Gresham mayor to run unopposed

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will run unopposed in the Nov. 4 election as will Councilor Lori Stegmann. The deadline for filing was Aug. 21.

Councilor Kirk French will face a challenge by Andrew Doolin, and Jennie Cochran will run against incumbent Councilor Mario Palmero.

Doolin said he is running because he didn’t not see enough advocacy for the LGBT community and he wants to get more average working people involved in city government.

Cochran could be reached for comment.

The remaining councilors, not up for re-election this time, are Jerry Hinton, Karylinn Echols and Mike McCormick.

Get your game on!

Residents are invited to join members of the Pleasant Valley Grange for Game Night from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the grange hall, 17115 S.E. Foster Road.

The event is a family-friendly affair and will be held routinely the first Friday of every month. Demonstrate your prowess in cribbage, pinochle, Scrabble and other games. Refreshments will be served, and children ages 10 and older are welcome. Cost is $1 per person per night.

For more information, call 503-680-1367.

Church to celebrate Middle Eastern culture

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church is hosting its 37th annual Middle Eastern Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the church, 2101 N.E. 162nd Ave.

The festival will feature an array of traditional ethic foods and live entertainment, centering on the Middle Eastern heritage of church members. A silent auction and children’s activities also will be held. Proceeds from the festival benefit church projects.

For more information, visit or call 503-307-8494.

Celebrate the Grotto’s 90th anniversary

The Grotto’s 90th anniversary dinner and auction is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Multnomah Athletic Club.

All proceeds will benefit The Grotto. The event also will honor Servite Father Jack Topper for his 23 years of service as executive director of The Grotto as he steps into his new role as rector.

The evening begins with a reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner and live auction at 7 p.m. Tickets include drinks, appetizers, a three-course meal prepared by an award-winning chef and free parking.

Tickets are $90 per person. For more information, call 503-254-7371 or visit

Seed Saving 101 kicks off Sept. 15

A class covering the basics of seed saving is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Anawim Christian Community, 19626 N.E. Glisan St. in Gresham.

Sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Food & Farms Parnership and the Rockwood Co-op, the class will be taught by professional gardener Diana Cason, who helped establish Marion Polk Seed Share and has been a seed saver with Seed Saver Exchange.

A press release from EMO states, “Saving seeds helps save money and time and connects us to our land, history and culture while allowing us to play a vital role in building food security and maintaining community ownership of our food supply.”

Register by Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 503-221-1054, ext. 215, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A donation of $5-$10 is suggested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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