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Volunteers sought for library’s new English tutoring classes

Starting this fall, the Sandy Public Library will begin to offer English language and American culture classes at the library, 38980 S.E. Proctor Blvd.

The library is currently seeking volunteers to assist with this new program. Volunteers do not need to speak another language, and training will be provided. An informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27, to give volunteers more information about this initiative, which aims to teach language and life skills to non-native English speakers, as well as make Sandy more welcoming.

Volunteers can also learn more about earning a certificate to get paid teaching English in the United States or abroad. Volunteers who are interested but unable to attend the meeting, or those who would like to start training immediately, should contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Mt. Hood Wilderness Stewards hold trail work event

On Saturday, June 4, the Mt. Hood Wilderness Stewards organized their first trail work event of the year on the Mt. Hood National Forest in celebration of National Trails Day.

Twelve stewards worked at Ramona Falls Trail, which is one of the most highly used trails on the forest. Stewards worked on an informational table at the Ramona Falls trailhead, sharing information on Leave No Trace ethics, trail conditions and hiking directions.

Forest visitors were also reminded to fill out the free wilderness permits to give the Forest Service data on trail usage and help determine funding for trail maintenance. Stewards also gave out “Smokey swag” to families, which included Smokey Bear fire awareness stickers, bookmarks, magnets, and nature coloring booklets. Other stewards posted seven directional signs across the Sandy River on the two trails that lead to Ramona Falls.

Mt. Hood’s Wilderness Stewards help maintain and restore wilderness character on the forest’s three wildernesses. Stewards patrol trails individually several times a month and plan a specific project for the entire group once a month.

For more information about volunteering on the Mt. Hood National Forest, visit fs.usda.gov/main/mthood/workingtogether/volunteering

Chamber’s Sandy Music Fair & Feast July 7-10

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Sandy Music Fair & Feast presented by Sandy Les Schwab Tire Center from July 7-10 in downtown Sandy at the Centennial Plaza, located the corner of Hoffman Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard.

Family Night will be from 5-11:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, and is free to attend. There will be live music by the pop cover band Hit Machine, and all ages are welcome. The doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8, and live music begins at 5:30 p.m. with the country band Countryside Ride, followed by pop and jazz by Dancehall Days.

The venue is for those 21 and older from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There is a $5 cover charge. The beer garden and concession vendors open at noon on Saturday, July 9.

Live music begins at 3 p.m. with Megan James, followed by Thrill Ride from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and finally by classic rock band Crush.

The venue for those 21 and older from 8 p.m., with a $5 cover at starting at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the event opens at 10:30 a.m. to serve breakfast.

A Chamber Challenge Cook Off will be held from noon-2 p.m. The Rae Gordon Band will perform from 2-4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $2 for Sunday events, with proceeds benefiting the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and other local nonprofit organizations.

For more information, visit facebook.com/musicfairandfeast