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New plaza: Whatcha-call-it?

The Estacada Development Association is planning the construction of a bike plaza behind City Hall near the new public restroom.

The plaza is expected to include a bike repair stand, signs for the plaza, parking instructions and directions for the Park and Ride lot, an information kiosk, seating, a water fountain and a bike rack designed by a regional artist.

The association is seeking public input on what to name the plaza.

The choices are: Estacada Cycling Plaza, Cazadero Cycling Plaza, Estacada Station Cycling Plaza and Estacada Cycling Station.

If you would like to submit your preference, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, May 1.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Estacada City Council voted to proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month as part of a consent agenda during the council meeting Monday, April 14.

Greg Baker of the Children’s Center of Clackamas County had given a presentation on the work of the center and urged the council to make the proclamation.

Columbia Pictures seeks girl for film lead

Columbia Pictures is looking for a young actress for the lead in a film version of “Little House on the Prairie.”

The part is that of Laura, a sharp, 10-13-year-old adventure-seeker growing up in the prairie in 1870.

Girls throughout Oregon are invited to audition. They do not need to have representation.

For more information on how to audition, visit www.littlehousecasting.com.

Auditions must be submitted by Monday, April 28.

Mt. Hood Emergency Preparedness Expo planned

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting a Mt. Hood Emergency Preparedness Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

The free two-day event will cover topics such as how to build an emergency kit, organize your neighborhood for disaster and how to create a family plan.

Scott Burns, geology professor and past chairman of the department of geology at Portland State University, is the keynote speaker. He will discuss earthquakes at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

The church is at 12300 S.E. 312th Drive, Boring. For more information on the events, classes and lectures offered, visit mthoodemergencyprep.org or “like” Mt. Hood Emergency Preparedness Expo on Facebook.

Ellen Whyte to offer community blues workshops

Singer Ellen Whyte will offer her last Estacada blues workshop from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Flora Room of the Estacada Public Library.

Whyte will offer instruction on the blues genre, vocal techniques, dynamics, phrasing and projection, and will demonstrate various blues singing styles for interested community members.

Participants will have the opportunity to select a song or two to learn to perform.

No experience is necessary. There is a $5 suggested donation.

For more information, contact Jane Reid at 503-939-5101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Literary Foundation offers scholarships

The Estacada Area Literary Foundation is offering a scholarship opportunity for those who have been accepted or are enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university and reside within the boundaries of the Estacada School District.

Applicants must submit a high school transcript and/or resume; proof of acceptance in a college, university or institute of higher education; two letters of recommendation; and an essay describing how you plan to integrate the arts into your community after completing your education.

Application forms with complete instructions may be picked up at the Book Nook or at the ASPIRE office in Estacada High School.

Applications must be returned to either location by 3 p.m. Monday, May 5.