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Sandy in running for

new dog parks

The city of Sandy has been nominated to win up to $100,000 from the PetSafe company to help develop dog parks. Each nominated city in the nationwide contest has until May 31 to collect votes. From this balloting, the top 15 cities will compete for three prizes of $25,000 and one grand prize of $100,000.

Local residents and their friends can vote twice a day: once at petsafe.net and once on the Pet Safe Facebook page.

When setting up an account at petsafe.net, voters can opt out of receiving any newsletters or other advertisements.

Although many cities have been nominated, Sandy has a very good chance of making it into the finals, said City Manager Scott Lazenby, because two votes a day add up quickly.

For information, call Sarah Richardson at 503-489-2150.

Damascus market

opens May 23

The Damascus Fresh and Local Market will be open from 3-7 p.m. every Thursday beginning May 23.

This is a community farmers market that offers fresh produce from local growers as well as prepared foods and live entertainment.

New vendors will be added this year at the Damascus market, which is celebrating its second year. In addition, there will be educational opportunities, thanks to the OSU Extension Service. The market is at 19850 Damascus Lane, just off Foster Road near Safeway.

For information or to become a vendor, call 503-535-9866.

Strawberry waffle breakfast coming

The Boring-Damascus Grange is sponsoring its annual fundraising Strawberry Waffle Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, in the center of Boring alongside Highway 212.

The breakfast offers all-you-can-eat Belgian waffles made from scratch and topped with local strawberries and whipped cream. Revered by local residents, they support one of the groups interested in everything Boring. Beverages include choice of juice, milk, coffee or tea.

Adults cost $7, while kids younger than 6 eat free. For a family of six or fewer, the group price is $30.

For more information, visit boringgrange.org.

Deadline nears to enter annual quilt show

The annual quilt show of the Sandy Historical Society is scheduled for June 27-29, but entries are being accepted now at the museum.

The deadline for applying to show quilts is June 1.

Because of the popularity of the event, show organizers are asking each exhibitor to enter no more than two entries in each category.

Entries should be turned in at the museum in Sandy as soon as possible. Since it is a fundraiser, entry of a quilt does not grant admission to the exhibit.

For more information, call 503-329-5437 or 503-668-3378.

Sign up for summer reading programs

Readers of all ages are invited to explore all things underground this summer as the Sandy and Hoodland public libraries present “Dig Into Reading” during their summer reading program. Events will include storytelling, music, magic and other activities.

The program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, a reading club and more. Registration begins June 13. To register, drop by either library to pick up a reading log. For more information, call Monica Smith at 503-489-2170 or visit the library’s website, ci.sandy.or.us/library. All programs are free.

Send email for early notice of First Friday

The monthly First Friday activity will offer the third in its 2013 series from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at businesses on the boulevards in the downtown core.

Anyone interested in the specials offered by all First Friday businesses can receive a list by email early each month. To receive this information, send an email requesting the information to mainstreetsandyoregon@gmail.com.

The event, which could be called a “business crawl,” takes people inside businesses to sample wines, beer or food, enjoy entertainment, see demonstrations or find special prices on products and services.

Sandy Main Street sponsors the event, and its purpose is economic development by encouraging residents to purchase from local businesses.

Sandy High School receives grant funding

The Sandy High School Music Foundation received $500 in the form of a grant from Portland General Electric. PGE recently awarded 118 grants totaling more than $50,000 to nonprofit groups where PGE employees volunteer in 14 counties in Oregon and Washington for its semiannual Community Service Grants program.

Selected organizations received awards up to $1,000. Employees nominated a variety of nonprofit groups from across PGE’s service area.

AntFarm earns county award

At a recent meeting of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, AntFarm received one of the county’s annual Community Action Impact awards.

The awards recognize Clackamas County organizations and individuals who make important contributions to their communities by helping those who are struggling to meet their basic needs and improve their lifestyle.

AntFarm engages local youths as “keepers” of a community garden. In this role, the youths gain work and life skills, nutrition awareness, a sense of community and pride of ownership, according to a news release from the county. The produce harvested assists low-income elderly and families struggling to meet their basic food needs.

Hospice offers kids grief support

Mt. Hood Hospice provides support for children, teenagers and their families who are grieving the death of someone close.

The program is available whether it has been weeks, months or years since the loss. This program offers a safe place for young people and their families to share feelings and tell their stories.

The group is led by compassionate, trained volunteers and supervised by qualified professionals.

Groups will meet in the evening every other Tuesday from July 23 to Sept. 17 at Mt. Hood Hospice offices in Sandy.

To register or for more information, call Emilie at 503-668-5545 or email e.cartoun@mthoodhospice.org.

Medical center goes high-tech

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham significantly advanced its cancer care capabilities recently with the acquisition of the latest linear accelerator, one of the most technologically advanced forms of cancer treatment.

The new equipment delivers radiation directly and aggressively to the tumor while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue —essentially shrink-wrapping the cancer in radiation. This level of precision minimizes unnecessary radiation exposure and potential long-term side effects of radiation therapy.

The linear accelerator enables Legacy Cancer Institute’s Mount Hood-based team of radiation oncology specialists to deliver the most precise and effective radiation treatments available directly to patients in their community.

Veterans Appreciation Night planned

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 will hold a Night of Appreciation for all Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf War veterans from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24. Veterans are invited to stop in for a free meal and two drinks. To be served, each veteran must show his or her current VFW membership or DD 214 discharge form. The VFW post is at 38452 Proctor Blvd. in Sandy. Call 503-668-5211 for more information.

Help gather history at the Sandy museum

The Dover History Project is gathering history and old photos of the Dover area in the Pagh Road, Wildcat Mountain Road, Kitzmiller Road and Kleinsmith Road areas. The next meeting is at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at 39345 Pioneer Blvd. in Sandy. The project welcomes others from the Sandy and surrounding areas who have an interest in this project, or have photos or stories to tell. Those interested may call the museum at 503-668-3378.

Free medical tests in Sandy

Free medical tests will be offered at a health fair in Sandy. Several tests will be given to senior citizens and adults of any age.

Tests include diabetes, eye health and hearing — all offered in the Lions screening unit. Vendors at the health fair have information about such topics as home health care, Alzheimer’s, massage therapy, hypnotherapy and impaired vision.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd. For more information, call Carol Cohen at 503-475-2347.

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