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AntFarm taking shape ... slowly

by: AntFarm Participants collect willows that will line one of the walls of the new AntFarm Axis Learning Center on Proctor Boulevard.

'All good work is done the way ants do things: little by little.'

This mantra is proving true for AntFarm, the youth development center under construction on Proctor Boulevard.

Brittney Collins, a AntFarm participant, began etching large ants into the frosted windows of the storefront last week, offering community members a glimpse into the developing space.

The first phase of the AntFarm building slated for completion is the Axis Learning Center. In addition, the center will include a market café, cultural arts center and kitchen.

AntFarm's Executive Director Two Foxes Singing (Nunpa) anticipates the Axis Learning Center will open in early December, while the rest of the building will be finished in spring 2012.

For participants such as Garrett Wilburn, the new space will offer a hub for community, job skills training and activities.

'AntFarm is one of the best places I've found to hang out,' Wilburn, 19, said. 'No matter your differences, you're welcome.'

Upcoming AntFarm events

• AntFarm will host a volunteer orientation meeting 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 39140 Proctor Blvd., Sandy.

• AntFarm invites community youth to an open house 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at 39140 Proctor Blvd., Sandy.

• From 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, AntFarm will host a day for youth to create art that will adorn the walls of AntFarm.

For more information about the events above, call 503-320-9739 or visit antfarm-international.com.

Things to know

What: The second annual Giving Dinner, 'The Weaver' -- a presentation of activities, photos and videos of 2010-2011 AntFarm programs.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Where: Gregory Forum Conference Hall, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City.

Admission: $35 for one ticket, $32.50 each for 2-3, $30 each for 4-7 and $27.50 each for 8 (an entire table).