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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 27 May 2009

 'State of Young Black Males' Podcast May 30

During this Saturday's radio show "Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys," the topic will be, The State of Young Black Males.

The show will be podcast on Saturday May 30 from 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Eastern Standard time. Go to: www.blogtalkradio.com/joykeys to listen on your computer or call 646-929-0368 to listen on your cell or home phone. 

Joining the podcast will be Kevin Powell, a writer, activist, public speaker, and widely considered one of America's leading political and cultural voices in these early years of the 21st century. Powell was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is the product of a single mother-led household, extreme poverty, fatherlessness, and violence. In spite of these harsh circumstances, Powell studied at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and he has become one of the most prolific and respected writers and leaders of his generation.

He is the author and editor of 10 books, and his writings have appeared in a range of publications including The Washington Post, Newsweek, Essence, Ebony, Esquire, and Vibe, where he was a senior writer for several years. Powell recently finished writing "The Black Male Handbook: A blueprint for life."

A longtime resident of Brooklyn, New York, Kevin Powell was a Democratic candidate for Congress in Brooklyn in 2008. He plans to run for Congress again in 2010. Check out www.kevinpowell.net.

The program will also feature Dr. Shane K. Perrault, PhD, a psychologist and coach with more than 16 years of experience. Dr. Perrault received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ohio State University and did his residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and the Baltimore Veterans Administration. In addition to maintaining a thriving practice he also works at the ADHD Performance Clinic in Silver Springs, MD. Dr. Perrault has conducted workshops and training in the MD/DC/VA area on topics including effective communication, conflict resolution, and dating your spouse.

Youth Invade City Hall

The City of Portland's Youth Planning Program and Multnomah Youth Commission are holding the first ever YOUTH INVASION of City Hall, where youth will invade their local government and learn how the City works for them. The event is from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 29 at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. Admission is free, with dinner and snacks provided.
The night will include an opportunity for youth to lobby Commissioners, take workshops held by community organizations about different youth issues, and end with a celebration and summer kick off concert hosted by Blaque Butterfly and Ro Deezy with Mic Crenshaw headlining.

The Youth Invasion summer kick-off celebration will include live performances by youth including Black Market, Chico, Don't Hurt Miles!, School of Rock, Urban Arts, spoken word poets, Stuey B, Kryptic Dance Crew and many more. Also guest speaker Jefferson Smith!

Youth who would like to attend this event can find more information and register at www.PortlandOnline.com. All are welcome, even without registration.

NAACP Vancouver Holding Education Committee

The next Vancouver NAACP Education Committee meeting will be held June 2 at 7 p.m. at the home of Chuck Smith. Contact Smith at [email protected] or www.camaskarate.com or (360) 944-2035 if you are interested.

Education is at the heart of the civil rights efforts of the NAACP. Smith just received my formal NAACP officer's training.

The Vancouver NAACP needs more people as their responsibilities are far and wide- education equality and justice for youth, educational opportunities for youth and adults, and education on the community issues that affect our lives and those of our family members.

Please call or return this e-mail to confirm your attendance.*

There are 4 items Smith would like for us to address/accomplish at our next meeting.

   1. Assign people to connect with and focus on the issues within each of the school districts in the Vancouver area (ensuring quality service an opportunities for our children, keeping the district focused on closing the achievement gap, advocating for students/parents).

   2. Initiate an education program that will be delivered as part of the regular monthly membership meetings, and at other times (what are the issues and opportunities most relevant to the people and how do deliver this education in a way that people can use it).

   3. Support for the Rites of Passage program.  Identify specific actions we need to take to help the program remain successful and support the program coordinator in his efforts.

   4. Clarify the scope of responsibilities for the Education Committee

If you wish to be a part of the committee's work but can not attend the meeting, please contact Smith.

Local Broadcast Looks at Home Ownership Crisis

Current and potential homeowners are encouraged to watch a live broadcast of PCM TV's program called "Ghetto Rising" on Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. The program will address the current mortgage foreclosure crisis, as well as provide information on resources and services available in their local area.
Community Activist the Rev. Renee' Ward will host the one hour program. Invited guests include homeowners, advocacy groups, legal, civic and elected officials currently addressing this important economic crisis.
Participant's expertise will prove invaluable to viewer's who are seeking "answers" on how to keep their homes rather than losing them.
Homeowner's will receive information on what's happening just beyond the doorstep of their home, as well as how to secure their home from mortgage foreclosure and predatory lending scams still in circulation.
For more information about this broadcast and future forums addressing this important issue, contact Rev. Renee' Ward (I'm) Everyday People at 504-548-7537 or via email at [email protected].

LGBTQ Relationships Workshop at project E.Q.U.A.L. June 28th

 Project E.Q.U.A.L. (Expanding Queer Understanding and Love) is offering our next LGBTQ Relationship Foundations workshop on Sunday, June 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 4225 NE Tillamook St. Give your relationship the focus, recognition, and support it deserves and join us! If you know of friends, family, colleagues, or clients who would be interested, please pass on the invitation.
Here are some more details about the workshop, or feel free to learn more at http://www.projectequal.com. Cost of the program is $60-$100 per person - sliding scale.  Additional discounts for registering early and/or registering with friends (see our website for details). If your household makes less than $60,000 a year you qualify for the sliding scale; please contact us to talk about how much the workshop would cost you. Call Michele Pearce (503) 290-8255 or Mike Binks (503) 740-0573 or e-mail us at [email protected]  for more information. 
To register, please visit http://www.projectequal.com and click on the "register here" page.
 Workshop Overview:
Connect to Communicate, then Communicate to Connect!
It's not just the words that count! Develop a strategy for teamwork and emotional connection that will protect your relationship during times of trouble.
Everyone Fights: Conflict Regulation
While it's not possible to eliminate conflict, it is possible to learn how to navigate it more effectively. We'll show you practical strategies for handling conflict in a way that supports your relationship instead of eroding it.
Getting Out of Gridlock & Deepening Intimacy
Getting clear about the past - the "old baggage" -allows you to be more present in your current relationship. Explore how your emotional history can lead you to feeling stuck in a repeated cycle of conflict.

Budget Reductions for Evergreen School District

On Wednesday, June 3, from 6 to 7 p.m., Evergreen Public Schools' Superintendent John Deeder and Chief Financial Officer Mike Merlino will host a live webcast to discuss the budget reductions facing the district. Deeder and Merlino will do a presentation on the budget and will then open up the phone lines and email for questions which they will answer as they come in.

To log on to the webcast, go to the district website at www.evergreenps.org The call-in number will be provided at the beginning of the webcast. The webcast will be simulcast on Channel 28 and 29. Questions can be sent in before and during the webcast to: [email protected]

Brazilian Summer Camp

From July 20 to July 24, and July 27 to July 31 children 8 to 16 years old are invited to Brazilian Summer Camp. Join Mestre Almiro (Capoeira Regional do Barzil), Sifu Paul Marquez Zakira Martial Arts), James "Pintado" Grant, Sifu Wally Jones (Academy of Kung Fu), and Brian Davis (Lions of Batucada , Pink Martini) , for a two week long exploration into Brazilian Culture. The focus is on Capoeira, and includes daily classes in visual arts, singing, percussion (Sambareggae from Bahia and Samba Rio styles), martial arts, dance, and games.

The camp is held at The Bahia Brazil Arts Center, 2512 SE Gladstone, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97202. For more information - please go to : culturalawarenessfoundation.com

North Portland Sunday Parkways in June

North Portland Sunday Parkways, sponsored by the City of Portland and Kaiser Permanente, offers families an opportunity to get out in their neighborhood streets for some safe and free summer activities.  

Sunday Parkways is about connecting neighborhoods and people: walkers, runners, bikers, seniors, adults, and especially children enjoying neighborhood streets filled with surprises, performers, physical activities, and food - all in a car-free environment.

The event will take place during the citywide bicycle extravaganza Pedalpalooza from 90 a.m. - 4 p.m. on June 21 in North Portland. - See attached route map including activity areas Kenton, Peninsula, and Arbor Lodge Parks (with the most kid activities), and the Willamette Bluff. Sunday Parkways is 7 miles of traffic-free streets where residents can ride their bikes, rollerblade, walk, and more. A few of the many family activities along the route include:

• Hoopshine - Hula hooping for kids and the kid in all of us;

• Safer Routes to School bicycle skills rodeos - Safer Routes to School, Providence Bridge Pedal, and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance are hosting a short bike-skills training course and ride for children. Kids without a bicycle can borrow one for the skills rodeo and ride;

• The Jumping Jackie O's - Jumping rope all day long; and

• The Ice Cream Pedaler - What summer event is complete without ice cream? -  served along the route by bike.

Over 15,000 Portland area residents and 300 volunteers participated in last year's successful Sunday Parkways in the U.S. and asked for more in 2009. Modeled after Bogot", Colombia's Ciclovias held every Sunday on 70 miles of streets, Sunday Parkways generated a lot of support from North Portland neighbors and businesses.

All arterials will remain open to motor vehicle traffic including TriMet bus and MAX routes. Police and certified flaggers will be on hand to keep traffic moving and Sunday Parkways revelers safe along the routes.

For more information about Sunday Parkways, go to www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call organizers at 503-823-5358.

Portland Police Hiring

With Oregon facing a 12% unemployment rate, the Portland Police Bureau wants to remind people interested in a career in law enforcement that the Bureau still has job openings for Community Police Officers. With that in mind, the Bureau is re-launching its recruitment website: joinportlandpolice.com, to provide interested candidates more information in a timely manner. 

The first step to becoming a Police Officer is signing up to take a written examination. The next exam is scheduled for Saturday July 11 at the Double Tree Hotel. Registration can be completed online from the website beginning June 8 and ending June 26.  

Fishing Fun at Clackamas River

Fishing fun for children and their families is just around the corner at the annual Clackamas River Junior Fishing Clinic Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Promontory Park.

This free clinic features a fishing derby designed for children through the age of 14.  ots of activities are planned which are sure to entertain and educate the whole family. Fun learning stations will include activities focused on aquatic insects, fish anatomy, fish observation, stream ecology, and water safety.

Awards will be given for the biggest and smallest fish caught. Children can also make painted fish prints and take home great prizes!

Lunch and drinks will be provided, but children are encouraged to bring their own fishing rods and coolers for taking home their catch. Limited quantities of rods and bait will be available for use.

Promontory Park is located seven miles south of Estacada on Highway 224. For more information please call Amy Barnhart, clinic coordinator at Mt. Hood National Forest, 503-630-8717.

Albina Head Start Honors Avel Gordly

Albina Early Head Start is hosting a Renaming and Ribbon Cutting Celebration to honor Senator Avel Gordly on May 28, 2009 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Albina Early Head Start Skidmore Center, 911 N. Skidmore St.

Patrick Lamb to Perform at Dinner of Hope Thursday

Grammy Nominated Patrick Lamb will perform at the Second Annual Dinner of Hope on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The dinner is being held by Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV), and will honor two outstanding Oregon Governors: The Honorable Victor Atiyeh and The Honorable Barbara Roberts.

"My commitment to this event is an acknowledgement of the OLMV Mission Statement," said Patrick Lamb, "and I believe that we ought to come together as one to support and promote inclusion and equality."

The event will celebrate the honorees' outstanding commitment to social justice.  It is anticipated to draw over 400 people from very diverse backgrounds including public officials, business leaders, and community leaders united in the common cause of promoting equal opportunity and racial inclusion.

Tickets to the event are $100 per person. There are also a limited number of complimentary tickets for interested community members who cannot afford the ticket price. To purchase tickets online, go to http://olmv-2009-dinner.eventbrite.com/.

Extras Needed in Film

EXTRAS ONLY casting company is excited to announce that there will be two scenes shot in Portland of the Harrison Ford picture "The Untitled Crowley Project" that require hundreds of local real people to be in the background! In addition to those cast as employed extras, we are also looking for hundreds of local people who want to show up to the set and possibly be in the background of the scenes being shot on these two days. Filming will be on Tuesday June 2nd at Oaks Park and inviting people to come to the set to be a part of the movie making magic. Those who want to participate do not have to be pre-cast, they will be non-paid, real people possibly used in the background. People should come for the fun experience of being on a set and being a part of a major motion picture. Those who participate will be included in a prize giveway featuring prizes from: OBA, Bluehour , Hotel Vintage Plaza, Jimmy Mak's, Higgins, Langdon Farms Golf Course, Touche, Widmer Brothers, Hotel Monaco, Bridgeport Brew Pub and a major electronics superstore!
The film is shooting until mid-June and we are still casting for extra positions. Attending either or both of these events will not affect eligibility for being considered for other paid opportunities on the film. We are simply extending this opportunity to anyone who wants to come to the set and be a part of filming for the day with the opportunity to win some cool prizes while having a fun experience.
Those interested in being considered for other opportunities on the film can sign up online at EXTRASONLY.COM
For more details, please go to our website at extrasonly.com.

OMSI Presents Science Pub at Bagdad Theater

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's (OMSI) Science Pub series will open a second monthly event in Portland at the Bagdad Theater on SE Hawthorne Blvd starting in June.

Science Pub-Bagdad Theater will be held on the first Monday of the month and will feature new topics and speakers. The first talk will be "Crime Lab Confession: A Forensic Scientist Tells All" on June 1. Science Pub at the Mission Theater will continue to be held in Northwest Portland on the last Tuesday of every month and will feature repeats of some of the favorite topics from past Pubs.

Satisfying the public's hunger for science and sustenance since August 2006, Science Pub is an informal gathering with expert speakers discussing cutting-edge advances in science and technology that directly affect people's lives. Science Pub is relaxed, interactive, and fun!

Science Pub at both Bagdad and Mission Theaters are open to anyone and everyone; no RSVP is necessary. Science Pub runs from 7 to about 9 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) Pubs are free with a suggested donation of $2, with the exception of the July 21 Pub featuring NOVA scienceNOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson which is a special ticketed event. For more information visit www.omsi.edu/sciencepub or call 503-797-4517.

Inventor's Showcase May 30

The Micro-Enterprise Inventor's Program of Oregon (MIPO) will be holding the 2009 Inventor's Showcase. Featuring promising new talent, ideas, innovation and inventions from the Pacific Northwest as well as all over the United States, the event will be held Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St.,  in downtown Portland.

The theme of this year's showcase is "Innovation Begins at Home" and it promises to be very unique.

True to the spirit of innovation, the event blends an interactive, kinesthetic or "hands-on" approach with a grass roots feel to help anyone walking through the door to see and recognize innovation all around them. The showcase aims to inspire every potential innovator or inventor to start or keep on creating, developing, wiring, spinning, tweaking or building whatever it is they have in their own minds.

During the event, participants and attendees will also be able to attend workshops focused on all things related to innovation – such as resources and sourcing, prototype and product development, licensing, marketing, intellectual property and funding. Speakers will include Don Kelly, co-founder of United Inventors Alliance, and Mindee Dooney, founder of locally–based "Boogie Wipes." The event will also include a contest for the best overall invention, with prizes that will provide resources to assist in developing the winner's invention and taking it to the next level.
The event is open to the public and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. Adult entry is only $5 and kids are free. Spaces are still available for exhibitors for only $100. All funds collected will be used to continue supporting innovation and economic development. Please visit www.mipooregon.org/innovation for more details about the Oregon Inventors Showcase.

      Bi-Mart customers won't need a fishing pole but they can still help hungry families "catch" something for dinner.
     Bi-Mart Friday announced it will place food barrels in 19 company stores to collect donated food items for Fish Emergency Service, the Portland agency that provides emergency food boxes for families struggling to make ends meet.
    "Fish on! For Fish" runs from June 11-25 at Bi-Mart locations in Portland, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Aloha, Beaverton, Tigard, Newberg, McMinnville, Woodburn, 
Molalla, Oregon City, Damascus, Sandy, Gresham and  Vancouver, Orchards and Washougal in southwest Washington.
     Collected food will be used to meet increased demand for emergency food boxes cased by the current economic factors, according to Fish Executive Director Gloria Colvin.
     Fish Emergency Service has been providing food boxes, clothing, personal care item and advocacy for families in distress for than for 40 years and takes its name from an early Christian identification symbol.
     "We are seeing more first time clients," says  Colvin, "people who were adequately supporting their families until recently when faced with unemployment, the rising cost of food, housing costs and high fuel costs."
     Fish has experienced a significant jump in applications in recent weeks, she said.
     Colvin hopes the Fish On! For Fish project will result in donations of canned foods, including vegetables, fruit, soups and fish and packaged foods, including cereals, rice, pasta and peanut butter. 
     Founded in 1955 and headquartered at Eugene, Bi-Mart operates stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The company has a strong commitment to community service, including corporate and employee support of education, youth programs, health services and civic activities.
     "We are proud to support Fish and the family needs it serves," says Erin Bunde, Bi-Mart marketing executive. "We think the collaboration is just right for the Northwest."
Additional Media Information:
  Doug Porter
  [email protected]

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