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Bring your barks to the park Saturday

A city of Sandy fundraiser called Bark for the Park will raise funds to build fences at two city parks where dogs will be allowed off-leash.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Meinig Park gazebo. Dog lovers who come to the event will see canine demonstrations and vendors before beginning the dog walks of either 2 or 5 kilometers. A costume contest will be held.

Advance registration is $25 for the first dog, and $5 more on the day of the event.

For more information, call 503-489-2150 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sign up for the Barlow Road Ride

The Barlow Road Ride is Aug. 17-18. There is still time to register for the ride online at barlowroadride.com.

Participants pay $85 for a two-day fully supported ride. The ride begins at the End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City and travels north along the Barlow Road Route.

There will be rest stops every 10 miles and lunch at Welches Middle School. Continue up Laurel Hill or Still Creek Road to Government Camp where the Barlow Road Ride Festival will greet you. Enjoy dinner, music and a beer garden and head down the mountain to Oregon City.

Tapestries displayed at Sandy city library

Local students of a fiber arts school are displaying their work in the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., until June 30.

The exhibit includes tapestries, all designed around the theme “Scenes Along the Columbia.” With their teachers Terry Olson and Audrey Moore, nine artists from the Damascus Fiber Arts School created work for the exhibit.

The exhibit can be seen during library hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 503-668-5537 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline nears for annual quilt show

The annual quilt show of the Sandy Historical Society is scheduled for June 27-29, but entries are being accepted now at the museum.

In fact, the deadline for applying to show quilts is only two weeks away, June 1.

Because of the popularity of the event, show organizers are asking each exhibitor to enter no more than two items in each category.

Entries should be delivered to the museum in Sandy as soon as possible because entries will be closed when the maximum number is reached.

Since it is a fundraiser, entry of a quilt does not grant admission to the exhibit.

For more information, call 503-329-5437 or 503-668-3378.

Annual FFA youth group plant sale

The annual plant sale of the Sandy High School FFA Chapter has its final two days Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.

The sale includes competitively priced hanging baskets with mixed varieties that include petunia, lobelia, calibrachoa, verbena, bacopa, bidens and more.

Also included in the sale are tomato plants, peppers, zucchini, squash, pumpkin and cucumber.

From their greenhouses, they also have herbs, nursery stock and bedding plants.

The sale will continue from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 17, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the high school, 37400 Bell St., follow signs at the school.

For information, call 503-668-8011, ext. 7242.

Damascus market opens May 23

The Damascus Fresh and Local Market will be open from 3-7 p.m. every Thursday beginning May 23.

This is a community farmers market that offers fresh produce from local growers as well as prepared foods and live entertainment.

New vendors will be added this year at the Damascus market, which is celebrating its second year.

In addition, there will be educational opportunities, thanks to the OSU Extension Service.

The market is at 19850 Damascus Lane, just off Foster Road near Safeway.

For information or to become a vendor, call 503-535-9866.

Send email for early notice of First Friday

The monthly First Friday activity will offer the third in its 2013 series from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at businesses on the boulevards in the downtown core.

Anyone interested in the specials offered by all First Friday businesses can receive a list by email early each month. To receive this information, send an email requesting the information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The event, which could be called a “business crawl,” takes people inside businesses to sample wines, beer or food, enjoy entertainment, see demonstrations and find special prices on products or services.

Sandy Main Street sponsors the event, and its purpose is economic development by encouraging residents to purchase from local businesses.

Sandy High gets grant money

The Sandy High School Music Foundation has received $500 in grant money from Portland General Electric. PGE recently awarded 118 grants totaling $50,600 to nonprofit groups where PGE employees volunteer in 14 counties in Oregon and Washington for its semiannual Community Service Grants program. Selected organizations received awards up to $1,000 along with a congratulations letter.

Some agencies and schools took the opportunity to thank employee volunteers and PGE for their contributions on company websites and blogs. Employees nominated a variety of nonprofit groups from across PGE’s service area, including Oregon Children’s Theater, Big Hearts Horse Rescue, Portland Rose Festival Charitable Foundation, OMSI and Feed the Hungry Inc.