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Free self-defense class for women

The Fairview Police Department is once again offering its popular free self-defense class for women.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, inside the council chambers at Fairview City Hall, 1300 N.E. Village St. in Fairview.

While most self-defense classes teach you how to fight and defend yourself by punching and kicking, police say the big obstacle in fending off an attacker is learning how to deal with the adrenalin fear rush.

This reality-based, hands-on class is limited to 20 participants, who must be 18 or older. Priority will be given to Fairview residents and those who work in Fairview.

Participants are asked to wear comfortable workout clothes.

All attendees are required to sign a waiver and release before the training and register by Feb. 22.

Register by calling the Fairview Police Department at 503-674-6200.

Theatre features Schisgal’s “Luv

The Readers Theatre — Gresham will present “Luv” by Murray Schisgal at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Gresham Chapel and Evening Event Center, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Harry Berlin has no future except to jump off a bridge and is about to do so when Milt Manville, a college classmate, comes along and intervenes.

As Harry and Milt vie for the title of most miserable, Milt’s wife, Ellen, shows up.

The result is a crazy love triangle matched in absurdity, merriment and glee.

Jane Fellows is directing the cast of three: Matthew Kerrigan as Harry, Andy Lee-Hillstrom as Milt and Brit Lee-HIllstrom as Ellen. Tickets are $9, with no reservations available.

Readers Theatre — Gresham is presented by the Sandy Actors Theatre. For more information, visit sandyactorstheatre.org.

Caswell Gallery hosts First Friday exhibit

The Caswell Gallery will host a First Friday exhibit, opening 5-9 p.m. Feb. 7, at 253 and 255 E. Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.

Displaying new work by Brenda Boylan, Michael Orwick and Bev Jozwiak, the exhibit will run through March 3.

The First Friday event will feature entertainment by Crystal Lariz and a wine tasting by Phelps Creek Vineyards.

The Caswell Gallery is home to bronze sculptor Rip Caswell, who has had an art presence in Troutdale for more than 20 years.

For more information, visit caswellgallery.com or call 503-492-2473.

Elks hosted annual party for special needs students

Recently, Gresham Elks Lodge No. 1805 held its annual New Year’s Party for 250 special-needs students, student volunteers, teachers and caregivers from 11 schools in the area. 

Sam Barlow High School hosted the event, and Katie Kalori coordinated the event.

The place was jumping with a disc jockey, disco lights, a pizza lunch and students, some in wheelchairs, dancing the night away. Capt. Greg Matthews and the Gresham Fire Department served as master of ceremonies. 

Jim Hosmer, Carl and Tina Tebbens, and Rick and Pam Shipley from Hillsboro Lodge No. 1862 helped with crowd control, chaperoning and cleanup.

Enjoy a Victorian Valentine Tea Feb. 8

The Fairview Rockwood Wilkes Historical Society is hosting a Victorian Valentine Tea at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Anthem Church, 3300 N.E. 172nd Place, Portland, across the street from the Zimmerman House.

The menu includes scones served with sweet cream, fresh fruit, assorted sandwiches, desserts and hot tea served with mint and fresh lemon.

Don’t forget your hat and gloves!

Tickets are $20, and proceeds benefit the 1874 Zimmerman and 1893 Heslin House restoration and preservation. To make reservations, call 503-666-4083 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..