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Volunteer firefighters serve up famous barbecue chicken for good cause

If there's anything better than the Sherwood Volunteer Firefighter Association's famous barbecue chicken, it's eating the chicken for a good cause.

Everyone is invited to join them at Hopkins Elementary School on Saturday, May 31, beginning at noon and continuing until the chicken is sold out.

This event is a benefit for Tristan Rychlick, a first-grader at Hopkins Elementary School who has been fighting brain cancer. All proceeds from the event will go to the Tristan Rychlick Fund to help with his medical expenses.

'On Broadway' benefit helps put performing arts back into the schools

The Voices for the Performing Arts, along with the Sherwood Chorale, Children's Chorus and special guests will present 'On Broadway,' a spring benefit for performing arts in schools on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17.

The shows start at 7:30 both nights and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Sherwood High School Performing Arts Center.

Come show your support of the arts. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7.50 for students and seniors and are available at www.tix.com and at Let's Make Music Studio in Old Town.

For more information or to make a tax-deductable donation visit www.vpafoundation.org.

Reach the Beach bicycle ride hits Sherwood May 17

Registration is underway for the 18th annual Reach the Beach American Lung Association of Oregon bicycle event set for May 17.

The event is open to everyone, including first-time and experienced cyclists and there are five different rides available. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association.

On the Portland course (100 miles), riders will pass through Sherwood, stopping at the local Sherwood Elks Lodge for a planned rest stop.

Reach the Beach is an excellent way for cycling enthusiasts to kick off the summer riding season. This fundraising event provides participants with the opportunity to cruise through Oregon's beautiful rolling wine country fields and tiny towns while en route to the Cape Kiwanda finish line for a surfside beach party.

The event provides full support, including a continental breakfast, hot lunch, deli sandwich stop, delicious dinner, frequent rest stops, full medical and mechanical support, bag transfers, hot showers and fun for all.

Reach the Beach will take place on May 17, 2008. There are five road courses to choose from, which start in Corvallis (110 miles), Portland (100 miles), Salem (80 miles), Amity (55 miles) and Grand Ronde (26 miles). The sixth option is a 35-mile mountain bike course, which also departs from Grand Ronde.

Participants will raise funds and cycle from their designated starting point to Pacific City to support the American Lung Association of Oregon's mission to prevent lung disease and promote lung health through cures, clean air and smokefree kids.

This year's goal is to have 2,300 riders help raise more than $375,000 to benefit the American Lung Association of Oregon. Approximately 2,200 cyclists participated last year.

To register for this fundraiser, visit www.ReachTheBeach.org. Registration costs $35 and must be postmarked by May 2. The extended online registration costs $45 and must be completed by May 12. Day-of-event registration costs $60. All participants also must raise a minimum of $50 to help fight lung disease. For more information, visit www.ReachTheBeach.org or call 503-459-4508.

Estate planning class at Sherwood Library May 31

The Sherwood Public Library will host an estate planning class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31 at the library, 22560 S.W. Pine St., Sherwood.

Everyone has an 'estate' - no matter what you have acquired in life.

Attorney and author Richard Schneider will cover essential estate planning documents. This workshop provides an overview of the terms, explains how to determine assets and covers will preparation strategies, living trusts, health care documents, powers of attorney, guardianship and conservatorship issues. You will also have the opportunity to have your questions answered.

For more information, please visit www.ci.sherwood.or.us/gov ernment/departments/library.

Learn more about the new Sherwood Foundation for the Arts

The Sherwood Foundation for the Arts will host its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 in the Sherwood firestation's community room.

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 Boljat at 503-724-0770. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.Sherwood arts.org or write to: Sherwood Foundation for the Arts, P.O. Box 219, Sherwood, 97140.

Bargain hunters won't want to miss these neighborhood garage sales

What's better than stumbling across one great yard sale? How about coming across an entire neighborhood's worth of yard sales? Two Sherwood neighborhoods are gearing up for their annual neighborhood-wide garage sales.

The first, Arbor Lane's sale, will take place Saturday, May 17.

This is the ninth annual community garage sale for the Arbor Lane Homeowners Association and the event kicks off at 9 a.m. May 17 and ends at 3 p.m. that day.

Arbor Lane is located just west of Archer Glen Elementary at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Red Fern in Sherwood. A large banner will be at the entrance into the community announcing the event.

With more than114 single family homes in the community, this event is a gold mine for any garage sale shopper.

For more information, please call Infinity Property Management, Inc. at 503-625-6555.

After you've splurged on the bargains in Arbor Lane, start saving up again, because Woodhaven's annual garage sale is set for June 27 through 29.

Todd and Leslie McCabe, brokers at John L. Scott Real Estate in Sherwood, are the event sponsors.

'Last year we had more than 100 homeowners participate and we are hoping to have at least 100 again this year rain or shine,' McCabe said.

If you are a Woodhaven resident and would like to have your garage sale on the map for the shoppers, you can e-mail Leslie or Todd at garagesale@woodha venhoa.org or call Leslie at 503-880-9866.

Washington County Peak Oil group hosts author of 'Post Carbon Cities' at May meeting

The next monthly meeting of Washington County Peak Oil will be held on Tuesday, May 13.

The guest speaker will be Daniel Lerch, the program manager of the Post Carbon Cities program of the Post Carbon Institute. Daniel provides resources and assistance to local governments on peak oil and climate change. He is the author of 'Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty,' which is the first major local government guidebook on peak oil and global warming. The meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of the Unitarian Community Church in Hillsboro at 22785 N.W. Birch St., near the Orenco MAX station. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 7 p.m. In addition, the group's monthly book discussion will meet on Tuesday, May 27 at Powell's Books of Beaverton at 3415 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd. to discuss 'The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community' by David Korten. The public is invited to attend both meetings.

Give peace a chance on Wednesday nights

A group of peace activists will hold a peace vigil each Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. in front of the Sherwood Library off Southwest Pine Street in Old Town Sherwood.

The vigil follows the weekly peace vigil hosted by the Washington County Peace group, which occurs each Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the mall area near Hall Boulevard and Fifth Street in Old Town Beaverton, across from the Beaverton Library.

Run for Sherwood's seniors and youngsters June 1 at Run for the Roses event

The Oregon Run for the Roses, a Sherwood community fundraiser for the Sherwood Senior Center, the Sherwood Education Foundation and Faith in Action, kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 1, with a new addition this year - the 2K Kids Run, which is actually open to all ages.

At 8:30 a.m., a 5K walk for all ages gets started, along with a 5K or 10K run for various age categories, ranging from 14 and under to 70 and older.

All of the walks and runs start and finish at Sherwood High School, 16956 S.W. Meinecke Road, Sherwood.

Runners in the 5K and 10K events will be professionally timed with results posted online. Cash awards will be presented to the top runners in each age category. All participants will be entered in a raffle and every person to complete their run or walk will receive a rose.

The cost to participate in the 10K run is $30; 5K run is $25; 5K walk is $20; and 2K kids run is $15. All registrants will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. Runners and walkers may register the day of the event starting at 6:30 a.m., but will have to pay an additional $5. For more registration or event information, visit www.oregonsrunfortheroses.com or call 503-925-0585.