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Library hosts monthly documentary screenings

The Rockwood Co-Op is kicking off a monthly series of documentary film screenings.

The first film, “Food Inc.,” will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St., Portland. The event will include a short discussion about how residents can eat healthier and achieve food security in Rockwood.

Organizers hope the screening sparks ongoing discussion in Rockwood about urban farming, market gardens and a regular Sunday farmers market.

“Rather than truck in processed food from factories sometimes thousands of miles away, we are looking to grow and produce a far greater share of it right here in the community like we did 100 years ago,” said organizer John Andersen.

Everything’s coming up blueberries

Al’s Garden Center in Gresham invites gardeners and foodies to learn about the health benefits of blueberries and how to grow them. A series of events featuring the berry will be held Saturday, July 19.

• At 11 a.m., Al’s Kids Club: Blueberries of Bust! will show youngsters how easy blueberries are to grow. Experts also will discuss the importance of bees in the pollination process for fruit trees and berries and provide each child with a blueberry plant to take home. Cost is $5 per child and registration is required.

• Blueberry Basics begins at 1 p.m., geared toward adult gardeners. Learn about the difference types of blueberries, how to plant, fertilize and water starts in the garden to keep them healthy and producing fruit. The event is free.

• From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thompson Farms will be on hand for a Blueberry Tasting and Sale. Sample the different varieties of blueberries grown on the farm in Damascus and purchase some to take home for your favorite summer desert. Free.

Al’s Garden Center is at 7505 S.E. Hogan Road in Gresham.

For more information or to register your child for the Kids Club, visit als-gardencenter.com or call 503-491-0771.

Visit Victorian era homes this summer

This summer, get a flavor of local history by touring two Victorian era homes.

The 1874 Zimmerman home, 17111 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, is filled with artifacts from three Zimmerman generations.

Just down the street is its sister museum, the 1890 Heslin Home, 60 Main St., Fairview, holding family and community artifacts. Included in tours is the 1914 Fairview City Jail.

One ticket gets you into three event sites. While the Heslin House is handicap accessible, Zimmerman House is not.

Summer hours are noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, July 12 through Aug. 23. Tickets are $5 a person 18 and older; youths 18 and younger get in for free.

For more information, call 503-261-8087 or visit http://frwhs.org/heslin-house/.

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