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Enjoy Twilight Thursday at Blue Lake and Oxbow, Jai ho! learn to dance Bollywood style

PHOTO COURTESY METRO - Blue Lake Regional ParkTwilight Thursday at Blue Lake, Oxbow

A Metro naturalist will lead evening hikes at Blue Lake Regional Park and Oxbow Regional Park.

Twilight is often the best time to look for many animals who are searching for their last meal or are nocturnal. The Blue Lake hike will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, and the Oxbow hike from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.

The hike costs $6 per person and $11 per family for everyone ages 6 and older. Registration is required.

Blue Lake is at 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview and Oxbow, 3010 S.E. Oxbow Parkway, Gresham. Visit //bit.ly/2wE50Ty to register.

Families can make corn husk flowers

Artist Maria Alvarado will teach kids and their grownups to create beautiful flowers from corn leaves.

This free workshop runs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14. All materials will be provided at the Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 N.E. Village St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Learn to dance Bollywood style

Jai ho! Come and have fun learning dance moves that will teleport you into a Bollywood world full of possibilities and big smiles, complete with the authentic Indian head shake.

Everyone at any skill level is welcome to this free workshop from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Gresham Library, 385 N. W. Miller Ave. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Gresham schools update communication

In the continued effort to keep students safe, new, state-of-the-art base radio stations will be installed at every school and district building throughout the Gresham-Barlow School District this summer.

The district is also investing in an additional 400 new two-way hand-held radios, as well as radios for all of the 120 school buses. Installation is expected to be complete this month, in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

The ability to communicate reliably and effectively during an emergency is key to keeping students safe.

This and other safety improvements are being paid for by a $292 million bond voters passed in November 2016.

Make recycled art at local libraries

Artists from Trash for Peace will show kids and their grownups how to turn castoffs into artistic treasures in free workshops.

Kids can make recycled fidget spinners, plastic bottle planters, bottle cap stamps, dream catchers out of plastic lids and more.

The program is bilingual in English and Spanish. "Upcycled Art" will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave.

It will also be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, July 13, and again from 2-4 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

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