East County news briefs
Join Troutdale Earth Day events
Troutdale is hosting a trio of volunteer opportunities to celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday April 24.
Volunteers will be cleaning up storm damage and trash at Glenn Otto Community Park, 1102 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy. Participants at this kid-friendly event will also plant more than 100 plants around the park.
At Columbia Park, 1900 S.W. Cherry Park Road, volunteers will focus on raking rocks around the Imagination Station playground and pick up trash.
Volunteers will be clearing "excessive fuel loads on the forest floor and picking up trash" at Hampton Ravine. Meet at the trailhead near the east end of Southwest 25th Circle.
Be sure to wear a mask and sturdy shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks, water, tools, sanitizer and masks for those who forget will be provided. Visit bit.ly/2ROLfVz for more information.
SnowCap reopens clothing donations
Local nonprofit SnowCap Community Charities had to put its clothes closet on hold during the pandemic and it temporarily stopped accepting donations of clothes.
But the agency has found a temporary space to distribute clothing to people in need so is now accepting donations of gently used clothing in good condition.
Adult and children's clothing is needed. Please label shoes with the size.
Clothing can be dropped off at a drive-thru donation center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17788 S.E. Pine St.
Seeking charitable business
Reynolds High School has "adopted" a medically fragile child through a program called Sparrow Clubs and is seeking a business to sponsor students in raising funds to help the family.
When a school adopts a child, students in the school perform community service and are "paid" $10 per hour by a sponsoring business and their "pay" is donated to the family. The limit of the business donation is $2,500. Reynolds has already passed that goal with its current business sponsor, Braemer Charitable Trust, and would like to find another.
Reynolds has adopted Soleil, who is battling brain cancer.
While learning remotely, students have written encouraging letters to folks in retirement homes, painted love rocks and had a sock drive.
Local groups awarded climate grants
East County's Outgrowing Hunger and the East Portland Resilience Coalition were among the 38 organizations awarded 45 grants totaling $8.6 million to tackle climate change. The grants focus on communities affected most. Portland voters approved the Portland Clean Energy program in 2018 and these are the first sets of grants under the program.
Of the 45 grants, 29 are planning grants and the remaining 16 fund projects that are ready for implementation. Eight of 12 physical improvements grant are targeted east of 82nd Avenue.
Outgrowing Hunger received a $23,500 planning grant and a $171,738 grant for green infrastructure. The planning grant will identify places to put urban food gardens among other things. The infrastructure grant will help Outgrowing Hunger support immigrant and refugee communities in growing food in a sustainable way.
East Portland Resilience Coalition received a $99,999 planning grant. It's a new community coalition consisting of 16 organizations. The grant will help the Coalition identify and prioritize projects "that will address climate action in ways that are consistent with environmental stewardship and public health," the grant said. It will target the 13 diverse neighborhoods of East Portland, including Wilkes, Glenfair and Centennial.
Burgerville will close temporarily
The Burgerville at 2975 N.E. Hogan Drive will be closed for about 10 days starting Thursday, April 29, so the eatery can renovate the kitchen. The restaurant's infrastructure will be upgraded and new equipment installed. The parking lot will get new LED lighting.
"This new spacious kitchen will allow our team to focus on filling digital, drive-thru and delivery orders while our dining rooms remain closed," said Manager Matthew Pippin.
Have prize worthy rose garden?
If you live within 20 miles of Pioneer Courthouse Square, you can enter your lovely rose garden in the 83rd annual Rose Garden Contest as part of the Portland Rose Festival. There are multiple divisions available for different types of rose gardens. It is free to enter. Applications are due May 28.
Applications and more information are available at royalrosarians.com/page/rose-garden-contest.
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