Events and opportunities
The American Diabetes Association EXPO: Get free health screenings, participate in cooking demonstrations, learn about new products at this free expo on May 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland). The Por Tu Familia area will feature free health screenings, bilingual diabetes experts, and presentations in Spanish on diabetes management and prevention. Information: 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383) or diabetes.org/oregonexpo/.
Arnaldo Cohen recital: Brazilian pianist Arnaldo Cohen has a reputation for astonishing his audiences with the musical authority and blistering virtuosity of his performances. He’s perform works by Bach, Brahms, and Chopin May 5, 4 p.m., at the Newmark Theatre, (1111 SW Broadway, Portland). For tickets, call Portland Piano at 503.228.1388 or visit pcpa.com/.
Enlace Público: El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS) auspiciará una sesión informativa gratuita el 8 de mayo a las 4:30 p.m. (PST), como parte de nuestra serie “Enlace Público”. Esta sesión nacional será exclusivamente en español. Se invita al público a participar vía Internet o llamando a un número gratuito. Las sesiones de “Enlace Público” proveen actualizaciones de la agencia, ayudan a los individuos a entender cómo navegar a través del proceso de inmigración e incluyen una sesión de preguntas y respuestas en vivo con oficiales de USCIS. Información: uscis.gov/enlace/.
OAME Luncheon and Tradeshow: The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) is presenting its 25th Annual Luncheon and Trade Show on May 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oregon Convention Center in Exhibit Hall “D.” Tradeshow admission is free and luncheon tickets are still available for $75. Registration, exhibit, and luncheon information or reservations: oame.org or 503-249-7744
Metro’s Equity Advisory Committee: Metro is creating an Advisory Committee to support the development of Metro’s agency-specific equity strategy and encourages interested individuals to apply. Members of the Advisory Committee will provide recommendations about how Metro can best help ensure everyone in the Portland region has access to safe and reliable transportation, clean air and water, economic prosperity and vibrant neighborhoods. To learn more about Metro’s Equity Strategy or to download the application, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/equity. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., May 9.
Latino health conference: PCC, Kaiser Permanente, and Familias en Acción are sponsoring the 7th Annual Latino Health Equity Conference at the PCC Rock Creek Campus (17705 NW Springville Rd.), 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. on May 10 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11. The registration fee for the May 10 event is $125 for the general public. Tickets for students are $45 and the first 100 that register will have their entrance fee paid for by Kaiser Permanente. The May 11 program, free and open to the community, will focus on health promotion and chronic disease self-management. Register at latinohealthequityconference.com.
Festival of the Birds at Sellwood Park: This free festival features live birds, games, bird-themed arts and crafts, and nature walks at PP&R’s Sellwood Park (SE 7th Ave & Miller St.) and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (SE 7th Ave & Sellwood Blvd). Activities take place May 11, 9am-3pm y 11. Get up close to the birds, learn about their habitat, and see how birds differ from people with these free activities designed for young children, teens, and adults. Danza Azteca will performs their ritual dances at 11 a.m. For more information and a schedule of events, visit portlandonline.com/portlandmigratorybirds/.
Letter Carriers Food Drive: Help stamp out hunger by placing a bag of nonperishable food donations by your mailbox on the morning of May 11 for the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive, benefitting the Oregon Food Bank Network. How to help: look for a yellow, plastic, degradable food drive bag in your mail during the first week of May; fill the bag (or any sturdy bag) with nutritious, nonperishable food; place it by your mailbox early on Saturday, May 11. Information: oregonfoodbank.org/.
Seeking performers, artists, and exhibitors: Help celebrate Beaverton’s diversity by applying to participate in the third annual Beaverton International Celebration. The city of Beaverton is seeking applications from performers, artists/crafters, and cultural exhibitors interested in participating. The Beaverton International Celebration is a feature of THPRD’s Party in the Park, which drew a crowd of more than 7,000 last year. This year’s event is slated for July 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no entry fee to participate as an artist/crafter or exhibitor. Performing arts groups selected for this event will receive a stipend of $400. The application deadline has been extended to May 20 at 5 p.m. For information and to apply, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/InternationalCelebration.
City of Portland budget forums: The Budget Forums provide you with the opportunity to share with City Council how you will be impacted by the City’s budget decisions and express which city services are most important to Portland residents. Upcoming forums: May 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm, City Hall – Council Chambers (1221 SW 4th Ave.); May 18, 3pm-5pm, Warner Pacific College (2219 SE 68th Ave.); May 23, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Jackson Middle School (10625 SW 35th Ave.).
‘Wildness”: Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, “Wildness” is a documentary portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park area that has been home for Latin/LBGT immigrant communities since 1963. “Wildness” is part of the QDoc Festival and will screen May 19, 2:30 p.m., at McMenamins Kennedy School Theater in Portland. Info and tickets: queerdocfest.org
Race Talks: Held the second Tuesday every month, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at McMenamin’s Kennedy School, Race Talks step out of the box of the typical lecture series and welcome all ages, from 9-90, into a more interactive realm of audience participation. Due to the growing needs of the community and public demand, Race Talks 2, held the first Tuesday every month, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Jefferson High School, was developed and will feature the same program topics as held in year one of Race Talks: an introduction to the diverse Communities of Color in Portland. Upcoming Race Talks: May 14, The Law & Racial/Ethnic Profiling; June 11, Interracial Couples; July 9, Cross-Cultural Communication; Aug. 13, Micro-aggressions: Small Things Can Hurt. Race Talks 2: May 7, the African American Experience in Oregon; June 4, the Muslim & Middle Eastern Experience in Oregon; July 2, Perspectives from Lesbian & Gay People of Color in Oregon; Aug. 6, Socialization Timeline. For information, contact Donna Maxey at 971-222-8254 or email@example.com.
Business training at the Hillsboro Chamber: Mercy Corps NW will be teaching a six-week business development course, June 5-July 17, called “Foundations I” at the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce (5193 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Ste. A). Small businesses will learn how to write a business plan, register for a state business license and city permit, tap into credit & funding resources, and market their products & services. For more information contact Randhi Wilson at 503-896-5087 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is $150. Scholarships are available, see the registration link for more information: www.eventbrite.com/event/5941261473#.
Free help with FAFSA: Want to earn a college degree but you’re short on cash? The first step to being considered for financial aid is to complete a form commonly called the FAFSA — and Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is here to help. The college’s Financial Aid office will hold “FAFSA Fridays” each Friday, Feb. 1 – June 14, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room AC2554 on the Gresham Campus (26000 S.E. Stark St.). Staff will help students access and complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). One-one-one assistance will be available. Students should bring their 2012 IRS tax returns, 2012 end-of-year pay stubs (if tax returns are not yet complete), current value of assets, Social Security number (and those of their parents if student is a dependent), driver’s license and alien registration card (if applicable).
Clases de ESL: Tigard Senior Center, 8815 SW O’Mara St. Contacto Kris en 503-975-6364 para programa de clase.
Clases de ESL: De martes y jueves por la tarde, 7 p.m. a 8:30 p.m. No cita necesaria; St. Anthony Middle School, 9905 SW McKenzie St., Tigard. Contacto Derene/Bob, 503-590-5582 o pedir Derene en la escuela a las 7 p.m. el martes o el jueves.
Free statewide community health screenings: Oregon Lions Club is working with the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) to combat preventative blindness and deafness in the community through free health screenings. The Oregon Lions Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSP) provides free health screenings to the public in the following areas: visual acuity, hearing, blood pressure, diabetes (with a 3 hour fast) and glaucoma. For locations and dates throughout the state, visit www.olshf.org/mobile-health-screening-progra/.
Free monthly preparedness classes: From making a disaster plan to learning the basics of CPR, Oregonians can get prepared for all types of emergencies in just one evening. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a free preparedness class 6 p.m.-7 p.m., followed by a $10 hands-only “Citizen CPR” class until 7:30 p.m.. Classes will take place at the Oregon Trail Chapter, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland. Participants can opt to take one or both classes. Registration is only required for Citizen CPR; to sign up, call 503-284-1234.A free interactive preparedness class is also available online at www.oregonredcross.org/beredcrossready.
Call for Artists: The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking new additions — paintings, prints, drawings, photographs or three-dimensional wall pieces — to purchase for the Portable Works Collection. Professional artists currently living in Oregon who are not already represented in the Portable Works Collection are invited to apply. More than 1,000 pieces, representing hundreds of Northwest artists, are regularly rotated throughout publicly accessible spaces in County and City buildings. This highly regarded collection strives to reflect a diversity of populations, artistic disciplines and points of view. For more information and to download the complete “Call for Artists” guidelines visit the Public Art section of the RACC website at www.racc.org or contact project manager Keith Lachowicz at 503-823-5404 or email@example.com.
Grupo de apoyo de Familias en Acción: Luche mano a mano como sobreviviente para vivir fuerte. Disfrute y cuente con un grupo para pacientes y familiares que padezcan del cáncer en un ambiente cálido y amistoso. El grupo se formará cada segundo sábado del mes, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., en la Iglesia Agustana Lutheran (2710 NE 14th, Portland). Presentarán expertos del tema, se servirá almuerzo y habrá cuidado de niños. El cupo es limitado. Para reservar su lugar y para más información: 503-961-6404.
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Oregon Tobacco Quit Line Offers Free Assistance: Oregon’s success at reducing tobacco use is saving many lives and dollars, but there are still thousands of smokers ready to quit who need help. The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line toll-free number is 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-877-2-NO FUME (1-877-266-3863). TTY is 1-877-777-6534. Cessation specialists are available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
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