MHCC instructor’s novel may become movie

"Dora, a Headcase," a novel by Mt. Hood Community College Instructor Lidia Yuknavitch, has been optioned by Katherine Brooks of Big Easy Pictures.

“I am tickled pink that a young woman character, Dora, who uses art rather than sexuality to find her identity, might actually turn into a film," Yuknavitch said.

Her debut novel was released in September 2012 by Hawthorne Books. She describes it as a contemporary revision of the Freud/Dora case study.

"You could call it a girl liberation story," she said. "I’ve always wanted to write about messed-up girls, girls with their hair on fire, not-sorry girls, loudmouthed girls.”

Yuknavitch teaches writing, literature, women’s studies and film at MHCC. She is also the author of the memoir, "The Chronology of Water," which won the 2012 Reader's Choice Oregon Book Award and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

She has written three short story collections: "Her Other Mouths," "Liberty’s Excess" and "Real to Reel."

Brooks’ resume includes "The Osbournes," "Newlyweds Nick and Jessica" and MTV’s "The Real World." She also has two award-winning feature films under her belt, "Loving Annabelle" and "Waking Madison."

MHCC hosts swimming championships for 28th year

For the 28th year, Mt. Hood Community College is hosting the USAA/US Bank/Les Schwab Tires Swimming State Championships.

More than 1,000 swimmers, coaches and spectators will visit Gresham Feb. 21-22 in the college’s 50-meter swimming pool.

“The MHCC Aquatic Center is a world class venue,” said Steve Walker, sports information director for the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA). “It’s hosting the high school state championships is exciting for participants, officials and event staff. The OSAA is grateful to Mt. Hood Community College for marking the facility available year and year.”

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-665-8166, ext. 3536.

Kiwanis offers scholarships for Corbett High seniors

The Columbia River Gorge Kiwanis Club is offering scholarships for Corbett High School graduates.

The Kiwanis club raises the scholarship money through a Fourth of July pancake breakfast every year at the Corbett Fun Festival.

Scholarship candidates must attend a college, university or trade school during the upcoming academic year, have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or better, solicit two recommendation letters and write a 400-word essay with an emphasis on their community service and leadership qualities.

As a service organization, Kiwanis seeks to encourage students who have been actively served others, and who are likely to volunteer their time and leadership skills in the future to benefit their communities.

For information on the scholarship program or fundraiser breakfast, contact Michael Orelove at 503-703-4495 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Portland Lutheran hosts open house

Portland Lutheran School, 740 S.E. 182nd Ave., will host an open house 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

An independent pre-K-12 school, Portland Lutheran features an integrated program of academics, arts, athletics, social activities and spiritual education.

The school has a goal to equip students to transform their world through lifelong learning and service.

At the open house, families can learn about the mission and practices of the school, take a personally guided tour of the campus and classrooms and talk with current students and certified faculty.

For more information, visit the PLS website at or call 503-667-3199, ext. 354.

PREP4Kids offers Bible education

A Bible education program open to students in public schools is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Operating under Oregon legal statute ORS 339.420, Released Time Bible Education (RTBE) is a program in which students may leave school with written parental permission to attend off-campus Bible classes for an hour once a week during the school day.

The students are allowed by law to make up any work missed at school, but are also responsible for completing the work missed while attending a PREP4Kids class.

Students from 26 elementary and two middle schools in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties are currently participating in Bible classes through PREP4Kids, with classes at West Gresham Elementary and Dexter McCarty Middle School.

To learn more, visit

College offers networking symposium Feb. 15

To help educate working adults about important workplace skills, University of Phoenix Oregon Campus is offering an upcoming Networking Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Attendees will hear from a panel of speakers on how networking has changed over the years and receive guidance on creating a successful networking strategy.

Additionally, attendees will learn how to deepen and nurture relationships, how to develop a networking strategy to help achieve career or personal goals; and how to master the art of introductions and follow-through.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at University of Phoenix Oregon Campus, 13221 S.W. 68th Parkway

Tigard, OR 97223. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

MHCC Visual Arts presents ‘Lori Lorion: The Dream Awake’

A solo exhibition featuring the work of art instructor Lori Lorion is on display through Feb. 27 in Mt. Hood Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery.

A reception for the exhibition will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

Lorion’s show includes 20 paintings that depict cycles. Some were created during her sabbatical in 2011-12.

“Human figures are often the subject of my work,” Lorion said. “I am interesting in expressing ideas about language, human relationships and psychological states. I explore external contemporary realities by penetrating inner worlds of the psyche and reflecting upon how these states are translated through language.”

The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Miles Browne at 503-491-7309 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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