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Bushue’s pumpkin patch open for fall season

October is here — and that means the pumpkin patch at Bushue’s Family Farm is now open, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through the end of October.

The farm also has fresh Hood River apples and pears available, along with tomatoes and peppers still open for U-pick.

Bushue’s is located at 9880 S.E. Revenue Road in Boring.

For more information on activities and prices, visit bushuefarming.com/pumpkins/.

‘Talking about Dying’ event held Oct. 15

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Sandy residents are invited to a 90-minute discussion event to help understand why conversations about death, a natural part of the human experience, are so often avoided.

The event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the community room at the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Talking about Dying initiative, created in partnership with Cambia Health Foundation.

Participants will explore essential questions such as: What do we think about when we think of dying? As people we’ve known have moved closer to death, what seemed to work well for them and the people close to them? What seemed difficult? When we think about our own dying, what do we want most?

These conversations will be facilitated by trained professionals working in the fields of chaplaincy, counseling, gerontology, facilitation, and hospice care. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Maureen Skinner at 503-489-2169 or mskinner@ci.sandy.or.us.

Library, Clackamas County Bank offer financial education

The Sandy Public Library and Clackamas County Bank have partnered to provide a financial education series this fall.

The first session will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

All sessions will be held in the Sandy Library Community Room.

Questions about the series? Contact Maureen Skinner at the library at 503-668-5537 or Lisa Elwood at Clackamas County Bank at 503-668-2560.

Town hall on natural resources set for Oct. 28 in Welches

Clackamas County Commissioners will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Resort at the Mountain, 68010 E. Fairway Ave. in Welches, in the Lolo Pass Room.

The theme of this town hall is “Honoring, Utilizing, Promoting and Investing in our Natural Resources.” Commissioners will focus on the county’s efforts in this area and citizens are urged to voice related questions, concerns and comments.  

Related topics may include the Willamette Falls, watershed protection and forestry. This is an opportunity to ask questions directly to Clackamas County Commissioners. Attendees are free to pose questions on any topic at the event.

More on these points can be found at HYPERLINK "http://www.clackamas.us/performance/" www.clackamas.us/performance/.

Sandy participates in domestic violence awareness

One in four women and one in seven men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the Clackamas County Children, Youth and Families Division.

Domestic violence also is the leading cause of injury to women; and every day in the U.S. three women are murdered by their intimate partner.

To highlight the issue of domestic violence as well as to bring awareness to the new outreach efforts, many downtown businesses and city governments in rural Clackamas County have put up strings of purple lights on trees or in their windows. Many more businesses have agreed to display posters about the meaning and significance of the purple lights as well as fliers with information about these new rural services. Sandy’s AntFarm Café and Bakery is displaying T-shirts as part of the national Clothesline Project. T-shirts that have been decorated by survivors are hung on a clothesline as a testimony to the severity of the problem of domestic violence in our society.

Applications for Elks scholarships available

The Gresham Elks are accepting applications for the Elks National Foundation’s 2016 Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest, which is open to high school seniors within the Gresham area.

Students selected as Elks National Foundation finalists will be eligible to compete for four-year scholarships ranging from $1,000-12,500 each year. Applications are evaluated on scholastic achievement, leadership and financial need. Students do not need to be related to an Elks member to apply.

The Gresham lodge will also award $7,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors. Additional scholarships are available for children and grandchildren of Elks members through the Legacy Awards program.

Applications must be delivered to the Gresham Lodge, 330 N.E. Division St., by Friday, Dec. 4.

To obtain an application, visit elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm. For more information, call the Gresham Elks at 503-666-1805.