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'Fiddler on the Roof' set for Oct. 5-7 at arts center, 9/11 Commemorative Blood Drive collects from 82 donors

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO  - 'Fiddler on the Roof' will be performed at the Sherwood Center for the Arts by the Voice for Voiceless Theatre at  7 p.m. Oct. 5-7. 'Fiddler on the Roof' coming to Sherwood Center for the Arts

Voice for Voiceless Theatre will host their latest production, the beloved musical "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Sherwood Center for the Arts. Show times are 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, 6 and 7.

A special matinee performance will show Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m.

Voice for Voiceless is a unique theatre company that produces and performs plays with themes that elevate and educate local communities about current issues in social justice. As a registered 501 c 3 non-profit, the organization donates all net proceeds to other worthy non-profits and agencies that are delivering successful work to strengthen communities. In the past year, VFV has gifted $12,000 to three worthy local organizations: Love INC, Safe Families, and Partnership for Safety and Justice.

Because this musical ultimately focuses on a Russian Jewish family displaced by revolution, VFV will dedicate net proceeds to an exciting emerging group, Butterfly Boxes. This new organization supports displaced individuals and families in the greater metropolitan area by providing for basic needs.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at voiceforvoiceless.com or at the door.

Sherwood American Legion Auxiliary starts new season

The Sherwood American Legion Auxiliary Argonne Post 56 recently kicked off its new season with a great turnout, and lots of enthusiasm for working on their many veterans' projects.

Now the group is looking for members and volunteers to assist us to fulfill our obligations, and interests.

The post and auxiliary meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 22548 S.W. Pine St.

Current events are displayed on the Legion's marquee at the corner of Pine and Oregon streets.

For more information, call 503-625-5889.

9/11 Commemorative Blood Drive sets record

This year's 9/11 Commemorative Blood Drive at the Sherwood Police Department set a record for the annual event, collecting blood from 82 donors (with a total of 94 total people showing up in all).

Police Chaplain Wilson Parrish said he was pleased with the turnout at the drive, begun by Wally Johnston, a former Sherwood police chaplain.

"Chris and Crystal from the afternoon show on 104.1 The Fish radio both showed up and both contributed," said Parrish. "It was Crystal's first time to give blood!"

In addition, Hungry Hero of Sherwood sent treats for the snack table, and Baja Fresh provided a complimentary lunch for all the Red Cross workers and a small army of volunteers, he said.

A total of 11 volunteers — including Johnston and Red Cross volunteer Tammy Knapp, who set up a beautiful display of flowers, flags and 9/11 memorabilia — helped out as well.

"But most newsworthy of all," said Parrish, "one of our donors was Jean, age 87. The last time she gave blood was 40 to 45 years ago, and she answered the call again on 9/11/2017!"

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