PGE Foundation donates to Rockwood programs

Two nonprofit organizations with ties to Gresham’s Rockwood area have received grant funding totaling $18,000 from Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation.

The organizations specialize in education and promoting family health and safety, and arts and culture programs, said Elaina Medina, PGE spokeswoman.

Locally, The Wallace Medical Concern, was awarded $8,000 for Latino patients’ primary care at its Rockwood center.

Pathfinders of Oregon also was awarded $10,000 to provide stabilization services to families predominantly of color in the Rockwood neighborhood who face homelessness, severe poverty or criminal justice system involvement.

Swimming closed at Blue Lake Park

Blue Lake is closed for swimming due to an algae bloom in the water, Metro officials said.

While officials continue to test the lake, people are advised to stay out of the water and keep their pets away.

The Blue Lake spray ground remains open.

The spray ground uses groundwater from the park’s wells and local aquifer, the water is recycled through an on-site water treatment facility throughout the day to ensure the water is safe for play.

The spray ground is open on days when the temperature is 70 degrees or warmer.

Rummage sale benefits fire victims

Tables are available for rent at a fundraising rummage sale planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Gresham Masonic Lodge, 58 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

The sale is to help the Pratt family, who lost their home to fire on Monday, July 15. There was extensive damage and the family does not have insurance.

The sales will include rummage items, as well as new items. Tables are being rented to vendors at $20 each. And payment must be received before Aug. 18. A fund also has been established at US Bank in the name of Carol L. Pratt.

To donate items for the rummage sale or to rent a spot as a vendor, contact Jesika Myers 503-267-1289 or Kathy Wentz-Phelps 503-997-9328.

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