Rotarians to host local actor at fundraiser

The public is invited to the Gresham Rotary’s annual Wine Event and auction, with featured speaker Sid Louie, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Tyee Yacht Club, 2929 N.E. Marine Drive, Portland.

Louie, a native Oregonian, is an educator, writer and professional actor.

The rotary’s Wine Event is one of four major fundraisers the group holds each year to raise money for local charities and philanthropic endeavors. Fundraising efforts allow the Gresham Rotary to provide more than 800 dictionaries to local elementary schools, Christmas gifts to needy families and sponsorships for area children to attend summer camp at Camp Collins. The Rotary also awards more than $14,000 in scholarship to Gresham and Sandy students.

Tickets are $20 per person and include a glass of wine, light buffet dinner and auction bidding number to take home such items as airline tickets and a week for two in Palm Springs. Raffle tickets for wine packages are available from Rotary members for $5 each.

For more information or to purchase auction or raffle tickets, send an email to the wine event committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clubs kick off food drive for area food banks

Curves International has launched its 15th annual Feed the Need Food Drive and is waiving joining fees for new members who donate.

Through Saturday, March 23, all Curves clubs are asking members to donate bags of nonperishable food or cash to support local community food banks.

Since the program’s inception, Curves members in the United States and Canada have donated more than 75 million pounds of food. The company hopes to reach a goal of 100,000 donations this year.

Additionally, once the goal is reached among all Curves clubs, the company will donate 10 percent of its March profits to “Blessings in a Backpack,” a nonprofit organization that ensures low-income elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.

Curves International operates three local locations:

Gresham — 204 N.E. Second St., 503-491-3522.

Damascus — 20440 S.E. Highway 212, 503-658-1778.

Portland — 1503 N.E. 181st Ave., 503-491-5526.

Car wash and bake sale benefit to be held

Residents are encouraged to stop by the Troutdale Dairy Queen at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, for a car wash and sweet treat to help three local girls raise money for their upcoming pageant expenses.

Thirteen-year-old Eve Duncan and her nieces, Kaitlyn Van Hee, 6, and Karly Van Hee, 9, have been selected as state finalists in the National American Miss Pageant, a scholarship program for young girls ages 4-18. Duncan has participated in the pageant for five years and is also serving as mentor to Kaitlyn and Karly.

For more information on the National American Miss Pageant, visit

Legislative town hall scheduled

Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, and Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, will host an in-district town hall meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Port of Cascade Locks, 355 Cascade Locks Highway.

The public is invited to meet both representatives of District 52, who will present a legislative update and hear concerns from residents about issues in the community and in Salem.

This is the first of a number of town halls Johnson looks to host throughout the 2013 Legislative Session.

For more information, or to submit particular questions for the town hall meeting, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LeMay joins Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham has announced the appointment of Craig LeMay as the new mission developer at Third Space, a young adult community hosted by the church.

LeMay will assume his new role Saturday, March 16, when he is installed at a service led by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).

LeMay, 33, was born in Tacoma, Wash., and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University. During two years in AmeriCorps in Tacoma, LeMay fell in love with community service. He then attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., graduating with a master’s degree in divinity.

LeMay will become a diaconal minister, or someone who is “consecrated for service in ministries at the intersection of church and world,.” He will work outside the church to make connections with the community at large.

Third Space is a gathering of young adults in Gresham. It meets at Trinity Lutheran Church at 6 p.m. Sundays to share a meal and build community.

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