St. Therese School hosts open houses, casino night benefit

St. Therese School will hold open houses for the public at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.

Located at 131st and Halsey, the Catholic school runs preschool through eighth grade, with all-day kindergarten and preschool available.

The school will host its second casino night Saturday, Feb. 22, as a school benefit.

The event includes appetizers, blackjack, craps, poker and many prizes.

There also will be silent auction items. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Tickets are $35 per person or $50 at the door.

For more information on the open houses or casino night, call 503-253-9400 or visit

Children’s free health fair coming Feb. 8

The Multnomah Dental Society will hold its annual free Children’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Reynolds Middle School, 1200 N.E. 201st Ave., Fairview.

The fair will provide a variety of health and dental-related services at no charge.

Children will receive a goodie bag, including a toothbrush, toothpaste and information on taking care of their teeth.

There will be entertainment and a door prize drawing for an Xbox 360.

The fair is part of the American Dental Association’s nationwide program, Give Kids A Smile, that mobilizes the nation’s dentists during February to provide free oral health care services to thousands of low-income children.

For more information, call the Multnomah Dental Society at 503-513-5010.

Historians’ Roundtable features the Beatles

The 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first trip to America will be the topic of the Historians’ Roundtable, a long-running tradition at Mt. Hood Community College that offers a look at popular topics such as the JFK assassination and Vortex, Portland’s answer to the Woodstock rock festival.

“The Beatles are worthy of academic interest for their utterly game-changing impact on American popular music and continuing influence a half-century later,” said Patrick Casey, an MHCC history instructor.

Historians’ Roundtable will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 12, in Room AC1610 on the Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

The event is free and open to the public.


Springdale students shadow employers

As the groundhog looked for his shadow, Springdale Job Corps Center prepared to join thousands of employers and students around the country taking part in Groundhog Job Shadow Day during the week of Feb. 2.

Since 1999, the initiative has paired student “shadows” with “workplace mentors” to demonstrate connections between academic and technical skills to careers.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 7, students from Springdale’s satellite site in Northwest Portland, Partners in Vocational Opportunity Training (PIVOT), will have the opportunity to shadow members of Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley’s staff at the senator’s downtown office.

The Springdale Student Government Association president will join Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis’ staff to learn about the city.

In addition, students will shadow rangers at Oregon Parks Department, staff at Goodwill, care providers at Village Health Care and Auto Body Technicians at Mackin’s of Gresham.

For information on Job Corps admissions, call 800-733-JOBS (5627). For general information, visit

Flex financial prowess with a workshop

Empower yourself with financial knowledge and resources.

AmeriCorps members from Metropolitan Family Service are hosting a series of free financial education workshops, Dollars and Sense, at Reynolds schools.

The classes will be hosted in English, but materials are available in Spanish. Participants will learn how to access their needs, plan for their goals, learn about the benefits of opening a checking and savings account and learn how to access and read credit reports.

• 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Hartley Elementary School.

• 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at H.B. Lee Middle School.

• 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Rockwood Library.

• 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Reynolds Middle School.

The event will include snacks, raffles and prizes. Childcare is available.

For more information, contact Melanie Epstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-665-8166, ext. 3536.

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