Peace Labyrinth Digging Parties 9/15, 9/29

September 12, 2007

The Peace Labyrinth creation continues!

We need volunteers to come out and dig for peace, for Parkrose, for future generations to enjoy this wonderful addition to the community center’s grounds.   Refreshments and tools provided, kids 6+ are welcome!

Date: Saturday, 9/15 and 9/29 (subsequent Saturdays will follow until the project is completed)

Time: 10 AM – Noon

Location: Corner of NE Shaver & NE 115th (southwest corner of Parkrose High School field)

To sign up, or for any questions, please call (503) 408-2645

or email:


New Americorps Member for CC @ PHS

September 12, 2007

This is Brendan Gill, the new Americorps member serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the vibrant Community Connections Program at Parkrose High School.

I hope to make this year an even better one by bringing Parkrose and neighboring communities together to make PHS a bustling center for fun, productive activities that unite and mobilize us for change.

Come on down to SC13 and say hi!  I’m right across from the vending machines and between Athletics and Community Connections.


Mural Dedication: July 28 at Noon

July 18, 2007

Veteran muralist Larry Kangas has created a vibrant 1600 sq ft mural- a frieze with the working title of “Horses Through History and World Cultures” (The Broncos are the PHs team mascot). More than 20 feet of mural is already installed on the wall (east side of PHS). Completion of the mural installation will be in stages, with the final sections scheduled to be placed on the wall during the first week of August, 2007.

The mural dedication party is planned for Saturday, July 28th, from noon- to 2pm.

Parkrose High School Community Center is located at NE 120th and Shaver Streets.

You are invited to view the mural, meet artist Larry Kangas and the mural crew and celebrate with the Parkrose community on that day. Enjoy food, music and a few surprises.


July 5, 2007

 Students, neighbors and other volunteers welcome most weekdays in the Fine Arts Building on the PHS campus. Here is Isaac Song at work.

isaac at work

Minnie Grants for Your Community Service Idea

June 29, 2007
Disney’s “Minnie Grants” Support Youth-led Service Projects

Do you have a community service idea for your Senior Project? 
Need some money to help it happen? 
Keep reading because the Walt Disney Company and Youth 
Service America, through Disney Minnie Grants, are supporting 
youth-led service projects that are planned and implemented in 
communities like Parkrose.  
Your service project can take place between October 1 and 
November 26, 2007, and may address either the environment, 
disaster relief, public health and awareness, community education,
 hunger, literacy, or any issue that youth identify as a community 
need. Maximum Award: $500. Eligibility: youth aged 15-25. 
Deadline: August 30, 2007.
Apply at


June 28, 2007
The Parkrose HS mural "Horses through History and World 
Cultures" is coming along beautifully! Already several of the panels 
are completed and ready to be permanently applied to the school's 
outdoor wall (this will happen later this month). Space is available for 
volunteer student assistants community service credit is awarded for this 

  Join muralist Larry Kangas in the studio this week! Don't miss this
 opportunity to observe/help a world class artist!

    For the week of Monday, July 2nd, here's the schedule:

    Monday July 2nd  9-5pm
    Tuesday- July 3rd  9-6pm
    Wednesday- July 4th HOLIDAY- STUDIO IS CLOSED
    Thursday- July 5th 9-6pm
    Friday- July 6th  9-6pm
    Saturday- July 7th  TBA (to be announced)

  Volunteer studio assistants help hang canvas, and assist with painting 
the mural. Community service credits are awarded to students for this 
activity. Youth can also create a mural artwork or their own design- on a
 large 4 X 5 ft wooden panel. Paint, brushes and other supplies are 
provided at no cost.

Questions? Call Joanne Oleksiak, Mural Project Coordinator

  c/o Community Connections at 503/408-2645 
  Or simply stop by the Parkrose HS Mural Arts Studio
 (aka the Fine Arts Building, by the tennis courts)
 A mural dedication party is planned for Saturday, July 28th 12-2 pm

Labyrinth in the News

June 20, 2007

The Parkrose Community Peace Labyrinth is in the news again. Read the story in the June 20, 2007 edition of The Oregonian.

Celebrate the First Day of Summer by helping to create this new community park.

  • WHO: Everyone is welcome!
  • WHAT: Dig the labyrinth path, paint rocks for the path, meet new and old friends, enjoy refreshments too.
  • WHERE: 115th & NE Shaver on the PHS campus.
  • WHEN: Thursday, June 21 ~ drop by between 9 am – 1 pm.
  • WHY: It will be fun and when the park is complete you’ll know that you helped create this neighborhood treasure.