Troutdale to host planning open house, library has free session on earthquakes, learn to fish

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Downtown TroutdaleTroutdale open house to focus on planning

The city of Troutdale will host an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 23 at the Troutdale Police Community Center, 234 SW Kendall Court.

The event is being hosted to help plan a vision for Troutdale for the next 20 years.

The Big One hits Gresham Library

Lecturer Bill Thierfleder will discuss some of the major seismic and volcanic events of the last few thousand years in our region and around the Pacific Rim and help separate fear-filled hype from science-based facts in a free lecture from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave.

He'll discuss the causes for earthquakes and volcanoes, how tectonic movement changes our globe across time, and explore cutting edge technology that's being used to predict when and where the next event might occur. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Coffee for constituents set in Wood Village

Wood Village Mayor Tim Clark and Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann will host coffee from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 25, at Babushka's Cafe 819 NE 242nd Drive, Wood Village.

Learn to fish from the experts May 19

The Sandy River Chapter Association of NW Steelheaders and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are inviting anglers to a steelhead fishing workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Glenn Otto Community Park, 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.

The workshop is aimed at beginning anglers wishing to learn the basics of steelhead fishing. Topics of discussion include selecting the best equipment, fishing ethics, vital knots and popular methods and techniques for catching steelhead.

Cost is $52 for adults, $22 for youths ages 10 and older. Lunch, equipment and a one-year membership to the Association of NW Steelheaders are included. Those who attend the workshop can also join an on-the-water session on Saturday, June 2, at Oxbow Park on the Sandy River. More information will be available at the workshop.

Registration is required by Monday, May 14. Visit to register or call Jason at 503-947-6025 if you need help registering.

Providence seeks donated bikes for kids

Have an unused bike in your garage collecting dust? Providence Health & Services will be happy to take it off your hands and make sure it is given to a child in the community.

Providence's Free Bikes 4 Kidz program aims to collect 1,000 bikes during a donation event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, at the Providence Medical Group Clinic at 440 N.W. Division St., Gresham. Donors will receive a tax receipt for their donation.

Via an alliance with Yakima Rack and the Iron Fireman Collective, volunteers will collect, clean and refurbish the donated bikes and distribute them to children across the Portland metro area on July 28.

For more information, or to sign on as a volunteer, visit

Heslin House tours start this month

The East County Historical Organization will start weekend tours of the Heslin House, 60 Maitan St., Fairview, starting on May 19.

Built in 1890, the Heslin House was the site of Fairview's original two-cell jail built in 1915.

The tours will run every Saturday starting in May and continue until September. Admission is free for ECHO members and Fairview residents. Admission is $2 for everyone else.

For more information, visit, call 503-618-0946, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Program creates paths to employment

A new program in the city of Gresham has homeless individuals volunteering to clean up parks, open spaces and give back to local nonprofit groups.

The Community Volunteer Corps program, a partnership between the city and Central City Concern (CCC), debuted in March. So far homeless volunteers have contributed 480 hours of work in Gresham.

"Gresham prides itself on our practical, yet compassionate, approaches to the complex issue of homelessness," said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. "The CCC Community Volunteer Corps program is a win-win. The community benefits from clean open spaces and parks, and the program creates a path to employment for homeless individuals in need."

This is the latest effort between the city and CCC. Last year the duo debuted the Clean Start program, which provides paid work for previously homeless individuals to clean up abandoned homeless camps and other areas. In one year, the two-person team cleaned 6,581 bags of trash, removed 433 shopping carts and disposed of 1,635 hazardous waste items.

Register for Rock the Block festival booths

Any organizations interested in participating at Rock the Block, an annual family-oriented celebration that brings together the whole community this summer, are invited to register to secure a spot as a vendor.

This year Rockwood's popular neighborhood gathering will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Rockwood Commons (formerly KNOVA Charter School), 740 S.E. 182nd Avenue.

Groups that fit well at Rock the Block include social service organizations, government agencies, schools and private businesses. Throughout the day there is a free lunch, kids' parade, on-stage entertainment and giveaways.

This year's event will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education. The theme is "Rock the World — Full STEAM Ahead," so projects should be focused on transportation like planes, boats, trains, rockets, carriages, race cars, fire trucks, tractors and bicycles.

To register, visit, or contact project manager Lisa Obunge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reservations will be reviewed based on participation criteria and space availability.

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