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News briefs for Sept. 14, 2011

AntFarm benefit Monday night at Stephanie's

From 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, Stephanie's Café will host a spaghetti dinner to benefit Woape's AntFarm.

Tickets are $5, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit AntFarm.

For more information, call Dani at 971-678-2929 or email her at beautyskldropout@

yahoo.com.

Improve your energy IQ at workshops

Two-hour interactive home energy IQ workshops in Clackamas County kick off Sept. 27.

The workshops focus on energy and money savings, the biggest energy-using systems in the home, offsetting the cost of qualifying improvements with cash incentives, and tax credits.

Beginning in Oregon City on Sept. 27, the workshops land in Sandy on Nov. 1, but Clackamas County residents can sign up for any of the seven workshops.

Workshop attendees will receive an energy saver kit and 'Cut Your Energy Bills Now' by Bruce Harley, a nationally recognized expert specializing in energy efficiency.

Because seating is limited, those interested should register at clackamas.us/sustainability/

workshops.jsp or call 503-742-4460.

School district calendars on sale for $10

The Oregon Trail Education Foundation calendars are hot off the press and growing popular.

Listing districtwide meetings, activities and events for the 2011-12 school year, the community calendar is available at school and district offices for $10.

'It's the lifeline for the parents and community,' said Kandi Allen, secretary of the foundation. 'We live by that calendar.'

All proceeds will go to the foundation's grant fund for schools, which can help teachers purchase classroom items they wouldn't ordinarily be able to budget.

Each school in the Oregon Trail School District has a calendar month with a corresponding image selected from a student art contest.

Sandy High student a National Merit semifinalist

Ali Gunesch, a Sandy High School senior, has been named a semifinalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Gunesch is one of 16,000 semifinalists in the 57th annual program and has the opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 scholarships worth more than $34 million in total.

The program aims to honor scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Democrats host family picnic

Oregon Trail Democrats will hold its ninth annual potluck-style family picnic from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in Eagle Fern Park, Eagle Creek.

The day will feature music, games and 'political stars.' Picnic goers should bring a potluck dish to share and recommended $5 donation for park costs. OTD will provide beverages.

To RSVP, call Susan Gates at 503-668-9628 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, visit oregontraildemocrats.com.

Cascadia Village hosts concert

Family, friends and Cascadia Village residents are invited to the Summer Fun Concert 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

The Lost Creek Blue Grass Band will perform. Other afternoon features include food and prizes.

Cascadia Village is at 39495 Cascadia Village Drive, Sandy.

For more information, call 503-668-0300 or visit retirementperfected.com/cascadiavillage.