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Peace vigil held each Wednesday night in Sherwood

Interested in a nonviolent society? Join the weekly peace vigil in Old Town Sherwood each Wednesday night.

All you need to bring is a candle and thoughts of peace and hope. Organizers want to bring people together to focus their attention on a nonviolent future for our children. All are welcome.

The peace vigil begins at 9:30 p.m. each Wednesday in front of the Sherwood Library in Old Town Sherwood.

Free women's self defense training classes in Sherwood

United Studios of Self Defense is offering a free women's self-defense class Saturday, April 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. at its studio, 20673 S.W. Roy Rogers Road in the Safeway Shopping Center in Sherwood.

United Studios will teach basic self defense skills, including:

• What to do if someone grabs or chokes you.

• How to prevent being taken to the ground and how to get away fast!

In addition, United Studios urges any women to come in for a month of both private and group instruction at no cost.

For further details or questions, call instructor Michael Hamm at 503-675-2488.

Sherwood YMCA will host free family fun day

The Sherwood Regional Family YMCA will open to the public for free all day Saturday, April 12.

Come join the fun with games, activities, prizes and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon, or for regular YMCA offerings the rest of the day.

Community vendors will be on site with information on keeping your children and family safe. Activities include rock climbing, fitness testing, arts and crafts and more. Prizes available and each child will receive a goodie bag with a membership voucher. For more information call 503-625-9622. The Sherwood Regional Family YMCA is at 23000 S.W. Pacific Highway.

Sherwood Library used book sale on April 26

Put Saturday, April 26th on your calendar so you won't miss the annual Friends of the Sherwood Public Library Used Book Sale!

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Sherwood Senior Center will be filled with great bargains. Prices include:

Children's books - 10 cents

Paperback books - 25 cents

Hardcover books - 50 cents

Videos/CDs/DVDs - $1

From 2 to 4 p.m. all of the books you can fit in a paper bag are only $1. Bags will be supplied at the door. All proceeds benefit the Sherwood Public Library.

Members of the Friends of the Sherwood Public Library will be on hand to sell items and to sign up new members.

Book donations are being accepted up to the day of the sale at the library. Donations are received only during the library's open hours.

We ask that donations not be left outside when the building is closed and, please, no magazines, Readers' Digest condensed books, textbooks, or National Geographic magazines.

For more information, call the library at 503-625-6688

Check out new cardio lab at open house

Welcome to the future of heart and vascular care!

Providence Newberg Medical Center will host an open house for the center's new cardiovascular lab from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at Providence Newberg Medical Center, near Ruth's Café, first floor.

Heart care services are now even better in our community. Please join us for a tour of our new cardiovascular lab. Our doctors provide a wealth of experience and technical expertise. In our new lab, they can perform minimally invasive procedures to help diagnose and treat a variety of heart and vascular problems, including coronary artery disease. Registration is not necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

University Women sponsor technology class in Sherwood

The Tigard Branch of the American Association of University Women will sponsor a free program titled, 'Media Technology: Memories to Media,' at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 at the Sherwood United Methodist Church, 22280 S.W. Washington St., Sherwood,

Amy Taylor, co-owner of Burnit Studio will speak about video scrap booking and the other professional services her company provides. Burnit Studio is located in Old Town Sherwood near the Senior Center. Among the services they provide are: video scrap booking, videography, and tape to DVD transfer, website design and DVD greeting cards. Ways to put photos, videos and other memories onto the latest media will be explained.

For more information, call Linda Richter at 503-692-3203 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

George Fox University Players to perform at Sherwood Community Friends Church

The University Players, a nine-person touring drama troupe from George Fox University in Newberg will perform at Sherwood Community Friends Church in Sherwood at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 6.

The Players perform vignettes they adapt from scripts or compose themselves. The vignettes last from six to eight minutes each and combine music, drama, and comedy to present the challenges and joys of the Christian faith.

New Sherwood Foundation for the Arts group to host informational meeting

Are you passionate about the arts? Would you like to help raise money to support the arts in Sherwood? The goal of the newly formed Sherwood Foundation for the Arts is to inspire, nurture and support the arts in Sherwood. If you are interested in becoming a member or just learning more about the foundation please e-mail sherwoodar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Darla at 503-724-0770.

The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in the Community Room at the Sherwood Fire Station.

Learn how to make a spectacular hanging basket at Al's Garden Center April 19

From alyssum to verbena, you'll find all the fabulous annuals at Al's Garden Centers in April. It's time to plant your hanging baskets now so you can enjoy their trailing beauty later. The 'Brown Thumb Basics: Hanging Basket How To''s class begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Sherwood Al's Garden Center, 16920 S.W. Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood.

Join Mark and Amy Bigej as they show you how to create stunning hanging baskets. Al's Garden Centers are known for beautiful, vibrant hanging baskets. Attend this class and learn the tips and tricks to creating your own gorgeous hanging baskets.

Registration is not required to attend the event.The seminar is free and is open to the public.

Get tickets now for May performances of Sherwood Chorale and Children's Chorus

Voices for the Performing Arts presents "On Broadway" featuring The Sherwood Chorale, Children's Chorus and special guests performing your favorite Broadway tunes. Mark your calendars for May 16 and 17. Due to previous sold-out shows, there will be an additional 2 p.m. Saturday matinee show as well as the nightly 7:30pm shows. Get your tickets early! Tickets go on sale April 1 at Let's Make Music (503-625-5343), or online at www.tix.com. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.vpafoun dation.org.

Gun Club hosts Firearm Safety Day in Sherwood

With the support of the Oregon State Shooting Association the Ninth annual Home Firearm Safety Day at Tri-County Gun Club will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Tri-County Gun Club, 13050 S.W. Tonquin Road, Sherwood.

The National Rifle Association Home Firearm Safety Course is a non-shooting course to instruct adult individuals on the safe handling and storage of firearms. This course is not designed for shooting or concealed handgun carry therefore marksmanship, tactics and law are not included. However handgun safety is a component of the course and it does meet the safety requirements for an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. The course is scheduled for four hours and there is a fee of $10 per person to help offset the cost of materials. Advance registration is requested.

For more information, call Jim Kessler at 503-245-0053.

Energy specialist to speak about local efforts at April 8 Washington County Peak Oil meeting

The next public meeting of Washington County Peak Oil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 at the Unitarian Church, 22785 N.W. Birch St., Hillsboro.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a follow-up to the Portland City Council's resolution confirming the fact of peak oil and the looming crisis it represents.

Charlie Stephens, an energy specialist and consultant who worked for 17 years for the Oregon Department of Energy will speak about the progress made toward the goals set by the Peak Oil Task Force and update attendees on the latest information about our fossil fuel situation, its relationship to the country's serious petrodollar problem and what we need to do locally to work toward a truly sustainable society. The WCPO book study group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Powell's Books in the Cedar Hills Crossing at 3415 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton to discuss the first section of 'The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community' by David C. Korten. The public is invited to attend either meeting.

Support local artists at second Second Saturday Art Walk in Old Town

The second happening of the new Second Saturday Art Walk in Old Town Sherwood will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Join the community in Old Town Sherwood, visit local businesses and see the creations of at least a dozen local artists.

All-volunteer basketball league will elect officers

The Sherwood Basketball Organization, an all-volunteer organization, will hold its annual meeting to elect officers at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA.

In addition to elections, SBO will be discussing several issues, which will affect the upcoming 2008-2009 season. As an all-volunteer organization, the SBO is always looking for positive input to help make the program better.