A deceiving article making the rounds on social media claims world-famous actor Johnny Depp made an unexpected pit stop in Gresham after his car broke down.
"I'm telling you, these people in Gresham are the real deal. If I ever retire, I'm moving there," Depp appears to gush in an undated article titled "Johnny Depp Had This to Say About the Residents of Gresham, Oregon."
But a closer look at the seemingly-authentic news site — KBR 31 — reveals that the article is intended as satire. On a page of the site labeled "disclaimer," the website states that none of its content "should be considered true."
KBR 31 did not respond to a request for comment.
It's easy to be fooled by so-called 'fake news,' but social media experts offer these tips.
• Consider the source. Have you ever heard of this website before? Can you find an address, telephone number or other contact information. If not, that's a bad sign.
• Explore the site. Do other articles contain a mishmash of improbable claims? Graphic or disreputable advertisements are another indicator of an untrustworthy provider.
• If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Winemaker's Dinner planned
Residents are invited to a special evening of wining and dining, when Troutini hosts a Winemaker's Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the restaurant, 101 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.
Dyson Paul DeMara, founder and winemaker of Paul O'Brien Winery in Roseburg, will guide diners through a five-course meal accompanied by wine selected especially for each course.
Tickets are $80 per person
For more information, call Troutini at 503-912-1462 or visit www.troutini.com.
Spotlight on New York upcoming at Senior Center
The Gresham Senior Center will host Laura Hernandez of Collette travel group for a presentation on upcoming trips to a number of destinations.
The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, in the Blue Lake Room of the senior center, 600 N.E. Eighth St., Gresham.
Hernandez will outline tours scheduled for New York City in December, Costa Rica in February 2018 and others. There will also be refreshments and door prizes.
Those interested in attending, are asked to call the travel desk at the senior center at 503-988-9897.