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Cruisin Sherwood doubles citys population for a day

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Vroom, vroom! Can you hear the engines yet?

"Get ready for 20,000 visitors," said Holli Robinson, the Sherwood chamber's CEO. "We've got company coming in four months."

June 9 is just around the corner, which means Cruisin' Sherwood is gearing up for another successful showing. The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the popular annual event, seeks volunteers and sponsors. Last year's daylong car-fest attracted 19,000 spectators and nearly 700 registered cars.

Robinson said so many car owners wanted to participate in 2006, some had to be turned away due to space constraints. This year's event is expected to bring in even more vehicles and visitors. Cruisin' has nearly doubled in size since it started in 2001. Another guest appearance by the Southern Pacific 4449 Steam Locomotive is planned for this June, along with the Burnout, the Engine Blow and the Car Bash, all crowd favorites that fund-raise for local causes. See www.cruisinsherwood.com for photos of all the action.

To sponsor Cruisin' or to volunteer, call the chamber at 503-625-7800. Volunteers get their own official Cruisin' staff T-shirt, and they are expected to attend a safety training.

"It takes a village to put on a Cruisin' Sherwood, that's a fact," Robinson said.

Meanwhile, get your business revved up to fight cancer. Eryn Ross, of Relay for Life, said the local kickoff for the American Cancer Society event will be March 15 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the Sherwood High commons area. "I encourage everyone to start a team," Ross said. The cost is $50 per team by March 15, or $100 after the kickoff. Keep an eye out for Relay posters in local businesses. The event date is Aug. 3, and Ross said it will be held at a new site this year: the high school.

Marcella Kallmann wants business owners to know they can check their reputations through the Better Business Bureau. Kallmann, the public relations and communications coordinator for the not-for-profit's Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington branch, spoke at last month's Sherwood chamber breakfast. She encouraged everyone to check out the reliability reports at www.thebbb.org. Many people don't even know the bureau files reports online about the business practices of members and nonmembers. To reach the Better Business Bureau office in Lake Oswego, call 503-222-2255.

The Robin Hood Festival is looking for sponsors for a new event. Organizers hope to land in the Guinness Book of World Records this July for gathering 800 to 1,000 people wearing Robin Hood hats, according to volunteer Alice Thornton. So get ready to join your neighbors and colleagues in sylvan green plumed hats for a chance at making history.

The Sherwood Coffee Co. has announced it carries Tea Time Toffee, the tasty local product that was named "snack of the day" on Dec. 14 by foodie celebrity Rachel Ray.

Oregon Community Credit Union has broken ground in front of John L. Scott and across from Hunter's Ridge.

Bernie Danylchuk, who runs Chef Bernie, is acting in the Gallery Theater production of "Fiddler on the Roof" this month in McMinnville. At last month's Sherwood chamber breakfast, Danylchuk announced he'll be playing the part of the rabbi. "If you enjoy community theater, this is a great opportunity," he said. For more information, call 503-472-2227.

Chamber president Delos R. Clark, of Willamette Law Group, has announced the selection of a chamber Web site designer is under way. Three firms presented proposals at a February meeting, and once one is chosen, the next step will be getting to work on what the new site will look like, Clark said. He encourages Web-savvy businesspeople to contact the chamber if they want to have input on the project. "We'll be soliciting people to help us with that as it moves along," Clark said.

The next chamber breakfast is scheduled for March 13 at the Sherwood Senior Center, with Lynn Finley, of KATU's marketing department, as the speaker. The evening mixer will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at Stark Street Lawn and Garden. Gary Greenstreet will host a Price is Right contest. In addition, there will be a spring-cleaning talk and a chance to pop some wheelies.

Laura Stanfill is the media relations manager for Ehrlich Written Communications, a copywriting and PR firm in Old Town. You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-825-4473 or visit www.ewcomm.com.