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Lego Club kicks off Saturday afternoons

Saturday afternoons are going to the kids.

Starting Oct. 4 from 2-4 p.m., the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., will kick off its Saturday Afternoon Kids’ Club Series.

This Saturday will begin the series with a Lego Club, which will be a recurring program every first Saturday of the month. The second Saturday will offer board games, the third will offer drop-in crafts, and the last Saturday of the month will feature video games.

The Saturday Afternoon Kids’ Club is open to ages 7-12.

For more information, contact Monica Smith at msmith@ci.sandy.or.us or 503-668-5537.

Sandy earns special distinction for blood drive

The city of Sandy now has bragging rights for rallying support for the American Red Cross.

For the second year, the American Red Cross challenged Oregon cities to sponsor blood drives to help maintain the community supply.

“We typically see a decline in blood donations during the summer months,” said Jared Schultzman, communications manager for the Red Cross. “The City Blood Challenge plays an important role in maintaining an adequate blood supply throughout the year. We thank the cities that participated this year and hope to see the event grow in 2015.”

The challenge was held Aug. 1 through Sept. 11, and Sandy is being recognized with four other cities for its achievement during the challenge.

Sandy's blood drive, held at Sandy Police Department, collected the highest percentage of its blood drive goal at 111 percent.

Combined blood drives from Sandy, Beaverton, Estacada, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Roseburg, Sutherlin, Tigard and West Linn collected 314 pints of blood.

VFW begins annual essay competition

The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual essay competition is underway. The Sandy VFW Post is sponsoring competition for students throughout Sandy, Boring, Damascus, Estacada, Welches and surrounding areas.

The competition awards a $30,000 scholarship for the national high school winner and a $5,000 cash prize for the national middle school winner. Monetary awards of up to $300 per level are given at the local district and state levels for first, second and third place essays.

High school “Voice of Democracy” essays, which should be written and recorded, 3-5 minutes on CD or tape, on the theme “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future,” must be submitted by midnight Saturday, Nov. 1.

“Patriot’s Pen” middle school essays, 300-400 words on “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans,” should be submitted by the same deadline.

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