Sign up for Head Start, learn how to protect pollinators, Barlow schedules eighth grade night, more

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Sign up for Head Start for the fall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ 12505 N.E. Halsey St., Portland.Protect the Pollinators event set for Troutdale

Kimberly McMurry, a senior at Gresham High School, is hosting a Protect the Pollinators event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Sam Cox Building at Glenn Otto Community Park, 1102 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.

Participants in the event can build a bee hotel, plant seeds to attract pollinators, and make pollinator buttons. There will be information tables and more. The event will earn McMurry her Gold Award, the highest honor for a Girl Scout.

Barlow High plans eighth-grade night

Eighth graders ready to go to Barlow High School in the fall can learn all about the school at an information session from 5:45-8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the school, 5105 S.E. 302nd Ave., Gresham.

From 5:45-6:15 p.m., prospective students can head to the Holevas gym and cafeteria for information on athletics, activities and academic groups.

A general session will be held in the main gym from 6:30-6:50 p.m. featuring a conversation with the administration about the transition to high school. From 7-8:15 p.m., students and parents can see presentations offering more specific information about freshman electives and honors and college-level Advanced Placement programs.

Corbett earns honors in AP computer science

Corbett High School is one of three high schools in the state to earn the first College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in the college-level AP computer science.

"We celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of the students and educators at our school for closing gender gap in computer science," said Corbett Superintendent Randy Trani.

"We're committed to continuing to provide female students in Corbett with access to AP Computer Science courses to help prepare a more diverse workforce in critical STEM jobs," he added.

John F. Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel and Sherwood High School were the other two schools in the state to earn the award.

Maggie Mae's to host first birthday bash

Maggie Mae's Kid's Bookshop, 43 N.W. Third St., Gresham, will celebrate its first birthday with a day of storytimes, crafts and Gresham's own Cha Cha the Clown making free balloon animals on Saturday, March 16. Did we mention cupcakes?

Starting at 10:30 a.m. there will be a rainbow-themed storytime and craft. Cha Cha the Clown will make free balloon animals from 12:30-1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., listen to "How to Catch a Leprechaun" and build your own leprechaun trap. They'll provide the Leprechaun bait to go with your trap.

Damascus Christian holds science fair

See what the budding scientists at Damascus Christian School are up to at a science fair at 6 p.m. Monday, March 18.

The awards will be given for the seventh-grade, eighth-grade and honors high school participants at 7 p.m. The student science displays will be set up Monday morning, and judges will interview students throughout the day about their projects.

The school is at 14251 S.E. Rust Way, Damascus.

Sign up for Head Start

Sign up for free Head Start programs at three community events. Sessions run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first will be Tuesday, March 18, at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St., Portland.

The second is Monday, April 22, at Hope International Church, 11242 S.E. Holgate Blvd., Portland. On Monday, June 3, families can sign up at East County Church of Christ, 24375 S.E. Stark St., Gresham.

Head Start and Early Head Start are free programs available to low-income families for pregnant women and children ages birth to 5 years old living in East Multnomah County.

Free services include: comprehensive preschool and childcare programs, educational home visiting services, parent and child activities, health screenings, meals and transportation.

Tickets on sale for MHCC dinner-auction

Mt. Hood Community College Foundation has set the date for its annual dinner and auction, "The Sneaker Ball," for Saturday, April 27.

Individual tickets are $100 and a table of 10 is $1,000. Sign up by April 17 by calling Judi Charman at 503-491-7142 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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