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Mt. Hood Hospice holds support groups for children in fall

SHELL, or Support and Healing for Early Life Losses, at Mt. Hood Hospice provides support for children, teens, young adults and their families grieving the death of someone close. Whether it’s been weeks, months or years since your loss, sharing your experiences with others who have been there can help.

This support group offers a safe place for young people and their families to share feelings and tell their stories. Groups at Mt. Hood Hospice are led by compassionate, trained volunteers and supervised by qualified professionals.

Groups will meet at the Mt. Hood Hospice office in Sandy, 39641 Scenic St., every other Tuesday evening beginning Sept. 9 through Nov. 4.

To register or receive more information, contact Emilie Cartoun at 503-668-5545 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clackamas County tradition recognized as part of Oregon heritage

The Clackamas County Fair, which has been held for 107 years and draws more than 30,000 visitors annually, is now one of 10 events that have been designated Oregon Heritage Traditions.

Other events named by the Oregon Heritage Commission include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic.

"The Heritage Commission wants to recognize those traditions that have helped define the state," said David Lewis, the commission's chairman and historian for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. "They are distinguished events that are part of our heritage as Oregonians."

The county fair this year is being held Tuesday through Sunday, Aug. 12-17, in Canby.

Sandy Actors Theatre thanks past volunteers, welcomes new

Sandy Actors Theatre has planned an evening to thank the volunteers who have worked backstage and in concessions during its last season.

The group also invites anyone who would like to work back stage for the 2014-2015 season. New volunteers are always needed.

The audience gets to see the actors, but not the people who have built the sets, costumes and stage, managed the production, found the props or designed the lights and sound. Without the people to do these jobs, a play cannot be produced. No experience is necessary for new volunteers, only a desire to have a part in creating a production.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at AntFarm, 39140 Proctor Blvd. The evening will include desserts, a tour of the theater for new people, and a peek at a rehearsal for the upcoming play “The Importance of Being Earnest.”