What's News: Have coffee with elected officials, Help guide Rockwood Rising project.

FILE PHOTO - Sen. Ron Wyden chats with a Centennial High School student.U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, will hold his 850th town hall meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, in Corbett.

The event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at the Corbett High School Gymnasium at 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

"The unprecedented interest from Oregonians attending my 68 town halls so far this year merits unprecedented access for them to ask questions and educate me about what they want Congress to do," Wyden said in a news release.

The upcoming meeting will be Wyden's 13th in the Portland metropolitan area and his 69th statewide for 2017. That's two dozen more than any other senator in Congress, according to the nonpartisan tracker LegiStorm.

Have coffee with elected officials

Enjoy a cup of coffee with two local elected officials while sharing your thoughts and concerns. Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, and Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, are cohosting a constituent coffee where they will talk about their victories, challenges and bills they are considering for the 2018 legislative short session.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Rockwood Public Safety Building, 675 N.E. 181st Ave. Because of space constraints at the Safety Building lot, the recommendation is to park across the street in the Habitat for Humanity Gresham ReStore lot and walk with caution across the street.

Support group to celebrate volunteer

The community is invited to join members of Parents of Addicted Children Together (PACT) to honor Gary Swaboda, who led the group for almost five years.

Refreshments will be served from 7-8:30 p.m. during the group's regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

PACT offers support to parents with children of any age who are struggling with addiction. The group is not affiliated with any 12-step program and welcomes those with family members who are successfully recovering from addiction, families struggling with loss or any family member seeking support. PACT members understand that sharing personal strategies and experiences can help others. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the First Baptist Church.

For more information, call Swaboda at 503-810-1441.

Help guide Rockwood Rising project

The city of Gresham and a developer are working on Rockwood Rising, a community project that will bring new housing, retail and office space into the Rockwood neighborhood, and they need your suggestions.

The city asks residents to fill out a Rockwood Rising Consumer Survey so they can better tailor the project to fit the needs of neighbors. Take the survey at and be entered for a chance to win a $50 Growers Outlet gift certificate.

The Rockwood Rising project will be constructed at the former Fred Meyer site, East Burnside Street and Southeast 187th Avenue.

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