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The Right Brain Initiative and Gresham-Barlow School District bring the arts to all elementary students

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

 Public reception and student art opening on April 14 will honor partnership 

 This spring, The Right Brain Initiative celebrates a milestone in its quest for equitable arts education: the Gresham-Barlow School District has become the first to bring the arts program to all elementary students in its district.


A public celebration and exhibition of student work is scheduled for Monday, April 14, 5-6 p.m. at the Gresham Public Library, 385 N.W. Miller Avenue in Gresham. The program will include statements from local leaders, as well as performances and a display of visual art from students who have worked with The Right Brain Initiative.


Superintendent Jim Schlachter said of the Gresham-Barlow School District’s partnership with Right Brain: “The skills of reading, writing, and speaking are brought to life for students when explored and experienced through the arts. When students are engaged, it leads to higher levels of learning.”


School district partners currently invest $15 per child for the program, which covers artist fees and material expenses. Professional development for school staff and on-site coaching are provided through Right Brain’s other public and private sources, which include Multnomah County, the City of Portland, corporations, foundations and individuals.


Bank of America has been one of Right Brain’s top corporate partners since 2010 and is a lead private funder for the Gresham-Barlow School District expansion. 


Nicole Frisch, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Bank of America in Oregon and southwest Washington said, “As longtime supporters of education and workforce organizations, Bank of America understands the critical role Right Brain plays in helping ensure students are taught to think creatively and critically. Right Brain’s programs not only provide the important arts education our community needs, but support learning in all curriculum areas, including math and writing.”


The Right Brain Initiative partners with school staff to design and implement arts programming that integrates with other areas of the curriculum. These rich experiences are customized to meet the unique needs and learning goals of the students at each school. Right Brain professional development helps teachers learn how to integrate the arts into the classroom on an ongoing basis.


The Right Brain Initiative is a public-private partnership established by the Regional Arts & Culture Council to bring high quality arts education to all children in Portland area public schools. Launched in January of 2009 with 20 school partners, Right Brain now serves 20 percent of the 110,000 K-8 students in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.  This school year a total of 14,000 students in 49 schools from six districts are being served. Other partnering districts are Corbett School District, Hillsboro School District, North Clackamas Schools, Oregon Trail School District and Portland Public Schools. The organization is made up of a sustainable partnership of public schools, local government, foundations, businesses and the cultural community, which launched its effort to bring the arts to every child in the Portland area in January 2009. The program’s vision is to transform learning for all children through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking. The Right Brain Initiative is a project of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, with Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serving as Implementation Partner. Read more online at   


The Regional Arts & Culture Council is the local arts agency for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, providing grants for artists, schools and nonprofit organizations; conducting workplace giving for arts and culture (“Work for Art”) and other advocacy efforts; presenting workshops and other forms of technical assistance; providing  printed and web-based resources for artists; and integrating  art into public spaces. Online at

Clackamas County Public Health celebrates National Public Health Week with student photography

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

National Health Week is an opportunity for communities across the country take the time to recognize the positive contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. National Public Health Week is April 7-13.

The Clackamas County Public Health Division is honoring public health week through an engaging photography and storytelling program. Some of the photos taken by local students through the Discover. Create. Expose. Youth Photo-Voice & Social Action Project are being displayed in the lobby of the Clackamas County Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. The photos will be displayed through May 6.

“It’s exciting to see community-based organizations working together to creatively engage youth to understand how our physical environment impacts health,” said Director of Public Health Dana Lord. “We look forward to working with our partners as we continue to promote healthy communities.”

Eleven students agreed to display their photographs at the Clackamas County Public Services Building. Those students are:

Natasha, 7th grade, Alder Creek Middle School
“Active living”

Cameron, 8th grade, Rowe Middle School
“Play, it does the body good”

Alley, 8th grade, Alder Creek Middle School
“Green nourishes the spirit”

Brittany, 11th grade, New Urban High School
“A Walk in nature”

Angie, 7th grade, West Linn Middle School
“Beauty of the Farmers’ Market”

Marisol, 11th grade, Rex Putnam High School
“Make a change”

Giovanni, 7th grade, Alder Creek Middle School
“Prepare from scratch”

Gaby, 7th grade, Alder Creek Middle School
“We all play a part”

Brian, 8th grade, Kraxberger Middle School
“The beverage of choice”

Myles, 7th grade, Gardinar Middle School
“Community gardens”

Alejandro, 11th grade, Milwaukie High School
“Simple reminder”

Teens throughout Clackamas County documented and photograph how their community helps or hinders personal health through Youth Photo-Voice. The captured images were presented at local events with the goal of exposing the health of their community to incite action and social change within Clackamas County.

Youth Photo-Voice is sponsored by the Vibrant Future Coalition, in partnership with Northwest Family Services and Clackamas County Children, Youth, and Families (CYF).

For more information, contact Chris Gallegos, Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing and Human Services, 503-655-8752 or


Important and rare invitation – Work Source Oregon Forum

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Workforce Investment Board of Clackamas County is working with the Oregon Employment Department to gather partners at a WorkSource Forum on April 3rd.

The state needs the feedback of businesses, agencies, and others who are interested in workforce and emerging worker issues to improve workforce services for businesses and job seekers.  As a result, they are hosting sessions throughout Oregon over the next month.  Locally, our session will be held on April 3rd in Wilsonville.

These sessions are dialogues on how to deliver high value services to customers, including businesses, as well as how to better connect qualified workers with employers.

This is a critical step in the state’s effort to integrate services and redesign the workforce system to enhance Oregon’s competitive position.  It is one of those rare times when we have the ability to reexamine WorkSource as a system, rather than just one or two services at a time.

Your input helps local workforce investment boards and the Oregon Employment Department allocate resources where they are needed most. Without an honest dialogue with customers and service providers it will be nearly impossible to ensure workforce services are effectively deployed.

Please join them; your perspective truly matters!


CCC Board to explore November ballot measure

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The Clackamas Community College (CCC) Board of Education on Wednesday directed President Joanne Truesdell to begin developing a recommendation and completing due diligence to place a $90 million bond measure on the November 4, 2014,ballot. The proposal would continue the college’s current annual average tax rate.

“In 2016, CCC will mark its 50th year of service. We are working now to position the college for the next 50 years,” said Judith Ervin, chairwoman of the CCC Board of Education. “Our vision is to increase affordable education options and job training for high-demand careers by modernizing our facilities.”

CCC surveyed and interviewed more than 2,000 area residents in 2013 for the Imagine Clackamas community engagement process. Among the many lessons learned through the process was that people in the college district would like to see modernized facilities and equipment to meet the needs of the changing economy and workforce.

Based on that feedback, CCC undertook two studies of its facilities: a strategic assessment to determine educational and training needs of college programs and an appraisal of work needed to maintain current facilities for the public. All of this information was studied and considered by college faculty and staff to identify gaps in current facilities, learning spaces and equipment.

In January, an independent research firm conducted research on behalf of CCC to assess support for a bond measure that would meet the needs of the college and the community while continuing the current average tax rate. The results of the January survey found that 64 percent of respondents favored the proposed $90 million bond measure.

The college will spend the next few months utilizing all the research, community and staff input, and facility assessments to define the projects that will best meet the identified needs. The president is expected to return to the board with a recommendation about the bond in July.

For more information, please contact Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162.

Children’s Center now accepting vehicle donations

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Sergeants Towing is partnering with Children’s Center to receive donations of new and used vehicles.

 There is a new way to support children who are suspected victims of child abuse in Clackamas County – by donating your old vehicle to Children’s Center. Vehicle donations will support Children’s Center’s efforts to serve hundreds of children and families impacted by child abuse.

The vehicle donation program accepts donated cars, trucks, camper trailers, tractors, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, RVs, boats, jet skis, and even planes. Running and non-running vehicles are happily accepted, and pick-up of your vehicle is free in the tri-county area. The better the condition of the vehicle, the easier it is to sell it for a good price at auction, and more money goes to Children’s Center to support child abuse assessments and community outreach.

As Clackamas County’s sole agency providing medical evaluations and forensic interviews to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect, Children’s Center plays a vital role in ending the trauma of abuse for local children. Children of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds are referred to Children’s Center for suspicion of abuse.

Sergeants Towing, the leader in commercial, repossession and impound towing services in the Portland Metro Area, processes donations efficiently. A very high percentage of vehicle’s sale price – typically 80% to 90% – goes straight to Children’s Center.

“We are so excited to partner with Sergeants Towing to create a new way for community members to support vulnerable children in our community. Donating your old car to Children’s Center is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction,” said Children’s Center Executive Director Barbara Peschiera. “Best of all, your donation will make a big difference in supporting our important work in improving the lives of kids exposed to abuse.”

To learn more about the vehicle donation program, and other ways to support Children’s Center, visit

Community will gather to help abused children

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Champions for Children Luncheon on Wed., April 30th, will benefit Children’s Center

 Children’s Center will host its 8th annual Champions for Children Luncheon on Wednesday, April 30th, at The Oregon Golf Club (25700 SW Pete’s Mountain Road, in West Linn). This signature Children’s Center event allows community members throughout the region to unite on behalf of abused and neglected children.

A reception and raffle will take place between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., with the opportunity to win items such as four day passes to Disneyland, beautiful jewelry from LaRog Brothers, and a ride on a WWII amphibious Duck vehicle. Between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., guests will hear a program given by speaker Kenny Anderson, former NBA player, Portland Trail Blazer, and child abuse advocate, and special guest Tracy Barry of KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8.

If you would like to attend the luncheon or donate a raffle item, please contact Tracy Cramer at 503-655-7725 or

April Clackamas Community College (CCC) calendar of events

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
April 2

Auditions for Spring Term Mainstage Production

Members of the community are welcome to audition for the CCC spring theater production. Prepare a one-minute monologue or read from the script. Auditions run from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. For more information, contact Kelly White at 503-594-3153 or visit

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Chrysalis: Women Writers

Local author Pat Lichen guides women writers of all levels through discussions of their work. Chrysalis meets Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Literary Arts Center, Room 220 in Rook Hall. For information, call 503-594-3254.

April 5, 12, 19, 26

Garden Design

This one-credit introductory course provides instruction for planning landscape garden areas. Class meets Saturdays, April 5 – 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Clairmont, room 118. Cost is $110.50. For more information, call 503-594-3292 or visit  

April 13

CRT Play Reading Series: ‘One Slight Hitch’

Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s play-reading series, Sundays at Three, continues on April 13 with “One Slight Hitch” by Lewis Black, directed by Travis Nodurft. Show begins at 3 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. Tickets are $10 and available online at or at the door. For more information call 503-594-6047.

April 26 – May 1

International Celebration at CCC: ‘Celebrating Peace Corps Volunteers’

The CCC Foreign Language Department, International Education Committee, Associated Student Government, ESL, and Multicultural Ambassadors host this annual celebration. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Peace Corps Volunteers.” The opening celebration is Saturday, April 26, and begins at 10 a.m. in the Niemeyer Center, room 119. The opening celebration runs in conjunction with the opening of an exhibit titled “The Peace Corps: 50 Years of Service,” courtesy of the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience. International Celebration activities continue April 28 through May 1, with music, dance, art and cultural displays. Most events take place in the Community Center between 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information call 503-594-3403 or 503-594-3245.

Workshop explores personal ethics in the public sector

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

A one-day workshop designed for public sector employees facing ethical decisions will be held at Clackamas Community College’s (CCC) Oregon City campus on Thursday, March 20th, from 9:00am to 5:00pm in DeJardin Hall, room 233. “Personal Ethics in the Public Sector” will be presented by attorney and educator Margaret Allee and is and sponsored by CCC’s Customized Training and Development Services.

“Personal Ethics in the Public Sector” emphasizes personal responsibility in organizations while addressing two fundamental questions: What is the right thing to do in a given situation, and why is it right? The workshop explores the relationship between effective business leadership and ethics within the public sector.

Allee is an attorney, ethicist, educator, nurse and published author with 38 years of experience. She is an adjunct faculty at Marylhurst University and is a senior scholar for the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care.

The cost of the workshop is $99 per person, and 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available through Clackamas Community College. For more information, please email  or call 503-594-3200.

Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s play reading series begins March 16th

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Clackamas Repertory Theatre begins its fifth annual staged play-reading series, “Sundays at Three,” on March 16th. The featured plays are by contemporary American playwrights and all are area premieres.

“Falling” by Deanna Jent, directed by Jayne Stevens, opens the season on March 16th.  This play explores what it is like to live each day with a family touched by the challenges of autism. Playwright Jent, who has an autistic child, challenges the audience to experience the difficulties of loving and raising a child whose behavior and increasing aggression is proving to be a danger to those around him.

April 12th brings “One Slight Hitch,” a zany farce by comedian Lewis Black, best known for his appearances on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. It is 1981 Cincinnati, and Courtney Coleman is about to be married in a lavish ceremony. That is until her attractive, flaky ex-boyfriend shows up, throwing the entire day into chaos. Add a libidinous sister, an uptight fiancée, a tippling father and a mother obsessing over shrimp boats, and a riotous day unfolds.  Travis Nodurft directs.

The series concludes May 4th with “Don’t Go Gentle,” by Stephen Belber, directed by Annie Rimmer. Facing his own mortality, a successful, retired judge begins to examine his life, questioning his actions and his entire moral philosophy. He realizes his convictions were racially motivated and attempts to help an unfairly prosecuted young black woman and her son. But in welcoming them into his home, he risks further alienation from his own children who have suffered from his unforgiving ideology.

The staged readings are at 3:00pm in the Osterman Theatre, followed with talk backs with the actors and director and free cookies and coffee.

Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and are available online at or at the box office in the Niemeyer Center. For more information call 503-594-3915.

Grant will support laid-off workers

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

When Dutchmen Manufacturing notified its employees that it was closing its Clackamas plant in November 2013, Clackamas Community College’s (CCC) Workforce Development (CCWD) Rapid Response Team was on-site to provide assistance.

CCC has been working with these laid off workers since then, and will be able to continue to help them gain skills to re-enter the workforce with a $106,680 State of Oregon CCWD grant awarded on February 28.

The Community College and Workforce Development (CCWD) grant will enable CCC’s staff to continue to provide training and support services to 40 former Dutchmen Manufacturing employees for an additional 12 months, according to Roni Wilhelm, associate director of CCC Workforce Development Services. This may include help with job search activities, basic skills and occupational skills training.

“Our goal is to make sure the former Dutchmen employees get the training, services and support they need to find jobs. We want them to get back into the Oregon workforce as quickly as possible. We’re there to give them hope and to help,” said Wilhelm.

This is the second grant CCC received in a week to help laid-off workers. On February 24 a $275,517 federal Department of Labor National Emergency Grant was awarded that will allow CCC to continue to support 90 former Blount International Inc. workers as they retrain for new jobs.

For more information, please contact Roni Wilhelm at 503-594-3450 or