Inukai fundraiser run set Saturday

The Dick Inukai Birthday Run, a fundraising event benefiting the Inukai Family Foundation — which creates and funds youth development opportunities — is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25 in Hillsboro.

All are invited to participate in the 5K run and walk, which begins and ends at Dick's Country Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, 767 S.W. Baseline St.

Established to honor businessman and philanthropist Dick Inukai, who died of cancer in 2011, the event is designed to bring together walkers and runners of all age levels and abilities for a day of fun and celebration. Inukai would have turned 70 years old on the day of the race.

As of May 18 there were 102 people registered for the race, said Laura Baxter, who works for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

After the run, the 23-member Minidoka Swing Band — which Baxter manages — will provide music, and cupcakes will be available for participants to enjoy.

The Inukai foundation also provides educational grants and scholarship support to teachers and students and aids the health care needs of senior citizens and Japanese education and awareness. See for details.

For more information about Saturday's run/walk, call the chamber at 503-681-0535 or visit

Open house set on road project

An open house on the upcoming Springville Road improvement project will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 15505 N.W. Springville Road.

Springville Road is located between West Union Road and Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus. The section between 185th and 173rd is currently a two-lane roadway that lacks continuous access for bicycles and pedestrians. The future project will make safety and capacity improvements that could include widening of the roadway and adding bicycle and pedestrian lanes.

This project is currently in the preliminary design phase. Funding for right of way and construction is not available at this time. The estimated completion date of the project is Dec. 31, 2016.

The open house is sponsored by the Washington County Land and Transportation Department.

Life jackets available at Hagg Lake

With the start of warmer weather, lifejackets are once again being made available for visitors to Hagg Lake.

Safe Kids Washington County provides loaner lifejackets each summer in an effort to prevent drowning accidents. They can be borrowed at the Sain Creek Picnic Area and Boat Ramp C Recreation Area.

"Both of these areas attract a lot of families with children," said Fire Chief Roger Mesenbrink from the nearby Gaston Rural Fire Protection District. "We want to ensure that the kids who swim here are safe."

Gaston firefighters respond frequently to the lake for emergencies, along with the Washington County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol.

"We know the jackets get used a lot," said Mesenbrink. "We want to remind citizens that it's important to return the jackets to the loaner stand when they are finished, so others may use them."

Area citizens have contributed cash as well as children's lifejackets to support the effort. Safe Kids Washington County, led by the Hillsboro Fire Department, is a coalition of citizens and public safety educators whose mission is to reduce unintentional injuries and deaths in children up to 14 years of age.

Visit for more water safety information.

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