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Hoping to open space for downtown customers

The city of Sandy’s downtown parking plan is being put into effect.

Signs restricting parking time to two hours have been installed along Pioneer and Proctor boulevards and Shelley Avenue.

According to City Manager Seth Atkinson, the plan is highly geared toward opening spaces for customer parking.

The Heritage Square, with 60 spaces, and Pioneer parking lots, with 57 spaces, also have installed signs on certain spaces.

Help center choose fair theme

The Clackamas County Event Center is working to choose the 2015 Clackamas County Fair theme, and the public is being asked to weigh in.

After receiving more than 40 entries, the nominees have been narrowed to five finalists.

Those interested in being heard can vote online at clackamascountyeventcenter.com or the fair’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ClackamasCountyFair through Nov. 30. There is no limit to the number of times you can vote online.

Voters also can call the fair office at 503-266-1136 to vote if they are unable to do so online.

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30.

The winning fair theme will be announced Dec. 12 on the fair’s website, Twitter and Facebook.

Barber shop raises money for VFW

On Saturday, Nov. 15, Paul Padilla, owner of the Pioneer Barber Shop, held his fourth annual Veterans Day fundraiser for the VFW.

Throughout the day, Padilla offered free haircuts to veterans and non-veterans of all ages, keeping a donation bucket in plain sight. Any donations he received were to be donated to the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Padilla said he raised $650 Saturday, the most he has ever made at one event.

He said the shop received a great turnout. Padilla has raised a total of $2,150 over the years he has held the event.

Marking 10th season of The Holiday Express

Friday, Nov. 28, will mark the 10th year of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s Holiday Express, as the SP&S 700 pulls out of Oaks Park Station, hissing and billowing steam.

The foundation is rolling back Holiday Express ticket prices to less than last year’s price for many of its first weekend runs, Nov. 28-30, at Oaks Park Station, 7806 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland.

All proceeds from the Holiday Express will go to the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. Train rides start Nov. 28-30 and continue Dec. 5-7 and 12-14.

For more information, including departure times and tickets, visit www.orhf.org.

Or TicketsWest www.ticketswest.com/events/holiday-express-train/14554/ or call at 503-224-TIXX (toll-free outside of Portland 1-800-992-TIXX) or visit participating Safeway TicketsWest Ticket Centers.

Mt. Hood Hospice to host holiday grief group

In preparation for the holidays, Mt. Hood Hospice is hosting a Braving the Holidays Grief Education/Support Group from 2-3:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 24 through Jan. 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Another group will meet in Sandy from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 18 through Jan. 6 (except Nov. 25).

The group is intended to support people grieving a loss due to a death. Whether it has been months or years since the loss, Mt. Hood Hospice is aiming to offer a supportive environment to help participants develop coping skills.

For more information, call 503-668-5545.

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