John Wetten Elementary celebrated Everybody Reads Day with an array of special activities

John Wetten Elementary celebrated Everybody Reads Day with an SUBMITTED PHOTOS - John Wetten Elementary Principal Wendy Wilson dresses as the Cat in the Hat for Everybody Reads Day.array of special activities. Staff and students dressed up as their favorite book characters, and every first- and second-grader got to choose a free book donated by The Clackamas Bookshelf. Celebrity guest readers included Timber Joey, Gladstone Mayor Tammy Stempel, Miss Oregon, Blazer cheerleaders, Superintendent Bob Stewart, and legislators Alan Olson and Mark Meek.

Bilquist opens Ready, Set, Go!

Recently named National Superintendent of the Year, North Clackamas School District Superintendent Matt Utterback, proudly opened the newest Ready, Set, Go! early learning classroom March 8.

Ready, Set, Go!, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, aims to create equitable access to high-quality early learning opportunities that advance social and emotional learning, alongside academic skills for children 3 to 5 years old at Bilquist Elementary School in Oak Grove.

"Beginning with a deep respect for a family's culture, wisdom and strengths, we co-create an environment of learning for parents, caregivers and young children," said Darrin Swaim, Metropolitan Family Service PR director. "Our multigenerational approach enhances natural curiosities and social bonds among and between parents and children, so that important social and emotional skills vital for success endure with time."

Oregon Symphony musicians visit Gladstone

Last week, a brass quintet from the Oregon Symphony performed for students at John Wetten.

John Wetten students thank Jeff Heatherington, an Oregon Symphony Board member, for bringing musicians to the Gladstone elementary school.The musicians played several pieces and also took time to talk to the kids about how brass instruments work, and the history and special traits of the tuba, the slide trombone, the trumpet, and the French horn.

"Our hope is that this experience will lead more students to join the band in middle school," said Vice Principal Jerry Applebee. "We are so grateful to district partner Jeff Heatherington, president and CEO of FamilyCare Health. As an Oregon Symphony Board member, he makes sure that each year John Wetten students get a special visit from Oregon Symphony musicians."

County accepting Citizen Academy applications

Clackamas County is now accepting applications from residents for its third Citizen Academy. The academy is a six-month series of classes designed to educate residents about county government and services.

Each month the Citizen Academy will feature information from different county departments and include presentations, group discussions, and a tour of a county facility.

Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month from April through September. The first session is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

There are 25 openings available. Applicants from a range of geographic areas are sought, and an interest in county programs and services is desired.

Topics will include:

How County Government Works — An Overview

Transportation and Development

Water Environment Services

Public Safety and Emergency Services

Health, Housing and Human Services

Economic Development, Parks and Tourism

A video about Citizen Academy can be viewed at

The application deadline is Monday, March 20. Applications can be submitted online at

Stephanie Kirzenhauser prepares to lead this Saturday's free cooking demonstration at the Gladstone Food Pantry.Gladstone Food Pantry plans cooking demo

Those wanting to boost their nutrition or seeking a new dish for their next potluck are invited to a free cooking demonstration at the Gladstone Food Pantry. This month chef Stephanie Kurzenhauser will prepare sweet and savory brown rice salad. Besides a free taste, attendees will be provided with the recipe, nutrition information, and ingredients to make the dish at home.

The event is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Gladstone Food Pantry, located on the north side of the Gladstone High School campus, off Nelson Lane. Attendees can take the opportunity to choose foods for their family, ask about volunteer opportunities, or make a food donation to the pantry.

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