MHCC earns sustainability honor, summer library programs entertain with science and stories

PHOTO COURTESY MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Mt. Hood Community College works to protect Kelly Creek, one of the two streams running through campus.

MHCC earns honor in sustainability

Mt. Hood Community College is a finalist in an awards program held by Second Nature, a nonprofit organization of colleges dedicated to making their institutions more sustainable. The college is a finalist in the Climate Leadership Awards with other institutions including Smith College, University of California at Santa Barbara and Portland Community College.

Last year's winners were Arizona State College and Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas. MHCC has worked to become greener with various efforts and last year became the nation's first Salmon-Safe certified community college.

Meet Belle and the sweet Beast

Join Belle and the Beast as they tell their tale. Belle is a young woman who knows not to judge a book by its cover and falls in love unexpectedly with the Beast. Together they open each others eyes to understanding, patience and standing up for the one you love. Costumed actors from Dragon Theater offer this free performance from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road. Call 988-5123 for more information.

Puppets invade library

Animals from Penny's Puppets Productions sing, laugh and tell about how they build their homes and gather food. This free performance is from 10:15-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 N.E. Village St. Call 503-988-5123 for information.

Bee a scientist

Young beekeeper Kendall Swanson talks about honey bees and the science behind them in a free event from 2-2:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road.

The short interactive presentation is followed by hands-on learning stations, including: a look at products of the hive, beekeeping equipment and tools, magnifying glasses, honey tasting, question and answer time, flower seed planting, pollination station, honey bee board games, and coloring sheets. This event is for children ages 3 years and up and adults.

Call 988-5123 for more information.

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