Take a test drive, support a school

Gresham Ford and Barlow, Corbett and Centennial high schools are teaming up to raise as much as $7,000 in support of the schools’ golf, cheerleading and football teams.

The Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program fundraiser is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Gresham Ford, 1999 E. Powell Blvd. in Gresham.

For every person who test drives a new Ford vehicle at this one-day event, Ford Motor Company and Gresham Ford will donate $20, up to $6,000. Another $10, up to an additional $1,000, will be donated for every person who visits the Quick Lane inspection drive-through at Gresham Ford, for a grand total of $7,000.

Each test drive will last approximately 7-10 minutes and the Quick Lane inspection will be approximately 10-15 minutes.

Troutdale forum discusses youth unemployment

Springdale Job Corps Center will host a community forum focused on increasing youth employment from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Troutdale.

Young people ages 16 to 24 have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, according to the center, and the rate in Oregon is one of the highest.

On Wednesday, Springdale Jobs Corps will bring together business and community leaders to discuss strategies to increase youth employment.

Panelists will include Loretta Smith, Multnomah County commissioner; Malcolm Boswell, Portland Metro East Employment Department; Heather Ficht, director of Youth Committee of Worksystems; Antonio Paez, director of Small Business Development at Mt. Hood Community College and restaurateur; and Naomi Ulsted, center director, Springdale Job Corps Data Center.

If you would like to attend the forum, contact Anna Snyder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or RSVP at 503-695-2245, ext. 244.

Springdale Job Corps Center, an education and vocational training program for economically disadvantaged youth, is at 31224 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Experience being a lawyer at Peer Court

Four Cities Peer Court, overseen by Northwest Family Services, is looking for youth volunteers who would like to serve as attorneys and jurors on the court.

A training will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Rockwood Community Office, 18709 S.E. Stark St. in Portland. Lunch will be provided.

Peer Court acts as a diversion program for youth ages 12-17 with first-time, low-levels violations. Youth volunteers, under the direction of professional attorneys, work as defense attorney, prosecuting attorney and jury.

Volunteers must commit to one session a month for one year and be between the ages of 14 and 18. Court is in session September through June, and is held at Fairview City Hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Serving on Peer Court, youths will receive direct coaching from professional attorneys, build a resume, enhance public speaking skills and make a difference in the community.

To register for the training, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-891-9065.

Check out Corbett schools

Residents are invited to learn more about the Corbett schools at an informational open house hosted by the Corbett School Board, from 5-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the district’s multipurpose room and cafeteria, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

The planned presentation will include information on open enrollment for out-of-district families, as well as the variety of programs available to students attending Corbett schools.

For more information, call the district office at 503-261-4200.

Rack ‘em up for Reynolds seniors

The Senior All-Night Party Committee for Reynolds High School will host a pool tournament fundraiser from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Skyland Pub, 3175 S. Troutdale Road, Troutdale.

The “8-ball format” tournament features a double elimination in singles and doubles brackets, with a Challenge Bracket for singles competition.

There also will be raffle items and a buffet. A “come and socialize” option is available for those not wishing to enter the tournament. Cost is $25 per person.

Tournament entry fee is $35 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment is recommended to guarantee a place in the tournament. Entry fees for participants and spectators include buffet, raffle drawings and donation certificate for tax purposes.

For more information, or to register, contact Dave Jacobsen at 971-313-1716 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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