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Give blood in Sandy to save local lives

The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations from Sandy-area residents, and members of the Community Church of Sandy want to support that plea.

Blood donation stations will be set up at the church for appointments from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at 39290 Scenic St.

Make appointments by calling the church at 503-668-4543 or online at redcrossblood.org, with the sponsor code SandyComm. Walk-ins should be prepared to wait a little longer.

Grief support at Mt. Hood Hospice

People who are coping with the death of a loved one have been invited to participate in Mt. Hood Hospice’s bereavement education/support groups.

The group will be meeting in Gresham for five consecutive Mondays beginning April 22.

A hospice spokesperson says this group can provide a supportive environment to help a person develop coping skills, expand a support network and share stories — no matter how long it has been since the loss.

There is no cost for participating, but registration is required. For details on meeting time and place or for more information, call Emilie Cartoun at 503-668-5545 or send email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Town hall in Sandy with Sen. Thomsen

Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, has invited area residents to a town hall meeting to discuss any concerns they have before the Legislature gives its final approval or denial to many pending bills.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the City Council Chamber on the lower floor of Sandy City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd.

The town hall overlaps with Sandy Main Street’s First Friday event, which is downtown that evening.

How abused women can break the cycle

Clackamas County is offering a free class for women affected by domestic violence.

The county’s Women’s Empowerment Project can help women break the cycle of abuse.

Anyone who has been emotionally or physically abused by a current or former intimate partner will find support and strategies to regain control of her life. Sponsored by Clackamas County Community Corrections, the class is designed for women wanting to create healthy, violence-free lives.

The first class in the 14 weeks of sessions will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10.

Anyone interested in the class should contact Patricia Barrera, victim services program coordinator, at 503-655-8776 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sportsman’s meal is on the way

The annual all-you-can-eat Sportsman’s Breakfast, sponsored by the Sandy Fire Department, will be held in about three weeks.

The 19-consecutive-hour affair includes not only a traditional firehouse breakfast with all the trimmings, but also a drawing for many prizes and helmet fittings.

The feast takes place in the engine bay at the fire station in Sandy beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, and continues until noon Saturday, April 27, at the station, 17460 Bruns Ave.

Breakfast and drawing tickets are available in advance from any firefighter or at the station.

Helmet sales and fitting hours are from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 26, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27. Helmet wearers must be present to buy and fit helmets for biking, skating or skiing.

For more information, call 503-668-8093.