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Ford teams up with runners to cure blood cancers

Gresham Ford has teamed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help raise money to find a cure and better treatments for blood cancers.

Test drive a car from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Gresham Ford at 1999 E. Powell Blvd., and the dealership will donate $10 to the society's Team Nancy, a team of seven marathon and half-marathon runners, including Gresham City Hall Communications Manager Tam Driscoll and Gresham Outlook Associate Editor Mara Stine, who are collectively raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The team is in memory of Driscoll's sister who died of blood cancer in 2009, and is dedicated to raising more than $50,000 for the society.

To donate to Team Nancy online, visit pages.teamintraining.org/oswim/nikesf13/teamnancy.

New book explains dyslexia, ADD from personal perspective

Mark Wood recently released an iBook that he hopes will promote common understanding of attention deficit disorder (ADD), Attention deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia.

A Troutdale resident, Wood is a severe dyslexic, who spent six years in special education programs for his learning disability.

His book, “The Fuzzy’s,” is based on the concept that people with dyslexia, and the majority of those with ADD/ADHD, see colored static — similar to the snow on a television when the signal is lost. Identifying the specific colored static a dyslexic sees, Woods says, allows for the use of tinted glasses to eliminate the static for most and enable them to learn to read. Wood also provides tips to help dyslexics and those with ADD/ADHD learn how to focus on one thought at time.

"The Fuzzy’s" is available for download on iTunes.

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Coffee house celebrates one-year anniversary

The public is invited to stop by Stomping Grounds Coffee House between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8, for a celebration in honor of the business’ one-year anniversary.

Live entertainment will be featured from 7-10 p.m.

Stomping Grounds Coffee House is at 21825 N.E. Halsey St., Fairview.

For more information, call 503-661-4707.

Forest Service's face of the gorge honored

Legend of Gorge forest Stan Hinatsu has been named a “Legend in the Management of Outdoor Recreation” by the American Recreation Coalition.

The Legend Awards are given to seven federal land managers in recognition of their outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. 

As the Recreation Program Manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Forest Service, Hinatsu is involved with recreation planning, program and facility development, operations, partnerships and monitoring in the Gorge.

Over his 34-year career, the coalition said Hinatsu is recognized for his commitment to the people he has worked with over the last two decades, earning their trust, respect, and appreciation.

Described as a true “renaissance man” when it comes to the recreation profession, Hinatsu has become “the Forest Service face of the Columbia River Gorge,” the coalition announced.

Athletes converge on Blue Lake for triathlon

More than 800 triathlon athletes from across the Pacific Northwest will converge on Blue Lake Regional Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, to compete for the region's position of top triathlete club.

The course includes a triangular lake swim, and bicycle and running courses.

Started in 1983 by the Portland Triathlon Association and hosted by AA Sports, the weekend event will include the Sports and Fitness Expo and the Olympic Sprint Distance Event.

First time triathletes are encouraged to sign up for "My First Tri," held in conjunction with the annual Blue Lake Triathlon.

For more information, or to register, visit AASportsLTD.com.

Ride the Gorge on June 15

Online registration is open for bicyclists who want to participate in the annual Gorge Ride on Saturday, June 15.

Beginning at the Gorge Discovery Center, cyclists ride the Historic Columbia River Highway to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Mosier and continue on to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead east of Hood River and return.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, the 38.5-mile trip includes the vista at Rowena Crest, travels through the Mosier Twin Tunnels and a rest stop (twice) at the historic Mayerdale Estate.

More than 450 people participated in the Gorge Ride last year.

Funds raised by the ride will be used to enhance the highway with projects such as a gateway monument near The Dalles and a proposed bike hub in Mosier.

Register for the ride online at gorgeride.eventbrite.com.

Sign up to be part of Troutdale's SummerFest

Planners of the Troutdale SummerFest are looking for vendors and parade participants for this year's 41st annual event celebrating local history on Saturday, July 20.

SummerFest is filled with family-friendly entertainment.

Kids illustrate the sidewalks around Troutdale’s Mayor’s Square in “Chalk It Up.”

Bands ranging from rhythm drumming to hip hop dance to jazz, blues and funk will lead a parade of over 600 participants through Historic Troutdale.

Ending at Glenn Otto Park, friends and families can enjoy music with the How Long Jug Band and the Neahkahnie Mountain Band, and watch demonstrations including Pedro and his Andalusian horse, the Martial Arts Fitness Center, and the SALT performing arts academy.'

There will be creative art and craft projects opportunities for children, as well as pony rides, vendor booths and a good ol' fashioned cake walk.

To learn more, call Zach Hudson at 503-665-5439; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

or call Marcia Chiaudano at (503) 669-7473; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Learn about weeds

The Pacific Northwest offers superb conditions to grow berries, trees, flowers and vegetables. Unfortunately, those same conditions support a variety of pesky weeks.

Al’s Garden Center is offering a complimentary class, “The plants you don’t want: Weeds,” detailing the most prevalent weeds of chickweed, pigweed and bindweed.

The Gresham class will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at 7505 S.E. Hogan Road.

No registration is required. For more information, visit als-gardencenter.com or call 503-491-0771.

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