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Dems host potluck

The Oregon Trail Democrats will host their 10th annual potluck picnic from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in Meinig Park.

The event will feature live music, games and “political stars.” Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share; beverages are provided. Adults are encouraged to bring a $5 donation. For more information, visit oregontraildemocrats.org.

Red Cross needs blood

The Sandy Community blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Sandy Fire Station, 17460 Burns Ave.

To register, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code SandyComm. For more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS(733-2767).

SAT opens season Friday

“Blithe Spirit” runs Sept. 14 through Oct. 7 at Sandy Actors Theatre, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sundays, at 17433 Meinig Ave. behind ACE Hardware.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children 12 and younger.

The play is suitable for audience members of all ages. Reservations are recommended, and patrons are encouraged to call in advance wheelchair access and hearing assistance devices. For reservations and more information, call 503-668-6834 or visit sandyactorstheatre.org.

Poet laureate leads workshop, reads her work

Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen will offer a workshop from 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Sandy Public Library, and a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Sept. 15, at Wy’east Book Shoppe & Art Gallery.

All poets are welcome to the workshop, “Anyone’s Domain: The Everyday Life of Poetry,” and should bring a favorite notebook or journal, preferably with larger pages.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Wy’east Book Shoppe & Gallery at 503-622-1623. For more information, visit wyeastonline.com.

Watershed council holds meeting, picnic

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council will holds its annual meeting and picnic at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Dodge Park.

The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with project updates, the election of council members and officers for the next year, budget adoption and goal setting or the next biennial proposal to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

No formal training or qualification is necessary for the board. The chair, vice chair and treasurer positions are available.

The council is also participating in the Salmon River Canyon cleanup Sept. 22 and Bull Run Powerhouse’s anniversary Sept. 29.

For more information, visit sandyriver.org.

Hilarious play comes to Boring

During the first three weeks in October, the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company is presenting “Noises Off,” a comedy in three acts.

But a spokesperson for the theater says it really is two plays: 1) an English comedy romp called “Nothing’s On” that’s being put onstage, and 2) the backstage drama that ensues when a traveling theater company tries to put on a show.

However, everything goes terribly wrong. Everyone in the audience is going to lose his or her proper English composure upon seeing the pratfalls, hearing the witty dialogue and trying to figure out the set’s jigsaw-puzzle design.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. each Sunday, Oct. 4-21, at the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater, in the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall in downtown Boring.

For information, call 503-593-1295 or visit the website at nnbtheater.com.

Brightwood bridge closing for painting

The bridge that carries Brightwood Loop Road over the Salmon River will be closed 24 hours a day until Wednesday, Oct. 10.

This closure will allow Clackamas County workers to paint the underside of the structure.

Brightwood Loop Road (but not the bridge) will be open to local and emergency traffic. Signs will mark the detour route, which will be on Highway 26. 

Emergency service providers, schools and other regular users of the roadway have been notified about the closure.

County transportation maintenance staff repainted the top of the Salmon River Bridge earlier this summer, but a contractor is being brought in to paint the underside of the bridge because of the need for special scaffolding.

For more information, email Vince Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-742-4650.

Mt. Hood Hospice offers youth grief support

Support and Healing for Early Life Losses (SHELL) will meet at Mt. Hood Hospice every other Tuesday evening Oct. 9 through Dec. 18.

SHELL provides support for children, teens and their families grieving the death of someone close.

Whether it’s been weeks, months or years since the loss, participants are invited to share their experiences with others in a safe place.

Groups are led by trained volunteers and supervised by qualified professionals.

For more information, including the time of the group, and to register, call Emilie Cartoun at 503-668-5545 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library story time resumes in mid-September

Story Time, a fun way for children to learn skills that help them get ready to read before elementary school, will resume at the Sandy and Hoodland Public libraries the week of Sept. 16.

Hoodland Library will hold Story Time at 10 a.m. every Tuesday before the library opens for children of all ages. The library is at 68256 E. Highway 26.

Sandy Library’s Preschool Story Time will take place at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday for children ages 3-5 (or older).

Sandy Library’s Toddler Time will take place at 10 a.m. Thursdays for children ages 2-3. The library is at 38980 Proctor Blvd.

All events are free and will take place throughout the school year.

For information, call Monica Smith, children’s librarian, at 503-489-2170 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .