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Deadline for July 4 parade is coming


Saturday, June 15 is the final day to sign up to have an entry in the Hillsboro Rotary Club Fourth of July parade.

The parade’s theme this year is “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and the Hillsboro Rotary Fourth of July Parade.”

In keeping with that theme, this year’s grand marshal will be the entire Hillsboro Hops baseball team.

Due to the growing popularity of the parade, pre-registration is required and after the June 15 deadline, no new parade entries will be accepted and no walk-up entries will be allowed the morning of the parade, so it is important to get your entry in now.

There are 12 different divisions you can enter, with the registration fee for parade entries based on the size of the entry — not the division the entry is in.

Entry fees range from $60 up to $260 based on the size and whether or not it is a commercial entry.

You can register your parade entry at the Hillsboro Rotary Club’s website, hillsbororotary.org.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4.

Fast draw comes

to fair complex

Ever watched a television or movie Western and wondered how quick and accurately you could be drawing and shooting a Colt .45? You can find out June 29-30 at the Collectors West Hillsboro Gun Show at the Washington County Fair Complex.

Test your pistol-shooting skills against a clock and target after buckling on a holster and loading rounds of wax bullets. Give it your best Wyatt Earp impression at only $5 for 10 shots. Members of the Orygun Gunfighters cowboy fast draw club, based in Cornelius, will help you out.

The gun and knife show will feature an array of firearm vendors selling rifles, pistols, scopes, ammunition, military collectibles, books and outdoor gear.

Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fast draw will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the gun show (adults $6, kids 12 and under free) is not necessary to participate in fast draw.

For more information, visit collectorswest.com or call 800-659-3440.

OSU offers food preservation classes

The Oregon State University Extension Service is offering a four-part series of food preservation classes to help community members learn to preserve fresh, local produce. Each class will focus on a different aspect of safe, healthy food preservation.

These classes are appropriate for novice food preservers or those with experience who hope to update their skills and knowledge.

Classes include:

n Introduction to food preservation and preserving fruit products. Monday, July 8.

n Preserving vegetables and meats. Monday, July 15.

n Preserving tomatoes and salsas. Monday, July 22.

n Making pickles. Monday, July 29.

Classes are 6 to 9 p.m. and are held at the Bohemian Gourmet Kitchen, 8045 S.W. Nimbus Ave. in Beaverton. Pre-registration is required.

Contact OSU Extension Service at 503-821-1150.