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Local Kiwanis need help with gift baskets

Next week, many people in the Sandy area will fill the food and gift baskets for 400 families.

The work of adding children’s gifts to the food baskets will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 18090 Langensand Road. Local residents and Kiwanis members will finish filling the Christmas baskets at what they are calling “Good Morning Santa.”

Anyone who wishes to help with the distribution of the baskets should return to the church at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

Contributions of cash to purchase meat, fresh foods and additional canned goods can be sent to Kiwanis Community Christmas Baskets, PO Box 1261, Sandy 97055.

For more information, call 503-668-6015 or 503-701-2141.

Resort at the Mountain plans holiday breakfast

The Holiday Breakfast with Gingerbread Decorating and Raffle Drawing to benefit the Mt. Hood Child Care Center and Preschool will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Resort at the Mountain.

Breakfast is $8 per person and will feature a holiday buffet. All profits will be donated to the Mt. Hood Child Care Center and Preschool. Kids will be able to decorate gingerbread cookies, and visitors can take part in a raffle drawing with a variety of prizes available.

Reservations should be made by Thursday, Dec. 6. To make reservations, call Becca Kolibaba, at 503-709-9718 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Coats, blankets needed in Sandy

Windermere Real Estate offices are conducting their annual “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drives to help the less fortunate during the winter months.

The Sandy office is among the 30-plus Windermere offices serving as collection sites in Oregon and southwest Washington. In the Portland area, Transition Projects will distribute the coats and blankets to men and women living on the streets of Portland and in local shelters.

In addition to Transition Projects, other organizations will benefit from this coat and blanket drive, including Rita’s Place in Sandy.

Until Dec. 19, local residents can bring new or gently used and laundered child and adult-size coats and twin-size blankets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to the Sandy Windermere office, 38720 Proctor Blvd.

Christmas basket program asks help

This is the 57th year the Kiwanis Club, Sandy Fire and Rescue and Sandy Police as well as a number of businesses and individuals have conducted a Christmas basket program to aid the less fortunate.

The baskets contain at least a Christmas dinner and gifts for each child under 18 living in the home. Food includes canned and dried goods, bread, meats and dairy products — enough food for several meals, in most cases.

All of the food, gifts and money to buy the perishable goods are donations from area residents and businesses.

Canned food drives are conducted by students in area schools, spearheaded by the Leadership Club at Sandy High School and assisted by Key Club, FFA and other community volunteers.

Cash donations can be made directly to Sandy Kiwanis, P.O. Box 1261, Sandy 97055.

Families in need or people who know of needy families are asked to call 503-668-8093 and sign up for this program by dropping into the Sandy Fire District Main Station, 17460 Bruns Ave., during weekday business hours.

Anyone able to “adopt” a family or who would simply like to help out should call 503-668-8093.

Mt. Hood Lions help kids read books

The Mt. Hood Lions Club is among 25 other Lions clubs in northwest Oregon that have active programs to help improve children’s literacy.

Lions clubs in the northwest area of the state recently have committed to assisting the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program.

Mt. Hood Lions have a couple of ongoing projects that help make readers out of students in Welches schools, said Dan Wolf, sight and hearing chairman for the club.

Wolf said the club would soon get organized to help the SMART program in the Welches area.

Lions members are conducting the Reading is Fundamental program at Welches Elementary School. In addition, the club supports the Welches Middle School Book Club by providing books and bookshelves for its members.

For more information on Mt. Hood Lions, call Wolf at 503-622-4664.

City asks for help on planning panel

The city of Sandy is recruiting to fill two vacancies on its Planning Commission.

Planning commissioners review land-use applications and advise the City Council on legislative changes.

Planning Commission terms are for four years, and the commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The persons appointed to this position must live within the city limits.

Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter describing their interest in the position and any special qualifications they have that could apply to this work. Letters are due at City Hall by Friday, Dec. 14.

Letters should be addressed to Tracy Brown, planning and development director, city of Sandy, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055, or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, call Brown at 503-668-4886.

Heres Christmas in the Country

In the early 19th century, Christmas was celebrated with minimal decorations, a warm hearth, and family and friends.

To return to that magical and historic time, Philip Foster Farm is reopening for a weekend.

“Christmas in the Country” will be portrayed at the farm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, at the farm, 29912 Highway 211, Eagle Creek.

Festivities will include carolers, Santa Claus, cookies and cider. Photos may be taken with Santa or near one of the sleighs in the barn, where trees and wreaths will be available for purchase.

The farm’s 1847 Pioneer Store will reopen for business, with a variety of toys, crafts, books, rugs, bonnets and more.

For more information, call the farm at 503-637-6324, or visit philipfosterfarm.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..