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Holiday activities abound in Sandy

No one in Sandy or Boring should be bored in early December — look at all these events


There’s a lot of Christmas spirit in downtown Sandy this season. Sandy Main Street is promoting its annual Holiday on the Boulevards events.

More than three dozen businesses are participating along with some nonprofit groups as they welcome local residents into the warmth of their stores to celebrate the holiday season.

In addition, there are several other events during the first week or two of December.

What’s happening

Events include the city’s tree-lighting ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Centennial Plaza; special holiday shopping in downtown businesses all day Saturday, Dec. 1; Breakfast with Santa all morning, Dec. 1, at the Community Center; and some special Sandy Main Street First Friday activities from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Come to town early Saturday, bring the kids and have breakfast with Santa from 7 a.m. to noon at the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

Take a quick trip upstairs at the Community Center and visit the First Saturday Holiday Market, with lots of holiday craft items that would make special gifts for family or friends.

In addition, on Monday, Dec. 10, the Sandy Fire Department and the Mountain View Golf Course are offering a free dinner for everyone who brings an unwrapped $10 value toy.

This gift will help the community provide a Christmas to remember for local children who otherwise would not be able to celebrate in this way.

The firefighters’ dinner for the community runs from 5-8 p.m., and the golf course address is 27195 Kelso Road, just west of Richey Road.

Holiday shopping

More than two dozen businesses will be active and open for visitors during normal business hours Saturday, Dec. 1.

While each business is offering its unique incentives and promotions, downtown businesses generally are offering special discounted prices and free items.

Look at the listing of businesses, which shows what each is offering to the people who visit that day.

The listing is found in the Holiday on the Boulevards brochure. Copies are available at City Hall, Sandy Public Library, all participating businesses and at all Holiday on the Boulevards activities as well as online at the city’s website (cityofsandy.com) by clicking a link at the left side of the home page.

First Friday

First Friday is Sandy Main Street’s way of inviting local residents into the downtown core from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. At the same time, downtown businesses have a chance to show their wares and service offerings to potential customers.

As a special incentive to visit businesses in all three zones of the city’s downtown core, three drawings will be held with valuable prizes for the winners.

Downtown visitors need only look at the jolly holiday pictures found in the participating stores until they find a picture that is not so jolly — more like grumpy.

The store visitor would then collect a sticker at that store and place it on the brochure with contact information, and finally place the completed entry in a drop box location described on the brochure.

With one sticker, entries are eligible for a good prize; with two stickers, entries are eligible for a great prize; and with all three grumpy pictures found and three stickers attached, the drawn entry wins the grand prize for its owner.

First Friday also includes special prices on merchandise or services as well as some activities such as individual business’ drawings for prizes; free food and tastings of wine, beer or liquor; games; entertainment; free or discounted services; and two separate appearances of Santa Claus.

Entertainment includes the Café Cowboys from 6-8 p.m. at the library’s coffee café, 38980 Proctor Blvd., as well as the Sandy High School wind ensemble and choir at Mt. Hood Cleaners and members of the high school choir at Clackamas County Bank, 38975 Proctor Blvd.

Babysitting

Families with young children should consider visiting downtown Sandy on First Friday, Dec. 7, or Holiday Shopping Saturday, Dec. 1, by taking advantage of babysitting services.

Babysitting is available from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Maria Snodgrass will offer those services on a donation basis, with no set fees. She will care for up to 10 potty-trained children, up to age 11, at the Church of the Nazarene, 34717 Jarl Road.

For information on babysitting, call 503-793-8897.