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Legislators hold town hall meeting

Rep. Mark Johnson, and Sen. Chuck Thomsen, two Republicans from Hood River, will hold a Sandy town hall meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.

They plan to give an overview of the 2016 legislative session, share the work they are doing during the interim to prepare to prepare for next session and hear about issues of special concern. The forum is open to the public.

Solv-It in Sandy is April 23

The ninth annual Solv-It in Sandy environmental stewardship event is scheduled for Saturday, April 23.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Attendees of a previous years Solv-It in Sandy take part in the annual clean-up event. This years Solv-It will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23.

The family-friendly Earth Day celebration offers several activities and cleanups. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Sandy Community/Senior Center, 38348 Pioneer Boulevard, to receive assignments and supplies. Volunteers can choose from a variety of locations including the Tickle Creek Trail, Sandy High School’s Zeldon Pond, sidewalks, parks, bus shelters and other public spaces. Tasks take anywhere from one to four hours.

The event also features water conservation information and a rain barrel giveaway. Call 503-668-5533 in advance to sign up for a free rain barrel. A commercial paper shredder will be on-site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce the risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Sandy Transit and the Mountain Express will offer free bus service the day of the event.

There will be refreshments and special giveaways. For more information visit www.cityofsandy.com, call 503-668-5569, or register at www.solv.org.

Game Day fashion show is Saturday

Designer Denise Tjarks and event planner Tracy Ritz will present a Game Day Fashion Show showcasing clothing and accessories for women and men recreated from vintage sports jerseys and t-shirts.

The show will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the I Don’t Know Bar and Grill, 31300 S.E. Compton Road, Boring. The show is free and there is no cover charge.

Designs appearing in the show will be available for purchase afterwards and part of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Sandy Community Action Center and Food Pantry. For more information, call 503-473-5509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oregon snowpack looks healthy

Cold and snowy weather in the first half of March bolstered Oregon’s mountain snowpack and delayed melting in most areas, according to the April water supply report released April 7, by the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The data shows snowpack levels ranging from slightly below normal to slightly above normal across all basins in the state. The Sandy and lower Deschutes basin snowpack is at 89 percent of normal. The cumulative statewide average snowpack is 92 percent of normal.

Thanks to March snowstorms, many monitoring sites across the state reached or surpassed normal peak snowpack levels for this time of year. That’s an improved outlook compared to last year, when more than half of these sites were snow-free on April 1.

According to the April report, streamflow forecasts call for near normal to above normal volumes for the summer water supply season. The highest forecasts are for the Rogue and Umpqua River Basins. If extended warm and dry conditions occur, summer projections could decrease due to early snowmelt runoff.

More water and snowpack information can be found on the NRCS website, nrcs.usda.gov.

Grants offered for historic cemeteries

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries to help preserve them.

Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. The grant deadline is April 29.

To learn more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-986-0685.

Clackamas County fair housing survey

Clackamas County Housing and Community Development wants to know about the community's fair housing choices and access to housing.

Clackamas County residents can take a five- to 10-minute survey to provide information that will help officials consider the issues, prioritize strategies and make a plan to improve access to housing.

Fair housing is a right protected by Federal and State laws. Residents are entitled to equal access to housing opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, marital status, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, source of income, or any other arbitrary reason.

Visit surveymonkey.com/r/FairHousingSurvey2016 to take the confidential survey, which ends June 30.