More News: Donations needed at warming shelters, MHCC offers free weed-management seminar.

COURTESY PHOTO - Gresham's Davis Park is shown here.Gresham community members are needed to support a local park in need of all-abilities playground equipment.

Gresham's Davis Park is in the running to receive financial support from the Portland Trail Blazers, who have teamed up with Moda to donate $10 for every assist made on the basketball court during the regular season. The donations will be used to build the inclusive play equipment. Davis Park, on Northeast 194th Avenue near Glisan Street, is one of three potential recipients.

The park that gets the most votes gets the playground, so cast your vote at to help local children have a place to play. Voting will remain open until March 19.

Donations needed at warming shelters

With the region getting hit with frigid temperatures that may linger, The Joint Office of Homeless Services has opened warming centers across Multnomah County.

The facilities need winter gear they can pass out so those sleeping outside are ready for the cold and have things in reserve for future emergencies.

Needed gear includes thick socks, gloves or mittens, winter coats for men and women, hats, hand warmers, rain ponchos, tarps, sleeping bags and warm blankets. All of the clothing should be either waterproof or water resistant, and suggested colors are dark or black.

The items can be brought to JOIN, 1435 N.E. 81st Avenue, Suite 100, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or Transition Projects, 665 N.W. Hoyt Street, open all day. The donated items will be sent across the county.

Help clean Johnson Creek at event

Join the largest restoration event ever at Johnson Creek as a way to give back to the local waterway.

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is having its 20th-annual Watershed Wide Event Saturday, March 3. The work will take place from 8:45 a.m. to noon all along the river, including a pair of spots in Gresham. Afterwards will be a pizza party and costume contest from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The work will include weeding, planting and mulching for a healthier watershed. It is a family friendly event, with tools and snacks provided.

The two Gresham locations include Jenne Creek Headwaters and Liberty Avenue. Register at

The Watershed Wide Event is made possible through support from the Mintkeski Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Clackamas County's Water Environment Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, the city of Gresham, Friends of Trees, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Crystal Springs Partnership, Friends of Tideman Johnson, Friends of Powell Butte, Freeway Lands and Overland Park Coalition.

Explore native plants during workshop

Dive into the benefits of gardening with native plants during an afternoon workshop this weekend.

Natives come in all shapes and sizes with beautiful, wild and delicate flowers. They are also well adapted to the region, making them easy to deal with.

The event is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Gresham City Hall Council Chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. During the workshop, they will present a slideshow highlighting the characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local groundcovers, shrubs and trees. Attendees will learn what plants will work well in their yard.

Register for the event at For questions call Katie Meckes, 503-935-5368.

MHCC offers free weed-management seminar

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District will provide some simple yet effective tips to manage weeds without using synthetic herbicides at a free workshop from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The seminar will teach people to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region.

To register visit

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