Fairview offers free self-defense class for kids

The Fairview Police Department is offering a free self-defense class for kids Saturday, May 31, at the Fairview City Hall council chambers, 1300 N.E. Village St.

Inspired by the police-taught women and girls self-defense classes, this one-day course will teach kids ages 6 to 13 stranger awareness and bully defense.

The class will offer discussion and role-playing, and will touch on three key points of self-defense: awareness, avoidance and assertiveness.

“Defense is not always about fighting, but more about being confident and standing up for yourself or standing up for someone who needs help,” Fairview Detective Eric Flener said.

The class will be held from 9-11 a.m. for ages 6 to 9; and noon to 2 p.m. for ages 10 to 13.

There is a limit of 25 kids per class.

Priority will be given to residents and children of family members who work in Fairview.

While the class is free, the Fairview Police Department is asking for a donation of school supplies to be given to schools within the city.

All kids must have a waiver signed by their guardian to participate and register by Friday, May 23.

For more information or to register, call the Fairview Police non-emergency number at 503-674-6200.

Today Menucha celebrates 100 years

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center will host its centennial celebration today, May 9, at the Menucha Grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with cake, coffee and rarely seen historic memorabilia.

Julius Meier purchased the property nestled among towering trees on a lofty bluff in the Columbia River Gorge on May 9, 1914.

He named it Menucha, a Hebrew word meaning a place of “still waters” that bring renewal.

Today the meaning still holds true.

Operated by First Presbyterian Church of Portland, Menucha is a retreat for not just one family, but for thousands in the community who visit every year.

With Menucha’s gardens at the peak of spring bloom, staff will celebrate 100 years of history of the beautiful estate at 38711 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy.

For more information, visit or call 503-695-2243.

Legacy Mount Hood raises funds for Chron’s, colitis

The clinical team with Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center’s gastroenterology program and their families raised more than $400 to support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Nearly 30 people associated with the GI program at Legacy Mount Hood went bowling on Sunday, April 27, to raise money that will support research and outreach services provided by the organization and to bring awareness to Crohn’s and colitis diseases.

Crohn’s and colitis diseases affect 1.4 million Americans. The onset of the disease occurs primarily between the ages of 10 and 40 years. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are characterized by an abnormal immune response in the intestines that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and fatigue. While steady progress has been made in treatment of these diseases, a definite cure is still years away.

To learn more, visit

Arts festival seeking sponsors

The city of Gresham is looking for local businesses and individuals to become sponsors for the Gresham Arts Festival.

The annual event celebrating the arts will be held in the historic downtown core area Saturday, July 19. Officials expect the festival to attract thousands of visitors to the city for the daylong affair, which will include live entertainment and the works of local artists. Sponsorships start at $50 and are available at various levels.

Secure a sponsorship by Thursday, May 15, to take advantage of time-sensitive recognition opportunities.

For more information, call Tam Driscoll at the city of Gresham, 503-618-2623, or visit

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