1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
July 09, 2008 00:00
Beaverton, OR – As an unexpected surprise, Animal Planet television network and Comcast are visiting the Beaverton PAL Youth Center (12500 SW Allen Blvd.) on Friday, July 11, 2008, from 11:15am-Noon. Youth from PAL programs in Beaverton, Portland and Gresham will be part of the exhibition. The visit is a kickoff to the Animal Planet Expo which will be held in Fernhill Park (Northeast Portland) on July 12 & 13 from 10am-4pm. The Expo is free and open to the public. Animals from around the world will be part of the Expo – from Africa, Australia, Asia and North America.
Media are welcome to attend the sneak preview on Friday, July 11th. Openings are still available for all PAL summer programs. “We still have space available in all our programs,” said PAL CEO Maura White. “With the rising cost of gas and food prices, even our very low-cost camps are out of the reach for some families. We are doing the best we can to scholarship youth when possible.” Highlights include: PAL Bud Monnes Youth Center Drop-In Program (424 N.E. 172nd), June 30-August 20, M-F, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., ages 8-17; programs include: Outdoor Club, Recreation, Reading, Arts & Crafts, & Field Trips. Cost is $50 for a year membership or $25 for youth that qualify for free or reduced lunch. National Youth Sports Program, July 7-August 1, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Portland State University, for low-income youth 10-16, provides sports instruction, educational classes, and meals. There is a $25 registration fee, and camp is open to youth throughout the metro area (including Vancouver). Some transportation is provided from the Portland area.
PAL Adventure Camps, July 7-August 15, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-11am at the PAL Youth Center (424 NE 172nd Ave) for youth ages 8-13. Six weekly themed camps focused on recreational and enrichment activities. Cost is $25 per week plus Youth Center yearly membership of $50 or $25 for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Free breakfast is provided from 7:30am-8am. All youth who participate in PAL Adventure camps can participate in the drop in program immediately following adventure camp until 5:30 p.m. for no extra charge. Beaverton PAL Day Camps and drop in programs, June 16-August 15, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, at the Beaverton Resource Center, 12500 SW Allen Blvd. Call 503-469-9137 or drop by the Center for registration materials.
Molalla PAL Youth Center programs, June 30-August 22, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, at 209 Kennel Avenue, for youth ages 8-14. Go to www.molallapal.org.
Summer Internship Opportunities, June - August 2008, at all program sites. Portland PAL is a non-profit, juvenile crime prevention program, which provides programs in Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Molalla and Beaverton. PAL's law enforcement partners include the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Gresham Police Department, FBI, Troutdale, Beaverton, Molalla, and Fairview Police Departments, Port of Portland Police, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
For more information or to volunteer with PAL, go to www.palkids.org or its blog at www.palevents.com. The PAL main phone line is 503-823-0250. ###
Sgt. Pete Simpson