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Around Town for July 27, 2011

MEETINGS

• The American Legion/Auxiliary Carl Douglas Post 74 is hosting a meeting/dinner Thursday, July 28, at the Estacada Community Center, 200 S.W. Clubhouse Drive. Dinner is at 6 p.m.; meeting is at 6:45 p.m. The evening's speaker is Mayor Becky Arnold.

COMMUNITY CENTER

• Take-out meals available, $5-$8, 4:30 p.m. pick-up, or delivery in town for $2. Menu changes weekly. For information, call the center at 503-630-7454.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

• The Estacada Public Library family craft activity for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, is to make a set of worry dolls. The library is located at 825 N.W. Wade St. For more information, call the library at 503-630-8273.

EDUCATION

• A group of book lovers meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Estacada Public Library. The book for discussion on Aug. 18 is 'The Dress Lodger,' by Sheri Holman. Chelle Mitchell, the moderator, welcomes readers to the relaxed, fun group. For more information, call the library at 503-630-8273.

• Red Barn Preschool Co-op is registering for fall 2011. Openings are available in the 3-year-old class (must be 3 by Sept. 1). The co-op has limited openings in the 4-year-old class (must be 4 by Sept 1). For more information, call 503.630.2365 or go to redbarnpreschool.com.

• The Estacada Public Library is offering free, one-on-one computer skills training. Learn to use the Internet, Microsoft Office, create an email account and use a keyboard and mouse and more. Sign up for as many half-hour sessions as you need, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday. For more information, call the library at 503-630-8273.

YOUTH

• Teens take over the library's Flora Community Room today from 2-4 p.m. for snacks, crafts and games. The Estacada Public Library is at 825 N.W. Wade St. Next Teen Lounge date: Aug. 10. For more information, call the library at 503-630-8273.

• Pre-school to sixth-grade youths are invited to Barton Community Baptist Church for Vacation Bible School, from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 1-5, at 25400 S.E. Highway 224. Crafts, games, snacks, Bible adventures and music. Pre-register at bartonchurch.org and receive free Pandamania poster. For more information, call 503-637-3258.

• Estacada fall youth soccer registration is under way. Visit estacadayouth

soccer.com to register and for more information. Estacada Youth Soccer is seeking coaches for the fall season. If you are interested in coaching a team, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Children up to age 3 are invited to the Estacada Public Library's Flora Room for stories, songs and finger plays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 825 N.W. Wade St. For more information, call the library at 503-630-8273.

• The playgroup at the Estacada Public Library meets at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Flora Room at the library, 825 N.W. Wade St. Parents with infants and toddlers ages newborn to 5 years are invited to attend. Bring a toy and sippy cup. For more information, contact Samantha Caggiano at 503-637-5121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FOOD AND WELLNESS

• Healthy Kids is Oregon's recently expanded no-cost or low-cost health coverage for Oregon's uninsured children and teens. To find out more about Healthy Kids, visit oregonhealthykids.gov or call 1-877-314-5678. Free assistance in filling out applications is available at the Sandy Senior/Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., from 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, and from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays. For local questions or brochures, call 503-637-6495.

VOLUNTEERS-HELP NEEDED

• St. Aloysius and St. Vincent de Paul in Estacada are seeking food donations for the Community Basket Program. Donations are needed to support the program with distribution on the first and third Tuesday of every month from noon-2 p.m. at St. Aloysius. Food and cash donations can be made at St. Aloysius Catholic Church at 295 S. Broadway. Canned and packaged goods may be left in the big blue barrel in the carport at 297 N. Broadway across from St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Brown-Bagg project accepting soap, toilet paper, shampoo, deoderant, toothpaste and other items. For more information, call 503-318-5932 or 503-709-1406.

• The Philip Foster Farm is looking for help. The farm is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until Labor Day, Sept. 5. Please contact the farm if you can: help maintain volunteer costume closet (cleaning, mending and ironing); or staff the farm on weekends, summer days or special events. Learn history, do community service, learn skills. All ages are welcome, under 12 with adult. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Elaine Butler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-637-6324.

• Lawnmower races are returning to Estacada this Saturday, July 30. Races start at 1:30 p.m. The racetrack is on Eagle Creek Road, just past All-Ways Towing at 10th Avenue; look for signs. $5 tax-deductible vehicle parking donation will cover costs of portable toilets and insurance. Bring lawn chair and pop-up tent and plan for afternoon of fun. Next races are on Sept. 17.

• The Clackamas Repertory Theatre presents 'Oklahoma!' by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Aug. 4-28.  The CRT production is directed by David Smith-English. Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The theater is located at 19600 Molalla Ave. in Oregon City. For ticket information, visit the website at clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.

• The Estacada Farmers Market, at corner of Third and Broadway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday until Oct. 2. Find locally-grown produce, eggs, plants and trees, fresh-cut flowers, handcrafted items and much more. The market needs volunteers and local musicians and artists. Contact the market's Steering Committee at 503-630-6100 or on their Facebook page. For more information or to download a vendor application, go to estacadafarmersmarket.com.

FUNDRAISERS

• The Estacada American Legion Post 74 will host a four-stop Poker Run this Sunday, July 31, to benefit the Legion and the Estacada Memorial Fund. Sign-in is at 9 a.m.. Last bike out is 10:30 a.m. Cost is $10/hand, $5/second hand. Starting point is Oak Grove Choppers, next to River Road house in Milwaukie, 11921 S.E. 22nd; run ends at Old Mill Saloon in Estacada, 130 S.W. Frontage Road. Best hand award, door prizes, 50/50 raffle. For more information, call Oak Grove Choppers at 503-659-0053.

• The Skip-A-Week Quilt Club meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garfield Grange Hall at 33460 S.E. Divers Road. For more information, call Ruth at 503-630-4669.

• Grace House, 380 N.W. Sixth Ave., hosts an Alzheimer's support group, in cooperation with Mt. Hood Hospice, at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every month that includes activities for Alzheimer's patients while caregivers attend the group. Call Kira Buresh, residence director at Grace House, for more information at 503-630-5341.

• The Clackamas Valley Baptist Church Grief Share support group meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday and at 2 p.m. every Thursday at 29275 S.E. Eagle Creek Road. This program is dedicated to helping those who have lost of a loved one. All information shared here is kept confidential. You are encouraged to come and see how we can help you heal from your loss. For more information, call 503-630-5484.

• Clackamas Women's Services provides support services and resources for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Clackamas County. If you need help, Rural Advocate April M. Quast is now providing secure appointments at a safe location in your area on Mondays. For information or an appointment, call 503-545-8748. The website is cwsor.org.

• The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is offering free spaying/neutering at their Portland clinic for all qualified feral and stray cats for the month of July. This Independence Spay special is available to residents of Multnomah, Clark, Clackamas and Washington counties. Space is limited to 500 cats. For more information, call 503-797-2606 or go to feralcats.com.