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News briefs: March 10, 2012


Weeds workshop tackles morning glory, bull thistle

Gresham residents can learn how to identify and eradicate invasive weeds in their yards and gardens at a free workshop.

The workshop is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Springwater Trail Room at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. No RSVP is needed.

The city is looking for residents interested in helping to keep weeds and others out of the community by participating in a volunteer Weed Watcher Program.

The program includes a series of public weed identification classes designed to teach Gresham residents how to identify and report the weeds they see in natural areas, along trails and in their own backyards.

For more information, call Helen Davis, City AmeriCorps volunteer environmental outreach specialist, at 503-618-2383.

Read more about the Weed Watcher Program at GreshamOregon.gov/Watershed.

Outreach event for military veterans March 17

Sergeant McDowell's Military Relief, a local nonprofit, is hosting a quarterly outreach program to provide assistance and relief to military veterans.

Project Helping Heroes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Gresham Veteran's Hall, 150 W. Powell Blvd. Veterans will receive a hot lunch, hygiene items, clothing, haircuts, job search and housing assistance, registration assistance with the Veterans Administration hospital, chiropractic assistance and more. Several companies are providing the services.

For more information, call 503-888-9053 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. SMMR accepts tax-deductible donations from the community, other veterans, corporate sponsorship and grants. 

Girl Scouts host 100th anniversary celebration

The Service Unit 15 Girl Scouts, including girls in Gresham, Corbett, Sandy and up to Welches, invite the public to their Girl Scouts 100th anniversary celebration Saturday, March 17.

In honor of the first Girl Scout meeting - held March 12, 1912, by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Ga. - the girls will host activities, open to the communities they represent, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 N.E. Cleveland Ave.

Activities will include outdoor skills demonstrations, Dutch oven cooking, songs, crafts, displays and refreshments.

Girl Scout cookies will be for sale - check out the new cookie, Savannah Smiles, released this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary - and the Girl Scout Traveling Store, a Girl Scouts merchandise store that goes to major events, will be there.

For more information, call Taylor Ives at 503-381-2711.

East County talent show returns; auditions March 24

Do you have a talent that you're willing to share with an East County audience? It's time to audition.

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce will present its East County's Got Talent event Friday, April 20. The first-place winner will receive $500 cash and a laptop from RADIAH Technologies Group.

The auditions for the final event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at East Hill Church Youth Center, 50 N.W. Fifth St.

Audition registrations are available at greshamchamber.org and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 40 paid registrants. Fax or mail the form and non-refundable audition fee ($25 for solo and $40 for group) to the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Attn: ECGT, 701 N.E. Hood Ave., Gresham, 97030; or fax it to 503-666-1041. Make checks payable to GACC. For information, call 503-665-1131.

Meet with state legislators at March 20 forum

East County's state legislators will be the guests at the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly government forum at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Heidi's of Gresham, 1230 N.E. Cleveland Ave.

Sens. Laurie Monnes Anderson and Chuck Thomsen and Reps. Greg Matthews, Matt Wand, Patrick Sheehan and Mark Johnson have been invited to attend.

They will discuss the February legislative session and meet with constituents.

The cost for lunch is $20. Visit gresham

chamber.org or call 503-665-1131 for information and to register.

Soroptimists support four charities with April event

Soroptimist International of Gresham is hosting an auction fundraiser for four local charities.

The event, El Bistro, will be held Friday, April 27, at Club Paesano, 3800 W. Powell Loop. Wine tasting and appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Proceeds will support The Salvation Army Youth Corps Center, the My Father's House summer program, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center for mammograms and SnowCap Community Charities for infant formula and baby food.

Call Sue O'Halloran at 503-780-4814 or Addie Harbin at 503-512-8663, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Soroptimist International of Gresham is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

The Gresham club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, which has almost 100,000 members in about 120 countries and territories.