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Relay fundraiser

Estacada Relay for Life will hold its kickoff fundraiser — a bingo night and spaghetti feed — from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Estacada Community and Senior Center, 200 S.W. Club House Drive. The dinner costs $5 and bingo is extra. The doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner and bingo starts at 6 p.m.

Chamber lunch

PGE representatives will discuss the work being done at Promontory Park and the effect on local businesses during the Chamber Lunch Forum at noon Thursday, Jan. 16, at Country Restaurant and Lounge, 341 N.E. Main St.

Free winter concert

The East County Community Orchestra will perform a free winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at David Douglas High School, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave., Portland.

The orchestra is composed of 65 amateur and professional musicians (including some from Estacada). Many members are retired or senior citizens.

The orchestra’s song selection ranges from classical music to Broadway show tunes.

DEFY meeting

Drug-Free Estacada Families and Youth (DEFY) will discuss information gathered from its community assessment during its monthly meeting from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Flora Room of the Estacada Public Library.

DEFY Evaluator Carisa Dwyer and Oregon National Guard representative Master Sgt. Robert Vickery will help present the information and lead discussions. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, call DEFY Director Susie Tracy at 503-201-2981.


Team Battles fundraiser

Dani Battles was in a life-altering car accident Nov. 24. She remains at the Oregon Health & Science University trauma center with brain injuries from the accident.

Shear Beauty Salon is hosting a fundraiser for Battles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

The salon is offering $15 haircuts for women, $10 haircuts for men, “Team Battles” T-shirts for $12, hoodies for $30, $5 facial waxing and raffle tickets for $1 each.

Local businesses have donated gift cards and other goodies to the raffle for the cause.

All proceeds will go to Battles.

Barbecue food and pulled pork sandwiches will be served at the event.

For more information, or to purchase raffle tickets early, call Leeha at Shear Beauty Salon at 503-863-8158.


Ponchos for Ponies

The Ponchos for Ponies program offers free gently used waterproof turnouts to horses that otherwise would go without a winter coat. If you are having trouble affording a blanket for your horse, call Bonnie Weber at 503-310-5052 or Sandy Leight at 503-616-0981 to make an appointment to measure and fit your horse.


Zen garden mandala

Come to the Wade Creek House from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, to learn to create a Zen garden with natural materials during in the style of traditional mandalas. Cost to attend is $25. Materials will be supplied. Call Wade Creek House at 503-630-7556 to reserve a spot in the class.

Calling all artists

The Estacada Public Library is planning the construction of a new outdoor library sign. Artists are invited to submit rough designs for a low, monument-style sign that will be installed in front of the library. Designs may be dropped off at the library between the hours of 10 a.m and 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb. 1. For more information, contact library board member Earlean Marsh at 503-637-3312 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Quilting Around the Neighborhood

Debbie will offer a series of three quilting classes at Wade Creek House.

The first class is from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. This class is ideal for beginning and intermediate quilters.

The quilt you make may be any size depending on the number of blocks you make.

The other classes will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Reservations are required. For more information and to save a spot in the class, call Wade Creek House at 503-630-7556.

UpRiver Dulcimer Group

The UpRiver Dulcimer Group plays Appalachian, or mountain music, from 6:30-8 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at the Spiral Gallery, 341 S. Broadway. The group is made up of local musicians who perform at events and centers around the area.

Tuesday Crafternoons

Crafternoons are held from 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday at Mossy Rock, 398 Broadway St. All ages and skill levels are invited to bring their favorite arts and crafts supplies and projects to Crafternoons. For more information, or if you are interested in leading a workshop, call 503-630-3199 or 503-806-6211.

Quilt club meets

The Skip-a-Week Quilt Club meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Garfield Grange on Divers Road. For more information, call Ruth at 503-630-4669.

Spinning group

The Estacada spinning and fiber arts group meets from 2-4 p.m. Fridays at Betty Veveiros CPA, 309 S.W. Highway 224.


LEGO Creativity Club

LEGO lovers in grades 3-6 are invited to come get some LEGO building tips and tricks from local enthusiast Blair Archer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Estacada Public Library. There will be plenty of LEGO bricks handy to build with.


Mossy Rocks 4-H Club accepting new members

Are you in sixth, seventh or eighth grade and interested in the natural sciences and great outdoors? Mossy Rocks 4-H is just the club for you.

In the coming year, club members will learn about geology, observe wildlife, help out with a few community service projects, go on one or two overnight trips and continue with natural science studies. Members must like being outdoors (even if the weather isn’t perfect) and must be willing to wake up early for activities every now and then.

The club meets at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of every month. For more information and the location of the meeting, call Barb Hicks at 503-630-1906.



The next meeting of the Clackamas County chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Atkinson Memorial Church, 710 Sixth St., Oregon City. For more information, call Danny at 503-887-4556.

Grief Share

The Grief Share group helps those who have lost a loved one to find comfort and acceptance and to find the joy that remains in their lives. Confidentiality is required of all who attend. The group now meets from 2- 3:30 p.m., Mondays at Clackamas Valley Baptist Church. For more information, call 503-630-5484.

AA offers hope

The Estacada friendship group of AA offers hope and help for the alcoholic who still suffers. Meetings are held from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday and Friday at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Community Hall, 297 N. Broadway St. For more information, call the AA hotline at 503-223-8569 or visit

Lions Clubhouse

The Estacada Lions Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Viewpoint Restaurant & Lounge, 20189 S. Springwater Road. Call Jack White at 503-630-6950 for more information.

Women’s advocates

Clackamas Women’s Services has sites in Estacada and Sandy where rural advocates can provide crisis support, case management, advocacy, legal assistance, counseling and support groups for survivors of domestic and sexual violence living in Clackamas County. All services are free.

To reach these rural advocates, call 503-722-2366, ext. 115. You also can get information and support from the 24-hour crisis line at 503-654-2288.


Free blood pressure screening

Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center offers drop-in, free blood pressure screening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of every month.

High blood pressure can lead to a number of health issues, so it is helpful to be screened. The center is at 1500 Division St., Oregon City.

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