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Rock the Block returns to Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood - 05/11/15
GRESHAM, OR - The best family block party in East County is back. Rock the Block, Rockwood's family fun celebration, opens for the third year May 29-30 at Plaza del Sol, located at 18535 SE Stark Street in Gresham.

Come to the Feast of Nations, meet the Rose Festival Court and cheer llamas, dancers and our kids in the Kids' Parade.

Great summer reading is the theme, with every child receiving a book and families getting ideas and support to help kids read over the summer.

The event is free and open to all.

Rock the Block 2015 is brought to you by Pathfinders of Oregon, Multnomah County and the City of Gresham. They are working in partnership with social service organizations, schools, citizens and businesses on the Plaza del Sol.

Special guests include Former Trailblazer Brian Grant, award-winning author Mitchell Jackson and the Portland Rose Festival princesses along with more than 40 booths and 60 organizations.

Friday, May 29 Highlights:

* Feast of Nations, 6:30 p.m. free community meal featuring award-winning author Mitchell Jackson.
* Rockwood Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 7.p.m.
* Community partner booths, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
* Music and children's activities, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 30 Highlights:

* The Kids' Parade, noon. Children should gather at the Plaza del Sol to receive leis, noisemakers, rainbow ribbon hand kites made by Center for Family Success parents and other fun items. Featured guests are Rojo and Smokey the therapy llamas, SEI Dancers, Boy Scouts, Taekwondo demonstrations, Tongan dancers and more.
* Free Kids' Lunch, 12:30 p.m.
* Community partner booths, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Music and children's activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check us out on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RockwoodNation!

Pathfinders of Oregon is a 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to break the cycle of criminality. Pathfinders has taught programs within the Oregon Department of Corrections for more than 20 years. In the community, it offers programs to families impacted by the criminal justice system through its Center for Family Success in Rockwood.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Gresham students hit the street for National Bike to School Day - 05/05/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - Media representatives can capture students from Gordon Russell Middle School as they ride bikes to school with classmates and teachers on Wednesday, May 6.

Bikers will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of Scott Drive and 5th Court, just east of Kane Road Park, and ride a hilly, 1.2-mile route before arriving at Gordon Russell at 9:45 a.m. Gordon Russell is located at 3625 SE Powell Valley Rd in Gresham.

Gordon Russell is one of three Gresham schools participating in National Bike to School Day, with more than 2,100 events planned in the U.S. to promote the health, environmental and community benefits of biking to school. In Oregon, there are over 200 National Bike to School Day events planned in 2015, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools.

At the Gresham event, media can shoot footage of the ride and interview City staff and teachers.

The rides are sponsored by the City of Gresham's Transportation Department and Metro, through a Regional Travel Options grant.

Media should arrive at the meet-up spot by 9:15 a.m. to catch the start of the ride. At the event, media can contact Tam Driscoll from the City's communications team at 503-593-6901.

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Media Advisory: Tonight (5/1) Gresham brings former NBA star Kevin Johnson back to the court - 05/01/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - Media representatives can capture full-court fun and inspiration with youth when City of Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis hosts Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson - aka "K.J.," the former three-time NBA All-Star - at the City's late-night basketball program on Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at H.B. Lee Middle School, 1121 N.E. 172nd Ave. in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood.
Bemis and Johnson will talk about the importance of education and employment opportunities for youth, a priority for both hometown mayors.

At 6 p.m., Bemis and Johnson will talk with students about their love of basketball - and how persistence, positivity and a focus on academic achievement can lead to success in sports, politics, and business. Michael Mangum, a Gresham gang outreach worker and POIC employee who works with students in the basketball program, will also speak.

At Friday night's event, both Bemis and Johnson will be available for brief media interviews before coaching two groups of players.

Gresham's gang prevention grant brought new counseling, mentoring and learning programs for at-risk youth, and Bemis has made providing educational and recreational opportunities to all children and families a focus for his next four years of service. Bemis and the City Council brought late-night basketball to Gresham in October 2014 as part of a state gang prevention grant. More than 500 local middle and high school students have been served so far through the program, which offers supervised games every Friday night through a partnership with Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center.

Johnson, a former record-holding point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, is the first African-American mayor of Sacramento and founder of St. HOPE, a non-profit that offers afterschool programs, runs a charter school system and builds community development projects in Sacramento, as well as operates charter schools in Harlem in New York City.

Johnson is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; Bemis serves as chair of the Energy Committee and on the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Date: Friday, May 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: H.B. Lee Middle School, 1121 NE 172nd Ave., in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood.
Gresham brings former NBA star Kevin Johnson back to the court - 04/28/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - City of Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will host Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson - aka "K.J." the former three-time NBA All-Star - at the City's late-night basketball program on Friday, May, 1 at 6 p.m. at H.B. Lee Middle School, located at 1121 N.E. 172nd Ave. in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood. Bemis and Johnson will talk about the importance of education and employment opportunities for youth, a priority for both hometown mayors.

Bemis and the City Council brought late-night basketball to Gresham in October 2014 as part of a state gang prevention grant. More than 500 local middle and high school students have been served so far through the program, which offers supervised games every Friday night through a partnership with Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center.

At 6 p.m., Bemis and Johnson will talk with students about their love of basketball - and how persistence, positivity and a focus on academic achievement can lead to success in sports, politics, and business. Michael Mangum, a Gresham gang outreach worker and POIC employee who works with students in the basketball program, will also speak. Bemis and Johnson will be available for brief media interviews before coaching two groups of players.

Gresham's gang prevention grant brought new counseling, mentoring and learning programs for at-risk youth, and Bemis has made providing educational and recreational opportunities to all children and families a focus for his next four years of service. Johnson, a former record-holding point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, is the first African-American mayor of Sacramento and founder of St. HOPE, a non-profit that offers afterschool programs, runs a charter school system and builds community development projects in Sacramento, as well as operates charter schools in Harlem in New York City.

Johnson is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; Bemis serves as chair of the Energy Committee and on the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The day of the event, reporters can contact Gresham communications staffer Tam Driscoll at 503-593-6901 with questions or for assistance.

For more information on Gresham's gang prevention efforts, see http://greshamoregon.gov/gangs/ For more information on Gresham's state gang prevention grant, see http://greshamoregon.gov/news/newstemplate.aspx?id=287054

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Let's ride: Gresham celebrates National Bike Month - 04/27/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham is celebrating National Bike Month throughout May by offering group rides, a helmet giveaway, a bike wash and lube workshop and more. The City is also taking part in the local Bike Commute Challenge and celebrating national Bike to Work Week, held May 11-15.

There are over 117 miles of bike lanes throughout Gresham, and popular bike routes include the Springwater Corridor, Gresham-Fairview Trail and Main City Park Spur Trail. Because of this extensive network, Gresham in 2010 was named a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists. Gresham also earned this honor by improving cycling infrastructure - such as adding bike lanes - and by providing activities for cyclists. In 2014, the League upgraded the City's status to silver level.

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce is also part of the East Multnomah County Bicycle Tourism Initiative, which brings together local governments, businesses and non-profits to promote bike tourism and boost the local economy by promoting routes, improving infrastructure and amenities and marketing the area to cyclists.

To encourage cycling, the City has several events planned:

* Gresham Bike Commute Challenge - Challenge your family, friends and co-workers to see who can commute the most days or the longest distance during May. Log your trips in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's (BTA) website at BikeCommuteChallenge.com. A kick-off celebration will be held tomorrow, Tuesday April 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave. in historic downtown with free pizza and prizes.

* Wash and Maintain Your Bike Workshop and E-Bike Test Rides - All the supplies you need to wash and lube your bike will be on hand Thursday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the loading dock at City Hall, which is located at 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Also try out an electric bike.

* BTA Bike Commute Safety Workshop - This workshop includes safety instruction with free pizza and prizes on Wednesday, May 13 from Noon to 1 p.m. in City Hall's Liberty Room.

* Free Breakfast for Bikers - For Bike to Work Week, cyclists get free breakfast items on their way to work. Wednesday, May 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., at the City Hall loading dock and on Friday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at three locations: N. Main Ave at Springwater Corridor; Springwater Corridor at Pleasant View Dr.; Sandy Blvd. at the Boeing entrance (starts at 5:30 a.m.).

* Bike Helmet Give-Away, Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo - This event will be held on Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Rockwood at the Plaza del Sol, located at the corner on 187th and Stark. In partnership with the Oregon Nurses Association and the Boy Scouts, the City will give children free bike helmets and safety information and hold a bike rodeo and raffle.

* Group Bike Rides - A slow-paced, family-friendly 10-mile ride to Boring and back takes place Saturday, May 16 starting at 10 a.m. at Main City Park. A 25-mile ride for experienced riders through the Gresham/Troutdale/Sandy River area takes place on Sunday, May 17 starting at 10 a.m. at Main City Park.

For details, or questions, visit GreshamOregon.gov/BikeMonth or call 503-618-2816.

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