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Indian storytelling fest kicks off Oct. 8

Wisdom of the Elders is presenting the 2014 Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival Oct. 8-12, celebrating its ninth season of Pacific Northwest tribal storytelling.

Among native people throughout North America, winter is storytelling time. Tribal drumming and singing, opening prayer and commentary from native elders will be featured at the festival.

A silent auction of Native American arts and crafts also will be held to benefit the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association.

Events in East County are as follows:

• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Providence ElderPlace, 17727 E. Burnside St., Gresham

• 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ at 12505 N.E. Halsey St., Portland

For more info, email nisa@wisdomoftheelders.org or call Daniel at 503-775-4014.

To purchase advance tickets ($20 per performance; sliding scale available), go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/294661. Tickets will also be available at the door.

AARP to offer staying at home workshop

Is your home fit for a lifetime of living? Eighty-nine percent of older adults have told AARP they want to remain in their home and community for as long as possible.

Whether you provide care for an aging loved one or have questions about future care, join AARP Oregon for Staying at Home, a free community workshop coming to Gresham 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Gresham Library, 385 N.W. miller Ave., Gresham.

The event also will feature housing and care options, as well as community resources for when independent living becomes more difficult.

For more information, call 1-877-926-8300 or visit http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_Gresham.

Benefit to help local young woman

A fundraiser for Ashly Young, a young woman undergoing trachea reconstruction and airway surgery, will be held 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham.

The spaghetti dinner and silent auction will help Young and her mother travel to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, stay in a motel for eight weeks of recovery and cover meals.

Surgery is scheduled for Oct. 13. The fundraiser is $5 a plate, with spaghetti, salad and bread.

To donate or learn more, contact mother Shilo Young at 971-227-3066.

Upcoming events at St. Luke’s church

St. Luke the Physician Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave., is playing host to two upcoming events.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, the church will offer Blessing of the Animals. To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, well-behaved pets are welcome in the sanctuary for the service.

Rev. Elise Astleford will offer blessings to pets and those who care for them. All are welcome to bring their pets or pictures of their pets to receive a blessing. Children are invited to bring their stuffed animals for a blessing as well.

From 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, the church will hold a Taize gathering.

All are welcome to attend this gathering of music, poetry, stillness and an indoor labyrinth walk. To learn more, call 503-665-9442.

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