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Barn Museum hosts ‘Mega Floods’ of the Gorge talk

The Troutdale Historical Society and The Vista House have invited Jim Urbaniak, president of the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society, to speak about “Mega Floods of the Columbia River Gorge” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Barn Museum, 732 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Urbaniak’s talk will feature empirical evidence that determined the history and impact of the Missoula Floods on the Columbia River Gorge. He will focus on the Channeled Scablands terrain that was formed by large lava flows to substantiate the Missoula Floods claim.

The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Troutdale Historical Society at 503-661-2164 or email info@troutdalehistory.org.

Meeting to address need for regional parks and rec district

The public is invited to learn how stable parks and recreation programs impact a community’s livability at a Take Action meeting from 3-5 p.m. Monday, March 31, a the Gresham Regional Library, 385 N.W. Miller St.

Advocates for the Nature Health and Prosperity Initiative have found that communities with fully functional parks and recreation programs are better able to attract new businesses and residents because of the improvement in community services.

Sustainable funding for a regional parks and recreation district is one idea on the table.

For more information, visit EMDProsperityInitiative@gmail.com or leave a message at 503-660-8927.

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