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For the week of Wednesday, Sept. 20

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Small Business Council in Welches - Former Gov. John Kitzhaber, Sen. Rick Metsger and former gubernatorial candidate Ben Westlund will speak at the Governor's Small Business Council meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches.

The meeting will address the issue of rising healthcare costs and the impact on Oregon's communities and small businesses as well as other issues relevant to small businesses in Oregon. It is open to the public. For more information, visit www.oregon-smallbiz.com.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Artworks class - Students ages 8 to 14 can learn book and box making, papier maché sculpture, glass etching and clayworks at the Artworks class at the Sandy Community Center. The class takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 21 through Oct. 26. Cost is $59, and all supplies are provided. Call the community center at 503-668-5569 or drop in at 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

Highway 26 project hearing - The Oregon Department of Transportation will hold a public open house and a hearing on the project that will widen Highway 26 between Wildwood and Wemme and address safety concerns in that stretch of highway. The hearing will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Evergreen Room at Mt. Hood Village Resort, 65000 E. Highway 26 in Welches. The open house will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the public hearing will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 503-731-4850 for more information.

Metsger unveils plan - Incumbent State Sen. Rick Metsger, D-Welches, will unveil his legislative agenda for the 2007 session at the Paris Café, 16607 Champion Way, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. There he'll talk about funding services such as education and the Oregon State Police, and will discuss growth and annexation issues. Call 503-851-1783 for more information.

Friday, Sept. 22

Good Morning Sandy - The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce's Good Morning Sandy networking event will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Kofoo Grill, 38753 Proctor Blvd.

Book signing - Sonja Buist and Emily Keller read from and discuss the newly revised 'Hikes and Walks on Mt. Hood by the Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes' starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Wy'East Book Shoppe and Art Gallery, 67195 E. Highway 26, Suite A, in Welches. Call 503-622-1623 for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Parent Institute - From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, the Oregon Trail School District will offer its first-ever Parent Institute, which will help parents learn how to be better partners in the academic success of their children. For more information, visit www.oregontrailschools.com or call 503-668-0679.

Mount Hood Heritage Day - The sixth annual fund-raiser for the Mount Hood Museum and Cultural Center features activities for the whole family. See story on Page 2A.

Family Feast and Fun - Celebrate the mountain life at the SkiBowl Adventure Park with 'a picnic with altitude.'

Play the piano - Nationally renowned pianist, composer and teacher Donn Rochlin will offer a class, 'Just for Fun Piano,' at the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

This class is for anyone who wants to learn to play his or her favorite songs at the piano for fun, without years of lessons. Rochlin has taught thousands of people at colleges and universities in more than 56 cities, how to play the 'easy way' in one short session.

Cost for the class is $55 plus a $25 materials fee for a CD and book. To register, call the Sandy Community Center at 503-668-5569.

League luncheon - The Mount Hood unit of the League of Women Voters of Clackamas County invites the communities of Boring, Sandy, and the Villages at Mount Hood to its fall kickoff luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Rendezvous Grill in Welches.

Chef Kathryn Bliss is planning a feast featuring organic produce from Thompson Farms in Boring. Larry Thompson will be the keynote speaker, talking about 'Why Organic Matters.' The cost will be $12, including gratuity. Wy'east Book Shoppe and Art Gallery will have a special selection of books related to the topic on that day.

RSVP as soon as possible to Pat Hallgren, 503-622-5066, or Michelle Gunness, 503-622-4904.

Candidates' forum - The Boring-Damascus Grange will host a candidates' forum at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. A community barbecue will take place at 6 p.m. at the grange, 27861 S.E. Grange St. The candidates for county commissioner, State Senate district 26 and State House districts 51 and 52 will be on hand.

Sunday, Sept. 24

Veterans info - Many veterans of the U.S. armed forces don't realize what benefits are available to them. Learn about the government's Veterans Benefit program in an informational seminar at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Cascadia Village Retirement and Assisted Living, 39495 Cascadia Village Drive. Call 503-668-0300 for more information.

Monday, Sept. 25

CPO hosts candidates' forum - The Bull Run Community Planning Organization will host Larry Sowa and Lynn Peterson, candidates for the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, at its semiannual meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Aims Church.

CPO Chairman Roger Bell will moderate the town hall-style candidates' forum, which will give residents the opportunity to ask the candidates questions about issues of local and county importance. Bell said the CPO will not endorse or support either candidate but rather encourages each CPO member to give both viewpoints careful consideration.

For more information, e-mail Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Depression recovery seminar - A free introductory class at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, will give a preview of the Depression Recovery seminar to be held at the Hood View Adventist Church in Boring, 28775 S.E. Kelso Road. The common ailment of depression will be discussed in eight weekly session at 7 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 9 through Nov. 27. For more information call 503-663-5611.

Family Day - The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed Monday, Sept. 25, Family Day, a day for families to eat dinner together. Family Day emphasizes the importance of regular family activities in parent-child communications and encourages Americans to make family dinners a regular feature of their lives. For more information, visit the Family Day Web site at www.casafamilyday.org or contact the Clackamas County Office for Children and Families 2051, Kaen Road, Oregon City.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Dulcimer class - From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday for seven weeks starting Sept. 26, experienced dulcimer teacher Sally Smith will hold a class on the Appalachian dulcimer. 'It is the perfect instrument for folks who have never played an instrument but always wanted to, or folks who have not played for a long while and want to get back into music,' Smith said.

The seven-week class costs $35, and students may register through Clackamas Community College's Community Education Registration. Smith said she can provide affordable dulcimers to rent or to buy for the program. For more information, call Smith at 503-824-2520.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

See you at the pole - 'Be Still and Know that I am God' is the theme for this year's See You at the Pole, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27. The event brings students to their school flagpoles to intercede for their leaders, schools and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries. This is for students only. Call your school or local church for more information.

Friday, Sept. 29

Good Morning Sandy - The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce's Good Morning Sandy networking event will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the law offices of Karen Thompson, 39084 Proctor Blvd.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Teddy Bear Parade - The 24th annual Teddy Bear Parade, hosted by Soroptimist International of Gresham, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at East Hill Foursquare Church, 401 N. Main Ave., and will proceed through downtown Gresham.

Democrats dine - Clackamas County Democrats will host their Roosevelt Dinner at the Oswego Lake Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 30. Food, a silent auction and guest speakers will highlight the evening. Attend the dinner and become acquainted with Democrats in your area. For more information, call Marcia Brown at 503-668-6547.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

Boring CPO meets - The public is invited to attend the next Boring Community Planning Organization (CPO) meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Boring Fire Department building, 28655 S.E. Hwy 212 in Boring. All meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at the above location.

Discussion topics include reports from the Boring Water District, Park and Events Committee and the Boring Fire Department. Also included are current land-use applications and an update on the revised CPO bylaws that were resubmitted to the county. For more information, call Les at 503-663-1297.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Back to church series - St. Aloysius Church, 297 N.W. Broadway in Estacada, will conduct an ongoing series called 'Catholics Returning Home' on six consecutive Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at St. Aloysius Parish Hall. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the church. For details, call Steve Schmidt at 503-637-3095.

Garden Club meets - The Sandy Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Sandy Community Presbyterian Church, 39290 Scenic St., in the fellowship hall.

Karen Alexander from Faire Haven Lavender Farms will speak about her 60 varieties of lavender and herbs for the soul. The program will follow a business meeting and refreshments.

Wildlife habitat design workshop - Would you like to have an attractive yard that provides habitat for native birds and butterflies? Join experts from the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Clackamas River Basin Council, and the Xerces Society for a free wildlife habitat design workshop from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Sandy Senior Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

The event is geared to property owners with large lots of three-quarters to 2 acres, but all are welcome to attend. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call 503-656-3499.