MHCC hosts annual Salmon Festival Oct. 27

The fourth annual celebration of salmon and the environment will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Multnomah Falls. The free event is sponsored by the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) geography department and the U.S. Forest Service.

MHCC students will be involved in the basic operation of the event through educational displays and serving as salmon guides along the creek. Native American storyteller Ed Edmo will be on hand as well as MHCC’s mascot, Barney.

“While it is good for people to read about environmental issues such as water pollution and the plight of the salmon, seeing them in the wild makes a much bigger impact on an individual,” said Chris Gorsek, a state representative and member of MHCC’s geography department.

For more information, contact Gorsek at 503-491-7321 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GHS offers multiple fall SUN events

The Gresham High School SUN program is offering a variety of upcoming events, including a parent self-care day, computer basics in Spanish and a family cooking and baking class. All events are free.

• Parent Self-Care Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 16, in the high school cafeteria. The free health and wellness-focused event is for Gresham-Barlow School District parents only. The event features local health and wellness experts and workshops such as yoga, cooking and Zumba. 

The first 21 people to register will receive free 10-minute chair massages. Parents must call the SUN office at 503-674-5570 to pre-register. Childcare and interpreter services are not provided.

• Computer Basics in Spanish will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 28 through Dec. 16, in Room 247 of Gresham High School. The basic computer skills course will include email, typing, basic Internet use and research. The class is open to all Spanish-speaking adults.

• Sweet and Savory Treats, a family cooking and baking class, will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 31-Dec. 19, in Room 117 of Gresham High. Parents and students between ages 12 and 18 are welcome. 

County determines cause of illness

Beef stroganoff was the culprit.

Multnomah County Health Department officials said Monday that food-borne bacteria from the stroganoff likely caused illness among students and teachers at the Sandy River Outdoor School on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Laboratory results showed beef stroganoff served at the school contained Clostridium perfringens, or C perfringens, which can cause diarrhea and cramping about six to 12 hours after consumption.

The bacteria are usually killed during cooking, but if foods undergo improper cooling or are held at room temperature too long, the bacteria can grow.

The school’s staff members reviewed their food handling practices with Multnomah County Environmental Health inspectors the same day the outbreak was discovered.

The bacteria was last associated with food-borne illness outbreaks in Multnomah County in 2009 and 2007. It can be prevented by heating foods thoroughly above 140 degrees Fahrenheit, refrigerating food promptly and reheating leftovers all the way through.

High school hosts theater production

Sam Barlow High School Theatre is presenting “Inspecting Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 14-16 and 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17.

The comedy revolves around a small theater company that performs Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” every winter. This year, however, the production is a comedy of errors.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors. The box office opens one hour before each performance.

For more information, call the auditorium at 503-258-4850.

Centennial High School presents comedy

The drama department of Centennial High School is producing a Ken Ludwig comedy in which Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” meets the reality TV series “Jersey Shore.”

“Midsummer/Jersey” begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 9, 14 and 14 at the school. Tickets are $5 for Centennial High students and staff, $8 for students under age 18 and seniors and $10 for adults.

The story revolves around the impending marriage of the governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon (run by Patty Quince and Stylist Nikki Bottom.)

The night takes a magical turn when Oberon and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief making. The lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.

For more information, call 503-762-7511.

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