Wine raffle to benefit WLHS seniors

The West Linn Lions Service Club is holding its annual wine raffle in hopes of raising more than $6,000 for its 2013 scholarship drive. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for students graduating in June 2014.

Over the past eight years, the Lions have granted more than $46,000 in scholarships to West Linn students majoring in education, health care and technology as well as those with special needs and outstanding community service backgrounds.

The Lions are selling 700 raffle tickets at $10 per ticket or $100 for 11 tickets, with 36 winners to be drawn at the November club meeting. Winners need not be present to win. The first ticket drawn will receive wine valued at $275; later winners will receive wine valued at $100. The total retail value of the 24 cases that will be raffled is more than $5,400.

Contact Ron Adams, WL Lions Raffle chairman, at 503-636-8444 or approach any West Linn Lions club member with questions or to purchase raffle tickets.

Equine-assisted learning classes are forming

Happy Trails therapeutic riding center is now signing up participants for a series of one-hour equine-assisted learning classes. Participants will build self-esteem and confidence while learning to work with horses. No prior experience with horses is necessary. Partipants will work on the ground interacting with horses, not riding, while learning critical life and communication skills.

Aimed at teenagers and adults, the class is offered through West Linn Parks and Recreation department. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes with heels. Helmets will be provided. The four-week class is being offered at a cost of $200. An out-of-city fee of $5 will be added where applicable.

The class will meet Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. starting Oct. 14.

Happy Trails is located at 20560 Fernview Road in West Linn. For more information, visit Happy Trails online at To sign up for the class, visit

Purchase student lunches

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District uses a secure online system to accept payment for student lunches. You can deposit money directly into a student’s account by using the student’s name and district ID number.

Visit to pay online using Visa or MasterCard. There is a small fee for online transactions, and funds take at least one business day to show up in a student’s lunch account.

To avoid the online transaction fee, send payment directly to your child’s school by sending a check. Payment should include the student’s full name and district ID number.

Make checks out to the school.

Host families needed

Forte International Exchange Association, a nonprofit organization, is seeking host families for international exchange students, ages 15 to 18, who wish to learn English and experience culture in the United States.

Host families are needed for a semester, about five months, or the full school year of about 10 months. FIEA works with students in about 20 countries in Europe, Asia and South America.

FIEA exchange students speak English but seek opportunities to practice and improve. Students go through a personal interview, pass an English test and receive good grades in their home countries.

They arrive in the U.S. with medical insurance and their own spending money. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 703-237-1688 for more information or go online at

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