Church hosts school supply give away

Hillsview Community Church will hold a back to school supply give away from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 23225 S.E. Borges Road, Damascus.

Items available will include backpacks, spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, regular notebooks, crayons, markers, solar calculators, erasers, highlighters, colored pencils, scissors and glue sticks. Gently use articles of clothing will also be available.

For more information, call Pastor Michael Conrad at 503-912-0116.

Become a foster grandparent to East County kids

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services is matching 60 older adults with children in 17 elementary schools, nine Head Start programs and several other specialized children’s programs through the Foster Grandparent Program.

Serving as one-on-one tutors and mentors to special needs students, foster grandparents volunteer 15-40 hours per week.

Candidates should be 55 or older, living on a modest income and wanting to share their experience and compassion with students for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

They will receive a nontaxable hourly stipend, a meal while volunteering, help with transportation to and from their volunteer site and monthly trainings and peer support.

Volunteers receive 20 hours of initial training and 20 hours of supplemental training.

For more information or to apply, contact Quince Affolter, coordinator, at 503-988-6717 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fairview park comes to life

A Fairview parks project months in the making came to fruition last weekend, with the city; G.R. Morgan, a professional park installation crew; and volunteers installing a new play structure in Park Cleone, 2063 N.E. 213th.

In June, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Fairview Elementary School presented to Fairview City Council about their ideas for a play structure after meeting with Allan Berry, Fairview public works director.

One of their biggest goals was to make the playground accessible to handicapped children.

The new playground, expected to be completed Tuesday, Aug. 20, and funded through the System Development Charge fund, will bring to life the kids’ designs and fill a void — last year, the outdated Park Cleone playground was removed, leaving only a swing set for play equipment.

The new structure, which is wheelchair accessible, includes three slides, monkey bars, five overhead tent structures, poles, climbing areas and other features.

Among the weekend volunteers were Councilor Ken Quinby, who helped spearhead the project, and Council President Lisa Barton Mullins, who was accompanied by her granddaughter Taylor Groza, 8.

"We've been moving like rapid fire to get this playground up in a couple days," said Stephanie Morgan, of G.R. Morgan.

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