MHCC kicks off speaker series

The English department at Mt. Hood Community College will launch the MHCC Creative Writing Interdisciplinary Speaker Series on Wednesday, Nov. 13, with guest writer Diana Abu-Jaber.

Abu-Jaber is the author of "Birds of Paradise" and the award-winning memoir "The Language of Baklava." A frequent contributor to NPR, she teaches at Portland State University and divides her time between Portland and Miami.

Abu-Jaber’s reading will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Visual Arts Theatre, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

The MHCC Creative Writing Interdisciplinary Speaker Series welcomes visiting writers to speak on campus throughout the academic year. The free series is open to students, employees and the community.

Students present ‘Vanport’

A play including East County students will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16 at Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby Ave., Portland.

“Vanport” tells the story of families who came from all over the country during World War II by train to serve their country and work in the Kaiser Shipyards in Oregon.

During that time, Vanport, a housing project, became the second largest city in Oregon. Many families stayed after the war, making the city their home until the flood of 1948 washed it away.

The play is directed by Shalanda Sims and sponsored by Regional Arts & Culture Council and Pen In My Hand. Actor Zahira Desphy attends Walt Morey Middle School, Syairah Sims attends H.B. Lee Middle School and Isiah Sims attends Reynolds High School.

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MHCC celebrates National Novel Writing Month

Mt. Hood Community College is celebrating National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to help writers start or finish a novel during November. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month.

The campus bookstore has scheduled “write-ins” at the following times:

n 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

n 1–5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

n 1–5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.

n 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26.

During these times, the bookstore will offer NaNoWriMo writers discounted beverages and coupons, additional power for charging computers and a relaxed bag policy.

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Scouts prepare to gather food

Local Cub and Boy Scouts are out gathering nonperishable food for the Oregon Food Bank. Cub Scout Pack 177

in Troutdale, Scouts will be knocking on doors in the surrounding Sweetbriar Elementary neighborhood from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7. Because they can’t knock on everyone's door, the Cub Scouts also will have a collection center in the Sweetbriar Elementary parking lot during that time.

For more information, call Elizabeth Monzo, Cub Scouts Pack 177

Wolf Den leader, at 503-504-1829.

Springdale Job Corps host high school counselors

Every fall Springdale Job Corps Center invites high school career counselors to learn about its training programs and take a tour of the center.

Springdale is one of 125 Job Corps centers across the country, offering career and technical training to young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

This year's open house will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Counselors and staff from Reynolds, Gresham Barlow and other districts will attend.

“Job Corps is great for students not quite sure about college,” Center Director Naomi Ulsted said. “It gives them a chance to learn some of the skills they’ll need to succeed in life, whether they choose to move directly in to a career or go on to higher education.”

Educators interested in learning more about Springdale’s training programs are invited to attend the Nov. 14 event. To RSVP, contact Anna Snyder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-695-2245, ext 244.

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