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Gresham urban walk benefits library friends


Laura O. Foster will lead participants on a 6-mile trek


A Mother’s Day walk through Gresham with bestselling author Laura O. Foster will benefit Friends of the Multnomah County Library.

The walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 11, with participants asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave.

From there, the walk will wind through old downtown Gresham on one of Foster’s trademark explorations of geology, architecture, native plants and history.

Walk organizers say participants will traipse “along a wild and scenic creek to the romantic remains of a summer vacation colony and brick-making plant, working their way to the top of a volcanic butte with oh-wow views!”

Featured in the second edition of Foster’s “Portland Hill Walks (2013),” the walk is about 6 miles, with a 500-foot elevation gain on sidewalks and trails. It will take about three hours, 30 minutes.

Tickets are $50, with all proceeds benefiting Friends, a nonprofit organization that advocates for and supports the library district by funding programs and services and sponsoring activities.

Foster is the author of four guidebooks about exploring Portland on foot. She writes for Metro on topics including natural areas acquisitions and restoration, regional trails development, recycling, MetroPaint (a recycled paint project), natural gardening and the Oregon Zoo.

Foster leads regular walks for the Multnomah Athletic Club, the city of Portland’s Ten Toe Express program, the Lloyd TMA (Transportation Management Program) and Know Your City.

A limited number of tickets are available at the Friends Library Store, 801 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland. For more information, call 503-224-9176 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To learn more about Friends, visit friends-library.org.