Free Dental Services in Clackamas County

Healthy Smiles is a cavity prevention program for children ages 0-5 and pregnant women in Clackamas County. Free oral health screenings, dental information and fluoride varnishes are provided to pregnant women and young children at WIC Nutrition Fairs. 

Participants do not have to be enrolled in WIC to receive the Healthy Smiles services, which are available in English and Spanish; an interpreter line is also available. For details, ask a WIC staff member or call Susan Berns-Norman at 503-742-5948.

WIC Nutrition Fairs will be offered at these locations:

·         Oregon City WIC, 999 Library Court: 11am-6:30pm Nov. 15, Dec. 13 and Jan. 10.

·         Wichita WIC, 6031 SE King Road, Milwaukie: 9am-4pm Nov. 16, Dec. 14 and Jan. 11.

·         Canby WIC, Ackerman Center, 350 SE 13th Ave, Canby: 9am-4pm Nov. 17, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12.

·         Sandy WIC, 38872 Proctor Blvd., Sandy: 9am-4pm Nov. 18; 9am-4pm Dec. 16; and Jan. 13.

·         Happy Valley WIC at Sunnyside Health Center, 9775 SE Sunnyside Road, Suite 200: 9am-4pm Nov. 14, Dec. 12 and Jan. 9.

·         Gladstone WIC, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone: 8:30am-3:30pm Nov. 4, Dec. 9 and Jan. 20.

Posted on October 19, 2016 .

Free Family Caregivers Conference on Nov. 18

“Resilience: Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow” is the theme of the 13th annual Washington County Family Caregivers Conference. The conference will be Nov. 18 from 9am–2:30pm at Tuality Health Education Center, 334 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro. The conference is free for family caregivers. Lunch is included.  

Topics will include legal considerations for caregivers, finding joy and connection through the journey, communication and memory impairment, emergency preparedness, and paying for long-term care when funds are limited.

Author Bonnie Nester will present the keynote “Self-Care is Not Selfish.” Nester, once a caregiver for her mother, wrote Moments This Good: The Softer Side of Alzheimer’s.

This event is sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services Family Caregiver Support Program and Tuality Healthcare, with support from the Law Offices of Nay and Friedenberg, Adeo In Home Care, Home Instead Senior Care and PDX Elite Care Inc.

Registration is required by calling 503-846-3089.

Posted on October 19, 2016 .

‘She Also Served Summit’ in Portland

Presentations, networking and exploring effective ways to serve women veterans is the focus of the She Also Served Summit on Nov. 1 from 8am-5pm at the Ambridge Center in Portland.

Providers from across the social service system are invited to the summit, which is sponsored by the Multnomah County Domestic & Sexual Violence Coordination Office and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

There will be speakers from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, Impact NW, the VA Portland Health Care System, the Multnomah County Domestic & Sexual Violence Coordination Office, and more, with a welcome from Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel and ODVA Director Cameron Smith.

Presentation topics for the day include:

·         Serving Women Veterans 101

·         Working with Women Veterans who Have Experienced Trauma

·         Accessing the CHOICE Program for Veteran Health Care

·         Intimate Partner Violence & Women Veterans

·         Helping Women Veterans Who Are Facing Homelessness

·         Suicide Prevention for Women Veterans

·         A Panel of Women Veterans Sharing Their Own Experiences

The summit is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Email to register.  

Posted on October 19, 2016 .

Storms may affect public transportation

Clark County bus riders should be prepared for delays or detours on some C-TRAN bus routes this weekend due to storm-related water or debris on roadways. Passengers are advised to use caution: dress for adverse weather and make they are visible to drivers while waiting at bus stops.

For questions or trip planning assistance, please call C-TRAN at 360-695-0123. 

Posted on October 14, 2016 .

Dress for Success to honor women veterans

Women veterans in the Portland area who are looking for work or underemployed are invited to a Dress for Success Oregon event Nov. 10 from 8am-noon and 4-8pm. There will be free professional clothing, accessories and shoes; hair and make-up services; and a resource fair. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be raffle prizes and goodie bags. Participants should bring proof of military service.

The event is by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Phylicia Jackson or 503.249.7300

Posted on October 13, 2016 .

Sandbags available in Vancouver

Vancouver residents are being advised to prepare for a series of storms forecasted for the next several days. For residents and businesses concerned about their buildings flooding, there are two self-serve sandbag sites:

·         4915 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., in front of the fence near the sign at the former Golden Skate site.

·         912 NE 192nd Ave., near the driveway access at Vancouver Public Works’ East Operations site.

Sand and empty bags are provided; bring shovels to fill the bags and be prepared to transport the sandbags.

To report traffic signal outages, or to report trees blocking city streets or rights-of-way, call the Public Works Operations Center at 360-487-8177.

 For downed power lines, keep back and report to Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000 or 360-992-3000.

Posted on October 12, 2016 .

Career fair for veterans

Providence is hosting a veteran recruitment event from 9am-noon Nov. 5 at Office Park Plaza, 4400 NE Halsey St., Building 2, in Portland. Veteran job seekers and their spouses will have the opportunity to talk with hiring managers and recruiters about job opportunities in a variety of areas. Other community partners/resources will be available.

Free parking is available at the site; the location is near the Hollywood/NE 42nd Ave Transit stop.

Send questions to

Posted on October 7, 2016 .

Free flu shots for veterans

The Portland VA clinic is providing free flu shots between 9am and 3:30pm Monday through Thursday, except holidays, through Nov. 23.

Another option for veterans is a free flu shot at a local Walgreens Pharmacy; bring a veterans identification card and another photo ID to get the shot.

No appointment is needed for a flu shot at a walk-in flu clinic or a Walgreens Pharmacy. Veterans with scheduled medical appointments at any VA facility can ask for a flu shot at that time.

Posted on October 7, 2016 .

Free Breast Health Screenings in Vancouver

Free clinical breast exams and digital screening mammograms will be available for uninsured women who are 40 or older, have no current breast concerns, live in Washington and qualify through the Breast Cervical and Colon Health Program. (If you have insurance, you may participate in the screening event; your insurance company will be billed.)

To enroll, call 800-992-1817, ext. 1. Please be prepared to provide your monthly household income, Social Security number for each family

Posted on October 4, 2016 .

Drug Take Back Events in Clark County

Clark County residents can safely dispose of all unused medications at free collection events in Vancouver and Battle Ground on Oct. 22 from 10am-2pm. Locations are PeaceHealth Memorial, 33rd and Main streets in Vancouver; Kaiser Cascade Park, 12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd., in Vancouver; and the Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground.

Posted on October 4, 2016 .

Toothtastic Vax-A-Palooza in McMinnville

All Yamhill County families are invited to a free event offering dental exams, tooth care tips, vaccine reviews and updates for Yamhill County families from 2-7pm Oct. 28 at 412 NE Ford St., McMinnville.

Register by calling 503-434-7525 to reserve a spot and receive a gift card at the event. WellRide and YCTA transportation are available with early registration.

Bring medical insurance information if you have it. Halloween costumes are welcome.

Posted on October 4, 2016 .

Back to School Bash in Washougal

Hathaway Elementary in Washougal, Wash., is hosting a resource fair as part of its Back to School Bash from 4:30-8 Oct. 26 at Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal. The event will also include a free meal for all, parent teacher conferences, prizes, a book fair and carnival.

Posted on September 30, 2016 .

Volunteers Sought for Eugene Community Court

Eugene’s Community Court aims to improve public safety and reduce misdemeanor activity in the city’s downtown core, through supervised community service and links to social services. Representatives of social service agencies assist in problem solving with community members and connect them with services. The Community Court is open Fridays from 10am-3:30pm at 1102 Lincoln St., Eugene. For details about volunteering, email to or call 541-682-6054.

Posted on September 30, 2016 .

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Clark County

Parents of children ages 0-6 are invited to a cultural evening that will include resource information and free vision screenings. Dinner and child care will be provided. The event will be Oct. 11 from 5-8pm at Innovative Services, 9414 Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Bilingual volunteers are sought for this event. To volunteer or to register, contact Maribel Ramirez,, 360-560-7119.

Posted on September 29, 2016 .

Spanish-language School Success Workshop

A nurturing parenting workshop for parents of children ages pre-K to fifth grade will be offered in Spanish at the Sherwood Family Resource Center, 21970 SW Sherwood Blvd., Portable 46, in Sherwood on Oct. 18. The event is free, with dinner at 6pm, and childcare for children ages 3-10 from 6:30-8pm. To register, contact Claudia Adler,, 503-846-0665, or Maria Quinones,, 503-825-5482. Registration is required.

Posted on September 29, 2016 .

Active Parenting Classes in St. Johns

LifeWorks NW is presenting free Active Parenting classes for parents with children ages 5-12 on Wednesdays, Oct. 12-Nov. 16, from 5:30-7:30pm at 8425 N. Lombard, Portland. Dinner and child care are provided, and participants will receive a gift card for completing the classes. To register, call the Family Community Alliance Outreach Specialist, 503-726-6259.

Posted on September 29, 2016 .

Community Event at Public Safety Complex in Ridgefield, WA

Health screenings and low-cost bicycle helmets with free fittings are part of the Public Safety Complex Open House from noon-4pm Saturday, September 24th, at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield, WA. There will also be children’s activities and prizes, emergency vehicle displays, community exhibits and a hot dog lunch.

Donations of non-perishable peanut butter and jam for the North County Community Food Bank will be accepted.

Posted on September 21, 2016 .

Financial Empowerment Class for DV or Sexual Assault Survivors

Clackamas Women’s Services is offering a financial empowerment class on Oct. 15 from 9am-5pm at A Safe Place Family Justice Center, 256 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City. The class is designed for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Topics will include money management, budgeting, banking, credit repair, goals, financial abuse, financial safety planning and economic security. Lunch will be provided. Participants will receive a Fred Meyer gift card.

Registration is required. Contact Nichelle Moore, financial empowerment advocate, at, or call 503-557-5839.

Posted on September 15, 2016 .

Free Parenting Classes in Oregon City

“Nurturing Parenting” in the title of a free 10-week series of parenting workshops that will be presented on Fridays from Sept. 30-Dec. 2. Topics will include infant, toddler and preschool development.

The classes will be from 10-11:30am at the Family Resource Center at Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. The classes are sponsored by Clackamas County Children’s Commission and Clackamas Parenting Together. Childcare and snacks will be provided. Transportation assistance will be provided (gas cards/bus tickets). Register by Sept. 25 by calling Natalie Hartsfield at 503-926-4908.

Posted on September 13, 2016 .

‘Disrupt Aging’ is Theme of Oregon Gerontological Association Conference

The Oregon Gerontological Association’s annual conference will be Sept. 30 from 9am-4pm at the OMEF Conference Center, 11740 SW 68th Parkway, No. 100, in Portland. Speakers will include Portland Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler, and sessions will address and equity and aging; technology and aging; and aging, the arts and culture. For more information and to register, go to

Posted on September 6, 2016 .