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Outdoor wall art appears on the Moose Lodge in Brentwood-Darlington, on 52nd Avenue

RITA A. LEONARD - The new mural painted on Moose Lodge #291 in Brentwood-Darlington depicts the ways that the organization supports the community. The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #291, at 7414 S.E. 52nd Avenue, has completed a colorful mural on the south side of the building. Dan Barrett, Lodge Administrator, tells THE BEE that the mural depicts the various aspects of neighborhood outreach performed by the Lodge. Weekly events include a Sunday breakfast and evening social hours.

"The mural was designed and painted by volunteer artist Mark Criscione to highlight our services to the neighborhood," remarks Barrett. "It was begun last year, and completed in July. We support both children and seniors; and the picnic setting [in the mural] shows local folks whom we represent. Nationally, we also support 'Mooseheart Child City and School', and the 'Moosehaven City of Contentment' senior housing project."

The cartoon character "Tommy Moose", in the center of the 24-foot-long mural, represents a stuffed animal toy that Moose members gather to give to Police and Fire Bureaus, to present to kids who are in distress.

Barrett reveals that Lodge #291 was the first Moose Lodge established in Oregon, over 100 years ago. It moved to Brentwood-Darlington in 1984 when the Lodge purchased and remodeled a former church on 52nd. The mural shows the Lodge in the shadow of Mt. Hood with the message, "Making a difference is what we do", in the lower right corner.

"We have about 320 members, mostly seniors," reports Barrett. "The mural is a compact presentation of the neighborhood services we support -- including Boy Scouts of America, a Portland-Police-sponsored baseball team, and other services, such as Rebuilding Together, Food Drives for the Oregon Food Bank, Families in Need, and Hallowe'en, Christmas, and Easter programs open to the community.

"We are pleased now to have such a colorful representation of Moose Lodge #291 for the neighborhood." For more information on the Lodge and its projects, call 503/771-6028.

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