Connect with Success AM Meeting, 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 2, Mt. Hood Adult Day Center, 376 N.E. 219th Ave., Gresham.

Connect with Success AM Meeting, 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 9, Mona Vie Training Center, 1661 E. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Womenswear retailer holds clothing drive

Do you have business-type clothing hanging in the closet you no longer wear?

Consider donating them to Dressbarn as part of the store's Send One Suit clothing drive, from Thursday, March 1, through Sunday, March 4.

For the 10th straight year, Dressbarn has teamed up with Dress for Success to provide professional business attire to women entering or re-entering the work force. The goal is 60,000 articles of clothing, from blazers to blouses, that will help women look presentable for job interviews.

'Since the inception of the Send One Suit campaign 10 years ago, we have helped more than 125,000 women across the country gain a renewed sense of self, as well as economic-stability,' said Vivian Behrens, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Dressbarn.

'Ask any of those women and I'm sure they'll say the donations the received were more than just gestures of good will, they were lifelines. It is our hope that now, more than ever, people will help us in or quest to turn second-hand suits into second chances.'

All three Gresham and Troutdale locations of Dressbarn will serve as drop sites for new or gently used suits, dress shirts, blazers, pants dresses and shoes. Donors will receive a coupon for 15 percent off their total purchase at the store in exchange for their assistance. Collected items will be distributed by Dress for Success, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering economic independence for disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, support and career development.

Dressbarn has two locations in Troutdale's Columbia Gorge Premium Outlet mall, 450 N.W. 257th Ave., suites 208 and 502. The store's Gresham location is at 1090 N.W. Norman Ave.

For more information, call 503-665-6811.

Overnight childcare center opens

Working parents in need of someone to watch their children during the overnight hours now have an option.

Nonie's Angels offers in-home childcare from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday.

'We provide a warm loving atmosphere for children whose parents work 12 hour shifts,' said Deborah Boone, founder of Nonie's Angels. 'There are evening activities, walks to the park, and when it's time for bed, your child will be tucked in all warm and safe with a homemade breakfast awaiting them in the morning.'

Boone is a certified nursing assistant with CPR and first aid training. She is state licensed, U.S.D.A. approved and enrolled in the Subsidized Child Care Program. Rates range from $30 to $40 per night, and children are welcome before school as well as on a full- or part-time basis.

For more information, call 503-935-0455.

Barry Bushue re-elected to Farm Bureau

Barry Bushue was recently unanimously re-elected to a third two-year term as vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation during the organization's 93rd annual meeting in Honolulu.

He has served as vice president of the federation since 2008 and had been a member of their board of directors for six years. Bushue is also president of the Oregon Farm Bureau.

'It is my honor and privilege to serve such an outstanding organization toward the goal of promoting, protecting and strengthening American agriculture,' he told Farm Bureau delegates at the meeting.

Bushue owns and operates Bushue Farming Co. in Boring.

Gresham CPA earns elite credential

Jerry Davis with Davis and Graves CPA LLP recently attended the Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas.

The annual event was hosted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and provided CPA personal financial planners with new tools, techniques and information to best help their clients achieve their financial goals.

Davis holds a personal financial specialist credential issued by AICPA, which requires ongoing education to provide the most up to date financial planning advice to clients.

For more information, call Davis at 503-665-0173.

Local attorneys launch legal seminar series

The Gresham law firm of Wand, Maddoux, Preston LLC will host a month-long series of legal seminars for the public beginning Tuesday, March 6.

The free seminars are open to individuals, businesses, community leaders and the general public and will cover a variety of timely legal subjects.

'The presentations are intended to help provide an understanding of the respective topics, to help attendees figure out what legal options are available to them, and to answer some of the tough questions they may have when facing a legal situation,' said Steve Maddoux, partner in the firm. 'We hope we can provide a service to people in our community who may need some legal insight.'

Scheduled seminars include:

• 10 Questions about Wills, noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave., Gresham

• Critical Legal Issues for Small Business, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Bumpers Bar and Grill, 21935 N.E. Halsey St., Fairview.

• Know Thy Entity Formation, noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday March 20, Bumpers Bar and Grill.

• How to Get Paid on a Construction Project, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, Bumpers Bar and Grill.

Those attending the March 6 seminar at St. Luke's are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Menu service will be available for seminars being held at Bumpers Bar and Grill.

For more information or to RSVP, call 503-666-7114 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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