Libraries hold bike storytimes, MHCC Foundation raises $312,000, AARP looking for school volunteers

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS - May is national bike month and Multnomah County Libraries are celebrating with special storytimes and free bike lights, while supplies last.

Libraries hold bike storytimes

The Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St., is hosting a special storytime to celebrate National Bike Month from 10:15-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, and again from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 3.

The Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 N.E. Village St., will have their bike story hour from 3:30-4:15 on Monday, May 7.

If you ride your bike to the library during May, you can get a free bike light, while supplies last. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

MHCC Foundation gala raises $312,000

The Mt. Hood Community College Foundation raised $312,000 at its annual dinner and auction and surpassed its goal of $300,000.

The event was held Saturday, April 21, at the Yoshida Event Center on the Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. It included both a live and silent auction, jazz performance by MHCC students and faculty and a "Dessert Dash" with delectable treats.

The evening was dedicated to Carlos Noriega, who recently passed away. The Sandy resident was a committed community volunteer and former chairman of the foundation's fundraising committee.

The foundation gives scholarships and supports the success of MHCC students.

Teens register for printmaking class

Artist Alex Chiu will lead teens in a free printmaking workshop at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Registration is required.

The interactive and immediate process of printmaking is a great way to develop creativity for all ages.

In this workshop, participants can explore unique forms of printmaking including leaf rubbings, fruit stamps, Rorschach inkblot monoprints and more.

Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

MHCC students register voters

In a voter registration drive prior to the May 15 primary election, students from the Associated Student Government at Mt. Hood Community College registered about 50 new voters.

The voter drive ran from April 17-24, and featured educational tables and class presentations.

The ASG leaders learned a lot of students were already registered, so they encouraged students to vote in the primary.

They will continue their registration efforts the remainder of the year and make another big push this fall.

Elders sought as school volunteers

Metropolitan Family Services, through the AARP Foundation Experience Corps, is looking for those 50 years old and older to tutor in schools. The program comprises small teams of tutors working with students in kindergarten through third grade, mostly in reading.

Mentors will be trained.

For more information, call Maruska Lynch at 503-290-9427 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Sign up for teen service project series

Students in grades six and up can register for a three-afternoon workshop series to make tote bags and other items for those who need them. Teens can learn some sewing skills too.

Crafters will work collaboratively, production line-style, making as many tote bags and other items as possible for Rose Haven, a day shelter that serves women and children experiencing abuse and/or loss of home.

All participants will be sent home with patterns and instructions at the end of each class so you can make more. Register for the workshops to be held from 4-5:45 p.m. Wednesdays May 9, 16 and 24, at the Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road.

Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

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