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Countryside Church starts crisis fund for Sherwood School District families

Countryside Community Church recently began a family crisis fund to assist the families of Sherwood School District students.

The men's group at the church will provide grants to families who need support for dental, medical, housing and other emergencies, according to Steve Osterman, a church member.

Osterman said money for the fund will come from an annual golf tournament.

Both Osterman and John Rowland, also a member of the church, helped spearhead the idea of raising funds that would help families of students who have experienced the lost of a job or insurance.

Both men, along with other church members, have pledged seed money toward the fund and plan to present $1,000 to the Sherwood School Board at the April board meeting.

Then on Aug. 16, Countryside will hold it's annual charity golf event at Meriwether Golf Course with all money benefiting the family crisis fund.

For $72, players will receive 18 holes of golf including a cart, lunch and a keynote address from Al Egg, who is chaplin for the Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Beavers and the Portland State University football teams.

Also, golf organizers are looking for sponsorship of a golf hole at $175 each hole, which includes signage recognition at the tee box. Donations for a silent auction also are being sought.

For more information, contact Osterman at 503-887-3077, Rowland at 503-702-3536 or visit the church Web site at www.countrysidechurch.com.

Swingin' with Spaghetti raises more money than ever before

Swingin' with Spaghetti Marches into the Future Organizers of the 9th annual 'Swingin' with Spaghetti' silent auction and spaghetti dinner were pleased with the community support and involvement for the annual Sherwood High School band department fund-raiser.

The event raised the most funds ever in its nine-year history.

This year's monetary goal was set higher as Sherwood is in the process of building a marching band, along with expanding the band department under the new direction of Frank Petrik. The event was held at a new location this year (Archer Glen Elementary) to allow for more diners and to allow for dancing to the Glenn Tadina's Swing Street Band. In addition, the high school and middle school jazz bands performed, with a few of the students also sitting in with the big band.

Jon Lakey, a Sherwood High jazz band musician who was invited to play with the big band, said it was one of the coolest things he's ever done.

Spaghetti dinners, along with live music, have been a tradition for the SHS bands to involve themselves in the community that supports them. Students get an opportunity to serve and entertain others while making money to offset the costs of being involved in music competitions and festivals, and next year's marching band.

'Swingin' with Spaghetti was very well attended and a lot of fun this year. Having the swing band join our schools' jazz bands gave us the benefit of having music nonstop all evening which set a very festive mood,' said Debbie Ng-Wong the committee chair. 'We are already looking forward to next year's event!'

The silent auction committee would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their on going support and contributions: Albertson, Costco, Winco, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Let's Lake Music, Pastini Pastaria, Regal Cinemas, Blueberry Ridge Farms, Metropolitan Youth Sympnony, 4 Season's Nails, Oregon State University Football Dept., Pacific Family Dental, Foster Orthodontics, Baskin and Robbins, Rebecca Lodge, Painted Plate, Portland Music, Safari Sam's, Newberg Ford, Les Schwab, Hands Feel Good Massage Therapy (Kristina West), Carol and Brian McKennett, Tracy Richardson, Steve and Kristi Watters, Eric and Debra Ng-Wong, Darryl and Malia Jasmer, Pam and Ludwig Turenne, Marv Engelman, John and Connie Miller, Reg and Andrea Jarone, Eric and Ann Holstrom, Darryl and Beverly Jasmer, Regina McDermott, Rebecca Farwell, Megan Baily, Freshman Flute Section, Odge Gribble and band parents.

If you would like more information about future performances or ways you can support Sherwood bands, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hopkins draws students, parents to free Family Game Night

If you set up a game night, they will come.

This was the lesson absorbed by the Hopkins PTAC, which sponsored a free Family Game Night on Thursday, March 6.

The event included bingo (with prizes), active games, and a variety of board games, along with snacks; more than 320 people attended. Kristin Wochnick, who helped organize the event, said that she was thrilled at its evident popularity.

Despite the fact that there was a line for bingo boards and a wait for tables in the board game room, the mood was cheerful as families enjoyed the friendly competitions.

One participant remarked that her family rarely sits down to play games together, and they enjoyed themselves so much that they plan to do it regularly.

Educational experts know that games of all kinds build children's memory, strategy skills, and patience; parents know that events where school families come together to enjoy themselves helps build community. Kids just know that it's fun. Hopkins hopes to make Game Night a regular event.

Boys soccer program invites community to fund-raiser

The Sherwood High School boys soccer program will host its annual fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12 in the high school commons area. The Pig-n-Out Pancake Feed costs $1 for a mega pancake and $1 for a beverage. The event is all-you-can eat and is open to the public.

Sherwood Education Foundation awards grants to local teachers

The Sherwood Education Foundation recently granted nearly $50,000 to local teachers.

'Thirty-nine grant applications were received totaling more than $150,000 in requests,' said Becky Hornberger of the Foundation. 'During this grant cycle we awarded $50,000 in grant money to fund 24 (projects).'

One grant - for $9,200 - will purchase new pottery wheels for Sherwood High School teacher James Anderson's art class.

For more information about the Foundation, contact the Foundation Board's executive director, Dianna Pierce, at 503-625-8126 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Archer Glen's Marketplace and Fair April 25

This year, the Archer Glen Marketplace and Fair will buck tradition and take place on aFriday night.

Join the fun from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Archer Glen Elementary School.

The fair will feature many great games and challenges for all ages. The silent auction will feature gift baskets that will appeal to wide variety of hobbyists. The raffle will feature a weekend getaway, a home makeover featuring cleaning, window washing and gardening, and much, much more! There are many fun changes in store this year that you will have to come and check out.

Organizers say the best news is that parents don't have to worry about dinner that night - the fair will have a variety of food, so parents can come home from work, pick up their children and head straight to the fair.

Career Quest helps students plan for future

Sherwood High School and the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce Business Education Committee will host an intensive half-day series of briefings on jobs and industries for the school's 1,250 students on April 9.

More than 40 guest speakers will meet with students for the Career Quest event to answer questions about education, salary, job content and career goals and satisfaction.

'Each student will choose their three top job interests for discussions with experienced professionals, and all will attend 'soft skills' sessions covering workplace expectations, interview skills, resume content and financial issues that young adults need to enter the world of work,' said Business Education Committee Chair Susan Rychlick.

Guest speakers range from architecture to television production and 'just about everything in between, including firefighter, plumber, dentist and entrepreneur,' Rychlick said.

John Alto's Chevron Automotive Services and Cam Durrell, manager of the Les Schwab Sherwood tire store will host a luncheon for guest speakers after the discussions with students.