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News briefs for Oct. 5

Safeway gives to Kiwanis program

The Kiwanis Christmas Basket project received a big boost last week when Kiwanis President Kimberly Nelson and other Kiwanis members received a $3,000 donation from the Safeway Foundation.

Sandy Safeway Store Manager Tapani Koski, store employees and former Store Manager Dawn Syring presented the gift to Sandy Kiwanis.

This is the 56th year Kiwanis has spearheaded the project, said Ken Hallgren, project co-chairman.

With help from local students, organizations and private donations, 400 families within the Sandy Fire District receive needed assistance during the holiday season.

The Safeway Foundation's funds come from voluntary employee giving through a payroll deduction program.

The foundation's mission is to support education, health and human services, hunger relief and people with disabilities. Of the funds collected, 100 percent are distributed within the Portland Division of Safeway.

Learn Zen meditation

Sandy Sangha, a meditation group that meets weekly, is hosting a free 'Introduction to Zen Meditation' workshop from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Mt. Hood Hospice, 39641 Scenic Street, Sandy.

Ordained Soto Zen priest Domyo Burk of Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland will lead the workshop, presenting the purpose of zazen (sitting meditation), fundamentals of posture and specific techniques, including how to modify posture for physical limitations.

The workshop will include a period of meditation and an opportunity to ask questions. No experience is necessary.

Experienced meditators will also benefit from checking in with a teacher with questions that have arisen during their practice.

Call Emilie Cartoun at 503-997-3193 to register or for more information.

Outlook columnist to talk about new book

Gresham Outlook columnist Sharon Nesbit - who started work at age 15 at the Sandy Post - will introduce her new book of selected columns, 'Sunny with Occasional Tirades,' and talk about the beginnings of her newspaper career in Sandy at the quarterly meeting of the Sandy Historical Society at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd.

Nesbit's book is a collection of 100 columns gathered from her more than 20 years as a columnist for The Outlook. Her columns claimed first prize in the 2010 contest of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. The book is available for $15.95 at the historical society museum gift shop.

Nesbit will share the program with Tammara Hodge of Eagle Creek, a seamstress and participant in Civil War reenactments, who will present her collection of mourning dresses and describe the era when they were worn.