Landlord forum on gangs tonight

The monthly landlord forum, presented by the Westside Crime Prevention Coalition, will address gang-related issues in Washington County. The 90-minute meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight (April 10) on the Willow Creek campus of Portland Community College, 241 S.W. Edgeway Dr. in Hillsboro (Willow Creek MAX stop).

Food fights hunger

Six students from Pacific University's "Introduction to Civic Engagement" class are organizing a canned-food drive to benefit St. Vincent De Paul's Food Bank. Collection bins will be placed around the Forest Grove campus from April 12 to 26.

Roses to raise money

The Forest Grove Lions Club is selling roses for $20 per dozen to raise money for a variety of nonprofits, including eye-care organizations. Orders must be submitted and payment received by April 13. All orders are sent out for delivery on April 26. Place orders through Fred Marble, 503-348 -8576, or Jessi Holycross, 503-992-8600.

Meet your congresswoman — and draw for her

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) will hold a town hall meeting in Forest Grove's Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20.

Bonamici is also hosting the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, open to students in grades 9-12 who live or go to school in Oregon's 1st Congressional District. On April 23, submitted artwork will be featured on Bonamici's official Facebook page, where visitors will help select a finalist. On April 30, a panel of local artists will select the winner, whose artwork will be publicy displayed on Capitol Hill for one year. To learn more, go to

SOLVE IT for Earth Day

Sign up to help beautify your corner of Oregon through the volunteer/activist group SOLVE, a clearinghouse for more than 200 outdoor-improvement projects across the state, from litter pickup to tree planting to blackberry removal. Local projects include planting at Council Creek in Cornelius and at Stites Green Space in Forest Grove, as well as garbage and native-plant removal in Gales Creek. To learn more or register, go to or call 503-844-9571. Timed to coincide with Earth Day next Monday, the Portland General Electric-sponsored will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20.

Take action sustainably

The third and final Sustainability Summit sponsored by Forest Grove's ad hoc sustainability committee will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, 2037 Douglas St. Help finalize action plans for renewable energy, transportation, recycling and solid waste, green building and social equity. Coffee and food available at 8:30 a.m.

County celebrates fair housing with film

In honor of Fair Housing Month, Washington County's Office of Community Development will host a free public screening of the acclaimed documentary, "Brick by Brick … A Civil Rights Story," at the Washington County Public Services Building Auditorium, 155 N. First Avenue in Hillsboro, at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 22. Historically and statistically, identifiable groups of people have been denied, harassed, given less favorable terms and conditions or experienced a lower level of service than other groups when trying to rent or buy a home or home insurance. The one-hour "Brick by Brick" documentary follows vastly different Yonkers, N.Y., families and the story of how a community fights to change unfair, destructive housing policies.

Town hall tackles food and farming

State Reps. Deborah Boone and Ben Unger, along with local farmer Dave Vanasche and Hillsboro Farmers Market Manager Laura Conroy, will co-host a town hall discussion on "Agriculture, Food and Farming" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Forest Grove Public Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.

Dump your drugs

The Forest Grove Police Department is holding a free "Prescription Drug Turn-In" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Keep unwanted or expired medications out of the hands of children and out of our waterways (where they often end up after being flushed down the toilet). Bring them to the police station, 2102 Pacific Ave., for proper disposal.

Ask your senator

State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-District 15) will report on action in the legislature and take questions at a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St.

Travelers wanted for September trip

Forest Grove's Sister Cities Committee is seeking members for a formal delegation to visit Nyuzen, Japan, next fall. Mayor Pete Truax recently announced the visit, which will run from Saturday, Sept. 28, to Friday, Oct. 4, and is geared to celebrate Nyuzen's 60th anniversary as a city, along with its 25 years as a sister city to Forest Grove. Any Forest Grove adults may apply. Travel costs are estimated at $1,800 to $2,000 per person. Delegates will stay with host families. The delegation is limited to 10 to 12 members, each with a valid passport. Application forms are available at For more information, contact City Recorder Anna Ruggles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-992-3235. Deadline to apply is May 31.

ODFW holds art contest

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding an art contest to benefit its Habitat Conservation Stamp program. The winning artist will receive $3,000. The department will accept entries from June 1 through Aug. 30. Artwork must feature one of these 22 amphibian or reptile species in its appropriate habitat: Cascades frog, Cascade torrent salamander, Clouded salamander, coastal tailed frog, Columbia spotted frog, Columbia torrent salamander, Cope's giant salamander, foothill yellow-legged frog, inland tailed frog, Larch Mountain salamander, Northern leopard frog, Northern red-legged frog, Oregon slender salamander, Oregon spotted frog, Siskiyou Mountain salamander, Southern torrent salamander, Western toad, Common kingsnake, Northern sagebrush lizard, Western painted turtle, Northwestern pond turtle, Western rattlesnake. See the ODFW website,, for contest rules and entry form. The contest winner will be chosen by a panel comprised of an ODFW commissioner and four citizens to be selected by the ODFW director. Artwork will be available for public viewing on the ODFW website.

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