East County News Briefs - Fall Festival of the Arts set to return
Falling into arts
Troutdale is calling all artists for an annual two-day celebration set to return this fall.
The Fall Festival of the Arts is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19, at Glenn Otto Community Park, 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. The festival is about connecting, supporting and presenting the thriving community of artists, studios, workshops and galleries in the region.
The festival will have booths spread out throughout the park, live music, local food and drinks, and more. It will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Organizers are looking for artists to join the fun. Vendors keep 100% of their sales, and must commit to both days of the festival. For more information, and to apply, visit bit.ly/3xA6IkN
Dragons and Raiders in Troutdale
The film lineup for the return of Troutdale's Movies in the Park has been released.
This year the city will screen Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" Friday, July 30, and the Indiana Jones classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on Friday, Aug. 13. Showtime for both is set for 8 p.m. at the Columbia Park soccer field, 1900 S.W. Cherry Park Road.
Concessions will be available from on-site vendors beginning at 7 p.m. Reynolds Little League will have burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, soda and more; Lupita's Mexican Food will have tacos, burritos, quesadillas, Mexican sodas, horchata and more; and Kona Ice will have Hawaiian-style shave ice.
Movie-goers are also encouraged to bring their own picnics — no glass bottles. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or low-back chairs. No alcohol, smoking, vaping, or pets are allowed.
Because Troutdale is using a giant LED video wall, the films will be shown with sharp pictures and can start before complete darkness.
Mailbox explodes in East Portland
A mailbox in Northeast Portland exploded Monday, July 12, on the heels of another explosion in Portland over the weekend.
At about 1:18 a.m. Monday, July 12, Portland Police Bureau officers responded to a loud explosion near Northeast 148th Avenue and East Burnside Street. They found a brick mailbox enclosure and mailbox that had been destroyed. Debris landed about 100 feet away, and nobody was injured.
The exploding mailbox followed a similar incident that happened around 11:33 p.m. Saturday, July 10. Officers responded to an explosion in the area of Northeast 37th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street. Officers found a book exchange box had been destroyed, and the debris caused minor damage to two homes. Nobody was injured.
Both explosions are being investigated by the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit and the Portland Fire Arson Investigation Unit.
Corbett Fire seeks volunteers
The Corbett Fire Department is holding an informational meeting for those interested in becoming volunteer firefighters and help keep the community safe from fires.
According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, there has been a dearth in the number of volunteer firefighters in the past three decades. This is difficult for small communities that rely on volunteer protection like Corbett.
Corbett Fire has 27 volunteers responding to about 450 calls each year.
The department's informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the Corbett Station, 36930 Historic Columbia River Highway. Attendees will get hands-on experience with firefighting and rescue equipment, such as the "Jaws of Life," which is used to extricate people from car wrecks.
Fire Chief Dave Flood will also serve ice cream and answer questions. For more information, contact Chief Flood at 503-803-5244.
Verizon gives free backpacks in Troutdale
A Troutdale cellular company has students' backs with give-away event for free backpacks stuffed with school supplies at the end of this month.
Helmed by Verizon-Cellular Plus in Troutdale, the Backpack to School program will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 31, at the store, 3163 S.W. 257th Drive.
"We are thrilled to be able to give back to our local community and help students kick off the school year with a brand-new backpack," said President Adam Kimmet. "Our goal is to help make it a little easier for families to get these essential supplies so that students can start off the school year prepared and confident."
The supplies are funded through an internal employee donation program, as well as donations from customers at the store, to help as many families as possible.
No purchase is necessary to receive a backpack, although children must be present with an adult to claim a backpack. Availability is limited and will be distributed while supplies last.
Learn more online at cellularplus.com.
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