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Legislative follow-up at Gresham town hall meeting

A town hall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Gresham City Libary to update the public about the Oregon legislative session, which ends the first week in March.

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham) and Rep. Chris Gorsek (D-Troutdale) will discuss issues and bills they have been working on for East County and where they are at in the Legislature.

Cover Oregon, the Interstate 5 replacement bridge (Columbia River Crossing) and education are just a few topics on the list for discussion.

Lawmakers will answer questions from the public.  

Gresham City Library is at 385 N.W. Miller Ave.

Annual pass allows unlimited access to Metro parks

Buy a parks pass for $40 and get unlimited access to Metro parks in the area for 12 months.

This year, Metro changed its parks pass based on public feedback from a vehicle-specifc stickered pass to a placard-style pass that hangs in the rear view mirror.

The new hangtag-style pass is valid for 12 months after purchase and allows you to get in free to Metro parks and facilities that have a vehicle fee including Oxbow and Blue Lake regional parks, Broughton Beach, Chinook Landing Marine Park and James Gleason Boat Ramp.

You can buy a pass online, over the phone or in person at the Blue Lake or Oxbow Regional park offices or Metro Regional center, located at 600 N.E. Grand Ave. in Portland.

Regular 12-month passed are $40, seniors $30, and disabled $10 for the first pass and $5 for the second.

Up to two additional passes are available for vehicles from the same household at $10 each. Replacement passes are available for $10 under warranted circumstances.

For more informatin about Metro's annual parks passes, call Susan Lowe at 503-665-4995 and press option 0, or visit www.oregonmetro.gov.

County seeks input on Arata Road improvements

Multnomah County is seeking community feedback on the latest design improvements on Arata Road, a street between the city of Fairview and Wood Village.

The street has long been an issue of safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and had problems with drainage.

County staff will host an open house for people to drop in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 W. Arata Road.

The county would like to hear from community members who use Arata Road for any purpose — local residents, youth, members of churches in the area, or visitors to nearby shopping destinations.

For more information, contact Joanna Valencia at 503-988-3043 ext. 29637 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find more information about project on Multnomah County's website at https://multco.us/arata.

Highway authority to speak at Troutdale Historical Society

Kristen Stallman, coordinator for the Oregon Department of Transportation in the Columbia River Gorge scenic area, will speak to the Troutdale Historical Society about the Columbia River Highway and state trail at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Barn Museum, 732 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Stallman will provide an overview of the history, status and future plans for the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. 

From the time Samuel Lancaster designed the first 20 miles of what is now the Columbia River Highway in 1913, a number of visionaries, civic leaders, skilled engineers and talented artisans have worked to improve it.

In 1987 the Oregon Legislature directed ODOT to preserve and enhance existing portions of the historic highway. Despite many accomplishments, 10 challenging miles remain. 

Numerous groups are advocating for its completion by 2016, the 100th anniversary of Lancaster's masterpiece. 

Admission is free to the public event, and refreshments will be served.

String quartet concert Sunday

The quartet Third Angle New Music will perform the works of Ernest Bloch, at St. Aidan Episcopal Church, 1705 N.E. Glisan St., at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Third Angle New Music String Quartet has received rave reviews for its performances of contemporary music.

Swiss-born composer Ernest Bloch was known around the world for his music, blending a variety of musical influences, including Jewish, Swiss and Native American. In later years, Bloch lived on the Oregon coast and was inspired by its natural beauty. The program features Bloch music for string quartet as well as his words and photography.

For more information, call Mark Jones at 503-866-5572.