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Ski and Snowboard Swap and Sale returns

There’s a chance for local winter sports enthusiasts to buy athletic gear or sell it this month during a benefit for Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools.

The 41st Annual Lake Oswego Ski and Snowboard Swap and Sale will be held Oct. 11 in the east gym at Lake Oswego High School.

Gently used ski and snowboard clothing and equipment and some new goods from area vendors will be available for purchase.

Anyone who wants to sell their winter sports gear on consignment can bring it to the east gym of the high school from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 10. Sellers get 70 percent of the sale price; the rest is split between the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge ski teams.

There will be limited parking at LOHS during the event, but there is parking across the street at Lake Oswego Junior High, and a shuttle will run during the event.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11. LOHS is located at 2501 Country Club Road. The junior high is at 2500 Country Club Road.

For a gear registration form, visit www.lakeoskiswap.com.

LOHS grad earns U.S. Army ROTC scholarship

A Lake Oswego High School graduate has earned a U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship.

The scholarship will support James Cooper’s studies at the University of Oregon. Cooper (LOHS class of 2011) is the son of Simon and Mary Cooper. The award pays tuition and fees and offers a book allowance and monthly stipend for up to 10 months each school year.

The scholarship is given to students who demonstrate academic achievement, physical fitness and leadership, and who participate in extracurricular activities. Winners also must perform well during interviews and be enrolled at the Army ROTC battalion at their college.

Upon graduating from college and meeting his ROTC program requirements, Cooper will receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army. Scholarship students must complete an eight-year military service obligation through active duty or in the Army Reserve.

Learn to write VFW scholarship essay

Students looking for an advantage when applying for a Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship have an opportunity this month.

The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary have scheduled a series of scholarship workshops this month at VFW Post 1324, 104 Tumwater, Oregon City. There Thursday workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30.

VFW scholarships include the Voice of Democracy Scholarship for ninth- to 12th-graders, who must write and record a broadcast script on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Why Veterans Are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.” More than $2.3 million in college scholarships is available.

There’s also the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for students in sixth to eighth grades. This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Winners in each state compete for $46,000 in awards, and the first place winner receives $5,000.

For more information on the workshops, email lavfw1324@gmail.com or call 503-655-6969.

College a time for self-discovery

A nationally renowned author will speak at the Lake Oswego Public Library on Monday about how college students now are expected to be ready for careers but not to be independent thinkers.

Speaker William Deresiewicz, a former associate professor of English at Yale University, is a book critic and author of works such as “Excellent Sheep” and “A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.”

In “Excellent Sheep,” he touches on how he watched bright students struggle to master creative thinking and creativity. In “A Jane Austen Education,” Deresiewicz touches on how reading “Emma” changed his life for the better when he was a sullen grad student.

His focus during his speech next week will be on how college should be a time of self-discovery, when students establish their own values and measures of success. Deresiewicz’s lecture will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the library, 706 Fourth St. The event is free and open to all.

For more information, call Alicia Yokoyama at 503-534-4228.

School closures scheduled

Schools in the Lake Oswego School District will have early release days and a closure this month.

There will be no school on Friday, Oct. 10, to celebrate Statewide Professional Day. For grades nine through 12, there will be early dismissal on Wednesday, Oct. 15, for an inservice day.

Early release days are on Thursdays. For grades six to eight, students are out of class at 2:05 p.m.; and for grades kindergarten to fifth grade, it’s 1:20 p.m.

Help with FAFSA

Clackamas Community College is offering Clackamas County residents help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA labs are held in Room 112 of the Dye Learning Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, email finaid@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-6100.

Also at Clackamas Community College, CCC Xpress Shuttle service, which is free, extends from the end of the MAX Green Line at Clackamas Town Center to Clackamas Community College’s Oregon City and Harmony campuses. It runs almost 11 hours a day, Monday to Thursday. Service also is available Friday between the transit center and the Oregon City campus.

The service is available because of a $90,000 grant from TriMet.

For more information, call at 503-594-3040 or visit www.clackamas.edu/shuttle.

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