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Boring holiday is Sunday, Dec. 2

Christmas will arrive at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 in Boring. This is the correct date, since an incorrect date was given to The Post for last week’s issue.

Festivities include caroling around the newly landscaped community tree in the center of the Boring Station Trailhead Park.

Santa will arrive at the Grange Hall in the Boring Fire and Rescue’s antique fire truck at 4:45 p.m. and walk down to the park to light the tree.

Then the throng of local residents gathered in the village circle will follow Santa back to the Grange Hall to enjoy cider, cookies, a personal visit with the jolly old man and other activities for the children.

Event organizers are asking participants to bring non-perishable food items and an unwrapped toy for a child of any age from birth through 18 years old.

People also may choose to take a name off a giving tree and purchase a gift for a specific child.

The food and gifts are part of the Boring Fire Department’s Christmas Giving Tree program, which helps many local families in need.

Artist salon draws many interested

Lori Ryland’s artist salon is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Lori Ryland Studio and Gallery, 39110 Proctor Blvd.

Attendance at the event is free to anyone interested in creative expression, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-313-7464.

This month, she is featuring a movie, “Mountain Heir,” produced by a middle school art class working with Seattle film producer David Sterling.

The movie has not been shown to any audiences since its sell-out at the Sandy Cinema in 2002.

Portland sculptor Betsy Soifer will bring some of her work to the salon to show how she creates such whimsical animal-like characters out of recycled pieces of metal.

Also at the salon, attendees will hear the readings of a couple of writers — a poet, A. Molotkov, born in Russia, and Stevan Allred, a local short-story author.

Heres Christmas in the Country

In the early 19th century, Christmas was celebrated with minimal decorations, a warm hearth, and family and friends.

To return to that magical and historic time, Philip Foster Farm is reopening for a weekend.

“Christmas in the Country” will be portrayed at the farm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, at the farm, 29912 Highway 211, Eagle Creek.

Festivities will include carolers, Santa Claus, cookies and cider. Photos may be taken with Santa or near one of the sleighs in the barn, where trees and wreaths will be available for purchase.

The farm’s 1847 Pioneer Store will reopen for business, with a variety of toys, crafts, books, rugs, bonnets and more.

For more information, call the farm at 503-637-6324, visit philipfosterfarm.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local Storytime takes holiday break

Because of the holiday, there will no storytime for children at the Sandy and Hoodland libraries the last week of December, said Monica Smith, children’s librarian. The specific dates and times are:

Hoodland: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25.

Sandy: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26; Toddler Storytime, 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27; Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.

Storytime will begin again the following week.

The Sandy Public Library is in downtown Sandy at 38980 Proctor Blvd. For more information, call Monica Smith, children’s librarian, at 503-489-2170.

Coats, blankets needed in Sandy

Windermere Real Estate offices are conducting their annual “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drives to help the less fortunate during the winter months.

The Sandy office is among the 30-plus Windermere offices serving as collection sites in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

In the Portland area, Transition Projects will distribute the coats and blankets to men and women living on the streets of Portland and in local shelters.

In addition to Transition Projects, other organizations will benefit from this coat and blanket drive, including Rita’s Place in Sandy.

Until Dec. 19, local residents can bring new or gently used and laundered child and adult-size coats and twin-size blankets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to the Sandy Windermere office, 38720 Proctor Blvd.

Food collections to help the poor

The Sandy Lions Club has finished a portion of its food collection drive, this part at the Bi-Mart, Grocery Outlet and Ace Hardware stores.

While the club appreciates all of those donations, club member John Taylor says the organization will continue to support the Sandy Community Action Center by conducting additional collections at Safeway and Ace Hardware through Thanksgiving Day.

For more information, call Taylor at 503-668-8287 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jobs available at local ski areas

Skibowl is partnering with AntFarm to provide jobs for youths in AntFarm programs in Sandy.

AntFarm is conducting interviews in Sandy to place youths at Skibowl. The Sandy organization will drive those who are hired to the job site on the mountain, coaching them as well as providing Skibowl the support it needs to conduct this educational program.

In a press release, a spokesperson for AntFarm said the organization’s goal is to build strong employees, citizens and future leaders for Sandy and the mountain.

For more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tree and bough permits available

Personal use Christmas tree cutting permits are available weekdays at the Mt. Hood National Forest ranger district offices, visitor centers and many other local vendors.

Permits sell for $5 each (cash or check only), and there is a limit of five permits per household.

Each permit allows cutting a Christmas tree up to 12 feet tall. Permits for trees taller than 12 feet are available for additional cost.

The Mt. Hood National Forest also offers free bough permits for up to 25 pounds of boughs.

Also available are commercial bough permits for larger quantities. Bough permits are only available at Mt. Hood National Forest District offices.

Among nearby permit vendors, besides the Mt. Hood National Forest District office in Sandy, are:

Clackamas River Ranger District, 595 Industrial Way, Estacada, 503-630-6861.

Zigzag Ranger District, 70220 Highway 26, Zigzag. 503-622-3191.

Estacada Tackle Shop, 210 Highway 224, Estacada. 503-630-7424.

Ace Heritage Hardware, 39181 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy. 503-668-8731.

Hoodland Thriftway, 68280 Highway 26, Welches. 503-622-3244.

Collectible postmark series continues

The Postal Service is continuing its series of “Postmark America” designs by offering a special Rhododendron postmark beginning Friday, Nov. 30, at the Rhododendron Post Office.

This is the third in a series of seven postmarks that will be unveiled through the spring of 2013. Oregon artist Gary Randall created the Rhododendron Postmark America design.

The postmarks feature unique images of Mount Hood and will be available at customers’ request indefinitely for use on envelopes or cards bearing required first-class postage stamps.

The first in the series of postmarks was issued at Timberline Lodge Post Office on Sept. 28. The other postmarks in the series are being issued approximately one per month at post offices in Government Camp, Welches, Brightwood, Sandy and Mount Hood Parkdale.

Oregon Trail Democrats meeting to discuss issues

The Oregon Trail Democrats meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Clackamas County Bank Sunset Room, 38975 Proctor Blvd., Sandy. There will be a recap and celebration of the November election, with coffee and goodies provided. People in attendance will be able to discuss situations of concern. For more information, visit oregontraildemocrats.org or email Susan Gates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Resort at the Mountain hosts holiday breakfast

The holiday breakfast with gingerbread decorating and raffle drawing to benefit the Mt. Hood Child Care Center and Preschool continues from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches. Breakfast is $8 per person and will feature a holiday buffet. All profits will be donated to the Mt. Hood Child Care Center and Preschool. Kids will be able to decorate gingerbread cookies, and visitors can take part in a raffle drawing with a variety of prizes available.

Reservations should be made by Thursday, Dec. 6. To make reservations, call Becca Kolibaba at 503-709-9718 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Naas Elementary needs your help

Earlier this year, Naas Elementary in Boring was nominated for the “Power a Bright Future” grant from the Clorox Company.

The school’s computer lab is very outdated and in need of upgraded equipment. Funding from this grant would help Naas replace its computers, giving students the necessary tools to make their education match the present state of technology.

Students and staff at Naas are encouraging everyone to vote because the grant is competitive. Votes may be cast on a special website through Dec. 19. The school receiving the highest number of votes will be awarded a $50,000 grant. Six more schools each will win a $25,000 grant.

For more information, visit “Power A Bright Future for Naas Elementary” on Facebook.

Adults and children 13 and older can vote twice daily: once online and once by text message.

To vote online, visit powerabrightfuture.clorox.com/nominees/detail/?nid=2338.

To vote by phone: Text 2338pbf to 95248.