8 donation and will be available at the door. Guests are encouraged to wear “pretty spring hats.”

For more information, call the church at 503-667-6800.

Organization seeking nominations for award

Do you know a resident of Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, Corbett or a nearby area who exemplifies an outstanding community volunteer and who makes our world a better place?

The Troutdale Lions Club is accepting nominations of folks to be candidates for the group’s 13th annual Sam Cox Humanitarian of the Year Award.

The award is named for the late Sam Cox, who served as mayor of Troutdale from 1983-1992 and is credited with establishing the city’s park system.

Deadline to nominate a local humanitarian is Saturday, May 25. Submission forms are available by calling Kristenia at 503-880-5015 or by visiting


Graffiti Summit teaches prevention

Learn the basic facts about graffiti, how to prevent it and how to get rid of it.

Gresham’s second annual Graffiti Summit for residents and businesses will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Gresham City Hall, Council Chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

“Residents and businesses play a large role in graffiti prevention,” said Cathy Harrington, director of the Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement. “The city has tools to assist the community to prevent and remove graffiti.”

Presenters include representatives from the Gresham Police Department and Code Compliance. Speakers will discuss how to report and remove graffiti and present practical removal methods and steps to take around homes and businesses to make graffiti less likely to happen.

For more information, call Laura Shepard, communications director, at 503-618-2247.

Sale benefits Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

The Gresham Earlyrisers Kiwanis Club will hold a two-day garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at 1063 S.W. 26th St., Troutdale.

The sale will benefit Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Children and Adults with Disabilities.

For more information, call Steve Vanier at 503-674-3132 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Children of fallen soldiers to will get tuition assistance

Impact from the federal sequestration has filtered down to students who received tuition assistance earlier this year from the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant fund.

Federal budget cuts reduced the assistance given to each student by 37.8 percent. Those affected were students who received aid for the first time after March 1. The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is provided to certain students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan following Sept. 11, 2001.

The good news, however, is that the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation has committed to bridging the financial gap. Qualified students caught in the reduction of assistance will receive $2,133.81 for the 2013-2014 school year. The foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

For more information, or to enroll in the program, call the foundation at 866-917-2373.

Host families needed for next school year

International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) is seeking local families who would like to open their home to a foreign exchange high school student for the 2013-2014 school year.

Interested host families are provided with student profiles that allow them to select an exchange student based on gender, nationality, common interests, religion and other criteria. Exchange students are fully insured and have their own spending money to cover personal expenses. ICES also provides a local program coordinator, who works with the student and host family throughout the year and plans activities and get-togethers.

Each year, ICES brings students from more than 30 countries to the United States, to live with local families, attend school and learn about American culture. ICES is a nonprofit organization and host families are eligible for a tax deduction for hosting.

For more information, call Kari Hampton at 503-724-2308 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Locate buried utilities before digging this spring

NW Natural reminds residents to be sure and determine the location of their underground utility lines before beginning any yard work requiring tools.

Officials with the gas company warn that garden shovels, backhoes, trenchers, post-hole diggers and other tools are all capable of damaging gas lines and could result in service disruptions and possible injuries.

Residents and contractors should call 8-1-1, the Utility Notification Center, at least two business days prior to the start of any yard project. The call is free and required by law. Failure to comply could mean a hefty fine.

If a gas line has been accidently damaged, officials with NW Natural advise you to remember: Smell. Go. Let us know. Leave the area if you smell an odor like rotten eggs or hear a hissing sound and follow these additional tips:

• Do not use your telephone, cell phone or any electronic or battery powered device.

• Do not light matches.

• Don’t operate any electrical switch, including lights.

• Don’t create any other source of ignition or spark that could ignite the gas.

• Evacuate the area on foot.

• Call NW Natural’s 24-hour emergency hotline at 800-882-3377.

For more information, visit

Rainwater harvesting tours offered

Two local tours of rainwater harvesting operations are scheduled for Saturday, May 11.

The first is at 10 a.m. at the home of Damascus City Councilor Andrew Jackman, 22375 S.E. Ridgeview Dr., and includes a tour of his recently installed above-ground 1,550 gallon rainwater tank that uses gravity and a basic timer to irrigate his garden.

At 2 p.m. Clair and Beverly Klock of Klock Farm at 931 N.E. Salzman Road in Corbett will host a tour of their 3,500 gallon in-ground cistern with a smart irrigation system that uses real time data and on-site evaporation measurement to irrigate a small nursery container yard on the farm.

Clair Klock said his rainwater system resulted in a 90 percent decrease in municipal water consumption in its first year of operation.

Rainwater harvesting for both irrigation and home use is becoming more popular in the United States, especially in drought-stricken areas, Klock said, as a way to combat rising municipal water rates while creating a more cost effective way to water gardens and yards.

Tours will last 30-45 minutes or longer depending on interest.

Klock is both an Accredited Professional and Inspector Specialist certified by the American Rainwater Catchment System Association (ARCSA). For details, called or email him at 503-695-5882 or klockfa[email protected].com.

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