Great Backyard Bird Count will take place this Saturday

Join the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District for a Valentine weekend bird count. Whether you have never birded or are an expert bird watcher, all are encouraged to meet at the district’s demonstration farm in Beavercreek, Ore. and join hundreds of birders across the U.S. for the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The event begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and continues with 15-minute counts every hour on the hour until noon. Naturalist Clair Klock will lead the event. All data collected will be submitted to the 2014 GBBC website.

The GBBC is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada and sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited. Scientists use data collected, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the big picture about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists understand our feathered friends. For more information, visit

Participants are encouraged to dress warmly, wear boots and bring a pair of binoculars. The demonstration farm is located at 22055 S. Beavercreek Road, Beavercreek, Ore.

Learn about heart health with Lakewood Center Associates

The Lakewood Center Associates will hold a meeting and luncheon Feb. 20 at the Lakewood Center for the Arts community room. The program features Julie McGuire, M.S., R.D., L.D., instructor and master’s program coordinator at the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at Oregon Health and Science University.

February is American Heart Month, and attendees will learn what you can do to live heart healthy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease can be preventable and controllable. McGuire’s presentation will explore what you can do to live a healthful life.

The Associates is a group of volunteers whose mission is “to promote the welfare and service the needs of the Lakewood Center for the Arts.” The group manages the Re-Runs shop, a consignment and gift shop selling furniture, jewelry, antiques and house wares, as well as overseeing other fund-raising events.

According to LCA President Barbara Kehoe, the group welcomes new members and others to participate in the monthly luncheon programs. The business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by the program and lunch at 11 a.m. To make a reservation, call 503-636-8377 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meridian Park Medical Foundation surpasses goal

Meridian Park Medical Foundation recently celebrated the opening of Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center’s Chest Pain Center, and the successful conclusion of the project’s three-year fundraising campaign, which surpassed its $1 million goal.

“The Chest Pain Center campaign was the largest fundraising effort undertaken by the Foundation’s board of trustees since the 1990s campaign for the Community Health Education Center,” said J. Michael Schultz, executive director of Meridian Park Medical Foundation. Legacy Meridian Park was awarded the nation’s first Gold Seal of approval in chest pain by The Joint Commission, the nation’s principal hospital accreditation agency.

The center acts as an extension of the emergency department, where low-risk cardiac patients can remain under observation while diagnostic tests are conducted. The center has already helped detect heart disease risk factors for several patients held for extended observation.

Significant support for the Chest Pain Center, which greatly impacts Legacy Meridian Park’s ability to provide critical cardiac evaluations and post-cardiac care, came from Floetta Ide, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, the Poznanski Foundation, Walter E. Nelson Co., TEC Equipment, the Women of Meridian Park, Legacy Meridian Park Volunteer Auxiliary and Legacy Meridian Park medical staff.

Meridian Park Medical Foundation advocates and raises funds for Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, a full-service hospital that serves the growing southwest Portland suburban communities.

Schedule free mammograms now at Providence

Women ages 40 to 64 who have not had a screening mammogram in the last year and who live in Clackamas County may be eligible for a free mammogram offered by Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center. Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. All applicants must meet financial criteria. To determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment, call 503-557-2100.

The free mammograms will be given 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Willamette Falls Medical Center, 1500 SW Division St., Oregon City.

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