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News briefs: Jan. 14


Gresham Elks host talent show Jan. 21

The Gresham Elks Club will hold its Elks Got Talent Show on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Gresham Elks Club, 3330 N.E. Division St. Dinner will be from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the talent show at 7:30 p.m.

The talent show features a variety of acts, including dancing, songs, comedy, skits and lip-synching.

Audience members are encouraged to donate money to their favorite performing group. The group who raises the most money will be the winner.

Tickets to the dinner and talent show cost $12; admission to the talent show is $3. All money raised will go to the Elks' scholarship fund, which funds scholarships for seven Gresham-area high school students.

For more information, call the Gresham Elks Club at 503-666-1805, ext. 0.

Troutdale receives grant for brownfields cleanup

The city of Troutdale received a $64,000 grant from state agency Business Oregon on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to help with its efforts to prepare a contaminated site for future business development.

When combined with a match from Eastwind Development, the $78,800 will help the city come up with a plan for cleaning up the 20-acre site north of downtown, which was formerly occupied by a wastewater treatment plant and a pullery.

City Administrator Craig Ward said the city has also applied for a $200,000 national grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would help the city do a risk assessment on what the city can and cannot do at the site.

Ward said the eventual goal is to get the state to declare that no further action is needed, allowing developers to come in and develop the property.

Learn how businesses can influence policy

How can businesses impact political policy?

Oregonians Credit Union Vice President Charlotte Shinn will answer that question and more at the East Portland Chamber of Commerce weekly networking meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the lower level Education Center B of Adventist Medical Center, 10123 S.E. Market St.

The event is complimentary and open to the public with time designated for business networking.

Shinn has extensive experience explaining to state legislators and congressional leaders the role of credit unions in the financial industry. Her insights into how to navigate the political process will be shared at the chamber meeting.

For more information, visit eastportlandchamberofcommerce.com.

TriMet service for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16, some TriMet bus lines will not be in service and some will run on weekday or Saturday schedules.

The MAX, WES and Portland Streetcar will run on regular weekday schedules. TriMet carries more riders on MLK Day than any other holiday, so it is providing more service than a typical holiday schedule.

Visit trimet.org or call 503-238-7433 for information.