Events happening throughout our communities, and persons receiving kudos.


Depression is topic of meeting in Tualatin

The Tualatin Police Department is hosting a community discussion on mental health, depression and suicide at Tualatin's Winona Grange on Saturday, May 4.

The free discussion will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the grange, 8340 S.W. Seneca St.

It will feature ASHA International storyteller Bekah Miles, who will talk about her depression, how she shares it on social media and her anagram tattoo. ASHA means "hope" in Sanskrit.

Also appearing at the event will be experts from Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Washington County Mental Health Response Team and the Washington County Sheriff's Department. In addition, there will be representatives from the Women's Health Care Associates and the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

For more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-430-8582.

Recycling fair aids school technology club

The Conestoga Middle School Technology Club will hold an Earth Day Community Recycle Event from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 4, at the school, 12250 S.W. Conestoga Drive, Beaverton.

Bob's Metals Inc. is supporting the effort.

Students will collect old computers, cell phones, ethernet cables, phone cords, Christmas lights, mismatched chargers, lawn mowers, barbecues and more, making a difference in preventing recyclable materials from going to the landfill.

The event is a fundraiser in support of the Conestoga Middle School Maker Space. A $10 donation is requested at the time of drop off. Funds will support the creation of a maker space that will allow students and staff to move from being consumers of technology to creators of technology.

Students will not accept propane tanks with nozzle attached; plastics, video tapes, or films; alkaline batteries; or closed cylinders.

Other items that cannot be accepted include medial "sharps," (such as needles and razors), flammable fluids, bio-hazards, tires, checmicals like aerosol cans, paint, TVs and monitors.

They will accept computers: laptops and towers; keyboards, mice, DVD, CD drives; cell phones and chargers; power supplies/circuit boards; printers, copiers and fax machines; scanners, PDAs and flash drives; household electronics; wired Christmas lights & cords; VCR/DVD players, digital cameras and audio-visual equipment; scrap metal, barbecues, chain link fencing, tools and stereos; telephones; water heaters and wood stoves; auto parts, motors, starters, alternators and brake parts.

For more information, contact Lawrence Gillespie at 503-356-2580 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local students lauded with arts scholarships

Fifteen Beaverton area students will receive scholarships of $1,500 each from the Beaverton Arts Foundation for outstanding achievement in the performing and visual arts.

The foundation started in 1999.

The annual awards enable high school and college-age artists to pursue their passions. Students are eligible if they are seniors at public, private or alternative schools within the Beaverton School District or are enrolled in courses at Portland Community College and live within Beaverton district boundaries.

A public presentation is scheduled at the City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the council chambers at City Hall, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way, Beaverton.

Award recipients are listed by category:

Performing arts: Leif Baker, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA); Maya Bedge, Westview High School; Michael McCann, Southridge High School; Mili Nakamura, Westview High School; John Nguyen, Westview High School; Rachel Oh, St. Stephens Academy; Payton Schleh, Jesuit High School.

Visual arts: Aliyah Blattner, Southridge High School; Kellen Campbell, Sunset High School; Michelle Hesek, Southridge High School; Gauen Kim, Westview High School; Isabel Kristensen, ACMA; Len Nguyen, Sunset High School; Julia Stalnaker, Southridge High School; Jeongwon Yoon, Valley Catholic High School.

McCann, Nakamura and Blattner are recipients of Reser Family Foundation awards. Oh, Campbell and Yoon are recipients of the Southminster Celebration of Creativity awards.

Among the partners in the scholarship program are the city of Beaverton, Beaverton Arts Foundation, the Celebration of Creativity at Southminster Presbyterian Church and the Reser Family Foundation.

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