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Red Cross discounts babysitting courses

The American Red Cross is offering a 20 percent discount on babysitting courses until the end of the month. The discount is applicable to the Babysitter’s Basics online course, Babysitter’s Training classroom course and the classroom course with Pediatric First Aid and CPR.

All registrations made before July 31 are eligible for the discount regardless of course dates.

The classes teach students ages 11 years or older how to care for infants and children up to 10 years of age, keep kids and themselves safe and handle a variety of emergencies in addition to interview and business management skills.

For more information, visit www.redcross.org.

Weigh in on East County transportation projects

Do you have thoughts on how to improve transportation in your community?

The East Multnomah County Transportation Committee would like your input in deciding which bike, pedestrian, road and freight projects to fund for East County. Funding for the projects come from the Regional Flexible Funds program, allocated every two to three years and incorporates funds from three federal programs. Staff from Multnomah County and the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village have proposed projects and want to hear your feedback.

Projects proposals in East County include:

•Sandy Boulevard: N.E. 181st Avenue to East Gresham City Limits — Construct new multimodal facilities and improve safety for all modes.

•Hogan Road: Powell Boulevard to Rugg Road — Engineering/Design of multimodal access along Hogan Road.

•N.E. 238Th Dr: Halsey St to Glisan St. — Engineering/Design of freight and bike/pedestrian improvements.

•Troutdale Industrial Access Project — Construct access improvements to the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park, and improve sidewalk connections in the area.

Which projects meet the needs of your community? How could the projects be improved? The East Multnomah County Transportation Committee will take public comments through July 31. A final decision on which projects to fund will occur this fall.

Give your comments at the EMCTC’s public meeting, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at Gresham City Hall in the Oregon Trail and Springwater Rooms, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway.

There will be an open house before the meeting at 4:30 p.m.

Or send your comments to EMCTC,1600 S.E. 190th Ave., Portland, 97233, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax 503-988-3389 or call 503-988-3043, ext. 29637.

For more information on projects, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/rffa.

Westbound Banfield lane to close this weekend

The Interstate 84 westbound lanes from I-205 to I-5 will close temporarily for construction projects, following eastbound closures this past weekend.

From 10 p.m. Friday, July 19, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 22, the westbound lanes will close for paving and grinding.

From 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, westbound lanes will close for sign installation and restriping.

The project aims to improve safety and traffic flow and repave roads last improved in 2002.

For more information, visit www.i84paving.org.