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Main Avenue will transform into Halloweentown; Burlington coming to Gresham Station Shopping Center.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Downtown Gresham businesses will be decorating for Halloween. East County's Halloweentown

Gresham's downtown is going to once again be transformed into a spooky wonderland as businesses team-up to bring autumnal fun.

The Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association is bringing back the Halloween Decorating Contest, which will spur businesses to create festive windows. Participants, who must sign up by Oct. 8, will compete in categories like Mayor's Choice; Most Humorous; Best Representation of a Business; President's Award; Best Window by a Member; Best Halloween Theme; Spookiest; and People's Choice.

For visitors to downtown, the best time to see all the windows will be the week of Monday, Oct. 17, which is when judging will be held. Many of the decoration should remain in place through Halloween and the Trick or Treat in Downtown Gresham event from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Businesses can register to participate at

Burlington coming to Gresham Station

On the first official day of fall, a new business announced it is coming to Gresham to keep folks fashionable and warm.

Burlington Stores, Inc., a major off-price retailer, is opening a new location at Gresham Station Shopping Center, 719 N.W. 12th St. The East Multnomah County store will be the sixth in Oregon.

Burlington, which was formerly called Burlington Coat Factory, has apparel and accessories for men, women and kids; footwear; baby clothes; home décor items; and pet care and toys.

The Gresham store wants to hire local employees. Learn more at

Elks plan charity gala on Oct. 8

The Gateway-Gresham Elks will hold a charity gala Saturday, Oct. 8, at the club, 3330 N.E. Division St., Gresham. The public is welcome.

The event benefits the many charities supported year-round by the Gateway-Gresham Elks.

The event includes a silent auction from 5-7 p.m. on items such as restaurant gift certificates, wine and growlers.

A German buffet dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by an oral auction and raffles beginning at 7 p.m.

The cost is $25 per person with a reservation by Oct. 5, or $30 at the door.

Tickets are available at the club office. For more information, call 503-666-1805.

Gresham recruiting for Youth Council

The city of Gresham is seeking 20 motivated high schoolers to join a Youth Advisory Council, that helps guide city policy and help City Council stay connected to local youths.

The participants serve from October to June. Students from the Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Centennial School Districts are all welcome to join. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m.

Learn more and apply at

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