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Events

n As part of the 16th annual Sandy Kiwanis Oktoberfest, the Sandy FFA chapter will assist with the fifth annual Oktoberfest Fair, with categories in canning, growing the largest vegetables, artwork on quilts, needlepoint, cake decorating, flower arranging and baking and cooking. For information, visit sandyoktoberfest.net.

n Sandy’s Saturday market is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in Centennial Plaza, across Pioneer Boulevard from City Hall.

n The first Sandy Cyclopedia is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Otto’s Ski Shop, 38716 Pioneer Blvd. For information, call Otto’s at 503-668-5947.

n A blood drive will be held at the Boring Fire Department from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Food assistance

n Sandy Seventh-day Adventist Church offers a free dinner at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the church, 18575 Langensand Road. There are often items free for the taking in the church’s food pantry and clothes closet. For information, call 503-668-6144.

n The Community Church of Sandy offers a free dinner at 6 p.m. every Friday at 39290 Scenic St. For more information, call 503-668-4543.

n Sandy Assembly of God Church offers a free dinner at 6 p.m. every third Monday at 39800 Highway 26, Sandy. The church also has its food pantry and clothes closet open those nights. For more information, call 503-668-5589.

n St. Vincent de Paul serves a free lunch from noon to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the Sandy Community Action Center, 38982 Pioneer Blvd. For more information, call 503-668-4746.

n St. Michael Catholic Church in Sandy offers a free dinner at 6 p.m. every Saturday at 18090 Langensand Road. For more information, call 503-668-4446.

Government

n The Firwood CPO and Wildcat Neighborhood Association meet the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Dover Fire Station, 24545 Firwood Road, Sandy. For more information, call Marge Stewart at 503-668-8797 or Jerry Hein at 503-826-8448.

n The Villages at Mt. Hood board of directors meets at 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. For agendas or more information, go to thevillagesatmthood.com.

n The Boring CPO meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Boring Fire Station, 28655 Highway 212, Boring. For more information, call Chairman Steve Bates at 503-663-6271.

Civic groups

n The Sandy Kiwanis Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at Mt. Hood Hospice, 39641 Scenic St. A light meal is offered for $5. For more information, visit sandykiwanis.org or call 503-819-0511.

n Everyone is welcome to visit the Sandy Toastmasters, a group that helps people develop their public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings run from 6:15-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the lower level of Cascadia Village Retirement Community, 39495 Cascadia Village Drive. For more information, call Harlan Wheeler at 503-622-1726.

n The Sandy Optimist Club meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at the Sandy Senior Center, 38438 Pioneer Blvd. For more information, call 503-668-9542 or go to sandyoptimist.org.

n The Sandy Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Tollgate Inn, 38100 Highway 26. For more information, call 503-668-8287 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

n The Mt. Hood Lions Club gathers at 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month for a business meeting at the clubhouse, near Highway 26 and Woodsey Way. The board meets at the same time and place on the first Wednesday, and the club meets for a social gathering at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday at the clubhouse. For more information, call 503-622-4664 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Support groups

n Clackamas Women’s Services offers a free and confidential support group for survivors of domestic violence from 10-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday. The meetings are held at a confidential location in Sandy. For more information, call Allison Schultz, rural counselor, at 503-201-2530.

n Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight-loss support group, meets from 7:30-9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Clackamas County Bank’s Sunset Community Room, 38935 Proctor Blvd. For more information, call 503-668-0002.

n The evening chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at Clackamas County Bank’s Sunset Community Room, 38935 Proctor Blvd. For more information, call 503-668-3417.

n Celebrate Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Fridays at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road in Boring. It’s open to anyone 18 or older who has any hurts, habits or hang-ups. For more information, call 503-663-5050.

n Sandy Principles & Progress, an Al-anon group, meets from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd. For more information, call 503-330-0900.

n District 25 Alcoholics Anonymous Sandy Discovery Group meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and the second Saturday of the month, and at 9 a.m. Sundays at Foursquare Church of Sandy, 39300 Dubarko Road. The Sandy group also meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd. The Welches Timberline group meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays for “text studies,” at 6 p.m. Fridays for women, at 5 p.m. Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at St. John in the Woods Catholic Church, 24905 E. Woodsey Way, Welches.

n Sandy Sangha is a weekly meditation and discussion group grounded in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. The practice is open to people of all faith traditions and beliefs, and no meditation experience is necessary. The group meets every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at 39641 Scenic St. Come 10 minutes early for orientation, if desired. For information, call Emilie Cartoun at 503-997-3193 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .