Dedications should surprise onlookers

City of Sandy will officially recognize 100th anniversary of incorporation this weekend

The city of Sandy is about to turn 100, and some of its residents and government leaders want to recognize the achievement.

This Saturday at 10 a.m., they'll be joined by a large group of local residents in Centennial Plaza to dedicate that area in recognition of the 1911 date of the city's incorporation.

At the same gathering, all of the city residents in attendance will be awed when the shroud is pulled off the mural on the wall facing the plaza, said Planning Director Tracy Brown.

The 12-by-60-foot framed mural also will be dedicated, but city officials are mum about to whom or what the large professional painting is to be dedicated.

But the surprise will be revealed when the shroud is removed from the mural and plaque, Brown said.

The mural has been painted over the past six months by Lee Lauritzen of east Gresham, who was commissioned by an appointed committee.

A few short speeches later and after some refreshments, all those in attendance will disperse to either the Sandy Saturday Market, a car wash by the Hope Kiwanis Club or the Sandy Area Historical Museum to see artifacts from a time when Sandy residents were only thinking about becoming a city.

Master of ceremonies for the event, which will last less than one hour, is City Manager Scott Lazenby.

An expected ribbon-cutting for the plaza will recognize those individuals, groups and agencies responsible for moving the city toward its goals.

The $30,000 mural was funded through donations from the city of Sandy, Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Permission to attach the mural to their building was given by Brad and Vicki Picking, according to Brown.

City officials are planning to have coffee and donuts during the celebration, Brown said, as he extended an invitation to Sandy residents to come to the plaza before 10 a.m. to witness the unveiling and hear about the surprise dedication.

Hoffman Avenue will be closed during these events to make room for the expected crowd of onlookers.

For more information, call Brown at 503-668-4886.