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Mountain festival requests artist applications

The Sandy Mountain Festival is accepting applications for vendor artists through March 31.

The artists who fill the booths and sell their wares in Meinig Park during the festival are selected through a juried process.

Applications can be downloaded from sandymountainfestival.org/artist/main.html.

The Mountain Festival is July 11-12, and will showcase the work of about 150 artists. The festival attracts as many as 30,000 visitors over its two-day run.

Foundation seeks spring cleanup volunteers

The Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind and its 22-acre park, which provides summer activities for blind and low-vision children and adults from all over the U.S., is asking for volunteers to help with spring cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the park, 43233 S.E. Oral Hull Road in Sandy.

Tasks include indoor and outdoor projects such as pulling weeds, trimming bushes, clearing hiking trails, washing windows, checking inventory of supplies and much more. There is something to do for any skill or physical level. To sign up, contact the Hull office at 503-668-6195.

Oral Hull also has added new three-day seminars for seniors with vision loss because of age-related diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetes.

Those aware of someone new to vision loss are asked to encourage them to call the office for more information.

Oktoberfest gives funds to local organizations

The Sandy Oktoberfest, a family-oriented fundraising event that takes place on the second weekend of September at St. Michael Church, recently selected recipients for its annual donation.

Sandy Fire Department, Sandy Senior Center, Sandy St. Vincent DePaul Chapter, and Sandy High School Soccer Team each received a check for $300.

Each year, the event donates money raised to local nonprofit organizations.

“If the need is great, we often make a single donation, otherwise we choose to spread it around,” said Bud Abraham, the event coordinator, in an email.

Any non-profit in Sandy is eligible to receive the donation. If interested in applying, contact Abraham at buda@sandyoktoberfest.net.

This year’s Sandy Oktoberfest will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-13.

Mark Johnson to hold Sandy town hall

On Thursday, March 26, Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, will meet with constituents at the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd. to provide an update on the first two months of the 2015 legislative session.

The public is invited to come and share opinions on important issues.