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Prescribed burns scheduled for early May

Mount Hood National Forest personnel will be conducting prescribed burns in early May on the Barlow Ranger District.

The planned burn locations are: Shamrock 1: 180 acres (north of the 44 road, between 4430 and 4440); Star 3: 103 acres (north of Camp Baldwin off the 4440 road); Shamrock 3: 100 acres (west of Camp Baldwin along 4440 road); and North Rock: 220 acres (east of Rock Creek reservoir along 4800 road).

Prescribed burning could take place any time during the next month depending on conditions. Eightmile Campground as well as a portion of the Eightmile Campground interpretive trail will be closed for approximately two to three days while the Shamrock burn is being conducted. Fire crews will post signs in the area prior to ignition.

For smoke and prescribed fire updates, visit the Mt. Hood National Forest website at fs.usda.gov/mthood or facebook.com/mthoodnf/

Final Run Girlfriend Run fundraiser May 14

Run Girlfriend Run, a 5K/10K fun run that raises money for local athletic scholarships, will be discontinued after this year. The final run date has been set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14.

Proceeds from the women-only event benefit the Run Girlfriend Run Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to girl middle school and high school athletes in the Oregon Trail School District. Funds help with participation fees and other items, such as team warm-ups, cleats, tennis racquets, or other equipment. To date, organizers have raised approximately $14,000.

Registration fees for the event are $35 for the 5K and $40 for the 10K. Medals are granted to the top three finishers in each events and ribbons are provided for the top three finishers in each age group. Sponsors include Mt. Hood Athletic Club, Scenic Fruit and Ever Fresh Fruit Company.

For more information, visit www.mthoodac.com/programs-fitness/fitness-events/run-girlfriend-run

Firewood cutting permits on sale May 9

The Mount Hood National Forest has announced that the personal use firewood-cutting season opens Monday, May 9. Personal use firewood permits sell for $10 per cord with a minimum purchase of two cords, or $20. The limit per household per year is five cords.

Designated areas open for firewood cutting may change weekly, depending on supply and access.

Contact the ranger district in your area for up-to-date information on supply and road conditions. Weekly information sheets are available at the ranger district offices and online at fs.usda.gov/mthood.

Anyone cutting firewood is required to have the following in his or her possession: current weekly information sheet and attachments; firewood cutting map (new this year); valid permit (which must be issued to person cutting wood) and accompanying load tags; and screen type spark arrestors on chainsaws. It is illegal to fall standing trees, dead or alive.

Purchase permits and get more information at Mount Hood National Forest office locations.

Sixty artists to showcase works

LoriRyland.com Art Studio & Gallery, 38906 S.E. Proctor Blvd., will host an opening reception for its Art Launch 2106 Exhibition from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 6. The exhibit, which will run until June 1, will showcase the works of 60 artists ages 7 to 75.

“Artists in this exhibit are proud to present photo-realistic paintings on canvas and watercolor paper demonstrating their skills in a variety of medias from watercolors, acrylic paintings on canvas, digital paintings and drawings and photography,” Ryland said.

Additionally, there will be 10 artworks on display from the art contest held at April’s First Friday event, and the evening will include a drawing for one free art class for one teen and one young person. Prints of the artworks will be available to purchase and all proceeds from the sale of the prints in this exhibit will go back to support the artists in this exhibit.

The event is free to attend, and will include live music by Dave Lee. Call 503-313-7464 for more information.