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Have some fun with donkey basketball

The Sandy FFA chapter is presenting another of those always-laughable donkey basketball games. It’s a fundraiser, including silent and live auctions, for the youths studying agricultural science and technology.

The game is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Sandy High School, 37400 Bell St. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 grades 6-12 and $2 for grades K-5. For information or to reserve tickets, call 503-668-8011, ext. 7242. Tickets at the door are $1 more.

Speak, listen to your representative

When he comes to Sandy this Friday, Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, will conduct a town hall meeting focused on education concerns.

Johnson intends to provide some insight about what the Oregon Legislature is working on regarding K-12 and higher education.

The town hall will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd. It is open to all comers, no matter what their concerns.

Johnson will give a brief update, then answer questions and concerns expressed from the audience. For more information, call 503-860-6033 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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. .

Poetry Slam will delight area poets

The registration deadline is approaching quickly for an event that is destined to become big news in Sandy.

A poetry slam is planned for the evening of April 18, with Scott Poole as master of ceremonies. Poole has published three books of poetry and is the “house poet” of the Live Wire radio program. Poole will share some original poems, and library staff members also have a few poems of note. There is an outside chance that the Poetry Gang from Estacada will show up at the slam.

Everyone is invited to an entertaining evening of words beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.

Entry deadline is April 11, but walk-in registration also is allowed; however, those who aren’t preregistered won’t have their name in the program.

For information, call the library at 503-668-5537 or visit cityofsandy.com/library.

Blood drive honors a Sandy volunteer

Friends of Tracy Hoyle at Kelso Elementary School have organized a blood drive to honor her as well as support National Donate Life Month.

Hoyle has volunteered at Kelso for years while her son was attending school there. She has had two heart transplants and a kidney transplant, and during those years survived several near-death incidents. She is now enjoying life with her family in Sandy, thanks to blood and organ donors and medical practitioners.

The blood drive at Kelso is from 1:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the school, 34651 Kelso Road.

For information or to make an appointment, call the school at 503-668-8020 or visit the American Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org and click on donating blood and then click on schedule an appointment. Enter the zip code 97009 and April 22.

County garden fair set for early May

The 29th annual Spring Garden Fair is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby.

The event has booths and vendors galore to assist gardeners and would-be gardeners in their springtime ventures.

Popular activities at the fair include the 10-minute university classes and vendors for a variety of gardeners’ needs such as veggie starts, trees and shrubs, herbs, annuals and perennials as well as garden art, furniture, tools and greenhouses.

Soil will be pH tested free, and Master Gardeners will be standing by to answer questions.

For more information, visit cmastergardeners.org or springgardenfair.org.

Boring theater announces activities

Three events from the Nutz-N-Boltz Theater will bring local residents to the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall in April and May.

An improvisation comedy night is set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26. This is family-friendly comedy for all ages. The improvisation comedy group TBA will perform.

“Cinderella and the Candy Kingdom,” a play for children, will be staged May 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11. There will be special games and seating for the littlest. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for 12 and younger.

A staged reading of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women will be held at 7 p.m. May 16 and 17. Tickets are $5.

For information, visit nnbtheater.com.

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 two 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.