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Concert to support CASA of Clackamas County

Charlie Rose and the Harmony Road Band and The Jessie Leigh Band will take the stage Aug. 15 at Marylhurst University for a concert to benefit CASA of Clackamas County.

All of the proceeds from the show will help the nonprofit organization train volunteers to serve as court-appointed advocates for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Children who have an advocate typically spend less time in foster care, are more likely to thrive in school and less likely to return to the foster care system.

“The goal is to help the courts return the children to safe and stable homes as quickly as possible,” says Anne Chalmers, a CASA spokeswoman. “This not only saves the state money, it contributes to the well-being of our community by working to break the cycle of abuse.”

For every $800 raised, CASA can train a new volunteer. In 2014, the organization advocated for 323 children, about 70 percent of the children in foster care in Clackamas County. “Our goal is to advocate for 100 percent,” Chalmers says. “This concert will help us achieve that goal.”

The benefit concert is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, on the Marylhurst University campus. The suggested donation is $10.

For more information, contact Child Advocates Inc. at 503-723-0521 or go online to www.casa-cc.org.

Watch for bike riders Saturday

Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to pedal through Lake Oswego on Saturday and stop off in George Rogers Park during the Portland Century, a 100-mile ride that will explore both sides of the Willamette River.

Riders will start on the University of Portland campus at 6 a.m. and pass through downtown Portland before heading south toward Lake Oswego. More than 550 riders had signed up by late Wednesday, but organizers say they expect as many as 1,000 to make the trek.

Lake Oswego Police Lt. Doug Treat says riders will enter town on State Street, wrap around George Rogers Park on Ladd and Furnace streets and then pause on the banks of the Willamette for their first rest stop. From there, they’ll follow Old River Road toward West Linn and Oregon City before visiting Canby, Mollala, Gladstone and Milwaukie on a loop that connects to the Springwater Trail and finishes back at the University of Portland.

Treat says he expects riders to pass through Lake Oswego anytime between 6:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and urges drivers to be on alert. There will be no lane closures on State Street, Treat says, and no route monitors at any of the major intersections other than some event volunteers.

Help name Oregon’s ‘Most Endangered Places’

Nominations are now being accepted for Restore Oregon’s list of the state’s “Most Endanged Places,” an effort by the group to highlight the importance of historic properties and rally resources to save them.

Anyone can nominate an endangered place, and any historic property over 50 years old — house, barn, commercial building, school, government building — and even districts are eligible. Criteria for being selected include historic significance, urgency of the threat, community support and long-term viability for reuse.

Properties selected for the “Most Endangered Places” list receive direct consultative support from Restore Oregon, along with a seed grant to kick off preservation efforts.

“We’ve had a great deal of success helping endangered places move down the path of restoration and reuse, from the Egyptian Theater in Coos Bay to the Ermatinger House in Oregon City,” says Restore Oregon Executive Director Peggy Moretti. “So if there’s a significant historic place in your community at risk of being lost, get your nomination in to Restore Oregon by Aug. 7.  We may be able to help.”

Oregon’s “Most Endangered Places” list for 2016 will be announced at Restore Oregon’s annual Restoration Celebration on Nov. 13 in Portland. The nomination form can be downloaded at restoreoregon.org; for more information, call 503-243-1923.

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