Tidbits of news around Southwest Portland for the April edition

Hillsdale Community Foundation announces grant awardees

The Hillsdale Community Foundation has selected the recepients of its spring grant awards.The Connection

The community playground project at Rieke School received a $2,500 grant contingent on a local match. A restoration project for the Southwest 25th Avenue "Safe Routes to School" trail will receive $1,500. Repairs to the Hillsdale "gateway" signs at Southwest Vermont Street and Southwest Bertha Boulevard will receive $100 each.

Much of the grant money was raised through the annual Hillsdale Community Foundation Book Sale held on the last Sunday of July 2016 at the Watershed Building. The sale receives support from OnPoint Community Credit Union and Food Front Cooperative Groceries, as well as from many community volunteers. Other contributions have been made by members of the Hillsdale community, including those who have donated books for the sale.

Multnomah Historical Association meeting set

The Multnomah Historical Association invites anyone interested in preserving local history to an Historical Meeting starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Riversgate Church (7634 S.W. Capitol Highway).

Any Southwest resident who wants to learn more about the community is encouraged to attend. The meeting will include speakers and a display of local history publications.

For more information, visit or call 503-893-5549.

Church hosts 'Understanding Islam' series

Hillsdale Community Church, United Church of Christ (6948 S.W. Capitol Hill Road) has started a seven-part series aimed at introducing those unfamiliar with Islam to the faith.

After a two-week introduction, the church handed over the reins to the Muslim Education Trust Community Center to discuss a broad range of topics, from the basic tenets of Islam to the role of women in the religion.

Two sessions remain for this free and open event series. The session on Wednesday, April 5, will explore growing up Muslim in America. The final class, on Wednesday, April 12, will discuss the most current issues facing the Muslim community. Both sessions begin at 7 p.m. at the church.

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