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SnowCap joins Cinco de Mayo celebration

SnowCap Community Charities, which provides food, clothing advocacy and other services to the poor in East County, has teamed up with the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association at this year’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.

The fiesta runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 3-5, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. SnowCap volunteers will be located at entrance gates to the fiesta to collect donations of nonperishable food items. SnowCap will also staff a booth where folks can learn more about the organization’s work.

SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley says native Spanish speakers account for almost 25 percent of the families who come to SnowCap.

“While we are seeing an increase in Spanish speaking volunteers, we would like to find more,” she said. “We think the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be a great place to meet new volunteers.”

For more information about Cinco de Mayo, visit cincodemayo.org.

Northwest Senior Theatre presents show

“Do You Remember These?,” a Northwest Senior Theatre production, is a salute to early radio.

The musical variety show featuring songs from the fabulous 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s is coming to the stage at 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May 14-17, at Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road, Portland.

Admission is $5 at the door, with open seating and free parking. The performance is wheelchair and walker accessible.

For more information, visit www.nwseniortheatre.org, call 503-227-2003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AMR offers CPR training

On May 21, local EMS provider American Medical Response (AMR) and volunteers will provide compression-only CPR training.

The event is part of AMR’s nationwide observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week (May 18-24) with events held in 40 states.

Compression-only CPR allows bystanders to keep blood flowing through a victim’s body just by pressing on the chest in a hard, fast rhythm.

Bystanders who provide compression-only CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival. Local schools and businesses are expected to participate in the event. “Coaching community members on how to provide compression-only CPR is the key to improving cardiac arrest survival rates,” said Randy Lauer, general manager of AMR’s Oregon Operations.

Instruction in compression-only CPR is intended for the lay rescuer and is not a certifying CPR course.

For more information about AMR’s World CPR Challenge, visit https://www.facebook.com/AMRCPRCommunity.

Nearby events

• Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland, 503-226-1561, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, 503-797-4000, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, 503-594-6000, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Oregon State Office Building, 800 N.E. Oregon St., Portland, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GirlStrength seeks volunteers for training

Soroptimist International of Gresham is seeking two female volunteers to teach self-defense classes for a GirlStrength chapter in East County.

WomenStrength and GirlStrength are free violence prevention training programs run through the Portland Police Bureau’s Family Services Division that teach personal safety workshops for girls. Now, the Soroptimists hope to create an East County branch of the program.

In particular, Soroptimists hope to find volunteers with a strong interest in violence prevention and anti-oppression.

New instructor training begins in June, and women of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. No prior experience is required, as the programs offer training.

Volunteers will train for 128 hours over two months, four days a week. The application process is competitive, including a written application, interview and criminal background check.

Applications are available at portlandoregon.gov/police/49818 or can be emailed or mailed directed to interested applicants. Volunteer applications are due by Thursday, May 8.

The East County chapter of GirlStrength will teach girls ages 10-14 self-defense classes and personal safety workshops. Trainers cover topics including self-esteem building, boundary setting, safety planning, sexual assault and dating violence, and digital bullying.

The goal is for girls to become more confident and assertive and identify situations that can put them at risk, along with learning physical defense and violence prevention skills.

For more information, contact Kathy Tarbell at 503-663-7719 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..