By Mickey Harnage
Northeast Community Center volunteer
“Community food and fund drives provide nutritious food and vital operating funds for Oregon Food Bank while raising awareness of hunger issues in our communities,” said a representative from the Oregon Food Bank. “A tough economy and high unemployment have pushed demand for emergency food to record levels, making community support more important than ever. Your efforts make a big difference for the more than 260,000 people each month who eat meals from emergency food boxes.”
As an added incentive to our neighbors, NECC is having free swim time for all who contribute cans of food in the barrel of the NECC lobby. The dates for the free swim are Sunday, March 23 and Sunday, March 30 from 1:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Families, children, and adults are all welcome to participate in the free swim. Parents of non-swimmers must accompany their children in the pool. Check in at the NECC front desk to take part in the free swim.
While you’re in the building, ask about NECC’s summer camps and swim classes. A documentary film camp called Which Bridge to Film? uses Portland’s iconic bridges as a basis for making documentaries. During the camp, participants decide which bridge to film, learn about “their” bridge and storyboard the documentary. Kids plan shots and learn video-editing software. Each camp day includes time for learning about the bridge, filming and editing. A short documentary will be completed by the end of the week-long camp by filmmakers ages 10-17.
Another all-day summer camp is Hidden Nature, which includes a trip to a different park each day with a swim at NECC to end the day. Ages 8 through 13 will benefit from this camp. Other camps are Licensed to Bike/Getting Around On Two Wheels, Exploring PDX and NECC Day Camp.
For kids who want a shorter camp time, check out NECC’s two- to three-hour camps, including Yoga, Dance Camp, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Forest Inside/Out, Red Cross: When I’m In Charge and Baby Sitter Boot Camp.
Children 4-6 years old may enjoy one of the themed mini-camps, such as Superhero’s or Art Adventure.