Star party set for Rooster Rock park

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Monday, Aug. 12, for the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch.

Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will meet at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park at 9 p.m. to watch and enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower.

The event, sponsored by OMSI, the Rose City Astronomers, the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreations will have telescopes set up for attendees to use.

OMSI staff will host informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations and the summer sky. To check for possible weather-related cancellations, call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 503- 797-4000, option 3, followed by 5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site

Rooster Rock State Park is located east of the Sandy River at exit 25 on eastbound Interstate 84. The event is free but parking costs $5 per car.

Parks planning process kicks off in Gresham

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has started its comprehensive planning process for state parks within the Columbia River Gorge, with the first round of public meetings kicking off at the Gresham Public Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave., from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Glenn Littrell, a state park ranger who works in the gorge, said the state is operating on a plan that’s about 20 years old, so it’s a great chance for residents to help guide the future of parks in the gorge to address everything from overcrowding to parking problems.

Open house supports children’s therapy

TherapyWorks NW Nonprofit Pediatric Therapy Clinic will hold its annual open house and fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7927 S.W. Orient Drive, Gresham.

The event will feature lunch and children’s activities, including horse rides and inflatable structures.

The children’s physical and occupational therapy service specializes in clinical therapy and hippotherapy. All proceeds will help upgrade the therapy barn where hippotherapy sessions are held.

For more information, call 503-663-0481.

Student organizes camp for kids

A 16-year-old Barlow High School student has organized a free day camp for kids kindergarten through sixth grade.

From 9-11:45 a.m. Aug. 19-23, children are invited to play games, create skits, sing songs and make crafts during the camp at Springwater Church, 3445 S.E. Hillyard Road, Gresham.

Everett Davis was inspired to create the camp after realizing there were fewer vacation Bible schools planned in East County than in previous years.

To register, call 503-661-5551 or visit

NAMI offers classes

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free course in downtown Gresham for people whose adult family members live with mental health challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Classes will meet every Monday for 13 weeks, beginning Sept. 9. The exact time and location will be provided when participants register at 503-228-5692. Registration is required.

Course material will cover post-traumatic stress disorder; addiction and mental illness; communication and problem-solving skills for family members; medications; the biology of brain disorders; and how to prepare to deal with a crisis.

The course is designed by a NAMI mental health professional and taught by specially trained volunteers whose own family members live with mental illness.

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