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Come one, come all to a ukulele band

The Mt. Hood Ukulele Band is organizing a weekly drop-in session and inviting all area ukulele players as well as those who want to be ukulele players.

The sessions will be held in Sandy, but anyone from the surrounding communities should feel welcome to join in some musical fun.

The sessions will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday beginning Jan. 9. The newly formed ukulele band will meet weekly at Avamere at Sandy, 17727 Langensand Road.

Members will share music of their choosing, hopefully pooling their favorite ukulele tunes for the benefit of all participants. The group will operate on a drop-in basis.

For more information, contact Mary Grimsrud at 971-645-2406 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open house for local area drivers

An open house has been set to explain proposed changes to the intersections of 267th Avenue and Stone road with Highway 26.

Representatives of the city of Gresham, Multnomah County and ODOT will be present from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at West Orient Middle School, 29805 Orient Drive.

A brief, formal overview of the project will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the rest of the time is open to informal discussions with any of the representatives present.

For more information, call 503-731-8237, 503-988-3043, ext. 29637, or 503-618-2110.

Two join county tourism board

Two new board members have joined the board of the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council, known as “Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.”

Kirk Mouser has 20 years of experience as an artistic consultant and manager of a professional theater in New York City. He is heavily involved in the arts scene in the metro area.

San Drevo is a world-champion kayaker, sports commentator and producer/director. He is dedicated to sustainability and is vice president of We Love Clean Rivers, which has removed 36,000 pounds of trash from the Clackamas River.

The Tourism Development Council is a nine-member board, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, that directs county tourism programs.

Nominate your tree as a Heritage Tree

More than 400 trees in unincorporated Clackamas County have been identified as Heritage Trees, including trees of exceptional size, age, form, rarity or associated with a historic structure, district or person.

The Heritage Trees program, administered by the county’s Planning and Zoning Division, is open until Tuesday, Feb. 12, to accept nominations as Heritage Trees.

After nomination, the proposals will be inspected by an arborist in March, considered by the Historic Review Board in April and finally approved by the Board of County Commissioners in May.

For more information, call Lorraine Gonzales at 503-742-4541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

County officials swear-in Jan. 7

The swearing-in ceremony of elected officials in Clackamas County will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in Room 409 of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

Four elected officeholders are scheduled to take the oath of office during a formal ceremony, which will be administered by Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Susie L. Norby.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are County Commission Chairman John Ludlow and commissioners Martha Schrader and Tootie Smith as well as County Assessor Bob Vroman.

Ludlow and Smith were elected to office in November. Schrader was elected outright in the May primary. Vroman, District Attorney John Foote and Sheriff Craig Roberts also were re-elected.

For more information, call 503-742-5911.

State of City coming Jan. 9

The annual State of the City address will be given at January’s monthly luncheon of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

Scheduled to speak to this topic are Sandy Mayor Bill King and City Manager Scott Lazenby.

The luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Sandy Fire Department Annex, immediately west of the fire department’s main station on Bruns Avenue. The catered luncheon is priced at $12, and because of limited seating, reservations are requested by calling 503-668-4006.

Two one-way streets reversed

In advance of the opening of Sandy’s Transit Center, the direction of travel on two one-way streets, Hoffman and Revenue avenues, has been reversed.

Hoffman Avenue between the boulevards now allows travel only in the northbound direction — the same direction buses will begin traveling Jan. 7, 2013.

At the same time, Revenue Avenue between the boulevards now allows travel only in the southbound direction.

City needs 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.

If interested, submit a letter describing your interest in the position and any special qualifications you have that could apply to this work.

Letters are due by Friday, Jan. 4.

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.

Council will meet with area residents

The public is invited to have a conversation with city council members from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.

Councilors will be available during this two-hour period to informally discuss issues about the city of Sandy.

At this time of year, city officials are preparing city goals for the upcoming biennium and could present some preliminary ideas.

Councilors are also preparing a city budget during the first few months of 2013 for the coming biennium.

The council is interested in hearing from citizens with views that might influence their choices. All subjects are open for discussion about the city of Sandy.

For more information, contact councilor Carl Exner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Sandy library at 503-668-5537.