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The school’s computer lab is outdated and in need of upgraded equipment.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

Students and staff at Naas are asking 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 will each 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 https://powerabrightfuture.clorox.com/nominees/detail/?nid=2338.

To vote by phone: Text 2338pbf to 95248.

Santa Claus says, Come to breakfast

No doubt Santa is proud to be a part of an effort to raise funds supporting the Meals on Wheels program at Sandy’s Community Center.

The Jolly One invites the community to come to the center this Saturday to enjoy a breakfast with pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee.

This is the 25th year that Breakfast With Santa has been held to promote Meals On Wheels in the Sandy area.

In addition, upstairs in the center, visitors will find a holiday market, the monthly First Saturday Market.

This year’s meal will be served from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger.

For information on the breakfast, call 503-668-5569 or visit cityofsandy.com.

City asks for help on planning panel

The city of Sandy is recruiting to fill two vacancies on its Planning Commission.

Planning commissioners review land-use applications and advise the City Council on legislative changes.

Planning Commission terms are for four years, and the commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The persons appointed to this position must live within the city limits.

Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter describing their interest in the position and any special qualifications they have that could apply to this work. Letters are due in City Hall by Friday, Dec. 14.

Letters should be addressed to Tracy Brown, planning and development director, city of Sandy, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055, or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, call Brown at 503-668-4886.

Boring holiday is Sunday, Dec. 2

Christmas will arrive at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Boring.

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 children.

Event organizers are asking participants to take a name off a giving tree or bring nonperishable food items and an unwrapped toy for a child of any age from birth through 18 years — all to help local families in need.

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, or visit philipfosterfarm.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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.

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 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Resort at the Mountain.

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..

Retirement party for Sandy Fire member

After nearly 14 years with Sandy Fire, Alice Busch is leaving the department for a job with Multnomah County Department of Human Services. A retiring party will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, at the Sandy Fire District, in the annex across the street from the main station, 17459 Burns Ave. There will be some snacks, but people are encouraged to bring a dish to share.